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Powhatan PressSeptember 2012

Note Worthy Activities & Dates

Powhatan District Roundtable – Sep. 13

Camporee Committee Meeting –Sep. 16

District Fall Camporee – Sep. 28 to 30

Powhatan District Roundtable – Oct. 11

Fall Outdoor Expo – Oct. 20

Eagle or Troop Community Project Opportunity

National Weather Service Forecast Open House Sep. 22 & 23


Training & Dates

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training – Sep. 15

Scoutmaster & Asst. SM Training – Sep. 22

Charter Organization Rep. Training – Oct. 11

Den Chief Training – Oct.13

Life to Eagle Seminar – October 20, 2012

Paddle Craft Training – Oct. 27


High Adventure

Hiking the Appalachian Trail


Save the Date

Scouting for Food – Nov.2 & 9

OA Fall Ordeal - November 9 to 11, 2012


Powhatan District website for newsletters and sign-up to be on future newsletter distribution at :

District Roundtable

Powhatan District Roundtable for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing is September 13th and October 11th Thursday at 8 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) located at 2727 Centreville Road, Oak Hill, VA 20171

Powhatan Camporee Committee

Sunday September 16th

Powhatan Camporee Committee meeting at 4 PM, 651 Dranesville Road, Herndon, 20171; Contact E-mail:

Powhatan District Fall Camporee

Friday to Saturday September 28th to 30th

Location: 21164 Steptoe Hill Rd. Middleburg, VA 20117

Registration ends September 24th

Hello Scouters! I hope you had an enjoyable summer. Fall is quickly approaching and a new scouting year is upon us. I do hope your unit has made plans to attend the 2012 Powhatan District Fall Camporee. Camporees are important events in Scouting and provide an opportunity for Scouts to demonstrate their talent and learn new skills while interacting with other Scouts.

THE EVENT: The theme for this year is “Old-Time Country Fair”. The event will be held September 28 to 30 at the Meadowkirk Farm in historic Middleburg, VA. The Camporee Leader's Guide is available for leaders at Pre-registration is required by September 15, 2012. Walk-in registrations will be accepted only if there is space available. The cost is $25.00 per Scout or adult for the entire weekend. This includes the camp fee, Scout insurance, and a Camporee patch.

ACTIVITIES: In keeping with our theme, planned activities include: Pie Eating Contest, Hay Bale Stacking Contest, Calf Roping Contest, Hay Wagon, Greased Pig Contest, Milking Contest, Corn Eating Contest, Patrol Tug of War, Scavenger Hunt, Pie Baking Contest, Iron Chef Competition (also open to adults), and Displays of Collections, Models, Photography, and Art. The evening program will include a campfire in which each unit should plan to participate with either a song or skit. Please refer to the Leader’s Guide for more details.

FOR WEBELOS: The Webelos-O-Ree will be held in conjunctions with the Boy Scout Camporee. The program will run all-day Saturday with an overnight camping option on Saturday night for the second-year Webelos. First-year Webelos are welcome to make it a day and evening visit. A wide range of program options will be available as well as an opportunity to visit Boy Scout Troops. Troop leaders should make their own arrangements with Pack leaders for visits. Please refer to the Leader’s Guide for more details.

STAFF NEEDED: We are always looking for people to help plan, organize, and execute the plan so if you're interested, contact the Camporee Chair at Scouters, adult leaders, and parents are needed to staff activity stations. Older Scouts are also welcome to assist. Each participating unit is being asked to provide at least one adult.

OA MEMBERS: Youth and Adult OA members who completed their Ordeal before November 2011 are encouraged to participate in the Brotherhood Walk and Ceremony. Please refer to the Leader’s Guide for more details.

