National Capital Area Council

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National Capital Area Council
National Capital Area Council logo.png
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Location Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, United States Virgin Islands[1]
Country United States
Coordinates 39°00′26″N 77°05′53″W / 39.007331°N 77.097976°W / 39.007331; -77.097976
Founded 1911
President Robert Wood
Council Commissioner Garry Lewis
Scout Executive Les Baron
 Scouting portal

The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America and serves Scouts in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and the United States Virgin Islands.[1] It is rated as a "Class 100" council by the National Council (headquarters office), which denotes that the NCAC is among the very largest in the country. Chartered in 1911, it is also one of the oldest. The council is divided into 23 districts serving ten counties in Northern Virginia, six counties in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. NCAC is a local council within the Northeast Region.

The council has a 2.5 to 1 ratio of youth members to adult leaders, which is among the highest of all the councils. The youth retention rate approaches 80%.[2]


The National Capital Area Council is divided into service areas and districts:

  • Mountain West Service Area
    • 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
    • Goose Creek District— Loudoun County
    • Powhatan District— Great Falls, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Oak Hill and Oakton
    • Sully District— Southwest Fairfax County
  • Montgomery Service Area
    • Potomac District—Montgomery County
    • Seneca District—Montgomery County
    • White Oak District—Montgomery County
  • Virginia Central Service Area
    • 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
    • Old Dominion District— Falls Church, Annandale, Alexandria, and Springfield
    • Patriot District— Annandale, Burke, Fairfax City, and Fairfax Station
  • Virginia South Service Area
    • Aquia District— Stafford County
    • Bull Run District— Bristow, Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas, Manassas Park and Nokesville in Prince William County
    • Mattaponi District— Bowling Green, Caroline County, Dahlgren, City of Fredericksburg, King Georges County, and Spotsylvania County
    • Occoquan District— Dumfries, Dale City, Lake Ridge, Occoquan, Triangle, Woodbridge, and Montclair in Eastern Prince William County
    • Piedmont District— Bealeton, Catlett, Delaplane, Midland, Morrisonville, Orlean, Remington, Warrenton, The Plains in Culpeper and Fauquier Counties
  • United States Virgin Islands Service Area— St. Croix, St. John, Water Island, and St. Thomas islands
  • Three Rivers Service Area
    • Prince George's District—Prince George's County — formerly Enterprise, Indian Creek, and Tayac districts
    • Washington, DC District—formerly Benjamin Bannekar and Horizon districts.
    • Western Shore District—Calvert and Saint Mary's Counties
    • Zekiah District—Charles County


National Capital Area Council is located in USA Virginia Goshen Scout Reservation
Lake Merriweather
Lake Merriweather
Camp PMI
Camp PMI
Camp Bowman
Camp Bowman
Goshen Dam
Goshen Dam
Camp Post
Camp Post
Camp Olmsted
Camp Olmsted
Camp Ross
Camp Ross
Camp Baird
Camp Baird
Camp Marriott
Camp Marriott

Goshen Scout Reservation[edit]

Goshen Scout Reservation is a Boy Scout reservation designated to camping, swimming, hiking and other various activities. Known simply as "Goshen" to Scouts in the National Capital Area Council, it is home to four resident Boy Scout summer camps and two resident Webelos camps. The reservation is located near Goshen, Virginia, and is owned and operated by the National Capital Area Council. The camps are all built around Lake Merriweather, a 450-acre impoundment of the Calf Pasture River which features an exceptional population of largemouth bass.

Goshen first opened to Scouts of the National Capital Area Council in the summer of 1967. The reservation is situated on over 4,800 acres (16 km2) of forested land.

Camp William B. Snyder[edit]

Camp William B. Snyder
Image showing the Marriott Dining Hall at Camp William B. Snyder
Marriott Dining Hall at Camp William B. Snyder
Location Haymarket, Virginia
Camp William B. Snyder is located in Northern Virginia
Camp William B. Snyder
Camp William B. Snyder
Camp William B. Snyder is located in the US
Camp William B. Snyder
Camp William B. Snyder
Coordinates 38°48′36″N 77°41′26″W / 38.8100879°N 77.6904586°W / 38.8100879; -77.6904586
Camp size 405 acres (1.64 km2)
Founded May 6, 2006 (May 6, 2006) [3]

Camp William B. Snyder is an 405-acre (1.64 km2) Cub Scout Camp in Prince William, Virginia, owned by the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.[3] It is one of the largest Cub Scout Camps in the United States, with a dining hall that can accommodate 600 dinners at one time.[4] Chairman of program development Raymond Johns said that the camp will serve about 1,000 Cub Scouts a week.[5] Themed program areas include a western style fort, archaeological site, and sailing ship.[6] Both Bald Eagles and Red Tail Hawks can be seen at the camp.[6]

Scouts at Camp William B. Snyder

In 1994 Disney Incorporated bought extensive amounts of land in Haymarket, Virginia for a proposed Disney's America theme park.[7] Local resistance to the resort led to its end as a viable idea.[8] William B. Snyder, a local business man convinced Disney to sell the property to him. Snyder, in turn, sold off most of the land to developers, except for the 405 acres (1.64 km2) that were donated to the National Capital Area Council.[3] Brian Luss served as the initial camp director.[4]

Roughly 125 acres (0.51 km2) of the camp was bought by an environmental group that created a small impoundment as wetland habitat for native wildlife. After completion, the land and pond were donated back to the National Capital Area Council with the provision that it be held in trust. The pond is used for environmental education, as well as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing.

