Outdoor Activities Resource Center

Welcome to the Outdoor Activity Resource Center! The Outdoor Activity Resource Center is a place where parents, guardians, scouts, and scout leaders can find commonly used and commonly referenced outdoor activity material. This resource is maintained by the Troop’s Outdoor Activity Coordinator (OAC). Questions, comments, and ideas for new material should be submitted to the OAC via the leadership mailing list which is [email protected].

Resources for Parents/Guardians

“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” ~Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement

Resources for Leaders

“The man who is blind to the beauties of nature has missed half the pleasure of life.” ~Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement

Local Weather, Forest, Wilderness, & Campground Alerts

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests

Detailed information about area status within GWJ can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation

RSS Alerts For George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
  • Temporary Delays - Mount Rogers NRA Roads March 4, 2024
    Visitors should expect delays on Shiloh Road %3AFSR 4050%3A and Mikes Gap Road %3A4051%3A due to timber sale activities. Moore Trail %3AFST 4615%3A will be temporary closed on weekdays. See the news release here.
  • Construction near Appalachian Trail October 24, 2023
    Hikers may hear sound or see lights in the vicinity of Symms Gap meadow on the crest of Peters Mountain %3Asouthbound mile 1544, northbound mile 649.1%3A Please stay on the Trail.
  • Craig Creek Bridge on Appalachian Trail Removed March 30, 2023
    The Craig Creek footbridge on the Appalachian Trail has been removed for public safety. Hikers can utilize a nearby stream crossing detour. More details are available here.
  • Overnight Parking In Pat Jennings Visitor Center Parking Lot Not Allowed March 30, 2023
    Overnight parking in the Pat Jennings Visitor Center parking lot at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is not allowed, but there is parking across the highway from the entrance gate which is first-come, first-served.

Commonly-used local areas without RSS alert feeds

Appalachian Trail Updates

Updates regarding the VA section of the AT can be found here: https://appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates/state/va/

Grayson Highlands State Park

Updates regarding Grayson Highlands State Park can be found here: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands

Weather Underground VA

An interactive weather map of Virginia can be found here: https://www.wunderground.com/wundermap?lat=38.001&lon=-77.907&radar=1

Shenandoah National Park

Updates regarding Shenandoah National Park can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Virginia State Parks Weather Alerts

Updates regarding Virginia State Park Weather Alerts can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/conditions.htm