Western Shore District became a district on June 2, 2004 from dividing up what was the Southern Maryland District. The new district is made up of all the units within Calvert and Saint Mary's counties in Southern Maryland. This area continues to have a growing population due largely to the expansion of the U.S. Navy and Naval Aviation programs at the Naval Air Warfare Center at NAS Patuxent River.
From All of us
All of You
Membership Fees Increase
This past week (end of August), professional Scouters from across the nation gathered in Washington, DC, for their annual Top Hands meeting. Among several of the topics for discussion is the upcoming change in membership fees. Beginning January 1, 2014, yes this includes Western Shores December 2013 recharters, the registration fee for each scout and Scouter will increase from $15 to $24. NCAC will continue to collect an additional $1.00 for insurance, for a total of $25. The BSA decided to raise it’s membership fees to help offset rising administrative costs. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me or our District Director Wes Haynes email@example.com. Please see the letter from our Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock about the changes.
Yours in Scouting
Western Shore District Commissioner
Cooking Merit Badge to Join Eagle - Required List Jan. 1, 2014
Significant changes are coming to
the Cooking merit badge. First, this badge will become Eagle-required beginning
Jan. 1, 2014. In addition, there will be a major overhaul to the
requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.
The addition of the Cooking merit
badge to the Eagle-required list means that, regardless of when a Scout earned
the Life rank or began working on the Eagle Scout rank, he must earn the Cooking
merit badge to become an Eagle Scout (unless he fulfills all the requirements,
except his board of review, before Jan. 1, 2014).
As for the changes to the
requirements, they'll appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet that will be
released very soon. The new requirements then become effective Jan. 1, 2015,
with the release of Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765. Scouts who have already earned the
Cooking merit badge are not required to re-earn the badge under the new
requirements in order to qualify for the Eagle Scout Award.
Camp William B. Snyder - 2014 Summer Programs
Cub Scout Resident Camp - Day Camp - Webelos Camp
The 2014 theme for Camp Snyder is SPACE CAMP!! Scouts will experience the undiscovered planet as they learn about its plant and animal life, construct space stations, practice with their laser gun (bb guns), collect geological samples and finally construct a rocket to take them back home. As in the previous years, each camp will have a balance of just for fun activities along with pins, belt loops, Achievements, Electives and Activity Badges for the Scouts to earn during their stay.
Cub Scout Resident Camp Camp Snyder will conduct four sessions for Cub Resident Camp in 2014. Cub Resident Camp is your introduction to what Boy Scout camp can be like. Scouts and their adult leaders/parents will live in 5- person BSA wall tents with cots and platforms, eat at the camp dining hall and experience a wonderful program. The program at camp includes opportunities for Scouts to earn Achievements, Pins, Belt Loops, and several just-for-fun activities. The importance of Cub Resident camp to a Cub Scout and their family is tremendous! Resident Camp will develop your son’s or dens’ self-reliance and resourcefulness by providing learning experiences in which campers acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to their well being.
Thursday at 6pm - Sunday at 9am
Overnight Camping Session 1 July 10 - July 13
Session 2 July 17 - July 20
Session 3 July 24 - July 27
Session 4 July 31 - August 3
(There will be a optional Friday morning check in from 8:00 - 10:00 am for families who may not be able to arrive on Friday evening)
Meals provided starting with Friday breakfast through Sunday breakfast
Cub Adventure Days Camp Snyder will conduct 4 Adventure Days sessions for Cub Scouts in 2014. Cub Adventure Days is a great Day Camp experience for all Scouts from Tiger through Webelos and their families to experience a campout without the overnight sleeping. Each day will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 4:00 pm with lunch included in the cost of camp. Every day will be different from the one before with Scouts visiting all of the Camp Snyder program areas by the end of the week.
Monday – Thursday - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Day Only / Lunch Included
Session 1 July 7 - July 10
Session 2 July 14 - July 17
Session 3 July 21 - July 24
Session 4 July 28 - July 31
Webelos Camp Camp Snyder will conduct two different sessions for Webelos Resident Camp in 2014. Webelos camp is a big step for the Webelos I or II working on Activity Badges. Scouts will camp overnight just like when they become Boy Scouts to get the full summer camp experience in a shorter setting. Most of your time will be spent working towards advancing in your Webelos trail on the way to becoming a Boy Scout. There’s plenty of other fun activities to fill your week including games, trips to the pool and more. Webelos will also be able to work on some free time activities that will include the more advanced pins from the Cub Scout Academic and Sports program.
Sunday 6:00 pm – Friday 9:00 am - Overnight
Session 1 August 3 - August 8
Session 2 August 10 - August 15
Meals provided starting with Monday breakfast through Friday breakfast
For more information regarding youth and adult fees and dates click HERE
Let the High Adventure
Your Scouts Can Sign up for Philmont and
with or without the unit
All across the Council there are Scouts and Venturers
that want the dream. They want High Adventure. They are in every Crew, Troop,
and Team. But not every Crew, Troop or Team is going to go to a High Adventure
this summer. Well give those youth the chance to go anyways (we also have room
for a couple of leaders)
The National Capital Area Council’s Council sponsored
contingents have Philmont Crews in early July and Summit Crews leaving on July
26th. This is the inaugural year for High Adventure at the Summit.
Don’t let your Scouts and Venturers miss out because your troop can’t make it
Registration ends very soon, so don’t wait. Pass the
word to all your families and fill out an application
for more information and to download the applications to
Yours in High Adventure,
NCAC High Adventure
The Summit wants you to come in 2014!
Individual focus programs include:
The Summit Experience (a trial of the different programs
all rolled into one week)
Helmets and Harnesses
If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the
Summit team at (304) 250-6750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder the Council does have two Council Contingents
going to the Summit this summer still looking for more participants. Both leave
July 26th and will return Aug. 2nd. Our options are "The
River” and "Helmets and Harnesses” (sadly the Summit Experience variety pack was
not originally an option when we were picking treks). For more information on
those go to www.ncacbsa.org/highadventure.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to
Haynes | Western Shore/Zekiah
BOY SCOUTS OF
National Capital Area
WSD Weather Hazards Watch Procedures
To All Western Shore District Scouters
Please find the attached Western Shore District Hazardous weather watch procedures that have been approved by our District Committeefor use.Please review and use by all WSD-sponsored outdoor event (i.e. Webelos-ree, Camporees & day camps) organizers & event directors. If you have any questions please contact me.
David A. Nelsen
WSD Health & Safety Chair
GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING UPDATEIn May, the Guide to Safe Scouting (GSS) was updated to add BSA's longstanding policy on firearms. Additionally, in the appendix, the maximum height for pioneering projects was INCREASED from 5 feet to 6 feet on the third page of the Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations.
If you have any questions, please review the GSS online at http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspxand if that doesn't address the question, please contact me.
WSD H&S Chairdanelsen@alum.rpi.edu
Popcorn sales key dates(August through November). Attend a Kick Off for an opportunity to learn more about this year’s sale, earn bonus commission and pick up materials/crossbow (bonus prize).
Click here for the 2013 popcorn sale regional kickoffs schedule.
Sept 6th Popcorn Order due date (chocolate
Sept 21st Popcorn Delivery @ Solomons Firehouse 8 am
Oct 4th order due date
Oct 19th Pickup popcorn @ Solomons Firehouse 8am
Nov 8th order due date
Nov 28th Order pick up @ Solomons Firehouse 8 am
All monies DUE, prize order, Top Seller info-> Dec
For Western Shore I have selected Uniform items, handbooks etc available at no extra cost and save families ordering or traveling? If you need something please contact me.
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