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
  • Updated: Blasting on Peters Mountain November 16, 2023
    Blasting activities associated with the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project will occur as early as Friday, November 17, 2023 within the Jefferson National Forest on Peters Mountain. This will occur approximately from stations #10380+00 and #10425+17 %3Aapprox. mileposts 196.4 to 197.25%3A. Blasting could occur for multiple days. For more information, contact Mountain Valley at 844-MVP-TALK or […]
  • Updated: Forestwide Fire Restrictions November 15, 2023
    Effective November 15, 2023, the following is prohibited: 1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire %3Aincluding fires fueled by charcoal or briquettes%3A except if it is in: a. A permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate that the U.S. Forest Service has installed and maintained at the developed recreation sites listed in […]
  • 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.
  • Temp Closure: Rocky Run ATV trail, Second Mountain, Long Run Rd, Vepco Rd April 20, 2023
    Multiple Forest roads in Rockingham County, VA and Pendleton County, WV are temporarily closed. Closures include: Rocky Run ATV trail, Second Mountain Road %3AForest Road #502%3A, Long Run Road %3AForest Road #72%3A and Vepco Road %3AForest Road #240%3A. For current information and a complete list of closures visit Dominion Energy's project map - GWNF Construction […]
  • 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.

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