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Prepared. For Life. Fellow Scouts and Scouters, When people ask me how Scouting is doing in our community, there are two stats I like to use because when unpacked they tell so much of our story: our youth retention rate and the amount of community service performed by our Scouts. Our youth retention rate is 81.34%, one of the best in the country of any youth serving organization. Out of every five young people in our program, at least four will still be here next year. That’s important because it tells me we’re delivering on our promise to young people by providing them a program that is fun, exciting, and welcoming. Quality programing requires trained leaders, so I also know we are giving our volunteers the support they need. It also means our camps offer top-notch programs and facilities, such as Goshen Scout Reservation which just celebrated its 50th anniversary (see more about that on page 19). Our high retention rate also tells me we are delivering on our promise to our community. Tufts University did a study recently showing that young people who spend three years in our program develop beneficial character attributes. Meanwhile, another study from Baylor University confirms those benefits last for life. Benefits like better leadership skills, increased community participation, higher levels of education, and emergency preparedness. So when I see that high retention rate I know that the next generation of neighbors, business people, and leaders are on the right track. The other measure I like to look at is how much community service our Scouts perform. This is really where the rubber hits the road; we teach these young people to make a positive difference in their community, to be personally involved. More than that, educators now believe service-learning helps young people become more responsible, develop a connection to their community, learn social skills, and even improve academic performance. That’s why more and more schools are formally incorporating service into their curriculum. So how much community service did our Scouts do last year? Over half a million hours. And keep in mind, that’s just the projects that get reported. It doesn’t represent all the projects with their families, small moments of kindness, and “Good Turns” they do each day. All told, our Scouts give back nearly 12 million dollars in service to their neighborhoods. Not a bad return on the investment you’re making in our youth with your time and talent. So when you’re talking with your friends and they ask why you choose to support Scouting, tell them the stories in those numbers: more than 81% of the kids who join our program stay in our program, and each year they do half a million hours of community service. That is the impact your support makes on young people in our community, and we couldn’t do it without you.

See you round the campfire,

Les Baron Scout Executive/CEO The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017


The Scouter Digest

Vol 56 Issue 2

SUMMER 2017 Published by National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America

Respecting Old Glory

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

Scouts found lots of ways to celebrate our nation’s symbol this year on Flag Day. Many, including the Scouts of Aquia District, participated in flag retirement ceremonies.

Dr. James E. Smith

Read more on page 34.

Council President

Garry Lewis

Council Commissioner

Les Baron

Scout Executive

Jeff Berger

Deputy Scout Executive

Aaron Chusid Editor-in-Chief

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5 Around the Council 7 Popcorn 8 Development 9 Endowment 11 Exploring 12 Camp William B. Snyder 13 Goshen Scout Reservation 14 Venturing 15 Sea Scouting 16 Outdoor Adventure 17 STEM 18 Eagle Scout Awards 24 Commissioner’s Corner 25 Council Map 26 District News & Views 37 Direct Service 38 Council Calendar


Marriott Scout Service Center September 4 Labor Day November 10 Veterans Day (Observed)

7 Seven Keys to a Successful Popcorn Sale

2017-18 Print Schedule Summer Edition 2017 Articles Due: Friday, June 23, 2017 In Mailboxes: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

15 Sea Scouts Have a Banner Year in NCAC

Fall Edition 2017 Articles Due: Friday, September 22, 2017 In Mailboxes: Wednesday, November 1, 2017


17 NCAC Hosts Second Annual STEM University

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20 SPECIAL PULL-OUT POSTER 26 Districts Have Fun at Day Camp

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32 Eagle Scout Earns Award for Heroism 37 Scouting Helps a Family Feel at Home in Bogotá, Colombia

On the Cover Scouts tested their skills on the climbing wall at Goshen@50 on Memorial Day Weekend. Photo By: Duncan Slade, Chapter Chief of Francis Scott Key Chapter, Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470

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Around the Council New NCAC Custom Gear

Rocket into Scouting Is Back!

Show your NCAC pride and Scout Spirit in style with custom gear in our new online store! There are a variety of shirts, cold weather gear, backpacks, and computer bags suitable for wearing at camp, around the house, and in the office to fit your style. To get yours go to

Ready for Launch! NCAC will once again be presenting new Scouts with free model rocket kits as a part of our Rocket Into Scouting program. This initative is for Scouts of any age registered before October 31, 2017.

We are also looking for new items to add. If there is something you would like to see - maybe a favorite piece of camp gear or something for your desk - let us know! If it gets enough requests we will try to add it in the future. Tell us what you think of the store at

How do you receive the rocket kits for your Unit? Your District Professional will have a supply which will cheerfully be exchanged for completed (and paid) youth applications. Please turn in applications as soon as you receive them. Don’t forget that online applications are now available through! This is a giant leap forward that allows new members and adult leaders to register in a convenient way, and creates a more efficient, user-friendly experience. To take advantage of this highly requested new feature be sure your unit’s information is up to date at, and make sure the roster is correct at as that will determine which leaders have access. Need more info? Contact your unit commissioner, and learn more at “Watch the skies” for announcements about Launch Days in your area for your entire unit - new and current Scouts - to attend! The first confirmed date is at Camp William B. Snyder on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

ROCKET INTO SCOUTING JOIN SCOUTING HERE: Camp Cards 2017 We recently concluded our 2017 Camp Card Sale. This year we had 192 units sell nearly 22,000 cards. That means that about $55,000 went directly back to our units! Congratulations to Troop 291 from Seneca District for being the top selling unit with 638 cards sold! Their Scouts raised $1,600 to help pay their way to camp. Plus, the troop also received a Youth Adventure Kit (YAK) from HMW Outdoors - pictured below. The YAK includes all the gear (except food) that a Scout needs to go camping. Congratulations to all on a great sale and we look forward to sharing the details of the 2018 sale with you in the upcoming months! For questions regarding camp cards please contact Jenna Welle at or 301-214-9151.

Pull out the “Rocket Into Scouting” poster in the center of this issue, fill in your Join Scout Night information, and hang it at a school or community organization near your unit’s meeting place!

SAVE THE DATE: Scouting for Food 2017 Bag Distribution: Saturday, November 4 Bag Pick-up: Saturday, November 11 Watch for more information:

The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017


The Scouter Digest Thank You To Our Student Helpers from Walter Johnson High School! Another school year has ended and another group of Walter Johnson High School students have had the experience of working at the National Capital Area Council, four days a week for 2 ½ hours. They assisted in stuffing envelopes, alphabetizing letters, counting fliers and applications, and other duties as requested. They were a big help. As a thank you to the two students, Timaron Chang and Avishai Bilsky

2017 Presented NOESA HONORS By NESA DC

and their teacher, Ms. Iris, we hosted a pizza and ice cream party on their last day with us .Everyone enjoyed the festivities. We really enjoyed and appreciate having them. We wish them a safe and fun summer. When classes

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at the National Press Club

begins in September, we look forward to welcoming another group of Walter Johnson Students and their teacher.

The D.C. chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is proud to present the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards (NOESA) in recognition of Eagle Scout alumni who have achieved notability in their chosen fields. The 2017 honorees are: Guy M. Hicks

Peter A. Carr

U.S. Department of Justice Spokesman

Senior Vice President, Airbus

Steven L. Hilton

Member, 10th District Virginia House of Delegates

Dr. David Lanar

Dean, George Washington University Law School

Joseph T. Davidson

Entrepreuner & Director BDO USA, LLP

Max B. Finberg

Chief - Molecular Engineering Walter Reed

Columnist Washington Post

Director AmeriCorp VISTA

Robert J. McCarthy

Gregory J. Hadfield

Director, Chief’s Action Group National Guard

J. Randall Minchew

Columnist, Washington Post

Scott E. Miller

Deputy Undersecretary Smithsonian Institution

Blake D. Morant David Schaefer President & CEO AHT Insurance

Wayne Stillwagon

CEO Miller’s Supplies At Work

Insurance Fees Changing in 2018

Starting in 2018, our Council will be making several changes to the insurance recovery fees. These will not come into effect until recharter time, but to help our units “Be Prepared!” here is what will be different: •

The insurance fee at rechartering will increase to $6 per member – Scouts and leaders. This covers primary general liability, and secondary accident and sickness coverage at all unit, district, and council events. No insurance will be collected for midyear registrations; the fee will only be collected at recharter time. This will replace the “$2 per Scout per day” collected at district and council events.

The changes will help ensure that every member helps pay for insurance instead of the burden resting entirely on those who come to district or council events. As with the current system, insurance is a benefit extended to all members, regardless of event participation. If you have any questions about the changes to the insurance recovery fees or rechartering, please contact your Unit Commissioner. 6


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Virginia Eagle Scout of the Year Award 2017 By Eagle Scout Robert J.T. Maloney

to your eight great-grandparents, a 500 word essay based on a

Like most Eagle Scouts, I thought that the day that I ascended to the rank of Eagle Scout would mark the end of my journey in Scouting. That there was nothing more to accomplish once my Eagle Project was completed and the ceremony culminated. Then I was introduced to the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout of the Year Award, sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution. I was honored to be presented with the First Place award for Virginia in February 2017. Although I did not go on to win the National Eagle Scout of the Year, it is my hope that a Scout from one of the states in the National Capital Area will do that in the not too distant future.

Revolutionary War topic (which I wrote on James Monroe being

The Sons of the American Revolution is an organization dedicated to honoring the sacrifice of patriotic men from a much-underrepresented British colony who stood up against oppression to defend their basic rights and liberties. Their members consist of those whose ancestors took part in the American Revolution. There are Chapters spread across the nation- with at least 20 chapters in the state of Virginia alone. They are very kind people and wish to encourage eagle Scouts. There is no requirement for the Scout to identify any Revolutionary War ancestors, but it is interesting when you do make that connection, and realize that in looking back into history, these men are also looking into the future.

been uncontested and the award unclaimed, so I have been

The contest, which is open to Eagle Scouts under the age of nineteen, is not inherently complicated. There are three parts to the entry: A four-generation ancestor chart that stretches back

injured at the battle of Trenton), and an application which, in its essence, is similar to the Eagle application itself, but much less detailed. Entries are submitted first to the local chapters, and each winning chapter entry is sent on to the state. Scouts in Delaware of Maryland have an obvious advantage here! Unfortunately, because the organization has had limited outreach to the Scouting Community, some of the chapters have no contenders for the chapter award and most have reaching out to people to encourage Scouts to apply as my way of showing appreciation. We all know that the most important part of becoming an Eagle is to never leave anything till the last minute. Once you learn to become proactive and take matters into your own hands, you will be less likely to miss opportunities that come your way, because this is not the end of your career in Scouting, but the start of the next exciting phase. I feel that the Eagle Scout of the Year Award has added to my appreciation of the place Eagle Scouts have in the future of this country. Whatever the outcome, it can also serve as an invaluable history lesson for the young participants.

Popcorn Seven Keys to a Successful Popcorn Sale

A well-planned popcorn sale can get your unit’s Scouting year off to a strong start. To figure out what makes their sale “pop:” we talked to the Unit Kernels from some of our top-selling units. Here are their keys to success:

5. Utilize all sales methods. Different sales methods appeal to different Scouts. Everyone can be successful selling whether it be Online, Take Order or Show-and-Sell. Find the best way for the Scout to grow and to shine!

1. Establish an Annual Plan and Budget and include input from your Scouts and Parents.

6. Practice Practice Practice!!! How do you get to Carnegie Hall? PRACTICE! Successful salesmen rehearse their craft. Practice role-playing with the Scout on the proper selling techniques and the script to be used when approaching a potential customer.

2. Set a Unit Popcorn Sale Goal, and break that goal down to a per Scout goal based on the plan and budget. 3. Attend a Council Popcorn Kick-off. Attending a Kick-Off offers new and experienced Popcorn Kernels the latest information, tools and strategies to assure a successful Fall sale. 4. Conduct a Unit Popcorn Kick-off to share the program with your Scouts and parents, setting a goal for each Scout.

7. HAVE FUN!!! While the Trail’s End Popcorn sale is a great fundraiser and great learning tool, make sure the Scouts and the Parents have fun. Create a mini-competition, make it a game, and provide unit incentives. (the Cubmaster pie-tothe-face will always be king!) Just whatever you do make it fun.

Additional Kick-Off Dates Added We have added three additional Regional Popcorn Sale Kick-Offs. Remember, we still have a previously-scheduled Kick-Off in Frederick, MD, on Thursday July 20. More information about Key Dates and other useful tools are available on our Popcorn Webpage @

AUGUST ORDERS NOW OPEN! Units are now able to place their August orders at Order Deadline is Friday, August 4, at midnight.

9:00am – 11:00pm

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National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

2nd Annual




Financial Services

Baden-Powell Award

Thomas J. Baltimore President & CEO Park Hotels & Resorts

Thomas R. Kuhn President & CEO Edison Electric Institutes

Kenneth J. Bentsen, Jr. President & CEO SIFMA

Abdul Rashid Abdullah Advisor, Crew 114 Islamic Center of Northern Virginia Trust

Capital Hilton | Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 6-9pm For more information contact Clint Hammett at 301-214-9113 or

2017 Attorneys of the Year On June 29, National Capital Area Council presented the 2017 Attorney of the Year Good Scout Awards to Nancy A. Long, Associate Counsel at the American Association of University Professors, and Brigadier General Peter R. Masciola (USAF Ret.), Partner at MillerMasciola. The Attorney of the Year Good Scout award honors outstanding leaders in the law profession who exemplify the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily life. A special Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Jacob A. Stein, Of Counsel at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP. The event was held at the JW Marriott Hotel with over 130 guests in attendance.

