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A Fall Classic In Its Own Way

22 Oct

This year’s Fall Camporee, held at Mark Byrd’s Field in Dawsonville, and hosted by Troop 207, was one for the books! A returning champion (in Troop 200), the District’s only 3-peat champ (in Troop 207), and some unlikely newcomers set the stage and the final challenge for top honors in 2012 and who will hold on to our totem, Eddie The Otter for the rest of the year!

The tone was set by the host troop holding (for the first time ever) an Opening Ceremony campfire, which included a running of the torch (similar to the Olympics, I guess). In Olympic fashion, the games were underway. First was an ALL TROOP event which included the raising of Nation Flags (and which included an easy pioneering project). Troop 415 had their flag up first with a simple round lashing, one stake, and no guy lines. This was a big surprise both for the other troops AND for these first-time participants! Troop 415 is still fairly new with a membership MOSTLY consisting of younger Scouts!

Troop 200’s Andy Standy Squad Team Alpha was the favorite coming into the games, and holding onto Eddie was their prime objective. Troop 207’s Freedom and Liberty Patrols sought to re-claim Eddie for the District’s only 3-Peat Champ and prevent their cross-town rivals from becoming the District’s only 4-time (non-consecutive) winner.

Troop 303 brought tough competition wanting to bring Eddie back to Lumpkin County after a long drought, and speaking of drought, Dawson County was represented by its fabled Troop 109 for the first Fall since 2008 (because of the Camporees in previous the interim years’ scheduling on Moonshine Festival weekend).

It all came down to a miraculous TIE! Troop 1199 and Troop 200 (AndyStandySquadTeamAlpha) both ended the day with 118 points after totaling and penalties were applied. The Camporee Hosts decided a 5-on-5 game of “Hot Box” (a frisbee game similar to Ultimate) would decide their fates. Here’s the final standings:

200 AndyStandySquadTeamAlpha 119
1199 Patrol 118
303 Yellow Jackets 115
200 Foxcon Foxtrot 114
207 Freedom 112
457 Phoenix 107
457 Flaming Cobras 107
109 X 105
3740 Phoenix 103
415 Border 100
254 Spartans 100
207 Liberty 99
2010 Black Scorpion 98
415 Road Kill 95
3740 Wolverines 94
211 Patrol 94
205 Hawks 83
205 War Eagles 77
62 Hawks 71
457 Stealth Falcons 66
205 Falcons 63
62 Beavers 60
303 Bull Dawgs 24
254 UGA 13

Congrats to Troop 200 on the repeat Championship and we’ll see younext Spring! Thanks again to Troop 207, especially Camporee SPL’s Zach Miller and Tyler Cromwell and their entire staff. A big THANKS to Scoutmaster Craig Cromwell (T207), Mark Byrd for letting us use his awesome property, Marc Ferrara (T3740) for helping out early on Friday, Rex Gravitt (T211) for doing the water and the port-o-potties, and especially to Deliah Gravit (T211) for feeding the Staff Bo-biscuits on Sunday!Image

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The Etowah District Banquet 2012

30 Apr

COME CELEBRATE!!! The Etowah District Banquet 2012

last year's Etowah District Banquet

THIS IS YOUR INVITATION! Be sure to invite ALL of your Unit Leaders to join in our celebration at this year’s Etowah District Banquet.

The Etowah District Banquet

Join us as we celebrate another GREAT YEAR in Scouting at this year’s annual Etowah District Banquet

Tuesday May 15 at Dawsonville First Baptist Church

900 Hwy 9, Dawsonville, GA 30534

$10.00 per person if registered by Friday, May 11th (download the form below) $15.00 on the day of the banquet

Celebrating the accomplishments of the many Scouts and Scouters in our District, this evening of fun and fellowship will feature awards and recognitions from the past year of our dedicated Volunteers and Scouts. And don’t miss the highlight of our evening as we announce this year’s Scouter of the Year, Etowah Spirit of Scouting, and District Award of Merit recipients.

Sign up now for the early bird discount! REGISTRATION FORM

6:00pm Silent Auction will benefit Scouts attending an upcoming World Jamboree

6:30pm Dinner featuring the fine cuisine of our own Tim Gangwish and Tom French

7:00pm Awards Program

Come celebrate with us!

It is NOT TOO LATE to nominate someone for the

SCOUTER of the YEAR Award (one per category will be recognized, CUBS, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers)

The Etowah SPIRIT OF SCOUTING Award (four individual YOUTH members will be recognized)

The DISTRICT AWARD of MERIT – email District Award of Merit nominations to Mike Scarce

Ranger Days exclusive

29 Apr

Greetings Scouts!

This weekend brought the promise of adventure with warm sunshine, a camporee with historic implications, a little friendly competition, and the chance for most of the youngest Scouts in attendance to try something new.

In the fall of 2010, a young, and underprepared, Troop 207, had NEVER won Eddie the Otter in Camporee Competition, though they had come close several times. By the time our only Three-peat Champ entered Camp Frank D. Merrill for this Spring’s installment, called Ranger Days, they came with almost NO older Scouts and many of the experienced Scouts they did have on hand had NEVER known a Troop 207 without Eddie… Determined to become the only four-time repeat winner, and after arriving late to camp, they stayed up long after most troops to get prepared.

Troop 200, on the other hand, and more specifically, Patrol Leader Andrew Standeven and his name sake patrol, AndyStandySquadTeamAlpha, had come close in all of the previous three Camporees dating back to their cross-town rival’s first win, placing as high as 3rd in last spring’s Ultimate Camporee.

