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Troop 1028 Other Cool Boy Scout Resources


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Cool Nature and Wildlife Information

Venomous Snakes in Virginia (pdf)

Charlottesville Leaf Guide (pdf)

Poisonous Spiders in Virginia (pdf)

Identifying Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac, and Other Poisonous Plants (pdf)

Learn About Red Spotted Newts (pdf)

Identifying Animal Tracks External Link

 

 

 

Outdoor Safety and Leave No Trace Guidelines

Hiking Safety Guidelines (pdf)

Lightning Safety Guidelines External Link

Boy Scout Hiking/Camping "Leave No Trace" Guidelines (pdf)

 

 

 

 

Easy Hiking (suitable for younger siblings) Recommendations

Hiking Trails at Ivy Creek (Charlottesville, VA) External Link

Hiking on the Rivanna Trail (Charlottesville, VA) External Link

Hiking on the Fontaine Forestry Trail (Charlottesville, VA) External Link

Link to Parks & Rec Hiking in Charlottesville, VA External Link

Hiking Trails at Little Calf Mountain (Rockfish, VA) External Link

 

 

 

 

Moderate Hiking (could be difficult for younger siblings) Recommendations

Hiking Trails at Ragged Mountain (Charlottesville, VA) External Link

Note: The Main Trail is 3.5 miles and quite rocky. Try the Peninsula Loop for some waterside critter observation.

Hiking at Camp Shenandoah (Swoope, VA) External Link

Note: Camp Shenandoah has several good trails for moderate hiking. Ask for trail map in main office.

Hiking Trails at Sherando Lake (near Waynesboro, VA) External Link

Note: Blue Loop trail is a little over 3 miles, takes about 2.5 hours, and has very steep grades at both beginning and end. When you exit to the main road at the end, take the first right to return to main parking via the Lakeside Trail.

Note: The Lakeside Trail is much easier for younger hikers.

Hiking Trails at White Rock Falls (Lovingston, VA) External Link

Note: The 3 mile rocky trail has many switchbacks and some sections of very steep grade. Park in grass lot at Milepost 18.5 and have hike end at the Slacks Overlook main parking lot at Milepost 20 (have cars at both ends to shuttle tired hikers back at the end).

 

 

 

Challenging Hiking (not recommended for younger siblings) Recommendations

Hiking Trails at Old Rag (Sperryville, VA) External Link

Guide to Geology of Old Rag Mountain External Link

Note: The trail is very strenous and has some sections of very steep grade. Old Rag can get very crowded, and closes to hikers when parking lot is full. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Hiking at Crabtree Falls (Montebello, VA) External Link

Note: The rocky trail has many switchbacks and some sections of steep grade. The view at the top is amazing.

Warning: Stick strictly to the trails and don't climb fences, the rocks around the falls are slippery and extremely dangerous (30+ fatal accidents). Keep a very close eye on all children.

Hiking Trails at Humpback Rocks (Rockfish, VA) External Link

Note: The trail is very strenous and has some sections of very steep grade. The view at the top is amazing.

 

 

 

 

Camping Recommendations (within 2 hours of Charlottesville)

Link to SJAC Approved Campsites for Camping External Link

Note: Sites for Pack Camping must be council approved. If not on the list, submit your site for approval several months in advance.

Camping at Sherando Lake (near Waynesboro, VA) External Link

Note: The campground is often visited by foraging bears, so practice bear country food storage guidelines.

State Park Camping Reservations at recreation.gov External Link

Note: Great on-line tool for making camping reservations at most US State and National Parks.

Fabulous Camping at Trout Pond (Lost City, WV) External Link

Note: The Cutright's all-time favorite campground, great camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and picnicking.

Camping at Misty Mountain (Greenwood, VA) External Link

Note: This campground has an arcade and other unusual entertainment activites, making it good for first time campers uneasy with "roughing it" at typical campgrounds.

Camping at Swift Run Campground (Elkton, VA) External Link

Camping at Camp Shenandoah (Swoope, VA) External Link

Note: The campground is open year-round and is available for Pack camping as schedule permits.

Camping at Natural Chimmeys (Mt. Solon, VA) External Link

Camping at Pocahontas State Park (near Richmond, VA) External Link

 

 

 

 

Links to Science and Camping/Hiking Supply Shopping

Science Project Supplies at ACsupplyCo.com External Link

Camping/Hiking Supplies at CampMor.com External Link

Camping/Hiking Supplies at Amazon.com External Link

Camping/Hiking Supplies at Dick's Sporting Goods External Link

Camping/Hiking Supplies at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports (Note: Scouts get 10% discount at Barracks Road store with a valid Scout card) External Link