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SAVE on DAY CAMP

1 May

This is the final week for the EARLY BIRD Discount when you register for Day Camp! Register today and save $20!

Please pass this message on to your fellow Scouts and Parents…

Register for these great Day Camps online HERE

Lumpkin Twilight Camp (camp #22) – Pine Valley May 28-June 1

North Forsyth Day Camp (camp #6) – Church of the Good Shepherd June 4-8

South Forsyth Day Camp (camp #7) – Midway UMC June 4-8

Dawson Day Camp (camp #9) – Lumpkin Campground June 11-15

CUMMING Day Camp (camp #14) – Christ the King Lutheran June 18-22

Register before MAY 10 to save! online registration here: http://bit.ly/12DCreg

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

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

 

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!

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!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Twilight at Pine Valley

3 Jun

CSI – Cub Scout Investigation sign up NOW for upcoming Day Camps in Forsyth and Dawson!

Today’s report from Twilight Camp at Pine Valley in Lumpkin County:

We started the week with record high temperatures that typically cooled off about half way through the night and it probably helped a bunch that our campsite at Pine Valley Recreation area is deep in the shade of the tall pines that surround the banks of the beautiful Etowah River (our namesake)…

Twilight Camp this year was a big adventure with lot’s of cool stuff going on… we played kickball, soccer, volley ball, and even tried our hand at badminton, which, if you’ve ever tried playing a game like badmintion with 7 and 8 year olds, this one takes some patience!

On Monday we discovered what Owl’s eat by dissecting owl pellets… by the way, if you are attending any of the other camps, this is not a spoiler alert because i won’t tell you what all we found! But we are going to give every boy a chance to dissect Owl pellets at the remaining 4 Day Camps in Forsyth and Dawson! The investigation went well and all the boys had fun trying to figure out how to dissect these owl leavings without touching it (and then we handed them some rubber gloves and some bamboo skewers). It was still quite a treat and lot’s of fun to watch the boys discover nature in such a unique way.

On Tuesday night the Lumpkin County Fire/EMS trucks rolled in for the boys to give a quick inspection of both trucks, equipment, turn-out gear and of course, lights and sirens! They didn’t have enough time to shoot the water hoses, but come to Dawson Day Camp and you’ll be getting wet there for sure… We also played a game called “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” where Mr. Ray dressed in a full gilly suit and hid in the woods until we found him. The Cubs got him right away, but the Webelos had a little trouble with this one (mostly because they weren’t paying much attention to finding Mr. Ray and instead were just trying to run as far down the trail as they possibly could! haha!)

Wednesday night brought a visit from two Lumpkin County Sheriff’s detectives who showed us fingerprinting, investigation tools, and how to make a mold of your foot print using clay and plaster, and everyone got to take home a plaster footprint that they made…. this was a big highlight for everyone! (well, except me… I don’t get to do ALL of the fun stuff). Mr. Jason helped us make our own fishing poles out of bamboo and then we went fishing in the pond… we didn’t catch anything, but it was still fun playing with the minnows and night crawlers!

Thursday night was some more sports, leather crafts and we worked on our skits and songs for the barbecue… oh yeah, and more sports like flag football and basketball and then Mr. Ray took us across the bridge on a BUG HUNT!

Friday night was the big cookout with burgers and Mrs. Renee’s famous potato salad (awesome!) and Mrs. Debbie’s famous mac ‘n cheese (which was so popular we didn’t even get seconds:{ )We did our skits and songs for the parents and then we all got patches and certificates before playing an EPIC battle of kickball with all the boys versus Drew, Daniel, Mr. Ray, and Mr. Jason! The Cubs creamed the big kids like 20 to 7… but we had fun any way!

Here’s some pics – http://on.fb.me/lctwilight

Have you signed up for Day Camp!? don’t wait… go here: http://bit.ly/dVdySq

HELP us “deliver the promise of Scouting” by sending ALL of your boys to Camp this summer! See you out there!