National Capital Area Council
|National Capital Area Council|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
|Location||Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, United States Virgin Islands|
|Council Commissioner||Ed Yarbrough|
|Scout Executive||Les Baron|
The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) is part of the Boy Scouts of America and serves Scouts in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and as of 1 March 2013 the United States Virgin Islands. NCAC is a local council under the Northeast Region.
The National Capital Area Council is divided into the following districts, by state:
- District of Columbia
- Washington, DC District—formerly Benjamin Bannekar and Horizon districts.
- Maryland - council headquarters are in Bethesda, Maryland
- Appalachian Trail District—Mt Airy, Middletown, New Market, Urbana and Frederick City South
- Catoctin Mountain District—Emmitsburg, Frederick City (North), Libertytown, Mt. Airy, Mt. Pleasant, New Market, Thurmont, Walkersville and Woodsboro
- Potomac District—Montgomery County
- Prince George's District—Prince George's County — formerly Enterprise, Indian Creek, and Tayac districts
- Seneca District—Montgomery County
- Western Shore District—Calvert and Saint Mary's Counties
- White Oak District—Montgomery County
- Zekiah District—Charles County
- Aquia District— Stafford County and Marine Corps Base Quantico
- Bull Run District— Western Prince William County
- Chain Bridge District— McLean and Arlington
- Colonial District— Alexandria and Eastern Fairfax County
- George Mason District— Fairfax City, Falls Church City, Vienna, Merrifield, Dunn Loring and Portions of Oakton
- Goose Creek District— Loudoun County
- Mattaponi District— Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, King George County, and Caroline County
- Occoquan District— Eastern Prince William County
- Old Dominion District— Falls Church, Annandale, Alexandria and Springfield
- Patriot District— Annandale, Burke, and Fairfax Station
- Piedmont District— Culpeper County and Fauquier County
- Powhatan District— Great Falls, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Oak Hill and Oakton
- Sully District— Southwest Fairfax County
- Camp Roosevelt (Now Closed) - A camp about 8 miles south of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. In the late 1970s the D.C. area Scout Council needed money, and sold Camp Roosevelt to real estate developers. .
Goshen Scout Reservation
Camp William B. Snyder
|Camp William B. Snyder|
Camp William B. Snyder is an 350-acre (1.4 km2) Cub Scout Camp in Prince William, Virginia, owned by the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the largest Cub Scout Camps in the United States.
In 1994 Disney Incorporated originally bought extensive land in Haymarket Virginia for its Disney's America theme park. Local resistance to the resort led to its end as a viable idea. However, Disney still owned the land. William B. Snyder, a local business man with ties to Boy Scouts convinced Disney to sell the property. Snyder, in turn, sold off most of the land to developers, except for the 350 acres (1.4 km2) that were donated to the National Capital Area Council.
Roughly 125 acres (0.51 km2) of the camp was bought by an environmental group that created a self-running reservoir to create a habitat for various local species and help rejuvenate the local waterways. After completion, the land and subsequent pond were donated back to Camp William B. Snyder provided that it be held in trust. This pond will be used for nature related activities, as well as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing.
Howard M. Wall Scout Camp
|Howard M. Wall Scout Camp|
|Owner||National Capital Area Council|
|Location||Fareham, Saint Croix, USVI|
The Howard M. Wall Scout Camp at Milord Point Beach on Route 62 at Great Pond Bay, in Fareham, USVI on the southeast end of Saint Croix, is meant to accommodate up to 150 campers. It has a bath house (with two separated banks of showers and two rooms of latrines) and a mess hall. The Boy Scouts use the facility during two brief periods a year.
