Archive | April, 2011

Climbing High with the Rangers!

27 Apr

There is an awesome opportunity to train and work with some of the very best Mountaineers on the PLANET!! And it’s right here in our back yard… At Camp Frank D. Merril with the U.S. Army 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega…


“Rappel off a 100 foot cliff and enter the vertical world, where voices of encouragement are silenced by the rush of adrenaline that accompanies the realization that a single climbing rope and your skill control the speed of descent through the spectacular thrill of High Adventure. Climb 200 feet up a steep mountain face where upward mobility is limited to courage, and where success is measured by the triumph of conquering jagged ledges, scaling towering peaks, and viewing the world where only Eagles and Rangers have been. Fly across a 50 foot gorge face first with only a rope, harness and air. Bridge the gap with rope pathways where your advance ropework bears the weight of travel for elevated traverses. ”

Scouts from all accross the country will travel to be with the Rangers this Summer… don’t miss out! Go here: and sign up for your spot today… space is limited!

For Scouts and Venturers!

See you out there!

Scouting 101 – just the fundamentals!

25 Apr

Greetings Scouts –

I wanted to share with you a cool opportunity for younger Scouts to earn some really cool Merit Badges locally this Summer at Scoutland 101 during the week of June 13-17. Scouts can earn a Merit Badge in one day when they come to Scoutland. A couple of cool points:

  1. You pick the day!
  2. You pick the Merit Badge!
  3. Arrive at Scoutland a little before 9:00AM
  4. By 4PM your day is done and you’ve earned a Merit Badge!
  5. the day costs only $15*

Come join us for 1 or MORE days out at the Lake this summer and you can earn one or more of these Merit Badges:

  • Basketry/Leatherwork (TWO FOR ONE!!!)
  • First Aid (EAGLE REQUIRED!)
  • Swimming (EAGLE REQUIRED!)
  • Rifle
  • Archery
  • Woodcarving
  • Communications (EAGLE REQUIRED!)

Now is the time to sign up! Download the 101 flyer and get signed up today!

Scoutland is on Lake Lanier in Gainesville on a 120 acre peninsula that lies between Hwy’s 53(Dawsonville Hwy) and 60(Thompson Bridge Rd) about 30 minutes from the heart of our District (in other words… convenient!). Come out and experience the Lake in Summer time…

See you out there!


*some courses require and additional fee… check out the flyer on our website and be sure to share this link with your friends –

Some Summer Service!

22 Apr

Hey Troops!

Working at Day Camp is a great way to earn service hours. Older Scouts who need service hours for Star or Life can check out one of our 5 local Cub Scout Day Camps and attend 1 day or more days to help out… here are the dates and locations of the Camps in our area:
May 30-June 3 Lumpkin Twilight Camp at Pine Valley Recreation Area on Hwy 9 from 5PM-9PM
June 6-June 10 North Forsyth Camp at Church of the Good Shepherd from 9AM-3PM
June 13-17 Dawson Day Camp at Lumpkin Campground from 9AM-3PM
June 13-17 South Forsyth Day Camp at Midway UMC from 9AM-3PM
June 27-July 1 Cumming Day Camp at Christ the King Lutheran Church from 9AM-3PM

Scouts and Troop Leaders can help out in many different areas like woodcrafts, Scout skills, art, shooting ranges, sports and games… every camp is a little bit different! If you’d like to help out 1 or more days, let me know by emailing me at and be sure to tell me which camp you’re interested in helping out. You can also go ahead and fill out the Staff Registration Form and mail it in to the Scout Office here:
Day Camp
C/O Northeast Georgia Council, BSA
PO Box 399
Jefferson, GA 30549

SCOUT LEADERS! This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with Cub Scouting units in your area which helps ensure good cross-overs into the Troop! Also, your Scouting knowledge and expertise are invaluable.

CUB SCOUT LEADERS – We need your help too! Use the Registration Form to register… for more information on Cub Scout Summer programs, view the previous post here on the Otter Blog and be sure to share with your friends!!!

For more information on ALL of our great Summer Programs check out the Northeast Georgia Council WebPAGE


2 Apr


Troops… This year’s Spring Camporee will be the ULTIMATE TEST to see who takes home our District’s prized totem, Eddie the Otter. Troop 207, chartered to Creekside United Methodist Church, hopes to defend their title from this past fall when they took the prize with their very best Catapult… but they will, along with their fellow troops, have to put their field skills, as well as their Scouting Skills and creativity, front and center in order to win this year’s Spring version of the challenge. So Scoutmasters/SPL’s, let’s get started!

Ultimate Frisbee is an old sport who’s time has finally emerged. Over the past decade, the sport of Ultimate has become increasingly more popular with High Schools and Colleges starting their own club teams and competitions going on all over the Country. For Troops whose Scouts have never played, take a look at this link first:

For some strategy tips, take a look here:

The Ultimate Camporee centers around an EPIC Ultimate Tournament, but there will be 9 other events going on at the same time… These events will include Scouting Skills that involve the creative use of your own disc! Pioneering, fire starting, orienteering, and others… a link to the packet is below.

To register for the ULTIMATE CAMPOREE and the chance to take home Eddie the Otter, register online today by TROOP

For more information and to download the packet head over to the Etowah Website and the Boy Scout Activities Page

Also… we need EVENT SPONSORS. If your troop has older boys or adults who would like to sponsor one or more events, please notify Daniel or Andrew Johnson (event SPL)

OK… see you out there!