Scouting in the United States Virgin Islands

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Scouting in the United States Virgin Islands has a long history, from the 1920s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

Boy Scouts of America[edit]

Boy Scouting in the USVI today[edit]

As of March 1, 2013. The US Virgin Islands Council was merged into the National Capital Area Council.[1][2]

The local Scouts are active in the community.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

Virgin Islands Council #410
Virgin Islands Council CSP.png
Founded 1965
Defunct 2013
Website
http://www.ncacbsa.org/?page=USVISplash
 Scouting portal

The Boy Scouts of America ln the United States Virgin Islands was served in the early 20th Century through National Council Direct Service, and then the troops later were added as the Virgin Island District in the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands Council. The Virgin Island District was separated from the Puerto Rico Council in 1964-65. In 1965, the new Virgin Islands Council chartered its own Order of the Arrow Lodge, Arawak Lodge 562.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Troop 152, sponsored by Saint Patrick's Church, Frederiksted, Saint Croix, formed a steel band of grammar-school-age Scouts that was managed by Vivian Bennerson. The band toured internationally.[citation needed]

As of 2004, the Great House in Estate Diamond, Saint Croix that served as council headquarters was deserted; possibly the destruction of Hurricane Hugo caused its abandonment.[citation needed] As of March 1, 2013, the Virgin Island Council was merged into the National Capital Area Council, headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, and the postal initials "VI" were added to the NCAC council shoulder patch.

Arawak Lodge 562, named after a pre-Columbian Caribbean tribe, was the lodge for Arrowmen in the United States Virgin Islands during the time Virgin Islands Council was independent [6]

Camps[edit]

Howard M. Wall Scout Camp
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Location Fareham, Saint Croix, USVI
Country United States
Coordinates 17°43′01″N 64°39′54″W / 17.717°N 64.665°W / 17.717; -64.665
Website
boyscouts-ncac.org/camp-howard-m-wall
 Scouting portal

The Howard M. Wall Scout Camp at Milord Point Beach on Route 62 at Great Pond Bay, in Fareham, on the southeast end of Saint Croix, is meant to accommodate up to 150 campers. It has a bath house (with two separated banks of showers and two rooms of latrines) and a mess hall. The Boy Scouts use the facility during two brief periods a year.

The US Virgin Islands Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament helps to fund the Marine Vocational Program (MVP) for the Boy Scouts[1].

There are plans in place to construct new indoor housing and upgrade at a cost of $500,000.[citation needed]

Girl Scouts of the USA[edit]

Girl Scouting in the United States Virgin Islands is administered by the USA Girl Scouts Overseas—U.S. Virgin Islands of the Girl Scouts of the USA

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