Black River District News

Updates to Venturing BSA

The National Venturing Committee is pleased to announce that effective immediately the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder and Summit awards will be referred to as Venturing ranks to improve consistency among the different programs within Scouting. The Quest, Ranger and Trust Awards will remain as part of the Venturing program as specialty awards and are not considered Venturing ranks. Additionally, certain restrictions regarding prior credit for Venturers have been changed. Effective immediately, Venturing Advisors have the discretion to give a Venturer credit toward Venturing rank and award requirements for work previously completed by the Venturer while a registered member of a Scouts BSA Troop or a Sea Scout Ship. As explained in more detail below, this change aligns the Venturing advancement program with the Scouts BSA and Sea Scouting advancement programs. Under the current edition of the Guide to Advancement and the latest printed edition of Venturing Awards and Requirements, a Ven ...

Occoneechee Council Merit Badge Saturday

Don't miss this chance to earn a merit badge at Camp Durant on Saturday 10 October. In addition to eight merit badges being offered there will also be an ATV training course and BSA Pistol Shooting. Registration opens on 10 September.

Scouting - Teach a legacy. Start a tradition

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Sep 3, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Robert Keith Froom Assistant District Commissioner  Black River District, Occoneechee Council  BSA  201 Methodist Dr. Garner, NC 27529 Mobile (919) 637-1104 Scouting - Teach a legacy. Start a tradition

Eagle Boards of Review beginning August 2020

Effective in August the Eagle Boards will return to Garner UMC. Weather permitting the boards will be conducted outdoors but contingency for indoors is available for inclement weather. Facial masks are required for the protection of all Scouts and board members. Submission of proposals and finals will be as normal with a target deadline of the 25th of the prior month (25 July for the 12 August EBOR).  If you have any questions contact Curt Lunchick at

Eagle Application Turn In Procedures Beginning 1 June

The Council Office and Scout Shop will open beginning on 1 June under the Governor's Phase 2 requirements. This will mean that up to 10 people may meet indoors along with the social distancing requirements. For those Scouts who desire to turn in their Eagle application material at the Council office it is requested that you email Mrs. Tiffany Edminston first to arrange a time. This process is necessary because up to eight Council staff may be in the office and there can easily be the maximum of 10 people present if you arrive unannounced. Setting up a time to drop off your material will ensure that you can access the office to drop your material off. This will be a temporary process during Phase 2. As before, you may also mail your package to the Council office but it is highly recommended that you can track any package that is mailed.

Important Annoucement concerning the resumption of almost normat operations.

May 21, 2020   Dear Occoneechee Council Scouting Family,   Thank you for your patience during these unparalleled times. We wanted to ensure that our youth members, staff, board, adult volunteers and community were safe and that we did our part in flattening the curve.   We are pleased to announce, effective June 1, 2020, we are lifting the existing orders which closed our service center, the scout shops and prohibited any in-person meetings and activities.   Please keep in mind as we begin to reassemble under Governor Cooper's three phase plan to reopen North Carolina, we are currently within Phase 2. This means we need to adhere to the maximum gathering of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.  Therefore, decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit's individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines. Units should check with their l ...