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Winter Edition February 2018 - April 2018 www. NCACBSA .org


Prepared. For Life. Fellow Scouts and Scouters, As we begin a new year of Scouting, we are proud to inform you that National Capital Area Council is better prepared than ever before to serve the needs of all young people in our communities. With the launch of the Family Scouting program, we are postured to welcome and serve entire families. Every young person who wants to be a Scout now has that opportunity. It is very important for our community and our country that as many families as possible participate in Scouting. Study after study shows that being a Scout benefits a young person throughout his or her lifetime. Scouts build skills and develop values that help them be “Prepared. For Life.” Through the program, youth acquire leadership skill, excel academically, and develop a love of community service. In the report below you will find many highlights of the council’s achievements in 2017, but we draw your attention to one in particular: our member retention rate of 82.04%. For the past several years our retention rate has been one of the best of any youth-serving organization in the nation. That is important for two reasons. First, it tells us we are delivering a top-notch program – thanks to the efforts of tens of thousands of trained, dedicated volunteers. Second, it tells us that the Scouts who enter our program are staying long enough to absorb those valuable lessons that we teach. National Capital Area Council is delivering on our promises to the families we serve by delivering a quality Scouting program. This is only made possible by our supporters – our volunteers, our donors, our families. By you. Thank you for all you do for the Scouts! PS – Check out our 2017 digital annual report at!

Les Baron Scout Executive/CEO

The Scouter Digest February 2018 - April 2018


The Scouter Digest

Vol 57 Issue 1

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

In October, 2017 BSA announced the introduction of the new Family Scouting program that would allow girls to join their brothers on the Trail to Eagle. In January, 2018, the “early adopter” program officially launched! Already several NCAC units have welcomed their first female Cub Scouts with more planning to join them over the next few months.

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James Smith Council President

Garry Lewis

These Wolves are also displaying the new red Wolf neckerchiefs, coming soon to the Scout Shop!

Council Commissioner

Les Baron Scout Executive

To learn more about Family Scouting please turn to page 37.

Jeff Berger

Deputy Scout Executive

Aaron Chusid Editor-in-Chief

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Index 5 Around the Council 7 STEM 8 Development 9 Endowment 12 Camp William B. Snyder 13 Goshen Scout Reservation 14 Venturing 14 Exploring 15 Sea Scouting 16 Training 17 Outdoor Adventure 20 Cub Camping Dates 22 Eagle Scout Awards 24 Commissioner’s Corner 25 Council Map 26 District News & Views 36 Direct Service 38 Council Calendar

Closings Marriott Scout Service Center February 19 - Presidents Day

4 NCAC Joins Grand Opening Celebration at Pike & Rose 5 Scouters Take to the Airwaves to Promote Scouting for Food 12 Explorers Visit 911 Call Center 14 Why Should You Be At University of Scouting? 15 Prepared. For High Adventure! 24 Closing Thoughts from Our Council Commissioner 27 Milkweed for Monarchs 30 NCAC Mourns the Loss of Isiah “Gene” Pugh 37 Scout Troop 932 Service to Help Those Affected Mexico Earthquake

2018-19 Print Schedule Spring Edition 2018 Articles Due: Friday, March 23, 2018 In Mailboxes: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Summer Edition 2018 Articles Due: Friday, June 22, 2018 In Mailboxes: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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On the Cover A new Scouting family “Rockets Into Scouting” at one of last fall’s Launch Days! New Scouts around the council received free model rockets when they signed up, then came to launch them at fun filled local events.

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Photo Credit: Duncan Slade

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Around the Council New OE Patch Available

Camp Cards Are Back!

The NCAC Outdoor Ethics Committee created a new patch program to recognize Cub Scout youth and adults who are active Leave No Trace practitioners, and to encourage and promote ethical outdoor behavior beginning at a young age. Outdoor Ethics is needed today more than ever before as millions of Scouts regularly recreate in parks and public lands. The impact of this use cannot be ignored but can be minimized by teaching and practicing Outdoor Ethics as Cub Scouts and continuing as Boy Scouts and adults.

We have kicked off our 2018 Camp Card sale and the cards will be in the hands of units this month at Roundtable. The sign up for the sale is still live online, and can be found at It is not too late to begin selling!

Cub Scout youth and adults can earn this award.

Below is a list of the discounts you’ll find immediately on the card; there are also thousands of discounts that can be used nationwide through the Entertainment Discount Network. We are excited to have another great sale in 2018! If you have any questions, please reach out to your District Executive.

The new patch was designed by a Cub Scout named Sean from Pack 840.

There will be two versions of the cards this year. One with Safeway and one with Harris Teeter. All other coupons on the card will be the same. You can choose one or sell a little of both! Just indicate in the sign up form how many of each you would like.

Requirements: 1. Learn the BSA Outdoor Code 2. Watch the National Park Service Leave No Trace (LNT) video 3. Take the LNT online course learn/online-awareness-course 4. Participate in an Outdoor Ethics activity with a person who has taken the Outdoor Ethics Orientation, the LNT Trainer course or LNT Master Educator course.

Safeway $5 off $50 -or- Harris Teeter $5 off $75 Dicks Sporting Goods $10 off $50 Dominos Buy One Large Pizza get a large of equal or lesser value FREE Jiffy Lube $8 off Signature Oil Change SweetFrog Buy One Get One 50% off Firehouse Subs $2 off the purchase of a sub, chips and medium drink meal Sports Clips $2 off a regular haircut

Patches are available for purchase at the front desk of the Marriott Scout Service Center during normal business hours for $5, or in the online trading post – go to and search for “Outdoor”.

2017 AmangamekWipit Lodge Banquet

Top Sellers from 2017 Popcorn Sale

By Duncan Slade On January 6th the Amangamek-Wipit Lodge 470 held its 66th Annual Lodge Banquet at the Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland. The Lodge recognized NCAC Program Director Don Durbin, Riley Howlin, Shawn Youngberg, and Davis Kellogg as 2017 Founder’s Award Recipients. This national award recognizes Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The Lodge also recognized two recipients of the Servant Leadership Award, an award for youth who have given exemplary service to the Order of the Arrow, Scouting and their community over an extended period of time. Morgan Bentley and Jamie Wilson are the 2017 recipients. For each awardee, the Amangamek-Wipit Lodge will contribute $1,000 for a James E. West Fellowship Award. Lodge Advisor Art Widmann closed the Banquet with thanks for to everyone for coming, to the event chair James Doppée for putting on a great event, and to the Shows team for “getting us out of here on time.”

2017 Founder’s Award Recipients, (from the left) Don Durbin, Riley Howlin, Shawn Youngberg, Davis Kellogg

(From the left) Lodge Advisor Arten Widmann,




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Around the Council NCAC Joins Grand Opening Celebration at Pike & Rose LLBean recently opened a new store at Pike & Rose in Rockville, and invited NCAC Scouts and Scouters to join in the festivities. The fourday grand opening kicked-off with tours of the new store and the presentation of a $2,500 gift certificate for the Council. NCAC Deputy Scout Executive Jeff Berger was on hand to accept the donation on the Council’s behalf. “With this money we were able to procure 32 new archery sets for our summer camp programs,” said Jeff Berger, Deputy Scout Executive. “All are 15 lb. draw so they’re Cub

Scout appropriate.” Scouts also joined the Kids Day Celebration held that Sunday in the park in front of the new store. NCAC Scouters provided information to children interested in Scouting while a popcorn show-and-sell involving a variety of units setup shop adjacent. Other activities of interest included a knot tying station, the LLBean Boot Toss (a variation of the cornhole game), and an archery range. Special thanks to White Oak District Marketing Vice Chair Theresa Garcia-Parks, Seneca District Chair Matt Beyers, and White Oak Assistant Council Commissioner and District Commissioner Emeritus Dr. Rick Manteuffel for braving that weekend’s chill to represent Scouting in our Council.

Cabela’s Donates Archery Equipment to NCAC Camps As part of their commitment to outdoor education and promotion of outdoor sporting pursuits, Cabela’s of Gainesville, VA recently donated $5,000 of archery equipment for use at our day camps, Camp William B. Snyder, and Goshen Scout Reservation. The equipment varies from targets to bows of differing sizes and draw weights, as well as arrows, repair kits, and arm guards suitable for use by Scouts of all ages. Cub Scouts, along with a few Scouts and Venturers on hand, got

to try some of the new gear and equipment at the Camp Snyder Fall Camping Expo held in October. In addition to archery and BBs, Cub Scouts also engaged in games and activities with their families and Cub-aged siblings, and were able to take-in demonstrations from a variety of vendors presenting offerings of interest to Scouting. The Gainesville Cabela’s opened this past March. NCAC appreciates their neighborly gift, and looks forward to working with them as they join us in promoting Scouting to youth in the National Capital region.


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2018 CLASS OF SILVER BEAVERS Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Camp William B. Snyder 9:30 AM Gathering & Brunch & 11:00 AM Program

Register online at and join us to honor the 2018 class! Class Honoree: Capt. John Montgomery Damon Allen Matthew Burns III Annie Campeol Christopher Cooper Walter (Jay) Eidson Jr. Steven Englund Kenneth Feng Joseph Grant Kurt Johnson John Keenan Joseph Margraf Jr.

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Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics

STEM Has Great Stuff for Scouts

STEM and Microsoft Tony Petruzzi, Powhatan District Committee member at large, NCAC

Tony Petruzzi Powhatan District Committee member at large, NCAC During the weekend of November 18-19, 2017, in National Capital Area Council, George Mason University (GMU) hosted a STEM Geology event, with Cub Scouts attending on Saturday and Boy Scouts on Sunday. Thanks to Dr. Julia Nord of GMU, 64 Webelos worked on the Earth Rocks Adventure, and on the Down and Dirty NOVA award. The sessions were three hours in length and professors and L.A.’s from the GMU Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences and employees of the Smithsonian Institution provided an outstanding activity that the Geology Merit Badge. Unlike the Webelos, Boy Scouts had to have blue cards with certain requirements signed off by a Geology Merit Badge Counselor before the event or they did not get a final signoff by the Merit Badge Counselor provided by NCAC at the event. Though it makes sense to try and tie a STEM event with a Cub Scout Adventure and/ or a Boy Scout Merit Badge, adult Scouters cannot let their enthusiasm blur the fact that the Adventures’ and Merit Badges’ requirements still have to be met as documented in the appropriate books and booklets. As adult leaders, we must remember, even during the fun of a STEM event, that requirements cannot be modified, and must be met as written in those books and booklets. Webelos really rocked. On Sunday, using the same three hour format, 30 Boy Scouts, again working with professors and graduate students from GMU, were introduced and given hands-on experience in working on the

This way everyone wins; the Scouts, adult Scouters who gave up their weekend and the great professors and students from GMU, who not only gave up their weekend, but also ignited the flame for STEM and advanced education!

Upcoming STEM Events Feb 24: STEM Trainings at University of Scouting (for adult leaders) April 7-8: USA Science & Engineering Festival April 14: STEM Symposium at Nysmith *April 14: MITRE Scout Engineering Day (Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts) * Registration will go live on March 1 at 7PM April 22: Rockville Science Day April 28: Scout Day at the National Aquarium May 19: Venturing STEM Camporee June 9: STEM University 2018

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STEM Advisor

STEM Coordinator

James Hamlin

Trisha Dalal

As can be imagined, Microsoft is a great supporter of STEM. This supportive attitude was reaffirmed on December 9, 2017, when this National Capital Area Council event was held at the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, VA. Microsoft provided to the Council and over 100 Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts and Boy Scouts, several conference rooms and use of Surface Hubs and Polycom 360 technologies for an opportunity to deliver the BSA STEM Nova Program with Cub Scout Adventures and Boy Scout Merit Badges. The event kicked off with an opening ceremony conducted by a joint Boy Scout and Venturer Scout Color Guard and a presentation by Bill Cunnane, Scoutmaster of NCAC’s biannual Microsoft STEM Nova Day. Boy Scouts & Venturers then went to classes (their schedule demanded 3 hour classes before lunch and 3 hour classes after lunch) while Cub Scouts started arriving to the event shortly after. The Cubs’ classes at the STEM Nova Day are shorter, and run 2 hours before lunch and 2 hours after, but Cubs too kicked off their day with a similar opening ceremony and presentation about STEM.

Boy Scout activity was just as dynamic with the Weather, Energy, and Digital Technology Merit Badges being offered in both morning and afternoon sessions. These MBs were also paired with the Boy Scout STEM Nova Awards: Shoot and Start your Engines. Volunteers from around the Council, as well as, DEs, and a Service Area Director, provided their expertise and enthusiasm for STEM. In Start Your Engines, all of the Scouts had the opportunity to participate in many hands on activities involving sterling engines, batteryoperated ROVs, and hydrogen fuel cell cars; additionally the Scouts worked with counselors and guest SMEs to explain different uses of energy and various sources of power. Scouts were required to go up to whites boards around the classroom to show their individual answers. This facility was just what was needed to insure that the Scouts could meet the requirements, as listed in the BSA books and Merit Badge pamphlets. The entire event was organized and managed by Trisha Dalal, the Council STEM Coordinator and Bill Cunnane, Supernova Mentor in FSK District and NCAC STEM Committee member. The event was produced thanks to the 24 Merit Badge Counselors and Nova Counselors who offered their expertise to instruct each class. The NCAC STEM Committee Supervisor James Hamlin was also in attendance and positively engaged with parents of the Scouts and encouraged their continued support of their children in STEM and Scouting. All in all it was a great day of STEM and Scouting, Thank you Microsoft!

Then the Cub Scout activities which featured the Wolf Adventure Motor Away, the Bear Adventure Robotics and the Webelos Adventures in Science roared into being. These Adventures were then paired with the Cub Scout STEM Nova Awards; Tech Talk, Out of this World and Science Everywhere. The obvious overall goal for the event was to take the knowledge gained from the Adventure and then use the STEM Nova activity to reinforce that newly learned knowledge. The

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A Scout is thrifty

2017 Technology Good Scout Luncheon On October 25th we held our annual Technology Good Scout Luncheon. This event recognizes and honors outstanding leaders in the technology industry from within the Greater Washington, DC area who exemplify the values of the Scout Oath and Law in his or her daily life. This year was extraordinary because we had the privilege to honor the founder of the event,

2017 Character Under Construction

Mike Daniels, with the Lifetime Achievement award. Mike is the Chairman of LMI, a past Council President, and a long-time volunteer of the National Capital Area Council. Alongside Mr. Daniels, we honored Rich Montoni, Chief Executive Officer of MAXIMUS, with the Good Scout Award. These are both very deserving individuals who have helped make a difference in the lives of Scouts.