The 37th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic Our keynote speaker was BSA’s General Counsel, Steven McGowen. Co-chairs June DeHart (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips) a n d To m C u r c i o (CurcioBergeron), as well as Honorary Chair and Founder of the event Rob Sterne (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox), are proud to support BSA’s premier event for attorneys. This year marked the event’s 11th anniversary. Thank you for the generous support from the legal community; we would not be able to make Scouting’s program possible without you!

The 37th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic will be held Monday June 12, 2017 at Manor Country Club in Rockville, MD. The tournament raises more than $200,000 annually to support the programs of the Council. This year the tournament tied a record, with 56 foresomes participating. We are proud to have had all the event’s major sponsors return, demonstrating their commitment to our mission. The success of any event is measured by the retention of those who participated the prior year. Our tournament can proudly say that more than 80% of previous participants return each year.

Chief Development Officer Clinton Hammett



Living and giving

Memorial and Tribute Funds Donor:

Mr. Nicholas Dinkel

In Memory of:

Edwal Jones


Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Stodart

In Memory of:

Murray Penner


Mr. David L. Zalkind

In Honor of:

David Zalkind & Jonathan Zalkind

Annual Endowment Donor Recognition On Saturday May 20, 2017 the NCAC Annual Spring Endowment Celebration was held at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Donors, Scouts, Scouters and their Families heard remarks from Eagle Scout Kevin O’ Keefe, Sea Scouts National Boatswain Mercedes Matlock and Keynote speaker, The Honorable Sean O’ Keefe, former Secretary of the Navy. The opening ceremony was led by Scouts from Troop 1027 in Washington, DC, sponsored by IDEA Public Charter School. These Scouts were recipients of scholarships provided by our Council’s Endowment Fund. The Endowment Committee recognized new James E. West Fellows and a Second Century Society Donor, Scott Gray. Initial NCAC Endowment Fellow recognition was given to Robert Sutter and Jae Englebrecht who have faithfully given $1,000 or more to the Endowment for three consecutive years. Additional NCAC Endowment Fellows Bill Dexter and Dudley White were recognized at the Goshen @ 50 Camporee May 27 at Gray’s Lodge, Camp Post on Goshen Scout Reservation. If you would like to learn more or contribute to our Council’s Endowment Fund please contact Michael Plowman at 301-214-9110 or, or Forrest Horton at 703-919-4636 or

What’s in your Scouting Legacy? NCAC Endowment Advisor Michael Plowman The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017


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Exploring What Tomorrow’s Workforce Is Saying Today Job reports often predict which careers will be most in-demand in the future, but how will we know if the future workforce is prepared to fill those roles? Or even still, what roles do today’s youth want to fill? In a recent Exploring survey, 150,000 students from 6th to 12th grade were asked to gauge their interest in more than 200 career options. The Exploring team came away with some pretty interesting findings, including:

The top 10 most popular careers include: 1.Registered nurse 2. Professional athlete 3. Artist 4. Musician/singer

STEM leads the pack with 45 percent of respondents interested in STEM careers, followed closely by career paths in arts and athletics.

5. Athletic trainer/sports medicine

Only 3 percent of respondents expressed interest in skilled trades.

7. Actor/Actress

Gender differences persist in engineering, health, business and technology.

8. Veterinarian/Veterinary technician

Exploring program poised to bridge the gap from career interests to career experiences

9. Photographer

“In addition to informing career choices, the workplace experiences provided through Exploring can help debunk some of the stereotypes and social patterns that persist today,” Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh explained. “If we can help students see that people from all walks of life can succeed in a wide range of fields, we can open their eyes to career opportunities that they may not have previously considered.” The survey resulted in a top 10 list that ranged from in-demand medical positions like nurses and physicians to more aspirational positions like professional athletes, singers, and actors.

6. Physician/surgeon

10. Mechanical engineer Read the full report and check out the video at for more information on Exploring’s Carer Interest Survey. Contact your District Executive or local Commissioner to learn how you can get involved with the Exploring program in your area.

Commissioners’ Update on Exploring Exploring unit to each district this year.

By Jeff Schweiger, ACC for Exploring Exploring began as a senior program in early Boy Scout troops. In 1935 senior Scouts were called Explorers for the first time. In 1949 Exploring was revised to include senior Scouts still in troops, separate units called “posts” with an emphasis on outdoor activities, as well as Sea Scout ships and Air Scout squadrons. In the 1960’s career education posts were added to the Exploring program. In 1998, the posts with traditional Scouting activities were split off from Exploring and became the Venturing program. The remaining Explorer posts moved under the umbrella of the Learning for Life Program, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America. Explorer posts continued to be administered by local BSA councils through Learning for Life and Exploring committees and the professional staff. Service was provided by the professional staff and by volunteer Exploring Service Teams. The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) does not have Explorer Service Teams and in order to provide quality service to Explorer Posts and Clubs, we have integrated these units into the districts, serviced through the existing district commissioner staffs. This is in accordance with current National policy which states that where dedicated Exploring Service Teams are not feasible, service to Explorer Posts and Clubs may be provided by utilizing current council and district structures and resources, much as unit service to traditional Scouting units is presently provided. Commissioners provide Unit service similar to traditional units: • Annual Exploring unit Registration Renewal (‘Rechartering’) (Note: this is a different, though similar, process to that used by traditional Scouting units) • JTE

On the National level, now has support for commissioners serving Exploring units, with Commissioner Tools and Commissioner Administration functions going live this past March. Additionally, Exploring is now part of the Journey to Excellence (JTE), and Exploring units count in the district and council JTE statistics. Many training resources in support of commissioner service to Exploring exist. Here in NCAC: • Exploring service module included in Commissioner Basic Training and addressed in DC/ADC training. • Exploring service elective included in Master’s track of College of Commissioner Science. At the National level: • A “Servicing Exploring Units” online module is now available under “Commissioner Expanded Learning” at ScoutingU (available through • Additionally, Online Exploring Service Team training modules are also available at ScoutingU and impart a wealth of useful information about Exploring and is geared for individuals providing service to Exploring units. Many other resources exist online: • NCAC has prepared a local NCAC Explorer Post Renewal handbook to assist existing Posts and Clubs (

• Making contact with units and capturing their strength and needs • Linking unit needs to district operating committee resources NCAC has a strong Exploring program and is excited at the prospect of growing it further. At the council level, there is an active Exploring Key 3 comprised of the NCAC Exploring Committee Chairman, Gary Silversmith, the Assistant Council Commissioner for Exploring, Jeff Schweiger, and the Exploring Staff Advisor, James Larounis. The NCAC Exploring Committee is recruiting representatives from all districts, requesting that there be an identified Exploring chairman on all district committees. On the commissioner side, Exploring units are being assigned commissioners, just as traditional Scouting units are, and many districts have established and filled the position of assistant district commissioner for Exploring. NCAC has established a goal of adding one additional

• Local NCAC Exploring resources are located at and • Many National resources exist at In particular, read the Commissioner Service to Exploring blog, the Training and Safety resources area, and the Commissioner Service to Exploring FAQs. For questions or comments contact Jeff at

Exploring Staff Advisor James Larounis The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017 11

Camp William B. Snyder

Premier outdoor programs

Summertime at Snyder! Summer is in full-swing at Camp William B. Snyder, where over the course of the summer camp season we are hosting nearly 1,000 Cub Scouts at our Webelos, Resident, Day and STEM camp programs. Throughout the course of their stay, Cub Scouts from Tigers through Webelos, are enjoying many traditional summer camp activities including Archery, BB shooting, swimming, boating, handicrafts, nature and more! At camp, all Cub Scouts have the opportunity to complete various requirements for their rank specific adventures, as well as working on their shooting sports awards. For those staying overnight with us, three delicious meals have been served daily by our wonderful kitchen staff. Evening campfire programs have been seen by youth and adult alike resulting in much laughter and song. If you haven’t had a chance to join us yet, start making plans for summer 2018, there’s nothing like the summer camp experience to entertain and enrich Cub Scouts on their Scouting journey.

Camping Director

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Michael Snowden

Business Manager

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Goshen Scout Reservation

Premier outdoor programs

Independence Day Celebration

Long Serving Staff Honored

Goshen once again continued its annual 4th of July celebration tradition. Every year, during the week of July 4th, Goshen holds one night of special evening program to celebrate Independence Day. All the camps, Webelos, Boy Scout, Venturing, and High Adventure, gathered on Post Hill on Monday. They enjoyed field games like Ultimate Frisbee, got special souvenirs and snacks from the Trading Post Pavilion, and took in the view. After dark, the Scout Reservation put on a fireworks show to amaze and wrap up the night.

At Goshen, we love our camp staff. Some only stay for a year or two before they get snatched back by the real world. Others stay for much longer, becoming faces you recognize year after year. This summer, we were proud to be able to honor the largest number of staff returning for their tenth summer that we have had in the last several years. Eight staff from across the Reservation have given a decade of service as Goshen staff members.

Missed out on the fun this year? Mark your calendar to spend your summer camp week during the 4th of July week for 2018.

From left to right, pictured here are Matt Hanson, the Assistant Reservation Director and former Ross Camp Director; Anna Gangsaas, Bowman Camp Director and long time Bowman staff member; Lauren Brown, Olmsted Camp Director and long time Olmsted staff member; Drew Massman, Warehouse Manager and long time Trading Post staff member; Matt Anderson, Marriott Camp Director and long time Marriott staff member; Pat O’Connor, PMI Camp Director and long time PMI staff member; Charlie Warner, Bowman Shooting Sports Director and long time Bowman staff member; and Steven Randle, Bowman Assistant Camp Director and long time Bowman staff member.

Goshen@50 Goshen celebrated 50 years with a fantastic camporee. In addition to fireworks and the honoring of many of Goshen’s legends, there were many fun programs and events for all ages to enjoy. Highlights include the Boy Scout Iron Man Competition that went all over Olmsted, the helicopter landing at Ross to fascinate the Cub Scouts and their families, and the scaling of the

Climbing Tower by the Venturers at Marriott. We look forward to sharing another 50 years of Goshen fun with you! We hope to see you down here someday, whether its for summer camp, non-summer Troop camping, Labor Day Family Camp, or just stopping by for a visit in our beautiful mountains. See more pictures on pages 20 & 22!

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Goshen 2018

Spend your Labor Day Weekend in one of the most beautiful places having tons of fun with your whole family. Go swimming, boating, shooting, crafting, hiking, and more for only $20 per person for the whole weekend. Children under the age of 5 are free! Bring your own food and tent. We’ll bring the fun. Learn more and sign up on our website,

Making plans for Summer 2018? Check out these dates: Week 1: June 23 - June 30 Week 2: June 30 - July 7 Week 3: July 7 - July 14 Week 4: July 14 - July 21 Week 5: July 21 - July 28 Week 6 (except Lenhok’sin): July 28-Aug. 4 Registration for Summer 2018 will open October 1, 2017!

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

Philip Barbash

Camping Specialist

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Get Ready for VenturingFest in 2018! Last summer, more than 700 Venturers from across the country joined together for the first ever VenturingFest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The event was a mighty success and the next VenturingFest has been officially announced for 2018—just in time for the High-Adventure program’s 20th anniversary. From zip lines and water sports to concerts with new friends, VenturingFest showed off the best the Summit has to offer. And according to Bryan on Scouting, the High-Adventure Base will once again host the dynamic youth of BSA’s Venturing program from July 1 to 6, 2018. “VenturingFest 2016 was such a success because it brought together hundreds of youth from all around the country to have fun around something they have in common, Venturing,” said Jessica Janscha, Venturing Staff Advisor at BSA’s National Service Center. “Their love for the program showed in the service projects, friendships made, and photos and videos on social media.” Venturing invites young men and women from ages 14-20 (or 13 and have completed 8th grade) to participate in exciting and meaningful activities that not only thrill and excite, but also help develop character and leadership skills. Venturers can chose a specialty from a plethora of different activities, so naturally, the Summit was the perfect venue to host the summer celebration. And with the program’s 20th anniversary in 2018, the next VenturingFest is sure to be an unforgettable Summit celebration. As Bryan on Scouting puts it, “Venturing turns 20 in 2018, and you and your crew are invited to the party.” In fact, the Venturing staff is already hard at work, planning the anniversary festivities. “We’re working to make the 2018 event the most incredible Venturing experience yet by having more crews join us for an event that will celebrate 20 years of Venturing in the most epic way possible,” said Janscha. Learn more about the Venturing program by heading to

Venturers at Goshen@50 Over Memorial Day Weekend this summer, Scouts, Scouters, and alumni from all over our Council - and across the country! traveled down to Lake Merriweather to be part of Goshen Scout Reservation’s 50th anniversary. And, of course, Venturers were well represented in the excitement! Here are some of our favorite shots of Venturing in action from Crew 5107!

Venturing Staff Advisor

Justin Mawdsley


NCAC-VOA President

Gene Hoitt

Sea Scouting Sea Scouts Have a Banner Year in NCAC It’s never happened before. In fact, several things have never happened before. Every year, the Sea Scouts National Leadership elects a National Boatswain. Weeks later, in coordination with the Boat Owners Association of the US (BOATUS), they select the best Sea Scout Ship in the United States – the National Flagship. For 2017, in a pair of decisions that boost Sea Scouting in National Capital Area Council, both the National Boatswain and the National Flagship came from NCAC. In March, Mercedes Matlock from Ship 59 in Frederick, Maryland, was announced as the 2017 National Boatswain. Mercedes traveled to Orlando, Florida, for BSA’s National Meeting where she was recognized and sworn in. Mercedes already has a remarkable Scouting resume. A recently awarded Quartermaster (Sea Scouts’ equivalent of Eagle Scout), she has competed in the International William I. Koch Sea Scout Regatta – a competition of the top 40 CFJ Class sailing teams in the world. She has worked waterfront at Camp Airy, earned her Shooting Sports award, and is also a Girl Scout Silver Award recipient. What does a National Boatswain do? This is the seniormost youth leader in Sea Scouts. She becomes the face and voice of Sea Scouting in the United States. As such she will travel around promoting her vision and plan to expand Sea Scouting. In the spring she will be part of the team that presents BSA’s Report to the Nation, meeting with senior members of Congress and the President, who serves as the honorary President of the Boy Scouts. Mercedes is a 21st Century Leader for a 105-year-old program. She brings a new energy to one of the coolest programs in Scouting! She plans to end the old problem that Sea Scouts is the “best kept secret in Scouting.” Her plan includes an aggressive social media program, high adventure videos, and an expanded YouTube presence.

