Scouting in the United States Virgin Islands
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
Boy Scouting in the USVI today
|Virgin Islands Council #410|
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.
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. 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.
|Howard M. Wall Scout Camp|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
|Location||Fareham, Saint Croix, USVI|
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.
There are plans in place to construct new indoor housing and upgrade at a cost of $500,000.
Girl Scouts of the USA
- Scouting and Guiding in the British Virgin Islands
- Boy Scouts of America Puerto Rico Council