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2015 Goose Creek District Spring Camporee

Posted By John Blackwell, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The 2015 Goose Creek District Spring Camporee will be held from Friday night, April 10th thru Sunday morning, April 12th at the scenic grounds of the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, Purcellville VA.  This year's Camporee focuses on outdoor Scouting fun as embodied in the theme, "Tree Tops to River Runs Adventure."

The Camporee consists of two major parts, a Patrol Competition of six events taking place for half of your Saturday, and an Adventure Choice session during the other half for Scouts to explore a selection of optional activities that fulfills your quest for High and Low Adventure.

The Patrol Competition will be narrowed down to six final events from these choices:

  • Tomahawk Throw*
  • Saw Mill*
  • Philmont Bear Bag Toss*
  • Fahrenheit 212 (fire building)*
  • The Knot and Lash
  • Northern Tier Portage (canoe relay race-dryland)
  • Sea Base Snooze

The first four* above are a GO since they already have Troop sponsors.  This means two thirds of  the competition course is already set!  See one you really like and have a Unit ready to run it?  Or have a question on what it's all about?  Reach John Blackwell at the contact info below and get what you Need to Know!  First Come, First Served!

The Other Half of your day will be out on Your Adventure Choice from the following challenges:

  • Archery and Rifle Shooting Range (may require a small fee)
  • Monkey Bridge (no cost)
  • Fly Fishing Clinic (stream near riverfront, no cost)
  • Maryland Heights Hike (Harpers Ferry, $5 bus shuttle)
  • Whitewater Rafting (3 hr run, $30 each, all fees included, wetsuit proviided)
  • Zip Line Canopy Tour (7 long zips & suspended bridge $40 each)
  • Aerial Adventure Park (30-obstacle challenge course, $20 each)

Each registered Unit will have an assigned AM and PM period scheduled for Patrol Competition and Adventure Choice to ensure all participants have equal opportunity for full participation.  Base fees are $17 per participant, plus supplemental fees for the special events.  This event is for Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams and Venturing Crews.  Water activities require BSA Swimmer verification and all participants must present current BSA Medical Forms and Participant Waivers.  An Order of the Arrow Callout Ceremony will be the highlight of the Saturday evening Campfire.  Online registration (and payment) is found here.

Volunteers are needed from every Unit to help run events or support Camporee program activities!  Sign Up, Line Up and Do It Today!

Please direct your questions and willingness for your Unit to serve as Camporee volunteers to John Blackwell, 301-346-0551,


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Goose Creek District 2015 Court of Honor

Posted By Deanna Solomon, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It’s that time of year!  Time to recognize those amazing Scouters who’ve made a huge difference in the lives of young people here in Goose Creek District - NCAC.  All Goose Creek Volunteers of Crews, Troops, and Packs are invited to the Goose Creek District Annual Court of Honor on Wednesday, March 25th, 7:30-9:00 PM at Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 W Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176.  Special recipients include the District Award of Merit, District Key 3 Awardees, and the Robin L. Hayes Leadership Award.  In addition to recognizing our adult volunteers, we invite all 2014 Eagle Scouts to please come in Full Class A Uniform for a special recognition.  We will open the ceremony at 7:30 and close with a dessert reception following.  Each unit is asked to contribute a dessert to share, preferably cut into single servings.

The BSA is a volunteer organization which relies on dedicated volunteers.  If you haven’t yet recognized that special volunteer from your unit as the Unit Volunteer of the Year, you still have time.


Please submit:
- your name
- the Unit volunteer of the Year's name (one per unit)
- unit type (Troop, Crew, Pack) and number (1234)
along with a short description of how this leader upholds the ideals of scouting in your unit to  Unit Volunteer of the Year nominations are due March 10, 2015.

Thank you for all you do for scouting,
Goose Creek District Committee


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Goose Creek's New District Chairman

Posted By Peggy Durbin, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

On Wednesday evening December 17, 2014 the District held its Annual Business meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to vote on the slate of officers that will lead Goose Creek District in the coming year.


Please join me in thanking Priscilla Martinez, our outgoing District Chairman, for her time, energy, and enthusiasm she invested in our District as our Chairman over these last two years. Going forward she can be reached at


At the same time, please take a moment to welcome Lynn Chapman as our new District Chairman. He can be reached at


Lynn is a long-time resident of Loudoun County having moved to the county in late 1992. He and his wife have 7 children and 20 grandchildren. Lynn's professional background is in technology and telecommunications where he started out as a young engineer working in the fiber optics industry. He has served in management positions in several telecommunications firms. Lynn holds a graduate degree in Public Policy and has been active in a number of community organizations. He previously served on the LDS Relationships Committee here in the National Capital Area Council and is currently completing staff assignments as Troop Guide for participants in two recent Wood Badge courses. 


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Honoring WWII Veterans

Posted By Honor Flight Capital Region, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Honor Flight Capital Region is the Washington, DC-area affiliate of Honor Flight. At Honor Flight our mission is simple: we provide WWII veterans living in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland with a day of honor and recognition that has been owed to them for 70 years.


We are honoring a group of local WWII veterans on Saturday, November 8, and we wanted to see if some of your units might be able to help us in honoring our Greatest Generation.


There are several ways that scouts can help out:


- Greet WWII veterans at the WWII Memorial - 9:45am


We are organizing a greeting at the WWII Memorial at 9:45am sharp.  Our veterans will be arriving at 10:00am, and veterans from Honor Flight Indy will be arriving at 10:30am.  There will be a third Honor Flight group departing the WWII Memorial at 10:30am, and all together we'll have 200+ WWII veterans entering/leaving the WWII Memorial between 10:00 - 10:30am. This is a great way for the scouts to thank many WWII veterans for their service. 