QUESTIONS: Refer to the Leader’s Guide for more details, or contact:

Chris Noyes

Camporee Chair

Home: (703) 842-1360

Cell: (703) 774-2161

Annie Vaccaro

Powhatan Registrar

Home: (703) 759-9555

Cell: (571) 355-8074

Camp: (202) 281-6979

This event cannot be successful without Scout participation. Please put it on your unit's calendar today and plan to attend! We hope to see you in September!

Powhatan District Roundtable

Thursday, September 13th & October 11th, 8:15 to 9:30 PM

Roundtable is a monthly continuing education for Direct Contact Leaders in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity and Venturing.

Roundtables are focused on providing practical ideas and resources for those planning program (Cub Scouting) and those coaching youth program
planning (Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing).  

For new leaders who are looking for ideas and for experienced leaders who have ideas to offer,
please join us at our monthly Roundtables on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 8:15 - 9:30PM at The Church of the Latter Day Saints, 2727
Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA.  

Come early and have time to mingle and conduct business with the District Committee, Commissioner Corp, and District Executive who will "hold court" from 7:45 - 8:15.

If you haven't been to Roundtable in a while, come see what you're missing.

Training Corner

Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training

Saturday September 22nd, from 7 AM to 1:30 PM, at the Herndon United Methodist Church located at 701 Bennett Road, Herndon, VA 20170 located across from Herndon High School.  Cost is $20, contact

Pre-registration is required and is done on the Powhatan web site. Registration ends September 8th

All participants should complete “This Is Scouting" and Youth Protection Training (online course) prior attending.

Things to bring:

  • Scoutmaster Handbook
  • Boy Scout Handbook (recommended)
  • Paper and pen for notes
  • BSA ID Number

This course is open to everyone. New Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Member, Webelos Den Leader and Scout Parent are all encouraged to participate.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training lies between; This Is Scouting and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and is a required for all Boy Scout Leaders. Through a series of lively presentations, the training presents an overview of the skills and methods Scout Leaders can use to organize a Boy Scout troop and support its boy leaders in developing and delivering an effective, exciting Scouting program. The course includes the following:

Getting Started: The Role of the Scoutmaster in a Boy-Led Troop

The Role of the Scoutmaster - Troop Organization - Troop Meetings - Working With Boy Leaders/The Patrol Method and Patrol Leaders’ Council

Lighting the Fire: The Outdoor Program and the Advancement Program

Sizzle of the Outdoor Program - Nuts and Bolts of the Outdoor Program - Outdoor Program Patrol/Group Activity – Reflection and Advancement Program

Keeping It Going: Program Planning and Troop Administration

Program Planning – Membership – Paperwork – Finances - The Uniform - Other Training Opportunities.

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

Saturday September 15th 8 AM to 12 PM

Trinity Presbyterian Church        651 Dranesville Rd., Herndon, VA 20170-3308

Cost: $20

POC: Roger Claff

You are registering for Cub Scout Leader Specific Leader Training.

This training is required for all Tiger Cub Den Leaders, Wolf/Bear Den Leaders and Assistants, Webelos Den Leaders and Assistants, Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters, Committee Members and Pack Trainers. 

This training provides information specific to your particular leadership position in Cub Scouting, including program planning, camping and other events, the nature of Scouts, advancement, youth protection, safety, training, budgets, fund raising and more.

Participants are encouraged to complete "This Is Scouting" and Youth Protection Training" (both available online) prior to start of this course.


Charter Organization Representative Training

Thursday October 11th 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Registration begins: September 1st

Registration ends: October 11th

Location: 2727 Centreville Rd, Oak Hill 20171


This training is specifically for those serving the critical role of Charter Organization Representative (COR) for their organization in sponsoring Scout Units including Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Varsity Teams.

Prior to this class, if at all possible, please complete “This Is Scouting” a standard introduction and overview of the Scouting program for volunteers. If you can’t manage the time before the class, come to class anyway, but plan to review This Is Scouting soon thereafter – it will help your overall understanding of the Boy Scout program.

Access “This Is Scouting” at Create an account at the www.MyScouting.orglogin page, in order to track training you take online, and don’t worry about whether you have a BSA ID or not – you can register regardless.

