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We are part of the National Capital Area Council (Potomac District) and meet weekly during the school year at facilities provided by our Charter Organization, Seven Locks Baptist Church, Potomac, MD.  Visitors looking for information about a Boy Scout troop to join can start with the "Info for Visitors" link in the menu at the left.

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 “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” — Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting

 Boy Scouting, in fact, is the ONLY place in our sons’ lives where we adults and parents aren’t programming and running their lives—they get to run their own lives!

Think about it. In school, the teacher—an adult—is in charge of what each student will learn, and the pace at which this learning will occur, in regimented rows of desks and a completely controlled environment. In sports, the coach is in charge of the training and the umpires and referees—adults all-are in charge of infractions and penalties. In churches and synagogues, the clergy—adults once more—are the authority figures, the ones in charge. Other examples include drama, music, and all performance arts: Who’s in change? Yet another adult. There is, in fact, no place our sons can be themselves, learn what they want at their own pace, and lead their own team except in Boy Scouting.

When your son decides to earn a merit badge, do you rush to sit down with him and lay out a plan for him so that he can complete all the requirements and earn it? If you do, ask yourself: Who actually just earned that merit badge–you or your son? Or—worse—do you tell him what to earn and when to earn it, and he becomes merely a task-follower with no goals of his own?

Or, when he’s about to go on a camping trip with his patrol friends; who packs his pack? If you do, and you forget to put in his flashlight, the result is that you get the blame, so that the only “life lesson” in that scenario is that parents can’t be trusted to get it right. But if your son does the packing and forgets his flashlight, the lesson learned is “Maybe next time I’ll make a list of what I need, and then follow it.” Which lesson do you want your son to learn?

ASK ANDY column  July 24, 2014

 Troop at Monocacy Civil War

Fire Danger has Closed Philmont Backcountry for the Remainder of the Summer

Posted on Jul 7 2018 - 2:20pm

Sorry to say, the ongoing extreme fire danger in the area and wildfires on land near Philmont have forced the closure of the whole backcountry program for the remainder of the summer.  Details here: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/07/05/ongoing-fire-risk-forces-ph...

Mr. Fox's Great Adventure in China, Requested by Scouts

Posted on Jun 30 2018 - 10:01pm

On the way home from summer camp today, the Scouts in my car were asking me about various experiences I had in the Foreign Service.  They asked what my greatest adventure was, and I said it had to be serving in China during the Tiananmen Incident in 1989.  This led to a discussion of that time in modern history and what a diplomat's role was.  A good introduction to it (readable by middle- and high-school students, as well as parents) is the chapter on Tiananmen in the memoir "China Hands," by Ambassador James Lilley.  You can get it at the library or buy a used copy for less than $2 at https://www.alibris.com/China-Hands-Nine-Decades-of-Adventure-Espionage-....

Paying it Forward

Posted on Jun 30 2018 - 9:39pm

As we were standing in line at Hardee's for lunch on the way home from summer camp Saturday, a lady approached Mr. Gresh and put a fistful of dollars into his hand.  He said we didn't need money, but she said, "No, I want the Boy Scouts to have this money.  I believe in the Boy Scouts."  She had finished her meal, so she left.

A Scout is Courteous -- Summer Camp Edition

Posted on Jun 30 2018 - 9:17pm

As we were leaving camp today, London, our site guide, gave me his email address.  It would be nice for those who attended to send him a thank-you note because he was such a big part of a very successful week.  He spent a lot of time with us and shared his expertise to make our week better.  His email address is Lonral02@gmail.com.  Pleas join me in filling his in-box!

A Gaga Pit at Camp?

Posted on Jun 30 2018 - 9:11pm

One of our many "what if?" conversations at camp centered on what might be a good addition to the facility at Camp Liberty.  Someone suggested that a gaga pit would be fun.  Lo and behold, this week there's an article on an inexpensive and fun gaga pit that looks like fun.  Can anyone get us the parts in time for Assateague in August??! https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/06/27/pack-invents-homemade-infla...

Wondering What a World Scout Jamboree is Like?

Posted on Jun 6 2018 - 11:38am

The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in West Virginia (at the site where we hold National Jamborees) in the summer of 2019.  World Jamborees are one of he most fun activities in Scouting (and that's the Voice of Experience!).  If you're interested in attending, or just curious, have a look at the attached Newsletter, which describes in some detail the HUGE variety of activities that will be available.

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