April’s BIG NEWS for CUB SCOUTS!!… and more!

11 Apr

Spring gives us so many opportunities to get out and get Scouting!!! Want to see what Daniel did for Spring Break? Check out some pics and videos here: The Challenge Mill 2012

Greetings Cub Scouts!

I hope you all had a great week of SPRING BREAK and that you got celebrate EASTER with your family and friends like I did! Don’t forget this Thursday is ROUNDTABLE!!! 4/12/12 at 7PM First Baptist Cumming on Sawnee Drive… see you there.

CAMP CARDS

If your unit has SOLD ALL of its Camp Cards, we will have a table set up for your first official turn-in. We are out of Camp Cards as of right now, so it we are asking your help to round up ANY UNSOLD Cards in your unit and let’s get those in the hands of the boys that ARE SELLING! Requests for additional cards will be met on a first-come basis as Isaac or I receive them back from units. Some orders may not be filled, BUT we know that we will have left over cards and that we will continue to cycle them out. Hey, seriously, thanks for your patience! You guys have been very understanding… email me today if you still have boys in need of cards to sell.

SCOUT SHOW – Gwinnett County Fairgrounds April 13-15

Come join in the Northeast Georgia Council’s LARGEST gathering of Scouts from across the 26 Counties. Sign up to camp or just come for the day. Have a unique skill to show off? Register for a presentation area or booth by visiting the link above. Concessions, entertainment throughout the day, games, displays, Scouting fun, Advancements, and so much more ALL AVAILABLE at SCOUT SHOW! See you there: http://bit.ly/NEGAscoutshow

DUTY TO GOD WEEKEND – Camp Rainey Mountain April 21-22

Cub Scouts can earn their Religious Emblem in ONE WEEKEND campout!

Cub Scout Protestant Christian grades 1-3/ Catholic Scouts ages 6-7 use this form to sign up – CUB SCOUTS

Webelos Protestant Christian grades 4-5/ Catholic Scouts ages 8-10 use this form to sign up – WEBELOS

SCOUTING IN THE OUTFIELD – Foley Field, Athens, GA Friday May 11

This should be fun!! It is officially BASEBALL SEASON, and who doesn’t love the dawgs!? Wait, don’t answer that. Register today for this fun event where we’ll watch the Diamond Dawgs take on the two-time defending National Champion Carolina Gamecocks… Goooooo Dawgs! And then we get to campout in our tents in the outfield! SECURE YOUR SPOT today using this REGISTRATION FORM

DISTRICT BANQUET – Tuesday May 15, Oak Grove Baptist Church

MARK YOUR CALENDARDS!! Nominate your Cub Scout Leader for an award…we’ll have more info at Roundtable on this

THE BIG FOUR – Cub Scout Summer Outdoor Program

FORWARD THIS INFO TO YOUR WHOLE PACK TODAY!!! THANKS!

 

1. Cub Scout Day Camp – Day Camp is fun, exciting, AND LOCAL!!! You can earn lot’s of great advancements, make crafts and have a great time with your WHOLE DEN!!! Check the schedule for when your Pack is going, there are 5 opportunities for Scouts in our District to attend! Here’s a great article with all the info and links to registration that you need: http://wp.me/p1jYLb-6Z  or go here to Register Today

2. Scoutland Adventure Camp – Six sessions in July at Scoutland on Lake Lanier

Cub Scouts will enjoy their first full resident camp experience… Webelos 1’s will earn up to 8 Activity Badges!… Webelos 2’s will journey out to the OUTBACK (by canoe!)on a BIG ADVENTURE!!! REGISTER ONLINE HERE:

>>>Parent/Son TEAM     >>AS A PATROL

3. Spring Family Camping – Camp Rainey Mountain May 4-6

Camping fun for the whole family at beautiful CAMP RAINEY MOUNTAIN. Register your family today by clicking HERE

4. FUN with SON!Camp Rainey Mountain June 9-10 OR Scoutland June 23-24

Come spend some One-on-one time with your son for a fun-filled weekend at one of our great camps… this awesome program is put on by our full-time staffers at both of the camps and is sure to be AWESOME! Register ONLINE

everything in the ABOVE section is AWESOME, and ETOWAH APPROVED for your Cub Scouts… Please spread the word and help your friends get registered for these fun activities in the Summer. Each of these 4 great events helps your PACK earn the NATIONAL SUMMER TIME PACK AWARD! See you out there!

Daniel & Isaac – keep LEADING THE WAY!

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 

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!

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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Three Reasons Your Scouts aren’t Leading

23 Feb

Scoutmasters!!! This is a MUST READ. This article comes to us from Clarke Green at Scoutmastercg.com and was shared with me by Neil Funk, an ASM at Troop 62 in Cumming… Thanks Neil!

THREE REASONS Your Scouts Aren’t Leading:

http://www.scoutmastercg.com/2012/02/three-reasons-your-scouts-are-not-leading/

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

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!

Should parents withhold meetings to punish Scouts for bad grades or misbehavior?

9 Dec

A new feature on Bryan on Scouting that many parents will be interested in reading… be sure to leave Bryan a comment…

Should parents withhold meetings to punish Scouts for bad grades or misbehavior?.

 

Duty to God!

1 Dec

Greetings Scouts               God & Me/God & Family Registration

While 2011 is winding down, I am really looking forward to (and setting up for) a really AWESOME 2012… to kick things off right, OUR VERY FIRST program is our District’s own Duty to GOD programs for Cub Scouts. Now, there are several different Duty to God programs for almost every faith in the Scouting program, and almost ALL of them have their own Religious Emblem and Awards program… Here is a description of just two of them for Protestant Christians in Cub Scouts:

Each year the Etowah District, in conjunction with several Churches around the area, sponsor two GREAT programs that help our Cub Scouts learn about faith. One is called GOD & ME for First through Third graders. In the God and Me program (A Protestant Christian program), boys learn about the fundamentals of their RELATIONSHIP with God, Prayer, and faith. It involves lot’s of fun games, songs and crafts, but best of all time spent with fellow Cub Scouts learning about the bible. This is a 5 week course which takes place on Sundays from 4PM – 5:30PM. Boys need to attend with a parent and be present for all 5 weeks in order to earn the God & ME Award.

The NEXT level after God & Me is the GOD & FAMILY Award for Webelos Scouts. This course helps 4th and 5th graders learn about the experience of God and how faith works in our relationship with our families. Boys will learn how to help their own family grow in God’s love and they will also learn and memorize the Ten Commandments. God & Family begins on Sunday, January 8 and lasts 7 weeks.

Both of these courses are offered locally here in the Etowah District at First Baptist Cumming on Sawnee Drive in Kidstown. Be sure to arrive early for your first meeting. Registration goes through Christmas, but if you register early you can get a DISCOUNT (Early Bird registration discount ends on December 2, 2011). You can get a registration form on the Etowah Website here.

Learn more about YOUR faith and how you can earn the religious emblem by downloading this Duty to GOD brochure.

God Bless! and see you out there!

daniel