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Colonial District, National Capital Area Council, BSA

COLONIAL DISTRICT GUIDE

A Guide to Functions
and The People
Who Accomplish Them

 

COLONIAL DISTRICT

A district is a unit of a Boy Scout council organized to provide activities and support for Scouting units (Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venturing crews, Explorer posts, and Learning-for-Life units) in a prescribed geographical area. The Colonial District is one of 22 districts in the National Capital Area Council (NCAC).

DISTRICT BOUNDARIES

The Colonial District consists of the entire city of Alexandria, Virginia, and southeastern Fairfax County, Virginia. Its boundaries follow a line that runs along the northern and western city limits of the city of Alexandria to the RF&P railroad tracks from just west of Van Dorn St. to Pohick Rd.; I-95 from Pohick Rd. to Occoquan Creek, Occoquan Creek from I-95 to its mouth; and the Potomac River from the mouth of Occoquan Creek to the northern city limits of Alexandria at the mouth of Four Mile Creek.

 

 

DISTRICT COMMITTEE

Colonial District activities are coordinated by the Colonial District Committee. The District Committee normally meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except in May, when the Annual District Meeting is held. Although formal business at District Committee meetings is conducted by members of the District Committee, all Scouts, adult leaders, and other interested people are welcome to attend.

The District Committee consists of the Chartered Organization Representatives (CORs) of all Scouting units in the district as well as a set District Committee Members-at-Large. CORs are appointed by their chartering organizations for terms designated by the chartering organizations. District Committee Members-at-Large serve one-year terms following their initial selection by a specially tasked Nominating Committee and their election at the Annual District Meeting in May.

Other members of the Colonial District Committee are the elected and appointed district officers:

  • The District Chair is the chief executive officer of the district. The District Chair oversees the management of the district, and as a member of the Council Executive Board, provides direct interface between the Colonial District and the NCAC. The District Chair chairs the District Committee meetings as well as the "Key 3," "Key 6," and "Key 9" meetings. The District Chair appoints all Vice Chairs and recommends an individual to be appointed by the NCAC to serve as the Colonial District Commissioner. The District Chair serves a one-year term, having been nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected at the Annual District Meeting in May. The District Chair’s term official begins at a swearing-in ceremony at the NCAC Annual Meeting in early June.

The Colonial District Chair for 1998-1999 is Pete Straub, an Alexandria attorney who previously served as Scoutmaster of Troop 129 and was active in Alexandria and George Washington District affairs. Pete can be reached at 703/820-3600 (office phone); 703/820-8602 (office fax); or 703/370-5661 (home phone).

  • The District Chair may appoint an individual to serve as the Deputy District Chair. In addition to assisting in fulfillment of the general responsibilities of the position of District Chair, the Deputy District Chair may undertake other tasks as assigned by the Chair. In the absence of the District Chair, the Deputy District Chair will function as acting chair.

The Colonial District Deputy District Chair for 1998-99 is Tom Baerwald, a National Science Foundation geographer (currently on a near-full-time detail to the Smithsonian Institution). Tom was Scoutmaster for Troop 654, and he served as Chair of the Colonial District Transition Team. Tom can be reached at 703/765-3128 (home phone); 703/306-1502 (NSF phone); 202/633-9866 (Smithsonian phone); baerwald-va@msn.com (home e-mail); tbaerwal@nsf.gov (NSF e-mail); or baerwaldt@oit.si.edu (Smithsonian e-mail).

  • The District Commissioner oversees the Commissioner Corps, a group of individuals who provide service and support for Scouting units in the Colonial District. The District Commissioner is appointed to a one-year term by the NCAC based upon the recommendation of the District Chair.

The Colonial District Commissioner for 1998-99 is Mike Porter, a computer consultant with the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home. Mike has served in numerous Scouting capacities, including GE District Deputy Vice Chair for Membership. Mike can be reached at 703/425-8489 (home phone) or porter@iname.com (home e-mail).

  • The District Executive is a professional staff member employed by the National Capital Area Council to provide advice and assistance to the Colonial District’s volunteer leaders and workers. The District Executive is the advisor for all district committees, teams, and activities. The District Executive is appointed by the NCAC for one or more terms of duration determined by council executives.

The Colonial District Executive is Paul Kosmicki, who previously served as the GW District Executive. Paul can be reached at 301/214-9122 (work phone); 703/280-4044 (home phone); or kosmicki@juno.com (home e-mail).

Colonial District Leadership Groups

"The KEY 3"

The Colonial District is organized in accordance with the recommended district governance structure of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Capital Area Council. Its "key" leaders function in a hierarchical structure. The "Key 3" are the District Chair, the District Commissioner, and the District Executive. (At the request of the District Chair, the Deputy District Director may also be a member of the "Key 3," although the group’s name is not changed in order to be consistent with terminology used in other districts and councils.) The "Key 3" meet as needed to coordinate efforts and address issues.

