Overview of the Juniata Valley Council, BSA

About the Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America was chartered in 1934 and serves Centre, HuntingdonJuniata and Mifflin Counties in Central Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Over 60 community-based organizations throughout Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, and Mifflin Counties in Central Pennsylvania receive national charters to use the Scouting program as part of their own youth work.  These organizations, which operate 112 local Scouting Packs, Troops, and Crews, have goals comparable with those of the Boy Scouts of America, include religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, and labor organizations, corporations, professional associations, and citizens groups.

We also partner with several local community organizations and businesses in meeting the needs of our communities.  See those partners here.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Juniata Valley Council, BSA to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential.  The values we strive to instill are based in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

The Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law. 
To help other people at all times,
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law

A Scout is Trustworthy;
Loyal;
Helpful;
Friendly;
Courteous;
Kind;
Obedient;
Cheerful;
Thrifty;
Brave;
Clean;
Reverent.

Programs

The Juniata Valley Council serves more than 2,857 youth and adults.  The various programs include:

Cub Scouting.  A family and home centered program for boys in the first through fifth grade. 

Boy Scouting.  A program for boys 11 through 18 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. 

Vventuring.  An active, exciting program for young men and women 14 through 21 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.

Learning for Life.  The Learning for Life can help schools prepare students to handle today�s complex society. It�s designed to build confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. It can help students learn positive personal values and make ethical decisions.  Character development is a lifelong process, with roots firmly planted in childhood.  Learning for Life has curricula designed to serve all school children.

Funding
The Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America receives financial support from corporations, businesses and individuals, camping, and activities, special events, product sales, investment income, and through our three United Way partners � Centre, Huntingdon, and Mifflin-Juniata.

Facilities

Council Service Center.  The Council Service Center is located at 9 Taylor Drive, Reedsville, Pennsylvania.  The Service Center serves as the clearinghouse for all information, program support, and unit/individual records.  The Juniata Valley Council Scout Shop offers a full line of Boy Scouts of America merchandise including uniforms, equipment, literature, insignia, recognition items, craft supplies, badges, and Scouting accessories.

Seven Mountains Scout Camp.  Seven Mountains Scout Camp is 7 miles west of the Council Service Center.  This 220-acre year round outdoor educational facility offers a wide range of activities including hiking, tent camping, swimming, boating, overnight cabin facilities, and a heated dining hall � seating up to 375.  

If you have a question, comment or suggestions, please E-mail:  Jim Kennedy

Juniata Valley Council, BSA, 9 Taylor Drive, Reedsville PA 17084  (717) 667-9236(voice)  717-667-9798 (fax)