Potomac Council, Boy Scouts of America
Welcome to the Potomac Council website. The Potomac Council, Boy Scouts of America serves the youth in Western Maryland (Garrett and Allegany counties) and West Virginia (Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, and Mineral counties).
The World Scout Jamboree is coming in 2015! Japan is where it's taking place and you do not want to miss out! Click on the link below to access more information about the WSJ and share it with fellow Scouts!
Hey everybody, guess what?! It's time to sell popcorn again! We have all the tools that you need to get ready for the fundraising season. Below is a link to the email with all the information on the Popcorn and Prize selections as well as the InfoPop! We would love for all of our units to sell popcorn this year. It is a great way to promote Scouting and earn some cash to help your Scouts pay for camp or other outings.
Want to see tons of pictures from the 2013 National Scout Jamboree? The link below will take you to the 2013 NSJ Flickr site. Here you will be able to view all of the excitement of the first NSJ at the new Summit Bechtel Reserve.
Visit this link below for a special message from Rex Tillerson, BSA past President, delivered at BSA's National Meeting in May 2013.
For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.
Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization’s long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting’s mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change.
The inaugural SUMMIT HIGH ADVENTURE BASE programs will open in June 2014. Activities will revolve around four program tracks. In addition to the unique focus provided by each program track, participants will experience activities centered on our core mission areas – adventure, sustainability, leadership and service.
Each adventure lasts 7 days with crews arriving each day beginning June 8, 2014 with the final crew arrival date set for August 16, 2014. Each program track includes time at the CHRISTEN HIGH ADVENTURE BASE located at THE SUMMIT as well as one to three nights at outpost camps at THE SUMMIT or in the New River Gorge area.
THE SUMMIT will provide all food, tents, cots and program equipment. Crew will provide sleeping bags and other personal gear.
Interested in going? Want to learn more? Click Below!
Please check here for updated calendar. There have been some changes since the print calendar was handed out. The online calendar is the most up-to-date.
An updated verison of the Eagle Service Project Workbook has been released to support the revised wording of Eagle Scout requirement 5, which calls for a project proposal to be approved by the council or district, rather than "the project plan."
If a Scout has already had his project approved using the old workbook, he may continue with that workbook. This new workbook takes effect January 1 and must be used after then. In between now and January 1, a scout has a choice which workbook to use but once started must finish with the one chosen.
To download a copy of the New Eagle Service Project Workbook follow the link below:
Interested Scouts, Venturers, and Adults can now begin signing up for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, the first National Scout Jamboree to be held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
Potomac Council has been allocated 1 Troop of Boy Scouts and 1 group of Venturers for the Jamboree which means:
Troop=36 Scouts, 4 Leaders
Venturers=9 Venturers, 1 Adviser
Sign up early! Spaces will fill up. To register, follow the link below:
As the use of social media grows, including use of such sites as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., it is important that the Scouting community understand how best to make use of these services and the impacts they may have on Youth Protection.
To help with this, the National Council of the BSA has released a set of Social Media Guidelines. If your unit is making use of social media, please take a look at these guidelines:
Internet Advancement, the online service for units submitting youth member advancement, has been enhanced with some important new features:
- The Youth Protection Training (YPT) completed date, if any, is now displayed for each person on the unit roster report.
- Users may now view previous advancement reports online.
- Academic and sports belt loops for Cub Scout Packs are now trackable online.
- Cub Scout Packs may enter completion of the Tiger Cub rank for members who earned the award but did not have it in their records.
Effective March 1,2011, all unit trip and activity information must be submitted using the new Tour Plan form. This Tour Plan replaces the Local and National Tour Permits, and those forms will no longer be accepted. Also, the online Tour Permit Submittal System will be suspended until further notice. For more information about this change and to get the new form go to:
The BSA has just announced an update to the current Health and Medical Record Form. The form has been reorganized and asks for some additional information.
Participants in overnight activities are asked to completed Parts A, B, and C.
The new form can be found by following the link below and are availalbe in dowloadable, fillable PDF format:
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies:
Effective June 1, 2010:
Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
For More Information Download this letter from Assistant Chief Scout Executive Jim Terry
United Way Agency
The Potomac Council is an agency of the County United Way, which consists fo the United Ways of Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland, and Mineral and Hampshire Counties in West Virginia.