Archive | May, 2011

Join us as we CELEBRATE!

13 May


Greetings Scouters!

Join us in CELEBRATION at the Etowah District Awards Banquet this Thursday, May 19, 2011. Our ANNUAL Banquet begins at 6:00PM with a silent auction to benefit International Scouting service, followed by dinner at 6:30PM featuring BACKYARD BURGERS. Lynn Jackson, Hospital Administrator and community leader, is our Keynote Speaker this year!

ALSO, come find out which Youth Members will receive the Spirit of Scouting Award and which Adult Leaders will receive the Scouter of the Year and District Awards of Merit for 2010-11! We will also recognize the 2010 Eagle Scout class, the Etowah District Committee and Commissioners Staff, as well as Leaders and Youth from around the District for their accomplishments throughout the year!

How’s your dessert making skills? Bring a dessert you made at home and enter it in the evening’s dessert making contest and win a prize at the banquet! (email me if you need some ideas or if you think you’ll participate!)

RSVP using the attached form (you can fax it in to the Jefferson service center at 706-693-4849) by fax or email your reservation to me here…

Download the registration form here:

See you out there!


How to have a successful FALL – Cub Scouts!

12 May

Successful Packs share several traits that result in better program for the boys. If your Pack will do these five things, your boys will have a better Scouting experience too!

  1. Confirm your KEY LEADERS NOW! – Know who will be your Cubmaster, Committee Chair, Den Leaders, and important key Committee members before SUMMER (and be sure to email that to Daniel!)
  2. BACK TO PACK – Kick off the new school year by getting a BACK to PACK event on the calendar now! At this event have all of the boys and adults re-register for 2012 and pay their registration fee… this makes re-charter time soooooooo much easier! You’ll have a better inventory of returning adults and leaders, AND a better handle on dens PRIOR to Round-up. And then, only NEW boys need to attend the round-up. Schedule this as an end-of-summer picnic or pool party in late July or early August BEFORE most round-ups will occur.
  3. plan your IDEAL YEAR OF SCOUTING! – take some time to brainstorm and plan the most exciting year for your Scouts and then talk about making it happen using these steps… PLANNING, BUDGETING, GOAL setting, Communicating the plan to parents, EARNING THE MONEY, EXECUTING the plan. A more detailed version of the IYOS plan is included in the original publication. Join us for an Ideal Year of Scouting Brunch and earn an additional 1% sales commission on POPCORN this year! June 25 at Gainesville First United Methodist Church on Thompson Bridge Rd. or June 30 at LDS Church in Suwanee on Suwanee Dam Rd. SEE YOU THERE!
  4. ROUNDUP – Roundup is a COUNCIL coordinated recruiting effort that benefits your pack. The District Executive and District committee will set up the Roundup schedule and a trained Roundup captain will run this meeting which usually lasts about 90 minutes. THE PACK’s role is to support the meeting and help it run smooth. This is NOT a Pack meeting, but a smooth, well-timed program designed to get your new Scouts (AND PARENTS!) energized about the Scouting program. Roundup orientation this year will be held on Tuesday August 2nd at 7:00PM at the Cumming Kiwanis Club for the Etowah District. You will want at least one leader to attend this meeting to find out your Roundup schedule!!!
  5. School Registration Night (OPEN HOUSE) – Set up a booth and have some Scouts or parents in uniform to promote the Roundup night! Have flyers or magnets (Daniel can provide these), some pictures of your campout or Spring trip to the Yorktown, even have some old pinewood derby cars or trophies. If you share your school with another Pack coordinate with them! It is important to have two equally strong packs in those cases.
How to Have a Successful FALL is a full publication put out by the Northeast Georgia Council and distributed at May Roundtables each year. You can download a copy of it here.
Okay, see you out there!

Eddie gets to go home with (see the final standings)…?

2 May


Scoutland, Gainesville GA

Spring is certainly in the air. And so, let the camping season officially begin with some great news about our Spring Camporee. With a waft of fresh cut grass and newly bloomed trees mixed with smoldering coals for a morning camp breakfast, the competitive spirit was beginning to steep. The brackets were set and by 9:30AM teams took the field for the ULTIMATE CAMPOREE’s Epic Tournament! It WAS an epic battle! 16 teams fought hard for the title of ULTIMATE CHAMPS… but Ultimate wasn’t the only game going on.

Team Bravo (207) came out to win, and win they did early on in the Disc tourney. But it was their dominance at the Scout Skills games that gave them the edge taking the first prize points in Right On Target, Disc Brigade, The Crossing, and the Disc Tourney, as well as Third Place points in the Wheel Relay, Flaming Disc, and Disc Golf Orienteering… these guys flat killed it out there. Way to go… or should I say, BRAVO!?

The Ravens (303) put up a good fight with their Fourth Place showing in the final points, only missing a trophy chance by THREE points!! They dominated their side of the Disc Tourney bracket before falling to Bravo and were still able to score some hard-earned points at the competitions placing Second in the Wheel Relay and the Disc Tourney.

The big surprise was Team Charlie (207). Losing early in the Disc Tourney, they decided to concentratet their efforts on the other events taking First Place in the Distance Throw, and the Wheel Relay, they also came in a close Second (to Bravo) in the Crossing and took Fourth Place points in the Flaming Disc.

Congrats to all our winners and all of our Troops for another great Camporee… BIG THANKS to Andrew Johnson, our Camporee SPL whose original ideas began to form while working up at Camp Rainey Mountain last summer. Thanks for taking the initiative and executing a great plan!

Here are the point standings from our campore:

1st – 207 Bravo – 146 points – EDDIE returns to Troop 207 for the 2nd time in a row
2nd – 207 Charlie – 113 points
3rd – 200 AndyStandySquadTeamAlpha – 105 points
4th – 303 Ravens – 102 points
5th – 207 Alpha – 98 points
6th – 457 Falcons – 92 points
7th – 254 TEAM NAME – 91 points
8th – 303 Blackhawks – 87 points
9th – 109 A.O.I. – 85 points
10th – 457 Hawks – 69 points
11th – 62 Team X – 68 points
12th – 3740 Mules – 66 points
13th – 200 Dragon Slayers – 65 points
14th – 3740 Red Team – 57 points
15th – 3740 Elephants – 48 points
16th – 254 Name Team – 46 points

On top of that, the Etowah Allstars barely bested the Mountain District opponents in a major upset undertaking that lasted nearly an hour and 47 minutes! Congratulations to our ALLSTARS!

Stay tuned for info on our FALL Camporee set to take place October 21-23 at a location TBA… I’m sure it will be exciting and you WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

see you out there!