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National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America

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Causes: Boy Scouts of America, Children & Youth

Mission: The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Our vision for the National capital Area Council is to accomplish the mission of the Boy Scouts of America in such an exemplary manner as to be recognized by our public as the premier youth organization in the communities we serve.

Results: 2013 Highlights: 55,307 youth served 77.3% youth retention rate 21,928 adult leaders Growth in number of units Balanced budget for 22nd consecutive year 1,377 new Eagle Scouts 53,240 merit badges earned 313,877 service hours, valued at $6.9 million to community 908,620 pounds of food collected for area food banks 19 Meritorious Action and Lifesaving Awards

Target demographics: prepare youth for life, developing character, leadership and citizenship

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 55,000 youth through the help of nearly 22,000 adult volunteers. More than 313,000 community service hours were reported by area units for service projects completed by Scouts last year!

Geographic areas served: Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Programs: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scout Camp, Venturing, High Adventure, Exploring, STEM, Scouting for Food and much more! Youth members are organized into local Scouting units (packs, troops, crews, teams, ships and/or posts), depending on their age and program. Each unit is chartered to a local community organization, including churches, civic clubs and community businesses. These units help support the local community and the programs help youth develop character, citizenship, personal fitness, career interests and an appreciation for the environment. This is accomplished through rank advancement, service to others and outdoor activities. Success in the advancement program can be measured by the number of local youth who achieved Scouting’s highest rank - Eagle Scout. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Julia Mae-Shen F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a joy and inspiration it is to see young people become leaders of tomorrow through their Scouting experiences that strengthen their character, citizenship, mental and physical fitness, and leadership in the National Capital Area CouncIl.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America conducts great character development and practical skills programs for boys. I highly recommend getting involved with them.

1 Peter P.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The NCAC of the Boy Scouts of America is an outstanding organization. The leadership has kept the organization focused and ever expanding, which it is one of the largest councils serving nearly 60,000 youth. Each and every young boy and girl that I have been introduced to, who are engaged with the NCAC, have been outstanding individuals and will be remarkable leaders in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've personally seen the impact on the Community that NCAC-BSA has. Success stories centered on involving countless children and young adults in outdoor activities, mentoring and coaching, as well as encouragement and preparation for college years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most impactful organizations I have ever been involved with. These days, we sorely need the character development that Scouting instills. Proud to be associated with NCAC.

1 Jesus N B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NCAC - The Boy Scouts of America is an awesome youth development organization. I have five kids that have enjoyed all kinds of different adventures and two of them have earned their Eagle Scout Rank.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NCAC-BSA is a wonderful organization that was just what my son needed. He was shy and reserved, but after going through scouts, it really made him more confident and outgoing. I would recommend Scouting BSA for any youth, girl or boy to really instill the scouting values and use well into adulthood.

2 Richard H.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The passion that NCAC has to bring scouting to the community is amazing. There is such a great collection of staff and volunteers. They truly focus on the end results of improving the next generation of leaders.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughters have always been more excited about their brothers' Scout troops than their own. When BSA announced that girls would be able to join the program, one daughter switched programs entirely while the other decided to join BSA and stay in the other.

NCAC has been unbelievably supportive of girls joining what had been an all-boys club. The data shows the results: more girls and girls' troops than anywhere else in the nation.

The national membership change occurred during a leadership transition at council, which worried me. The new leadership team didn't miss a beat -- it has been smooth sailing the whole time.

I donate to NCAC because I have seen the tangible benefits of the scouting program in my own kids. NCAC is working to make sure that less fortunate kids get the same opportunities that my kids have.

2 Andrew C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Scouting taught me valuable life skills I use every day. Mostly orienteering and working to find my way. And always be prepared!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a parent of an incoming Cub Scout. My son has been asking for two years now when he gets to be a Scout - he's so excited! The staff at the council has been very helpful in getting the new pack started up at his school. Our whole family is looking forward to our first meeting later this month!

2 Alexander H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Capital Area Council is quietly making America great, one boy or girl at a time. Unless you have experienced it, it is hard to fully appreciate the full, transformational positive impact participation in scouting can have on a youth, and the NCAC is one of the leading councils in America delivering the promise of scouting. And yes, the BSA has modernized its membership policy, so you can with clear conscience disregard the objections from earlier years regarding the membership policy.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shout out to all of the amazing and passionate volunteers. NCAC has touched the lives of thousands for over 100 years and continues to inspire youth through top notch programs. My son has had opportunities through BSA that many of his friends who are not involved in Scouting do not have. I am thankful that he joined cub scouts in first grade. He is on his way to Star Scout, CPR certified, and holds the knowledge that only Scouting provides.
`Proud Rockville Scout Mom

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Donor

Rating: 5

The National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful place to invest your money in the future of our nations youth. While National Policy may be restrictive in who is allowed to participate or volunteer with the Boy Scouts, and whether or not that changes in May, NCAC will continue to strive to present the best programs for our children's moral and physical development, as they always have. The programs, day camps and summer camp activities have always been among the best there is, and having been a Scout in this Council, and continuing to support this Council's activities as a donating adult, I feel that there is no more worthwhile place to donate to than NCAC-BSA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

The Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful organization that inspires thousands of young men and women to "do their best" and contribute to society by upholding a standard of public service and personal integrity. Howerver, BSA policy discrimination against gay Scouts and employees is hurting the organization through loss of corporate sponsorships, reduced ability to recruit new members, disaffection of many current and former Scouts and volunteers, and loss of access to various public facilities. Most Americans, and in particular most young men and women, find it repugnant to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The BSA is teaching our next generation of leaders that stigmatizing their peers on the basis of sexual orientation is acceptable. Before donating to the BSA, funders might want to ask themselves if they want to support an organization that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and what kind of message that sends to their stakeholders.

On a personal note, I have been a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America in the National Captial Area Council for over 13 years.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The chance to work with youth and fellow volunteers with the BSA National Capital Area Council has been a wonderful experience. Some of the best times I've had in my life have been working with the youth (both boys and girls) and my fellow adult volunteers during the past 9 years I've been a volunteer with this organization. It has been truly rewarding to see the development of the youth over the years and all that they've been able to accomplish. They are an inspiration and our future so volunteering with BSA has definitely been a worthwhile investment of my time, talent, and money.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Capital Area Council BSA is a great organization that teaches youth leadership and citizenship skills. Youth learn to work with other youth and with adults. Youth learn to live in and enjoy the great outdoors. Youth learn to respect their environment.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a good organization. There are times where I think the NCAC staff could be more responsive or helpful, but this is a very large organization so answers to questions cannot always be immediate. Fact is, everyone believes in the program.

Review from Guidestar