Summer Camp Update

Don’t forget – there is NO Troop meeting tonight.

It was a whirlwind final day at camp, and we have lots of great news about our Troop’s performance during the week at camp.  Here’s what we earned:

  • Inter-Troop Dodgeball - 3rd place
  • Inter-Troop Archery - 1st place
  • Speed Climb - 1st place
  • Silver Buckle - Dillon Kalmbach, SPL



Bob Downing Recognized as Vigil Honor Member of the OA

You have probably heard that between 4% and 5% of Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout during their Scouting “careers,” but our own Bob Downing has earned an honor that is just  as difficult to achieve (and maybe more so!)  - Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow (OA).

Consider that the Order of the Arrow itself is made up of Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives.  OA members tend to be pretty upstanding people to start off with.  But a select few are called out for their exceptional service to the OA, the local Scout camp, and the Scouting movement.  Those select few (only about 2% of all OA members) receive the Vigil Honor.

When you speak with him about it, Bob will undoubtedly downplay the significance of this recognition, but it’s a big deal!

Vigil Honor (detailed below) is one of only a handful of Scouting awards where the Scout/Scouter cannot seek the recognition.  There are no “requirements” to complete and there is no paperwork to fill out.  The Scout/Scouter has absolutely no ability to pursue this recognition.  Instead, the OA seeks to find the most deserving members for recognition with the Vigil Honor.  As they say: “You don’t seek the Vigil Honor.  The Vigil Honor seeks you.”

Each Vigil Honor member is given a name based upon the Lenni Lenape tradition.  Bob was given the name “Opalanie Witataschimolsin” which means Eagle Advisor – in reference  to Bob’spassion for working with Life Scouts on their Trail to Eagle.  It is also especially significant that Bob earned the honor in 2015 – the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.

Please take a moment to offer your congratulations to Bob on earning one of Scouting’s most prestigious honors.


Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation.

The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person’s conscious endeavors.

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following:

  • Lodge
  • Order of the Arrow
  • Scouting community
  • Scout Camp

Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.

Any member of the Order of the Arrow registered in Scouting and in good standing in a regularly chartered lodge is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor provided that, at the time of the recommendation, the individual has been a Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years. A lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their registered Arrowmen once a year, through the Vigil Honor petition, found in the annual re-charter packet. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination.

Attention OA Members: ArrowTour is Coming to Baltimore

Join us at ArrowTour 2015 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow with Nentico Lodge and the Baltimore Area Council on Saturday, July 25th  11 AM – 3 PM at the Schapiro Scout Service Center – 701 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211
Don’t miss out on this ONE DAY EVENT!  FREE Event – Open to Everyone!!
A day of fun, activities and fellowship for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Scouting Alumni, Camp Alumni, Parents, Grandparents, Neighbors, Friends – Everyone!
Food will be available for purchase at the event, or bring a picnic lunch for the family!
For questions, contact JD Urbach or Pam Fleagle
Nentico Lodge
Baltimore Area Council #220, Boy Scouts Of America


Father’s Day Feature: Eagle Scout Honors Dad’s Memory

Reposted from Scouting Newsroom


 Father’s Day nears, many grown Scouts reflect on the men who so greatly influenced their Scouting experiences. Recollections of sanding Pinewood Derby cars, treks through the mud, and seeking reassurance in the quest to gain more merit badges flood the memories of Scouts who traversed the program under the guidance of their dads. Many of these mentors have passed away.

Eagle Scout Tommy Devine remembers his dad nudging him to attend Scout meetings.

“He made me go. He was on my case, but I realize now it was for my own good because I can’t imagine not having the Boy Scouts in my life,” Devine told Jim Mandelaro of USA Today.

Devine also has the memory of honoring his father Tom before he died of cancer in April at age 52. Tom didn’t get to see his son ascend to Scouting’s highest rank in May, but he did get pinned as the Eagle’s “father” and “mentor”.

