- Stonewall Jackson Area Council
name = Stonewall Jackson Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
Virginia, West Virginia
f-date = 1926
chiefscouttitle = Scout Executive
chiefscout = Don Ellis
chiefscouttitle2 = President
chiefscout2 = Duane H. Zobrist
chiefscouttitle3 = Commissioner
chiefscout3 = Michael R. Sexton
website = http://bsa-sjac.org/The Stonewall Jackson Area Council (SJAC) is the local council of the
Boy Scouts of America(BSA) that serves Scouts in areas of the Shenandoah Valleyin Virginiaand West Virginiaand areas of central Virginia.
The council was organized by the
Kiwanisof Clifton Forge, Virginiain 1926 as the Stonewall Jackson Council. [cite web|url=http://www.runet.edu/~jfox/kiwanis/history/clubs/cliftonforge.html|title=Capital District Kiwanis History|work=Capital District Kiwanis|accessdate=2008-06-02] The council is named after General Stonewall Jackson, one of the most famous residents of the area.
The council is part of Area 7 of the Southern Region of the BSA. The council service center is in
Waynesboro, Virginiaand employs seven paid professional Scouters and an office staff. SJAC is divided into four districts:
Programs and activities
Since 2006, the council has hosted the annual Venturing Shootaround in partnership with the
National Rifle Association. The event is for Venturers and senior Boy Scouts and offers pistol, rifle, shotgun, black powder and archery. [cite journal |title=2nd Annual Venturing/NRA Shootaround – A Blast! |journal=Civilian Marksmanship Program Magazine |url=http://www.odcmp.org/1007/default.asp?page=VENTURING|accessdate=2008-06-01]
name = Camp Shenandoah
f-date = 1950
founder = J. W. Fix
website = [http://www.campshenandoah.org/ Camp Shenadoah] Camp Shenandoah was first established in 1930 near
McGaheysville, Virginiaand moved to its present site near Swoope, Virginiain 1950. With expansions in 1999, the camp property is now convert|454|acre|km2 located on the eastern slope of Little North Mountain. The west side of the camp borders on the George Washington National Forest and north, east and south sides bordering on agricultural areas of Swoope. A hunter access road runs through the camp. Three creeks run through the camp, supplying the small man-made Hope Lake. A portion of the new property on the north side has been placed into the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and is being restored from an agricultural to a natural state.
The camp is primarily used by units within the council, but is available to other Scouting units and youth groups and is used year-round.
The camp ranger has a house just outside the camp entrance. The camp office includes the health lodge where emergency health care is provide during summer camp. The dining hall seats up to 300 people and includes the kitchen and food storage facilities, a staff lounge and restrooms for visitors. The trading post is a camp store that sells snack, souvenirs, craft materials and other items during summer camp; attached are two small multi-purpose rooms. A maintenance area includes the workshop and quartermaster storage and a shed for tractor and equipment storage. The parade field provides an area where campers can assemble for flag ceremonies and other activities. The Lockridge Chapel is open-air with benches for seating. The shower house has facilities for male and female, youth and adult campers. Water is provided from a well-fed water tower and sewage is processed on-site.
The camp has 14 tent camp sites, each with running water and a latrine and most with a small pavilion. Unimproved areas are available for outpost camping.
The Colonel Morris T. Warner, Jr. Rifle Range, the shotgun range and the archery range are located on OA Ridge; a separate black powder range can be set up as needed. The COPE area has a climbing tower and has high and low ropes courses set up during summer camp. The waterfront has a swim area, canoes and rowboats.
The summer camp program provides opportunities for a range of merit badges in the areas of
Scoutcraft, handicraft, aquatics, nature and shooting sports. Other programs include Project COPE, hikes to Elliott Knoband a high adventure program. Scout leaders can take supplemental training in aquatics and boating safety and in CPR. New Scouts can participate in programs designed to help work towards First Class Scout.
name = Shenandoah Lodge
type = Lodge
chiefscouttitle =Lodge Chief
chiefscout =Pete Echols
chiefscouttitle2 =Lodge Adviser
chiefscout2 =Mike White
website = http://shenandoahlodge.org/The
Order of the Arrowis represented by the Shenandoah Lodge. It supports the Scouting programs of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council through leadership, camping, and service. The lodge is organized as four chapters:
* Achewon Allohak: Southern District
* Monocan: Massanutten District
* Saponi: Monticello District
* Nagatamen: Valley District
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