2017 People Who Move America Recognition Dinner

For more information on special events, please contact Jenna Welle at 301-214-9151 or

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Each year National Capital Area Council, BSA hosts an event called Character Under Construction: a networking event for the real estate and construction industry, at which we honor one or more persons or companies in the industry. This year, with the support of PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, instead of honoring a person or company, we honored The Wharf project. This exciting event was a luncheon on Thursday, November 2, 2017, on-site at the InterContinental Washington D.C. at The Wharf, and provided a first glimpse for many of the magnificent waterfront destination. The highlight of the event was our recognition of Monty Hoffman and Amer Hammour with the Good Scout Award.

Each year National Capital Area Council was recognized for his Lifetime of service with holds the People Who Move America event the Lifetime Achievement Award. to honor those who have been instrumental in For more information on this event contact moving America forward in the transportation Clinton Hammett at Clinton.Hammett@ sector. The 2017 honorees were Ed Bolen, or 301-214-9113. Rodney E. Slater Congressman Sam Graves Edward M. Bolen Norm Y. Mineta Former U.S Secretary of President and CEOofof the National Business Missouri 6 President & CEO Former U.S Secretary Transportation Chair, House Subcommittee on National Business Aviation Transportation (Ret.) Aviation Association; Secretary Partner, Squire Patton Boggs Highways and Transit Association Rodney Slater, Past U. S. Secretary CO-CHAIRS would like to participate at the following level: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 ofI❑Transportation; and Congressman Peter J. Pantuso $35,000 Presenting Sponsor Reception: 6:30 PM President & CEO • Preferred SeatingChair for 2 Tables of the 10 Sam Graves, of House American Bus • Prominent display of company logo at event Program: 7:30 PM Association • Recognition & Presentation from the dais and Sub-committee on Highways • Center Spread advertisement in program book J. Randolph Babbitt • Presentation at event CAPITAL HILTON Transit. Past Senior Vice President th

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For questions about this event please contact event coordinator Michael Plowman by Phone: 301-214-9110, Email:, Fax: 240-395-0610, or by mail at NCAC, BSA, Attn: T17, 9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814


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Memorial and Tribute Funds Richard Bokern In Memory of Bill Palfrey Resa Director In Memory of Kim Mcleland Pankaj O. Beroi In Memory of Joseph Giantelli Jyoti Mehta In Memory of Joseph Giantelli Nicholee Valentine In Memory of Joseph Giantelli Jane Johnston In Memory of Joseph Giantelli Myrna Whitehead In Memory of O.J. Barlow Beth Groombridge In Memory of Royal C. Johnson II Leah Johnson In Memory of Royal C. Johnson II Florence Roseborough In Memory of Isiah Pugh Carolyn Miller In Memory of Isiah Pugh Richard Fulper In Memory of Isiah Pugh Lorraine Hill In Memory of Isiah Pugh Seneca Creek Forest Preserve In Memory of Isiah Pugh Mynra Whitehead In Memory of OJ Barlow Georgiann Thompson In Memory of Fred Thompson Ms. Ann C. Howard In Memory of Dr. Robert A. Chaplin, Jr. Elizabeth Neu David Shultz Martha Hlavin In Honor of Eagle Scout John Hlavin

John Mosby Russell (center) being presented with the Founder’s Circle Award by (from left to right) Scout Executive Les Baron, National Foundation Director Colin French, Forrest Horton, and Ben Press on October 21, 2017 at Airbus.

Dear Fellow Scouters and Scouting Supporters: As we near the end of 2017, which by any yardstick was an extraordinarily active year for Scouting, don’t miss the chance to double your contribution and building your Scouting legacy with our matching challenge grant! Our Endowment challenge grant from the Cecil and Irene Hylton Foundation, based in Dale City, Virginia, gives us the opportunity to secure the stability and future of our National Capital Area Council (NCAC) Endowment Fund. Our Council’s Endowment is the “safety net” that helps support all our programs; from Lions to traditional Scouts, Explorers, Sea Scouts and Venturing…our entire Family of Scouting! If you have considered building your legacy in Scouting, there is no better time than right now to dramatically increase your impact! Endowment is the major fund that will underwrite NCAC Scouting forever and consists of over $11M in permanently restricted funds that produce 5% “spin-off investment interest” annually. This annual interest funds our top priority camp maintenance projects and essential Scout scholarships, through Campership and Scoutreach Scholarship Programs, in concert with Operations and Capital Funds. In 2016 over $426K from Endowment interest was used for drainage repairs at Goshen Scout Reservation and pool repairs at Camp Snyder. That interest also provided camp scholarships for 142 Scouts who otherwise could not have attended summer camp and 375 year-round Scoutreach Scouts who otherwise could not have proudly worn a Scout uniform! That’s great news and we are on track to match that record in 2017! The best news of all is that we have matched about $2.2M of $2.5M and have room to match your gift this year! We know that you are as inspired as we are by youth and family participation in all our Scouting programs and you have seen first-hand the impact on youth, communities and our nation from Scouting leadership development, teamwork, and skills training. Now we invite you to join us and our Council to build the legacy that will ensure Scouting lasts forever! Thank you from NCAC’s entire Family of Scouting for your investment in youth! Please call our Endowment Team, Executive Board, Les Baron or myself if you would like a Scouting update, or if you have any questions at anytime!

Fenwick Gilroy (2nd from left) and Phil Melberg (center) receive the James E. West Award from (left to right) Scout Executive Les Baron, Forrest Horton, and Ben Press on October 21, 2017 at Airbus.

National Foundation Director Colin French and John Mosby Russell at the Evening with Scout Exectuive on October 21, 2017 at Airbus

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Yours in Scouting, Forrest A. Horton Endowment Chair 703-919-4636

Les Baron Scout Executive 301-213-9103

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Camp William B. Snyder

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Upcoming Service Dates include: January 21st - February 18th - March 18th Family Camping Weekends April 21-22 Bullseye Family Camping May 19-20 Family Camping

We are very pleased to announce that our 2018 Calendar of Events has been published, and registration for both Family Camping and Summer Camp is now open. We encourage you to get together with your family and unit and register early to take advantage of early-bird pricing! We look forward to seeing you all in 2018!

September 15-16 STEM Family Camping October 20-21 Cub Scout Expo & Family Camping

2017 Snyder Wrap-up There’s lots of news from Camp William B. Snyder as we have just wrapped up our 2017 calendar of events. In October, we hosted over 500 Cub Scouts and families as part of our Cub Scout Fall Expo. Attendees enjoyed shooting sports, handicrafts, field games, and the challenge of climbing the Scouterhorn. In addition the annual Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA, was taking place, enabling NCAC Scouts to communicate with other Scouts all over the world. In the evening, they were treated to a Boy Scout campfire hosted by the Sully District Camporee. One month later, Webelos and Boy Scouts visited camp for our first annual Great Outdoors Expo, a daylong event with opportunities to shoot air-rifles, throw tomahawks, play Gaga Ball, ascend the Scouterhorn, and learn about other program offerings. We hope to grow this event each year to include more outdoor hi-adventure vendors displaying their goods and services. Overnight camping by units attending the event was also very popular.

November 17-18 Great Outdoors Expo

Summer Camp July 9-12 Cub Scout Day Camp July 13-15 Cub Scout Resident Camp Weekend July 16-20 Webelos Resident Week July 20-22 Cub Scout Resident Camp Weekend

Other exciting projects have been completed in the last several weeks at Camp, including the refurbishment of the Fort, Big Dig, and Ship. Each program area received a major overhaul that included repairs to damaged and unsafe wood, a complete refinishing of all wood surfaces, and the addition of new steps, rails, and other safety measures. More service and maintenance work continues year-round, and we encourage you to contact us about how you can enjoy the good feeling and fellowship of a day of service at Camp. Individual Scouts and Scouters of all skill levels are encouraged to contact Dan Kurtenbach (danielkurtenbach@hotmail. com) regarding our monthly service days at the Camp.

BSA National William T Hornaday Adviser Course at Camp William B. Snyder The National Capital Area Council Hornaday Committee is hosting the BSA National William T Hornaday Adviser Course at Camp William B. Snyder on May 5 and 6, 2018. This course is for any Scouter, Parent, Unit Leader, District or Council Volunteer who has an interest in the Hornaday Awards and wants to foster a conservation ethic in youth, or who is involved in the application and endorsement process for the Hornaday Application and Nomination forms. Participants will be recognized as a National Hornaday Adviser. More information and registration is available at If you have questions, please contact John Selstrom, Course Coordinator, at or 703-598-7502.

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Goshen Scout Reservation

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Announcing Your 2018 Camp Directors!

Dates to Remember

We are pleased to announce the team of Camp Directors for the 2018 summer of Goshen Scout Reservation.

Don’t forget the upcoming Goshen fee deadlines! The deadline for the Early Discount Price is April 13, 2018. Sign up your campers by this date to receive $40 off per camper and get your campers each a 2018 Goshen hat. The Regular Price deadline is May 18, 2018. After this date, there will be a $40 late registration fee for each camper. Mark your calendars!

If you ever have any questions about camp or the programs we provide, please visit www. to get in touch with your camp director. Phil Barbash, Goshen Scout Reservation Director Phil is excited to begin his 16th summer working on staff at Goshen Scout Reservation. It will also be his third year as the Director of Operations. Beforehand, he worked 10 summers at Camp Bowman, with the last three as the Camp Director. He has served in various positions including Ecology Instructor, First Year Camper Director, and Camp Commissioner. Anna Gangsaas, Camp Bowman Director Anna has worked on staff for 11 summers and this will be her second year as Camp Director. Her previous positions at camp have been Nature Instructor, Aquatics Instructor, Handicraft Director, First Aid/Clerk, Nature Director, Business Manager, and Program Director. She always brings enthusiasm, kindness and a hardworking attitude into every job she does. Please join us in welcoming Camp Bowman’s First Female Camp Director! We are very excited for this summer! Lauren Brown, Camp Marriott Director This will be Lauren’s 11th summer at Goshen. She spent 10 summers at Camp Olmsted as Ecology Instructor, Ecology Director, Trailshead Director, Program Director, and, most recently, Camp Director. She is known for her endless enthusiasm through the summer. She is incredibly excited for the summer to get started and the see everyone’s smiling faces when they arrive at Beautiful Camp Marriott! Patrick O’Connor, Camp PMI Director This is Pat’s 2nd summer as Camp Director and 11th summer on Reservation as staff. All at PMI. He came first as a camper in 2003 and began on staff as a Counselor-in-Training in 2008. Since then he’s held a number of different positions around camp. He achieved Eagle Scout in 2012 and has been an active member of the Order of the Arrow, where he served as Lodge Chief and was also a recipient of the Servant Leadership and Founder’s Awards.

Goshen’s Provisional Program Awesome Summer Camp. No Adults Required. Can’t make it to camp with your unit? No problem. Want to spend another week at camp? No problem. Goshen’s Provisional Program lets Boy Scouts and Venturers of all ages attend as individuals or with a group of their friends. They do not need any adult leaders to sign up for an awesome week of summer camp. There are lots of different programs available. Come make new friends, make lifelong memories, and have fun! Learn more about our provisional program and the specific programs mentioned here on our website at

STEM Challenges Week (Week 6: July 29 - August 4) at Camp Olmsted gets into physics, material science, and computer science with welding, 3D printing, the COPE high ropes course, and drone building and flying.

Got Marriott? There are even more options at Camp Marriott. All summer long, individual Scouts can participate in our regular program with a wide variety of Merit Badges and outdoor activities or focus on Venturing’s Ranger Award and adventure with our Ranger Experience program. Week 1 (June 25 - June 30) is our unique schedule and activities for LDS Week.

Trail to Eagle The last week of the summer, in addition to offering our Ranger Experience and our regular program, we’ll also once again be offering Trail to Eagle. This program, which started out as a purely provisional program, is now open to both provisionals and those attending with their unit. Even so, it is still a very popular program attended by provisionals. As part of Trail to Eagle (Week 6: July 28 - August 4), campers will have the opportunity to earn up to 6 Merit Badges from a large selection of Eagle-required Merit Badges. To flush out the summer camp experience, we also offer favorites among the elective Merit Badges, and offer leadership development in the scheduled program and during other activities. Our goal is to help Scouts truly become Eagle Scouts as they travel on the Trail to Eagle.

Hang on! Summer’s on the way!

Ian Hoke, Camp Ross Director Ian has worked on Camp Ross staff for 9 summers now and has worked in a plethora of areas and positions around Camp Ross. He is a very exciting and outgoing individual and especially loves working closely with the Scouts. He will bring much experience and joy to the camp and ensure Camp Ross maintains it’s positive growth and excellence for years to come. When Ian is not a Camp Director, he teaches 8th Grade English in the Shenandoah Valley. Griffin Linehan, Lenhok’sin High Adventure Director Griff has worked at BSA camps of all sorts since he was 13 years old. Specifically, he has worked at a lot of trek based camps, and interpretive camps in leadership roles. He is excited to be out at Goshen this summer. He is looking forward to working hard with the staff and providing a quality program.

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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Venturing 2018 Marks Venturing’s 20th Anniversary! What better way to celebrate than by heading to Venture Fest? Held at Summit Bechtel Reserve from July 1–6, 2018, the event will consist of everything that the Venturing program has to offer. With program opportunities ranging anywhere from Aquatics, to COPE and Climbing, Sustainability and ecology to Mountain Biking and Skating. With a week long program that encompasses everything your Venture Scout is sure to have a great time and grow from the experience. If you are from National Capital Area Council and are interested in attending Venture Fest this summer but aren’t sure about the logistics, or would like to explore carpooling opportunities as well as joining Crews to assist with reservation then please contact the Council Venturing Officers Association at to see who else is going and how the CVOA can help support your Venture Fest Experience. Register today at! Venturing Staff Advisor

Justin Mawdsley

NCAC-VOA President Laura Herbig

Dawn Zacherl

Exploring Explorers Explore 911 Call Center by Jacob Phipps, Explorer Post 60 Recently, Explorer Post 60 took the opportunity to look behind the scenes of one of the most important parts of the Emergency Medical System (EMS): the call to 911. Communication Lieutenant John. H. Hackley, Jr. briefed the Explorers on the work of the Charles County 911/Fire & EMS Public Safety Communications Center (PSCC), and led the Explorers on a tour of the Emergency Operations Center: the main hub of activity. While in the call center, the Explorers got to see a 911 call in action and observe the procedures taken by the operators. Additionally, the Explorers learned how the county handles disasters such as snowstorms and hurricanes. In addition to the Explorers getting a chance to learn more about EMS, the adult radio advisors, who are also members of the Charles County Amateur Radio Club, got the chance to explore the PSCC’s radio station. Besides learning more about how a call center works, the advisors saw ways to teach

the Explorers how to better communicate on the radio and how radio is an integral part of community disaster response efforts. “For me as an amateur radio operator, I found the tour very interesting since we were able to go into the center and see the radio dispatchers in action,” said Rob Hoyt, one of the adult advisors. “Since this post is tied to the Charles County Mobile Intensive Care Unit (CCMICU), it was also nice to see how the calls that go out to the squads and CCMICU start out and are generated. A county like Charles has a lot of people and a lot going on so it was no surprise that the 911 center was busy while we were in there, and they received a couple of 911 calls while we were observing them.” As the Explorers consider a future in the Emergency Medical System, they will need to know the ins and outs of the job. The visit to the 911 call center was the first of many trips Explorer Post 60 will be taking as they expand their knowledge of EMS and other EMS-related activities. Such visits give the

Explorers the opportunity to meet and talk directly with EMS personnel at all levels of disaster, from the individual needing urgent medical attention to the community recovering from a tornado strike. Explorer Post 60’s activities are centered on

Exploring Staff Advisor Danielle Finley


emergency medicine and first aid, amateur radio, outdoor skills, and disaster response. For more information on post activities or joining the post, e-mail or visit our Facebook page @ExplorerPost60.