Click on E-Learning under Training on the left, then on the General tab under Basic Training, click the Take Course link to the right of “This is Scouting”.

Walk-ins are welcome but, if possible, register here so we are prepared for you! This training will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  See you there!

Den Chief Training

Saturday October 13th 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Registration begins: September 1st

Registration ends: October 13th

Location: Scotts Run LDS Church, 1325 Scott’s Run Road, McLean VA 22102

Cost $20

POC: Roger Claff

Do you have Boy Scouts in your troop interested in serving as a Den Chief?
Would you like to find out more about using a Den Chief in your pack or den program? 

The course instructs Scouts on the Den Chief leadership position and the necessary skills to lead and befriend Cub and Webelos Scouts. The course motivates through fun, learning skills, playing games and activities that help scouts understand their role in the weekly den meetings.  Some Scouts who become Den Chiefs were never Cub Scouts and this course helps them understand that program.

The cost is $20, and includes theDen Chief Handbook, the training course handout, Trained patch, and lunch.

Questions? Roger Claff, Den Chief Training Chair, at (703) 435-4686

Calling Boy Scouts to be Den Chiefs

The Powhatan District has a need for Boy Scouts and Venturers to be Den Chiefs.  Den Chiefs work with adult Den Leaders to guide and lead the scouts in a Cub Scout Den.  That Den can belong to any Pack, and the Den Chief need not have has any prior association with the Den or Pack.    

There is a great need out there.  Den Chiefs are role models who help our new Packs get strong and can help existing Packs stay strong.  Den Chiefs positively influence Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts, and Dens with Den Chiefs have better retention of their scouts.  We have started a Den Chief clearinghouse so that scouts who want to be Den Chiefs can be paired with Packs that need Den Chiefs to help them. 

I would ask that Troops and Crews advertise the Den Chief opportunity to their scouts, and remind them that this is one of the BSA-approved leadership positions for rank advancement.  Den Chief training is also coming up on March 10th, so the scouts can be trained to be fully effective in this position. 

For more information or to 1) get on the list of scouts available to be Den Chiefs, or 2) get on the list of Packs/Dens that would like a Den Chief, please contact Powhatan District Committee members Roger Claff at or Inge Gedo at

Life to Eagle Seminar

Saturday October 20th, 1 to 3 PM

Registration has begun.

Registration ends: October 20th

Location: Floris United Methodist Church,

13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171

Cost: $5.00

POC: Frank Smith

Powhatan District will present the Fall 2012 Life to Eagle Seminar at Floris United Methodist Church on October 20, 2012.   Check-in starts at noon.  

All Life Scouts ready to pursue Eagle and the adults supporting them are encouraged to attend

Scout uniform is required.

Pre-registration applications and fees, $2 per person and $3 per seminar booklet, must be received by October 13, 2012. Please register early. Registration after this date will be $3 per person and $3 per seminar booklet.   Walk-ins will be permitted. 

Mail registrations and fees (checks payable to “NCAC BSA” [indicate LES in memo part of check]).

Boy Scouts of America
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3897

If you have any questions regarding the seminar or registration contact Frank Smith at 703-430-6804.

Paddle Craft Safety Course

Saturday October 27th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Registration has begun.

Registration Ends: October 20th  


The Paddle Craft Safety course has 4 major components:

1) BSA Swim test
2) Classroom session
3) Written test
4) On/in-the-water boating session

All 4 Components will be offered. The Classroom session is 3 hours.

It is preferable that you have completed the BSA swim test prior to the course.

Age16 years or older prior to training

Further Information available at the district website.

