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Prepared. For Life. Fellow Scouts and Scouters, One of my favorite outdoor activities is, without question, fishing. I feel very fortunate that through my work with the Scouts I have had the opportunity to test the waters in literally every corner of this country. From the U.S. Virgin Islands (where our own Camp Howard M. Wall will be hosting programs for Sea Base starting in 2019!) to the Canadian borders at Northern Tier High Adventure Base, and even in the mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch. Did you know Philmont had a fishing program? Check it out at Obviously I’m not the only one who is a big fan of fishing. It’s one of the top 25 merit badges in our council every year, and the 10th most popular non-Eagle merit badge nationally. That is why I am so excited that our new member theme for this fall is going to be Hooked On Scouting! Building off the success of “Rocket Into Scouting” over the past two years, Hooked on Scouting will be the theme that helps us welcome new members into the Scouting program. As with last year, there will be local events and a special joining gift for new Scouts. There will be flyers, and posters, and sharable Facebook posts (because fishing’s no fun without the right gear). But more than there will be a Hooked on Scouting mindset that unites us all. Because if you love going fishing as much as I do, you know that what makes a trip great isn’t the gear, the weather, the scenery, or even how much you catch. It’s about the friends you bring with and the memories you make while you wait for the fish to bite. To borrow a line from the great American naturalist Henry David Thoreau, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Every angler has a story of “the one that got away.” It’s a thing that sticks with you for the rest of your life. Don’t let Scouting be the one that got away in your friends’ lives. Call them, tell them your best “you had to be there!” Scouting stories, and get them ready to catch the adventure of a lifetime! See you ‘round the campfire,

Les Baron Scout Executive/CEO

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SPRING 2018 Published by National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America

A Monarch Butterfly nearly ready to emerge from its chrysalis in a Scouter’s garden. Learn more about NCAC’s conservation project to help butterflies thrive on page 16.

9190 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20814-3897 301-530-9360

Dr. James E. Smith Council President

Roy “Rick” Rogers Council Commissioner

Les Baron

Scout Executive

Jeff Berger

Deputy Scout Executive

Aaron Chusid Editor-in-Chief

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Around the Council Development Endowment Camp William B. Snyder Goshen Scout Reservation Exploring Venturing Sea Scouting Outdoor Adventure STEM Training Eagle Scout Awards Commissioner’s Corner Council Map District News & Views Direct Service Council Calendar


Marriott Scout Service Center May 28 Memborial Day July 4 Independence Day

9 Annual Endowment Report

2018-19 Print Schedule Summer Edition 2018 Articles Due: Friday, June 22, 2018 In Mailboxes: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Commissioner College Celebrates 75 Years of Commissioner Training Champion Athlete and Local Scout Featured in Boys’ Life

36 A Scouter Remembers

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Around the Council Early Adopters Lead the Way to Family Scouting! Family Scouting has arrived in National Capital Area Council in the form of BSA’s Early Adopter Program. While the full roll-out begins n June 11, many of our Chartered Organizations were ready to go and just couldn’t wait to get started. In January and February of 2018, NCAC saw more than 60 Units launch Cub Scout Programs for girls. “Early Adopter numbers were right where we expected them to be,” said Les Baron, Chief Scout Executive. “The enthusiasm from these Units, however, has been off of the charts.” In order to be an Early Adopter, interested Packs ad a high bar to clear. To be considered they had to demonstrate the following:

• Be approved in “good standing” with the Council (think: recharter paperwork),

• Have their Chartered Organization Representative (COR) activate their pin,

• Show that all leaders are 100% trained, including current Youth Protection Training,

• Have female leadership in place for any Pack or Den activities involving female members,

• Have a program plan that would enable all members – girls and boys – to complete rank advancement by May 31, and

• Agree to abide by the rules of the pilot program, including a minimum of 4 girls in a Den. (For this soft launch Packs could create an “All Ages Den” with at least 4 girls).

The new Packs have also been of help in dispelling myths that continue to crop-up around Family Scouting programs. “One of the misconceptions that we keep hearing is the belief that Scouting has gone co-ed,” said Baron. “It hasn’t. These are singlegender Dens, just as was always intended and as is planned for the full roll-out this summer. What’s truly new is that girls who were, in many cases, previously attending meetings and participating with their brothers are now full-fledged members earning advancement.” For Packs who haven’t yet launched, the

Early Adopter Program still provides a good idea of what needs to be done to “Be Prepared!” for the full Family Scouting roll-out. Similar to the introduction of Lions a few years back, this “soft rollout” framework was sensitive to the needs of all families while providing a comfortable starting point for those Packs who are ready to embrace the updated program. And like the Lions rollout, the Family Scouting Program will continue to develop and evolve as feedback is received and new challenges are identified.

encouraged to reach out to NCAC directly at or contact your District Executive.

“Scouting is still Scouting,” said Baron. “The Scout Oath and Law still bind all aspects of the program. This isn’t so much a cultural change as a cultural addition, and we’re proud to be able to welcome these new members to the world of Scouting.” To help answer questions and clarify any remaining areas of concern, NCAC will be hosting a live Family Scouting “Fireside Chat” webinar on May 15th; go to for details. In the meantime, those who have questions or want more information are

Two Webelos from Pack 873 take part in a service project.


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Online at! New HOST Hike Honors Hornaday Award

A special 2018 William T. Hornaday – Colin Livingstone Hike will be available on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. The Hornaday Wildlife Conservation based award honors the man who was the head taxidermist at the Smithsonian, helped establish the National Zoo and was the first Director of what is now called the Bronx Zoo. He is widely credited with saving the American bison from extinction. This is the newest entry to the Council’s History & Archives Committee’s H.O.S.T program and will be available only THIS ONE TIME. This is in coordination with the Livingstone Hike, with unique challenges and more Hornaday related aspects – it will be a different hike for those that have earned the Livingstone Hike medal previously. For $10, you will receive the special Hornday Hike shoulder patch and rectangular patch. Upon completion of the challenge questions and hike, a special Hornaday Hike metal pin and other patches will be available for purchase. The shoulder patch, rectangular patch, and pin are limited to the first 750. The History Of Scouting Trail program has 3 other hikes currently available, which you may sign up for on that day as well. All other hikes will have the same $10 registration fee and also receive 2 patches. The grand-daughters of William Hornaday and his friend Ernest Thompson Seton have been invited to the opening, plus Scouts & 6

Scouters who have earned BSA’s national Hornaday Award. There will be information and historical displays about the Hornaday Award, plus other information about Scouting’s environmental and conservation programs. There will be a limit of 750 hike spaces and only 750 special awards will be available. There will be no limit to the number of Livingstone medals available. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 9 AM. You can sign up for the 10 AM, 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 11:30 AM or noon Saturday departures, limited to 150 spaces per slot. The cost is $10 plus a suggested donation to the Uniform and Equipment bank. One donated Scout uniform or equipment item per hiker if possible. Donated items may include: Scout shirt (any era, any size, Boy Scout or Girl Scout), Scout pants, sashes, hats, backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. Each paid hiker will receive 2 patches – one hike patch and one Council HOST shoulder patch, plus the materials, answer cards and information included in their packet. The hike challenges will not be given out until the day of the hike! It will start at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and end near the Smithsonian Castle. You do NOT have to be a registered Scout to go – parents, siblings and friends are all welcome. The hike is about 6.5 miles and will take from 4 to 7 hours. Sign up is on-line only! REGISTER NOW at

Annual Popcorn Sellers Celebration

To celebrate another banner year for NCAC popcorn sales, more than 900 Scouters gathered at Camp William B. Snyder for the annual Popcorn Sellers Celebration. Scouts who sold over $1,000 in Trail’s End Popcorn during the 2017 sales season and their families were invited to enjoy rides, engage in STEM activities, shoot BB’s, practice archery, play games, and more at the March 24th party.

NCAC’s Top 10 Sellers were recognized at the event and received Certificates of Appreciation, along with a NCAC logo baseball signed by our Deputy Scout Executive, Jeffrey Berger. First amongst all

candy. Needless to say, this was also, by far, the most active line of the day. Congratulations to all of our Top Sellers who “earned their own way” and contributed to the success of their Units and the Council.

Log on to our Popcorn webpage at as we update it with 2018 sales information and LIKE us on Facebook at sellers was Wyatt S. of Troop 796, who captured the top spot for the second year in a row. The Popcorn Team also surprised the Council’s Top 100 Sellers with the opportunity to Spin-The-Wheel for great prizes! As well, every youth in attendance was given a ticket for what has become the most popular attraction at the annual Popcorn Sellers Celebration, the ‘Candy Bar”: a sweet treat where Scout’s are invited to fill a bag full of

Photos courtesy of Robert Snip.

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National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Salutes


Attorney of the Year

people who move america

Good Scout Award Luncheon

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Reception at 6:00 PM & Program at 6:30 PM Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001

Lifetime Honoree






Blake D. Morant

Thomas Fortune Fay


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

12:30 p.m. Reception 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch

Capital Hilton 1001 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 Pete Sessions

Scott A. Ernest

Ricky D. Smith

Kevin M. Burke

Chairman Committee on Rules House of Representatives

President and CEO Textron Aviation

CEO BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

President and CEO Airports Council International North America


CO-CHAIRS Peter J. Pantuso

President & CEO American Bus Association

J. Randolph Babbitt Past Senior Vice President Southwest Airlines

John H. Graham IV, CAE President & CEO American Society of Association Executives

Thomas Buffenbarger

Paul Rinaldi President NATCA

David Richardson

Past President IAM

Senior Director Government Affairs Southwest Airlines

Margaret Cummisky Managing Director Federal Government Affairs Hawaiian Airlines

Co-Chairs: Mary Miller

VP, Industry & Government Affairs Signature Flight Support

Gary Silversmith Counsel P&L Investments, LLC

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People Who Move America On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 NCAC will present People Who Move America Good Scout Awards to Congressman Jeff Sessions, Chairman, Committee on Rules, House of Representatives, Mr. Scott Ernest, President & CEO Textron Aviation, Ricky Smith, CEO BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Kevin Burke, President & CEO Airports Council International. Come join us as we honor our distinguished recipients at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C. as we pay tribute and recognize these four gentlemen for their efforts in moving America forward in the transportation industry. Presenting the awards will be co-chairs Pete Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association and Randy Babbitt, former Senior Vice- President of Southwest Airlines. This special event raises over $100,000 to support the programs of the National Capital Area Council. To learn more about this event and how you can participate, contact Jenna Welle at 301-2149151 or

The 38th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic Time to tee up for the 38th Annual Golf Classic to be held June 11, 2018 at the Manor Country Club in Rockville Maryland. The tournament raises more than $200,000 annually to support the programs of our council. Last year was a record year for the tournament in both participation and this year we are on track to surpass our goal and our event is full with 60 foursomes. We are grateful to all who participated and contributed to our success. Each year we are honored to have GEICO, Value Momentum, Safelight, Enterprise, Dynatrace, and Horizon Media as our corporate sponsors.

Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law The George Washington University Law School

Past Honorees:

Bobby R. Burchfield Partner, King & Spalding

Vincent J. Napoleon

VP,GeneralCounsel&ChiefComplianceOfficer Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC

Honorary Chair: Robert G. Sterne

Founding Director Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC

2006 Donald R. Dunner 2007 Hon. Theodore B. Olson 2008 Jamie S. Gorelick William P. Lightfoot 2009 Carolyn B. Lamm Jack H. Olender 2011 Anastasia Kelly 2012 Robert G. Sterne Grace E. Speights

 $25,000 – Title Attorney oftwothe Three tables of eight, center page ad inYear program, company logo on the back of the program, recognition from the dais

2013 Patrick M. Regan Joanne W. Young 2014 Vincent J. Napoleon 2015 Bobby R. Burchfield 2016 Kim Keenan Thomas J. Curcio 2017 Jacob A. Stein Peter R. Masciola Nancy A. Long


A. Scott Bolden

Managing Partner, Washington, D.C. Office Reed Smith, LLP

Steering Committee:

Charles P. Charpentier

John B. Montgomery

Thomas J. Curcio

Jack H. Olender

June L. DeHart

Nicole A. Smith

Peter R. Masciola

Joanne W. Young

Troutman Sanders, LLP CurcioBergeron

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP MillerMasciola, Attorneys at Law

Washington Global Law Group, PLLC Jack H. Olender & Associates Vedder Price, P.C.

Kirstein & Young, PLLC

Name _________________________________________________ Title __________________________________________________ Firm__________________________________________________

event. Onat the Wednesday, June 13th we will host a lunch to_______________________________________________ honor local Attorney’s with the Attorney Address  $10,000 – DIAMOND City __________________________________________________ of the Good Scout The honorees this year are: Dr. Blake Morant - Dean and Two Year tables of eight, full page programAward. ad and recognition from the dais at the event. State _____________________ Zip ________________________ Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, A.Phone Scott Bolden, Managing Partner ReedSmith,  $5,000 – PLATINUM ____________________ Fax ________________________ table of eight, full page program ad and recognition and One Thomas Fortune Fay, Of Counsel, Fay Law Group. For more information on this event Email _________________________________________________ from the dais at the event. Solicited By ___________________________________________ orto$2,500 learn–about GOLDsponsorship opportunities, please contact Jenna Welle at 301-214-9151 or  Bill Me for $ _________________________________________ Seating for four at event, half page program ad.  Check enclosed for $ __________________________________

 $1,000 – SILVER

(Please make payable to ‘NCAC, BSA’, memo AT18)

Seating for two at event, name/company listed in the program.

 Corporate Donation  Individual Donation


Seating for one at event/company listed in the program.

 AMEX / VISA / MC / Discover for $ _____________________

Endowment Save the Dates

 $250 – Individual Attendee

Name On Card _________________________________________

 Though I cannot attend, I am pleased to enclose a

Card Number __________________________________________

$_____________ contribution to ensure local young people can continue to experience the quality programs of National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.


Exp. Date __________________________CID# ______________

Sat 5 May, 10am – 12 pm Mail, email or fax to:

 $2,500 – Full-page ad in the event program.  $1,000 – Half-page ad in the event program.  $500 – Quarter-page ad in the event program.

NOTE: A portion of your gift is tax deductible per IRS regulations.

Council-wide Court of Honor @ Camp Snyder Reception Sponsored by Endowment

For inclusion in the program, please forward ads to no later than June 5, 2018


National Capital Area Council, BSA Attn: Jenna Welle 9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814 Tel: 301-214-9151 | Fax: 240-395-0610


Sat 19 May, 10 am - 12 pm

Endowment Donor Recognition Celebration-NCAC Complimentary breakfast at MSSC

Sat 15 Sep,

Scout Skills Day for Adults Complimentary lunch at Camp Snyder

Sat 27 Oct - 6-9pm

Endowment Dinner with the Scout Executive @ Camp Snyder (By invitation only at Carroll’s Cottage) The success of any event is measured by the retention of those who participated the prior year. Our tournament they have more than 80% return and we are incredibly grateful for

Sun 4 Nov, Noon-2pm

NCAC Interfaith Prayer Brunch @ Camp Snyder Bring the entire Family! Sponsored by OA & Endowment

their loyalty and continued support.