Other officers of the Colonial District include the Vice Chairs, each of whom is appointed to a one-year term by the District Chair:

  • The Vice Chair for Membership oversees activities designed to provide high-quality Scouting opportunities to all eligible youth in the District. (Details regarding these activities are found on Page 5.)
  • The Vice Chair for Finance oversees activities that help raise the money necessary to carry out the Scouting program at the District and Council levels. (Details regarding these activities are found on Page 7.)
  • The Vice Chair for Communications and Administration coordinates communication among the district and unit leaders, district awards and recognitions, and special functions that enhance the work of the Colonial District. (Details regarding these functions are found on Page 9.)
  • The Vice Chair for Program oversees training, camping, activities, civic service, and advancement in the Colonial District. (Details regarding these functions are found on Page 11.)

Colonial District Leadership Groups

"The KEY 6"

The next leadership tier is the "Key 6", which includes "Key 3" members plus the district Vice Chairs. Based on the experience of the George Washington District, the Colonial District has a Vice Chair for Communications and Administration in addition to the three Vice Chairs recommended by BSA and NCAC, but the term "Key 6"is used to avoid confusion when communicating with those outside the district.

The final set of officers are Program Team Leaders, each of whom is appointed to a one-year term by the Vice Chair for Program:

  • The Training Team Leader oversees district-level training for adult leaders and Scouts and coordinates district involvement in council-level training.
  • The Camping and Outdoors Team Leader provides information, guidance, and programs that assist units in providing an active outdoors program for their Scouts.
  • The Activities and Civic Service Team Leader oversees the special district-wide events as well as the district’s participation in council-wide events.
  • The Advancement Team Leader oversees district efforts to assist unit leaders in promoting advancement within their units, including the operation of the board that provides guidance and approval for Eagle Scout requirements and procedures.

Colonial District Leadership Groups

"The KEY 9"

The next district leadership tier is the "Key 9", which includes "Key 6" members plus the Program Team Leaders. The name again reflects standard BSA and NCAC practice rather than the actual number of individuals involved at this level of Colonial District leadership.

 

MEMBERSHIP

The District Vice Chair for Membership oversees teams that ensure that the Scouting opportunity is provided to all interested youth in the district. This is accomplished by forming new units, helping strengthen existing units, recruiting new members, and strengthening relationships with sponsoring organizations and other community groups.

The Colonial District Vice Chair for Membership is Jim Poole. An Assistant for Special Programs with the National Park Service, Jim served as a member of the GW District Membership Committee and as a Unit Commissioner. Jim can be reached at 703/799-7046 (home phone); 202/565-1174 (work phone) or Jim_Poole@nps.gov (work e-mail).

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

The District Vice Chair for Membership has recruited a committee that will participate in fulfilling all of the committee’s responsibilities. Those responsibilities are:

  • Join Scouting Night. The Join Scouting Night program is run each September to help recruit new members to Scouting units. The program focuses on providing orientation, training, and assistance to unit leaders. The unit leaders distribute publicity materials in schools and other settings where youth are present, conduct meetings with youth and their parents/guardians, and arrange for the prompt return of registration forms and fees via the district to the council. Although Join Scouting Night activities are geared primarily to boys in the Tiger and Cub Scout age groups, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts are encouraged recruit new members in association with this program.
  • New Unit Organization. The Membership Committee helps coordinate the initial organization of new units at all levels of Scouting.

The following are members of the Colonial District Membership Committee as of August 1998:

  • Beverley Benda, who can be reached at 703/360-2819 (home phone)
  • Jonna Bennett, who can be reached at 703/768-1695 (home phone)
  • Rick Kiley, who can be reached at 703/428-6925 (office phone) or 703/971-7302 (home phone)
  • Lorraine Loken, who can be reached at 703/684-2487 (office phone); 703/683-4709 (home phone); or lloken@wef.org (office e-mail)
  • Jerry Lynam, who can be reached at 703/299-2061 (office phone); 703/765-8282 (home phone), or (office e-mail)
  • Jim McCracken, who can be reached at 301/975-3686 (office phone) or 703/960-4546 (home phone)
  • Existing Unit Reorganization. In coordination with relevant members of the Commissioners Corps, the Membership Committee helps with the reorganization of units that have become too large or that have problems in maintaining membership.
  • Scouting Unlimited. Scouting Unlimited works with youth with disabilities to enable them to participate in the Scouting program through either mainstreaming or through membership in special units according to their needs.
  • Learning for Life. Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, provides character education through the use of values-based teaching materials in public and private school classrooms at all grade levels. It features age-appropriate and grade-specific lesson plans that enhance and support a school’s core curriculum.
  • Religious Relationships. The Membership Committee addresses relationships among Scouting units, sponsoring organizations, and religious groups that seek to promote "duty to God" among Scouts of all ages. Among the activities through which this accomplished is promotion of individual religious awards and the conduct of special retreats and other events focused on religious topics.
    • The Catholic Religious Coordinator is Tom Libby, who can be reached at 703/780-4810 (home phone). The Episcopal Religious Coordinator is Reverend John Weatherly, who can be reached at 703/765-3949 (office phone) or 703/780-5139 (home phone). An overall Colonial District Religious Relationships Coordinator and religious coordinators for other denominations have not been identified as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.)

     

     

    FINANCE

    The District Vice Chair for Finance oversees committees that garner financial support necessary to provide high-quality Scouting opportunities to all interested youth in the district. This is accomplished through a number of focused fund-raising drives conducted as parts of council-wide campaigns.

