Scouter Digest Summer 2018

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Summer Edition August 2018 - October 2018 www. NCACBSA .org



Prepared. For Life. Fellow Scouts and Scouters, “I wish you could have been there!” That’s what Scouts will be saying to their friends soon when they go back to school. They’ll tell everyone how much fun they had this summer being a Scout. Between resident camp, day camp, Sea Scouts going on long cruises, Venturers celebrating their 20th anniversary at the Summit, and more high adventure treks than any other council in the country, Scouts from our council found adventure literally all around the world. And Scouts from around the world came here for adventure as well! We were proud to host the 11th International Jamboree of Vietnamese Scouting right here at Camp Snyder (see page 14 for highlights of that amazing event). And when Philmont Scout Reservation had to shut down some of their programs due to wildfires, we were proud to welcome displaced crews to Lenhok’sin High Adventure base so they could continue their journey. I’m glad they got the chance to be there. I’m glad I got the chance to be here too. As you may have heard, this is my last official letter to you as your Scout Executive. After nearly 40 years as a professional Scouter I am retiring at the end of September. After that you will be able to find me on a boat down in Florida. Yes, there will be fishing. And yes, there will be puppies and grandchildren. There will also be memories of all the Scouts, volunteers, and staff members I have been privileged to work with along the way. I’m glad they were there. When I first came to NCAC someone asked what my favorite memory of Scouting was. I thought about it and said, sitting around a campfire in Florida, cooking toast over the flames on palmetto fronds. Because, to me, the best thing about Scouting is that when one of us burned the toast we kept that piece for ourselves and gave the best pieces to our friends. Let me be clear: I do not like the taste of burned toast. But I sure like being around people who think of others before themselves. That’s what Scouting means to me. Thank you for letting me be your Scout Executive. For all the badges earned, good turns done, smiles shared, and memories made. Keep on doing what you do for young people, and remember that you are making a difference by being there. See you ‘round the campfire,

Les Baron Scout Executive/CEO The Scouter Digest August 2018 - October 2018


The Scouter Digest

Vol 56 Issue 4


Published by National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scouts at NCAC’s new multiweek day camp learn how to use a jig to make braided paracord bracelets. To learn more about the multiweek day camp’s inagural summer turn to page 6.

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

Dr. James E. Smith Council President

Roy “Rick” Rogers Council Commissioner

Les Baron

Scout Executive

Jeff Berger

Deputy Scout Executive

Aaron Chusid Editor-in-Chief

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5 Around the Council 8 Development 9 Endowment 12 Camp William B. Snyder 13 Goshen Scout Reservation 16 Outdoor Adventure 17 STEM 18 Training 22 Council Map 23 Commissioner’s Corner 25 Eagle Scout Awards 26 District News & Views 37 Direct Service 38 Council Calendar


Marriott Scout Service Center July 4 Independence Day Sep 3 Labor Day

7 Join Us for a National Day of Service

2018-19 Print Schedule

Fall Edition 2018 Articles Due: Friday, September 21, 2018 In Mailboxes: Thursday, November 1, 2018

10 2018 Scout Camp Photos 14 Thẳng Tiến, International Jamboree of Vietnamese Scouting at Camp Snyder 16 On the Trail With Troop 1959: A Bike Ride to Remember

Circulation The Scouter Digest is a tabloid format newspaper published four times a year and mailed to more than 22,000 registered adult volunteer Scouting leaders in and around the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

26 All the World’s a Stage Find us on Social Media

30 Patuxent District Celebrates Women In Scouting 37 Lone Scout Stays Connected With Geocaching

On the Cover A Canadian Scout demonstrates the physics of balloon kabobs at the 11th International Jamboree of Vietnamese Scouting – Thẳng Tiến XI! Learn more on page 14.

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Photo Credit: Aaron Chusid

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Around the Council How To Get Started With Family Scouting As of June 11, all packs that wish to run a Family Scouting program can activate their pins and begin registering female members! Here’s what to do:

1. Log in to your My.Scouting account and select “Menu” at the top left. 2. From the drop down menu, select your unit. 3. Select Organization Manager. 4. Select the Settings tab. 5. Scroll to Family Scouting. 6. Pick the type of pack you want, add the date, and select Commit. So what comes after that? Invite all your friends to join, take lots of great pictures, and have fun! Be sure your new dens meet the new leadership requirements: Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-

appropriate supervision must always be provided.

This is very important as one of Scouting’s key methods has always been interaction with positive adult role models. The majority of Scout leaders are still male – even in Cub Scouts – so most pack’s won’t have any trouble creating opportunities for boys to work with male role models. This new policy will ensure that female Cub Scouts get the same opportunity to interact with female role models. Every Cub Scout deserves a trained leader! To help get new dens up and running, the Family Scouting Task Force will be hosting a Den Leader Training on Saturday, September 15 at Camp William B. Snyder! Members of the Task Force will be on hand to answer all your Family Scouting questions. Packs are encouraged to identify their new Den Leaders, help them take Youth Protection Training online, then come out to camp to finish their training and meet other new Den Leaders of female Cub Scouts from across our Councl! Learn more and register at!

New OA Membership Requirements Start February 2019

This May, the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program!

Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units. The updated Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows: • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the

balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.

Get “Hooked on Scouting” This Fall! Hooked on Scouting uses the fun and excitement of fishing to reel in new Scouts this fall. Scouts will learn all the skills and techniques they need to get started fishing along with actual hands-on experience! Parents will get a chance to discover the adventure Scouting can provide their families while sharing the moment their new Scout catches a fish for the first time!

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As part of this program, new Scouts who turn in their completed application by October 31 will receive a free fishing bobber! NCAC also will host fishing events in each service area (see

Hooked on Scouting membership recruitment materials – including flyers, lawn signs, and stickers – are available to units at no charge; just ask your District Executive.


All equipment will be provided by our Council with support from partnering organizations. Professional Scouters and volunteer leaders will be on-hand to help with the event, answer any questions, and of course, sign up new Scouts. The only thing families need to focus on is having a great time while getting a chance to try out Scouting. New Scouts who sign up before the event in their area will receive free admission. Events will be held in late September and October; watch for details on our website and Facebook page.

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Check out the removable Hooked on Scouting poster in the center section!

Scouters Prep to Teach LNT

On the weekend of April 21-22, twenty-one Scouts and Scouters took the Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer course held at Camp William B. Snyder. The enthusiasm of NCAC’s leaders for outdoor ethics is thrilling, and now even more Scouters and Scouts are ready and excited to help Scouts earn Outdoor Ethics Awareness Awards! #EnjoyYourWorld #LeaveNoTrace

• At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit. • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee. Read more about the election requirements and FAQs at

SAVE THE DATE: Scouting For Food 2018 Drop-off: Saturday, Nov. 3 Pick-up: Saturday, Nov. 10 Families can’t “Be Prepared!” for life when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Join our annual service project as we collect a million pounds of food for local food banks! Watch our Facebook page and go to Roundtable for more information. The Scouter Digest August 2018 - October 2018


Around the Council NCAC Launches Multiweek Day Camp Earlier this year NCAC launched an exciting new pilot program: a multiweek Cub Scout day camp! For five weeks this summer they offered the same great program as our traditional day camps, with the multiweek format helping for parents looking for more summertime activities. The camp received full accreditation from BSA’s National Camp Accreditation Program and campers had tons of fun!

Mysteries elective Adventure Loops. Wolves worked on the Finding Your Way, Digging in the Past, and Paws of the Skill Adventure Loops. Bears worked on the Baloo the Builder Adventure Loop, and completed the Roaring Laughter and Super-Science Adventure Loops. Webelos worked on the Into the Woods and Build-It Adventure Pins, and completed the Sportsman Adventure Pin.

The camp averaged 18 campers each week – pretty good for a pilot program – with all Cub Scout ranks represented. Cub Scouts split into groups by age level so they could focus on activities tailored to each rank.

Scouts each week also earned their rankspecific Shooting Sports Archery Patch and Pin, built stretchers and chariots for relay races, made paracord bracelets, completed service projects, built bird houses, tied a variety of knots, performed educational songs and skits, and learned about all turkeys and other local plants and animals with the head biologist from Fort Belvoir.

There were, of course, lots of opportunities to work on advancement. By week 4 the Tigers completed the Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical

One of the most popular events was the Bike Rodeo. This event gave Scouts a chance to have fun and challenge themselves to improve. Many Scout learned to ride a bike for the first time, and more experienced riders assisted their fellow Scouts and grew their own skills. This camp would not have been possible without the hard work of our staff. In particular, a huge shout-out goes to our Admin Director Dominick Caridi, Nature Director Abbie Allred, and Scout Skills Director Sam Markle, and Staff Advisor Joel Jackson for their outstanding service to our camp. They went above and beyond to put together something special that our Scouts and staff want to keep building in the future. Already parents are making plans to come back next year – and bring their friends!

Special HOST Hike Brings Scouters Together To Learn About William T. Hornaday A special 2018 William T. Hornaday – Colin Livingstone Hike was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The Hornaday Wildlife Conservation award honors the man who was the head taxidermist at the Smithsonian, helped establish the National Zoo, and was the first Director of what is now the Bronx Zoo. He is widely credited with saving the American bison from extinction.

This was the newest entry to the Council’s History & Archives Committee’s H.O.S.T program and was a one-time event. It followd much of the Livingstone Hike but added unique challenges and information about Hornaday, making it a very different hike for those who had previously earned the Livingstone Hike medal. There were historical displays about the

John Selstrom presenting Hornaday HOST Hike pin to Carol Brown and her husband.


Hornaday Award, plus information about Scouting’s environmental and conservation programs available at the ceremony before the hike. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place promptly at 9 AM with multiple departures leaving shortly after from the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The entire route was approximately 6.5 miles long, finished at the Smithsonian Castle,

Boy Scout Christian with members of his family.

and took the most of the 430+ registered participants four to seven hours to finish. If you missed the Hornady Hike, consider signing up for one of the other three History Of Scouting Trail program hikes currently available.

Boy Scout Christian receiving a Hornaday badge for completing his Hornaday project

Around the Council Join Us for a National Day of Service Can we Scout You In for a National Day of Service on the National Mall? Through a partnership with our great friends at The Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service, the Boy Scouts of America have scheduled September 22nd as a National Day of Service right here in our nation’s capital. To register, please visit: https://scoutingevent. com/082-ServiceProjectMall2018. For each Youth and Adult, a special Council Shoulder patch is being secured to thank each registered participant for their dedication to this project, benefiting our National Mall. As the days grow closer, the National Park Service will be confirming the exact meeting location and a list of projects. Projects that may be undertaken include painting posts and chains, painting park benches, landscaping work, and/or debris removal. Participants are encouraged to please consider taking the Metro system down to the National Mall to prevent having to find parking in the area. To best manage this project, there will be two groups of volunteers with the first starting

at 8:30 am and the second group taking over after lunch at 12:30 pm. Proposed Schedule: Group 1 - 200 Total (8:30am-12:30pm; includes lunch) • 8:30 am Group 1 arrives at central/meeting location and checks-in (Lockkeeper’s House) • 9:00 am Introductions, walk through activities, instructions, and itinerary for the day presented by the National Park Service and Boy Scouts of America staff. • 9:30am Volunteer Service Begins; divides into smaller teams and travel to specific sites. 4-6 groups of 25-50 scouts. • 11:30am Group 1 concludes volunteer activity and reconvenes at central meeting location. Ranger talk/info about National Mall. Closing. LUNCH FOR BOTH GROUPS Group 2 - 200 Total (11:30-3:30pm; includes lunch) • 12:30pm Introductions, walk through activities, instructions, and itinerary for the day

presented by the National Park Service and Boy Scouts of America staff. • 1:00pm Volunteer Service Begins; divides into smaller teams and travel to specific sites. 4-6 groups of 25-50 scouts.

• 3:00pm Group 2 concludes volunteer activity and reconvenes at central meeting location. Ranger talk/info about National Mall. Closing.

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Sunday, November 4th, 2018, 12 pm - 2 pm Camp William B. Snyder, 6100 Antioch Road, Haymarket, VA 20169 Bring the family! All ages are encouraged to attend. A complimentary fellowship brunch wll be served. Registration required for planning. Please visit Keynote Speaker Rabbi Peter E. Hyman • Q&A session with NCAC Faith Leaders • Special Presentation of Religious Awards Sponsored by the NCAC Endowment Committee and Order of the Arrow Amangamek-Wipit Lodge 470

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A Scout is thrifty

38th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic Tees Off Another Successful Fundraiser Martin, BMC Software, Cisco, KPMG, Praxis Consulting, Splunk, Black Diamond Media, ISG, MYTA, Recovery Point, Rivkin Radler, Service King, GEICO, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and RedPeg Marketing.

