In February we held a joint meeting and discussed Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies.  The PowerPoint slides have been uploaded to slideshare.net and can be found at the following location:

https://tinyurl.com/y296gx5r
The Monthly To Do List can be found here:
https://tinyurl.com/yyka3ef2

March Roundtable will feature a discussion and presentation on using Scoutbook.  As of January 1, 2019 Scoutbook is FREE for ALL UNITS.   Scoutbook is a Scout’s advancement book in the cloud. Connect with Scouts, Scouters and other leaders. Discover the latest Boy Scouts of America (BSA) news, thousands of Scouting videos, all the Cub Scout and Boy Scout references and much more right at your finger tips.

Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

Dear Leaders,
As of February 16th, I will be moving to the Washington, DC District to serve as District Director and Outreach Director. While bittersweet, it has been an absolute honor to serve you over the course of the past year. Thank you for embracing me and welcoming me to your Scouting family. We had so many accomplishments but I’m most proud of all the new families we welcomed to Scouting. We made history in 2019!
What I will miss the most are all the smiling Cub Scouts and amazing staff from Day Camp!
District leadership, thank you for mentoring me and the time well spent working together on everything from high profile special events to cooking hot dogs for Cubs. You all have left a lasting impression on me and I will carry your passion for Scouting with me wherever I go.
From Lord Baden-Powell:
“The Movement has already, in the comparatively short period of its existence, established itself onto a wide and so strong a footing as to show most encouraging promise of what may be possible to it in the coming years. Its aim is to produce healthy, happy, helpful citizens, of both sexes, to eradicate the prevailing narrow self-interest; personal, political, sectarian and national, and to substitute for it a broader spirit of self-sacrifice and service in the cause of humanity; and thus to develop mutual goodwill and cooperation not only within our own country but abroad, between all countries.”
Any questions should now be addressed to Michael Werling, District Director, @ Michael.Werling@scouting.org.
Thank you for everything you do in service of our youth.
In Scouting,
Carlos

Meetings have started for Scouts BSA Troop 239

Newly formed Scouts BSA Troop 239, sponsored by Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD
will be meeting on Mondays evenings at 7:30pm on Mondays school is open.
starting in March at Thurgood Marshall ES in Gaithersburg

12260 McDonald Chapel Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Come join us, invite your friends.

Girls age 11 or completed the 5th grade through age 17 may join.
Contact us to find out more.

Email bsagirltroop239@gmail.com

Fill out our Troop 239 Interest form…
https://goo.gl/forms/lXCPO44jkWl1A8mn2

Web site
http://www.bsa-ncac-troop291.org/home/units/troop-239

Seneca Day Camp online registration is now open @ Gotodaycamp.org.
A packet with fillable forms and information is available here.
All Units –
Have just been advised via FB that the “Print Charter” functionality in my.scouting.org is now operational for your unit.
Please print your charters once you have posted, and deliver to your Charter Organization at the appropriate forum.
Attached are the instructions on how to print a Charter Certificate. National is no longer printing these certificates.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I believe card printing is also still there and running.
YIDS
Commish
Gordon Henley

Cub Scouts Archery Day is Back (flyer at the link)

Mark your calendars Saturday, March 30th
Lois Green-Sligo IWLA, Gaithersburg

Register online for 30 minutes of archery

Debbie

Please confirm your training status at my.Scouting.org. If that system indicates your are trained, please disregard this message. If not, read on!

At the end of February, the online YP Course (Y01) will be replaced with an updated version. Please get the word out to all leaders that any courses in progress (completions of some but not all of the required four modules) will be lost when the course is updated. For example, if a leader had completed one, two, or three of the four modules, but had not completed all four, their completed modules will be erased and they will have to start over again to complete all four required modules. You must have completed all four modules successfully by February 28th, as the new Learning Plan will be launched March 1, 2019.

You must complete the training before March 1, 2019, or any progress you have made will not transfer, due to the new learning plan. Otherwise, you may simply start over with the new training plan on March 1, 2019.

If you HAVE already completed the current Y01 Youth Protection Training:
You WILL NOT be affected. You DO NOT have to retake the training when the March 1, 2019 course is released.

This update will include new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February, 2018, however our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The on-line version of the GTSS [Guide to Safe Scouting] is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.

[Existing] Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two year period.

When the course update is complete, four new VOLUNTARY modules will be added and will be available under the “VOLUNTARY programs.” These include:
1. Physical Abuse
2. Neglect
3. Emotional Abuse
4. Witnessing Violence

These new, VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse.

Thanks for all you do to continue to keeps Scouts safe!
Mary Lou Gundersen
Seneca Training Lead

The NCAC High Adventure Committee has an urgent need to fill at least two spots on a Sea Base Coral Reef Adventure from July 7th to 13th 2019. There are four (2 adults 2 Scouts) presently in the crew but six is the minimum and eight is max. So at least two more participants are needed to avoid cancelling this trip. Here is what you can expect on this adventure:

“Your home for a week will be on a large sailing vessel over 40 feet long. During the adventure, you will be sailing the Florida Keys and have the chance to snorkel some of the most beautiful reefs in the Keys and part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. You will also have the opportunity to study astronomy, navigation, fish identification, and coral reef ecology. So join us for the Coral Reef Sailing Adventure, sharpen your navigational skills and enjoy snorkeling and fishing all in one package.”

Total estimated cost of $1,950 includes the Sea Base fee, airfare, all ground transportation, meals, tips, a visit to an alligator farm and an airboat ride in the Everglades. A deposit of $700 is required.

If this sounds exciting, well, it is! To start your journey, contact High Adventure Committee Sea Base Liaison Dana Abrahamsen at (202) 326-2906 (work) or dabrahamse@ftc.gov. Download the application here (ignore the trip dates on the form). Submit the form to the address on the form and also send a copy to Dana.

For information on other Trips of a Lifetime offered by the High Adventure Committee, please visit here.

Thank you for helping us fill this trip and send these Scouts to Sea Base!
Yours in Scouting and Service,
John Blackwell
john.blackwell@goosecreekdistrict.org

Meetings have started for Scouts BSA Troop 239
Next Meeting Monday February 11th at 7:30pm at Ridgeview Middle School
16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Newly formed Scouts BSA Troop 239, sponsored by Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD will be meeting on Mondays evenings at 7:30pm
starting in March at Thurgood Marshall ES in Gaithersburg

12260 McDonald Chapel Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Come join us, invite your friends.

Girls age 11 or completed the 5th grade through age 17 may join.
Contact us to find out more.

Email bsagirltroop239@gmail.com

Fill out our Troop 239 Interest form…
https://goo.gl/forms/lXCPO44jkWl1A8mn2

Web site
http://www.bsa-ncac-troop291.org/home/units/troop-239

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed for youth to learn and practice the leadership skills that will help them succeed in Scouting and in life!

Several options exist for Summer.  Click to learn more.

This is the ultimate Scout training around.  Two heavy duty weekends.

Need to get yourself fully trained? Registration is open for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Going camping? Registration is open for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation.

Seneca District – this is a local class for us in April – it will be held in Germantown.

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.

Germantown, MD  Sat-Sun April 6-7 https://scoutingevent.com/082-LNTMD1  (Friday evening 4/5 is optional)
Questions? Contact Paul Schimke, paul@schimke.org or 301 906 0069 (c)
— or —
Camp Snyder, Haymarket, VA  March 30-31 https://scoutingevent.com/082-24711
Questions? Contact Victor Bieniek, vbieniek@gmail.com, 703-855-8428 (c)
— or —
Bryans Road, MD June 1-2 https://scoutingevent.com/082-LNTSMD
Questions? Contact Mike Strong, stronbsart@gmail.com, 301-861-6568 (c)

Paul Schimke
Leave No Trace Master Educator
Maryland Leave No Trace State Advocate
Leopold Education Project Facilitator
Tread Trainer
NCAC Outdoor Ethics Committee
301 906 0069 (cell)

The following Merit Badges have a new version due to updated requirements. Scouts that have started the previous version of these Merit Badges may continue working on that version. Scouts who are just starting on these Merit Badges must use the 2019 version. Scoutbook will likely be the first recipient of these changes and we are sure the BSA websites, volunteer websites (e.g., USScouts.Org, MeritBadge.org), and third party software will follow. The 2019 Requirements book is not in the Scout Store yet, but we will let you know when it arrives. Note three of these merit badges are Eagle required merit badges.

