Scouts Summer Program Report 2015 @ Rodney Scout Reservation

Abdul Rashid Abdullah, Executive Director of the National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting was interviewed by Newark, Delaware based Tarbia.Tv, a YouTube channel associated with the Tarbiyah School. Abdul Rashid was at Week 8 of Rodney Scout Reservation Summer Camp as part of his role as Chartering Organization Representative for the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia Scouting Program. Week 8 at Rodney Scout Reservation was designated Muslim Summer Camp Week. Members of Troop and Crew 114 of Fairfax, VA, Troop 195 of Potomac, MD, Troop 786 of Ashburn, VA, and a contingent of Scouts from Egypt’s Al Salam Scout Group were a part of the program.

NAMAS is organizing Muslim Summer Camp Week for 2016 at Rodney Scout Reservation. Muslim Summer Camp Week is a week designated to help facilitate the challenges faced by Muslims at Summer Camp, with religious accommodations such as Halal food and Friday Prayer. Otherwise, the program is just the same as any other normal Boy Scouts of America Summer Camp program. If you are interested in learning more, please email

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First Aid Merit Badge Classes

The Center for Wilderness Safety is excited to be offering the Eagle required First Aid Merit Badge taught by Eagle Scouts, here in Northern Virginia this Fall!
For quite some time now, they’ve received a number of requests to teach this Eagle-required merit badge, and they’ve finally gotten around to setting a couple up to see how they go. They’re hoping that they fill the need in the area!
They are offering this course twice this Fall:
The cost is just $30 per scout, and space is limited to the first 30 scouts to sign up (per class). One full hour is given for lunch (which is notprovided), and scouts must have certain prerequisites done prior to class. They must also bring a merit badge blue card with them for the instructor to sign. All materials will be provided, however it is encouraged that the scout build a home first aid kit and bring it with him to class. More information, registration, and a free downloadable PDF First Aid Merit Badge Workbook is available online.
For more information about our first aid merit badge classes, please CLICK HERE or call Clif Castleman at (703) 444-9468.

COPE Instructor Training

The National Capital Area Council is offering a COPE Instructor Training Course, September 11-13. To register, go to

This opportunity is open to all registered in Venturing (ages 14 and above), Boy Scouts (ages 16 and above), and Adults. This is a highly recommend activity especially for Venturers and all Adult Leaders of any type of Unit.

As stated on the registration page:  “We GUARANTEE you’ll learn something you’ll be glad to take back to your units, your friends, and others. How can we make that promise? It’s what EVERY graduate has told us. ”

What is COPE?

Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, or C.O.P.E., is the challenge course (ropes course) program of the Boy Scouts of America. It is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by a trained staff directed at enhancing personal growth. The recognized goals of the program are:

  • Leadership
  • Self Esteem
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Decision Making
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning

Women’s Only Wilderness First Aid Class

Pile - ShivaThe Center for Wilderness Safety will be offering a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course exclusively for women. WFA training is imperative for people who are looking to experience outdoor adventure, safely, giving you the knowledge and confidence to assess and manage medical emergencies when there is no help nearby. Wilderness First Aid will expand your awareness of potential hazards in the backcountry.
  • September 26 & 27, 2015
  • Great Falls, VA
  • Cost: $185 (includes textbook & all course materials)
The Women’s Only Wilderness First Aid course a dynamic and supportive learning environment. This training will provide a rare opportunity to share the unique perspectives and knowledge base of other women who also enjoy outdoor recreation. Come propose or share new ideas and see if “mom’s old remedies” are still the best medicine. Feel confident in adventuring into the outdoors while enjoying the camaraderie and diverse experiences of other women in this empowering course. Course topics include:
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Wound and burns
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Environmental topics (i.e. lightning, hypothermia, frostbite)
  • Splinting
Center for Wilderness Safety teaches thousands of students every year, and their cutting-edge curriculum is continuously overseen by a team of medical practitioners who are active in the field, doing what they teach. The course will be led by Jennifer Kay, RN, WALS, CWS curriculum director and senior instructor; as well as a faculty member at University of Virginia School of Medicine. This is the first time CWS has offered a Women’s-Only course.

Click here for more information about the Women’s Only Wilderness First Aid course.

NAMAS begins engagement in Hands Across Borders Project

In the spirit of continuing building partnerships, NAMAS leadership was contacted recently to engage in a unique opportunity: Helping build 3D printed Hands. The result of the exploratory meetings and events resulted in a honorable mention in a recent article posted to the e-Nabling the Future website entitled “Hands Across Borders – Scout Troops Make 3D Printed Hands

The opportunity is continuing developing and after continued dialogue, we are looking to expand our partnership efforts. There are several events coming up in the near future:

December 7, 2014, Sunday at St. Louis Parish in Clasksville, MD from 1-4 PM – e-NABLE Staff/Leadership Development Meeting
This meeting is for older youth (14 and older Scouts) to come and participate in a Staff Development in preparation for the build on December 13, 3014. The event will be held at St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, MD.Interested participants are asked to register in advance for additional information and coordination.
December 13, 2014, Saturday, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Miller Research Building from 12 – 4 PM – e-NABLE Build
Please put this on your calendars, and confirm that you can help with this activity. Set up will be at 11 AM.  There is a closing ceremony for thank you’s and recognitions to guests, particularly local recipients of hands that accepted e-NABLE’s invitation to participate, presentation of hands. Group photo/after picture.
This is going to be a special event. Please be there. You’ve all been very important to this project and promoted this cause with enthusiasm. We should celebrate together at the end of the workshop!  Interested participants are asked to register in advance for additional information and coordination.

Muslim Scouting, an Important Part of American Muslim Life

By Shahed Amanullah | Contributor | 01 April 2014 

Scouting badge (Courtesy of Shahed Amanullah)An Islamic scouting badge, earned for knowledge of the Quran.

 Each year, nearly 3 million American youth participate in the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, organizations that have been shaping America’s youth for more than a century. Like other Americans before them, Muslim families sought a place at the Scouting table, eager to integrate Muslim youth into American society without compromising their religious ideals. And Scouting welcomed Muslims with open arms, seeing in Muslim Scouts a shared respect for Scouting’s core values.

And participating Scouts seem to agree. “We went on hikes, jamborees and flag drills,” explained Mas’ood Cajee, who grew up as a member of Islamic Scouting Troop 322 in Seattle. “We were young American Muslims, at one with Allah and the Constitution.” In addition to earning merit badges for sports, citizenship and crafts, U.S. Scouts can earn the “Bismillah” emblem through basic knowledge of Islam and the “In the Name of God” emblem for advanced Islamic knowledge and practice, which helps Scouts fulfill the Scout Promise: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.” Outstanding adult leaders may earn the “Allahu Akbar” emblem.

Shahed Amanullah is CEO and co-founder of startup LaunchPosse, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs harness social networking, and CEO and co-founder of Halalfire, which delivers information to global Muslim communities online. He was formerly senior technology adviser at the U.S. State Department. He created, a global halal restaurant guide, and the online magazine

Several videos were also produced, one of which features Islamic Center of Northern Virginia Chartered Organization Representative Scout Leader, Abdul Rashid Abdullah, who helps promote Scouting across the National Capital Area Council and across the United States.  He talks about the importance of Scouting in the Muslim community. Troop 114 of Fairfax, VA, Patriot District, National Capital Area Council, is featured in this video, produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in February 2014. This selection is from a four-part series on American Muslims.  Other ICNVT Community Members can be seen woven through the videos, especially in the silhouettes seen in additional videos: