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Recruiting 2-4 New Sully District Eagle Representatives

Posted By Joseph H. Swartz, Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sully Scouters,


Want to be involved in growing future leaders?  Want to uphold the highest standards of Scouting?  Consider volunteering as a Sully District Eagle Representative (DER).  The Sully DER team is looking for a few good men and women and is actively recruiting 2-4 new Sully DERs!


The DER is the Council's representative; responsible for meeting with Eagle Candidates from the Sully District and providing baseline guidance that meets the National Council and National Capitol Area Council (NCAC) guidelines as well as mentoring as the Candidates complete their trail to Eagle. They conduct Life-to-Eagle seminars for scouts and scouters to ensure our youth have all the tools on their path to Eagle.  They are a resource to troop committees, adult leaders and youth regarding the Eagle Scout requirements. They approve Eagle service projects, provide counsel to Eagle candidates and are the NCAC’s representative to Eagle Boards of Review (EBOR).


DER Basic Requirements are: (1) be a current Registered Scouter, (2) be current in Youth Protection Training (YPT), (3) have experience with a Scouting unit or have earned your Eagle Scout.


As a Sully DER, you will be required to complete initial and recurring training.  Training is mandatory. The initial training ensures you have a mastery of the Eagle process before jumping in and the recurring training provides access to best practices and requirement changes.  You will be provided with mentoring by an existing Sully DER to help you as you get started.


Our next DER training and collaboration meeting will be in March 14, 2015.


I am accepting self-nominations as well as recommendations. Please provide:


      1. Full name
      2. Home address
      3. Preferred phone number
      4. Preferred email address
      5. Short bio describing your experience working with Scouts


Thank you,




Joe Swartz
Sully District Advancement Chairman

NCAC Training Chairman

Cell: 703-989-1049

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Sully Activities Committee Thur, 1/29 7pm

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 29, 2015
Sully District,


Just a reiminder that the Sully District Activities Committee meets just prior to Hondo's DIstrict Committee (see below). Same place (LDS Chapel), 7-8 pm.
We will discuss feedback from the Klondike Derby and review plans and actions for the District Pinewood Derby/Bakeoff (21 Feb).
For Klondike Derby feedback, I welcome all comments on what you liked, didn't like, recommendations for changes and improvements. All inputs will become part of planning for the next Klondike. If you can't make the meeting, please take a moment to send me an e-mail with your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
Dave Weisz
Sully District Activities Chairman

On 01/28/15, [SullyDist] wrote:
Sully District,
All are invited to attend the Sully District Committee meeting which will be held on Thursday 29 Jan 15 from 8-9PM at the LDS Chapel 14911 Willard Rd, Chantilly.
Please see the attached agenda.
Hondo Davids
Sully District Chairman

Tags:  Activities  Committee  Meeting  Sully 

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Sully District Committee Meeting, Thur 1/29

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sully District, 


All are invited to attend the Sully District Committee meeting which will be held on Thursday 29 Jan 15 from 8-9PM at the LDS Chapel 14911 Willard Rd, Chantilly.

Please see the agenda below.
Hondo Davids
Sully District Chairman



Sully Committee Meeting

Jan 29, 2015; 8:00-9:00 PM

LDS Chapel, 14911 Willard Road, Chantilly, VA 20151




Call to Order and Welcome R. Hondo Davids


Minutes, Review and Approval


Report Order of the Arrow, Josiah Daniel / Chris Miller


Vice Chairman Reports Membership, Doug Carlson

Finance, Aaron Bills

Activities, Dave Weisz

Advancement, Joe Swartz

Camping/Outdoor, Dan Kurtenbach

Training, Mike Sorah


Old Business - Klondike Derby Wrap-up

- Pinewood Derby / Bake Off 21 Feb

- University of Scouting 28 Feb

- Re-Charter Packet Turn In

- Sully District Awards Banquet 17 April?

- Other


New Business - Vice Chair Appointment Confirmation – Mike Sorah/Dan Kurtenbach

- Sully District Map / Commissioner Plan

- Sully District Golf Tournament 14 Sep

- Roundtable Midway

- NCAC Clay Shoot 8 May

- Popcorn Report

- Sully District Cub Scout Day Camp (Day Camp School 6-8 Mar)

- Sully District Bicycle Rodeo Wed 15 July?

- Other


District Commissioner's Minute Randy Young


District Executive’s Minute Greg Brown







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Counselor’s Compass Now Available

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Counselor’s Compass Now Available 

The Boy Scouts of America announces a new informational resource entitled "Counselor’s Compass." This publication, to be issued as an e-newsletter, will support merit badge counselors in four ways:

Things to do. What new counselors should do prior to counseling a merit badge, such as become familiar with Guide to Advancement and the educational presentation, Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling, available under "Advancement Educational Presentations" at .