On June 11, National Capital Area Council hosted the 38th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic at Manor Country Club. Scouting’s benefactors, donors, and supporters in the DMV region look forward to the annual event for its spirited comradery, a round of competitive play with their colleagues, and of course the surprise swag that’s to be found at many of the holes.

Rain or shine, this event is never short of players, sponsors, and smiles. It’s an opportunity to have a lot of fun while supporting an institution that you love. That’s Scouting. Though more rain than shine, this year’s tournament brought out a who’s who of DCarea industry in support of NCAC and the festivities, including ValueMomentum, Safelite AutoGlass, Dynatrace, Enterprise Rent-ACar, CCC Information Services, Inc., Horizon Media, Insurance Auto Auctions, Lockheed

We did not see a hole-in-one during either the morning or afternoon rounds, but the scores that came back showed that a few rain showers would not dampen the fun or competition amongst our players. All participants received gifts throughout the course. Golf bags, gloves, Amazon Echo Dots, and other goodies filled carts, while on other holes players had added bonus opportunity to win if they could hit a hole-in-one. Hole 5 featured a shot at winning a BMW and a Harley Davidson motorcycle while holes 8, 11, and 17 offered chances at a Corvette, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Range Rover, respectively. Other contests including closest to the pin and best score brought accolades, awards, and additional prizes at both the noon luncheon and evening banquet.

Attorney of the Year On Wednesday, June 13, National Capital Area Council hosted a lunch to honor local attornies with the Attorney of the Year Good Scout Award. The honorees this year were Dr. Blake Morant, George Washington University Law School Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law; A. Scott Bolden, Managing Partner ReedSmith; and Thomas Fortune Fay, Of Counsel, Fay Law Group. We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us break last year’s fundraising record! For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities for 2019, please contact Jenna We l l e a t 3 0 1 - 2 1 4 - 9 1 5 1 o r

People Who Move America On Wednesday, May 16th National Capital Area Council hosted a dinner to honor individuals from the trade and transportation industry with the People Who Move America Good Scout Award. The honorees this year were Scott Ernst, CEO of Textron Aviation; Ricky Smith, CEO of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and Kevin Burke, President and CEO of Airports Council International North America. We also recognized Congressman Pete Sessions with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us break last year’s record! For more information on this event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities for 2019, please contact Jenna Welle at

Endowment Save the Dates Sat 15 Sep, Noon - 4 pm

Scout Skills Day for Adults Complimentary lunch at Camp Snyder

Sat 27 Oct, 6 - 9 pm

Endowment Dinner with the Scout Executive @ Camp Snyder (By invitation only at Carroll’s Cottage) For more information or to learn about sponsorships for the 2019 39th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic, please contact Geoffrey.

Sun 4 Nov, Noon-2pm

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

Chief Development Officer Jenna Welle



Living and giving

Memorial and Tribute Funds Donor:

Ellen Freda Tonia Taylor Dennis Gurtz Richard Fulper

In Memory of:

Lisa Barbarossa Richard “Richie” Driggers Russell Strand Thomas L. Wertz, Sr.

Our four youth speakers share the moment.


In Memory of:

Donor: In Honor of:

Michelle Cosgrove Paul Lentz American Urological Association Richard Driggers Roberta F. Milberg Graeme Boyette Jean Frame

Keynote - Dr. Blake D. Morant, GWU Dean & Robert Kramer Research Prof of Law.

Robert K. Holder Sandra S. Landis

Ronald Kessler Justin Hughes

Attila & Ilona Lantos at brick in honor of their son and Eagle Scout

2018 Spring Endowment Celebration and Donor Recognition

Our Council’s financial destiny is dependent on the legacy of a strong Endowment program and management of those funds. On May 19, National Capital Area Council acknowledged our many Endowment donors who support our Council’s long-term investment accounts and to recognize all endowment and major gift donors. NCAC proudly honored 92 James E. West recipients, 14 NCAC Fellows and 5 Second Century recipients. Thanks to them, our Endowment provided 173 camperships, sponsored 478 Out Reach youth and several camp projects. Troop 7369 from Chantilly, VA present the colors.

The morning began with a welcoming reception, then an inspirational program featuring four of our local Scouts who make a difference daily in our Council! Our keynote Speaker was National Outstanding Eagle Scout recipient and President of Dean & Robert Kramer School of Law at George Washington University Law School, Dr. Blake D. Morant. Dr. Morant shared his many life stories of how Scouting helped to develop his character and impacted his career. The festivities concluded with our youth speakers cutting our Eagle cake with a Ceremonial Navy Sword. To learn how you can make a difference and build your Scouting Legacy contact Sr. Development Director Geoffrey Thomas ( 301-214-9110 , or Endowment Chair Forrest Horton (703-919-4636,

Venturer Jeanine Reilly, Crew 463 & Ship 1942.

Eagle Scout Tory Ridgeway, Troop 487.

Brett Coffee assists with the cake cutting.

Endowment Chair, Forrest Horton, presents appreciation gifts to our youth speakers.

Cake Cutting Ceremony – Eagles & Youth Support Endowment!

Les Baron & Jeff Berger present Ken Feng his James E West Award.

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Camp William B. Snyder Bring The Whole Family To Camp Snyder!

Premier outdoor programs

Summer Fun & Aquatics Activities; Will You “Be Prepared” and Trained? In addition to a variety of programs, special events, and of course our NCAC Day Camps, the NCAC Aquatics Committee has been very active at Camp William B. Snyder this summer. Read on to see how they’re helping Scouters around the region “Be Prepared” for the water. To learn more about any of these courses or for more info please contact NCAC Aquatics Committee at

2018 Lifeguard Course

Paddle Craft Safety Training

Swimming and Water Rescue Training

Float trips are fun and exciting unit activities. But are you prepared to lead one? BSA’s Paddle Craft Safety training is required if your unit is planning on participating in the NCAC Goshen Scout Reservation Lenhok’sin James River Canoe Trek. It is also an excellent training for leaders going to BSA Northern Tier High Adventure Base. There are two versions of the PCS training: Basic and River. The PCS Basic course is an introductory flat water session covering basic paddling skills. It is a prerequisite for the follow-on PCS River course. The PCS River course is held on a nearby river and teaches skills necessary to deal with river dynamics. The next PCS Basic course will be held at Camp William B. Snyder on September 29. The PCS River course will be held the next day, September 30. More info and registration can be found at:

Six Scouts and Scouters completed the Lifeguard course at Camp Snyder in June. These participants earned their American Red Cross Lifeguard and Waterfront Lifeguard certification along with the BSA Lifeguard certification. This qualifies them to work at pools or waterfronts. If you will be 15 years old by next summer plan on attending our course in early June 2019. If you earned your BSA Lifeguard certification at summer camp recently, please notify the NCAC Aquatics Committee so we can add you to our resource list of trained Lifeguard personnel. If you started your BSA Lifeguard course this summer and still need to complete the CPR/AED/First Aid training requirement see information below about our upcoming September training.

September 15-16 STEM Family Camping Cubs & Cub Siblings $30 / Boy Scout Siblings $10 / Parents $10 / 5 & Under $5 Optional Meal Plan add on $25 per person

September 15

(STEM Event Day Only) Cubs & Cub Siblings $20 / Boy Scout Siblings $10 / Parents $5 / 5 & Under $5

October 20-21

Cub Scout EXPO & Family Camping Cubs & Cub Siblings $30 / Boy Scout Siblings $10 / Parents $10 / 5 & Under $5 Optional Meal Plan add on $25 per person

Six Scouts and Scouters completed the annual NCAC Lifeguard course at Camp William B. Snyder in June. They earned the American Red Cross Lifeguard and Waterfront Lifeguard certification along with the BSA Lifeguard certification, qualifying them to work at pools or waterfronts. If you will be 15 years old by next summer, plan on attending our course in early June 2019. If you earned your BSA Lifeguard certification at summer camp recently, please notify the NCAC Aquatics Committee to be added to our resource list of trained Lifeguard personnel. If you started your BSA Lifeguard course this summer and still need to complete the CPR/AED/First Aid training requirement, please consider our September training course.

CPR/AED and First Aid Training

November 18th

Webelos and Boy Scout EXPO – Day Only Webelos $10 / Boy Scouts $10 / Parents $10

For More Info, Please Visit:

Scuba BSA

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting requires any BSA aquatic activity to be supervised by an adult who has completed Safe Swim Defense (for swimming activities) and Safety Afloat (for boating activities). Each course takes about 45 minutes to complete and are available online at They will also available taught at the 2018 NCAC Pow Wow in October. Registration info coming soon.

If you need to complete BSA Lifeguard requirement number 6 to finish your BSA Lifeguard certification training, the NCAC Aquatics Committee is offering American Red Cross First Aid and American Red Cross CPR/ AED for the Professional Rescuer training at Camp William B. Snyder on September 15. We use the Red Cross blended learning version so you complete several hours of online knowledge development beforehand at your convenience. Then the short in person skills session reviews and practices the hands on skills. Find more information and register at

Several Scouts from around the area experienced breathing underwater for the first time at Camp William B. Snyder in June. These Scouts earned the Scuba BSA award which provided them with an introduction to the sport of Scuba Diving.

Camping Director

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Business Manager

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Goshen Scout Reservation Bear Visits on the Rise: Do Your Part to Keep Goshen Safe for All

Premier outdoor programs GOSHEN LABOR DAY


All youth, all adults, all ages! August 31st to-September 3rd

“There’re bears at Goshen?”

Check-in Begins at 5pm Friday

Of course there’re bears at Goshen! Goshen Scout Reservation is situated on the shores of scenic Lake Merriweather and nestled within 4,000 acres of pristine Appalachian highlands. All manner of mid-Atlantic wildlife can be found here, including a healthy population of North American black bears.

Goshen Scout Reservation 340 Millard Burke Memorial Hwy Goshen, VA 24439

$20 per camper Bring your own food and camping equipment. We supply all programming free of charge.

Shy by nature, encounters with these magnificent beasts are occasional at best, provided you practice good camp habits, employ tried and tested methods for dealing with an encounter, and are aware of your surroundings. If these practices are taken seriously, campers and counselors alike will continue to enjoy many more summers here— just as they have in the past—without incident. Unfortunately, when campers are not diligent in their duty toward these practices, we see an uptick in nuisance “bear visits” to camp, as we have this year. Bears have always been our neighbors here, and by Being Prepared with knowledge of their habits, good campsite management, and ways to deal with unexpected interactions, you will be doing your part to keep everyone—bears and people—safe from harm. Neglecting these rules and regulations is a recipe for disaster.

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Get Ready To Go To Goshen! It’s never too early to start planninig for 2019! For more information, please visit:


We’ve assembled materials to help you understand your responsibilities when camping and traveling in bear country. You can find these materials by visiting: Study this package carefully, discuss the materials with your leaders, and practice what you find within so that you and everyone else at camp can fully enjoy all that the wilderness surrounding Goshen has to offer.

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Keep Goshen Scouting safe for all. Be bear aware.

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

Philip Barbash

Camping Specialist

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Thang Tien XI

This summer, Thẳng Tiến returned to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for the first time in 20 years, and Camp William H. Snyder was thrilled to be the host site for the largest gathering of Vietnamese Scouts in the nation. For 7 dasy from June 28th to July 4th, Vietnamese Scouts from around the globe for a week of action-packed adventure and fellowship, This year’s theme was “Tighten our Bond & Set New Record”.


11th International Jamboree of Vietnamese Scouting

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On the Trail with... Troop 1959 from Fort Washington, MD A Bike Ride to Remember: A Scouts View by Kawbena McGaneyOsei, Senior Patrol Leader

June 29th, 2018; The beginning of our terrifying yet thrilling adventure. Today is the day that Troop 1959 from Fort Washington, MD would embark on a 90-mile bike ride to Whiteford, MD. A trip that is only 5 miles from the border of Pennsylvania, a total of 10 hours, spread across 3 days. A year ago, Troop 1959 attended Goshen Summer Camp, where we came across another troop who had biked to California and back. Immediately my Scoutmaster envisioned the same for us. From the birth of the idea to days beforehand, Troop 1959 had been training. Once a month we would gear up and prep ourselves for a ride. We would practice 5 miles here, 10 miles there, eventually all leading up to our 50 mile finale. We also needed to make sure our diets were ready. We switched the chips and soda for fresh fruit and water. All the prep would make it worth it in the end.