    The Colonial District Vice Chair for Finance has not been appointed as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those interested in serving as heads or members of the teams that will handle finance should contact Pete Straub at 703/820-3600 (office phone); 703/820-8602 (office fax); or 703/370-5661 (home phone).

    FINANCE COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

    The District Vice Chair for Finance chairs a Finance Committee that helps raise the funds necessary to offer quality Scouting programs at the district and council levels. Those responsibilities are:

    • Friends of Scouting. The Friends of Scouting campaign is a set of related appeals to individuals and groups that support Scouting in the National Capital area. These campaigns run from December to May each year and are divided into three parts:
    • Family Campaign. This campaign asks families of youth involved in Scouting programs to make tax-deductible contributions to NCAC. This campaign is unit based and seeks 100% participation by Scouting families.
    • District Scouter Campaign. This campaign seeks contributions from adults working at the district level who are not otherwise associated with a specific unit.
    • Community Campaign. This campaign seeks support from individuals, large and small businesses, and other groups in Alexandria and southeastern Fairfax County that are not formally associated with the Scouting program. Contributions over one- to three-year periods are sought for general program support as well as for specific purposes. "Named Gift" opportunities enable contributors to make donations that perpetuate the memory of loved ones, honor friends, and recognize contributions of individuals or organizations. Colonial District Scouters can help the Finance Committee by identifying individuals associated with their units or groups that are active in the community that might be willing to make major donations to support local Scouting programs.

    The Chair of the FOS campaigns have not been appointed as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those interested in serving as heads or members of the teams that will handle these campaigns should contact the Vice Chair for Finance once that person is named, or they should contact Pete Straub at 703/820-3600 (office phone); 703/820-8602 (office fax); or 703/370-5661 (home phone).

    • Popcorn Sales. The Trails End popcorn sales program is a council-wide fundraiser for both units and the NCAC. A portion of each sale goes into the unit’s treasury, while another portion is retained by the council to support its programs and services.

    The Colonial District Popcorn Sales Coordinator is Deb Bennett. Deb can be reached at 703/780-1647 (home phone).

    The Finance Committee’s work is supported through the efforts of a District Finance Steering Committee, which includes all members of the Key 6 and FOS campaign chairs as well as selected community leaders and other friends of Scouting. The steering committee provides guidance and assistance to the Finance Committee and the campaign chairs, and its members help identify individuals, businesses, and other groups in the Colonial District who can support the Scouting program financially or through other means, such as in-kind contributions, identification of leaders, and identification of merit-badge counselors.

     

     

    WHY PLACE SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON FINANCE

    AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL?

    Scouting relies on the enormous contribution of time made by thousands of volunteers, but to be viable and successful, money also is required. Funding is necessary to acquire and maintain the real property and equipment at the NCAC’s camps (especially Goshen and Camp Snyder), to provide services at the NCAC’s Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda (where an enormous amount of record keeping is conducted for tasks like registration of members, tracking of advancement, and processing of Eagle Scout packages), and to hire professionals (like our own Colonial District Executive). Because everyone associated with Scouting in the National Capital area benefits from these and other services, everyone should assist in the fundraising campaigns. Past experience has shown that the most successful Scouting fund drives have been the ones with the broadest range of participation. In addition to making contributions to the Friends of Scouting campaign and to buying popcorn from participating units, individuals are asked to consider making contributions through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign appeals each fall. (NCAC is listed as Donor Option Agency #8046.)

    ADHERE TO PROPER UNIT FUNDRAISING PROCEDURES

    If selling Trails End popcorn is your unit’s mechanism for raising money, simply follow the procedures outlined by the district Popcorn Sales team and you’ll be on course. If you choose to use some other mechanism for raising money, be sure to follow proper procedures, including the submission of a Unit Money Earning Application (Number 34427) to the council office.

     

    COMMUNICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

    The District Vice Chair for Communications and Administration oversees teams that facilitate communications among individuals and units in the Colonial District, publicize district activities outside the district, communicate Scouting information to others in Alexandria and southeastern Fairfax County, coordinate district awards and recognitions, and conduct special projects.

    The Colonial District Vice Chair for Communications and Administration is Helen Garamone. A public information officer with the Army Communications-Electronics Command Acquisition Center-Washington, Helen also is a Troop Committee member of Troop 1509. Helen can be reached at 703/360-5692 (home phone); 703/325-9762 (work phone); or hgaram@hoffman-issaa2.army.mil (work e-mail).

    COMMUNICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

    The District Vice Chair for Communications and Administration coordinates teams that fulfill a number of major responsibilities, including:

    • Communications. The Communications Team seeks to convey timely and accurate information about Scouting in the Colonial District to Scouters and to members of the general public using a variety of media:
  • Newsletter. The district newsletter, The Colonial District Crier, is published once each month (except during July) is order to provide information about Colonial District activities and items of related interest to unit and district leaders. The Crier is distributed at the district roundtables held the second Tuesday of each month; information to be included should be sent to the editor by no later than the Friday preceding that date.
  • Website. In order to provide up-to-date information using modern telecommunications, the Colonial District maintains a site on the World Wide Web. This site provides electronic copies of the newsletter and district guide as well as other items of interest and links to other relevant sites on the Web.
  • The editor of the Colonial District Crier and foremost master of the Colonial District Website is Mike Bowman. Mike has been active in many different Scouting capacities. In addition to his work at unit, district, and council levels, Mike is a leader of the U.S. Scouting Service Project, where he maintains the popular Professor Beaver site as well as the Net Commish site. Mike can be reached at 703/971-3990 (home phone) and mfbowman@usscouts.org (home e-mail). You can access his websites via www.usscouts.org.