Sea Scouting Staff Advisor Trey Miller

Alongside her is the 2017 National Flagship – Sea Scout Ship 100 (SSS Dominion) from Manassas, Virginia. Selected as the “Best in the Nation” by BOATUS and the BSA, they also have a remarkable story and vision. Ship 100 is only 5 years old – the youngest Sea Scout Ship to ever be recognized as the National Flagship. The accomplishment has raised many eyebrows in BSA, and Ship 100 will be featured in a future Scouting Magazine article on how a small, struggling unit that nearly folded in 2013 turned into the top Sea Scout program in the nation. They will also be helping develop a new training program to encourage new Ships to form and pursue great programs. Along the way they are coordinating a Small Ships Long Cruise for Chesapeake Flotilla to ensure as many Sea Scouts as possible can attend this week-long aquatic summer camp, sailing the open waters and exploring the Chesapeake Bay by boat. Why all these outward programs? Because they want to see more new Ships excel. New Ships aren’t competition; they are new friends. How did Ship 100 get to be Flagship? Program, service, and perseverance. They have kept their ears to the ground (or laptop, as the case may be) and acquired a large fleet of donated boats ranging from a 13 foot CFJ competition boat, which have helped propel four teams to the Koch Cup over their history, to their newest jet boat, which will serve as the core of their new motorboating and water sports program. In between they have rebuilt the engine on their 30 foot Catalina (SSTV Blue November – named because their Skipper vetoed “Red October”) and assisted in work on the Area 6 Chesapeake Flotilla Flagship, the SSTV der Pelikan. In

2016 they took a Long Cruise in the U.S. Virgin Islands, sailing around St. John. They work regularly at the St. Lucy Project sorting and processing food donations to be distributed to low-income families around Northern Virginia. And most importantly, when things go wrong, they have become very good at knuckling down and solving problems. Never give up; give back. So what are they doing to celebrate? Ship 100 has plans to sail from Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, up to Anegada in the Atlantic in 2018; from Dubrovnik, Croation, to Venice, Italy, in 2020; and (finances willing) to transit the Panama Canal in 2022. Sounds expensive, but the BVI trip will cost less than a trip to Philmont! But first, this August you’ll catch them tearing up the waves in the Potomac with their newly donated waterskis, wakeboard, and jetboat. Because Sea Scouts is High Adventure. Go big. The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017 15

Outdoor Adventures Announcing the 2019 World Jamboree! The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is the largest event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), gathering up to 40,000 Scouts from more than 150 countries. In 2019, Scouts from the United States will have an opportunity to camp with thousands of Scouts from around the world without the cost of international travel. It is an educational event promoting peace and understanding among young people from different cultures. The WSJ will be at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in 2019. For more information, visit This will be the 24th WSJ; the first took place in England in 1920. Youth participants must be between 14 and 18. Adults over the age of 18 can serve on the

International Service Team (IST) and as unit leaders. All participants, unit leaders, and IST must be members of BSA. The WSJ is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers who meet the age requirement. In addition, Scouts must meet the physical requirements for attending SBR, as found on the Summit Health Form. National is working on determining fees for the USA Contingent now; it is expected the cost will be similar to the cost of attending a National Scout Jamboree, including transportation. To keep it affordable, there will be no pre-tour or post-tour planned. Registration will open in early Fall, 2017. Watch the WSJ website and Facebook page for announcements. Meanwhile, you can join the

mailing list to get registration information as soon as it is available. Once you register, and your application is accepted, you will be assigned to a unit with other Scouts from your area. You will receive additional information about your unit from your Jamboree Scoutmaster. The US contingent will have 180 units, totaling 7,200 participants. In addition, we will have 2,700 Scouts from the USA on the International Service Team. WSJ is different than National Jamborees in many ways. One of the most notable is that most National Scout Organizations have coed participants, so about half of the WSJ participants are female. Additionally, the focus is more on meeting people from different cultures

Prepared. For High Adventure! With the long winter months looming on the horizon, now is the ideal time to start preparing for next summer’s activities. High adventure activities are critical to keeping older Scouts and Venturers interested and involved in our programs and NCAC is proud to be the most active council when it comes to participation in high adventure programs nationwide. The NCAC High Adventure Committee is made up of volunteer Scouters with decades of experience developing and leading High Adventure programs. We are fortunate to have a passionate team, including several former staffers from the major bases as well as unit leaders who specialize in the “do-it-yourself” programs. Our goal is to ensure that every unit is aware of the opportunities that are available. Even if your Scouts are too young to participate, it’s never too early to give them something to prepare for. Throughout the year there are opportunities to develop and hone skills. Check our website for upcoming courses. The last weekend of October will mark the 29th annual V3 Hike-o-ree, an opportunity to practice backpack camping and hiking in a safe-to-fail environment in and around Shenandoah National Park. This event is a great way to kick off any high adventure program. Every summer we sponsor several trips. You can sign up as an individual or as a unit. Here are our offerings for 2018: Bissett Base at Northern Tier: Considered by many the most rugged of all High Adventure treks. You will be in the wilderness for a whole week, with access only by float plane. Fee includes transportation, meals, and base fees. Dates will be determined based on registrations received. Sign up by mid-January as the trip may be cancelled if there is not sufficient interest! Sea Base: Spend a week on a boat in the Florida

Keys on the Coral Reef Sailing program. There is a lot of work involved, but you’ll get some of the best fishing anywhere and bond with your crewmates as you sail into the sunset. Fee includes transportation, meals, and base fees. Philmont: Covering 140,000 acres of mountain, Philmont is the largest youth camp in the world. Crews backpack for 12 days, participating in unique programs at camps along the route, such as summiting Mount Baldy, fishing for trout in clear mountain streams, and taking in a sunrise from atop the Tooth of Time. Fee includes transportation, meals, sightseeing, lodging for two nights in Colorado, and base fees. A less-expensive trip option may be available if enough units sign up. Summit: NCAC does not sponsor a trip to BSA’s newest High Adventure base, but it’s close enough to plan your own adventure. Available opportunities range from whitewater rafting to rock climbing to mountain biking. Summit offers opportunities for individuals who are not be able to attend with their unit as well. Lenhok’sin: Don’t forget NCAC’s own crown jewel of high adventure at Goshen Scout Reservation! With activities including caving, whitewater, rock climbing, ropes courses, and mountain boarding, Lenhok’sin is great gateway high adventure program, offering opportunities equal to the national bases and at a fraction of the cost. Campership funds are available to help defray the costs of high adventure programs. The individual bases administer these programs so contact them directly for more information. For more information check out our webpage at www. More information on all of all our trips, including dates and fees for 2018, is available at your fingertips. Happy trekking!

and countries than on high-adventure activities. Don’t worry; you will have plenty of opportunities to zip-line, kayak, and mountain bike, but you will also meet new friends and learn what Scouting – and life – is like in other countries. WSJ has special programs for participants to learn about global cultures, sustainability, peace, and community service.

Notes from Your Aquatics Committee Learn to Swim “Every Scout a swimmer” was an early slogan of the Boy Scouts of America. No other factor contributes more to the safety of an individual in the water than the ability to easily move through it. Every Cub Scout should learn to swim before graduating to Boy Scouts so he can participate in all the fun aquatics activities. NCAC has two Learn-ToSwim Coordinators who can assist your unit with identifying resources to teach all your scouts how to swim. See the aquatics page for contact information: Aquatics. Aquatics Safety BSA has an enviable safety record for aquatics activities due to the Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat guidelines that every unit must follow when conducting swimming or boating activities. These training courses are available online at To gain the confidence that comes with hands-on training in water safety skills, we also offer Swimming and Water Rescue and Paddle Craft Safety training courses. These cover practical skills necessary for you to “Be Prepared” to safely supervise Scouting aquatic activities. The next Swimming and Water Rescue course is on August 6. The Paddle Craft Safety course is on September 30. Registration and more information is

Program Director Don Durbin


available on the webpage. Unit Aquatics Resources The Aquatics Committee maintains a great deal of useful aquatics-related information on the webpage. A “new resources page” has been established with information to support your unit’s year-round aquatics program. CPR/AED and First Aid training Did you work on BSA Lifeguard at camp this summer? If so, you probably still need to complete requirement # 6: “Show evidence of current training in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.” We are offering this training on September 16 to help you complete your BSA Lifeguard requirements. The cost is only $35 ($25 if you already have a CPR face mask). More info is on the webpage. Lifeguard training Did you earn BSA or ARC Lifeguard certification this summer? If so, we would like to add you to the NCAC list of certified lifeguards. This list is available to units or districts looking for lifeguards to help at Scouting events. If you have earned your lifeguard certification this year please send a copy of your cert to Mike Meenehan (


Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics

NCAC Hosts Second Annual STEM University On June 10, 2017, NCAC held its second annual STEM University at Camp Snyder in Haymarket, VA. Dr. Arden Dougan, VP of Program and STEM Committee Chair, and Mr. Tony Petruzzi, Powhatan District’s first STEM Coordinator, taught the adult leader training courses: What is STEM? and Nova Counselor & Supernova Mentor Training. Scout leaders from three councils in the Northeast region and from fourteen districts in NCAC attended the training.

equipment, 3D printers, and classroom space – exploring their part of STEM University. The youth agenda kicked off with NCAC’s first Einstein’s Supernova Science Fair. Scouts who had already earned Supernova Awards as well as those who were currently working to meet a requirement for a Supernova all presented. Projects included Physics of Ballistics, Cloud Chamber Science, and CCD Astrometric Measurements.

Following the training, Scouters explored hands-on STEM activities – demonstrations and ideas for STEM activities that units can do at a meeting or camporee. STEM Committee members including Mr. Roger Claff, Mr. Timothy O’Leary, Mr. Chuck Chatlynne, and Mr. Laird Taylor led a wide array of demonstrations covering DNA extractions, telescope explorations, Faraday’s candle, balloon rockets, heat transfer, surface tension, Cartesian diver, and more. Old Dominion District STEM Coordinator Mr. John Selstrom hosted an information table about Super/Nova Guides & Gold Cards, helpful resources for leaders to start a Nova program in their unit and track their youth’s progress. These are available on the STEM Page:

Following the science fair, Mr. Michael Lowry, Director of STEM Activities, hosted the youth opening program by introducing the science topics that Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers would explore during the event and the critical questions they should consider while having a blast with science. Youth rotated through twelve “STEM in a Box” stations organized by Mr. Lowry and Ms. Beth Murray (and her helpful Troop 360, who ran many of the stations!). A special thanks to Mr. Roger Claff, Mr. Tony Springer, and Mr. Sokhom Kith, all STEM Committee members who wore multiple hats and gave leadership to the youth activities in the STEM Shack. Activities included soldering, experiments with hydrophobics, magnetism, steam engines, and the ever popular VEX Robot run by Rojo & Camerin of the Falls Church HS Robotics Team.

While the adults attended training, youth bustled about Sally’s STEM Shack – a recent addition to Camp Snyder featuring a makerspace complete with CAD, CNC, and woodworking

This was the first year NCAC expanded STEM University to welcome youth participants, and the number of hands-on activities more than quintupled from last year!

Solar Eclipse Viewing The DC Metropolitan area of our Council will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse during the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017. The solar eclipse describes the moon blocking the light of the sun from reaching the earth when the moon is aligned between the sun and the earth. Areas in the path of totality will experience complete darkness during daytime; others, such as those in our Council, will still experience a partial solar eclipse.

Read more about the activities and visit this site for registration: Youth in attendance may earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch as well as a few other souvenirs from this special event! The patch is for all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts; requirements are listed on the webpage.

To celebrate the viewing, NCAC is hosting a Solar Eclipse activity day at Camp Snyder on August 21 from 11:30AM – 3:30PM. The peak eclipse viewing time in Haymarket, VA is expected around 2:40 PM. We will have astronomy related activities for youth t h r o u g h o u t t h e d a y. Registrants will get a solar viewer for safe viewing, make a pinhole projector, learn about astronomy and even launch rockets!

STEM Advisor

James Hamlin


STEM Coordinator

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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 April 2017 and June 2017.