Sea Scouting Leadership Skills go Nuclear. Literally.

Sea Scouts Launch 20/20 Drive

Why do Introduction to Leadership Skills in a basement, when you can do it on the nuclear-powered supply ship to the USS Enterprise? On January 13, Sea Scouts from across NCAC and the Baltimore Council came together to complete their Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILSS) aboard the NS Savannah in Baltimore Harbor.

On January 1, 2018 NCAC’s Sea Scouts launched the 20/20 Drive. The goal is to get NCAC to 20 Sea Scout Ships, each with 20 members, by the end of 2020.

ILSS is the Sea Scout version of ILST, it involves many of the same games and scenarios but focused on preparing Scouts to lead a crew at sea. So what better venue than the bridge of a ship managed by the US Maritime Administration. Scouts learned all about the different offices in Sea Scouts. They learned how these offices work together to plan cruises or other activities for their Ships. After that, they covered Tools of the Trade and learned about different leadership styles, teaching methods and ways to bring a group together to create an effective team underway. Normally, ILSS would be conducted by individual Ships, but this was a great experiment to bring a larger group together to exchange ideas across Ships and across Squadrons (Councils). So twenty different youth and a half-dozen adults gathered in the wardroom of the nation’s only nuclear powered supply ship. During breaks, Scouts were given lessons on the bridge and learned about the decommissioning and dismantling of the nuclear reactor that once pushed this massive vessel around the globe. As one part of Sea Scouts is preparing Scouts who may have an interest in maritime careers, there were plenty of questions about how to manage a complex ship of this size – which is a far greater challenge than the normal 30-45ft sailboats they normally command. Plans are to repeat this event in 2019. For more information, contact the NCAC Sea Scout Squadron via the website: or on Facebook at @NCACSeaScouts.

With one of the largest privately-held fleets of boats in North America, the Sea Scout Flotilla that includes NCAC serves Ships in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and DC. Ships have visited China, the Caribbean, Great Britain, and almost every inlet along the United States coastline. (And yes, airplanes are used too!) Why set a goal of tripling the Sea Scout Program in just three years? First, NCAC is well positioned on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. The council also includes the Virgin Islands – arguably the best sailing in the world. With the US Naval Academy nearby and easy access to sailing capitals like Annapolis and St. Michaels, the council is steeped in maritime history. Second, NCAC Sea Scouts share a huge fleet of boats. Along with other advantages, that means a group of Scouts can get out on the Bay for a week for just $150! Nowhere else can a Scout get a week of sailing on a cruising yacht for that price. Third, the partnership with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Power Squadrons give Sea Scouts unparalleled access to training and boating resources. Given the number of Sea Scouts who end up in the United States Coast Guard, Navy, or Merchant Fleets, Sea Scouts can even prepare young people for an exciting career at sea, where they can see the world and get paid for it. The Sea Scout leadership will be visiting every Roundtable in the next two years to speak about how to star a new Sea Scout Ship – and how you can get a FREE BOAT!

Sea Scouts Commodore – Change of Watch “Fair Winds and Following Seas”

After over four decades, the Sea Scouts have a new Commodore. The Commodore is the chair of the Council Committee on Sea Scouts, otherwise known as the Squadron Committee. Commodore Emeritus Doug Yeckley, of Ship 548 i n Lusby, Maryland, has been with BSA since the 1940s, and has been a fixture in the Sea Scout Community for nearly 50 years. As a child, he and a couple of friends decided to join Scouting to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. But Doug Yeckley was the only one of his friends that followed through with the plan. When asked, “Why do you still do Scouting?” he will tell a story. Of the many stories about how great his Scoutmaster was, they all end with “so I guess I’m still trying to pay him back.” During those sixty years, he has given much of his time to the Scouting program. He was Commodore of the National Capital Area Council Sea Scout Squadron for over 40 years. In 1981, he became the Chesapeake Flotilla Commodore and held that office for three years. In addition to his Commodore positions, he was also the Chesapeake SEAL director for over fifteen years. SEAL was one of his favorite Scouting assignments. He has had the opportunity to meet and help shape Scouts from all over the United States, but most importantly he learned the location of every good ice cream shop on the Chesapeake Bay, a critical program component in Sea Scouts – as ice cream shops have their own markings on many maritime cruising maps. One day, he received a call from a priest in a small town who asked if he could explain Sea Scouting to him. That priest was none other than NCAC’s living legend, Monsignor John Brady from the Archdiocese of Washington. In their discussion, Monsignor Brady asked him to help start a Sea Scout Ship in his town and stay for a month, until they could find a Skipper. Yeckley would remain as Skipper for 22 years. The Ship transitioned to Skipper Renninger in 2017. Over the past sixty years, Doug Yeckley has managed to touch, change, and shape

the lives of thousands of Sea Scouts across the nation. Without him, many of those Scouts would not have been able to fulfill their potential in Scouting, and all of these Scouts will forever remember the impact that Commodore Yeckley has had on their lives, in Scouting and beyond. Commodore Yeckley was part of the team who created the 501(c)3 corporation “Friends of Sea Scouts of Maryland” in the 1990s to take possession of the Flotilla Flagship, SSTV der PeliKan, a 46ft Morgan Ketch which sails the Chesapeake Bay most weekends. This foresight has allowed the Sea Scouting community to provide affordable summer cruises to countless units over the years. In 2015 he was presented the Longstreth Carey Award by the Northeast Region for his long history of contributions to Sea Scouting. On January 27, Commodore Emeritus Yeckley was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award and the Squadron-level Sea Scout Leadership Award. Commodore Emeritus Yeckley is succeeded by Commodore Todd Skiles of Ship 100. Commodore Skiles was the founding Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 100 (SSS Dominion) and has served as the NCAC Vice Commodore since 2014, the NE Region Winter Training Course Director, Squadron Communications and Social Media Advisor, Powderhorn Sailing Instructor, and is one of the training captains aboard SSTV der PeLiKan. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Sea Scouts of Maryland. Ironically, it was 40 years after Monsignor Brady asked Doug Yeckley for help with Sea Scouts, that he contacted Skipper Skiles and helped bring him into the program during a chance encounter at Goshen in 2011. So as the Squadron embarks on new technology, new programs and new ideas, the strong hull of tradition pushes them forward. The National Capital Area Council wishes Fair Winds and Following Seas..

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Training Why Should You Be At University of Scouting? University of Scouting, the most exciting supplemental training opportunity for all adult Scout leaders, returns to Hayfield High School on February 24. It is the one time during the year where you can find the widest variety of training opportunities in all program areas all in one place. The University offers interesting courses in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, “Adventuring” (a combination of Venturing and Sea Scout activities), District Operations, and an Electives College where the classes cover a broad range of areas of interest to Scouting but not specific to any one Scouting program. The University has a degree program where, over time, attendees can earn Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Adventuring. Classes are taught by experienced Scouters and Scouting professionals, many in subject areas not otherwise covered in the usual adult leader training curriculum. There are nearly 160 different courses from which to choose. NCAC Council Executive Les Baron will be delivering the keynote address at the opening. In addition to the academic program,

there is more… a midway where up to fifty vendors and council committees will have exhibits describing how their products and services can enhance your Scouting program and a Scout shop trading post where you can pick up needed items without having to drive to a Scoutshop. And finally, there will be a Scouting museum where dedicated collectors will be displaying their extensive collections of Scouting memorabilia. At the closing ceremony, we will be presenting the D. Andrew Grafton Exceptional Trainer Award. This annual award, presented by the NCAC Leadership Training Committee, recognizes a single NCAC Scouter for sustained, dedicated and highly skilled service to Scouting over the years by demonstrating a high commitment to quality adult leader training. The University of Scouting provides all the above, along with great fellowship with dedicated Scouters, making this a day to be remembered. Whether you are new to Scouting or a veteran of many years, the University is a place where you can learn from experienced Scouters from all over the council; it truly provides something for everyone.

Register Now!

NCAC Spring Wood Badge 2018 N6-82-18-1 April 26 – 28 & May 31 – June 2 Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket, VA Course Director: Shawn Carroll Go to: today to register.

Back Country Outdoor Leader Skills (BCOLS) Classroom: Sat. 3/10 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Scientist Cliffs Community Center (Alder Rd & Acacia Rd) 3500 Alder Road, Port Republic, MD Overnite: Sat. 04/21, 7:30 AM thru Sun. 04/22, 1:30 PM at American Chestnut Land Trust 676 Double Oak Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 Go to: today to register

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 13-15 January & 17-19 February (Must complete both weekends) at Camp William B. Snyder 17-22 June 2018 at Cheltenham, MD 24-29 June 2018 at Cheltenham, MD 29 July-3 August 2018 at Camp William B. Snyder, VA 5-10 August 2018 at Camp William B. Snyder, VA Go to: today to register

Be part of the best and biggest training event for volunteers from every program and every experience level! Online registration is open now and closes at midnight on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Tuition is $35.

After February 18, 2018, the tuition goes up to $50. Five specific program areas to choose from:

University of Scouting Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:30 A.M.—5:00 P.M. Hayfield Secondary School 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA Program Director

Program Specialist

Don Durbin

Margee Egan


1. Cub Scout College 2. Boy Scout College 3. College of AdVenture 4. College of Elective Programs 5. College of District Operations Approximately 160 different classes will be offered throughout the day! Coursework leads to Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate recognition. Enjoy a Scouting museum and vendor displays along the midway. This training event is not to be missed. Last year more than 960 Scouters attended! Help us break 1000 for 2018. More information is available at:

Outdoor Adventures Prepared. For High Adventure! With the long dark months looming on the winter horizon, now is the ideal time to start preparing for activities next summer. High adventure expeditions are critical to keeping older Scouts and Venturers involved, and the National Capital Area Council is proud to be one of the most active councils to participate in these challenging programs nationwide. Here’s a look at how this can happen in your unit. NCAC High Adventure Committee (HAC) m e m b e r s collectively have decades of experience developing and leading a wide variety of High Adventure programs. Some on the Committee are former staffers from the four major bases, while others specialize in “do-it-yourself” trips. Some attended as a Scout, and others acquired their passion for High Adventure later as Adult Leaders. Working together, we maintain strong relationships with these bases and benefit from access to their latest program information, training materials, and promotional items. HAC’ers will gladly deliver presentations at the unit or district levels and routinely are on staff at Council events, like University of Scouting. Our goal is for every unit to be aware of High Adventure opportunities, many which are available for Scouts when they reach 13

years old. Even if your unit is mostly younger Scouts right now, you’ll still find it rewarding to start promoting and planning these Adventures of a Lifetime. Conducting a High Adventure trip can seem like a daunting task, especially if your unit hasn’t completed a trip before. We can help put resources and recommendations in your hands to support your unit’s planning. But we also provide you a huge boost by sponsoring

several Council-contingent trips each summer to three of BSA’s bases: • Philmont: Containing 140,000 acres of mountain terrain, making it the largest organized youth camp in the world, Philmont is a huge attraction for Scouts and Scouters alike. 12-person crews undertake a backpacking trek for up to twelve days, participating in unique programs at back country camps along their route. Summiting 12,441-ft Baldy Mountain, fishing in clear mountain streams, rock climbing, and taking in a spectacular sunrise from the top of the famous Tooth of Time are among the highlights for many crews. Estimated cost is $2450 and includes all air and ground transportation, lodging, meals, sightseeing activities (whitewater rafting and other local outdoor tours), and the Philmont base fee. These trips are often in high demand, so we hold a lottery each spring. Applications (available on our website: must be submitted between April 22 and 29, 2018. Results are e-mailed out by May 1, 2018. • Bissett Base at Northern Tier: Many consider Northern Tier the most rugged of all High Adventure treks, and Bissett is the most challenging trip offered at Northern Tier. In

fact, it’s earned the unofficial designation as the “Most Extreme High Adventure in Scouting.” You will truly be in the wilderness for a whole week, accessed only by float plane. Estimated cost is $2450 and includes transportation, meals, and base fees. This trek is for experienced individuals and is available on a limited basis. • Sea Base: Spending a week on a sailboat in the Florida Keys may not be everybody’s idea of High Adventure, but there are tremendous opportunities awaiting your crew as part of the Coral Reef Sailing trip sponsored by NCAC. There is a lot of work involved in crewing the boat, but a lifetime of memories and rewards will be found in the world-class fishing and blue water sailing on a live-aboard adventure. Estimated cost is $1900, including transportation, meals, and base fees. • Summit Reserve: While NCAC does not sponsor trips to BSA’s newest High Adventure base, it’s close enough for units and individuals to easily plan their own adventure. We do have a Committee liaison who maintains regular contact with the Summit staff, including current information on their available opportunities ranging from whitewater rafting to rock climbing to mountain biking to zip lines.

back country expedition at a very affordable cost. Campership funds are available to those participating in most High Adventure programs to help defray part of the costs for Scouts with a financial need. The HAC manages such a program; information on how to apply is found on our website. Please visit our website: www.ncacbsa. org/highadventure. Here you’ll find contact information and trip registration forms, training materials and much more. You are also welcome at our Committee meetings held on the first Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm at the Marriott Scout Service Center. Happy trekking! From your NCAC High Adventure Committee

Although NCAC doesn’t sponsor trips to other regional High Adventure bases, there are plenty of adventures waiting for you at locally-operated bases in Maine, the Adirondacks, the Louisiana Bayou country, Montana, and Utah. And don’t forget Lenhok’sin, NCAC’s own crown jewel for local high adventure at Goshen Scout Reservation. Programs include caving, whitewater, rock climbing, ropes courses, and mountain boarding. Lenhok’sin is a gateway to establish a unit’s high adventure program and offers superb preparation for a Philmont or other

