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Islamic Center of Northern Virginia - Eid Picnic

posted Jul 16, 2015, 12:21 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Jul 25, 2015, 5:07 AM ]

The Islamic Center of Northern Virginia will be holding an Eid Picnic on Saturday, the 25th of July, 2015.  The event will have activities and events for the youth, as well as great food to enjoy. This year, the Scouts of the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia are organizing to put on this event. We are hoping this will be a fun and engaging activity for all. Since this is the first year we are organizing such an activity, we are actively looking for your assistance, patience, and understanding. We are excited and hope to share a great time with all.

Volunteers Needed
In order to achieve our goals we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to help in specific ways. Please look over the list of volunteer opportunities and sign-up for one of them. Please share these opportunities with others. 

Activities Planned
Rock Wall
Sode Bottle Rocket Derby
Raingutter Regatta
A-Frame Chariot Race
Three-Legged Race
Potato Sack Race
Fishing for Marbles
Bean Bag Ladder Toss
and more

We plan to have hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken available for a low price. To purchase discounted tickets for food or to obtain tickets for the rock wall event, please click here.
Business Sponsors
If you have a business and would like a presence at the picnic, please click here.

NOTE: We apologize but were unable to get the link to purchase discount tickets working. For the picnic, you will be able to purchase tickets at the "door." Credit cards will be accepted.

Girl Scout Spring Break Activity

posted Mar 8, 2015, 4:56 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 9:02 AM ]

Come join Girl Scouts for a week of fun and learning in the outdoors.   More information and online registration for Camp Primavera is available on the Girl Scout Capital National Council website at  Please also see the informational flyer and registration form below. This is an excellent opportunity to try out Girl Scouts for a week, before joining a local troop in the near future, inshaAllah.

How Much?: $50
When: 3/30-4/2, 2015 all day

If you are interested in joining Girl Scouts or any other of our Scouting program, please click here.

TroopTrack Best Practices

posted Oct 3, 2014, 5:58 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Oct 3, 2014, 6:02 AM ]

As-Salaamu Alaikum,

With the update that TroopTrack made in September 2014, they introduced some security enhancements. These enhancements resulted in what may be considered limitations in how we used to use TroopTrack. 

Therefore, I would like to inform everyone of the following constraints, work arounds, and best practices when using the calendar or messaging within TroopTrack:

  1. Images are not possible for the time being.
  2. Large amounts of text will not be possible.
  3. You will find at times that it will not support certain characters (like Arabic or other non-standard "American" keyboard characters).
Work Arounds/Best Practices
  1. First and foremost, if you have any technical issues using TroopTrack, please contact me if you have technical issues. I have 20 years experience in Internet technologies. I have my own web hosting business since 1996 and support customers around the world. So I am sure I can help you.
  2. If you have a Gmail account, I can provide you with access to posting to the website. Use the Unit website to post detailed information.
  3. Please ensure that you have all of you program entered as events into TroopTrack. This applies to every level:
    • Dens/Patrols
    • Pack/Troop
    • District/Council
    • Holidays (School/Islamic)
  4. Event types are color coded automatically and standardized across all of our programs. So please use the appropriate event type and do not select a custom color. If you believe you don't find an appropriate event type in the planning calendar, alert me so I can address the situation.
  5. Become a contributor to our Facebook page ( To make that happen, send me an email letting me know which email address you use for Facebook. I will add you.
    • Upload photos of all events into photo albums.
    • Use the events capabilities.
    • If you don't know how to use or can't seem to do something, contact me.
  6. Always send emails through TroopTrack Quick Message to your Den/Patrol, Troop/Pack. It will ensure that you are reaching everyone because we are always updating TroopTrack with the most accurate contact information. The information you have may become dated/inaccurate.
    • If you can't see the people you need to communicate with, please contact me.
    • All messages to Scouts ALWAYS copies the parents so you need only send to Scouts.
    • Place your unit in the subject line to ensure folks can readily identify the email. For example:
    1. Pack 114 (Bear Den):
    2. Pack 114:
    3. Troop 114:
    4. Troop 114 (Wizards):
Always provide feedback. Everything is still being polished and after all, we are all volunteers and have only a finite amount of time. So there will often be areas that need polishing. We do our best and use the "Rocks, Pebbles, Sand" approach to prioritizing.

Yours in Scouting,

Abdul “Rashid” Abdullah
Chartered Organization Representative for Pack, Troop, and Crew 114
Committee Chair, National Capital Area Council Islamic Committee on Scouting
Committee Chair, Northeast Region, National Islamic Committee on Scouting
Phone 703-638-8219

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Eid ul-Fitr 1435

posted Jul 28, 2014, 3:30 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 3:35 AM ]

As-Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

On this auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, on behalf of the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia, I would like to extend a very warm, Eid Mubarak. Congratulations on all of your fasting and good deeds. May Allah accept all of our fasting, praying, and charity. May he bless you, your family, and reward you with the best for the spiritual progress made during this month long journey. Please remember all of the Muslims who are suffering this Eid and suffering injustice. Pray for justice, peace, and guidance for all of the people all around the world.