Montgomery Village Welcomes Scouts, BSA Troop for Girls

Newly formed Scouts BSA Troop 1920, sponsored by the BPO Elks Lodge #15 Rockville/Washington is now meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at the Whetstone Community Center in Montgomery Village, MD.  Come join us, invite your friends.
Girls age 11 or completed the 5th grade through age 17 may join.  Extensions for 16+ year olds Scouts to earn Eagle are available. Contact us to find out more.
Alex Pranger, cc@troop1920.com
Seneca Day Camp online registration is now open @ Gotodaycamp.org.
A packet with fillable forms and information will be emailed to you this weekend.
If you are a Day Camp Coordinator and do not receive this information please email me at  senecadistrictcubscoutdaycamp@gmail.com. The dates are June 24th-28th. Summer is on its way!!
Scouts BSA – Come have fun with the Lion and Tiger Cubs.  Volunteers are needed to help with set up and the running of the annual Tiger 500.  March 2, 8am to 11am (if you can’t stay the whole time that’s fine) at Kingsview LDS Church in Germantown.  Please contact Jennifer Chen at jennifer_in_dc@yahoo.com for more information.  Scoutmasters – please pass this on to your patrols.

Take on the fun and challenge of playing chess!  The Akela Chess Classic is a five-round chess tournament open to all Cub Scouts from Tigers through Arrow of Light.  Tournament play is in two brackets: Tigers/Wolves and Bears/Webelos/Arrow of Light.

Participants must know the rules of chess as there will be no instruction on site at the tournament.  Tournament play is touch-move, meaning if a player touches a piece he must move it.  Games are at a time limit of one hour.

Registration

February 14th, 2019 7:30pm
Montgomery Village LDS Church
20020 Montgomery Village Ave, Montgomery Village, MD 20886.
We know it’s Valentine’s Day, and what better way to show your Love for your Children and the Scouts you work with than to be the best trained and informed leader you can possibly be. The Roundtable is here for experienced leaders to share their knowledge, tips and tricks and for new leaders, or those who may become leaders soon to get help for how to put on Pack and Den programs, run fun events and activities, and get answers to questions or to help resolve challenges that you may face.
We will be focusing on the Scout Law point of “Trustworthy” and a theme: “Let the Games Begin”. We will cover interest topics of “The Webelos to Scout Transition: Preparation and Ceremonies”.
As you may be aware, the Boy Scouts of America no longer allows American Indian regalia to be used as a part of Arrow of Light or Webelos Crossover ceremonies. Both the Scouts BSA and Cub scout roundtables will work together to discuss making a meaningful and effective transition and awards ceremony for your Cub Scouts and the Scouts BSA Scouts that welcome them. We discuss how to prepare your scouts for the transition and alternative ceremonies that will be just as meaningful.
If you cannot attend, or even if you can, why not invite another member of your den or pack to join us and help get the information to help you and them.
We look forward to working with you.
Alex Pranger (Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner)

At our February meeting we will have a joint-session with the Cub Scouts to discuss the new policies regarding ceremonies and  Native American regalia.  We’ll be offering up a couple of different alternatives and we hope that units will bring their ideas forward as well.  In our break out session, we will have a presentation on Scout Book.

Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner)

Milkweed for Monarchs Kick-off
Saturday, February 17th from 11 am to Noon
@ The National Arboretum
Milkweed for Monarchs, Inspiring Conservation in Scouts and Their Families, is presented by the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and hosted by the United States National Arboretum. Please join us to celebrate the start of this new monarch butterfly conservation program and be the first to get your seeds and commemorative patches!

Register Now

What is “Milkweed for Monarchs?”
In February 2018, The National Capital Area Council will kick-off Milkweed for Monarchs, a massive conservation project to protect and promote sustainable habitat for the monarch butterfly. One of nature’s most recognized and beautiful butterflies, the Monarch has been in decline in recent years, seeing a 1/3 decrease in its “overwintering” count from February 2016 to February 2017. A sign of spring for many, the Monarch is also a vital food source for other animals in the local ecosystem, and consequently, their dwindling numbers could have profound effects on the food chain. Many factors are at play, including environmental considerations and a loss of habitat.

Scouts are looking to help arrest and reverse this trend. The caterpillars that eventually become the monarch depend upon milkweed as their food source. With Milkweed for Monarchs, Scouts will be encouraging not just the protection of existing stands of milkweed, but the planting and cultivation of more of this vital monarch food stuff. How can you help? Simple. Protect milkweed where you see it and plant more. It’s not a difficult plant to cultivate. Because milkweed is a perennial, once you plant it and establish it this spring, your plants will return the following year to help feed the next generation of monarch caterpillars.

Questions? Please email your queries to ncacmonarchs@ncacbsa.org.

University of Scouting is a supplemental training opportunity offering over 200 courses for adult Scout leaders in all program areas (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouting, and District Operations). There is a Scouting Museum and a Midway with more than 50 displays. Whether you are new to Scouting or a veteran the University of Scouting has something for everyone.
Register Now!
Featured this year will be a new class on Family Scouting, Opportunities and Risks, ELC100, presented by Gary Schroeder, BSA National Pilots Chairman. He will offer a detailed description of the many opportunities, and some of the risks, of the new Family Scouting program along with the philosophy and background behind the initiation of Family Scouting.
The College of Cub Scouting provides courses ranging from pack administration to planning for an outdoor program.
The College of Scouts, BSA provides an exciting variety of troop, patrol and outdoor planning supplemental courses to help manage the challenges of a great troop experience.
The College of Adventure Scouting offers courses for those wanting to learn more about Scouting’s “senior” level programs and the challenges of an active high adventure experience.
The College of Elective Programs offers many “general studies courses” that cut across all the program areas. Just about everything from diversity and special needs to using technology can be found in the Elective Programs. STEM Scouts will be covered as a subprogram (ELC500 classes) within the Electives College
The College of District Operations provides training to district committee members and scouters with an interest how the district works. While no degree is conferred, those who take the required three courses are awarded the BSA District Scouter Training Certificate and “Trained” patch.
Online early registration ($40) will open in early January and close midnight Sunday, February 17, 2019. After February 17, tuition increases to $60. Register early!

This month we will have a presentation on ScoutBook. We will also be welcoming new leaders from the girl units in our district. As usual we will have our monthly To Do list for all leaders.

Phil Dennis

Cub Scout Roundtable

February 14th, 2019 7:30pm
Montgomery Village LDS Church
20020 Montgomery Village Ave, Montgomery Village, MD 20886.
 

We know it’s Valentine’s Day, and what better way to show your Love for your Children and the Scouts you work with than to be the best trained and informed leader you can possibly be.  The Roundtable is here for experienced leaders to share their knowledge, tips and tricks and for new leaders, or those who may become leaders soon to get help for how to put on Pack and Den programs, run fun events and activities, and get answers to questions or to help resolve challenges that you may face.  

We will be focusing on the Scout Law point of “Trustworthy” and a theme: “Let the Games Begin”.  We will cover interest topics of “The Webelos to Scout Transition: Preparation and Ceremonies”.

As you may be aware, the Boy Scouts of America no longer allows American Indian regalia to be used as a part of Arrow of Light or Webelos Crossover ceremonies.  Join us as we discuss how to prepare your scouts for the transition and alternative ceremonies that will be just as meaningful.

If you cannot attend, or even if you can, why not invite another member of your den or pack to join us and help get the information to help you and them.

We look forward to working with you.
Alex Pranger

National is running a geotargeted ad buy to promote Scouts BSA similar to the one they did in fall for Cub Scout JSNs. In brief:

In the fall JSN program, packs with geotargeted ads had a 15% better recruiting season, so we expect this Scouts BSA program to help jumpstart the program’s launch.

We are looking for 20 troops to participate in this program! If your troop would like to be part of it, please send me:

We need the full list of participants by Wednesday, Jan. 23, so if you would like to participate please let me know by then.

