The Scouter Digest - Spring 2015

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Silver Beaver & NOESA Honorees


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Prepared. For Adventure. My Fellow Scouts and Scouters, The thing most people think of when they hear Scouting is camping. And there’s a good reason for that. Many of our most important lessons are taught out in the woods, and it gives Scouts the chance to build the adventure that keeps them coming back year after year. This summer we have tremendous offerings at Goshen Scout Reservation and Camp William B. Snyder. Camp Snyder is welcoming a new Program Director, Shirley Couteau, and has special events planned for every month this year, including kite flying, Space Derby, and a “splash cinema.” Meanwhile, Goshen is already looking beyond this summer to 2016 when we start to celebrate GSR’s 50th anniversary! Plus there’s a very special event coming in the summer of 2017. I can’t tell you much about that yet, but whatever you’re imagining isn’t big enough! As if that weren’t enough, this summer we are starting a new camp program at Camp Howard M. Wall in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Boy Scouts and Venturers will get to experience high adventure in a tropical setting as they explore the island via jeeps, scuba, and kayaking while practicing their shotgun shooting and campcraft. Spaces are very limited for this year, so if you are interested in learning more talk to your District Executive. But camp isn’t just for older Scouts. That’s why many of our packs send their Cub Scouts every year to one of our council day camps. This summer’s theme is “Take Flight!” Cub Scouts will experience all our favorite outdoor activities, like arts & crafts, archery, BB’s, and camp games, while learning about aviation and earning their wings. Every summer our dedicated Scouters run day camps at about 20 locations, so wherever you are in the council there is one near you. I hope you don’t miss out on this opportunity to spend some high quality time with your Cub Scout, and invite all your new Tigers so they can be part of the fun too! (And be sure to sign up soon to get the early bird discount!) Wherever you go camping this summer, I hope you have a wonderful experience. Don’t forget to share your best stories, videos and photos with us using #myNCAC. See you ‘round the campfire, Les Baron

Les Baron Scout Executive/CEO

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The Scouter Digest

Vol 54 Issue 2

SPRING 2015 Published by National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America 9190 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20814-3897 301-530-9360

Venturers learned Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills at University of Scouting through caring for a potato

Robert D. Wood Council President

Garry Lewis Council Commissioner

For more about University of Scouting, please read the story on Page 20.

Les Baron Scout Executive

Aaron Chusid Editor-in-Chief

Nicholas Murphy Graphic Design/Layout

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Index 5 Around the Council 6 Popcorn 10 Development 11 Endowment 12 Camp William B. Snyder 13 Goshen Scout Reservation 14 High Adventure 15 Exploring 16 Venturing 17 Sea Scouting 18 Outdoor Adventure 20 Training 21 STEM 26 Eagle Scout Awards 28 Advancement & Recognition 30 Commissioner’s Corner 31 Council Map 32 District News & Views 46 Council Calendar

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Venturing, Sea Scouting Application Changes Explained NCAC’s 2015 Executive Board Members

12 Exciting Monthly Events at Camp William B. Snyder

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14 Local Scout Earns National Medal for Outdoor Achievement 20 University of Scouting 2015

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22 NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Recipients 23 Silver Beaver Award Recipients 30 Introducing NCAC’s New Council Commissioner

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Nearly 1,000 Scouts & Scouters attended University of Scouting, including Lego Man, played by Catoctain Mountain District Executive Mychal Tamillow.

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Around the Council Blood Drive at NCAC

SAVE THE DATE: Court of Honor The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) invites all of our volunteers to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the 2015 Class of Silver Beavers and 2014 Council and District Journey to Excellence Awards.


Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 pm Reception 7:00pm Dinner & Program 9:00pm Closing Ceremony

Where: Hilton McLean Tyson’s Corner 7920 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22102 Register Today at

NCAC is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, May 23 at the Marriott Scout Service Center. Donating blood is a simple thing but it can make a big difference. Please consider taking the time to give, and help save lives. Appointments can be made by contacting Erin Gillette

Venturing, Sea Scouting Application changes Beginning March 1, 2015, new Venturing and Sea Scouting participants who are 18 but not yet 21 must complete an Adult Application and Criminal Background Check Disclosure/ Authorization form. To support this change, the youth and adult applications have been revised. The new youth application and the new adult application should now be used. Spanish versions of both applications are also available. In addition, unit adult applications will no longer require council approval, unless the applicant has answered “yes” to any of the background questions. Council approval will still be required for adults in district and councillevel positions. This change is documented on page two of the adult application under the section titled “Approval Required-Unit Adults.” For more information, please visit:

HOST Hike Completes ‘Triple Crown’ Cub Scout and Boy Scout hikers will again have the chance this year to earn a medal and also complete the History of Scouting Trail’s “triple crown” this Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, with the James E. West Trail. West was BSA’s first and longest-serving Chief Scout Executive, holding the post from 1911-43. This year’s hike coincides with another historic Scouting event: the centennial of the Order of the Arrow. Participation in this year’s hike has been expanded to include Scouts, and in particular OA members, from all U.S. councils as well as international Scouts.

OA Staff Needed for HOST As part of the Order of the Arrow’s centennial, BSA has launched a special patch that all OA members can earn that can be worn on the OA sash. But it will take some “cheerful service” to qualify. That’s where this year’s James E. West Hike comes in. OA members helping staff the 5.5-mile-hike this Memorial Day weekend can earn service hours applicable toward their OA centennial patch. Also, OA members who visit the “Arrow Tour,” a traveling display of OA history, can earn bonus points toward the patch. Staff is need for the hike this year in particular because more than 5,000 local and outof-council hikers are expected to participate.

The trek is part history hike, part treasure hunt, and part challenge trail. One of the hike’s 21 stopping points will be the National Museum of the American Indian, which is on the National Mall. Registration is just $10 plus one donated uniform part. To sign up, go to The uniforms will go to inner-city Scouts in need. The 2013 hike drew more than 3,100 participants while last year’s hike pulled in some 2,900, including 27 Girl Scout troops. This year, inclusion of OA members, international Scouts, and families could boost total attendance to 5,000. For the James E. West Hike, 1,200 slots have been set aside for NCAC participants to receive inaugural hike medals. This means NCAC members who want to do the James E. West Hike need to sign up quickly. The History Of Scouting Trail was launched in 2013 with the Colin Livingstone Hike, a 5.9-mile trek. Last year’s addition was the 7.2-mile long Baden-Powell Hike. This year’s 5.5-miles-long James E. West Hike will take an estimated two to four hours to finish. All three hikes snake through the District of Columbia and require participants to visit sites of Scouting significance along the way, and answer questions about the sites. HOST was launched and is administered by NCAC, and the trail has become a BSA-sanctioned National Historic Trail, which means Scouts of all stripes can use the hike to earn the National Historic Trails Award. Details for the hikes can be found at The Scouter Digest April - June 2015


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2015 - 2016 National Capital Area Council Officers

Mr. Robert D. Wood Council President

Mr. Les Baron Scout Executive

Mr. Garry Lewis Council Commissioner

The NCAC “Key 3”

Mr. Eric W. Rasmussen COL Kenneth P. Davis, USA (Ret.) Treasurer VP Administration

Mrs. Nicole Smith General Counsel

Mr. Anthony R. Jimenez Dr. Michael L. Bourke VP Marketing/Communications Youth Protection Champion

Mr. David C. Nagel VP Learning for Life

Mr. W. Scott Gray IV VP Outdoor Adventure

Mr. John Peloquin VP Program Impact

Mr. Scott M. Smith VP Strategic Resources

Mr. John H. Graham IV, CAE VP Finance Impact

Ms. Catherine Gangsaas VP Membership Impact

Mr. James E. Smith, Ph.D VP District Operations

Mr. William B. Snyder VP At-Large

Dr. James S. Wilson VP Leadership & Performance

Mr. Peter C. Forster VPDigest At-LargeApril - June 2015 The Scouter





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A Scout is thrifty Second Annual Hospitality “Good Scout” Award Luncheon On December 11th, NCAC honored Elliott L. Ferguson, II, President and CEO of Destination DC, at the Second Annual Hospitality “Good Scout” Award Luncheon. The event brought together leaders throughout the hospitality field, including last year’s honoree, Roger Dow, President & CEO of US Travel Association who presented the award to Mr. Ferguson. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Ferguson eloquently described how he see the values of Scouting applying in the 21st century. Thank you to all that participated to raise funds for NCAC programs. To learn more about this event or how you can participate in the future, please contact Alex Duvelius at (301) 2149110 or

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Camp William B. Snyder Meet Shirley! Hello! I am Shirley Couteau, the Program Specialist for Camp William B. Snyder, and – as the title suggests – I am all about fun things to do at Camp Snyder! It’s one of the best Scout camps out there and in your own Council backyard! I have been a part of Camp Snyder from the very beginning. Most recently, I chaired the Camp Snyder Cub Program Committee and I have a long history with Cub Scout Day Camps. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Spring Cub Family Campouts Mark your calendar for April 11-12, 2015 and May 9-10, 2015! This spring Camp William B. Snyder will host two Cub Scout Family Campouts. These campouts are a great experience for both Cub Scouts and their families to spend a weekend camping together. There will be a variety of activities including crafts, games, hiking, fishing, shooting sports and more. For an extra fee families may participate in the Kite Festival (4/11/15) and Spring into Summer! (5/9/15) events. Registration is open for individual families, dens or packs. More information along with registration can be found online at

Camp Snyder Camp Store For all your Scouting needs visit the Camp Snyder Camp Store. Inside you’ll find many of the same items found in the Scout Shop including BSA Uniforms, books, patches and more. We can also special order items and have them available for you to pick up the following week. Along with the many great BSA items that we stock, there is also a variety of camping equipment, clothing and apparel, council patches, and craft items. Camp Store hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Save yourself the highway drive and shop the Camp Snyder Camp Store for your BSA needs. Check the Camp Snyder website and Facebook page for updates.

Facebook – Stay up to date. Do you have a need to know and need to know now? Then join our Camp Snyder Facebook page. Recent scheduling changes, new pictures and general camp information are updated on our fan page. Join us at

Premiere outdoor programs Spring Events Kite Festival Bring your own or make a kite to fly as we celebrate National Kite Month at the Kite Festival Saturday April 11, from 12noon to 4pm. We have the best kite flying spot in the world with fair breezes and no wires or trees to eat your kite. The cost is $5 for Family Campers and $10 for Scouts in uniform. Spring into Summer! Saturday May 9, 12 noon to 4pm with previews of summer camp, STEM programs, summer activities and more. The cost is $5 for Family Campers and $10 for Scouts in uniform. Splash Cinema Watch a movie while floating in the pool Saturday June 13, 2015. Gates open 7:30pm and the movie starts at dusk. Concessions will be available. The cost is $5 for Scouts in uniform and $10 for non-Scouts. Information on these events and more may be found online at

Weekend Camping and Rentals Camp Snyder provides some excellent campsite facilities for units to utilize for their weekend camping, but did you know there are other parts of camp available for use as well? The Ship, Fort, Big Dig, and all the pavilions at Camp Snyder are available to rent. Leaders can utilize these unique features to enhance their outdoor program. Need it for a different reason, like a special event? These themed areas make great locations for events like birthday parties, weddings, and other activities. Looking for a venue for a unit or district event? The Camp Snyder Dining Hall provides a great location, plenty of space, and an affordable food service program. To learn more go to

Upcoming Events April 2015 3-5 Closed 11 Old Dominion 5K Run Unit camping 16-19 Wood Badge Training Unit camping 24-26 Old Dominion District Camporee Bull Run IOLS Unit Camping 29-20 Wood Badge Training through May 3

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George Mason District event Wood Badge continues Sporting Clays Tournament Cub Family Camp Unit camping HOST Hikers camping Wood Badge Training First Aid training Unit Camping

June 2015 13 Splash Cinema 7:30 – 11pm

July 2015 Cub Resident Camp Thursday at 6pm - Sunday at 9am Overnight Camping Session 1 - July 9 - July 12 Session 2 - July 16 - July 19 Session 3 - July 23 - July 26 Session 4 - July 30 - August 2 Cub Adventure Days Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Day Only / Lunch Included Session 1 - July 6 - July 9 Session 2 - July 13 - July 16 Session 3 - July 20 - July 23 Session 4 - July 27 - July 30

August 2015 Webelos Camp Sunday 6:00 pm – Friday 9:00 am Overnight Session 1 – August 2 – August 7 Session 2 - August 9 - August 14

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Goshen Scout Reservation

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Goshen Spring Workend Attention all current and former staff members, Order of the Arrow members, Scoutmasters, Goshen Bears, handypersons, contractors and more! On the weekend of May 15th, 16th, and 17th, we will be hosting our Goshen Workend. During this time, we will be constructing new tent outriggers, building a few new bridges, restoring buildings, and taking the necessary steps to open and operate Goshen for the 2015 season! All are welcome to attend and registration can be found at If you’ve been wondering how you can pitch in and make a difference at Goshen, this weekend is for you. Don’t delay and sign up today!

Webelos Themes This year we are proud to announce that our Webelos Themes at Goshen Scout Reservation will be Knights of Ross and Knights of PMI! We will magically transport Webelos to the Middle Ages where they will enjoy the fantasy and lore of medieval times. Will your Webelos be able to solve the mystery of Merlin’s tower—or perhaps unearth Excalibur beneath the water trampoline? Will they hone their archery skills with the Merry Men of Nottingham Forest, or will they set off on their own adventures like Marco Polo? Slots are filling up fast, so hurry to make sure your Webelos do not miss out on an exciting summer of fun!

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September 4th - September 7th 2015 Labor Day Weekend It is not too early to mark your calendar for our annual Goshen Labor Day Family Camping event. Are you a staff alumnus who would like to share the wonder of Goshen Scout Reservation with your family? Have you been wondering what Goshen is like, but unable to commit to an entire week during the summer? Whatever the case, Family Weekend is a great opportunity for you to enjoy all of the benefits of Goshen (the lake, the scenery, the staff, the fun) over the course of a three-day weekend. Registration will open during the summer so be on the lookout for it at!

This year Camp Marriott will be providing a number of provisional Scouting events during the week of July 26th through August 1, 2015. Program offerings will include Beach and Yacht week, where Scouts and Venturers will spend a week working on everything Aquatics. Additionally, we offer Field and Stream week—a chance for Scouts to spend a week engaged in outdoor skills and shooting sports. Our most popular offering is Trail to Eagle week where a Scout can attend and work on every Eagle required merit badge. New this year, we are offering The Marriott Project. This will be our inaugural project STEM experience and we will focus on STEM related merit badges and activities. More information, including registration details, can be found on our website,

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

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High Adventure High Adventure Opportunities Open Now For units with older Scouts (i.e., 14 and older), NCAC has three great high adventure opportunities: FLORIDA SEA BASE Want to sail on a 40- to 50-foot sailing yacht for a week? Want to learn navigation, fishing and sailing in the Florida Keys? We have openings for just seven more youth and two adults this summer! Contact Dana Abrahamsen, Sea Base program liaison (, 703-280-9782) with questions. PHILMONT Scout RANCH Want to go backpacking in the New Mexico high country on a 12-day backpacking expedition? Experience the thrill of climbing mountains over two miles high! Opportunities are still available for units and provisional participants for this summer! Questions? Contact the Philmont program liaison, Ed Graydon (, 703-680-6550).