Yours in Scouting,

Abdul Rashid Abdullah
Chartered Organization Representative for Pack, Troop, and Crew 114

Girl Scout Program to be launched

posted Mar 10, 2014, 12:56 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah

You know them by their cookies.  Now you get the chance to know them up close and personal.  Girl Scouting is coming to ICNVT.  We are organizing a Join Scouting night for you to have an opportunity to learn more information about Girl Scouting.  Click here to request more information about our Girl Scout Program and to attend the Join Scouting Night, May 3, 2014.

Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere—where today's girls can become tomorrow's leaders. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K- 12; women and men over 18 can join as adult members.

Most girls join a local troop or group for fun and friendship, but they also find out about building character and self-esteem and serving their communities—the core qualities of Girl Scouting. In Girl Scouts, girls find a safe place to grow and share new experiences, learn to relate to others, develop values, and contribute to society.

The Girl Scout program is based on the needs and interests of girls.  

Venturing Program Launches

posted Mar 10, 2014, 12:47 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah

Venturing Crew 114 was established on January 3, 2014. The Crew is chartered by the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax, Virginia. The Crew located is within the Patriot District, National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of AmericaWe primarily serve young Muslim men and women through providing a Muslim-oriented Scouting experience, but are open to all youth regardless of faith. The Crew is led by an adult Advisor, assisted by an Associate Advisor, and under the direction of a Crew Committee comprised of other adults. Youth leadership is comprised of Venturing officers elected from among the youth membership.

Venturing is the only co-educational program within the Boy Scouts of America. It was established in 1998 as a separate new program from the old Explorer Scouts division. Exploring continues today as a separate program but with a greater focus on exposing youth to various career paths. Venturing is the senior Scouting program meant to give young men and women more autonomy in running the activities, and thus, helping them gain experience in becoming mature, responsible, and caring adults. By driving the unit's activities, Venturers learn to lead, work together, and solve problems and achieve goals as a team. Venturing allows young men and women to learn new skills, expand existing ones, and share those skills with others in a safe, nurturing environment. Through Venturing, young men and women can try various activities that appeal to them: new high adventure activities, perform community service, learn new arts and crafts, pursue sports, explore science and technology, deepen faith practices, or prepare oneself for a career path. But above all, they have lots of FUN along the way! Venturing activities are organized mostly at the unit level, but district, council, area, regional, and even national events are held annually to give an opportunity for Venturers nationwide to meet. 

Beginning May 2014, Venturers will abide by the same Scout Oath and Law as other members of the Boy Scouts of America, and perform the same three-fingered Scout Sign and Salute as performed by Scouts worldwide. The uniforms are green instead of tan. 

Venturing is not unique to just the Boy Scouts of America, and fellow senior Scouts worldwide participate in similar programs under names such as Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts, or Rangers within the Girl Guiding movement. By joining our Crew, you'll join a worldwide tradition in Scouting!

To learn more about Crew 114, please click here.

ICNVT Scouts participate in Phase 2 Groundbreaking Ceremony

posted Aug 15, 2013, 12:33 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Aug 15, 2013, 12:52 PM ]

Scouts from Troop and Pack 114 participated in the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia Phase 2 Groundbreaking Ceremony on August 4, 2013.  The ceremony marked the beginning to build a facility to support the need for Janazah (funeral) services.  This historic event is marked by the photos and videos below.

ICNVT Phase 2 Groundbreaking Ceremony

History of Scouting Trail (HOST) Inaugural Event Memorial Day Weekend

posted Apr 4, 2013, 5:15 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 5:18 AM ]

The History & Future of the History Of Scouting Trail

Initially developed as a fundraiser for Inner-City and D.C. Scouting, it has grown to be much much more. Developed originally by P-B, an area Scout Historian, the H.O.S.T. experience is part - Challenge Trail - Treasure Hunt - History Hike - and all fun. Utilizing the National Monuments and Landmarks of Washington D.C., the Trail links each part to some historically significant link to the History of Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America itself, was born right here in Washington, D.C. Did you know that all Eagle Scout Awards in the early years were presented at the White House? Or when was the last year that all Scoutmasters were officially paid? You will - this and more interesting fun facts and stories when you go on the Trail.

The Trail will eventually be a series of 3 Hikes, each progressively longer and more challenging. The first one to open will be the 6 mile Colin Livingstone Hike that begins at the Taft Memorial Bridge, the first Honorary National President of the BSA, and ends at one of the three 'Special Partners' that have teamed up with this project - The Newseum, The International Spy Museum, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The Hikes will have clues by the White House, The Ellipse, The Washington Monument, The WWII Memorial, The Boy Scout Commemorative Tribute Memorial and even the exact place of the origin of the Boy Scouts of America. Walk where the grandfathers of todays Scouts walked with Baden-Powell, Dan Beard, E.T. Seton. and James E. West.

Once complete and the challenges are fulfilled, the hikers are eligible to purchase a very special Hike Medal and patch.