Thank you,
Carlos

SAVE THIS WEEK!! Cub Scout Day Camp dates for 2019 are June 24th-28th. The theme is “Beneath the Sea”. It will be held at Madison Fields in Dickerson. Registration (by your Day Camp Coordinator) opens online on February 1st. More information will be forthcoming soon.

All Remaining Recharter Not Finished Units –
NEXT RECHARTER TURN IN THIS THURSDAY
24 January 2019
7 PM  LDS Montgomery Village (out Montgomery Village Ave well past McDonalds)
Montgomery LDS Church
20020 Montgomery Village Ave
Montgomery Village, MD 20886
PLEASE BRING your Recharter Printout, Check, Charter Org Agreement, and JTE if not submitted. New apps and JTEs as needed to support your roster.
See you Thursday
YIDS
Commish
Gordon Henley

At our January Round Table meeting, we discussed a list of things that units should be looking at for the upcoming months.  We also discussed Parent Coaching and how to get the most out of your parents.  The links below are will take you to the PowerPoint presentations.

Monthly To Do List:  https://tinyurl.com/y97paorr
Parent Coaching:  https://tinyurl.com/y8lzcx33
February Round Table will discuss ScoutBook and how to use it in your unit.
Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

We have a number of units that have not scheduled their 2019 Friends of Scouting presentation.  It is preferred to have Scouting presentations during a Court of Honor or a Parent meeting.  Pack presentations are preferred to be at Regular Pack Meetings or Parent meetings.  We’ve found that presentations at Blue & Gold Banquets and Pinewood Derby’s have not been as successful as parents are (as they should be) occupied with their Cubs.

Please get the following information to our FoS Chairman as soon as possible.  Contact Phil Dennis at:  phil@dennis-family.org

Unit Type & Number
Friends of Scouting Coordinator
Phone number for FoS Coordinator
email address for FoS Coordinator
Date you would like presentation
Location of Presentation.
Thanks for all that you do.

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Friends of Scouting Chairman)

It’s right here. Camp Cards have just arrived! If you have sold before, you know how easy and beneficial the sale can be. If you have not sold before, NCAC Camp Cards are easy money and an easy to sell.  Earn your way to camp with no risk to you or your unit.  Cards are only $5 each and offers your customers hundreds of dollars in savings from businesses you shop with all year long.  There is even an app for additional savings! Just one purchase and your customer get their return on investment and the savings continue through December 2019.

Back by popular demand, we have two main anchor stores for our 2019 Camp Cards, Safeway and Harris Teeter. Additional vendors and discounts featured on the cards:

Your unit keeps half the all proceeds and no inventory to manage. Any leftover cards after the sale you will just simply return by May 15th and then you can start packing for camp!  For more details please contact Carlos Salazar at 410-608-4360 or carlos.salazar@scouting.org. To register or to see our FAQ’s, please visit www.ncacbsa.org/campcards  and your cards will be available at your February District Roundtable or can be picked up at the Marriott Scout Service Center.  The summer and all its exciting events are just around the corner. This year sell Camp Cards. It’s an easy way to earn your way to your next big adventure.

Happy sales!

This is the ultimate Scout training around.  Two heavy duty weekends.  Your SPLs  and  Troop Guides and Instructors and PLs and APLs.

(Hint:  They need a Bugler)

https://www.ncacbsa.org/training/national-youth-leadership-training/

Muy Chévere !  Scouts are invited to set foot in Mexico for half a day, learn about the nation, its culture, and its scouting program at the Mexican Cultural Institute  Whether you are getting ready for the World Jamboree, or you are just interested in Mexico, do not miss this event ! AND  it is an incredibly fun and interesting way to meet requirements for Citizenship in the World Merit Badge or the International Spirit Award.

What: International Scouting Day
When:  February 2, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th St., NW, Wash. DC

By Who: International Committee of the National Capital Area Council and the Mexican Cultural Institute which is part of the Mexican Embassy.

For Who:  Any Scout and Scouter escorting.
How Do & How Much:  $10 per participant  , sign up is limited.  Do it SOON !

https://scoutingevent.com/082-25073-59795 

After hearing about his horrible accident, I went by to visit John and his wife on Christmas Eve-Eve to drop off a pot of my wife’s chili and check in on him. John was my son Jimmy’s Tiger Cub leader, so we go back more than 25 years!! I’ve got great news to share and he gave me his blessing to mention it to the District Scouters.

It was astonishing to see how well his recovery has progressed! Given the seriousness of his injuries, it is truly miraculous! Both he and Jeanne expressed thanks for all the prayers and good wishes that were expressed by so many people. His doctors are utterly amazed by his progress! After two major surgeries and “multiple procedures”, he is able to get around in a walker and has no trace of paralysis. He looks well (although he’s lost weight) and there is no visible evidence of the damage to his face, eyebrows, etc. He was able to engage in lively conversation and welcomed my company.  We chatted for a while and I took my leave. He is facing months of rehab and it’s not likely that he will be getting back in the saddle with the District any time soon.

Thanks, and have a Happy New Year!
Jim Orban

All –
Many are done, but MANY are not. And I am not getting a lot of “stuck” questions. So…..
Please plan to attend if you are not in. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND during Roundtable on the 10th in Montgomery Village at LDS Church
And please bring your JTE (Journey to Excellence) if I don’t have it yet, your printout, Charter Org Agreement and a check.
IF YOU NEED YOUR CODE, email me ASAP. I have the list by the door now at all times.
THANKS – Happy New Year
YIDS
Commish
Gordon Henley

Please pass the word……………continuing education, support, and helpful exchange for the “troop phase” of Family Scouting

We are hosting a morning seminar for any and all Scouters and interested parties for starting a new troop with emphasis on troops for girls.

Date:              Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time:              8:30am – 9:00am check-in
9:00am – 11:00am program  (guaranteed to end on time !)
Location:        Marriott Scout Service Center, 9190 Rockville Road, Bethesda, MD
Food/Drink:    Bagels/Coffee available

Flyer

PLEASE RSVP to:  JANEE.ELLIS@SCOUTING.ORG

Thank you everyone
Regards,  Chris
NCAC VP-Membership

University of Scouting
23 February 2019
Hayfield Secondary School
7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA

Online early registration ($40) is open and close midnight Sunday, February 17, 2019. After February 17, tuition increases to $60. Register early!

UofS 2019 Catalog
University of Scouting 2019 Flyer

Five specific program areas to choose from:
1. Cub Scout College
2. Scouts BSA College
3. College of Adventure
4. College of Elective Programs
5. College of District Operations

Over 210 classes throughout the day!

Featured this year will be a new class on Family Scouting, Opportunities and Risks, ELC100, presented by Gary Schroeder, BSA National Pilots Chairman. He will offer a detailed description of the many opportunities, and some of the risks, of the new Family Scouting program along with the philosophy and background behind the initiation of Family Scouting.

All units

Please bring JTEs and recharter packet
To RT

Thanks.
Commish
Gordon Henley

Last month we had presentations on Camp Fire Programs and Social Media and Scouting.  We also reviewed our monthly To Do List.  Links below:

December To Do List:  https://bit.ly/2SUTYR3
Campfire Programs:  https://bit.ly/2UUn2tT
Social Media and Scouting:  https://bit.ly/2EC47zc
This month we will be talking about Scoutbook and Scoutbook Lite as well as Parent Coaching.
Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

For the January Roundtable we will be using the Scout Law point “Loyal” and the theme of “Scout Salute”. Our interest topic will be “Den and Pack Discipline”. For discussion/breakouts we plan to address questions about Pinewood Derby and Blue and Gold celebrations.

The Order of the Arrow (OA) Election season is now open.  OA members would like to visit each Troop, Venturing Crew, and Sea Scout Unit to hold an election.  The attached letter explains the process to schedule an election.

Bill Johnson
(h) 301-977-1715

Seasons Greetings!

On behalf of the National Capital Area Council, we would like to extend a BIG “Thank you!”, for serving as a volunteer leader in the Seneca District and for providing local youth with positive role models. There is no way to demonstrate how grateful we are for the time and effort you put into shaping the lives of young people in our community. Not only are you providing young people with invaluable mentorships, but you are also building a lifetime of friendships and experiences that remain impossible to quantify. As we close out the year and look toward 2019, so many amazing opportunities lay ahead for us all. May the warmth of your loved ones, both here and gone, embrace you during the holidays.

“ Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Suess

Keep creating those memories, with much love and respect.
Your District Key 3,
Matt Beyers, 2018 District Chair
Pam Pagnotta, 2019 District Chair
Gordon Henley, District Commissioner
Carlos Salazar, Senior District Executive

ALL UNITS
Next Recharter Turn In is Dec 27th, 7PM, LDS Montgomery Village MD
Please try to attend if you haven’t already got your packet turned.
Need all JTE forms emailed to Gordon by 12/29, even if your recharter packet is not ready.
THANKS for all you do.
Commish
Gordon Henley

We’ve wrapped up our annual Scouting For Food Campaign.  Although our totals were down, we still had a successful collection, gathering over 10 tons of food just from Seneca District.  Thanks to all who participated.  Individual unit totals will be published once the final numbers come in from Council.

Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

It’s that time of year again where it’s time to schedule our Friends of Scouting presentations for 2019.  It is preferred to have Scouting presentations during a Court of Honor or a Parent meeting.  Pack presentations are preferred to be at Regular Pack Meetings or Parent meetings.  We’ve found that presentations at Blue & Gold Banquets have not been as successful as parents are (as they should be) occupied with their Cubs.

Please get the following information to our FoS Chairman as soon as possible.  (phil@dennis-family.org)

Unit Type & Number
Friends of Scouting Coordinator
Phone number for FoS Coordinator
email address for FoS Coordinator
Date you would like presentation
Location of Presentation.
Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Friends of Scouting Chairman)
(phil@dennis-family.org)

While we sharing National’s direction, we are sharing our specific guidance to help.

WARNING: If you have taken some, but not all position-specific training for Cub Scout leaders, Committee chair & members, and Boy Scout leaders, the partially completed courses will be removed at the end of 2018.

So – our recommendation:
– If you started, but didn’t complete your position-specific training – get it done by December 31, 2018.
– If you haven’t started, but can complete all by December 31; go ahead. (We highly recommend this)
– If you haven’t started, but know that you can’t complete by December 31; wait until January 2, 2019 to start the training.

If any questions, please contact:
Mary Lou Gundersen, 301-869-5625
Seneca Training Chair

Here is what National put out:

Why your partially completed position-specific training won’’t carry over into 2019

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, it won’’t just mean the end of 2018.

It’’ll also mean the end of any partial progress made toward position-specific training for Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders. (These courses, and many more, are found at the BSA Learn Center on My.Scouting.org.)

The courses are being updated, and the new versions will launch on Jan. 2, 2019. The new courses will feature closed captioning, updated content and a mobile-friendly format. Also cool: They’’ll take less time to complete compared to the previous learning plan.

Any partial progress you’’ve made toward your current training plan won’’t carry over to the new one. That means you’’ll want to complete any in-progress training by year’ end.

If you’’ve already finished your training, you’’re good to go. Sit back and relax. If you haven’’t started, I’’d recommend waiting until the new courses become available on Jan. 2.

For those who have started but not finished these courses, here’’s what else you need to know:

Who is affected?

If you already started but didn’’t yet finish your work on position-specific training (Cubmaster, den leader, committee chair, Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster), you’’re in the affected group.

You’’ll want to finish that training by midnight on Dec. 31, 2018. Any partially completed progress won’’t carry over to the new plan.

Why won’’t current progress count in the new learning plan?

It’’s not an apples-to-apples conversion. The learning plans are totally new and include content that reflects the BSA’s move to welcome the whole family.

If there’’s new training coming out that replaces the old training, why should I rush to complete existing training?

This is a personal decision. If you have progressed through much of the current learning plan, you may choose to complete what you’’ve started so you don’’t have to invest extra time.

Alternatively, you may choose to let that partial progress expire and wait to take the new training when it debuts next month.

It sounds like the new training completely replaces the old, so will my existing training be valid if I complete it now, and if so, how long will it remain valid?

Once position-trained, you are always trained for that position. If you complete the plan now, you do not have to complete the new plan.

Note: If you change Scouting jobs, you will need to complete the training for your new position.

Mark your calendars for the Tiger 500 on March 2 at 10am at Kingsview LDS Church. Registration begins January 5. Questions? Contact Jen Chen at jennifer_in_dc@yahoo.com

The 2019 Potomac District Klondike Derby and Webelos Invitational registrations will be live December 1, 2018.

The Derby dates are January 25-27, 2019 and the Webelos Invitational is Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1-4 pm.

Questions: KlondikeDerby@gmail.com

Thanks.
Rachel Krishnan
Director, Klondike Derby-Potomac District

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the religious emblems programs. The December Cub Scout Roundtable will focus on how you can make these emblems a part of your pack program and to help you cover the topic of Faith, Reverence and the Duty to God in Cub Scout Dens and Packs, even for a wildly diverse population.

Please join us as we cover the theme of “Winter Wonderland” and the Scout Law of point of Reverent.

The Cub Scout Roundtable is here to help you. We welcome new leaders and parents with questions and seasoned leaders with experience. Facilitated by the Roundtable staff, we all work together to put on the best program we can for our Scouts. Come join us, and bring your fellow leaders and interested parents with you. Let us show you how an hour at the Roundtable can save you hours of effort reinventing the wheel while planing your pack and den meetings.

Light refreshments are served.
7:30pm-8:30pm, Thursday December 13, Montgomery Village LDS Church, 20020 Montgomery Village Ave, Montgomery Village, MD 20886.

Alex Pranger
CS Roundtable Commissioner

ATTN ALL UNITS – NEXT RECHARTER TURN IN

Next recharter turn in will be Thursday Dec 13th at LDS in Montgomery Village, 7PM

Please be sure you bring your roster printout, apps and YPTs as needed, Charter Org Agreement (available online use google) and a check

See you there – need units who are close to finishing to show up and get handed in

Commish
Gordon Henley

Tired of the same old skits and songs at your troop campfires? Join us this month for a discussion on campfire themes, programs, skits and songs. Please bring YOUR fresh ideas to share with others. We will also have an update on Family Scouting as it pertains to Scouting BSA.

Don’t forget Rechartering and Journey to Excellence are due too.
Thanks for all you do.
Phil Dennis
Seneca District Round Table Commissioner

We had a successful Scouting For Food Drive this year.  We are still waiting final totals from a couple of food banks.  Although our totals seem a little low this year, everyone’s help allows us to feed hungry families.

Now it is time to start reporting our results to our Council.  Here are the total number of bags we have reported so far:
P436   60 bags
T291   345 bags
P468   55 bags
T1760  17 bags
P64      48 bags
P1761  326 bags
P291   15 bags
P221   87 bags
P436  142 bags
GS T1680  6 bags
Each bag weighs about 7 pounds this year.
You can self-report your collections at:  www.ncacbsa.org/sff and click on the “Report SFF Collection” button in the middle of the page.  Alternatively, you can send me an email phil@dennis-family.org and I will report the total for you.
MOST IMPORTANTLY:  If you DID NOT drop food at Quince Orchard or Germantown collection locations, PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR TOTAL!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

Please join the District Committee for our Annual Business Meeting on Dec. 19, 2018 at 6pm at the Germantown Kingsview LDS Church. We will be having dinner followed by elections of the District Committee and welcome all who wish to participate. All Chartered Organization Representatives are voting members of the Committee and are encouraged to attend.

Kingsview LDS Church
18900 Kingsview Rd
Germantown, Maryland 20874

Time: 6:30pm Reception

Register HERE. Cost is $15 and will be a great dinner catered by Gordon Henley and Wegman’s.

Hope to see you there!

