The National Pike District 

Serving the youth of Howard County, MD

District Chair: Jim Olson
District Commissioner: Jeff Seymour

Senior District Executive: Brendan Canale, 443-573-2527 /

Flag Retirement Service Opportunities

American Legion Post 156 conducts a quarterly Flag Retirement program.  To date 1,372 flags have been retired with honor.

Boy Scouts, Venturers and volunteers are needed to participate in the program.

Retirements are now scheduled through 2017.  The dates are as follows:

25 March
17 June
23 September

All of these dates fall on Saturdays.  The time frame for the Flag Retirement program is from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The location is the VFW, 4225 V F W Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

If your Unit is interested in volunteering, please let Ron Whitehead know what date and how many volunteers. His e-mail is; your service will be appreciated.


American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Award

Annually, The American Legion provides for a national scholarship to be awarded to the Eagle Scout who is selected “The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year.” The nominee must be either:

1.a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit or Sons of The American Legion Squadron, or, a registered, active member of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire, Sons of The American Legion or Auxiliary member.

The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Three runner-up scholarship awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500 each. For all of the eligibility requirements and nomination form, please visit this website:   The deadline to apply is March 1st.

For more information. contact the Legion Post 156 Scouting Chairman, Mr. Dana Edwards at

Boy Scout Rank Requirements Changes are NOW in effect (01 January 2017): 

Understand the changes coming in the Boy Scout Advancement Requirements. Learn more about the changes and the timing for implementation. CLICK HERE. The presentation provided at the October 2015 Roundtable can be found HERE. FAQs published by BSA can be found HERE.  Download the insert for use with previous editions of the Boy Scout Handbook HERE


  • NCAC Youth Ambassador Program
    BAC Participation in the NCAC Youth Ambassador Program The BSA National Capital Area Council (NCAC) recently initiated a Youth Ambassador Program to help Scouts understand other cultures and experience International Scouting. BAC scouts are invited too. Many of the events and activities are held in or around Washington D.C. It's meant to be a continuing program, with activities every quarter of 2014 and in future years if successful.