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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 admin

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 admin

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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Goshen Out of the Running for Permanent National Jamboree Site

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Goshen Out of the Running for Permanent National Jamboree Site

Posted on 05 August 2009 by Dan

According to a post on the National Capital Area Council Website, the National Council has decided not to pursue a permanent National Scout Jamboree site at Goshen Scout Reservation.

We regret to inform you that the Boy Scouts of America has decided to withdraw its interest in Goshen Scout Reservation as the permanent site for the National Scout Jamboree. The BSA identified too many potential obstacles in developing the Goshen site to its fullest and is pursuing other venues.

The National Capital Area Council will continue to support the outstanding outdoor programs offered at Goshen Scout Reservation. This process has identified many areas that offer great potential in strengthening our service to youth. Goshen Scout Reservation will continue to serve as our council’s classroom for character far into the future.

We appreciate your support during this long and interesting process.

Statement of Governor Kaine On Rockbridge County Site Being Withdrawn as Possible National Scouting Center

Virginia Governor, Timothy M. Kaine, released the following statement yesterday:

RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine released the following statement today on the Boy Scouts of America withdrawing the proposed Goshen site in Rockbridge County from consideration for the National Scouting Center and 2013 National Scout Jamboree:

“The Commonwealth has a longstanding history of hosting the Jamboree – Fort A.P. Hill has been home to this important event for the past 28 years. We are pleased Virginia had the opportunity to work with the Boy Scouts to try and keep the Jamboree in Virginia.

“After much discussion it became clear that the Goshen site in Rockbridge County was just not an appropriate location for an operation of this magnitude. However, I applaud the cooperative spirit that existed between the Boy Scouts, Rockbridge County and the Commonwealth.

“We’re proud of the many Boy Scout troops in Virginia, and we’re grateful for the good works they do in our communities. We look forward to working with the Boy Scouts of America in the future.”

Where will we look next? According to the National Council Press Release, Boy Scouts of America Accounces Virginia Site No Longer Being Considered for National Scouting Center:

The organization recently signed an agreement to purchase 10,600 acres, some of it reclaimed mining property, near Beckley, West Virginia, and announced that it would develop a new high- adventure base to complement its existing three bases in Minnesota, New Mexico, and Florida. The BSA expects to close on the property later this fall.

“In light of our recent decision concerning the Goshen site, we’ll be looking to see if the West Virginia property can support a jamboree, but we have a lot of work to do there before we can make that determination,” Furst explained.

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Mr. Douglas W. Stone

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Indian Waters Council Announces Scout Executive: Mr. Douglas W. Stone

Posted on 15 December 2008 by Dan

The Indian Waters Council is pleased to announce Mr. Douglas W. Stone was selected as their new Scout Executive. Mr. Stone started with the Council on Monday, December 1, 2008.

Mr. Douglas W. StoneMr. Stone has been a Scouting professional for nearly 18 years and his most recent service was Director of Field Service for the Heart of America Council, BSA, in Kansas City, Missouri. There, he supervised 28 Scouting executives in support of more than 19,000 volunteers and 42,000 youth members. Under his leadership, the council has gained national attention in achieving exceptional growth in membership and fundraising, becoming the seventh largest of more than 300 Boy Scout councils in the United States.

Prior to Kansas City, Mr. Stone served as Director of Finance and Marketing as well as Field Director for the National Capital Area Council, BSA in Washington, D.C. He started his career in Hartford, Connecticut, where he served in a variety of roles from 1991 to 2000 with the Connecticut Rivers Council, BSA.

“Scouting in the Indian Waters Council is very strong and continues to grow in both quality and quantity,” Stone said, “Its volunteers as well as the facilities and program at Camp Barstow are second-to-none. I am thrilled to join those great volunteers and help bring the camp and the council into the 100th Anniversary year of the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.”

On a personal note, Doug is married to Elizabeth (Betsy) and they are the proud parents of four children, aged 5 months to 8 years: Addison Grace, Cooper Douglas, Peter Andrew and Cora Elizabeth. Growing up in a large family himself, the youngest of five boys of which four were Eagle Scouts, Doug spent every summer at Boy Scout camp since the age of two years old.