Yours In District Scouting,

Matt
Matthew Beyers
Chair, Seneca District

Ms. Susan Mitchell  is a volunteer with a therapeutic horseback riding program at a non-profit organization in Boyds called Great and Small (http://greatandsmallride.org) that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to children and adults of all ages affected by a range of physical, developmental, emotional, and learning disabilities.  Like many non-profits they’re short of funding and have at least one need in one pasture at Great and Small that doesn’t have any shelter for the horses when they’re turned out.  Ms. Mitchell can answer some questions for you about the organization and its needs, and she can introduce you and/or scouts to the people you’d need to discuss details. Anyone with an interest should contact her directly.
YIS,
Matt

Matthew Beyers
Chair, Seneca District

National Capital Area Council
seneca.districtchair@ncacbsa.org

Please join the District Committee for our Annual Business Meeting on Dec. 19, 2018 at 6pm at the Montgomery Village LDS Church. We will be having dinner followed by elections of the District Committee and welcome all who wish to participate. All Chartered Organization Representatives are voting members of the Committee and are encouraged to attend.

Register HERE.

Cost is $15 and will be a great dinner catered by Gordon Henley and Wegman’s.

Hope to see you there!

Yours In District Scouting,

Matt
Matthew Beyers
Chair, Seneca District

National has released this infographic with some handy tips on how to talk about our program without causing confusion with other youth serving programs. Please review, share with your volunteers.

Online registration will open in January and there is a program tailored to Cub Scouts!

Online registration opens in January and there are programs tailored to Boy Scouts and Adventure!

Flyer

Registration

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Location: LDS Church, 20020 Montgomery Village Ave. , Montgomery Village MD 20886
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Webelos
Last year’s Webelos Midway was very successful.  We had over 100 Webelos at the Midway. This year’s theme will give your Webelos Dens a chance to meet with our Troops and get a taste of what they will be doing after crossing over into the Scouting BSA (Boy Scouts) program.

Please arrive at 6:30pm to enjoy the fun.

Troops
This is your opportunity to sell your unit, and show the Webelos what they will experience as a Scout.

Please arrive at 6pm to set up.

Contact Howard at hjlichtman@lichtman.ws Please put “Scouts” in the subject line. My phone number is 301.580.7190.

Contact Daniel at danieldelacy@outlook.com. His phone number is 202.304.4566

Hopefully everyone has distributed their “Post-It-Notes” announcing this years Scouting For Food Campaign.  If you can, a reminder on your neighborhood web page or Facebook Group will go a long way towards helping us get to our 30,000 pound goal for this year.

Scouting For Food pick up is Saturday, November 10, 2017.  Please pick up bags AFTER 9 AM that day.  All of our advertising and bags state the 9 AM pick up time and we’ve missed food pick ups in the past when units start early.

Pickup locations are the same as in prior years:

Quince Orchard High School
15800 Quince Orchard Rd,
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Drop-Off Times: 9 am – 1 pm
.

Germantown Safeway
19718 Germantown Rd.
Germantown MD 20874
(Rt. 118 & Middlebrook, Germantown)

Drop-Off Times: 9 am – 1 pm
Once you’ve delivered your food to the  pick up points, please go to the website below to record your totals.  Best estimate is 6 pounds per bag of food.  Just make the best estimate that you can.  
www.ncacbsa.org/sff2018
If you can, please drop me an email with your total as well.  
Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)
Find attached the flyers and registration forms for the NCAC Jewish Committee on Scouting  Merit Badge Fair and Religious Emblems Workshop, Sunday, 6 January 2019, at the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD.  
Details on the flyer.
 
The Merit Badge Fair is open to scouts of ALL FAITHS. The Jewish Committee sponsors these events on a Sunday to enable observant Jewish Scouts to participate.
 
The Jewish Committee sincerely appreciates your help and support. Please let me know if you have any questions, and please spread this information to your units and their scouts.
 
Yours in Scouting,
Philip Sternberg
Program Coordinator
NCAC Jewish Committee on Scouting
703-960-0205 (cell)
Updated with new links – 12/24/2018
In case you missed the live broadcast, here is a link to our Scouts on Good Morning Washington earlier today: https://wjla.com/features/good-morning-washington/boy-scouts-of-america-pack-873s-first-all-girl-den
We had nearly 20 Scouts ranging in age from Lion to Scouts BSA at Sportrock in Alexandria. Scouts were climbing walls, decorating pumpkins, and conducting chemistry experiments.
This is the combined clip; the original ran in segments throughout the broadcast. It showcases much of what is new and exciting about BSA: Lions, Family Scouting, STEM Scouts, and adventure!
We are currently assembling another on-air appearance for Friday on WUSA to promote Scouting for Food, so stay tuned!

WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!!!!!!!

Scouting for food Post-It-Note distribution is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd 2018.  Seneca District is VERY FAR BEHIND IN THIS EFFORT.  We’ve only handed out 1/3 of our usual amount.  Units that have not picked up Post-It-Notes PLEASE our Scouting For Food Coordinator, Phil Dennis at phil@dennis-family.org ASAP!

Units will also receive some bags to be used to collect cans that are unbagged on the pick up date.

Scouting For Food pick up is Saturday, November 10, 2017.  Please pick up bags AFTER 9 AM that day.  All of our advertising and bags state the 9 AM pick up time and we’ve missed food pick ups in the past when units start early.

Pickup locations are the same as in prior years:

Quince Orchard High School
15800 Quince Orchard Rd,
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Drop-Off Times: 9 am – 1 pm

Germantown Safeway
(Rt. 118 & Middlebrook, Germantown)
Drop-Off Times: 9 am – 1 pm

At Novembers Roundtable we will be discussing Winter Camping Activities that are available to our units.  We will also talk about Incident Reporting:  What has to be reported, to whom, by whom and when.

Reminder that there is Webelos Midway as well as Charter Renewal Training BEFORE Roundtable this month.  We hope that all of you stick around for ALL of these activities.
Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

Please join our Scouts BSA Start-Up Seminar which will focus on starting new girl troops for 2019. This is for anyone interested in starting a new troop.  Commissioners, Family Scouting Champions, and Membership Chairs are also encouraged to attend.  Topics:  Steps to Start a Troop, Training Opportunities, Program Planning, Camping, Recruiting, Best Practices  Light refreshments will be provided.  Attendees are encouraged to join in-person for the best experience. A Skype option is also available by clicking this link.
 

Please RSVP by accepting this invitation or emailing janee.ellis@scouting.org.
If you want a calendar invite reach out to Lynn Hamilton at seneca.newsflash@ncacbsa.org or Matt Beyers at seneca.districtchair@ncacbsa.org.  I was unable to include the calendar invite on any of the platforms.
YIS,
Matt

 

Matthew Beyers
Chair, Seneca District

National Capital Area Council

The “Camp Card” fundraising program is back! This initiative is designed to help Scouts earn their way to Summer Camp and Day Camp. Units participating in the 2019 program will earn 50% commission, ($2.50) on each $5 Camp Card they sell.
This program is RISK FREE, simply return any unsold cards. The 2019 sale will run from February 1st to May 15th. Sign-ups will begin November 1st. To sign up please go to www.NCACBSA.org/campcard
Keep your eye out to see which great vendors we have locked in for you in 2019! Not only do you get what you see on the card but you also get access to thousands of other coupons through the Entertainment discount network. This gives units more options when selecting locations for show and sell opportunities.
Don’t wait! Sign up on November 1 at www.NCACBSA.org/CampCard. Cards will be distributed at the February Roundtables. For more information email CampCard@NCACBSA.org.
Matthew Beyers
Chair, Seneca District

National Capital Area Council

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all Eagle Scouts (under 19 years of age) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award. The contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their nineteenth birthday during the year of application. While the preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, Scouts may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress, and awarded up to $10,000.

College plans do not have to be completed in order to receive the cash award. Three cash awards are given: the National First Place Winner receives $10,000; the Runner-up receives $6,000; and the 2nd Runner-up receives $4,000. Scouts may apply more than one year if he meets the age requirements, but no more than $10,000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Prizes and recognition may also be awarded at the SAR chapter and society level. Each Eagle Scout must complete an application form, a four-generation ancestor chart, and a 500-word patriotic themed essay.

The competition is conducted in three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The competition is usually entered at the chapter level, though in some cases, the competition may be entered at the society level. Applicants may not enter at the national level. Contest entrants need complete only one application for the SAR chapter-level competition. The application of the chapter-level winner is forwarded to be used in the society- and national-level competitions by the SAR as appropriate. A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR member listed below for further details.

