17th Black Bear

A group for leaders and parents of Otters, Timberwolves, and Pathfinders in and around the Woodbridge area of northern Virginia.

Location: Woodbridge, VA
Members: 10
Latest Activity: Jun 19


Upcoming 17th Black Bear events and activities:

Please check the group page on Facebook or your e-mail for the most recent schedule.  If you found us through this page and would like to be added- please message Laura Sowdon.  

Discussion Forum

Winter Animal Shelter visit

Started by Laura Sowdon. Last reply by Laura Sowdon Dec 8, 2014. 1 Reply


Otter Investiture Ceremony

Started by Suzanne Shafford. Last reply by Laura Sowdon Oct 13, 2013. 1 Reply

Here are a few pictures of our Otters receiving their uniforms on September 17th at Chinn Park Library:…Continue

Charlotte Mason and Sir Baden-Powell: Bringing Scouting Home

Started by Suzanne Shafford Sep 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Adapted from a post by Cindy Fleming on Home Sweet Texas ...Most in the homeschooling…Continue

Canoeing and Kayaking at Lake Ridge Park

Started by Suzanne Shafford Aug 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Here are just a few photos from the first Group outing on September 17th:…Continue

Virginia Travel Blog

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Comment by Laura Sowdon on May 18, 2017 at 7:39pm

Visiting a local nature center to learn about local wildlife- turtles, frogs and snakes 

Comment by Laura Sowdon on May 18, 2017 at 7:38pm

Comment by Laura Sowdon on November 12, 2016 at 1:51pm

Today we visited the Marine Corps Museum to honor our Veterans! 

Comment by Laura Sowdon on October 10, 2016 at 11:16am

Our September event of a Bike Rodeo was a great success!

Comment by Laura Sowdon on October 10, 2016 at 11:15am

Comment by Laura Sowdon on November 17, 2015 at 4:28pm

Last night our troop completed their fall service project- we made bags for the homeless- each bag contains 2 cans of soup, socks, gloves, hats, scarves and toiletries.  And a card drawn by one of our Otters.  Each age group brought items, and every child there helped with packing the bags.  The otter brought soup and placed it in the bags first.  The Timberwolves brought socks,and worked on folding them together before adding pairs to each bag, then pathfinders added the other items they had and sorted those so each bag got some of each thing we had.

Comment by Laura Sowdon on November 17, 2015 at 4:26pm

Comment by Laura Sowdon on October 19, 2015 at 6:56pm

Our troop kicked off our scouting year with a field trip to tour the Pentagon!  

Comment by Laura Sowdon on October 19, 2015 at 6:55pm

Comment by Laura Sowdon on July 12, 2015 at 9:08am

Yesterday, our troop bridged 3 otters up to timberwolves, and one timber wolf moved up to pathfinders.  Our pathfinders built the bridge the scouts crossed in the ceremony. 


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Jillian Tate posted an event

BTC3 Training at Cheesequake State Park at Cheesequake State Park, NJ

October 20, 2017 at 6pm to October 22, 2017 at 1pm
Calling all youth section leaders!  This new BTC3 training is built from the ground up for YOU.  We are bringing TWO trainers from Oregon (Ethan Jewett and Kristen Klever) to teach this next level Brownsea training to our NE Rovers.  The Brooklyn…See More
22 hours ago

Scott Hudson replied to Clint Vallee's discussion Chapeaux (Hats)
"That is correct. The availability at local surplus stores and their typical sale pricing, as well as the large shipping charges to/from the QM Store, made them impractical to stock. Other options will be investigated in the short term, with the long…"
23 hours ago

Ethan Jewett replied to Clint Vallee's discussion Chapeaux (Hats)
"My understanding is that when Hudson stocked hats, a high percentage were returned because they did not fit quite right, and the end result was that QM consistently lost money on them. I believe that this will be revisited in light of an…"
23 hours ago

Clint Vallee posted a discussion

Chapeaux (Hats)

Alright so school me here, where did the campaign hat go?Albeit, I wear a Stratton now, however I did initially buy a Rothco when I first joined - still have it (will probably hand it down to my daughter when she leaps up to pathfinding).We're no…See More

Jillian Tate updated their profile
Jennifer Best replied to Laura Sowdon's discussion Knife Skills Training? in the group Timberwolves
"How did those knife kits work out? Thanks! Jen"
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South Region

Base Camp forum for BPSA scout groups and lone scouts living in the South Region: Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, District of Columbia, the Carolinas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin…See More
Harold Cannon updated their profile


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