NORTHERN TIER Want to go canoeing deep in the wilderness of Canada? NCAC is starting provisional treks to Bissett, Manitoba, in July 2016. Sign-ups are now being accepted for 12 youth and 4 adults to experience the “Most extreme High Adventure in Scouting.” Be a part of NCAC’s inaugural provisional treks to Manitoba. Questions? Contact Craig Reichow, Northern Tier program liaison (, 703-478-0660), Space is limited and first-come, first served basis,so sign up now. See the NCAC High Adventure Committee web site for sign-up forms. More Questions? See the NCAC High Adventure Committee contact list on the NCAC web site. Once there, you can contact your district High Adventure Representative.

Local Scout Earns National Medal for Outdoor Achievement Governor Hogan presented to me a Citation of Achievement and pinned the medal on my uniform. Senator Montgomery escorted my family and me onto the floor of the Maryland State Senate where she introduced a Resolution of Recognition. The Senators passed the resolution unanimously and gave me a standing ovation. I feel humbled and privileged having received the recognition from these outstanding leaders.

My name is Gunnar Tokar. I am 17 years old and an Eagle Scout from Troop 738 in Damascus, MD. On March 4, 2015, I was honored by both Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland State Senator Karen Montgomery for being the second Boy Scout in Maryland, and the first in our Council, to earn the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement.

The National Medal for Outdoor Achievement was introduced by BSA in 2010. My father and I realized I might have met the requirements for this fairly new award as I completed my Eagle Scout project write-up. To our amazement, we found I was the first Boy Scout locally, second in Maryland and 69th in the country to achieve this award. Being an avid outdoorsman, I completed all five National Outdoor Badges, the components of the National Medal. While camping 300+ days, hiking 1,000+ miles, riding 450+ miles, spending 400+ hours in aquatics activities, and participating in more than 25+ adventures, I also earned numerous Silver and Gold devices for each badge.

The National Medal is the highest recognition a Boy Scout can receive for excellence in accomplishments, knowledge, and practice in numerous areas of outdoor achievements.

My fellow Scouts recognized my outdoor skills and leadership, and elected me to serve as crew chief on three Boy Scout High Adventures: Northern Tier in 2011, and

Philmont Troop Treks in 2012 and in 2013. The Philmont Ranch high adventure program provided me with a strong foundation through service in outdoor conservation. Since I love the Southwest and never get enough of the rugged outdoors, I have participated in other Philmont High Adventures - Rayado program and Mountain Trek in 2013 and Roving Outdoor Conservation School in 2014. This summer I hope to participate in Trail Crew Trek. I have been blessed to be able to experience these with my parents. I went to Seabase with my mom and Philmont and Northern Tier with my dad. This summer, my dad and I with my troop are planning to go to Northern Tier Bissett, Manitoba, Canada. I am fortunate and thankful to my Boy Scout Troop #738 for helping me develop my Scouting skills and for the opportunities to lead and instill my love for the outdoors to other Scouts. My hope is that my experiences will encourage others to learn and realize abilities above and beyond their imaginations and take hold of the opportunities Scouting provides. I am proud to be a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout, and a recipient of the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement. To learn more about the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement visit

Program Director Don Durbin


Exploring I can do STEM and Exploring?

Calling All Explorers

Yes, you can!

Exploring Awards Reception

We have STEM Exploring Posts throughout the Washington Metro area. STEM Posts helps equip coming generations with the critical skills to take on the challenges that society will meet in the future. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education helps increase the number of high school and college students that pursue STEM careers. STEM Exploring Posts provide a hands on, fun learning enviornment to explore what interests the young mind. Be it Robotics, or forensics, or engineering a STEM post will help challenge an Explorer to think beyond the class room and into the future. STEM Explorers are equipped to be tomorrow’s leaders with the critical reasoning skills to solve problems. Please contact the National Capital Area Council if you are interested in a STEM Explorer Post!

May 30 , 2015 at 3 pm Marriott Scout Service Center 9190 Rockville Pike Bethesda Md. 20814 Post Awards, Journey to Excellence, Council Awards More information to follow. Questions?? Please contact Mike Perry

Explorer Post 1882 VEX Robotics Competition 2015 VA State Championship winners By Scott Jarrett Engineering Explorer Post 1882 Advisor What do robots, underwater remotely operated vehicles, 3D printers, the International Space Station and refurbished computers have in common? The Explorers of Engineering & Technology Post 1882 are based out of Haymarket, Virginia. This group of future engineers, nearly 25 young men and women from Prince William County, have embarked on a journey to explore all aspects of engineering as a career since their inception in June 2014. The Explorer Post now has four VEX Robotics teams; VEX is a game based engineering challenge where teams design and build robots to compete against other teams from around the world. Three of the Explorer Post’s four VEX teams have qualified for the Virginia State VEX Robotics competition in February. Two are headed to the VEX Robotics World Competition in Louisville KY, April 15-18, 2015 to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia against 900 VEX teams from around the world!

camporee will include rocketry, sumobots, robotics challenges, virtual reality goggles and a whole lot more. Also in the fall the Explorer Post is hoping to participate in the annual Pumpkin Chunkin event in Delaware! The Explorer Post also holds monthly sessions where engineers from industry are invited to discuss their careers and share their love for all things engineering. These monthly sessions have included field trips to the Micron Semiconductor manufacturing plant, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the TechShop (a maker space), and Naval Sea Systems – Cadderock division where all US surface and submarine platforms have been tested since the 1930’s as well as building Rube Goldberg Machines and learning about the science of flight, electronic circuits and 3D printers.

US STEM Foundation and Systemic Solutions for without their generous sponsorship and continued support the program would be impossible. Additionally the Explorer Post would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their generous financial contributions TASC, Stellar Solutions and Symantec.

Of course no youth organization can be successful without its sponsors. The Explorers of Explorer Post 1882 wish to share their heartfelt thanks to their sponsoring organizations QBE, the

In February the Explorer Post formed its first underwater remotely operated underwater vehicle team as part of the international Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE). This year’s theme is ROVs in extreme environments. The MATE team is actually in the form of an underwater ROV ‘company’ whose job it is to respond to MATE’s request for proposals for three products: Science under the ice - algae sample collection, star fish identify and count, iceberg threat assessment; Subsea pipeline inspection and repair; and offshore oilfield production and maintenance. The Explorer Post is also now home to the nationally ranked SuperNOVA Zero Robotics team. Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. Not content with fueling their own enthusiasm for science, engineering , technology and math, the Explorer post partnered with the Virginia STAR program and Loch Lomond Elementary School in Manassas to refurbish and donate 20 PCs to students without computers at home, just in time for the holidays. What does the future hold for these engineers? In the Fall of 2015 Explorer Post will be co-hosting a STEM themed Camporee with Troop 1371 in the Bull Run District, the

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Venturing Venturing Recruitment By Kelsey Prunier NCAC VOA President When is comes to recruiting in Venturing, the common approach is, “Let’s list all the cool things they can do in Venturing! Mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, archery, etc…” It’s also common to explain how Venturers plan their events and how the awards system works. While this may prove effective every once in a while, there may be a better way to invite people to don a green uniform shirt and that way is to INSPIRE them.

Crew 27 visits Norfolk VA Navy Base By Lilianne Murphy Crew 27 Crew 27 left after dark on Friday, November 21, and headed for the Naval Base at Norfolk, VA. We arrived at the Little Creek Marine Amphibious Base Campground about midnight and set up camp in below freezing temperatures. Saturday morning we arose and fixed an excellent breakfast planned by Luke, a crew member who was working on his Outdoor Bronze award. We got the dishes done and headed for the Navy piers where the nuclear aircraft carrier The Theodore Roosevelt, CVN71, was tied up. Our entry was delayed a little bit by some coordination issues so we got to chat with the crew who were on security duty. We entered the aircraft carrier through the hangar deck, which was huge and all decked out with signal flags hanging from the roof. It was dressed up for an admiral’s retirement ceremony the previous day. Then we went to the galley where we delivered Boy Scout popcorn that people had donated to the military during the popcorn sale. The seamen in the galley were pretty excited to receive the gift. When we left the galley, we headed up onto the flight deck where we saw three fighter jets. One of them was a “dud;” it didn’t fly, it just gets used to teach people how to lift a jet on or off of and tow it around the carrier. We also saw missile launching tubes for defense, catapults for launching the aircraft and wires for catching the aircraft when they land. The deck is huge, almost a quarter of a mile long and 300 feet wide!

I recently watched a Ted Talk from leadership expert and author Simon Sinek. He wrote a book about his concept of the “Golden Circle” which he believed to be “a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, that explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others.” He believes that the best way to inspire action is not to talk about what you do and how you do it. It’s to first talk about why you do what you do and then describe the what and how. So how does this transcribe to Venturing recruitment? Instead of using our common approaches, what would happen if we said, “In Venturing, we believe fun and foundations go handin-hand. We believe adventure, leadership, personal growth,

was pretty tiny, especially compared to the aircraft carrier. Still, it was very neat and easy to get around in for everyone in our crew except Arian and Liam. Arian is really tall and kept bumping his head, and Liam wore his backpack, which got in the way. We gave popcorn to the submarine duty crew and they really liked it. La Jolla is scheduled to be decommissioned and will become a school ship for nuclear sailors. When we left the sub we went to the base movie theater to watch a film. The movie was fun because we all got to go see it together. Next we headed back to camp and fixed dinner, which was awesome because Luke made shish-kabobs and gumbo with rice; it was scrumptious. We had a lot of fun at the campfire then celebrated our Crew Advisor’s birthday and had cake. Sunday morning we got up and it was a lot warmer. We had soft tacos for breakfast (Thank you Luke) and broke camp. Once in the cars, it was back to the piers to see a guided missile destroyer, the USS Gravely, DDG-107.

and service allow Venturers to go where they want in life. We believe there is no typical Venturer and Venturing Crew, just as there is no typical dream for what to achieve in Venturing and in the world. Venturers accomplish all of this by planning their own events, leading and mentoring others, and testing their limits by doing new things. We also go on awesome trips and make life-long friends. Want to join?” Albert Einstein said insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result.” If the common recruitment approaches haven’t been paying off how we’d like them to, let’s change the status quo. We shouldn’t just try to recruit new Venturers, we should try to inspire new Venturers to “Lead the Adventure.”

When we arrived at the Gravely, the crew was there to meet us with proper Navy honors and we delivered their share of the popcorn we brought. On the Destroyer I liked the Officers Wardroom. It has an electric fireplace and is very homey. They have a wide screen TV too. We went to the Bridge where I got to sit in the XO’s chair. The XO (executive officer) is second in command of the destroyer. The purpose of the destroyer is to protect other ships and hunt submarines. If the submarine attacks a ship the Gravely is protecting, the Gravely may actually put itself in the path of a torpedo to protect the larger ship. It was interesting because the inside of the destroyer was pressurized to protect it from chemical and biological attack. They said destroyers are the fastest ships, they call them the ‘greyhounds of the sea.’

smaller carrier, the Kearsarge, was also tied up in the distance right next to where the Gravely was moored. Norfolk was a great trip and I’d love to go back, there was so much to see. About the Author – Lilianne Murphy is in 10th grade and is in her second year of Venturing. She started Venturing last year and spent two wonderful weeks at Goshen Scout Reservation’s Camp Bowman in the Venturing Program there. She really likes getting out to see things with her Venturing Crew and thoroughly enjoyed the Crew’s Norfolk Trip.

After seeing the Gravely, we stopped for lunch at the food court in the Navy Exchange. It is the largest one in the Navy. As we drove north from Norfolk, we saw the nuclear aircraft carriers on the horizon to the west, The Roosevelt was there and so was the Bush. A

After a quick lunch we went back to the piers to see a fast attack nuclear submarine. We weren’t allowed to take pictures because of the secret stuff but it was very neat. The submarine is SSN-701 and it is called the La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya). The submarine

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NCAC-VOA President

Ben Hazekamp

Kelsey Prunier


Sea Scouting 2015 NCAC Sea Scout Awards and Celebration Each January, the Sea Scout Ships of the NCAC gather in Fairfax, VA to celebrate the Sea Scout Legacy. Attired in their Dress White or Dress Blue uniforms, they gathered to recognize the top Ships, Scouts and Adults in the NCAC Sea Scout program. The evening opened with Scouts from Ship 100 (SSS Dominion) hosting the ceremonial LandShip in a carefully scripted tradition that goes back almost as long as the 103 year history of Sea Scouts. Boatswain Zach Skiles “piped the sides” welcoming NCAC Commodore Doug Yeckley and Chesapeake Flotilla Rear Commodore Steve Nichols aboard. Ship 1942 (SSS Dragonlady) was recognized as the Outstanding Ship of the Year in recognition of their very active program which also culminated in their recognition this year as the National Flagship. This was their second award as National Flagship in the last 10 years - a rare achievement. Ship 212 (SSS Runners) was recognized with the NCAC Wardroom Award for their achievements in rallying an existing ship with renewed vigor and excitement and the award was presented to Boatswain Reuben Levin, who also took office as the incoming Council Yeoman. Henry Darron, NCAC Boatswain (the senior youth leader in NCAC Sea Scouts) was recognized as Outstanding Boatswain of the Year for his support to both his own Ship 191 and the Council Squadron. Henry also served as Boatswain to the 2014 Koch Cup supporting National Director Keith Christopher and National Commodore Charles Wurster. Mercedes Matlock from Ship 59 was recognized for Outstanding Sea Scout of the Year, with specific recognition of her successful completion of the Sea Scout Advanced Leadership (SEAL) Training, and participation in the 2014 Koch Cup. The Koch Cup is a gathering of the top 40 small-boat racing teams from around the world. NCAC fielded 5 of the 40 teams this year. Skipper Dan O’Neil from Ship 191 was recognized as Skipper of the year for his support to the Sea Scout program and success and growth of his home Ship. No Skipper is alone in success, and as such Anne Darron from Ship 191 was also recognized as the Outstanding Sea Scouter of the Year for her leadership and assistance in supporting the Ship. Skipper O’Neil and Mrs. Darron both reportedly survived a year supporting the very active Boatswain of the Year through all his activities while maintaining their sanity and careers. We are certain they managed all this in exactly “one hour a week.” Additional recognition went to Michael and Alex Lieberman for achieving the extraordinarily rare feat of reaching the pinnacle rank/award in Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturing. Michael and Alex (along with their middle brother Nick) have made Eagle, Quartermaster and Venturing Silver. Michael was recognized for finishing first in his SEAL class this summer. Recognized outside of the evening, Alex Smith and Nick Lieberman, both from NCAC, were noted for serving as Boatswain and Boatswain’s mate during the US Coast Guard’s “Barque Eagle Cruise” where Sea Scouts (and ONLY Sea Scouts) join Coast Guard cadets aboard the 295 fully-rigged sailing vessel for a week of traditional sailing in the Atlantic. Cate Boulter of Ship 100 assumes office as the NCAC Council Boatswain for 2015. Finishing the evening was the keynote presentation from Skipper Todd Skiles from Ship 100. Skipper Skiles spoke about his childhood growing up on the Panama Canal. The Scouts were taken on a time-lapse virtual transit of the Panama Canal and a brief history of one of the Modern Marvels of the World, which celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in August. He finished with an obligatory series of humiliating pictures and stories of being a Cub Scout in Central America and lessons learned from being chased by monkeys and snakes. As they departed – all thoughts turned to the Chesapeake Flotilla Winter Training where nearly 200 Sea Scout members convene at Catoctin Mountain Park (next to Camp David!) for a weekend of training, sports and general fun. See you on the water in 2015!