Two troops, Troop 36 (our hosts for the weekend), and Troop 225, were struggling programs only 12 months ago, and only after strong recruiting efforts and redeveloping their own troop programs, returned this spring to competition with almost ALL new Scouts. Troop 36, with new Scoutmaster Don McElliot (who also served as Camporee Chief), nearly won, only missing an Eddie-sized upset by 2 points.

In the end, a balanced and consistent showing on the day by ASSTA proved to be too much for the Champs and a fourth title was not to be for Troop 207.

But beyond the competition, a great time was had by ALL. We had the chance to find adventure, to get a broad taste of Scouting, to be exposed to a some of the Army Ranger Camp in a way most Districts will never have, and we had a chance to honor our heroes in a very special way at our campfire. Take a look at some photos from the event and our final standings here:

1st Place (Eddie’s new home) Troop 200 – Andy Standy Squad Team Alpha – 80 Points
2nd Place Troop 36 – Recondo – 78 Points
3rd Place Troop 62 – Beaver Patrol – 77 Points
Tied for 4th Place
     Troop 207 – Narwals/ Troop 3740 – Wolverines – 75 Points
6th Place Troop 254 – Donkeys – 73 Points
7th Place Troop 62 – Eagles – 71 Points
Tied for 8th Place
     Troop 200 – Team Rockit/ Troop 254 – Pellicans – 70 Points
10th Place Troop 207 – Special Forces – 69 Points
Tied for 11th Place 
     Troop 1199 – Cobra/ Troop 254 – Spartans – 66 Points
13th Place Troop 62 – Bears – 65 Points
14th Place Troop 3740 – Spartans – 63 Points
15th Place Troop 200 – Chicktopus – 61 Points
Tied for 16th Place
     Troop 207 – Black Flying Buffalos/Troop 1199 – Flying Squirrels – 60 Points  
 
find more photos on our FACEBOOK Fan Page here.

Morning group entering lowers

Scoutmaster Cromwell getting ready for competition

a solemn moment

in the shadow of giants

Andrew gets his team ready

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 

Cub Scout Summer’s BIG 4!

14 Mar

Register ONLINE NOW using THESE LINKS:

Scoutland Adventure Camp ~  Parent/Son  ~ Patrol

Day Camp/Twilight Camp

Fun with Son

Spring Family Camping

Greetings Fans! above are direct links to the online registration pages for each of the BIG 4… what’s the BIG 4, you ask? CHECK THIS OUT!

1) May 4-6 at Camp Rainey Mountain is Spring Family Camping! Go on a hike to Big Rock, fish in the lake, camp out in real Summer Camp tents, enjoy a GREAT bonfire with skits and songs… this weekend is fun for the WHOLE FAMILY – Register HERE – get Spring Family Info HERE

2) Fun With SON! You have two choices in June… June 9-10 at Camp Rainey Mountain -OR- June 23-24 at Scoutland. This is a chance for 1-on-1 time for a boy and his dad/mom. We’ll have a fun weekend trying archery, swimming in the lake, fishing, hiking, and camping out… you’ll get to sing songs in the dining hall before enjoying some awesome camp supper with the whole CAMP! – Register HERE – get FWS info HERE

3) Day Camp/Twilight Camp is the camp that comes to the Scout! You have 5 local camps to choose from: 
=Lumpkin Twilight – Pine Valley Recreation Area (Dahlonega on Hwy 9) MAY 28-June 1 5PM-9PM
=North Forsyth Day Camp – Church of the Good Shepherd (on Holtzclaw Rd off of Hwy 369) June 4-8 9AM-3PM
=South Forsyth Day Camp – Midway United Methodist Church (south of Exit 13 on Hwy 9) June 4-8 9AM-3PM
=Dawsonville Day Camp – Lumpkin Campground (behind the Outlets) June 11-15 9AM-3PM
=Cumming Day Camp – Christ the King Lutheran (Sawnee Drive and Bettis-Tribble Gap) June 18-22 9AM-3PM
Register HERE – get more info HERE

4) SCOUTLAND Adventure Camp 2012… the finest Cub Scout Resident Camp in the Southeast and it is JUST ACROSS THE LAKE! Don’t MISS OUT. Choose between 6 half week sessions in July. Cub Scouts will go on safari, earn some belt loops, take home awesome crafts and shoot bb guns. Webelos I’s can get a FAST start by taking up to 8 ACTIVITY BADGES and some cool belt loops too! Webelos II’s go on THE OUTBACK!!! A canoe trek to the far side of camp and a special overnight campout for JUST THE WEBELOS II’s who will earn some Activity Badges, learn valuable Scouting and Camping skills, all to prepare you for your Arrow of Light journey! -Register AS A PATROL (WEBELOS ONLY) – Register AS A Parent/Son TEAM – Download the Scoutland Guide or read more info HERE – SCOUTLAND ON FACEBOOK

Keep an eye out for how your PACK can earn the Summer Time Pack Award by attending ALL 4! This is the BIG ADVENTURE… THIS is the BIG 4!

see you out there ~ daniel

forward this info to your fellow Cub Scouts TODAY! – email me at davictor@bsamail.org if you have questions about how to get signed up – feel free to call the Service Centers: Jefferson – 706-699-8806; Lawrenceville – 770-962-2105

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