Welcome to Troop 1970 in Reston, Virginia!

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Since 1965, Troop 1970 has been “Keeping the Tradition.”

The troop is proud to offer a traditional yet progressive scouting program. Through monthly outings, summer camp, and community service, the scouts of Troop 1970 build skills and create friendships for a lifetime.

Weekly meetings are held every Monday during the school year at 7:30 PM at the United Christian Parish at 11508 North Shore Drive in Reston, Virginia. Visitors are always welcome, or feel free to contact us with any questions. Check our Upcoming Events list to the right to see what's on the horizon, and please come check us out. We look forward to meeting you!

Seabase 2015

Some of our recent and upcoming events include:

  • Summer camp and Sea Base
  • Family whitewater rafting trip
  • Annual "Rock-In" with swimming, bowling, and climbing at Sportrock
  • USNA/Annapolis campout
  • USS Intrepid overnight
  • Annual pancake dinner (cooked by scouts!)
  • Gettysburg
  • Skiing
  • Caving
  • Wilderness survival campout
  • Old Rag hike and campout
  • Ocean City campout
  • Railroading campout
  • Biking campout
  • Celtic Festival
  • Hershey Park
  • District Camporee
  • And of course, our annual MULCH fundraiser!

Camp Rodney, 2014Troop 1970 Flag

Check out these fun videos of Troop 1970 in action!

Signups are open for the USNA Merit Badge Jamboree on Jan. 15-17, 2016!

Posted by admin on Nov 7 2015 - 6:44pm

Sign-ups are now open for the 2016 Naval Academy NESA STEM Merit Badge Jamboree held from Jan. 15-17th, 2016 with camping at YMCA Camp Letts. The Naval Academy community looks forward to hosting Troop 1970 as scouts explore the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in our state-of-the-art-facilities.  Sign-up NOW…registration closes on 23 November 2015!

Sign-ups are open to the first 15 Scouts who register AND provide all required information in the registration notes field, NLT 23 November 2015.  Scouts must all be at least a.)14 or b.)13 and enrolled in eighth grade to attend.  Adults can also register and sign-up for speciality class (see below), although I need to confirm if there is a limit on number of attendees with the organizers.

Required Registration Information:

Rifle/Shotgun merit badge completion

Posted by admin on Nov 7 2015 - 6:36pm

Any Scout who was unable to complete the shooting portion of either the Rifle or Shotgun merit badge during summer camp, please send an email to Mr. Williams (dqwilliamsri@gmail.com), who is coordinating a completion program with Isaak Walton.  Additional details will be forthcoming once we know how many Scouts need to participate.

Time for annual registrations! DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Posted by admin on Nov 1 2015 - 9:13am

It's time for 2015-2016 Scout & Adult Registration! Please review and complete the troop registration forms (attached; also available under the Files menu) and submit them with your annual dues no later than November 2, 2015. You may pay by check in person or by PayPal here on the site. Forms were also handed out at last week's troop meeting. Please contact Melissa Williams if you have any questions.

A message from Scoutmaster Bob Leseman

Posted by admin on Aug 30 2015 - 11:58pm

This is the text of an email that was sent out to all members of Troop 1970 on August 30, 2015, from our Scoutmaster, Bob Leseman:

Scouts, good evening!  

A little over three years ago, I was humbly honored and eventually accepted the call to serve as T1970's Scoutmaster.   It has been my great pleasure and honor to serve T1970's youth leaders as they mature as men.   It is with this in mind that I impart a Scoutmaster Minute.   I challenge every Scout in T1970 to answer the call to lead within the Troop.   Serving as a leader is hard work!   It will require sacrifices that you may not be prepared to make, but take the opportunity to become a humble leader who puts others ahead of their own needs.

As many of you may or may not know, I am in the process of answering my next call to service.   Apart from my full-time job and role as a Scoutmaster, I use my free-time to "moonlight" as a Major in the Virginia Army National Guard.   Our unit was told on short notice in June, that we would be deploying.   It is with a heavy heart I've had to tell my family, my employer, and now you, that I will be leaving on Sept. 11th for 9 months.   As a leader in the Army, I consider serving our nation the most noble of causes.   Our departure ceremony is on Sept-9 at Fort AP Hill, VA and if you are looking for a reason to skip school or work, you can RSVP here.   Anyone attending from the Troop will get the VIP treatment, :).   While I would love to see you at the event, your Mom probably isn't going to let you skip the first day of school, so alternatively you can follow our unit on Facebook here.

Last but not least, I am pleased to announce that the Committee has selected Mr. Juris Kelley as the next Scoutmaster.   Juris is an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster.   Juris has led every Whitewater and Wilderness Survival campout since I've been affiliated with the Troop.   Juris has also led a High Adventure Trip to "Sea Base" and recently Japan for the International Jamboree.   Among many other laudatory accomplishments, he also taught me how to start a fire with a 9V battery and make a sandwich while kayaking.    He also says that he can magically start a fire with a rocket motor, just ask him at the 1st Scout meeting of the year.   I always learn something new in the presence of Juris Kelley,   Juris, Juris, Juris!!!!   Please welcome Juris and help him accomplish our goal of making every Scout a Leader!

Ever Forward!  (<do you really know your Virginia History?).
vr, RWL

Eagle BOR results

Posted by admin on Jul 30 2015 - 11:08pm

Congratulations to Drew Marchesseault on successfully completing his Eagle Board of Review on 7/30/15.

ScoutBucks balances updated

Posted by admin on Jul 23 2015 - 8:22am

A new spreadsheet has been posted with updated ScoutBucks balances as of July 16, 2015. Please download it (under the Files menu in the list to the left) and feel free to use your ScoutBucks for any scouting-related costs.

BSA Troop # 1970