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Outdoor Adventures Order Of The Arrow Is Busy In Its Centennial Year On January 3, 2015 our Order of the Arrow lodge, Amangamek-Wipit, held its annual banquet at the Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland. Nearly 500 members attended the brunch and awards and celebration of the founding of the OA on July 16, 1915. Judge C. Philip Nichols, Jr, a Scouter and OA member from Prince George’s County, was the key note speaker who urged the Arrowmen to take Scouting into the next century of service for the good of the community and the nation. A number of awards were presented, including 63 new Vigil Honor members. Key Three Awards were presented to Nancy Bentley, Clark Billups, Kevin Brendel, Isiah Burroughs, Don Durbin, Mike Hunt, John Meyer, John O’Connell, and Jamie Wilson. The coveted Founders Award, limited to four a year, were this year presented to Jonathan Bjorson, Geoffrey Loughner and Michael McKinney. The Leadership Servant Awards, presented only to older youth 18-20 years of age were presented to Kyle Brendel and Kyle Raffensperger. This award carries with it a James E. West Fellow Award recognition, as well. As Centennial plans proceed for the lodge, members are working on an individual recognition, The Arrowman Service Award, which can be earned in 2015 and carries with it the right to wear a patch on the OA sash. All members, youth and adult, can earn this award. The first twelve awards went to: Jonathan Bjorson, Michael Bloom, David Cain, Gary Carroll, Ronald Cain, Ken Davis, Peter Lagerbert, Geoffrey Loughner, Michael McKinney, Ben Press, Dan Press, Jamie Wilson and Randy Wilson. Plans are being executed to have several major events during this year, including the Section 6A Conclave in May, to be hosted at the Baltimore Area Council camp and two fellowships. The first will be held at Camp Snyder and be full of fun and fellowship and competition, as well as service to the camp. In August, 15,000 OA members will be gathering at Michigan state University for the 100th Anniversary National OA Conference. Our lodge will be sending over 100 members to the NOAC. This year will be special as “Centurion Awards” will be presented. In the fall the fellowship will be held at Goshen Scout Reservation and will also consist of service and fun at camp. Amangamek-Wipit Lodge has just released its selections for the Centurion Award for this Centennial. As a part of the 100th Anniversary, the OA has allowed each of the nearly 300 lodges from around the nation to select up to one Centurion Award for each 100 members in the lodge. This award is to recognize those select individuals who have made a major positive contribution in the history of the lodge. Adults and youth, living and deceased were all eligible. Since the founding of our lodge in 1952, tens of thousands of youth and adults have been a part of the lodge.

This year, the following 31 Arrowmen have been selected as Centurions in our lodge. (Adults in italics; * indicates deceased) Richard Ahlbert, Jr. David Barringer Jonathan A. Bjorson Kyle P. Brendel John C (Jack) Clifford III *R. Russ Colwell Jared P. Davis Kenneth P. Davis *Elgin L. Deering *Vincent H. A. Gordon Matthew D. Hoag Woodard B. (Buddy) Hopkins III Perry N. Ives Walter L. (Pete) James *Harrison S. Krider Geoffrey S. Loughner

Leonard L. Lucchi John W. Merchant Jeffery A. Morrow II Andrew S. Oh Benjamin G. Press Kyle M. Raffensperger Harold W. Ramsey Thomas E. Reddin Patrick W. Rooney Lawrence A. Ruh Joseph E. Ryan Con D. Silard, Jr. Richard A. Sullivan Andrew M. Widmann Arden T. Widman

Notes from your Aquatics Committee Aquatics Activity Supervision To support a summer full of aquatics activities with your unit, BSA requires any adult leading a swimming or boating activity to have current Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training. These training courses are available online at Each one takes about 45 minutes to complete. Since these courses only cover the policies governing safe aquatics activities, BSA has developed follow-on hands-on aquatics supervision courses: Swimming and Water Rescue and Paddle Craft Safety. Each of these courses cover the practical skills needed to supervise aquatics activities and to respond to emergencies that might arise. Paddle Craft Safety training is being held at Camp Snyder on April 25. Swimming and Water Rescue training is being held at Camp Snyder on June 20. More information and registration can be found at GSR boat drivers Are you going to be an “extra” leader with your unit at Goshen Scout Camps this summer? Would you like to operate the ski boat during your spare time for the Watersports Merit Badge and waterskiing activities? A prerequisite is for any boat operator to have taken a boater safety course. The Virginia Boating Safety Course is a free online course available at Contact Gary Carroll ( if you are interested in becoming a Goshen boat driver while you are at camp this summer. Lifeguard Training Do you want to get a cool lifeguard job this summer? Then you will need lifeguard certification training. Completing this course in May and June will earn you both BSA and American Red Cross Lifeguarding certifications. The prerequisite swim test is on May 17. The course is then held on May 30 & 31 and June 6 & 7 (both weekends). You must be at least 15 years old to complete the course and must be a strong swimmer. The deadline for registration is May 11 so register soon at 18

Pre Camp Swim Classification Tests Units should be ramping up for a summer full of safe and fun aquatics activities. In support of your unit program, NCAC is providing an opportunity for your unit to conduct pre-camp swim classifications at the Camp William B. Snyder pool. On June 6 you can bring your unit to the Camp Snyder pool and have BSA-trained aquatics personnel conduct your swim classification tests. The unit leader will be issued a roster designating the appropriate BSA swim classification (swimmer, beginner, or nonswimmer) for each individual tested. Preregistration is required, see for details. Scuba BSA Scuba BSA is an introductory scuba experience where Scouts and leaders get to try the sport of scuba diving in a safe, clear pool environment. This is an introductory, try-it scuba experience. It does not result in certification training for diving on your own. It is not the BSA Scuba Diving merit badge (that is offered in August) Many people decide to go on and take a certification course after earning the Scuba BSA award. The cost is only $25 for the session (including use of all the scuba gear). Scuba BSA is being offered at Camp William B. Snyder on Sunday, June 14. Find more information and register at Float Plans This is the time of the year that many units start planning for river float trips. Any boating activity requires proper planning to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. A float plan is a required planning document according to BSA’s Safety Afloat guidelines. The float plan should be completed well in advance of the trip and should be filed with various authorities, including the local council office. That can be done by attaching the float plan document to the Tour Plan. A sample float plan form can be found in BSA No. 34346 Aquatics Supervision – A leader’s guide to youth swimming and boating activities.

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Training University of Scouting 2015

We had a great University of Scouting this year with almost 1,000 leaders learning new skills to better serve their Scouts. Thank you to all the Scouters, sponsors, and Scouts who made it possible!

Upcoming events Back Country Outdoor Leadership Skills (BCOLS)

Spring 2015 Saturday April 25, 2015 through Sunday April 26, 2015 8am to 1:30pm Place to be determined for both weekends Registration will be available by January

Wood Badge 2015 Spring 2015 Friday - Sunday April 17 – 19 Registration available now at:

Summer (Sunday Friendly) Thursday - Saturday April 30 – May 2 and May 28 – 30 Registration available now at: You are required to attend both weekends Both Courses are at Camp William B. Snyder 6100 Antioch Road Haymarket, Virginia

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) June 21 -27, 2015 July 12 -18, 2015 July 27 – August 2, 2015 All Courses will at the American Legion Youth Camp At 9201 Surratts Rd, Cheltenham, Maryland Registration will be available in February 2015

POW WOW 2015 November 21, 2015 mark your calendar now

Program Director

Don Durbin


Program Specialist

Margee Egan


Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics

STEM is the Focus of Pack 759’s Meetings

Since 2012, STEM has been the focus of Pack 759’s meetings – and they have earned the advancements to show it! For physics, they studied the effects of gravity on marbles; for paleontology they visited the dinosaur park; for technology they studied video games.

Most recently, for astronomy, members of Pack 759 of Aston, Md., visited the universe through an application called Stellarium. Stellarium is a free open source planetarium application for personal computers. To learn more visit Webelos I Den Leader Syd Craig led the Scouts in the astronomy session where they learned about the universe and its composition: planets, stars, our solar system, galaxies, black holes, red giants, white dwarfs, comets, meteors, moons, asteroids. The Scouts worked on the Astronomy Cub Scout Belt Loop, and completed the remaining requirements at a second pack meeting.

Coordinator Kevin Hopson served as the Nova Counselor and Supernova Mentor to these Scouts.

By focusing on the STEM-related belt loops and pins, these Scouts have already earned part of the requirements towards Cub Scout Nova Awards. White Oak District’s STEM

A total of 97 Nova Award Patches and Pi Pins have been awarded to the Scouts, and 11 Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Medals.

In support of the Swing! Nova Award, they brought in wheelbarrows, hammers, baseball bats, balances and catapults to identify the different types of levers. Scouts then designed their own catapults and competed their requirements.

Scouts visit the Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History hosted Scout Day on March 7th. Scouts received a museum map identifying the exhibits and activities that would help them with their requirements. The museum offered 3 facilitated activities in support of three Boy Scout Merit Badges: Nature, Mammal Study, and Bird Study.


STEM Advisor

James Hamlin

STEM Coordinator

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2015 NOESA Award Recipients


Jeffrey S. Berger

Craig S. Iscoe

D. Nathan Sheets

James J. Streilein 22

Mark R. Johnston

Robert Stalzer

Dexter E. Wood, Jr.

Robert R. King

Dr. Mark W. Cannon

Anthony T. Clark

Christian D’Andrea

Donald R. Forest

Robert Heaton

Leonard Lucchi

Anthony Romanello

D. Kirk Shaffer


2015 Class of Silver Beavers


Ed Yarbrough

Nancy Bentley

Douglas Carlson

Raymond Davids

Philip Dennis

Thomas DiMisa

Deborah Franklin

Rex Huling

Rizwan Jaka

Donald Kerr

Carol Lepp

Mark Longworth

James MacGillivray

Robin McAlister

Isabelle Muller

Joseph Pallone

Son Pham

Keel Ross

Cliti Shafer

Stephen Smith

William Snowden

Robert Springman

Dean Stinson

Some photos not available at time of publication

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CHEMISTRY! Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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A special thank you to Aya Take

erstanding a Hydraulic Brake system

emistry merit badge classes at Scout Engineering Day covered ariety of concepts. Try this experiment at home:

Bonus Quest


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Scout Engineering Day This year, Pi Day beared special signiďŹ cance as the digits extended to 3.14.15. #PiDay2015 trended on twitter, several pies were devoured, and nearly 360 Scouts came together on Pi Day for a day of learning in STEM. From 9AM to 5PM, the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale campus’ gym was converted to a Robotics workshop, geology lab became an Oceanography lab, and student lounge was converted to an Aviation class. In an event dubbed Scout Engineering Day, Scouts selected from 19 different full or half-day classes. Their selection included Astronomy, Composite Materials, Drafting, Programming, Sustainability and others. The classes were based on the Boy Scout Merit Badges, though the event also welcomed Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts, Sea Scouts and Varsity Scouts. Over 70 volunteers including a core team from MITRE Engineering Corporation who dedicated months towards the planning of Scout Engineering Day made this a phenomenal Pi Day.

euchi, who spent the day with us photographing the science experiments!

For more experiments visit

Eagle Scout, Sea Scout, Venturing Awards The National Court of Honor has awarded these ranks to the following young men and women whose certificates have been returned to our office between November 3, 2014 and February 25, 2015.



Appalachian Trail District Troop 792 Matthew Anthony Balcerek Troop 476 Thomas Andrew Corl Troop 268 Vincent Edward Duke Troop 2017 Andrew David Forrest Troop 792 Zachary Ryan Foss Troop 792 Nicholas James Fox Troop 792 James Patrick Hendy Troop 1023 Nicholas Petro Keller Troop 268 Harrison Foxx Lisle Troop 268 Timothy Patrick Rubeling Aquia District Troop 516 Andrew Douglas Boring Troop 907 James Robert Brown III Troop 840 Christopher James Cintron Troop 907 Michael Drake Desgrosseilliers Troop 850 Ian Matthew Isaac Dow Team 49 Kaleb Blake Earl Troop 850 Tyler Joseph Heath Troop 63 Joseph Gerard Keogh Troop 1717 Adam Carlyle McKinney Troop 26 Teague Joseph Meiers Troop 218 Edward Thomas Perkins Troop 840 Zachary Michael Phillips Team 949 Aaron Lee Reid Crew 1945 Nathaniel Emerson Stewart Troop 1425 Justin J. Williams Bull Run District Troop 608 Jacob Estes Adams Troop 1196 Iain Alan McKie Calhoun Troop 1882 Jeffrey Tyler Chaplin Troop 1833 David Michael Haynes Troop 581 Calum James Laing Troop 670 Ivanovich Patrick Lesefka Troop 671 William H. McCarty Troop 555 Alexander James Missar Troop 671 Jonathan Ryan Raisigel Troop 1195 Jeffrey Allen Rockenbaugh Troop 1360 Cody Robert Sessions Troop 924 Edward Patrick Shanahan V Troop 671 Austin Mitchell Smith Troop 555 Colson Andrew Steward Troop 884 Alexander N. Vlahopoulos Catoctin Mountain District Troop 470 Thomas Ryan Dorris Troop 628 Zachary Nicholas Dunning Troop 1998 Kenneth Hans Johnson Troop 266 Andrew Kevin Jones Troop 1070 Matthew James Kaufmann Troop 886 Seth Christopher McHood Crew 280 Dominick Nordin Troop 1998 Benjamin Obenland Troop 628 Jacob Riener Oesterle Troop 1070 Brandon Michael Witt Troop 1998 Calvin George Wolfes Chain Bridge District Troop 1130 Deniz Atak Troop 106 Blaine Emory Berquist Troop 869 Robert Heron Bork III Troop 647 Jackson Robert Boswinkle Troop 162 Timothy Oswald Bova Troop 822 Brandon Patrick Carraway Troop 104 Adam Joel Curtis Troop 106 Lucas Garrett DeGraw Troop 2535 Raghav Dumera 26




Troop 869 Troop 505 Troop 2535 Troop 638 Troop 111 Troop 647 Troop 638 Troop 1128 Troop 111 Troop 647 Troop 1128 Crew 822 Troop 141 Troop 869 Troop 104 Troop 111 Troop 111 Troop 1128

Christopher James Haley Nathan Lawrence Harpine Brian Andre Henry Alexander Hirschberg Arthur William Hofer Andrew Carleton Hunt Pierce Emerson Jennings Dryden Scott Joss Patrick MacNeil Mangan Christopher Barry Mutty Adam O’Connell Thomas Leialii Richards Hunter William Simmons Christopher James Touhill Bradley Otto Veerhoff Maximilian Thomas White Kenneth K Worden Daniel Asad Yaqub