Aquia District Troop 26 Troop 218 Troop 317 Troop 516 Troop 907 Troop 907 Troop 1717 Troop 1940 Troop 1945

Lars Hunter Soholt Braden Kirk Clayberg Tanner Brett Honig Michael Ryan Chizuk Paul Laird Schiefelbein Tyler Robinson West Ryan Szczur Straightiff Tyler Brice Hermansen Robert William Soderholm III

Bull Run District Troop 91 Crew 188 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 608 Troop 608 Troop 608 Troop 1188 Troop 1362 Troop 1362 Troop 1362 Troop 1368 Troop 1371 Troop 2717

Nathan Daniel Kromer Erik James Styers Nathaniel P. Buchanan Nathaniel Thomas Burks James Richard Doppee Avelino Hunter Perry Tyler Matthew Pottenburgh Evan Michael Trost Sean Richard Henry Drew Arthur Seigfried Frederick Hilding Swahn III Nathan Ray Waddy John Joseph Beatty Tyson William Boxer Ashton Fielding Ellsworth Alexander Veasna Humphreys Brady Taylor Voelker Evan William Crowne

Chain Bridge District Troop 104 Troop 104 Troop 106 Troop 128 Troop 128 Troop 141 Troop 167 Troop 167 Troop 638 Troop 638 Troop 638 Troop 641 Troop 648 Crew 825 Troop 869 Troop 869 Troop 869 Troop 904 Troop 1128 Troop 1130 Troop 1130 Troop 1130 Troop 1916

Harrison Cole Gerdes Joshua Richmond Knopf Joseph Luke Ritter William Theodore Arrison Nathaniel A. Shomaker Bryce Allan Lewis Michael Aaron Brown Carson Son Hong Rogers Owen Lindsay Schaff Jackson Burke Stoffel Mark Allen Yates, Jr Dylan Charles Copenhaver Carl Franklin Barrett Fernando Ramos David Sebastian DiMeglio Milo Augustus Theodore Hartsoe David Alexander Todd Richard Le Tran Aaron James Granstedt Andrew Wyatt Donelson Andrew Thomas Nolan Peter Thorson Smith William Alexander Wright

Colonial District Crew 80 Troop 118 Troop 129 Troop 129 Troop 131 Troop 135 Crew 155 18

Christian Aaron WesbrockS Benjamin Hyun Sanderson Cully William Hardman Konstantin Dimitri T. Howard Jacob Dwight Foster John Richard Heilman Stephen Carman Liechty



Crew 601 Troop 654 Troop 993 Troop 993 Troop 1509 Troop 1509 Troop 1515 Troop 1519 Troop 4077

Michael Noah Sampson William Travis Shute Nicholas Anthony Meyer Andrew David Wesbrock Michael Alexander Filmonchik Timothy David Florenzo Jackson Alexander Wood Ernuel Miranda Zapata Ian Jacob Peverall

Direct Service District Troop 5

Oliver Miller

Francis Scott Key District Troop 48 Ship 59 Troop 217 Troop 270 Troop 277 Troop 476 Troop 622 Troop 792 Troop 792 Troop 792 Troop 886 Troop 1011 Troop 1023 Troop 1062 Troop 1070 Troop 1811 Troop 1811 Troop 1811 Troop 1812 Troop 792

James Anthony Fritz Mercedes Samantha MatlockQ Alexander Seth Dzielinski Devin Michael Stafford Glenn Everett Rogowsky Daniel Tyler Harrison Garrett Christopher Safsten Spencer Chapman Becker Matthew Edward Dmuchowski Walter Mathew Corey Eubank Moroni David Okonah Ryan Blake Fulmer Brandon Thomas Carioti Ryan Andrew Spratt Jordan Emanuel Ward Kyle Thomas Snowden Colton Montgomery Wilson Bryce Edward Wilson Simon Walker Williams Matthew McGeoghegan Hendy

George Mason District Troop 152 Troop 152 Troop 152 Troop 895 Troop 895 Troop 895 Troop 895 Troop 975 Troop 976 Troop 976 Troop 987 Troop 987 Troop 1113 Troop 1143 Troop 1539 Troop 1539 Troop 1887 Troop 1887 Troop 1887 Troop 1887

Paul H. Angel Alexander Martin Hansen Alexander James Upright Frederick Charles Bruner William Thomas Langan Michael Kessler Murphy Charles Jay Workmaster Ignacio Mata Cordero Reilly Nelson Glass Nathaniel John McNiff Adam Christian Hunt Matthew Luke Tutterow Christopher James Roskind Raman Khanna Nathan Edward Helfgott Alexander Vitaly Opsahl Sean Clark Collins Benjamin Ross Foster Bryce Sosuke Nystrom Brian Thomas Pevarnik

Goose Creek District Troop 39 Troop 163 Troop 163 Troop 663 Troop 711

Caleb Andrew McCurdy Andrew Mark Donofrio Andrew Thomas Kellogg Harrison David Rands Roberto C. Berry



Troop 711 Troop 711 Troop 711 Troop 712 Troop 761 Troop 761 Troop 966 Troop 969 Troop 969 Troop 989 Troop 998 Troop 998 Troop 998 Troop 998 Troop 1154 Troop 1158 Troop 1158 Troop 1430 Troop 1430 Troop 2970 Troop 2970 Troop 2970 Troop 2970

Jack Bradford Hill Joshua Miller Lassiter Alexander King Walker Daniel Murray Kirkwood Ogul Ata Turkoglu Spencer Edward Wischmeier Grant Michael Wimer Ethan Jerome Caldas Nicholas Stephen Matyas Daniel Christopher Fagan Colin Adler Bertoglio Dominic Maya Jimeno Noah Jeremiah Johnson Ryan David Wigglesworth Joshua Joseph Wappel Ryan Connolly Peter Wayne Deer Logan Michael Capell Parker Charles Hutchinson Nicholas Fournier Ainey Nathaniel James Coombs Tyler Pulley Hess Tanner Goodridge Sale

Mattaponi District Troop 14 Troop 14 Troop 21 Troop 72 Troop 77 Troop 77 Troop 170 Troop 170 Troop 170 Troop 171 Troop 179 Troop 191 Troop 791 Troop 847 Troop 847 Troop 1777

Alex Vaseles Asimacopoulos Ian Joseph Smith Connor Lee Pugh Vincent Edward McArtor Gavin A. Luketic Brandon E. Vera Roger Paul Pierce John Russell Pierce Charles Nicholas Pierce Deion James Atkinson Carter Alexander Boyd Daniel Ryan Irving Thompson Martin R. Adams Wesley Isaac Gearhardt Samuel Mark Rose Matthew Christopher Amory

Occoquan District Troop 43 Erik Alexander Jovel Troop 102 Alexander Gregory Burns Troop 189 Jonathan Duncan Ramey Troop 454 Karson Michael Basham Troop 1352 Miles Christian Alley Troop 1352 Anthony Robert Marovelli Troop 1363 Jeffrey Tyler Ackiss Troop 1365 Alexander Paul Naupari Troop 1365 Edward John Robert Robledo Troop 1365 Nathan Kyle Vowinkel Troop 1378 Christian Anthony Donovan Troop 1390 James Patrick Boyle Troop 1396 Jacob Samuel Chartier Team 1553 Joshua Wei Sturgill Crew 1556 Emmanuel Augusto Arana Troop 1919 Nicholas John Parsons Troop 1952 Bryson Orrin Dorman Troop 1952 Spencer Erik Mosley

Old Dominion District

Troop 150 Carlos Daniel Hernandez



Troop 688 Troop 688 Troop 688 Troop 991 Troop 991 Troop 991 Troop 994 Troop 995 Troop 1145 Troop 1518 Crew 1789 Crew 1789 Troop 1845 Troop 1853 Troop 1853 Troop 4673 Troop 4673 Troop 4673

Caleb Elan Jiggetts Jason Derek Krein Thomas John Repczynski David Lee Cho Avery Higgins Ronal Thomas Mitchell Scott Joseph Lutz Justin Bruce Harper Michael James Christensen, Jr Matthew Brian Robertson Daniel D. Nguyen Austin Khangnghi Nguyen Christopher Viet Tran Casey Hadley Barry Matthew Lee Doyle David Benjamin Bryant Noah Christopher Fuller Kieran Augustine O’Hare

Patriot District Troop 697 Troop 697 Troop 1131 Troop 1345 Troop 1345 Troop 1345 Troop 1346 Team 1508 Team 1508 Troop 1523 Troop 1525 Troop 1533 Troop 1533 Troop 1533 Troop 1533 Team 1535 Troop 1818 Troop 1865

Colin Isaiah Diggs Justin Alexander Keller Elias Reyes Justin Elliot Dennis Austin Douglas Hogeboom Charles Donahue O’Connor Nicholas Ioan Lazarose Michael Joseph Earl Daniel James Rice John Francis Swanton Paul Lanier Hardin, IV Christopher Joseph Albrecht Jesse Harris Greene Jayson Kyle Mangis Benjamin Michael Scheele Brandon Keith LaBarge Aaron Michael Shiyei Shurberg David Christopher Baker

Patuxent District Troop 141 Troop 252 Troop 403 Troop 417 Troop 450 Troop 450 Troop 450 Troop 1559 Troop 1572 Troop 1575 Troop 1575 Troop 1575

Dylan Brian Andrew Moreland Guillian Gerard S. Canete Joseph Cunha Hoke William R Whalen Brandon Dwayne Betts Akin Nekenge Hussey Amari Kierin Simpson Robert Louis Benning David Benjamin Korendyke Jeremy Mathias Carrington Caleb Andrew Clavelli Ahmad Jalil Mubarak

Piedmont District Troop 10 Troop 10 Troop 10 Troop 92 Troop 92 Troop 175 Troop 175 Troop 177 Troop 196 Troop 196

Michael James Bagli Bradley Joseph Jeffers Jack Thomas Linton Jonathan Patrick Cotnoir Troy Arrington Marshall Justin Guy Bresson Kurtis Stewart White James Richard Miller Zachary Jacob Flack Zachary Lewis Miller Continued on page 23

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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 April 2017 and June 2017.



Aquia District Troop 26 Troop 218 Troop 317 Troop 516 Troop 907 Troop 907 Troop 1717 Troop 1940 Troop 1945


Lars Hunter Soholt Braden Kirk Clayberg Tanner Brett Honig Michael Ryan Chizuk Paul Laird Schiefelbein Tyler Robinson West Ryan Szczur Straightiff Tyler Brice Hermansen Robert William Soderholm III

Crew 601 Troop 654 Troop 993 Troop 993 Troop 1509 Troop 1509 Troop 1515 Troop 1519 Troop 4077

Michael Noah Sampson William Travis Shute Nicholas Anthony Meyer Andrew David Wesbrock Michael Alexander Filmonchik Timothy David Florenzo Jackson Alexander Wood Ernuel Miranda Zapata Ian Jacob Peverall

Direct Service District

Bull Run District Troop 91 Crew 188 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 581 Troop 608 Troop 608 Troop 608 Troop 1188 Troop 1362 Troop 1362 Troop 1362 Troop 1368 Troop 1371 Troop 2717


Nathan Daniel Kromer Erik James Styers Nathaniel P. Buchanan Nathaniel Thomas Burks James Richard Doppee Avelino Hunter Perry Tyler Matthew Pottenburgh Evan Michael Trost Sean Richard Henry Drew Arthur Seigfried Frederick Hilding Swahn III Nathan Ray Waddy John Joseph Beatty Tyson William Boxer Ashton Fielding Ellsworth Alexander Veasna Humphreys Brady Taylor Voelker Evan William Crowne

Troop 5

Oliver Miller

Francis Scott Key District Troop 48 Ship 59 Troop 217 Troop 270 Troop 277 Troop 476 Troop 622 Troop 792 Troop 792 Troop 792 Troop 886 Troop 1011 Troop 1023 Troop 1062 Troop 1070 Troop 1811 Troop 1811 Troop 1811 Troop 1812 Troop 792

James Anthony Fritz Mercedes Samantha MatlockQ Alexander Seth Dzielinski Devin Michael Stafford Glenn Everett Rogowsky Daniel Tyler Harrison Garrett Christopher Safsten Spencer Chapman Becker Matthew Edward Dmuchowski Walter Mathew Corey Eubank Moroni David Okonah Ryan Blake Fulmer Brandon Thomas Carioti Ryan Andrew Spratt Jordan Emanuel Ward Kyle Thomas Snowden Colton Montgomery Wilson Bryce Edward Wilson Simon Walker Williams Matthew McGeoghegan Hendy



Troop 711 Troop 711 Troop 711 Troop 712 Troop 761 Troop 761 Troop 966 Troop 969 Troop 969 Troop 989 Troop 998 Troop 998 Troop 998 Troop 998 Troop 1154 Troop 1158 Troop 1158 Troop 1430 Troop 1430 Troop 2970 Troop 2970 Troop 2970 Troop 2970

Jack Bradford Hill Joshua Miller Lassiter Alexander King Walker Daniel Murray Kirkwood Ogul Ata Turkoglu Spencer Edward Wischmeier Grant Michael Wimer Ethan Jerome Caldas Nicholas Stephen Matyas Daniel Christopher Fagan Colin Adler Bertoglio Dominic Maya Jimeno Noah Jeremiah Johnson Ryan David Wigglesworth Joshua Joseph Wappel Ryan Connolly Peter Wayne Deer Logan Michael Capell Parker Charles Hutchinson Nicholas Fournier Ainey Nathaniel James Coombs Tyler Pulley Hess Tanner Goodridge Sale

Mattaponi District



Troop 688 Troop 688 Troop 688 Troop 991 Troop 991 Troop 991 Troop 994 Troop 995 Troop 1145 Troop 1518 Crew 1789 Crew 1789 Troop 1845 Troop 1853 Troop 1853 Troop 4673 Troop 4673 Troop 4673

Caleb Elan Jiggetts Jason Derek Krein Thomas John Repczynski David Lee Cho Avery Higgins Ronal Thomas Mitchell Scott Joseph Lutz Justin Bruce Harper Michael James Christensen, Jr Matthew Brian Robertson Daniel D. Nguyen Austin Khangnghi Nguyen Christopher Viet Tran Casey Hadley Barry Matthew Lee Doyle David Benjamin Bryant Noah Christopher Fuller Kieran Augustine O’Hare

Patriot District Troop 697 Troop 697 Troop 1131 Troop 1345 Troop 1345 Troop 1345 Troop 1346 Team 1508 Team 1508 Troop 1523 Troop 1525 Troop 1533 Troop 1533 Troop 1533 Troop 1533 Team 1535 Troop 1818 Troop 1865

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Potomac District Troop 3 Troop 3 Troop 8 Troop 8 Troop 15 Crew 27 Troop 68 Troop 68 Troop 204 Troop 255 Troop 255 Troop 255 Troop 255 Troop 265 Troop 439 Troop 461 Troop 463 Troop 472 Troop 472 Troop 773 Troop 773 Troop 1083 Troop 1427 Troop 1427 Troop 1449

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Sanjay Srinivasan Krishnan Rahul Parthiv Shah Stone Patrick Tarwater Philip Andrew B. Wines Jay Justin Raote Machado Jeffrey Stephens Wong

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Sully District Troop 17 Troop 17 Troop 695 Troop 893 Troop 893 Troop 1104 Troop 1104 Troop 1548 Crew 1826 Troop 7369 Troop 7369 Troop 7369

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Troop 500 Harry Carsten Neimeyer Warren Troop 524 Mark Anthony Roscoe, II

Western Shore District Troop 1792 Troop 303 Troop 407 Troop 427 Troop 429 Troop 561 Troop 581 Crew 777 Troop 777 Troop 903 Crew 903 Troop 903 Troop 1664 Troop 1782 Troop 2777

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Noah Breske Receives Adams Eagle Scout Service Project Award

Congratulations to our Council’s Adams Award Winner, Eagle Scout Noah Breske!

