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2018 Rechartering

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:34 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 1:52 PM ]

We are coming upon the 2018 Rechartering season. We must complete all of the paperwork and turn-in all fees by October 31, 2017. We need everyone's cooperation. Here is what to expect:

  • Cost (The Bottom Line Up Front)
 Item Fee Money Goes to:
 Membership (Each Youth/Adult) $33 BSA National
 Insurance (Each Youth/Adult) $6 National Capital Area Council
 Boy's Life Subscription (1 Per Family) $12 BSA National
 Pack Dues (Each Youth) $69 Pack 114
 Online Payment Processing Fee $4 PayPal

Based on the Fee Schedule above, this is what you would expect depending on the individual:

    • First Youth in Cub Scout Program - $120
    • Second Youth in Cub Scout Program - $108
    • Each Registered Parent in Cub Scout Program - $39
Additionally, we have a few other administrative items to make sure we are good on:
  • Youth Protection Training for Leaders - If your training will expire prior to August, 2018, we are asking that you renew your YPT now. If the expiration date of your training is prior to January 31, 2018, we will not be able to recharter you and will be dropped as a leader. Training is available online at http://my.scouting.org.
  • Youth Protection Training for Parents - Although BSA doesn't currently require parents to take Youth Protection Training, Pack 114 policy is that we will follow the same rules as we do for parents as we do for leaders. Consequently, if your YPT training is not up to date for at least one parent in the family, we will not recharter your son(s). We take safety seriously in Pack 114. Training is available online at http://my.scouting.org.
  • Annual Health Medical Form - We must receive an updated copy of this form every year. Please fill-it out using the PDF Fillable form to make it legible. We only needs Parts A & B. You do NOT need to see a physician to complete this form. Part C which requires a physician, will be needed if you and/or your son goes to Resident Summer Camp. If we receive the medical form and it isn't legible, we will refuse it. We recommend that you keep a copy for yourself. For more information, please see the Health and Safety page at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx.  



Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. What is a charter?  In the BSA, a charter authorizes an organization to operate BSA Scouting units. It certifies the agreement between a chartered organization – an organization that agrees to utilize Scouting as a part of its service to youth– and the Boy Scouts of America, setting expectations for the quality of program to be delivered. Issuing a charter is one of the oldest traditions in Scouting.
  2. Why is a charter renewed annually?  Charters are usually issued for a period of 1 year; hence, chartered organizations must submit an application to the Council annually to renew its charter. The requirement to renew a charter:
    • Fosters a formal, timely plan for regular dialogue between charter organization and BSA, and
    • Assures membership is current so Scouts can participate in Scouting activities and advance in rank.
  3. What do Membership Fees cover? Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting. For more information, visit https://www.ncacbsa.org/blog/2017/09/05/national-membership-fee-increase/.
  4. What does Insurance Fees cover? This covers primary general liability, and secondary accident and sickness coverage at all unit, district, and council events. For more information, visit https://www.ncacbsa.org/blog/2017/04/25/insurance-fees-changing-in-2018/.
  5. What do Pack dues cover? The Pack has operating costs. We try to recuperate some of those costs up front as well as facilitate some of the necessary items you will need to help us carry out a successful program. Everyone paying dues for their son will get a T-Shirt, a Handbook, and a Neckerchief. We will work together on creating our own neckerchief slide. Dues will also help cover SOME of the costs to hand out awards. We will still need to fund raise and charge fees for other events. The more we fund raise, the less we will need to charge for events.
  6. What is the online Payment Processing Fee and do I need to pay it? If you pay online, our Merchant Account provider charges us some fees. It is a percentage of the overall amount of what is being collected. To make it simple for ourselves, we are simply charging a flat rate to help recuperate those costs so that we can still have enough money to cover the costs of running the pack. However, if you would like to pay by check or by cash, we can accommodate that during regularly scheduled meetings/events. We will provide you with a receipt. All cash/check payments must be handed over to either our Treasurer (Norlidah) or Committee Chair (Zohra). No one else will be accepting payments. For scheduling reasons, we will not be accepting payments/paperwork outside scheduled times. If you weren't able to make a payment in person via cash/check, you can submit payment online, or if there is enough time available, you can mail it to our UNIT mailing address. Please contact us for that information. DO NOT MAIL anything to the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia. It is NOT guaranteed we will receive that mail.