Chief Development Officer Jenna Welle

Of Counsel Fay Law Group, P.A.


Living and giving

Memorial and Tribute Funds Donor:

Aimee DeFilippo Thomas Bowman Stephen D. Shively Charlene K. Janes Virginia Schaaf Ann L. Davis Ann L. Davis Kristi Bentivegna Romar Association Inc

In Memory of:

Fred Thomas Dale W. Walter Dale W. Walter Larry Houghtaling Ryan Hall Larry Houghtaling Henry Duncan, Jr.


Claudia Kreisle Nancy Murphy James A. Witkop William J. Synder

Save the Date! In Memory of:

2018 Spring Endowment Celebration and Donor Recognition Program

Henry Duncan Michael Bensen Michael Bensen Henry D. Duncan Jr.


In Honor of:

Mark D. Williams

Owen Williams

Annual Endowment Report Dear Scouters and Scouting Supporters:

The Alice S. Marriott Patio & The Robert & Dee Leggett Endowment Garden at Marriott Scout Service Center

9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814

Saturday, May 19, 2018

January 22nd, 2018

Warmest wishes for a great New Scouting Year! As we kick off 2018 and this Annual NCAC Endowment Progress Report, we have very good news for you and for our Scouts and their Families, across our entire Family of Scouting—from Lions to traditional Scouts, Explorers, Sea Scouts and Venturing—WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY BUILDING BOTH THE LEGACY OF NCAC SCOUTING AND YOUR OWN LEGACY TOGETHER! NCAC’s banner year in 2017 saw Endowment raise Total Net Assets to over $12M while the best news is that we outpaced 2016 by providing scholarships and maintenance support, in concert with our NCAC Operations and Capital Funds – THAT IS WHAT ENDOWMENT ACHIEVES ON A DAILY BASIS WHILE YOUR DONATIONS ARE PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SCOUTING –

Reception...... 10:00 - 10:30 AM Program.........10:30 - 11:30 AM Photos........... 11:30 AM - Noon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Blake D. Morant Dean & Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School

It’s Never Too Late to Learn

- Campership Scholarships enabled 173 more Scouts to attend summer camp & day camps - Scoutreach Scholarships meant that 478 more Scouts were able to proudly wear a Scout uniform - Endowment interest also contributed over $160K to NCAC wetlands and camp maintenance - James E. West Fellows and NCAC Fellows both increased over 2016 levels - Our matching Hylton Grant is available only through 31 Dec 2018 but has $90K remaining - Endowment Total Net Assets reached $12.93M with over $476K matched donations in 2017!!! I’ll share some feedback with you that I received recently, from both Volunteers and Scouters, on some highpoints and thrills of Scouting activities in 2017, supported by like-minded Supporters of Scouting, just like you, our Endowment “round-the-calendar campaign,” and the profound commitment of our Professional Scouters and Volunteers, all working diligently together – - NCAC focus on the inclusion of Families in Scouting activities - Endowment outreach and team building with NESA DC - Inclusion of more of our youth inspirational speakers “on the front lines” of Endowment - Participation in District Camporees, Goshen @ 50 Camporee & National Jamboree for our “boots on the ground approach” by the Endowment Committee to stay close to the entire Family of Scouting that we serve!!! Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, based on our progress in 2017, we invite all of you to join us, no matter how small or large your donation might be, or how complex an estate question you might have, to help build the legacy that will ensure Scouting endures forever! THANK YOU FROM NCAC’s ENTIRE FAMILY OF SCOUTING FOR YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUTH! Check out our NCAC website [ www.NCACBSA. org ] or call our Endowment Team, Executive Board, Scout Executive Les Baron or myself if you would like a Scouting update conversation or if you have questions anytime! PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR ENDOWMENT’S ANNUAL DONOR RECOGNITION CEREMONY 10 AM SAT 19 MAY AT THE MARRIOTT SCOUT SERVICE CENTER! Yours in Scouting, Forrest A. Horton, NCAC Endowment Chair,, 703-919-4636

NCAC’s annual University of Scouting is an excellent place for our dedicated volunteers to learn more about the world scouting, including the benefits of supporting our NCAC endowment program. Julia Farr & Forrest Horton invested their day educating our local scouters on how leaving a legacy through endowment can impact our council’s long-term future and change the lives of countless local youth for DECADES to come. Annually, approximately 5% of all endowment investments go directly back to our council so we can reinvest into our council properties and scholarships funds. To learn more on how you can make the difference, please contact directly: Forrest Horton, NCAC Endowment Chair 703-919-4636 Geoff Thomas, Endowment Staff Advisor 301-214-9110

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2018 NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Class

RADM Fred Ames, USCG, Ret. Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Administration

Jeffrey Ballou News Editor Al Jazeera Media Network

BG Donald Bradshaw, MD, USA, Ret. Healthcare Consultant

Brett Coffee COO & General Counsel CSCI

Brian Hajost President & CEO SteelCloud LLC

Robert Kennedy Co-President C-SPAN

Joseph Link President & Chief Strategist CSCI

Christer Lucander Senior Vice President City First Bank of D.C.

Rob Quartel Chairman & CEO NTELX

Bishop F. Richard Spencer Bishop of the Archdiocese

Philip Sternberg Deputy Commander for Logistics Operation: Desert Storm

Michael Tidwell Founder & Executive Director Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Honorable Sean Wallace Judge Circuit Court, Prince George’s County 10

for the Military Services

MG Craig Weston, USAF, Ret. President & CEO U.S. Space LLC

Bob Wood President BGR Group, LLC

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2018 CLASS OF SILVER BEAVERS Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Camp William B. Snyder

Please contact Aaron Chusid 301-214-9111

9:30 AM Gathering & Brunch & 11:00 AM Program

Register online at and join us to honor the 2018 class! A NEW EAG LE SCOUT MOTHER THANKS FOR HELPIN HIS G HIM SOA R

$75 per person

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Camp William B. Snyder 2018 Summer Camp Sneak Peek

Premier outdoor programs

Tool Time: Camp Snyder Volunteer Service Days

Camp Snyder is gearing up for a summer of adventure in the Wild West! Our Cub and Webelos guests will have a fantastic time with BB’s, archery, swimming, boating, field games and more. We will work on bits and pieces of many different, rank specific, adventures as well as completing the Cub Scouts shooting sports requirements. Come check out all the awesome programs Camp Snyder has to offer by visiting our website at as well as finding us on Facebook.

Family Camping Fun

by Dan Kurtenbach

Camp Snyder offers four Cub Scout family camping opportunities per year. We offer our spring Bulls Eye and Bulls Eye II camping and shooting sports events in April and May. We offer a STEM specific day and family camping event in September. We offer a Cub Scout EXPO event every October. We also offer a Webelos and Boy Scout event in November. Each of these events offers the opportunity for Packs or individual families to come out and play for the day and camp for a night. We offer an optional meal plan to those who want to opt in. Let us take the work and stress out of your Pack spring and fall campouts.

Have You Ever Heard of a Campmaster?

Do you love Camp Snyder? Do you want to support the year round operations of the camp? You might be a good fit as a Campmaster? What is a Campmaster? A Campmaster is an adult Scouter who uses his/her experience, training, and knowledge of the Scouting program to help both Scouts and their adult leaders develop skills in the outdoors. Our Campmasters make our weekend camping opportunities possible. A Campmaster agrees to be responsible for the checking in and checking out of units for the weekends they volunteer to work as well as helping make our guests stay more enjoyable while at Camp.

It’s a simple formula: Take a beloved camp that gets a lot of hard use, then add donuts and power tools. What you get are a diverse group of Scouters united by two passions: Scouting’s outdoor program, and fixing things. In the late spring of 2017, Camp Snyder Program Director Michael Snowden had a problem: Tent platforms in all 14 campsites needed repairs to be ready for summer camp, just a few weeks away. There wasn’t enough lead time to schedule an existing, organized group to do the work, or funds to hire a contractor. The call went out by email for a series of “maintenance raids” to fix the platforms. Two people showed up for the first “raid” on June 16, 2017. By July 8, fourteen “raiders,” including several father-son teams, were working on the platforms. During that time, the volunteers noticed other projects at Camp Snyder to be added to the list, such as a very large collection of discarded and broken lumber in a corner of the maintenance yard and a wood shop with tools, equipment, nails,

and other hardware seriously in need of organization. Former Scoutmaster David Schneeman found a room full of power equipment that needed some tender loving care, from string trimmers to a Polaris Ranger utility vehicle. Since then, Dave has dedicated much of his free time to cleaning, repairing, and tuning Camp Snyder’s power equipment. Camp Snyder faced another challenge in August, just after the end of camping season: A storm brought down numerous trees throughout camp, but it was discovered that very few individuals had the Boy Scouts of America certification necessary to operate chainsaws on Council property. With the assistance of Goshen Scout Reservation Superintendent Mike Jolly and Goshen Bears veteran Dick Meyers, fifteen chainsaw operators were certified in October. You can see their work throughout C a m p S n y d e r. “Chainsaw Dave” Bolton created a particularly impressive display in the small parking lot by the Hylton Training Center. NCAC Cope Committee Chair Tony Waisanen has become known for both the precision of his chainsaw cuts and the brightness

of his orange safety chaps. With the success of the summer maintenance raids, and the large number of maintenance and repair projects available throughout camp, Camp Snyder has been holding regular monthly volunteer service days, usually on the third Sunday of the month so that they won’t interfere with camp activities and events. Those scheduled service days are supplemented by maintenance “raids” on other days as needed to accomplish projects. One benefit of the Sunday schedule is that units and other groups who are camping can participate in the service day projects before departing camp. At the March 18 service day, two troops with approximately fifty Scouts and leaders worked on moving logs and brush from where they had been cut by the sawyers to firewood piles easily accessible to campers. A recent major project that has been boosted by the volunteer service days is the development of a new wood shop in the same building as Sally’s STEM Shack. That project, led by Dave Schneeman and CJ Staton, has converted a bare storage bay into a workshop

with insulated walls, lumber and materials storage, and a large collection of power woodworking tools. Camp Snyder volunteer service days and maintenance raids have their own special place and mission, because they are for anybody who cares about Camp Snyder. You don’t need carpentry skills, you don’t need your own tools, and you don’t need to sign up for yet another group. Just show up at a time that works for you, and we’ll put you to work at a task you can do for however long you can stay – which may be all day or may just be a half hour. Have a donut, enjoy the great company and fun conversation, and have the satisfaction of seeing the results of your work. For more information contactDan Kurtenbach,

Camping Director

Camp William B. Snyder 6100 Antioch Road Haymarket, VA 20169 571-248-4904 12

Michael Snowden

Business Manager

Stephanie Messenger

Goshen Scout Reservation Memorial Day Family Camp

Premier outdoor programs 2018 Registration Now Open!

Seeking Staff: Summer 2018

Registration is open for all camps! Sign up and save your spot! Some weeks fill up fast, so make your reservation today at: Week 1: June 23rd - June 30th Week 2: June 30th - July 7th Week 3: July 7th - July 14th Bring your friends and family! Memorial Day Family Camp is May 25th - May 28th and is open

Week 4: July 14th - July 21st

to all. There will be swimming, boating, shooting, crafting, hiking, and more! Bring your own tent

Week 5: July 21st - July 28th

and your own food and we’ll provide the fun. Registration is open. Visit to learn more and register.

Week 6: July 28th - Aug. 4th (except Lenhok’sin)

Do you like camping and the outdoors? Did you have a great time at camp? Why not go there for the whole summer? Be part of an awesome group of people and work at one of the coolest summer jobs you could ever have! Staff must be 15 years or older to be an instructor and 16 years or older to work at Lenhok’sin High Adventure. Not yet 15? If you’re 14, you can be a Counselor-inTraining at any of our resident camps! We’re also always on the lookout for those 18 years of age or older to take on leadership positions. Apply online and get more information on our website at

GOAT: Goshen Order of the Arrow Trail Crew with various trainers on topics related to outdoor ethics and backcountry conservation. They will then be able to apply these newly learned skills across the entire breadth of the Lenhok’sin Trail system. Other training includes advanced outdoor skills, such as search and rescue, fire suppression, and backcountry risk management, as well as learning how to plan, organize, and lead outdoor adventure activities with Goshen’s COPE Course. The first week of Combining the spirit of adventure with an interactive backcountry experience into a two-week experience, the GOAT program was started by the Amangamek-Wipit Lodge in 2002. The program challenges older Order youth and adults to experience the interrelationship between outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship. Each GOAT Crew attends for two weeks. During the first week, participants will interact

forge and Mountain Man. Participants must be at least 14 year old. The first crew will be 14 days, June 17-30, 2018, and costs $170 for both youth and adults. The second crew is 10 days, June 25 - July 6, and costs $140 for both youth and adults. Visit to get more information and apply. the program is based out of Lenhok’sin’s base camp - Camp Baird. The second week of the program is on the trail. Choosing from a variety of program options, not otherwise offered to units attending Lenhok’sin, the youth crews will design a high adventure experience for themselves. Included with this are the standard Lenhok’sin opportunities of outposts with adventure activities, like the ever popular Foxfire with its

Bowman Vets: Goshen’s Older Scout Program X-Pride program and the Marriott Adventure Program into one Reservation-wide Older Scout Program.

Looking for something for your older Scouts to do at camp? Try Bowman Vets. Open to Boy Scouts attending any Goshen Boy Scout Camp - Bowman, Marriott, or Olmsted - Bowman Vets has absorbed Olmsted’s

Vets participants will design their own program based on their desired level of challenge and which activities they are interested in. Possible activities include advanced Merit Badges - like Water Sports, Search and Rescue, and Geocaching - as well as adventure activities - like extended paddling trips on the vast Lake Merriweather, hikes in our beautiful surrounding wilderness, and riding ATVs. Participants can also select from a range of activities with a Taste of Lenhok’sin,

which gives the participants the opportunity to experience a little bit of the adventure activities available at Goshen’s High Adventure camp. Options include shooting blackpowder rifles and climbing on natural rock faces, among others. For more info visit Already registered for Goshen this summer? Sign up where you sign up for Merit Badges.

Camping Director Goshen Scout Reservation 340 Millard Burke Memorial Hwy Goshen, VA 24439 540-997-5773 Summer Only

Philip Barbash

Camping Specialist

Calicoe Ashley The Scouter Digest May 2018 - July 2018 13

Venturing, Exploring, and Sea Scouting

IOLS on a Boat? Sea Scouts teach Basic Seamanship for Adults

Above: Sharnise-Hawkins Graham, Exploring Advisor Post 1937, receives Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award from Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan. Officer Sharnise Hawkins Graham’s five years of policing accomplishments included responding to citizens’ needs, collaborating on training and maintaining perseverance in her daily police work.

