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NCAC CAPITAL COMMENTS - Prepared. For Next Year.
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NCAC Capital Comments
December 2012

In this issue
• Around the Council
• Coming Events
• Outdoor Adventure
• Popcorn
• Training
• Jamboree
• In Other News...
• Community Opportunities

Key Calendar Dates

December 8
First Night of Hannukah

December 19
Unit Popcorn Payments Due

December 24
Scout Shops Closed

December 25
MSSC & Scout Shops Closed

December 26
Kwanza Begins

December 31
New Year's Eve

January 1
New Year's Day
MSSC Closed


Fellow Scouts & Scouters,

2012 is almost in the history books…and what a year it has been!  We’ve celebrated the 100th anniversary of Sea Scouting, BSA’s first high adventure program, and the 100th anniversary of the first Eagle Scout award. We are set to report that our Scouts and volunteers collected more food this year than last for our neighbors in need during the 26th Annual Scouting for Food and have announced our theme for next year - Prepared. For Adventure.

I already know that 2013 is going to be an outstanding year for Scouting.  Thank you for all the time, energy and support you offer to the young people of our Scouting program.  Through your efforts, they have brighter futures and more confidence to go after their dreams.

Health and happiness to you, your family and friends this holiday season!

Yours In Scouting,

Les Baron

Scout Executive/CEO


P.S. – Do you know what it means to be connected? Being connected means knowing about your own culture and history, and always being excited to learn about your neighbor’s. This ties in well to December’s Cub Scout themes - Holiday Lights and Passport to Other Lands - making it a great time of year to learn how other people celebrate the season. Check out NCAC Challenge for more ideas!

National Capital Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
Marriott Scout Service Center
9190 Rockville Pike 
Bethesda, MD 20814
P: 301-530-9360
Click for Directions

Around The Council

Scouts In The News

Have your Scouts been featured by local media? Let us know!
Catch all the latest news on the Council’s Facebook page –

New Unit Spotlight 

Welcome to the NCAC family...

To find the nearest pack, troop, ship, crew or team visit 

Scouting For Food  

NCAC's 26th Annual Scouting For Food concluded on Nov. 10.  To date, more than 760,000 pounds of food have been reported!  We would like to thank our Scouting For Food co-sponsors: SafewayCapital Area Food BankUnited Way of the National Capital AreaWUSA 9 and The Washington Examiner!

If your unit has not reported its collection total yet, please go to

Youth Protection Update

BSA is committed to consistently strengthening and enhancing its Youth Protection measures.

A list of local (DC, MD, VA) authorities - with contact information - can now be found on NCAC’s website at (This PDF document will be constantly updated with the latest information, so it is recommended that people share the link rather than downloading the document and printing it out.)

IMPORTANT: BSA has a mandatory reporting policy, which means all persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities and the Scout Executive any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been abused, neglected or exposed to any form of abuse or neglect. Additional information about BSA’s Youth Protection policies and procedures can be accessed by visiting

Voice of the Scout: New Tools To Update Contact Information 

Voice of the Scout is a national survey that goes out twice a year to Scouts, leaders, parents and key community members, providing an opportunity to give us feedback on the program. To improve the reach of this program, new tools are now available to help leaders and, eventually, Scouts keep their contact information up to date. In addition to helping us stay in touch with you, this makes it even easier to participate in the 2013 Voice of the Scout surveys. The more feedback we can get, the stronger we can – with your help – make our program in the future. Watch the short introductory video then check your contact information and make sure your email address is up to date.  

For more information visit

Presidential Inauguration Participation

Thank you to all the units who indicated their interest in being part of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration! We will be in touch with you as soon as more information is available from the Inaugural Conference. 

Coming Events

9th Annual Financial Services “Good Scout” Award Dinner – Dec 12

Join us as we honor Steve Bartlett, president & CEO of Financial Services Roundtable, as our Financial Services “Good Scout”.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 6-9pm
WHERE: Capital Hilton (1001 16th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20005)

For more information, click here.

OA Banquet – Jan 5

Plan to join us January 5, 2013, at the Kena Temple in Fairfax, VA, for the annual Order of the Arrow Lodge Banquet. This event will have great food – catered by Carabba's – fun, door prizes and lots of fellowship. The Lodge will also recognize the newest members of the Vigil Honor and Founder’s Award recipients. For more information please visit

Merit Badge and Jewish Religious Award Fair – Jan 6 

NCAC’s Jewish Committee on Scouting invites ALL Scouts to participate in a merit badge fair. Jewish Scouts are also invited to work on their religious awards. Scouts who wish to work on merit badges at the fair must register by November 15.

WHERE: Young Israel – Shomrai Emunah of Greater Washington, 1132 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902
WHEN: January 6, 2013, 2-5pm

For more information click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Retirement Celebration – Jan 26

Please join us Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11:30am-2pm at the Marriott Scout Service Center in celebration of Ann Davis’ retirement from National Capital Area Council. Ann is well known to NCAC volunteers and Goshen campers, having served in a variety of positions around the Council.  For the past five summers Ann has been the Goshen business manager, handling all reservations, customer service and financial transactions.  If you have had questions about Goshen, you have probably talked to Ann!  NCAC is proud of Ann and her dedication to the Scouts and leaders of our Council.