The first day, our ride was enjoyable! We were able to keep up a reasonable pace and distance. Day two was a different story, the heat and hills were almost unbearable. Our strength, and endurance was definitely tested. Day two was without a doubt the hardest leg of the trip. The final day wasn’t a breeze, but nothing compared to the dreaded day before. Luckily this day gave us downward hills and cooler temperatures. One of my favorite parts of this trip was the hotel nights, after a long day of biking. We were able to make a lot of memories and bond with one another. The trip allowed me to discover my strengths and weaknesses, it gave me a roadmap for how to do even better on our next adventure! I never thought I would do this in a million years. I’m sure a lot of us, didn’t think we would make it (especially on day two). But with every pedal we believed in ourselves! Plus, a great 80s playlist for motivation is a big help!

You’ve Got A Story To Tell ... So share it with us! Send us your travelogues, trail tales, and trip takes from a recent Unit outing, and we may publish it here. And don’t forget to tell us who took the pictures. Print quality photos used in any of our publications earn you a spot on our Photo Patrol and get you a Photo Patrol patch. Email stories to For more details on Photo Patrol or to make a photo submission, please viisit 16


Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics

STEM Long Term Camp Challenge

STEM University

Troop 1853 from Old Dominion District has crafted a unique program to promote STEM amongst their troop. Their 2017 flyer is included, and was shared with us by Mr. John Selstrom and Mr. Bruce Donlin to give other troops an idea. Note: Mr. Donlin & Mr. Selstrom also co-teach the BSA STEM: Roadmap to Success class at University of Scouting and STEM University.

On June 9, 2018, the NCAC STEM Committee held the 3rd annual STEM University at the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, VA. A special thanks to scouters and Microsoft employees, Damon DeSonier and Bill Cunnane, as well as Microsoft Corporation for making the facility available!

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)


The day kicked off with an Einstein’s Science fair where Cubs and Scouts presented in a poster board style. Then adults and youth split off to separate activities. The adults engaged in a STEM & Special Needs session, and then selected from the following trainings: Supernova Mentor & Nova Counselor Training, Hands-on Science Activities, and STEM Roadmap to Success for Troops and STEM for Cub Scouts. The Cub Scouts attended 6 rotations led by Boy Scout and adult leaders. Several of the activities helped with the new Nova Award, Fearful Symmetry!

The Buddy Backpacker Prize is a Long Term Camp Scholarship for the top two scoring Troop 1853 Scouts who accomplish STEM activities. The Scholarship will pay for the long term camp fee. The two Scouts with highest number of points earned will win the summer camp scholarship. Must earn a minimum of 75 points to be eligible. Activities must be completed between 1 Oct 2016 and 15 May 2017. The winners will be announced at the Spring Court of Honor. Earns Nova Award Earns STEM-related merit badges Earns Cyber Chip or recharge during the period Participates in Merit Badge Jamboree; earns at least a partial on a STEM-related merit badge Signs up for summer camp with a STEMrelated activity plan Presents a STEM activity at a troop meeting Participates in a non-troop STEM event Earns the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova award Earns the Thomas Edison Supernova award

25 point each Nova Award 5 points for each STEMrelated merit badge 10 points

Cubs created toothpick structures of oviline and halite to understand the strengths of varying crystal structures. (req 2 of Fearful Symmetry).

5 points 10 points 10 points each 10 points each 50 points 75 points Cubs share their hypotheses for the marshmallow pressurization experiment by Mr. Sokhom Kith.

Mr. Roger Claff teaches friction, pressure, and kinetic energy by way of balloon rockets! 4C

STEM Advisor

James Hamlin

STEM Coordinator

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Training National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT): Ready for a Challenge? NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed for youth to learn and practice the leadership skills that will help them succeed in Scouting and in life!

* Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), Crews (ILSC), and Ships (ILSS) should be offered through a Scout’s home unit. Ask your Unit Leader how you can participate in this course.

NYLT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Scouts who have completed their unit’s introduction to leadership course, have been practicing these skills, and are ready for the next level of training should attend NYLT once they meet all Eligibility Requirements.

Scouts must: • Complete their home Unit’s Introduction to Leadership Skills course* • Receive approval from your Scoutmaster or Unit leader • Be at least 14 years of age by course start date. We reserve limited space for 13-yearold participants on each course. All 13-year-old participants must contact the Course Director lbefore registering to see if slots still exist. • Earn First Class rank, if registered in a Troop • Have current BSA Health Form (Parts A, B, and C) • Be comfortable camping and cooking outdoors • Commit to attending the entire six-day course

WHAT NYLT IS (AND IS NOT) NYLT is not like summer camp and is not designed for rank advancement or earning merit badges. NYLT is an intense and challenging hands-on leadership training program. It is essential that NYLT participants be physically, emotionally, and mentally prepared to handle the demands of this advanced training. In order to get the most benefit from this unique experience, participants must exhibit emotional maturity, a positive attitude, proficiency in basic camping and outdoor cooking, and have an ambition to serve in leadership roles. For more information or to register for upcoming NYLT Training, please visit:

The Trainer’s EDGE The Fundamentals of Training/Trainer’s EDGE is for anyone interested in different training methods. It will equip you with ideas, techniques, and materials for improving presentations by enabling you to select approaches that will communicate your messages most successfully, and with PIZZAZZ!! In Fundamentals of Training participants learn the tools of good training including characteristics of good trainers, how people learn and training methods. The Trainer’s EDGE emphasizes the importance of “experiential learning,” or learning by doing, as well as numerous other contemporary training strategies. These strategies can then be applied to a wide range of training programs. WHAT DOES EDGE MEAN? Explain how it is done – Tell them Demonstrate the steps – Show them Guide learners as they practice – Watch them do it Enable them to succeed on their own – Use memory aids, practice it, they teach it WHO SHOULD COME? Anyone interested in improving their presentation skills should attend! This course is required for all trainers who train on the District and Council levels (including Wood Badge and NYLT staff). The next course will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, MD. The cost is $15 (Continental Breakfast and Full Lunch Included along with Training Materials). For more information or to register, please visit or contact Danielle Ballantine at (301) 335-6012 or

2018 BACK COUNTRY OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (BCOLS) Classroom: Sat. 9/29 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Heritage Presbyterian Church 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22308

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


Program Director

Don Durbin


Program Specialist

Margee Egan


September 7 - 9, 2018 & October 12 - 14, 2018 Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly Cub Leaders, Scoutmasters and Assistants, Venturing Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs and Members, and other Unit, District, Council, and Professional Adults in Leadership.


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American Historical Trails Earn patches and medals hiking our NCAC area trails and earn credit for rank requirements and Hiking Merit Badges at the same time.

Visit our website at: or call

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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 22

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

Commissioner’s Corner Commissioner Service and Family Scouting Fellow commissioners, we have a unique opportunity to serve Scouting at a historic time of change!

Roy “Rick” Rogers Council Commissioner

I personally am thrilled that through Scouting we will be serving the whole family. Through visiting two of our council’s Vietnamese longstanding Family Scouting groups, I have seen a vision of the future, and it looks fantastic! At the Vietnamese Scouting groups, I saw boys, girls, and entire families (including grandparents) at a Scouting meeting where they shared fellowship, prepared young people to live by the Scout Oath and Law, and had separate but linked programs by age and gender where appropriate. I do not view family Scouting as accepting girls into Scouting – rather, I view it as serving the whole family. The most recent issue of The Commissioner,

the national newsletter for commissioners and professionals (, contains several excellent articles on commissioner service and Family Scouting.

“agents of change” by keeping up with the latest information available at and communicating that to our districts and units

While commissioners will continue to serve units and Scouters as we always have, we need to be ready to support growth in our movement. Specifically, this means:

Commissioners, as friends and mentors, will play a crucial role in family Scouting’s success. As the national newsletter notes, “If the trend holds true from what we have seen in the early adopter program, many of these new families will not have a background in Scouting, making the presence of the unit commissioners who will follow these units through their first two charter renewal cycles more important than ever.”

• Working closely with district membership teams to form sustainable new units based on the processes described in the Unit Performance Guide ( • Working closely with district training teams and our roundtable commissioner staff to get our Scouters the training they need to succeed • Continuing our traditional role as

Unit Performance Guide The Unit Performance Guide methodology is BSA’s approved strategy for starting and sustaining high quality units. Darlene Sprague, National Commissioner Service Resources Chair, describes the key principles: • Volunteer-driven, professionally guided. The district executive, new-unit commissioner, and new-unit organizer all work together in the new-unit organization process. Professionals and volunteers partnering together help ensure the proper development of high-quality units.

Re-charter Season It seems like re-chartering season just ended, and now we need to start ramping up for a new season. That’s life in the fast lane! This fall, please have your unit commissioners reach out to their units to prepare for re-charter season by following these steps: • Work with the unit’s committee chair to identify a charter renewal team and timeline. Designate a renewal processor and a Youth Protection Training (YPT) coordinator • Invite units to attend district re-charter training • Work with the unit to conduct a membership inventory • Work with units to determine next charter year’s leadership, get unregistered Scouters and Scouts registered, and get YPT certificates up to date Note that every single Scouter who has not taken the new YPT course will need to do so. As commissioners make these unit contacts, it would be great to record the unit contacts in Commissioner Tools. This would also be a perfect time to talk with the units about how they are doing and where they would like to be, which could result in a detailed assessment recorded in Commissioner Tools.

• A new-unit commissioner is assigned at the very start of the new-unit organization process. Once the unit is organized, the commissioner serves the unit for three years to help it become a high-quality unit.

There should be a 1:1 ratio—one new-unit commissioner for one new unit.

• Organize every new unit with at least 10 youth. Starting with two dens or patrols or a crew of 10 helps ensure the unit has a good foundation to grow. • Recruit at least five adult unit volunteers. Properly selected quality volunteers are important to the successful operation and sustainability of the new unit. Preferably, one of the members should be a new member coordinator. This position can be instrumental in welcoming new families to the unit. Note: The chartered organization representative position should be a separate position and not a multiple position. • Develop the unit Key 3 concept. The

This is a time of change. We have the opportunity to make a real difference in Scouting by serving the whole family. We need to be ready and set to go!

unit leader, committee chair, and chartered organization representative meet monthly. The assigned new-unit commissioner serves as the advisor to this group. • Focus on organizing the whole Scouting family. The whole Scouting family normally includes a pack, a troop, and a crew chartered to the same organization. It can also include a Sea Scout ship. As we implement Family Scouting and start new girl troops, following these principles will give new units the best chance to serve our families with the Scouting program they deserve in a sustainable manner. To start sustainable new girl troops in February 2019, the Unit Performance Guide process should be going on now!

Remind Leaders to Complete YPT 2.0 Today Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Groundbreaking when they were developed, they soon became the standard used by other organizations for safeguarding youth. But when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve. Sustained vigilance on youth protection is a central part of our culture.

Over the past two years, the BSA has worked with experts in the field of child abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment to develop new training and resources that will further strengthen our ability to protect youth. These changes include: • Fully updated and revised Youth Protection Training with the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. • Expanded youth protection content across all our communications channels will inform and engage our volunteers and parents. • Expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers & families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.

• The BSA also provides unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting. • Youth protection training for youth members will be available in 2019. In addition to updated training and resources, the BSA announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements. These policies have been in place in the NCAC for a number of years. These policies include: • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training. • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their youth protection training.

By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth. For camps this summer across the BSA, adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must be registered and take Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. If your unit desires to set a stricter policy (e.g. ALL adults going to camp must be registered and have current YPT), that is certainly permitted. To learn more, discover additional resources, or take the training now, please visit • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may recharter without all leaders being current on their Or stop by the Marriott Scout Service Center youth protection training. Registrars no longer to use one of our training stations. Be on the have the ability to approve charters without full lookout for additional live trainings this summer compliance. and fall. The Scouter Digest August 2018 - October 2018 23

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 March 19th, 2018 and June 19th, 2018.




Aquia District

Troop 949 Jackson Christopher Call Troop 1940 Nathan Allan Chapman Troop 1410 Ethan Daniel Crawford Troop 1717 Daniel Joseph Flynn, III Troop 142 Michael James Hatfield Troop 940 Jonah Cedric Jorel Ingram Troop 1945 Justin Braden Jory Troop 1889 Joshua Michael Menders Troop 176 Wesley David Nelson Troop 1717 Alexander King Pritchard Troop 850 Ian Michael Scanlon Troop 1410 Adam Jackson Stoltz Troop 516 Jacob Miller Talkington Troop 907 Dylan Ray Vanderploeg Troop 516 Andrew Thornton Wright Troop 199 Miles Andrew Zinn, Jr.

