Scout Jumuah 2017

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 10, 2017 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 2018 Scout Jumuah Patch, please contact us with your submission.

Adult Leader Training for the National Capital Area Council

Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader

Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader

The National Capital Area Council Islamic Committee on Scouting in association with NAMAS is providing training for Scout Leaders (of all faiths) for the following courses November 12th-13th. Leaders who complete these courses will be provided a trained certificate and patch to provide to their Unit/District Training Chairs. Individuals interested may register here.

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training – The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for those positions.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS): Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.

Actors Needed for Disaster Drill for Trauma-Rama NCAC Camporee

Trauma-Rama 2016Trauma-Rama actors of all ages needed for disaster drill on Saturday, October 29th, 2016. Great opportunity for youth, boys and girls ages 14+ needing community service hours. This is being organized as a National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Joint District Event at Camp William B. Snyder.

Sign up and additional information available here.

If any Webelos Den, Boy Scout Troop or Venturing Crew would like to register for this event, more information is available at

Youth Leadership Training

The Young Leaders Institute, if offering a youth leadership training forum that will take place onYouthLeadershipTraining-20160604 Saturday, June 4th at Dar Al-Hijrah.  They will have special guests from the White House, State Dept and USIP who will share their leadership experiences with the students as well as coach them on how to navigate through some of the most complex global problems.  Here’s some info about their program:

Young Leaders Institute missions itself to empower youth towards social entrepreneurship, social innovation and academic excellence, throughvarious platforms of leadership training.  The Institute was founded on the vision that “we believe in the power of young leaders rising to make a difference in the world”.  The training encompasses two main features:

  • a 12 hour comprehensive, hands-on leadership training seminar
  • inclusion into the Young Leaders Network, which is an ongoing post-training network that gives students unlimited access to a variety of academic and professional resources (mentorships, internships, webinars, conferences, etc…)

These are the leadership skills we work to develop with our youth:

  • inspirational storytelling • interpersonal reflection • communication skills building • identity recognition / perception • framing a personal narrative • leadership skills development • teamwork / collaboration / innovation • community engagement • public speaking and open discussion • common ground • global citizenry • much more

For more information or to register, please visit our website. Sponsorships and group discounts available!  Please share the attached flier on social media and with those who may be interested.

Nadia S Hassan, MBA
Young Leaders Institute
Global Talk

National Capital Area Memorial Day Weekend 2016 Muslim-Jewish Camporee

The National Capital Area Council Islamic and Jewish Committees on Scouting are hosting a camporee this Memorial Day Weekend. We have held this event now several years in a row. It has proven to be a very fun event filled with opportunity to have fun with the family and to enjoy one another.

  • When: Sunday, May 29th, Noon, to Monday, May 30th, Noon, at
  • Where: Camp William B. Snyder, 6100 Antioch Rd, Haymarket, VA 20169
  • What:  We will be having Archery, Mobile Climbing Wall, Campfire, and other events available.
  • Who: This is open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl scouts, Venturers, Family Members, and friends of Family.
  • You are responsible for your own food. Please spread the word to members of your unit and other interested friends.
  • Registration: You can register by individual, by family, or by unit whichever works best for you. Pricing is available on the site. To register, please visit:


You may be asked for Unit Information. Only BSA Units within the NCAC are listed. Please choose one of the following who you are most closely affiliated with. If you don’t fit any of them, by default, please choose Crew 114:

  • Islamic Center of Northern Virginia (Crew 114, Troop 114, Pack 114)
  • All Dulles Area Muslim Society (Crew 1576, Troop 1576, Pack 1576, Troop 786)
  • Muslim American Society DC (Troop 860, Pack 860)
  • Dar Al Noor Islamic Center (Pack 5404, Troop 5404)
  • Islamic Community Center of Potomac (Pack 195)
  • Madinaatul Uloom (Troop 313)

Muslim- Jewish Camporee 2014

Muslim Scouts hoping to change perceptions

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Jim Axelrod, CBS NEWS
Apr 30, 2016

FAIRFAX, Va. — At first glance, it looks like any other Scout meeting. But take a second look.

Abdul Rashid Abdullah runs a Scout den in northern Virginia for 125 Muslim boys and girls.

“So we sang the national anthem, we did the Pledge of Allegiance, but at the same time, we opened up with the Al-Fatiha, the opening prayer,” Abdullah told CBS News.


Muslim Scouts at a recent event in northern Virginia.


The Roman Catholic-turned-Muslim and U.S. Army veteran says Muslim Scouting has been around for decades.

Even so, kids like Mohammed says he often has to explain that Muslim Scouts aren’t any different.

“When you see a Muslim as a Boy Scout, people don’t really know how to react or anything,” he said.

Abdullah says that there is a natural overlap between Scouting and Islam.

“Look at the last point of the Scout laws: a Scout is reverent. Someone who gives homage to God, respects God, but also respects others,” Abdullah said. “And that’s what Islam says.”

Earlier this year, President Obama met a group of young Muslim Cub Scouts on a visit to a U.S. mosque.

“You’re not Muslim or American. You’re Muslim and American,” Mr. Obama said. “You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America, too.”

A recent poll from the Brookings Institution found 61 percent of Americans view Islam unfavorably.

Anfel Bouzid says Scouting is helping change people’s misconceptions.

“Especially what’s going on right now with the media portrayal of Muslims,” Bouzid said. “We need to put ourselves out as — you know, we’re normal people.”

“When I put on the Boy Scout uniform, it says Boy Scouts of America,” Abdullah said. “It does not say I’m a Muslim, I’m a Christian, I’m Jewish, I’m a Hindu. It says first and foremost, I’m a Scout.”