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Eagle Scout, Sea Scout, Venturing Awards The National Court of Honor has awarded these ranks to the following youth whose certificates have been returned to our office between 9 September 2017 and 19 December 2017. S after a name denotes receipt of a Venturing Summit Award; Q a Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

Aquia District Troop 1717 Justin Alexander Addis Troop 1221 Jared Patrick Ankersen Troop 49 Joseph Wesley Willis Black Troop 850 Cameron Thomas Close Troop 851 Gregory Robert Cornwell Troop 1945 Kyle Thomas DeLapp Troop 516 Samuel Pearce Dixon Troop 218 Logan Thomas Enfinger Crew 1945 Collin Graham Furness Troop 840 Lucas Maurice Hamrock Troop 907 Benjamin James Hudson Troop 176 Emmanuel Cameron Jones Troop 845 Orrin Benton King Troop 845 Christopher Andrew Mallory Troop 907 Patrick Grant McConnell Troop 26 Michael Robert Olyniec Troop 1410 Austin Connor Perkins Crew 1337 Robert Perry Purinton Troop 907 Travis Aaron Rocha Crew 949 Mathias Eugene Spangler Troop 317 Brandon Allen Thompson Troop 142 Travis Jackson Wolfe Bull Run District Troop 884 Stephen Lawrence Elliott Troop 670 Ryan Matthew Bocompani Troop 581 Joseph David Brookshire Troop 581 Johnathan James Brookshire Troop 608 John Ferguson Troop 924 Michael Peter Grossman Troop 670 Joseph Edmund Hacheri Troop 670 Kieran James Harrover Crew 617 Eugene Liam Hoitt S Troop 671 Nicholas Anthony Hooks Troop 671 Justin Dean Jones Troop 671 Marcel Amir Kaid Troop 884 Sean Elliott Kellogg Troop 982 Cameron Bird Kokel Troop 1362 Jacob Alexander Larson Troop 2717 Gabriel Philip Lu Troop 91 Ethan Casimir Marsh Troop 91 Hayden Servatius Marsh Troop 608 Victor Nikolas Morales Troop 1371 Rohan Sanjaykumar Patel Troop 554 Ian Patrick Reilly Troop 581 Garrett Matthew Warren Chain Bridge District Troop 128 Christopher Cloud Barre Troop 1128 Maximilian Yong Becker Troop 638 Aubrey Graham Bouchoux Troop 162 Steven Philip Bova Troop 162 Matthew Thomas Bova Troop 106 Nicholas Kevin Bowers Troop 904 Ran Thaison Bui Troop 111 Jackson Everett Burnside Troop 141 Daniel Burton Carr Troop 1128 Austin Henry Cheng Troop 167 Daanesh Shah Darnell Troop 652 Michael Callahan Deitch Troop 128 Adam John Dietrich Troop 106 Enrique James Drake Troop 638 Jack Martin Durham Troop 167 Robert Alexander Frye Troop 167 Augustus Conrad Grohmann Troop 106 William Matthew Hall Troop 1916 Matthew Jia-Wei Harrington 22

Troop 106 Duncan Shepperd Harvey Troop 128 Joseph Kyle Herbert Troop 648 Chase Alexander Hildebrand Troop 820 Joshua Hunt Troop 648 Joseph BK Justice II Troop 167 John Andrew Kumashiro Troop 16 John Patrick Mason Troop 164 Joseph Frederick Mazel Troop 111 Conor Thomas McCormick Troop 638 Matthew James McGlynn Troop 904 Ky-Nam Ngoc Nguyen Troop 149 Theodor Nichols Troop 869 Anthony John Parisi Troop 141 Erik James Price Troop 1130 John Reed Troop 104 William Benjamin Severe V Troop 1128 Matthieu Tristan Shivnen Troop 111 William John Sullivan Troop 869 Andrew Pierce Swenson Troop 104 Walker Jack Tatem Troop 904 Luke Nguyen-Khai Tran Troop 904 Bao Gia Tran Troop 904 Eric Nguyen Tran Troop 638 Cameron Grant Williams Troop 1128 Ryan James Wilson Colonial District Crew 155 Alfred Christian Anderson Troop 888 David Palmer Anderson Troop 2005 William Bradford Ashton, Jr Troop 301 William Henry Cowardin III Troop 135 Patrick E. Crockett Troop 135 Keegan Miguel Dant Troop 680 John Joseph Ferguson Troop 1076 Kevin Barrett Fletcher Troop 1519 Aidan Thomas Gingras Troop 1509 Jordan Joseph Hilko Troop 135 Zachary Tyler Hunter Troop 1515 Nicholas Dimitri Leopold Troop 1509 Rylan Piers Madison Troop 118 Riley Patrick McHale Troop 1509 Cole Ritchey Miller Troop 654 Ian Daniel Neal Troop 135 Justin Michael Nickelsburg Team 1103 Isaak Revell Phillips Troop 131 Nicholas Roger Quidas Troop 131 Jonathan Reese Sauter Troop 118 Abraham James Schoolfield Troop 129 Matthew William Schultz Troop 654 Michael Ryan Smith Troop 131 Jackson Matthew Waters Troop 301 Daniel Robert Wozniak Troop 993 Matthew Lawrence Zaragoza Direct Service District Troop 20 Gabriel Anthony Chavarria Moran Troop 1776 Zachary Thornton Emmert Francis Scott Key District Crew 796 Emma Danielle Anderson S Troop 1062 Christopher Lee Bieritz Troop 1274 Alexander Steven Boucher Troop 792 Caleb Jennings Brockett Troop 1066 Hunter Michael Brown Troop 280 Jared Adan Canizales Troop 1274 Michael L. Carretta Troop 217 Braden Matthew Clough Troop 268 Nicholas Tyler Coccagna Troop 1023 Thomas Scott de la Vega

Troop 1011 Austin Jennings Fogle, III Troop 1023 Benjamin Charles Hicks Troop 470 Douglas Scott Isanogle Troop 796 Tyler James Kendall Troop 274 Simeon Abhineeth Nelson Troop 1998 Samuel James Obenland Troop 1812 Stephen Philip Percy Troop 268 John Martin Rowe Troop 1274 Nicholas Bram Spessard Troop 796 Krsto Josip Udbinac Crew 121 Christian Wolfe S George Mason District Troop 1978 Andrew Wendell Allan Troop 349 Christian Alexander Autor Troop 1113 Alexander Thomas Birch Troop 1978 Luke Henry Cann Troop 1539 Donovan Scott Foley Troop 987 Andrew Ryan Hanner Troop 1539 Michael Edward Helmicki Troop 152 Matthew Robert Hoyt Troop 976 John Everett Koenig Troop 1113 Thomas James Kyte Troop 681 Alexander Hanwell Lacaden Troop 1978 Cameron Raj Mukerjee Troop 187 Samuel James Muras Troop 681 Ryan Patrick Murn Troop 187 David Allen Orvedahl Troop 1539 Bradley Phillip Rosenblatt Troop 187 Srijeet Sen Troop 895 Nathaniel Poort Sperry Troop 987 John Frank Toloczko Troop 152 Benjamin Michael Wallace Troop 895 Jakob Max Wegmueller Troop 349 Matthew Edward Zampella Goose Creek District Crew 1167 Mason Fife Atkinson Troop 982 Andrew Michael Balbuena Troop 997 Daniel Walter Beverly Troop 1154 Jason Thomas Birsic Troop 1154 William Lee Brandt Crew 663 Garrett Dale Conklin Troop 2970 Holden Charles Conner Troop 533 Joshua Gavin Cottam Del Hoyo Troop 982 Lance Raleigh Cross Troop 1910 Garrett Louis Culbert Troop 761 Ethan Kyumsohn Dahlby Troop 1158 John Foss Donovan Troop 1154 Aidan Michael Nazareth Eccles Troop 1910 Ryan James Elarde Troop 786 Ibraheem Syed Farooq Troop 58 Grant Lawson Gabaldon Troop 2010 Louis Edward Garcia Troop 2010 Declan Erik Grant Troop 1106 Tyler Joseph Hamm Troop 982 Jordan Alexander Hardy Troop 1154 William Joseph Hartnett Troop 712 Evan Michael Heidorn Team 533 Nathaniel Stevenson Henry Troop 1154 Ethan Anthony Jones Troop 1576 Mustafa R. Khan Troop 711 William Frank Koleszar Troop 961 Chase Takota Lopez Troop 163 Dustin Christopher Loving Troop 761 John Edward Matter Troop 961 Chance Thomas McQuaid Troop 966 Simba Tanaka Mpofu Troop 163 Alexander Wise Oppenhimer,Jr.

Troop 58 Rohan Parikh Troop 58 Andrew Vincent Pedraza Crew 1173 Andrew Birch Peterson Troop 997 Timothy Andrew Powell Troop 2011 Matthew Royce Renner Troop 761 Ryan Jacquemin Rodriguez Troop 761 Kevin Michael Roll Troop 956 James Wyatt Sherwood Troop 1576 Rehan Siddiqui Troop 711 George Sanders Simmons Troop 956 Joshua Neil Tilghman Troop 1430 Samuel Prajay Veliveli Troop 962 Hudson Horne Vetter Troop 982 Gavin Michael Wagner Troop 1576 Shahmeer Wamiq Crew 663 Caleb Peter Washington Troop 1154 William Patrick Wetmore Troop 572 Christopher Andrew Whitehouse Troop 997 Conaill M. Wilcomb Troop 982 Caleb Williams Troop 998 Ethan Ankeny Williams Lone Scout Lone Scout Charles Douglas Ball IV Mattaponi District Troop 171 Matthew Robert Butterfield Troop 179 Patrick Raymond Campfield Troop 179 Jonathan Efrain Crespo Troop 170 David Worth Deaderick Troop 14 Xavier Miguel Gonzalez Troop 791 Cameron Ross Hardin Troop 171 Jason Saltuk Ingram Troop 835 Patrick J. Kelley Troop 835 Brent David Kneipp Troop 171 William Shawnessey Koebel Troop 165 Eric Dylan McCoy Troop 165 Liam J. McGroarty Troop 191 Christopher William Pinto Troop 165 Cain Preston Reese Troop 1421 Zachary Scott Roberts Troop 14 Benjamin Joseph Rush Troop 179 James Nicholas Storen Troop 170 Jacob Tyler Thompson Troop 791 Andrew Thomas Whittaker Troop 325 Joseph James Henry Occoquan District Troop 189 Simon Clovis Antaya Crew 1374 Gregory Thomas Bastian Troop 1365 Reuben Wayne Brunk Troop 1919 John Morgan Brymer Team 1374 Matthew James Buongiovanni Troop 35 Lucas Allen Edmonds Troop 1919 Michael Ignatius Ford Troop 295 Andrew David Giovanni Troop 189 Jeremy Stuart Iber Troop 43 Kollin Kristofer Labowski Troop 1352 Samuel Park Lyons Troop 1390 Joshua Wyatt May Troop 1919 Hunter Alexander Nikituk Troop 102 Zachary Bernardo Paredes Crew 1374 Matthew Jeremiah Petersen Crew 1374 Taylor Andrew Pierce Troop 1396 Anthony Robert Reitan Troop 1556 Bruce Anthony Rodriguez Rico Troop 1352 Perry Thomas Schneider Troop 888 Bryan Gerhardt Schrage Troop 1396 Chester Edward Telge

Eagle Scout, Sea Scout, Venturing Awards Troop 1556 Marcelo Joaquin Vargas Troop 1556 Mario Alexander Vasquez Diaz Troop 43 Oliver Zachary Washington Old Dominion District Troop 994 Oliver Graham Anderson Troop 150 John Andrew Billingsley Troop 990 Everett Logan Butler Troop 856 Abbinor Dawit Chapman Troop 1853 Ethan Ty Cooper Troop 1853 Jack Allen Couser Troop 995 Matthew Joseph Flaherty Troop 853 Thomas William Fonda Troop 688 Jacob Maxwell Franklin Troop 688 Aidan Michael Gilmore Crew 1789 Anh Ha Troop 4673 Christopher James Hugo Troop 4673 Peter Tomas Jones Troop 859 Jordan Liam Keast Troop 688 John Joseph Kliem Troop 688 Jake Dylan Latta Troop 4673 Eugene Lee Troop 995 Daniel Patrick McGarvey Troop 1145 Peter Montavon Troop 994 Nicholas Adam Mottl Troop 1789 Andrew Duy Nguyen Troop 1518 Logan Zachary Peterson Crew 1789 Raymond Tin Phan Troop 1849 Christopher Joseph Rademacher Troop 1849 Brian Michael Rademacher Troop 1853 Joshua Sunkyong Simmers Troop 1853 Nathan Solbin Simmers Troop 688 Kellum Thomas Stripling Troop 1140 Andrew William Susa Troop 881 Daniel Huyan Tran Crew 1147 Jeremy Evan Untch Patriot District Crew 114 Seifuddin Mujahid Abdul-Rashid Troop 1535 Devon Kenneth Baum Troop 1346 Alexander Matthew Carroll Troop 1865 Mason Andrew Cook Troop 50 John Carlin Decker,III Troop 1524 Alexander Henry Friedman Troop 1966 Wilson Gray Friestad Troop 1523 Maxim Charles Geronime Troop 1346 Connor Thomas Glynn Troop 1533 Michael Lawrence Harrington Troop 1524 John Joseph Jabaley Troop 1966 Andrew Kip Kanellis Troop 1818 Jordan David Lamar Troop 1100 Sean Connell Magnuson Troop 1523 Alexander Michael McGarey Troop 1535 Ronin Ishaan Memmott Troop 1131 Ethan J. O’Connell Troop 50 William Philip Olson Troop 1344 Ryan Michael Oubre Troop 1346 Kavanaugh Stratton Redman Troop 1131 Jose Humberto Reyes Troop 50 Philip Miguel Rubio Troop 1533 Hariharmano Shanmugaraja Patuxent District Troop 487 John Henry Allen Agnew, III Troop 1688 Jack Andrew Babcock Troop 417 Luciano F. Benjamin Troop 2421 Gage Alexander Brocato Troop 298 Caeden Christopher Clark Troop 539 Christien Damari Cofield Troop 1249 Christopher Thomas Comer Troop 1572 Tesfahun Rene Dormeville Troop 224 Thomas W. Gorman

