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Recharter Turn-in at Roundtables - Tues, Jan. 14

Posted By Peter A. Minderman Jr, Monday, January 06, 2014

Our next rechartering package turn-in will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7:00 PM at Roundtables


Potomac LDS Church

11700 Falls Road

Potomac, MD 20854


The May version of our calendar showed a turn-in this Saturday. This is canceled - NCAC using all the Scout Center for Goshen interviews this Sat.


Also that calendar showed Roundtables on the wrong week. Sorry.


ROUNDTABLES = Tuesday, Jan. 14


See you next Tuesday, the 14th


Pete Minderman

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Potomac District 2013 in Review - Very Good

Posted By Peter A. Minderman Jr, Saturday, January 04, 2014

Potomac District 2013 - a Very Good Year:

* 1.6% total Growth (youth members),

* that's 57 youth over in total membership including growth in Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Exploring

* +5 new units including the first performing arts Post and Veterinary Post and Club in the National Capital Area Council


* 80% youth Retention 

* 23rd great Klondike Derby = 43 troops & crews; 88 patrols; 803 Boy Scouts, Venturers & adults camp 2 nights in January

*  great Webelos day outing at Klondike Derby = 238 Webelos & parents


* Great Cub Scout Day Camp held in Potomac = 143 Cub & Webelos Scouts


* District Pinewood Derby race = 79 racers from 24 packs

* 102.1% combined Friends of Scouting donations,

* 98.0% Popcorn sales vs. 2012


--> We'll be a GOLD Journey to Excellence District again!

... Good Year, Best Volunteers! Look out 2014, the best has yet to come!

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All LDS Units have turned-in Recharter

Posted By Peter A. Minderman Jr, Thursday, December 19, 2013
Next Thanks and Well Done to LDS Washington Stake - have turned in all 19 recharter paper packages and Journey to Excellence submissions. Well done to Grant Turner, Shauna Hill, and senior LDS leadership.

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WELL DONE - Troop 1427 - 1st to turn-in Recharter

Posted By Peter A. Minderman Jr, Thursday, December 19, 2013
Thank you and Well Done to Troop 1427 - the 1st Potomac unit to turn in their rechartering papers & payment.

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Popcorn for sale from Pack 1753

Posted By Peter A. Minderman Jr, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pack 1753 has leftover popcorn from their fall sale.


  • 3 - White Chocolately Pretzels Tin
  • 5 - 18 pk Kettle Corn
  • 3 - 18 pk Unbelievable Butter
  • 2 - 18 pk Butter Light
  • 2 - Caramel Corn Almonds & Pecans
  • 6 - Butter Toffee Caramel Corn
  • 4 - Bacon Ranch (tins)
  • 6 - Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese
  • 7 - Caramel Corn


Contact Pete Altman, <> 

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Dec. 10 Roundtables & OA Meeting Canceled

Posted By Peter A. Minderman Jr, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Following MCPS closing for "community activities", Roundtables & OA Chapter meeting are canceled.


We'll accept recharter packages this Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Rechartering Training Workshop, 10:00 AM - Noon at the LDS Family Research Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington.


And at the District Committee & Commissioners meeting - Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 PM at the Scout Center.


Monthly District Highlights have been posted on the Potomac District website in the Blog.


Happy Holidays

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Tags:  OA  rechartering  Roundtable 

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Mock Disaster Victims Needed

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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Den Chief Training - this Saturday

Posted By Peter A. Minderman Jr, Monday, September 30, 2013

Den Chief Training will be offered this Saturday, Oct. 5, in east Rockville

More info:

Tags:  Boy Scouts  Den Chief  training 

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Emergency Preparedness practice drill opportunity for older Scouts -- Sunday, Sept. 15 - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Posted By Peter Minderman, 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

Tags:  community service  Emergency Preparedness merit badge  SSL hours 

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Chair's Commendation Award for Fall 2013 Recruiting

Posted By Peter Minderman, Monday, August 19, 2013

Like last year, Potomac District will offer the "Chair's Commendation Award for Fall Recruiting"

Awards will be handed out at Oct. and Nov. Roundtables.

Two requirements:

o   Earn Chair’s modified Journey to Excellence membership requirement #3 at GOLD level 
(+10 % growth, or
have a PACK with at least 60 Scouts and increased membership over last year, 
……..a TROOP with at least 45 Scouts and increased membership over last year,
…….a CREW with at least 15 Scouts and increased membership over last year)

o   Turn in these Scout applications to Don or Kent by Oct. 31, 2013.


Tags:  Fall 2013  membership  recruiting  unit award 

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