About us!

Founded in the fall of 2012, the 17th Black Bears is the longest-running OSG group in Northern Virginia. Our troop regularly meets in Woodbridge, VA for events like hiking and camping.

We camp several times a year and participate in regional campouts and activities with other OSG groups in Northern Virginia and the East Coast.  The scouts earn proficiency badges and work on community service projects throughout the year.

We have scouts in Otters (ages 5-7), Timberwolves (ages 8-10), and Pathfinders (ages 11 and up). Adults can scout, too, as Rovers

Our scouts chose our group name, Black Bears, to honor the native animal known for its resourcefulness. Our neckers are black for the bears with a yellow stripe at the edge, for honey.

Our troop has scouts in all age groups and respects the differences of all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, orientation, neurodiversity, or ability.  We welcome all those who want to explore the outdoors and give back to the community with an open mind and a sense of adventure.

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The South Region is hosting a BTC on October 4th – 6th, 2024 at Prince William Forest Park, in northern VA. The camp will run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Learn how to run an OSG scout group, what meetings should look like for different age levels, and how to do a Grand Howl. Learn about the history of scouting and OSG’s place in that history. Discuss with other leaders complex topics about how to ensure an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, ensure the safety of the children, and build a base of volunteers to help keep your group running. This event is open to all registered Rovers and prospective members who are in the process of becoming a GSM or a leader in an existing group.

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