Light snacks will be served with a program starting at 1:15 p.m.  RSVP to Debbie Marino. Ann’s last day in the office will be Monday, December 17, 2012. 

SAVE THE DATE: Council Court of Honor – April 4

Plan to join us at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner on April 4th as we celebrate 2012’s successes. We will also recognize the 2013 recipients of the Silver Beaver Award – the highest recognition the Council can award a volunteer. 

Outdoor Adventure

Goshen Scout Reservation

Goshen Photo Contest
Do you have a great photo of Scout having an awesome time at Goshen Scout Reservation? Submit it to the Goshen Awesome Photo Contest!  Photos of Scouts and leaders hiking, swimming, building fires, doing service projects and just plain having fun can be entered.  Winning submissions will receive a $50 credit in the Memorial Trading Post at Goshen Scout Reservation in the summer of 2013!  Email submissions to or mail them to Gary at the Marriott Scout Service Center.     

Reserve Your Space At Goshen!
Space at Goshen is still available but going fast!  Please make sure your unit finalizes its reservation before the end of 2012.  If think you are registered but have not received a confirmation in the mail, please contact 
Gary Carroll.

Camp Staff Interviews
We are looking for the best and brightest young people to help us develop the youth of tomorrow! Goshen Staff interviews will be held on Saturday January 5 and 12 from 10am until 1pm. Call backs will be held on January 19 and 26.  All interested applicants must download the application form from and submit before the interview dates. If you have any questions at all, please contact 
Gary Carroll.  

Looking for more information about Goshen?
Visit or find Goshen on Facebook at

Camp William B. Snyder

2013 Summer Camp Programs
Camp Snyder's 2013 Summer Camp information is now online. 2013 will include five resident camps, four Adventure Days (Day Camp) and, new in 2013, an additional Webelos Resident Camp! Returning from 2012 is the Boy Scout Week, scheduled for August 11-16. Registration information, fees and dates can be found online

2013 Cub Scout Family Camps
People enjoyed this year's family camps so much that we will hold two Cub Scout Family Camp weekends in the spring of 2013. Each campout includes day-long programming and all family members are encouraged to attend. Family Camp weekends are April 12-14 and May 17-19. For more information go to

Christmas Trees at Camp Snyder
Camp Snyder has its very own Christmas tree lot to help you add the Scouting Spirit to your Christmas Spirit. All trees were cut locally at a tree farm here in Virginia. Trees are 7-8ft Fraser Firs, very full and freshly cut. All proceeds from the sale go towards camp improvements. Trees are available for sale Monday through Saturday every week leading up to Christmas.

March Merit Badge Weekend
Camp Snyder is putting together a Merit Badge weekend on March 2, 2013. We are looking for merit badge counselorgs interested in teaching a merit badge of their choosing. If you are interested please email us at and let us know:

  • Which merit badge you want to offer;
  • Any supplies or materials you will need;
  • Length of time you need;
  • Any pre-requisites Scouts should complete in advance; and
  • Size limit for your session;

We will be in touch once we receive your information. Course information and registration will go online once we have secured enough merit badge counselors.

Camp Staff for Summer Camp
Camp Snyder is looking for energetic individuals to serve on camp staff. If you are interested, complete the application and submit it to us. Interviews will be at the Marriot Scout Service Center on January 5 and at Camp Snyder on January 12. Interviews both days will run from 12-4pm by appointment.

To schedule an appointment email us at with your top three time preferences.

Looking for more information about Camp Snyder?
Visit or find Camp Snyder on Facebook at

Day Camp

Have a Wild Western Adventure at our regional Cub Scout Day Camps in 2013!
Activities vary from camp to camp but most will offer traditional Scouting activities like archery and BB gun instruction, crafts, nature study, games and fishing.  Tiger Cubs through Webelos are eligible to attend day camp.  Packs must provide one adult per five boys plus an adult partner for each Tiger to escort the adventurers through camp. All adult leaders must be Youth Protection Trained!

Online registration will begin mid-February, 2013.  Check with your pack’s Cubmaster, committee chair or day camp coordinator for more information. Cost per Cub is:

Registered on or before April 16, 2013 $165
Registered on or before   May 17, 2013 $185
Registered after May 17, 2013 $205

Want To Be on Day Camp Staff? 
Parents serving full-time on camp staff get one free registration for their Cub Scout! Registered youth members ages 14+ can earn $75 towards their week at Goshen Scout Reservation!  

High Adventure

The Council’s High Adventure Committee still has room on our contingents to Sea Base, Philmont and Lenhok’sin! Visit our website or contact us to get more information.

Spaces are available for:

  • Lenhok’sin Provisional Treks:  July 14 – 20 & July 28 – Aug. 3
  • Philmont Provisional Treks:  July 16 – 30
  • Sea Base Provisional Treks:  July 17 – 23
For those already planning a High Adventure trek for this summer, we have experts on hand for all the High Adventure bases ready to assist with your plans! For More Information visit


Popcorn Wrap-Up

The 2012 Popcorn Sale was fantastic! Thank you to all the Scouts, leaders and parents who worked to make it happen.

