8th Annual Ashburn Stake Merit Badge Pow Wow and Leader Training

The Ashburn LDS Stake has extended a welcome to the Muslim Scouting Units of the NCAC to their upcoming Merit Badge Jamboree and Leader Training. On behald of the National Capital Area Council, Islamic Committee on Scouting (NCACICS) chapter of the National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting (NAMAS) would like to encourage Muslim Scouting Units to take advantage of the opportunity.

In addition to Merit Badges, the NCACICS Chapter of NAMAS will be conducting a workshop for the “In the Name of God” Religious Emblem. More details about the event are below.

The LDS Scoutign Community has worked with NAMAS on several occassions. We appreciate their hospitality and highly recommend this program.

When: March 12th
Where: Ashburn Stake Center (LDS), 21015 Claiborne Parkway, Ashburn, VA 20147-4030 (for Merit Badges and Religious Emblem Workshop)
Tall Cedars Building, 42530 Tall Cedars Parkway, South Riding, VA 20152-6732 (for Adult Scouter training)

Registration is required and will open on February 21, 2016. Contact Kenny Barlow to get on the invitation list at kennyhbarlow@gmail.com.

Download the Flyer: 8th Annual AVS MB Day – Flyer – v5

NCAC University of Scouting 2016

uosThe National Capital Area Council is holding University of Scouting Saturday, February 27.  Sunday, February 21st is the absolute deadline to register online and receive the early bird discount. Please visit http://www.ncacbsa.org/UoS to register and learn more.

Additionally, look for the NAMAS booth and contingency at the event. We will pray Salatul Dhuhr together as well as be available to answer questions and talk more about NAMAS.

Scout Jumuah 2016

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 5, 2016 to be Scout Jumuah. Some units may adjust this date in their locale to best meet their needs.

Scout Jumuah 2016

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

In the Name of God Religious Emblem Workshop

In the Name of God Religious EmblemThere will be a Religious Emblem Workshop on February 21st, 2016. We are in need of trainers in order to hold the event. The curriculum has already been developed. If you are interested in being a Religious Emblem Trainer/Counselor for the In the Name of God Religious Emblem, please contact ncacics@muslmiscouting.org immediately. If we don’t have a confirmation by January 21st for trainers, we will cancel the event.

NCAC Spring 2016 Wood Badge Course

Wood Badge Beads Perhaps you have heard about Wood Badge or perhaps you haven’t. Wood Badge is the Premier Leadership Course for Adult Leaders in Scouting. It is comparable if not better than many of the corporate leadership programs that exist for a fraction of the cost. Some companies even reimburse and/or give leave time for the course.

The Spring Wood Badge Course is coming up 29 April – 1 May and 3 – 5 June 2016. It takes place over two weekends. There are several Muslim Scouters planning to attend this course with one Muslim Scouter already on staff for this course,  don’t you think this is the time to take the course? Don’t you think that you deserve the experience yourself? Don’t you think that your unit deserves a leader that has had the benefit of completing Wood Badge?  Make the commitment now to be the best Scouter you can be. Make a commitment now to take Wood Badge!  Click here for more information

Here are what some of the participants from the last course in 2015 thought about it:

“I had a great time and learned a lot of new things over the course & look forward to completing my ticket and one day coming back as staff”

“I’ve seen much of the concepts included in other trainings over the years. The advantage was putting the information in a scouting context applied to scouting opportunities.”

“Fabulous course which was strongly recommended by lots of people. I have never heard anything bad about this course, and now I know why. Thank you!”

“I am more aware of, and now more focused on my areas for growth as a leader. I am grateful for the opportunity to frown and learn from real scouting exemplars. ”

“What did you learn? [This was] huge!  Way more than I expected from the course. ”

“I have more tools to implement the program in my unit. ”

“I found the material presented was helpful not only to scouting but to use in the workforce and at home. I feel as if I can be a better leader and mentor to those in my units.”

“Great Program! It reinforced a lot of the training I’m doing at work! ”

“I signed up for Wood Badge after my first year as a Den Leader. I had very little understanding of the course. I thought it would be a good course to take. AND BOY AM I GLAD I DID! It has changed my role as Den Leader as well as added to my professional career. ”

“Tremendously enjoyed the training and the experience. Through you to all the staff for your hard work and for making this such a valuable time. I love fames with a purpose and it all had a purpose. ”

“I believe working my ticket will definitely help my troop in an area that was lacking. ”

“This course should be taken by all scouters. Excellent job!”

NCAC Wood Badge QR Code“It was not at all what I had previously anticipated it being, but even the long days and struggles it was all worth it. I hope to be able to implement some of the skills and tools in the conduct of my Troop and in my professional job.”

“It was an amazing experience. I know that I will carry these memories with me for a long time. Thank you all for such a worthwhile experience. I will not forget and I promise to share with others the importance of leaving a legacy. ”

“I have been through a number of leadership courses with my job. This was, without a doubt, the best one I have ever taken. I may have some of the same concepts as the others, but this was different. This felt like a family teaching or handing down ideas from one generation to another. We were not just taught, we were nurtured and mentored.”

Cub Scouts from NCAC Partake in Religious Emblem Workshop

NAMAS coordinated a Bismillah Emblem Workshop in the National Capital Area Council on December 19, 2015. Cub Scouts from Pack 114, Pack 860, Pack 1576, and Pack 5404 joined together. The program is open to all Cub Scouts in the National Capital Area Council. To learn more about NAMAS sponsored workshops, sign up for our mailing list athttps://namas.muslimscouting.com/.

