Troop 149 will have its Merit Badge and Advancement weekend on
December 3-5. We will once again be staying at the Blackburn Trail
Center cabin located on the Appalachian Trail just outside of Round
Hill, VA. Located on a 150 acre wooded tract, the commercial style
kitchen provides two propane gas stoves, refrigerator and freezer,
double sinks and two dishwashers. The kitchen is also well stocked with
pots, pans and dishes, etc. It has electricity, hot and cold water, and
wood burning stoves.
(Note that staying in the Trail Center does NOT count as "camping nights.")
That's what's the same from past years... and here's where we add in some important changes.
Occupancy is limited to 22 people! We've been way over in the past. We must make amends. So that's 20 Scouts, 2 adults. Older
Scouts who don't mind tenting, or Scouts who need camping nights for
advancement, can camp on the limited camping pads down from the cabin,
or in the campground that's up the mountain. But we will have to limit
sleeping in the cabin to 20 Scouts. We will skirt the rules and still
use the cabin for cooking and meeting.
MERIT BADGES AND ADVANCEMENT
Due to the unavailability of counselors that can attend the weekend, our merit badge offerings are limited to two:
* First Aid, offered by Dr. Jacqueline Laurin
* Citizenship in Society, offered by Mr. Vargas
Aid should be taken by anyone who does not have the merit badge, and
who is First Class, or has the vast majority of their First Class
Citizenship in Society is
the new DEI merit badge. It will become an Eagle required badge
beginning July 1, 2022! So if you are Star or Life rank, and you do not
think you will be done with all your Eagle requirements by (say) early
June 2022, you should take this merit badge. It is brand new and will be
a learning experience for all of us. Priority will be given to Star and
Life Scouts, with First Class optional depending on who signs up for
Depending on what people pick, we may
offer an optional merit badge, or we might do one with the Citizenship
in Society Scouts just to make the day less intense.
YOU ARE NOT YET FIRST CLASS, you'll work on advancement. Older Scouts
can have the option of helping with advancement if they don't need any
of the offered merit badges.
We reserve the right to close registration or cancel merit badges if registrations are too many or too few.
Cost is $35 / attendee. Please pay using the PayPal link.
As always, pay your grubmaster $20 in cash on the Friday we depart. Adults pay their grubmaster $25 cash.
must also have your signed permission slip (signed by you AND your
parent) submitted before departure. Bring to Troop meeting or send to
How to sign up
You are considered "attending" if you stay either night or if you are here for Saturday activities.
Parents are strongly encouraged to help drive scouts.
All Scouts, and Adults attending the campout:
Adults who are only driving scouts, but not attending:
Click here to see who's signed up already!