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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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Boy Scout Leader Training conducted

Posted By Walter R. Johnson, Saturday, October 05, 2013

Boy Scout Leader Training was held on Oct. 5, 2013.

Nine ASM's and Committee Members were trained.


Thanks to Deanna Solomon for assisting in the presentation.

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Aloha Goose Creek!

Posted By Michael Sierra, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Greetings Scouts and Scouters of Loudoun. If you are reading this then the blog feature of the new site is working. If you are not reading this then the point is moot....

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