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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
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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!

The Outdoor Program Seminars

5 Oct

Greetings Scouts,

You are highly encouraged to attend a special Outdoor Program Seminar coming to three locations to better serve you! October 18 in Lawrenceville, October 25 in Athens, and October 27 in Gainesville – see schedule. Dinner will be provided at these three special events.  

We will also make presentations at the November 10 Roundtables in Cumming and Blue Ridge. See the schedule and directions below. The purpose of this program is to share information with you about the Outdoor Excitement available to your Scouts in Northeast Georgia. Topics will include:

    • Year-round High Adventure weekends: Climbing, C.O.P.E. Whitewater Kayaking
    • WinterFest
    • Spring Break – The Challenge Mill
    • ScoutBlast
    • Summer, and Fall Aquatics Programs
    • Exciting programs for 2012
    • Summer Camps: Boy Scouts, N.Y.L.T., Ranger Camp
    •  NEW and improved facilities at our camps
    •  Great Escape
    • National High Adventure Bases: Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base
    •  National Jamboree 2013 – Scouts must be 12 and First Class by that time (they could be Webelos 2 now!)
    • Order of the Arrow events
    • Cub Scout 2012 Family Weekend, Day Camps, Fun with Son, and Adventure Camp!

We certainly hope you will participate in this special event! Your adult leadership and Senior Patrol Leader/Crew President are also welcome to attend. Help us with meal planning; please RSVP to Sheryl 800.699.8806 x 106 or email sheryl.winterton@scouting.org by October 14.

I know you’ll be glad you participated as we prepare for 2012 to be the best year of Outdoor Scouting in the history of our great council!

see below: 


Schedule and Locations

Start planning your 2012 Summer Programs NOW!!!

Attend any of the meetings that are convenient for you and your pack / troop / crew leadership.  A meal will be provided on the 3 special meetings below. (not included at Roundtable) To help us with meal planning; please R.S.V.P. to Sheryl 800.699.8806 x 106 or sheryl.winterton@scouting.org by October 14.

#1       Tuesday, October 18, 2011

7:00pm     First United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville

                395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-6921

Or…

#2       Tuesday, October 25, 2011

7:00pm     Beech Haven Baptist Church

                2390 West Broad Street | Athens, GA 30606-3450

Or…

#3       Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00pm     Gainesville, First United Methodist Church

                2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506

Or…

#RTe   Thursday, November 10, 2011 (Roundtable)7:00pm     First Baptist Cumming

                1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040

Or…

#RTm  Thursday, November 10, 2011  (Roundtable)

7:00pm     Blue Ridge United Methodist Church

              322 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Who should attend????

    • Cub Scout Leaders
    • Senior Patrol Leaders
    • Scoutmasters / Assistants
    • Troop / Crew Committee Chairs
    • Crew Presidents
    • Crew Advisors

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