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NCAC Capital Comments
March 2013

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

Key Calendar Dates

March 4
Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout? Premier

March 9
College of Commissioner Science

March 15
Amangamek-Wipit Fellowship Weekend (Orderof the Arrow)

March 19
Council-wide Key 3 Meeting

March 23
8th Annual NCAC Scout Orienteering Meet

Fellow Scouts & Scouters,

Our theme for 2013 is “Prepared. For Adventure.” and so far this year has been an even more exciting time for Scouting than anyone expected. Through it all, the core of Scouting, the reason we joined and stayed with the program, remains the same:

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

These are, as the proverb says, “interesting times.” But they will not last forever, and when all is said and done it is our focus on this central mission that will keep us moving forward, together, as one Scouting family.

Voice of the Scout
The Spring Voice of the Scout (VOS) - BSA's semiannual nationwide member survey - is scheduled to launch next Friday, March 8. In addition to the usual topics, this spring's survey will include questions about the potential change to the national membership standards. VOS is a vital tool for growing and strengthening the program so when you receive your invitation please complete the survey within the two-week window. If you did not register to participate in the spring survey, please go to and update your email address to make sure you are part of the fall VOS.

Many of you may also be invited to participate in a survey conducted locally by NCAC. This is separate from VOS – even though some of the questions may be similar – and will be used to help our delegates prepare for the National Meeting in May, so please be sure to complete both in a timely manner.

Virgin Islands Scouting
I am pleased to report that NCAC has joined forces with the Virgin Islands Council (USVIC) to provide better program support to the youth of both territories. Scouting in the Virgin Islands stands on some pretty broad shoulders and this next step in the growth of the program is only possible because of all the leaders who generously devoted time, energy and resources throughout the years. This is a positive step for both councils and will create a bridge of friendship between the USVI and Washington, DC. I look forward to welcoming the Virgin Island Scouts and Scouters to Goshen Scout Reservation and Camp William B. Snyder, and can’t wait to spend some time at Howard M. Wall Scout Camp on St. Croix!

I am very grateful that our members have and continue to operate in the true spirit of citizenship, discussing these and other important issues in a courteous, respectful manner while remaining friendly and remembering that we all seek what we believe is best for the program.

See you around the campfire,

Les Baron

Scout Executive/CEO

National Capital Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
Marriott Scout Service Center
9190 Rockville Pike 
Bethesda, MD 20814

P: 301-530-9360

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 –

NCAC Staff Changes

Please welcome...

Calicoe Richir, Camping Administrator for Goshen Scout Reservation: Calicoe is the new go-to person in the Program Department. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BS in Environmental Science and has previous Scouting experience as a Venturing leader and as support services assistant and program manager in Cascades Pacific Council in Portland, OR.

Michelle Lynch, Development Director: Michelle was previously the senior corporate affairs coordinator for Bissell Homecare, Inc, reporting directly to owner Cathy Bissell, and staff advisor for the company’s marquee philanthropic event, the “Bissell Blocktail Party.” A native of Michigan, she graduated from Grand Valley State University and is a Lions fan.

Eileen Walters, Business Manager for Camp William B. Snyder: Eileen is a resident of Haymarket, VA. She graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY with a BA in Speech Communication.  Eileen has been an active Girl Scouts leader with each of her three daughters.

Unit And District Tools at

Easier online management for district-level volunteers is here! BSA has recently developed Unit and District Tools, an online program that will make managing your district information easier than ever before. Phase I of District Tools is has been released, with additional phases taking place later this Spring, Fall and into next year. The new website to be used for accessing this tool will be (note the extra period between “My” and “Scouting”). The old will continue to be accessible (and will still demonstrate the same features) until much later down the line.

Additional information is available at, or you can contact the National Support Center.

Youth Protection Update

One of the most important new MyScouting tools is the Youth Protection Toolkit. This application provides the ability to view and update a member’s most recent Youth Protection Training, which will in turn help units ensure all their leaders’ training is up to date. This toolkit is primarily intended for the unit and district Key 3; other leaders will not be able to access all features.

For more information, please download the Youth Protection Toolkit Manual

Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?

Boy Scouts live and breathe the motto Prepared. For Life. They are strong, resourceful and downright tough. Now from the Emmy award–winning creators of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers comes National Geographic Channel’s new series Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? Premiering Monday, March 4, at 8pm, and hosted by ex-Army Ranger Charles Ingram, adult “civilians” will battle it out with scrappy Scouts in a series of challenges based on the Boy Scouts handbook and designed to test their physical and mental stamina to determine if these adults have what it takes to earn their own “merit badge.” For more information, visit

History of Scouting Trail Opens on Memorial Day Weekend

Did you know that BSA began right here in Washington, DC? Or that the 1913 presidential inauguration was saved from disaster by a troop of Boy Scouts performing crowd control and first aid? The History of Scouting Trail (HOST) gets Scouts excited about history with first-person interactive challenges in the very locations where important events took place.

