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The 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award

11 Apr

Greetings Scouts and Scouters!

You know, BSA just celebrated 100 years of Scouting back in 2010… and what a celebration! BUT, did you know that we celebrate another special Centennial this year!? That’s right! The Eagle Scout Award didn’t start when Scouting did. It was first introduced in the Handbook for Boys in 1911 and it was awarded for the FIRST TIME in April of 1912 to Arthur Eldred, a 16 year-old, of Troop 1, Oceanside, NY. (read more about the history here).

Here in the Northeast Georgia Council, a boy named Douglas Flanigen was the first to be awarded the Eagle Scout badge in 1935. Here is a partial picture of a bigger display that celebrates his accomplishment and is hung in the lobby of the Council Service Center –

The Etowah District was formed from parts of the old Mountain and Chattahoochee Districts in 2002 and Eagle Scouts then, as now, usually come in fours because that’s the number of Eagle Boards of Review that we can do in any one month. So the big honor of FIRST for our District actually goes to FOUR boys: Jason Cook of Troop 39, Stephen Pearson Troop 39, Scott Schneider of Troop 39, and James E. Statham of Troop 39. All of these boys had completed and passed their respective Boards of Review on January 22, 2002. And here we are 10 years later celebrating!!! WOW!

Just yesterday, Scouting Magazine debuted the results of a research project by Gallup and researchers from Baylor University… just in time to celebrate! Visit this article at Bryan on Scouting. You’ll find out some pretty cool FACTS about

Now, EAGLE SCOUTS… here’s a pretty cool opportunity: For those of you who were awarded the Eagle Scout badge in 2011, The Northeast Georgia Council hosts an annual banquet each year, usually in May. You should have already received an invitation, but I REALLY wanted to tell you the news about our special banquet this year, and that is: The key note speaker for this year’s event will be none other than NASCAR Legend, Bill Elliott. This is sure to be an AWESOME event for the Eagle Class of 2011. Be sure to reserve your spot or call the Service Center to speak with Martha Ann today! 1-800-699-8806. Eagle Scouts of the 2011 Class are FREE, but you have to RSVP SOON! This event is by invitation only, and it will fill up! If you really want to go, but haven’t received an invitation, contact ISAAC TROTTER – itrotter@bsamail.org. 

ETOWAH DISTRICT – Because our District is SOOOOO new, you might have a cool story, like, who was the first Eagle Scout in your TROOP? Share your stories in the comments section below or on our facebook page.

See you out there! KEEP Leading the Way!

contributing authors:
Isaac Trotter – itrotter@bsamail.org
Daniel Victorio – davictor@bsamail.org 
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A Year in Review

11 Jan

Greetings Scouts! Happy New Year and welcome 2012…

Here’s a look back at some of our favorite moments of 2011 and as we say goodbye… let’s say HELLO by visiting the facebook page, following us on Twitter or jumping over to our official Etowah District Website

20120111-195617.jpg who could forget the Spring Camporee at Scoutland? The Ultimate Classic was chaired by the Ultimate SPL… Andrew Johnson from Troop 200. Andrew earned his Eagle later in the fall!

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These Scouts help out with an Eagle project in Dawson County… The Etowah District finished the year with 43 Eagle Scouts, the most ever for our area in a year!

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Cubbies are “investigating” owl pellets with Tim Gangwish at Lumpkin Twilight held at Pine Valley… The theme was CSI: Cub Scout Investigation!

20120111-200445.jpg Mrs. Reybok tells a Cub Scout tale!

20120111-200555.jpg Daniel takes a group deep into the back country at Challenge Mill

20120111-200747.jpg Mr. Waggoman and a handful of Scouts are on hand to dedicate the Centennial Tree at the Forsyth County BOE.

…more to come!

Etowah Excitement over an Active Autumn

23 Sep

Greetings…

Well what a successful Cub Scout Roundup season that was! Now that we have over 1,000 new friends, be sure to invite them to this page and our webpage. We have an EXCITING and ACTIVE Fall program season coming up… let’s hit the highlights:

Tiger Fun Day – Saturday September 24 PARKWAY CHURCH on Bethelview Road in Cumming http://bit.ly/rj884e 

Loop-A-Rama – Saturday October 8 Yahoola Creek Park in Dahlonega http://bit.ly/loops11 . Come spend a day in beautiful Dahlonega with Scouts from all over the District coming to earn up to 3 Belt loops. This activity is essential for brand new Scouts because they’ll get a chance to earn and walk away with their very first awards. Flag football, Ultimate, Geology, Geography, Hiking, BB’s, Archery, Kickball, or Astronomy. Register early before the popular loops fill up!