Goose Creek District Troop 1576 Ahmed Irfan Adam Troop 918 Josiah Allan Aden Crew 1174 Grant Leigh Bartolomei Troop 961 Harry Winters Buchanan V Troop 1154 Timothy Joseph Bushman Troop 982 Daniel James Christman Crew 533 Jacob DeLacy Cochran Crew 663 Brett Dean Conklin Troop 2970 Kevin Joseph Corella Troop 998 Daniel Thomas Eisert Troop 163 William MacKenzie Ensor Troop 2950 Henry Nathaniel Feil Troop 968 Brandon Austin Fuentes Troop 1910 Benjamin Joseph Fuhrmann Troop 1550 Trenton Lee Garey Troop 1550 Erik Robert Hagler Troop 1430 Samuel Wayne Hagood Troop 1430 Matthew Ryan Harper Troop 2970 Karan Sanjeev Hirani Troop 982 Harrison Grant Huggins Troop 1158 Zachary Thomas Hummel Troop 1159 Robert Paul Jackson Troop 58 Christopher Ryan Johnson Troop 969 Joshua Michael Jovene Troop 163 Benjamin Robert Kellogg Crew 743 Cory Alan Kidd Troop 712 Matthew William Kirkwood Troop 2970 Pranava Swaroop Komaragiri Troop 1430 Trevor Raymond LeMaster Troop 997 Ian Thomas Michel Troop 950 Andrew Craig Nicholson Troop 2010 Spencer Elliott Pfundstein Troop 962 Jordan Frederick Psimas Troop 39 Kenneth E. Reynolds Troop 58 Nathan Andrew Rogers Troop 1430 Donald Robert Rosessler Jr Troop 992 Nicholas George Schaefer Troop 2970 Thomas Zachary Shively Troop 163 Harrison Tyler Sink Team 1174 Jack Ramiro Sorensen Troop 1154 Brendan Andrew Spillare Troop 998 Peter Alexander Spradling Troop 1666 Eric Lindbohm Torbert Troop 572 Justin Paul Traenkle Troop 1154 Kaushik Praveen Venkatesh Troop 572 Blake Andrew Wilson Crew 533 Kevin Joshua Wither Troop 1173 Gage Ned Worthington Team 1173 Austin Brooks Wright Troop 968 James Dalton Zentz

Colonial District Troop 654 Michael Angel Avila, Jr. Troop 680 Sean William Bednarek Troop 129 Peter Jacobs Brinkman Troop 1509 Carson Stirling Cameron Troop 993 Taylor Wayne DeFrees Troop 993 Claude M Y DeLamater-Brotherton Troop 4077 Joseph Matthew Dirsa Troop 654 Kyle Patrick Hanna Troop 654 William Michael Hitchcock Troop 129 Georgii Henry Howard Troop 1519 Connor Austin McLaren Troop 1509 William Paul Nicholson Troop 4077 Francisco Javier Nieves Troop 129 Andrew James Patacsil Troop 1509 Daniel Aubrey Pike Troop 1509 David Jean Pinter, Jr. Troop 654 Christopher Robert Quin Troop 1509 William Anthony Rausch Troop 129 Nicholas Joseph Roda Troop 654 John Joshua James Shelton Troop 1076 Evan A. Smoot Troop 129 Wyatt Nathaniel Stewart Team 601 Ryan Snow Teel Troop 993 Joseph Gallagher Thrapp Troop 680 Thomas J Washington Troop 1519 William Matthew Whiteside Troop 654 William Lee Wimbish III George Mason District Troop 976 Zayan Najmuddin Ahmed Troop 681 Christopher Quan Bach Troop 895 Henderson James Beam Troop 895 Jacob Harold Bruner Troop 152 Nicolas Rafael Riviere Carrill Troop 895 Jackson Bernard Dillard Troop 1978 Jonathan Burns Eaton Troop 987 Philip Douglas Martin Estes Troop 152 William Mark Fisher Troop 13 Matthew Thomas Godin Troop 1539 Sean Thomas Grapin Troop 987 Ashton Hughes Hershon Troop 152 Konrad S. McKalip Troop 152 Robert Springer Moore Troop 895 Abhijit Narain Troop 1887 Carter Russ Troop 140 Kameron Lewis Spain Troop 987 Daniel Kenneth Spiwak Troop 895 Michael Forrest Winters Jr


Mattaponi District Troop 170 Robert Gregory Anderson Troop 191 Robert Glen Andrews III Troop 165 Andrew James Boyle Troop 179 James Micael Burtle Troop 206 Troy Lee Clift Troop 835 Matthew Ryan Cobb Team 1048 Samuel Joseph Harter Troop 206 Nathan Andrew Irey Troop 325 James Allen Irwin Troop 1404 Nathanial Edison Lydick Troop 179 Spencer Howard Marshall Crew 1048 Cameron Boone Meppen Troop 170 Tyler Dalton O’Quinn Troop 170 John Collin Parsons Troop 14 Callum Pattillo Troop 173 Luke Alexander Peterson



Troop 21 Troop 325 Troop 791 Troop 935 Troop 21 Troop 325

Zachary Arnold Martin Pfau Matthew Randall Reiter Todd Alexander Slunt William Southworth Smith David James Snyder IV Nolan Perry Turley

Occoquan District Troop 295 John Dalton Bennis Troop 1352 Hayden Isaac Ecker Troop 1352 Cameron Joseph Harnad Troop 43 Andres Roberto Jovel Troop 1378 Cody Alexander Kidwell Troop 1392 William Jackson Kirby Troop 1919 Joseph E .Lanham Troop 1365 Thomas Joseph Liuzzo III Troop 189 Dylan Christopher McDonald Troop 1369 Nicholas A. Montgomery Crew 454 Gordon Craig Russell Troop 1390 Sean Patrick Scanlon Troop 35 Clark William Shotwell Old Dominion District Troop 875 Julian Anderson Troop 894 Pedro Rafael Burset Troop 894 Nicholas Joseph Caporaletti Troop 875 Kyle Babadele Coker Troop 980 Benjamin Louis Crane Troop 1853 Jason Brady Doroski Troop 688 William Goodbar Eatherly Troop 1853 Joel Ernest Harden Troop 1853 Matthew Andrew Kern Troop 1518 Sean Steven Kett Troop 1518 John Kevin Galvin McKechnie Troop 994 Connor Patrick Mullany Troop 1849 Kevin Francis Murphy Troop 875 Jacob Russell Norris Troop 894 James F. Keliimakai Perkins Troop 1518 John Timothy Queeney Troop 1853 Matthew William Race Troop 1146 Jeremy E. Mogolllon Rivera Troop 1518 Thomas George Saba Troop 1849 Junha Patrick Sim Troop 274 Robert Smatlak Troop 980 George Frederick Smith Troop 1115 Matthew David Souser Troop 688 Liam Edward Stripling Troop 1140 Thomas Stephen Susa Troop 1853 Ryan Alexander Wade Troop 1853 Daniel Jeffrey Wimmer Troop 150 Garrett Russell Youmans Patriot District Troop 1865 Sean P. Busch Troop 1131 Alexander Grant Corbett Troop 1346 Collin N Dominick Troop 1346 Nelson Patrick Downs Troop 1346 Sean Ryan Duffy Troop 1966 Zachary William Eisenberg Troop 1525 Nicholas Aquilla Harshman Troop 1345 Kyle John Hartigan Troop 1525 John Andrew Lluy Troop 1523 Jeremy Harris Maline Troop 1346 Christopher Joseph Margraf Troop 1346 Dylan Patrick Michaud Troop 1346 Michael Anthony Mullarky Troop 1966 Daniel Harrington Reed Troop 1818 Joshua Benjamin Rutzick Troop 50 John Timothy Ryder

Eagle Scout, Sea Scout, Venturing Awards (Continued) Unit#





Troop 1865 Troop 1532 Troop 1532 Troop 1344 Troop 1525

Kevin Patrick Salinsky Ian Joseph Stocking Kendall Christopher Trautz Thomas Edward Tyra Zachary Francis Wade

Troop 158 Troop 913 Troop 913 Troop 51 Troop 158 Troop 158 Troop 913 Troop 1970 Troop 20 Troop 20 Troop 20 Troop 1577 Troop 1970 Troop 51 Troop 51 Troop 159 Troop 1983 Troop 20 Troop 51 Troop 1577 Troop 1983 Troop 1018 Troop 51 Troop 1983 Troop 158 Troop 913 Troop 1983 Troop 158 Troop 673 Troop 160 Troop 1257

Dalton Riley Chichester William Patrick Dealey, Jr. Peter Connor Eccleston David Andrew Fish Jake Malcolm Fries Troy Wayne Fries Matthew Thomas Green William Glen Howard Danial Hussain Rishub Jain Saelig Ashank Khattar Zachary McCulloch Knox Lars Eleazar Kolankiewicz Joshua Saul Lesser Isaac Daniel Mantelli Conor Liam Mears Liam Joseph Newcomer Prashanth Arun Panicker Keenan Palen Peck Andrew Mauricio Rodriguez Andrew Jacob Sargent Deepro Sarkar Andrew David Schantz Mark Frederick Schenkel Andrew Willis Smith Joseph Speetjens William Nealings Stanberry Zachary Hunter Thurneysen Harrison Lee Trinca Randall Thomas Weidman Andrew Joseph Woodhouse

Seneca District Troop 1760 Garrett Scott Adams Troop 1760 Hunter David Bunai Troop 1397 James Michael Cummins Troop 829 Carey Weber Dundee Crew 1110 Jonathan D. Hernandez Troop 1094 Evan Matthew Joyce Troop 1365 Vikram Nambiar Troop 829 Frederick Christian Schellhase

Piedmont District Troop 175 Edward Vinson Benton III Troop 911 Daniel Christopher Beran Crew 1475 Darren Christopher Chambers Troop 180 Michael Anthony Duca CRew 225 Matthew Allen Goodsell Troop 1177 Alex Parker Granche Troop 180 Brian Seamus Koehr Crew 1476 Tyson Roger Layton Troop 1476 Kyle J Madrishin Troop 360 David Michael Manzella Troop 10 Russell Kenneth Markley Crew 225 Frank Jerry McKee Troop 911 Nathaniel Allender Swift Troop 911 Ashby L Thompson IV Troop 198 Tristan Francis Villemaire Potomac District Troop 447 Gregory Charles Aubertin Alexander G. DiMisa Troop 15 Troop 944 Payton E. Gowen Troop 1341 Lorenzo Hyrum Hernandez Troop 1341 Adam William Hill Troop 8 Kai Erik Langeland Jepson Troop 1449 Srikanth Young Krishnan Troop 233 Riley Hageman Lewis Crew 1300 Joseph Abraham Mansfield Troop 944 Daniel James May Paul Aspinwall Millett Troop 6 Troop 706 Noah Patrick Monnig Troop 706 Christopher Paul Monteferrante Troop 15 Thomas Moses Montgomery Christopher Henry Nakamura Troop 52 Troop 944 Cameron Edward Ozatalar Troop 773 Wesley Holborow Richter Troop 255 Eduardo Jose Rodriguez Troop 944 Joseph Walter Sachs Troop 1083 Ben Safford Troop 773 Daniel Timothy Schleckser Troop 52 Patrick Evan Schooley Troop 447 Samuel Warren Tappan Troop 944 Stephen Harper Wynne Powhatan District Troop 157 Michael Joseph Alger Troop 1983 Paul Edward Burke

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Prince Georges District Troop 740 Anthony George Barnes II Troop 487 Jelani Lee Foster Troop 1249 Kevin Michael Garvis Troop 1283 River Weylin Bromley Henderson Troop 1250 Scott Riley Horn Troop 1688 Joshua Alexander McFarland Troop 1250 Andrew Joseph O’Neil Troop 1033 Eduardo Alexis Orellana Troop 539 Nigel Brooks Charles Parker Troop 1688 Alexander Lloyd Plunkett-Reid Troop 1959 Everett Earl Richmond Troop 1657 Justice LaFayette Robinson Troop 1657 Jared Chase Robinson Troop 1283 John B. Taylor Troop 1572 Michael Andrew True Troop 539 Kyle Isaiah Tunstall


Sully District Crew 1826 Garrett Porter Anderson Troop 893 Alexander Christian Battani Troop 893 Charles Mitchell Berninger Troop 577 Drew Lawrence Boland Andrew Alton Brockmeyer Troop 17 Troop 1547 Nicholas Bernard Csicsmann Troop 7369 Michael Anthony Finn Crew 10 Thomas Forrest Johnson Troop 893 Tyler Nils Lindskoog Troop 17 Matthias Crane Overos Troop 1548 Sean Michael Quinn Troop 1822 Britton Eric Richardson Eric Joseph Simmons Troop 30 Troop 1995 Joseph Mitchell Tenney Troop 1104 William Patrick Vidovich Troop 7369 Giovanni Valentino Wright Troop 1137 Dodge Thorman York US Virgin Islands District Troop 7227 Philip Kenneth Edwards Washington DC District Troop 90 Jacob Crahan Julian Mowery Godding Troop 90 Troop 61 Ludwig Marc Tamari Troop 500 William Chinn Neimeyer Warren Troop 500 Mason Lee Watts-Rich Western Shore District Troop 1758 Zachary Robert Brigham Troop 903 Lane A. Canada Troop 793 Cody Aubrey Dennis Troop 420 Marcos Alexander Gutierrez Troop 561 David Rell Katulich Troop 303 James Howard Lawson Troop 561 Brandon Patrick Maher Troop 422 Daniel Patrick Moton Troop 430 Robert Edward Mower Troop 347 Kyler Sebastian Nelson Troop 451 Joseph Ryan Niemi



Troop 451 Jackson Robley Shepherd Troop 1634 Samuel Louis Williams White Oak District Troop 1444 Tyler Addison Ager Troop 4316 Connor Charles Cameron Troop 457 Joshua Christopher Dea Troop 4316 Rhyth Ghosh Troop 440 Benjamin Peter Haley Troop 759 Levko Daniel Baranyk Karmazyn Troop 613 Nathaniel Solomon Mayberg Troop 457 Christopher John Neidhart Troop 249 Jonathan Rabinovich Troop 1441 Patrick J. Regan Fanelli Troop 220 Bryant Alexis Rodriguez Troop 4316 Matthew Starost Troop 4316 Evan Michael van Snik Zekiah District Crew 901 Eric Mackenzie Gardner Troop 1780 Delandro Natron Hicks Troop 1780 Ryan Alex Nebelsiek Troop 424 Bradley Frederick Neiheisel Troop 908 Harrison Calvin Wright Quartermaster – Bull Run Ship 100 Michael David Lieberman Silver – Chain Bridge Crew 1942 Myles Kehoe Gallagher Crew 2473 Morgan Lee Gillis Crew 2473 Julianne Meany Crew 2473 Kathryn Noone Silver -- Colonial Crew 80 Eliana Bookbinder Crew 80 Jeremy Bookbinder Silver – Bull Run Crew 617 Decotah Lynn McGaffic Silver – White Oak Crew 264 Elizabeth Marie Justus Silver -- Potomac Crew 27 Abigail Bartram Anastasia Illinger Crew 27 Crew 27 Kathleen Kahkonen Crew 27 Patrick Maguire Crew 27 Emma Renteria Crew 1770 Chase Heffner

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Advancement & Recognition Webelos Duty to God

The Arrow of Light Den from Pack 1657 (pictured here) were recently honored for completing the God & Me program (as Webelos I) on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Scout Sunday and Recognition Service. This NCAC event was held at Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. Our den along with several other Scouts from various packs and troops were honored for their participation in the program (i.e. God & Me, God & Family, God & Church and God & Life.)

The Scouts in picture are as follow: Top Row (Left to Right): Kai Ruffin, David Chin and James Wallace IV. Bottom Row (Left to Right): Christian Eldridge and Michael Drew Reid

Washington D.C. Eagle Scout receives Scholarship Eagle Scout Judah Brooks is the winner of the 2014 District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution(DCSSAR) Scholarship Contest.

member of Troop 81 which is sponsored by From the Heart

The annual scholarship is available to Eagle Scouts who reside in Washington, D.C. who have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application. Applicants are asked to write a 500 word patriotic themed essay.