The official opening is Memorial Day weekend, and the first 3,000 paid registrants who complete the 5.9 mile challenge will receive commemorative patches and the right to purchase a 24-k gold plated medal to wear on their uniform. Click here for more information or to register

Coming Events

Commissioners College – March 9

Join hundreds of NCAC Commissioners as they focus on meeting the Scouting Challenges for Commissioners and Service to units. Participants can work on Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate programs, including new national courses and exciting electives. 

This year’s college will be at Wise High School (12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772), 8am–4:30pm on March 9. To register click here

Council Court of Honor – April 4

Save the date for the Council Court of Honor, including the recognition of the 2012 Silver Beaver class. The event will be at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner (7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean VA 22102); the reception will begin at 6:30pm and the program at 7pm. For more information about the Court of Honor contact Kevin Bradley, NCAC Director of Community ImpactTo learn more about the 2013 class of Silver Beavers, click here

Interfaith Pinewood Derby – April 7

The NCAC Jewish Committee on Scouting and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Scouting Program invite all interested Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos to their Pinewood Derby on Sunday, April 7 at the ADAMS Main Center (46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, VA 20164).  Registration begins at 2:30pm, racing begins at 3pm.  Registration costs $5 and all contestants must preregister by March 29. Scouts must build, decorate and race their own cars; standard limits for size and weight apply. 

2013 Western Venturing Phenomenon – April 26-28

Come be part of the fun at The Western Phenomenon 2013! The Phenomenon will be at Camp Sinoquipe in Fort Littleton, PA. Registration costs $45 and covers all meals, entertainment, campsite and facilities, and a Phenomenon patch. If you have never been to an Area 6 program event you can read about Phenomenon 2012 in the January 2013 issue of Boys’ Life! Registration closes April 12 so make your plans and register early! Go to to download the flyer, event guide and BBQ competition rules.

2013 Spring Endowment Celebration – April 27

NCAC is hosting its annual Spring Endowment Celebration on Saturday, April 27 at the Marriott Scout Service Center. Anyone who is interested in endowment giving opportunities and individuals who have donated to the Council’s Endowment Fund are welcome!

The Endowment Fund includes gifts through NCAC’s First Century Club (James E. West Fellowship, Heritage Society, 1910 Society and/or Founders Circle), or its Second Century Club (James E. West Fellowship, Second Century Society and/or Presidents Leadership Council).

For more information, please call 301-214-9110 or email

SAVE THE DATE: 33rd Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic – June 24

WHEN: Monday, June 24, 2013
WHERE: Manor Country Club, 14905 Carrolton Rd, Rockville, MD 20853
WHAT: Four-person full scramble, morning and afternoon shotgun starts. Luxury vehicles or $100,000 cash prize for hole-in-one on every par 3! Hundreds of dollars worth of great giveaways!

For more information, visit

Outdoor Adventure

Goshen Scout Reservation

Weeks at Goshen Scout Reservation are filling up fast!  If your unit is planning to visit during this summer, please visit and print out the unit registration form.  If you have already registered but have not received a confirmation in the mail, please contact Gary Carroll, Goshen Scout Reservation Camping Director.

Be A Part of the Goshen Staff
Goshen still needs a few more staff members for the summer, especially people over the age of 18 who can work in the COPE, Climbing, Aquatics and ATV areas.  Applications are available at

Hat Deadline
Each camper who has provided a $50 deposit by Friday, March 15 will receive a free hat! As last year, units can have their unit number and hometown embroidered for an additional $5 per hat.

Venturing at Goshen
This summer, Goshen Scout Reservation will become the only camp in the country where crew members are able work on Outdoor Bronze requirements all summer long! Reserve your crew’s spot today and be part of the adventure!

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

Camp William B. Snyder

Early Registration Deadline – March 15
Did you know you can reserve your spot at Camp Snyder with just a $50 deposit per person? Even better, if your unit registers by March 15 they can lock in the early registration discount for their entire unit. So if a few new Scouts join your pack in May, they get the same discount as the rest of the pack! Check out the website for more information.

2013 Cub Scout Family Camps
People enjoyed last 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

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

Day Camp

Wild Western Adventure at Cub Scout Day Camps!
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 later this month.  Check with your pack’s Cubmaster, committee chair or day camp coordinator for more information and watch the day camp webpage. Cost per Cub Scout 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! For more information contact Don Durbin, NCAC Program Director.  

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


Back Country Outdoor Leader Skills  (BCOLS)

This course is for adult leaders working with older Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers or Explorers who are planning High Adventure treks. The course covers important skills, including risk management, Leave No Trace, wilderness first aid, leadership development, cooking & clean-up and trail tips. 

The course consists of two parts, a classroom section on March 9 and an outdoor session April 6-7. For more information and to register, click here

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. 

Sign up today for the Spring Wood Badge Course at

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

SAVE THE DATE: Pow Wow – Nov 16

Mark your calendars to attend Pow Wow 2013 on November 16. Pow Wow is a supplemental, action-packed training event for anyone interested in Cub Scouting. Spend the day learning new program ideas and get hands-on experience that will enhance your ability to deliver and support a fun-filled, exciting program!