Troop 1688 Jayce Cartwright Haulik Troop 1250 Nicholas Hunter Horsman Troop 1249 Timothy Clee Kelly Hrabinski Troop 1212 Bosoon Karimi Troop 1673 Evan Fortin Labonte Troop 1673 Frank Edward Schultz Troop 410 Jeffrey Walter Seaton Troop 1575 Kyle Patrick Smith Troop 1249 Miles Kenyan Stewart Troop 1033 Kyle Julian Thomas Troop 3790 Aaron Franklin Weaver Troop 746 Kristopher Xavier Weene Piedmont District Crew 225 Jonathan Travis Badger Troop 175 Christopher Andrew Brewer Troop 550 Joseph Lee Chapman Troop 92 Robert Patrick Chierichella Troop 1930 Devon Arthur DiSanza Troop 180 Daniel James Duca Troop 1187 Andrew Francis Frederick Troop 1187 Matthew Bartel Hogestyn Troop 177 Matthew Corey Majtyka Troop 177 Morgan Allen Majtyka Troop 550 William Edeward McClenny Troop 175 Max Taylor McManus Troop 10 Nicholas Burton O’Connor Troop 177 Chester Vaughn Walker Troop 360 Luke Jameson Warfield Troop 175 Zachary Richard Weaver Potomac District Troop 706 Henry Michael Blackwood Troop 461 Caleb John Bowers Troop 204 Anthony Wei-En Breder Troop 3 Lacy Henry Bryant, III Troop 1434 Jeffery Ming Chern Troop 204 John Hartley Davis Troop 706 James Michael Fairbanks Troop 461 Joseph Thomas Fernandez Troop 461 Johann Christian Grambsch Troop 52 Jackson Wyatt Hall Troop 461 Cole Francis Hartnett Troop 1341 Caleb Anthony Hill Troop 265 John Oakley Holland Troop 241 Jeremy Michael Vankos Jones Troop 461 John Albert Kish Troop 1427 Theodore John Kroeger Troop 1434 Peter William Kutson Troop 773 Noah Daniel Lotwin Troop 1434 Hollis Ma Troop 1427 Elijah Morgan Mitchell Troop 447 Mickey Tomas Nemier Troop 463 Christopher Patrick Norman Troop 463 Andrew Mark Norman Troop 1434 Ray Lee Pasco Troop 1449 Samuel Wenlong Ratcliff Troop 1449 Andrew Wenchi Ratcliff Troop 1449 Michael James Richardson Troop 1434 Carter Julian Rush Troop 233 Andrew Marshall Saliunas Troop 439 Aidan Sandman-Long Troop 204 Matthew David Simon Troop 706 Reese Alexander Smith Troop 466 Devin Connor Whalen Troop 1434 Bradford Johns Wood Powhatan District Troop 1313 Matthew Gifford Beach Troop 673 Dakota Charles Brookfield Troop 160 Callum Lawrence Connor Team 872 Ryan Michael Corry

Troop 158 Varish V. Devarashetty Troop 55 Daniel Francis Devlin Team 877 Mark Christian Drasbek Troop 1018 Cameron Neil Dresdner Troop 841 Ethan Jones Faust Team 841 Andrew John Faust Troop 158 Cole Elliot Grudi Troop 160 Ryan Patrick Hannafin Troop 157 Mitchell Scott Jasmann Troop 158 Maximilian Kolhof Troop 51 Ian Alexander Larson Troop 877 Nathan David Ludlow Troop 51 Pramod Mamillapalli Troop 1313 Evan Glenn Matthes Troop 1577 Evan Thomas Messenheimer Troop 673 Joshua George O’Cain Troop 158 Benjamin Afton Oswalt Troop 1983 Kevin James Quantrille Troop 1018 Maxwell Giberson Ryan Crew 839 Noah Parker Seneca Troop 1164 Grant Durham Smith Troop 159 Cody Preston Spencer Troop 158 Charles Stanislaus Tucker Troop 1313 Christopher R. van der Veer Troop 1018 Hans Kristian Vollmecke Troop 20 Nicholas Wayne Williams Troop 51 Samuel Ryland Wirth Troop 124 Tyler Cooper Witlin Seneca District Troop 445 Andres Roberto Barbosa Troop 738 William Paul Barry Troop 291 Benjamin W. Bernstein Troop 1760 Koen Marinus Beugelskijk Troop 1323 Charles Alan Bradsher Troop 926 Dylan Andrew De Leon Troop 489 Daniel Patrick Free Troop 489 Brandon Charles Hill Troop 496 Thomas John Kaminski Troop 496 James Hendley Kavanagh Troop 291 Daniel Kyung-Sik Kim Troop 1094 Liam Paul McCue Troop 1323 Walter Smart McKee IV Troop 1323 Nicholas Giovanni Milza Troop 941 Henry McBeath Morris Troop 445 Dyllan Benjamin Ramirez Troop 291 Zachary Lee Reissman Troop 291 Ryan Victor Renzi Troop 291 Vincent Justin Sinfuego Troop 945 Thomas David Wrona

Troop 893 William Christian Tew Sutton Troop 2016 Theodore Nathan Thomas Troop 17 Benjamin Logan Ward Troop 1548 Zachary Jay Willard Washington, DC District Troop 316 Isaiah Emmanuel Lesesne Troop 1650 Daris Antwuan Riley Troop 90 Sean Paxton Silvia Troop 61 Neil James Stockmal Troop 61 Daniel Louis Stockmal Troop 90 Talbot Chen Taylor Western Shore District Troop 561 Jason Scott Anderson Troop 1814 Zachary Robert Breaux Troop 1658 Jack Letson Browning Troop 1792 Owen Patrick Flanagan Troop 420 Kyle Jacob Goodrich Troop 903 Ryan Christopher Gorman Troop 2819 Alan Joshua Hash Troop 789 Dylan Lee Henderson Troop 303 Conner Patrick Hines Troop 1785 Cody Alexander Jeffries Troop 407 Caleb Michael Jenkins Troop 429 Steven Airstotle Jones Troop 1658 Liam Jacob Kerth Troop 1321 Benjamin Robert Kissel Troop 303 Ryan William Labor Troop 1658 Marc Edward Landicho Troop 303 Jay Dai-Ping Lee Troop 430 Nolan Graeme Palmer McGrane Troop 347 Riley Creed Nelson Crew 428 Steffan Alexander Newton Troop 1792 Anh-Khoa Chase Nguyen Crew 777 Anthony Trent Nielsen Troop 561 Ryan Avery Nix Troop 1792 William John Pellegrino Troop 422 Joshua Nino Rose Troop 561 Thomas Samuel Schwartzenburg Troop 2819 Elliott Scott VanGordan Troop 303 Dale Matthew VanMeter Troop 1780 Matthew Brian Zimmerman White Oak District Troop 457 David James Barney Troop 1441 David Patrick Bauer Troop 4316 Douglas Alan Bedell Troop 480 Jonathan Edward Booker Troop 264 Trevor Richard Buckingham Troop 1444 John Theodore Cumberland Troop 1441 Nicholas Anthony Damiano Troop 1441 Jackson Brewer Darby Troop 1444 Tyler Dante Flores Troop 1441 Daniel Nicholai Kassman Troop 96 Andrew Eli Marshall-Cook Troop 264 Atticus Hausheer Meehan Troop 457 Kevin Daniel Neidhart Troop 1444 Christopher Lee Nguyen Troop 457 Mickey John Paholsky Troop 1794 Athen Huy Pham Troop 457 Maxwell Edward Redman Troop 457 Michael Anthony Rhodes Troop 1444 Franco Gabriel Rivas Meza Troop 781 Christopher Robert Routson Troop 96 David Ajani Mendy Singleton Troop 1012 Ethan Michael Stratton Troop 457 Sunil Shah Surprenant

Sully District Troop 1995 Alexander Miguel Alvarez Troop 1137 Gabriel Alexander Berrick Troop 2 Brady Doumaux Bushnell Troop 1137 Diego Alexander Cobos Troop 30 Michael Aaron Cohen Troop 893 Geoffrey Charles Eisenhart Troop 1547 Anthony Douglas Exley Troop 695 Maxfield Jay Franklin Troop 1547 Carter Joseph Hicks Troop 893 Mujid Ahmad Khan Troop 577 Gannon James La Croix Troop 893 Ian Hunter Lachapelle Troop 7369 Isidro Lopez-Erwine Troop 811 Adam Benjamin Mason Troop 893 Robert Connell Monroe Troop 577 Collin Thomas Nelson Troop 682 Kenneth Mitchell Powell Troop 717 Kevin Georgy Powers Troop 17 Philip Alan Schneider Troop 893 Taaren Veer Singh The Scouter Digest February 2017 - April 2017 23

Commissioner’s Corner A well-planned program, delivered by a trained leader, with a strong outdoor program, supported by a good commissioner, attracts and retains youth!

Garry W. Lewis

Commissioners must focus on developing the capabilities of units to provide a quality program for youth in Scouting. Journey to Excellence scorecards and my.Scouting reports provides unit leaders and commissioners with numerous metrics and large data sets, but we need to concern ourselves with using only the few measurements and the small data set that enable units to succeed and grow. The moral of this story is not to be overwhelmed by scorecards and data, but look for and find the good that supports achieving unit goals.

Council Commissioner

Closing Thoughts I have always admired the many volunteers who are committed to achieving Scouting outcomes: character, leadership, citizenship and fitness. Thank you for all that you do to provide a life changing experience for the youth in the program. Perhaps I should be more explicit and recognize the contribution of our many chartered partners and families that have chosen Scouting as the means to help achieve the above-named outcomes. It seems appropriate that we should be focusing now on serving families – the very life blood of Scouting. It seems that much of the Scouting narrative of late has been filled with talk about technology, but I believe Mr. Al Lambert said it best:

During my tenure, this idea permeated my thoughts: commissioners must do that which unit leaders expect of us. Many of the Unit Serving Principles in the sidebar are there to ensure that we provide quality service to units by supporting unit leaders. Take the time to establish a meaningful relationship with the leaders of units served and get to know what they need and expect. Don’t expect the mountain of reports or data to achieve this human endeavor.

Unit Service Principles 1. Love being a commissioner and love what you do each day. 2. Focus on delighting units served. 3. Do work in unit-driven iterations and deliver value to units in each iteration. 4. Commit to no dropped units 5. Assign a commissioner to each unit. 6. Establish a relationship with unit

Not Just for Commissioners: Commissioners College Is March 10th Calling all Scouters! NCAC College of Commissioner Science Dean Julia MaeShen Farr welcomes everyone to attend the 2018 NCAC College of Commissioner Science (CCS). Our 2018 NCAC Commissioners College will be held March 10 at the Kensington LDS Church (9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD). Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a special message from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, and to meet and chat with special guests including Northeast Region (NER) Area 6 Commissioner Ed Yarbrough, NER Commissioner Dr. Kenneth King, and National Commissioner Support Staff Communication Chair Rick Hillenbrand. Be among the first to learn curriculum updates featuring the FIVE FOCUS AREAS of commissioner service. In addition to new and updated classes in the traditional Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Tracks, we will have Roundtable and Continuing Education Tracks (including open forum and networking opportunities) covering important Scouting topics beyond the 24

usual commissioner service curriculum. And returning this year, we will be offering the complete Commissioner Basic Training class. The keynote speaker is National Commissioner Support Staff Training Chairman Tim Acree. Over the past nine years, Tim has led the comprehensive analysis and restructuring of commissioner training. With his strong passion for training, Tim has been instrumental in the redesign and development of the commissioner training courses, managed commissioner training at Philmont Training Center (PTC) and Florida Sea Base, and launched the first CCS held at PTC. The result has been a simplified, more effective curriculum for training in eight different commissioner positions, as well as revised commissioner conference curricula for PTC and Florida Sea Base. Prior to his role as Training Chairman, Tim was Resource Chairman for the National Commissioner Support Staff. He is a former Council Commissioner with

leaders and maintain frequent contact with same. 7. Encourage unit leaders to complete basic training. 8. Conduct a minimum of two Detailed Assessments of each unit per year. 9. Develop a Unit Service Plan for each unit. 10. Encourage each unit to growth the program and pursue excellence. I want to first thank the Unit Commissioners for their engagement with the unit leaders and units. You accepted the challenge and led the Council’s effort to achieve a 95% Unit Retention Rate. On behalf of all the Scouts we serve, thank you, thank you. Next, thank you to the District Commissioners for their dedication, commitment and leadership. Your role in establishing and sustaining Quality Unit Performance and being the change agents to help units adapt to an ever-changing environment was a crucial element of the districts’ and Council’s success. Thank you to the Field Service Area ACCs for sharing the leadership responsibilities with me during the last three years: • Montgomery SA – Ben Overbey, • Mountain West SA – Bill Schoonmaker, • Three Rivers SA – J. Michael McKinney, • Virginia Central – Jim Stewart • Virginia South – Drew Mrenna. I witnessed the formal commissioner training you offered, the Service Area meetings you hosted, the correspondence generated and shared and read the timely reports you provided to keep me informed. Thank you the Middle Tennessee Council, where he currently serves as Assistant Council Commissioner. Before that, Tim was a District Commissioner, District Chairman, and District Advancement Chairman in Dan Beard Council. As a youth, Tim was active in Scouting in Allegheny Trails Council, where he earned his Eagle Scout award. A NESA lifetime member and James E. West Fellow, Tim is a recipient of the PTC Master’s Track award, Distinguished Commissioner award, Silver Beaver award, and Silver Buffalo award. Since retiring from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Tim is now devoting even more time to Scouting. He also serves as a member of the Scouting U Board of Regents, on the National Training Committee, and is Vice President for Training for the National Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee. He and his wife, Lonnie, have two Eagle Scout sons. There will be something of interest and value to everyone at CCS! We continue to make a special effort to link commissioner service to unit and district success. We are inviting everyone from all across Scouting to attend to discuss the relationship among chartered organizations, Order of the Arrow, units, commissioners and

for traveling long distances to help me plan commissioner support for the Council during Assistant Council Commissioner meetings. Thank you to the following Administrative ACCs for their tireless efforts in various roles: • Administration – Dr. Rick Manteuffel, • College of Commissioner Science - Julia Farr, • New-Unit Service and Commissioner Tools Champion – Dom Bee, • Strategic Plan and Membership – Jae Engelbrecht, • Training and Awards – Jon Baake, • Exploring and Webmaster – Jeff Schweiger, • Roundtables and Program – George Costigan and Jim Hardter, and • Direct Service-USVI – Gary Garay and John Patrick. The responsibilities shouldered by this stellar group of individuals far exceeded any reasonable expectation, yet they chose to serve. They epitomize servant leadership in every conceivable way. It has been an honor to serve alongside such devoted Scouters. Finally, I want to thank Mr. James Hamlin, professional advisor to Commissioners, and Ms. Andi Hannum for their generous support. Know that you have my undying gratitude for your leadership, advice, and services. As I pass the flag to Mr. Rick Rogers, I know that he is prepared and will do his best to continue the tradition of providing exceptional service to the units, the districts and the Council. Rick, thank you for being willing to take on this awesome responsibility. I wish you all the best going forward. districts. This will be a great time for all non-commissioners to come meet our new Council Commissioner Rick Rogers and his commissioners, and to learn more about the FIVE FOCUS AREAS of commissioner service. All the above, along with great speakers and great fellowship with dedicated Scouters, will make for a day to be remembered. Early Bird Registration fee is $45 (until February 28), includes keynote luncheon, event patch, course materials, and certificate. Breakfast with Special Guests will be available at an extra charge of $10. Sign up today!

