Sakura Matsuri Festival
Saturday April 12th, 2014
The International Committee will once again support the annual Sakura Matsuri Festival on Saturday April 12th. This is a fantastic event that is open to the public, showcasing Japanes culture. What's more Troops, Teams and Crews may send volunteers to serve as Scout Ambassadors. There is no cost and volunteers actually receive a commemorative hat and free admission to the Festival. To register - click here!
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) / Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)Saturday October 19th - Sunday October 20th, 2013
Jamboree on the Air / Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA/JOTI) took place
over the weekend of 19-20 October and was a big success. Hundreds of
youth from NCAC connected via shortwave radio and internet relay chat
with their brother Scouts around the globe. Over 750,000 Scouts
participated in this once a year world wide event. Patches for
participation may be ordered from here and here.
Chain Bridge District Interpreter Strip Certification Day
Saturday Spetember 14th, 2-5PM LDS Scotts Run, McLean VA
Bridge is hosting an Interpreter Strip Certification Day on Saturday September
14, 2013, from 2 to 5 pm at the LDS Scotts Run facility in McLean,
Virginia. Although under BSA rules no formal testing or independent
certification is required to wear an interpreter strip on your uniform, this
event is for Scouts and Scouters who wish to take advantage of an
organized program like those offered by the International Staff at National
Jamborees, bringing together language specialists for many different languages.
For more information click here.
Hosts Needed for National Jamboree 2013
Summit Bechtel Reserve, July 13th - July 24th
What does the National Jamboree have to do with International Scouting?
West Virginia is within driving distance from NCAC - it's practically
in our backyard. Well, every National Jamboree welcomes visitors from
other countries and ours is no different. Additionally, following the
World Jamboree in Japan in 2015, the next World Jamboree will be a
combined effort, hosted jointly by Canada, Mexico and the United States.
It will be held at the SBR in 2019. So the National Jamboree this year
is a great chance to prepare.
in July, Scouts and Scouters from around the globe will descend upon
SBR to join in the brotherhood of Scouting. Many of them will pass
through the DC metro area and a number have thought to include a visit
to our Nation's Capitol as a highlight of their trip. The NCAC welcomes
our visitors from overseas, and the International Committee has
volunteered to coordinate their stay. If you would like to serve as a host for a foreign contingent please let us know. Here is a link to
a web form that you can fill out indicating how you would like to help.
Here is a link to the paper version, if you'd rather print out out a
copy for distribution click here. If you have any questions regarding any of this, please contact Robert Davidson.
Life Scout John Ferry Eagle Project
Working with PARSA Afghan Scouts
Most Eagle projects take place in a Scout’s hometown. By definition,
the work of the project does good within the community. For one Life
Scout, John Ferry of Troop 463 of Garrett, MD, "community” does not stop
at the water’s edge. The NCAC is a long way from Central Asia, but ever
since the ouster of the Taliban backed regime in 2001, Americans have
been forward deployed to Afghanistan, helping the people of that ravaged
part of the world, rebuild their country. One such American is Major
Kenton Barber, part of the NATO contingent in Kabul. He noted with
concern the young boys and girls that lived in dire circumstance in the
Hazarajat region. They lived with their families in caves that lined the
Bamyan Valley. With winter rapidly approaching, Maj. Barber thought of
all that we had back here in DC. A neighbor of his wife proved to be the
mother of John Ferry, who was mulling through potential Eagle projects
that would make a real difference in someone’s life.
order John Ferry was coordinating the efforts of donors and volunteers
to collect warm clothes bound for points east. The two leveraged a joint
State / DoD / US AID project to get the sixty eight boxes of collected
winter gear from NCAC into Afghanistan and looked to local Afghan Scouts
to aid in distribution. Keith Blackey, a US National and Scouter from
the Pacific Skyline Council, is an advisor to the Afghan Scouts, and
helped coordinate the overall effort. Through the efforts of these three
individuals, along with the assistance of countless volunteers, over a
hundred parcels were distributed to those in need. It is likely that
John’s Eagle Scout project has contributed to the role of the Afghan
Scouts within their community. It is also possible that goodwill
afforded through these actions have made a positive contribution to the
war effort. For more information on PARSA Afghan Scouts click here.
