On Thursday we gave thanks. On Black Friday we sought the sales. And on Cyber Monday we shopped ‘til our fingers dropped. Today…called “Giving Tuesday” by some…opens the holiday giving season.
In that spirit, we present to you...
5 Reasons NOT To Support Scouting This Holiday Season
5. Scouting is just for well-to-do families from the suburbs.
Scouting serves young people and families in rural, urban and suburban areas. Some Scouting units support themselves through dues and fundraising while others receive support from generous individuals and organizations in the community. NCAC is dedicated to ensuring all who want to participate in Scouting have that opportunity. Last year, the Council provided more than $32,000 in scholarships for inner city youth to go to summer camp, where many have their first experience in the great outdoors.
4. Scouting is old-fashioned and doesn’t teach youth the skills they need to succeed today.
The values of the Scout Oath and Law are timeless and will always be relevant as the Scouting program continues to evolve to meet the needs of today’s young people. NCAC recently launched BSA’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initative to help get young people excited about learning the skills – through merit badges such as Environmental Science, Architecture, Computers, Robotics, Invention, Programming and Digital Technology – that they need to compete in our global marketplace.
3. Boy Scouts is an all volunteer organization, so there’s no need for my donation.
Scouting is a volunteer-led organization, with countless hours dedicated after work and on weekends by volunteers. Supporting them on a daily basis are Scouting professionals who engage community organizations as chartered partners, recruit youth members and volunteers, organize activities, set up training opportunities, assist with paperwork and seek contributions from the community to maintain and grow the program. NCAC is blessed to have more than 21,100 registered adult volunteers supported by 75 Scouting professionals serving more than 56,400 local youth. But they can’t do it alone. It truly takes the community – individuals and organizations – to make Scouting happen.
2. My Pinewood Derby was not a good experience.
The Pinewood Derby is an iconic part of Scouting and one that many Scouting alumni remember for the rest of their lives…some more fondly than others. Through activities like the Pinewood Derby, Klondike Derby and Raingutter Regatta, NCAC teaches young people valuable lessons about craftsmanship, sportsmanship and how to work on a project from start to finish. Win or lose, these activities help mold their character and create lasting memories.
1. Everyone knows that one person can’t make a difference.
Yes, you can! In fact, one person reaching out to help is often the only thing that can make a difference. Our Scouts learn from the Scout Law "to help other people at all times.” Lead by example. With your support, NCAC can keep its commitment to ensure that every young person who wants to take part in Scouting has that opportunity.
We all know there are many good reasons TO give to Scouting.
Scouting transforms lives. And as our community demographics and the needs of today’s youth change – as the need for Scouting grows – so too does NCAC’s need for your leadership, participation and support.
Forward this email to your friends, family, co-workers and business associates. Be proud of the organization that you support and ask others to join you in ensuring that our high-quality, volunteer-led, character-driven program continues to offer young people the adventure and personal growth that can only be found through Scouting.
Give today and know that your gift will ensure young people learn the values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent – which will never go out of style and will always be relevant.
Nominations for NOESA Due November 30
Last year, NCAC’s Gathering of Eagles introduced the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA). While the Distinguished Eagle Award recognizes service on the national level, the NOESA recognizes Eagles who have made significant contributions at the local level. GoE is asking for nominations for the next class of recipients. Please review the award criteria and submit completed nomination forms to Peter Johnson by email or mail to:
Gathering of Eagles
Marriott Scout Service Center
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
Submissions are due November 30, 2012.This year’s NOESA class will be presented at the Council Court of Honor on April 4, 2013.
Silver Beaver Nominations Due November 30
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition awarded to volunteers at the Council level. Recipients are selected in recognition of their dedicated service to local youth both in and out of Scouting. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination, and all nominations are due into the Council office by November 30, 2012. To access the online nomination form, click here.
To provide a candidate the dignity and honor they deserve for selfless service, nominations need to be conducted confidentially, and no self-nominations will be accepted.
Things To Do...
Shrek Invites You to Scout Nights at Gaylord National!
Returning to the DC area for its 5th year, Gaylord National's popular 2012 Christmas on the Potomac includes a 60-foot glass Tree of Light, nightly indoor snowfall, 2 million twinkling lights and ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Shrek the Halls.
Save $3 off your ticket plus another $2 goes back to NCAC for every ticket sold!