    • Public Awareness. The Communications Team tries to enhance public understanding of Scouting activities and contributions to the community. Scouters aware of noteworthy events and accomplishments are encouraged to contact the Public Awareness Coordinator, who maintains contact with local newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations.
    • District Guide. The Colonial District Guide is an annually updated guide to assist unit and district leaders in identifying individuals responsible for various district-level responsibilities.
    • Awards and Recognition. The Awards and Recognition Team evaluates nominations for district awards and recognizes the accomplishments of Scouters in the Colonial District.
    • District Awards. The Awards and Recognition Team recommends individuals whose efforts warrant their receipt of district-level awards, especially the District Award of Merit and Colonial District Key 6 awards. This team also works with the Commissioners Corps and other District Committee members to provide other annual awards. The team maintains a historical database to assist in the awards-selection process.
    • Recognition Event. The Colonial District’s annual recognition event is held in late May or early June in order to enable units and the district to recognize the contributions of Scouters in the Colonial District. Awards made at this event include the Colonial District Key 6 awards, the District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver award.

    Individuals to serve as Colonial District Public Awareness Coordinator, Awards Chair, and Colonial District Recognition Event Coordinator have not been identified as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those wanting to serve as heads or members of the teams that will handle public awareness, district awards, and recognition should contact Helen Garamone at 703/360-5692 (home phone); 703/325-9762 (work phone); or hgaram@hoffman-issaa2.army.mil (work e-mail).

     

     

     

    PROGRAM

    The District Vice Chair for Program oversees teams that conduct training, promote camping and outdoor activities, conduct district activities and civic service, and promote advancement.

    The Colonial District Vice Chair for Program is Mike Crane. A colonel working in Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, Mike is Troop Committee Chair of Troop 966, and he served as GW District Activities and Civic Service team leader. Mike can be reached at 703/660-6148 (home phone); 703/695-2251 (work phone); Mike.Crane@pentagon.af.mil (work e-mail); or mdc77@aol.com (home e-mail).

    PROGRAM COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

    The District Vice Chair for Program oversees teams that fulfill a number of major responsibilities in four major areas.

    TRAINING

    The Training Team is responsible for a comprehensive district training program that addresses all training activities outside of units. The Colonial District Training Team also serves as the point-of-contact for council- and national-level training activities.

    The Colonial District Training Team Leader is Dominick Caridi. A executive with the U.S. Postal Service, Dominick is Scoutmaster of Troop 1509, and he served as GW District Training Team leader. Dominick can be reached at 703/360-9206 (home phone); 202/268-6488 (work phone); or dcaridi@email.usps.gov (work e-mail).

    Following are major training activities planned by the Training Team:

    • Cub Scout Training. The Cub Scout Training Team presents a complete set of training opportunities for leaders of Cub Scout packs, including the distribution of "Fast Start" training tapes and the conduct of specific training courses. The team also helps coordinate the involvement of unit and district leaders in council-level Cub Scout leader training courses.

    The Colonial District Cub Scout Training Team Leader is Robin Bryant. A former Cubmaster of Pack 871, Robin was GW District Cub Scout Training Team Leader and Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner. Robin can be reached at 703/765-0557 (home phone). Robin likely is moving from the area during the latter months of 1998. Check the Colonial District Web site for information regarding her successor. Those interested in serving as heads members of teams that conduct Cub Scout training should contact Robin, her replacement, or Dominick Caridi at 703/360-9206 (home phone); 202/268-6488 (work phone); or dcaridi@email.usps.gov (work e-mail).

    Specific courses offered by the Cub Scout Training Team include:

      • Cub Scout Leader Training. Cub Scout Leader Training is a one-day training course offered at least four times each year to provide current and future pack leaders (as well as parents and other interested adults) with an introduction to all aspects of working with Cub Scouts and Webelos.
      • Tiger Cub Coach Training. Tiger Cub Coach Training is a special half-day training course that provides current and prospective Tiger Cub coaches with an introduction to the Tiger Cub program and to working with boys during their year as a Tiger Cub.

    The Tiger Cub Coach Training Course Director is Mary Elizabeth Castles, who can be reached at 703/765-0855 (home phone).

