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Colonial District, National Capital Area Council, BSA


Volume 1, Issue #1 ONLINE EDITION June 1998


Go High Adventure! Keep the Outing in Scouting. Make sure your Scouts have an opportunity for high adventure experience that will leave a lifetime of memories. Provisional expeditions are being planned by NCAC to several High Adventure bases in 1999. These trips are a good method to get Scouts to High Adventure bases. Costs listed are tentative. Scouts desiring to participate must submit individual applications. If a small group of Scouts from a unit wishes to participate together, the individual applications must be submitted together. NCAC handles all of the planning, movement, and training for these trips. Applications for provisional trips are available at roundtables or you can ball Bo Kosta at 703-569-5022 for an application.

Philmont: Although all Troop slots for Philmont Treks are booked solid for 1999 and 2000, there are individual spaces still available for treks departing the Washington area on June 26 and July 10, 1999. (Air, approximate cost - $950)

Northern Tier: Trips are scheduled to depart on July 12 and July 19. (Air, approximate cost - $800)

Maine Canoe Base: Trips are scheduled to depart on June 25 and July 11. (Van, approximate cost $750)

Other Council Operated Bases: Units interested in other council adventure bases should contact Bo Kosta to get a copy of Council High-Adventure Programs. Copies are limited and most units should already have a copy. This pamphlet contains a complete listing and program description for each adventure program.

More Information on High Adventure Bases – Where to Write:

Florida Sea Base P.O. Box 1206
Islamorada, FL 33036

Northern Tier
P.O. Box 509
Ely, MN 55731

Maine Canoe Base Maine High Adventure
Boy Scouts of America
HCR 74, Box 69
Whiting, ME 04691


Philmont Scout Ranch
Cimarron, NM 87714

In Memory

We extend our sympathies and condolences to Wilson Riley and family. Christian Riley, an Eagle Scout, passed away on May 10, 1998 at the age of 22.



Colonial District Training

Hello everyone! The Colonial District Training Team is up and running. Bill Wells has agreed to coordinate the Scout Training Cadre while Robin Bryant has agreed to coordinate the Cub Training Cadre. These two "old" hands will need your help and support. If you want to be part of the our district's training efforts please feel free to contact any of us.

The training dates will be published in the district calendar. There will also be training team flyer in the program launch kits, which will be distributed on July 10th.

In a nutshell:

The District Junior Leader Workshop will be offered at the Fall Camporee and the Spring Camporee as a program feature for older scouts.

Youth Protection Training will be held on June 23 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM in the fellowship hall at Fairlington United Methodist Church. All Scouters are welcome. If you plan to attend please let Steve Despot know by June 19 so that he can have materials for everyone attending. Steve can be reached from 6 AM to 4:30 PM at 703-605-7249 (Monday – Friday) and at 703-820-2694 after 5 PM or by e-mail at

Cub Scout Leader Basic Training will be provided twice in the Fall and twice in the Spring unless units indicate different needs. The Cub and Scout training cadres will coordinate closely with the Cub and Scout Roundtables to assure the best use of your time.

Scouting 201, the adult leader training provided as part of the camporee program will again be offered this year at both the Fall and the Spring camporee.

Scoutmaster Basic Training (Scoutermastership Fundamentals) will be offered twice this year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, a third course will be offered if the need exists.

The first Colonial District SMF course will be offered this fall. The series of three training sessions will provide a basic grounding in the aims and methods of Scouting, how Scouting is organized, and how a Troop operates.






SMF is a basic training course for all Scouters and interested parents. Everyone who takes the course must be registered as an adult leader. The training of adult leadership helps provide a better program to Scouts in troops and that's what it's all about! For more information call Sue Crane at 660-6148 or e-mail at

Mark your calendars with these dates:

17 September from 7-10 PM

Aldersgate United Methodist Church located

at the corner of Collingwood and Fort Hunt


19 September from 8 AM to 4 PM

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

2-4 October at Fort Belvoir Scout area.