The self-described “Scout geek” says these young people can change the world — Scout’s honor.

NCAC JCOS-ICOS 2016 Space Derby

The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) Islamic and Jewish Committees on Scouting are pleased to present the 2016 Space Derby.

Sunday April 3, 2016 hosted by Pack 114 and Pack 1818

Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Road
Fairfax, VA 22031
Check-In: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Start time: 4:00pm

Online registration at:

Registration Ends: March 27, 2016.

Cost: $8.00 per entrant

Refreshments will be provided. Please do not bring any food or drinks to the event.

This Space Derby is open to all interested Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos as well as siblings. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure that all entrants will receive Patches and Ribbons at the Space Der-by. Pre-registration should be done individually. Participant must purchase kits.

Does Scouting Work? This Video Proves It.

For 106 years (as of this week) Boy Scouts of America has been the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, helping young people to be “Prepared. For Life.” We know it, parents know it, Scouts and Scouters know it – but we wanted scientific proof that Scouting positively impacts character development in youth. So we got it and shared it on Scouting Wire.

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Scouting Builds Positive Character

To recap, a research team from Tufts University worked with the Cradle of Liberty Council to measure the character attributes of both Scouts and non-Scouts. The project, which was funded by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Dr. Richard M. Lerner, surveyed nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts to better understand character development of Scouts. After a two-and-a-half-year period, the study proved Scouting builds positive character and prepares young people for life.

Add This New Video to Your Toolkit

We packaged up some helpful tools to further show the value of Scouting in Resources to Help You Prove the Value of Scouting – but now we’ve got one more asset to add to your council’s toolkit!

Internet users – especially millennials- are consuming more video content than ever, so it’s important to reach potential Scouting families via the medium that’s most engaging and interesting to them. The video below showcases the study’s findings in a brief, animated summary that’s easy to understand and fun to watch. It’s the perfect recruiting tool to highlight why Scouting is the right choice for any parent seeking valuable experiences for their children.

Watch the video for yourself and then share in your councils and social networks. You can share the video from YouTube and download it via the Marketing and Membership Hub. How do you plan to use this video for your local recruiting efforts? Tell us in the comments.

Scouting and Politics

Heed Youth’s Call. Vote as you think but Vote!

The Boy Scouts of America might be the most patriotic organization in the U.S.  But don’t take that to mean we endorse any one political party.  The same applies to your pack, troop, team, or crew. You and your Scouts should Do Your Duty to Country but not by endorsing any one candidate.

During election years, though, the line between patriotism and political favoritism becomes thin, making it important to remind you of the BSA’s official policy on Scout participation in political rallies.

For more information on Boy Scouts of America’s policy on this topic, please visit Bryan on Scouting.

For more information in Girl Scouts of America’s policy on this topic, please read over the Girl Scouts Electioneering Guidelines from 2012.

2016 K-12 STEM Symposium: Opportunities in STEM

Good morning,

I have a personal passion around STEM and wanted  to invite you and your family to attend our 2016 K-12 STEM Symposium ( on Saturday, March 12th at The Nysmith School in Herndon, Virginia.   WashingtonExec is proud to be the organzing sponsor for this annual, one of a kind event.

Please encourage any parent with kids, business colleageus and your customers to sign up for this free event by going and register through the Eventbrite link.

The 2016 K-12 STEM Symposium: Opportunities in STEM

Quick Facts:

  • This is the third year running since the initial STEM Symposium in 2014. We have only grown in size and diversity of age ranges, gender and race
  • Exhibits include 3D printers, drones, flights simulators, physics experiences, heart monitors, topography models, puzzles, a connected car and many robotics teams
  • Over 40 exhibitors from the business, government, academia and nonprofit sectors will be represented
  • We project over 2,500 parents, kids and teachers to be in attendance
  • Over 20 local students will present top science fair projects before regional competition

This year’s K-12 STEM Symposium will focus on the theme “Opportunities in STEM.”

It takes a community of teachers, mentors, parents and local leaders to nurture a child’s curiosity of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Linking science and mathematics taught in the classroom to impactful careers is an ongoing national challenge. This year’s Symposium will help children discover new and exciting possibilities in the STEM fields within the National Capital Region. Elementary, middle and high school students will learn about computer coding, space, 3D printing, drones, connected cars and healthcare through a wide range of fun and interactive exhibitors and speakers.

High school and college internship opportunities can help students better understand exciting and wide-ranging careers available to those with STEM degrees. Summer and school-year STEM enrichment programs are a large part of a child’s interest in becoming proficient in the mathematics and sciences. Simple tools such as educational science and technology apps, family-friendly physics experiments and robotics building can also influence a child’s proficiently in the math and science.

Key Speakers of the 2016 K-12 STEM Symposium:

  • Dr. Sandy Magnus, former Astronaut and Executive Director of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Dr. Evan Glazer, Principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • Eric Schierling, former Fighter Pilot and Program Director at Vencore
  • Kritika Singh, high school student and CEO of Malaria Free World
  • Scott Settar, Program Manager of Technology and Engineering Education and STEAM Integration at Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Ed Swallow, Vice President of Vaeros, a division of The Aerospace Corporation
  • Pooja Chandrashekar, student and social entrepreneur

Bottom Line:

The opportunities for students who are STEM-proficient are endless. Connecting exciting career opportunities to math and science taught in the classroom is critical for encouraging and keeping children interested in pursuing STEM careers. Get informed. Get excited. Get started.

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor The Aerospace Corporation and Gold Sponsors Vencore and Siemens Government Technologies.

See you Saturday, March 12th at

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