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.

Camporall 2024 – Details Available Soon   

Registration and more information will be announced soon. Sign up for Cubmail, the district’s newsletter for Cub leaders to get information about district events for adult leaders.

Please contact Dave Carlson and/or Scott Lucier


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.


Details and registration will be made available in late summer or early fall.

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.

registration is open for Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp William B. Snyder. You can register your scouts here:

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.


The Chain Bridge District is once again hosting our annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 9, 2024 in the Parish Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 800 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA 22202 (on the corner of South Hayes Street) from 11AM 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.

Each Pack must identify a single Pinewood Derby Coordinator. This person must register by Monday, February 5th by filling out this Google Form.

Pre-registration of racers is required and must be completed by Monday, February 19th by each Pack’s registered Pinewood Derby Coordinator. To pre-register, the Pack’s Pinewood Derby Coordinator should fill out the Google Form Race Registration page.

No registrations will be accepted after Monday, March 6th. Each of the Cub Scout Packs in the District may only enter one Scout in each Rank Division. While that is a maximum of 6 per Pack, only 1 scout per rank (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light) may be registered. Typically this is the division winner for each Rank from your Pack Pinewood Derby.

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 workshops, or attend car building sessions with units outside Chain Bridge District. There is a variance in the construction rules between districts, and we have found that the woodshop leaders do not follow Chain Bridge’s construction rules. This has unfortunately led to some cars not being qualified for District competition.

2024 Pinewood Derby Rules
2024 Pinewood Derby Info Sheet

Klondike Derby

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.


Dates and details for 2025 will be announced in December 2924.


We had 33 patrols (7 from the G Troops), 229 Scouts, 54 Adults supporting the Troops, 41 Adults and 21 Scout Staff running the event. 14 B and 5 G Troops participated including Troop 673 B from the Powhatan District. Scouts and Scouters who braved the frigid 60+ degree temperatures out in the Klondike last Saturday, here are the results for both the Iditarod (shorter course) and Yukon Quest (longer course).  The spreadsheets with full results are attached and links to scanned sled passports are below.  Sled/Crew names are as your scouts wrote them on their passports (as best we could decipher), which may differ from what adult registrars provided.  Drumroll, please…

In third place, we have:

  • Iditarod – two sleds tied: Alien Alliance (T167B) and Snakeyes (T111B)
  • Yukon Quest – another tie: Baked Potatos (T128B) and Bison (T1128B)

I’m not aware of another year where we had a pair of ties for the same place.  This may be a first, for third ;-)\

In second place, we have:

  • Iditarod – Wolverines (T673B)
  • Yukon Quest – Lumber Jacks (T673B)

Note that Troop 673 had exactly two sleds registered for this event, one in each race, and they came in second for both.  That’s a good showing!

In first place, we have:

  • Iditarod – Maniacs (T1128G)
  • Yukon Quest – Flying Hellfish (T111B)

This was a fantastic event this year, with scouts generally showing up at the finish line with smiles on their faces, regardless of how well or poorly they had done.  I also don’t remember seeing any crew with a sled that fell apart to the point they had to be carrying it, which was a good thing.

We hope to see most of you back next year, maybe even with snow on the ground so the sleds can use their skis! 

Please contact Rob Faris

Oratory Contest

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.



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).


2023 Overall Winning Patrols

1st  128  Cyber Yetis
2nd  647  Cougars
3rd  128  Potatoes Plus
4th  111  Flying Hellfish
5th  647  Cats with Guns
6th  1916  Falcons
7th  638  Bats
8th  111  Snake Eyes

2023 Individual Event Winners
Bad Plumbing  111  Flying Hellfish
Caber Toss  167  Harvey
Fire Building  638  Bats
Nuclear Reactor  128  Cyber Yetis
Obstacle Course  128  Cyber Yetis
Patrol See-Saw  167  Harvey
Pipeline  647  Cougars
Radioactive Basketball  128  Glazed Donuts
Spider Web Escape  647  Cats with Guns
Walk the Plank  111  Flying Hellfish


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.

Thank you for all your help on Scouting For Food in years past. In 2022 our Scouts collected 53,991 pounds of food and delivered that to food banks.

2024 Details

2024 Scouting For Food (SFF) will be on Saturday, November 2 (Scouts distribute SFF post-it notes) and Saturday, November 9, 2024 (Scouts collect donations and take them to the drop off sites).

Paul Maloney
Scouting For Food coordinator, Chain Bridge District