About Us

BSA Finances

As has been widely reported, the National Council, BSA is considering options regarding financial reorganization if future circumstances should require it.

No such decisions have been made, and no actions have been taken.  These considerations are merely due diligence and part of good governance.

The National Council, BSA is a separate and distinct corporation from any local BSA Council. Ohio River Valley Scouting is incorporated in West Virginia and our assets are not affected should the National Council restructure and reorganize its own assets. Our funds and properties are under our board’s ownership and governance.

Children and families count on us for fun and adventure, for character-building life skills, for a safe haven, and for their preparation as our future community leaders.  We’re keeping our focus on them.  Ohio River Valley Scouting is strong and vital, and we will continue to use the resources of the National Council and find the services and resources we need, locally as well as in concert with other Scout Councils, to serve our families for decades to come.

David Truax
Interim Scout Executive
Ohio River Valley  Council

About Us

The Ohio River Valley Council was formed in November of 1917 with just five troops by the Wheeling Rotary Club. 100 years later, the council continues to serve the youth and families in Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia with more than 80 troops and 1,800 Boy Scouts, adult leaders and volunteers.

The ORVC was originally formed as the “Wheeling Local Council” before changing and merging a number of times. In 1922, the council changed its name to the “Wheeling-Moundsville Council” and again in February 1927 to the “Hurquois Council.”

The Hurquois Council name stuck 40 years until becoming the “National Trail Council” in 1965. In 1991, the National Trail Council and the Fort Steuben Area Council merged to create the Ohio River Valley Council.

The council is divided into three districts, The Two Chiefs District, encompassing Hancock & Brooke Counties in West Virginia and Jefferson and Harrison Counties in Ohio. The National Trail District, which includes Ohio County, West Virginia and Belmont County Ohio. The southernmost district is The Mountaineer District, which covers Marshall County, Wetzel County and Tyler County in West Virginia and Monroe County, Ohio.

The ORVC continues to be one of the largest youth serving agencies in the valley. The ORVC is headquartered in rural Ohio County, West Virginia on the Sandscrest Scout Reservation, a facility used year round by local scouts.

The ORVC is one of the largest youth serving agencies in the valley, serving over 3,000 youth annually.


The Mission of the Ohio River Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America, is to develop area youth into responsible leaders by fostering self-esteem and providing full-filled programs that encourage a health and value-based lifestyle.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


On my honor I will do my best to do my duty

To God in 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.