Howard M. Wall Scout Camp[edit]

Howard M. Wall Scout Camp
Camp Wall Sunset
Location Fareham, Saint Croix, USVI
Howard M. Wall Scout Camp is located in the Virgin Islands
Howard M. Wall Scout Camp
Howard M. Wall Scout Camp
Howard M. Wall Scout Camp is located in Earth
Howard M. Wall Scout Camp
Howard M. Wall Scout Camp
Coordinates 17°43′00″N 64°40′01″W / 17.7167907°N 64.6669458°W / 17.7167907; -64.6669458
Camp size 17-acre (0.069 km2)[9]

The Howard M. Wall Scout Camp at Milord Point Beach on Route 62 at Great Pond Bay, in Estate 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 summer season has staff assisted adventures for groups as well.

Camp Roosevelt[edit]

Camp Roosevelt
Location Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Camp Roosevelt is located in Maryland
Camp Roosevelt
Camp Roosevelt
Camp Roosevelt is located in the US
Camp Roosevelt
Camp Roosevelt
Coordinates 38°38′17″N 76°31′41″W / 38.638052°N 76.528076°W / 38.638052; -76.528076
Founded 1914[10]
Defunct 1967

Camp Roosevelt (Now Closed) - A camp about 8 miles south of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. It was sold in the late 1970s.[11] "Camp Roosevelt was the first permanent Boy Scout camp in the country. It was an active Boy Scout camp from 1914 to 1967. There were several buildings on the property, notably a large mess hall, an infirmary and several Adirondack cabins. Today, Camp Roosevelt is a subdivision of 18 homes."[10]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Amangamek Wipit Lodge
Amangamek Wipit.svg
Totem Arrow & Washington Monument superimposed on a shark tooth
Founded 1952
Lodge Chief Nate Dudley
Lodge Adviser Art Widmann
Staff Adviser Don Durbin

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 founders, Jack A. Obermeyer (first Lodge Adviser) and Ralph P. 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. 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 name "Amangamek-Wipit" 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; and in July 2008 Amangamek-Wipit became part of Section 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, VA, for NE-4C. In 2009 and 2013 Amangamek-Wipit hosted section conclaves for the new NE-6A at Camp William B. Snyder, VA.

Since formation, Amangamek-Wipit Lodge has produced the one national vice chief; two region chiefs; two area chiefs and three area vice chiefs; 13 section chiefs, 11 vice chiefs, 10 secretaries, and one section adviser; two region OA chairmen; seven national OA Committeemen; four national OA committee vice chairmen, one National OA Bulletin editor; 19 Distinguished Service Award, 108 Founder's' Award, and 2,112 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 and Journey to Excellence Gold status.


National Capital Area Council is located in Washington Metropolitan Area
National Capital Scout Shop
National Capital Scout Shop
Northern Virginia Scout Shop
Northern Virginia Scout Shop
NCAC Trading Post at Camp Snyder
NCAC Trading Post at Camp Snyder

The council currently maintains three official stores within the DC area–located at the council headquarters in Bethesda, MD, a shopping center in Springfield, VA, and at Camp Snyder–and plans to open another store in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The stores sell official merchandise (e.g. uniform items, patches and badges, merit badge pamphlets, and pinewood derby supplies) as well as branded materials such as camping equipment and office supplies.[12]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Virgin Islands Council now part of National Capital Area Council". Scout Wire. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  2. ^ "2013 Annual Report by National Capital Area Council". 
  3. ^ a b c Stewart, Nikita (2006-04-05). "$17 Million Camp Pledges Cub Scout Nirvana in Va.: [FINAL Edition]". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C., United States. pp. –01. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  4. ^ a b Weimar, Carrie (2006-05-01). "For his devotion, a Scouts honor". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, FL. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  5. ^ Stewart, Nikita (2006-04-05). "Theme Park-Like Camp for Cub Scouts Built on Old Disney Site". The Washington Post. Washington , DC. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  6. ^ a b Pruett, Curtis (2011-08-10). "Camp William B. Snyder & Cub World". Museums USA. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  7. ^ Wines, Michael (1993-11-12). "A Disneyland of History Next to the Real Thing". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  8. ^ Powell, Elizabeth A.; Stover, Sarah (2010-07-26). The Third Battle of Bull Run: The Disney's America Theme Park (A). Charlottesville. pp. 1–19. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
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  10. ^ a b Mike Benton; Gregg Dotson; Randy Hummel; Greg McNeill; Gwen Schiada; Ken Wilcox (2013-07-15), Bayside History Museum, Calvert County Tourism 
  11. ^ "Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Group Shot: 1925". 1925-07-09. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Scout Store". National Capital Area Council. Retrieved August 29, 2016.