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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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How to Choose & Use A Backpack

14 Mar

Thanks to Clarke Green at @scoutmastercg and ScoutmasterCG.com

Backpacks Infographic: How to Find the Right Backpack for You

Check out REI’s backpacks next time you head outdoors!

I Am Saving DAYlight! (a spring program guide)

12 Mar

Spring is ALMOST HERE!!

Daylight savings time signals the impending change of seasons and a time when Scouting in the Outdoors really starts to generate a lot of interest for your Scouts. Spring provides abundant opportunities for Scouts to GET OUT THERE and find the BIG ADVENTURE. If you haven’t seen these promos, take another look!

CHALLENGE MILL 2012 – An extreme High Adventure Spring Break starts Sunday April 1 and goes until Friday April 6. Scouts ages 12 and up will enjoy mountain biking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, climbing, High Ropes course, horseback riding (merit badge), hiking, and camping while getting to see the more adventurous side of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Northeast Georgia… registration is still on-going, GO HERE for more info or download the registration form and send it in today!

SPRING FLING – I’ve already talked about this event for Bears and Webelos coming up this weekend, so if it seems like it’s a little late, you should maybe sign up for our Etowah Email Updates because you’ve been missing stuff! Register onsite at SCOUTLAND using THIS FORM… Bears & Webelos – THIS one is ALL about Sports!

SCOUT SHOW – now this event will be quite impressive. ALL SCOUTS ARE INVITED. Scout Show takes place at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on April 14 with Camping available for Friday night and Saturday night. Lot’s of cool stuff going on like Merit Badge Midway, Belt Loops, Scout Skills demonstrations, live performances, Council Pinewood Derby Race, Explorer competitions, CAMPING… EVERY UNIT can set up a demo/camp site. Register from the Scout Show webiste. No cost involved to come visit or set up a booth for the day on Saturday if you wear your uniform! There’s more info on THE FORMS PAGE

DUTY TO GOD Campout – April 20-22 at beautiful Camp Rainey Mountain. Cub Scouts and Webelos can earn their Religious Emblem in this ACTION PACKED WEEKEND! God & Me (grades 1-3 Protestant Christian) and Light of Christ (ages 6-7 Roman Catholic) >>You need the CUB SCOUT flyer. God & Family (grades 4-5 Protestant Christian) and Parvuli Dei (ages 8-10 Roman Catholic)>> You need the WEBELOS flyer.

District Pinewood Derby – March 24… Pack winners, please pre-register for this event. ALSO, there is a FUN Open Class racing which any Scout, sibling, or parent (cheaters) can race in… (sorry, no trophies for Open Class, but you will get bragging rights!).

ADULTS! – There’s something for all of you too… TRAINING! The Etowah District is offering BALOO, Outdoor Skills for Webelos Leaders Training, and Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (Boy Scout Leaders) in one BIG OUTDOOR TRAINING WEEKEND… Training goes on all weekend (BALOO is Saturday only) March 23-25

SPRING CAMPOREE – RANGER DAYS – This is your chance to test your Scouting Skills and put the Troop/Patol Method to the TEST! Do YOU want to take home Eddie the Otter? Don’t MISS this year’s Spring Camporee being held at Camp Frank D. Merrill April 27-29

Did I miss anything? We haven’t even got to MAY yet, but next week you’ll see a stand-alone feature on Spring Family Camping (just as soon as we get registration up and rolling on the nega site!) Check back here: http://www.nega-bsa.org

I’ll see you out there!

-daniel

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Pinewood PIZZAZZ! How to have an AWESOME RACE!

31 Jan

Greetings Scouts!

Well Race Fans, it is that time of year again and the Pine is out of the box for most of us… now I’m sure we’ve got some Scouts already cutting, sanding and painting, and maybe some who’re about to get underway with RACING! Here’s some tips to a successful, FUN, and safe event…

Daniel’s Rules (unofficial ones anyway):

1. Number 1, It’s gotta be FUN! We all want to win trophies when they are available, but remember that Pinewood Derby is all about the fun of creating, designing and building YOUR OWN CAR with DAD (or MOM) and SON… the Trophy is just icing on the cake.