Neediest Kids is an organization that helps students succeed by providing them with the basic essentials they need to get the education they deserve. Help support Neediest Kids by bringing new pairs of socks to donate at Pow Wow!

National Jamboree

Serve on Jamboree Staff

The 2013 Jamboree is going to be historically awesome. But they need your help to make it happen. Click here for a list of areas where they still need the most help.

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Jamboree Shoulder Patches

Three special Jamboree Shoulder Patches (JSP) are now available at the front desk at the MSSC for $6 each.  The full-color JSP features glow-in-the-dark fireworks, and a special Staff JSP is available for anyone serving on Jamboree staff. 


Congratulations to Our Top Sellers!

Congratulations to the Top 12 Selling Scouts from the Council’s 2012 popcorn sale! These Scouts will be taking the field at the Nationals game on April 28:

  • John L., Pack 35, Occoquan District
  • Kurt W., Seneca District
  • Brendan P., Pack 301, Colonial District 
  • Kendall S., Pack 789, Western Shore District 
  • Samuel M., Troop 187 George Mason District
  • Joshua I., Seneca District 
  • Clayton D., Appalachian Trail District
  • Elias P., Pack 867, Colonial District 
  • Benjamin M., Troop 7369, Sully District 
  • Henry H., Pack 632, Chain Bridge District 
  • Alexander M., Troop 7369, Sully District 
  • Peyton M., Pack 278, Appalachian Trail District 

Overall, 91 Scouts qualified as “Top Sellers,” selling $2,500 or more. That’s tremendous… and that’s enough to earn a free week at summer camp from NCAC and a college scholarship account from Trail’s End!

Top Selling Units

The units with the highest popcorn sales in 2012 are:

  • Pack 867 Colonial District
  • Pack 118 Colonial District
  • Pack 1189 Occoquan District
  • Pack 1203 Western Shore District
  • Pack 1483 Goose Creek District
  • Pack 684 Old Dominion District
  • Troop 7369 Sully District
  • Pack 1199 Seneca District
  • Pack 301 Colonial District
  • Pack 295 Occoquan District

Thanks to all the Scouts and units who sold for making NCAC the #1 popcorn selling council in the nation!

In Other News...

Scout Shop Items of the Week

Check out the sales each week at the Scout Shop!

Item of the Week
D, ates
3/1-3/7 Boardshorts $7.44
3/8-3/14 Long Sleve TrekTek Tee Adult 30% OFF
3/15-3/21  Frames Discounted and Feature Mats - Frames 30% OFF
3/22-3/28 Windtek Jackets 30% OFF




These promotions are available at your local Scout Shop: 

National Capital Scout Shop
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
301.564.1091 (phone)
301.564.6028 (fax)
Northern Virginia Scout Shop
5234 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA  22151
703.321.4836 (phone)
703.321.4838 (fax)

Report to the Nation

Every year BSA sends a delegation of Scouts from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and Scouting programs to Washington to deliver the Report to the Nation. It’s a reminder that the Boy Scouts, established by congressional charter in 1916, still have a profound effect on our nation.

The report itself is a by-the-numbers look back at the BSA’s 102nd year in existence. Highlights include 2.6 million youth members served, more than 13.4 million hours of service performed, and a record 57,976 Eagle Scout badges awarded. Visit the Scouting Magazine blog to meet this year’s delegates, read the report, and see photos of the Scouts’ tour of Washington. 

Click the image on the right for a full-sized version. 

News from National

National Alumni Association

The Scouting Alumni Association welcomes everyone positively and personally impacted by the Boy Scouts of America – former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, volunteers past and present, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day – to join today.

By joining the Scouting Alumni Association, you'll stay up to speed on what's happening in Scouting and help youth experience the excitement, challenges, and adventure that Scouting has to offer.

To learn more or receive the Alumni Alive! newsletter, click here. 

Community Opportunities
National Memorial Day Parade in Washington – May 27

The 2013 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC, is currently accepting applications for the 9th annual parade, scheduled for 2:00PM on Monday, May 27, 2013. This parade has grown to be a significant event in Washington, DC, and will be televised in select markets nationally. Scouts ages 11 and up are needed to help carry parade identification banners in the parade line up. The registration deadline is March 30. For more information download the invitation and registration form, and visit the website at

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Cub Scout Day at the National Building Museum – March 16

During Cub Scout Day at the National Building Museum, boys can participate in interactive, hands-on activities to earn badges and explore the built environment! 
  • Work with the American Society of Civil Engineers to build a bridge out of straws;
  • Take part in a historical scavenger hunt;
  • Construct a crazy catapult;
  • Learn how to draw building plans; and
  • Design and construct a newspaper chair!

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
When: March 16, 2013; Morning Session 10 am to 1 pm, Afternoon Session 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $10 per Scout or sibling, free for adults (fee includes a special event patch)

How: Register online at


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