See photos of the event below.



Bismillah Religious Emblem Workshop

Bismillah Badge-102National Capital Area Council Islamic Committee on Scouting (NCACICS)

Presents a Workshop for the Cub Scout Islamic Religious Emblem:  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.

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. Detailed information is available on the Downloadable pamphlet available from https://namas.muslimscouting.com/religious-emblems.

When:        Saturday, December 19, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where:      Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center, 5405 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:          The cost for the workshop is $7, payable online (http://namas.eventbrite.com) when you register for the workshop.

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” first. In earning this emblem, boys will learn all the basic facts they should know about Islam.

For any questions, please contact the National Capital Area Council Islamic Committee on Scouting (NCACICS) at ncacics@muslimscouting.org. To register for this event or other events, please visit http://namas.eventbrite.com.

The NCACICS is an affiliate of the National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting (NAMAS). The aims and purposes of NAMAS is to promote Scouting for both boys and girls among Muslims in the United States and internationally. NAMAS aims to enable Muslim communities in the U.S. establish and maintain Scouting units and facilitate the membership in Scouting among Muslim-American youth wherever they might be. For more information about NAMAS and to sign-up for our newsletter, please visit https://namas.muslimscouting.com.

Download Bismillah Workshop Flyer

New Scouting Program – Astoria, New York

There will be an Open House and Registration for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Ages 6-18, at Masjid Dar Al-Dawah, located at 3513 23rd Avenue, Astoria, New York, 11105 on November 21st and 22nd, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop Open House and Registration

Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop Open House and Registration

Muslim Boy Scout troop thrives in Astoria

by Daniel Bush, May 10, 2011

 For Pack 777, learning Arabic and fire-starting techniques go hand-in-hand.

Based out of the Dar Al-Dawah Mosque on 23rd Street in Astoria, the fledgling Boy Scout group is the only all-Muslim troop in Western Queens.

It’s the brainchild of Badr Zahzouhi, an Air Canada employee and Moroccan immigrant who caught the Boy Scout bug before moving to Queens in the mid-1980’s.

“As a kid I had so much fun being a boy scout in Morocco,” said Zahzouhi.

He came up with the idea to start a troop for Astoria’s Muslim community last summer. Since it launched in January the troop, which is open to everyone, has attracted nearly 30 children from the families of immigrants from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and elsewhere.

Zahzouhi said the scouts, aged five to 17 years old, share a love for community service and the outdoors – the hallmarks of the American Boy Scout tradition – as well as an interest in their cultural and religious heritage, elements of which are built into the pack’s curriculum.

“They want to be part of the American dream,” Zahzouhi said. “We want these kids to think they’re as special as any other kids in America.”

The pack meets at the mosque on Saturdays, where members learn Arabic, survival and woodworking skills, and plan for volunteer opportunities, field trips and an upcoming summer camp.

“I enjoy crafts and just making things,” said Daniel Zahzouhi, 11, a member of the troop his father helped found. He plans to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, who recently graduated to Eagle Scout and was accepted into the Naval Academy.

Being a boy scout is also “helping me for high school and college,” he said.

Ahmed Taha, the mosque’s director, said the Boy Scout ethos has provided members with invaluable lessons. “They like it because they are learning something new,” Taha said.

Zahzouhi said the next step is finding enough volunteers to keep pace with the pack’s’ rapid growth. “There’s not a week where we don’t get a new application,” he said. Pack 777’s members “can’t wait for the next meeting,” he added. “They’re looking forward to the summer.”

Read more: Leader-Observer – Muslim Boy Scout troop thrives in Astoria

National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting (NAMAS) Launches Website, Social Media Sites, and Newsletter

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

As-Salaamu Alaikum. The National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting (NAMAS) , based in Washington, DC, is pleased to announce the launching of its website, social media pages and newsletter. They are all joined together to help improve communications in order to facilitate coordinated efforts to improve the Scouting program for Muslim Youth in America. Posts made to the website, will be posted to Facebook and Twitter, and will be summarized in a weekly and monthly newsletter.

Individuals can sign-up for the NAMAS newsletter at the NAMAS website of http://www.muslimscouting.net. Just click on the Mailing List link. On a monthly basis, subscribers will receive news items relevant to Muslim Scouting Nationwide. Once signed-up, subscribers can modify their profile and provide additional information such as which Scouting program they belong to in order to receive on a weekly basis, a Newsletter of relevant information for their specific Scouting area delivered to their inbox.

Individuals may also choose to follow the NAMAS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MuslimScouting or to follow us on Twitter @MuslimScouting. Be sure to also check out our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MuslimScouting where we post original videos as well as share relevant videos related to Scouting.

Muslim Scouting Units can also register their unit at http://www.muslimscouting.net. Membership is currently free of charge. Just click on the Membership link to register your unit. Registered units will be eligible for discounted scouting software, access to special events, and visibility in the unit membership database to help new members more easily find you.

NAMAS is looking for volunteers from Muslim Scouts across the United States to share their stories, experiences, and leadership. If you are interested, in being a volunteer, a Muslim Scout report, please email namas@muslimscouting.org. Representatives from NAMAS will be at the ISNA Convention in Chicago so be on the lookout for the Scouting uniform. We would love to talk to you about Scouting and NAMAS. For more information about NAMAS, visit our About Us page on MuslimScouting.net.