At right: Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan (left) and Greenbelt American Legion Commander, Mike Moore joined Anne Healey, Maryland Delegate from District 22 in praising the police, first responders and public works award recipients. Healey said, “We appreciate everything you do twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week putting yourselves in harm’s way for us. Thank you all for your service.”

At right: The salute at the wreaths is offered in memory of the men from Greenbelt who were killed in action (KIA). 15 were KIA in World War 2 and 3 were KIA in the Vietnam War.

Ever wondered what it takes to be a Skipper or other adult leader in Sea Scouts? Have you said “I don’t have the foggiest idea how to sail?” So did most of our Sea Scout leaders. But many said “I’ll join Sea Scouts – they’ll teach me.” And they were right!

Saturday morning the gear gets stowed because a neat cabin is a safe cabin. Duty rotations are assigned, the coordinates on the charts are published, courses are set and the docklines released. SSTV der PeLiKan rounds White Rocks and is off into the Chesapeake.

Each year, the senior leaders in the Sea Scouts take groups of new adult leaders out aboard the SSTV der PeLiKan – a 46ft Morgan Ketch. (A Ketch is a sailboat with two masts, with the taller mast in the front.) For two days and two nights, they learn everything needed to run a basic Sea Scout program.

From there, students must maintain watch on the foredeck to ensure they don’t run over a loose crab pot left in a channel by a reckless crabber. Others will pull the pencil and protractor and ensure that when you can’t see land, you are still headed in the right direction. With a little luck and a bit of wind, they’ll release the sails, heel to starboard and let the wind be their engine. They learn to take in the sails, release the sheets and avoid the shallows.

The training begins with mustering at Maryland Yacht Club at sunset. The new sailors find their berths (beds) and get familiar with the boat that will be their home at sea. The first night is in port and they refresh themselves on all sorts of knots that they might have learned in a Boy Scout Troop – but might not remember: bowline, reef knot (aka the square knot), and a variety of hitches. A light dinner is cooked in the galley. For 2018, a brand new Eno stove was ordered from France to update the galley. They finish the night under the stars learning about maritime history and lore. (Because every good sail begins with an old pirate leaning forward on his elbow, squinting, and with an upside down hand pointing at you, saying “so thar I wuz…”)

Saturday ends with dropping anchor off a secluded island in the Chesapeake. Anchor watch is set, dinner is prepared, and the crew finishes their day under a darkened sky with only the waves to keep the boat company. On Sunday they practice docking exercises – which can be particularly fun with 15 tons of boat and no brakes. But everyone takes a turn. It ends with pulling the majestic flagship back into her slip, a thorough cleaning and the knowledge that it’s not as complicated as everyone things. What do they learn? Anyone can sail. And Sea Scouts will teach you how.

Above: 2017 Public Safety Award recipients representing the Greenbelt police, Maryland State police, U.S Park police Greenbelt and Berwyn Heights first responders and Greenbelt public works.

Venturing Staff Advisor

Exploring Staff Advisor

Sea Scouting Staff Advisor

Justin Mawdsley

NCAC-VOA President

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Carlos Salazar

Trey Miller


2018 Class of Silver Beavers


Please join us in celebrating the years of dedication and service performed by the 2018 Captain John B. Montgomery Class of Silver Beavers.

Capt. John B. Montgomery, JAGC, USN (Ret.)

Damon Allen

Matthew Burns III

Annie Campeol

Christopher Cooper Walter (Jay) Eidson Jr.

Steven Englund

Kenneth Feng

Joseph Grant

Kurt Johnson

Christopher Miller

James Morgan

Catherine Phan

Jorge Roca

Michael Schenaker

Kurt Yankaskas

Vincent Zarrella Jr.

John Keenan

Joseph Margraf Jr.

Stuart Sanford

Michael Saunders

Debra Schenaker

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Outdoor Adventures Milkweed for Monarchs Takes Flight

for monarch caterpillars and a primary nectar source for adult butterflies, milkweed plays an outsized role in the monarch’s survival. However, this habitat has been disappearing at an alarming rate due to agricultural land conversion, increased pesticide use, and illegal logging in Mexico, the species’ overwintering habitat. “Our Scouts are looking to help arrest this decline by planting and protecting stands of milkweed,” said Baron. “Our program aims to replace some of that habitat and restore part of the monarch’s migration route. With a bit of hands-on effort and education, the species still has a chance.”

On Saturday, February 17th, the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) kicked-off Milkweed for Monarchs, Inspiring Conservation, with an event at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Several hundred Scouters joined together to take the Milkweed for Monarchs pledge, and noted environmental author and respected attorney Lowell Baier, a source of inspiration for the project, was on hand to assist Scouts in planting and watering the first milkweed of the season. “We are delighted to report that Scouts

have responded enthusiastically to this call to save the monarch,” said Les Baron, Chief Scout Executive. “Conservation is a large part of Scouting’s tradition, but the interest in this particular program has been exceptionally strong.” Suffering a 90 percent decline over the past two decades, with nearly a 1/3 decrease in its “overwintering” count from February 2016 to February 2017 alone, the monarch’s dwindling population could have profound effects on the food chain. As the only host food plant

111 & Meuse Top Big MD Orienteering Day Arlington Troop 111 from Chain Bridge District held off a charge by a Towson, MD troop in the afternoon to win the 67-unit MD Scout Orienteering Championships Nov. 4 in northeastern MD. Only the second five-time champions in the event’s 41 year history, 111 was the first ever with five pairs of scouts in the top ten, breaking the record of four which had stood since 1977. Jack Meuse from Troop 1450-472 in Rockville won the super-competitive advanced 3.7 kilometer course in an impressive 53 minutes. John Sullivan from 111 came in under an hour in second, ahead of Will Gregory from Washington, DC Troop 1946 and Tony Castro from 111. Led by SPL Ben Salaj, fourth place Rockville Troop 944 had its best-ever overall finish, just ahead of 1946, 1450-472, and 648 from Arlington. Troop 111’s Jonathan Hale, Matthew Sullivan, and Henry Erkmann won the 125 team younger category ahead of 111’s Ryan Krauss and Sean Murray. Among the older category’s 151 teams were top NCAC finishers Luke Gaudet and Thomas Sullivan from 111 who barely edged

out Brian Sun and Vladislav Kovalskiy from Beltsville Troop 1033 and Kaden Locke and John Hollen from Chesapeake Beach Troop 429, Western Shores District in the closest competition of the day.

Also on hand for the event were United States Fish and Wildlife Services Midwest Regional Director and head of monarch conservation Tom Melius and National Wildlife Federation CEO and President Collin O’Mara. Both delivered words of encouragement to the assembled crowd and pledged to stand with Scouts in their efforts.

Vienna Troop 1143 was third ahead of 111’s Ian Murray and Drew Gorman and Jimmy Waddick and Owen Nemirow. Two outstanding top five NCAC results in the older category were from the teams of Ryan Ermovich, Ben Gordon, and Alex Sheehey from Arlington Troop 647 and Milo, Matthew, and Maximilien Engle from Venture Crew 1130 in McLean.

A total of 615 scouts, the most at this event since 2003, completed several map training courses with over 200 adult leaders, then competed on two As with the past couple orienteering courses. years, the top 11 places in Of the 68 units coming the older category were from the Jersey Shore captured by 11 different to Tidewater Virginia to troops! Five Girl Scout Gettysburg, 42 camped troops and four Venture at least one night at Photo courtesy of Stan Turk Crews attended and did Broad Creek Scout well, the girls finishing Reservation’s Camps Oest or Saffran. In the fourth out of 60 units in the Route Orienteering afternoon’s always-popular Score Orienteering, contest. NCAC was well represented as always 111 navigated to a stunning 53 of 54 possible with 21 units despite the event being just three markers, while many other units were not far miles from the PA line. behind. Each scout and participating adult received In the younger category, the team of Clarke McMillen, Gabe Brinza, and Grant Kourami from

two special color maps with courses throughout the day, and each troop got answer keys,

“We hope this lights a fire that inspires conservation in young people across America,” said O’Mara before thanking Scouts for their work. The programs is already receiving national attention with chatter increasing on social media amongst conservation groups from as far away as British Columbia. The project was also featured on the Bryan on Scouting page, Scouting Magazine’s popular online blog for BSA’s adult leaders. Scouts in the region have been given packs of milkweed seeds in exchange for a pledge to plant them, allow wildlife to thrive within these milkweed gardens, educate their community about what they see and learn, and have fun in the process. Scouts are also encouraged to wear commemorative patches that display their commitment toward monarch preservation and help raise awareness for the effort. To learn more about Milkweed for Monarchs, please visit

instructional tips, and patches. First Aid and search and rescue support was provided by Calvert, Howard, and College Park Civil Air Patrol units. Troops wanting more orienteering were steered toward public events with beginner instruction and courses at Great Falls, Cabin John, Seneca Creek, Lake Needwood, Little Bennett, Wheaton, Greenbelt, Rosaryville, Prince William Forest Park, Mason Neck, Manassas, Fountainhead, and Balls Bluff (Leesburg) parks, all listed at In 2018 the 42nd Annual MD Scout Orienteering Day will be at Patuxent River Park near Upper Marlboro on October 27 (Oct. 26-28 if you decide to camp.) You’ll find more details on this event in 2018 and full results from 2017 at (or email NCAC’s highly popular and well-run annual Scout orienteering day with instruction for beginners is March 24, 2018 at Prince William Forest Park in VA; contact Jim Chaplin at jhchaplin@

Program Director Don Durbin



Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics

Supernova Hall of Fame!

Old Dominion District Advancement Chair and NCAC STEM Committee Representative, Mr. John Selstrom, presented several Supernova Awards this spring!

Pack 1147 Cub Scouts Denver F. and Kiernan M. show their newly earned Dr. Alvarez Supernova certificates and medals. Also pictured: John Selstrom and Katrina Best, the youth’s Supernova Mentor.

John Selstrom presents the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award to Oliver Best of Pack 1147.

Two NEW Cub Scout Nova Awards Fearful Symmetry

Uncovering the Past

“Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” begins the poem “The Tyger” by William Blake. Are your Cub Scouts scared of math? Are they fearful when you suggest earning a Nova in the Math discipline? There is no reason to be afraid. “Fearful Symmetry”, the newest Cub Scout Nova Award, will let them explore the mathematical world of symmetry, mirrors and patterns.

Explore the wonders of archaeology! Learn about artifacts, ecofacts, biofacts, and petroglyphs by way of hands-on activities. One of the optional activities encourages Cub Scouts to explore a trash can (with parental permission and gloves) – to differentiate between artifacts and ecofacts, and to guess how old the layers of trash are! Another optional experiment involves preserving a hot dog with baking soda. Scouts are cautioned not to eat the hot dog from the experiment!

Check out the requirements at:

Pack 991 Webelos Garrett K., pictured with John Selstrom, earned the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award.

STEM Awards

There are 18 Nova Awards and 7 Supernova Awards: Cub Scout Nova Awards

Cub Scout Supernova Awards

Science Everywhere! Swing! Tech Talk! 1-2-3 Go! Down and Dirty Nova WILD Out of this World! Fearful Symmetry Uncovering the Past

Dr. Luis W. Alvarez

Webelos Supernova Award Dr. Charles H. Townes

Boy Scout Supernova Awards Dr. Bernard Harris Thomas Edison Dr. Sally Ride Wright Brothers Dr. Albert Einstein

Boy Scout Nova Awards Shoot! Start your Engines! Whoosh! Designed to Crunch Let it Grow!

Venture Scout Nova Awards Launch! Power Up Hang on! Numbers Don’t Lie

Want to learn more? Visit Questions? Contact: | 240.395.0601 4C

STEM Advisor

James Hamlin

STEM Coordinator

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Training Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. These comprehensive policies were considered groundbreaking when they were developed and soon became the standard used by other organizations for safeguarding youth. But when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve.

potentially dangerous situations.

• As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their youth protection training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.

• The BSA also provides unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.

By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth.

Sustained vigilance on youth protection is a central part of our culture. Over the past two years, the BSA has worked with experts in the field of child abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment to develop new training and resources that will further strengthen our ability to protect youth. These changes include: • Fully updated and revised Youth Protection Training developed with leaders in the field of child abuse prevention and includes insights from experts, survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection training for all adults. • Expanded youth protection content across all our communications channels will inform and engage our volunteers and parents. • Expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers & families in addressing

For camps this summer across the BSA, adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must be registered and take Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. If your unit desires to set a stricter policy (e.g. ALL adults going to camp must be registered and have current YPT), that is certainly permitted.

• Youth protection training for youth members will be available in 2019. In addition to updated training and resources, the BSA announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements. These policies have been in place in the NCAC for a number of years. These policies include:

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Youth Protection Training 2.0 Is Here

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) equips young people with leadership skills to help them succeed in their Scouting program and in life. NYLT brings together Scouts from all over the council to learn and practice leadership techniques in a risk free, Scout-friendly environment. The Scouts learn and practice leadership skills and styles together.



NYLT is for Scouts who are likely to take on leadership positions in their Troop, Crew, Ship or home unit.

NYLT is an intense course for mature Scouts who want to become better leaders. Scouts must be respectful of each other and their actions must be consistent with the Scout Oath and Law.


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To learn more, discover additional resources, or take the training now, please visit

• As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training. Coming Soon:

• As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their youth protection training.

• In-person youth protection training available June 2018. • Training stations at the Marriott Scout Service Center.

2018 BACK COUNTRY OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (BCOLS) Classroom: Sat. 3/10 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at

Scientist Cliffs Community Center (Alder Rd & Acacia Rd) 3500 Alder Road, Port Republic, MD

Overnite: Sat. 04/21, 7:30 AM thru Sun. 04/22, 1:30 PM American Chestnut Land Trust 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Classroom: Sat. 9/29 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Heritage Presbyterian Church 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22308

Overnite: Sat. 10/20, 7:30 AM thru Sun. 10/21, 1:30 PM Camp William B Snyder 6100 Antioch Road, Haymarket, VA


Program Director

Don Durbin


Program Specialist

Margee Egan



REQUIREMENTS · 14 years or older (13 with permission) · First Class Rank · Scoutmaster approval · Completed ILST* · BSA Med Form: Parts A,B & C




2018 - 2019 National Capital Area Council Officers The NCAC “Key 3”

Dr. James “Jim” E. Smith, Ph.D. Council President

Mr. Les Baron Scout Executive

Mr. Roy “Rick” Rogers “Council Commissioner

The NCAC Executive Board

Mr. Eric W. Rasmussen Treasurer

Mrs. Nicole Smith General Counsel

Mr. RIchard Harrington VP Marketing/Communications

Mr. Christer Lucander VP Membership

Dr. William W. Bowerman VP Outdoor Adventure

Dr. Arden Dougan VP Program Impact

Dr. James S. (Jim) Wilson, D.M. VP Leadership & Performance

Mr. John H. Graham IV, CAE VP Finance + President Elect

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Eagle Scout, Sea Scout, Venturing Awards The National Court of Honor has awarded these ranks to the following young men and women whose certificates have been returned to our office between December 19th, 2017 and March 17th, 2018.