Join Scouting and Parent Orientation September 9th, 2017

posted Aug 28, 2017, 7:11 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 9:51 PM ]

Pack 114 will conduct a Join Scouting and Parent Orientation at 10 AM at the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia, at 4420 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, VA.  Youth who will be entering kindergarten through fifth 
grade this Fall are eligible to register.


Youth have a BLAST participating in fun activities that teach honesty, bravery, and respect for others and the environment.  Parents get support from a program that strengthens character, develops citizenship and enhances mental and physical fitness.  Scouting is a family values based program.

Here are some of the things Cub Scouts do:

  • make new friends
  • go fishing
  • earn awards and achievements
  • sing silly songs
  • learn about bugs and nature
  • go camping
  • learn to shoot bows and arrows
  • build things
  • make and race Pinewood Derby Cars
  • go on adventures
  • and more!

Contact us for more information at (703) 878-1312 or Pack114@muslimscouting.org.

STEM Family Camping Trip (September 16-17, 2017)

posted Aug 28, 2017, 6:57 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah

Pack 114 will be attending the National Capital Area Council STEM Family Camping Trip from September 16th-17th at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket, VA. This program will contain an exciting day of Rockets, Robotics, Small Circuits and more! After a fun day of discovery Scouts and their families will gather for an evening campfire program and then camp overnight.

To register for the event and to get more details, please logon to TroopTrack and click on the event in the calendar.

Pack Summer Camping Trip 2014

posted Jul 14, 2014, 6:34 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah


Are you ready to camping?  Outdoor events are some of the best parts about being in Scouting.  This is our third Annual Summer Family Camping trip for Pack 114 and most likely there will be a lot of folks who have never camped for the first time.  In order to have a safe and fun camping trip, it is important you read all the information provided on this page and complete all required paperwork.  It is suggested that you print this page as a reference.
 
Required Paperwork for Camping
All forms are PDF fillable.  Only handwritten forms that are clearly legible will be accepted.  If you don't have handwriting like my mother, then please use the computer to type everything in.  In an emergency, we don't want someone to struggle in trying to read if you or your son is allergic to peanuts or penicillin.
  • Activity Consent Form
  • Annual Health Medical Record Parts A & B
  • Driver Information - Please login to TroopTrack and update your Vehicle and Driver information in your profile.  This is important for the paperwork we have to file with the Boy Scouts of America.
Camp Wilson Information
There are specific rules that Camp Wilson has.  Please download and print out so that you are familiar with the rules.  There is also a map of the area that will help you navigate the camping area and driving directions.
  • Camp Wilson Group Caping Rules - CampWilsonGroupCampingRules.pdf
  • Directions to Camp Wilson - Directions_To_Camp_Wilson.pdf
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park Map - PohickBayRegionalParkMap.pdf
  • Interactive Google Map - This Map will get you to the general vicinity, but there are specific directions to get to Camp Wilson that is only available in the PDF download that we have prepared.  However, we are providing a link to this interactive Google Map so you can explore the area via the Satellite photos before we get there.
Costs for Camping Trip
A Scout is Thrifty.  So we are doing our best to keep the cost of the camping trip as low as possible.
  • There is a $6 per person Camping Fee.  This money goes to the Regional Park and will be collected by the Pack Family Camping Staff.
  • The cost for the water park is $4 per person for REGISTERED CAMPERS.  This is a special Group rate for campers. Otherwise, the fee is $6.75. This money will be collected at the gate of the water park by water park staff.
  • Food is not provided.  You will need to bring your own food.
Food
Since this is a family camping trip, each family will be responsible for bringing their own food.  We are providing a suggested menu with the concept in mind that you will want to keep preparation time for the meals to a minimum, cleanup easy, and food nutritional.
  • Breakfast - You will eat breakfast before leaving your home.  Enjoy it!
  • Lunch - Sandwiches.  Prepare them at home, stick them in the cooler, and enjoy while at camp.  Tuna fish sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, etc.  Have some fruit.
  • Dinner - Foil Meals or other simple to prepare meals.  What are foils meals?  Here are some links to some suggested recipes:
  • Breakfast - Instant Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs (use liquid eggs)
  • Juice/Drinks - Do not bring juice boxes, sodas, etc.  These are sugary foods and leave a lot of trash and residue.  Also, do not bring disposable water bottles.  Instead, bring reusable water bottles and if you are looking to flavor your beverages, try buying some Propel flavor packets other similar flavor packets.  These flavor packets have vitamins, and other electrolytes without a lot of sugar and the dye that can ruin your reusable water bottles.
  • Keep your trash and disposable items to a minimum by cutting down on packaged foods and unhealthy snacks.  One of the Aims of Scouting is personal fitness.
 