Bull Run District

Troop 1833 Avery Joppa Alford Troop 326 Neal Stone Bartolomei Troop 1185 Daniel Joseph Bayliss Troop 1371 Benjamin Henry Clark Troop 1360 Michael Joseph Dionne Troop 1185 Christian Chima Ebuchlam Troop 1360 Thomas Hansen Troop 1882 Robert Edward Lazar Troop 1882 Jeffrey Carl Lazar Troop 671 Carl Anthony Martinez Troop 1188 Nicholas David Mills Troop 1372 Tobin Cowles Smith Troop 670 Seth Christophe Stanford Troop 1360 Jacob Jackson Uhler

Chain Bridge District

Troop 1188 Cameron Robert Waddy Troop 667 Stephen Richard Baker Troop 128 John Beckner Troop 162 Thomas Juan Cuesta Troop 1128 Ryan Clifford Doucette Troop 149 Timothy Edinger Troop 822 Jonathan Crawford Freeman Troop 638 Benjamin Noah Gumbleton Troop 128 Walker Thomason Haynes Troop 1128 Alexander Duvall Hollis Troop 141 William Travis Johnson Troop 141 Jacob Matthew Knight Troop 869 John Krause-Steinrauf Troop 111 Austin Choate LaVigne Troop 106 Alexander Wyatt Lewis Troop 141 Cavin Edwin Meadows Troop 638 Michael Patrick Mellett Troop 111 Logan Gray Miller Troop 638 Benjamin Thomas Mundt




Troop 2535 Conor Aidican O’Connor Troop 111 Daniel James Podratsky Troop 111 Quentin James Powers Troop 624 Matthew James Saenz Troop 641 Ethan McClain Schmidt Troop 1916 Felix Andrew Souza Short Troop 869 James Postles Thomas, III Troop 638 Andrew Yunus Uz Troop 1107 John Franklin Bryner


Troop 129 Peter Christian Coburn Troop 1519 Jared Martin Cohen Troop 1107 Conrad O’Brien Fimbres Troop 654 Duncan Stephen Hanna Troop 654 Dustin Patrick Hanson Troop 129 Griffin O’Hanlon Harris Troop 1519 Alexander Lindman Hayden Troop 1519 Benjamin Brian Hinshaw Troop 118 Ross Albert Hutcheson, Jr. Troop 129 Jonathan Indelicato Joia Troop 654 Colin Edward Keightley Troop 899 Michael Strid Krajack Troop 129 Alexander Craig Martin Troop 1107 Harrison Stephen McBride Troop 135 Connor M. E. McGivern Troop 601 Bingham Kent Moloney Troop 1519 Justin Trevor Moseley Troop 993 Henry S. Robinson Troop 1076 Samuel Preston Snoots Troop 899 Thomas Carlin Stierle Troop 1103 Charles Todd Stolpe Troop 654 Ryan James Thompson Troop 993 Alden Edward Wohlleben Direct Service LS Ramon Luis Medina Charley, IV

Francis Scott Key

Troop 727 David Christopher Anadale Troop 1066 Ian Russell Lee Burr Troop 270 Kyle Vincent Cover Troop 1023 Cole Belsito Crehan Troop 1070 Tyler Jeffrey Crum Troop 796 David Perry Deeter, II Troop 622 Zachary Earl Hunsaker Troop 1070 Simon Henry Kadel Troop 1812 Patrick Joseph McFarland Troop 1191 Andrew Thomas Nash Troop 886 Grant David Rasband Troop 886 Nathan Dwight Raynor Troop 1191 Daniel Franklin Kwon Roberson Troop 1066 Patrick Joseph Salah Troop 1274 Alexander William Sohm Troop 1191 Nicholas Wagener Stephan



Troop 796 Wyatt Austin Sullivan Troop 622 Austin Gabriel Wilhelm Troop 1070 Joseph Christopher Zygmunt

George Mason

Troop 976 John Jinyong Cheng Troop 1978 Soren Matteus Almquist Troop 1978 Max Gunning Butler Troop 152 Riley Galt Davis Troop 187 Thomas William Goya Troop 987 Ryan Edward Hunt Troop 1978 Alexander Ferguson Kerr Troop 1113 Jonathan Cecil Pepin Troop 918 Alejandro Posadas-Nava Troop 349 Daniel Taylor Ross Troop 349 Christian Leander Ross Troop 349 Marcus Christopher Roussey Troop 1978 Nicholas David Ruszkowski Troop 918 James Michael Seybold Troop 187 Luke Kyrolos Shafik Troop 1887 Jeffery Gage Shook Troop 1143 Caleb Anthony Struve Troop 976 Alexander Joseph Swift Troop 895 Nicholas Zaenger

Goose Creek

Troop 533 Spencer Ellis Anderson Troop 1666 Ian Wesley Devenish Troop 163 Kyle Andrew Eberhart Troop 2012 Joseph Richard Eitzel Troop 953 Ethan Gain Ericksen Troop 163 William Fincher Troop 58 Danial Patrick Footen Troop 998 Sean Joseph Gallagher Troop 982 Jackson Wellington Gearhart Troop 533 Dignan Brian Getz Troop 533 Andrew Benjamin Gold Troop 2970 Justin Michael Hughes Troop 997 Joseph Michael Karpovich Troop 998 Michael Alfred Kellogg Troop 1430 Austin Amadeus Kreb Troop 1430 Brian T. Lai Troop 953 Elijah Thornton Lambert Troop 663 Soren Wilson Lee Troop 969 Turner Hamilton Leigh Troop 572 Gabriel Alessandro Molina Troop 533 Matthew Alexander Ortega Troop 572 Akash Siddhartha Raheja Troop 962 Samuel David Ridderhoff Troop 961 Jeremy Antonio Salguero Troop 970 Christopher Russell Sandidge Troop 2970 Evan Dale Schalow Troop 1550 Peter James Shaw Troop 533 James M. Sheppard Troop 1430 Aman Sajid Solanki



Troop 2012 Evan Alexander Stripling Troop 956 Matthew Gabriel Tiufekchiev Troop 966 Tristan R.A. Townsend Troop 533 Nathan Eldon Weidenhamer Troop 1173 Joshua Jason Lawyer Troop 743 Spencer Chase Bergman


Troop 1404 Luke Victor Arcement Troop 835 Logan Xavier Burnley Troop 21 Lukas Kai Giese Troop 171 Gabriel Chap Hupp Troop 847 John Phillip Law, Jr. Troop 170 John Edward Maurer Troop 14 Elijah Augustin Poitras Troop 171 Michael Anthony Quinones, III


Troop 1363 Matthew Connor Ackiss Troop 1363 Christopher Andrew Birt Troop 1553 Mark Anthony Blakely Troop 189 Joseph Michael Bugge’ Troop 295 William Benjamin Calli Troop 1396 Timothy Hyuneul Keunbyul Cha Troop 1357 Aaron Thomas De Leon Troop 1352 Tyler Richard Engborg Troop 189 Thomas Edward Haldeman Troop 1352 Zachary Matthew Harnad Troop 43 Kyle Roger Henderson Troop 1363 Jayce Alexander Lips Troop 43 Anthony Iiario Macaluso Troop 189 Damion Kenneth McRae Troop 1365 Christopher C. Parada Troop 1919 Spence Jackson Perry Troop 35 Aaron Frank Roth Troop 1919 Christian Matthew Ryan Troop 1919 Nathan Tyler Shinton Troop 1396 Joseph Matthew Slezak Troop 1365 Christopher Edward Sullivan Troop 43 Steven Gabriel Watts

Old Dominion

Troop 1845 An Bach Phan Troop 875 Gabriel Andreyevich Andreyev Troop 994 Ryan Todd Barbour Troop 1849 Anthony Joseph Belfiore Troop 1789 Collin Tri Do Troop 1140 Jackson Penn Elder Troop 995 Rory Jack Fedorochko Troop 875 Justin Peter Fronda Troop 875 Warner William Gates Troop 1511 Carter Mitchell Glass Troop 995 Joseph Patrick Hanson, IV Troop 1538 Benjamin Eric Johnson Troop 688 Daniel Carleton Lustig

Join the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)

NESA membership allows continual communication with Scouting and fellow Eagle Scouts. This membership can be of great assistance as the Eagle Scout pursues his chosen career. Members receive the Eagles’ Call magazine four times each year, keeping them up to date with Scouting’s developments, as well as access to the social networking features at Members of the National Eagle Scout Association play an instrumental role in the quality of Scouting that is provided to other Scouts.

For more information or to join, please visit

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



Troop 1853 Michael Christopher Menuey Troop 1789 Andrew Nguyen Troop 1518 Stephen Roland Pemberton Troop 1853 Ryan D. Randolph Troop 1140 Alexander Jacques Reba Troop 1140 Mitchel Jaymes Rigsby Troop 1140 Martin Louis Salamone Troop 1147 Thomas Ryan Skinner Troop 995 Fabrice E. Touzard-Illescas Troop 1845 Don Dinh Qui Tran Troop 688 David Ethan Willoughby Troop 1538 Charles Joseph Miska


Troop 1345 Stefan Macy Arseneau Troop 50 Owen Daniel Brunk Troop 1346 Kevin Vincent Duffy Troop 1346 Logan Christopher Florence Troop 1346 Reid Anthony Florence Troop 698 Robert Norman Gray Foglesong Troop 698 David Andrew Elliott Foglesong Troop 50 Timothy Richard Gallotta Troop 50 Andrew Elijah Ganahl Troop 1100 Matthew Ryan Jenkins Troop 1131 Ian Richard Jones Troop 1533 Ian Curtis Moore Troop 1523 Daniel Alun Morgan Troop 1532 Ryan Walker Phillips Crew 114 Mohammad Mahmood Qadri Troop 50 Dylan Pierce Sunderland Troop 1966 Nathaniel Barrett Walker


Troop 1237 Malik Alexander Addo Troop 416 Samuel Kenneth Arnold Troop 1778 Joseph Blaise Aviles, IV Troop 740 Aggrey G. Barnes Troop 81 Gerard Avery Charles Troop 81 ReSean Lemar Diggs Troop 200 Jacob Kimball English, II Troop 81 Anthony Randolph Gaskins, III Troop 81 Ayinde Ngozi Akil Hinton Troop 2421 Nicholas Ronald James Troop 1657 L. William Jones, Jr. Troop 1660 Melvin Moroni Morales Troop 539 Malcolm Wesley Nickens Troop 424 Andrew Michael Pendergist Troop 1283 Zacharie Nicholas Polesky Troop 214 Joshua David Sanderson Troop 1778 Logan Mark Steele Troop 1657 Christopher Allen Warner


Troop 175 Julien Louis Jacques Beaulieu Troop 1187 Jimmy Ray Carter



Troop 225 Trevan Kent Duke Troop 550 Robert Gearing, Jr Troop 180 Shane Duffy Koehr Troop 600 Joshua Chaz Rivera Troop 175 Matthew Brian Taylor Troop 10 Jacob Harold Wells Troop 1187 Cameron Thomas Wood Troop 175 Ryan Stuart Yates


Troop 447 Noah Cyrus Begines Troop 52 Nathaniel Joseph Bensing Troop 106 Quinn Joseph Ciccoretti Troop 52 Branton James Furman Troop 944 Dominic James Gagliardi Troop 1427 Benjamin Land Gorman Troop 447 Andrew Thomas Green Troop 461 Samuel Timothy Hartnett Troop 461 Eric Kessler Hembrough Troop 447 David Edward Hinds Troop 1083 Noah Michael Hotaling Troop 1083 Jacob Albert Hotaling Troop 225 William Pratt Kiracofe Troop 706 Paolo Alexander Lami Troop 52 Benjamin Andrew LeBlanc Troop 3 Owen Luo Troop 1450 Vishal Paresh Majethia Troop 209 Aran Culkin Mazariegos Troop 1450 Jack Warren Meuse Troop 1449 Andrew Todd Misura Troop 204 Colin Matthew O’Boyle Troop 209 Ian Merrick Desmond Parks Troop 1449 Jason Peng Troop 52 Peyton Croft Peterson Troop 255 Zachary Dean Presnall Troop 773 Matthew Ryan Ribeiro Troop 8 Jonathan Douglas Scheumann Troop 773 Alexander William Smelson Troop 1449 Avery John Tarwater Troop 1449 William James Chyang-Ning Wang Troop 944 Nikolas James Watson Troop 233 Samuel Rufus White


Troop 55 Jordan Matthew Bell Troop 913 William Alexander Carlitti Troop 158 Angus Chang Troop 1313 Norris Leonhard Gallagher Troop 1165 Jonathan Nikolai Harman Troop 55 Nicholas Graham Hodge Troop 1018 Benjamin Landon Hunt Troop 839 Keaweimoku Ethan Kaloi Troop 1018 Brad Fon Kim Troop 913 Thomas Phillip Lee