Eagle Scout Application

Four-Generation Ancestor Chart and Instructions

For DC residents and scouters please contact District of Columbia SAR.
For Maryland, residents and scouters please contact Maryland SAR.

District of Columbia SAR      Doug Brooks                  lanedbrooks4@gmail.com
Maryland SAR                 Jonathan T. Streett               eagle-scout@marylandsar.org

Thank You

NCAC is sponsoring a Council-wide Interfaith Prayer Brunch at Camp William B. Snyder on November 4!
The event is from 12 pm to 2 pm

All Scouts, Scouting Families, Scouters, Community Leaders & Guests are invited.

Please register on the NCAC Website

Events
– Opening Ceremony – Order of the Arrow Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470
– Award of Youth & Adult Religious Emblems
– ADAMS Center (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) BEAT Youth Choir
– “America the Beautiful”
– Keynote Speaker – Rabbi Peter E. Hyman
– Q&A Panel – “Unity in Reverence”
– Religious Information “Midway”

See you there!

Scouting for food Post-It-Note distribution is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd 2018.  Units that have not picked up Post-It_Notes should contact our Scouting For Food Coordinator, Phil Dennis at phil@dennis-family.org.  Units will also receive some bags to be used to collect cans that are unbagged on the pick up date.

Scouting For Food pick up is Saturday, November 10, 2017.  Please pick up bags AFTER 9 AM that day.  All of our advertising and bags state the 9 AM pick up time and we’ve missed food pick ups in the past when units start early.

Pickup locations are the same as in prior years:

Quince Orchard High School
15800 Quince Orchard Rd,
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Drop-Off Times: 9 am – 1 pm
 
Germantown Safeway
(Rt. 118 & Middlebrook, Germantown)
19718 Germantown Rd,
Germantown, MD 20874

Drop-Off Times: 9 am – 1 pm

At the October Round Table we held a joint discussion on Recruiting as well as Webelos to Scout Transition.  There was a joint “To Do” list presented as well.  After the Cub Scouts went to their breakout session, the new transition plan for Eagle Scouts was discussed at length.

All of the PowerPoint slides have been uploaded to slideshare.net and can be found at the following locations:
October To Do List:  https://bit.ly/2JdlANU
Recruiting From Both Sides of the House:  https://bit.ly/2JeXjXE
Eagle Transition Update:  https://bit.ly/2OJWood
Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

It’s time for the Scouting for Food kick-off for 2018! November 3 is the Note distribution date; November 10 is the collection date.

Collection will occur at Quince Orchard High School and Germantown Safeway.  We were trying to find an alternate location in the Milestone area but could not find anything for this year.  For this reason, we are just going with the same locations as last year.

This year we will not be distributing bags, but 4″x6″ Post-It Notes. These Our district has been allocated 36,000 Post It Notes. The Post It Notes were distributed at Round Table last Thursday.  We have LOTS LEFT OVER.  Please contact me if you need some or want more (phil@dennis-family.org)

Notes vs. bags. We realize that not having bags is a challenge in Montgomery County as most of us have re-usable bags at home.  We should be prepared to collect food with your own bags and boxes as you go door-to-door and then to the collection points. Councils using Notes do not seem to suffer lower collections.

Thanks for all that you do.

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will begin admitting girls into Scouts BSA.

One of the characteristics of Scouting—for over a hundred years—is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy.

It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle Scout rank should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements.

Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals at the 2018 Top Hands Meeting, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award.

To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the BSA Guide to Advancement).

For more information please read the Implementation Details FAQ.

The NIH Blood Bank is in URGENT need of Platelet  and Blood  Donors! NIH Clinical Center patients need your help!

Please donate platelets today or at your earliest possible convenience.
Additional information on platelet donation,  can be found by visiting the NIH Clinical Center website at the links below:

http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/blooddonor/donationtypes/platelets.html
http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/nihshuttleservices/Pages/shuttle.aspx

Please call 301-496-4321 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane is open:
Monday – Thursday                7:15 am – 5:45 pm
Friday                                         7:15 am – 11:45 pm

The NIH Blood Bank is in need of Blood donors, too, especially type-O blood donors.
The NIH Blood bank is located at the NIH Main Campus off Cedar Lane in Bethesda.  It is on the first floor of the Clinical Center, Building 10.
Please call (301)496-1048 to schedule an appointment to donate blood or Walk-in today!

Please share with your friends, family and social network!

Give the Gift of Life!  Donate Platelets or Blood Today!
https://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/blooddonor/

#donateNIH #platelets4NIH

If you have questions or for a Scouter reference, please call Tom Kennedy (30+year donor), Seneca District Advancement and Adult Recognition Chairman (C) 301-461-4101    (H/F)  301-840-1409

Please and thank you.
Yours in Scouting and Best Regards,
Tom
Thomas C. Kennedy

I am sure you know that we are planning our first Council-wide Interfaith Prayer Brunch at Camp Snyder, Noon to 2 pm  on Sunday November 4th. Registration is now open and folks can register at: https://scoutingevent.com/082-2018PrayerBrunch

The Brunch will be a great opportunity for all Faiths in Scouting to demonstrate 3 components of our Faiths: Education, Celebration, and Service to Others. There will be a featured “Midway” where faith-based chartered organizations are invited to put out literature and displays about how Scouting works with their faith, a  Q&A panel with representatives of 5 Faiths, and presentations of youth and adult religious awards.
We are also using this event to rejuvenate our Religious Interfaith Committee and reestablish periodic Council-wide “Duty to God” events.
Executive Board Member Forrest Horton is our volunteer brunch/program coordinator (703-919-4636) and I am our Staff Point of Contact (Aaron Chusid). Call us anytime with questions or recommendations.

Thank you!

To all Seneca District adults who complied with National Boy Scouts by completing your Youth Protection Training by National’s deadline, September 30, 2018.

Seneca District officially archived 73.4% of 1,325 currently registered adults. This percentage does not take in consideration the 26.6% who are registered, some twice/merit badge counselor, and had not planned on returning to the scouting program.  For those who planned on staying in the scouting program the percentage of completion is greater than the current report.

We appreciated everyone’s efforts to get Youth Protection Trained.

Yours in Scouting,
Mary Lou Gundersen
Seneca District Training Chair
and the Montgomery Service Area Training Coordinator

Congratulations to Jack H. of Pack 464 on finding the fourth mystery house!
Congratulations to Cullum M. from Pack 464 on finding the fifth mystery house!
Congratulations for Zachary A, from Troop 496 on finding the last mystery house!
Want to find more about popcorn?  Visit the Seneca District popcorn page.

Significant Changes to the Seneca District Calendar for 2018-2019.

Hello All,

Please note that the Seneca District Adult Court of Honor & Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 at the Rockville Elks Club Lodge, 5 Taft Court, Rockville, MD.  The significant change is twofold:

  1. Seneca District Adult Court of Honor & Dinner is being held two months earlier than in the past to relieve compression on the Scouting calendar (too many events scouting and family happening in late May and early June).  Please plan your calendars accordingly.    And  . . . .
  2. Submission of SOUSA Awardees will begin on 21 Nov, 2018.  Again, this is approximately two months earlier than it has in the past.

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 2018 calendar year. Recipients are selected and designated by their units based on their significant contributions to the unit. The definition of “significant” is entirely at the discretion of the unit leader or unit committee chair submitting the award.   The Seneca District Adult Recognition Committee accepts, without review, Awardees that comply with the eligibility criteria.

Please call with questions or if I can be of help.

Thank you for all you do ! ! ! !
Yours in Scouting and

Best Regards,
Tom

Thomas C. Kennedy

This month’s Roundtable will feature a joint session with Cub Scout Leaders and Boy Scout Leaders discussing Webelos Transition.  We are hoping that leaders from BOTH programs will join us and bring their ideas to the meeting.  We will also be collecting a list of your Webelos/Boy Scout transition points of contact so we can try and produce a list for ALL units to use.  We will also be discussing the incorporation of LDS units into our “traditional” Scouting Units.
After the Cub Leaders go to their break out sessions, the Boy Scout leaders will talk about recent changes to the time allowed for Eagle Scout extensions as it relates to Family Scouting program coming up in 2019.
Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

It’s time for the Scouting for Food kick-off for 2018! November 3 is the Note distribution date; November 10 is the collection date.

