Wednesday, July 12, 2023



We are glad you have made the choice to attend our Merit Badge-O-Ree. Please help us keep the Camp running smoothly. Drop of your gear at your assigned shelter. Then please move your vehicles to the "parking line" in the field. Please help us keep everyone safe by limiting vehicular travel around Camp. It is a beautiful Camp... please enjoy WALKING!

Remind your Scouts to be safe, be kind, and be good Scouts! We strive to have a safe and friendly community for these 72 hours. Please help us to make this the greatest Camping event EVER!


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


We are glad you're here.

Here are a few hints and tips to get you started:


This is only a "set up" day. It is NOT a part of the event. The Badge-O-Ree officially begins TOMORROW, July15, 2023 promptly at 8:15  at the flagpole. No events are scheduled today. You will need to make your own fun today! We are simply giving you an opportunity to get set up and ready so you will be ready to go on Thursday morning.


There is no check in today. I can hear the newcomers saying, "What?" Again, today is not part of the official program so there is no check in. We trust you to be good Scouts and head to your assigned campsite and get settled in. Be kind, be considerate, be patient, and be quiet - especially after 10 p.m.


Shelter assignments:


Shelter 1 - - - - - Troop 1, Princeton, WV

Shelter 2 - - - - - Troop 93, Marion, VA

Shelter 3 - - - - - Troop 460, Pembroke, VA

Shelter 4 - - - - - Troop 68, Narrows, VA

Shelter 5 - - - - - Troop 316, Alderson, WV

Shelter 6 - - - - - Troop 733, Barbersville, WV

Shelter 7 - - - - -  Troop 239, Lebanon, VA

Shelter 8 - - - - - Reserved for the Camp Bear

Handicraft Lodge - - Troop 45, Racine, WV


This is a Scouts BSA event. Adults must camp in one section of your campsite, youth must camp in a separate section. Scouts are not allowed in adult's tents (not even their own parent's tent) and adults are not allowed in Scout's tents (not even their own children. Please set up your tents in a neat, orderly fashion. Straight lines look really nice!


Only one fire per shelter. It should be built in the supplied fire ring. If you will be chopping wood for the fire, please set up and cordon off an ax yard.


After you unload your gear, please move all vehicles out of your campsite. You may drop a trailer and leave it in your shelter area. We prefer that you park all other vehicles in a neat line 20-30 yards away from your shelter. Please limit driving across the field once camp begins. Grass is for parking and pedestrians only Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you must drive, please drive on the NORTH edge of the field (near the pond).


We are fortunate to have 4 separate restrooms at Camp Roland: Adult men, Adult women, Youth boys, and youth girls. You must use only the restroom that "fits" you. No one under 18 in adult facilities, no one 18 in youth facilities - except for cleaning. When it is your turn for "Potty Patrol" please announce yourself clearly before entering any rest room.


Potty Patrol

We are asking every unit to take a turn at keeping the restrooms clean. Potty doodies (duties) include:

Monitor the trash cans - empty as needed

Monitor the paper towels and toilet paper - replenish as needed (replacement paper towels and toilet paper are in the left bay of the garage)

Please do not "over supply" the paper products - TP and towels have a way of disappearing if too much is available

Sweep, sweep, sweep

Flush, flush, flush


Potty Patrol Schedule

Troops 68 and 316 - Wednesday afternoon until 8:29 a.m. Thursday morning

Troop 460 and 733 - Thursday at 8:30 a.m. until 8:29 a.m. Friday morning

Troop 93 and 239 - Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. until 8:29 Saturday morning

Troop 1 and 45 - Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. until Sunday morning


Other cleanup duties:

Help us keep the camp neat and clean by keeping your campsite tidy.

Do not keep food in your tent - we have a camp BEAR! Really, we do, so keep food properly stored

Keep the lid on your trash cans tightly closed

Empty your trash before bed time - remember the bear. Take your daily trash to the dumpster near the bridge

Keep the doors on the dumpster closed and latched - the bear likes to dig in the dumpster - really!

Help us keep the entire camp clean. If you see trash on the ground, help us our and pick it up. Thanks.


Entertainment tonight:

Klondike Dan has made special arrangements with NASA and the International Space Station crew for a "flyover" this evening. Dan had to call in a lot of favors, but he has got all of the countries who are associated with the ISS to agree to fly the Space Station directly over Camp Roland tonight at 10:33 p.m. The ISS will be visible beginning at 10:33 p.m. in the western sky (face moon gap and turn 90 degrees to the right). It will be visible for 6 minutes as it crosses to the northeast (toward the power line towers across the highway. Thank you ISS!


Get a good night's rest. The flag ceremony begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) morning. See you there in your class A uniform.

The time and location of the merit badge classes is provided below. Get familiar with your classes tonight to save time tomorrow!