For his project, Noah built a fun fitness-based attraction at​ Kings Landing Park in Calvert County, Maryland. This required demolition of an unusable and overgrown tennis court and a basketball court; removing a fence, overgrown vegetation, and almost 120 cubic yards of asphalt; extensive landscaping; then building a low-ropes team building course. The course features eleven activities and a storage bench. Course activities include a horizontal cargo net, 100’ monkey bridge, giant teeter-totter, zig-zag balance beam, stepping stones, tire rope climb, upside down rope climb, raging river crossing,

Noah built the challenge course to give local kids and adults a reason to come to the park. As he says, “...[the course] gives tourists, Scouts, and the community a fun place to spend time with their family and friends while learning about nature, exercising on the low-ropes course, and gaining leadership and team-building skills”. The course has already been used by thousands, including hundreds of Scouts during a Spring Camporee, Cub Scout day camps, multiple Boy and Girl Scouts campouts, American Heritage Girls outings, Camp Cops summer camp, 4-H clubs, the Tidewater School, Arc of Southern Maryland special needs group, the Huntingtown High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps students (who held their Basic Leadership Training Course there), Civil Air Patrol units, and Calvert County Natural Resources staff development, as well as hundreds of tourists and community families. You can learn more about Noah’s project on his website: Noah will be recognized along with this year’s NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipients at the annual NOESA Honors event on October 12. For more information about

this and other Eagle Scout events in our Council, please visit Know any Life Scouts working on their Eagle Project? Encourage them to take lots of photos and videos, and submit their project for next year’s Adams Award!


In 2009, the National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each year, local councils select a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region selects a region-level winner. A national winner is then selected from the four regional finalists.

bridge-out crossing, plank walk, and “lava crossing” activities.


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Commissioner’s Corner Leading the Way by Training Commissioners By George Costigan, ACC for Roundtable

Commissioner Week just ended at the Philmont Training Center. The large number of Faculty Instructors from the National Capital Area Council was noticeable. Each year the conference chair’s challenge is to select a diverse staff from all regions of the country. However, there are times when the talent available outweighs the location of the Scouters invited to participate as faculty. Still, it is rare to have more than one facilitator come from the same area in a region, let alone a council. National Capital Area Council is then unique because four of its finest Commissioners serve as faculty during Commissioners Week 2017.

Garry W. Lewis

Council Commissioner

Update on Exploring Please see the update about Exploring for Commissioners on page 11.

Rick Hillenbrand returned to teach for his third year the District Commissioner/ Assistant District Commissioner course. While Rick is a member of the National Commissioner Support Staff, he remain registered with NCAC. Jae Englebrecht returned for a second year to teach Advanced Leadership Skills for Commissioners, a course he helped design and author. Julia Farr has taught at Philmont Training Center before; however, this is her first time teaching during Commissioner Week. Julia was one of two faculty facilitators teaching the Council Commissioner/ Assistant Council Commissioner course. George Costigan returned to teach the Effective Roundtables course for a fifth consecutive year after rewriting the course to have participants plan and then run a model roundtable as the course’s practical exercise. NCAC is blessed to have these Commissioners in our Council and representing us throughout BSA.

Online Commissioner Training

Charter Renewal


With the launch of Commissioner Basic Online Training, commissioners now can get trained on their own schedule: anytime, anywhere. Courses can be viewed on PC or tablet, making it very easy to complete. Courses are conveniently organized by role -unit commissioner, roundtable and assistant roundtable commissioner, district and assistant district commissioner, and council and assistant council commissioner meaning you’ll know exactly which training courses you need to complete to be considered “trained” for your position. Modules range from five to 15 minutes in length. They’re designed to be completed at your own pace-all at once or one at a time.

Charter Renewal is months away and Internet Rechartering may have a new look and feel in the Fall. But it’s not too soon to “Be Prepared!” Three tasks that are sometimes challenging can be done well beforehand. In fact, if they are completed early, the internet part is a breeze. These three are: membership inventory and update, selecting and registering next year’s leaders, and completing YPT updates.

For many Scouters, the only time they interact with Commissioners is at Roundtable. As the only place and date on every leader’s calendar, Roundtable enables districts to provide resources that help units deliver successful programs. It helps keep leaders’ trained, and informed on the coming program year. Each session is run by experienced Scouters who help improve program delivery and apply district resources as needed.

By Jon Baake, ACC for Training

Orientation: For those not yet familiar with Scouting as a whole, orientation courses are available covering the basics of Scouting and all the programs from Cub Scouts to Exploring. Commissioner Basic Training: The next step is to complete modules that are grouped into three learning plans for each commissioner position: They are - Before the first meeting; First 30 days in your commissioner role; and Position Trained Learning Plans. These are a set of courses explaining the aspects of commissioner service and providing information about what you need to know as you develop in your role. All modules remain available after you’ve viewed them, so you can return to review any section at any time in the future. Commissioner Onboarding: The final phase of Basic Training is to complete the onboarding worksheet with a mentor. The onboarding worksheet is a set of about 10 to 12 tasks that the mentor and protégé will do together and can be completed in a short time frame. As these activities are completed, check them off the interactive onboarding worksheet available in the “position trained” learning plan and submit it. Your training record will automatically be updated, and you will be designated as “trained” in Training Manager. NCAC will continue to offer CBT in a classroom setting as long there is demand for the classes. Commissioners completing CBT in a classroom setting are now required to complete the Onboarding Worksheet before credit can be granted for the class. For questions or comments concerning commissioner training contact Jon at 24

By Jae Engelbrecht, ACC for Membership

The most successful strategy for the inventory is to compare your roster to my.Scouting Member Manager and submit applications for those missing from BSA’s records. Units in all districts should do this in September, the beginning of the program year, no matter when the unit expires. If new members join subsequently, submit their applications immediately. Similarly, confirm next year’s leaders in September and submit their applications as soon as possible. For YPT updates, pick a month which is several months before rechartering, then, ask all adults whose YPT expires in the coming year to retake YPT. With that, the unit will be up to date for renewal. You will have simplified your tasks and ensured the safety of all youth. If you are prepared, Charter Renewal will be easy. Refer questions or comments to Jae at

By George Costigan, ACC for Roundtable

Too many leaders stay away from their district roundtable, thinking that it is just one more meeting in their busy schedule. But those attending their first Roundtable report they wish they had discovered it earlier and will attend again. Frequent attendees recognize it makes their job easier. Scouters: if you are looking for a way to give back and help others in your district, talk to your District Commissioner about helping out with the Roundtable team. Training is available online and face-to-face. NCAC also conducts quarterly meetings to equip Roundtable Team members with the will and the skill to do. Sessions are currently scheduled on Oct. 5, Jan. 4, and April 5. I will gladly answer any questions about Roundtable and how you can help them, and yourselves, do even better in Scouting. Please contact me at

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 - Ben Litten (c) 240-449-9337

Serving Montgomery County

Potomac District

Potomac & White Oak Day Camp The White Oak and Potomac Districts tried something new this year. The week following school’s end in Montgomery County, we held our Cub Scout Day Camp, as usual. However, this year we made a big change. The White Oak and Potomac Districts joined together to hold a combined Day Camp at the Lois Green-Sligo Chapter Izaak Walton League of America. With high attendance and so many new faces, the Scouts made a lot of new friends at camp and learned from different staff. There were even some Cub Scouts from the Seneca District who were kind enough to join us.

All of the fun we had at Day Camp, whether it was learning archery, Scout skills, or about native insects as part of our Bug Hunters theme, it was all possible because of our selfless and dedicated volunteer staff. We even had help from a group of enthusiastic and responsible youth volunteers. A special thanks to Michelle Manning and Maryanne Holmes, whose efforts for months in advance of camp brought joy to many young Cub Scouts from all over Montgomery County.

Seneca District District Awards Dinner

Seneca District held its spring awards dinner in May. The following Scouters were recognized with awards and are shown below:

White Oak

Back Rows: 51 SOUSA unit awardees from across our Distinct. In Seneca, each unit can nominate two leaders each year to receive this award for recognizing outstanding support to individual District units.

District Chair - William Totten

Front Row: District Award of Merit - Christine Jeffery (Advancement), Gene Schaer (Past Chair) and Gordon Henley (District Commissioner). Given for District-level service.

A Silver Level District Commissioner Richard (Rick) Manteuffel, PhD (c) 301-525-5542 (h) 301-482-0460

Not shown (busy taking pictures) Key 3 Awards: Howard Lichtman (Membership Chair) and Phil Dennis (Scouting for Food). Special recognition by the Seneca Key 3 for hard work above and beyond. CONGRATS to ALL!!!!

District Executive - Stephen E. Donnelly (w) 240-395-0602

Kentlands Festival

The Seneca District participated in the annual Kentlands Day Festival in Gatihersburg Maryland. We had Cub Scouts from many packs and Boy Scouts from many Troops march behind the boat that Sea Scout Crew 125 brought to the parade. The little boat - the big one is in docked in the Chesapeake. Visit the unit and come see it!!

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John Hanson


Ben Overbey

Field Director

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


Would you like to be a part of the magic? Volunteer now to prepare for next year’s camp. Thanks to all the parents and Cub Scouts who helped make camp the week of fun that it was!

NCAC’s STEM Coordinator Trisah Dala came out to support our STEM Kiosk.District Staff Howard Lichtman, Ed Zolt, George Goldsmith, Angelica Alverez, and Paula Sind-Prunier kept the parade moving. There was fun for all even during the rain!!! Scouts are prepared!

Troop 291 at Rolling Thunder

A huge shout out goes to Troop 291 for serving as Color Guard for the 30th Annual Montgomery County Rolling Thunder. Their help was appreciated by the Rolling Thunder leadership team, led by John Hardison. Seven Scouts and five leaders turned out on Sunday morning of Memorial Day Weekend to honor our veterans and see off over 3,200 motorcycles bound for the Pentagon. Over 50 of Montgomery County’s finest went along for the wide, and the Rolling Thunder crew was advised to carefully follow directions. A blessing to the bikes was given in Navajo by a Native American, and a member of the police team played the Star Spangled Banner. Seneca District appreciates the efforts of all our units - events like this make us proud of our country, our flag, our Scouts, our leaders and our freedom.

MC Rockville Science Day

Tr o o p 1 3 2 5 a n d Explorer Post 1010, from the Seneca District, volunteered at the 28th Annual Science Day at Montgomery College in Rockville MD. Troop 1325 Scouts demonstrated their robot. Post 1010 ran rocketry activities for the event. NCAC provided a STEM kiosk supported by the NCAC Stem Coordinator, Trisha Dalal, and Seneca District Unit Commissioner, Daniel Delacy. We had lots of fun and hands-on activities. Science Day at MC had over 100 exhibitors and was visited by over 1000 people. Commissioners and Membership Team members Howard Lichtman and Daniel DeLacey led the charge for the District.

District News & Views Troop 1323 Eagle Scout Project by Cole Schneider

When one imagines a library, the first image that comes to mind is something along the lines of the NY Public Library. You know, the huge, imposing building, guarded by a pair of stone lions, filled with ancient tomes. I had first learned about Little Free Libraries when my mother’s friend commissioned my sister to paint one for her late son’s memorial garden. I thought that the Little Free Library was a very good idea, and I wanted one for my town. What a great way to recycle one person’s unwanted books to become the next person’s fun summer read! A way to get books into the hands of those who want them-such as the residents of the town, the local school for struggling adolescents, the residents of a local shelter. Visitors to the library can peruse the offerings, help themselves to whatever interests them, and add to the collection or replace whatever borrowed when they are finished with the book. No library card required. No overdue fines or lost book fines, ever. Open 24/7.

White Oak District

I proposed the Little Free Library project to the Laytonsville Town Council, and the Town Historic District, and eventually, after learning much about small town politics, received approval to build a library modeled after the Town Hall building. I met with a Laytonsville resident and professional painter who had wanted to support the Little Free Library project. He provided materials and advice on how to build it. I felt this idea was such a great community service that I expanded my project to build a large four shelved Little Free Library for Stepping Stones shelter for homeless families in Rockville, Md. I drew up designs for both libraries and received help from my troop, Troop 1323, my family, and my neighbors. This project involved many stages--from the initial planning and approval phase, to materials acquisition, the actual construction, artistic embellishment, and finally installation. My sister, Anika Schneider, painted the vines and flowers on the Stepping Stones Shelter library, very bright and cheery to look inviting to the shelter residents. I also launched a book collecting campaign.