Valid Offer Dates: November 29 & December 13
Valid Offer Times: 1 – 8 pm
For more information about Scout Nights at Gaylord National, click here.
For more information about Events & Activities at Christmas on the Potomac, click here.
Eagles on the Hill: A Celebration of Service – Dec 5
WHEN: 5-7 pm / Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012
WHERE: Rayburn Building Room B-354 Washington, DC
WHAT: Pay tribute to the notable Eagle Scouts who serve in Congress at NCAC’s Gathering of Eagles reception with light refreshments, hosted by Distinguished Eagle Scout Texas Representative Pete Sessions. All Congressional Eagle Scouts will be invited and we will wish a fond farewell to Eagle Scouts Sen. Richard Lugar (IN) and Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) who are finishing their last terms in Congress. Rep. Phil Roe (TN) and Rep. Russ Carhanan (MO) will also be attending and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM) has also been invited.
The event cost is $30 per person, which includes a signed copy of Four Percent: The Story of Uncommon Youth in a Century of American Life, written by award-winning author Michael Malone, an Eagle Scout and Forbes Magazine staff writer. To register and see the updated RSVP list, click here. For more information, please email GOEinfo@Scouting.org.
Friends of Scouting Kickoff Dinner – Dec 6
WHEN: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Dinner
WHERE: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Leadership. Citizenship. Strong character, values and morals. Healthy living habits. Respect for the great outdoors. Scouting offers tangible ideals to today’s young people. As a Council – as a community – let’s come together to celebrate Scouting’s impact today and ensure its every tomorrow.
This year's Keynote Speaker will be former Redskins linebacker Dave Butz. Named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins players, Butz now is a certified shotgun instructor and former board member of the National Rifle Association, as well as a motivational speaker for Boy Scouts, the Special Olympics and many more!
We will also recognize two very special Scouters: Bob Leggett will receive the Robert M. Hanson Friends of Goshen Good Scout Award for representing the highest standards of service to the community, and Dan Palenscar will receive the John L. Wolfgang Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication, passion and lifetime of service.
Attendance is by invitation only. To request your invitation, please contact Deputy Scout Executive/COO Brian Steger or call 301-214-9102.
Santa Scout Shop – Dec 8, 10am-3pm
The Scout Shop is prepared to make your shopping merry… and right! It’s so easy; just look for a sales associate wearing a button and ask for gift ideas for any Scout.
And while you’re shopping, be sure to enter your name in our special “Scout Stuff” giveaway. You may be the winner who takes home a 4’ stocking packed with Scouting goodies! There will be holiday music, refreshments, activities, and candy canes for all!
You may enter your name for the stocking giveaway in-store on December 8—no purchase required. Santa Scout Shop event is for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Cub Scouts only. Scout Stuff giveaways valid only during this one-day event. You may enter the stocking giveaway by mail by sending a 3” x 5” index card with your name, address, and phone number to the Scout Shop address listed below, attention “Santa’s Scout Shop Giveaway 2012”. http://www.scoutstuff.org/retail/docs/contests
This promotion is available at your local Scout Shop.
A Night of Dazzling Decorations & Dining – Dec 8
Members of the National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Endowment Committee invite you to enjoy a delightful evening of food, fellowship and fun for the whole family at Gaylord National! Marvel at the grand lobby - adorned with two million twinkling lights, amazing nightly indoor snowfall, beautiful dancing fountains set to the season’s most loved music and a stunning 60-foot glass Tree of Light! – and treat your taste buds to one of the most scrumptious dinner buffets in the Washington Metropolitan Area!
TIME: Choice of 5 PM or 7PM dinner seatings (as space allows)
Tree of Light Show is at 6:30 PM.
DATE: Saturday, December 8, 2012
PLACE: Pienza at Gaylord National, 201 Water Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
Gaylord National is located near the Wilson Bridge.
Pienza is located inside Gaylord National on the lower level near Market Square.
COST: $33 Adult / $25 Children Under 12 Years Old (Tax & Gratuity Inclusive)
PARKING: Self Parking is FREE for up to 3 hours
RSVP by December 3, 2012. Payment must be made at time of reservation with check or credit card. Cancellations will be accepted on/by that date. Cancellations after Dec. 3 cannot be processed.
Click here to download RSVP form or contact us at 301-214-9118 / SupportScouting@Scouting.org to reserve your spot today!