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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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Mychal Tamillow Named District Executive for Catoctin Mountain

Posted By Peggy Durbin, Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Greetings Goose Creek District.


Please join me in extending our congratulations to Mychal Tamillow in his being named the District Executive for Catoctin Mountain.


Mychal is now serving the Scouts and Scouters in one half of Frederick County MD known as Catoctin Mountain District along with fellow District Executive John Boyd serving the other half known as Appalachian Trail District. Mychal will be moving to Frederick County MD in the very near future.


Thank you Mychal for your service to Goose Creek District and once again, congratulations.

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University of Scouting

Posted By Goose Creek District Webmaster, Monday, January 13, 2014

Registration for the 2014 NCAC University of Scouting is now available online.


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2014 NCAC Aquatics Program

Posted By Norman Laythe, Monday, January 13, 2014

The year 2014 has finally arrived. With the new year, the NCAC Aquatics Committee has created an impressive program available here.

  • Pre-camp swim classification tests
  • Aquatics Supervision Training: Swimming and Water Rescue (SWR) and Paddle Craft Safety (PCS)
  • Scuba certification and Scuba Diving merit badge
  • Scuba BSA
  • Mile Swim BSA
  • Safe Swim Defense (SSD) and Safety Afloat (SA) Training
  • BSA and American Red Cross Lifeguard
  • CPR/AED Pro and First Aid Training
Register for any of these programs at

For more information contact Mike Meenehan.

In addition to obtaining the Scuba Diving Merit Badge through Camp Snyder, ScubaJam (a non-sponsored BSA program) will also offer the merit badge for certified scuba divers participating in the 2014 event. To learn more about ScubaJam, visit their site at or contact Norman Laythe.

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Troop 1941 Helps the Homeless in DC

Posted By Donna Stuck, Friday, January 03, 2014
Troop 1941 is making their mark in and around the Tri-State area.  This new Boy Scout Troop in Ashburn, VA has placed a focus on being a "troop of excellence."  The boys have adopted a troop motto of "Where I Choose.." (promoting the fact that the boys plan and run the troop, with adult guidance).

The boys decided that every December they will focus on a "Service/Award" theme.  This year they decided to help the homeless in DC.  On a Friday evening in December they all met together and each brought an item for their giveaway bags.  The 100 bags included a sandwich, water, garbage bag, scarf/mittens and a candy cane.  They took a few hours to assemble them and also create handmade Christmas cards to go with them.  Hours later they were ready to go.

Saturday morning they drove two vehicles into DC.  The first two parks they visited were empty.  They quickly became concerned that they would be eating sandwiches for weeks.  Then they rolled up on 2 parks with approximately 600 people each.  The adult leaders kept the crowd controlled while the boys distributed the bags.  Every boy had "deer in the headlights" eyes.  This was an overwhelming but very beneficial experience for these boys.

The cutest moment was when one of our scouts offered a meal bag, candy cane and Christmas card to a gentleman.  The man took the bag and candy cane but asked, "Buddy, will you hold onto that card for me?"  The scout held onto it tight.  When one of the older boys asked him why he was holding onto a card he informed them that he was holding it for a man that is coming back for it.  The older scout politely informed the scout that the man wasn't coming back, he just didn't want it, sweet innocence of a young scout.

Once they ran out of bags (we had a few cards left over) a woman came up and said, "I know you are out of bags but can I have one of these Christmas cards?  That is all I want."  This made the boys feel good that they spent the time making them.

After distributing their bags in DC, they gathered at a parents home to work on a Merit Badge, then bake Christmas cookies and cook dinner for their families.  Later the families (parents and siblings) joined them for dinner, crafts and games.  This was a nice "holiday" reward after a great day of service.

The boys have asked the adults to amend their current year calendar to include this service again at Easter time.  They have already decided they will be increasing their bags to 400 and this time to include Easter Eggs.

I hope this article encourages your troops to find their special giving niche and to not be afraid to "shake it up, a bit".

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