Equipment
We do not yet have Unit Camping Equipment.  Hopefully in the future through fundraising efforts, we will have Unit Camping Equipment.  But even then, when we have family camping trips, we may not have enough equipment for everyone.  So you will want to be prepared.
  • Camping Stove - If you don't have a camping stove, you can buy inexpensive two burner propane stoves at Wal-Mart, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, or Eastern Mountain Sports.  You will most likely only need one canister of propane fuel.  You can also save by buying only a one burner stove unless you think you might need two.
  • Cooking and Eating Gear - Bring your old pots and pans for what you need based upon your menu.  If you keep your menu simple your cooking gear will be simple.  Remember you need to clean up after you are done.  So having some kind of sponge, washing bin, and some biodegradable soap liquid detergent is important if you don't want any critters coming near you camp site during the night.  Try to stay green and stay away from bringing disposable plates.  Investing in inexpensive plastic/melamine plates and cheap cutlery is a great investment for future camping trips.  This is where Dollar Stores are great for the Thrifty Scout.
  • Family Tent - Our Boy Scout Troop camps in two-man tents.  However, for families, camping is best done in family tents.  Since we will most likely do camping in the Pack during fairly warm weather, you don't need to worry about getting a tent that is designed for all seasons.  The most important thing is that it keeps out water because it can rain anytime of the year.
  • Sleeping Bags and Padding - During these warm summer months, all you need is a light weight sleeping bag or blankets.  The most important thing is some kind of padding so you aren't sleeping on rocks or the bare ground.  Thermal pads are best but for those who are looking for super comfort, you might want to consider some kind of air mattress.
  • Personal Gear Checklist - The Boy Scouts have some camping checklists they have published on their website that you may want to take a look at.
 
Agenda
 
Saturday
  • 10:00 Arrive at Shirley Gate Masjid- Turn in Medical Forms, Activity Consent Form, and confirm Camping Fee has been paid.  All forms will be reviewed and validated for accuracy, completion, and legibility.  All family members must be listed on our roster.
  • 10:30 Departure Briefing - Please bring printed directions.  If I receive a lot of phone calls that morning, it maybe difficult to respond to every call.  So please, please, please, print out the directions, familiarize yourself with the trip, and be sure you pay attention to the directions that tell you the very last part on how you find Camp Wilson.  If you go to the main Pohick Bay Park you will have gone too far.
  • 11:00 Departure from Shirley Gate Masjid - If you think you can arrive at 10:55 and be processed for departure, please understand you will be holding EVERYONE up.  So please be courteous and arrive on time.  In fact if you can arrive even earlier, that would be better.  May Allah bless those who arrive early, are patient, prepared, and do their best to be helpful.  That covers three parts of the Scout Law: Courteous, Helpful, Cheerful and the Scout Motto: Be Prepared.
  • 12:00 (Noon) Arrive at Camp Wilson and begin setup
  • 1:30 Salaatul Duhr
  • 2:00 PM - Depart to Pirate's Cove Water Park
  • 5:00 PM - Return from Pirate's Cove Water Park
  • 5:15 PM - Salaatul Asr
  • 5:30 PM - Begin building of Raingutter Regatta Boats
  • 5:45 PM - Scouting Orientation and Registration
  • 6:15 PM - Begin Dinner Preparation
  • 7:00 PM - Dinner
  • 7:45 PM - Clean up and Prepare for Campfire
  • 8:10 PM - Salaatul Maghrib
  • 8:45 PM - Campfire
  • 9:40 PM - Salaatul Isha
  • 10:00 PM Lights Out - Quiet Hours
Sunday
  • 6:00 AM - Salaatul Fajr *Note, Fajr enters at 5:06 AM but due to light conditions and location of bathroom, we plan to pray as a Jamaat PROMPTLY at 6:00 AM.
  • 6:30 AM - Begin Breakfast preparation
  • 7:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM - Raingutter Regatta
  • 9:00 AM - Begin Packing
  • 10:00 AM - Check-out Begins - Please DO NOT leave prior to being checked-out. This is for saftey reasons.
  • 11:00 AM - Camp Staff Departure
  • 11:15 AM - Program Ends

Note: Pohick Bay offers other aquatic activities such as boating and fishing. If you wish to take advantage of those activities after the program ends on Sunday morning, you're encouraged to do so. However, this activity will not be supervised or organized by the leadership of Pack 114, Troop 114, or Crew 114, Scouting program of the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia. All youth must be with their own family members upon check-out and cannot be supervised by other parents or adult leaders for any aquatic activities for safey and liability reasons.