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Troop 160 Kenneth Thomas Mahieu Troop 913 James Joseph Morris Troop 160 Carter Alexander Paulen Troop 158 Jonathan David Prisciandaro Troop 160 Manav Bala Rahul Troop 1165 Jesse Reed Raphael Troop 1018 James Read Rau Troop 1577 Stephen Matthew Rea Troop 913 Ethan Antonio Velasquez Troop 1515 Killian Patrick Vetter Troop 160 Alexander Gregor Vetter Troop 839 Parker Samuel Waters Crew 1018 Thomas Joseph Welsh Troop 51 Derek Samuel White Troop 913 Christopher Michael Williams Troop 1257 Alexander Reagan Yusman


Troop 1397 Jonathan Andre Botello Troop 1323 Alexander Jay Cedillo Troop 1760 Gagandeep Cheerla Troop 945 Andrew Chad Eastman Troop 738 Jack Frederick Hembrough Troop 738 Erik James Kinsley Troop 1304 Trent Eric Rasmussen Troop 945 Ethan John Rendelman Troop 1094 Kile Andrew Scott Troop 945 Brian Christopher Sherwood Troop 318 Michael Harrison Smith Troop 496 Liam Gareth M. Speck-McMorris Troop 1397 Carl Joseph Stahlberg Troop 1325 Manav Talreja Troop 496 Colin Chase Thomas Troop 489 Matthew Thomas Harbaugh Zwick


Troop 1137 Thomas Hartwell Bolton Troop 893 Skyler Minjae Chong Troop 577 Gordon Jameson Crouse Troop 1822 Brigham Roy Garfield Troop 577 Alexander James Harrison Troop 1137 Patrick Brendon Kruk Troop 1104 Zachary Quinn Lawrence Troop 695 Charles Kevin Mack Troop 2016 James Micahel Mau Troop 893 Scott Ryan Morrow Troop 1548 Benton Joseph Pelczynski Troop 1995 Sean Jacob Ravenelle Troop 1826 Drake William Wilkinson

Washington, DC

Troop 1869 Raymond Frias Amaro Troop 544 James Omar Dorman Troop 544 Elmer Douglass Ellis, Jr.


Troop 666 Vernon Wilson Holleman, IV Troop 61 Alexander Rafael Izquierdo Troop 90 Christopher Michael Morrison Troop 90 Lawrence Redmond Troop 90 James Benjamin Rurka

Western Shore

Troop 777 Shawn Jackson Amorino Troop 430 James William Bartlebaugh Troop 1785 Carter Lee Bowser Troop 777 Zachary Nicholas Carter Troop 430 Chann Austine Baniel Cortes Troop 1658 Michael Anthony Fialkowski Troop 561 Joshua Thomas Fondren Troop 901 Samuel Ralph Grange Troop 1321 Anthony Alan Graves Troop 347 John Christopher Green Troop 430 Matthew Williams Harris Troop 303 Adam Louis Lindholm Troop 1321 Steven Michael Locke Troop 422 Andrew Sean Miller Troop 901 Jonathan Clark Parnes Troop 1792 Ryan Robert Purcell Troop 789 Deepesh Milan Shrestha Troop 1792 Andrew Landsford Sneeringer Troop 1321 Jacob Alexander Strong Troop 413 Tyler DePaul Wentworth Troop 777 Cameron Matthew Wilks

White Oak

Troop 433 Jacob Alexander Ayres Troop 1444 Elias Boussouf Troop 1444 Kyle Matthew Bowie Troop 1441 Jesse Alejandro Champlain Vega Crew 759 Paul Michael Cunningham Troop 89 Liam Frederick Farinholt Troop 772 Pierre N. Fernandes Troop 1444 Alexander Robert Jones Troop 264 Eric James Levy Troop 1444 Aleksander Thomas Lukins Troop 1444 John Douglas Ramthun Troop 457 Joshua Daniel Salzer Troop 1071 Paul Timothy Sandford Troop 457 Sean Michael Scott Troop 220 Joshua Daniel Tamashiro Troop 1794 Thomas Minh Tran Troop 1794 Jeffrey Tien Tran

9/13 – Eagle Lunch, Tysons’ Seasons 52, 11:30-1:00, Host: Craig Davis 9/27 – Eagle Happy Hour, Bethesda’s Caddies, 5:30-7:30, Host: Alan Belanger 10/11 – Eagle Lunch, Tysons’ Seasons 52, 11:30-1:00, Host: Craig Davis 10/25 – Eagle Happy Hour, DC’s Bullfeathers, 5:30-7:30, Host: Alan Belanger 11/8 – Eagle Lunch, Tysons’ Seasons 52, 11:30-1:00, Host: Craig Davis The Scouter Digest August 2018 - October 2018 25

Montgomery Potomac

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


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

Serving Montgomery County

Potomac District

All the World’s a Stage...and This Explorer Post Is Happy About That Think all Exploring Posts need to be Police or Fire Posts? Think again! One of the most exciting Exploring Posts around centers on the performing arts.

pianist/musical director, Angela Walker. This presentation is produced by The Finest in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg.

Post 1711 in Potomac District is sponsored by The Finest Performance Foundation. They and Post 1710 have been serving Montgomery County youth since 2011. Their newest show “Heard It Through the Grapevine – Motown Moments Tribute” is written, choreographed, and directed by Rockville resident actor/producer, Kashi-Tara. The music is under the direction of talented

This theatrical production marks the 6th show presented as part of the seasonal line-ups at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. Former productions include The Wiz, Black Nativity, A Change Gon’ Come (Life of Harriet Tubman), Stick Fly, and Dreamgirls. So be on the look out for more performances or to get more information on this Post please contact Post Advisor Karen Rawlins

White Oak District

We Need Your Unit

Senior District Executive - Carlos Salazar (c) 410-608-4360

to Support the 2018 White Oak District


White Oak

September 2, 2018 at Hillandale Park New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring

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

The White Oak District is planning an end of summer community event to feature fun scouting activities for families with scout-age youth who may not be involved with scouting along the Eastern portion of the county. While it is slightly urban, this location is located near several large apartment complexes and large residential neighborhoods where there are no active scout units today. This will be a day-long event where kids can come and participate in field games and other fun activities organized and led by scouts, including: • • • •

Climbing wall Capture the flag Obstacle course Monkey bridge

• • • •

Nature hikes Free food Mock pinewood derby Flag history station

What we need from each unit?


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


Ben Overbey

Field Director

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


Service Hours?

Yes, this is a community outreach event. There will be SSL hours for all scouts who come.

Will scouts have fun?


Who else is participating?

Merit Badges?

We have gotten broad support for this event, including from Montgomery County Fire Department, Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Public Schools (Cresthaven Elementary), the CHI Center, Parks and Planning, and some sponsors.


• Chess (including tournament for scouts) • Adult recharge tent where they learn about starting units

We need about one patrol’s worth of kids and 4-6 adults to staff an activity for the day. More are always welcome. We can use all the help we can get?

Yes, they will also play field games and use the climbing wall. We want to show families how much fun scouting is by having fun.

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Tanea Johnson as Mary Wells, Edward Byrd as Marvin Gaye, Jasmine Prather as Tammi Terrell, and Khalid Alzouma as Smokey Robinson

4:00-5:30PM 5:30-6:30PM 6:30-8:00PM 8:00-9:30PM 9:30-10:00PM 10:00 PM 6:00-7:30 AM 7:30-8:00 AM 8:00-9:00 AM 9:00-Noon 11:00-1PM Noon-5PM 5:00-6:30PM 6:30-7:30 PM 7:30-8:30

Yes, we expect to have camping as an option for units interested. Yes, possibly we will have some, including chess tournament

Saturday, September 1 Units begin to arrive and setup Evening dinner Setup and secure popups, flags, banners Evening field games and activity with fire station, begin chess tournament Cracker barrel and planning for event day Light's out Sunday, September 2 Wake up, breakfast Interfaith service for scouts assembled Setup, prepare for event, others arrive Field games and activities Lunch (overlaps with games) Field games and activities Dinner Field games, and units pack up to depart Camp fire, songs, skits, and s'mores

Please contact Stephen Donnelley or Phil Piety for more information.

District News & Views Seneca District

2018 District Court of Honor Dinner

Seneca Webelos Scout Awarded Medal of Merit

by Matthew Beyers, Chair, Seneca District

As emcee, Jeff Baker started us out with a special Wood Badge beading ceremony (his own) and kept the evening lively and moving well. It was a great opportunity to introduce Wood Badge to many novices in the audience. (Congratulations, Jeff!) With the best turnout ever, 114 people signed up for the Awards Dinner. Kudos go to the hard work of Seneca’s Advancement and Adult Recognition Chair Thomas Kennedy who was able to acquire 68 nominations from the district units for the SOUSA awards (Seneca Outstanding Unit Scouter Award). This award is a unit level award that gives recognition to registered adult Scouters for their significant contributions to their respective units during the 2017 calendar year. It is a district award presented on behalf of units in the same way that the District Award of Merit is a council award presented by the district, and the Silver Beaver Award is a national award presented by the council. This year’s Awards Dinner was held at the Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge #15 in Rockville. Their venue worked

very well with our growing size and did an exceptional job with their buffet menu. The Key 3 (District Chair, Matt Beyers; District Commissioner Gordon Henley; and District Executive, Carlos Salazar) each got their ‘minute’ and then announced their Key 3 Awardee, Philip Dennis for his outstanding work with Friends of Scouting and various other tasks within the district. Also honored was a special guest, 2018 Silver Beaver recipient Catherine Phan. (Congratulations, Cathy!)   Along with the 68 SOUSA awards representing 19 Packs, 15 Troops, 1 Crew, and 1 Explorer Post, the district also awarded 4 District Award of Merits. Congratulations to All!!

In June, Seneca District proudly awarded one of it’s youngest Scouts one of Scouting’s highest honors - the Medal of Merit. In July 2017, while working on his boat with his 82 year old grandfather John, 10-year-old Graeme of Pack 694 heard a splash and realized the John had fallen between the boat and dock. With his grandfather in a post-surgery weakened state, Graeme immediately threw a line to his grandfather and then yelled for help. Nearby adults pulled his grandfather from the harbor and the paramedics were summoned to check him out - all was good and Graeme,

Back row: Camille Finley(mother), Lois Finley (grandmother), Fritz Finley (father), Matthew Beyers (District Chair) Front row: Graeme Finley, Vivien Finley (sister)

now at Troop 496, was awarded the Medal of Merit for doing the right thing at the right time under extreme pressure. Congratulations Graeme!

EMT Crew Expands Scouting in Damascus

Crew 713, sponsored by the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, was chartered in January 2018 and is set to make a difference for the lives of others and Scouts! This Crew is focused on learning the skills of Emergency Medical Technicians and hopes to soon staff all sorts of events within Seneca District as First-Aiders. Led by Advisor Tricia Taylor and Committee Chair Jonathan Bjorson, both EMTs with DVFD, this crew has already had CPR training and is working on First Aid skills, providing a unique opportunity to explore careers in Fire/EMS in the Upper Montgomery County area. The Crew invites you to come out to their next event: a visit to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD followed by a hike on July 15, 2018. Contact matt_beyers@ for further information.

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Mountain West Francis Scott Key A Gold Level District

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

Goose Creek A Gold Level District

District Chair - Jim Bonfils (c) 571-225-0100 Commissioner - John Witek (c) 703-443-9102 District Director - Ben Litten (c) 240-449-9337


A Silver Level District

District Chair - Inge Gedo (c) 703-283-1035 Commissioner - Larry Lawver (c) 703-233-8081 District Executive - Ray Posluszny (c) 570-687-4904


A Gold Level District

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


Doug Carlson


Bill Schoonmaker

Field Director

Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335


Serving Frederick, Loudoun, and Western Fairfax counties

Francis Scott Key District FSK Day Camp

FSK’s June Day Camp was a huge success. Our camp hosted over 100 campers during the final week of June at the Thurmont Conservation Sports Club. The camp held a variety of activities stations including swimming, archery, shooting, fishing, STEAM, nature, and sports. This camp and our second day camp in July could never have been possible if it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of our camp directors, Lauren Dutrow (program) and Dory LeCroy (administration). They have already passed down a wealth of knowledge and we are very lucky to have such dedicated, passionate volunteers in FSK. Their hard work definitely paid-off. Not only did our Cub Scouts have a great time, we also received a perfect score on our official camp inspection!