Jamboree on the Air at Camp Snyder
Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 10AM - 4PM
As part of the Fall Outdoor Expo there will be a chance to get on a
shortwave radio. Join us for this exciting event and connect with Scouts
across the country and around the globe! Earn credit toward the
International Activity Badge, Citizenship in the World, and Radio Merit
Badges, and Citizenship, Language and Culture, and Communicating Belt
Loops, This event is open to all Scouts. For additional information go
to the NCAC International Committee JOTA / JOTI page here.
Camp Snyder Campfire for Diamond Jubilee
Tuesday, June 5 2012 at 7:30 pm
On the evening of Tuesday, June 5th,
2012 a contingent of British Scouts visiting the United States hosted
over three hundred fifty Scouts and Scouters from across the region in
celebration of the last night of the Diamond Jubilee of their Queen,
Elizabeth II. Camp Snyder was the setting for fun and merriment in the
spirit of international Scouting and brotherhood. Patches were traded,
impromptu demonstrations of the contrasting styles of British and
American football, and everyone was stuffed with cake decorated with the
Union Jack. How did this come to pass?
Last week, two dozen
British Scouts gathered from points across Great Britain for a trek west
to the United States. The trip was long in planning, delayed initially
by the terror attacks of September 11th and the subsequent
uncertainty, then further delayed by the after effects of the great
recession and the economic downturn facing the whole of Europe.
Eventually the hard work of organizers came to fruition and the trip was
arraigned for the first week of June. Participants had to raise money
and rally at Heathrow for the day long journey to the US. Planes, trains
and motor coaches were all part of the road from London to Camp Snyder
at the edge of Washington DC, where the British Scouts and Scouters,
boys and girls, men and women came to rest late last week.
agenda was as full as you would expect. Woodcraft, a tour of the
capitol, a trek to the zoo, Luray Caverns, the Air and Space Museum, the
Blue Ridge Mountains and Six Flags all packed into a short week before
they made their way home. In the midst of planning their visit the
organizers realized they would be away from the UK on the sixtieth
anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Diamond Jubilee
looked to be quite a smashing event, but it appeared the young men and
women visiting the US would have to miss it. Rather than skip all the
fun, the Group Scout Leader, Del Shephard of Needingworth,
Cambridgeshire reached out to Chuck Davidson, the International
Representative of the National Capital Area Council. GSL Shepard
proposed a campfire celebration for local Scouts who might be interested
and anyone who wanted to meet their British counterparts. With only a
week before their arrival no one thought there would be much of a
response, but Chuck and his committee started to get the word out.
Organizers couldn’t have been more wrong. Despite the short notice the
event was quickly flagged by the Communications team at Council as
something of note. It appeared in the Capital Connections email and was
on the NCAC web site splash page. RSVPs poured in from across the
region. The staff at Camp Snyder anticipated a strong turnout and set
the Brits up at the Boat Pavilion in the southwest corner of the camp.
Union Jack bunting was strung, tea was brewed and signs were posted
directing attendees where to park and how to get there. The first Troop
arrived forty five minutes early. Scouts from Packs, Troops and Crews
trekked to Camp Snyder from every district in the Council. The weather
could not have been better and the threat of rain held off for a cool
There was a group photo, the exchange of gifts,
and some kind words from GSL Shephard, obviously impressed with the
turnout. The only glitch in the evening was the imposing "Queen’s
Beacon” that had been assembled failed to light as robustly as
organizers intended, but the plume of smoke it produced was a signal in
itself that something was going on. There was an on key rendition of
"God Save the Queen” by the British Scouts, and a louder (if not
entirely on key) version of the "Star Spangled Banner.” The Scouts
exchanged songs through twilight and into the dark in an impromptu
session, which while lacking in choreography was made up for in
enthusiasm and volume.
