The MBU will be April 12th, 2014! For more information go to the Merit Badge University page
The UScouts at UVa will be opening registration for their Spring Merit Badge University in January 2014. The MBU will be on April 12, 2014. Location to be announced soon!
Please visit again in January for more information and for registration.
“Survivor Girl”, the University Scouts’ first ever Girl Scout event, was this fall on October 26th. Girls
arrived early Saturday morning to sign in and set-up camp with their patrol leaders. After an opening
ceremony, patrols moved through 5 stations staffed by University Scouts members and volunteers.
During Orienteering with Dylan and Bala, girls used compasses to play a simple game where they learned about
compasses and how to read a map. Girls learned about the importance of emergency shelters with
Hunter and got to build their own mini shelters. Ryan showed girls how to build fires (which helped
everyone keep warm on the cold day), and talked about general fire safety and care. Ariana showed girls
how to make small fire pit pins and helped out Adam to lead the girls in some first aid lessons.
We had an afternoon break for relaxing, snacks, and “swap”ping followed by a hearty dinner. We finished
off Saturday with a campfire program by the lake, filled with skits and songs led and performed by the
UScouts and some of the patrols. Before we knew it, it was time for lights out and the beginning of a
Sunday began bright and early with the girls packing up and taking down their tents then heading to
the dining hall for a hot breakfast. After a closing ceremony thanking all of the volunteers who made
the weekend possible, girls signed out and bought shirts, water bottles, and backpacks from the UScouts
The University Scouts started off the year by volunteering to be Greeters at move-in day at UVA, finding new members at the Activities Fair, and holding a Meet and Greet on the Lawn. This semester was filled with hiking and camping trips, beginning with a Back-to-School Campout at Cole Mountain, followed by a few overnights at Dobie Mountain and a sunset hike with the JMU University Scouts Crew at Humpback Rocks. They also attended the Powhatan Camporee, helped set up at the SJAC Apple Harvest Camporee, and participated in Trick or Treating on the Lawn.
They also became involved in planning two Merit Badge Universities, one in the Fall and the Spring. Both were held at Charlottesville High School and hosted over 150 and 250 scouts, respectively, from all over Virginia. The events were both huge successes and over 30 merit badges were offered, all by University students and professors.
They also volunteered at an MBU at Aldersgate, where they taught the Environmental Science, Pioneering, and Wilderness Survival merit badges. They later attended and volunteered at the Pinewood Derby at Fashion Square Mall.
The UScouts also worked to help start crews in the area, holding open houses for both Crew 130 and Crew 174, and later planning and going on a day hike with Crew 130.
Social events throughout the semester included camping at Little Schloss, sledding at UVA after the big snowstorm, and getting free ice cream on Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s.
In preparation for the “Survivor Girl” Girl Scout Overnight being planned for the Fall, several members attended Girl Scouting 102 Training for leaders, Girl Scouting Event Planning Training, and Girl Scout Outdoor Ed Training.
The service events continued throughout the last few months of the semester, offering free supplies and a charcoal fire for S’mores on the Lawn (twice!) and volunteering at the SJAC Backpackoree. The UScouts finished off their year with a Leave No Trace seminar for Earth Week and an end of the year hike to Rip Rapp Hollow, a crew favorite.