Aquia District

Troop 1410 Michael Keith Burgess Troop 1221 Vincent Lawrence Carpenter Troop 218 Daniel Alan Clayberg Troop 1717 Alexander Huners Videl Cooper Troop 176 Joshua Frank Floersheim Troop 63 Jeremy Alan Jones Troop 317 Joseph Rommel Keppeler Troop 907 Kyal Justin Lucero Troop 907 Steven Louis Mueller Troop 26 Noah Martin Nugent Troop 907 Julian Richard Perez Troop 840 Charles John Sinon Troop 199 Jon Miller Spinnanger Troop 63 Joseph William Swanson

Bull Run District

Troop 884 Ryan Michael Balint Troop 554 Nicholas Foeckler Troop 226 Maximilian Edward Theo Gallant Troop 1371 Kyle Andrew Jarrett Troop 2717 Caleb Daniel Johnson Troop 1195 Jonah Michael Jurack Troop 924 Evan Linderman Troop 554 Dominic Joseph Olszewski Troop 608 Wade V.R. Pisarich Troop 581 Andres Manuel Santiago Troop 1195 Aerdan Daven Stern Troop 608 Brice Kannen Young

Chain Bridge District

Troop 106 Henry Ernest Turner Atkins Troop 164 Benjamin Rader Bailey Troop 104 Carter James Chen Troop 149 David Cuellar Troop 106 Timothy Michael Dronfield Troop 104 Juan Sebastian Escalera Troop 149 Robert J. Gessel Troop 167 Sergio Andres Gomez Saavedra Troop 638 Owen Walter Gorman Troop 104 Andrew Thomas Heare Troop 111 Owen Thomas Marino Troop 104 Patrick Jay McCoy Troop 111 William Edward McFadden Troop 106 William Aiden Price Troop 104 Clayton Davis Reppert Troop 641 Angus Harrison Simmons Troop 141 Andrew Rob Simmons Troop 104 Connor Patrick Sughrue Troop 104 Sujay Sunil Troop 652 Aidan Brinley Todorov Troop 1916 James Hunter Shotwell Wright


Troop 1509 Tajkumar Jackson Armstrong Troop 1183 Reuben Alexander Bushman Troop 1509 Samuel Joseph Davidson Troop 1107 Benjamin Louis Doucet Troop 888 Justin Ethan La Kier Troop 888 Jason Kyle La Kier Troop 301 Jonathan William Nearman Troop 996 Kyle Alexander Ruffin Crew 1103 Jared Neil Schroeder S 22



Troop 1906 Randy Janis Story Troop 1107 Timothy Daniel Telles Direct Service LS Nicholas Bleu Bannister Troop 5 Lucas Andrew Fairbanks

Francis Scott Key

Troop 1070 Caleb Henry Benson Troop 1066 Jonathan Robert Blank Troop 1191 Stefin S.C. Burlew Troop 274 Christopher Clayton Caballero Troop 628 Juan Alfonso Reynes Garcia Crew 796 Julia Rose Giglio S Troop 628 Thomas Kimbal Grenier Troop 1812 Andrew Given Griffin Troop 1636 Joshua Ray Held, ll Troop 268 Patrick Robert Likins Troop 1636 Ian Michael Marron Troop 886 Quinn Alexander McHood Troop 243 Zachary Harris Melby Troop 476 Tyler Christopher Nice Troop 470 Ojas Sandeep Phadke Troop 1066 Logan Nathaniel Ropp Troop 628 Connor Drew Schlichting Troop 628 Jacob Elliott Shemer Troop 274 Joshua Owen Turnbull Troop 1023 Thomas Nicholas Zook

George Mason

Troop 1113 Daniel James Aucoin Troop 187 Andrew Gustaf Bengtson Troop 187 Siddharth Bhatnagar Troop 918 Jordan Hardwick Britt Troop 1978 Mark Arthur Brown, Jr Troop 1978 Coleman Edward Bunn Troop 895 Jack Arthur Fagnan Troop 1539 Liam Alexander Foley Troop 152 Nathaniel Shin-Hao Liu Troop 681 Francis Louis Lucchetti Troop 681 Michael Daniell May Troop 345 Anthony John Minella Troop 187 Collin Lee Moore Troop 895 Samuel John Naeher Troop 187 Emory Christian Ortiz Troop 681 John Fortunato K. Perkins Troop 1143 Kevin Mark Quigley Troop 987 Raymond David Ramthum Troop 187 Erik Toivo Rasmussen Troop 895 William Schneider Troop 1978 Jay Bruhn Schraml Troop 1539 Mark William Skaggs Troop 1887 Brendan Anthony Smith Troop 976 Holden Snyder Troop 979 Connor Fuller Thompson Troop 681 Alexander David White

Goose Creek

Troop 1666 Kyle James Lewis Troop 982 Zachary Thomas Aycock Troop 58 Colin David Baker Troop 1106 Zachary John Bennett Troop 743 Braden Andrew Bergman Troop 2970 Brandon Dean Carroll



Troop 961 David Jin Dou Chiew Troop 969 Colin Paul Donohue Troop 982 Auston Lee Eichelberger Troop 1154 Dominic Paul Fornatora Troop 969 Noah Robert Gallagher Troop 533 Ryan Alexander German Troop 982 James Michael Golliver Troop 572 Jack Phillip Harrington Troop 2950 Thomas Michael Hess Troop 950 John Edward Lawrence III Troop 1910 Daniel Gregory Martin Troop 572 Ryan William Mason Troop 533 Jackson Trent Mattingley Crew 1907 Michael William Nicholson Troop 39 Jack Ramberg Troop 39 Ethan James Rice Troop 982 Bryson Robert Scoffield Troop 982 Aidan Gary Scoffield Troop 58 Austin Isaac Spring Troop 2970 Thomas Preston Torbinski Troop 1666 Grant Edward Wolfgang

Mattaponi Troop 948 Troop 3510 Troop 835 Troop 170 Troop 3510 Troop 948 Troop 172 Troop 179

Samuel Howard Camp Andrew Apache Coleman Alexander Charles Domikis Thomas Harrison Driscoll Adam Daniel Johnson Jonathan Gordon Rivard Kyle Andrew Shea Benjamin B. Turman


Troop 1396 Jordan Maxwell Blake Troop 1456 Andrew John Boden Troop 189 Nicholas MacGregor Buie Troop 1556 German W. Chicas Olivares Troop 1396 Matthew Haugen Craft Troop 1352 Joshua Daniel Davis Troop 1357 Zachary Langston Gray Troop 1390 Joshua James Krissel Troop 43 John Joseph Larkin, III Troop 1656 Erek Neil Loosli Troop 35 Nader Fadi Najjar Troop 1357 Alexander Michael Pixton Troop 1357 Isaac Keith Pixton Troop 964 Ethan Everson Schlereth Troop 35 Jonathan Patrick Sobolik

Old Dominion

Troop 995 Jonathan Michael Andres Troop 990 Edward Giovanni Avalos Troop 1115 Philip John Barlow Troop 1115 Nicholas David Boyer Troop 995 Liam Michael Brennan Troop 1845 Kevin Khoi Doan Troop 995 John W. Drake Troop 1146 Walter Antonio Fajardo Crew 1146 Kenny Reynaldo Garay Troop 991 Edward John Haggerty Troop 859 Cameron Paige Headtke Troop 1518 Gavin Iolani Lee Humelbaugh Troop 1145 Scott Alan Jensen Troop 1845 Quang Nhat Lam



Troop 1518 Robert Allen Law IV Troop 853 Kevin Le Troop 859 Nicholas Michael Meyer Troop 150 Noel Thomas Mikkelsen Troop 1140 Nicholas Napole Ortega Troop 1140 Anders Erling Pitcher Troop 990 Nicholas Miles Russell Troop 1853 Joseph Connal Sierra Troop 1853 Jacob Martin Tasker Crew 1789 Kevin D Van S Crew 1789 Kristopher T. Van S Crew 1789 Andy Lien Vo S


Troop 1131 Devin James Albrecht Troop 1965 Anthony Van Lewis Anyaka, III Troop 1346 Andrew Robert Beauchemin Troop 1533 Jaydon Nathaniel Bingham Troop 1412 Simon Keith Brock Troop 1525 Patrick Edward Calderon Troop 1345 Maxwell Quentin Cason Troop 1345 William Henry Clawson Troop 1346 Matthew Joseph Cohen Troop 1523 Calum Richard Hurlebaus Troop 1966 Mason Arman Izadpanah Troop 1966 Arya Johri Troop 1131 Brian Alexander Leavitt Troop 1533 Thomas Dylan Lockwood Troop 50 Robert Tychsen Magill Troop 1131 Skylar Hans Peppler Troop 1131 Jackson Pitzer Troop 807 William Alexander Portillo Troop 1100 Zachary James Richey Troop1865 Stephen Carl Wemmerus Rosene Troop 1966 Reid Daniel Scarborough Troop 1535 Alexander Michael Serote Troop 1100 Perry Alexander Spring Troop 1100 Clifford James Sulham Troop 1535 Michael Anderson Swapp Troop 1535 Tyler Joseph Swigert Troop 1131 Joseph William Tirre Troop 1345 Marcus William Uptmor Troop 1966 Michael Patrick Visosky Troop 1131 Robert Stephen Wallace


Troop 9 Daniel Jeremiah Coleman Troop 1778 Michael R. Gonzales, ll Troop 1559 Kyle Allen Hagin Troop 1237 James Ashton Marks, Jr. Troop 450 Marcellus Atonio Martin Troop 253 David Allen Nelson, Jr. Troop 1033 Henry Evgeniy A. Saathoff Piedmont Troop 10 Jonathan Tyler Bolles Troop 92 Joseph Charles Campeol Troop 225 Alexander Patrick Echols Troop 600 Allen James Hermsdorf Troop 1475 James Roger Mitchell Troop 600 Jeffrey Daniel Parrish Troop 175 James Anthony Powers Troop 175 Benjamin Somers Scaring Troop 10 Robert Richard Thomas

Eagle Scout, Sea Scout, Venturing Awards Q - Sea Scout Quartermaster Award S - Venturing Summit Award Unit#



Troop 447 John Conrad Christiano Troop 463 Ryan Joseph Driscoll Troop 52 Camaran Amani Gaillard Troop 466 Oliver Lawrence Hicklin-Coorey Troop 1449 Justin Christopher Hughes Troop 1800 Joel Meir Liss Troop 1800 Samuel Avram Liss Troop 204 Owen Porter Troop 8 Andrew Ingersoll Skilton


Troop 1313 Nicholas Michael Angel Troop 51 Benjamin Beach Barbee Troop 55 Jonathan Tyler Bugge Troop 51 Sean Patrick Casey Troop 51 Kameron P. Choe Troop 1018 Jack Douglass Edgemond Troop 1577 Gregory Michael Hadley Troop 124 Jacob Manikath James Troop 1983 Aveesh Kachroo Troop 673 Neal Watson Gumpol Kelly Troop 160 William Michael Legg Troop 51 Isaac Aaron Mills Troop 1983 Bradley S. Mitchell Troop 160 Peter Nicholas Newman Troop 572 Aaron Joseph Palmer Troop 158 William Johm Philipps Troop 673 Benjamin Toby Prickett Troop 1257 Greyson Warfield Radcliffe Troop 1530 Abhinav Korandla Reddy



Troop 673 Gregory Michael Roszyk, Jr. Troop 124 Joseph Jesus Shacochis Troop 158 Austin Riley Sheridan Troop 673 Matthew Christopher Stephens Troop 20 Suchel Taori Troop 1018 Robert Sean Zechman


Troop 945 Eric Parker Aellen Troop 291 Nathan Joel Alvarado Troop 1097 Mark Anthony Carvajal Troop 945 Jacob Ryan Cloyd Troop 738 Connor Daniel Flynn Troop 489 Tyler Balke Funk Troop 738 Carl Thomas Green Troop 489 Elias Jay Haddad Troop 1323 Alexander Jackel Troop 291 Mikhail Khrenov Troop 945 Matthew Harold Koop Troop 318 Mark Anthony Madaras Troop 1323 Brian Andrew Modarress Troop 489 John Charles Pisano Troop 496 Connor Charles Ransom Troop 207 James Andrew Shewan Troop 941 Alexander Grant Willis


Troop 893 Andrew Patrick Abrams Troop 7369 Marc Anthony Barreda Troop 7369 Parthiv Chigurupati Troop 577 Lucas Tyler deVos




Troop 577 Neil Henry Dolan Troop 2016 Michitaka Keith Douglas Troop 1548 Hunter Russell Harris Troop 1104 Haeden Jasper Hoffman Troop 1548 Benjamin David Klosky Troop 7369 Tanner Kodiak Lorenz Troop 887 Fletcher Scott Madsen Troop 1137 Nathan Scott Marshak Troop 30 Christopher James Wear Troop 811 Matthew L. Worthington Troop 30 Jonah Alexander Yacovissi

Washington, DC

Troop 500 James Manton Campbell Mitchell Troop 1946 William Tucker Gregory Troop 90 Ben Michael Dever Mendenhall Troop 61 David Patrick Precourt Troop 1946 William Evren Tokar Stanley Troop 1946 Theodore Saudners Witt Troop 1650 John Xavior Wood Troop 100 Dev Boyd Hippenstiel Troop 100 Pablo Raul Laguarda Troop 90 Eric Scarbeck Moran Troop 100 Alex Navon Schonberger

Western Shore

Troop 1634 Eric Cecil Bain Troop 429 Evan Nathaniel Basom Troop 451 Justin Kobe Cartwright Troop 420 Samuel Thomas Cassetta Troop 451 Andrew Scott Clinton Troop 427 Joshua Albert DeGuzman



Eagles in the ‘Burg Event



Troop 793 Seth Eric Folk Troop 429 Joseph Grifin Gallo Troop 1321 James Connor Gardiner Troop 777 Ian Thomas Hays Troop 777 Colin William Jacobson Troop 413 James Daniel Kelly Troop 430 Zachary Christopher Lee Troop 1321 Kristof Peter Lile Troop 347 Jeffrey Thomas Malone Troop 347 Ethan John Matteson Troop 777 Nicholas Pearson Smith Troop 1778 Tyler Daniel Staples Troop 420 Gabriel Jordan Welker

White Oak Troop 96 Jabari Lee Bennett Troop 96 Cameron Ashe Wilson Brown Troop 33 Reilly Caprioglio-Chase Troop 96 George Herbert Carson Troop 772 Daniel S. Cerullo Troop 1444 Paul Edward Griffin Troop 1441 Roderick Wayne Hart III Troop 1441 John Patrick Hino Troop 457 Matthew James Toven

Join us for some social time and networking! Planning ahead? Register now for these upcoming NESA DC networking events at


5/10 – Eagle Lunch, Tysons’ Seasons 52, 11:30-1:00, Host: Craig Davis 5/12 – Bull Run Eagles on the Square, 9th Annual Eagle Breakfast, The City Tavern, Manassas, VA, 8-9:30, Host Dave Seitz 5/24 – Eagle Happy Hour, Bethesda’s Caddies, 5:30-7:30, Host: Alan Belanger


6/14 – Eagle Lunch, Tysons’ Seasons 52, 11:30-1:00, Host: Craig Davis 6/28 – Eagle Happy Hour, DC’s Bullfeathers, 5:30-7:30, Host: Alan Belanger


9/13 – Eagle Lunch, Tysons’ Seasons 52, 11:30-1:00, Host: Craig Davis 9/27 – Eagle Happy Hour, Bethesda’s Caddies, 5:30-7:30, Host: Alan Belanger The VA South area recently held an NESA DC Eagles in the ‘Burg gathering. Eagle Scout Alumni from the surrounding area including Aquia and Mattaponi Districts had some valuable social and networking time at Adventure Brewing South. Many stories and experiences were shared of times long ago as youth backpacking and performing Order of the Arrow ceremonies. The entire group really appreciated the time together and are looking forward to the next Eagles in the ‘Burg gathering. We hope to see more of you down the Eagle Alumni trail.