Local Scouts Participate in Guardian Hose Company Parade

District News & Views Goose Creek District Eagle Scout to Receive 2018 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award Troop 761 Eagle Scout John Matter has been selected to represent Virginia to receive the 2018 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award from the National WWII Museum. Matter will travel to New Orleans to receive the award at the 2018 American Spirit Awards Gala on June 8th. Matter was nominated by Boy Scout Troop 761 Committee Member, Kathleen Quinn, of

Ashburn, Virginia. “I nominated John because of his selflessness to his troop and to his community,” Quinn said. “He is very deserving of this honorable award. John represents the values of leadership, teamwork, creativity and perseverance, and quietly demonstrates them in his daily life.” The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award is given annually to one student from each state who demonstrates the American spirit in his or her community. The values of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity and perseverance can and should be learned and lived by all Americans regardless of age. During World War II, when six-year-old Billy Michal from Zimmerman, La., helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap-metal collection contest, he understood that every

citizen – no matter their age – could contribute to victory in the war. Billy Michal’s example, and the actions of millions of other students on the Homefront during World War II, reminds all that service to country and community helps create active, engaged citizens. An Eagle Scout, National Honor Society student and varsity athlete, Matter is honored as one of the top student leaders in his school, community and state. But it was his service to others that prompted his nomination. Matter co-captains a team each year in the annual Race for Hope in Washington, D.C. to raise money for brain cancer research, and in 2017, he organized Troop 761 Scouts for “Project Starfish” to collect clothing, household items and money to aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Stone Bridge High School Principal Matthew Wilburn said, “This is a tremendous honor for John. We are very proud to have him as a representative of Stone Bridge High School. He is definitely deserving of this recognition due to his dedication to Stone Bridge and our community. I have no doubt that when the National WWII Museum created the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award, they had someone like John in mind.” Upon hearing the exciting news, Matter said, “I am very honored to receive this award on behalf of the state of Virginia. I have been fortunate to have the support of my Scout troop, my school, and my community. I’ve learned a life lesson that leadership is a team effort.”

Sully District Sully’s Cub Scout Twighlight Camp Another Success The Sully District held Twilight Camp for Cub Scouts during the last week of June at the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Centerville, VA. Scouts had the opportunity to participate in STEM activities, Archery, Crafts, Fishing, and BB guns. Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped to put it on, and we look forward to having everyone out again next year.

Powhatan District

Powhatan District Day Camp

Powhatan District held a very successful day camp this year at Algonkian Regional Park. There were 51 participants and one very special participant, Cubbie Bear, Powhatan’s Cub Scout mascot. With passports in hand everyone embarked on a week-long adventure!

The travelers enjoyed fishing, Leave No Trace training, games from India, arts and crafts, and archery. One of the highlights for the week was a trip to Volcano Island for some fun in the water. Another was a very special visit from the Loudoun County bomb squad. The bomb squad brought their truck, their bomb suit, a robot, and bomb sniffing dog.Two highlights of this demonstration were the dog and watching the robot disarm a “bomb” from Cubbie Bear’s backpack!

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Three Rivers Patuxent

A Silver Level District

District Chair - Philip Nichols (w) 301-952-3907 District Director - Andrew Eacker (c) 540-454-8578 District Executive - Danielle Finley (p) 301-214-9182 Commissioner - Mark Adams (c) 301.899.8616

Washington, D.C. A Gold Level District

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

Western Shore A Gold Level District

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

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

Patuxent District

Patuxent District Celebrates Women In Scouting The Patuxent District celebrated its first annual Women in Scouting Award Ceremony on June 3rd, at the Greenbelt American Legion. The honorees for the First Annual Women in Scouting Dinner are Danielle Ballantine, Alex, Keenan, and Gloria Ike. Each has contributed to the greater success of Scouting in the Patuxent District and exemplifies what female leadership and support has meant to the BSA and the Scouts within its programs. We also awarded Alison Mocko with the Rebekah Weir Award, which allows her to participate in Wood

badge on scholarship. District Executive, Danielle Finley stated “each woman here has impacted my short time so far in Scouting. They are all selfless, dedicated, and incredible volunteers”. We would like to thank Parktopia Travels for their Program sponsorship and Janice Cornish from Pack 257 for chairing this event.

Patuxent 2018 Good Scout Breakfast The Patuxent District held its Good Scout Breakfast on June 5, 2018. The Patuxent District honored Isiah “Gene” Pugh who was killed in a crash in Upper Marlboro during a Key Three Meeting. Isiah held nearly every adult leadership role from Scoutmaster to District Commissioner. He was a role model and shaped the lives of many young men who have excelled in society. His legacy will continue to live on as Scouting breathes. Isiah’s family was there to honor their father and speak further on his love of Scouting. This fundraiser was to support the mission of Scouting. It was an incredibly successful event and we could have not done so without our sponsors. Revere Bank, Robert Oxygen

Company, Inc, Perry Ives, The Michael Companies, Art Witmann/Witmann Financials, St.Johns Properties Sharon Akers, Friends of Lyles, Tim Abell, Dr. Tommie Thompson, CPA, Bernhard Treidl. W.F. Chesley Real Estate, B Bowie LLC, O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore,

P.A., and Berman Enterprises. Special thanks to Jo Posluzny and Joe Brown for creating a special encasing for the award. Great job to Troop 1657 who presented the colors for the ceremony, and to our Scout speakers Quincy Bryant and Jaden Cooper

Washington DC District

Washington, DC District Celebrates Ten Years and Honors Three Scouters with District Award of Merit The Washington, DC, District is now 10 years old and still going strong! Back in June 2008, the National Capital Area Council made some changes to existing boundaries and created three new Districts, including the consolidation of the Horizon and Benjamin Banneker Districts into the new Washington, DC District. 10 years later, only the Washington, DC District remains unchanged.

DC Scouters celebrated the 10th birthday of our District at our annual Family Picnic and Awards Campfire on June 12 in Rock Creek Park, where Scouts and Scouters sang a rousing “Happy Birthday” -- led by two 10-yearold girl Webelos Scouts! As part of the celebration, the Washington, DC District presented the District Award of Merit -- the top honor a District can award to Scouters for rendering service of an outstanding nature -- to three excellent and deserving Scouters. Receiving of the District Award of Merit were: • Ms. Rhonda Gray, who currently serves as the District Vice Chair for Membership; and the Committee Chair for Pack & Troop 1650 • Mr. William Hemsley, who currently serves as the District Vice Chair for Finance; and the Chartered Organization Representative for Pack, Troop, & Crew 343


Nick Adams


Michael McKinney

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


Two Webelos Scouts from Pack 666 lead us in song!

• Mr. Thomas Scofield, who currently serves as the District Vice Chair for Camping and Outdoor Program; the Scoutmaster Troop 380; and the Order of the Arrow, DC Chapter, Associate Adviser

From left: William Hemsley, Rhonda Gray, Thomas Scofield

You can view more photos from the event on the District website at DC Scouts and Scouters should mark their calendars for this Scouting year’s District Camporees. The District Fall Camporee is October 19 - 21, 2018 at State Forest in Brandywine, MD, and the District Spring Camporee is April 26 - 28, 2019 at Kings Landing Park in Huntingtown, MD. All District and Council events can be found on our online calendar at

District News & Views Western Shore District Western Shore District Day Camp The 2018 Cub Scout Day Camp at St Mary’s Fairgrounds kicked off Monday June 18th with over 220 Cub Scouts. We worked through the first day kinks quickly and the Scouts had a terrific day of archery and BB guns, master chef

competitions, Cub Scout wash, and much more.

together as we said our good byes.

Tuesday was Cub Scout Day Camp accreditation with a tour of the camp and review of all records. The St. Mary’s Fairgrounds Cub Scout Day Camp received 55/55 on the review, with zero deficiencies and exemplary comments.

We had several new additions to Day Camp this year that were big hits! Before & After care makes it convenient for parents to drop off/pick up their Scouts closer to the hours they go to/ from work. The Bobcat Boot Camp has new Scouts working on and on target to complete their badge before the close of camp. The Gaga Ball pit at Sports & Games was a highlight this year! The new improved Obstacle Course had kids coming back again and again (maybe because they get wet?)!

The Coast Guard visited on Wednesday. The visit was a real hit for all participants. The Scouts continued their round robin events and left camp with smiles and exciting stories to tell their family and friends. As a conservation project, the Scouts participated in Milkweed for Monarchs by learning about the decline in the Monarch Butterfly population and planting milkweed seed to restore its habitat. The Elms Environmental Center spoke to the Scouts about invasive species and what can be done to prevent the destruction of native habitats. Our Leave No Trace Pilot Program continued as we integrated LNT practiced into the daily program this week. Despite the rainy weather on our closing day of camp, families and Scouts enjoyed their time

Some special thanks go to Kevin McCray who built our new Obstacle Course, putting in lots of hours and work so the kids would have this fun and engaging activity. Matthew Albright with help from his family,worked hard the Saturday before camp to build us a Gaga Ball pit. Thank you to all the volunteers, parents, and key staff who planned and made Day Camp a success for all the Scouts and siblings who attended and enjoyed their week. #smccubScoutcamp2018

Operation Epic Collaboration by Kelly Phipps Think of a group project you’ve been part of. (For some of you this will be a very fresh memory.) Let’s say your group of four members was assigned a problem or a topic, and each member was responsible for some aspect of the project. On some date, your group’s final product was presented to the rest of the class. The chances are good that one or more of your group members didn’t help in data collection, waited until the last minute to write the report, or was sick on presentation day. Final group project grade: C+. Now imagine your group had twelve members, they lived in five different counties, and they only communicated by email or radio. They were also part of another team that was doing a similar but separate project, and all your separate projects tied into one bigger project. With those kinds of conditions, how much planning and coordination do you think needs to be done? (Hint: a lot.) And what do you think the odds of success are? With enough preparation and communication,

those odds are very high. Members of EMS Explorer Post 60, in cooperation with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), took part in Operation Epic Collaboration, a kind of massive group project. This exercise tested the ability of 12 regional hospitals to respond to multiple simultaneous mass-casualty incidents. At each hospital, actors played “victims” of those incidents and Emergency Departments set up overflow triage rooms, prioritizing and treating patients by severity of injury. Each hospital’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) tracked patients, their locations, and hospital resources. Radio operators provided communications when other channels failed. Periodically, pre-recorded news “updates” were played on TV. For months before the exercise, at meetings and via email, exercise planners set up scenarios and “injects,” events that required some kind of reaction by exercise participants. Hospital team members were assigned roles, trained, and collected the resources they would need to perform their

part of the group project. Calendars were coordinated, supply carts were assembled, and cables were installed. Finally, the exercise commenced, and the group demonstrated their project. After all the “patients” had been taken care of and the exercise was officially ended, an evaluator sat down with the whole hospital team to grade the group project. Team members identified flaws in the plan and variables that might improve future projects. In the end, Charles Regional Medical Center was commended for their overall performance, teamwork, and organization, and specifically for including amateur radio in their emergency action plan. Final group project grade: A+. For more information on Explorer Post 60, send an email to Kelly Phipps, Post Committee Chair, at For more information on Amateur Radio, send email to Bob Davidson at The Scouter Digest August 2018 - October 2018 31

Virginia Central Chain Bridge A Gold Level District

District Chair - Fran O’Reilly (h) 202-409-6571 Commissioner - Mark Stoffel (c) 703-536-3434 District Executive - Keenan Pallone (c) 703-597-7567

Chain Bridge District Chain Bridge District Day Camp Hosts Over 170 Campers was lucky enough to be able to acquire a ROCK WALL for a day where the participants at camp were able to compete in a race to see who could get to the top first!


A Gold Level District

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

George Mason A Silver Level District

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

Old Dominion A Gold Level District

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

The annual Chain Bridge Cub Scout Day Camp was held at the LDS Arlington Ward during the week of June 25 - June 29 this year. We had over 170 Cub Scouts attend the day camp to compete and participate in amazing activities including Scout Skills taught by members of Ship 1942, Shooting Sports instructed by members of Troop 350, Crafts and Games taught and instructed by Boy Scouts from various Troops across Chain Bridge, and numerous more fun activities. Our Cub Scout Day Camp

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


Aasgeir Gangsaas


James Stewart

Field Director

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


Scouts who came to day camp this year were able to earn rank specific Shooting Sports patches, learn cool and useful Boy Scout knots, make interesting crafts to take home, develop new friends and great memories, but most importantly, our Scouts who came to camp had FUN!

out in the field helping our program areas function, and the rest of our staff who spent their time helping our Cubs learn through having fun! We are currently in the process of beginning preparations for our day camp next year. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or helpful advice, please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know! We can’t put on great programs like this without the help of all of our families and volunteers like yourself!

