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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

Internaitonal Scouting

Posted on Dec 21 2017 - 5:23pm

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!

Get Ready for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree - In Our Back Yard!

Posted on Dec 3 2017 - 1:13am
The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be held at the Bechtel Summit in West Virginia -- the same pla

Save the Date - Pancake Breakfast and QUARDRUPLE Eagle Court of Honor Jan. 6

Posted on Dec 3 2017 - 1:12am

We will hold our annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, January 6 at 8 a.m. i the multi-purpose room on the lower level of Seven Locks Baptist Church.  This will be followed at 10 a.m. by the Eagle Court of Honor for Matthew Halverson, Hollis Ma, Jeffery Chern, and Bradford Wood in the sanctuary of the church.  Both are events that Scouts are expected to attend if they are in town, and which are rewarding and fun for the rest of the family.  Details about what to bring for breakfast will be coming soon.

Save The Date - Merit Badge Day February 3

Posted on Dec 2 2017 - 5:06pm

The Potomac District's annual Merit Badge Day will be held on February 3.  Details to come soon.  Keep the date free on your calendar -- this is a great opportunity to earn 1-2 merit badges in a single day.  This will be exclusively elective (not Eagle-requird) badges.  You'll have to prepare in advance for some of them.

A Fun Discussion for Your Family - How Fast Has Technology Changed?

Posted on Dec 2 2017 - 4:54pm

Here's a fun discussion for parents and kids to have: Windows 95.  Parents will remember it as the coolest thing they ever saw on a computer, while kids will see it as incredibly clunky! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ucCxtgN6sc

Info on Scouting Becoming Coed

Posted on Nov 21 2017 - 5:11pm

Here's a link to an interview with the Chief Scout Executive about the details of Scouting going coed.  The questions posed to him are posted in text, with an indicator of where the answers are in the video.  It's going to be a complex process, beginning at the Boy Scout level in 2019, so we have time to learn the details. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/11/21/bsa-chief-answers-your-ques...

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