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2014 Spring Camporee – Cherokee Champions

13 Apr

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The 2014 Spring Camporee was hosted by Troop 254, Cumming, GA on April 11-13 at Scoutland Adventure Camp. The theme was “Cherokee Champions” and the host Troop and staff put on an excellent, FUN event!

7 Troops competed with 14 Patrols and here are the scores…

1. Troop 3740 Falcons – 127 Points
2. Troop 62 Dragons – 115 Points
3. Troop 207 Tomahawk Truckers – 114 Points
4. Troop 200 Two Purple Donuts – 111
5. Troop 200 French Toast Mafia – 109
6. Troop 303 Zombies – 109
7. Troop 207 Super Seminoles – 107
8. Troop 109 Robotic Unicorn – 106
9. Troop 207 Liquid Magic – 105
10. Troop 3740 Narwhals – 104
11. Troop 62 Raptors – 103
12. Troop 211 Unknowns – 102
13. Troop 109 Magic Unicorn 101
14. Troop 211 Pink Bunnies – 101

Congrats to our Champions – Troop 3740 takes home Eddie the Otter for the very first time!

Thanks again to Troop 254 for hosting a great event! Thanks to Japeechen Chapter, Mowogo Lodge, Order of the Arrow for special service and program support.

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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  
 
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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

 

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 

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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