Upcoming and Recent Events
Check this page for International Scouting themed activities in the DC Metro area and beyond. Upcoming topics of interest include:
International Scouting Day – Mexico! February 2nd, 2019 Scouts in the Washington, D.C. area are invited to set foot in Mexico for half a day to learn about the nation, its culture, and its scouting program at the Mexico Cultural Institute (2829 16th St., NW). Whether you are getting ready to participate at the World Jamboree, or you are just interested in learning about Mexico, this is the event you do not want to miss. Besides, it is an incredibly fun and interesting way of meeting requirements for Citizenship in the World MB or the International Spirit Award. Registration is limited so sign up today at https://scoutingevent.com/082-25073-59795
Share the Bethlehem Peace Light – 1PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Marriott Scout Center 9190 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20814 In early December, each year, a young girl or boy from Austria travels to Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus. During a solemn ceremony at the Grotto of Christ’s Birth in the Church of the Nativity, a candle is lit at the eternal flame and placed in a special lantern. Many local people, including Scouts and Guides from the State of Palestine and Israel, are present and some accompany the ORF Peace Light to Tel Aviv airport from where it is flown to Austria.
For the last 25 years, representatives of Scout and Guide associations from Europe and beyond have been gathering in Vienna, Austria, to light their own candles from the Peace Light Lantern and carry it back to their local communities. Bring a container with which to safely transport the flame back to your community. For more look to https://www.scout.org/node/21837 or click here for the flyer.
The 57th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. April 8th 2017. 10AM-5PM Every year the Japan-America Society of Washington DC hosts the annual Japanese Street Festival (“Sakura Matsuri”) to celebrate Japanese culture, music, food and the long fruitful connection between our two great nations. Scouts of the National Capital Area Council may elect to serve as “Scout Ambassadors” during a portion of the event and provide direction to visitors. It’s a great way to provide service to an international forum, put Scouting’s best foot forward and obtain free admission to the festival. Scouts will hand out programs or provide directions from the Metro stations to the festival. Scouts work a shift helping out and then attend the event themselves. It’s a great experience! The link to register by unit is here. The information sheet on the event can be found here.
International Scouting Day – Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center – Saturday February 25th, 2017 The mandate of the International Committee of the National Capital Area Council is to help local Scouts learn more about Scouting overseas, and to help Scouts from abroad learn more about the BSA. Every year the International Committee works with the diplomatic community in our nation’s capital to fulfill this mandate through an International Scouting Day at a local embassy. This year the Sultanate of Oman will host an International Scouting Day on Saturday, February 25th at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. Units from across the Council are welcome to send a contingent to learn more about the people of Oman, their culture and Scouting within the Sultanate.
International Scouting Day – Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Saturday October 15th, 2016 The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host an International Scouting Day on Saturday, October 15th. Troops and Crews from across the Council will welcome to send a contingent to learn more about the Saudi people, their culture and Scouting on the Arabian Peninsula. Click here to register.
International Committee Annual Fellowship Dinner – July 22nd, 2016 As if supporting International Scouting weren’t enough, members of the International Scouting Committee meet once a year for the social event of the season – the Annual Fellowship Dinner. This year the non-uniform off site was held at Paradiso’s in Franconia, celebrating the contribution of Italy to world culture and cuisine. A grand time was had by all – if YOU want to be part of such fun next year, consider membership in the committee..
Iceland’s Scouts host international Jamboree at Ulfljotsvatn July 17th – 22nd. Over five thousand Scouts from around the world attended Iceland’s Jamboree, and NCAC sent a large component of the US contingent. Scouts from the DC metro area gathered together and made the trek to Ulfljotsvatn. While there they learned a lot about the people, culture and history of the island nation; were visited by Iceland’s President; participated in a service project planting over 2,000 saplings (Iceland is mostly devoid of forestation) and spent time with the US Ambassador, who came out the campsite to join the efforts.
The 56th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. April 16th 2016. 9AM-4PM Registration for this event is closed. If you or your unit would still like to participate, please contact Sakura-Sensei Jay Eidson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, if you HAVE registered and haven’t heard what you are supposed to do, reach out to Jay-san as well.
Passport DC Passport DC 2016 is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied international culture. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and more than 40 of DC’s very best cultural institutions. Over 280,000 people experience the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions and workshops.
May 7th, 2016 10AM-4PM Participants travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 50 embassies opened their doors to visitors in 2014, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more! Come see the world through the embassies of missions of our global neighbors. Embassies participating include Afghanistan, African Union, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Libya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
May 14th, 2016 10AM-4PM Visitors to the European Union (EU) Delegation and the embassies of the EU member states will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations. Guests may sip tea at the British Embassy or get a henna tatto in the Turkish Embassy. Previous participants in the embassy open houses include Croatia, Denmark,Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Austria, Cyprus,Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain,Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden