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National Capital Council’s Centennial Camporee Draws 8,000 Scouts

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National Capital Council’s Centennial Camporee Draws 8,000 Scouts

Posted on 31 May 2010 by Dan

Thousands of Scouts from the National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) gathered at Goshen Scout Reservation in Goshen, Va. to celebrate “Scouting in Action: A Century of Values” this past weekend during the Council’s Centennial Camporee. A wide-ranging group of participants, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and their family members will celebrate 100 years of rich Scouting experiences and welcome Scouting’s bright future.

“A commemoration of this caliber is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am honored to have these outstanding young citizens celebrating in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. “The tremendous group of Scouts gathered in Goshen is representative of the organization’s robust direction.”

The weekend’s program offerings feature Scouting re-enactments spanning the past 10 decades, skill games, leadership contests and a large-scale arena show, which will be taking place on Sunday evening. The unique program combinations give Scouts of all ages a lesson in history and challenging them with unique physical activities that have become a hallmark of Scouting, including:
• Cub Scouts as human rockets, zipping to the Space Derby finish line in the larger than life Derby during Cub Fun Day on Kipling Field;
• Boy Scouts engaged in Patrol challenges in which they compete in activities such as the Plutonium Portation and the Lava Flow Rescue as well as becoming Iron Scouts as they morph into Iron Man competitors and crisscross Lake Merriweather in kayaks and canoes; and
• Venturers on the exciting COPE Course, testing their courage by climbing, rappelling and daring to take a turn on the Giant Swing, the Zipline, and the Flying Squirrel!

“The number of good deeds, values taught, and lessons learned in Scouting’s 100 year history are innumerable,” said Scout Executive Les Baron. “The Centennial Camporee is a celebration of all these things, and I believe the next century will be even more remarkable for Scouting and our community.”

In addition to the thousands of Scouts from NCAC, the Camporee is also hosting state and local dignitaries from the Council’s service area, as well as Scouts and Scouters from neighboring councils.

From citizenship training to character development to fitness, the life skills offered through BSA’s programs have provided more than 110 million U.S. youth over the past 100 years with the inspiration and the confidence to become leaders in both business and their communities.

With the support of more than 1.1 million volunteers and 127,119 community–based organizations, the Boy Scouts of America provides educational programs for 2.8 million young people in building character, developing leadership capabilities, training in the responsibilities of active citizenship, and developing personal fitness. The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) was organized in 1911 and today stands as one of the oldest and largest councils in America. The council territory includes the District of Columbia; Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; and in Virginia the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford and Culpeper as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg. As 2009 drew to a close, traditional membership totaled 50,087 youth – plus another 17,648 youth enrolled in Learning for Life – for a total youth membership of 67,735. The coveted rank of Eagle Scout was attained by 1,220 Scouts last year while 23,559 adult volunteers are registered this year to provide leadership for 1,717 traditional units (packs, troops, teams, crews, ships), 35 Learning for Life programs and 64 Explorer posts.

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Les Baron to Lead National Captial Area Council

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Les Baron to Lead National Captial Area Council

Posted on 09 March 2010 by Editor

The National Capital Area Council Scout Executive Selection Committee has announced that it has chosen Les Baron as the new National Capital Area Council (NCAC) Scout Executive. Mr. Baron is currently the Orange County Council Scout Executive. He will begin his assignment with NCAC on April 16, 2010.

Prior to serving in Orange County, Les was the Scout Executive in Tampa, Florida and Griffin, Georgia. He began his career in the Smoky Mountain Council in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1981.

According to a Council news release, “We are looking forward to having Les guide our Council to fulfill the vision of the strategic plan, serving more youth with an unsurpassed quality program and continuing our traditions as the ‘flagship council of America.’”

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Scouts Honor Service Members at Ceremony

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Scouts Honor Service Members at Ceremony

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Editor

U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri told about 500 people from Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council that the values of Boy Scouts and the military are constant and that both organizations seek to serve something greater than themselves.

This was the first Scout dinner saluting the military. Retired Navy Capt. Scott Gray, who now works with event sponsor General Dynamics, said he hopes to make the event an annual affair. The Crystal Gateway Marriott – a stone’s throw from the Pentagon – hosted the event.

The council honored a service member from each service. Each honoree demonstrated the commitment to service that Scouting exemplifies and promotes, said former Veterans Affairs Secretary Togo West, an Eagle Scout and the event host. The Eagle Scout award is the highest in the organization.

The honorees are role models for youth and exemplify the values of both Scouting and the military, West said. “The Boy Scouts of America and the armed forces of the United States share … a common bond of service and honor,” he said.

Skelton, also an Eagle Scout, spoke of his experiences in Scouting since December 1943, when he first became a Tenderfoot Scout. It was World War II, and Skelton, now the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, talked about how his Scout troop would send off older Scouts as they went to war.

He praised the council for hosting an event that ties Scouting with the military. “One builds character, and the military defends our freedoms,” he said. “Scouting is not just an organization, it is a way of life.”

The honorees are:

– Army Staff Sgt. David R. Gibbons, based at Fort Bragg. N.C.;

– Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Valerie Herrod, a bostswain’s mate with the Navy Ceremonial Unit in Anacostia Naval Station, D.C.;

– Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Marshall, an aerospace medical expert at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.;

– Marine Corps Sgt. Henry J. Reinewald, a recruiter in Detroit; and

– Coast Guard Petty Officer Lavelas D. Luckey, based at the Coast Guard Station in Baltimore.

Gibbons enlisted in 2003 as one of the first Soldiers to go directly into Special Forces. He is an Eagle Scout and served in Afghanistan. He now is an instructor at the Special Warfare Center and School, and is the Bear Den leader for his son Ethan’s Cub Scout pack.

Herrod has served as the Ceremonial Guard’s community service coordinator since she arrived in December 2007. She has organized her sailors to help with local Special Olympics and National Lands Day, and for working with wounded warriors and at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

While an Air Force medic, Marshall deployed with NATO troops in Afghanistan, where he saved the life of a Canadian Soldier. Here, he works closely to aid the homeless. He volunteers at a local soup kitchen and has initiated a blanket drive to aid the homeless.

Reinewald is another Eagle Scout. He joined the Marine Corps in 2001 and has deployed overseas as an artilleryman. Reinewald is a recruiter in Detroit and he hopes to work closely with recruits wishing to join the service.

Luckey received the Coast Guard Medal – the highest award in the service – for rescuing a 5-year old girl who was trapped in a burning car following an accident. He joined the Coast Guard in 1999 and has served aboard two ships.

“Those of you in uniform tonight, you are examples to our Scouts,” Skelton said. “That’s what the young Scouts of today must learn. They need to follow your example, because they are going to be in your shoes and they need to be challenged to give the best that is in them.”

This story was written by Jim Garamone, Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs.

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