Steps for Success. Helpful tips for both new and experienced counselors as they work with Scouts, such as the importance of using the latest pamphlet and requirements.

Glad You Asked. Articles that address commonly asked questions sent to

News You Can Use. Merit badge fun facts and information on new badges.

Subscribing to Counselor’s Compass is easy: Send an email message to, with "SUBSCRIBE" in the subject line. Indicate your name, email address, and council in the message text. The Compass may also be accessed online at: -- just scroll down to the "Merit Badges" section.

Tags:  Compass  Counselor  Merit Badge  newsletter 

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Eagle Candidate Process Reminders‏

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sully District Scouts, Scouters, and Parents,

The Sully District Eagle Representatives (DER) Corps is dedicated to working closely with Eagle candidates to ensure their success in achieving the Eagle rank. Over the last several months the DERs have identified several areas that it appears Scouts, Unit Leaders, and parents should remember as they follow the path to Eagle.

Eagle Candidates are well prepared. The DER’s goal is to help each candidate attain the Eagle rank, but he is also the Councils representative charged with ensuring the boy is successfully completing the steps for the rank. The Eagle process is the Scout's opportunity to demonstrate the leadership, planning, and communications skills he has learned by taking ownership of the process and coordinating with the DER and other adults in the process. The Eagle Scout Service Project teaches our scouts time management and as part of the process, the DERs are looking to see that the candidate is properly managing time and communications to meet their schedules. We often remind the scout, that it is their schedule to manage and that they should expect and plan for possible delays,

Eagle Candidates are responsible for the whole process (not just the Eagle project) just as they are in the Boy Led Units. The candidates have been working in their Unit or Units for several years and understand process. The Eagle process is easy to understand as long as the Scout reads the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and Eagle Scout Rank Application (ESRA) as part of the planning; which is an integral requirement. Additionally, the NCAC publishes the Guidelines to Eagle Scout, which offers step-by-step guidance. The Eagle candidates acknowledge by their signature that they have read the requirements to which they are agreeing. This is a critical life skill that the Eagle candidate is demonstrating and has an opportunity to hone during his journey to Eagle. Becoming an Eagle is a project unto itself with many steps including but not limited to successfully completing the Eagle project.

Eagle Candidates have many resources available. Like every advancement requirement that preceded this point in their scouting career, the Scout has been required to locate the resources to learn new topics, demonstrate his knowledge and be evaluated as possessing this knowledge. Adult Scouters, Parents and other Eagle Scouts are available for guidance and encouragement. The Sully District Life-to-Eagle seminar provides insight into the web-based resources at the NCAC and National Council web sites for gathering all the information the Scout needs to be successful on his path to Eagle. The Eagle candidate has access to many people to answer their questions with a general hierarchy of Unit Eagle Coach, Unit Advancement Chair, District Eagle Representative, District Advancement Chairman, and Council Advancement Chairman.

The Eagle Candidate has truly proven that he has reached the level of Eagle when they conduct themselves through the Eagle process communicating appropriately and taking full responsibility for the process, the process scheduling and timing, and their actions during the process.

For us Scouters and parents, we need to allow the Eagle candidate to "Do his best."

Joe Swartz
Sully District Advancement Chairman
Cell: 703-989-1049

Tags:  Eagle  Process  Project  Representative  Sully 

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Cub Scout Information for Boy Scout Leaders [3 Attachments]‏

Posted By Daniel Kurtenbach, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Boy Scout Leaders,

Here is some information from the Advancement Conference on the Cub Scout program changes. The material is specifically designed to help Boy Scout Leaders understand the transition both this year and next year, so read it carefully! You can also use the information when talking to Cub Scout parents and leaders.


Joe Swartz
Sully District Advancement Chairman
NCAC Training Chairman
Cell: 703-989-1049

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Tags:  Boy Scout  Cub  Leader  Program Change  Transition  Webelos 

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Peace Light Ceremony December 18

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sully District Scouts and Scouters,

Please join Troop 1548 for our annual Peace Light ceremony.

This year the ceremony will be on December 18th at 7:00 pm at the Sully District Government Center.  Details are in the attached flyer.



Steve Klosky

ASM, Troop 1548


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New Fencing Crew Open House

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Hello Sully District!


We had a great turn out at our last Fencing Crew Open House last month! There were a lot of Scouters who wanted to attend but couldn’t . . . so we are having a second one!  It will be Hosted by Fairfax Fencers in Chantilly and include a fencing demonstration, free food, lesson and coaching, and hands-on FUN!


Venturing is a fun and different way to partake in Scouting! The Crew will be open for BOTH boys and girls ages 13-21.  Additionally, Fairfax Fencers are generous enough to give a Special Scouting Discount to those who join the crew!




