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Archery Day and Cub-O-Ree

Posted By Theresa Garcia-Parks, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Archery Day/Cub-O-Ree Export to Your Calendar


When: 4/19/2015
From 12:30-5:00pm
Where: Hanson's Farm
13703 Turkey Foot Rd
(corner of Turkey Foot Rd & Travilah Rd)
North Potomac,Maryland
United States
Deb Franklin 301-540-3387
Registration Information
Online registration is available until: 4/16/2015


This event is for Cubs to explore what it is like at a cub day camp and includes introductions to Boy Scouting.  



$7 per archer - Archery Only  (1 session of archery) Cub Scout aged siblings and older, including adults can shoot, but must preregister or pay cash on site. If you do not preregister, you may not be able to shoot at a specific time. You'll have to wait until the line goes down.

$10 per person - Cub-O-Ree Only (includes one session of archery - do not sign up for an archery session time)

$15 per person - Both Archery & Cub-O-Ree  (includes a 2nd session of archery- please sign up for second archery session time) (The cost is split between an $8 Cub-O-Ree discount and the $7 archery fee)


Register online by April 16


Cub-O-Ree -- This is a 4-hour event.  Opening ceremony starts at 12:30pm.  The first station starts at 1pm and ends at 5pm.  moves from one station to another in a designated order.  There are 5 fun stations the boys move from one to next every 45 minutes.




  1. Archery;
  2. Building a catapult and hitting targets;
  3. Building a fishing pole and fishing fly and catching fish;
  4. Obstacle course through a maze of bamboo and ropes.  
  5. A midway with a fire truck, tow truck, Pepco power truck, and a  fork-lift.  Part of the midway is a Boy Scout camp setup, too.

Archery -- For those interested only in Archery, sign up for 1/2-hour time slots starting at 1pm.  Arrive 15 minutes early to get the 15 min of training and then 30 min of target shooting.

Archery is restricted to those in 1st grade or older.



Sign up for 1⁄2-hour shooting time at online registration



Too much fun -- too little time.



There are no refunds for this event and the fees cannot be credited toward another event. This policy is true for any event with fees of $25.00 or less per participant/registrant unless stated otherwise.

Tags:  archery  Cub Scout Day Camp  Cub Scouts  family 

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Day Camp Update for March 18

Posted By Theresa Garcia-Parks, Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Snow Days
MCPS has applied for a two day waiver. They presented options to the teachers to vote on earlier.  Schools should find out by Thursday if approved.

If approved: Friday, March 27 becomes a full day of school instead of professional day for teachers. Monday, March 30 would become half day for students, afternoon professional day for teachers. The two days would be forgiven and school would end for students on Friday, June 12, teachers Monday, June 15.

If waivers are not approved: students go thru June 17, teachers thru June 18.

Note that if waivers are not approved, camp will still run as scheduled from June 15-June 19. For any days that MCPS students would need to school, those days will become 'Twilight Camp' days. The camp hours will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday would also be changed to a full day instead of ending at 1 p.m.

Financial Aid Deadline 4/1
Also, the deadline for camperships (financial aid) for Day Camp is due April 1. Here is a link to the form

Early Bird Deadline 4/17
We're just 30 days away from the early bird deadline! Parents, contact your pack coordinator to see if your pack is attending Cub Scout Day Camp (CSDC). Pack need to coordinate den walkers as well as campers. If your pack is not attending, contact the camp director for the camp you are interested in attending to find out how to register a single camper for Day Camp.

Pack Coordinators, register your pack early as the early bird rate of $175 expires on April 17! Click here for forms and to register online:


Interested in working on Staff?
Great benefits for adults volunteering to be on staff. One child (boy or girl) that is Cub Scout age can attend for free. Staff shirt, training and other great benefits available. Contact me if you or any of your parents have questions regarding becoming staff. Youth staff opportunities are also available.

Range Officer Training

We need parents, den walkers and staff interested in becoming a substitute range officer or potential staff to take free range officer training in case we need to relieve one of our many BB and Archery Range officers during camp. There are other opportunities to help with BB and Archery events at the district level, such as having Archery Days, at Cub Fun Days and other events. But to have these events, we need more trained adults. Training is good for 2 years.

                                      RANGE SAFETY OFFICER (RSO) TRAINING

in North Potomac, MD

FREE Archery Range Officer training will be held on Sunday, April 19, 9 am - 5 pm at Hanson's Farm (corners of Traville Rd and Turkey Food Rd) in North Potomac, MD.  

Please contact Deborah Franklin at for additional information and registration.