    Current and prospective Cub Scout leaders should also be aware of training events sponsored by NCAC, including:

      • Webelos Leader Training. Webelos Leaders Overnight Training is a two-day (one weekend) training course offered at least two times each year to provide current and future Webelos den leaders with an overview of principles and methods that can guide a successful outdoor program for Webelos Scouts.
      • Cub Scout Pow Wow. The Cub Scout Pow Wow is a one-day event offered during a Saturday in the fall that allows Cub Scout leaders opportunities to take up to six one-hour-long courses on a broad range of topics.
      • Cub Scout Wood Badge. Cub Scout Wood Badge is an advanced Cub leader training course offered annually by the NCAC. Participants meet learn about and apply fundamental leadership principles through first-hand participation.
    • Boy Scout Training. The Boy Scout Training Team presents a complete set of training opportunities for both youth and adult leaders of Boy Scout troops, including the distribution of "Fast Start" training tapes and the conduct of specific training courses. The team also helps coordinate the involvement of unit and district leaders in council-level Boy Scout training courses.

    The Colonial District Boy Scout Training Team Leader is Bill Wells. A former Troop Committee Chair of Troop 654, Bill has served on GW District Scoutmastership Fundamental staffs and has directed the GW District Junior Leader Training Workshop. Bill can be reached at 703360-5404 (home phone) or rbwells@erols.com (home e-mail).

    Specific courses offered by the Boy Scout Training Team include:

      • Scoutmastership Fundamentals. Scoutmastership Fundamentals is a course offered twice each year to provide current and future troop leaders (as well as parents and other interested adults) with an introduction to all aspects of working with Boy Scouts. The course meets for one three-hour session during a weekday evening, for an eight-hour session on a Saturday, and for a two-night, one-day weekend session, with participants learning first-hand how patrols and troops function.

    The Scoutmastership Fundamentals Course Director for Fall 1998 is Sue Crane, who can be reached at 703/660-6148 (home phone) and acc77@aol.com (home e-mail). The Scoutmastership Fundamentals Course Director for Spring 1999 is Bill Wells, who can be reached at 703/360-5404 (home phone) and rbwells@erols.com (home e-mail).

      • Junior Leader Training Workshop. The Junior Leader Training workshop is a one-day course offered twice each year as part of the program during Colonial District camporees. The workshop focuses on enhancing basic leadership skills in Scouts who have taken troop-level Junior Leader Training, and it prepares them for participation in council-level IMPEESA training.

    The Junior Leader Training Workshop Director for Fall 1998 is Tom Baerwald, who can be reached at 703/765-3128 (home phone) and baerwald-va@msn.com (home e-mail).

      • Camping 101. Camping 101 is a one-day course offered at least once each year as an introduction for unit leaders to basic outdoor Scoutcraft skills and equipment.

    The Camping 101 Director for 1998-99 is Mary Dohr, who can be reached at 703/440-8226 (home phone).

    The Boy Scout Training Team also coordinates the involvement of Colonial District Scouts and leaders in multi-district and council-level courses, including:

      • Wood Badge. Wood Badge is an advanced adult leader training course offered at least two times each year by the NCAC. Participants meet for three two- or three-day weekend sessions (or for a seven-day week-long session), learning about and applying fundamental leadership principles through first-hand participation in functioning patrols within a troop. The formal course is followed by a six-month to two-year application period during which participants "work their tickets," honing their skills through a personally crafted set of activities geared toward individual, troop, and community improvement.
      • Venture Leader Training. Venture Leader Training is a multi-district course that offers Assistant Scoutmasters for Venture and other leaders of interested in working with older Scouts with advice and experience that will help them develop and support independent Venturing crews as well as successful Venture crews within Boy Scout troops. The course emphasizes how to work with older youth, how to plan and operate a successful Venture program, and low-impact camping skills.
      • IMPEESA. IMPEESA is the NCAC-level junior leader training program for Scouts. Week-long sessions are held at least twice each year, with experienced Scouts guiding participants through a set of activities that introduce and apply basic leadership skills through first-hand application in a working troop context.
    • Other Training Courses. The Colonial District Training Team also offers specialized courses for individuals with major responsibilities, including:
      • Youth Protection Training. Youth Protection Training offers the Boy Scouts of America’s national program to both adults and youth. This course is offered both through separate offerings at least twice each year and in conjunction with Cub Scout Leader Training and Scoutmastership Fundamentals courses.
      • Chartered Organization Representative Training. COR training is a two-hour course offered at least once each year to enable CORs to provide more effective oversight of the Scouting units that their chartered organization sponsors.
      • Unit Committee Member Training. This course is a two-hour course designed to enable unit committee members be more effective contributors to the success of their units.

    The ccordinators for Youth Protection Training, Chartered Organization Representative Training, and Unit Committee Member Training have not been named as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those wanting to serve as heads or members of the teams that will handle public awareness, district awards, and recognition should contact Dominick Caridi at 703/360-9206 (home phone); 202/268-6488 (work phone); or dcaridi@email.usps.gov (work e-mail).

     

    CAMPING AND OUTDOORS

    The Camping and Outdoors Team helps disseminate information and promotes programs that put the "OUTING" in Scouting.

    The Colonial District Camping and Outdoor Team Leader is Craig Goheen. Craig is Scoutmaster of Troop 2000, and he served in many capacities in the GW District. Craig can be reached at 703/440-8226 (home phone) or goheen@juno.com (home e-mail).