Order of the Arrow
|Lodge Chief||Davis Kellogg|
|Lodge Adviser||Richard Ahlberg|
|Staff Adviser||Gary Carroll|
Amangamek-Wipit Lodge was granted its first Charter on March 12, 1952. The Lodge was originally chartered without a name or totem. In the fall of 1952, the Lodge co-founders, Jack A. Obermeyer (first Lodge Adviser) and Ralph Lutz, and other former OA members residing in the area, visited the various Troops in the Council to conduct elections. That fall, three separate Ordeals were held by Nentico, Blue Heron, and Nawakwa Lodges. By the time of the first Lodge Banquet on December 29, 1952, the lodge had 89 charter members (77 from the Ordeals and 12 from transfers). At the banquet, the first Lodge Chief, Robert L. Zink, was elected.
In June 1953, the Lodge conducted its first Ordeal on its own. The Lodge name and totem were also adopted at this meeting. The totem selected was an arrow and the Washington monument superimposed on a shark's tooth. The monument stood vertically in the center of the tooth and the arrow bisected the monument at an angle pointing upward to the left. The shark's tooth was chosen for the Lodge name and the principal object in the totem because of the large number of sharks' teeth that were found along the Chesapeake shores of Camp Roosevelt, which served as the early home for the Lodge. The Indian version of the Lodge name, "Amanquemack," was obtained in a telephone conversation with a Delaware Indian language expert at the Smithsonian Institution. There was no word for 'shark' in the language, only 'large fish'; the 'tooth' part was assumed. The first Lodge patch appeared in October 1953.
On March 27, 1954, Nentico Lodge provided the first Brotherhood Ceremony for the Lodge at Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Harford County Maryland. The Lodge held its first Brotherhood Ceremony on its own later that August. The Lodge's first Vigil, Ralph P. Lutz, was inducted at the 1954 Area III-C Pow Wow held at Camp Rock Enon in May.
Sometime in November or December 1955, additional research was done on the lodge name. It was discovered that the word "Amanquemack" did not exist in the Delaware language and the name had been written down incorrectly in the original telephone conversation with the Smithsonian. The correct word for 'large fish' was "Amangamek" and the word for 'tooth' was "Wipit." The new lodge "Amangamek-Wipit," name first appeared in early 1956; it was probably adopted at the December 1955 Lodge Banquet.
The lodge was a charter member of old Area III-C and hosted the Area III-C Pow Wow in 1956 at Camp Roosevelt and in 1965 at Camp Wilson. In 1973, the Lodge was included in the area realignment and became an active member of Section SE-1. The lodge hosted the 1976 SE-1 Indian Seminar at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and the 1980 SE-1 Conclave at Camp Happyland, VA.
In January 1982, Amangamek-Wipit was among the five northern lodges split off to form Section SE-9. Later in May, these five lodges were transferred to the Northeast Region to form the new Section NE-6. In June 1988 three Pennsylvania Lodges joined NE-6; in June 1994 the section was renamed NE-4C. In July 2008 the Northeast Region was realigned with 12 sections in seven areas. Amangamek-Wipit was joined with the three other lodges situated south of the Mason-Dixon Line to become NE-6A. The lodge hosted section conclaves in 1985 at Camp Happyland, VA and in 1991 at Prince William National Forest, VA, for NE-6; and in 1996 at Camp Rock Enon, VA, and in 2003 at Goshen Scout Reservation, Goshen, VA, for NE-4C. In May 2009, Amangamek-Wipit hosted the first section conclave for the new NE-6A at Camp William B. Snyder.
Since formation, Amangamek-Wipit Lodge has produced the 1999 National Vice Chief (Andrew S. Oh), the 1990 Northeast Region Chief (Matthew Hoag), the 2008 Northeast Region Chief (Patrick W. Rooney); two area chiefs and five vice chiefs; eleven section chiefs, six vice chiefs, eight secretaries, and one section adviser; two region OA Chairmen; six national OA Committeemen; one National OA Bulletin Editor; nineteen Distinguished Service Award recipients, eighty one Founder's' Awards, and 1,728 Vigil Honor recipients. The lodge has been recognized with three E. Urner Goodman National Camping Awards. In recent years, the lodge has consistently been the first or second largest lodge in the Order and has often achieved National Quality Lodge status.
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