April 11, 2015

Open the link below to register:


May 9, 2015

Open the link location below to register:


Have any other questions about Cub Scout Day camp? Feel free to contact me or the Program Director, Michelle Manning at

Theresa Garcia-Parks

CSDC Director

Vice-Chairman, Camping

White Oak District

National Capital Area Council



Tags:  camping  Cub Scout Day Camp  Cub Scouts  White Oak District 

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Tree Planting Opportunity

Posted By Theresa Garcia-Parks, Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Prospective Lover and Planter  of Trees:


If you have never planted a tree you now have the opportunity

to give back to the earth.  And if you have planted you know the
feeling.  We will plant   125*** trees of 12 tree 
species native to Maryland from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.  Saturday 
11 April 2015 at OUR HOUSE  in Brookeville Maryland.     
19715 Zion Road Brookeville  Maryland  20833


I hope you can make it.  IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO MIGHT
Ed Gould
410-730 2146

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Tags:  Boy Scouts  community service  Cub Scouts  nature  trees 

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How to Start a STEM Program in Your Unit

Posted By Kevin Hopson, Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to Start a STEM Program in Your Unit


  1. Any adult can help “counsel” the youth on the NOVA level awards once that person is approved by the local unit committee and completes the adult BSA application — leader code 58 and the Nova Counselor Form and submit the forms with Youth Protection certificate to your district’s STEM Coordinator.   Go to “Want to be a Supernova Mentor of NOVA Counselor?” and   “STEM PowerPoint Overview.” 
  2. Make sure you get a current copy of the NOVA award book (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturer books) for your unit counselor, mentor, coordinator, or per youth — sold in the local Scout shop or at
  3. Review the Award worksheets.  The worksheets are available on the website at link “Want to be a Supernova Mentor of NOVA Counselor?” 
  4. Recruit an adult to be the unit’s STEM Coordinator.  STEM professional background is optional.  Some units have a team to coordinate STEM activities.  Some units will use an Assistant Scoutmaster, an Assistant Cubmaster, a Pack Trainer, a Unit Committee Member, a Den Leader, a Nova Counselor, a Supernova Mentor, another scouter, or a parent (with current Youth Protection training) as the unit’s STEM Coordinator.  See this article “Why every unit needs a STEM Coordinator?”
  5. Get familiar about the NOVA program resources on at the council’s STEM Page  and at
  6. Recruit adults with a STEM background to be Supernova Mentors. They will need to apply through the district’s STEM Coordinator or district advancement chairman.  Forms are turned in to the district’s STEM Coordinator.  Go to the link for the paperwork.  Talk with other Supernova mentors.  Supernova mentors nearby can be found through the district’s STEM Coordinator or the Council’s STEM Coordinator.
  7. Find online training for STEM counselors, mentors, and for general information at .
  8. Turn in awards timely at the Scout Shops — Internet Advancement Report form. Nova Awards can be entered on the Internet Advancement Report Form as other awards.  For Supernova Awards, be sure to get the paperwork to your district’s STEM Coordinator.   
  9. Attend roundtables to learn about STEM resources.
  10. Become a fan of the Bryan on Scouting Blog STEM, BSA STEM Facebook and Council Facebook page,
  11. Check out the cool events taking place around the council.  Subscribe to the Scouter Digest, Capital Comments, and e-Newsletters or view them online at the NCAC Communications Center.  They occasionally list events.
  12.  Network with other units.
  13. Contact your district’s STEM Coordinator to find out more about resources.   Here are some resources that I have used in the past:  
          1. If you live in Maryland, you should attend the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation’s annual Educators' Open House, usually scheduled in October each year at Brookside Gardens Visitor Center.  Regional science and environmental education providers will present the latest in science, technology, and environmental programs.  Attendees will have a chance to talk with presenters and review resources from a wide range of area experts.

          2. Another resource is the US Science and Engineering Festival Webpage,   Join their listserv to get information about local STEM events.  Plan to attend the 2016 festival.  You can get a directory of the vendors as well as contacts of local organizations. 

          3. Visit the State of Maryland Website and Search on STEM. 

          4. Visit Fairfax Family Fun Website, search on STEM. 

          5. Contact local schools, government agencies, and universities.  Check out the Smithsonian.   Visit US Patuxent Wildlife Research Center & NASA Goddard Space Visitor Center – to name a few places.  There are lots of places in the Washington DC Metro Area as well as Baltimore, MD.  They have free public events for the whole family throughout the year.  University of Maryland has Maryland Days and George Washington University has SHARE Fairs - FREE events for the public to experience innovative, fun, hands-on, interactive STEM education methods and activities.

          6. Visit  Kids Activities in Washington DC and Maryland Blog

          7. Visit STEM – One Stop Shop for STEM Information

          8. Visit your local library and talk with the technical director. There are resources for all ages.   Not all libraries offer telescopes, microscopes, Legos and mini I-pads for children to check out.  Olney Library is among the first libraries in the Montgomery County Public Library system to provide “Go! Kits” for their youngest patrons.  You need to be adult with a Montgomery County Public Library card. 

