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Lanierland Comes Alive With Camporee Spirit

19 Oct

Greetings Scouts!

The FALL CAMPOREE is just around the corner, coming up this Friday, October 21 at Lanierland music park on Jot-em-down road in North Forsyth County. This is your chance to compete against the Troops from the District in several events called “Orienting Scouts to the Future”. With over a dozen events in Scout Skills, knowledge, physical fitness, and teamwork, your Troop will compete for the top prize, our totem, Eddie the Otter.

Last Fall Troop 207 began their year of dominance by taking home Eddie for the first time. This past Spring, they successfully defended their title and held on to Eddie the Otter. This is only the second time a Troop has successfully repeated Camporee victory (Troop 109 Spring 08-Fall08). No Troop has ever accomplished the elusive “Three-peat”. Will history be made? Will another Troop wrest the big Otter from 207? Will you be there?

Sign up to attend with your Troop. Webelos can attend for the day with a host Troop by signing up with your den/Pack.

photo courtesy Johns Creek Herald

Lanierland is an historic music park which closed its gates in late 2006 after nearly 40 years of live country music hosting acts like Randy Travis, the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, and Kenny Rogers.

see you out there!

For more info on registering your Troop, visit The ETOWAH DISTRICT or like us on Facebook!

Personal Management added to Fall AAR

28 Sep

Greetings Boy Scouts! (Cub Scouts… see the previous post!)

Two important updates this week. Take a look and forward to your Scouts and leaders please:

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Advance-A-Rama – Forward this link to your Scouts: http://bit.ly/nrecOH

Saturday October 15 at Church of the Good Shepherd on Holtzclaw Rd in Cumming

We’ve had some demand to offer Personal Management at the AAR so that boys whose troops don’t have a counselor can meet with one and get started. You won’t earn the whole badge in one day, but getting started on this one is half the battle, right!? Be sure to share the sign-up info with your Scouts this week at your meeting. These are the badges offered (ALL Eagle required except Computers):

  • Cit. in the Nation
  • Cit. in the World
  • Communications
  • First Aid
  • Personal Mgmt
  • Computers

Lunch tickets can be purchased on site for $6. This will most likely be Backyard Burgers and I’d like to get a head count prior to the event. If you know your troop members will be purchasing lunch tickets, try to let me know this week a ball-park. $10 if you are registered before October 1. Courses will fill up… sign up today.

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Fall Camporee – Follow this link to register your troop: http://bit.ly/qsQs3J

October 21-23 at Lanierland on Jot-em-down Rd in North Forsyth.  $7 per person.

Eddie the Otter is “Orienting Scouts for the Future” in this year’s Fall Camporee, which is sure to be a BLAST! Repeat champs at Troop 207 are looking to make it THREE (the RECORD is three held by Troop 109 Fall 2007-Fall 2008).  Come out and show your skills in this classic competition of Scout Skills and fun. Troop 3740 is hosting this year’s event, but they need your help to staff the events. Your Scoutmaster has the events packet. Let us know which event your troop would like to staff with older Scouts or adults by emailing me or one of the camporee chiefs, Todd or Michael.

Troop Tips:

  1. Share this info at your next TROOP MEETING!
  2. You’ll need 4 “pie-sized” pumpkins to bring to the camporee
  3. If possible, bring your own hand-held GPS for each patrol entering. You’ll need one that you are comfortable working with

Your Scoutmaster has the events packet, so check with him. Come to Roundtable to find out more info before the camporee and stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to time!

<<—Troops and POPCORN—>>>

POPCORN!Remember… the goal is to get EVERY boy to sell popcorn, to reach his goal, and to help fund his own year. Keep encouraging your Scouts. Let us know some feedback from your Scouts that are selling well and that have some tips for other Boy Scouts to use. Leave your comments here.

See you out there!

Ps. Don’t forget to visit www.etowah-bsa.org and ETOWAH ON FACEBOOK.

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

Popcorn Possible!

12 Sep

don’t forget our POPCORN KICKOFF (one of the best parties of the year!) is this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at 7:00pm at Kilough Elementary School in Dawsonville… check out this video!

http://on.fb.me/r2Yl2T

see you out there!

daniel

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!

How to measure your progress for JTE

29 Aug

Greetings Scouts!

I wanted to write and give you some important info on how to measure your progress for Journey to Excellence (JTE)… some of you will soon be eligible for the bronze, silver or GOLD level and you’ll want to report your Scouting year soon!

Here’s a link to a tool (spreadsheet) you can use to track your status on several key benchmarks. Assign a leader in your unit to help track and update this at each Unit Committee meeting which you should be having every month…

Cub Scout Packs spreadsheet tool – http://bit.ly/packJTE

Troops spreadsheet – http://bit.ly/ru6REI

Teams, Crews, Ships, Posts… get your spreasheets here (they are different): http://bit.ly/jov4zn

A couple of cool things about these useful spreadsheets is that 1) it will help you track your status very simply, 2) you will be able to share this by email with your unit on a monthly basis BEFORE your Committee meetings, 3) it contains a GREAT budget tool to help your unit plan for re-charter, program budgets, summer camp, and unit advancements so that you can PROPERLY set a unit fee, instead of just guessing and then setting it too high. In other words, budgeting will help you keep Scouting affordable and it will also help you set a goal for things like Popcorn and Camp Card sales…

If you have other questions, I encourage you to call your commissioner or visit with your fellow leaders at the next Roundtable. The JTE website has LOTS of great information including a webinar for each unit designation, a powerpoint to share with your Unit Committee and leaders, and some FAQ’s that will help you further.

Take some time to share this with your committee this month… this is the time to get started so that you can ensure your Unit’s achievement this year.

Now back to camping! See you out there!

daniel

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