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

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 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 or to follow us on Twitter @MuslimScouting. Be sure to also check out our YouTube channel at where we post original videos as well as share relevant videos related to Scouting.

Muslim Scouting Units can also register their unit at 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 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


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.