Boy Scout Troop 68

Scouting reinforces the values in Hargrave’s mission statement, and it is fun, wholesome activity for Hargrave Cadets. For these reasons, Hargrave has maintained an outstanding relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Hargrave’s Troop 68 provides numerous opportunities for Hargrave Cadets in leadership, camaraderie and adventure.

Hargrave supports its Scouts. Since 1995, a growing number of Cadets (70 and counting) have earned the Eagle rank. Numerous merit badges are available on campus. Merit badges include well-supervised, safe programs in swimming, rifle, camping, hiking and climbing. Involvement in community projects is also readily available based on the interest level of each Scout.

Christian values and morals prevail at Hargrave. The Scout oath and Scout Law reinforce Hargrave’s core values and beliefs. By focusing on leadership and character development in our Scouting program, Hargrave guides the development of each individual to greater success later in life.

Scouting is fun! the single biggest aspect of Hargrave’s Scouting program involves numerous planned, adult supervised camping excursions, camporees and travel. It is enough to satisfy the curiosity and adventurous spirit in any young man.

Boy Scouts at Hargrave

Scouting is an important part of our national heritage. It has guided countless young men toward better lives and social responsibility. Hargrave recognizes the value of Scouting and well as those young men with a Scouting background who want to continue. Since its inception, Scouting has effectively guided the development of thousands of young men to manhood.

The purpose of the BSA is to provide an education program to for young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness.

Hargrave’s Troop 68 Offers Scouts:

  • A BSA chartered Scout troop available for new, current and former Scouts, 12 to 17 years old. (Grades 7-12)
  • Advancement opportunities for all, from the new Scout to Eagle Scout.
  • Supporting merit badge counselors on campus, including supported Eagle required badges.
  • Opportunities for completion of Eagle Scout projects, Boards of Review and Courts of Honor.
  • Trained, BSA Scoutmaster. Troop committee and adult leaders available on Hargrave’s staff.
  • Weekly meetings on campus with monthly outings.
  • Dual membership available for Scouts already enrolled in a hometown troop.

Leadership and Facilities at Hargrave

Hargrave’s faculty, staff and facilities provide an outstanding environment for Scouts to excel. With more than 100 years of continuous operation, Hargrave is well suited to handle the needs of many young men. A Scout will discover a wealth of opportunities to accomplish his Scouting goals.

The faculty and staff provide role models, ethical leadership and Christian values for every student. hargrave has long been respected for its rigorous academic instruction and proper military discipline. Many faculty and staff members are also available for Scouts interest in pursuing a specific merit badge.

Hargrave facilities are extensive. Its campus features 214 acres of woods and pastures ideal for Scouting activities. A heated indoor pool, indoor basketball courts, a multipurpose gym, weight room, six lighted tennis courts, a professional sized baseball field, indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, football fields and a soccer field supports the Hargrave Scouts both in and out of the Troop.

Due to its excellent location, Hargrave also has tremendous access to large section of the Appalachian Trail and numerous Civil War battlefields. Adult leaders take Troop 68 Scouts to numerous camping, climbing and adventures sites throughout the school year. Troop 68 plans for at least one excursion each month.

BSA Merit Badges

The ultimate goal along the Scouting path is the Eagle Scout Award. Since 1995, over 70 Hargrave Cadets have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Among the requirements to earn this prestigious award is the completion of at least 21 merit badges. Hargrave supports approximately 50 merit badges on campus, including all Eagle-required merit badges.

Typical Hargrave Troop 68 merit badge offerings (subject to change):

American Heritage

Archery

Art

Astronomy

Athletics

Bugling

Camping

Canoeing

Chess

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Climbing

Communications

Cooking

Cycling

Dog Care

Electronics

Emergency Preparedness

Energy

Environmental Science

Family Life

Fishing

Gardening

Golf

Hiking

Horsemanship

Indian Lore

Journalism

Lifesaving

Music

Orienteering

Personal Fitness

Personal Management

Photography

Reading

Rifle Shooting

Safety

Scholarship

Scouting Heritage

Scuba Diving

Sports

Swimming

Weather

Wilderness Survival

Eagle Awardees

Hargrave is proud to recognize the following individuals for their personal success within the Boy Scout of America organization and the Hargrave scout troop.

The Eagle Award is the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve, and is awarded to Hargrave Boy Scouts during the Parent's Weekend and Mother's Day parade.

Past awardees include:

2015
Justin Covino

2013
Stephen Chain


Daniel Koenig
Timothy Le Payne Nunn
John Smith

2012
Nicholas Aiello


Zack King
Joshua Morin Vaughan Nunn
Sean Olver Rafael Tudela

2011
Spencer King

2010
Michael Harding


Jeffrey Lowen
Jack Neblett

2009
Clarence Bell


Gregory Connelly
Andrew Heiny Harrison Holmes
Hunter Hoshiko Stanley Jones
John Kneppler John Meade

2008
Daniel Adamson


Steve Hancock

2007
Jay Dicicco, III


James Hancock
Dennis Lawson

2006
Brenden Dawson


Chase Urschel
Nicholas Wynne Theodore Wynne

2005
Lloyd Graham Hanley


Mathew McCormick
Michael Wheeler

2004
Christopher Frank


Matthue French
Carlton Jones Oscar Nelson

2003
Broaddus Brown


Philip Browning
Robert Dye Christopher Hinton
Ryan King

2002
Mitchell Borley


Terry Cottle, Jr.
Scott Dye John Mallett, Jr.
John Saunders Guy Verrier

2001

Gordon Carey


Jack Neblett
Hugh Parrish, II John Skaar

2000
Ralph Amos, III


Sean Barrett
Robert Brown, III Edward Cook, III
Winston Harrell Christopher Nielsen
Braxton Wall Willis Wilson, II
Derek Young

1999

Cameron Ingram


Adam Ruble
Thomas Saunders Richard Thompson

1998

James Griffin


J. Scott Porter
Andrew Williams

1997

Forrest Allen


Aaron Iwanowski
Will Simpson, IV

1996

Matt Slay, III

1995

Hardy Spence, Jr.

It’s easy to join.

New Scouts may enroll at the Academy. Dual enrollment is available for current Scouts without sacrificing loyalty to a home troop. Hargrave’s Troop 68 is a chartered member of the Dan River District, Blue Ridge Mountains Council.