Flushing, NY, where he is studying mechanical engineering.

The title of Judah’s essay was “For the Love of Liberty, African American Patriots”. Judah resides in Washington, DC and is a

Church Ministries in Suitland, Md. He is a currently a freshman at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology located in Judah will be presented with the District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout Award, Eagle Scout Medal and a check for $1,000 at the DCSSAR’s 125th Anniversary Celebration in May. If you are an Eagle Scout, under the age of 19 and are a resident of Washington, D.C., you can apply for the 2015 District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship. Applications and scholarship requirements can be downloaded by going to

Religious Awards For a complete list of religious awards, including chartered partners, go to ALEPH Cohen, Gilad God & Church Waters, Sam Haymes, Thomas Wargo-Bergmark, Corey Mangen, Timothy Rang, Henry Kinnier, Tanner Sharp, Vincent Suppes, Jacob Worley, Nathan Kaas, Bill Mayhew, Garrett Brooks, Bryce Coffey, Ethan Donovan, Sean Heppard, Liam Jones, Daniel Krauss, Matthew


Mcavoy, Jimmy Minter, Dennis Ratliff, Ian Smith, Paul Smith, Peter Kock, Conner Hoyt, Zachary Martin, Kevin McCleskey, Kyle Riley, Nolan Stein, Will God & Family Terrell, Mason Torres, Giancarlo Dowen, Aaron Fogle, III, Austin Wine, Dalton Wine, Devin Walker, Jack Gattoni, Giacomo

Harlacher, Terry DeRose, Peter Moncak, Addison Shively, Elijah Evans, James MacNamara, Isaac Robertson, Jack Shelkin, Sam Kavadias, George Steele, Todd Day, Ira Wlliams, Brandon Davis, Trenton Dodson, Seth Moschotto, Anthony Bindewald, Isabel Hare, Adam Shumba, A.J. Baker Jr, Jeffery Propst, Maximus Watts, Charles

Kittka, Alexander

Diaz, Kyle Robinson, Brennan Mar, Hudson Coleman, Austin Johnson Alexander McClelland, Charles Day, Jason Brown, Drake Brown, Donovan Hunter, Demetrius Carr, Nathaniel Childs, George Sbordone, Christopher Ward, Brady Watson, Ryan

God & Me D’Antoni, Evan Knudson, Ian Knudson, Erik

Pray Four Star Lofton, Zachary Walker, Ian Kittka, Alexander

Bridgeman, Parker Powe, Rich Chandler, Kayden Chandler, Mason Jones, James Thompson, Matthew Child, Andrew Dutrow, Danny God & Life Kanellis, Nicholas Lofton, Zachary Walker, Ian Worley, Joshua

National Capital Area Sporting Clays Tournament

Celebrity Shooter and Instructor

Dave Butz

Redskins Hall of Famer



Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket, VA Four Shooters per team 100 targets at 12 stations

Prizes for the top shooting teams and individuals will be presented at the conclusion of each flight.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT Thursday, May 7, 2015

Each shooter will receive shells and ear protection. Shooting glasses will be available.

SPONSORSHIPS Individual Team - $800

V.I.P. Clinics: Two hours for a team of four shooters with Redskins Hall of Famer Dave Butz

Individual Shooter – $300

Friday, May 8, 2015

V.I.P. Shooting Clinic – $1,000

Clay Shoot Flights at 9 AM and 1 PM

Sponsorships Opportunities Available – $1,500-15,000

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Commissioner’s Corner Our new Council Commissioner’s Scouting career began as an adult when his son joined Pack 176 in Quantico, Va. He continued serving at the unit level in the Desert Pacific Council in California, Transatlantic Council (England), Northeast Illinois Council, and returned many times to the National Capital Area Council. His son, Garry Jr., achieved the rank of Eagle Scout while a member of Troop 840 in Aquia District. As a member of the Council High Adventure Committee, Garry was the Council Contingent Leader for Philmont Contingent 629-M. He served as a unit commissioner and assistant district commissioner followed by two years as the District Commissioner for Aquia District. In addition, he served as Assistant Council Commissioner for Diversity, New Units and Administration, and simultaneously as the ACC for the Virginia South Service Area. He has served as a staff member for Commissioner Basic Training, the College of Commissioner Science, and Wood Badge.

Garry W. Lewis

Council Commissioner

Program Launch

“A well-planned program with a strong outdoor component” attracts and retains Scouts. Such is the purpose for the energy districts put into hosting an outstanding Program Launch and the outcome expected of programs developed by the units. Scouting programs are continually evolving. Visit this site to learn more about implemented and planned changes:

Beyond the council level, he has served as Assistant Area Commissioner for Northeast Region Area 6, is currently a member of

the Commissioner Tools Focus Group, which guides the development, fielding, and sustainment of Commissioner Tools, and also a member of the National Commissioner Awards and Recognition Team. Garry has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Northeast Illinois Council President’s Award, District Award of Merit, Vigil Honor (Humble Warrior), John A. Mack Commissioner Award of Excellence, and Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. He is a member of the 2007 CAPT Robert L. Dise, USN (Ret) Class of Silver Beavers, and he is also a good ole Bear too. Born in Cumberland, Va., Garry now lives in Stafford with his wife, Nancy. His son Garry Jr. is serving in the United States Navy and his daughter Jennifer is busy earning undergraduate degrees in mathematics and computer science. Garry retired as a colonel after serving 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. He is current employed by General Dynamics Information Technology.

Commissioner Tools Implementation Progress You don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear and take away current information that will help your unit create exciting, compelling and relevant programs that will provide the experience of a lifetime for your Scouts. Visit this site to access unit program planning tools, and remember your commissioner staff is also a resource to help develop your unit’s program.

New District Commissioners

Every year during the Annual Business Meeting the Board approves outstanding Scouters to serve as district commissioners. We welcome the following dedicated Scouters nominated by their respective district to lead the Unit Service function: Randy Young (Sully) succeeding Keel Ross, Tony Petruzzi (Powhatan) succeeding William Stringham, Fred Becker (Mattaponi) succeeding Randy Wilson, Mark Chipman (Occoquan) succeeding Stan Mushaw, John Patrick (Aquia) succeeding Jorge Roca, Gordon Hensley (Seneca) succeeding Jim Hardter and Mike Nepi (Old Dominion) succeeding Jim Stewart.

On January 1, 2015, NCAC stopped using the Unit Visit Tracking System and adopted Commissioners Tools. Commissioner Tools was designed to help commissioners fulfill their mission by providing easy access to actionable information, assessing a unit’s strengths and needs and developing a Unit Service Plan, promoting and tracking roundtable participation, and managing commissioner assignment to units. Our approach to adopting CT is best described as crawl, walk, and then run. The primary objective of the crawl stage was to ensure every commissioner could access CTs. During this stage, administrative commissioners assigned commissioners to units. We are now in the run stage as every district has contacted units and recorded

District Journey to Excellence Recognition Elimination of 60 Day Registration Lapse Period

NCAC has again achieved the JTE Gold Award, representing the contributions of our outstanding combined professional and volunteer team. Districts provided outstanding support to the Council, units, youth and achieved the following JTE Awards: Appalachian Trail (Gold), Catoctin Mountain (Gold), Goose Creek (Silver), Powhatan (Silver), Sully (Silver), Aquia (Gold), Mattaponi (Bronze), Bull Run (Silver), Occoquan (Gold), Piedmont (Gold), Chain Bridge (Gold), Colonial (Gold), George Mason (Silver), Old Dominion (Silver), Patriot (Gold), Potomac (Gold), Seneca (Silver), White Oak (Silver), Prince Georges County (Silver), West Shore (Silver), Zekiah (Silver), and Virgin Islands (Silver). Two Service Areas earned the JTE Gold Award: Virginia Central and Virginia South and three Service Areas earned the JTE Silver Award: Three Rivers, Montgomery, and Mountain West. Congratulations to everyone involved in building and sustaining high performing, Quality units that provides the best possible experience for the youth in the program. Each District and Service Area Key 3 will be recognized during the Council Court of Honor. 30

In the Summer Edition of The Scouter Digest we communicated that the 60 day lapse period that follows a unit’s charter expiration date would be eliminated effective December 31, 2014. Shortly thereafter, the July issue of BSA’s News & Notes announced that the policy change would be delayed until August 1, 2015. The delay notwithstanding, NCAC implemented the policy during the 2014 -2015 charter renewal season to allow unit leaders and chartered partners the opportunity to be better prepared for mandatory implementation of this policy during the 2015 – 2016 charter renewal seasons. Despite the mixed results, we can share the following observation. Highly successful districts approached charter renewal as a campaign. Districts that complete the unit charter renewal process in the timeliest and most efficient manner followed the 120 day charter renewal plan

simple assessments. We will continue to monitor our progress and look forward to seeing an increasing percentage of units with assigned commissioners and an increasing percentage of commissioners making contacts and conducting Simple Assessments. Our CTs Champion, in collaboration with the districts, will generate a training plan and timeline to assist districts in reaching the run stage (completing Detailed Assessments) by midyear. The plan will not prevent districts when prepared from moving forward on their own. Some districts are already learning this system capability. The Commissioner Tools Focus Group has published training videos accessible at Continue using this valuable resource. that has been embedded in our movement for decades. Failing to adhere to the timeline during the 2015-2016 charter renewal process will mean a unit will be dropped as soon as the charter expires. Because of BSA’s long standing policy to not present advancement awards to individuals without a current registration in the Boy Scouts of America, it is important that the entire unit committee have an understanding of the unit charter renewal process and required timelines. (This will not change with the elimination of the lapse period in August of 2015) Likewise, questions related to the effective coverage date of insurance programs of the BSA are eliminated when a unit is rechartered prior to its expiration date. It is an essential task to educate the masses about the elimination of the 60 day lapsed period. Your commissioner staffs will actively engage with membership committees/chairs at every level (Council, district, and unit) in the coming months to ensure chartered organizations, district staffs and unit committees are prepared to submit charter renewal applications in sufficient time to post before charters expire.

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 71 Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00821

St. Thomas P.O. Box 272 St. Thomas, VI 00804

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Montgomery Potomac

A Gold Level District District Chair - Jim Schleckser (h) 301-765-0249 Commissioner - Mike Saunders (h) 301-468-9268 District Director - Kent Sneed (w) 240-395-0602 (c) 513-551-9262 District Executive - Erin Gillette (w) 301-214-9133 (c) 202-744-0439


A Silver Level District District Chair - Gene Schaerr (h) (301) 963-4122 (c) 202-361-1061 Commissioner - James Hardter (c) 301-349-0023 District Executive - Jonathan Malloy (c) 301-221-9386

White Oak

A Silver Level District District Chair - Marvin Arthur (h) 301-622-4523

A Silver Level Service Area Serving Montgomery County

Potomac District Do your Best

Potomac District Committee Member Steve Fox wanted to share a story about one of his former Scouts and about doing your best. “I was Committee Chair of Troop 240 in Bethesda when Ramon DePaula was a Scout in the late 90s. He also attended Walt Whitman High School with my son. I counseled Ramon on several merit badges, including Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World. As an adult with the Troop at summer camp at Goshen in 1998, I watched Ramon participate in one of the most hilarious, frustrating, and heartwarming demonstrations of “do your best” I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Ramon -large, strong, and somewhat clumsy -- was

paired with a small wiry Scout at opposite ends of a canoe, trying to right it in water over their heads. Try as they might, Ramon’s enthusiasm overtook his ability to coordinate with the other Scout, and they could never get themselves pulling on the same gunwale at exactly the same time. For 20 minutes they struggled, until they finally succeeded. Three adults on the beach cheered them on, and by the time they succeeded, we had tears of laughter and pride running down our cheeks. In the years since Troop 240 folded, I have maintained contact with Ramon and his family. When I counseled the Fire Safety Merit Badge in 2011, I coordinated with the Glen Echo Fire Department as the location to work on the badge, as I wanted Scouts to see a very different version of what “do your best”

can look like, as presented by Ramon. Sure enough, he gave the Scouts an authoritative presentation on what happens when a call comes in to the station, the importance of fitness, preparedness, and discipline to firefighters, and an enthusiastic description (but not demonstration!) of how firefighters use Montgomery County’s last surviving fire pole. I most recently saw Ramon in November at the funeral of one of the Scoutmasters of Troop 240. He was beaming with pride at having just been made a Life Member of the Department, and shared many stories of his days as a Scout.” Do you or someone you know have similar stories about a Scout doing their best? Please contact Kent Sneed at

Islamic Community Center of Potomac The Potomac District is pleased to introduce the first Islamic Boy Scout Troop in Montgomery County, Troop 195 Chartered by the Islamic Community Center of Potomac. The Troop is off to a fantastic start with 14 youth and 8 adults registered within the first 2 months of being an official unit. On January 16th Troop 195 enjoyed guest speaker Col. McGee original remember of the Tuskegee Airman and a career officer of the United States Air Force. Col. McGee spoke about his Scouting and military experiences and how Scouting made a difference in his life. In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded Col. McGee and all other surviving Tuskegee Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian award. At the 2010 National Jamboree, Col. McGee was recognized with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Troop 195 and the National Capital Area Council would like to thank Col. McGee for his service to our Country and supporting of the Boy Scouts of America

Commissioner Richard (Rick) Manteuffel, PhD (c) 301-525-5542 (h) 301-482-0460 District Executive - Michael Werling (c) 703-350-8628

Klondike Derby By Addison Adams Potomac District Intern (Troop 52). The Klondike Derby is a yearly winter event held at Little Bennett Campground in Clarksburg,

Field Director

Don Kilgore (w) 301-214-9133 (c) 301-379-9816


MD where members of the Scouting community gather to demonstrate their Scouting skills. Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Girl Scout Troops come together in friendly competition. The weekend begins on Friday night with patrol registration. Members of the Order of the Arrow verify that each patrol has a sled and a complete survival kit. The OA is looking for original sled designs and a wellsupplied survival kit including pancake batter and two hammers. The hardy few who spent Friday night snuggled in their triple-stuffed, zero degree sleeping bags, and prepare themselves for a day full of competition as they awake Saturday morning. Patrols are designated to one of two locations where they are greeted by a wide variety of Scouting challenges. The participants might find themselves rescuing a fellow patrol member from the Arctic waters or building a fire strong enough to cook pancakes. Judges are scoring each Patrol on leadership,

teamwork, and participation. In the afternoon, Webelos visit Klondike were they get to meet other Cub Scouts and get to try their hands at feats of strength and accuracy. With the day’s competition complete, Scouts head to the campfire filled with skits, songs and jokes. They learn who won the days competition and witness a flag retiring ceremony. Ending the campfire brings the OA Ceremonialists dressed in traditional Native American clothing inviting selected members of each Troop as candidates for Order of the Arrow. The culmination of a spirited weekend are the sled races held Sunday morning. Any sled can be entered into the race but must have at least one passenger and four wheels. Many heats of racers compete for coveted trophy. This year the Potomac District crowns Troop 447 and Troop 3 for winning the skills and sled races respectively.

