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  
 
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Morning group entering lowers

Scoutmaster Cromwell getting ready for competition

a solemn moment

in the shadow of giants

Andrew gets his team ready
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Submit your ‘Urban Forest’ photos to win U.S. Forest Service Contest

16 Apr

Submit your ‘urban forest’ photos to win U.S. Forest Service contest.

as posted to BRYAN on SCOUTING>>

While you may dream of a picturesque backyard—dotted with mountain peaks, green trees, and acres of land for you to explore—more than 80 percent of the U.S. population resides in urban areas.

And, as our cities grow, it’s more important than ever to appreciate, conserve, and cultivate urban forests in our neighborhoods… read more

 

This Eagle Scout infographic pretty much says it all

15 Apr

Bryan on Scouting

Yesterday, we got scientific proof that Eagle Scouts are awesome.

Today comes the visual evidence.

After the jump, don’t miss a stunning infographic that answers the question: Who exactly are these 2.1 million Eagle Scouts?

The question — and answer — come at a great time as we celebrate 100 years of the Eagle Scout Award!


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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