Doug graduated in 1984 from Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut and in 1988 from St. Lawrence University, a private liberal arts college in Upstate New York. He majored in history and was inducted into the history honorary society, served in student government, founded the pep band, and served in leadership roles with his fraternity. After college, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and went to work as a Social Studies teacher and soccer coach. He began his professional career with the Boy Scouts of America in early 1991.

When Doug is not working, he spends his time with his family at children’s sporting events, swimming, golfing and on day trips. He is also a Wolf Den Leader and Assistant Cubmaster for his son’s Cub Scout pack. His family is active with the United Methodist Church and he is involved with the Rotary Club and chamber of commerce.

Please join us in welcoming Doug and his family to the Indian Waters Council family!

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In Memorium: Joseph J. Davis, Sr.

Posted on 10 November 2008 by Dan

On Saturday October 25, 2008, Frederick County’s oldest Eagle Scout, Joseph J. Davis, Sr., passed away at age 96. “Uncle Joe” was a lifetime Boy Scout, having entered the Scouting program in 1924 at age 12 in Troop 39 of Manchester, NY and served as a volunteer and professional until his death – over 84 years later. Along the way he received many rewards and honors. He earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1928 and had it presented to him by James E. West, Scouting’s first national Scout Executive. He was awarded the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver Award and, appropriately enough, the James E. West Award. Additionally he was only the second man in Frederick County to be awarded the Distinguished Eagle Award. His last Scouting honor was the Silver Sage award from the Philmont Staff Association.

Joe first came to Frederick County in 1935 upon his graduation from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps for three years in the Frederick Watershed area. It was while working for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), that Joe met and married the former Viola Rice who predeceased him in 1981. He subsequently moved to the Garrett County CCC projects where he and Viola had their son Jack who predeceased his father in August of this year. Joe was also predeceased by his father, John Davis, mother Lena Nader Davis and his sister Mary Davis.

In 1943, Joe left the CCCs and began to work with the Boy Scouts of America in Philadelphia. After Philadelphia, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., then Roanoke VA, Chicago, and, finally, his ultimate assignment as Director of Camping at Philmont, the BSA’s 130,000 acre ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico. He retired to Frederick in 1976 and has been active with the Boy Scouts, the Association for the Advancement of Retired People, Meals on Wheels, the Literacy Council and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick.

He is survived by two grandsons; Sean Davis of Denver, CO and Keith Davis of Oakland, CA and a Great-granddaughter, Alyssa Davis of Mandeville, Louisiana. In addition he leaves several nieces and a nephew: Linda Sundergill, Allen Wachter, Johnna Lee Kennedy and Gerry Ann Houck of Frederick, as well as Yvonne Magaha and Charles “Buddy” May both in Florida. He also is survived by his God-daughter Betty Ross of New York State.

In Lieu of Flowers:
The family has requested that donations be made in Joe’s name to:

The Frederick County Boy Scouts of America Friends of Scouting campaign
Checks for the Boy Scouts should be made to “BSA-NCAC” and sent care of
Linda Sundergill, 7015 Sundays Lane, Frederick, Maryland 21702

OR

The Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Miracles Capital Campaign
Checks for ELC should be sent directly to the Church at:
31 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701

Memorial Services:
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Frederick, Maryland
10:00 AM

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Health and Safety Service Splits up for 2010 National Jamboree

Posted on 22 October 2008 by Dan

In order to make the 2010 National Scout Jamboree “The Best, Most Exciting, Fun-Filled, Safest Jamboree Ever” the services handled in the past as “Health and Safety” have been split into two separate services.

Safety Services, which will be lead by Sven Rundman, National Capital Area Council, will focus on proactive accident prevention efforts to meet the goal of ZERO accidents at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Medical Services, which will be lead by Dr. Carl Marchetti, Monmouth Council, is currently focused on identification and education of medical risk factors for participants, and efforts to ensure participants and staff are “getting fit” for the event. During the 2010 Jamboree, the Medical Services will provide on-site injury and illness care, if required, to return participants to their Troop as soon as possible.

Each Region will have a Chief Medical and Safety Officer who will oversee the Sub Camp Medical and Safety Officers. Selection of these key Safety and Medical Professionals is almost complete.

In order to make sure you are ready and “fit” for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, visit the “Be Prepared” section of the official BSA Jamboree website.

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