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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

Reminder: For a Successful Eagle Project, You Don't Have to Build Anything

Posted on Oct 2 2017 - 11:30am

While the great majority of Eagle projects involve building something, that's not a requirement.  The requirement is only that the project be "of benefit" to the community.  Here's a cool project where the Scout showed his local government what they needed to build by leading a big effort to address a serious rush-hour traffic problem in the town he lives in: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/10/02/eagle-scout-service-project...

Interested in Attending the World Jambo in 2019? Here's How!

Posted on Sep 30 2017 - 11:11am

Here are the first details on how to participate in the World Jamboree -- right around the corner in West Virginia! -- in the summer of 2019.  Mr. Fox attended the last one, in Japan, and it was WONDERFUL.  an experience not to be missed.

Help in Identifying Drug Abuse Among Teenagers

Posted on Sep 8 2017 - 1:30pm

Here's a novel idea to help parents spot drug abuse by their teenagers -- an enterprising Scout (who lost a brother to a heroin overdose) has created a teenager's bedroom in a trailer for presentations to community groups.  Great community service and an Eagle project with huge impact.  This affects all of us -- there were 102 deaths from drug and alcohol intoxication in Montgomery County last year.  My next-door neighbor's son overdosed -- in their house -- four years ago.  Read this link for ideas on how to spot problems. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/09/06/brother-died-heroin-overdos...

Scout Humor

Posted on Aug 24 2017 - 1:02pm

As you head back to school, the eclipse is sure to be a topic of conversation.  Here's a collection of REALLY bad eclipse jokes to use on your friends, compliments of Boy's Life.  Do not be surprised if you hear them from a certain Assistant Scoutmaster!

Eagle Scout Scholarships

Posted on Aug 9 2017 - 5:29pm

Eagle Scouts can apply for special scholarships until October 31.  Details here: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/08/07/eagle-scout-scholarships/?u...

A Note for All Scout Parents

Posted on Jul 29 2017 - 12:46pm

Why do we volunteer as Scout Leaders?  Here's an elegant explanation from one Scouter, focused on being a staff member at the Jamboree.  It's just as applicable to volunteering with the Troop.  By being participants in, not just observers of, our Scouts' growth, we're paid in a currency worth much more than money.  Every parent has skills to contribute to the Troop, and we need all of them!

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