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National Capital Area Council
Montgomery County, Maryland

Bethesda Scout Shop Hours

posted Apr 26, 2017, 12:00 PM by Seneca Admin

The National Capital Scout Shop, in Bethesda, will be closed on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
When we reopen on Monday, May 8, you will see the Councils Office's new carpeting!

To meet your needs, our Northern Virginia location will be open this day from 10am - 5pm at 5232 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22151.
They can be reached by phone at (703) 321-4836.

We thank you for your understanding.
(sent on behalf of Scout Shop Staff)

Pinewood Derby 2017 was a blast!

posted Apr 25, 2017, 11:09 AM by Seneca Admin

Congrats to all the participants in the 2017 Seneca Pinewood Derby!

Seneca Training Day: March 4

posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:25 PM by Lynn Hamilton

Need training?  We have training!

Calling all Tigers! and Lions!: March 4

posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:15 PM by Lynn Hamilton

The Seneca District Tiger 500 is March 4, 2017 at the Pathways Baptist Church (formerly First Baptist Church) in Gaithersburg.  Races are 10:00am to 11:30am  This the one event that is just for you.  See flyer/registration forms for more details and hints on building your car (one per den) . Questions please contact Susan Austin at 301/515-1589 or e-mail

2018 Florida Sea Base Lottery Open!

posted Jan 17, 2017, 6:19 PM by Lynn Hamilton

Registration opens January 14 and closes February 15

How to Register for the 2018 Sea Base Lottery

The 2018 Sea Base Lottery registration opens at midnight (Eastern Time) on Sunday, January 15, 2017, and closes at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. To access the Sea Base Lottery registration form, you will need your unit ID. If you do not know your unit ID, please contact either your local council or the BSA Member Care Contact Center at 972-580-2489.

Each unit may enter the lottery only once. You may select up to five adventures and up to 10 dates per adventure.


Inside the Scouter Code of Conduct, a critical checklist for adult volunteers

posted Jan 17, 2017, 6:13 PM by Lynn Hamilton

From Brian on Scouting

We ask our Scouts to follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Adult leaders, though, are held to an additional standard.

It’s called the Scouter Code of Conduct.

Think of it as a checklist of expectations for adult conduct in the Scouting program. At Scouting meetings and events, these are your rules to live by.

The Scouter Code of Conduct, available here as a PDF and included at the end of this post, outlines 10 standards for adult leader behavior. The code is aimed at keeping young people safe in the Scouting program.

It debuted in its current form around October 2015, but this is the first time I’m blogging about it.

You’ll notice it addresses some key items that could put participants at risk. That includes reminders about transportation and unauthorized activities. Many of the items tie in to the BSA’s mandatory Youth Protection training.

Blog article continues here

NCAC Annual Business Meeting: February 2

posted Jan 17, 2017, 6:10 PM by Lynn Hamilton

Please join us at National Capital Area Council's Annual Business Meeting.

Highlights of the meeting include:
  Election of the Council's 2017 members-at-large and executive board;
  Review of 2016 program outcomes and annual report;
  Adoption of the 2017 strategic plan goals;
  Adoption of new bylaw revisions from National BSA; 
  Installation of new board members and recognition of outgoing officers.

Voting members of the Council are strongly encouraged to attend; a quorum is required to approve the annual business items. Voting members include Chartered Organization Representatives, Executive Board Members, Executive Committee Officers, District Chairs, and Council Members-at-Large.

Click here to register

CPR-AED Training: March 9

posted Jan 17, 2017, 6:05 PM by Lynn Hamilton

Where:  Medstar Montgomery  (Montgomery General Hospital), 18101  Prince Phillip Dr. Olney MD  301-774-8881
When: 6p to 9:30p     Thursday   9 March  2017
Who and Why:  Adults and Teens who want to “Be Prepared”.  

Certification appropriate for “High Adventure” trips. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing, and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association.

How Much and How Do:  Fee charged.  Contact Cheryl Camacho, AHA Training Center Coordinator, at 202-888-9181 or the MedStar SiTEL help desk at 1-877-748-3567. 

University of Scouting: February 18

posted Jan 17, 2017, 6:01 PM by Lynn Hamilton

University of Scouting is a supplemental training opportunity for all adult Scout leaders. It is the only time during the year where you can find, all in one place, the widest variety of training opportunities in all program areas (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Sea Scouting, Varsity Scouts, District Operations, and Council). Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University provides interesting courses in Cubbing, Scouting, and Adventure and leadership training for Venturing, Varsity, and Sea Scouting; Electives courses applicable across the Scouting programs, and District operations courses. For 2016 we will be offering over 150 classes in five colleges – truly something for everyone.

  • The College of Cub Scouting provides a wide variety of courses from pack administration to planning for an outdoor program.
  • The College of Boy Scouting 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 is an interesting combination of courses for those who are wish 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 programs. Just about everything from diversity and special needs to using technology can be found in the Elective Programs.
  • The College of District Operations provides training to district committee members and Scouters with an interest in district operations. While no degree is conferred, those who take the required three courses are awarded the District Scouter Training Certificate and “Trained” patch

Standalone Courses are those that are BSA national syllabus courses such as BALOO, VLSC(Y), VLSC(A), VALST, or are courses that lead to certification recognized and/or needed by the BSA. Note that standalone courses do not meet any degree requirements in any College.

Register online

2017 Friends of Scouting Kickoff

posted Jan 17, 2017, 5:56 PM by Lynn Hamilton

Seneca District is kicking of its annual Friends of Scouting Campaign.  Last week at Round Table, several units filled out forms to schedule presentations for their units.  If you did not fill out a form, or fill in a specific date on the form, please contact Phil Dennis ( so that we can get your unit scheduled.  Our goal is to have every unit scheduled for a presentation by the end of January, and to complete all of the presentations by the end of April this year.  

Phil Dennis

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