    Major activities overseen by the Camping and Outdoors Team are:

    • Council Camp Promotion. The Camping and Outdoors Team provides information to units about the NCAC camps at Goshen and Camp Snyder in Haymarket. The team provides materials that facilitates units signing up for these camps as well as materials that encourage Scouts to participate in week-long and weekend camping experiences at these camps. (Both Webelos and Boy Scouts may participate in week-long summer camping at Goshen; any Scouting units may use Camp Snyder.)

    The Council Camp Promotion Coordinator is Craig Goheen II, who can be reached at 703/440-8226 (home phone).

    • Cub Outdoor and Day Camps. The Cub Outdoor and Day Camp programs offer week-long summertime experiences for Cub Scouts. A range of age-specific programs are offered, with Camp Akela geared toward Cubs entering Wolf and Bear ranks and Webelos Adventure Camp geared toward those moving into the first-year Webelos program. (Those Scouts moving into their second year of Webelos are encouraged to participate in a week-long Webelos camp at Goshen.)

    The Cub Outdoor and Day Camp Coordinators are Linda Guidotti, who can be reached at 703/360-1171 (home phone), and Mary Dohr, who can be reached at 703/440-8226 (home phone).

    • High Adventure. The team encourages older Scouts and their units to participate in high-adventure activities, including backpacking along the Lenhok’sin Trail at Goshen and participation in BSA-run programs at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the Florida Sea Base, the Northern Tier program in Minnesota and Ontario.

    The Colonial District High Adventure Coordinator is John Leckner, who can be reached at 703/360-1768 (home phone); jleckner@jnpcs.com (home e-mail); or john_leckner@hq.dla.mil (work e-mail).

    • Health and Safety. The Health and Safety Team is charged with ensuring the health and safety of all those participating in Scouting programs. The team makes Scouters aware of first-aid and CPR training. It promotes health and safety by publicizing BSA programs like Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. The team also provides first-aid support and conducts site safety and health inspections at district camporees and other activities.

    The Colonial District Health and Safety Officer is Bill Jones. An EMS technician with the D.C. Fire Department, Bill is a Troop Committee member of Troop 131, and he coordinated first aid at many GW District camporees. Bill can be reached at 703/751-1052 (home phone).

    ACTIVITIES AND CIVIC SERVICE

    The Activities and Civic Service Team oversees the Colonial District’s special events and coordinates the involvement of Colonial District Scouts and adult leaders in council- or national-level activities.

    The Colonial District Activities and Civic Service Team Leader is Bill Stewart. A computer specialist with the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Bill is Post Advisor of Explorer Post 80, which has provided radio support for many GW District camporees and other outdoor activities. Bill can be reached at 703/642-8942 (home phone), 202/452-4163 (work phone); ke4bae@crosslink.net (home e-mail), or bstewart@bna.com (work e-mail).

    Major activities conducted by the Activities and Civic Service Team are:

    • District Camporees. Colonial District camporees are held twice each year. The spring camporee in April is for Boy Scouts, while the fall camporee in October has programs for Webelos as well as Boy Scouts. Themes and programs of camporees vary, with emphasis placed on providing exciting opportunities for camping, friendship, and learning. The Boy Scout Junior Leader Training Workshop is conducted in conjunction with each camporee.

    The Fall 1998 Colonial District Camporee Director is Jim Garamone, who can be reached at 703/360-5692 (home phone), 703/428-0610 (work phone); or jagaram@hq.afis.osd.mil (work e-mail). The Spring 1999 Colonial District Camporee Director has not been identified as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those wanting to serve as heads or members of the teams that will conduct the Spring 1999 Camporee should contact Bill Stewart at 703/642-8942 (home phone), 202/452-4163 (work phone); ke4bae@crosslink.net (home e-mail), or bstewart@bna.com (work e-mail).

    • Merit Badge Jamboree. The Colonial Merit Badge Jamboree is a one-day activity held on a Saturday in January at a local school. Boy Scouts pre-register for classes that permit them to earn merit badges offered by teams of counselors who have organized instruction in ways that should facilitate learning in an enjoyable environment.

    The Winter 1999 Merit Badge Jamboree Director is Lucy Mitchell, who can be reached at 703550-7602 (home phone) or lmmitchl@erols.com (home e-mail).

    • Pinewood Derby. The Pinewood Derby is held each winter, providing an opportunity to allow winners of Pinewood Derby competitions in Cub Scout packs to compete against each other with respect to both speed and design criteria in a public setting. In addition to being fun for the participants and spectators, this activity helps bring the Scouting message to the broader public.

    The Winter 1999 Colonial District Pinewood Derby Director has not been identified as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those wanting to serve as heads or members of the teams that will conduct the Pinewood Derby should contact Bill Stewart at 703/642-8942 (home phone), 202/452-4163 (work phone); ke4bae@crosslink.net (home e-mail), or bstewart@bna.com (work e-mail).

    • Cub Spring Fling. The Cub Spring Fling is held in April, May, or early June, bringing together members of packs in the district for a half-day of fun and exciting experiences.

    The 1999 Cub Spring Fling Director has not been identified as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those wanting to serve as heads or members of the teams that will conduct the Cub Spring Fling should contact Bill Stewart at 703/642-8942 (home phone), 202/452-4163 (work phone); ke4bae@crosslink.net (home e-mail), or bstewart@bna.com (work e-mail).