Fall Advance-A-Rama (Boy Scouts only) – Saturday October 15 at Church of the Good Shepherd on Holtzclaw Rd. Register online for this event soon because it will fill up fast! Earn Cit. in the Nation, Cit. in the World, Communications, Computers, or First Aid Merit Badges. Register individually here: http://bit.ly/q3Y1V3

Fall Family Weekend – October 14-16 at Scoutland Adventure Camp on Lake Lanier. Register today and join us for a fun-filled weekend of Fall activities like crafts, cooking demos, belt loops, face painting, nature activities, sports, fishing, and who can resist an eventful CAMPFIRE! Everyone in the District will be there and you won’t want to miss this classic event… register by family using the form here: http://bit.ly/fallfam

Boy Scout Camporee – “Orienting Scouts for the Future” – LanierLand Music Park in North Forsyth http://bit.ly/qsQs3J

Cubmobile Race – Register your whole den to and get started building your Cubmobile Racer for this mid-November event!

ALSO – be sure to check out our facebook page for the next edition of Etowah’s Popcorn Possible. Did you miss the previous episode? Here it is: http://youtu.be/Xjlew5eSajU

A Generations Connection – The Etowah Centennial Tree

30 Aug

Last Saturday in a quiet, humble ceremony at the Forsyth County Schools Administration building, the Etowa



h District dedicated its Centennial Tree as a part of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America’s generations connections. To further celebrate 100 years of Scouting, the BSA has planted a Red Maple tree in front of the Forsyth County Schools
Administration building and marked the occasion of the 100th Anniversary (which took place on February 8, 2010) with a granite stone marker. The tree was originally planted in March of this year, and was donated by a group of Scouts from the Northeast Georgia Council. Dr. Ed Brown, a member of the 100th Anniversary Committee for the Northeast Georgia Council, consulted with the Board of Education and the Superintendent’s office on where to plant the tree in our community.

For generations, Scouting has been an important part of the growing lives of young men in communities across our country, and especially here in Forsyth, Dawson, and Lumpkin Counties. We are proud to dedicate this tree in hon

 

or of Scouting’s traditions as a way to connect our values and the boys of today with the next 100 years of Scouting and the leaders they will become!

At the celebration, Scouts were joined by District Chairman David Waggomann and District Executives Daniel Victorio and Isaac Trotter as well as Superintendent and Northeast Georgia Council Boy Scout Executive Board Member Dr. L.C. “Buster” Evans.

Get a glimpse of our tree here: http://on.fb.me/pfPI71

See you out there!

Thursday is a BIG NIGHT for us!

19 Jul

Greetings Etowah District…

Summer is just starting to heat up here in Northeast Georgia and I know you all are out there having some fun! If you haven’t done it lately, go check out photos and upates from Camp Rainey Mountain, Scoutland, and other Summer fun from the Scouts in our District on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/etowahfb

This Thursday, July 21, at First Baptist Cumming, is going to be a BIG NIGHT for us! Yes, it is Program Preview, and Yes, we’ll be debuting lot’s of material, flyers, training stuff, round-up stuff, and Yes, we’ll have some important POPCORN stuff to share… but I really want you to come out and meet the newest member of our TEAM… Isaac Trotter is the NEW Etowah District Executive serving alongside of me who just started this week. Let’s have a big turn out to welcome him “ETOWAH style!”

Each UNIT should have atleast ONE representative to pick up your packet and hear the program. Troops, bring your SPL. Crews/Posts, bring your President.

See you out there!

Email Isaac a welcome message here: itrotter@bsamail.org

Join us as we CELEBRATE!

13 May

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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… davictor@bsamail.org

Download the registration form here: http://bit.ly/lnrVZ5

See you out there!

daniel

ScoutBLAST! 2011

30 Mar

On Saturday, April 16th, at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, your family can enjoy a day with THOUSANDS of Scouts showing off their skills and displaying things they’ve learned over the past year at the Northeast Georgia Council’s ScoutBLAST 2011. The event runs all day, but Troops can set up camp the night before to get their displays ready. Families will love the hundreds of displays, crafts, live music, and demonstrations by Police, Fire, and EMS Explorer teams competing.

UNIT DISPLAYS – Packs, Troops, Crews, Ships, or Posts can set up any kind of display that shares your Unit’s Scouting knowledge from a new game, a craft for everyone to do, an outdoor exibit, an instructional display, a cooking demonstration, a pioneering project,… you name it! Anything goes… just be sure to read the rules before you decide what your display will be…

Special Events – stay tuned for a listing of additional special events as we get closer to ScoutBLAST. There will be live music, Scouting Displays all day long, and of course, The Council Pinewood Derby Race. Don’t forget the new open class race called Contenders and Pretenders!

AWARDS – Special awards will be given out for your display having originality, live action, skill proficiency, Exceptional Scout Spirit, Youth led (Boy Scouts), and Youth participation (Cub Scouts).

Get your unit involved in this year’s ScoutBLAST! 2011.

to reserve your booth use this form: ScoutBLAST Display Registration

ok… see you out there!