This year we will not be distributing bags, but 4″x6″ Post-It Notes. These Our district has been allocated 36,000 Post It Notes. The sticky notes have arrived and they are very colorful and eye catching.  We are hoping that distribution will go quicker with this new process.  They come in pads of 100 Notes, and will be distributed at the OCTOBER Round Table on October 11th.  Most of the left over bags are for units that distribute bags out of a single location (perhaps at their church or at a local store).  We will have a limited number of bags left over from last year that units can use on collection day in case donations are left unbagged.  THESE ARE LIMITED and once they are gone, they are gone.

Notes vs. bags. We realize that not having bags is a challenge in Montgomery County as most of us have re-usable bags at home.  We should be prepared to collect food with your own bags and boxes as you go door-to-door and then to the collection points. Councils using Notes do not seem to suffer lower collections.

Food collection will occur at Quince Orchard High School (as usual).  As of this writing, we’re still looking for a better Germantown location, perhaps up near the Milestone Shopping area.  We should have that firmed up later this week (hopefully by Round Table on Thursday).

More details to follow in next weeks News Flash.

Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

Take a Hike on the Training Trail at
National Capital Area Council’s
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow!

What is Pow Wow?    Pow Wow is a supplemental, action-packed training event for adult Cub Scout Leaders, Pack Committee Members, Charter Organization Representatives, parents of Cub Scouts, and Cub Scout-interested persons.  You’ll spend the day learning new ideas, concepts and having hands-on experiences that will enhance your ability to deliver and support a fun-filled, exciting program to Cub Scouts.

When is Pow Wow?    Pow Wow is Saturday, October 27, 2018.  Doors open at 7:30 am with 8:00 am for walk-in registration (please, no early arrivals) and pre-registered package pick-up in the cafeteria.  Opening ceremony begins at 8:25 am. The first training session starts at 9:00 am.

Where is Pow Wow?   At James Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Dr.,
Vienna, Virginia 22181.  Registration and check-in is in the cafeteria.

Registration is now open

What if I have question about Pow Wow?   Send an e-mail to

Bill Mayo at: NCAC.PowWow@gmail.com

Date corrected to October 27 & location updated.

Each year I am privileged to nominate the best and brightest local high school seniors to our nation’s service academies. The level of dedication these young people show to serving our country is inspiring.

If your student is interested in applying for a service academy nomination, he or she can find the application and additional application information on the Military Academy Nominations section of my website.

The deadline to submit an application for a service academy nomination is October 12 at 5 p.m. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline. For more information about the application process, you can visit my website, send an email to Delaney.Academy@mail.house.gov, or call my Gaithersburg office at (301) 926-0300.

Service academies are a key component of our national defense and I’m proud to assist the next generation of leaders in achieving their goals.

Sincerely,
Congressman John K Delaney

Congratulations to Logan W. of Pack 464 on finding the second mystery house!
Congratulations to Aaron B. of Pack 1761 on finding the third mystery house!
Only 3 mystery houses left!   Want to find a mystery house go to the Seneca District popcorn page to find out more.

These Halloween Bilingual Peer to Peer Cards are available for Packs. Blank copies can also be printed if a Pack wants some on hand over the course of the Fall.

Packs consider supplying families with these peer to peer cards to hand out during Trick or Treat hours in their community.

This months Roundtable will feature a joint session with Cub Scout Leaders and Boy Scout Leaders discussing Webelos Transition.  We are hoping that leaders from BOTH programs will join us and bring their ideas to the meeting.  We will also be collecting a list of your Webelos/Boy Scout transition points of contact so we can try and produce a list for ALL units to use.  We will also be discussing the incorporation of LDS units into our “traditional” Scouting Units.
After the Cub Leaders go to their break out sessions, the Boy Scout leaders will talk about recent changes to the Family Scouting program coming up in 2019.
Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

It’s time for the Scouting for Food kick-off for 2018! November 3 is the Note distribution date; November 10 is the collection date (closer than you think!) Hopefully you have already started to secure your drop-off locations and recipient agencies and begun talking to units. If not, let’s begin!

This year we will not be distributing bags, but 4″x6″ Post-It Notes. Our district has been allocated 36,000 Post It Notes. They come in pads of 100 Notes, The number of boxes we receive were calculated on an equivalency with the number of bags received last year.  Notes will be distributed at the OCTOBER Round Table on October 11th.  We will have a limited number of bags left over from last year that units can use on collection day in case donations are left unbagged.  THESE ARE LIMITED and once they are gone, they are gone.

Notes vs. bags. I know that some units will complain about the absence of bags. Some units had already stopped using bags and found that neighbors gave them food in bags and boxes anyway. Units should nevertheless be prepared to collect food with their own bags and boxes as they go door-to-door and then to the collection points. Councils using Notes do not seem to suffer lower collections.

Acting on a tip and after asking around other councils, we found that some have gone to 4×6 Post-it notes. We were skeptical at first, but it apparently works, having the advantages of being easier to distribute to units and allowing the note to be transferred by homes to kitchens as a reminder.

Because of printing time requirements, we had to place the order, so this is what we will be doing this year. We did toss around the idea of doing a little of both bags and notes, but the logistics of that seemed too difficult and costly. I know the environmental impact of bags is not huge, but we are aware of the symbolism and get plenty of complaints every year. We just need to try and make this work.

More details to follow in next week’s News Flash.

Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

We appreciate the effort everyone put forth to get Seneca Youth Protection Trained by September 30.

These are the units who achieved 100% by 9/30:
Crew 489
Crew 713
Pack 464
Pack 468
Pack 694
Pack 1084
Pack 1307
Pack 1315
Pack 1438
Ship 125
Troop 318
Troop 926
Troop 945
Troop 1397
Nova/Supernovas
DE/VP at the Council level

District overall improved by 14% in the past week!!  Thank you for those who stepped forward and finished YPT.  We are now focusing on the units that still have stragglers to complete training.

It’s time for the Scouting for Food kick-off for 2018! November 3 is the Note distribution date; November 10 is the collection date (closer than you think!) Hopefully you have already started to secure your drop-off locations and recipient agencies and begun talking to units. If not, let’s begin!

This year we will not be distributing bags, but 4″x6″ Post-It Notes. These Our district has been allocated 36,000 Post It Notes. They come in pads of 100 Notes, The number of boxes we receive were calculated on an equivalency with the number of bags received last year.  Notes will be distributed at the November Round Table.  We will have a limited number of bags left over from last year that units can use on collection day in case donations are left unbagged.  THESE ARE LIMITED and once they are gone, they are gone.

Notes vs. bags. I know that some units will complain about the absence of bags. Some units had already stopped using bags and found that neighbors gave them food in bags and boxes anyway. Units should nevertheless be prepared to collect food with their own bags and boxes as they go door-to-door and then to the collection points. Councils using Notes do not seem to suffer lower collections.

Acting on a tip and after asking around other councils, we found that some have gone to 4×6 Post-it notes. We were skeptical at first, but it apparently works, having the advantages of being easier to distribute to units and allowing the note to be transferred by homes to kitchens as a reminder.

Using a model given to us by the Lincoln Heritage Council, a design was worked up and cost estimates were obtained. Using these notes will require collectors to use their own cloth bags or boxes, so some warnings are in order for units. I have always been an advocate of knocking on doors when bags were left and collected anyway, and leaving a unit and scout name, which can also be done on the note. I expect that this may hurt collections a little, and that carrying food from door to car and unit to collection point will be a bigger challenge, especially for Cubs.

Because of printing time requirements, we had to place the order, so this is what we will be doing this year. We did toss around the idea of doing a little of both bags and notes, but the logistics of that seemed too difficult and costly. I know the environmental impact of bags is not huge, but we are aware of the symbolism and get plenty of complaints every year. We just need to try and make this work.

More details to follow in next week’s NewsFlash.

Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

Have you thought about getting your trained patch or finishing up your position-specific training, but just didn’t know what was required?  Thought about a new position and wanted to know how much work it would be to get trained?  Now it’s all in one convenient location!  Check out the attached flyer and Get Trained Today!

