THURSDAY, July 13, 2023



Today's Schedule

8:15 a.m.                   Flag Ceremony at the Flagpole (Class A uniform please)

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.       Session #1 - Location varies

10:30 - 12:00 noon    Session #2 - Location varies

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.       LUNCH at your campsite

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.         Session #3 - Location varies

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.         Session #4 - Location varies

4:15 p.m.                    Flag Cermony at the Flagpole (Class A uniform please)


4:30 - 6:00 p.m.         FINGERPRINTING merit badge at the Dining Hall

7:15 p.m.                   Mountain Dominion District Meeting at the Dining Hall

8:45 p.m.                   Christmas in July Party -Yankee Swap

9:15 p.m.                   Ice Cream Social - make your own sundae


Today's Weather:

Emergency Contact numbers:

Bland County Rescue Squad . . . . . .  (276) 688-4708

Bland County Sherriff's Office . . . . .  (276) 688-4311

Bland County FIre Department . . . . . (276) 688-4708

Virginia State Police . . . . . . . . . . . . .  (276) 228-3131

Virginia Poison Control . . . . . . . . . . . (800) 222-1222


Highlights of today:

Our classes begin today. Take your time and you will find them. See the full merit badge sechedule and location for each class at the bottom of this page.


FLAG CEREMONY - 8:15 a.m. at Flag Pole (Class A Uniforms, please)

4:15 p.m - FLAG CEREMONY at the Flag Pole (Class A Uniforms, please)

FINGERPRINTING MERIT BADGE - 4:30 p.m. at the DINING HALL (one day session)


CHRISTMAS in JULY - 8:45 p.m. at the DINING HALL (Bring a wraped gift to exchange - if you wish to participate)

ICE CREAM SOCIAL - 9:15p.m. at the DINING HALL - Build your own Ice Cream Sundae (Immediately following Christmas in July)


It is going to be a busy evening!

Our Christmas in July celebration kicks off in the Dining Hall at 8:45 p.m. If we get really inspired we may sing Christmas carols, dring egg nog, and exchange gifts. Okay, we don't have egg nog, but we will exchange gifts. Those who choose to paricipate can place a wrapped present under the tree. We will draw numbers and allow folks to choose a gift from the pile. You may "exchange" a gift one time before we move to the next participant. This is usually a lot of fun.

After we wrap up Christmas, we will enjoy a social hour. Just talking and visiting with one another. We will also feast on ice cream sundaes. We will have ice cream and a few toppings before we return to our campsites for a well deserved rest.


If you missed the International Space Station (ISS) fly over yesterday, you have TWO more chances this morning - The first one (for insomniacs and middle of the night potty people) is at 3:27 a.m. If you look to the North-Northwest you will see the ISS heading East/Northeast for 5 minutes reaching a height of 19 degrees. If you don't want to get up quite that early, it will pass again at 5:03 a.m. appearing at the West -northwest horizon and heading Southeast for 7 minutes reaching a height of 56 degrees.

The moon is waning (appearing smaller each night) this week. Be careful at the pond. The waning moon will cause unusually high tides!