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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Serving Montgomery County


Potomac District

District Chair - Kenneth Sprinkle

The Potomac District Welcomes New Chairman

A Silver Level District

Commissioner - Mike Saunders (h) 301-468-9268 District Director - Michael Werling (c) 703-350-8628


A Silver Level District District Chair - Matt Beyers (c) 301-802-3177 Commissioner - Gordon Henley (c) 301-943-9713

White Oak

A Bronze Level District District Chair - William Totten

The Potomac District would like to thank Jim Schleckser for his service over the last three years as chairman and we wish him the best of luck as he moves on to other opportunities. To replace Mr. Schleckser, the District Committee and the CORs of Potomac unanimously voted Mr. Kenneth Sprinkle as the new Chair of the district, his tenure began on January 1. Ken has been an active Scouter in Potomac since 2004. He was CubMaster for Pack 54 for three years, an ASM at Troop 944 for three years and then Troop Committee Chair for six years. He’s served on the District Eagle

Seneca District Seneca District Holds Rocket Day 2017! Seneca District hosted Rocket Day 2017 which brought in over 400 Scouts and Scouters to enjoy such events as: the Climbing Wall, Archery, BB’s, Sling-Shots and working on their

S c o u t Board of Reviews since 2016. Ken comes from a committed Scouting family with five Eagle Scouts. Ken was a Star Scout i n Tr o o p 439 in Kensington. He has participated on trips to Philmont, Sea Base and a Jamboree. In his professional career, Ken is currently a Cyber Architect for Northrop Grumman

Corporation where he’s been involved in Cyber Security and management for the past ten years. Prior to that he managed his own small business for twenty years and also was a Senior Vice President for a major consulting firm based in Arlington, VA managing several hundred employees. Ken is an MBA and holds professional certifications in IT, Project Management and Cyber Security. For the greater Potomac Community, he serves as an Elder at Geneva Presbyterian Church, and volunteers for the USO and the Lords Table at St. Martin of Tours Church. Ken’s wife, Nan is a homemaker, and he has a daughter who is a junior at St. Mary’s College and a son who is an Eagle Scout.

Bobcat badge. Of course, everyone had the opportunity to launch their rocket with the help of Post 1010 of the Rockville Science Center! Special thanks go out to John Hanson for the use of his farm in Gaithersburg, MD. The kids had a great time and while shooting things learned something about STEM, team work, and the Scouting program. Seneca District is

proud to welcome these new Cub Scouts to our District!

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

We’re back from our Mountain Man Rendezvous! October 13-15, 2017, Seneca District gathered near Knoxville MD for our annual Mountain Man Rendezvous Camporee. Spread across 199 acres were 20 activity stations and an encampment of 22 Troops from Seneca, Potomac, Patriot, Goose Creek and Chain Bridge districts. The 50 Patrols (450 Scouts) in attendance competed for top honors: 1st Place - T1449 - People’s Banana Republic Patrol 2nd Place - T1449 - Arbitor Patrol 3rd Place - T291 - Blank Patrol Like us on Facebook: @MontgomeryCountyScouting

In a separate Patrol Breakfast competition: 1st Place - T291 -Blank Patrol 2nd Place - T926 - Patrol Patrol 3rd Place - T926 - Tree Patrol

AVP Kenneth Nelson kennethnelso@gmail. com (c) 301-367-0012

ACC Ben Overbey

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


A Rendezvous is a traditional gathering of hunters and trappers, both a social gathering

and a time to trade and compete at mountain skills. There were lots of mountain skills to go around including archery, knife and tomahawk throwing along with more traditional back country skills like shelter and fire building, and bear bagging. For those with a little Scot in them we tossed a caber or two. Traditional Rendezvous services were available including blacksmithing, mountain medicine and a trading post. To make sure everyone slept well, we had our usual mountain agility course, giant sling-shot and foosball, along with tug of war and a climbing wall. With so many folks getting in the spirit, mountain man costumes were judged at campfire. For more information contact Bill Majurski

NCAC Milkweed for Monarchs Pledge District News & Views

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White Oak District Milkweed for Monarchs

In February 2018, NCAC will kickoff Milkweed for Monarchs, a massive conservation project to protect and promote sustainable habitat for the monarch butterfly. One of nature’s most recognized and beautiful butterflies, the Monarch has been in decline in recent years, seeing a 1/3 decrease in its

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“overwintering” count from February 2016 to February 2017. A sign of spring for many, I, ________________________________ _____________________ the Monarch is also a vital food source for (Name) other animals in the local ecosystem, and consequently, their dwindling numbers could _____________________________________________________ have profound effects on the food chain. Many (Address) factors are at play, including environmental ___________________________ _________________________ considerations and a loss of habitat.

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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 Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335

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

Powhatan A Silver Level District District Chair - Inge Gedo (c) 703-283-1035 Commissioner - Larry Lawver (c) 703-233-8081


Serving Frederick, Loudoun, and Western Fairfax counties

Francis Scott Key District American Legion Awards Eagle Scout of the Year Troop 1011, Troop 799, Francis Scott Key District, and National Capital Area Council were honorably represented on July 13, 2017 in Ocean City at the Department of Maryland for the American Legion’s 99th annual convention. The specific event at this occasion was the Legion’s presentation of the 2017 Department of Maryland Eagle Scout of the Year Award to Frederick County’s own, Andrew Ashley. In his speech, Andrew expressed gratitude for his experiences in Troop 1011 and Troop

The event was covered in detail in the fall 2017 issue of the Free State Warrior.

Toys for Tots Pack 476, Middletown, MD shows that A Scout is Kind while spreading some holiday cheer. GySgt Jose Ramirez receives the pack’s toys in support of Frederick County’s Toys for Tots campaign. The pack also sponsored a collection box at The Main Cup, a local restaurant. Pack 476 has supported Toys for Tots since 2009. Some of the pack’s Scouts sing Christmas carols to the residents of Vindobona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Braddock Heights, MD.

Francis Scott Key District Save the Dates!

A Gold Level District

- District Dinner - February 17th

District Chair - Daniel Kurtenbach (c) 703-402-4787 Commissioner - David Carmichael (w) 703-244-0785

- 58th First Aid Meet - March 3rd

Senior District Executive - Robert Guers (c) 540.400.3532

799, chartered by American Legion Post 282 and Post 11, respectively. Andrew reflected on the Legion’s long standing promotion of Boy Scouts, and illustrated the types of life lessons common to both Scouting and the military by sharing his family’s Admiral Rickover story. Please rejoice with Andrew, FSK District, Troop 1011, and Troop 799 in celebration of this well-earned recognition.

- Super Derby - March 10th - Wilderness First Aid Training - March 17th-18th - Scouter Breakfast - March 24th - Spring Camporee - April 20th-22nd - Forestry Merit Badge Day - May 5th - Citizenship Merit Badge Day - May 19th - June Day Camp - June 26th-29th - July Day Camp - July 30th-August 3rd For more info, visit FSK online:

Goose Creek District Good Scout Evening AVP Doug Carlson

ACC Bill Schoonmaker

Field Director Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335


Goose Creek had a wildly successful Good Scout Evening, honoring Michael Huber, CEO of Belfort Furniture and Owner of Stone Tower Winery. The event was held at Stone Tower Winery on October 26, 2017 and was a fantastic networking event for the Loudoun County community. A new record was reached for fundraising for this event. Over $80,000 was raised to support Scouting in Loudoun County. This was record was reached through the outstanding efforts of the Event

Chairman Kristina Bouweiri, and her amazing team. The event will be held again in the spring, with a late April/Early May date for the event. Most of the team is already back on board and preparing to reach even greater fundraising heights this year. The Event Committee wants to reach $100,000. Thanks to all who volunteered for this event and also to all those who contributed to Scouting this year!

District News & Views Powhatan District Native Tree Planting with Messengers of Peace On December 2nd, 2017 Messengers of Peace brought together 58 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families, and a local nonprofit to plant native shrubs at the Stringfellow Park & Ride in Centreville, VA. This joint effort of Packs 1530 and 1160, Troops 13 and 1983, and Fairfax ReLeaf devoted 100 person hours of service to plant 100 native arrowwood viburnum shrubs in service to conservation and community. “Not only does increased tree cover provide a host of environmental benefits, but taking areas out of mowing itself saves money and resources,” said ReLeaf Executive Director Taylor Beach. “Cub and Boy Scouts have been instrumental in completing a very large project to extend the forest and eliminate wasteful mowing along the edges of the Stringfellow Road Park and Ride.” The environmental and economic benefits of this project impact the entire community. In addition, the native tree and shrub planting event was an excellent way to incorporate entire units in a full-family event suitable for all ages and abilities. It also provided advancement opportunities. Tigers had the opportunity to fulfill the Backyard Jungle requirement 4, “be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood”, while Wolf Scouts could tackle Council Fire requirement 2, “Work together on a community service project;” Webelos could have completed Into the Woods 4, “Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, while “Wolf, Bear, and Webelos had the option to complete the last requirement of the World Conservation Award, “participate in a den or pack conservation project.” In the end, all of it amounts to service. “When the planting of overstory and understory trees, as well as shrubs is complete, we will have nearly 1,000 new plants in the ground,” said Beach. “This simply would not be possible without the hard work of Scouts.” Launched in September 2011, Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace by solving conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, and repairing environmental damage.

What is Messengers of Peace? By Sara Holtz, Powhatan District Committee Member-at-Large The Messengers of Peace (Messenger of Peace) Initiative started in 2011 as a continuation of the Gifts for Peace

Initiative launched in 2007, within the framework of the Centenary of Scouting: inspiring Scouts to engage in community service actions to address local issues. Among its main goals, Messenger of Peace aims to promote a Culture of Peace andDialogue for mutual understanding, promote social entrepreneur

For three years Troop 577 provided early morning assistance at Centreville Troop 577 Named Day. Beginning at 6:30AM, the Scouts Centreville Day 2017 assisted arriving vendors to their assigned booth spaces, helped unload Nonprofit of the Year! supplies, set up tents, and directed parking. They have even helped vendors make on the spot repairs. The Planning Committee greatly appreciates this assistance, but support for the community is a major part of Troop 577’s activities. Just within the past two years Troop 577 has: picked up litter along New Braddock Rd., built and installed 43 trail markers for Little Rocky Run townhome community, built a shed for Centreville High School Boosters, built a foot bridge at St. Andrews Catholic Church, built planter beds at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, built a greenhouse for Liberty Middle School, and built a sensory trail for disabled riders at the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program. Of historical note, the Troop enhanced the landscaping of Crouch Historical Schoolhouse and worked to increase awareness of its history. The Planning Committee is pleased and proud to have the opportunity to work with these fine young men and look forward to hearing of their future accomplishments.

initiatives led by Scouts, support the development of young people affected by conflict situations,and connect Scouts around the world in a global network of 20 million Messengers of Peace. From the past to the present a continuous chain of milestones connects Scouting’s timeline pursuing a peaceful world.

The Messengers of Peace (Messenger of Peace) Initiative has become an inspiration for thousands of Scouts and non-Scouts around the world to help people in need and contribute to making a positive change in people’s lives, through community development service.

Sully District

Photo: By Stacy Bunin The Scouter Digest February 2017 - April 2017 29

Three Rivers Patuxent District Chair - Philip Nichols (w) 301-952-3907 Commissioner - Mark Adams (c) 202-327-4359 District Executive - Danielle Finley (p) 301-214-9182 District Director - Kyle Molldene (w) 301-214-9128 (c) 407-301-6622

Washington, D.C. A Bronze 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

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

Patuxent District NCAC Mourns the Loss of Isiah “Gene” Pugh

Isiah was the oldest child born to an Army military family in 1944. While the family was stationed in Georgia, Isiah became the first African-American in his Scouting troop. Isiah’s love for Scouting continued and as the family travelled he remained true to Scouting. He joined the Scouts where ever the family was stationed and he rose to the rank of Life Scout.

Isiah held nearly every adult leadership role from Scout Master, to ultimately District Commissioner for the Patuxent District, the position he held at the moment of his untimely death. His last words before the crash was to extol the virtues of Scouting and how well the 130+ Commissioners were doing to keep our Scouting program on track.

After 40 years of service, he retired as a manager from the U.S. Postal Office. Isiah then dedicated himself to the Boy Scouts. When his son Christopher became a

Isiah’s funeral was held at Ft. Washington Baptist Church on Saturday, November 11, 2017 where he was a faithful member and sung in the church choir. The church was

This fall Scouting lost one of its pillars when Isiah “Gene” Pugh was killed in a crash that occurred in Upper Marlboro. During a District Key Three Meeting, a car came through the rear wall of the “Top of the Hill” Restaurant sending seven to the hospital and Isiah to Shock Trauma where he succumbed to his internal injuries after being hospitalized for a week.

Troop 403 Celebrates 50 Years Bowie area Scout Troop 403 celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2017. They hosted a reunion over the summer and had over 150 guests (former Scouts, family and friends) show up for a picnic and time to reminisce. The City of Bowie provided a proclamation that was read in a special ceremony lead by Mayor Frederick Robinson. Over the past 50 years, Bowie Troop 403 has achieved many milestones - Over 400 young men had joined the Troop with 115 achieving the Eagle Scout Award and they provided over

Troop 29 Participates in BAC BSA 41st Annual Maryland Scout Orienteering (O’) Day

AVP Nick Adams

ACC Michael McKinney

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


Scout, Isiah joined him as an adult leader. With Isiah’s guidance, Christopher and several other young Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Troop 29 participated in the 41st Annual Maryland Scout Orienteering Day on Saturday November 4th. Scouts were able to participate in a Map Walk, Practice Courses, and Compass bearing. Scouts enjoyed these activities with a partner to practice teamwork. As always Scouts made sure to leave no trace by cleaning up the wooded area used for the event. Awards were given to the unit leaders for pairs who did an exceptional job. This Orienteering Meet is a annual event every fall, alternating between Broad Creek Scout Ranch and Patuxent River Park. NCAC conducts an Orienteering Meet every spring. The organizers of these event aide each other with support from the Quantico Orienteering Club.