All of this would not have been possible without the help of our amazing volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to make this camp fun and exciting for our campers. A HUGE shout out to our Camp Director, Erin Freeman, who has been on the day camp senior staff for over 10 years, and Tony Baker, our Program Director, who spent all his time

Colonial District

Colonial Recognizes 20 Year Volunteers; Eagles Earn Scholarships


A Gold Level District

Serving the city of Alexandria, Eastern Fairfax and Arlington Counties

From left: Dominick Caridi, Linda Hill, Paul MacDonald, Joe Pallone, and Terry Gigure.

This spring, Colonial leaders, volunteers, and their families joined together for the annual volunteer award recognition dinner. This was an opportunity for all of us to join together and say, “thank you!” to the women and men who volunteer countless hours to make Scouting possible in our units and across the entire Colonial District. In addition to recognizing Colonial’s volunteer leaders for their contributions, the highlight of the evening was the recognition of volunteers who have served Colonial for more than twenty years. In 1998, the Colonial District was formed when the former George Washington District was split into three other districts -- Colonial, Patriot, and

Chain Bridge. In those twenty years, Colonial has been privileged to have a number of volunteers grow and strengthen the Scouting program for our area youth. Those volunteers who have graciously donated twenty years of service are Dominick Caridi, Terry Gigure, Linda Hill, Paul MacDonald, Joe Pallone, and Demi Pulas. *** Two Colonial Eagles were recently honored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria for their community service and academic accomplishments. For its inaugural year, Eagles Owen Biesada and Ian Peverall each received a $1,500 scholarship to continue their education this fall. Owen is an Eagle Scout from Troop 129 chartered by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria. He will graduate from T.C. Williams High School and will attend Texas Christian University. For his Eagle Scout project, Owen spearheaded an effort to repair and maintain trails, picnic tables and facilities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale. Ian is an Eagle Scout in Troop 4077

chartered by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He will graduate from Mt. Vernon High School and attend the College of William and Mary. For his Eagle Scout project, Ian led the effort to fund, manufacture and deliver 35 blankets to Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. The blankets are used to comfort the children as they receive treatment at Shriners Hospital. Congratulations to Owen and Ian for being the first Colonial Eagles to earn these awards from the Alexandria Rotary. We wish them the very best as the embark on the next chapter in their lives.

During the event, the Alexandria Rotary honored Bill Vosbeck, a local Alexandria businessman, Marine Corps veteran, and Eagle Scout. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Rotary.

District News & Views George Mason District FUN – The Name of the Game at George Mason District Twilight Camp to obtaining their Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award Certificate. Scouts were delighted when their arrows hit the target with more and more frequency, cheering with each improvement.

George Mason kicked off the Cub Scout Day Camp season on June 18 with Twilight Camp at Izaak Walton LeagueCentreville. With six different program stations to rotate through, there was never a dull moment all week. At Archery, Range Officer Matt Smith and Archery Program Aide Noah Canody highlighted bow and arrow safety, skill building techniques, proper stance, and follow through. At the completion of camp, Scouts will have earned their archery recognition items--the belt loop and sports pin—and be well on their way

BB Range Officer Kate Schenaker, shared her love of shooting sports through emphasis on proper range safety practices, safe shooting techniques, and proper shooting stances. Scouts learned how to score their own targets, and were surprised and pleased to see how much their scores improved as they practiced throughout the week. Cheers could be heard quite regularly across the pond as Scouts grew steadily more proficient—all while having fun! No doubt fish stories abound after a

successful day fishing the pond at IWL. Scouts found that fishing can be fun, even if you don’t bring home a catch every time you cast. Among other topics, Fishing Director To m C a n o d y h e l p e d Scouts understand local fishing regulations and discussed different area fish then gave the Scouts the opportunity to drop lines in the water. Scouts took home “ribbon” fish to show “just how big was the one that got away.” Nature Crafts director, Roy DeLauder made certain Scouts were acquainted with local flora and fauna before setting out on their nature hike, Scouts covered practical safety in the woods, discussed the high tick population what they look like and how to remove them. Scouts also learned to identify

p o i s o n i v y, Virginia Creeper and a variety of various animals one would expect to see in the local area. S T E M s t a t i o n director, Jim Ashe caught everyone’s attention with his hands-on science experiments. On Day One, campers focused on learning about simple tools—pulleys, levers and wheels with each day progressing on to higher concepts of science like water density and volcanic activity. The week in the woods ended with the annual flameless Campfire Closing program where the Scouts entertained their parents and invited guests with skits, songs, run-ons and lots of laughter.

Old Dominion District Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment and retention. Aside from program implementation these are two of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy unit. Be it a pack, troop or crew, without members there can’t be a program. As we approach the fall and get ready for the “back to school season” it is important that unit leadership work together to formulate a plan for their biggest opportunity for annual recruitment. Opportunities to recruit and engage the community are all around you. From large scale community events, to setting up a table at a back to school event, the opportunities are


and veteran Scouters around you.

If you are looking for ideas or want some additional inspiration there are some great resources out there. Online resources like contain invaluable information and resources when it comes to marketing and recruitment. For example, the “Adopt A School Program”, is a fantastic way for packs, troops and crews to make a positive impact while further developing relationships with schools in their communities. Of course, the District Committee is always a resource as well. Don’t forget about all the great leadership

Remember to delegate. It takes a team to make these recruitment efforts a success. Be sure to utilize the skills already at your disposal. Your profile and www. site are tremendous tools when it comes to recruitment and processing of applications. Be sure that you are utilizing those Key 3 positions as well as delegating the additional positions to those who are involved in your unit leadership/committee. DITCH THE PAPER APPS! Ensure that

your unit’s site and online application portal are active and contain the correct information. If the Scout or Scouter is new they can complete and submit an online application right then and there! Once the applicant has been approved by the unit leadership and paid for, the applicant is then registered. The online system is proven to be faster and more accurate. Lastly and most importantly, remember that Scouting is FUN! Be sure to engage your audience with a smile! If you’re not having fun, then they probably aren’t either.

Patriot District

Spring Camporee 2018: A Scout Skills Competition and Lots of Fun

The Patriot District Spring Camporee was held at Camp Snyder in Haymarket, VA, on April 20-22, with more than 190 Scouts and Scouters gathering to share a weekend of camaraderie and fun. Once again the event was blessed with favorable weather. Saturday brought sunny skies and warm temperatures,

and Sunday, although overcast, was free of any rain. Participating Patriot District Units included Troops 50, 114, 1131, 1344, 1346, 1412, 1524, 1535, and 1966. They were joined by Scouts from Troop 150 of the Colonial District, and a girls Webelos Den from Patriot District’s Pack 873. William Wallace, OA Chapter Chief, served as the Camporee Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). It was a great weekend of Scouting activity. The theme for the camporee was Barbarians at the Gate: Scout Skills in Action.

The main program involved a Patrol Skills Competition in which Scouts were challenged to demonstrate their proficiency in various fundamental Scout skills. The theme reflected a complex imagined scenario where a horde of barbarians had crash landed their boats on an island during a storm and required proficiency in numerous areas aligned with basic Scout skills to survive. In addition to traditional opening and closing ceremonies, religious services, and the Saturday evening campfire, other camporee activities included archery, air

rifle marksmanship, dodge ball, and scaling the NCAC climbing wall. A special dessert competition was also held following dinner on Saturday evening, and on Sunday morning Scouts conducted a special service project, planting about 300 tree seedlings at selected locations around Camp Snyder.

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Virginia South Aquia

A Gold Level District

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

Bull Run

A Gold Level District

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


A Silver Level District

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


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

Aquia District

Scouters Take on Challenge of New BALOO Overnight Training Component Nineteen Cub Leaders from Aquia, Patriot, Old Dominion, Bull Run and Occoquan Districts attended the new BALOO course, led by Sharon Patrick of Aquia District, on 18 and 19 May at Curtis Park. The new BALOO course is a combination of the old BALOO and OLSWL course and requires an overnight experience. It prepares Cub Scout Leaders to be able to oversee their Pack Family camping experience and is required for Webelos Leaders to take their

The National Capital Area Council - Aquia District Boy Scouts annual Flag Retirement Ceremony is a tradition held every year on June 14th (National Flag Day) at Quantico National Cemetery. Tim Spaulding VC Programs, Aquia District comments: ”A flag retirement ceremony is meant to honor the American flag, promote flag etiquette and reemphasize its importance and symbolism.

our communities understand the importance of not only honoring our American flag with proper retirement ceremony, but what it means, as well as the importance of the tradition”. Tim Spaulding added: “This is a tremendous honor for those who serve in uniform, for what they sacrifice to maintain our freedom, the flag represents that; it represents our service, our sacrifice, the freedoms that we have, the independence we enjoy and should never take for granted”.

Our American flag is a symbol of our democracy and we just want to make sure that

This year Troop 317 of Stafford VA conducted the Color Guard Assembly complete with a

Bull Run Helps Lead Flag Day US Flag Retirement

official flag, and Prince William County residents have the opportunity to observe the holiday by retiring old or tattered American flags at the Prince William County Landfill anytime during open hours.

Every year the United States celebrates Flag Day on June 14 to mark the anniversary of

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

Mattaponi District


Robert Kahn


Drew Mrenna


bugler. Father Jay Morris - Aquia Episcopal Church Stafford Va. delivered the invocation. Charles Bingay was our Guest Speaker.

Bull Run District


A Gold Level District

The next course being taught in Aquia District will be on the 14th and 15th of September. For more information, NCAC Scouters can contact Sharon Patrick at

2018 Annual U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony

A Silver Level District

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

Dens camping. Although it rained on Friday night, Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day as the rain cleared out.

adopting “the Stars and Stripes” as the nation’s

Local Boy Scout troops from Occoquan and Bull Run Districts collect the flags and ensure that they are properly disposed of and ceremoniously retired. Flag retirement is a long-standing American tradition of respectfully and reverently burning flags that are no longer fit to be flown.

Another Successful Camp Season The last week of June at the Isaack Walton League was filled with Scouts engaged in outdoor activity. Mattaponi Scouts experienced many things in their day camp including shooting BB guns, fishing, a visit from the FBI, things found in nature, and archery. This year Scouts were joined by the very first family Scouting Unit (Pack 8100). “It is extraordinary! I wish they did this years ago so my daughter could have joined,” one parent exclaimed looking at the ponytails of the newest Scouters shooting bb guns. “I loved doing stuff like this as a kid, so it’s really great to have both my daughter and son growing up together…it’s

really about keeping my family together,” said another. The weather the entire week was enjoyable and the camp director was perfectly on cue reminding everyone to “keep drinking your water; if you’re not using the restroom that means you are not getting enough water” to which the chorus of 90 children would laugh very hardy laughs! The last day of camp saw all 90 youth singing in unison, playing their instruments, accepting awards, and telling one another that they never want to leave! It truly is an amazing experience. See you all next year!

The American Flag Collection Center led by Scout Leader Dave Byrne is a joint effort between the Boy Scouts of America Occoquan and Bull Run Districts, Keep Prince William Beautiful and Prince William County Solid Waste Division. The partners who run the American Flag Collection Center consider safety in addition to tradition. Not all flags are safe to burn, for example, American flags made of nylon can release toxic fumes when burned. These flags will be recycled in an appropriate manner.

District News & Views

Occoquan District Occoquan District Day Camp by Angela Roth, Camp Director

Occoquan District DAY CAMP was held at Leesylvania State park this past June. Over 118 Cub Scouts took on the theme of “Passport to Adventure” in our beautiful state park that sits on the Potomac River. While Day Camp offers many traditional Scouting activities like Archery, sling shots and BB guns the boys also took part in Crafts, Woodworking, Nature Study, Field Games, STEM and Fishing stations. The program also offered a chance to walk across a rope bridge and learn all about knots from our district chairman, Mr. Peirce. These Cub Scouts had many opportunities to earn achievements and even shooting awards! Some exciting elements to camp this year were found at the STEM station. Scouts made “potato clocks” and cool magnetic SLIME! In addition,

we had a special guest, Mrs. Fox, who taught the boys all about bag pipes and even played them for us. It was a great way to start off our week. On our last day of camp, we held family fun day! Parents, siblings and other family members all attended camp with their Scouts. Everyone enjoyed crafts and field games together. Even though the annual firetruck spray visit got cancelled due to mechanical issues, the Scouts and their families played in the morning rain and no one left dry. Thank you to all our volunteers and den walkers who made an incredible week of Scouting memories for these young Scouts. Our Program Director, Justin, is already working on next year’s theme, “Under the Sea!” We hope to have you all back for more Scouting adventures next June!

Piedmont District

Piedmont Cub Scouts Summer Camp ‘A Blast!’