Cost: $10.00 per Participant (no textbook)
$25.00 per Participant (includes required course textbook)

Contact E-mail:

Location:  Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket VA,  Hylton Training Center; Map:  6100 Antioch Road, Haymarket, VA 20169-2236, US

Note Worthy Information

Fall Outdoor Expo at Camp Snyder

Saturday October 20th

Save the date for the Camp William B. Snyder 2012 Outdoor Expo. The fall outdoor expo is a continuation of the fun and excitement that took place at last years’ NCAC100 Centennial Celebration at Camp Snyder.

This year will feature a wide range of both static and interactive displays from around the area. There will be a wide range of activities for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.

Campsite spaces will be available for units to rent who choose to take advantage of this weekend as a unit campout. If you’re not attending as a troop or pack then bring out the family and spend a beautiful October day exploring the camp, participating in the activities and tasting a bounty of food from local vendors.

Events will include a variety of hands on activities for all ages, community and Scouting information vendors, recreational equipment vendors and several food vendors from the area.

Eagle Project or Troop Community Project Opportunity - Helping Hungry Kids

The organization Helping Hungry Kids, presented to the Powhatan District Committee an Eagle Project opportunity for Eagle candidates, or troop community project, for those who wish to help local hungry kids.  This opportunity is not only challenging and rewarding, but also fun!  

The Eagle candidate would have the entire responsibility (with an HHK volunteer to assist and train as needed) for the planning of a monthly food drive as well as collecting, sorting, storing, the donated nonperishable foods.  The final step is packaging the food for weekly distribution to a designated local school as the final step in the process.

A Scout team could volunteer for 3-4 months,
or do the entire school year from October or November through May.

Purpose: to collect needed items: milk, fruit cups, applesauce, individual meals, etc. once or twice a month in a specific neighborhood for delivery to HHK store room monthly.

Scout will explain HHK, the sponsorship program, and provide literature (provided by HHK) to an interested neighbor.

Scout will have participants to sign a pledge card, giving one copy to participant, another to HHK, and note the info on the scout's "master list" sheet. 

For further information, please contact:

Connie Laurent-Roy       HHK Co-Director & CFO 1656 Chimney House Rd., Reston, VA 20190

(703) 318-8850, or (703) 405-1648 (cell)

High Adventure

High Adventure Opportunities Bulletin Board

The High Adventure Committee hosts a bulletin board at for crews to post notices looking for scouts and scouters to join a high adventure crew or for individuals looking for a high adventure crew to join.

To post a notice, send an e-mail with the details to Stan Turk at

High Adventure Program Summaries

For information on program opportunities, age requirements, and prices at Goshen’s Lenhok’sin High Adventure, Adirondack High Adventure Area, Maine High Adventure Area, Northern Tier High Adventure Bases, Philmont, Florida Sea Base, and other NCAC high adventure programs, see the 12/4/11 edition of High Adventure Program

Summaries available at:

Additional information is available at the NCAC High Adventure website at

Many of these programs provide provisional opportunities for youth and adults unable to participate as a unit-crew. 

Powhatan District High Adventure Committee

You are welcome to contact the Powhatan District High Adventure Committee liaison, Craig Dubishar at or text him at703.850.1751 if you need help finding a program suitable for your situation.

Leave No Trace (LNT) Corner

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

by Jim Emery, Master Educator

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) establishes recommendations for trail use in areas not under direct management by the National Park Service or other land management agencies. The ATC guidance is that backpacking groups limit their size to ten or less.  This can cause an ethical conflict with Scouting groups who may prefer to have a larger number. If possible, break the group into two and arrange meeting spots for meals and camping.

Day hike groups should not exceed 25. Multiple small groups of 4 to 6 works best.

Scout groups are not authorized to sleep in the shelters. They are for solo hikers only.

Your Help is needed with Join Scouting Efforts Underway

Time to all get out and get new youth members!!!  The Membership Team announces that Join Scouting efforts for the spring are beginning. 

We ask that each and every unit (Packs, Troops, Crews, Posts) make an effort to reach out to youth at public and private schools, community organizations, religious organizations, sports organizations, and anywhere else that we can reach possible new members of a unit. 

