Welcome to Camp Roland

Spring Camp

The Spring Camporee was a tremendous success. Thanks to everyone who helped make the day great! Thanks to Hal Keen and Richard Clack for preparing the NATURE station, thanks to Philip Ball and Mike Atkins for helping out with the HIKING station. Thanks to Charles Truckenmiller and Bill Cooley for working at the TOOLS station. And thanks to Nicole Sathre for preparing and running the FUN & GAMES station. Thanks to Bill Hanks for directing all of the adults in service projects around Camp. You guys got so much accomplished this weekend! Thanks to Ed Laxton, Eric Dinovo, Tim Wallace.... and all of the others who worked so hard all day, sometimes in a driving rain. I apologize for not naming everyone who contributed - there were just so many individuals who gave their time and sweat to improve Camp Roland.

Thanks to the Scouts who came out to the event, despite the weather, to enjoy a great weekend of camping and fun. Thanks especially to our Campfire Program emcee at the Dining Hall. Thanks to Troop 68 for providing the fire for the Program. Thanks to Troop 252, Troop 61, Troop 1, Troop 93, Troop 436, Thank you all!

We flew the flag at half staff on Saturday in memory of Troop 14 Scoutmaster Wayne Hartley. Sign his Tribute Page HERE. We also sang "Oh what a beautiful morning" at the flagpole in memory of Wayne.
Wayne Hartley
We mourn the death of Mr. Wayne Hartley, Scoutmaster of Troop 14 in Bluefield. Wayne was more than a Scoutmaster, he was the heart of the Mountain Dominion District. His first "tour of duty" as Scoutmaster was in Japan where he had a Troop as he was serving our country in the United States Air Force. He became Scoutmaster of Troop 14 in 1970. He served in that capacity for 45 years mentoring 49 Scouts to the rank of Eagle. He was also very active on the Mountain Dominion District Committee and worked tirelessly at Camp Roland. We will miss out dear friend and colleague.

There will be a memorial service for Wayne on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Bluefield at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. Wayne's Scouting family are encouraged to wear their Scout uniforms in tribute to his dedication to Scouting.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pat, his daughter, Toni of Pittsburgh, PA, his son Wayne, Jr. of Bluefield, his grandson Franklin of Bastian, VA, and his sister Eudine Froy of Bluefield. Condolences may be sent to the family at:
2010 Wythe Avenue
Bluefield, WV 24701
The obituary for Mr. Wayne Hartley is here: OBITUARY.

Boy Scout Spring Camp
The Mountain Dominion District Spring Camporee will be held at Camp Roland April 24-26. Four sessions of Scout skills, camp cooking, hiking, fun and more are scheduled along with a Campfire Program. The CAMP PROGRAM is in PDF format here.

Shawn Comer gave instructions on knot tying, Phillip Ball taught map reading and orientation and gave lessons on using a compass, Leesa Skeens helped Scouts make a Valentine's Card and "sugar scrub" for parents, and many other leaders mentored boys at this great camp.
Scouts receive instruction by the fireplace in the Dining Hall

Representatives from Troops 1, 14, 252, and 436 braved the elements and had a wonderful time. Several "new" Scouts got to take part in a flag ceremony (and did a terrific job under windy conditions). Bill Hanks led the adults who were not teaching in cutting brush around camp. It was a great day for chain saws! More work is needed and we look forward to lots of help at the next work day later this spring.

Scouts and adult leaders haul brush from around buildings at camp

Charles Truckenmiller and Cyndi Haddox prepared a spaghetti lunch and kept the hot chocolate flowing. It was a great day!

"New" view of the Dining Hall

Takhonek Lodge
Over 300 folks attended the O.A. Banquet. We have a strong group of dedicated folks in O.A. We need to keep the momentum rolling! All units in the Mountain Dominion District should have an O.A. election as soon as possible.Contact Barry Nowlin for information.

Welcome Aboard!
The Mountain Dominion District welcomes Mr. Kermit Davis as our new Camping Chair. Charlie Troup will continue to assist Kermit on the Camping Committee. Thank you gentlemen!

Call or email if you have questions or comments: Klondike Dan (276) 322-3911