Hosts Needed for National Jamboree 2013
Summit Bechtel Reserve, July 13th - July 24th
What does the National Jamboree have to do with International Scouting? West Virginia is within driving distance from NCAC - it's practically in our backyard. Well, every National Jamboree welcomes visitors from other countries and ours is no different. Additionally, following the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015, the next World Jamboree will be a combined effort, hosted jointly by Canada, Mexico and the United States. It will be held at the SBR in 2019. So the National Jamboree this year is a great chance to prepare.
So in July, Scouts and Scouters from around the globe will descend upon SBR to join in the brotherhood of Scouting. Many of them will pass through the DC metro area and a number have thought to include a visit to our Nation's Capitol as a highlight of their trip. The NCAC welcomes our visitors from overseas, and the International Committee has volunteered to coordinate their stay. If you would like to serve as a host for a foreign contingent please let us know. Here is a link to a web form that you can fill out indicating how you would like to help. Here is a link to the paper version, if you'd rather print out out a copy for distribution click here. If you have any questions regarding any of this, please contact Robert Davidson.
Life Scout John Ferry Eagle Project
Working with PARSA Afghan Scouts
Most Eagle projects take place in a Scout’s hometown. By definition, the work of the project does good within the community. For one Life Scout, John Ferry of Troop 463 of Garrett, MD, “community” does not stop at the water’s edge. The NCAC is a long way from Central Asia, but ever since the ouster of the Taliban backed regime in 2001, Americans have been forward deployed to Afghanistan, helping the people of that ravaged part of the world, rebuild their country. One such American is Major Kenton Barber, part of the NATO contingent in Kabul. He noted with concern the young boys and girls that lived in dire circumstance in the Hazarajat region. They lived with their families in caves that lined the Bamyan Valley. With winter rapidly approaching, Maj. Barber thought of all that we had back here in DC. A neighbor of his wife proved to be the mother of John Ferry, who was mulling through potential Eagle projects that would make a real difference in someone’s life.
In short order John Ferry was coordinating the efforts of donors and volunteers to collect warm clothes bound for points east. The two leveraged a joint State / DoD / US AID project to get the sixty eight boxes of collected winter gear from NCAC into Afghanistan and looked to local Afghan Scouts to aid in distribution. Keith Blackey, a US National and Scouter from the Pacific Skyline Council, is an advisor to the Afghan Scouts, and helped coordinate the overall effort. Through the efforts of these three individuals, along with the assistance of countless volunteers, over a hundred parcels were distributed to those in need. It is likely that John’s Eagle Scout project has contributed to the role of the Afghan Scouts within their community. It is also possible that goodwill afforded through these actions have made a positive contribution to the war effort. For more information on PARSA Afghan Scouts click here.
Jamboree on the Air at Camp Snyder
Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 10AM - 4PM
As part of the Fall Outdoor Expo there will be a chance to get on a shortwave radio. Join us for this exciting event and connect with Scouts across the country and around the globe! Earn credit toward the International Activity Badge, Citizenship in the World, and Radio Merit Badges, and Citizenship, Language and Culture, and Communicating Belt Loops, This event is open to all Scouts. For additional information go to the NCAC International Committee JOTA / JOTI page here.
Camp Snyder Campfire for Diamond Jubilee
Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 pm
On the evening of Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 a contingent of British Scouts visiting the United States hosted over three hundred fifty Scouts and Scouters from across the region in celebration of the last night of the Diamond Jubilee of their Queen, Elizabeth II. Camp Snyder was the setting for fun and merriment in the spirit of international Scouting and brotherhood. Patches were traded, impromptu demonstrations of the contrasting styles of British and American football, and everyone was stuffed with cake decorated with the Union Jack. How did this come to pass?
Last week, two dozen British Scouts gathered from points across Great Britain for a trek west to the United States. The trip was long in planning, delayed initially by the terror attacks of September 11th and the subsequent uncertainty, then further delayed by the after effects of the great recession and the economic downturn facing the whole of Europe. Eventually the hard work of organizers came to fruition and the trip was arraigned for the first week of June. Participants had to raise money and rally at Heathrow for the day long journey to the US. Planes, trains and motor coaches were all part of the road from London to Camp Snyder at the edge of Washington DC, where the British Scouts and Scouters, boys and girls, men and women came to rest late last week.
Their agenda was as full as you would expect. Woodcraft, a tour of the capitol, a trek to the zoo, Luray Caverns, the Air and Space Museum, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Six Flags all packed into a short week before they made their way home. In the midst of planning their visit the organizers realized they would be away from the UK on the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Diamond Jubilee looked to be quite a smashing event, but it appeared the young men and women visiting the US would have to miss it. Rather than skip all the fun, the Group Scout Leader, Del Shephard of Needingworth, Cambridgeshire reached out to Chuck Davidson, the International Representative of the National Capital Area Council. GSL Shepard proposed a campfire celebration for local Scouts who might be interested and anyone who wanted to meet their British counterparts. With only a week before their arrival no one thought there would be much of a response, but Chuck and his committee started to get the word out.
