Boys Scouts team with battlefield foundation on Eagle projects

Area Boy Scout of America troops recently teamed with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to pursue scout projects on the Third Winchester battlefield, the site of the Sept. 19, 1864, battle that involved 54,000 men and changed the course of the war in the valley.

The Battlefields Foundation has joined forces with troops 3, 31 and 62 of the Shenandoah Area Council Boy Scouts of America to connect conservation-minded American youth to various preservation, merit badge and Eagle Scout project opportunities on local Civil War battlefields. To date, the partnership has allowed SVBF to host four Eagle projects on the Third Winchester battlefield, including Star Fort. Eight more Eagle projects are in the pipeline for 2014, projects that will provide enormous help to the foundation’s efforts to restore and interpret the 567-acre battlefield preserve by the 150th anniversary of the battle on Sept. 19.

With support from the Shenandoah Area Council Boy Scouts of America, a partnership has begun to thrive between the SVBF and local troops. Thanks in large part to Troop 62 and 31, the Battlefields Foundation was able to garner more than 4,000 Volunteer Corps program hours last year alone towards the stewardship efforts on the Third Winchester battlefield.

Scouts Hunter Knox and Brian Bova have completed their Eagle projects on the battlefield, while scouts Justin Shalap, Duncan Knox, Josh DeHaven and Conner Heustis are currently underway with theirs.