15,000 hours of community service to Bowie and will continue to provide help whenever needed. Our current Scoutmaster, Tim Miller, summed up the event: “Can’t say enough on how great our event went. Wonderful weather, delicious food, great company, funny and inspiring stories and the knowledge that every Scout that attended took that same exact Scouting trail (or are just now stepping up). Today, the Scouts told stories of “survival”, all the fun that they had at camp (in every imaginable weather) and the inspiration they gave to all of us once they got their bearings

standing room only. Over 85 members of the Scouting community paid their respects at his funeral. Appropriately, the repast was held in Cheltenham, MD at the American Legion Scout Camp facility. His contributions were many and his loss significant. He was a role model and shaped the lives of many young men who have become p r o d u c t i v e members of society. He instilled in them the values of the Scout oath and the Scout law. He lives in them and leaves this world a much better place. He has gone home.

and achieved Eagle. These are your stories, these are your earliest victories that count toward why you are different from all those other “non-Scouts”. Be proud of your accomplishments. Be content that “Doing your Best” really was your best. Remember, you are now that ideal leader that others look up to (or soon will). We are Looking forward to many more stories that will remain timeless. The next reunion will see some of us “unable” to make it, but the Scout spirit will always be there.”

District News & Views Washington D.C. District D.C. Recognizes Nine District Award of Merit Recipients During their annual holiday potluck on December 12, 2017, the Washington, D.C. District recognized the outstanding contributions to Scouting in DC of nine Scouters, and celebrated the hard work of nine recent recipients of the District Award of Merit.

Mr. Stephen Ansari, Assistant District Commissioner

Ms. Victoria Burns, Troop Committee Chair of Troop 61 and Assistant District Commissioner

Mr. Jai Evans, Cubmaster of Pack 544 and Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner

Ms. Katharine “Kim” Matthews, Troop Committee of Troop 500

Mr. Howard Perlman, Order of the Arrow Chapter Adviser to Washington, DC Chapter

Mr. Wahbe Tamari, Scoutmaster of Troop 61

The District Awards of Merit were awarded from 2015 to 2017, including five presented during the holiday potluck event. You can read about all of the recipients on the Washington, DC District’s website at The nine honorees are:

Mr. Charles Hall, Scoutmaster of Troop 524

Ms. Zetta Leftridge, District Committee Member

Mr. Bryan Martin Firvida, Scoutmaster of Troop 98 and District Vice Chair for Marketing & Communications

Photo (from left): Zetta Leftridge, Jai Evans, Bryan Martin Firvida, Charles Hall, Howard Perlman

Western Shore District Happenings Around the District

District units meet with Maryland State Delegate, Matt Morgan, at Mechanicsville Elementary

Pack 413 visited with Congressman Hoyer at the Veteran’s Day Parade

Pack 1786 performed morning colors at Dynard Elementary

Troop 407 picking up food donations during Scouting for Food

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Virginia Central

Serving the city of Alexandria, Eastern Fairfax and Arlington Counties

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge District

A Gold Level District

Troop 104 Celebrates 100 years of continuous boy-led operation

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

Colonial 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

Scoutmaster Rob Stefan to retire after 23 years of dedicated service In February 2016, Troop 104 from Arlington County, Virginia celebrated its centennial anniversary. Recently, the troop’s longtime Scoutmaster, Rob Stefan, announced his retirement during a December 2017 Court of Honor at the Clarendon United Methodist Church, the Troop’s sponsor.

George Mason A Gold Level District

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

Patriot A Gold Level District

Colonial District A Year of Community Service, Leadership, and an Abundance of Spirit 2017 marked a year where Colonial units were displaying community service, leadership, and an abundance of Scout spirit. While there are numerous highlights from the past year, perhaps the most noteworthy is the 72 Colonial youth who set the example of leadership and service by earning the rank

In a little over 100 years of activity, Troop 104 has had 29 Scoutmasters and awarded the rank of Eagle to 70 Scouts. Mr. Stefan served as Scoutmaster for the past 23 years, the longest tenure to date. By the numbers, being Scoutmaster for 23 years looks like this: over 1,050 Troop meetings, more than 550 nights of camping, over 1,000 miles of hiking, biking, and paddling, and over 50 Courts of Honor. What’s more, 34 of the 70 Eagles Scouts awarded in Troop 104 came during Mr. Stefan’s time as Scoutmaster. Troop 104 currently hosts a complement of over 50 registered Boy Scouts which are organized into four Patrols, each having Scouts with a wide range of ages, ranks, and backgrounds. Besides the weekly meetings at the Clarendon United Methodist Church, the Troop keeps busy by participating in several large events such as the Chain Bridge District campouts (Klondike, Projectoree, and Camporee), treks to Philmont, and summer camps at Goshen and Camp Rock Enon. Alongside the official District campouts, the Troop goes on their own camping trips, hikes, bike hikes, and snow skiing in West Virginia, and serves the community

of Eagle. Included in these 72 are Scouting’s first set of triplets to earn the Eagle rank – Leo, Nick, and Steven Cantos. The Cantos brothers completed all of the required advancement requirements to earn the Eagle award despite being blind. Their Eagle Court of Honor was a widelyattended event and

District Chair - Stephen Smith (c) 703-664-2659 Commissioner - David Astle (c) 703-861-3346

displayed that Scouting truly is for everyone. In addition to its newest Eagles, Colonial’s units have continued to lead in other programming areas including logging more than 1,300 nights camping and registering more than 2,779 youth participants, including two new Venture Crews.

Aasgeir Gangsaas

ACC James Stewart

Field Director


Behind all of the engagement in these activities has been Scoutmaster Rob and several other essential adult leaders who have been an encouraging, challenging, and guiding force in promoting the Scouting spirit for hundreds of boys, men, and women. Scoutmaster Rob won’t step away completely; he will continue to be a part of the Troop leadership. The troop’s next 100 years looks to be just as meaningful and exciting as its first.

Carpe Adventure Trek (CAT), a 40-kilometer trek stepping-off from Alexandria, toward

Colonial District Chair Keith Gray and District Executive Todd Bolick join the Cantos brothers of Troop 601 following their Court of Honor.


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

through projects such as leaf raking i n Ly o n P a r k , Scouting for Food with the Arlington F o o d Assistance C e n t e r, and working with the Clarendon United Methodist Church in both faith and service activities.

As Colonial units participated in this year’s Scouting for Food event, one family left this note with their donation. We cannot love it enough!

Looking ahead, Colonial will host its Day Camp June 25-29 at Gunston Hall, and on March 10, will host its first

National Harbor and return. Registration for the CAT will be live by the end of the year on the calendar at Colonial’s home page, Look for more information in the new year about this exciting challenge for units that Colonial hopes to turn into an annual event. To all our volunteers and parents who make the Scouting experience memorable and fulfilling for our youth, we thank you for all you do. As the Colonial District prepares to embark on another year of Scouting, your support will ensure the continuation of meaningful programming and experiences for Colonial’s Cub and Boy Scouts, our Venture Crews, Varsity Teams and Exploring Posts.

District News & Views George Mason District YES Program supported by Troop 152 The Young Entrepreneur Scholars (YES) Program is designed to support and encourage young students (grades 3-8) to learn about themselves, entrepreneurship and running a business. They will gain confidence in themselves, their ability to make decisions and speak with others. Each participant will pick a product to make and sell at the YES™ Market Place. The YES™ Market Place was held on Sept 2, 2017 and was a fabulous success. Troop 152 from George Mason District provided well-orchestrated logistical support (and doughnuts) to the Market Place participants

Old Dominion District Notes from the Commissioner Along with the New Year, comes the only constant in life: change. Mike Nepi of the Old Dominion District will be stepping down from his role as District Commissioner. He has served his the world of Scouting and everyone in his community well with his time served over the past three years. In his own words:

Patriot District Patriot District Fall Camporee: A Great Weekend at Montpelier Plantation by Bill Snowden, Patriot District Committee

The Patriot District held its Fall Camporee at Montpelier Plantation, home of the fourth President of the United States, James Madison, on October 13-15. The theme for the event was President Madison (1809-1817), the United States Constitution, and Montpelier. James Madison was an American statesman and Founding Father who is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The camporee event, enjoyed by more than 300 Boy Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and adult Scouters, featured a wide range of activities, including historical/cultural/ learning experiences, five different Merit Badge sessions, archery and air rifle shooting sports, dodge ball, STEM, and more. Most participants arrived late on Friday afternoon and well into the evening, checking in and setting up camp on the plantation grounds about a mile from the Madison mansion. Friday evening events included rocket assembly for Scouts participating in the Space Exploration Merit Badge session; a meeting

by unpacking cars in the rain, holding umbrellas and doors, carrying participant materials from cars to the Marketplace and helping to set-up. This event was sponsored by Unity Spiritual Center of Springfield VA and Lovas Consulting, LLC.

“My 3-year tour as your District Commissioner has come to end. I am humbled and honored to have served the BSA is this capacity. As is the case in all rewarding volunteer positions, I have become a better Servant Leader. Thank you all for giving me that opportunity. I’ll see you around the campfires and on the trails, and I will remain available to help you on the continuing path to becoming a better Scout leader and community contributor.” Assuming the position come January 2018 will be the very seasoned and talented Scouter, Council Shooting

of Scoutmasters with the Camporee Senior Patrol Leader, William Wallace of Troop 1131; and a cracker barrel for about 70 Scouts and adult leaders. Reveille at 6:30 AM, breakfast, and opening ceremonies in the morning fog launched Saturday activities. Scouts then dispersed to various locations on the vast Montpelier grounds to begin their camporee adventures. Historical/cultural/learning activities enjoyed by many Scouts and Scouters throughout the day included viewing a movie on James Madison’s Montpelier, an interesting guided tour of the Madison mansion, and visits to Mr. Madison’s temple, the former slave quarters in the South Yard, the Gilmore Farm (a freedman’s home), the Madison Family Cemetery, where James and Dolley Madison are buried, and the Montpelier Slave Cemetery. The expansive grounds also provided great hiking experiences on several trails offering both natural and historical sights. A highlight of activities at the mansion was a unique interaction featuring a session with “President Madison” himself (pictured above), during which a skilled, realistic, and highly knowledgeable elderly gentleman in period costume spoke in the first person about the colonial period, described some of his experiences as president, including during the War of 1812, and responded in a remarkably detailed way to a range of interesting questions posed by attending Scouts and Scouters. Most notable was the fact that at no time during his

Committeeman, and former Assistant District Commissioner and Naval Officer Peter S. Pate. Peter’s past Scouting leadership adventures includes: Day Camp Director, Cubmaster, Unit Commissioner and Instructor extraordinaire. With a firm understanding of what it takes to be a Commissioner and a committed and exemplary work ethic District Commissioner Peter Pate will surely continue the legacy of unit service and support.

lengthy discourse did he deviate from his incharacter role. Many Scouts participated in the Merit Badge sessions, including separate sessions on Archaeology, Photography, Space Exploration, Citizenship in the Nation, and American Heritage. Also of considerable interest was a display/demo manned by NRL scientists featuring a small Vanguard satellite as part of STEM activities. STEM activities also included the launch of numerous rockets prepared by Scouts earning the Space Exploration Merit Badge.

picking up thousands of walnuts that littered the landscape. Closing ceremonies for the camporee followed the service project activities, and the campground was vacated by midday as Scouts and Scouters headed home.

Saturday afternoon sports activities included archery, air rifle marksmanship, and dodge ball. District. Special Webelos Scouts activities on Saturday included a knot-tying session and sessions focused on individual skills important for advancement in Scouting. Following dinner and the coming of darkness, Saturday’s activities concluded with the traditional campfire, which was totally organized and led by Scouts. The campfire featured numerous skits by various Troops and closed with a special American flag retirement ceremony. Following breakfast on Sunday morning, Scouts participated in several service projects for the Montpelier Foundation, which maintains Montpelier as a National Trust Historic Site. Scout service activities included spreading more than 50 piles of mulch on plantation flower beds, clearing brush and fallen branches from areas near the Montpelier race track, site of an annual steeplechase horse racing event, and The Scouter Digest February 2017 - April 2017 33

Virginia South Aquia A Gold Level District District Chair - James Dunham

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

Aquia District Fall Camporee

Commissioner - John Patrick (c) 540-809-8337 Phillip Duggins (w) 301-214-9115 (c) 540-220-9904

Some of the Merit Badge-specific stations were Semaphore, Cryptography, and The American Sign Language Telephone game. We also had several Scout skills stations such as: knot tying, Giant Clove Hitch, orienteering, search and rescue, first aid, and fire building.

Bull Run

A Bronze Level District District Chair - Dave Seitz

Commissioner - Matthew Messenger (w) 703-365-9051 District Director - Jessica Curtis (c) 571-265-6557


A Bronze Level District District Chair - Bill Knaus (w) 804-382-9207 Commissioner - Neil Hornung District Executive - Jasmine Pletzer (c) 757-759-4311


A Gold Level District

District Chair - Jim Pearce

Commissioner - Mark Chipman (h) 571-659-0362 Senior District Executive - Chris Huston (c) 507-990-9803


A Silver Level District

District Chair - Randy Allen Commissioner - Nelson Brittle District Director - Jessica Curtis (c) 571-265-6557

AVP Robert Kahn

ACC Drew Mrenna

Field Director Director of Field Service - Bob D’Avignon (w) 301-214-9119 (c) 301-399-2750 Bob.D’


In 2015, the BSA added the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge to the elective merit badge group, but the skills found in the merit badge are no longer required for rank advancement. This camporee aimed at encompassing some of these skills. Throughout the weekend, Scouts participated in activities oriented toward the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge, as well as utilizing teamwork and fundamental Scout skills.

The Aquia District Boy Scouts hosted their annual Fall Camporee and Webelos-ree October 20-22 at Curtis Park in Fredericksburg. This year’s theme was “Crack the Code”. Nearly 500 Boy Scouts, Webelos, and Adult Volunteers camped out and participated in activities utilizing teamwork and fundamental Scout skills as they worked on requirements towards the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge. Scouts also enjoyed a ham radio station, campfire program, and campsite competition for the coveted Commissioners’ Cup.

There were also some “just for fun” stations like Battleship (trying to throw dodge balls into tubs that were hidden from view behind a large tarp), Fill the Bucket (using sponges to transfer water from one bucket to another in a relay race), Chariot Race (lashing staves together to make a “chariot” to carry one Scout in a relay race), Minefield (a blindfolded Scout is guided by his patrol through an obstacle course), and Biohazard (each patrol is given two ropes and they have to pick up a bucket filled with tennis balls that is inside a 20-foot circle, then dump the

High Adventure Hiking with Troop 142 of Stafford, VA So, what happens when Scouts and Scouters go on a High Adventure Hike? Why, a good time is had by all of course! On October 27, 2017, Troop 142 departed Stafford for Front Royal, VA to participate in the National Capital Area Council’s (NCAC) 28th annual V3 Hike-O-Ree. Excitement was high and the weather promised to be awesome!

