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

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

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,

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