          9. Take a look at, Science Buddies, Supercharged Science, and Wonder how to do Science Experiments to get some ideas for science experiments.

Tags:  Program  STEM  Unit Coordinator 

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STEM Ideas: Helpful Hints for Scouts and Venturers

Posted By Kevin Hopson, Friday, February 20, 2015

1.       Visit Your Local Library...    Montgomery County Public Libraries offer free and equal access to services and resources to complete requirements.

   i.      All BSA Nova Awards (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturer) have a reading or watching requirement.

       ii.      Most topics can be researched and investigated here.

       iii.     Many branches have special tools e.g. STEM Go Kits and other electronic resources.  

** The STEM Go Kits are STEM tools with an I-Pad Mini for Cub Scouts.  These kits will help your scouts become excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – without costing you a fortune.   A parent has to be present to check out the kit.  Bring your library card

** Ask the librarians and tech representative about their online resources and applications.

2.       Attend Scout Camp – Some belt loops, pins, merit badges, or STEM activities offered at camp may be applied to Nova and Supernova Award requirements. 

3.       Monitor Council Websites for Upcoming STEM Events – Watch for upcoming events posted on the NCAC STEM Page:

Tags:  Boy Scouts  Cub Scouts  STEM  Venturers 

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Nova Award - Swing! Ideas

Posted By Kevin Hopson, Monday, February 16, 2015

How can my scouts earn the STEM NOVA Engineering Award – SWING!?     Here are some ideas to consider. 

Before you start, you will need to have a registered Nova Counselor or several counselors.

Nova Award requirements are found here:  There are things that the scouts and their Nova Counselor or Counselors must do.

How many scouts have a Minecraft program, watch a television show, seen online videos of trains or machinery, or read a book or magazine?  Remember those love Toy Trains Video Series.    If not, video, applications, and books on many topics may be found at your local library.   

A scout has to complete one belt loop from the following list: badminton, Baseball, BB-gun Shooting, Fishing, Golf, Hockey, Mathematics, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, or Ultimate (Golf or Frisbee).   Did your scouts attend Day Camp?  If not, belt loops can be earned quickly depending on the subject.    

Levers Lab and Catapult Corner

If you live close to a place with levers, such as a playground or carpenter shop, great.  If not, you may create or set up your own lever lab at the location where you meet.  You want to consider splitting the pack into dens - some visit the Lever Lab, while other scouts visit the Catapult Corner to create and design their catapults and participate in a game.    Several requirements are related to the concept and application of levers in the Cub Scout NOVA Swing Program.  

Many of the items that you will need for the activities are found in your homes.  The activities may be modified and performed at another function.   These activities may be used to accomplish Requirements 3, 4, 5, and 6.  

Ask an Akela to create large posters of each class of levers to illustrate their differences.    There are many illustrations on “three classes of levers” on the web.   

In the meantime, here are the classes and examples: 

Class-1 levers

In a class-1 lever, the force you apply is on the opposite side of the fulcrum to the force you produce. A first class lever has the fulcrum in the middle.  Examples are a see-saw, a pair of scissors, a balance scale and, a crowbar. 

Class-2 levers

A class-2 lever is arranged a slightly different way, with the fulcrum at one end. The second class lever has the resistance in the middle.  You apply force at the other end and the force you produce is in the middle.   Foot (Raising toes up) were you looking for something creates a class 2 lever.  Nutcrackers, garlic presses, bottle opener, staplers, and wheelbarrows are all examples of class-2 levers:

Class-3 levers

A class-3 lever is different again. Like a class-2 lever, it has the fulcrum at one end. But the two forces switch around. A third class lever has the force effort in the middle.  Class-3 levers are unlike other machines in that they reduce the force you apply, giving you much greater control. Fishing pole, baseball bat, hockey stick, broom, tweezers, and salad or barbeque tongs and catapults are an example of class-3 levers.

Ask scout leaders and parents to bring scissors, hammer, tongs, screwdrivers, wrenches, a balance scale, a crowbar, nutcrackers, a garlic press, a can/bottle opener, a stapler, a wheelbarrow, a fishing pole, a baseball bat, a hockey stick, a broom, a tweezers, salad or barbeque tongs, pencils, pens, etc.  Please label your items if necessary.  

Give each den enough paper for the scouts to draw the items and identify the class of lever.  Pencil and Pens are class-3 levers too: by pivoting them on our hands and holding them in the middle, we get much more control over the nib or ballpoint.

Ask scouts to identify the type of each lever in the room and have them draw or list the items by type (Class 1, 2, or 3).   

To make a catapult, each scout will need the following items:

  • A wire clothes hanger

  • Four thick rubber bands (two No. 64 are need for the catapult, extras are used if one or more break).