O-Ree. Troop 142 Scouts who trekked in the Hike-O-Ree were Xander Boit, Michael Hatfield, Carlitos Stoeter, and Travis Usener; they were joined by adult Scouters Assistant Scoutmaster Lance Boit and Scoutmaster Walter Usener. Troop 142 was joined by dozens of other Scout units from across the National Capital Area.

The V3 (Venturing, Varsity and Venture) Hike-O-Ree is a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) High Adventure hike that is open to all BSA units in Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, Sea Scouts and is open to Girl Scout Troops too. Because it is a High Adventure hike, it is limited to Scouts 13 years and older. All hikers, even Adults, must meet minimum health and physical requirements to participate in High Adventure hikes like the V3 Hike-

Troop 142 arrived at the 4H facility in Front Royal, which hosts the V3 Hike-ORee assembly/camping area, and was it beautiful! We camped in pastures with thick grass and the cool, dry autumn sky was clear and filled with stars stretching across the heavens. It was awesome!

tennis balls into another bucket without touching either bucket or entering the circle). A favorite turned out to be The Stalking Game -- a Scout is blindfolded and sits in a chair with 5 plastic forks stuck in the ground at his feet; the other patrol has to stalk up without being heard, take a fork, and stalk back to the starting line. If the blindfolded Scout heard you and pointed at you, the Scout identified had to go back to the starting line and try again. There was also an 80-ft. “Monkey Bridge” for the Boy Scouts and Webelos to challenge themselves on, and Dan Nellis (who coordinated building the Monkey Bridge) gave a tutorial on making rope with a machine he brought, as well as letting the boys try their hand at walking on his stilts. Meanwhile, The Webelos-ree focused on disability awareness. Scout events included signing the Scout oath, knot tying wearing mittens, blindfold relay, reading braille, code relay, hiking and finding trail signs, engineering code breaker game, learning about installing and unstopping a sink drain, installing and uninstalling a door lock, and electrical circuits.

STEM Rocket Launch Ready, Set, Launch!! The excitement begins to roar as the rockets are staged in the launch area cordoned off with yellow tape while a line of safety cones limits access to the landing area. T-minus 10, and everything is ready for launch. Youngsters anxiously wait their turn to launch the rockets that they made. While waiting their turn, they eagerly listen as explanations are provided about what makes their rocket go. Ultimately each participant wants to know how high did it go? And how long did it stay up there? This program leverages an activity that kids love (building and launching rockets) while showing parents that Scouting will foster their child’s creativity, initiative, and sense of

wonder. A great opportunity for the pilots, the families, and the adventure of building and flying rockets. Aquia District Boy Scouts hosted this exciting STEM Rocket Launch on November 3rd from 4-8 pm at Mt Ararat Church located at 1112 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford, VA. Rockets were available at the launch for $7. Youngsters who joined Scouts at the event received a rocket free of charge.

District News & Views Bull Run District Fall = Apple Butter Time BSA Troop 670, chartered by Grace United Methodist Church of Manassas, Virginia, spends one weekend every October making apple butter.

of one weekend, this year the troop was able to make 1,205 jars of really delicious apple butter. Sold for only $8, this is Troop 670’s primary fundraiser of the year. The Scouts have a rare opportunity to learn to take a natural resource and turn into a finished product that they can be proud of, one that financially benefits the troop for their many year-round activities.

A 34-year tradition, Troop 670 makes as much apple butter as their three 50-gallon copper kettles can hold. Scouts and family members gather at the same location each year for fun, friendship, fellowship, and hard work. Local Arrow of Lights Scouts are invited to join in to see what makes Troop 670 tick and to see its Scouts and leaders in action. During the course

Besides being delicious on toast, apple butter is a wonderful glaze for pork and ham, basting ribs on the grill, excellent in cake and cookie recipes, added into pancake batter, smeared on a grilled sandwich. Or do what the Troop 670 pros do and eat it straight out of the jar.

Mattaponi District Pack 1421 Participates in Wreaths Across America

All 23 Scouts and 8 siblings in attendance demonstrated extraordinary behavior during the entire event. We could not have been prouder of them.

On December 15, 2017, as part of our Wreaths Across America effort, Cub Scout Pack 1421 placed wreaths on veteran graves at Oak Hill Cemetery in Fredericksburg, VA.

Thank you to all of those who purchased wreaths for this effort. You made this opportunity to teach our Scouts this valuable lesson possible.

Occoquan District

Troop 1390 Eagle Scout Wins Microsoft Excel Competition

March Pinewood Derby Join us for the Occoquan District Pinewood Derby on March 10th at Antietam Elementary School. The top 5 finishers of each pack are invited. Registration begins at 8:00 am, and racing will follow at 10:00 am. Please visit our district webpage or online registration page for complete rules. Questions can be directed to: Mark Chipman or Ed Egee

Piedmont District Fauquier Cops For Children, Shop-With-A-Cop The Fauquier Cops For Children, ShopWith-A-Cop was a huge success December 9th, despite the weather! Fauquier Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1077 along with law enforcement from the Fauquier Sheriff’s Office, Warrenton Police, Virginia State Police, Remington PD, Prince William County Police, Homeland Security Investigations, and Fauquier Department of Social Services

He tells it better than we do, so to quote Jack: “I was taking a class at Forest Park High School to earn an Excel certification for my transcript. And I had gotten the highest score in the state of Virginia on the certification test. And I had walked into class and my teacher said, ‘You’ve qualified for a national competition run by the company Certiport, that makes all of the certification tests.’ She said, ‘There’s going to be the finalists from all the states in the U.S.’ and there’s six different categories that were

gonna’ be there – there w a s Wo r d , PowerPoint, and Excel for the 2013 modules, and then Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for the 2016 models. So I was competing in the category of Excel 2016. So when I went down to Orlando, for the national championship, it was all the other people who won the state championship for their states. And there, instead of certification test, where they give you Excel projects and

you make changes to them. Showing the different skills that you know. This one you have to recreate an entire spreadsheet from scratch by using the data that they give you from a company. They’ll give you a sample data – financial data, like data on weather, like snowfall or something like that. And you have to use the guidelines they give you, which incorporates all of the tasks you need to know of how to use Excel, into recreating this spreadsheet and you get 50 minutes to do it. And whoever is the most accurate, and then after that it comes down to time – that’s the tiebreaker within the 50 minutes – wins.” Congratulations, Jack! Well done, Scout.

took 71 children from across Fauquier County shopping for Christmas. This annual event at the Warrenton WalMart is a great opportunity for Post 1077 to work with local agencies, give back to the community, and show everyone what exploring is about. The Fauquier Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1077 meet in Warrenton, VA. Follow them on Facebook @ExplorerPost1077! The Scouter Digest February 2017 - April 2017 35

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Scout Troop 932 Provides Six Hours of Service to Help Those Affected by Earthquake in Mexico A BSA troop of Scouts living in Mexico City (troop 932) provided six hours of service to various families in Jojutla, Mexico on 14 October 2017.

there. As the Scouts interacted with families at the shelter, their cheerful countenances brought smiles to the faces of many refugees who had lost their homes. The Scouts were trusted to help sort donations, distribute toiletries, serve food, shovel debris, and demolish the remnants of walls

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The band of 12 boys camped at the refugee shelter for victims of the September 19, 2017, devastating earthquake that destroyed many homes, community centers, and businesses

when buildings collapsed during the shaking. The Scouts gained a deeper appreciation for their own safety and

on condemned buildings. They toured some of the most devastated parts of the city and lent a hand to some locals who lost loved ones well-being as they helped others who had lost all their possessions and more. Several people commented that the Scouts’ positive attitudes and brave examples of hard work lifted their spirits and strengthened their hope that they could rebuild their lives.

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The BSA  Expands  Programs  to  Welcome  Girls  from    Cub  Scouts  to  Highest  Rank  of  Eagle  Scout   Starting  in  2018,  families  can  choose  Cub  Scouts  for  their  sons  and  daughters,  who  can  take  advantage  of  the  life-­‐ changing  experiences  provided  through  Scouting.    A  program  for  older  girls  will  be  delivered  in  the  coming  year  to  offer   a  Scouting  program  to  older  girls,  allowing  for  participating  girls  to  earn  the  highest  rank  of  Eagle  Scout.   The  Boy  Scouts  of  America  is  committed  to  serving  youth,  families  and  communities  through  programs  that  deliver   character  development  and  values-­‐based  leadership  training  for  young  people–  all  while  remaining  true  to  our  mission   and  core  values,  outlined  in  the  Scout  Oath  and  Law.  

A Unique  Model  to  Provide  Program  Options  for  Boys  and  Girls   Cub  Scouting  is  organized  in  packs  and  dens.  In  2018,  an  existing  pack  may  choose  to  establish  a  new  girl  pack,  establish   a  pack  that  consists  of  girl  dens  and  boy  dens  or  remain  an  all-­‐boy  pack.    Cub  Scout  dens  will  be  single-­‐gender  —  all  boys   or  all  girls.  Cub  Scout  packs,  meanwhile,  can  include  any  combination  of  all-­‐boy  or  all-­‐girl  dens.  The  choice  is  left  to   individual  pack  leaders  in  consultation  with  their  chartered  organization.     This  hybrid  model  builds  on  the  benefit  of  a  single-­‐gender  program  while  also  providing  character  and  leadership   opportunities  for  both  boys  and  girls.  



WHAT IS HAPPENING? Starting in 2018, families can choose Cub Scouts for their sons AND daughters.

A Scouting program for older girls will be delivered in 2019, allowing participants to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Why the Change? Families today are busier than ever and with less free time, families want convenience. In fact, convenience beats cost as the #1 concern.


Research shows that our programs are extremely appealing to today’s busy families. In a recent survey of parents not involved with Scouting...


are interested in a program like Cub Scouts for their daughters


are interested in a program like Boy Scouts for their daughters

Get WILL Started @ Cub Scout Pack All-Boy Den All-Girl Den HOW IT WORK? Using the  same  curriculum  as  the  Boy  Scouts  program,  the  organization  will  also  deliver  a  program  for  older  girls,  which will be announced  in  2018 and  projected  to  be available in  2019, that will enable them to  earn  the Eagle Scout rank.

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Planning session 6 Council Venturing Cmte Mtg OA Chapter Mtg 12 Paddle Craft Safety River Course (PCS)River session 12 16 Camping and Outdoor Cmte Mtg 18 Venturing Spring Camporee 19 Spring Family Camping Leave No Trace Trainer Course 20 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 25 Goshen Family Camp Weekend 28 Memorial Day- Office Closed 31 Wood Badge, Sunday Friendly-Weekend 2

February 2018 1 High Adventure Mtg 3 MB Day Joint Trng for NCAC District Chairs 4 Scout Sunday 6 Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 8 Annual Business Mtg 9 Scout Jumuah 10 Scout Shabbat 11 OA Chapter Mtg 17 Milkweed for Monarchs 18 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 19 Washington’s Birthday- Office Closed 24 University of Scouting 28 Safe Swim Defense 28 Eagles on the Hill

June 2018

March 2018 1 Sea Scout SEAL Applications Due High Adventure Mtg 4 Council Venturing Cmte Mtg 6 NCAC-VOA Mtg Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 10 BCOLS (Weekend 1) Life to Eagle Seminar 11 OA Chapter Mtg 15 NCAC Aquatics Cmte 18 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 21 Camping & Outdoor Cmte Mtg 24 Sea Scouts NE Regional Bridge of Honor

April 2018 3 Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 8 OA Chapter Mtg 13 Leave No Trace Trainer Course 21 BCOLS (Weekend 2) Bullseye Family Camping Leave No Trace Trainer Course 22 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 26 Wood Badge, Sunday Friendly-Weekend 1 27 Phenomenon

May 2018 1 NCAC-VOA Mtg Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 3 High Adventure Mtg 5 William T. Hornaday Adviser Trng Camp Snyder Aquatics Work Day 6 Paddle Craft Safety Basic Course (PCS) Paddle Craft Safety River Course (PCS)

2 Scout Canoe Race 3 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day Pre-Camp Swim Classification Tests 5 Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 7 High Adventure Mtg 10 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day SCUBA BSA (6/10/2018) OA Chapter Mtg 15 Whitewater Challengers Cub-O-Ree Weekend 17 NYLT Summer 2018- Summer Session 1 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 1 NCAC Aquatics Cmte- 1 23 Camp Bowman- Week 1 24 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 2 Camp Olmsted- Week 1 Camp PMI- Week 1 Camp Ross- Week 1 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 1 NYLT Summer 2018- Summer Session 2 25 Camp Marriott- Week 1 (LDS Week) 30 Camp Bowman- Week 2 Camp Marriott- Week 2

July 2018 1 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 3 Camp Olmsted- Week 2 Camp PMI- Week 2 Camp Ross- Week 2 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 2 STEM Challenges Weeks at GoshenWeek 2 (Webelos) 3 Shooting Sports Cmte Mtg 4 Independence Day- Office Closed 5 High Adventure Mtg 7 Camp Bowman- Week 3

Camp Marriott- Week 3 8 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 4 Camp Olmsted- Week 3 Camp PMI- Week 3 Camp Ross- Week 3 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 3 9 Camp Snyder CS Day Camp 2018Day Camp 1 13 Camp Snyder CS Resident Weekends- Resident Weekend 1 14 Camp Bowman- Week 4 Camp Marriott- Week 4 15 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 5 Camp Olmsted- Week 4 Camp PMI- Week 4 Camp Ross- Week 4 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 4 16 Camp Snyder Webelos Resident WeekWebelos Week 18 Camping and Outdoor Cmte Mtg 20 Camp Snyder CS Resident Weekends 2018- Resident Weekend 2 21 Camp Bowman- Week 5 Camp Marriott- Week 5 22 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 6 Camp Olmsted- Week 5 Camp PMI- Week 5 Camp Ross- Week 5 Lenhok’sin High Adventure- Week 5 23 Camp Snyder CS Day CampSTEM Day Camp 27 Camp Snyder CS Resident Weekends- STEM Resident Weekend 28 Camp Bowman- Week 6 Camp Marriott- Week 6 29 Camp Wall Summer Camp- Week 7 Camp Olmsted- Week 6 Camp PMI- Week 6 Camp Ross- Week 6 STEM Challenges Weeks at GoshenWeek 6 (Boy Scouts) NYLT Summer 2018- Summer Session 3 30 NOAC Amangamek-Wipit ContingentNOAC AWL Contingent Camp Snyder CS Day Camp 2018Day Camp 2

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