Iron Furnace

Fellow Scouters and Program Friends……

If you didn’t already know it summer camp is less than 2 weeks away!  I am PROUD to say that we have a TEAM of approxiamently 35 volunteers actively involved in “making it happen”.  Marie,  and Gerad are definitely  fired up with ideas and new program opportunities.

As we prepare, we are quickly realizing that we have many  “NEEDS and WANTS” and that we need to expand our resource audience . Hopefully you can help spread the word and consider helping us.  Yes, we could use $$$$ but we will talk about that later!

  • Please encourage your local troops to register now so we can plan accordingly.  Make sure they understand the importance of supporting the BRMC during these trying times.  We must make a profit to survive!  Provisional troops will be available if troops elect not to come, but some Scouts from the troop are interested in attending.  Contact Scout office for details.
  • Need volunteers each week to help in various camp activities such as Sunday afternoon check in of troops, mentor counselors, dining hall stewards, BSI guides, and commissioners to direct maintenance and conservation projects.  Let Dan or Maggie know if you can help.
  • We need adults to serve as PROGRAM MENTORS  for our Scoutcraft, Handicraft and Aquatic areas including Claytor Lake.   If you have an interest in sharing your knowledge and skills to our summer staff , please let us know.  We need help in upgrading our exhibits , equipment and supplies to meet the need of our  program. Sign up today by contacting Tom Sikes at.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Got any old tools laying around in the garage or basement?  We are in need of cordless drills, bits,  hammers,  hack saws, crow bars, extension cords, just to name a few for our quartermaster buildings.   Please contact Chris Bower at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
  • Did I mention $$$ ?  There is always an unknown expense as we turn every corner, whether it is old program material, light fixtures, brakes on the vans or boat batteries.  A donation to the Council FOS program would be greatly appreciated to help our needs.   Keep our mission in mind and if you are interested in helping the TEAM prepare our camp it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!! 

Thanks again for your ongoing support and “together” we will ensure the future of Scouting in our communities.

If questions or more information needed please contact:

Dan Grubb                                                              Maggie House
VP Program                                                            Reservation Program Director
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540-320-9224                                                        804-339-5188

Highlighted Activities


A strong and active outdoor program is critical for retaining and growing our youth membership, be it for Cub Scouts, Scouts, or Venturing. The Blue Ridge Mountains Council (BRMC) will therefore be training instructors for the new BALOO & IOLS Instructor Corps. This corps will be responsible for delivering BALOO (C32) and IOLS (S11) training to adult leaders in packs, troops, and crews throughout the council:






Scouting fun and adventure on the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation and beyond does not stop after Camp Powhatan and Camp Ottari complete their regular summer seasons. 

Adventures from 1 to 5 days with difficultly levels from moderate to challenging are available.  After summer camp, do one or do them all.  Space is limited, so sign up soon!

National Youth Leadership Training 2021

July 18 - 22, 2021 Camp Powhatan


NYLT is - an intense, challenging 5-day outdoor training course designed to develop Unit Youth Leaders - for ages 13 to 18 years old - a positive experience for youth leaders - focused on What a Leader must BE, what a Leader must KNOW, and what a Leader must DO.

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It's time for Summer Camp 2021!  Now is the time to reserve your spot before they are gone.  Spots are filling fast!