2. If making cars is a den activity and you realize you’ve run out of stuff to do in the time allotted, KEEP SANDING. My dad did this with our Den 5 back in the day. I couldn’t figure out why at first (I was 7 or 8 at the time), which tells me that my younger contemporaries won’t know any different anyway… and not only that, you’re car comes out looking SOOOOO much smoother than others. Sand it by hand, don’t use machines for this or you’ll kill the war story for later (“We just sanded and sanded and sanded!”).

3. Don’t try to figure out the loop-holes. That’s just a big waste of time and it kills the true spirit of why we have Pinewood Derby… again, it’s about spending time with Mom (or Dad). It is really silly when I encounter a parent at the judges table at check-in for the District Race that has obviously thought out his campaign and speech for why he’s aloud to use a different wheel than everybody else… dumb.

4. If you win at the PACK level, GO TO THE DISTRICT RACE! If you don’t win at the PACK level, GO TO THE DISTRICT RACE! You always have the option of entering your car in the OPEN class (sometimes called contenders and pretenders). This class of racers is open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, sisters, Dad’s, your church pastor… whomever! AND you don’t have to be a PACK level winner, that’s why it is OPEN!

5. If you haven’t watched the famous Hollywood Film, Down and Derby, DO THIS NOW!!! Go rent it on Netflix or Apple TV or buy it on Amazon… whatever. WATCH IT with your kids! This will help TEMPER a little bit of the “Silly Dad” in all of you out there. Besides that, this is one of the best major motion pictures about Cub Scouts, It is family friendly, VERY FUNNY and it is also one of the last films in which Pat Morita (of Karate Kid fame) starred. So, anyway… this rule’s important!

6. If your pack didn’t give out PWD cars as Christmas presents at the December Pack meeting, you should change that for next year!… Oh and don’t forget, for the larger packs out there… you can buy cars by the CASE at a HUGE discount when you go to University of Scouting. Put that on your calendar for next year! Oh, and don’t forget to line up a good Santa, those guys are hard to book at the last minute!

7. If you have a smaller Pack or a close Den or group of Dens, you might plan a “Cutting” day at the Dad’s house who has a table saw… don’t be like my dad and go out and buy a brand new table saw and then only use it for annual PWD cutting days and have your daughters grow up being totally jealous of their baby brothers. Someone’s already got one of these, go to their house and save yourself some grief later on. OR visit a local Home Depot or Ace Hardware… these guys love Den visits!

8. Remember, It’s about having FUN. If you’re not… you’re not doing it right.

HEY… you need the official RULES. These one’s won’t work at the Pack or District Race! In fact, these aren’t even “OFFICIAL”… they’re just my personal opinion. I hope you all have LOT’s of fun at your Pack and District Race!

ALSO… if you plan to attend the District/Council Race, you’ll need to register, so you gotta use this form: DOWNLOAD PWD REGISTRATION

 

OKAY! See you out there!

daniel

The Outdoor Program Seminars

5 Oct

Greetings Scouts,

You are highly encouraged to attend a special Outdoor Program Seminar coming to three locations to better serve you! October 18 in Lawrenceville, October 25 in Athens, and October 27 in Gainesville – see schedule. Dinner will be provided at these three special events.  

We will also make presentations at the November 10 Roundtables in Cumming and Blue Ridge. See the schedule and directions below. The purpose of this program is to share information with you about the Outdoor Excitement available to your Scouts in Northeast Georgia. Topics will include:

    • Year-round High Adventure weekends: Climbing, C.O.P.E. Whitewater Kayaking
    • WinterFest
    • Spring Break – The Challenge Mill
    • ScoutBlast
    • Summer, and Fall Aquatics Programs
    • Exciting programs for 2012
    • Summer Camps: Boy Scouts, N.Y.L.T., Ranger Camp
    •  NEW and improved facilities at our camps
    •  Great Escape
    • National High Adventure Bases: Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base
    •  National Jamboree 2013 – Scouts must be 12 and First Class by that time (they could be Webelos 2 now!)
    • Order of the Arrow events
    • Cub Scout 2012 Family Weekend, Day Camps, Fun with Son, and Adventure Camp!