A few days before the private pinning ceremony in the hospital, Devine told his father he looked to him as his mentor and wanted to give him his Eagle Mentor’s pin.

He recalled his father’s strong reaction, despite his fragility: “He said, ‘Wow, thank you.’ It was hard for him to breathe.”

Devine will always remember his father helping him achieve the rank of Eagle.  Even while battling illness, his father worked steadfastly beside him to the point where Devine had to ask him to stop.

He knows his father would be proud his support paid off. As an Eagle Scout who has worked hard for the rank thanks to parental encouragement, Devine holds a sentiment about his dad many can relate to this Father’s Day.

“He might have been hard on me at times, but he was just trying to make me a better person,” Tommy told Mandelaro. “I know he would be so proud of me now.”

Read more about the Scout and his father on USA Today.

Father’s Day Feature: How a Boy Scout Saves Dad’s Life, Earns Rare Scouting Distinction


Reprinted from Scouting Newsroom

Scout Saves Fathers LifeOne dad received the ultimate gift from his son this Father’s Day.  Not bought in a store, it’s one he will cherish for the rest of his life. Boy Scout Michael J. of the Quapaw Area Council saved his father’s life.

A car ride down the father and son’s Jonesboro, Ark., neighborhood turned life-threatening last November when Michael’s dad, Daniel Domagalski, unexpectedly suffered a seizure.

Immediately grabbing the uncontrolled wheel, the Scout steered through miles of heavy traffic until finally reaching a safe stopping place.  Once parked, the Scout stabilized his father’s head, called 911, and proceeded to administer medical attention while awaiting the paramedics.


Michael was presented with an Honor Medal by the Boy Scouts of America on June 8 for his courageous life-saving skills.

Yet, the award was a complete shock to the Scout.  What he believed was a regularly scheduled Monday night Boy Scout meeting, turned into a surprise National Court of Honor.

“It was just great, to be honest,” Michael told Region 8 News. “I was surprised because I thought this was for another Scout. I wasn’t really expecting for it to be me.”

Awarded to a youth Scout or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to oneself, the Honor Medal is a prestigious Scouting award earned by a rare few.

“The skill set that the boys learn, it teaches a degree of self confidence that when there is a situation that you don’t necessarily know the outcome of the situation, they are able to keep a cool head and take control of the situation and do what needs to be done,” Rick Wise, Field Director of the Quapaw Area Council said.

Check out the video clip below to hear the Scout’s humble reaction to the award:

KAIT Jonesboro, AR – Region 8 News, weather, sports

Flag Day


Today is Flag Day, an annual observance of the Second Continental Congress’ official adoption of the stars and stripes in 1777. At the time, they “resolved that the flag of the 13 United States” be represented by 13 alternating red and white stripes and the union by 13 white stars in a blue field, “representing a new constellation.” Now, more than 200 years later and with an updated design, the flag is an American icon.

Flag Day, though not a federal holiday, is full of tradition. The holiday was established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, and in 1949 Congress declared June 14 a national holiday. Pennsylvania is the only state that observes Flag Day as a state holiday, according to the History Channel. But others host parades and parties in the flag’s honor — just as Wilson intended.

“Let us on that day rededicate ourselves to the nation,” he wrote in his proclamation, ” ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself — a nation signally distinguished among all the nations of mankind for its clear, individual conception alike of its duties and its privileges, its obligations and its rights.”

Here are other facts about Flag Day:

