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There is a COLD RUSH coming!


Get ready for the annual COLD RUSH at Camp Roland. We still need volunteers to staff several events at the upcoming camp including: the ICE FISHING station, the SLED DOG HARNESSING station, COOKING, the GREAT SLED RACE and more. Please call Klondike Dan to volunteer. (276) 322-3911. We should have good weather so come prepared to have a blast!



Prayers for Pat Hartley


Pat Hartley has make remarkable progress and will leave Health South on Thursday. SHe will stay with friends for a few days before moving into her new apartment in Bluefield. She sends thanks for all of your prayers and support!



Pat will be moved to Health South in Princeton today (Wednesday, January 25th) for rehab. She has made remarkable progress but still has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Please continue to pray for her and keep those cards and letters coming!



As of Wednesday morning donations at the "Go Fund Me" site are nearly $1000. Please consider a making donation!


Pat Hartley is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Charleston Area Medical Center after a brutal attack in her home on Friday evening. Her daughter, Toni, reports that she is doing pretty well considering the injuries she sutained. Please keep Miss Pat in your thoughts and prayers as she faces a long recovery. While not up to seeing visitors, yet, she would love to hear from you.


Russell Taylor's son, Andrew, and his wife Kiley have set up a "GO FUND ME" page to help with future medical expenses, which are likely to be substantial. Please consider making a donation to support this wonderful lady, Click on the photo or the link below to donate. Go Fund Me is a safe and secure site that facilitates fund raising for worthy causes. Check them out here: GO FUND ME



Pat and her late husband, Wayne, were fixtures at Camp Roland and in the Mountain Dominion District for decades. They are responsible for leading 99 Scouts to the rank of Eagle over their many years of service. Pat "ran the show" in the Dinig Hall when Summer Camp was held at Camp Roland and did so much to enrich the lives of generations of young men.



Mountain Dominion District Recognition Dinner


The Mountain Dominion District RECOGNITION DINNER will be held at Ryan's in Princeton on Saturday, March 25, 2017 beginning at 6:17 p.m..... or around that time. Cost will be $10 and will be paid AFTER THE MEAL (please do not pay as you enter). More details will follow but please mark your calendar and plan to attend this great event.



Concord University

Freshmen from Concord University came to Camp Roland to earn some service hours in August. Thank you Concord U!!!

Rifle Range

Scouts enrolled in the Rifle Shooting merit badge during the Badge-O-Ree learned from expert instructors at Camp Roland's rifle range "on the hill."

Brush cutting

Thanks to the OA, lots of brush was cleared from around the pond. Thanks to everyone who gave "sweat equity" to this project!



Thanks to EVERYONE who made the 2016 Fall Camporee and Jamboree on the Air a tremendous success. Over 150 people enjoyed the near perfect weather and talked to Scouts from all over the globe. Thanks to the East River Amateur Radio Club for facilitating all the conversations. Contacts were made to Germany, Italy, Russial and France among others, We also made contacts across our great country from Vermont to Texas and beyond. It was GREAT! Thank you ERARC Team!

     Thanks also to the Scouts and adults who went on the NIGHT HIKE Friday evening. 35 Scouts and 5 adults braved the darkness and hiked over 3 miles in the wilderness by moonlight... with just a few flashlights, too. We made the trip in an hour and a half - a record! Congratulations hikers!

There were heros all over Camp this weekend. Thanks to Ed for teaching the RADIO merit badge class and inspiring this event. Thanks to Landon who sacrificed his Radio merit badge to teach younger Scouts at one of our morning sessions. Thanks to Troop 1 for teaching us all about lashing and Troop 93 for handling the Each One Teach One program in the morning. Thanks to Frank and Troop 68 for manning the McGann Building all afternoon. Thanks to David for doing a great job supporting the COOKING station. Thanks to Bill for teaching the surveying/transit station.