I collected four large boxes of books to suit readers of all levels and interests. Star Wars books? Got them! Romance novels? Got them! Disney princess books? Got them! We were able to fully stock both libraries and to keep several boxes of books for future replenishing. The mayor of Laytonsville was so excited by the Little Free Library that he held a Dedication Ceremony, top hat and all, to introduce it to the community. There have been two field trips of kids from the town elementary school. The enthusiasm has been great, and I’m so excited to see how this project is, as the mayor said, “bringing together.” Bringing Scouts together with the town, bringing kids together with the town elders, bringing readers together with books... So my Little Free libraries are not huge imposing buildings, nor are they guarded by stone lions. But they are filled with stories. Filled with fun, mystery, romance, and adventure!

Townhall with Congressman Jamie Raskin The Boy Scouts hosted a town hall event with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from Silver Spring, Md to ask Congressman Jamie Raskin about civic engagement. The boys and girls learned about our constitution, checks and balances, and how they can serve their communities with distinction. Troop 97 of the White Oak District hosted the gathering. Jamie Raskin is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district. As a law professor, he teaches constitutional law and legislation at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington. Thank you to the Congressman and his staff for helping with this event.

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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 - Jonathan Miller (c) 248-417-0862

Goose Creek

A Silver Level District

District Chair - Jim Bonfils (c) 571-225-0100 Commissioner - John Witek (c) 703-443-9102 District Director - James Larounis (c) 215-983-5732 District Executive - Ray Posluszny (c) 570-687-4904


A Gold Level District

District Chair - Michael Dudzik (h) 703-577-7037 Commissioner - Larry Lawver (c) 703-233-8081 District Executive - Tejas Patel (c) 301-602-7124 (w) 301-214-9127

Serving Frederick, Loudoun, and Western Fairfax counties

Francis Scott Key District

SAVE THE DATE Fall Camporee: Oct. 13-15

2017 Cub Mudder By Mark Jeffrey On May 27, Pack 1070, Pack 1069 and Troop 1070 hosted the 3 annual Cub Mudder. This event drew in 288 youth participants (and their parents). A Cub Scout age-appropriate obstacle course with over 30 obstacles was set up in Walkersville Community Park as participants navigated a one mile course. rd

This event was totally FREE to all participants. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, fruit and water were also provided to all who attended. The 2017 Cub Mudder was open to the public targeting all youth (boys and girls) and their families. This year’s event was Integrated as part of the 125 year celebration for Walkersville, the Burgess; Mr. Chad Weddle; also attended and ran the course with the local youth.

WHERE: Walkersville Watershed PRICE: $25 Early Bird before Sept. 8, $30 Regular Webelos Saturday only: $12 S.T.E.M. programs, Webelos Mountain, and more! For questions, please contact the Camporee Chair Don Yetter:

Next year; the Cub Mudder staff plans for a focused Scouting recruitment effort of boys and girls local to the Walkersville and Woodsboro Community. Based on past success, they anticipate next year’s Cub Mudder attendance to exceed 400 participants. If you would like to sponsor or learn more about this event, we encourage you to visit or email


A Gold Level District

District Chair - Hondo Davids (h) 703-725-3620 Commissioner - David Carmichael (w) 703-244-0785 District Executive - Robert Guers, Jr. (c) 240-395-0605

Goose Creek District Wayne’s Crossing Day Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk proclaimed June 3 “Wayne’s Crossing Day.” To commemorate this event, a ceremony was held at the new statue, The Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial, at the Leesburg Courthouse. Noah and Adam Esper of Troop 1154 read the Pledge of Allegiance and were inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution by the President of the Farifax Resolves Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Mr. Jeff Thomas. Wayne’s Crossing was a significant Revolutionary War event in Loudoun


Doug Carlson


Bill Schoonmaker

Field Director

Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335


County history. There is a historical marker commemorating the event at Lucketts Community Park, about 3 miles from where General Wayne’s army crossed the Potomac. General Wayne crossed the Potomac with his brigade of 700 Pennsylvania troops on May 31, 1781 at Noland’s Ferry in Loudoun County and marched through Leesburg on June 3, 1781. General Wayne’s troops provided the critical reinforcements for Lafayette’s army in Virginia, which had been in retreat from the larger army of Cornwallis prior to his arrival. Wayne’s troops

joined Lafayette on June 10th and by midJune, Cornwallis had turned his army toward the Virginia coast. General Wayne, leading the advance forces of Lafayette’s army and augmented by 200 Virginia riflemen, engaged Cornwallis at the Battle of Green Spring on July 6th, as Cornwallis prepared to make the difficult crossing of the James River. The Battle of Green Spring was the largest infantry engagement to occur in Virginia during the war, leading to the withdrawal of Cornwallis to Yorktown and the end of the war a few months later. The Sons of the American Revolution organization sponsors many educational contests for youth including one for Eagle Scouts. For more information about these, please visit their national website at: Sons Of The American Revolution | Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award

Powhatan District

District News & Views

Powhatan Day Camp

Post 202

Powhatan District Day Camp is in full effect. The “Powhatan Pack Beetles” have been learning a great deal about Bugs and Biology in addition to leatherworking, tie-dieing shirts, the Volcano Island Water Park, and Slingshots, and Archery to name a few. Dr. Jeffrey Kretsch provided an excellent presentation on the Solar Eclipse and also how the seasons and the position of the sun affects the movements and patterns of insects. A professional Beekeeper, Heidi Briguglio who happens to be a Scout Mom, provided a presentation on beekeeping and the plight of the areas bees while a local Great Falls Rugby Club gave the Pack Beetles a taste of how to play “Bugby”.

The National Capital Region Law Enforcement Explorers celebrated a milestone this March as the inaugural graduation class of CBP Explorers. Explorers, NCR Advisors, family, friends, CBP Employees, Learning for Life executives, and dignitaries from NTC, HQ, and Baltimore Field Office & Dulles POE attended the celebration. OFO Honor Guard presented the colors to begin the event. Master of Ceremonies Justin Burl provided the program overview and administered the Explorer Oath to the graduating class. NTC Director Donald Conroy provided comments on behalf of Senior Executive Service membership. Fifteen of the NCR Explorers were inducted into the network of CBP Explorers nationwide.

Thanks to all of the Volunteer Staff, Den Walkers, and volunteer presenters that have come out to support our District.

that took place on the shores of the Shenandoah River in northern Virginia. It was a special day for veterans to gather, enjoy live music and outdoor activities, and increase awareness of services for veterans coping with PTSD. Explorers assisted with security, parking, and clean up duties while also joining veterans in activities throughout the day.

In June, members of the post gathered to support “Heroes on the River”, an event honoring U.S. veterans

It’s Popcorn Time! A great way to pay for your Scout to attend Day Camp or a week at Goshen would be to sell popcorn. Popcorn season is fast approaching and we want to get you signed up. You can sell popcorn even if your Unit does not. You can continue to add towards your Scout’s College Fund as well as pay for Camp for the following year. If you are interested in selling popcorn, please contact the Powhatan District Popcorn Kernel at

Sully District

Eagle Scout George C. Blackwell III Earns 142 Merit Badges!

Eagle Scout George C. Blackwell III of Boy Scout Troop 1547, chartered to the Greenbriar Civic Association, recently accomplished what very few Scouts have ever done in the history of Scouting: he recently received his 142nd merit badge! He earned the 136 badges that are currently offered, plus six that have since been retired. “I like merit badges because you do something different each time you do one and you talk with a lot of interesting adults,” said George. Scoutmaster Bryan Exley and Assistant Scoutmaster Rob Hicks were instrumental in his success, stepping up to work with him on some of his remaining merit badges. Victor Nolasco, former Pack 1863 Cubmaster, assisted George in completing the Archery Merit Badge. John Crowe assisted George in completing Scouting‘s newest entry, the Exploration Merit Badge. George is a 15-year Greenbriar resident who went to Greenbriar East Elementary and Rocky Run Middle schools. He graduates from Chantilly High School this year. “Any Scout who achieves this success does so with a lot of help,” commented George. “I would like to thank Alex Baxter, of Troop 17, who recently completed the 50-mile bike ride with me; my brother, Chris, for his support of my Eagle Project and activities; and Tony Exley who was always willing to achieve a new Merit Badge with me.” George’s goal of achieving all of the Merit Badges began at age 11 at a Merit Badge Day at the Federal Fire Academy in Maryland. At this event, he met Eagle Scout Cody Evans, who had just accomplished all of the Merit Badges. Over lunch, Cody challenged George to share his accomplishment. George said, “I thought it would be a great accomplishment, and this goal stayed with me throughout my years as a Boy Scout. Cody warned me that the Bugling Merit Badge would be one of the

hardest to achieve, and he was right! I could not have earned it without the help of Mr. Maloney, the director of the Chantilly High School Band.” George did these Merit Badges on his own. “His dad and I merely opened doors for him,” said his mother, Judy Blackwell. “We were used to George accomplishing multiple badges, but we were surprised that he singularly held to his goal of achieving all the Merit Badges throughout his teen years.” With all of his activities outside Scouting, it took him seven years to finish this objective. “It was amazing to watch George finish the last 30 Merit Badges in his final year in Scouting,” said his father, George. “He had quite a number of obstacles to overcome, and he did so before he turned18.” One of George’s most frequent merit badge events was the Saint Timothy’s Troop 7369 semi-annual Merit Badge Days in Chantilly, Virginia. However, his quest took him to a host of wonderful events: the International Printing Museum (California), Space Jam (Illinois), the Naval Academy, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Radford, Catholic University, West Virginia University (in a blizzard), and the Scoutmaster Buckey Merit Badge program in Minnesota. Some of the highlights of these badges included working on an 18th century printing press, flying in a private plane, space exploration with an astronaut, and completing journalism at a local TV station. Around Greenbriar, George is a 12-year veteran of the Scouting for Food events conducted each fall. He has worked on more than 30 local Eagle Scout projects, does snow removal in the community, and gives back to his old elementary school. His Eagle project was building the four benches directly in front of the sign at Greenbriar East Elementary School.

In early June, George was out providing encouragement and assistance to more than 250 family members attending the Greenbriar East Fun Run. The following day, George, Chris, and fellow 1547 Scout Kenny were assisting Pack 1863 cleaning the gardens around Greenbriar East. George plays travel soccer for the Chantilly Youth Association, and he was a member of the varsity and junior varsity football teams at Chantilly High School from 2014 to 2016. He is an avid snowboarder and regularly assists Scouts who have difficulty with basic Scout swim requirements. George was accepted at George Mason University but has opted to attend Northern Virginia Community College in the Pathways Program in the fall. His goal is to attend Virginia Tech and obtain a degree in Aerospace Engineering. George’s special awards in Scouting include achievement of Eagle rank, the mile swim, and the Triple Crown and Grand Slam awards for attending all four national highadventure bases. He also attended the 2013 National Jamboree with his brother Chris. The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017 29

Three Rivers Patuxent

A Silver Level District

District Chair - Philip Nichols (w) 301-952-3907 Commissioner - Isiah Pugh (h) 240-687-2361 Senior District Executive - Carlos Salazar (c) 410-608-4360

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

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


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

Patuxent District Triplet Eagle Scouts The Eagle Scout triplets got their Scouting start at Camp Snyder in its first summer of operation. Dylan, Timothy and Connor have grown out of there Cub Scout Uniforms. Connor joined Troop 1778 in 2010. He has held the leadership positions of patrol leader and troop guide. Along with regular troop short and long-term camping, he participated in a sailing excursion from the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. In addition to regular troop service projects and those for rank requirements, Connor has provided Scout service in helping to recruit younger youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods into Scouting and camping activities. He participated in a project to help preserve one of the chapels at Goshen Scout Reservation and volunteered as a youth staff member at a Washington DC District Cub Scout Day Camp. He served as an official volunteer at the grand opening of the History Of Scouting Trail (H.O.S.T.) through downtown

Washington DC. His favorite Scouting activity was snorkeling at the coral reefs at Sea Base, Florida. Dylan joined Troop 1778 in 2010. He has held the leadership positions of scribe, assistant PL and patrol leader. Along with regular troop short and long-term camping, he participated in a sailing excursion from the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. In addition to regular troop service projects and those for rank requirements, Dylan has provided Scout service in helping to recruit younger youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods into Scouting and camping activities. He participated in a project to help preserve one of the chapels at Goshen Scout Reservation and volunteered as a youth staff member at a Washington DC District Cub Scout Day Camp. He served as an official volunteer at the grand opening of the History Of Scouting Trail (H.O.S.T.) through downtown Washington DC. He says his favorite Scouting

memory is of stories around the camp fire with Mr. Steele and Mr. Cataldo. Timothy joined Troop 1778 in 2010. He has held the leadership positions of quartermaster and senior patrol leader. Along with regular troop short and long-term camping, he participated in a sailing excursion from the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. In addition to regular troop service projects and those for rank requirements, Timothy has provided Scout service in helping to recruit younger youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods into Scouting and camping activities. He participated in a project to help preserve one of the chapels at Goshen Scout Reservation and volunteered as a youth staff member at a Washington DC District Cub Scout Day Camp. He served as an official volunteer at the grand opening of the History Of Scouting Trail (H.O.S.T.) through downtown Washington DC. His favorite Scouting activity was his Sea Base trip.