District News & Views Seneca District

Seneca District Announces New Key 3 Team NCAC and Seneca District are proud to introduce our new District Key 3 Leadership. Leading the charge as District Chair is, Gene Schaerr (Left). Gene Schaerr is an Eagle Scout and father of seven. Although he regrets his failure to help his two sons achieve that rank, he is proud that his three married daughters have all made Eagle rank a prime criterion in selecting their husbands. Gene also has a new grandson, Declan, who lives within the Seneca District, and who he hopes will one day become a valiant Cub Scout and Boy Scout. He’s excited at the opportunity to help strengthen the Seneca District so that it and the Scouting units within it can help Declan, and many other boys like him, achieve their full potential as Scouts, as citizens, and as men.

Many of his responsibilities during this period were related to team organization, leader/ Scout communications and logistics; experience that prepared him well for his current District Commissioner responsibilities.

During the day, Gene is an attorney who specializes in handling cases of all kinds on appeal. He has handled hundreds of cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the other federal appellate courts throughout the Nation. He represents large and small corporations, religious bodies of all stripes, and religious colleges and universities.

Gordon is a recipient of the Seneca District Award of Merit, and has participated in staff food service provisioning for both of the recent Seneca District Camporees. Gordon is looking forward to getting to know and working very closely with the leadership in Seneca District. His goals for units are to increase effective visitation and unit support interaction, and to foster trained leaders in every unit and an overall strong sense of a Seneca Scouting community. You can meet or talk with him at Round Table each month, or reach him by email at

Our second in command as District Commissioner is, Gordon Henley (Middle). Gordon’s history with both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programs started in Massachusetts. He became involved as a leader in Seneca District with T1094 as his youngest son was pursuing the rank of Eagle. During this time, he did 2 years as co-Scoutmaster with a unique 3-leader shared-responsibility team that worked well.

After his son completed the Eagle milestone, Gordon stayed on at T1094 and led outings, some parts of the troop High Adventure Program and served as Round Table liaison. This led to three years in the Seneca Commissioner Corps, during which time as a Unit Commissioner he was responsible for up to four successful units and was instrumental in the founding of the new 15 person Crew 2828. An IT Program Manager by trade, Gordon is already applying his planning and organization skills to keep day-to-day District operations at the Unit level running smoothly.

Finally we have our District Executive, Jonathan Malloy. Jonathan has been working for the NCAC for the past year and a half as a co-District Executive with Ivan Waldorf but now Ivan has

moved back to North Caroline and Jonathan is flying solo. Jonathan grew up in Olney, Maryland and was the first Eagle Scout in his family and the second Eagle Scout from Troop 96 located in White Oak District. Jonathan accredits a lot of his accomplishments in his life to being involved with the Boy Scouts of America and has been quoted “I am so proud to be working in the same council that I grew up in, and it is an honor to work with the adult volunteers that help to make our program even better.”

Pack 926 Pinewood Derby

Jonathan is a graduate from University of Maryland, College Park and has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Resource Economics. Even though he has an interest in business his real passion is mentoring youth and after he graduated from University of Maryland he spent 2 years overseas in Azerbaijan with the Peace Corps. He worked with numerous NGO’s, Non-Profits, and orphanages in the city of Ganja. Focused on educating young men and women about human rights and empowering them with the leadership skills needed to become future leaders in their communities. Jonathan can be found at many district events and has on countless occasions be seen helping out at community events like Gaithersburg Day or Clarksburg Oktoberfest. He is a strong believer that he needs to work as hard as his volunteers do to make sure these young men and women get the most out of Scouting program as possible. Jonathan email is jonathan. and he can be found at the office on most days working on different projects that will strengthen the Boy Scouts of America in Seneca District.

White Oak District Five Cub Scouts from Pack 763 earn their Arrow of Light Award Congratulations to Ravidu, Ben, Christian, Joey and Nathan(webelos IIs) from Cub Scout Pack 763(Aspen Hill, Md), who recently earned their Arrow of Light Award. They have transitioned into Troop 763. “Merit Badges-Here We Come”!

Troop 96 Honors Four New Eagle Scouts

Jonathan Moses Brown, EBOR: June 14, 2013

love of music and his summer vacations visiting family in South Carolina provided the inspiration for his project. With the help of volunteers and generous donations from family & friends, Jonathan designed and crafted a mobile music cart, stocked with a variety of age appropriate CDs, instruments, and activities for the Head Start program in Lake City, South Carolina.

Jonathan began Scouting as a WEBELOS in Pack 96 and was also a member of the NCAC 2010 Jamboree Troop 1515. Jonathan’s

Lemuel began his Scouting journey as a Tiger cub and joined Troop 96 when his family

On January 3, 2015, the families and friends of the People’s Community Baptist church in Cloverly, Md, gathered together to celebrate four Scouts rising to the summit of the eagle rank. Each young man worked very hard for years to earn this incredible award. A short description of each of their Scouting lives is included below:

Lemuel Keith Tyler, EBOR: May 9, 2014

moved to Maryland. While hiking, Lemuel and his patrol stumbled upon Button Farm, home to the Menare Foundation and Maryland’s only living history center depicting 19th century slave plantation life and the story of the Underground Railroad. For his eagle project Lemuel wanted to bring awareness to the farm and he and his volunteers rebuilt and replaced the entrance signs and also restored two benches located at the entrance of the farm.

weekends, Aaron and his volunteers worked for more than 175 hours repairing, cleaning, and staining the many picnic tables and benches. The project was completed just in time to be enjoyed by church members and guests at the annual church picnic. Ian Oliver Napoleon, EBOR: June 13, 2014

Ian’s began Scouting when he joined Troop 96. Ian wanted to do something different for his Eagle project Ian researched a number of Aaron Robert Brown, EBOR: June 13, 2014 issues and topics in search of a project abroad. Aaron started Scouting as a Bear cub in Pack Ian decided to focus his project on malaria 96. Aaron’s eagle project was restoration of the prevention in Africa and traveled to Nigeria, picnic area of The People’s Community Baptist where he worked with fhi 360 and a local service Church, the charter organization for the troop and organization to deliver insecticide treated bed Aaron’s church home. Over the course of three nets to health clinics and orphanages. The Scouter Digest April - June 2015 33

Mountain West Appalachian Trail A Gold Level District

District Chair - Rick Rogers (h) 301-371-4744 Commissioner - Chris Bohanan (h) 301-371-5106 District Executive - Robert Guers, Jr. (c) 240-395-0605

Catoctin Mountain A Gold Level District

District Chair - David Place (h) 301-712-6888 Commissioner - Bill Desmond (h) 301-662-4151 District Executive - Mychal Tamillow (c) 540-376-5540

Goose Creek

A Silver Level District District Chair - Lynn Chapman (c) 703-348-4086 Commissioner - Kurt Struder (c) 703-999-7948 District Director - Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335


A Silver Level District District Chair - Michael Dudzik (h) 703-956-6544 Commissioner - Bill Stringham (h) 703-727-3001 District Executive - Evan Owen (c) 202-460-1797


A Silver Level District District Chair - Hondo Davids (h) 703-725-3620 Commissioner - Randy Young (w) 703-244-0785 District Executive - Greg Brown (c) 570-847-3828

Field Director

Roger Chatell (c) 860-373-6588


A Silver Level Service Area Serving Western Fairfax, Loudoun and Frederick Counties

Appalachian Trail District With Dignity

Just a day after Maryland voters went to the polls and a week before Veterans Day, more than 100 American flags were retired with dignity in Kemptown Park. Boy Scouts from Troop 796 and St. Ignatius Catholic Church Knights of Columbus held a reverent ceremony for the tattered and torn flags no longer able to serve as a symbol of our nation. The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k states-“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Master of Ceremonies, Knight Dave Johnson provided thought provoking patriotic quotes from throughout history to include the preamble to the Constitution, I Am Your Flag, and John F. Kennedy’s quote, “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” The ceremony was attended by nearly 70 Cub Scouts and family members from local Packs 369 in Kemptown and Pack 169 in Green Valley. Troop 796 conducts the Flag Retirement Ceremony annually in honor of Veterans Day and those who have served in the service of the United States of America.

Catoctin Mountain District Peace light For over a thousand years lamps have been continuously lit in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem Israel. Christians believe that this is the birth place of Jesus of Nazareth. For the last 29 years, a child from Upper Austria has lit two blast proof miner’s lamps from the grotto lamp. These lamps represent the message of peace that Jesus shared for all people. As they are shared, they are kept burning continuously for the entire Christmas Season. The head of security for Austrian Airlines carries the lit lanterns from Vienna, Austria to New York City, so that the light can be shared with the Scouts of the United States. Over the last several years the light has been

shared with people at Ground Zero, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Columbia Mall. In addition it has been shared at countless churches of every denomination, prisons, nursing facilities and individual families. This year Scout leaders from Troop 1274, St. John the Evangelist, traveled to New York to receive the light so that it could be shared with Scouts in the Frederick area and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. With the help of the Scouts in Troop 1274, a distribution ceremony held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church which allowed Scouts and non-Scouts to receive the light and share it within their communities. The light and its message of peace will return to New York next December, and there tradition of a distribution ceremony will continue.

Catoctin Mountain District District-Troop 628 Hosts 2nd Annual Trailblazer Klondike Derby The Catoctin Mountain District of Boys Scouts of America-Troop 628, hosted its 2nd Annual Trailblazer Klondike Derby on January 23-24, 2015 at the Walkersville Watershed, Walkersville, MD. More than 140 Scouts from the Frederick County area attended the event, and “mother nature” provided plenty of rain and ice. Troop 628’s Trailblazers emulated the spirit of dog sled teams dashing through the snow along the Iditarod Trail. Troops were welcomed to camp on Friday and Saturday nights. There were a number of activities to test the skills and knowledge of all participants, including traveling by dog sled, throwing tomahawks, and making fishing poles.

Peace light ceremony at JFK airport in New York City December 2014

Peace Light lantern from Troop 1274

District News & Views Goose Creek District By Joseph Newcomer As part of giving back to the community, Troop 982, Star Scout, Matthew Newcomer, for two years now has collected toys for the Toys for Tots organization. He has partnered with local businesses, schools, and other organizations to collect toys. More importantly, he has opened up his basement for children in the community, both young and old, to stop by, see and run this train layout. The layout is 8’ x 16’ and is two levels high. You can run up to 4 trains at a time and it has over 19 buildings / features, that can be remote controlled. Last year he collected over 600 toys; this past holiday season he surpassed his goal of collecting over 1,000 toys for Toys for Tots. Matthew was featured in the Washington Post, WJLA Channel 7, spotlighted as a Harris Heros on WJLA Channel 7 and in other local newspapers.

Powhatan District

Troop 55 Boy Scouts Earn President’s Volunteer Service Medal

Front row , left to right:Ted Ruess, Davin Stultz, Lucas Andersen, Adrian Merrill, Misha Somogyi, Nicholas Maric, James Ye, Andrew Bolster, Jeff Ye. Back row, left to right: Stacey Bell, Jonathan Bugge, Nathan Hauda, Justin Meeker, Daniel Reuss, John Stultz, Wesley Pan, Chris Bolster, Max Wingo “To encourage more individuals to embody the spirit of volunteerism that makes this country so great” is the goal of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Jeff Ye, a Patrol Advisor with Boy Scout Troop 55 from Great Falls, Virginia worked with the Troop 55 leadership and introduced the award to the Boy Scouts this past Fall. Several Scouts were inspired to track their many hours of community service through Troop 55 activities and other interests. The President’s Volunteer Service Award began in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who inspired others to engage in volunteer service. Until age fifteen volunteers must earn a minimum of fifty hours of community service to earn the bronze medal, and

Sully District

Klondike Derby 2015 NCAC’s Sully District held their annual Klondike Derby on 2325 January 2015. Troops arrived Friday evening to set up camp on a rainy night at NCAC’s Camp Snyder near Haymarket, VA. On Saturday, 8 Troops, 2 Crews and 1 Pack participated in the Klondike competition. Klondike Trail Stations included Sled Inspection, Cooking Lunch on the Trail, First Aid, Tomahawk Throwing, Beanbag Toss, Rain-gutter Regatta, ‘Fishing’ Skills, Compass Competition, Two-man Log Sawing, Fire Building and Tripod Lashing to make Hot Cocoa. Additional competitions included the annual sled race on Saturday afternoon and a

over one hundred hours for the gold medal. At age sixteen, the requirements are more difficult. Volunteers must earn 100 hours for the bronze medal and over 250 hours for the gold medal. The hours must be completed in a twelve-month period. Troop 55, chartered by St. Francis Episcopal Church, participates in many community service activities throughout the year, providing opportunities to earn hours. This year, Troop 55 Scouts collected litter along Walker Road in Great Falls, organized and executed the inaugural First Time Camper’s Program at Wolf Trap National Park, assembled and staffed the very popular haunted house at the Great Falls Village Spooktacular, served as the Honor Guard at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., served as the Color Guard for the Great Falls 9-11 Memorial Service, the Hunter Mill Civil War Dedication and the Great Falls Memorial Day Service. Scouts also assisted St. Francis Church with their annual Country Fair and supported their fellow Scouts with multiple Eagle Scout projects. In addition, recipients accrued additional hours in service projects outside of Scouting by providing volunteer service for schools, churches, science fairs and regional community events. Six Troop 55 Scouts received the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the most recent Court of Honor on January 7th, 2015. Corey and Nick Hodge received the bronze medal, James Ye received the silver medal, Daniel Reuss, Wesley Pan and Mitchell Pan received the Gold medal. Several additional Troop 55 Scouts will be awarded at the April Court of Honor, as they continue to work toward the required hours. Daniel Reuss, who is fifteen, earned many of his hours at the “Lift Me Up” therapeutic horse riding program. According to Reuss, “The award is pretty cool. I

Chili Cook-Off Saturday evening. Competition winners were announced at the Saturday evening campfire, which included a fun and entertaining campfire show led by Troop 7369. The sun came out Sunday morning for the Scouts Own Service at the Camp Snyder Chapel. Overall, there were 15 Patrols, 118 Scouts, and 42 Scouters participating in the Derby. Winners of the competitions were as follows: Klondike Trail 1st: Troop 7369, The Invisibles Patrol (3rd year in a row!) 2nd: Troop 682, Narwhals Patrol 3rd: Troop 7369, Flaming Ice Cubes Patrol

From Left to Right: Nick Hodge, Corey Hodge, Mitchell Pan, Daniel Reuss, Wesley Pan, James Ye think every Scout should try and earn it. I’m hoping to earn it again in 2015.” The congratulatory letter received by the six Scouts from President Obama stated, “Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.” The letter continues, “Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation.” Gary Pan, Scoutmaster for Troop 55, noted how the award has motivated the Scouts. According to Pan, “Our Scouts have always participated in community service activities, as it is an important component of Scouting. But having a tangible award to recognize their many hours of service has been a great addition to our Scouting program.”

Sled Race 1st: Troop 893, Panthers Patrol 2nd: Troop 682, Narwhals Patrol 3rd: Troop 7369, Flaming Ice Cubes Patrol Chili Cook-off 1st: Troop 717, Eagles Patrol 2nd: Troop 7369, High Voltage Patrol 3rd: Crew 893 Sully District extends a special thank you to the Camp Snyder Staff, and to the Troops and Crews who planned, set-up and ran the Klondike Stations. Maybe we’ll get snow instead of rain next year -- we’re hoping! The Scouter Digest April - June 2015 35

Three Rivers Prince George’s A Silver Level District

District Chair - Philip Nichols (w) 301-952-3907 Commissioner - LeRoy Parham (h) 301-782-4920 Senior District Executive Stephen Allen (w) 301-214-9189 (c) 571-345-6852 District Executive - Philip Barbash (w) 301-214-9189 (c) 202-253-6323

Washington, D.C. District Chair - Ron Marchessault (c) 202-320-3834 Commissioner - Phil Jackson (c) 202-678-2652 District Executive - Andrew Eacker (c) 540-454-8578

Western Shore A Silver Level District

District Chair - Paul Phillips (h) 301-481-7830 Commissioner - Mike McKinney (h) 410-326-6510 District Director - TBH


A Silver Level District District Chair - James Thomas Commissioner - Diane Fisher

A Silver Level Service Area Serving Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, and Southern Maryland

Prince George’s District Cub Carnival On December 13, 2014 Prince George’s District, Cub Scouts and their families came out to experience a great day of fun. This fun day called the Cub Carnival was the signature district Cub Scouting event celebrating a good fall recruitment, by giving new and old Cub Scouts a taste of the best experiences Cub Scouting has to offer. The event’s main attraction was the inaugural unveiling of the new NCAC rock wall dubbed, the “Scouter-Horn”. Other events, the Cubs and their families enjoyed, included archery, sling shots, Scout skills, games and crafts. There was no denying though, the star of the Carnival was the Scouter-Horn. The first Scout to initiate the wall was Pack 1657 Webelos, Joshua Bryant, who attended the Carnival with his cousin Sidney. Not only did Joshua brave the wall, he scaled right to the top and rang the horn. He was the first of many Scouts and their siblings to try to summit the mighty Scouter-Horn. All in all the day was perfect from the beautiful weather, to the amazing activities, awesome staff, and great food. The day was best summed up with a quote from Pack 257’s Angelo Abram who when asked whether he like the rock wall stated “No I didn’t like it. I LOVED IT!” Many thanks to Gunnar Keenan who led the Carnival, District Volunteers and also to the Prince George’s Chapter of the Order of the Arrow members who came out to support this fantastic event. Special thanks to Mr. Matson whose generosity made the Scouter-Horn a reality.

District Executive - VACANT

Washington D.C. District Merit Badge University

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


The Fourth Annual Washington DC Area Merit Badge University hosted by the Zeta Mu Chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity at The Catholic University of America (CUA) on February 21, 2015. Boy Scouts Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia attended the event. Counselors in attendance shared their knowledge about several subjects including Family Life, Aviation, Communications, and Nuclear Science. Volunteers from the fraternity also hosted events at the campus fitness center which gave boys the opportunity to take the Personal Fitness and Swimming merit badges. Twenty-eight Merit Badge Counselors volunteered from within the fraternity and from the local community to help put on this event. Snowy weather cut the event short. Reports from the approximately 100 Scouts who were able to attend conveyed that they enjoyed the experience. Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service organization founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. This service project has been hosted Alpha Phi Omega chapter at CUA for the past four years as part of the fraternity’s mission to give service to Scouting.

District News & Views Western Shore District Calvert County Exploring Post 91 It has been a pretty amazing year for the young men and women of Post 91. Last summer they attended their first Law Enforcement Exploring Conference at the Indiana University Campus where they competed against thousands of Explorers from around the Country and a variety of law enforcement skills. They had a great time and are eager to go again. In both August and December they supported the Calvert “Shop with a Cop” programs so the young underprivileged children of the County can get school and Christmas supplies while hanging out with Calvert’s Finest! Not stopping there in January they supported the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. Finally a huge congratulations to Brianna Obijski for winning Explorer of the year and Cody Favata on receiving the Community Service Award.

The “Cub Scout” Excuse By Jack Felsher Pack 451 Bear Den Leader “Hello, my name is Jack Felsher and I’m a Cub Scout Bear Den Leader with Pack 451. I’m calling today to…”. This is how so many of my phone call conversations start off when I’m planning a Den Meeting or “Go See’m” for our Bear den. Using the Cub Scout Excuse seems to get us in to some very interesting places that the general population does not seem to get to participate in. The result is that our Cub Scouts get to do things that many of their peers don’t normally get to experience. This keeps the interest of our Scouts up, but also helps draw their friends into the program when the Scouts go

back to school the next day talking about some adventure they had at Scouts.

secret. We are cool parents, not as Geeky as we appear, and really DO know more than our teenagers do.

Little do the Scouts know that whatever we just did was something that “I” wanted to do. Yep, this uncool father, geeky Cub Scout leader, who doesn’t even know as much as my teenagers know. The Cub Scouts just got to go along for the ride and do some really cool stuff. Yeah, they had a blast whether it was hiking, camping, bike riding, the planetarium, learning about Indians or playing with electricity. They think it was all for them but really, it was something that I wanted to do at the time and just used the Cub Scout Excuse. I find it funny that my son and I have many similar interests. He just has not caught on just yet and when he does catch on, probably will never admit to it. In the mean time…it’s our

So as an adult Cub Scout leader just remember. If you can’t think of anything to do at your next den meeting just pick up the phone and use the Cub Scout Excuse. Using this magic key you will probably find yourself touring the Sheriff’s Dept, or maybe at a museum after hours dog fighting in a flight simulator, or building a boat with the local boat club.

Zekiah District

Charles County Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers – Keeping Busy in these Cold Winter Months!

From R to L: Charlie D., Justin D., Eric R. and Jessica M. With over 1,000 youth in our programs we are not sitting inside the house keeping warm, we are out there, having fun and serving our communities! Back in December Post 1658, sponsored by the Charles County Sherriff’s Department, patrolled the largest Natalie W. shopping mall in Charles County – St. Charles Towne Center. Wearing easily identifiable Exploring vests over navy blue uniforms they break up in teams of three or four. The make written records of any valuables visible in cars and notes will go to the owners advising them of good crime prevention techniques. The help provided valuable crime deterrents.

Members of Crew 253 from Indian Head, Maryland went skiing at Timberline Four Seasons Resort over the Martin Luther King weekend. This is the crew’s fourth year of skiing at Timberline. Veteran members, Jessica Meisel and Eric Richman along with Justin DeJesus from Troop 144 led the way on the slopes for new members Charlie Donahue and Natalie Warren. Although new to skiing, the new venturers were soon skiing quite well. This year, the youth and Associate Advisor Jim Thomas even coaxed Advisor Julie Meisel into trying a more challenging trail.

planning to continue hosting these MBUs, twice each year, typically in September and January. If you missed it, or want to participate again, watch for upcoming event announcements or contact the Troop. Looking forward, the Zekiah District would also like to send a special congratulations to Ron Litten, Asst. SM of Troop 1321 and President of R. L. Litten & Associates, Architects, LLC who is being recognized on May 20th as the 2015 Charles County Good Scout. For more information please visit

Troop 1778 hosted its 2nd, semi-annual Merit Badge University (MBU) at the Journey of Faith Church. During the MBU, 80 Scouts earned nearly 160 merit badges, choosing from among 10 different merit badges. Most popular, were the two Eagle Scout-required Merit Badges, Citizenship in the Nation and Emergency Preparedness. Other merit badges included Robotics, Disability Awareness, Art, Photography, Energy, Crime Prevention and Law. The 80 Scouts participating in the MBU, represent 13 Troops from Charles County, St Mary’s County, Prince George’s County and Fairfax County in Virginia. The feedback and excitement during these events at the Journey of Faith Church, has the Troop The Scouter Digest April - June 2015 37

Virginia Central Chain Bridge A Gold Level District

District Chair - Jon Etherton (h) 703-893-0545 Commissioner - John Brown (c) 703-201-1304 District Executive - Geoffrey Thomas (c) 301-861-6461


A Gold Level District

Chain Bridge District Eagle Scout Judge Thomas J. Kelley Saved a Life in His Courtroom Arlington General District Court Judge and Eagle Scout, Thomas J. Kelley Jr. saved a man’s life in his courtroom by performing CPR after an court attendee suffered a heart attack. The heart attack victim was testifying when he started gasping for air. Judge Kelley cleared the courtroom and came down from the bench to render aid. When it became apparent that the victim was having a heart attack, Kelley laid him on the floor and started performing chest compressions. With the help of two additional

District Chair - Dominick Caridi (h) 703-360-9206 Commissioner - Joe Pallone (h) 703-765-4861 District Executive - Joel Jackson (w) 301-214-9122 (c) 912-228-9233

George Mason A Silver Level District District Chair - Vacant Commissioner - Shawn Ireland (w) 202-366-5787 (h) 703-591-2433 District Executive - Tejas Patel (w) 301-214-9147 (c) 301-602-7124

Old Dominion A Silver Level District

District Chair - Dean Stinson (h) 703-455-4072 Commissioner - Mike Nepi (h) 03-643-9021 District Executive - Justin Mawdsley (c) 703-973-3868


A Gold Level District District Chair - Jack Campbell Commissioner - Jae Engelbrecht (c) 703-503-0770 District Executive - Kyle Molldene (w) 301-214-9128 (c) 407-301-6622

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A Gold Level Service Area Serving the city of Alexandria, Eastern Fairfax and Arlington Counties

Colonial District

Colonial District Boy Scouts hold a Merit Badge Jamboree Almost 350 Boy Scouts converged Saturday, February 7th at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria for the 2015 Merit Badge Jamboree hosted by Colonial District of the Boys Scouts of America. A full day of activities presented an opportunity for Scouts to earn two merit badges in 26 different subject areas. Each merit badge was taught by a subject expert who provided an opportunity for hands-on learning activities. “Merit badges give a Scout the opportunity to learn about a new subject that might become a hobby or a career interest,” said Chris Marston, event organizer and a member of the Colonial District leadership. With an emphasis on STEM education the Scouts learned about engineering, chemistry, computer science, and technology related subjects in addition to traditional Scout crafts like leatherworking and fingerprinting.

Sherriff’s deputies, they assisted Kelley and performed mouth-to-mouth. “It was a flash, [Kelley] was down off that bench in a hurry,” stated the victim’s good friend attending court that day. “When I got to the hospital, the EMTs stabilized him and said whoever performed CPR on him probably saved his life.” Between the time Kelley began administering CPR and paramedics arrived, George said the victim began breathing

and regained his pulse — but then his heart stopped again, prompting the hero judge and deputies to begin CPR again. “The judge had control of everything. He didn’t blink.” Eagle Scout, Judge Kelley later commented he had performed CPR several years ago and was glad he still had the skill set.” Kelley’s such quick action and lifesaving skills proves once more, the value of the Scouting experience and the honor of being an Eagle Scout.

District News & Views George Mason District Troop 895 Hosts Radio Event Weekend By Mark Grapin Twenty Five Scouts gathered from across Northern Virginia for an intense weekend of study and examination in the art and science of radio transmission. Assistant Scoutmaster Leon Bruner, and his Eagle Scout son Jacob, headed team of ham radio enthusiasts to bring a unique event to Falls Church over 10-11 Jan 2015. Several weeks of prerequisite academics were involved for each of the participants, as they prepared for the course which culminated in testing for their Federal Communications Commission Technician Class license, the formal approval required for Ham Radio operators. A natural extension of the course included an opportunity to earn the BSA Radio Merit Badge; and two Scouts even spent several months preparing for their Morse Interpreter Strip examination.

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“While there are several tracks in which a Scout may earn their Radio Merit Badge, we decided to amplify this opportunity by also offering the Ham Radio license training and examination,” said Bruner. One of the attendees, Eric Grapin, of Troop 1539 also offered, “It’s hard not to get excited about Ham Radio when you discover you can talk with astronauts on the International Space Station, or make new friends in Australia!” Bruner is quick to point out the practical applications for the Amateur Radio hobby in preparing for Natural Disasters when traditional communication means such as cellphones and land-lines are compromised when the power goes out. “It’s a natural extension of the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge,” said Bruner. Indeed, attending Scouts, the Boy Scout Motto of “Be Prepared” became a little more practical and a lot more fun.”

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246 Scouts in 42 patrols, 108 Scouters and 5 Staff survived the weekend in the freezing cold at Harper’s Ferry, West Virgina in the KOA Kampground to participate in the 11th annual Klondike Derby. They were equipped with maps, their day packs and patrol equipment and set out to compete against each other in various skill stations, such as knot tying, pioneering and first aid response to team building stations, like ice water rescue, and the “Someone Dropped a Bomb on Me” Station. There was also Wizard’s Chess, which was a third favorite among the patrols. The 1st and 2nd favorite stations were Kate’s Kitchen and the Totin’ Chip and Knife Throwing station (which was sponsored by Colonial Troop 680). This year, we also had troops from Maryland, the Colonial District, and one from Occoquan as well as the many from Old Dominion. As we grow, we are glad to see new troops join us. The Yeti was sighted again this year, thanks to the OA who had to coax him out of hiding. Sam and Shelby, the resident golden retrievers were also sighted roaming among stations were also a huge hit. A huge thank you to Fred Woody who continues to put on an outstanding event each year, and to all the other Scouters who were instrumental in running stations and bringing the Scouts out to participate.

Old Dominion District’s Order of the Arrow Chapter Associate Advisor, Steve Richardson, received the Vigil Honor at the ceremony held at the University of Maryland on January 3, 2015. The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council and Scouting. Not present at the ceremony were other new ODD Vigils, Laura Buckner, Holly Brown, Trent Brown and Alan Davis.

Patriot District

2015 Patriot District Pinewood Derby: Another Great Day of Scout Fun

Pete Griffiths: PWD Chair The annual Patriot District Pinewood Derby (PWD) – the Super Bowl of Cub Scouting – was held on Saturday, March 7, at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Fairfax Station. The event was a great success again this year, with more than 130 Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts from 20 Packs participating in either the Speed or Show categories of the event. Also participating

were several hundred accompanying parent, siblings, and friends who arrived in waves to share in the fun for each of the five Cub Scout rank categories. Trophies were awarded to first, second, and third place winners from each of the five Cub Scout ranks and in each of the two PWD event categories, and all Cubs received a large medallion commemorating their participation. In the Speed category, the fastest cars racing this year – based on scaling for the size of the cars – reached speeds in excess of 160 mph! Like many other Cub Scout and Boy Scout activities, the District Pinewood Derby is a major undertaking that could not succeed without the help of many capable and dedicated volunteers. Pete Griffiths (Pack 1101Committee Chair) ably served as PWD chair and Race Director, and Andy Chaves (Pack 1101 Cubmaster) and Joe Margraf (Troop 1346 Scoutmaster) were again

our event Masters of Ceremony, entertaining the crowd with steady banter and effectively keeping the level of frivolity consistently high. Registration was effectively managed by Bill Dexter, Joe Casey, and Beth Gamble. Greg Wagner (Troop 1524) and Justin Day (Pack 1346) provided invaluable assistance in the Speed category. Steve Smith (Patriot District committee) provided efficient organization and management of Pit Row activities from start to finish. Bill Snowden (Vice Chair, Program Impact) was kept busy as the official photographer for the event. And nine Scouts from Troop 1346 served as race assistants and judges for the Show category. The Patriot District Pinewood Derby for 2015 is now a great memory for the numerous Scouts and parents who participated. We look forward to an equally fun and exciting event in 2016. The Scouter Digest April - June 2015 39

Virginia South Aquia

A Gold Level District District Chair - Jennifer Bell (c) 703-973-9323

A Gold Level Service Area Serving Prince William, Stafford, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, Fauquier and Culpeper Counties and, Fredericksburg City

Aquia District Wood Badge Critter of Aquia … Fall In !!