    • Scouting for Food. The Scouting for Food drive enables Scouts of all ages to participate in a nation-wide good turn. Bags are distributed by Scouting units to homes in designated areas on an early November weekend with the request that residents fill the bags with canned or packaged foods to help those in need. The bags are collected by the units the following Saturday and brought to central locations where they are sorted and distributed to neighborhood food banks.

    The Fall 1998 Scouting for Food Director is Pete Farnham, who can be reached at 703/836-2841 (home phone), 301/530-7147 (work phone); or pfarnham@capaccess.com (home e-mail).

    • Anniversary Week. Scouting’s Anniversary Week commemorates the February 15 founding of the Boy Scouts of America. The Activities and Civic Service Team encourages units to commemorate the week and to publicize the Scouting program to the public through appropriate mechanisms. Among the ways units can celebrate this week are by participating as a unit in a worship service on Scout Sabbath or Scout Sunday, visiting a historic site (such as Mount Vernon, where units can lay a wreath on George Washington’s tomb), or mounting a display in a public place, such as a shopping center).

    The 1999 Scouting Anniversary Week Coordinator is has not been identified as of early September 1998. (Check the Colonial District Web site for more current information.) Those wanting to serve as heads or members of the teams that will coordinate Anniversary week activities should contact Bill Stewart at 703/642-8942 (home phone), 202/452-4163 (work phone); ke4bae@crosslink.net (home e-mail), or bstewart@bna.com (work e-mail).

    • Major Council Events. The Colonial District participates in major activities conducted by the NCAC, such as the Scouting on the Mall events held every other spring. The district undoubtedly will play a major role in a special council-wide camporee planned for November 5-7, 1999, at Mount Vernon to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s death.
    • International Activities. The Colonial District fosters interactions among Scouts in different nations through promotion of the involvement of Colonial Scouts and Scouters in Scouting events in other nations and the promotion of exchanges and other interactions between Colonial units and units in other nations.

    The Colonial District International Activities Coordinator is Ed Chaszar, who can be contacted at 703/ 519-7215(home phone) or 202/828-8300, 202/452-4163 (work phone).

     

     

     

    ADVANCEMENT

    The Advancement Team promotes individual Scout advancement in Scouting units at all levels, and in cooperation with the Commissioners Corps, the team tracks advancement as an indication of unit health.

    The Colonial District Advancement Team Leader is Lang Fields, who can be reached at 703/768-6011 (home phone).

    Major functions undertaken by the Advancement Team are:

    • Eagle Board. The Eagle Board provides guidance to Scouts and adult leaders regarding requirements and procedures for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. The chair of the board (and any designees) review and approve Eagle Scout service projects before the service work begins. A member of the board also reviews the completed Eagle application package prior to a Scout’s Eagle board of review and participates in the Eagle board or review.

    The Colonial District Eagle Board Chair is John Tillery, who can be reached at 703/971-8367 (home phone) or jttillery@aol.com (home e-mail).

    • Merit Badge Counselors. The Advancement Team maintains a list of merit badge counselors whose applications have been forwarded by Boy Scout troops for council-level approval. The list of counselors is distributed periodically to troop leaders and will be posted on the Colonial District Website.

    The Colonial District Merit Badge Dean is Lucy Mitchell, who can be reached at 703550-7602 (home phone) or lmmitchl@erols.com (home e-mail).

     

    COMMISSIONERS

    The Colonial District Commissioner is appointed by the NCAC upon the recommendation of the District Chair. The Commissioner coordinates the work of a corps of commissioners whose primary purpose is to provide service and support to Scouting units and to assist Scout leaders delivering the promise of Scouting to individual Scouts.

    The Colonial District Commissioner is Mike Porter, who can be reached at 703/425-8489 (home phone) or porter@iname.com (home e-mail). The Deputy District Commissioner is Sue Crane, who can be reached at 703/660-6148 (home phone) and acc77@aol.com (home e-mail).

    Among the responsibilities of the Commissioners Corps are:

    • Unit Commissioners. Each Scouting unit in the Colonial District is served by a Unit Commissioner (UC), who provides service to unit leaders through contact, support, and assistance. Unit Commissioners assist in the rechartering of units, recognition of Quality Units, and in the development and maintenance of programs that serve Scouts in the unit.
    • Assistant District Commissioners. The Assistant District Commissioners (ADCs) supervise Unit Commissioners who serve a set of units defined geographically or by type of chartering organization. ADCs also help with the following tasks:
    • New Unit Organization. ADCs work with the Membership Committee to start new units and recruit youth members and adult leaders for those units.
    • Unit Health and Status. ADCs track performance of units in the district using specific criteria and provides reports to other commissioners and other district leaders regarding the strength of Scouting programs in the district.
    • Training. ADCs work with commissioners to ensure that all commissioners are properly trained.
    • Roundtables. ADCs work with Program Committee teams to coordinate the staffs that operate monthly Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing roundtables. The roundtables provide forums for dissemination of information and exchanges of ideas among unit and district leaders.
    • Recognition. ADCs gather and disseminate information about unit leader and commissioners awards and helps process nominations for awards.
    • Administration. ADCs provide administrative support to the Commissioners Corps.