District News & Views

Washington D.C. District

Scouting in D.C. Recognized by the Council of the District of Columbia This spring, Pack and Troop 544, chartered by People’s Congregational United Church of Christ, one of the oldest and active troops in Washington, D.C. was presented with the “National Boy Scouts Day Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2017.” from the Council of the District of Columbia. The D.C. Council is the legislative branch of the local government of the District of Columbia The resolution was presented to Pack and Troop 544 to receive on behalf of all Washington, D.C. District Scouters by D.C. Councilmember Brandon T. Todd. Councilmber Tood represents the Ward 4 northeast area of the District of Columbia. The D.C. Council resolution recognized both Scouting in D.C. and the Boy Scouts of America for being “…an integral part of the communities across the United States and the District, and

counties to prepare youth to participate and provide leadership in American society through active civic engagement.”

also recognized by Councilmember Todd for being one of the oldest and active historically black troops in D.C.

The resolution concludes with “The Council of the District of Columbia recognizes and supports the Boy Scouts of America for being at the forefront of instilling timeless values in youth since its founding in 1910, for their over 100 years of service and their continued commitment and dedication to America’s youth.”

Pack 544 has over 20 energetic Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts, and is currently led by the Key 3 of Pack Committee Chair, Susan Gibbs Hall; Chartered Organization Representative, Bradley A Thomas; and Cubmaster, Jai Evans.

Pack and Troop 544 remain strong Scouting units today, and you can see both active in Scouting events across D.C. and beyond. Pack 544 is the longtime host of the Washington, D.C. District Pinewood Derby, which is held each spring, and draws Cub Scouts and families from across the District of Columbia for an exciting day of racing. Troop 544, now in their 86th year of Scouting, was

Troop 544 has over 30 active Boy Scouts, and is currently led by the Key 3 of Troop Committee Chair, Susan Gibbs Hall; Chartered Organization Representative, Bradley A Thomas; and Scoutmaster, Robert Simpson. All photos courtesy of Pack & Troop 544

Western Shore District Webelos Campout All troops, crews, ships, and posts are invited to come and teach Webelos. We would need their training topic as soon as possible, no later than August 1. All Webelos are invited to attend. We will need a tentative headcount by August 1, with a deadline of the August Roundtable, August 9, for their final numbers. Payment at August Roundtable is preferred. If there are any questions, please contact Steve McDanal, Associate Advisor Crew 793 (240-925-0098,

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Virginia Central

Serving the city of Alexandria, Eastern Fairfax and Arlington Counties

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge District

District Chair - Fran O’Reilly (h) 202-409-6571 Commissioner - Mark Stoffel (c) 703-536-3434 District Director - Geoffrey Thomas (c) 301-861-6461

Chain Bridge hosted another successful day camp last June 26 30 at the McLean Stake in Great Falls, VA. This year’s insect program theme was crawling with exciting activities. The youth learned about different types of bugs & spiders and their importance to our environment, played several fun indoor and outdoor games and worked on rank achievements.

A Gold Level District


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

Chain Bridge 2017 Day Camp was infested with fun!

It would not be day camp if you didn’t have BB guns and sling shots. Our Range Safety Officers had plenty of great targets. The BB range had challenging targets. The Sling Shot station got creative and had pie pans, soda cans, bugs, spiders, and of course, rubber duckies! Their favorite activity was climbing to the top of our council’s mobile

climbing tower. Having the climbing tower was an incredible confidence booster and a huge hit. Erin Freeman, Camp Director, and Tony Baker, Program Director, once again recruited an engaged and exciting staff. We had entertaining programs during their lunch hour and camp was filled to capacity. Erin and her fine staff always provides a fun filled week of activities and countless memories for our young men. How they top this week for 2018 day camp has them scratching their heads! Fear not, the Chain Bridge volunteers always provide an exciting and infectious programing for our district.

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 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


A Gold Level District

District Chair - Stephen Smith (c) 703-664-2659 Commissioner - David Astle (c) 703-861-3346 District Executive - Kyle Molldene (w) 301-214-9128 (c) 407-301-6622


Aasgeir Gangsaas


James Stewart

Field Director

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


Colonial District Colonial Eagle Scout Earns Award for Heroism Colonial District Eagle Scout John Daly, a member of Troop 301, chartered by St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, was awarded BSA’s Honor Medal for his life-saving actions in the summer of 2016. On July 8, 2016, Daly was visiting relatives in Ocean City, NJ, and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. While in waist deep water, Daly observed an 11-year-old boy approximately 20 yards away being pulled out of the marked swimming area and diagonally away from shore. Daly realized the boy was caught in a rip current and when the boy was approximately five yards outside the marked area, saw the victim’s head go underwater. The victim then surfaced and shouted ‘help’ with his arms in the air. Daly swam toward the victim, leaving the marked swim area and entered water at a depth above his head. Recalling his training and skills learned from earning a number Merit Badges including swimming, first aid, emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and snorkeling, Daly kept the victim in sight and spoke to the victim as he approached. While earning the Lifesaving Merit Badge, Scouts are taught to remain at a safe distance when approaching to prevent from being pulled under water by a panicking victim. Realizing the victim was not panicking, Daly called to the boy who told Daly he could not swim anymore. At this point, the current continued to carry both boys diagonally, approximately 25 years from the shore and out toward the open sea.

Daly attempted to assist the victim but the waves and current prevented the rescue from being effective. Daly improvised and told the victim to hold onto his back. Swimming parallel to shore, Daly was able to pull the victim out of the rip current and toward shore where a lifeguard had waded in to the water toward both boys. The lifeguard threw a flotation device that Daly used to transition the victim to as the lifeguard pulled the victim to shore. “I looked over my shoulder and saw a boy bobbing further out than I was. His head was going under water with the waves and he held his hands up,” said Daly. “He was approximately 20 yards away. I swam over to him as fast as I could and I told him that I was there to help and that everything was going to be all right.” At June’s Roundtable, Daly was recognized for his heroism. Joining John were his parents, John and Kerry, Scoutmaster Dan Scheeler, and the Troop Committee Chair. The meeting opened with younger Scouts from Troop 301 presenting the colors. John’s actions exemplify the best of Scouting and serve as an example for other Scouts. It also shows that the skills that youth learn in Scouting are not just summer camp activities or to meet advancement requirements. The skills taught to youth by adult volunteers are in fact preparing youth. For life. The Colonial District congratulates John on earning this recognition.

District News & Views George Mason District

George Mason District Scouts Particpate In Flags-in On Memorial Day Celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day to commemorate those who fell in the War Between the States. It was not until after the First World War that the occasion of the day was shifted to remember those who gave their lives in all wars. Although the first Memorial Day was celebrated in 1865 by liberated slaves in Charleston – a former Confederate prison camp – the official birthplace of the holiday is recognized as Waterloo, New York, on 5 May 1866. It took over 100 years for the name and date of the holiday to be solidified to those we recognize now. During the earliest days of the Boy Scouts of America, James E. West, Daniel Carter Beard, and Ernest Thomas Seton, are credited with spearheading the direct involvement of Scouts of all ages in service during this solemn day. This spirit of selfless service continues for Scouts across the George Mason District of the National Capital Area Council. In 2011 Kurt R. Johnson, Assistant District Commissioner for the Falls Church area BSA Units, wanted to do something more than merely “be of service” – he wanted to make the service memorable and exciting for Scouts and the community alike. “We’ll be out again this year on May 21th in force at the National Memorial Cemetery, planting America flags at the headstones of those who served our Nation, and are laid to rest there,” said Johnson. As the Scouts broke for lunch following the blowing of TAPS hourly during this years’ service, hundreds of small flags – planted by scores of Scouts – dotted the hills of the cemetery. Johnson added, “Every rank from Tiger Cub through Eagle Scout was on-hand this year, and included Girl Scouts too. We expect even wider participation at this year’s Veteran’s Day Flags-in event.” Spurred by a pizza lunch provided by the National Memorial

Cemetery, nearly everyone who visits the park on Memorial and Veterans Day is touched by the gesture of this selfless service. But Johnson foresaw just a little more in terms of recognition and acknowledgement for the Scouts and Scouters who gave up a few hours of their holiday. He chartered a small team to design a patch, underwritten by the Cemetery, to be given to each participant. And, because this tradition now spans Memorial and Veterans Day each year since 2011, the team developed small date rockers to be sewn as cogs around the three-inch diameter patch. After the Scouts dispersed for the remainder of their holiday, a dignified quiet returned to the hills of National Memorial Park on this fourth Monday in May, with little flags fluttering, and family and friends visiting the final repose of our Nation’s Veterans at rest. Johnson said that all Scouts and Scouters are welcomed to participate again this Veterans Day – gathering at 11:30 am in the Cemetery parking lot nearest the corner of West Street and Lee Highway in Falls Church. Address is 7482 Lee Highway in Falls Church, and the phone number for the Cemetery office is 703-560-4400. By noon, headcount will be taken, bundles of flags passed out to the Scout Leaders, and instructions given to the teams; and by 3 pm or so, all flags will have been planted, pizza will have been consumed, and the service will have been completed. By any measure, West, Beard, and Seton would be pleased.

Old Dominion District Solar Eclipse Science Experiment

Scouts from Old Dominion Troop 1853 will be taking part in a large science experiment during the eclipse on 21 August. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a group called EclipseMob to crowdsource data gathering for an experiment to examine the effects of eclipse on the Earth’s ionosphere. Citizen-scientists around the country will gather data at multiple locations around the country before, during, and after the eclipse. The data gathered will be analyzed by graduate students at George Mason University, University of Massachusetts and other academic institutions. This project aims to answer fundamental questions about how ionospheric disturbances impact radio wave propagation, while engaging students and citizens in a STEM research experience. EclipseMob will leverage citizen science (crowdsourcing data collection) to create the first large, geographically distributed set of low-frequency (LF, 30-300 kHz) skywave propagation observations, which will be analyzed to provide new information about the location and geometry dependence of ionization of the ionosphere, while also stimulating public interest in science and engineering.

So where do the radios needed to gather the data come from? The Scouts will build them! The radio parts were provided in kits purchased using funding from NSF. Troop 1853 applied for and received two kits. In the month leading up to the eclipse, the Scouts will build the receivers while learning radio theory, electronics and astronomy. During the eclipse, high school science students, college engineering clubs, ham radio groups, Scout units and other interested individuals will perform measurements using self-constructed receiver systems designed by the university students. All data collected will be sent over the Internet to a central repository. While all the NSF funded kits have been distributed, the parts list for the receiver is available online for any who want to build (about $150 in parts). Even if you don’t build and operate a receiver, is possible to learn more during the eclipse. George Mason University will be holding an eclipse watching party on the afternoon of the Aug 21st. Details on this event, will be published soon in the Events area of the EclipseMob web site In the meantime, the EclipseMob web site has more information on the experiment, including receiver parts list and build instructions.

Patriot District

National Capital Area Council, BSA | Patriot & George Mason Districts


4 Person Scramble Benefiting the

Boy Scouts of Northern VA

Prince William Golf Course 14631 Vint Hill Rd. Nokesville, VA 20181

Monday September 18, 2017 Registration 8:00 AM Shotgun Start 9:00 AM • • • •

Various contests and challenges First and second place foursome Prizes and raffles Silent auction

The Honorable David Bulova Honorary Event Co-Chair Virginia Delegate for the 37th District

The Honorable Pat Herrity

Honorary Event Co-Chair Fairfax County Supervisor, Springfield District

Hole In One Contest

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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 Executive - Alex Nelson (w) 301-214-9135 (c) 815-274-6392

Bull Run

A Gold Level District

District Chair - Charlie Fromm (h) 571-229-9569 Commissioner - Matthew Messenger (w) 703-365-9051 District Executive - Drew Petty (c) 817-726-0506


A Silver Level District

District Chair - Bill Knaus (w) 804-382-9207 Commissioner - Fred Becker District Executive - Ben Wheeler (c) 630-613-0772

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

Aquia District Aquia Scouts Support Stafford County DARE Day

Scouts Participate in Flag Day Retirements

Each year, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department hosts an end of the school year “DARE Day” for all the fifth graders in Stafford County. It is held at Pratt Park. This year’s DARE Day was on June 13th. The Sheriff’s Department hosts demonstrations with the Police K-9s (highly trained police dogs).

The day began with an 80% chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Some rain did fall, but the ceremonies were spared, so we could properly honor the many American Flags deserving of respectful retirement.

This year there were also helicopters on site, and parachutists jumped from a perfectly safe airplane and landed perfectly safely in the middle of the field. Vendors from many community agencies set up booths to show off activities to the students that are more fun than Drugs. Everyone was treated to a closing show for the final 30-45 minutes of the program. Aquia District has been committed to hosting a booth at DARE Day for many years now. We have utilized the BSA rock climbing wall for three years, and it has become one of the highlight attractions of this annual event. We had a staff of eleven volunteers and BSA professionals who helped 260 young boys and girls meet the challenge of climbing the wall (safely) during a hot and humid, but very fun, Tuesday afternoon.