Here are some statistics from the sale:

Units Participating: 512
Total Sold: $3,766,000
Money Benefiting Local Scouting: $2,636,000

If you received a late order form, the Council has some extra popcorn on hand. Contact Kevin Bradley for more information or with any popcorn questions you may have.

Online Sales

December is a great month for online sales! Remind your Scouts that they can continue their online sales through the end of the month and continue to earn great prizes!

Looking for more information about popcorn? 
Visit and “Like us” at

Save the Date: University of Scouting – Feb 23

University of Scouting is a supplemental, action-packed training event for Scout leaders from all program levels and anyone interested in Scouting! Spend the day learning new ideas and get hands-on experience that will enhance your ability to deliver and support a fun-filled, exciting program! Watch for more information starting in January 2013.  



Wood Badge

Attention: All adult Scout Leaders!
Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, including Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, Venturing Advisors, committee chairs, den leaders and other unit, district and council leaders. The Wood Badge course incorporates more than 80 years of traditions while adding the management and leadership training necessary to become a successful leader in the 21st Century. 

Please take a minute to read the NCAC Wood Badge flyer. The courses fill up quickly so register soon!

Spring 2013 Wood Badge:
Session 1: Friday, 4/12/2013 - Sunday, 4/14/2013 at Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket, VA
Session 2: Friday, 5/17/2013 - Sunday, 5/19/2013 at Camp High Road, Middleburg, VA



First NCAC Supernova Awarded!

Congratulations to Greg Ziegler, the Council's first recipient of a STEM Supernova award! To earn the Supernova award Scouts must work with a Council-approved mentor.  If you are interested in becoming a STEM mentor, complete a STEM mentor application, along with a adult application and a certification of current Youth Protection Training to STEM staff advisor James Hamlin. Download a STEM Mentor application here.

For more information about this exciting program go to

NCAC STEM Committee Update

With more NCAC Scouts and Scouters getting excited about the BSA STEM program, each district will need to identify someone to help coordinate STEM activities and recognition. This person will work closely with the district advancement committee. If you are already filling this role for your district, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the STEM committee, please have them contact STEM staff advisor James Hamlin.  The next STEM Committee meeting will be a teleconference on January 7th at 7:30pm.  


National Jamboree

Jamboree Update

NCAC will be sending more than 450 youth to the National Jamboree this summer! These Scouts will form 12 troops and one full Venture crew.  All youth have been assigned to their respective units and should be holding their first meeting in the very near future. 

Mark your calendars now for the Jamboree Shakedown Camp Out on June 1-2 at Camp William B. Snyder! Further information will be distributed through the units. 

For more information, contact Don Durbin.

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In Other News...

Scout Shop: Santa Scout Shop – Dec 8, 10am-3pm

The Scout Shop is prepare, d to make your shopping merry… and right! It’s so easy; just look for a sales associate wearing a button and ask for gift ideas for any Scout.

And while you’re shopping, be sure to enter your name in our special “Scout Stuff” giveaway. You may be the winner who takes home a 4’ stocking packed with Scouting goodies! There will be holiday music, refreshments, activities, and candy canes for all!

You may enter your name for the stocking giveaway in-store on December 8—no purchase required. Santa Scout Shop event is for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Cub Scouts only. Scout Stuff giveaways valid only during this one-day event. You may enter the stocking giveaway by mail by sending a 3” x 5” index card with your name, address, and phone number to the Scout Shop address listed below, attention “Santa’s Scout Shop Giveaway 2012”.

This promotion is available at your local Scout Shop.

Holiday Hours
The Scout Shop will be CLOSED on:

  • December 8 (early close at 3PM)
  • December 24
  • December 25

Eagle Packages Available

This year has been a banner year for Eagle Scouts in NCAC – as of December 1, there are more than 1,200 new Eagles in our Council, and we are still counting!  That means a lot of hard work and community service hours have been logged by a large number of dedicated Eagle Scouts.

If you brought an Eagle package to the Council in November, should now be ready to pick up. If you or your unit leader have not received a post card informing you the Eagle package is ready, please call 301-530-9360 to verify your package is ready.    

VOA Blanket Drive

Help keep a family warm this winter! the NCAC Venturing Officers Association is collecting new or slightly used blankets. A collection box will be available in the lobby of the Marriott Scout Service Center from now through December 31.

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Community Opportunities
Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying

Help place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Please join us at the Memorial Amphitheater on December 15 at 9:30am. Visit their Facebook page and website for more information and driving directions.

Clean up volunteers are always needed too! Clean up at Arlington National Cemetery will take place on January 26, 2013. For more information contact Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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Imagination Stage 

Earn the Music Belt Loop & Pin with Imagination Stage! Come to our Cub Scout workshop on December 15 at 4pm. We welcome groups of 10 or more! Group discounts start at 20% off.

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