In-person district activities for Fall 2021 within National Capital Area Council may resume. Unfortunately, the Delta variant of Covid will require continued monitoring of this policy and future changes may be necessary.
Specifically, NCAC Districts are responsible for, and must review and follow all virus protocol required by the County and State in which the activity will occur.
As standard practice, all NCAC District activities should consider the following:
- Indoor Activities: Mask use indoors is strongly encouraged for people who are not fully vaccinated including children. No child under the age of 2 should wear a mask.
- Outdoor Activities: People who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
- Cohort Model: Activity planning committees should strongly consider utilizing the cohort model whenever possible to prevent the spread of Covid.
- Tent Policy – Units should always follow the BSA’s Barriers to Abuse policies and we recommend sleeping “head-to-toe” to further restrict the spread of the virus.
- Virus Prevention Plans: All NCAC Districts must complete a Virus Risk Management Plan (VRMP) for each activity and have it approved by the event chairperson and professional staff adviser.
Please reference https://www.ncacbsa.org/covid-19/ for further resources.
*Please note that some local jurisdictions have already begun enforcing mask mandates. As those continue, so must we continue to follow the laws and regulations that are being set forth.
*It is the event planner’s responsibility to ensure that, when changes occur to local or state government advice on health and safety, necessary revisions to the event Covid Plan are approved prior to the event.
Camporall (Cub Scouts BSA):
Camporall is Chain Bridge’s largest event with an average of 1,700+ adult volunteers and Cub Scouts participating in FUN activities at Camp Snyder. The idea behind this event is to provide a variety of age-appropriate shooting sports, STEM activities, crafts, and games for our Cub Scouts. Training for Cub Scout adult volunteers are also offered throughout the day for anyone looking to receive additional or position specific training.
Camporee (Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA):
A camporee is a local or regional gathering of Scouting units for a set period of camping and common activities usually centered around an annual theme. Chain Bridge offers a Fall Camporee every year to supplement the camping opportunities for our Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing BSA Crews.
Chain Bridge District’s Mountain Rendezvous Camporee will be 10/15/21 – 10/17/21! In the spirit of General William Ashley’s men of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company of 1825! Learn old time outdoors skills! Participate in mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target shooting, cooking, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of outdoor extravagances! Camping and Campfire! Dress the part!
Register Now! https://scoutingevent.com/082-2021fallcamporee
Cub Scout Day Camp
Cub Scout Day Camp (Cub Scouts BSA):
Our Cub Scout day camps are organized by the National Capital Area Council and are conducted by a leadership team comprised of adult volunteers who are trained and certified by the Boy Scouts of America’s National Camping School. Day camps are for registered Cub Scouts entering the 1st-5th grades the following school year. Those entering the 1st grade must be accompanied by an ‘adult partner’ during their participation. A variety of different activities are offered to allow participants to experience outdoor programs for Cub Scouts.
2022 Cub Scout Day Camp information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in Cubmail and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
District Pinewood Derby
District Pinewood Derby (Cub Scouts BSA):
Pinewood Derby is a racing event for unpowered miniature cars. With the help of adults, Cub Scouts build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles. The track usually has two to eight lanes and slopes down to the ground, since the cars are powered by gravity. The race is run in heats, giving every car the chance to run on each lane. The racers can be grouped with others from the same rank (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, etc.). First, second, and third-place winners usually receive ribbons, medals, or trophies. There are also awards on the basis of car design or styling.
More information on our 2022 District’s PWD is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in Cubmail and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Klondike Derby (Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA):
The Klondike Derby is an annual winter event based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. There are several stations where patrols must test their Scoutcraft skills and leadership abilities, earning points towards a total score. Every patrol must transport their gear and equipment on a homemade sled pulled by the Scout participants.
Information on the 2022 Klondike Derby is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in Chainemail and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Please contact Rob Faris
Oratory Contest (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA, Exploring BSA):
The Oratory contest theme is “What Scouting means or has meant to me.” Orators will present their speech before a panel of judges. Winners will be selected from entrants for each division in Scouting (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA, and Exploring BSA), and a Chain Bridge District orator of the year will also be selected. Winners will present their orations at the annual Chain Bridge District awards dinner, where they will be providing the highlight of the program entertainment before an audience of about 150 adult volunteers and Scouts.
Chain Bridge District’s 2022 Oratory Contest information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in CubMail, Chainemail, and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Projectoree (Scouts BSA):
Projectoree is focused around leadership and teamwork development through a series of competitive games and having FUN! The event’s design encourages inter-Troop friendships and interactions; Giving Senior Scouts responsibilities in helping run a major event, as well as a chance to meet fellow Senior Scouts from neighboring Scouts BSA Troops. Individual Scouts BSA Troops from Chain Bridge volunteer to host a variety of competitions throughout the event. Each competition is run by the senior Scouts of the unit hosting their specific event. The participants compete in Patrol-style teams against one another to see who can have the best overall score and be recognized for their Patrol’s achievement(s).
Save the Date: 04/29/22 – 05/01/22! Chain Bridge District’s2022 Projectoree information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in CubMail, Chainemail, and Basecamp. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Scouting for Food (SFF)
Scouting for Food (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA):
As Scouts, we know how fortunate we are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And we know that not everyone is so lucky. That’s the genesis of Scouting for Food, the annual food-collection drive run by your local council. It’s another reminder to our local communities that Scouts are here, doing good turns. Scouting for Food takes place on two consecutive weekends. On the first weekend, Scouts distribute bags and/or door hangers to let their neighbors know about the drive. On the second, Scouts revisit those houses to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items.
- Each unit runs its own food drive as a unit-level event
- Each unit may schedule its food drive anytime between September 1, 2021 through February 2022 (or later if you want)
- Each unit may do multiple food drives
- Each unit must follow all the current Virginia and NCAC rules for Covid-19. (I will provide a list of the web sites with that info).
- Please get my permission before you do a food drive. I will send you a checklist on the Covid-19 rules for 2021 and ask you to read it and sign it (e-signing is ok) and send it back to me.
- Each unit will need to contact the food bank you are taking the donations to (AFAC, Share of McLean or Food for Others) and make arrangements about when you will bring your donations to that food bank. I will provide you with information on how to contact SHARE and AFAC along with a description of how the food bank would like the donations sorted and packed before bringing it to them.
We do not have SFF bags this year.