Cub Scouts from the Piedmont District enjoyed a fast-moving week of rocket launches, games, shooting sports, new skills, hiking—and more—at the Inskeep Farm in the shadow of Cedar Mountain, south of Culpeper, Virginia. Piedmont District Cubs Camp Director Russ Wetzel called the event “great fun!”

skills, enjoyed target practice with BB rifles, played horseshoes, and more! Asked on Friday by one leader what they wanted to do next, one Scout said, “Everything! Let’s do everything again.”

Wetzel declared he had as much fun as the Scouts, adding, “It rained on Monday and was off and on sunny the rest of the week. But, nobody cared about the weather. We were having too much fun!” The Scouts made boats and held a “Raingutter Regatta.” They decorated rockets for launch during the week. The group hiked to the Cedar Mountain Civil War Battlefield where they discussed the history of the Civil War. When the wind was up, they flew kites. Then, they launched more rockets; practiced archery The Scouter Digest August 2018 - October 2018 35

Scouter Perspectives Troop 128 Prepared To Help Others; A Scout Is Kind by John Dietrich, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 128

A group of six rangers came up the trail an hour later. They provided further first aid and In May, Troop 128’s Philmont crew conducted helped her into the basket. The rangers gladly a 12-mile preparatory hike in Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls Park near Thurmont, accepted help carrying it as the footing was MD. It was a tough day of hiking; occasional rain treacherous. Up over logs, and down ledges, and a constant fog made the trails very slippery. the team passed the basket safely down the After ten miles of hiking, as we descended from mountain. At every moment of the hour-long Cat Rock on the Old Misery Trail, we found a trip, at least one Scout carried the basket, fully man and woman in trouble. Heidi, our new friend, contributing to help bring Heidi to safety. was on the ground, and clearly in pain. She had slipped on the rocks and sprained her ankle. By the end of the afternoon the tired crew The Scouts of Troop 128 were prepared to arrived at the waiting Park Service vehicles. help. From first aid kits came bandages to bind Heidi had only the most appreciative words for the ankle. From Wilderness First Aid training our Scouts. Likewise, the rangers recognized came the advice to take ibuprofen. From one how much the boys had helped bring her safely Scout’s multi-tool came a small saw to fashion out of the woods. The Scouts then reloaded their a crutch to help her walk down the mountain. packs and finished their hike. Heidi tried to go down the Old Misery Trail. Even with her extremely injured ankle, Heidi Unfortunately, her fall had occurred near the top of the mountain where the road was far below would have made her way to safety without help and about a mile away. Still worse, this trail from the unit eventually, but the Scouts of Troop features a steep grade, frequent switchbacks, 128 epitomized the image of the Boy Scouts of and many boulders along the way. Heidi was America by being prepared through training, able to go forty feet with her new crutch but equipment, and teamwork to help other people travel proved too difficult. Again the Scouts at all times in the rugged outdoors. I proudly call volunteered to help. to your attention the following Scouts: Our crew had the phone number of the park • Chris “Cloud” Barre’, Eagle Scout ranger offices. Heidi’s friend contacted the • Ethan Carlisle, Life Scout ranger station and arranged for rangers to bring • Luke Carlisle, Life Scout a basket up the trail. We helped Heidi remain • Adam Dietrich, Eagle Scout warm by providing a dry Tyvek sheet to sit on, • Joseph Massaro, Life Scout and encouraged her to stay hydrated and keep • John “Jack” Sears, Life Scout the ankle elevated. The Scouts redistributed • Alexander Smithgall, Life Scout crew gear so the older Scouts and adults could help carry Heidi when the rangers arrived. • Bart Barre’, Crew Advisor

A Few Thoughts on Family Scouting National Capital Area Council holds a quarterly fullstaff meeting where we gather to share the “30,000 foot view” of what’s happening within each respective department, share valuable interdepartmental information and initiatives, and enjoy a moment of fellowship with everyone together at that day’s lunch. In short, it’s a Scout meeting, right down to the prayer and thought of the day. At our most recent meeting, Senior Accountant and lifelong Scouter Joel Kahn offered the thought of the day. We asked him if it was okay to share it with the Council at large, and Joel, affably agreed. Good Morning: My thoughts on Family Scouting: Everyone is either saying “embrace the future”, or “don’t mess with a good thing and make changes to the past” I think we are doing both! When a river or creek gets blocked, and the water stops flowing as it should, it will become stagnant. The same goes for any great institution. If they stop accepting the continuing changes needed to stay a relevant and vibrant organization, they will become stagnant. Scouting has always tried to be a leader in training young men to become better persons and teach leadership skills. Family Scouting is not changing this, it is expanding to officially include all members of the family. To me, this is not new at all: I grew up through my early life as a Cub Scout, with my Mother being the Den Mother, and my best friend and I were the kids that

misbehaved the most. Every kid in the pack and troop had 2 working parents. One parent always tried to support the activities when the other was working. The parents would bring the cub’s siblings to the meeting, and keep them amused with activities of their own. This included younger brothers and sisters and the occasional older sister who could not be left alone at home yet. The Troop used to take us camping with them occasionally during the summer, and this is where I learned to appreciate nature, a love I still have today. When I became a Boy Scout in Troop 755 at Temple Israel Synagogue in Silver Spring, the Scoutmaster seemed to know what each boy was capable of doing and what they needed to learn. He tried to take us camping at least once a month, even through the winter, when the weather allowed it. Some of the parents who were chaperoning us would bring a male sibling who was usually a cub Scout, and if it was a mother, sometimes the female sibling would come and stay in her tent. We never thought about this as right or wrong, it just always was. When I was made Den Chief of our pack, it was the same then as when I was a cub Scout. The younger brothers and sisters of the cubs would come to the meetings and participate where they could. While I did not learn a lot about the Scouting system-I never knew we were part of a district or the Council. I first learned about Camp Philmont when I was in my twenties and my cousin chopped the tip of his finger off with an ax while he was there. (After I started here, learned his Father had retired from a Scouting career as the Scout Executive of the Council in Reading PA). What I did learn was right from wrong, good ethics, good manners, and respect for our elders and for nature. So, Family Scouting is not something new at all. It is just officially being recognized and incorporated into the leadership programs we have been providing for over a century.



Direct Service USVI

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

Serving North and South America

USVI District

Team at Camp Howard M. Wall Achieves Full Accreditation Award for the 2018 Season

For more information about Direct Service Scouting, please visit DirectService or contact Field Director Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335 Peggy.Durbin@

We are pleased to announce that Camp Howard M. Wall has achieved full accreditation for 2018. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) is to help councils elevate camps to new levels of excellence in delivering Scouting’s promise to youth. Councils will engage in a rigorous review of camps and properties, continuous improvement, and correction or elimination of substandard practices.Only camps that successfully complete all five aspects of the NCAP are BSA accredited camps. Congratulations, team. Well done.

This Lone Scout Stays Connected Through Geocaching Three years ago, Cub Scout Pack 63, Aquia District, Stafford was looking for a way to offer an activity that the Scouts and families could do together and that would fit into their summer calendars. They decided on geocaching because the Scouts would learn a valuable skill while the entire family could participate in an outdoor adventure. It’s often hard to find a date when everyone can attend a summer Pack function, so we offer geocaching in addition to traditional summer activities like resident camps for Cubs and Webelos, Potomac Nationals Scout Night, etc. Our Scouts have gone

Field Director

Peggy Durbin (c) 540-359-5335

geocaching locally and while traveling on summer vacations. Lorraine Lince, the Packs Lion Leader had kept up with a fellow Wood Badge staff member and this spring realized the staffer and his family were currently living in Warsaw Poland. Lorrain discovered Dmitri, their son, was in the Lone Scout program and had no Pack to interact with in Poland. Since geocaching is done world-wide, she thought this would be a great way to help Dmitri stay connected to a Pack and provide a fun Scouting activity for his family as well. With NCAC’s permission, Pack 63 offered him the chance to participate with us to earn the National Summertime Award remotely. He and his family were thrilled to join in and are having a great time with it! So far, he has found geocaches at Żelazowa Wola (the birthplace of Frederic Chopin), in Warsaw, Poland and a special cache in Gdańsk, Poland placed in honor of Alf Liczmański, an early Polish Scout and later a Scoutmaster. Dimitri is doing the same as all other Pack 63 families do: for each cache he and his family finds they post to the Pack’s Facebook page for everyone to see. It has been a great learning experience for both the Cubs here in the United States and for Dmitri in Poland. At the end of the summer, we will send him a special Pack 63 Geocaching Participation Certificate and certify that he has earned the National Summertime Award. The Scouter Digest August 2018 - October 2018 37

Council Calendar August 2018 1 Meritorious Award Committee Meeting 2 High Adventure Committee Meeting High Adventure Meeting 3 Camp Snyder CS Resident Weekend Capital Comments 4 Outdoor Ethics Orientation Course 5 NYLT Summer Course Scuba Certification 6 Camp Snyder Cub Scout Resident Week 7 Shooting Sports Committee Meeting 10 OA Vigil Induction 2018- Goshen 11 Swimming and Water Rescue 15 Monthly Webmaster Webinar 18 Scuba Certification 2018 19 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 23 District Commissioner’s Meeting 24 Powder Horn 2018- Powder Horn 25 Baloo Training for Cub Scout Leaders The Trainers EDGE Scuba Certification 26 SCUBA Diving MB Counseling Scuba Certification 27 Membership Cabinet Meeting 31 ScubaJam 2018 Goshen Family Camp

September 2018 3 Labor Day- Office Closed 4 Shooting Sports Committee Meeting 5 Meritorious Award Committee Meeting Advancement & Recognition Committee 6 Council-Wide Key 3 Meeting High Adventure Committee Meeting 7 Wood Badge LNT Trainer Course Capital Comments 9 Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting 13 Executive Board Meeting Tysons Eagle Networking Lunch 14 OA Lodge Fall Fellowship 2018 15 September STEM Family Camping 2018 Bullseye Family Camping 2018 Safety @ Sea

15 LNT Trainer Course CPR/AED Pro and First Aid Training September STEM Event Day Only Adult Scouting Skills/ Snyder Fellowship Life to Eagle Seminar 16 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 18 Training Committee 19 Monthly Webmaster Webinar AVP Meeting COPC Meeting 20 NCAC Aquatics Committee International Committee Meeting Sea Scout Ward Room Sea Scout Squadron Meeting 22 National Service Project on the Mall 27 Eagles Flock to Bethesda District Commissioner’s Meeting 29 BCOLS (Fall 2018)- BCOLS (Weekend 1) Cub Scout Leader Training Paddle Craft Safety Basic Course Fireside Festival Paddle Craft Safety River Course 30 YPT2 Deadline Paddle Craft Safety River Course

October 2018 2 Shooting Sports Committee Meeting 3 Meritorious Award Committee Meeting 4 High Adventure Committee Meeting High Adventure Meeting 5 Capital Comments 6 Den Chief Training SM/ASM Leader Specific Training (indoor) 8 Columbus Day 11 Tysons Eagle Networking Lunch 12 Wood Badge (Fall 2018) 13 COR Training 14 Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting 17 Monthly Webmaster Webinar 20 BALOO Training for Cub Scout Leaders Cub Scout EXPO & Family Camping 21 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 25 Eagles Flock to Capitol Hill 26 V3 HIKE-O-REE 2018 27 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills BALOO Training(CS32) POW WOW 2018

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High Adventure Committee Capital Comments Scouting for Food - Bag Distribution Interfaith Prayer Brunch Membership Cabinet Meeting Shooting Sports Committee Meeting Meritorious Award Committee Meeting Tysons Eagle Networking Lunch Webelos Midway 10 Scouting for Food - Food Pickup 11 Veterans Day Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting 12 Veterans Day Observed - Office Closed 14 AVP Meeting 15 Executive Board Lunch Meeting District Commissioner’s Meeting Sea Scout Squadron Meeting 17 Webelos and Boy Scout EXPO Leadership Training Extravaganza 18 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 21 Monthly Webmaster Webinar COPC Meeting 22 Thanksgiving Day – Office Closed 23 Office Closed OA Vigil Induction 2018- Hallowood

December 2018 1 Venture Leader Training The Trainers EDGE 4 Shooting Sports Committee Meeting 5 Meritorious Award Committee Meeting 6 Council-Wide Key 3 Meeting NCAC Aquatics Committee High Adventure Committee Meeting High Adventure Meeting 9 OA Chapter Meeting/Holiday Party 13 Recharter Turn In 16 Camp Snyder Volunteer Service day 19 Monthly Webmaster Webinar 25 Christmas Day - Office Closed 31 Goshen Staff Alumni Association


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

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