Kroger Card

Kroger's Community Rewards Program will donate a percentage of your in-store purchases to the charitable organization of your choice -- hopefully BSA Troop 800.  All you have to do to make this happen is link your Kroger Plus Shopper's Card to the Troop's account.  This costs you nothing.  Your spending is 100% confidential and this program DOES NOT affect your earnings toward fuel program discounts.  

Click here or on the Kroger Plus Shopper's Card above to learn more.

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There have been a lot of questions circulating about how Troop 800 intends to safely resume regular Troop meetings and camping activities. A lot of thought and research has gone into the following plan, which has been shared with The Heart of Virginia Council, who intend to use it as the framework for their own plan. Please read it thoroughly, because it contains many very important changes and new requirements in many areas.

Now that we have entered Phase II of Virginia's reopening plan, it is time for us to get our scouts involved again and back on track.

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Assuming there are no government directives otherwise, we will be delivering all mulch orders this Saturday, March 28th and Sunday March 29th (if necessary).

We would like to remind you of a few things regarding the delivery process:

  1. Due to insurance and safety reasons, we cannot deliver your mulch order ANYWHERE off your driveway (this includes back yards, flower beds, etc.).  The delivery location must be visible from the street.
  2. We cannot deliver around or between vehicles, so if your delivery point is behind where you normally park your vehicle, you need to make sure your car is not in the way and that there is a clear path all the way to your vehicle.  If there is anything in the way, we will leave the mulch in a more accessible location of our choosing.
  3. If you have requested the mulch spreading service, you will be contacted next week to schedule a time to spread the mulch.  We have thousands of bags of mulch to deliver, so we WILL NOT be spreading any of it this weekend.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we also have very specific safety requirements to protect both you and our delivery crew:

  1. Please DO NOT approach our delivery crew members.  If you must interact with them, please maintain a distance of at least 10 feet.  For your safety and theirs, we need to be able to drop your mulch order and leave the area as quickly as possible to minimize any chance of infection.
  2. Please DO NOT offer any snacks, tips or any other items to the delivery crew.  Our crew will be instructed not to accept them for their own safety.

If you're curious about where the money from your mulch order goes, it costs our Troop approxmately $450 per year per Scout for our annual activities and that is likely to increase this year.  We also use the money to supplement the cost of our more expensive activities, entrance fees, campsite costs and high adventure trips.  A tremendous amount of work goes on before, during and after the mulch orders are delivered to make all of this happen and it is only through your generous orders that we are able to do these things with the boys of our Troop.  Your contribution DOES make a difference in the lives of these boys.

As always the boys, parents and leaders of BSA Troop 800 thank you for your ongoing support.

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Please read the article below for news and information pertaining to Scouting BSA's recent Chapter 11 filing notice.

Locally, we know the following:

  • The Heart of Virginia Council of Scouting BSA is a completely separate financial entity and is not affected by national's filing.
  • Scouting activities in the Commonwealth will continue as normal unless and until we are told otherwise.

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February 18, 2020
by Michael Freeman
(Eagle Scout, Associate Editor of Boys’ Life, Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazines)

If you’re reading this, you have probably experienced the positive impact of Scouting.

And I’m guessing that – like me – you want Scouting to be around to serve kids in our communities for many years to come.

I’m hoping you also agree that it’s important that the BSA supports victims of past abuse in Scouting. Quite simply, it’s the right thing to do.