Calling all Cub Scouts and Packs!  Bring your family.  Bring your friends.  Bring your neighbors.  We want to introduce everyone to the new Family Scouting for boys and girls with this big fun day.  This is a great opportunity to get new membership and grow your Pack.
Date & Time:  Saturday, November 3rd (1:00-5:00pm) right after the scouts put out their bags and tags for Scouting for Food.  Wear your Field Uniform (formerly known as Class A) or Activity Uniform (formerly known as Class B.)
Place:  Mt Prospect Farm (Hanson’s Farm) off Turkey Foot Road in North Potomac.  At the intersection of Travilah Rd and Turkey Foot Rd.
Join us for shooting sports (BB shooting, archery, slingshots), a big climbing wall, rocket launching, The Story House book mobile, food, and more!
Cost:  $15 per youth ($12 for early bird online registration before Oct. 22nd.)  Where can you go to get so much for so little??
Online Registration
We are also hoping to have a Bobcat Station to assist Lions and Tigers earn some of the outdoor requirements.  (We could use some help from some experienced Den Leaders who would like to provide some of their skills in this area…contact Liz Brandenburg (lizbburg@gmail.com) if you can join the team.)
See the attached flyer for publicity.
Any older Scouts who would like to earn service hours, please contact me.  I need as many adult helpers (especially if you have shooting range training) as possible. Contact me right away for this fun day.
Liz Brandenburg

Every week we will be sharing who achieved 100% and the units with the greatest progress.  When will we see you here?

Congratulations to Pack 464, Pack 1315, Crew 489 – Latest Seneca units to achieve 100% Youth Protection Training!!

District overall improved by 12% in the past week!!  Thank you for those who stepped forward and finished YPT.  We are getting closer!

Leader Boards – for Oct. 1 compliance – as of September 17
• PACKS
– 464 @ 100%
– 1350 @ 100%
– 468 @ 86%
– 694 @ 83%
– 1438 @ 83%
– 1429 @ 80%
– 1109 and 1429 – both with 47% increase – Biggest Change in class!!

• TROOPS
– 318 @ 70%
– 945 @ 71%
– 926 @ 86%
– 1109 – with 27% increase – Biggest Change in class!

• CREWS
– 489 @ 100% – Biggest Change in class!
– 496 @ 75%
– 2828 @ 65%

• POSTS
– 1010 @ 50% – Biggest Change in class
– 1986 @ 17%

• SHIPS
– 125 @ 50%

• DISTRICT
– Commissioners @ 76%
– Nova & SuperNova Counselors @ 100%
– District Committee @ 86%
– Merit Badge Counselors @ 58% – Biggest Change!

Scouting Service hours opportunity: Friends House Retirement Community will host the second Ligon 5K Run on October 6, 2018. Volunteers are needed for the water station, direction pointing, set up and break down. The race begins at 9:00 am and will end by the latest 11:00 am. All paces are welcome to participate in the race please go to http://www.friendshouse.com/lifestyle/events/ for more details. Contact Erin Mitchell at emitchell@friendshouse.com or 301-924-7523 for questions and volunteer opportunities.

Dr. Rick Manteuffel should be able to sign MCPS SSL hour forms, or vouch for scout rank service hours. If there is any questions on this event, folks can contact emitchell@friendshouse.com, directly.

Potomac District will offer In-Person Youth Protection Training

Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Scout Center
At both 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814

Tom DiMisa
Potomac District will offer In-Person Youth Protection Training

Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Scout Center
At both 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814

Tom DiMisa

To help Den and pack leaders with planning their upcoming den and pack meetings, the Roundtable plans to cover the following topics this year:

This is only the plan for Roundtable topics and themes in an effort to be helpful for your own planning; you are welcome to follow your own course of themes and topics. The topics are subject to change as the needs of local units and changes in the national program may dictate.

Alex Pranger

Updated 9/22/2018

Have you earned your nuclear science merit badge?

Join the Health Physics Society on October 13 from 9am to 3pm.

$5 per scout/student/adult

Pier 13 Canton Marine Terminals
4601 Newgate Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

Pre-registration required by October 9.

Flyer

All Units – PLEASE plan to have your recharter processor or other representative on hand for the recharter training on November 8th at LDS in Montgomery Village.
We will start at 6:30 PM – questions to follow
Logon codes are being emailed again this year – ask your Key 3 to forward when received next month.
Handbook was sent earlier to all Recharter Processors on file. If you need one, contact me. Please read it, new payment options including echeck this year, finally up.
Carlos Salazar will also be collecting and entering any missing or updated position apps at this meeting. Please come prepared to work any up front issues or roster questions.
YIDS
Commish
Gordon Henley
Saint Anselms Abbey School is pleased to announce registration is now open for WEBELOS Academy 2018.
Date:    Saturday October 13
Time:    Doors open at 9AM
              AM Session runs 10AM-12PM
              Lunch 12-1PM
              PM Session runs 1-3PM
At:         Saint Anselms Abbey School
              4501 South Dakota Ave NE
               Washington, DC  20017
5 Activity Pins Offered:
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– First Responder
– Engineer
– Sportsman
– Into The Woods
– Art Explosion
Registration Fee:
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– $10 per activity ($20 for both AM and PM sessions)
– payable in Cash at the door
– lunch is included (hot dogs, chips & water)
Signup link:
https://www.saintanselms.org/admissions/webelos-academy
Hope to see you there!
Ken Low
ASM – Troop 1946
on behalf of Saint Anselms Abbey

Take a Hike on the Training Trail at
National Capital Area Council’s
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow!

What is Pow Wow?    Pow Wow is a supplemental, action-packed training event for adult Cub Scout Leaders, Pack Committee Members, Charter Organization Representatives, parents of Cub Scouts, and Cub Scout-interested persons.  You’ll spend the day learning new ideas, concepts and having hands-on experiences that will enhance your ability to deliver and support a fun-filled, exciting program to Cub Scouts.

When is Pow Wow?    Pow Wow is Saturday, October 27, 2018.  Doors open at 7:30 am with 8:00 am for walk-in registration (please, no early arrivals) and pre-registered package pick-up in the cafeteria.  Opening ceremony begins at 8:25 am. The first training session starts at 9:00 am.

Where is Pow Wow?   At Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, Virginia.  Registration and check-in is in the cafeteria.

Registration is now open

What if I have question about Pow Wow?   Send an e-mail to

Bill Mayo at: NCAC.PowWow@gmail.com

Date corrected to October 27

The attached Excel spreadsheet has the links to the upcoming JSN events that are getting National Facebook ad support. If your event is not here, please reach out  to Carlos Salazar.

This is the current list of units that are running Facebook ads.

As a reminder, we are running an ad that a unit would allow Facebook users to submit a “lead form” directly from the Facebook profile information (a click of a button) without having to leave the platform.  These are folks who have said they’d like to learn more about Scouting.  They have submitted their first name, last name, email address, phone, and zip code.

The units should RSVP, share, comment, and respond to people on the event for maximum exposure.

Carlos Salazar

Congratulations to Zack from Pack 468 on being the first Scout to find a Mystery House! Want to find a mystery house go to the Seneca District popcorn page to find out more.
Potomac District will offer In-Person Youth Protection Training

Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Scout Center
At both 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814

Tom DiMisa

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Location: LDS Church, 20020 Montgomery Village Ave. , Montgomery Village MD 20886
Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Webelos
Last year’s Webelos Midway was very successful.  We had over 100 Webelos at the Midway. This year’s theme will give your Webelos Dens a chance to meet with our Troops and get a taste of what they will be doing after crossing over into the Scouting BSA (Boy Scouts) program.

Troops
This is your opportunity to sell your unit, and show the Webelos what they will experience as a Scout.

We need every Troop in the district to participate. To register a kiosk at the Webelos Midway sign up online here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kzdhYccDphC8mUWfiF2cae6GWMyooHnXUPvao-vnteA/edit?usp=sharing

Hay, if you do not like the activities listed, make up your own! Call Howard or Daniel to get an OK from us about your proposed substitution.

Contact Howard at hjlichtman@lichtman.ws Please put “Scouts” in the subject line. My phone number is 301.580.7190.

Contact Daniel at danieldelacy@outlook.com. His phone number is 202.304.4566