Scoutmaster Training March 2018

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Training

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Training

If you would like to become a member of the Scoutmaster Corps to help make a difference in your Troop, here is an opportunity to learn how to do so. Training on how to become a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster is being offered in person by the Patriot Distict. The training is open to all.

To register for the training, visit

The purpose of Scoutmaster Position-Specific training is to provide an active, fun, and positive learning experience for new and experienced Scoutmasters to learn and apply proven techniques for running an effective Boy Scout troop. Scoutmasters will learn how to meet the aims of Scouting by applying the eight methods of the Boy Scouting program during the four main sessions of the course:

  •  Patrol Method
  •  Support Team
  •  Advancement
  • Annual Planning

William T Hornaday Award National Adviser Training Course

William T. Hornaday Award

William T. Hornaday Award

The National Capital Area Council Hornaday Committee is hosting the BSA National William T Hornaday Adviser Course at Camp William B. Snyder on May 5 and 6, 2018. The course will begin at 8:00 a.m. with check in available at 7:30 on May 5th. The class will last until 6pm on May 6th.

What is the William T. Hornaday Award? Think of It as an Olympic Medal Bestowed by the Earth. Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving our environment and protecting it from abuse. Right now Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference. Approximately only 1,100 medals have been awarded over the past 80 years.
For more information about the award, visit To register for the training, visit

Pack 5404 Hosts Bismillah Emblem Workshop

Pack 5404 Presents Cub Scout Islamic Religious Emblem Workshop: The Bismillah Medal

What: The workshop will cover all activities prescribed by the National Islamic Committee on Scouting as requirement for the emblem, except for the regular attendance of the mosque and prayer service, which is the individual responsibility of the Scout’s family.

When: Saturday, 04/07/2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Dar al Noor Islamic Community Center, 5404 Hoadly Road, Manassas, VA 20122

Who: Any Bear, Webelos, or AOL Cub Scout who is a registered scout and practicing the Muslim faith. Cub Scouts can be from within or outside the NCAC.

Cost: Pack 5404 will cover the cost of the workshop – lunch for participating Scouts, adult volunteer leaders, and course materials. (Bismillah medal is not included).

Why: Muslims start any task by saying “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” Hence, as Cub Scouting is the beginning program of the BSA, when a boy learns something in this field, he should be awarded the “Bismillah Emblem”. In earning this emblem, boys will learn all the basic facts they should know about Islam.

Note: Participants will receive a certificate that states that the Scout has completed the requirements for the Bismillah Medal; they will NOT receive the medal at the workshop. It is the responsibility of the parents to submit the certificate with the required dollar amount to order the medal from the National Islamic Committee on Scouting.


For more information on Bismillah Emblem please visit

For questions, please contact:

We hope you can make it!


Pack 5404

Update Your Youth Protection Training Today

Youth Protection TrainingAs-Salaamu Alaikum

As Scout Leaders, our number one priority is to keep our Scouts safe. NAMAS fully supports the efforts of the Boy Scouts of America and its priority and urges you to fully read this statement from the National Youth Protection Director and to follow the guidance as soon as possible. Thank you for all you do in Scouting.

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth.

These changes include:

  • Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.
  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

With these changes, and many more outlined in the documents listed below, as well as the overview video, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth.

As an advocate and champion for youth protection in Scouting movement, I encourage you to watch the video, become familiar with the resource documents, take the training and spread the word.

We realize the Oct 1 training deadline will be a challenge for some – but the safety of our children is too important to delay.

Thank you for your work in sharing the message of safety in Scouting. You make difference every day, in ways you may never know. Truly, Youth Protection Begins with You.


Michael Johnson
Director, Youth Protection

Additional Resources:

Camp Snyder Maintenance Raid – March 10, 2018

It’s a Raid!


Hey, folks, we have a project that can’t wait for our regularly-scheduled monthly service days.  Some of the Camp Snyder tent platforms have been damaged since last summer.  We need to get them in shape so that tents can be set up in April.  So, we are converging on Camp Snyder this Saturday, March 10, with hammers, saws, and battery-powered drivers to get a start on repairs.

Our next regularly scheduled Volunteer Service Day is Sunday, March 18!

If you have an hour or two to spare, come on out for some of the most satisfying fun a Scouter can have. If you know someone who is handy, bring ‘em with you. But heck, if you have two bad knees, or one arm in a sling and the other with an IV in it, and all you can do is sit in the shade and offer moral support, well, we can also use some good conversation, and someone to say, “You missed a spot!”

And yes, we have service projects for Scouts!  Just call Dan Kurtenbach at 703-802-0613 with your unit number, how many youth and adults will be doing the service project, and good contact information (including a mobile phone number for an adult who will be there for the project).  We can also arrange for unit projects on some other weekends, including Saturdays.

