Camporall (Cub Scouts BSA):
Camporall is Chain Bridge’s largest event with an average of 1,700+ adult volunteers and Cub Scouts participating in FUN activities at Camp Snyder. The idea behind this event is to provide a variety of age-appropriate shooting sports, STEM activities, crafts, and games for our Cub Scouts. Training for Cub Scout adult volunteers are also offered throughout the day for anyone looking to receive additional or position specific training.
Camporee (Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA):
A camporee is a local or regional gathering of Scouting units for a set period of camping and common activities usually centered around an annual theme. Chain Bridge offers a Fall Camporee every year to supplement the camping opportunities for our Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing BSA Crews.
Chain Bridge District’s Mountain Rendezvous Camporee will be 10/15/21 – 10/17/21! In the spirit of General William Ashley’s men of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company of 1825! Learn old time outdoors skills! Participate in mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target shooting, cooking, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of outdoor extravagances! Camping and Campfire! Dress the part!
Register Now! https://scoutingevent.com/082-2021fallcamporee
Cub Scout Day Camp
Cub Scout Day Camp (Cub Scouts BSA):
Our Cub Scout day camps are organized by the National Capital Area Council and are conducted by a leadership team comprised of adult volunteers who are trained and certified by the Boy Scouts of America’s National Camping School. Day camps are for registered Cub Scouts entering the 1st-5th grades the following school year. Those entering the 1st grade must be accompanied by an ‘adult partner’ during their participation. A variety of different activities are offered to allow participants to experience outdoor programs for Cub Scouts.
2022 Cub Scout Day Camp information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in Cubmail and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
District Pinewood Derby
District Pinewood Derby (Cub Scouts BSA):
Pinewood Derby is a racing event for unpowered miniature cars. With the help of adults, Cub Scouts build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles. The track usually has two to eight lanes and slopes down to the ground, since the cars are powered by gravity. The race is run in heats, giving every car the chance to run on each lane. The racers can be grouped with others from the same rank (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, etc.). First, second, and third-place winners usually receive ribbons, medals, or trophies. There are also awards on the basis of car design or styling.
After a challenging 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, the Chain Bridge District is planning for an in-person annual Pinewood Derby this year! The event will be at the Parish Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 800 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA 22202 (on the corner of South Hayes Street) on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 11 AM through 6PM. There will be lots of engines revving and cheers flying as the winners from each of our District’s Packs compete for the district championship. There is a speed competition, as well as a best design competition for those interested who don’t qualify for the speed competition. All the information you need for your Pack’s Pinewood Derby winners to participate, including the complete rules, can be found in the documents linked below. We strongly encourage all Packs to run their races according to the District Rules. If you choose to run your races under different rules, please make sure your Pack’s scouts understand the district rules are different! We also STRONGLY recommend Chain Bridge units not attend the Camp Snyder Pinewood Derby car construction sessions, or attend car building sessions with units outside Chain Bridge District. There is variance in the construction rules between districts, and we have found that the woodshop leaders often do not follow Chain Bridge’s construction rules. This has unfortunately led to some cars not being qualified for District competition.
Klondike Derby (Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA):
The Klondike Derby is an annual winter event based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. There are several stations where patrols must test their Scoutcraft skills and leadership abilities, earning points towards a total score. Every patrol must transport their gear and equipment on a homemade sled pulled by the Scout participants.
Chain Bridge District’s Klondike Derby is the Patrol Method in action – with sleds! A Patrol challenge course that will test your leadership, teamwork and skills in First Aid, Camping, Pioneering, Orienteering & Scout Knowledge. Are you up to the challenge?
Please contact Rob Faris
Oratory Contest (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA, Exploring BSA):
The Oratory contest theme is “What Scouting means or has meant to me.” Orators will present their speech before a panel of judges. Winners will be selected from entrants for each division in Scouting (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA, and Exploring BSA), and a Chain Bridge District orator of the year will also be selected. Winners will present their orations at the annual Chain Bridge District awards dinner, where they will be providing the highlight of the program entertainment before an audience of about 150 adult volunteers and Scouts.
Chain Bridge District’s 2022 Oratory Contest information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in CubMail, Chainemail, and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Projectoree (Scouts BSA):
Projectoree is focused around leadership and teamwork development through a series of competitive games and having FUN! The event’s design encourages inter-Troop friendships and interactions; Giving Senior Scouts responsibilities in helping run a major event, as well as a chance to meet fellow Senior Scouts from neighboring Scouts BSA Troops. Individual Scouts BSA Troops from Chain Bridge volunteer to host a variety of competitions throughout the event. Each competition is run by the senior Scouts of the unit hosting their specific event. The participants compete in Patrol-style teams against one another to see who can have the best overall score and be recognized for their Patrol’s achievement(s).
Save the Date: 04/29/22 – 05/01/22! Chain Bridge District’s2022 Projectoree information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in CubMail, Chainemail, and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Scouting for Food (SFF)
Scouting for Food (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA):
As Scouts, we know how fortunate we are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And we know that not everyone is so lucky. That’s the genesis of Scouting for Food, the annual food-collection drive run by your local council. It’s another reminder to our local communities that Scouts are here, doing good turns. Scouting for Food takes place on two consecutive weekends. On the first weekend, Scouts distribute bags and/or door hangers to let their neighbors know about the drive. On the second, Scouts revisit those houses to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items.
- Each unit runs its own food drive as a unit-level event
- Each unit may schedule its food drive anytime between September 1, 2021 through February 2022 (or later if you want)
- Each unit may do multiple food drives
- Each unit must follow all the current Virginia and NCAC rules for Covid-19. (I will provide a list of the web sites with that info).
- Please get my permission before you do a food drive. I will send you a checklist on the Covid-19 rules for 2021 and ask you to read it and sign it (e-signing is ok) and send it back to me.
- Each unit will need to contact the food bank you are taking the donations to (AFAC, Share of McLean or Food for Others) and make arrangements about when you will bring your donations to that food bank. I will provide you with information on how to contact SHARE and AFAC along with a description of how the food bank would like the donations sorted and packed before bringing it to them.
This is the same way we ran SFF in 2020. Many of our units ran individual food drives and they collected an astonishing amount of donations. Our units collected and delivered 38,810 pounds of food donations to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), 10.590 pounds of food to SHARE in McLean and 3,791 pounds of food to Food For Others (FFO), for a total of 53,191 pounds. (By comparison, our units collected 62,612 pounds of food in 2019).
Paul Maloney has SFF Post-it notes. Please contact him to request some.