Current youth can hand out cards to other youth and the unit can provide flyers to the organization to post or send home to parents.  These materials can be provided by the District Executive directly or through the Powhatan District membership team. 

For more information, please contact the Spring Join Scouting Coordinators, Steven Toole at  or Nancy Nunan at .  Thank you -- Inge Gedo, Vice Chairwoman for Membership.

BSA Application Online

Users will be able to fill these forms in and then save them, changing the file name, with the information you entered so you can use them again.  To make sure they work for you, just enter one piece of information on the form, such as your name, and then save it, change file name, and close it.  Then reopen the document again -- what you entered should still be there. 

The adult application form has been revised to add two copies.  All of the data you enter into the Local Council Copy should be duplicated in the Chartered Organization Copy and the Unit Copy, except for your Social Security Number.

The Merit Badge Counselor Registration form has been revised to add a space to enter applicants email address.

As a reminder for Merit Badge Counselors:
- To become a Merit Badge Counselor OR to add additional merit badges to those you are already a counselor for, BOTH forms must be submitted.   This is true even if you are already registered in another position (such as Assistant Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Member) or are already registered as a Merit Badge Counselor.
- You do not need to pay a registration fee to become a Merit Badge Counselor.
- Merit Badge Counselors must be current in Youth Protection Training (YPT has a two-year expiration) (attach YPT Cert to application)
- Submit both forms to the District Executive.          Do not send directly to Council.

Adult Application

Merit Badge Counselor Application

Uniform Closet needs Donations

Eagle Scout Anthony Applewhite and Membership Vice Chairwoman Inge Gedo have started a uniform donation/exchange closet and are looking for any scouts or scouters to donate clean, gently used uniforms -- full uniforms or parts of uniforms (with earned patches removed) -- that can be passed on to individuals in other units within the Powhatan District. 

Some Packs and Troops have an arrangement within their unit, but there is a need for uniforms by others in the Powhatan District and we are offering a place to accept and store those uniforms. 

Currently that will be in a closet in our home until the amount of donations are so large that we need to go to a closet or storage room that perhaps a charter o, rgan, ization or community organization can offer.  Donations will generally be accepted and available at the monthly Roundtable meetings, or by contacting Membership Vice Chairwoman Inge Gedo at  or at 703-815-6618.



National Weather Service Forecast Office Public Open House, and partial Weather Merit Badge Opportunity

September 22 – 9 AM to 5 PM

September 23 – 12 noon to 5 PM

No cost

Location: Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office, 43858 Weather Service Rd., Sterling, VA 20166

Think you might want to be a meteorologist? Ever wonder how weather forecasts are created? Are you prepared for the types of severe weather we get in the metropolitan DC area?

Visit your local weather forecast office for a family day of fun and learning!

·         See a weather balloon launch

·         Tour the forecast operations center

·         Meet meteorologists

·         Learn how forecasters track storms and issue warnings to keep the public safe

·         Visit information booths and exhibits

·         Do hands-on science experiments

·         Participate in volunteer storm spotter training

The open house will be of special interest to Scouts who are working on the Weather Merit Badge (Requirement 8b, visit a national weather service forecast office and talk to a meteorologist) and Webelos working on the weather belt loop and academic pin.

Although there will not be an official merit badge class offered during the open house, Scouts will have access to information and meteorologists to complete many requirements during their visit on a self-directed basis. The last open house was four years ago, so don't miss this rare opportunity to get a close-up view of the fascinating science behind weather forecasting!

More Information:

NOAA's weather merit badge contact:

Note from the Powhatan Press Editor

The October 2012 Powhatan Press newsletter will be released in late September.  Please forward all articles by September 19th to allow sufficient time for formatting, review and timely release.

I welcome your thoughts and recommendations.  The format and organization will continue to evolve and improve with time as I get a better idea of the articles submitted. 

Powhatan Press Editor: Chuck Walters

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