Learn about Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Capital Area Council prepares youth for life through outstanding programs that inspire, build character and instill the values that young people need to succeed today. That includes everything from camping and hiking, to community service and leadership development.

National Capital Area Council—Number 82—is one of the largest of the nearly 300 local councils chartered by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America. Our members come from 20 districts, spread across northern Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

The Maryland counties we serve include:

  • Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s

The Virginia counties we serve include:

  • Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford, Culpeper, as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

Each Scout gains experiences that not only help them when they are young, but stay with them throughout their adult lives, helping them grow into adults that respect their family, community, religion, country and themselves.

The Boy Scout Mission

To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath

On my honor
I will do my best to do my duty to God
And my country and to obey the Scout Law; 
To help other people at all times; 
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean and Reverent.

The National Capital Area Council Vision

To accomplish the mission of the BSA in such an exemplary manner as to be recognized by our public as the premier youth organization in the communities we serve and by other councils and the National Council as second to none in all our endeavors.

Annual Report

To learn more about our activities and programs, we welcome you to view our annual report.


Strategic Plans

The world is a much different place than it was when the National Capital Area Council was founded in 1911. Today’s ever-changing youth have many more educational, athletic and recreational opportunities competing for their time and attention than Scouts of earlier generations. We want to ensure that our Council remains well-positioned to serve our customers — the youth of the greater DC metro area — in the years ahead.

Our five-year strategic plan is designed to do just that. In addition to addressing the significant demographic shifts that our region has experienced, this plan explores how best to optimize use of our facilities, especially the Goshen Scout Reservation, Camp William B. Snyder and Camp Howard Wall. It also details plans for ensuring the financial security we need to deliver high quality programs and facilities.

We encourage you to become familiar with our Strategic Plan, especially the six pillars that guide us in steering our Council’s direction. They are aggressive and designed to ensure that, together, we can achieve our vision.

National Capital Area Council full strategic plan