Is hosting an Open House for a


December 13, 2014 -- 1pm-3pm

Fairfax Fencers, 4433 Brookfield Corporate Dr., Chantilly, VA 22031


There will be FREE FOOD!  Watch a Bout with our

Coaches and even get a chance to practice the Sport!


Come join us and explore the Art of Fencing!


Phone: 703-352-2642 Email:


Greg Brown/Sully District Executive

Phone: 570-847-3828 Email:



En Garde for FUN!!!!                                                                          



Greg Brown  |  Sully District Executive

National Capital Area Council

9190 Rockville Pike  
Bethesda, MD 20814
P 570.847.3828
|  F 301.564.3648

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Sully News - October 13, 2014

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 13, 2014

In this issue:


Scoutmaster/ASM Training Nov. 11 & 14-16

BALOO Training November 1 

Pow Wow Registration Now Open 

Veteran's Day Memorial Wreaths




Combined Scoutmaster Specific Training (SST: S24) and Intro to Outdoor Leader Specific Training  (IOLST:  S11) Nov. 11 and Nov. 14-16

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
These classes are required for you to be fully trained!

Webelos II leaders about to cross over with their scouts this course is highly recommended so that you are ready to step into your new roles!.
Venturing Crew Advisers and Associate Advisers, IOLS is an ideal course for you because it focuses on building confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

 Indoor portion:
    Tuesday November 11th
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location: TBD
Outdoor Portion:
    Friday November 14th  5:00 PM through Sunday November 16th ~10:00 AM
    Location: Camp Snyder
    ( LDS: a makeup session will be scheduled to  cover the material from Sunday morning if needed)   

Cost: $20 + what your patrol decides to spend on food.

To Register:
Please send the following information:
   BSA ID (or none yet): 

  Mike Sorah
  Sully Training Chair


BALOO Training November 1

Yes I know, this is scheduled the same time as SFF, but your unit can spare at least one leader so that you pack can do overnighters.

(Sully District's Balloo will be in the Feb/March time frame, but the specific date has not been set.)

Please contact Roger Claff,, if you plan to attend or for more information.

Mike Sorah
Sully District Training Chair

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
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When:Nov 1
8AM to 4PM
Where:Map this event »
Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr
Group Camping Area G-6
United States
Roger Claff
Online RSVP

BALOO is an outdoor skills training program for the Cub ScoutLeader or Parent – no camping experience is required or assumed.BALOO training teaches Cub Scout Leaders and Parents theessential organizing, planning, camp craft, and outdoor safetyskills to enable a Pack to go camping as a group.

BALOO trainingprogram topics include event planning, program ideas, campfireplanning, equipment specifications and use, cooking and sanitation,safety and first aid. BSA policy requires at least one leader withBALOO training on all Cub Scout pack overnighters.



Fee: $20 Per Person (pay onsite).

Includes Foil Dinner Lunch, handout materials


View attachments on the web


Cub Scout Leaders:  POW WOW registration is now open!  
November 15, 2014, at Annandale High School.
NOTE:  BALOO training (all-day course, needed for pack overnighters) and Den Chief training (all morning course for Boy Scouts) are being offered at Pow Wow.  BALOO class size is limited, so register early!


Veteran’s Day Memorial Wreaths  Come and help salute our veterans in the placing of wreaths at our nation's memorials. Please wear full uniforms and comfortable walking shoes. All ages are welcome, but be prepared to hike for miles. We will meet at the BSA Memorial on the east side of The Ellipse at 1 p.m. RSVP to Bruce Andersen.

Whether your unit participates or not, please remind your youth to honor our veterans.  They all gave their time, a most valuable commodity, for our country.  Some gave much more.

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Fall Camporee Guide Now Available

Posted By Activities Committee, Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hello Sully District Pack Leaders and SPLs,


Included in the guide –  

-          Registration information – Reserve with a headcount estimate and deposit by Oct 16th

-          Boy Scout Competition criteria and judging sheets for Troop Portal, Patrol Carving, and Patrol Pumpkin Sumthin

-          Cub Scout/Webelo Costume/Mask competition will be judged by Boy Scouts during the parade.  No specific criteria – have fun with your designs.

-          Some Event Descriptions

-          Directions

-          Pre-order form for Special Class B T-shirts for the Camporee Designed by Life Scout Ben M.


Troop 7369 Youth Leaders have taken on the task of creating a memorable and fun Camporee for Sully District Cubs, WEBELOS, and Boy Scouts.  They have stretched their routine campout planning skills and embraced this challenge. 


Their planning meetings, trouble shooting, and negotiations utilizing the leadership skills they have learned has them very excited about this Camporee.  We adult Scouters highly encourage each Boy Scout Troop to take the lead on an upcoming District Klondike or District Fall event. 



ASM Quiterio for

Troop 7369 PLC

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