We certainly hope you will participate in this special event! Your adult leadership and Senior Patrol Leader/Crew President are also welcome to attend. Help us with meal planning; please RSVP to Sheryl 800.699.8806 x 106 or email sheryl.winterton@scouting.org by October 14.

I know you’ll be glad you participated as we prepare for 2012 to be the best year of Outdoor Scouting in the history of our great council!

see below: 


Schedule and Locations

Start planning your 2012 Summer Programs NOW!!!

Attend any of the meetings that are convenient for you and your pack / troop / crew leadership.  A meal will be provided on the 3 special meetings below. (not included at Roundtable) To help us with meal planning; please R.S.V.P. to Sheryl 800.699.8806 x 106 or sheryl.winterton@scouting.org by October 14.

#1       Tuesday, October 18, 2011

7:00pm     First United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville

                395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-6921

Or…

#2       Tuesday, October 25, 2011

7:00pm     Beech Haven Baptist Church

                2390 West Broad Street | Athens, GA 30606-3450

Or…

#3       Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00pm     Gainesville, First United Methodist Church

                2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506

Or…

#RTe   Thursday, November 10, 2011 (Roundtable)7:00pm     First Baptist Cumming

                1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040

Or…

#RTm  Thursday, November 10, 2011  (Roundtable)

7:00pm     Blue Ridge United Methodist Church

              322 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Who should attend????

    • Cub Scout Leaders
    • Senior Patrol Leaders
    • Scoutmasters / Assistants
    • Troop / Crew Committee Chairs
    • Crew Presidents
    • Crew Advisors

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!

It’s Official (Boy’s Life magazine is great in so many ways!)

22 Aug

Greetings Leaders…

We’ve got so many things going on in the District this month with School visits and Roundups going as we speak… one of the things we’ll be talking about to the boys as they sign up is subscribing to Boy’s Life Magazine. We kind of glaze over the subject because there are just so many things to cover on sign up night (aren’t they always a little bit of chaos?). But there are so many reasons to encourage your boys (and parents) to subscribe to Boy’s Life Magazine… after all, it IS the OFFICIAL magazine of the Boy Scouts of America!

First – Boys will WANT to read… how often does that happen? If we can get them to read just a little something about what interests them, like SCOUTING!! that can lead to so many other opportunities in helping a boy become a better reader!

Second – Boys who read Boy’s Life Magazine STAY IN SCOUTS LONGER!!! WHY? because they see some of the cool activities going on in Scouting all over the country, it stirs the imagination and helps them to find things that other boys are doing that might interest them… and hopefully they’ll get into more stuff (I mean the good stuff!)

Third – Boy’s Life is a GREAT RESOURCE… just take a look at the Boy’s Life website and see some of the great resources it provides in the way of educational value and some of the cutting edge programs that your boys can take part in as they get older and grow through Scouting. Here’s a “for instance”:

a. Boy’s who have just crossed over into Boy Scouts should check out this page about advancing to Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class… there’s a cool video to watch – http://bit.ly/mSCQyF

 

 

b. The print version always references some cool links on the web for this month’s issue… check this out for September’s issue: http://bit.ly/rn0QVz

c. ALWAYS some cool links and tips from the Gear Guy! Boys, especially your older guys, are all gear heads when the get more involved in Camping and Hiking and other outdoor pursuits… here’s the gear guy’s blog on boyslife.org – http://bit.ly/qLyhNa

There’s so many cool reasons to subscribe to the BSA’s OFFICIAL magazine, not to mention things like new ideas, new programs like National Jamboree, new stories… get your boys more engaged by encouraging them to subscribe!

New boys joining at Roundup this season can subscribe when they first sign up. Returning boys can subscribe anytime online or, of course, at re-charter time…

 

See you out there!

daniel