     And a big thank you to the O.A. gang who continued the work around the pond. These ladies and gentlemen began this project in July at the Badge-O-Ree and followed through at this camp. Kevin Martin and Jenny Martin have been there from the beginning of this project providing tools, equipment and labor to the cause. Jason Anderson brought his own personal brush hog this weekend and generously allowed us to use it on the camp tractor. Phillip Ball went a step further and brought his won tractor and brush hog. Two tractors along with Shawn Comer, got a lot of brush cleared over the past few weeks. There are others who have contributed. Thank you all!

     Another big thank you goes to Clayton and Andrew who did a fantastic job organizing and running the CAMPFIRE PROGRAM Saturday evening. You did a terrific job. And thanks to each and every Troop and Webelo Pack who shared a skit of song. It was a 100% Scout run event and it was a blast.

     Thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped all over camp. Thanks to the Troops who traveled from beyond our District and beyond our Council to attend and contribute to the sucess of the Camp. You folks are the best!


October 12, 2016

Cooler weather is in the forcast this weekend, Just in time for JAMBOREE ON THE AIR! Here is a quick schedule of events:


7:45 p.m.             Cracker Barrel at Pool Shelter

8:15                        Night Hike begins at bridge


8:45 Flag Ceremony

9:00 – 12:30  Radio Merit Badge in Dining Hall

9:00 – 12:30  Each One Teach One at various shelters (See Roland Rattler at Camp). This will include “Radio Talk” sessions with the ERAC

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-5:00  Afternoon Sessions (including radio)

5:15  Flag Ceremony

5:30  O.A. Meeting

7:45  Campfire Program

 8:30  Bedtime Snack in the Dining Hall


9:30  Worship Service



Shelter #1 - Troop 1

Shelter #2 - Troop 93 Blue Ridge

Shelter #3 - Troop 93 Mountain Dominion

Shelter #4 - Troop 68

Shelter #5 - Troop 14

Shelter #6 - Troop 875

Shelter #7 - Troop 75

Shelter #8 - Troop 177



Saturday morning RADIO Merit Badge Class will meet in the Dining Hall from 9:00 until 12:30

During that same time Scouts who are not taking the merit badge class will be teaching or learning some Scout Skills. You will be will provided with a SCHEDULE for your Troop on Saturday morning. You will also be provided with a schedule for your events on Saturday afternoon,



September 15, 2016


There have been some requests for the current MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR LIST, so here it is! MB COUNSELORS

Thanks to Dan Cook, Mountain Dominion District Advancement Chair, for maintaining the list and vetting counselors.


We have had a great summer season at Camp Roland. Lots of great camps and tons of fun. Now the mornings are becoming cooler, the days are getting shorter and you can see the leaves preparing to jump from the trees as the first frost approaches.


There are some great events planned for the autumn season at Camp Roland.


The Mountain Dominion District will host a ROUNDTABLE at 6:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Bluefield on September 15, just before the monthly DISTRICT MEETING at 7:00 p.m.


O.A. Vigil Weekend is scheduled at Camp Roland September 16-17 and the Fall Fellowship will take place at Camp Chief Logan October 7-9, 2016


The CUB SCOUT FAMILY CAMP will take place at Camp Roland September 23 - 25, 2016. Lots of outdoor activities are planned including sling shots, archery, BB guns, model rockets and more! Please encourage all Cub Scouts to attend - especially new Cubs Scouts. Contact Paula Mattox for more information: (304) 732-9371.


The Boy Scout Fall Camporee will be October 14-16 and will coincide with JAMBOREE ON THE AIR/JAMBOREE ON THE INTERNET. This is the largest Scouting event in the WORLD with over 1 Million Scouts participating across 150 countries YOU can take part in this international event at Camp Roland! There will be lots of other events over the weekend, too. A night hike is planned for Friday night, and old fashioned camp fire program will take place on Saturday night and more! The event is open to CUB SCOUTS, WEBELOS, VENTURE CREW, EXPLORERS as well as BOY SCOUTS. Cost will be approximately $25 for Scouts and will include a patch and T-Shirt. Adult cost is $12.50. Pre-registration is required so we can order shirts. Contact Dan Trent to register or for further information. (276) 322-3911 or


Don't forget the Council CDO (Council District Operations) Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 the Scout Office in Charleston.


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