Outdoor Activities Resource Center

Welcome to the Outdoor Activity Resource Center! The Outdoor Activity Resource Center is a place where parents, guardians, scouts, and scout leaders can find commonly used and commonly referenced outdoor activity material. This resource is maintained by the Pack’s Outdoor Activity Coordinator (OAC). Questions, comments, and ideas for new material should be submitted to the OAC via the leadership mailing list which is [email protected].

Resources for Parents/Guardians

“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” ~Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement

Resources for Leaders

“The man who is blind to the beauties of nature has missed half the pleasure of life.” ~Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement

Local Weather, Forest, Wilderness, & Campground Alerts

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests

Detailed information about area status within GWJ can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation

RSS Alerts For George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
  • Straight Branch Shelter closed for repairs September 28, 2023
    Straight Branch Shelter on Iron Mountain Trail %3AForest Trail #301%3A will be closed for re-roofing and repairs from October 2nd - October 13th. For more information contact the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Office: 276-783-5196
  • Regional Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Nominations Opening September 21, 2023
    Starting October 1, 2023, the Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill 11 positions on the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. The group meets 1-2 times per year and serves national forests across the Southeast. The committee is tasked with reviewing fee proposals for forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico and recommending […]
  • Temp Closure: Rocky Run ATV trail, Second Mountain, Long Run Rd, Vepco Rd April 20, 2023
    Multiple Forest roads in Rockingham County, VA and Pendleton County, WV are temporarily closed. Closures include: Rocky Run ATV trail, Second Mountain Road %3AForest Road #502%3A, Long Run Road %3AForest Road #72%3A and Vepco Road %3AForest Road #240%3A. For current information and a complete list of closures visit Dominion Energy's project map - GWNF Construction […]
  • Craig Creek Bridge on Appalachian Trail Removed March 30, 2023
    The Craig Creek footbridge on the Appalachian Trail has been removed for public safety. Hikers can utilize a nearby stream crossing detour. More details are available here.
  • Overnight Parking In Pat Jennings Visitor Center Parking Lot Not Allowed March 30, 2023
    Overnight parking in the Pat Jennings Visitor Center parking lot at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is not allowed, but there is parking across the highway from the entrance gate which is first-come, first-served.

Commonly-used local areas without RSS alert feeds

Appalachian Trail Updates

Updates regarding the VA section of the AT can be found here: https://appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates/state/va/

Grayson Highlands State Park

Updates regarding Grayson Highlands State Park can be found here: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands

Weather Underground VA

An interactive weather map of Virginia can be found here: https://www.wunderground.com/wundermap?lat=38.001&lon=-77.907&radar=1

Shenandoah National Park

Updates regarding Shenandoah National Park can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Virginia State Parks Weather Alerts

Updates regarding Virginia State Park Weather Alerts can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/conditions.htm