Commissioner - John Patrick (c) 540-809-8337 District Executive - James Larounis (c) 215-983-5732

Rule #1: Feed the critters and they will come! We were blessed to have Troop 907’s Scouts and Scouters sweeten the deal by hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Stafford from 8 – 9:30 AM on Saturday, Dec 13, 2014. We broke bread (after the Scouts led us in grace and conducted an opening flag ceremony, of course) and then collaborated on scoping our WBCA vision, mission and groundwork for our Goals. We elected Patrol Leaders, then formed, stormed, normed and decided on the following:

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• Vision: Create a living Legacy of Wood Badge Fellowship, Leadership, Tradition, Support, Service, Scout Spirit and Fun

District Chair - Shawn Landry (h) 703-753-1390

• Mission Statement: Leverage the spirit and legacy of the Wood Badge experience to support the Scouting programs of Aquia District and beyond

A Silver Level District

Commissioner - Tad Yergey (w) 703-754-3720 District Executive - TBH


A Bronze Level District District Chair - Bob Deaderick Commissioner - Randy Wilson District Executive - Marvin Mills (c) 434-284-3513


A Gold Level District District Chair - David Byrne (c) 571-722-6444 Commissioner - Stanley Mushaw District Executive - Ben Hazekamp (c) 608-751-9840


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Remember that fun and friendly feeling of connection you get when two or more Wood Badgers get together and sing “Back to Gilwell”? Remember that glow of accomplishment you’ve experienced when you realize the fruition of working a Wood Badge worthy Ticket Goal? Remember that somewhat exhilarating, prideful sensation you get when you see your Wood Badge Critter in any form, anywhere? Us too!! We know that all true Wood Badgers are united by a common passion for Scouting, but what to do with all this leadership energy? We thought it was time to gather the clan and see what Ticket Goals we can work together for the Scouts of Aquia. Thanks to some great teamwork, under our SPL Bob Lange, of Harold Tuttle, Mark Ellis and Mike Haas, we organized the first gathering of the WOOD BADGE CRITTERS of AQUIA (WBCA) to gather together all critters – whether beast of the plains, prairie or woodlands, whether feathered or furred, whether already having earned Wood Badge Beads or still working a Ticket since completing a training course - to give these committed Scouters a worthy outlet.

We brainstormed ideas for areas that WBCA members are interested in supporting, including: Camporee support staff, District training staff: adult and youth, Coordinating One-day District events, OA engagement and promotion, Cub Day Camp, Service Projects, Developing a “Classroom of the Forest” (COTF), Recruiting for NCAC WB courses, Supporting NCAC WB courses, Stafford community relations, Serving on District staff, Unit level team building and Commissioner partnerships, fellowship & fun and more! Of course, we ended with a rousing rendition of “Back to Gilwell” … and there was much rejoicing. The good news is that the best is yet to come, so if you missed the inaugural breakfast, want to know more or just want to join in the Critter games, please contact our Aquia Wood Badge Representative, Mike Haas, cell: (540) 809-4926 or email Mike at: “The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.” ~ Lord Robert Baden Powell May the Great Master of All Scouts be with us until we meet again.

Bull Run District

Bull Run District Award of Merit Recipients: Elizabeth Hoitt (Crew 617) Walter Skaja (Crew 617) Robert Lesefka (Crew 226) Jonathan Stone (Crew 1372)

Commissioner - Drew Mrenna Senior District Executive Michael Perry (c) 703-434-1300

Bull Run District Leadership Award Recipients: Eugene Hoitt (Crew 617, District VOA President) Mr. Jonathan Stone (Crew 1372, District VOA Advisor)

Field Director

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


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District News & Views Mattaponi District Mattaponi Recruitment Mattaponi Scouts and Scouters recently participated in the 2015 Fredericksburg Kids Expo at the Fredericksburg Expo center. Many Scouts came dressed in their Class A’s as over 10,000 people participated in the two day event. Mattaponi used this as a recruitment opportunity in hopes of getting a jump start on the 2015 spring and fall recruitment plan. A mock demonstration of the pinewood derby race was set up to catch potential Scouts attention as they walked by the booth. Events like these are showcased across the community to help inform others of Scouting and give our youth information for the best opportunity. We look forward to participating in many events like this as the year progresses.

Occoquan District

Scout Sunday in the Occoquan District Here is one example of a Scout Sunday Service in the Occoquan District which was held on February 8th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at the 10:30 a.m. Family Liturgy Mass. Older Scouts performed the Reading and the Prayers of the Faithful during the Scout Sunday service and they also served as usher and greeters. In addition to being the Scout Sunday service organizer, Chanel Marquis was the Religious Emblems Coordinator during which more than 75 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage girls received their respective religious emblems of their particular faith and some also received Saints Trail Patches. It was a well-organized and reverent event showcasing how Scouts demonstrate their faithfulness and duty to God.

As a service project St. Francis’ Cub Scout Pack 1385 held their 2nd annual Undie Sunday to collect new, unopened packages of men’s and/or women’s underwear (underwear, thermals, t-shirts, socks, etc.) which were also collected during Scout Sunday. These clothing items were delivered to those adults in need at the Bill Mehr Drop-In Shelter in Woodbridge.

award citation read, “In recognition of outstanding service to the spiritual development of catholic youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America”, 14 Dec 2014, signed by Bishop Loverde, the Archbishop of Arlington, VA.

To close the Scout Sunday service, the Bronze Pelican Award was given as special recognition of service. It is a Diocesan recognition presented to any adult, Catholic or non-Catholic, to recognize the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Mrs. Marquis received the Bronze Pelican Award from Fr. Kevin Downey, OFM, and Mr. Patrick Berney, Chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting and Camp Fire (CCOSC) of the Diocese of Arlington. The

Piedmont District

Taking Flight at Piedmont Day Camp With the new program about to launch; Cub Scouting is about to get even better than before. So will our Piedmont District Cub Scout Day Camp! We are again having Day Camp at Verdun Adventure Bound. The theme is Take Flight and the Cubs will have great adventures as they explore the wetlands; nature crafts station; go fishing at the pond and of course enjoy BB’s, Archery, and Swimming!! We will update our program to recognize the changes in the Cub Scout program. Although camp is for fun and not achievement oriented there are certain things – simply done best at Scout camp. Verdun is a beautiful property located on the western portion of Piedmont District - - there are wonderful amenities to make sure that our Cub Scouts have the ADVENTUREs GALORE. Parents and Staff will enjoy the week outdoors and have great fun with the Scouts. ALL in ALL – A perfect location and a great time for Scouts & adults alike.

~ Fishing at the Verdun Pond ~ The Scouter Digest April - June 2015 41



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Virgin Islands

A Silver Level District Serving the U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix District Chair - David Zumwalt (h) 340-719-1809 Commissioner - Dylan Smith (h) 340-773-0422

St. Thomas District Chair - David Zumwalt (h) 340-719-1809 Commissioner - Leroy Claxton (w) 340-776.9750

Church at All Saints Cathedral A Scout is reverent and attended the Cathedral Church of All Saints at the 10:00am mass. Normally every year for Scout Sunday, we would visit an institution that doesn’t have a Scout troop or Pack to encourage them to form a unit or units. This was not the case at All Saints, since they already have a Troop and Pack. Troop and Pack 7156 have been in existence for the last 74 consecutive years, but to build up the Leadership

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Round Table and Rededication

Several Scouts shadowed Business people in their place of business from 8:00am to 3:00pm. The businesses were: WSTA Radio Station; Innovative-Engineering Unit; Nora’s Beauty Palace; Innovative-TV-2; Roy Schneider Hospital; Humane Society; and Sapphire Marina.

Monthly Roundtable and Rededication ceremony was held at 6:00p.m. The Roundtable business was taken care of followed by the Scout oath, Law, Law of the Pack and with songs around the bond fire.

Scouting for Food Drive We solicited contribution of non-perishable food from shoppers at Cost-U– Less and Plaza Extra Supermarkets from 9:00-3:00 pm. This program was a great success. Items were distributed to the Salvation Army; St. Andrew’s Church Soup Kitchen; Bethlehem House and the Ebenezer Garden Senior Home.

Youth Parade Our grant finally, which is our Annual Youth Parade. The parade was well attended by several youth organizations, JROTC; Marching Bands; Majorettes; Drum Cores; Pathfinders; and the Jr. Firefighters. The parade began at 3:00pm as usual from the Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School, traveling up Veterans Drive and ending in the Emancipation Garden.

Virgin Islands District Executive Michael J. Dow, Sr. (w) 340-277-2655 (c) 340-774-2752

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Patriotism: An Eagle’s Trip to Panama I remember being a young Boy Scout, eagerly ready to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every meeting…

This summer I spent time in rural Panamá with the organization Amigos de las Americas working on service projects with members of my host community, La Yeguada. During my six weeks there, I grew particularly close to my host brother Albis. We would often spend all day talking about anything from the problems of growing into adulthood, to the differences between our two cultures. One day, he commented on how lucky I was to live in such a perfect country that was nice to all of its people and therefore “tan linda” – beautiful. I felt awkward because I knew that America wasn’t perfect like Albis was describing it. I didn’t know what to say. After my time in La Yeguada, I along with the 62 other American volunteers that were placed around the 1910 square miles that make up Coclé Panamá spent two days in Panama City. These two days were designed to help us re-acclimate to Western culture and modern conveniences that we hadn’t been living with, such as plumbing and electricity. The first thing I did when we entered the city was use the hostel’s free WiFi to check my Twitter. Posts flooded my feed with outrage over the then recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. The happiness I felt to be “back” slowly left my body as I read every single article retweeted and looked at every photo of the protests. As I learned more about this event, I felt personally offended. I felt like America, my home, had failed me. I thought of Albis’ words to me: “You’re so lucky to live in America”. How could I be lucky to live a place where such atrocities occur? As a member of Troop 544, I learned that part of being an active citizen is understanding the problems in your community and working towards remedying them. I realized that America’s beauty does not rest in the fact that nothing horrible occurs, but is defined by the ability to freely act and speak out against atrocities. When I was looking at my friends freely speaking on how they felt about what happened in Ferguson by using Twitter, I was seeing the beauty of America. Albis was wrong in saying that America was “perfect”, I further understood that in order to truly love something, you must take it for all of its flaws. Hopefully, through my continued community service work and involvement with my troop, I can help America come closer to “perfect”. I can’t think of any other experience that would help me understand what it means to be a Boy Scout of America more than this one. My time in Panama with Amigos was not easy, but it was tastefully difficult. My friend who was in La Yeguada with me (who is also an Eagle Scout) and I recommend Amigos to any young Scout looking for serious growth and adventure. Yes Albis, I am very lucky to live in America… because America is beautiful!

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The Scouter Digest April - June 2015 45 C: 11.64 M: 86.93 Y: 100 K: 2.15

Council Calendar April 2015

1 MAC OA Vigil Nominations Due 2 RT Cmsr and New-Unit Cmsr HAC 4 Pesach (Passover) Begins 5 VOA Mtg Easter Sunday 6 STEM Cmte 7 DACCS 11 Pesach (Passover) Ends 12 LEC 16 ACC 17 Wood Badge (Pt 2 of 2) 18 Wood Badge (Pt 2 of 2) 19 LDS Relations Cmte Wood Badge (Pt 2 of 2) 20 Program Impact Cmte Membership Cmte Mtg 22 Earth Day 24 ADWCCS and PCOS Annual Retreat Early Bird Registration GSR 25 Paddle Craft Safety Training BCOLS Overnight 26 ADWCCS and PCOS Annual Retreat 30 Council Court of Honor Wood Badge (Sunday Friendly, Pt 1 of 2)

June 2015

1 STEM Cmte 2 DACCS 3 MAC 4 Council Wide Key 3 5 OA Lodge Spring Fellowship @ LEC @ CWBS 6-7 Unit Precamp Swim Test OA Lodge Spring Fellowship @ LEC @ CWBS 10 Aquatics Cmte Mtg 14 BSA Scuba Flag Day 15 Program Impact Cmte Day Camp Week #1 Membership Cmte Mtg

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May 2015

1 Wood Badge (Sunday Friendly, Pt 1 of 2) 2 CPR for Professional Rescuer and First Aid Training Sea Scouts Canoe Race Wood Badge (Sunday Friendly, Pt 1 of 2) 3 VOA Mtg OA LO&A 4 STEM Cmte History & Archives Cmte 5 DACCS Cinco de Mayo 6 MAC ARC 7 Cmsr Cabinet HAC 8 Program Launch Week 9 Program Launch Week 10 Program Launch Week Mother’s Day 11 Program Launch Week 12 Program Launch Week 13 Program Launch Week 14 Program Launch Week Sea Scouts Wardroom 16 ADWCCS Emblems Presentation Ceremony Armed Forces Day 18 ACC 1st Day of Ramadan (3O Days) 20 Swimming and Water Rescue Training Sea Scouts - St. Michael’s Festival Goshen Week #1 Begins 21 Father’s Day 22 Day Camp Week #2 27 Goshen Week #2 Begins


ACC - Assistant Council Commissioner ADWCCS - Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Committee on Scouting Back Country Outdoor BCOLS - Leader Skills Committee Cmte - COC - Council of Chiefs Council Venturing CVOA - Officers Association Camp William B. Snyder CWBS - DA - Diocese of Arlington DACCS - Diocese of Arlington, Catholic Committee on Scouting EDGE - Explain, Demonstrate, Guide or Enable LEC - Lodge Executive Committee MAC - Meritorious Awards Committee MSSC - Marriott Scout Service Center Meeting Mtg - Order of the Arrow OA - PCOS - Protestant Committee on Scouting RT - Roundtable Training Trng -

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18 Leadership Training Cmte Membership Cmte Mtg 21 ACC ADWCCS Cmte International Cmte 22 Sea Scouts - Annual Henry Nygard Regatta 23 History of Scouting Trail (H.O.S.T.) 24 Pentecost H.O.S.T. 25 Memorial Day (MSSC Closed) H.O.S.T. 28 Wood Badge (Sunday Friendly, Pt 2 of 2) 29 Wood Badge (Sunday Friendly, Pt 2 of 2) Registration Deadline GSR 30 VOA Awards Event BSA Lifeguard Training (Pt. 1 of 2) Wood Badge (Sunday Friendly, Pt 2 of 2) 31 BSA Lifeguard Training (Pt. 1 of 2)

July 2015

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3 Independence Day Observed (MSSC Closed) 4 Goshen Week #3 Begins Independence Day 6 Adventure Days @ CWBS Session 1 of 4 Day Camp Week #3 7 DACCS 9 Cub Resident Camp @ CWBS Session 1 of 4 11 Goshen Week #4 Begins 13 Adventure Days @ CWBS Session 2 of 4 Day Camp Week #4 16 Cub Resident Camp @ CWBS - Session 2 of 4 International Cmte

18 Goshen Week #5 Begins Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) 20 Adventure Days @ CWBS Session 3 of 4 Day Camp Week #5 23 Cub Resident Camp @ CWBS Session 3 of 4 25 Paddle Craft Safety Trng Goshen Week #6 Begins 26 Scuba Class Orientation Parents’ Day 27 Adventure Days @ CWBS Session 4 of 4 Day Camp Week #6




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