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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

Climbing High with the Rangers!

27 Apr

There is an awesome opportunity to train and work with some of the very best Mountaineers on the PLANET!! And it’s right here in our back yard… At Camp Frank D. Merril with the U.S. Army 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega…

REGISTRATION/INFORMATION CLICK HERE

“Rappel off a 100 foot cliff and enter the vertical world, where voices of encouragement are silenced by the rush of adrenaline that accompanies the realization that a single climbing rope and your skill control the speed of descent through the spectacular thrill of High Adventure. Climb 200 feet up a steep mountain face where upward mobility is limited to courage, and where success is measured by the triumph of conquering jagged ledges, scaling towering peaks, and viewing the world where only Eagles and Rangers have been. Fly across a 50 foot gorge face first with only a rope, harness and air. Bridge the gap with rope pathways where your advance ropework bears the weight of travel for elevated traverses. ”

Scouts from all accross the country will travel to be with the Rangers this Summer… don’t miss out! Go here: http://bit.ly/RANGERS5 and sign up for your spot today… space is limited!

For Scouts and Venturers!

See you out there!
daniel

Scouting 101 – just the fundamentals!

25 Apr

Greetings Scouts –

I wanted to share with you a cool opportunity for younger Scouts to earn some really cool Merit Badges locally this Summer at Scoutland 101 during the week of June 13-17. Scouts can earn a Merit Badge in one day when they come to Scoutland. A couple of cool points:

  1. You pick the day!
  2. You pick the Merit Badge!
  3. Arrive at Scoutland a little before 9:00AM
  4. By 4PM your day is done and you’ve earned a Merit Badge!
  5. the day costs only $15*

Come join us for 1 or MORE days out at the Lake this summer and you can earn one or more of these Merit Badges:

  • Basketry/Leatherwork (TWO FOR ONE!!!)
  • First Aid (EAGLE REQUIRED!)
  • Swimming (EAGLE REQUIRED!)
  • Rifle
  • Archery
  • Woodcarving
  • Communications (EAGLE REQUIRED!)

Now is the time to sign up! Download the 101 flyer and get signed up today!

Scoutland is on Lake Lanier in Gainesville on a 120 acre peninsula that lies between Hwy’s 53(Dawsonville Hwy) and 60(Thompson Bridge Rd) about 30 minutes from the heart of our District (in other words… convenient!). Come out and experience the Lake in Summer time…

See you out there!

daniel

*some courses require and additional fee… check out the flyer on our website and be sure to share this link with your friends – http://bit.ly/SL101s

Some Summer Service!

22 Apr

Hey Troops!

Working at Day Camp is a great way to earn service hours. Older Scouts who need service hours for Star or Life can check out one of our 5 local Cub Scout Day Camps and attend 1 day or more days to help out… here are the dates and locations of the Camps in our area:
May 30-June 3 Lumpkin Twilight Camp at Pine Valley Recreation Area on Hwy 9 from 5PM-9PM
June 6-June 10 North Forsyth Camp at Church of the Good Shepherd from 9AM-3PM
June 13-17 Dawson Day Camp at Lumpkin Campground from 9AM-3PM
June 13-17 South Forsyth Day Camp at Midway UMC from 9AM-3PM
June 27-July 1 Cumming Day Camp at Christ the King Lutheran Church from 9AM-3PM

Scouts and Troop Leaders can help out in many different areas like woodcrafts, Scout skills, art, shooting ranges, sports and games… every camp is a little bit different! If you’d like to help out 1 or more days, let me know by emailing me at davictor@bsamail.org and be sure to tell me which camp you’re interested in helping out. You can also go ahead and fill out the Staff Registration Form and mail it in to the Scout Office here:
Day Camp
C/O Northeast Georgia Council, BSA
PO Box 399
Jefferson, GA 30549

SCOUT LEADERS! This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with Cub Scouting units in your area which helps ensure good cross-overs into the Troop! Also, your Scouting knowledge and expertise are invaluable.

CUB SCOUT LEADERS – We need your help too! Use the Registration Form to register… for more information on Cub Scout Summer programs, view the previous post here on the Otter Blog and be sure to share with your friends!!!

For more information on ALL of our great Summer Programs check out the Northeast Georgia Council WebPAGE

ScoutBLAST! 2011

30 Mar

On Saturday, April 16th, at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, your family can enjoy a day with THOUSANDS of Scouts showing off their skills and displaying things they’ve learned over the past year at the Northeast Georgia Council’s ScoutBLAST 2011. The event runs all day, but Troops can set up camp the night before to get their displays ready. Families will love the hundreds of displays, crafts, live music, and demonstrations by Police, Fire, and EMS Explorer teams competing.

UNIT DISPLAYS – Packs, Troops, Crews, Ships, or Posts can set up any kind of display that shares your Unit’s Scouting knowledge from a new game, a craft for everyone to do, an outdoor exibit, an instructional display, a cooking demonstration, a pioneering project,… you name it! Anything goes… just be sure to read the rules before you decide what your display will be…

Special Events – stay tuned for a listing of additional special events as we get closer to ScoutBLAST. There will be live music, Scouting Displays all day long, and of course, The Council Pinewood Derby Race. Don’t forget the new open class race called Contenders and Pretenders!

AWARDS – Special awards will be given out for your display having originality, live action, skill proficiency, Exceptional Scout Spirit, Youth led (Boy Scouts), and Youth participation (Cub Scouts).

Get your unit involved in this year’s ScoutBLAST! 2011.

to reserve your booth use this form: ScoutBLAST Display Registration

ok… see you out there!