Tag Archives: Packs

SAVE on DAY CAMP

1 May

This is the final week for the EARLY BIRD Discount when you register for Day Camp! Register today and save $20!

Please pass this message on to your fellow Scouts and Parents…

Register for these great Day Camps online HERE

Lumpkin Twilight Camp (camp #22) – Pine Valley May 28-June 1

North Forsyth Day Camp (camp #6) – Church of the Good Shepherd June 4-8

South Forsyth Day Camp (camp #7) – Midway UMC June 4-8

Dawson Day Camp (camp #9) – Lumpkin Campground June 11-15

CUMMING Day Camp (camp #14) – Christ the King Lutheran June 18-22

Register before MAY 10 to save! online registration here: http://bit.ly/12DCreg

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

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!

Join us as we CELEBRATE!

13 May

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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

How to have a successful FALL – Cub Scouts!

12 May

Successful Packs share several traits that result in better program for the boys. If your Pack will do these five things, your boys will have a better Scouting experience too!

  1. Confirm your KEY LEADERS NOW! – Know who will be your Cubmaster, Committee Chair, Den Leaders, and important key Committee members before SUMMER (and be sure to email that to Daniel!)
  2. BACK TO PACK – Kick off the new school year by getting a BACK to PACK event on the calendar now! At this event have all of the boys and adults re-register for 2012 and pay their registration fee… this makes re-charter time soooooooo much easier! You’ll have a better inventory of returning adults and leaders, AND a better handle on dens PRIOR to Round-up. And then, only NEW boys need to attend the round-up. Schedule this as an end-of-summer picnic or pool party in late July or early August BEFORE most round-ups will occur.
  3. plan your IDEAL YEAR OF SCOUTING! – take some time to brainstorm and plan the most exciting year for your Scouts and then talk about making it happen using these steps… PLANNING, BUDGETING, GOAL setting, Communicating the plan to parents, EARNING THE MONEY, EXECUTING the plan. A more detailed version of the IYOS plan is included in the original publication. Join us for an Ideal Year of Scouting Brunch and earn an additional 1% sales commission on POPCORN this year! June 25 at Gainesville First United Methodist Church on Thompson Bridge Rd. or June 30 at LDS Church in Suwanee on Suwanee Dam Rd. SEE YOU THERE!
  4. ROUNDUP – Roundup is a COUNCIL coordinated recruiting effort that benefits your pack. The District Executive and District committee will set up the Roundup schedule and a trained Roundup captain will run this meeting which usually lasts about 90 minutes. THE PACK’s role is to support the meeting and help it run smooth. This is NOT a Pack meeting, but a smooth, well-timed program designed to get your new Scouts (AND PARENTS!) energized about the Scouting program. Roundup orientation this year will be held on Tuesday August 2nd at 7:00PM at the Cumming Kiwanis Club for the Etowah District. You will want at least one leader to attend this meeting to find out your Roundup schedule!!!
  5. School Registration Night (OPEN HOUSE) – Set up a booth and have some Scouts or parents in uniform to promote the Roundup night! Have flyers or magnets (Daniel can provide these), some pictures of your campout or Spring trip to the Yorktown, even have some old pinewood derby cars or trophies. If you share your school with another Pack coordinate with them! It is important to have two equally strong packs in those cases.
How to Have a Successful FALL is a full publication put out by the Northeast Georgia Council and distributed at May Roundtables each year. You can download a copy of it here.
Okay, see you out there!
daniel