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Kicking Off a New Program Year

Posted on Aug 24 2012 - 10:17am

Welcome to a new school year Button Gwinnett Scouters! I hope all of you had a fantastic summer. Some of you were active with Cub Scout Day Camp, while many of you were spending wonderful summer days with your Boy Scout Troops at various resident camps. Some of you took in high adventure treks with your youth at Philmont, Northern Tier, or Sea Base. Hopefully with a busy summer schedule, you were able to get some well-deserved down time as well.

I know quite a few of you from across the district, but for those of you who don't know me, my name is Terry Walls. I'm an Assistant Scoutmaster from Troop 846, where my son, Joshua is a member. I served in many capacities at Pack 846, including Cubmaster, before crossing over to the troop. I'm a passionate Wood Badger and have been fortunate to serve on staff the past two springs. This summer, Mathias Jackson recruited me to fill the role of Program Chair and I'm excited to serve you and our district with all the dedicated volunteers who deliver a fantastic program.

The Program component of the District committee covers many areas: (1) Training,  (2) Camping and Outdoor Promotion, (3) Activities, (4) Civic Service, and (5) Advancement and Recognition.

The District Committee has worked extremely hard to put together a program calendar that will be fun for you and your youth, as well as providing you with opportunities for training, development, and service.

Although a copy of the program calendar can be found on our district website (http://gwinnettbsa.org/event ), I'm attaching a soft copy just in case you'd like to print and have handy...

You'll see that we have a busy year filled with some great activities.

One of the program areas that I'd like to provide some highlights for you this week is Camping.

Our Camping Chair, Fred Carroll, has been busy making arrangements to secure facilities for many of our activities. One of the first council activities we're promoting this year will be The Tiger Growl coming up on September 21st-23rd at Berth Adams Scout Reservation. This is a weekend custom-made for Tiger Cubs and their parents. There will be Games, family fun, displays and information to get your Tiger program off to a great start.

A fantastic Cub Scout Family Camping event follows in October (Oct. 12th-14th), with the Haunted Harvest at Bert Adams. If your unit is looking for a fun and activity filled camping event this fall, don't hesitate getting registered as space is filling up quickly. You can find more information about these events on the front page of the district website.

February 1st - 3rd marks one of our most successful events, the Button Gwinnett Klondike Derby - a fun-filled and challenging weekend for Boy Scout troops as they compete in patrols for the coveted gold of the Yukon River Valley. Bob Weaver has graciously agreed to serve as Governor this year again and will have packets ready for troops at the September Round Table.

Camping then kicks into high gear as spring arrives with Webelos Woods in March, followed by the District Camporee in April, and then not to be outdone in May by Campout - The Next Century, where the Atlanta Area Council, estimates over 6,000 youth and adult leaders will participate. Even though this event is several months away, you'll want to get your Boy Scout Troop or Venturing Crew registered before space fills up for this event. http://www.atlantabsa.org/campout-the-next-century/45393

School's out at the end of May, but the camping fun is just beginning as our Cub Scout Day Camp gets ready to host 300+ campers in June. Our Day Camp puts on a wonderful program for the youth that is filled with fun and achievements and has been recognized by Boy Scouts of America as a model day camp. Look for more details as the year progresses.

I'll be covering other areas of the District Program with you in the coming weeks. For example, Cheryl Fitzgerald, our Training Chair, has been hard at work this summer with the Atlanta Area Council's Training Task Force, laying out a new strategy on how training will be delivered not only in our district but across the entire council. She has some exciting details to share and I'm looking forward to providing those to you.

In the meantime, if you have questions or you'd like to provide feedback, I can be reached at program@gwinnettbsa.org. I'd love to hear from you!

Again, Welcome back to a new and exciting school year. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at a district function or monthly round table!

Yours in Scouting,

Terry Walls - Program Chair

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