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Silver Comet District Welcomes New District Executive Lindsay McVicar

Posted on Jul 18 2018 - 9:02pm

The Atlanta Area Council is pleased to announce that Lindsay McVicar will be joining their staff effective July 17, 2018, as District Executive serving the Silver Comet District. Lindsay will be responsible for providing leadership in the areas of service to Silver Comet Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews. Her responsibilities include support for our youth recruiting efforts and fundraising including Friends of Scouting, the Trail’s End Popcorn sale and the Camp Card sale. One of her primary roles will be to lead the cultivation and recruitment of volunteers in the Silver Comet District. Lindsay is part of the Service Area 4 team under the leadership of Lew Sisson, Field Director.

Lindsay is originally from Cherokee County and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she studied History and Archaeology. She is a yoga instructor and avid outdoorswoman who has hiked over 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She has three uncles who are Eagle Scouts and Philmont veterans.

Effective July 17, 2018, Lindsay can be reached at (770) 989-2892 or lmcvicar@atlantabsa.org

The Silver Comet District welcomes Lindsay, and we look forward to working with her as she joins our own Hubert Snow to bring great Scouting to the Youth and families of our District.

Silver Comet Fall Outdoor Leader Training September 15-16 at Dallas Landing.

Posted on Jul 4 2018 - 1:04pm

Silver Comet Outdoor Leader Training is coming! This is for all Cub Leaders and Troop Leaders so please pass this on to all of the Adults in your Unit that need to be trained for their position. The Scouts in your units deserve trained Leaders! Online registration is open now.

BALOO for Cub Leaders will be Saturday September 15th 8am to Sunday September 16th 12 pm. BALOO – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is an energetic training event that will provide the necessary knowledge and skills for a Pack and/or Webelos Den to be able to go family camping. This is the new Course that combines BALOO and the former OWLS training, and it will cover everything you need to know to plan and run an overnighter.
This is a 1 ½ day training that includes an overnight and an online pre-requisite to be done before the course.
Completion of BALOO is mandatory for a minimum of one adult on a pack overnighter.
Cost is $25 and includes all meals. Come learn the basics about camping with your cubbies and also some fun outdoor games and hiking ideas!

Registration Links and more information can be found on the Silver Comet District website Training Page.

ITOLS for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters is Saturday September 15th 8am to Sunday September 16th, finishing approximately 12 to 1pm. Cost is $15 and includes Saturday lunch and all course materials. Learn skills your scouts will need for rank advancement like the patrol method, selecting a campsite and setting up, cooking, and cleaning up as a patrol. Come set up an ax yard, orient a map, and have a fun campfire program Saturday night.
Walk-ins cannot be accommodated as food and materials need to be purchased for the weekend.
Registration Links and more information can be found on the Silver Comet District website Training Page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Silver Comet Training Chair. We hope to see many SCD leaders in attendance for the weekend.

Drew Doherty is leaving the Atlanta Area Council to pursue his career

Posted on Jun 30 2018 - 11:16am

Our hard working, multi-talented District Executive Drew Doherty is moving on from the Atlanta Area Council to pursue his career, and we wish him every success in his future endeavors.
In his nearly 3 years here in Silver Comet Drew made many friends and met just about all of our Scouters as he worked to make the District a great place for Scouts and Families to get the most out of the Scouting Program.

Drew, from all of us, Thank You for your support, dedication, and enthusiasm for Silver Comet Scouting.

Drew sends the following note to all:

Over the past three years, I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most incredible, generous and caring people I’ve ever met. I want to thank each and every one of you for all that you’ve given me even beyond Scouting. Your friendship, guidance and so many kind words will continue to stay with me as I continue to grow and pursue a new career.

Thank you. Y’all are truly awesome!
-Drew Doherty

Keeping up with all of the changes coming to Scouting from now through early 2019

Posted on Jun 16 2018 - 11:11pm

2018 and 2019 will see many changes to Scouting from the Lions Program and welcoming girls to Cub Scouting this year, to the start of Scouts BSA and girl troops forming in early 2019.

There is also the all new YPT online course that every registered adult must complete by September 30, 2018 in order to participate and remain registered in Scouting.

To keep up with all that is happening BSA has made various resources available, and here are a few that will help you understand and become familiar with the changes affecting the area of the Scouting Program you are involved with.

Family Scouting Q and A for June 12, 2018: Cub Scouts - Boy Scouts/Scouts BSA - Order of the Arrow - Adult Supervision/Youth Protection

What You Need to Know About Lions Integrating With Cub Scouts.

The new "YPT2" course, and how to access the online training. (Your completion Certificate will now be emailed to the address used to set up your my.scouting account)

If you have questions your Unit Commissioner is your first resource for answers and guidance.
And, Thank You for all you do for the Scouts in your Unit and in our Silver Comet District.

Internet Advancement to be replaced by Scoutbook Lite

Posted on May 12 2018 - 8:16pm

BSA is planning to replace Internet Advancement with Scoutbook Lite (SBL) in mid - 2018.
Though the pay version of Scoutbook can be synchronized to interface with Scoutbook Lite which is a free application, third party programs such as Packmaster, Troopmaster, etc. will not initially do so.

Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Unit Committee Chairs and Advancement Coordinators, please familiarize yourselves with the resources below so you will be ready to transition your Unit to Scoutbook Lite advancement reporting when BSA initiates the transition and retires Internet Advancement.

The actual transition date will be widely publicized when it is announced.

BSA Initial Scoutbook Lite announcement: https://scoutingwire.org/scoutbook-lite-replace-internet-advancement-2018/

Jan 12, 2018. Scoutbook Blog information on Scoutbook Lite: https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/blog/84/scoutbook-lite-to-replace-internet-advancement-but-not-scoutbook/

Atlanta Area Council Advancement Committee - Internet Advancement to Scoutbook Lite transition information.

New BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT2) Introduced March 2018.

Posted on Mar 24 2018 - 7:02pm

Safe Scouting practices and youth protection are at the heart of the Boy Scouts of America and the Atlanta Area Council’s mission.
In order to continue providing a safe and secure environment for today’s youth, the Boy Scouts of America have developed a new version of the Youth Protection Training program to be taken by all BSA volunteers and staff.
The new training, which is fully supported and endorsed by the Atlanta Area Council, launched to the public this month and covers all BSA Program areas (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring).

All registered leaders must complete the new YPT2 training by October 1, 2018.

For a guide to taking the new Training on my.scouting.org click here.

For the Atlanta Area Council's full announcement, including "five things you need to know about the launch of the new Youth Protection Training" click here.

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