The cost of the course is $25. We are limited to 64 participants and will not accept walk-ins. Register not later than 9 September by calling Norm Johnson at 360-6730 or e-mail at

Scoutmastership Fundamentals Staff Needed: Have you or adult leaders in your Troop completed SMF? If so, Colonial District needs you to fill staff positions for the fall course. We need patrol counselors and assistant patrol counselors. Scoutmasters, we also need Eagle Scouts for the weekend staff to assist in teaching Scout skills. There will be a staff training session to go over the course and responsibilities of staff members prior to the first session of the course. If you are interested in being on staff or would like more information, call Sue Crane at 660-6148 or e-mail her at

Joint Venture Leader Training for the Northern Virginia Troops will take place in the Spring of 1999.

Dominick Caridi

Training Chairman



New Chapter Chief Elected: Congratulations to Philip Caridi on being elected Chapter Chief.




The following special recognitions for service to Scouting were presented at the May 1998 Scouter Recognition Dinner.


Mike Cavallero Craig Pettibone

Don Ellison


Craig Goheen I John Spencer


Garry L. Briese Manuel R. Pablo

Michael D. Crane John R. Rephlo

Sue Crane Robert W. Venci

Grant H. Lewis William A. Wilson


Thomas J. Baerwald Anthony S. Koo

Richard V. Comiso Kevin O’Shea

Donald E. Ellison Alfred J. Poole

Gregory Gandee Dirck K. Praeger

Michael Hunnell Pamela Ritchie

Daniel Hurley Jeffrey Schweiger

Michael Kilbourne William A. Wells

Note: To obtain a video tape of the GW Slide & Video Tribute for $10.00, please call John Rephlo 451-9473 by July 1, 1998.



19th World Jamboree -- Santiago, Chile
December 27, 1998 - January 6, 1999

15th BSA National Jamboree -- Ft. A. P. Hill, VA
July 23 - August 1, 2001

20th World Jamboree -- Bangkok, Thailand
December 2002 - January 2003

16th BSA National Jamboree -- Ft. A. P. Hill, VA
July 25 - August 3, 2005

21st World Jamboree: 100th Anniversary of Scouting
Exact location to be announced, but in England.

17th BSA National Jamboree: 100th Anniversary of Scouting in the United States -- Ft. A. P. Hill, VA
July 26 - August 4, 2010


The Requirements

All the Pack has to do is plan and conduct a monthly pack activity each month in the summer (June, July, and August). The whole idea is to keep your Pack together and doing things during the summer when boys have the most free time.

The Recognitions

A Pack committee member should keep the record of activities, participation of Dens, and attendance of Cub Scouts. Submit the application form to the council service center as soon after your August activity as possible. An appropriate pack meeting ceremony should be planned for the presentation of the awards, which are:

For the Pack – A full-color certificate suitable for framing and an attractive flag streamer for the pack flag.

For the Dens of the award earning Pack - A den ribbon for each den that has 50 percent or more of its boys participating in each of the three activities.

For the boys of the award earning Pack - A pin for each boy who takes part in all of the summer months' activities


Colonial District Advancement Team leader Tom Baerwald seeks the help of some Scouters in the district who have experience working with computer-based databases. These individuals are needed to help develop databases for maintaining rosters of merit badge counselors and for tracking advancements in Colonial units. If you are interested in helping with these projects (or you know of someone who might want to help), please contact Tom at 765-3128 or <>.


Another Lesson in Life

A while back I was reading about an expert on subject of time management. One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."

Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"

Everyone in the class said, "Yes."

Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"

By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied.

He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"

"No!" the class shouted.

Once again he said, "Good!"

Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all."

What are the 'big rocks' in your life?

  • A project that YOU want to accomplish?
  • Time with your loved ones?
  • Your faith, your education, your finances?
  • A cause?
  • Teaching or mentoring others?

Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all. ---

So, tonight or in the morning when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life or business? Then, put those in your jar first.


Copyright 1998

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