  1. Bernard J. Cigrand is considered the father of Flag Day. In 1885, as a young teacher at a high school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, Cigrand put a small flag on his desk and told his students to write essays about it. He fought for the rest of his life to formally establish the holiday, according to the National Flag Day Foundation.
  2. The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960.
  3. The first time the flag was flown after being adopted was on Aug. 3, 1777 in Rome, New York.
  4. The flag’s colors have become significant over time. The white is for purity, the red is for valor and the blue is for justice, according to
  5. President George Washington described the design like this: “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.”
  6. The first flag was probably created by Francis Hopkinson, who signed the Declaration of Independence. He requested “a quarter cask of the public wine” as payment for his design. He was rejected.
  7. Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag according to a pattern, which was likely Hopkinson’s. Legend has it she changed the six-point stars he’d drawn to five-point ones because they were easier to stitch.
  8. Sea captain William Driver gave the flag its “Old Glory” nickname in 1831, according to
  9. The current design of the U.S. flag was created by Robert G. Heft, who made the pattern for a high school project. He earned a B- at first, but when the government chose it, his teacher raised the grade to an A.
  10. There are six American flags on the moon. Five are standing, but Neil Armstrong’s fell over.

Troop 883 Scouts Complete National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Three Scouts from Troop 883 completed the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course a Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation over the weekend.

Congratulations to our newest NYLT graduates:

  • Dillon K
  • Matthew L
  • Michael L

Here are photos from yesterday’s graduation ceremony at Broad Creek:


2017 National Jamboree Registration Now Open for Staff and Attendees


Posted on May 28, 2015 by 

Where can you get the best of Scouting in one place?

At the 2017 National Jamboree, set for July 19 to 28, 2017.

Jamborees are one of the Boy Scouts of America’s coolest traditions. They’ve been around since 1937, and they just get better every four years.

Jamborees are a place to make new friends, to experience adrenaline-raising activities, to attend high-energy stadium shows, to trade patches with Scouts from across the country, to explore the stunning high-adventure playground called the Summit Bechtel Reserve and to unite with tens of thousands of fellow Scouts and Scouters.


2017 National Jamboree registration is now open. Get ready, because 2017 will be here before you can say “Live Scouting’s Adventure.”

Who is eligible to attend?

Most Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and adult leaders are eligible to experience the unforgettable excitement of the 2017 National Jamboree.

For Scouts, you must be a First Class Scout and at least 12 years old by the first day of the Jamboree (July 19, 2017) or an 11-year-old who has graduated the sixth grade.

A boy born on or before July 19, 2005, will be 12 by jamboree time.

There’s an upper limit, too. To be a Boy Scout participant, you can’t have reached your 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree (July 28, 2017).

If your Scout will be too old, he could consider serving on staff.

Go here for more eligibility requirements for participants, including Venturers.

Who is eligible to be on staff?

Serving on staff is a rewarding experience that lets you help make a young man or young woman’s jamboree experience one they’ll never forget. It’s not all work, though. You’ll get plenty of time to enjoy the jamboree fun.

Go here for eligibility requirements for staff.

How much does it cost?

These are the participant fees. Your council may roll in transportation costs, gear costs, and additional pre- or post-jamboree tours that would increase the fee.

Youth participants: $975
Unit leaders ages 18-25 through July 18, 2017: $487.50, after which the fee for all adult leaders becomes that for 26+ indicated below
Unit leaders age 26+: $975

These are the staff fees. Staff are expected to provide their own transportation to the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Session 1 (July 15-29, 2017) — Full jamboree
Session 2 (July 15-22, 2017) — First half
Session 3 (July 22-29, 2017) — Second half
Fees are structured to support these three sessions.

Staff fees for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be as follows:

For staff ages 16-25 through July 18, 2017:

Session 1 (July 15-29, 2017) $425
Session 2 (July 15-22, 2017) $425
Session 3 (July 22-29, 2017) $425

For staff ages 26+ on or after July 19, 2017:

Session 1 (July 15-29, 2017) $850
Session 2 (July 15-22, 2017) $425
Session 3 (July 22-29, 2017) $425

How do I register?

There are two basic ways to experience a jamboree, and both are great. You can attend as a youth or adult participant, or you can serve on staff.

Either way, you’re guaranteed the time of your life.

Registration happens electronically. Go here and follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll just need to link your BSA membership to your Summit account. To do so you’ll need your last name, date of birth and BSA member ID number.

If you’re registering as a participant (youth or adult), you’ll print your “Request to Attend Form” upon completion of the application. Parents, fill that out and take it to your local council for the next step.

