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.

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.

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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

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 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.

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 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 at

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

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 ( 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 To register for this event or other events, please visit

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

Download Bismillah Workshop Flyer

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.