10/11 – Eagle Lunch, Tysons’ Seasons 52, 11:30-1:00, Host: Craig Davis 10/25 – Eagle Happy Hour, DC’s Bullfeathers, 5:30-7:30, Host: Alan Belanger


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Commissioner’s Corner Commissioner College Celebrates 75 Years of Commissioner Training On March 10, 2018 at the Kensington LDS Church, one hundred and fifty two (152) commissioners gathered together for a full day of fellowship, training, inspiration, and recognition at National Capital Area Council’s College of Commissioner Science.

Roy “Rick” Rogers Council Commissioner

Dean Julia Mae-Shen Farr selected the theme of “Celebrating 75 Years of Commissioner Training”, and recruited National Commissioner Service Training Chair Tim Acree to provide a keynote address in which Tim described the rich history of commissioner training, leading to the recent revamp of the online modules and the college curriculum.

Several other distinguished guests from all levels of Scouting graced our college. Chief Executive Mike Surbaugh sent his greetings via video. National Commissioner Communication & Technology Chairman Rick Hillenbrand taught several courses on Unit Service Plans, Commissioner Tools and Scoutbook. Northeast Region Commissioner, Ken King, challenged all commissioners to provide direct unit service to units most in need. Area 6 Commissioner, Ed Yarbrough gave the breakfast keynote on the five objectives of commissioner service. Ed deserves special thanks for being a good sport when cooking bacon triggered a fire alarm

Mike Nepi Receives Mack Award with his Lovely Wife Dale during his talk.

Commissioner College Attendees Listen to Keynote Address by recruited National Commissioner Service Training Chair Tim Acree

Isiah Pugh Receives Posthumous Mack Award

Charter Renewal – A Success Story One of the five major objectives for commissioner service is timely unit, district and council charter renewals.

posted for the new Scouting year. Some units renew their charters throughout the year, but for most task is done, and they are ready for Spring.

Unit New Member Coordinators and Membership Chairs, Committee Chairs, district membership teams, and Commissioners have been diligently inventorying all members, submitting applications, collecting fees and updating Internet Rechartering. The bulk of National Capital Area Council units have submitted their charter renewals and many are

This story had some complications this year. Fees increased, insurance increased, and a new Internet Rechartering software was introduced amid the process. Yet our heroes persevered against these potential adversities to get the job done. Now for the drumroll. National Capital Area

In addition to training and inspirational talks, we took time to recognize several outstanding commissioners.Congratulations to Mike Nepi on receiving the John A. Mack Council Commissioner Award of Excellence (with his lovely wife Dale). Congratulations to recipients of the Robert L. Dise Dean’s Awards: Randy Wilson, Peter DeSalva, and Jess W Speaker III. Congratulations to the recipients of the Doctorate of Commissioner Science (DCS) Knot Award presented by DCS Dean Robert Owen: Bill Desmond, Mark Longworth, Julia Mae-Shen Farr.

Council ranked #1 in Northeast Region’s Area 6 in unit retention at 95.1% - a national leader. What that means is that unit leaders are delivering a program meaningful enough to our youth that they are staying and sustaining strong units. Our membership teams and Commissioners are documenting who is continuing the Scouting trail through the renewal process. The result is that we continue to offer a safe, fun, and challenging program to develop youth into tomorrow’s citizen leaders.

NCAC Welcomes New Board Members

Past Council Commissioner Garry Lewis Presents Posthumous Mack Award to the Isiah Pugh family At the March 10, 2018 National Capital Area Council College of Commissioner Science, past Council Commissioner Garry Lewis presented the Isiah Pugh family with the John A. Mack Council Commissioner Award of Excellence posthumously. Garry Lewis gave a heartfelt tribute in memory of beloved Patuxent District Commissioner Isiah Pugh, and presented the Mack Award and a James E West Fellowship to the Pugh Family. 24

National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) elected two new executive committee members and five new board members at its annual meeting last night. These new members will serve the Council for the next year just as the council is welcoming girls into Cub Scouting and expanding its Family Scouting offerings.

NCAC also welcomed a new council commissioner: Mr. Roy “Rick” Rogers, IV, VP at Westat. Mr. Rogers has a storied history as a Scout, including adventuring in -20° F blizzard conditions, attending the 1981 National Jamboree, being inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He has given back to Scouting many times over as Unit Commissioner, Assistant Council Commissioner, District

Chairman, Crew Advisor, and as a member of Wood Badge staff. The council welcomes him, and expresses its gratitude to the service of outgoing commissioner Garry W. Lewis and his remarkable stewardship of our units during an historic year of transition. The newly elected members include: - Margaret Cummisky Hawaiian Airlines - Jon Etherton Etherton and Associates, Inc. - Richard Harrington RHED Pixel - David Richardson Southwest Airlines - QuangVan DynamicBuilders&Developers,Inc. - Arden “Art” Widmann Widmann Financial Services “Our council is proud to welcome these new board members,” said Scout Executive Les Baron. “Their dedication to Scouting’s core values is reflected in their daily life and work,

offering tremendous value as role models for our young people and helping achieve our vision to ensure youth are prepared for anything life sends their way.” Under the guidance of the Executive Board, Baron provides leadership to the Council, which serves more than 58,000 youth through the dedication of more than 20,000 registered adult volunteers across 17 counties in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Scouts living abroad in North and South America.

National Capital Area Council Service Areas Map of Council Service Areas & Districts

National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Contact Information

Marriott Scout Service Center 9190 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20814-3897 301-530-9360

St. Croix P.O. Box 711 Christiansted, VI 00821

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Montgomery Potomac

A Gold Level District District Chair - Jim Schleckser (h) 301-765-0249 Commissioner - Mike Saunders (h) 301-468-9268 Senior District Executive Michael Werling (c) 703-350-8628


A Gold Level District District Chair - Matt Beyers (c) 301-802-3177 Commissioner - Gordon Henley (c) 301-943-9713 Senior District Executive - Carlos Salazar (c) 410-608-4360

White Oak

A Silver Level District District Chair - William Totten Commissioner Richard (Rick) Manteuffel, PhD (c) 301-525-5542 (h) 301-482-0460 District Executive - Stephen E. Donnelly (w) 240-395-0602

Serving Montgomery County

Potomac District Montgomery County Scouting to Host Its Second Annual Joint Program Launch To All Friends of Scouting

It is not too early to launch our program for 2018 and 2019. We have already started to work all aspects of the Scouting program for the coming school year and beyond. The Program Launch event, traditionally held in the spring, is an opportunity for leaders, parents, friends and others of our community to learn about Scouting and about our Potomac District which is an important part of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. There are nearly 160 scouting units, including Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews, Explorer Posts and others, registered in our Montgomery Area -- total of nearly 8,000 youth and more than 3000 adults. The professional staff of the National Capital Area Council provides support and program resources throughout the year and in many ways.

served by a district chairman, local volunteer leaders, professional district executives and others. The combined program inaugurated this year recognizes that education, public safety, health and welfare services and other programs that contribute to Scouting are provided by our county as a whole and that our citizens comprise a strong community of more than one million.

We encourage all exhibitors, including Scout leaders, commercial firms, government agencies, non¬governmental organizations and all others interested to join us at this event. It is being held right here in our area and is organized to be brief but instructive -- and great fun on that evening.

Our Program Launch will be held in the fellowship hall of the Faith United Methodist Church, 6810 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland. The doors will open for exhibitors at 5:30 p.m. on May 10. We will be packing up after 9:00 p.m.

(Above) New Eagle Scouts at the March Eagle Board of Review. (Left) Venturers planning activities for Venturing’s 20th anniversary.

“Program Launch 2018” will be a joint effort of the three scouting districts which have been established in Montgomery County -- Potomac, White Oak and Seneca. Each of the districts is

Seneca District Those Who Serve: Wreaths Across America by: Chris Collins, DCA Vice President, US Army – Ret.

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Kenneth Nelson (c) 301-367-0012


Ben Overbey

Field Director

Stephen D. Allen (w) 240-395-0609 (c) 571-345-6852


Tradition. The dictionary offers the definition as “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way”. Darnestown has been included in this definition by the events that have shaped our community in the past two centuries. Whether it is the forging of new transportation routes, agricultural endeavors, or military actions, Darnestownians have been at the heart of the action. Some of the traditions that we have celebrated here in Darnestown include Darnestown History Day, highwaylined flags on federal holidays, the Spring Social, the Fall Hoedown, and the Christmas tree lighting are the ones that stand out in our minds. But wait! We now have a brand, new tradition to count among our celebrations. Imagine the surprise when it was discovered that over 74 of our neighbors, veterans of American military conflicts from the Civil War to Vietnam, are interred

in the Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery! Shortly after this discovery, a national celebration known as Wreaths Across America was introduced to Darnestown. It was neither by accident nor by a national concern that our little village was sought out for this honor, but rather by “tradition makers” who gathered support from the community to choreograph a remembrance of the individual sacrifices made by our local veterans for our country. Not only did the “tradition makers” develop the idea of bringing the national celebration to our corner of the world, but they organized the event, spearheaded the fundraising for the event, arranged for our local military dignitaries to place wreaths in honor of all US branches of the services, arranged for brief dedications, and garnered support from the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts as ceremony participants and reception sponsors. The gathering was also honored to welcome our very own DCA President Lisa Patterson-Troike, who made a brief presentation on behalf of the Darnestown Civic Association and community, as well

as a few old veterans standing in the audience of approximately two hundred people from inside and outside of the community. So, who are the “tradition makers” who spearheaded this idea? None other than Bill and Sue Gooch, actively supported by the members of their motorcycle club, The Independent Civilians. As the name applies, the club’s selfless actions focuses on community service with a particular focus on supporting our military personnel, past and present. With their vision, dedication, and hard work, we as a community have been further enriched. I should also mention that the Wreaths Across America ceremony would not have been successful without the overwhelming generosity of our citizens who contributed by financially sponsoring the program through the purchase of wreaths. And there we have it - A cohesive gathering of the young, the old, and the veterans’ community, thus establishing a new and honored Darnestown tradition!

White Oak District

District News & Views

MD AG Celebrates Scout Sunday with Troop 96

Sunday, February 25th, Troop 96 participated in Scout Sunday at The People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. Several Scouts, Eagle Scouts from the Troop, and honored guests including Brian R. Frosh, Attorney General for the State of Maryland, showed reverence and celebrated the over 25-year relationship between Pack and Troop 96 during the Sunday service. General Frosh presented the Pastor, Dr. Haywood A. Robinson III, with a proclamation from the State of Maryland recognizing The People’s Community Baptist Church and Troop 96’s achievement of 50 Eagle Scouts. A history of excellence has defined Troop 96 as leaders in the White Oak District and the community. The Troop’s strong relationship with its host church has meant years of Scouting and opportunities for numerous Scouts to earn the rank of Eagle. Chartering Organization Representative Dana Myers helped receive the proclamation on behalf of Troop 96. Dana serves numerous roles in the Troop and as a volunteer with the White Oak District, including Nomination Chair.

Champion Athlete and Local Scout Featured in Boys’ Life Troop 96 Eagle Scout Jabari Bennett has recorded four Maryland state titles in shot put. Jabari won the 2016 and 2017 Montgomery County Championships and Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association 3A west regionals, and placed second in discus at the 2016 county championships. At 18, Jabari has the potential to take

his talents in shot put to even higher levels of competition in the future. We will be watching his future with great interest. Jabari also serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Troop, like other Troop 96 Eagles who’ve taken up leadership positions. Eagle Scouts serving in their Troop provide an invaluable service to the program.

(From Left) Dr. Haywood A. Robinson, III – Pastor of The Peoples Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD, Attorney General for the State of Maryland Brian R. Frosh, Chartered Organization Representative for The Peoples Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD Dana C. Myers

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Mountain West Francis Scott Key A Gold Level District

District Chair - Nick Maliszewskyj (h) 301-371-7070 Commissioner - Bill Desmond (c) 301.788.0070 District Executive - Lauren Kefauver(c) 443-983-4215

Serving Frederick, Loudoun, and Western Fairfax counties

Francis Scott Key District 58th Frederick County First Aid Meet

Goose Creek A Gold Level District

District Chair - Jim Bonfils (c) 571-225-0100 Commissioner - John Witek (c) 703-443-9102 District Director - Ben Litten (c) 240-449-9337 District Executive - Ray Posluszny (c) 570-687-4904


A Silver Level District

District Chair - Inge Gedo (c) 703-283-1035 Commissioner - Larry Lawver (c) 703-233-8081 District Executive - Mark Hertel (c) 703-862-4324

The 58th Frederick County First Aid Meet was held on March 3, 2018 at the Calvary Assembly Church Activities Hall in Walkersville. The First Aid Meet was started by Dr. William Roessler and Al Miller as a way to help the Boy Scouts in Frederick County hone their First Aid skills. The event is held annually and draws about 150 Boy Scouts who compete in patrols of


5-8 Scouts as they respond verbally and demonstrate the skills necessary to treat 8 different scenarios such as burns, severe bleeding, shock, fractures, head injuries, cardiac arrest, allergic reactions and animal bites. The patrols are judged by a different judge for each scenario. The judges are volunteer State and local police, paramedics, doctors, and ER nurses.

A Gold Level District

District Chair - Daniel Kurtenbach (h) 703-802-0613 Commissioner - David Carmichael (w) 703-244-0785 District Executive - Robert Guers, Jr. (c) 240-395-0605

Twenty-one patrols competed this year and the top five patrols were: Tied in 4th place,

Troop 1011 Wolverines, Troop 270 Cyclops, 3rd place, Troop 1023 Thunderbirds, 2nd place Troop 274 Majestic Pheonix and 1st place Troop 470 Venom. When asked how the patrol prepared for the First Aid Meet, Assistant Scoutmaster Janice Gilsdorf replied, “The Scouts dedicated each troop meeting in February to practice first aid skills. One week we had a round robin type of event that included four stations- upper extremity treatment led by Robert Paugh; hurry cases led by Janice Gilsdorf; environmental injuries and scene safety led by Jim Vlassopoulos; and lastly, a First Aid jeopardy quiz led by Mark Murr. Additionally, the Scouts practiced using past scenarios; each Scout rotated as a Judge and had a chance to understand how they were being evaluated. It was interesting to see how generous or hard they were with their scores.

Lastly, Mr. Paugh and Mr. Vlassopoulos hosted a Saturday morning scenario practice which allowed the Scouts to practice in their patrols. This is beneficial because the patrol can identify their weaknesses as well as their strengths.” Zachary Dorris, of the Venom Patrol said, “First aid is an important skill for anyone to have. I was especially glad because of this meet we were able to show up and put on a good performance as a Troop.” Troop 470 meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Clover Hill Clubhouse. For more information contact Scoutmaster@ Next year’s First Aid Meet will be held on March 2, 2019

Francis Scott Key District Welcomes New District Executive, Lauren S. Kefauver The National Capital Area Council and Francis Scott Key District are pleased to welcome Lauren S. Kefauver in the position of District Executive for FSK. Currently living in Frederick with her husband, a dog, and two cats, Kefauver grew up in Baltimore County and has called the region home for many years.


Doug Carlson


Bill Schoonmaker

Field Director

Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335


Lauren discovered her passion for Scouting in a Venture Crew where she participated from ages 14-21, and cites these as some of her fondest memories. The highlight of those experiences occurred in 2010 when she took on and accomplished what she considers to be her greatest Venturing achievement: a trek through Philmont. While she hopes to return there one day, she is currently excited to have the honor and privilege to be working with the BSA on a professional level. Her plan is to make her way around and “cross paths” with all of the scouts and volunteers in the FSK District. Lauren is a graduate of Towson University and holds a degree in psychology.

District News & Views Goose Creek District Goose Creek Day Camp Is Headed to Claude Moore Park The Goose Creek Day and Twilight Camps are loading up our “little red wagon, front wheel’s broken and the axle’s draggin” and heading east to Claude Moore Park (C.M.P.), Sterling VA. C.M.P. is the right location – offering open space and wilderness that campers look for in a summer camp experience in a setting that’s closer to home for many of the Scouting families of Goose Creek. For many living around C.M.P., they are not aware of the rich history of the land they now live on, once upon a time, it was all farms that provided the milk, butter and cheese shipped out daily by rail to Washington, DC. During the week, campers will get to explore the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum to learn about the past as well as ways to preserve our land, water, and air for the future. There has been an on-going argument in society about whether fishing is truly a sport, but for those who take part in this activity, it is with a passion. We have partnered with ORVIS to offer a “Lunch & Learn” fishing demonstration. Cubs will be instructed in the art of fly fishing at C.M.P.’s three-acre pond. The camp director will happily lead by example in the lost art of kicking back on a warm summer day, taking a lazy afternoon nap with a fishing pole within arm’s reach. Goose Creek Summer Camps are developing a new camp activity program called Scout Craft. This activity station will be

comparable to a Camp Fire program: skits, songs, jokes, physical comedy & ice-breakers. Scout Craft will not only be entertaining, but also to introduce Cubs into the fun and excitement of the Boy Scout program. The junior staff will work with the Cub Scouts, guiding them to develop their own skits for the final day of camp. The Goose Creek Summer camps continue to partner with the George Washington University Nursing program to conduct First Aid Training. The nursing students instruct Cub Scouts in how to react quickly during a medical emergency, which could mean the difference between life or death. This training not only involves the lecture of concepts, but handson application of the lesson plans: splinting broken bones, binding wounds to stop profuse bleeding, and hands-on CPR. Staff will work directly with cubs on the basic skills of First Aid. With the only constant in life being change,

Goose Creek Spring Update

Greetings Goose Creek District Scouts and Scouters!

On behalf of the two professionals in our district, I hope that you are enjoying the first days of spring with your scouts by getting outside, making new friends, and having great experiences with your pack, troop, crew, or post! We are attempting to get to every unit in the district for a Friends of Scouting presentation, so if you haven’t scheduled yours, please get in touch with Ben or Ray. I want to let everyone know of some things to be on the lookout for as we head into the spring and summer season. Our camp card sale is going strong, and you can still sell camp cards if you are interested in fundraising for your unit before camping season starts. Please ask Ray or Ben for details about

the Goose Creek Summer camps are changing and evolving just like the Scouting program. We are excited about Family Scouting programs, we have had female siblings attending camp for over the past ten years and now welcome them as Cubs. But if parents are uncertain about whether to sign up their daughters for BSA scouting, they have the option to try out the program by to registering their daughters in the sibling program. Whether it is learning to tie a

Monkey fist, or the art of silk screening at crafts, delving into science projects or developing the skills to become proficient at the shooting sport, the Goose Creek Summer camps will have something for every child. The experienced staff will educate, demonstrate, guide and enable cubs in many areas of interest, creating fond memories they will cherish and wish to share with their own cubs once they are parents themselves.

the sale. Also, registration for Goose Creek Day Camp, Twilight Camp, Camp Snyder and Goshen Scout Reservation is now open! Now is the time to start to plan for spring recruitment if you are planning on running a summer program within your pack or troop. If you can, send at least one of your leaders to Roundtable on the second Wednesday of every month to learn more about all the great opportunities going on in Goose Creek. Be sure to check in at for more information. See everyone on the trail!

Powhatan District

Sully District

Powhatan Welcomes New District Executive, Mark Hertel We’re pleased to share that Mark Hertel has joined the Powhatan District as a District Executive. Mark and his wife recently relocated from Dover, Delaware in

Don’t Miss the SullyTwilight Camp at the Izaak Walton League In Centerville

February, where he was a District Executive for the Delmarva Council. Mark is a native of the area, having grown up in Great Falls, VA before graduating from George Mason University. Mark is an avid lover of the wilderness and sports. He has a strong dedication to improving the community and encouraging youth development; having coached multiple youth sports, serving for developmental organizations such as the Presidential Classroom and at the YMCA of Delaware. As a former Cub Scout, he is honored to join the Boy Scouts of America and continue his dedication to strengthening the community. Please join us in welcoming Mark to the National Captial Area Council and Powhatan District. We wish him great success and much luck!

Sully District will be hosting a Twilight Camp June 25th-29th at the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Centerville, VA. Camp will run from 6:00PM-9:30PM each evening, Activities will include STEM, Nature, Archery, BB’s, crafts, and games. Cub Scouts from any District are welcome to attend and

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Three Rivers Patuxent

A Silver Level District

District Chair - Philip Nichols (w) 301-952-3907 District Director - Kyle Molldene (w) 301-214-9128 (c) 407-301-6622 District Executive - Danielle Finley (p) 301-214-9182

Washington, D.C. A Gold Level District

District Chair - Hank Brothers (c) 202-253-6906 Commissioner - Ralph Wooden (c) 240-426-1031 Senior District Executive - Andrew Eacker (c) 540-454-8578

Serving Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, and Southern Maryland

Washington D.C. District

Strong DC OA Chapter Representation at “Arrow Corps Puerto Rico” While many scouters in the District of Columbia were getting ready for spring break, six Order of the Arrow members from the DC Chapter of the Amangamek-Wipit Lodge, made their way to Puerto Rico from March 11 to March 17 to be part of the volunteer team of scouts and scouters from across the United States that made up “Arrow Corps Puerto Rico” as part of a service project to repair and enhance the BSA’s Camp Guajataka that was damaged during Hurricane Maria.

campsites, as Hurricane Maria’s winds and rain were so strong that they wiped away a significant portion of the preexistent paint; repairing aspects of the camp’s electrical and plumbing systems; rebuilding part of a key bridge in the camp that had been damaged by the hurricane, with the bridge now known as the Friendship Bridge (Puente de la Amistad); remaking large ceremonial stone carvings in the camp’s primary campfire arena; and recreating trenches to allow for proper water drainage.

Among all OA Lodges from the 50 states and the District of Columbia that participated, the DC Chapter had the highest number of volunteers from a single chapter.

Three D.C. Arrowmen, Trevor Scofield, Jackson Frame, and Vicki Burns also ascended to the Brotherhood level during Arrow Corps Puerto Rico.

Western Shore A Gold Level District

District Chair - Paul Phillips (h) 301-481-7830 Commissioner - John Howlin (h) 410-414-9175 Senior District Executive - Trey Miller (c) 816-832-1483 (w) 240-395-0606


Nick Adams


Michael McKinney

Asst. Director of Field Services James Hamlin (w) 301-214-9130 (c) 301-512-7314


Willis Thomas III “I liked how on the second evening being here we got to learn about how it was for the people here after hurricane Maria. It was both sad and inspiring to hear the different stories about how they had to endure what they felt after the hurricane and how they had to cope with the damage that was left behind. It gave me a new perspective on how lucky me and my family are not having to deal with something like that but also made me think how strong the people of Puerto Rico are being able to carry on and manage. My favorite work assignment so far was clearing away the bamboo camp. All of our work made the area even more beautiful than we found it. The camp wasn’t going to be able to use that campsite this coming summer so we were really happy we were able to get the site cleared. The council director immediately contacted scoutmasters in Puerto Rico to let them know that it was open.

Arrow Corps Puerto Rico, together formed the largest contingent from any OA chapter among the 50 states and D.C. to have served as part of Arrow Corps Puerto Rico, and this forever shall be a testament to the strength and commitment of our chapter.

Fellow Arrowmen of the Amangamek-Wipit Lodge of the OA, also served as part of Arrow Corps Puerto Rico were Michael Dragone, chief of the Mountain West Service Area; and Jim Hardter, Ceremonies Team Adviser for the Seneca Chapter.

DC OA members that made this incredible trip of cheerful service included Howie Perlman, Chapter Adviser, Troop 524; Willis L. Thomas III, Chapter Chief, Troop 544; Jackson Frame, Troop 544; Vicki Burns, Troop 61; Trevor Scofield, Troop 380; and Tom Scofield, Troop 380.

As a result of Arrow Corps Puerto Rico’s service, Camp Guajataka will be able to open for summer 2018 for thousands of youth to enjoy.

The 100 Arrowmen from the 50 states and D.C. served alongside about 35 members of the Puerto Rico Council of the BSA (Concilio de Puerto Rico de los Boy Scouts of America), many of whom are part of the Yokahú Lodge (Logia Yokahú) of the OA, and about 15 Firefighters of Puerto Rico (Bomberos de Puerto Rico).

“On the first day I was assigned to clearing brush but after the wood chipper arrived I was allowed to feed the wood chipper. I really liked that because it was my first time doing it. I was amazed how even big sticks could get destroyed in a few seconds.

This combined effort of about 150 souls who were part of Arrow Corps Puerto Rico collectively performed numerous service projects for Camp Guajataka, including removing large amounts of debris; repainting pavilions and cabins in

The scouts shared their memories with us of Arrow Corps Puerto Rico: Trevor Scofield

Some of the stories that the local arrowmen told were also special because they gave us more depth as to what was going on in Puerto Rico during Maria. I feel like I got a first person experience of what happened and I understood better why we were doing this.”

I also enjoyed how many of the local scouts and staff at the camp have been so friendly. They always greet us with a smile and a handshake and thank us for helping rebuild their beloved camp. It makes me feel glad to be here knowing how much we are appreciated.” Jackson Frame “Much favorite thing that happened at camp so far was the Brotherhood ceremony. It was amazing because it was conducted by four different lodges from around the country. It really made me feel recommitted to scouting and the OA. You never know what you will experience in scouts when people get together like this. The food here was AMAZING the entire week. There has not been a bad meal. The ribs cooked on the grill were particularly good and the burgers were some of the best I’ve had. I also loved the shepherds pie. I really liked the fact that scouts came from all over the country to help. I love providing service to the Puerto Ricans. Repairing the bridge and painting the cabins were my favorites projects because I felt they were important. Because of the work we did here scouts who would not have been able to come here this summer are now able to come.”

District News & Views Patuxent District Patuxent FOS Plan Scouter- We have hit our Scouter Goal and are looking at contacting the remaining members of the committee and merit badge councilors in the coming weeks. We have made several attempts at call already and will keep trying to get 100% participation. We are looking at least another $5000 Community- We have been out in the community several times in the past few months to prospect the area and find different places to ask. We usually get a grant from the county for about $5000 that we are waiting for. We are also seeking the information of who was approached in the previous years to attempt to go to those businesses again for the 2018 asks. If we can be as successful as 2016 we

can bring in another $15,000 for community. We are looking at around $20000 in total from community campaign throughout the year. Family- This is going to be our biggest struggle of the year. With various units not responding through vigorous attempts at phone calls and emails to all members of the unit, we are having extreme difficulty with obtaining dates and maintain contact with the units. There have been several units who we have reached out to about doing presentations and we have

been told “no”. Pack and Troop 29, Pack and Troop 75, and one or 2 others as well. We will go and visit them again in a few months and see if we can set up something. There have been massive paperwork and money issues with these units losing complete trust with council and we are building back the relationships and trust to get these back on track. For the units that have given and are completed, we are revisiting the units with emails and phone calls. We are conducting a Phone a thon this

week, were we have 4 callers from the district making calls and raising money to get us back up in a better position than last year, which is about $10000 behind. With the various phone a thons taking place once a week and the constant attempts at getting more dates, we should be able to get about $20000 more out of the Scouter campaign, from what we did last year. We will need to get the units that have not given, which is about 20% of them to get the remaining $10000 to meet our goal. It will be a long challenge and this is going to take all year to complete, but with pushing and maintain a good relationship, we will meet the goal and set ourselves up for a better and smoother 2019.

Western Shore District

Troop 347’s Merit Badge College On March 3, 2018, 153 Scouts met in Dunkirk, MD to attend Troop 347’s annual Merit Badge College at Dunkirk Baptist Church. The Merit Badge College offered 17 different merit badges throughout its AM and PM sessions. The merit badges offered included Art, Automotive Maintenance, Aviation, Chemistry, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Nation and World, Coin Collecting, Communication, Family Life, First Aid, Game Design, Genealogy, Leatherwork, Nuclear Science, and Public Speaking. If you would like to attend, be on the lookout for the first Saturday in March 2019. Special thanks to everyone who supported the day – counselors, helpers, and Scouts!

