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Seneca NewsFlash – March 13, 2018

March 15, 2018

New News!!
The Pinewood Derby is open for registration.
Where: Kingsview LDS Church, 18900 Kingsview Rd in Germantown, MD
When: Saturday, April 14 from 9:30am-12:30pm (Weigh in starts at 8:30am)
Cost: $35 per PACK, not individual
The 2018 rules are on the registration site
“Passport to Adventure” that’s what I’m talking about!!!  Cub Scout Day Camp this year will be held on June 25th-29th. We have a new venue which is Madison Fields located in Dickerson MD. For some extra excitement we have added a couple of new adventures this year which are FISHING and SWIMMING! We are very excited about this!!
Please contact your Cubmaster or Pack Day Camp Coordinator to register. The URL is, however, only Pack Coordinators should be registering youth and Den Walkers. Please do not forget that to every 5 or less youth there must be 1 Den Walker. The Camp is open to girl Cub Scouts too.
If you have ANY questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
Let’s get this adventure started!!!
Maggie Smith
Seneca District Cub Scout Day Camp Director.
What: Who is a Den Chief?  The Den Chief supports the Cub Scout Den Leader, serving as a helper, role model, and a friend to the Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts.
Who: an experienced Boy Scout, (at least one full year or more), and First Class rank or above. A Venturing Scout (male or female) can also be a Den Chief.
When: April 8
Where: National Izaak Walton League, 707 Conservation Ln, Gaithersburg MD
Cost: $20 for youth, adults free
Come out to the Keys on Saturday, June 2, 2018 and get a great deal!  Game, Fireworks, Movie and Sleep on the Field!  See attached flyer for details.  (note: if you sleep on the field, bring a tent that does NOT require stakes!)
What: annual Merit Badge University
When: April 14-15, 8am-5pm
Where: The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20064
Cost: $5 per badge
Leave No Trace Trainer Course: Multiple Dates – First weekend coming soon!
April 13-15, 2018 (IWLA, Germantown, MD)
April 21-22 (Camp Snyder, Haymarket VA)
May 19-20 (Southern MD)
What is the purpose of this class? The Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout programs all include outdoor stewardship, care for the environment, and Leave No Trace as part of their programs. This course is offered to train adults and youth aged 14+ to serve their units and districts as Leave No Trace Trainers and as Outdoor Ethics Trainers.
Every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout unit should have at least one Leave No Trace/Outdoor Ethics Trainer. This course is strongly recommend for Scouts serving, or wishing to serve, in the Troop Outdoor Ethics Guide position. Who should attend? Venturers, Sea Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Boy Scouts aged 14+; adult Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, Venturing, and Sea Scout leaders; and District and Council leaders and trainers.
What will I learn? This course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and outdoor ethics, and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. This class is both active and highly interactive. You will be introduced to concepts and methods that will advance your knowledge of Leave No Trace issues in both developed and high adventure environments, expand your repertoire of low-impact skills, and increase your effectiveness in teaching these important skills to others.
The class is being offered three times this Spring in NCAC. The next offerings of this class in NCAC will be in September, 2018.
– Germantown, MD, April 13-15 
         Questions? Contact Paul Schimke, or 301.906.0069 (c)
– Camp Snyder, Haymarket, VA, April 21-22, 2018
         Questions? Contact Victor Bieniek, vbieniek@gmail.com703.855.8428 (c)
– Southern MD, May 19-20, 2018
          Questions? Contact Mike Strong, or 301.861.6568
Please submit your Awardees for the Seneca District Outstanding Unit Scouter Award – “SOUSA” on the attached form.
The Seneca District Outstanding Unit Scouter Award – “SOUSA” is a unit level award that gives recognition to registered adult Scouters for their significant contributions to their respective units during the 2017 calendar year. It is a district award presented on behalf of units in the same way that the District Award of Merit is a council award presented by the district, and the Silver Beaver Award is a national award presented by the council.
Who is Eligible?
·       Scouters (adult leaders) registered at the unit level in troops, packs, ships, venture, or varsity units.
·       Units are limited to two recipients per year for this award.   PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BOTH AWARDS ! ! !
Who is Not Eligible? – Corrected
·       Recipients of this award or equivalent the past TWO (2) years. Equivalent awards include the Bowline, Spark Plug, or Pinnacle Awards, or other former district unit Scouter award.
How are Recipients Selected and Who Selects Them?
·       Recipients are selected and designated by their units based on their significant contributions to the unit within the calendar year 01 Jan  2017 through 31 Dec  2017. The definition of “significant” is entirely at the discretion of the unit leader or unit committee chair submitting the nomination.
·       The Seneca District Adult Recognition Committee accepts, without review, nominations that comply with the eligibility criteria above.
How do Units Submit Nominees?
·       Units (usually the unit leader or committee chairman) submit the names of their nominees by email.
·       Send to Tom Kennedy ( by 28 February 2018. Please put [SOUSA] in the subject line of your e-mail so we don’t miss it!  Please don’t wait till the last minute‼
·       Please include—
– Detailed and specific “Statement of Outstanding Service” (a paragraph of 3-5 Sentences (50 to 100 words) describing the awardee’s contribution that the award is based upon. (Paragraphs will be posted on the Seneca District website recognizing Outstanding Unit Scouter Award recipients and read verbatim at the Seneca District Adult Court of Honor & Dinner, scheduled for 22 May 2018 at a location to be determined.  .
– Contact information for both the nominator AND the nominee (name, position, unit, email and phone number).
·       The form for 2018 SOUSA Awardees is attached for your use.
When are the awards presented?
·       The SOUSA certificate is presented to the recipients at the annual Seneca District Adult Court of Honor & Dinner, scheduled for 22 May 2018 at a location to be determined.  Please remember the 14th point of the Scout Law,  “A Scout is Flexible”
Does Seneca District Contact and Invite the Awardees?
·       No.  Upon confirmation that your submission has been received (usually within a few days of our receipt) you should inform the awardee and ensure that he or she—along with members of your unit—plan to attend the Seneca District Adult Court of Honor & Dinner, scheduled for 22 May 2018 at a location to be determined.   Cost for the Seneca District Adult Court of Honor & Dinner  will be kept to a minimum.  It is strongly suggested that awarding units pay for the cost for the awardees to attend this wonderful event.
Please remember to take advantage of TWO awards per unit.   If you have already replied,  thank you.
Please direct inquiries to Tom Kennedy at (  or 301- 461- 4101.
Yours in Scouting and
   Best Regards,
Thomas C. Kennedy
Save the date!!  We are busy building the program and expect more details and registration over the summer.
Visit the event page for the current details.
Save the date!!  Details are being finalized for our District event to recognize our volunteers and accomplishments.
District News

Reference Material


District Training (includes Potomac & White Oak)
Montgomery Service Area 2017-18 Training trifold Updated


White Oak

Scoutmaster Position Specific Training (S24) – 10/6/2018
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – 10/26-27/2018
Scoutmaster Position Specific Training (S24) – 4/20/2019
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – 5/3-4/2019


None Pending

Other District Training
Den Chief Training

17 March: Powhatan District, McLean, VA

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

23-24 March: Aquia District, Fredericksburg, VA
20-22 April: Colonial District, TBA

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

7-8 April: Aquia District, Fredericksburg, VA

Wilderness First Aid

19-20 May: Washington DC

Council Training

Council News

The 2019 High Adventure registration is now open at the Summit Bechtel Reservation.
VenturingFest is the place to make new friends, explore the Summit’s adventure playground, and unite with thousands of other Venturing aged youth from around the country.
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