  • One plastic spoon

  • 12x12” aluminum foil sheet to tear and make small balls (pellets) from the crumpled round foil to toss from the catapult.

  • Small marshmallows (option)

  • Tape measurer, to determine the distances of the throws (4 feet)

  • Shoebox or large gift box, to catch the aluminum foil balls or pellets

Please be sure to have a tarp or large plastic sheet for the floor if you plan to use marshmallows.

Encourage each scout to perfect the standard design to perform better.   

Always play safe. 


Tags:  Award Ideas  Cub Scouts  Nova Counselor  STEM 

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Example of Cub Scout Pack STEM Calendar

Posted By Kevin Hopson, Monday, February 16, 2015
Updated: Monday, February 16, 2015

Here is an example of a Cub Scout Pack STEM Calendar. 

Month (Year)

STEM (activity)


Wildlife Conservation (Patuxent Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day)

Evening Hike to observe owls and bats




Chemistry ( Dry Ice and Slime Projects, including bouncing balls)


Mathematics (Probability games; secret codes)


Physics : Gravity (marble races, marble shoots)


Astronomy (night hike))


Machines (pinewood derby races)


Structures (card houses, LEGOs)


Archaeology (Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show)


Aviation (Aviation Museum)


Aeronautics/Space Travel (Model Rocketry)


Paleontology (Dinosaur Park)


Please check the Scouting Magazine Blog, Why every Scout unit needs a STEM Coordinator; for resources and other ideas. 



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Cub Scout Roundtable - February 11, 2015

Posted By Theresa Garcia-Parks, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It's time again for Cub Scout Roundtable!

Join us this Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. at The People's Community Baptist Church,  31 Norwood Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Join us for food, fun and helpful tips to really make your Pack shine! This month's theme is:

                                                        Be Aware and Care
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March Core Value: Compassion
For the next 6 months, we'll be going over the upcoming changes to the Cub Scout Program. The new program takes effect on June 1, 2015.

This month, which is the second of the series, we'll cover Program Planning. Instead of a breakout session, we'll have everyone in the together so that everyone in each pack receives the same information. We'll also have an overview of other changes, which includes one oath for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. We'll have our regular training session and lots of great information to really make your pack and den meetings great!

Also, join us for information about Cub Scout Day Camp and other camping opportunities. Registration is now open.

And in case you can't join us this Wednesday, here is a link to Baloo's Bugle for this month:

Other documents will be posted on the White Oak Events for Cubs and Cubbers section, located here:

Note, you can pick up Camp Cards at Roundtable as well. These cards can be sold and your unit keeps half the profit! Even if you didn't order camp cards you can sign up and take cards home from Roundtable at the end of the evening. See District Executive Michael Werling at Roundtable.

Please pass this information along to your den leaders and assistant den leaders as well as Cubmasters. Let them know that they are welcome to join us every month as well! Everyone who attends is eligible for our door prize drawing!

Theresa Garcia-Parks
Vice-Chairman, Camping
Cub Scout Day Camp Director
Acting Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
White Oak District
National Capital Area Council

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2015 White Oak District Pinewood Derbry Registration

Posted By Theresa Garcia-Parks, Saturday, February 07, 2015



Please bring your winning cars from your Pack’s Pinewood Derby and spend a fast-paced day full of fun, racing, and awards at this year’s district pinewood derby!!


-  Parents, sponsoring adults, leaders, friends, guests, and others are welcome on race day.

-  Awards for Top Racer for each scout rank – Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos 1 & 2 and

   overall district.


YES – former Webelos 2’s who have just recently bridged to Boy Scouts

can still participate in the Derby as Webelos 2’s.

-        Awards for appearance cars as well as fastest appearance car.

-        All cars must comply with the 2015 White Oak District Pinewood Derby Rules.

-        There will be hot dogs and other refreshments available for purchase.


DATE:              Saturday, March 14, 2015

PLACE:            White Oak Middle School

12201 New Hampshire Avenue NortheastSilver Spring, Maryland 20904 (in the Gym)


TIME:              Check-in & Inspection between 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

(please arrive on time) racing begins promptly at 12:45 PM


COST:             Registration fee is $38.00 per Pack (6 cars) or $8.00 per car if a Pack

                       does not have 6 cars to enter (Max fee $38.00).


To win the White Oak District Cup, a Pack must enter race cars from each level (one car each for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, WEB I, and WEB II Dens


Please register online no later than 8PM on 3/10/15


If you cannot register online, you can use attached form to enter.

Download File (PDF)

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Cub Scout Day Camp

Posted By Theresa Garcia-Parks, Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Registration for Cub Scout Day Camp is now open:


You'll find forms and links to registration there.


Theresa Garcia-Parks

Vice-Chairman, Camping

White Oak District

Lois Green CSDC Director

National Capital Area Council




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