    COLONIAL DISTRICT CALENDAR OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES

    1998-1999

    STANDING MEETINGS

     

    Nov

    Dec

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Roundtables

    11

    9

    13

    10

    10

    14

    12

    9

    --

    11

    District Committee

    18

    16

    27

    24

    24

    28

    26*

    23

    28

    25

    Commissioners

    12

    10

    14

    11

    11

    8

    13

    10

    8

    12

    Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing/Explorer roundtables usually are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM. The District Committee usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM. (*The Annual District Business Meeting substitutes for the District Committee meeting in May.) Commissioners usually meet on the second Thursday of each month.

    Consult the Colonial District web site

    (http://members.tripod.com/colonialdistrict)

    for specific times, places, and agendas for all meetings and for additional information about all activities.

    DISTRICT-WIDE SCOUT ACTIVITIES

    Activity

    Dates

    Coordinator/Director

    Fall 1998 Boy Scout Camporee, including Junior Leader Training and special Webelos program

    Fri, Oct 16, 5:00 PM-Sun, Oct 18, 9:30 AM

    Jim Garamone 360-5692 (H); jagaram@hq.afis.osd.mil (W)

    Scouting for Food

    Sat, Nov 7, AM (bag distribution)

    Sat, Nov 14, 9:00 AM (bag pickup)

    Pete Farnham; 836-2841 (H);
    pfarnham@capaccess.org (H)

    Boy Scout Merit Badge Jamboree

    Sat, Jan 9, 7:30 AM-4:30 PM

     

    District Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

    Sat, Mar 13 (tentative)

     

    Spring 1999 Boy Scout Camporee, including Junior Leader Training

    Fri, Apr 16, 5:00 PM-Sun, Apr 18, 9:30 AM

     

    Cub Scout "Spring Fling"

    Date to be determined

     

    MULTI-DISTRICT AND COUNCIL-WIDE SCOUT ACTIVITIES

    Activity

    Dates

    Coordinator/Director

    OA Goshen Service Weekend

    Fri, Sep 11, PM-Sun, Sep 13, PM

     

    Venture Hike-o-Ree #1

    Fri, Oct 2, 6:00 PM-Sun, Oct 4, 12:00 PM

    Cooper Wright, 971-0044 (H); coopwright@aol.com (H)

    Virginia Parent-Son Weekend Campout

    Sat, Oct 10, AM-Sun, Oct 11, PM

     

    Venture Hike-o-Ree #2

    Fri, Nov 6, 6:00 PM-Sun, Nov 8, 12:00 PM

    Cooper Wright, 971-0044 (H); coopwright@aol.com (H)

    Virginia Parent-Son Weekend Campout

    Sat, May 22, AM-Sun, May 23, PM

     

     

    DISTRICT-WIDE ADULT TRAINING ACTIVITIES

    Activity

    Dates

    Coordinator/Director

    Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Boy Scout adult leader training)

    Thu, Sep 17, 7:30-10:00 PM

    Sat, Sep 19, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Fri, Oct 2, 6:30 PM-Sun, Oct 4, 9:30 AM

    Sue Crane; 660-6148 (H); acc77@aol.com (H)

    Cub Scout Leader Training

    Sat, Sep 26, 8:30 AM-1:45 PM

     

    Cub Scout Leader Training

    Sat, Oct 24, 8:30 AM-1:45 PM

     

    Cub Scout Leader Training

    Sat, Dec 12, 8:30 AM-1:45 PM

     

    Cub Scout Leader Training

    Sat, Feb 13, 8:30 AM-1:45 PM

     

    Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Boy Scout adult leader training)

    Thu, Mar 11, 7:30-10:00 PM

    Sat, Mar 13, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Fri, Mar 26, 6:30 PM-Sun, Mar 28, 9:30 AM

    Bill Wells; 360-5404 (H); rbwells@erols.com (W)

    Cub Scout Leader Training

    Sat, Apr 10, 8:30 AM-1:45 PM

     

    Cub Scout Leader Training

    Sat, Jun 12, 8:30 AM-1:45 PM

     

    MULTI-DISTRICT AND COUNCIL-WIDE ADULT TRAINING ACTIVITIES

    Activity

    Dates

    Coordinator/Director

    Wood Badge (advanced Boy Scout adult leader training)

    Sat, Sep 12, AM-Sun, Sep 13, PM

    Fri, Sep 25, PM-Sun, Sep 27, PM

    Fri, Oct 16, PM-Sun, Oct 18, PM

     

    Webelos Leader Outdoor Training

    Sat, Oct 17, AM-Sun, Oct 18, AM

     

    Cub Scout Leaders Pow Wow

    Sat, Nov 21, AM-PM

     

    Webelos Leader Outdoor Training

    Sat, Mar 27, AM-Sun, Mar 28, AM

     

    Venture Leader Training

    Thu, Apr 15, PM

    Thu, Apr 22, PM

    Sat, May 1, AM-Sun, May 2, PM

     

    Wood Badge (advanced Boy Scout adult leader training)

    Sat, Apr 17, AM-Sun, Apr 18, PM

    Fri, Apr 30, PM-Sun, May 2, PM

    Fri, May 14, PM-Sun, May 16, PM

     

     

     


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