Western Shore Day Camps Western Shore Day Camps at Kings Landing and St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds are coming along great. We have an incredible “Passport to (Science) Adventure” program planned with lots of STEM and outdoor activities for all Scouts. If you are interested in attending, make sure you register at as soon as possible. If you have questions, feel free to contact the directors: St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds - 6/18 to 6/22 Email: King’s Landing Park - 6/25 to 6/29 Email: Day camps are conducted by adult volunteer leadership who were trained and certified at one of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Camping Schools. During the first weekend of March, Western Shore’s Camp/Program Directors attended National Camp School located at Camp Snyder, VA.

Upcoming Meetings TOA Chapter, Commissioner, and Roundtable meetings are every 2nd Wednesday at Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, MD. 1. 630pm-730pm: OA Chapter Meeting 2. 630pm-730pm: Commissioner Meeting 3. 730pm-9pm: Roundtable District Committee Meetings are the last Wednesday (730pm-9pm) of the month at Lusby Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby, MD. Justin Barlow awards Scouts with camperships to assist in offsetting the cost to attend Day Camp.

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Virginia Central Chain Bridge A Gold Level District

District Chair - Fran O’Reilly (h) 202-409-6571 Commissioner - Mark Stoffel (c) 703-536-3434

Chain Bridge District Chain Bridge Holds 14th Annual Klondike Derby

except that scouts supply the propulsion. Here in Virginia, snow is iffy so most patrols add removable wheels to help them traverse a three-mile course along marked trails and stream crossings.


A Gold Level District

District Chair - Keith Gray (h) 202-674-2494 Commissioner - Sasha Loftin (h) 703-969-3902 District Executive - Todd Bolick (w) 301-214-9122 (c) 703-314-8865

George Mason A Silver Level District

District Chair - James Ashe (h) 703-255-3951 Commissioner - Patrick Berney (h) 703-255-2445 District Executive - Sam McGrath (c) 571-437-9474

Old Dominion

Chain Bridge District ran its 14th annual Klondike Derby on the fields and trails of Camp Highroad in Aldie, Virginia on a rainy Saturday in early February. Over 200 scouts, venturers and staffers participated. Many camped overnight and presented themselves at first light to the “Chilkoot Pass” start/finish line with nearly 30 patrols and crews (including two all-women Venture Crews) competing. The Klondike Derby takes its inspiration from the Gold Rush towns of the Yukon Territory. To participate, each patrol must construct a scoutbuild sled, modeled after an Iditarod dogsled


A Gold Level District

District Chair - Stephen Smith (c) 703-664-2659 Commissioner - David Astle (c) 703-861-3346 District Executive - Ashley Felton (c) 443-360-8344


Aasgeir Gangsaas


James Stewart

Field Director

Don Kilgore (w) 301-214-9192 (c) 301-379-9816


Each Patrol pilots its sled from town to town, as the scouts compete for “gold nuggets” by demonstrating scout skills, scout spirit, and teamwork. The scouts are given a list of tools and materials but do not know what challenges they will face until they arrive at towns and introduce themselves to the Town Mayors. Any skill in the Scout Handbook is fair game. “ We had two challenges – an orienteering one and a height estimation challenge,” explained Tom Kiess, Mayor of Dead Horse Gulch, the orienteering town. Jim Thomas, the Mayor of Big Skookum Gulch (Scout Knowledge), lamented that “tree/leaf identification was either way too hard or Scouts just don’t know their trees anymore.” A Patrol Leader reported that at the Cripple Creek First Aid town, “we liked it that the victim stayed in character” but found “the victim’s symptoms were hard to

assess.” They said that “after Cripple Creek, we got lost by the cornfield” (they were soon found). Scoutmasters and Crew Advisors appreciate how Klondike Derby gets their patrols and crews to work together. One Scoutmaster commented that “the event was a lesson in planning and the importance of getting scouts motivated and committed to the plan. Additionally, it teaches them the importance of teamwork.” Another Scoutmaster said he liked the “skills practice and crew/patrol leadership opportunities.” Yet another Scoutmaster said he liked how the scouts were “on their own” which taught them “self-reliance.” A Patrol Leader confirmed, saying he thought preparing for and participating in Klondike got his patrol to bond together like never before. No wonder -- the Klondike Derby is designed from the ground up to implement BP’s Patrol Method. Following a great tradition, Chain Bridge District is already planning improvements, including a shorter course for younger scout patrols, for Klondike Derby 2019. Klondike Ho!

Troop 149 Celebrates Two Traditions on Scout Sunday

year in February when Scouts thank their chartering organizations and share the experience of scouting with the members of these organizations.

A Gold Level District

District Chair - Adair Petty (h) 703-545-5747 Commissioner - Mike Nepi (h) 03-643-9021 District Executive - Justin Mawdsley (c) 703-973-3868

Serving the city of Alexandria, Eastern Fairfax and Arlington Counties

On Scout Sunday 2018, Troop 149 and its chartering organization, Cherrydale United Methodist Church (CUMC), Arlington, VA, participated in their annual Rise Against Hunger. Scout Sunday is celebrated each

Partnering with Cub Scout Pack 149, Troop 149 and CUMC package meals for the underprivileged. After the church service, the scouts and congregants enjoy a lunch of chili and cornbread provided by the church members and then prepare to assemble the meals. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, and meal packaging volunteers produce millions of nutritious meals

annually for distribution to partners in countries around the world. The meals consist of rice, dried vegetables & soy protein and a vitamin packet. Scouts, wearing hair covers and gloves, help prepare the meals in sterile plastic bags, seal the bags, pack them into boxes and then load the boxes into trucks. We packaged 30,000 meals this year. CUMC and the Scouts were presented with an award from Rise Against Hunger for donating and packaging a cumulative 180,120 meals over the past 7 years! It is a special event that the members of Troop 149 look forward to every year. For more info:

Colonial District

95 Scouts Join Inaugual Carpe Adventure Trek

At 6:30 A.M., the first wave of Scouts set out from Alexandria toward National Harbor as part of Colonial’s inaugural Carpe Adventure Trek, or CAT. The 40 and 20 kilometer distances challenged Scouts to seize the call for adventure during a day with a brisk wind and ahigh temperature of 48. At support stops in Fort Hunt Park, Belle Haven Park, and National Harbor, enthusiasm was high amongst Colonial’s Scouts as they ticked off milestones. The smiles and laughs were plentiful (as were sock changes, blister treatments, and water breaks) as 95 Scouts and adults finished the day, with the first group of Scouts returning to Alexandria just shortly after 3:30 P.M. to receive the coveted

CAT Claw challenge coin for completing the 40km trek: a distance akin to hiking a marathon. C o m p l e t i n g t h e C AT, w h i l e an achievement in and of itself, an accomplishment of note was achieved by Ronan W. of Troop 899, Charted by the Brotherhood of St Andrew, Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton. Ronan had crossed over during an Arrow of Light Ceremony a week prior to competing in his first high-adventure event as a Boy Scout. At 10years old he became youngest Scout to complete the 40km distance. Way to go! The CAT would not have been possible

without the support of many of Colonial’s unit leaders and parents, and our units themselves. Special thanks to Colonial’s Explorer Post 2252, Chartered by the Franconia-Mt. Vernon Station of the Fairfax County Police and the Arrowmen of the Amangamek Wipit Lodge, Colonial Chapter for hiker support along the way.

District News & Views George Mason District George Mason Pinewood Derby Races to Success The 2018 George Mason District Pinewood Derby Championship was a huge success. The fastest Scout entries in the district competed. Each Pack provided one Pack winner or representative per rank i.e. one Lion, one Tiger, one Wolf, one Bear, one Webelos, and one Arrow of Light Cub Scout to the District Pinewood Derby. Much thanks to all the volunteers and parents who made this event possible!

Patriot District

Old Dominion District

Meet Ashley Felton, Patriot District’s New District Executive


Saturday May  5th  2018 







Mason district park 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003


The National Capital Area Council and Patriot District are pleased to welcome our new Patriot District Executive, Ashley Felton! Ashley currently calls Old Town in Alexandria home. Prior to starting her career with the Scouts, she worked at the Maryland Judiciary and lived in Gambills, M D . H o w e v e r, unbeknownst to her, her journey to Scouting began years earlier in college where she met fellow-student, and now Patuxent District Executive, Danielle Finley. “I believe in what BSA does for youth, so it was a no brainer to want to work for this organization,” said Felton. “But after speaking with Danielle, I discovered so much more about what was possible with Scouting and knew that I wanted to do this.” A competitive Division 1 volleyball player and active in outdoor pursuits, Ashley hit the ground running as a profession, but she has also enthusiastically and quickly embraced all that Scouting has to offer. “I was a race starter

in my District’s Pinewood Derby and had so much fun seeing all of the Scouts having such a great time,” said Felton. “And I could never find people to go camping and hiking with me, but now I can do those things with my Scout family!” Ashley has long enjoyed working with youth, and in addition to still playing volleyball on a regular basis, she also coaches a team. She aims to bring these experiences to Scouting to further improve upon the great things that are already happening in Patriot District. “I’m enjoying everything I have learned so far, and continue to really enjoy helping young people,” said Felton. “My philosophy is that all things are possible if you believe.” Ashley is a graduate of LaSalle University and holds a Bachelors degree in marketing.

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Virginia South Aquia

A Gold Level District

District Chair - Jennifer Bell (c) (571) 247-7946 Commissioner - John Patrick (c) 540-809-8337 District Director - Phillip Duggins (w) 301-214-9115 (c) 540-220-9904

Bull Run

A Gold Level District

District Chair - Charlie Fromm (h) 571-229-9569 Commissioner - Matthew Messenger (w) 703-365-9051 District Director - Jessica Curtis (c) 571-265-6557


A Silver Level District

District Chair - Bill Knaus (w) 804-382-9207 Commissioner - Fred Becker District Executive - Jasmine Pletzer (c) 757-759-4311


A Silver Level District

District Chair - David Byrne (c) 571-722-6444 Commissioner - Mark Chipman (h) 571-659-0362 Senior District Executive - Chris Huston (c) 507-990-9803


A Gold Level District

District Chair - Dave Blanchard Commissioner - Nelson Brittle District Director - Jessica Curtis (c) 571-265-6557


Robert Kahn


Drew Mrenna


Serving Prince William, Stafford, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, Fauquier and Culpeper Counties and, Fredericksburg City

Aquia District

Timeless Scouting Values Passed on Generation to Generation E v e r y y e a r, beginning in October, Cub Scout Pack 845 begins the very serious process of finding just the right theme for the February Blue and Gold Banquet, held to commemorate the founding of Cub Scouting, but also recognizing the birthday of Boy Scouting’s founding father, Lord Baden-Powell (“B-P”, as he is still known) of Gilwell, England. This is a very spirited process, and a lot of wonderful ideas are presented, discussed, vigorously defended, and placed on a ballot. Everyone is anxiously searching for just the right “one”. After all, this is one of Cub Scouting’s biggest and most memorable annual Pack events. Over the years, the Pack has used “Knights of the Round Table”, “Superheroes”, and “The Magic of Scouting”. But, this year the Committee found what just might be the perfect theme to strike a chord with Scouts and parents alike. The committee discovered B-P’s Last Message to Scouts. He opens his letter with a reference to the play Peter Pan and the Pirate Chief’s tendency to always offer his dying words. Pack 845’s committee shared this letter with the Scouts and Families, and went with a Peter Pan and Pirate-themed Blue and Gold Banquet. With the undertones of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys and their finding the fun and joy

in everything they do, the parents, Scouts and Scouters of Pack 845 realized just how “perfect” the theme fits Cub Scouting. The evening concluded with a presentation by the Pack’s own “Standing Bear” and the awarding of the Arrow of Light to 9 Scouts, along with a specially handcrafted and personalized Arrow and plaque.

Fast forward from B-P’s final address to Scouts of yesteryear to Aquia’s Cub Scout Pack 840, chartered by the North Stafford Community Improvement League and among the first Packs in the National Capital Area Council to begin registering girls as members. Six girls from Tiger (1st Grade) through Webelos (4th & 5th Grade) joined the all-ages, all girl Den 7, and have participated for the first time as Cub Scouts in the Pinewood Derby, Fredericksburg Ten Commandments Hike, Mount Vernon Scout Days, Game Night, and Blue and Gold Banquet. The first girl to earn rank received her Bobcat on February 13, 2018 at the February Pack meeting. Three more earned their Bobcat rank this March. A particular highlight of Pack 840’s family pack experience occurred when “The Ancient One,” (known fondly as “TAO”) Dick Haas, a Scouter with over 80 years of continuous Scouting experience, visited during the Pack’s

carnival and games night. TAO actually met Lord Baden-Powell (the founding father of Scouting in England) when Mr. Haas was a young Boy Scout in 1939, making him an actual generational bridge from the origins of Scouting in America to today’s Scouts! After spending some time observing and interacting with Cub Scouts at their games, Mr. Haas spoke to the Pack about some of his experiences, drawing a connection between the BSA and Pack 840 welcoming girls to the long history of Scouting’s role in breaking down barriers of race, religion, gender, and disability. The Scouts presented him with a “BSA Hero” plaque to thank him for his visit and for a lifetime of devoted service to Scouting. Pack 840 has always welcomed family participation at their events, so the switch to being a Family Pack was seamless. The Pack’s first registered girls were all siblings, cousins, and friends of current Scouts and their families. Den 7’s girls are all very motivated to pursue their rank badges. Families are enjoying having full access to the Cub Scouting program for all their children. f you have questions or would like more information about our experiences with Family Scouting in Cub Scout Pack 840, visit their website at node/5233 or their public Facebook page @ cubscoutpack840.

Bull Run District

2 Scouts from Troop 1833 Awarded Medal of Merit Scouts from Troop 1833 have been awarded Medals of Merit for their actions at Camp Big Mac, Markham, VA in October 2017. The weather forecast for the weekend was perfect; Troop 1833 was going to work on the Paul Bunyan woodsman award on this outing. Little did we know that we were about to save someone’s life. We arrived at camp talking about old Halloween movies and the fact that we were at a camp in the middle of nowhere, joking about the asylum on the other side of the hill. No sooner had we gotten out of our cars we heard a call for help coming from behind the recreation center. That startled the group and got some nervous chuckles until she called out again. The Scouts headed into the woods. CJ found Ms. Nancy sprawled face down in a dry but very rocky creek bed. Jordan persistently dialed 911 and when he got through he went to the camp entrance to wait for the first responders. Chris and I assessed her condition and tried

to make her comfortable while CJ and Andrew got blankets, pillows, snacks and water. In the thirty minutes or so that it took for EMS to arrive the Scouts and adults talked to Ms. Nancy about fishing, scouting, and other topics. After first responders arrived the Scouts assisted paramedics with back boarding her and clearing the (From Left) Bob Brandt, Andrew S, Jordan B, CJ way for the 80 yards walk to Petrillo,and Chris Petrillo the ambulance. temperature was 92 degrees when she was Ms. Nancy, a 72 year old woman, had gotten admitted to the hospital. Had no one been lost while driving earlier in the day. She had scheduled to camp that weekend it is very likely driven onto Camp and her car ran out of gas that Ms. Nancy would have died from exposure. in the area of the Chapel. When the Scouts found her, about 800 yards from her car, it was Congratulations Scouts. You were brave in apparent she had been lying in the rocks for the face of uncertainty, helpful to a person in several hours. need, courteous, kind, and cheerful dealing The Scouts received word the next day that with a unique and unexpected event. You were Ms. Nancy’s had been hypothermic; her body prepared, and you did a great job!

