National Capital Area Council 2012 Annual Report
2012 Was An Amazing Year for National Capital Area Council (NCAC)
Through the dedication of more than 21,900 adult volunteers, we served 56,585 young people in the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and southern Maryland…and achieved Gold Level in BSA’s Journey to Excellence council benchmarking program for the second year in a row!
We celebrated some pretty impressive milestones for Scouting as well. Sea Scouting – BSA’s first high adventure program – celebrated its 100th anniversary in July and by December 1,470 of our young men earned their Eagle Scout Award in the 100th anniversary year of the first Eagle Scout Court of Honor. The Council also embraced the NCAC Scouting Challenge and launched BSA’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative, adding a new dimension to an already robust program that prepares today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Our Scouts and adult volunteers reported more than 221,285 service hours, equating to approximately $4.8 million in “free” community service, including the 26th Annual Scouting for Food campaign, which collected more than 812,763 pounds of food for our neighbors in need. We enjoyed some of our highest utilization numbers ever at Camp William B. Snyder and Goshen Scout Reservation, and began some much needed construction on the dam at Goshen to ensure the property is available – and safe – for generations of campers to come.But even with all that Scouting does for our local youth and communities, one question persists: Is Scouting still relevant?
An independent study released in 2012 called “Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge” found that men who achieve Scouting’s highest rank are more likely than those who have never been a Scout to be goal-oriented; network with others; hold leadership positions at work and in their communities; have closer relationships with family and friends; volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations; donate money to charitable groups; and work with others to improve their neighborhoods. In short, being a Scout – especially an Eagle Scout – helps young people grow into the type of neighbors, friends, employees and leaders that our country needs to continue being successful.
The lessons of Scouting – character, leadership, physical fitness and citizenship – are as important now, if not more so, than at any time in our nation’s history. With the Scout Oath and Scout Law as fixed points to navigate by, the Scouting program does much more for our young people than teach them to Be Prepared.™ It teaches them to be Prepared. For Life.™
We look forward to locking arms in collaboration with you - the volunteers, parents, community members, alumni and Scouts – who dedicate your time, talent and treasure to making this council successful for our local young people..
Hugh Redd Les Baron Ed Yarbrough
2012 Council President Scout Executive/CEO 2012 Council Commissioner
The 2012 NCAC Annual Report was released at the Council's 2013 Annual Business Meeting in February.
Want a printed version? Contact NCAC Communications Director Aaron Chusid at 301-214-9111 or Aaron.Chusid@Scouting.org.
To download the Boy Scouts of America 2011 Annual Report, click here.