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


A Gold Level District


Robert Kahn


Drew Mrenna

Field Director

Phillip Duggins (w) 301-214-9115 (c) 540-220-9904


Come Join the “Bug Hunters” When: August 14-18, 8 AM – 5 PM

Where: Curtis Park, 18 Fairway Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

For more info and to register: We gathered at the Quantico National Cemetery on June 14, 2017 at 4 p.m., a Questions? Please contact: Sarah challenging time as many youths were just finishing their last day of school. Despite the Holliday, Aquia District Day Camp Director heat and humidity, smiling Cub Scouts, Boy @ Scouts, and Girl Scouts from Aquia, Occoquan, and Mattaponi Districts arrived sharply dressed in their uniforms and vests, toting bags and boxes of tattered flags that had been proudly flown above homes, historic buildings, and flag poles, strongly snapping in all their glory. Lieutenant General Ron Christmas, USMC (Retired), a leading figure in the establishment of the Marine Corps Museum, graced the gathering with profound words of encouragement. He reminded us of the strength and honor with which so many men and women resting in peace around us in the Cemetery had served this nation and its symbol. He told us of the importance of the flag not only to our own Nation, but to many around the world who prayed during wartime to see it marching toward them, bringing liberty and justice. He spoke of those in other countries who walk by this nation’s symbol and recognize and appreciate the privilege of self-determination and freedom from tyranny it provides them. Mr. James Sanders assumed the responsibilites of the Quantico National Cemetery Administrator at the beginning of this year and was very enthusiastic to help the Scouts plan and execute this ceremony. Likewise, three firemen from Dumfries Fire Station #503 provided the required assistance with the flag burning process, including Nate, an Eagle Scout. The Cub Scouts from Pack 840 and others provided an extraordinary Color Guard to post and retire the ceremony flags; They were organized, in step, and very impressive. The Girl Scouts from Troop 598 and Troop 1320 provided an excellent demonstration of how to dismember the flag. A Second Class Scout provided a few words of reflection, and then the Scouts lined up to deliver their flag remnants to the Firemen staffing the burn pit. We had Scouts from Troop 26, Troop 317, Troop 1717, Pack 63, Pack 108, Pack 317, Pack 840, Pack 905, Pack 907, the Occoquan District Chairman, with Troop 1365 and Pack 136. Many more attended, and we are certain our Scouts learned both to revere our Nation’s colors as well as how to properly and respectfully retire our American Flag.

A Silver Level District

District Chair - Dave Blanchard Commissioner - Nelson Brittle District Associate - Steven Lynch (c) 434-242-0658


Bull Run District Cubmobile

In 2009, a Wolf Cub asked “what would happen if we could get really big pinewood derby cars and drive them like they were real?” The excitement in the Den was as electrical as a Tesla Coil on overload. The Pinewood Derby began because Cub Scouts were too young to participate in the Soap Box Derby. In 2011, Bull Run District brought back the tradition as a modified “Cubmobile” race. Fast-forward seven years and 65 boys arrived on a cold dark day. Unlike the standard Cubmobile, Bull Run created their own design which is smaller, leaner, and fits in the trunk of the average compact sedan, making it easier to transport. The day began with Scouts from Pack 858 at Victory Lakes Elementary raising the colors with the support of Troop 581. After a few announcements, the race was on. Participants included: P1384: 3 cars, 8 Scouts; P1355: 2 cars, 11 Scouts; P1204: 2 cars, 8 Scouts; P1188: 1 car, 1 Scout; P858: 5 cars, 25 Scouts (event hosts). Using a launch ramp modeled after the much smaller Pinewood track, two cars at a time are elevated on the platform, the gate is opened, and the cars are off – only this track is about 200 feet long! The Scouts must

wear closed-toe shoes and helmets. Races take place in a bus lane keeping the cars from veering out of control. But in this race – there can be no failure. The lesson is that a Scout must persevere. Despite the collisions, curbs and confusion, every car must complete the track. As they reach the end it is the responsibility of the Scout to ensure his car makes it up the return taxi track and is placed back in queue for the next driver. Over and over the car is placed on the ramp, a new driver hops into the seat and the car is released - until at last every driver has done his best, completed his leg of the race, and the awards are given. There are no grand golden trophies. This is a working Scout’s race. The teams receive a custom wooden disk cut from a local tree, finished and the award words burned into the face of the prize. The top prize is a small wooden car mounted on a small piece of lumber and handpainted, like the racecars they drive. The windburned faces of these now-veteran drivers wait in suspense to hear – who is the fastest? Who is the most creative? Who has the most Scout Spirit? Bull Run congratulates all the winners of the 2017 Cubmobile Derby.

District News & Views Mattaponi District

Mattaponi District Day Camp Mattaponi District had an exciting Day Camp learning about bugs. We were located at the Izaak Walton League in Spotsylvania where the Scouts (bug hunters) could enjoy the nature all around them and observe many bugs in the area. The bug hunters learned how a dragonfly’s eyes work. They also had a bug regatta, where they created bugs and raced them in rain gutters. The Cub Scouts were also able to go fishing where they learned how to bait a hook and catch a fish. They caught over 200 fish during camp. Other exciting things they did was shoot BB’s, archery, and learn many Scout skills.

Occoquan District Occoquan District Day Camp By Angela Roth, Day Camp Director Occoquan District’s Day Camp was held at Leesylvania State park again in early June. Over 130 Cub Scouts participated in this year’s “Bug Hunters” theme in our beautiful state park that sits on the Potomac River. Day Camp offers many traditional Scouting activities like Archery, BB guns, and sling shots. Scouts also took part in Crafts, Nature Study, Games, STEM and Fishing stations. While, the program is not specifically achievement-oriented, the Cub Scouts had many opportunities to earn belt loops, pins, and other awards. Some exciting elements to camp this year was the woodworking station where they boys made their own walking sticks to take on a nature hike and bug huts to collect bugs! At the STEM station the boys made “fidget” spinners and the Webelos dissected owl pellets too! Our guest speaker Mrs. Ek, taught us all about the importance of Bees. On our last day of camp, we had a field day of games to play and not one but two firetrucks came out and sprayed the boys down much to their excitement. Thank you to all our volunteers and den walkers who made an incredible week of memories for the Scouts and their families. See you all next June as our theme will be, “Passport to Adventure!”

Piedmont District Day Camp in THE PIEDMONT by Annie Campeol, Day Camp Director Piedmont District Day Camp was held June 12-16. Day camp has always been a special event here in Piedmont. Not only the new Cub Scouts; excited to attend but the Boy Scouts who loved day camp so much they return as staff to help the next generation of boys share the experience. Included in our staff were 4 returning Eagle Scouts to serve as station chiefs and range officers. In addition; 13 Boy Scouts from areas troops gave 403 hours of service.

Friday is always a great day - - the culmination of the week of fun and exploration in our nature center. First splattering balloons filled with gooey paint at the ranges and exploring the wetlands in a Creek Walk. Then; getting hosed off by the Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept. Finally, the whole camp preforming the songs and skits they have perfected all week. To the cheers of their parents and the other Scouts. What a great time – DAY CAMP ROCKS!

All the great things that should be experienced at Cub Scout day camp: BB’s & Archery – Fishing & Crafts. Toss in a few Scout skills and you’ve got it made! We always try to put on a great time for the boys with lots of cool activities. One thing that stood out this year was how much the boys just wanted to be outside with other Scouts. During free time, they built twig cities in the dirt and explored the grounds of our beautiful camp. The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017 35



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(301) 834-7652

Direct Service USVI

District Chair - Gregory Francis (c) 404-414-6664 Commissioner - Leroy Claxton (w) 340-776.9750 District Associate Michael J. Dow, Sr. (w) 340-277-2655 (c) 340-774-2752

Serving North and South America

Coming to Bogotá, Colombia By Anne Grabins Pack/Troop 1776 Committee Chair Relocating to a new city in a new country with a new culture can transform the world into a big, daunting place. However, when you are part of the Scouting world you suddenly have instant connections, instant support, and instant friendships anywhere you go. At least that is how we would like families to feel when they arrive in a new place, and that is part of the reason that Pack/Troop 1776 was formed at the end of 2016 with the help of several knowledgeable and enthusiastic parents with lots of experience with Scouting while assigned overseas.

And here we are today!

sustainable rate for the parent volunteers.

We moved to Bogotá in the spring of 2016 and wanted to continue the opportunity for our son (then a Wolf Scout) to continue with Scouting, but we knew it would be more fun with friends and initiated the chartering process with the NCAC. The task of forming a council was daunting as well, but the staff in Virginia was extremely helpful and helped guide our way.

Chartered by one of the local private schools, Colegio Nueva Granada, Pack/Troop 1776 has been laying the ground work for the program and expects 100% growth in Cub Scout membership for the upcoming Scouting year. We have children participating from 2 different schools, have 4 nationalities represented, and we are trying to slowly grow the program at a

Our Charter Organization has been extremely supportive of our program and even hosted the Pack’s first-ever campout, a first for most of the Scouts, many of the parents, and the school! Scouting internationally presents its challenges, but we are grateful for the opportunity to explore Colombia through the myopic of Cub & Boy Scouting. What an adventure!

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

USVI District Our Newest Eagle Troop 7227 recently conferred the rank of Eagle Scout on Gabriel Gittens. For his Eagle project, Gabriel created a spectator area for his high school soccer field in memory of a school mate and member of his troop who lost his life in a drowning accident two years ago. He installed bleachers on the field and a bench outside the administrative office. Gabriel considers his mother the driving force behind his Scouting career and is very grateful to his Scoutmaster Toby Tobias and Eagle coach Darryl Donohue for guiding him to his success. He is seen here with his mother Jennifer and father Cassius.

Packs 7203 & 7001 Take a Field Trip

Open House at Camp Wall On June 3 an interactive, fun, informative

Two St. Thomas packs arranged to go on a

experience designed to show and tell the impact

field trip together to a fire station on St. Thomas

of Scouting’s programs was held at Camp


Wall. Attendance was good and the youth

The Cub Scouts had a great time activating the sirens on the trucks and playing with hoses. Fortunately, firefighters on hand managed to keep their junior firefighters under control and no one was soaked amidst all the fun.

who attended all had fun. Two Cub Scouts are shown here intently working on a craft kit. Providing fun activities for them were several BSA volunteers and volunteers from community partners: East End Marine Park, Mount Victory Camp, St. Croix Marksmanship Association, and St. Croix Archery. While the youth were engaged, parents had an opportunity to learn more about the life-changing benefits of Scouting’s programs. This was the first event in keeping with USVIsion2020 goal to increase the number of youth served through Scouting to 1,000 over the next three years.

Meet Pack 7203

Field Director

Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335

Welcome our newest pack on St. Thomas, Pack 7203 at Antilles School. The boys were off to a good start and have made good progress since they registered in March. Pictured at a pack meeting are (L-R back) Committee Member Scott Tanner, Chair John Kirkland and Cub Master Anthony Benware (Eagle 1993). Cubs are (L-R front), Hunter H., Hunter K., Will Z., Coby F., Rafael H., and Ryan B.. The Scouter Digest August 2017 - October 2017 37

Council Calendar August 2017

1 Shooting Sports Committee Mtg 3 High Adventure Committee Mtg 4 CWBS CS Res. Camp - Week 4 Capital Comments 5 Hornaday Award Training 7 CWBS Web. Res. Camp - Week 2 12 Trainers EDGE 13 Scout Days @ Washington Nationals (Nats vs Giants) OA Chapter Mtg 21 Eclipse Day 26 Last Splash of Summer Family Camp @CWBS

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October 2017

3 Shooting Sports Committee Mtg 5 High Adventure Committee Mtg 6 Capital Comments 7 Wood Badge Weekend 2 9 Columbus Day 10 Eagle Scout Honors Reception 12 Tysons Eagle Networking Lunch 21 Cub Scout EXPO & Family Camping @CWBS 28 Pow Wow Safe Swim Defense

January 2018

1 New Year’s Day - Office Closed 2 Shooting Sports Committee Mtg 4 High Adventure Committee Mtg 5 Capital Comments 7 Council Venturing Cmte Mtg 9 NCAC-VOA Mtg 15 MLK Day - Office Closed 17 Camping Cmte Mtg

November 2017 September 2017

1 GSR Family Camp ScubaJam Capital Comments 4 Labor Day - Office Closed 5 CVOA Mtg Shooting Sports Committee Mtg 7 High Adventure Committee Mtg 8 Wood Badge Participant Weekend 1 10 NCAC-VOA Mtg Order of the Arrow Chapter Mtg 14 Tysons Eagle Networking Lunch 16 STEM Family Camping @CWBS CS Leader Specific Trng Leave No Trace Trainer Course 17 Scout Days @ Washington Nationals (Nats vs Dodgers) 18 8th Annual Patriot Golf Outing 20 Camping & Outdoor Cmte Mtg 23 Venturing Barbecue Fall BCOLS Life to Eagle Seminar 28 2nd Annual Gala 29 Leave No Trace Trainer Course

2 High Adventure Committee Mtg 3 Council Venturing Camporee Capital Comments 5 Council Venturing Cmte Mtg 7 CVOA Mtg Shooting Sports Committee Mtg 9 Tysons Eagle Networking Lunch 10 Veterans Day Observed - Office Closed 11 Veterans Day 15 Camping Cmte Mtg 16 Executive Board Mtg 18 Great Outdoors Webelos & Boy Scout EXPO! @CWBS 23-24 Thanksgiving - Office Closed 24 OA Vigil Induction

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ACC - Assistant Council Commissioner ADWCCS - Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Committee on Scouting BCOLS - Back Country Outdoor Leader Skills Cmte - Committee CVOA - Council Venturing Officers Association CS - Cub Scout CWBS - Camp William B. Snyder DA - Diocese of Arlington DACCS - Diocese of Arlington, Catholic Committee on Scouting Dist - District EDGE - Explain, Demonstrate, Guide or Enable HAC - High Adventure Committee LEC - Lodge Executive Cmte MAC - Meritorious Awards Committee MSSC - Marriott Scout Service Center Mtg - Meeting MB - Merit Badge OA - Order of the Arrow PCOS - Protestant Cmte on Scouting SSC - Shooting Sports Committee SFF - Scouting For Food RT - Roundtable Trng - Training

1 Capital Comments 5 Shooting Sports Committee Mtg 7 High Adventure Committee Mtg 25 Christmas Day - Office Closed 31 Makerspace Usage

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