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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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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

 

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

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