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Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted By Lynn Hamilton, Wednesday, April 09, 2014

WHO:          Boy Scout and Venture Crews

WHAT:        Cherry Blossom Festival

WHERE:      Downtown DC on Pennsylvania Avenue from 9th to 14th Streets NW (from FBI headquarters to near the White House grounds).

WHEN:       Saturday, 12 April

WHY:          a.) have fun at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival,

                    b.) get free admission for scouts and Scouters who volunteer,

                    c.) get issued a “uniform” hat,

                    d.) get credit for service hours,

                    e.) earn credit toward the International Spirit Award (both scouts and Scouters),

                    f.) earn credit toward the Citizenship in the World merit badge,

                    g.) get a free commemorative Sakura Matsuri pin.


DUTIES:     Scouts will hand out programs or provide directions from the Metro stations to the festival. They will be asked to work one 3-hour shift but if we get enough volunteers, this will be reduced to one  2-hour shift. Full Class A uniforms are mandatory.




          Only units are allowed to register, not individual scouts, but as few as two scouts may represent your unit. The on-line registration link is:


Participants are STRONGLY advised to take Metro to the event. Closest stations are Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue lines), Metro Center (Red/Orange/Blue), or Archives Navy Memorial (Yellow/Green). Bottled water will be provided by the festival organizers but scouts might want to bring their own reusable bottles. There will be many food vendors so bringing lunch or snacks are optional.

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Mock Disaster Victims Needed - Registration Required

Posted By Lynn Hamilton, Sunday, February 09, 2014

Dear Seneca Scouts, 

Montgomery County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is conducting its CERT Basic Training Practical on February 15th.  We need scouts, adults and other people to play mock victims.  

Below is a link that will explain the details and allow you to sign up.



If you have additional question, the contact is

Anne Marill

301-838-0045 (home)

301-442-5276 (cell)

301-968-3750 (work)

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Mock Disaster Victims Needed - Registration Required

Posted By Paula Prunier, Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Montgomery Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Needs YOU!

WHO:      Venturers, Explorers, older Boy Scouts (age 14 minimum), and adults
WHEN:     Saturday, December 7, 2013
               7:45 a.m. until Noon
WHERE:   Bethesda Fire Department
               6600 Wisconsin Avenue
               Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Please join Montgomery CERT for an exciting and fun day as a mock disaster victim—

·         Help CERT volunteers practice their skills with a hands-on emergency exercise
·         MCPS students can earn Student Service Learning (SSL) credit for participating
·         Eligible Boy Scouts can fulfill Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Requirement #7

After check-in, volunteers will receive a briefing on the emergency scenario.  Then, they will be assigned roles and work with CERT moulage experts, who will create realistic-looking "injuries.”  Volunteers are encouraged to use their prior knowledge of first aid to become realistic actors—demonstrating appropriate symptoms for their assigned "injuries.”

Please Note:
·         Participation is limited to youth ages 14 or older and adults
·         Come dressed in old clothes—fake blood stains are likely
·         Wear protective footwear (e.g., hiking boots).  No sandals or open-toed shoes.
·         Dress appropriately for the weather—rain gear, layers, etc.
·         You are welcome to bring a blanket or small ground cover to sit/lie on outside. 
          The scenario may require you to be "down” (even if the ground is wet/muddy)
·         Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated and snacks, if you like
·         Bring your signed Hold Harmless Agreement/Talent Release Form (attached to your
          confirmation e-mail/admission ticket)
·         Adult chaperones must remain with youth participants at all times.

REGISTER BY DECEMBER 2, 2013—or call for late registration!  

Questions?  E-mail Mike Slingluff at or call (301) 525-5328


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Opportunity for older Scouts (age 14+) to participate in a county-wide Animal Response exercise - Registration Required

Posted By Lynn Hamilton, Monday, September 02, 2013

An opportunity for older Scouts (age 14+) to participate in a county-wide Animal Response exercise.

For Boy Scouts, this probably would satisfy Emergency Preparedness merit badge requirement #7 - discuss with your merit badge counselor.


Contact Pete Mapes,

Limited to first 25 youth that sign-up.


Dear Scouts, Troop Leaders, and Parents/Guardians,


The Red Cross of the National Capital Area and the County Animal Response Team will be holding a shelter exercise September 15, 2013. The goal of this exercise is to practice setting up animal and human shelters in conjunction with each other, and registering humans and animals for each shelter.


Scouts participation is needed for the registration process. The youth will be assigned a "role” that will force volunteers to react like they would in a real-life situation. For example, one scout may have a service animal or another may not have any documents for their pet. The youth will be given their roles ahead of time. We’d like the youth to register their pet and themselves in the shelters and take note of the way in which volunteers reacted in each situation. The youth will also be fed lunch which is part of the Red Cross’ mass care duties.


Please direct any questions/concerns to Becky Zorn, Outreach Coordinator, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. We need 25 boys and slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Permission slips are necessary to register for the exercise. The youth may come early/stay late if they are interested in seeing the way the shelters are set up and taken down. Because the youth will need to fulfill certain roles, we are asking for Scouts age 14 and older.



Date: September 15

Time: noon-2pm

Location: White Oak Recreation Center


Lunch will be provided. Please bring your own labeled stuffed animal!

Becky Zorn

Community Outreach Coordinator

Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security


Research Fellow

Center for Health & Homeland Security

240-777-2203 Office

240-432-8016 Cell

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