NCAC E-Source: Virgin Islands and National Capital Area Councils Join Forces

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US Virgin Islands & National Capital Area Councils Join Forces

The National Capital Area Council Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the U.S. Virgin Islands Council (USVIC), BSA will be joining with NCAC to provide better program support to the youth of both territories. The USVIC Executive Board initiated the process in November, 2012 and the NCAC Board confirmed the affiliation at their annual business meeting on February 7, 2013.

“Scouting in the Virgin Islands stands on some pretty broad shoulders,” said Les Baron, CEO and Scout Executive of NCAC. “This next step in the growth of Scouting in the USVI is only possible because of those who have generously devoted their time, energy and resources, as well as those who contributed financially, through the years.  For that, they have our gratitude and profound respect.”

“This is a positive step for both councils,” said USVIC Board Member David Zumwalt. “Our overarching mission is to encourage the growth of Scouting in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Partnering with NCAC gives us access to the training and program resources of a big council while creating a bridge of friendship between the USVI and Washington, DC.”

Howard M. Wall Scout Camp

USVIC initiated the process at the recommendation of BSA’s national office. The affiliation was prompted by challenges arising from a prolonged economic downturn which included the closing of the HOVENSA refinery in St. Croix, the USVI’s largest private sector employer. As one of the largest Boy Scout councils in North America, NCAC emerged as the best option and following careful consideration and review by legal counsel, the affiliation was approved by both organizations.

USVIC Board Chair Stuart Lewis indicated that all the Scouting resources resident in the USVI, including the Howard M. Wall Scout Camp on St. Croix, will now be able to be shared by the newly affiliated council. Plans are already under way to offer an expanded Scout camp program at the St. Croix facility in the near future.

Michael Dow, a long-time Virgin Islands resident and involved USVIC Scouter has been hired as a new full-time staff member to provide support to USVI’s volunteers, and NCAC anticipates it will expand the staff to assist in the merger and further improve local support.
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