What’s a jamboree troop?

Your council will help you find a jamboree troop, which is different from your regular troop but may be composed of some or all of the members of your regular troop.

Jamboree troops include 36 Scouts or Venturers and four adults. (Yes, Venturers, including female Venturers, are invited.)

Let’s say your troop has 36 Scouts who want to attend the 2017 National Jamboree. Those 36 would comprise one jamboree troop. Or maybe your troop has 10 Scouts who want to go. Those 10 would be matched with 26 Scouts from other home troops to form a jamboree troop. Perhaps your Scout is the only one from his troop who can attend the jamboree. No problem! He’ll join 35 fellow Scouts for an awesome time at the jamboree.

No matter how a troop is formed, lifetime friendships will develop within and between troops.

What’s new for staff?

Here’s what the SBR team says will be different for staff at the 2017 National Jamboree:

Transportation: Staff transportation will be enhanced. Assuming a reasonable level of fitness, no staff member will be required to walk longer than 30 minutes between their place of lodging and their assigned work station.

Time off:  Sufficient staff will be recruited and schedules developed to ensure staff members receive at least the equivalent of one full day off during the jamboree. Staff work hours will allow them the opportunity to visit and enjoy other areas of the jamboree outside their assigned work area. Provisions will be made for those desiring to explore the local area surrounding the jamboree during their day off.

Communications: A robust communications strategy will be developed and executed to keep staff members informed from the date they register as a staff member through the last day of the jamboree.

Lunch: We will make modifications to enhance the number and variety of lunch choices consistent with the requirement to maintain a “shelf stable” lunch menu given the demands of the site. We will provide supplemental items for our staff members in the more active program areas to ensure an appropriate level of caloric content for their anticipated level of activity.

Lodging: While capacity constraints of The Summit prevent the offering of two-person tent accommodations, staff members will be provided the opportunity to preselect their tentmates up to one month prior to the jamboree.

Staff Village: The staff village(s) will be designed to provide an area in which staff members can relax, recreate, and refresh themselves in the company of other staff members. Retail food and beverage stands will be incorporated in this design as well as an area for athletic competition.

Showers: We will explore options to increase water temperature; however, any solution will have to be consistent with our sustainability focus of conserving water and energy.

Laundry service: Laundry service will continue to be available for staff members desiring it.

Staff photos: Official staff photos of individual teams will be taken and staff members will have the opportunity to purchase photos of their choosing.

Learn more

Check out the official jamboree site for more details and get ready to Live Scouting’s Adventure!

Wood Badge Collector’s Item – CSPs Signed by National “Key 3″ + 1

This is a unique mint Wood Badge Council Shoulder Patch (CSP) set for course N2-640-15-1, Wood Badge for Leaders in Hispanic Communities. This is the first time that a bilingual Wood Badge course is taught in the east coast of the United States.

The set includes four CSPs:

  • Ax and the Log (White Mylar Border) signed by Dr. Robert Gates, BSA President
  • Two Wood Badge beads (Blue Mylar Border) signed by Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive (12th Chief Scout Executive)
  • Three Wood Badge beads (Green Mylar Border) signed by Tico Perez, National Commissioner
  • Four Wood Badge beads signed by Michael Surbaugh, scheduled to take over as 13th Chief Scout Executive in October 2015 

The wording on this set is bilingual, It says “WOOD BADGE” and “Insignia de Madera” (Wood Badge in Spanish).

The sets were signed by Michael Surbaugh on May 19, 2015 and by the National Key 3 on May 20,2015. The set comes with a authenticity statement signed by Irving Quiles, Course Director, and Jose Nino, National Executive Board Member. Both of the individuals were the ones who obtained the signatures.

It will be hard to find another WOOD BADGE CSP set signed by the National Key 3, and an incoming Chief Scout Executive.

Funding from this sell will support camperships for Scouters who will be taking the course.

You can find the link at