Organizers couldn’t have been more wrong. Despite the short notice the event was quickly flagged by the Communications team at Council as something of note. It appeared in the Capital Connections email and was on the NCAC web site splash page. RSVPs poured in from across the region. The staff at Camp Snyder anticipated a strong turnout and set the Brits up at the Boat Pavilion in the southwest corner of the camp. Union Jack bunting was strung, tea was brewed and signs were posted directing attendees where to park and how to get there. The first Troop arrived forty five minutes early. Scouts from Packs, Troops and Crews trekked to Camp Snyder from every district in the Council. The weather could not have been better and the threat of rain held off for a cool night’s event.
There was a group photo, the exchange of gifts, and some kind words from GSL Shephard, obviously impressed with the turnout. The only glitch in the evening was the imposing “Queen’s Beacon” that had been assembled failed to light as robustly as organizers intended, but the plume of smoke it produced was a signal in itself that something was going on. There was an on key rendition of “God Save the Queen” by the British Scouts, and a louder (if not entirely on key) version of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The Scouts exchanged songs through twilight and into the dark in an impromptu session, which while lacking in choreography was made up for in enthusiasm and volume.
The event closed with the last cups of tea drank and the last piece of cake eaten and the local families made their way to their cars and the British contingent retired to their tents for another night under the stars. The whole affair spoke well of the brotherhood of Scouting, the ability within Council to get the word out and the industriousness of our volunteers and professional staff. For more information on International Scouting in the NCAC, upcoming events and the various international awards available to Scouts and Scouters go to the website of the International Committee of the NCAC or contact Staff Advisor Don Durbin.To see the note of recognition from Elizabeth II click here.
Around the World Embassy Tour
May 5th & 12th, 2012 10AM-4PM
Scouts and Scouters from across the Council descended upon the diplomatic community for two days of fellowship and international brotherhood. The annual "Embassy Open House" sponsored by some seventy missions within the diplomatic community was held over two consecutive Saturdays in May. A fun time was had by all and partial credit was earned for the Language and Culture Academic Pin, Citizenship in the World Merit Badge and the International Activity Badge.
International Scouting Day at the Embassy of Denmark
Saturday, March 17th, 2012 in support of
Jamboree Denmark 2012, July 21st -29th, 2012
Fresh on the heels of the World Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden, neighboring Denmark will celebrate it own National Jamboree in late July. Over 35,000 Scouts and Guides are expected to attend. Like many national jamborees, foreign participation is encouraged and the Danes welcome Scouts and Scouters from abroad to attend. For more information click here. The committee sponsored an International Scouting Day at the Embassy of Denmark on Sat March 17th. The event was a huge success with attendees from across the Council. Over one hundred thirty Scouts, parents and adult Scouters met with senior members of the Danish Diplomatic corps to learn about Denmark, international Scouting and the upcoming Jamboree Denmark. Our Council Scout Executive Les Baron addressed the attendees and the Deputy Scout Executive Brian Steger described the exciting Duke of Edinburgh award now available to Scouts in the NCAC. For more information click here.
During the first two weeks of August, six Boy Scouts from Troop 100 and three of their adult leaders traveled to South Africa and Lesotho for high adventure, service, and fellowship with the Lesotho Scout Association. The group participated in cultural exchange, hiking, exploration and conducted a service project for the local community. For more information on this exciting trek click here
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING DAY
EMBASSY OF SWEDEN MAY 28TH, 2011
In preparation for the 22nd World Jamboree which will be held in Rinkaby the Diplomatic Mission of Sweden to the United States hosted Scouts and adult Scouters at their Embassy in Washington DC celebrating Scouting around the world.
Over three hundred Scouts, Scouters and various Venturers gathered with staff from the NCAC International committee for blocks of instruction on Sweden, its culture and history, Scouting in the Kingdom of Sweden and the upcoming World Jamboree in Rinkaby. Representatives from the Svenska Scoutforbundet (the Swedish Guide and Scout Association) flew to the US to be part of this effort. There were presentations on Scouting around the world and recent World Jamborees along with a knot tying exercise and a hike to Teddy Roosevelt Island.
At the close of the event there was an address by a senior member of the diplomatic mission followed by the award of a commemorative patch for all participants, along with a World Jamboree pin from the Swedish hosts. NCAC International Representative Chuck Davidson presented a gift on behalf of the BSA to the Diplomatic Mission.
A number of participants took applications for the International Activity Patch and International Scouter Award. Life Scout Warren Nooger of the Commonwealth of Virginia completed all the requirements of the International Activity Patch at the session and a Scouter fulfilling requirement XVIII of the International Scouter Award submitted the result to Dan Anderson who was present representing the NCAC. Many other Scouts, Scouters and Venturers fulfilled partial credit by being in attendance and have begun the path to completion.
World Jamboree - The 23nd World Scouting Jamboree will take place in Kirara-Hama, Japan from July 28th to August 8th of 2015. The NCAC will as always send a contingent to this exciting event. More information is available here.