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.