District News & Views Mattaponi District Family Scouting Comes to Mattaponi! Mattaponi will have the first ever female Cub Scout attend its day camp this year, and her journey to become a Cub Scout has been all about determination and action. Presley is a 7-year-old Wolf and rising 2nd grader, who is already a trailblazer! Presley is ready to chase a family tradition by joining her brother, already an active Cub Scout. Presley has had to sit on the sidelines when attending meetings with her brother and father, waiting for an open door. That open door came when the Boy Scouts of America officially adopted the program this January. Presley’s father was very excited about the new program and wanted to make sure it would be extended to all girls, saying, “I am dedicated to making family scouting work, I signed up for woodbage in the fall and I am going to use this experience as a part of that training.” So, naturally when Presley’s dad, Brent Purcell who is a LtCol. in the Marines Corps, learned that the Boy Scouts of America would let girls join their ranks, he and other volunteers were eager to join a Family Scouting unit. At Scouting University, they had the

opportunity to learn about family scouting and were disheartened to find that none were available in their area. Thankfully, through a discussion with another volunteer they were asked “why don’t you make your own Family Scouting unit?” That’s it! It was that simple! With zeal and a passionate drive, Brent and other families began to “make it happen”! It is no longer a dream for Presley and other young girls to earn the rank of Eagle. It is because of active and determined dads like Brent, that younger girls in his community will now be allowed to join the Cub Scouts and older ones could earn the rank of Eagle Scout in Mattaponi. “We are more than excited to participate in this revolutionary and historic time for the Mattaponi District, it is more than allowing girls into the program. It has always been about the family. Mattaponi stands behind its family scouting promise, to ensure, that all girls have the opportunity to join” District Executive Jasmine Pletzer said at the Mattaponi roundtable. See you at Day Camp Presley!

Occoquan District

Your “Passport to Adventure” Awaits at Occoquan Day Camp! at Leesylvania State Park, our beautiful state park that sits on the Potomac River.

Occoquan District is looking forward to another great day camp June 18 – 22

This year’s theme is “Passport to Adventure.” Our Day Camp will offer many traditional S c o u t i n g activities including Archery and BB guns. Scouts will also take part in Crafts, Nature Study, Games, STEM and Fishing stations. While, the program is not specifically achievement-oriented, the Cub Scouts will have many opportunities

to earn belt loops, pins, and other awards. On our last day of camp, we will an exciting collection of games from a different part of the world. Thank you to all our staff, pack coordinators, den walkers, and families for their help to make our 2018 Day Camp a great program! If you have any questions please visit or contact our Day Camp Director, Angela Roth at

Piedmont District

Troop 360 Rebuilds Historic Fence Line at Manassas National Battlefield Park Troop 360, Chartered by Piedmont Leadership Association for Youth in Warrenton, VA supported historic preservation in a big way on March 17, 2018! The Troop built 40 sections of split rail fence in the same authentic style as Civil War era farmers living on land now comprising the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The new line of fence completes a section started more than 2 years ago by the Park’s Blue and Grey Trail Crew volunteer group who facilitated the access to materials and provided guidance on how to build the fence sections. They also provided historical information to the Scouts and offered their appreciation to the Troop, on behalf of the Ranger staff, for building more fence sections

than any other volunteer group in a single service project for the Park. The Troop then enjoyed a movie and tour at the Park Visitors center after completing their service work.

The Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves and protects the land and historic structures, artifacts and other resources associated with the Battles of First and Second Manassas for the benefit of the American People. The Battle of First Manassas, fought on July 21 1861, was the first major land battle of the American Civil War. The completed historic fence line will now allow visitors to more accurately appreciate the authentic landscape of the Battlefield. The Scouter Digest May 2018 - July 2018 35

Scouter Perspectives A Scouter Remembers This past winter, Reverend Bob Chance experienced a chance encounter with a fellow Scouter outside of the Marriott Scout Service Center. The experience moved him so much that he decided to put pen to paper and bring that moment to us. Thank you, Reverend Chance, for sharing this, and thank you Edwin Lawless for your many years of service to Scouting. Walking out of the National Capital Area Scout Shop recently I saw a Scouter standing silently by the Scouting Heritage monument. I had walked past the monument many times over many years but never really stopped to pay attention. Maybe we don’t think of our heritage all that often. This time, seeing the Scouter standing there, head bent as if in silent reflection and in full Scouting uniform I paid attention and I was reminded of the heritage all Scout leaders leave in the lives of young people. The Scoutmaster stood there for a long time, head bowed, in quiet contemplation. Was his head bowed in prayer or in fond memory of days and Scouts gone long gone by or perhaps even both. It was a beautiful moment and

touching picture of the depths of Scouting memories and of what heritage Scouters leave in their many years of leadership and service to young people. I stopped to talk with the Scoutmaster. I’ll be forever glad I did. I stood silently and patiently until the Scoutmaster looked up. I smiled and extended my hand and introduced myself. The gentleman who was standing at the Heritage Society monument was in his 80’s, wearing his Scouter uniform and Scoutmaster’s hat. He looked like a classic Scoutmaster that Norman Rockwell might have painted out of the past. It was a powerful moment to the be reminded of the importance of all the Scouters over all the years who have given so much to Scouting and in so many different ways. Their heritage is in seen the lives of the young people whose lives they have touched. I wondered if he was remembering boys from long ago whose

lives he had influenced through Scouting. I could only imagine the long line of young people with whom he had camped and hiked and taught outdoor skills and life skills to. I’m sure he remembered them all, one by one. I took my cell phone and asked him for his permission to take his picture and share the experience. He joyously agreed and shared with me that his name is Edwin B (Barney) Lawless, former Scoutmaster, currently Committee Chair of Troop 1347 here in the National Capital region. He has been a volunteer in Scouting for over 50 years and is still deeply involved in Scouting. He is 84 years old. He and I swapped stories of boys, leaders, experiences and great moments we have both had in Scouting over the years. As we parted I thanked him for all the generations of boys he has influenced through Scouting over the years.

He teared up as he said to me “Don’t ever think a Scoutmaster isn’t paid.” “Right you are,” I replied. “Right you are”. The pay volunteers and professionals get in investing their time and our energy and their “gifts” in working with Scouts is much more valuable than the green stuff we call cash. It is the privilege of knowing how many young lives are touched and how Scouting makes a difference. Are you making a difference today? No matter what level you are involved and no matter what role in Scouting you assume as an adult leader, I’m sure you are. Are you being paid in the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of young people today? I’m sure you are. How much is your time and presence in Scouting worth to you? It’s the same as to the old Scoutmaster answered to me, “Don’t ever think a Scout leader isn’t paid”. Your time and presence are invaluable, and your rewards are priceless! There are always new generations of boys and girls to be touched with the values and goals of Scouting. Thank you for your service to the young people of America!

Monthly Pack Meeting While working on his Journalism Merit Badge, Nick of Troop 1887 made a few observations from his perspective as a new Den Chief for Pack 1513. In the process, he made a few new discoveries of his own and gained a greater appreciation for the orderliness--and relative peace--of that come after you’ve crossed that bridge to receive the Arrow of Light. Thanks for the insight, Nick, and good luck in your duties as Den Chief. The volume in Fairfax Villa Elementary School was deafening as I started my first night as a den chief in Cub Scout Pack 1513. Tigers and Wolves scooted past playing tag, climbed on folded tables, and screamed mindlessly. I thought: my friend Alex was right, I had sold my soul to the devil. But it was part of my new job to attend den meetings and these monthly Pack meetings.

awards ceremony. After the skits, awards were given to virtually all youth members of the Pack for various achievements, such as Duty To God for the Arrow of Lights, and Tiger Bites for the Tigers. Cubmaster Tim Hammerquist asked for volunteers for various fundraisers like Camp Cards and he also announced the Spring campout at Pohick Bay. The Pack also welcomed a newcomer, Bear Sebastian Mendez, who was initiated as a Bobcat, and me in my new role as den chief. For a group that has so many 6-, 7-, and 8-year-olds, I would say that it was well organized, however a massive change from the order at Boy Scouts meetings I am used to.

But at least the chaos had its purpose. The reason for allowing all that noise was to drain all the youthful energy from the youngest of the pack in order to keep them quiet during the real meeting.

To finish off the meeting, the soon-to-be Boy Scout Arrow of Light Den also performed a ‘song’ on homemade instruments as part off their requirements for the Maestro award. Quaker Oats cans, kazoos made from tongue depressors and maracas made from water bottles filled with dry pasta all came together in a symphony of ridiculous sound.

Once the meeting had begun, following the recital of the Scout Oath and Law, each Den performed a short skit before the monthly

Once again, noise filled the air, and I was reminded how much I appreciate the quiet orderliness of my Boy Scout meetings.



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USVI District

Scout Troop Collects Over 2,000 lbs. for Scouting For Food Event

Commissioner - Leroy Claxton (w) 340-776.9750 District Associate Michael J. Dow, Sr. (w) 340-277-2655 (c) 340-774-2752

Troop 7227 collected 2000 Lbs. of food items and $638.00 in cash at their Scouting for Food event before a week before Thanksgiving. The scouts made a presentation to Pastor Ed Cullen and his wife Debbie of the Southgate Baptist Church for their Lighthouse Mission. The mission which is located in the town of Christiansted serves meals daily to the homeless around the town. The troop also donated Christmas gifts for the Toys for tots program.

NCAC Scout Winner of ‘17 Boys’ Life “Say Yes to Reading!” Contest

Aidan “Daniel” M. of Pack 7131 has continued his winning ways. Eight year old Daniel and his brother were featured in the winter 2017 edition of SD when they won the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge in their age categories on St. Croix. Daniel has taken it a step further and has now won first place in the 2017 Boys’ Life “Say Yes to Reading!” Contest.

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Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335

For more information about Direct Service Scouting, please visit or contact Field Director Peggy Durbin.

Scout Makes Push and Pitch to Help USVI Recovery Alessandro Long, Troop 519, Spirit of Adventure Council, Woburn which is just outside Boston is a frequent visitor to St. Croix. Following the destruction caused by two category 5 hurricanes in September, Alessandro who is 14 and a 2nd class scout decided to do something to help scouts on St. Croix, some of whom he had met just this year at the Agricultural Fair in February. Retrieving the DA’s business card, he made contact to determine how he could help. He then put together a video of St. Croix and made a presentation to seek the assistance of his troop. According to his sister Giuliani, knowing that few would know anything about St. Croix, Alessandro began his presentation with the words, ”I would like to talk to you about St. Croix” and emphasized “ WHICH IS PART OF THE UNITED STATES”. Alessandro and his family met with some of the scouts during his visit at Christmas to present some of the goodies he collected. After Christmas he continued his project at home with his troop 519 and also enlisted support from Troops 503 and 507. On his next visit in February he arrived with more very useful pieces of equipment including mess kits, tents, headlights, socks, sashes and a few checks. The boys in troops 7227 and 7898 were most grateful to their new best friend from Massachusetts

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Council Calendar May 2018

1 NCAC-VOA Mtg Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 3 High Adventure Mtg 4 Capital Comments 5 William T. Hornaday Adviser Trng Camp Snyder Aquatics Work Day Council Court of Honor 6 Paddle Craft Safety Basic Course (PCS) Paddle Craft Safety River Course (PCS) Planning session 6 Council Venturing Cmte Mtg OA Chapter Mtg 12 Paddle Craft Safety River Course (PCS)River session 12 16 Monthly Webmaster Webinar Camping and Outdoor Cmte Mtg 18 Venturing Spring Camporee 19 Spring Family Camping 2018- Bullseye Leave No Trace Trainer Course - OE Southern MD Wilderness First Aid Trng hosted by Troop 500 CPR/AED Pro and First Aid Trng 20 Wilderness First Aid Trng hosted by Troop 500 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day American Red Cross Lifeguard Trng (ARC)- Prerequisites & Orientation 25 Goshen Family Camp Weekend 26 Hornaday HOST Hike 28 Memorial Day- Office Closed 31 Wood Badge Spring (Sunday Friendly)NCAC Weekend 2

June 2018

1 Capital Comments 2 American Red Cross Lifeguard Trng (ARC)- Trng Weekend 1 of 2 3 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day Pre-Camp Swim Classification Tests e 3 2018 5 Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 7 High Adventure Mtg 9 Swimming and Water Rescue (SWR) Session 1 - e 9th American Red Cross Lifeguard Trng (ARC)- Trng Weekend 2 of 2 10 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day SCUBA BSA (6/10/2018)

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July 2018

1 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 3 Camp Olmsted- Week 2 Camp PMI- Week 2 Camp Ross- Week 2 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 2 STEM Challenges Weeks at GoshenWeek 2 (Webelos) 3 Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 4 Independence Day- Office Closed 5 High Adventure Mtg 6 Capital Comments 7 Camp Bowman- Week 3 Camp Marriott- Week 3 8 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 4 Camp Olmsted- Week 3 Camp PMI- Week 3 Camp Ross- Week 3 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 3 9 Camp Snyder CS Day Camp 2018Day Camp 1 13 Camp Snyder CS Resident Weekends- Resident Weekend 1 14 Camp Bowman- Week 4 Camp Marriott- Week 4 15 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 5 Camp Olmsted- Week 4 Camp PMI- Week 4 Camp Ross- Week 4 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 4 16 Camp Snyder Webelos Resident WeekWebelos Week 18 Monthly Webmaster Webinar

Camping and Outdoor Cmte Mtg 20 Camp Snyder CS Resident Weekends 2018- Resident Weekend 2 21 Camp Bowman- Week 5 Camp Marriott- Week 5 22 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 6 Camp Olmsted- Week 5 Camp PMI- Week 5 Camp Ross- Week 5 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 5 23 Camp Snyder CS Day CampSTEM Day Camp 27 Camp Snyder CS Resident Weekends- STEM Resident Weekend 28 Camp Bowman- Week 6 Camp Marriott- Week 6 29 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 7 Camp Olmsted- Week 6 Camp PMI- Week 6 Camp Ross- Week 6 STEM Challenges Weeks at GoshenWeek 6 (Boy Scouts) NYLT Summer 2018- Summer Session 3 30 NOAC Amangamek-Wipit ContingentNOAC AWL Contingent Camp Snyder CS Day Camp 2018Day Camp 2

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