ARRIVAL WINDOW:  10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM.  Give me a call at 703-802-0613 when you arrive. Come any time during the arrival window and someone will be there, and if you arrive at 12:59 PM, we’ll have at least an hour’s work for you.  If you’d like to come earlier or later, please call me before you leave to see if someone will be there.

Rules for Volunteer Service Days and Maintenance Raids: (1) Safety first! (2) Come when you can (within the designated time window)! (3) Don’t plan to spend the whole time (unless you love this stuff) – we all have plenty of things to do on the weekend! Leave while it is still fun and before you get in trouble with your significant other. (4) Enjoy using your time and skills to benefit kids. (5) Enjoy the company of other great Scouters. (6) Sign in and sign out so we can track service days and so we know who to thank.

Thanks all, and thanks to Camp Snyder Director Michael Snowden for all his help! Please see the schedule of Volunteer Service Days below. SPREAD THE WORD!

Dan Kurtenbach

Camp Snyder Volunteer Service Days:


  • Mar 18
  • Apr 22
  • May 20
  • Jun 3
  • Jun 10
  • Jul 22
  • Aug 19
  • Sep 16
  • Oct 21
  • Nov 18
  • Dec 16

STEM: e-NABLE Prosthetic 3D Printing Conference

Scouts and Scouters:
e-NABLE is an organization that has emerged as an Open Source Community that helps 3D print prosthetic hands and other body parts typically for young people or for those who ordinarily can’t afford. As youth grow, they present a unique challenge to have a properly fitted medical prosthesis. In areas hit by war or poverty, it is next to impossible for those in need to get the medical assistance they need. 3D printing solves many of these challenges by providing a quick and inexpensive way to provide these truly needed devices. e-NABLE work with 3D printing enthusiasts to help fulfill the demand for these unique devices.
Marking their 5th year in existence, e-NABLE is holding a conference locally in Maryland this Friday and Saturday night. Scouts and Scouters could potentially use this event as a Messengers of Peace project. The schedule and details are at:

This is a very unique opportunity. For more information, contact, Maria Esquela. Her information is below:
Maria is a volunteer Scouter from the Baltimore Area Council.  Maria want to pass on that if scouts come in uniform to attend or volunteer this week, she will let them pay what they can, so that they can attend and volunteer in the 3D printed prosthesis project well trained! We encourage everyone to attend the tours, and experience CAD and 3D printing their design from local motors.
I have worked with Maria before and have found that this unique combination of STEM and service to others, is a win-win for both Scouts and the recipients of 3D printed prosthesis, who are often young people themselves.

Yours in Scouting,

Abdul “Rashid” Abdullah
Cubmaster, Pack 114
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 114
Crew Advisor, Crew 114

Executive Director, National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting

I used to be an Antelope…
Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.

Model the behavior you want to see.

Messengers of Peace – Summit of Imams, Rabbis, and Leaders

Scout Leaders of the National Capital Area Council,

Towards the effort of promoting Messengers of Peace, I have worked to help facilitate this event.

Please see attached flyer for the “Summit of Greater Washington Imams, Rabbis and Community Leaders” which will be held on December 3rd (1-5pm) at the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia, 4420 Shirley Gate Rd. Fairfax, VA. 22030. The theme of the 2017 Summit is, “SAFEGUARDING OUR COMMUNITIES: Building Unity, Confronting Hate, Enhancing Partnerships “.

We very much hope you will attend this important event and will also contact community leaders and activists of your acquaintance—both clergy and non-clergy, urging them to attend as well.

With the recent increase in hate crimes against the Muslim and Jewish Communities, it is a moral imperative that Muslims and Jews come together to support one another and build ties of communication and cooperation. The Summit is a golden opportunity  to accomplish this aim, especially if we can bring out the maximum number of Muslim and Jewish leaders and activists across the DMV.

Please click on this link to Register:

Please feel free to contact​ us with any questions you may have. We greatly appreciate your investment of time and look forward to greeting you on Sunday, December 3.

Yours in Scouting,

Abdul “Rashid” Abdullah
Executive Director, National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting
I used to be an Antelope…
Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.

Model the behavior you want to see.