The rest of the agenda will be shared with participants.  We don't want to have any spoilers.  If you have any other questions, do contact us ahead of time.  If we get a lot of questions on Friday we may not be able to answer all the questions.

Ramadan Workshop

posted Jun 7, 2014, 8:12 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah


Raingutter Regatta

posted Aug 22, 2013, 5:31 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Aug 23, 2013, 3:12 PM by Zohra Sharief ]

The raingutter regatta is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America that is the sailboat equivalent of the pinewood derby. The sailboat kit consists of a seven-inch (178 mm) long balsa woodhull, a 6-1/2 inch mast, plastic sail, plastic rudder, and metal keel. Within the basic design rules, Scouts are free to paint and decorate their sailboats as they choose. Modifications for speed include the placement of the keel and rudder and the size, shape and location of the sail. A catamaran is an exceptionally fast design, although this modification is not allowed in all races.

Cub Scouts compete in a raingutter regatta race
Raingutter regatta kit parts: mast, sail, hull, rudder and keel    

The boats are raced in a standard rain gutter that is ten feet long, placed on a table or saw horses, and filled to the top with water. The boats are propelled by blowing on the sail, either directly or through a drinking straw; the boat cannot be touched with hands or the straw. The first boat to reach the end of the gutter is the winner. The overall winner is determined by an elimination system.

On August 25, 2013 at ICNVT at 1:00pm, Pack 114 will be holding this event. They will be building boats with Styrofoam.. Materials will be provided to build more boats for anyone who wants them. This will be a friendly race with no placings and there will be ribbons for participation.

During the end of September and October, Pack 114 will be hosting another regatta, this one unlike the first, being competitive. Kits to make the boats will be sold at the regatta by the Pack

For more information visit the Raingutter Regatta page, one of our fun "Derbies" held in Cub Scouts. How to make a foam sailboat.

Join Scouting Night - June 21, 2013 - 7 PM

posted Jun 20, 2013, 7:38 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah

As-Salaamu Alaikum

Pack 114 will conduct a Join Scouting Night on June 21st, 2013 at 7 PM in the Youth Conference Room at the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia, at 4420 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, VA.  Youth who will be entering first grade through fifth grade this Fall are eligible to register.

If you would like to register online ahead of time, feel free to do so at BeAScout.org and then drop by at 7 PM to give us your fees and dues.


Spring Family Camping Trip

posted Mar 3, 2013, 12:30 PM by Zohra Sharief   [ updated Mar 3, 2013, 12:41 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah ]

More information to come...


Congratulations !!!

posted Jan 19, 2013, 4:49 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 17, 2013, 5:17 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah ]

What a derby day!!! Fun, Cheer and Excitement!!!

 The whole pack congratulates today’s winner Cub Scouts & their families for making extra ordinary, speedy and fabulous performing cars:

WEBELOS
        1. Nuruddin Abdul-Rashid
        2. Kamil Arif
        3. Mustakim Rahman
        4. Faisal Mustafa
BEARS
  1. Musa Qadri
  2. Adriel Locke
WOLVES
  1. Ibrahim Omeish
  2. Nabeel Elsanousi
  3. Sameel Arif
  4. Malek Aloulou
 
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!

Cub Scout - Pinewood Derby

posted Dec 28, 2012, 8:55 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 10, 2013, 7:43 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah ]

 
...Zoom Zoom .>.>.
Racing in a Cub Scout derby is great fun. You'll get to design your racing vehicle, work with a parent to build it, and see it perform on race day.
Win or lose, you'll take pride in having done your best. When you race in a Cub Scout derby, you learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things you will remember all your life.
 
The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.
 
Location: St. John's UMC, Donaldson Hall, 5312 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA, 22151
Race day: Jan 19, 2013

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