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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

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.

REMINDER: All Registered Adults MUST Take the New Youth Protection Training Course

Posted on Apr 17 2018 - 8:47pm

BSA National now requires all registered scouters to take the new Youth Protection Training module by September 30, 2018.   Merit Badge Counselors are registered with the BSA and must take this training. I highly suggest you take this module AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Hundreds of thousands of Scouters will be taking it and I suspect that the module web site will be overloaded in August and September. The course  is very well done and I think it is better than the previous version.

Calling all Parents: Please Take the New Youth Protrection Training Course

Posted on Mar 16 2018 - 12:49pm

BSA has developed a new Youth Protection Training course (called YPT2) that all registered leaders are required to take by October 1.  Everyone who comes in contact with youth -- even if it's just driving Scouts to a campout -- should have this certification.  It takes about an hour and a quarter, and it's possible to stop halfway through and return to it. 

International Scouting

Posted on Feb 24 2018 - 5:46pm

The National Capital Area Council is one of the largest an most active in the US.  One area in which we are leaders is in making sure that our Scouts are aware of Scouting around the world.  The International committee publishes a short newsletter every month that has interesting stories about the history of Scouting and Scouting in other countries.  Here's this month's issue.  Enjoy!

University of Scouting 2018

Posted on Feb 24 2018 - 5:46pm

Dr. Becker and Mr. Fox attended the annual "University of Scouting" training program on Feb. 24.  Dr. Becker took courses in using the new software packages that BSA is introducing to help troops manage advancement and rechartering and in working with special needs Scouts.  Mr. Fox took a course in Mental Health First Aid for Youth.  This once-a-year event offers the single best opportunity for parents to learn about how their sons develop, both physically and emotionally, and in how to help the troop deliver the best possible program to our Scouts.  We will try to do a better job next year of publicizing this opportunity and urge you to save the date -- the last Saturday in February -- to make a commitment to learn more about how you can support the troop's activities.

I'll take "21st Century Merit Badges" for $1000, Alex

Posted on Feb 23 2018 - 5:53pm

Jeopardy recently featured a category on "21st Century Merit Badges."  Check 'em out here!  The beauty of this is that they didn't get to the $200 (easiest) answer on the show, so you get to write your own!  What's your favorite STEM badge?

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