The 2017 Summit Planning Committee:

  • Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe, Temple Rodef Shalom
  • Dr. Maqsood Chaudhry, McLean Islamic Center
  • Rabbi Gilah Langner, Shirat HaNefesh
  • Rizwan Jaka, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center)
  • Rabbi Charles “ Chuck” Feinberg, Interfaith Action For Human Rights ( IAHR )
  • Mohsin Alikhan, McLean Islamic Center
  • Abdul Rashid Abdullah, Islamic Center of Northern Virginia Trust
  • Daniel Spiro, Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington ( JIDS )
  • Water Ruby, Greater washington MUSLIM-JEWISH FORUM ( GW-MJF)
  • Andra Baylus Greater Washington MUSLIM-JEWISH FORUM ( GW-MJF)


Training: COPE Level 1 Facilitator Course

  • Is your leadership training being done by the book, but your leaders are struggling?
  • Have your Scouts completed leadership training but have difficulty leading? Are your graduates of NAYLE not the ones your Scouts look to as a leader?
  • Are members of your unit disengaged, not attending to what’s going on around them, buried in their smart phones?
  • Are your Scouts electing their leaders using “The Nose Game”; last person to put their finger on their nose is stuck with being the leader? [The leader is a loser.]
  • Would you like to learn games and activities that uncover a team’s strengths and weaknesses in a safe but challenging way?

Consider taking the training to become a facilitator of Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE). In a weekend, learn an experiential approach to developing life skills such as leadership, teamwork, trust, planning, problem solving, decision making, self-esteem, and communication. This approach is based on activities and nontraditional, non-competitve games. You will learn that basics of facilitating leadership development sessions which can be tailored to your unit’s needs and assets

The COPE facilitator training session will be held at Camp WB Snyder (6100 Antioch Rd, Haymarket, VA). Training starts at 7:00 pm, Friday, 27 Oct. Goes all day Saturday. Wraps up by noonSunday 29 Oct. Food and lodging will be provided (Carroll’s Cottage). Cost: $50


  • Students should bring personal hygiene materials, sleeping materials (pillow, sleeping bag or blankets), parts A&B of your BSA medical form.
  • Please tell us about any personal dietary issues (such as food allergies, religious restrictions).
  • Registration is open to adults and youth who are registered with BSA. Age appropriate guidelines recommend youth be 14 years of age or older. NCAP standard SQ-409 allow youth who are 16 years of age to perform as “COPE Instructors in Training” (can act as facilitators, but not count for staffing ratio), and 18 years of age to perform as COPE Instructors (count for staffing ratios).
  • Anyone who is not registered with BSA but would like to attend are encouraged to join BSA.

Please address your questions or comments to Tony Waisanen, NCAC PM for Climbing, Rappelling, Bouldering and COPE,

Muslim Summer Camp 2017

The National Association of Muslim-Americans on Scouting (NAMAS)  invite interested Troops and provisional Scouts to register for the 2017 Muslim Summer Camp Week. This is our FIFTH annual Muslim Summer Camp event! Halal meals will be provided to all Troops and provisional Scouts who notify the Muslim Summer Camp week coordinators of their registration.

Click on each Region’s link for additional information or to register your Troop.

  • Northeast Region – Camp Aquehonga – Week 5 – August 6th – 12th, 2017
  • Southern Region – None Selected (Please contact us if you would like to organize one)
  • Central Region – None Selected (Please contact us if you would like to organize one)
  • Western Region – None Selected (Please contact us if you would like to organize one)

Information about troop registration and other information for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, as well as detailed information for campers and parents, can be found at each Camp’s Web Site. There are no additional fees for participating in Muslim Summer Camp Week activities.

Troops traveling from outside their home councils should be sure to file a Tour Plan, as appropriate with their council before traveling to camp.

If you are aware of a Halal Friendly Summer Camp and would like to include it as part of the NAMAS approved Summer Camps or if you have any other questions, please contact the NAMAS Muslim Summer Camp coordinator,

For more information about Muslim Summer Camp, please visit

Scout Jumuah 2018

A Scout is Reverent.

Scout Jumuah is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting within the Muslim Community. Masajid and other Islamic institutions that charter Scouts or who have Muslims in Scouting, should use this day to celebrate and highlight their achievements as well as highlight the need of working with the youth in the Muslim community.

Until now, there has been no officially designated National Scout Jumuah. The National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting (NAMAS) has therefore designated Friday, February 9, 2018 to be Scout Jumuah. Some units may adjust this date in their locale to best meet their needs.

For Muslim Scouting units, a suggested program consists of the following:

  • Recognition by the Chartered Organization Representative after each Salaat of the Scouting program and/or a khutbah that discusses the importance of Scouting to Muslim Youth.
  • Service Project – Cleaning up trash all around the Masjid or their Chartering Organizations. The time spent will count towards Service Hour Rank Requirements.
  • Full Uniform – Please proudly wear your uniform to demonstrate Scout Spirit.
  • Scout Display – We suggest setting up displays about Scouting. Ideas could include but are not limited to a model campsite (Tent, Firepit, Chuckbox, and Dining Area), photos about the program, patches, and other Scout materials.
  • A Scout Jumuah Patch is available for those who participate fully in Scout Jumuah. If you or your unit would like to receive the patches, you can place your order here.

If you would like to submit a design for the 2019 Scout Jumuah Patch, please contact us with your submission.