The event closed with the last cups of tea
drank and the last piece of cake eaten and the local families made
their way to their cars and the British contingent retired to their
tents for another night under the stars. The whole affair spoke well of
the brotherhood of Scouting, the ability within Council to get the word
out and the industriousness of our volunteers and professional staff.
For more information on International Scouting in the NCAC, upcoming
events and the various international awards available to Scouts and
Scouters go to the website of the International Committee of the NCAC or contact Staff Advisor Don Durbin.To see the note of recognition from Elizabeth II click here.
Around the World Embassy Tour
May 5th & 12th, 2012 10AM-4PM
Scouts and Scouters from across the Council descended upon the
diplomatic community for two days of fellowship and international
brotherhood. The annual "Embassy Open House" sponsored by some seventy
missions within the diplomatic community was held over two consecutive
Saturdays in May. A fun time was had by all and partial credit was
earned for the Language and Culture Academic Pin, Citizenship in the
World Merit Badge and the International Activity Badge.
International Scouting Day at the Embassy of Denmark
Saturday, March 17th, 2012 in support of
Jamboree Denmark 2012, July 21st -29th, 2012
Fresh on the heels of the World Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden,
neighboring Denmark will celebrate it own National Jamboree in late
July. Over 35,000 Scouts and Guides are expected to attend. Like many
national jamborees, foreign participation is encouraged and the Danes
welcome Scouts and Scouters from abroad to attend. For more information
committee sponsored an International Scouting Day at the Embassy of
Denmark on Sat March 17th. The event was a huge success with attendees
from across the Council. Over one hundredthirty Scouts, parents and
adult Scouters met with senior members of the DanishDiplomatic corps to
learn aboutDenmark, international Scouting and the upcoming Jamboree
Denmark.Our Council Scout Executive Les Baron addressed the attendees
and the Deputy Scout Executive Brian Steger described the exciting Duke
of Edinburgh award now available to Scouts in the NCAC. For more
information click here.
the first two weeks of August, six Boy Scouts from Troop 100 and three
of their adult leaders traveled to South Africa and Lesotho for high
adventure, service, and fellowship with the Lesotho Scout Association.The
group participated in cultural exchange, hiking, exploration and
conducted a service project for the local community. For more
information on this exciting trek click here
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING DAY
EMBASSY OF SWEDENMAY 28TH, 2011
In preparation for the 22nd World Jamboree which will be held in
Rinkaby the Diplomatic Mission of Sweden to the United States hosted
Scouts and adult Scouters at their Embassy in Washington DC celebrating
Scouting around the world.
hundred Scouts, Scouters and various Venturers gathered with staff from
the NCAC International committee for blocks of instruction on Sweden,
its culture and history, Scouting in the Kingdom of Sweden and the
upcoming World Jamboree in Rinkaby. Representatives from the Svenska
Scoutforbundet (the Swedish Guide and Scout Association) flew to the US
to be part of this effort. There were presentations on Scouting around
the world and recent World Jamborees along with a knot tying exercise
and a hike to Teddy Roosevelt Island.
At the close of the event there was an address by a senior member of
the diplomatic mission followed by the award of a commemorative patch
for all participants, along with a World Jamboree pin from the Swedish
hosts. NCAC International Representative Chuck Davidson presented a gift
on behalf of the BSA to the Diplomatic Mission.
A number of participants took applications for the International
Activity Patch and International Scouter Award. Life Scout Warren Nooger
of the Commonwealth of Virginia completed all the requirements of the
International Activity Patch at the session and a Scouter fulfilling
requirement XVIII of the International Scouter Award submitted the
result to Dan Anderson who was present representing the NCAC. Many other
Scouts, Scouters and Venturers fulfilled partial credit by being in
attendance and have begun the path to completion.
- The 23nd World Scouting Jamboree will take place inKirara-Hama,
Japanfrom July 28th to August 8th of 2015. The NCAC will as always send
a contingent to this exciting event. More information is available here.