From the District Chair - Welcome Back!

Posted on Sep 5 2013 - 11:10pm

Button Gwinnett Scouters - Welcome Back! Can you believe that School has been back in session for almost a month now? It's hard to believe for sure. I was fortunate to see many of you at our Quarterly District Conference this past Tuesday night. We had a very well attended function with a number of units represented and participating in our planned breakout meetings. 

David Penton, our District Activities Chair and his committee met and were putting the final touches on the plans for Webelos Woods/Roundup, which is being held the weekend of September 21st. The committee is taking a different tack this year by hosting the event in the fall and they have been very active in working to modify the program aspects of the event. I'm hoping that all of our WEBELOS dens will be able to make it to this event as it counts towards an outdoor activity for their Arrow of Light award. In addition, David and the team are recruiting Boy Scouts who will be serving as Troop Guides and helping to lead many of the activities. If you have any First Class or above scouts who would enjoy volunteering, they can earn up to 10 hours of service time toward one of their rank requirements. This is a great opportunity for many of our boys who are looking for service hours to help and demonstrate leadership to our younger Scouts. I'm looking forward to seeing this event come together and I'm excited about the changes the team is making.

Lisa Rood and Marsha Anderson Bomar held the Finance committee break out meeting. Lisa, our Family Friends of Scouting campaign chair, and Marsha, our Golden Eagle Chair met with a number of individuals who will be assisting as the Friends of Scouting campaign gets started. You'll be hearing more from these two ladies for sure as we get closer to the kick-off on how and when we'll need your assistance for this worthy campaign that assists our council in directly improving the lives of your youths.

Greg Thurlow our Button Gwinnett District "Life to Eagle" Chair, held court in the Advancements breakout with a number of individuals participating. Greg gave a cursory overview of the Life to Eagle process, the resources available, and key steps in the process specific to our district. Many of the participants, various unit representatives and advancement chairs were extremely positive about the content. Greg has generously offered to host a Life to Eagle presentation and seminar for Scouters, Parents, and Scouts at the October Roundtable Meeting on October 15th. Be on the lookout for more information soon.

In addition the Greg's presentation, the Advancements breakout group reviewed the newly revised and newly released merit badges for 2013 as well as what's on tap for 2014. I'm attaching a copy of the handout that was reviewed and discussed as a group. It's a helpful document full of various links explaining the new merit badges and their requirements. Feel free to download this and share with your Scouts and parents.

It's great to see a flurry of activity that's all geared and focused on our youth. One of my core beliefs as district chair is that if an activity, initiative, or project doesn't provide a direct benefit to our Scouts, we shouldn't be doing it! To that end, you'll be hearing from me in the coming months as I talk about our Journey to Excellence Goals for the district. May of you have become familiar with JTE for your specific Packs, Troops, and Crews. We also track JTE for the District and Council as well. It's a good measuring stick to determine if we're focused on the right things as volunteers to ensure that our youth are being impacted and receiving the best possible experience.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, feedback, or you need assistance. I'm here to serve you and our youth!

Yours in Scouting,

Terry Walls

Chairman, Button Gwinnett District


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