Though the Hikes will all be eventually open to everyone, Scouts and non-Scouts,  a special invitation will be forwarded to the 50,000 Scouts and 200,000 visitors expected in D.C. because of the National Jamboree this summer. The launch of the H.O.S.T. will be something special for area Scouts. The Inaugural Weekend of the H.O.S.T. will be Memorial Day Weekend, and will be open ONLY to Units and their friends and families from the National Capital Area Council. And for this Inaugural event a special 24k gold plated and individually numbered from 1 to 3000 medal will be issued. The Trail will be open for decades, but this weekend is the only time this medal will ever be offered - and only to the first 3000 that sign up! Units can sign up for Sat or Sun or Mon of that weekend!

Also a special 2.5 mile History Hike will be available for younger Cubs, those with mobility issues, or those who want more challenge. The questions and clues on this Hike will be different and though not a medal, a very special award will be available for those completing this shorter Hike. A memory of being there when it started by participating in the inaugural launch - and earn the chance to purchase the special trail medal - then be one of the first 3,000 hikers!

Sign up today for the Inaugural Weekend of the History Of Scouting Trail.

Troop 114 Scouts Participate in the 57th Presidential Inauguration

posted Jan 10, 2013, 8:56 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah

On Monday, January 21 approximately 750 Scouts from National Capital Area Council will participate in the 57th Presidential Inauguration, continuing a tradition that reaches back to President Woodrow Wilson.

Scouts will be involved at the Inauguration in the following areas.

  1. ADA Team
    1. ADA Directional volunteers will direct individuals with disabilities to the specific ADA sections from the security checkpoints.
    2. ADA Section volunteers are stationed inside the ADA areas to check individuals in, make sure the sections are reserved for individuals with disabilities only, and direct any individuals inside the ADA section to port-a-johns or vendors as needed.
  2. Inside Line Management volunteers manage lines at both the port-a-johns and vendor locations in order to prevent lines from backing into the magnetometers. If the lines reach the magnetometers, Secret Service will stop the security screening process.
  3. Directional volunteers will greet attendees after they pass through magnetometers and guide them to the parade route. This includes directions for both ticketholders and the general public.
  4. Magnetometer ADA volunteers will guide all self-identifying individuals with disabilities through specific magnetometers.
  5. Line Management volunteers will help sort through ticketed and non-ticketed guests, direct them to the appropriate line and assist with line formation and direction in front of the security checkpoints. Lines are anticipated to be very long, so these volunteers need to make sure that attendees are greeted and informed about what can and cannot be taken into the venue.
  6. Access Control Bleacher volunteers will focus specifically on ensuring guests remain in areas appropriate to their credentials.

Local Scout Council, Capital Area Food Bank, WUSA-TV, United Way,Safeway and The Washington Examiner team up to nourish area’s hungry Area Food Demand Up 25 Percent Over Past Years as Scouts Conclude 26th Annual Food Drive

posted Nov 9, 2012, 4:16 PM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Nov 9, 2012, 5:02 PM ]

WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2012) — Today Scouts will travel throughout16 counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia to collect bags full of food that will nourish the area’s hungry. Scouts will also be at most District of Columbia Safeway Stores to distribute flyers and ask patrons to purchase an extra item or two for donation purposes as they shop. Just one week ago, Scouting for Food empty donation bags were distributed throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia and flyers at District of Columbia residences by National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships.

“More than 680,000 residents in the area are at risk or experiencing hunger, including the highest percentage of children in U.S. households - more than 32% - without consistent access to food,” said Les Baron, Scout Executive/CEO of NCAC. “This year, more than ever, area families are depending on the donations of their community members. Our annual Scouting for Food drive – now in its 26th year - teaches young people the value of helping others and we know it will be our most successful to date.”

As part of Scouting’s Good Turn for America, Scouting for Food is held every fall before Thanksgiving. For more than 100 years, the ideals of the Scouting program have instilled in boys and girlsa sense of duty to the community through service. The food drive is co-sponsored by Capital Area Food Bank, Safeway, WUSA9-TV, United Way and The Washington Examiner.

“The demand for the food bank and our partner agencies is greater than ever,” said Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank.“We are seeing longer lines and people who used to donate are now coming through our doors for food assistance “Support from community partners like the Boy Scouts, Safeway, United Way, WUSA9 and The Washington Examiner will help us feed those struggling to get enough food to eat during these difficult times.”

Originally launched in 1987, Scouting for Food is one of the largest annual food drives in the metropolitan area. Last year, Scouts from NCAC collected 859,000 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items and this year, Capital Area Food Bank will use the items collected by Scouts to help with its distribution of33 million pounds of food,half of which is fresh produce.

“It is so important for our youth to see that there is a need and to know that they are helping make a difference in their communities,” said Greg TenEyck, director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Safeway/Eastern Division. ”This value, when learned early in life, can become a life-long pattern.Safeway is proud to partner with National Capital Area Council to feed our hungry neighbors.

Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.TM” The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and more than a million volunteers in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

National Capital Area Council was organized in 1911 and today stands as one of the oldest and largest councils in America. The Council territory includes the District of Columbia; Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; and in Virginia the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford and Culpeper as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

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