Greeting WWII veterans at the Memorial is easy: you can simply shake hands with the veterans and say 'thank you'. Homemade signs are also a nice touch.


- Greet WWII veterans at the pre-trip check-in at St. Albans School in NW DC - 08:00am


We are in need of a unit or two to arrive at St. Albans School at 8:00am to greet our WWII veterans as they arrive and gather for the day of honor and recognition that has been owed to them for 70 years.


- Greet WWII veterans at the 'Welcome Home' ceremony at St. Albans School in NW DC - 3:30pm


We are in need of volunteers to welcome our WWII veterans 'home' after their big day.  Scouts can arrive at St. Albans School in NW DC at 3:30pm. Homemade signs would be appreciated, otherwise the volunteers need only to shake hands with the veterans and say 'thank you'. 


Please let us know if you might be able to help us honor our Greatest Generation. An hour or two of your scouts' time would mean the world to our WWII vets. If you are able to help, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Leanne McCullough: .




Michael Garceau
Honor Flight Capital Region

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District Award of Merit

Posted By Bobbie Scales, Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

District Award of Merit


It's time for nominations for the District Award of Merit to be submitted.


The requirements are:

  1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter.
  2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both.  Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time.
  3. Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position.
  4. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration.
  5. Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.

The nomination form and information can be found


Nominations need to be submitted to the committee no later than Oct. 31 at


Yours in WWW,


Bobbie Scales

Goose Creek OA Chapter Adviser
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Scouting for Food Program 2014

Posted By Claudia Wolfson, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Dear Goose Creek District Scouts and Scouters,

First, we would like to thank Stacey Noll for acting as the SFF Coordinator for the past three years. This event is critical to feeding those in our community and every pound/can/box counts towards a meal, and Stacey has contributed significantly to this programs success.  Thank you Stacey.

Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

Saturday, November 1st - Bag Drop-off
Saturday, November 8th - Food Collection

As soon as the training dates/locations have been identified I will send another email.

To ensure that we have the Goose Creek District territories covered, please respond directly to me with the POC for your unit. Please include the following information:

- Unit Type and Number (Pack, Troop, Crew)
- POC Name
- POC email
- POC Phone number
- Confirmation that your unit will be participating
- Any issues/questions about your territory

Let's all work together to ensure another successful year for this program.


Claudia Wolfson
Scouting For Food Coordinator

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JSN Training

Posted By Stacey Noll, Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Well it is getting close to that time of year and summer will be coming to a close.  That means back to school and JSN Night.  JSN night this year will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  In order to prepare your unit for this there are 3 trainings available.  If you have any questions please contact me.

Training for JSN will be Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 6:30pm @ Leesburg United Methodist Church.  This will be before Roundtable.  I am also offering one on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 7:00pm @ Cascades Library and one Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 7:00pm @ Ashburn Library.

Look forward to seeing you at one of the trainings.

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Longer Recharter Window

Posted By Communications Committee, Thursday, July 17, 2014
As most unit leaders already know, in the past our recharter window was from November 1st to December 31st with a 60 day "grace period” allowing us to clean up anything that was not correct.  "On time" meant we had all charters handed in to Council by December 31st; the 60 day grace period was never designed for units to extend their chartering process.

This year, because of the removal of the grace period, Council petitioned National to allow us to open our charter window one month earlier, and they’ve agreed.

As a result, recharter packages will be available for units to pick up at the September Roundtable and the online recharter window will open on October 1st instead of November 1st.

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Merit Badge Process

Posted By Priscilla Martinez, Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014
Here is the process to register as a merit badge counselor in Goose Creek District.

First, gather the following paperwork:
  • A new BSA adult application (even if you already have one on file for another position in BSA)
  • A copy of your current Youth Protection Training (YPT) certificate of completion (even if you submitted one before)
Next, turn in all paperwork to Peggy Durbin, District Director.  The best way is to meet Peggy at the monthly Roundtable.  But if that doesn't work, contact Peggy directly to make other arrangements.

Peggy will turn in the relevant items to Council, and you'll be ready to go.

If you have any questions, please send mail to

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Arrow of Light Ceremony

Posted By Bobbie Scales, Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cubmasters and WeBeLos den leaders -

As you know, the Goose Creek District Arrow of Light Recognition Ceremony is being held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:00. I just got the confirmation yesterday that the location will be:

Leesburg Church of the Nazarene
17667 Roxbury Hall Road
Leesburg VA 20175

For those that don't know, this is the church on the top of the hill right off of Rt. 7 just west of Leesburg. Registration is required, even though no registration fee is being charged. We want to make sure we have everyone in your den seated together and have enough seats for them. For those that have never been to one of these ceremonies before, the dens sit together and the families sit elsewhere, but there is plenty of seating and not a bad seat in the house. Please register by sending the pack number, the den name/number, the name of the den leaders, and the names of the boys attending to Bobbie Scales, OA Chapter Adviser at by March 5. The ceremony will include time after for pictures to be taken with the ceremonialists, so make sure to bring cameras. There is no restriction to the number of family members and friends that can be there. Try to arrive no later than 6:45 so that we can have everyone seated and start the ceremony on time. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Yours in Scouting,
Bobbie Scales
Goose Creek OA Chapter Adviser

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