Tag Archives: Crews

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!

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How to measure your progress for JTE

29 Aug

Greetings Scouts!

I wanted to write and give you some important info on how to measure your progress for Journey to Excellence (JTE)… some of you will soon be eligible for the bronze, silver or GOLD level and you’ll want to report your Scouting year soon!

Here’s a link to a tool (spreadsheet) you can use to track your status on several key benchmarks. Assign a leader in your unit to help track and update this at each Unit Committee meeting which you should be having every month…

Cub Scout Packs spreadsheet tool – http://bit.ly/packJTE

Troops spreadsheet – http://bit.ly/ru6REI

Teams, Crews, Ships, Posts… get your spreasheets here (they are different): http://bit.ly/jov4zn

A couple of cool things about these useful spreadsheets is that 1) it will help you track your status very simply, 2) you will be able to share this by email with your unit on a monthly basis BEFORE your Committee meetings, 3) it contains a GREAT budget tool to help your unit plan for re-charter, program budgets, summer camp, and unit advancements so that you can PROPERLY set a unit fee, instead of just guessing and then setting it too high. In other words, budgeting will help you keep Scouting affordable and it will also help you set a goal for things like Popcorn and Camp Card sales…

If you have other questions, I encourage you to call your commissioner or visit with your fellow leaders at the next Roundtable. The JTE website has LOTS of great information including a webinar for each unit designation, a powerpoint to share with your Unit Committee and leaders, and some FAQ’s that will help you further.

Take some time to share this with your committee this month… this is the time to get started so that you can ensure your Unit’s achievement this year.

Now back to camping! 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

Celebrate Independence!

2 Jul

Greetings Scouts!

Happy Fourth of July! I know that Scouts all over the District are celebrating our great country’s Independence in some special and important way, whether it is taking a vacation with your family, marching in the parade, running the Peachtree, or going to Scout Camp, Summer is surely full of some of our most important past-times that remind us of our freedoms and liberties. Be sure to remember those who are in harms way to protect our freedom too and keep their families in your prayers… (how are you spending 4th of July? answer our poll on Facebook! http://on.fb.me/bX2Ggl)

You haven’t seen a post in a while because it has absolutely been a BUSY Scouting Summer!!! We had over 400 Cub Scouts attend Cub Scout Day Camp this season… and I’ve been able to visit several Troops at Camp Rainey Mountain over the past several weeks.

Scoutland Adventure Camp is about to get underway for all you Adventure Campers… if you haven’t signed up for this premier summer experience go here: http://bit.ly/hplDu3 (SHARE THIS WITH YOUR PATROL OR DEN TODAY!).

Plan now to attend the Ideal Year of Scouting Brunch at the Suwanee LDS Church in Suwanee on Saturday July 30 from 9AM-11AM. You can earn an additional 1% COMMISSION on your POPCORN SALE this fall by attending… be sure that your Pack, Troop, Crew, Post or Ship has at least 1 representative that can attend… An email newsletter will go out with details and directions as we get closer to the date…

PROGRAM PREVIEW – July 21 at 7:00PM at First Baptist Cumming on Sawnee Drive. This is the most important information session of the YEAR. Every unit should have representation at this gathering. We will debut the Fall Calendar of events and happenings throughout the District as well as ramp up for our Scouting year! Find out about Training, Weekend events, Camporee, Advancement and service opportunities, fundraisers and important events happening throughout the year. Every Unit will receive a packet and CDRom of event flyers and District/Council info… MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR! Troops, be sure to bring your SPL… Crews/Ships/Posts, be sure to bring your President.

Roundup Orientation – Every Cub Scout Pack needs a Roundup Representative at the Roundup Orientation meeting. This meeting will take place on Tuesday August 2nd at 7:00PM (should last about 45 minutes) at Cumming Kiwanis Club in downtown Cumming. Roundups are currently being scheduled with each School… please DO NOT contact your school to schedule your Roundup as this will be coordinated by the District Roundup Committee. Find out when your Roundup will be and pick up your information packet when you attend Orientation.

More late summer and fall dates to follow, but go ahead and mark these on your calendar!

Have a fun and safe Independence Day!

see you out there!

daniel

Join us as we CELEBRATE!

13 May

go here for DIRECTIONS to OAK GROVE BAPTIST

http://www.schmap.it/r9ov0c 

Greetings Scouters!

Join us in CELEBRATION at the Etowah District Awards Banquet this Thursday, May 19, 2011. Our ANNUAL Banquet begins at 6:00PM with a silent auction to benefit International Scouting service, followed by dinner at 6:30PM featuring BACKYARD BURGERS. Lynn Jackson, Hospital Administrator and community leader, is our Keynote Speaker this year!

ALSO, come find out which Youth Members will receive the Spirit of Scouting Award and which Adult Leaders will receive the Scouter of the Year and District Awards of Merit for 2010-11! We will also recognize the 2010 Eagle Scout class, the Etowah District Committee and Commissioners Staff, as well as Leaders and Youth from around the District for their accomplishments throughout the year!

How’s your dessert making skills? Bring a dessert you made at home and enter it in the evening’s dessert making contest and win a prize at the banquet! (email me if you need some ideas or if you think you’ll participate!)

RSVP using the attached form (you can fax it in to the Jefferson service center at 706-693-4849) by fax or email your reservation to me here… davictor@bsamail.org

Download the registration form here: http://bit.ly/lnrVZ5

See you out there!

daniel