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Silver Comet WEBELOS Open House - Nov. 6 at Due West UMC

Posted on Oct 20 2018 - 11:25am

Webelos and their Parents: will have an opportunity to meet and talk with several Troops in their area, ask questions and get the information they need when deciding which Unit they want to join when they crossover. You can download and print a copy of "Troop Visit Questions" for ideas of what to ask the Troops at the Open House event.
For more complete Webelos Transition information download our "Silver Comet Webelos Transition Manual".

Troops: set up a display of their activities and are on hand to answer questions about Boy Scouting in their Unit. Troops should fill out and return the “Troop Information Sheet” by October 31st. The District Membership team will hand out the Information Sheet to all Webelos at the event. Email your Information Sheet to our Silver Comet Membership Chair.
For details on the display and venue guidelines view/download our "SCD Webelos Open House Exhibitor Guidelines". Also have a look at the "Silver Comet Webelos Transition Manual" which will help you to “be prepared” for the questions the Webelos and their Parents will be asking.

For the Open House location, times and other details, and any updates go to the 2018 Webelos Open House event webpage

Thank you Day and Twilight Camp Volunteers!

Posted on Aug 31 2019 - 11:16pm

The Atlanta Area Council had its Day and Twilight Camp wrap-up meeting last month. In June, our Silver Comet Day and Twilight Camps put on fabulous week-long events for Cub Scouts and their young siblings.

The Peace Light has arrived in Atlanta

Posted on Dec 8 2018 - 10:42pm

Each year, a child from Austria fetches the Peace Light (a flame) from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born.

The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations, including Scouts and Guides from across Europe who take it back with a message of Peace to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent. Austrian Airlines then flies the miner’s lamps containing the Peace Light to New York City. The goal is to help the light spread like the branches of a huge tree rooted in New York and spreading throughout the North American continent.

The Peace Light arrived in Atlanta on Saturday, December 08, and will be available starting on the 10th at the Atlanta Area Council Service Center (see Donna Carr) and also at the Silver Comet District Round Table on December 13th where you may receive the light (in a suitable safe container or lantern of your own) for your scout unit, your religious institution, your own home, hospitals, homeless shelters, retirement homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural, and political importance. The peace Light is available to anyone who appreciates the significance of the "gift" of peace.

Turkey Shoot Needs Rangemasters

Posted on Sep 14 2019 - 11:15pm

Attention all Cub Leaders and Adult Partners!

As our annual Turkey Shoot event approaches we are again in need of Rangemasters to help us provide enough shooting sports ranges for the hundreds of Cubs we expect to enjoy the day. We are calling on you – the certified Rangemaster – to help with this year’s event. Those who volunteer for the day will get to choose a preferred shooting time for their Pack – first come first served. Those who are able to volunteer even during their Pack’s range time will get preferential treatment…so reply now with your name and time you would like! Click on "read more" for how to sign up or register for Rangemaster training!

Turkey Shoot Registration is now open!

Posted on Sep 22 2019 - 12:20am

Registration for the 2019 Turkey Shoot, which will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, at Jim Miller Park in Marietta is now open on Tentaroo. Registration is a two-step process this year, so please make sure you fill out and email the Pack roster to the Turkey Shoot staff and pay your registration through Tentaroo. All the event details, the leader's guide, and links to the roster and Tentaroo registration site are available on our event page: https://www.silvercometdistrictbsa.org/node/1812.

Two More Chances to Stuff the Turkey

Posted on Nov 2 2019 - 11:40pm

If your unit has collected packaged stuffing to donate to the Center for Family Resources for their Thanks-4-Giving Campaign, please bring them to either the Silver Comet Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, November 7th, 7pm, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 4341 Dallas Highway SW, Marietta, GA 30064 or to District Roundtable on Thursday, November 14th, 7pm, at the LDS Chapel, 2595 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127.

Thanks for helping our district support the Center for Family Resources and local Cobb County families in need. More information about our 2019 Scouting for Food initiative is available at https://www.silvercometdistrictbsa.org/node/1843.

Upcoming Camping Opportunities

Posted on Feb 9 2019 - 10:18pm

March 15-17th, 2019, the Council will put on Cub Challenge 2019 at Woodruff Scout Reservation. More information is available at https://www.campwoodruff.org/cub-challenge, and early-bird pricing is in effect until Thursday, February 14th. The following weekend, March 22-24th, it will be the Scouts and Venturers' turn at Scout Challenge 2019 at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. More information about Scout Challenge 2019 is available at https://www.campbertadams.org/scout-challenge. This event will take the place of the District Spring Camporee.

For those volunteers looking a little further into the future, registration for our Cub Scout Day Camp at Kennesaw UMC (9am-3pm, June 3-7th) and our Cub Scout Twilight Camp at Bethany UMC (6-9pm, June 24-28th) is now open. Visit the Day Camp page, https://www.silvercometdistrictbsa.org/node/1793, and the Twilight Camp page, https://www.silvercometdistrictbsa.org/node/1794, for more information.

Update your BeAScout.org Pin - An Important Reminder from Bryan on Scouting

Posted on Aug 3 2019 - 10:22pm

This was taken from Bryan on Scouting's post on January 28th, 2019, but it's very timely as we start the fall recruiting season!

Today’s parents can do it all online. With a few taps on their tablet, they can buy school supplies, sign up for soccer or hire a babysitter. More and more these days, they’re finding out about Scouting online, too. Today’s parents want, and expect, to learn more about the BSA through a simple-to-use, nicely designed website. BeAScout.org is that website. It is the first thing many prospective Scouting families see about the BSA, and it tells them what Scouting is, why it’s a good fit for their family and where they can find a Cub Scout pack, Scouts BSA troop, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship near them.

That last part — the where — is where you come in. It’s time to update your unit’s listing on BeAScout.org, and I’ll tell you why. You see, when moms and dads visit BeAScout.org, they can enter their ZIP code to find all the Scout units near them.

These results show up as pins, with each representing a pack, troop, crew or ship nearby. Updating your BeAScout.org pin is simple, and it’s a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Unit Leader or meeting time, for example.

Access to update your pin is available to all unit leaders, including committee members in a unit.

To update your pin:

Go to My.Scouting.org

In the drop-down menu, go to Legacy Web Tools and select BeAScout.

Choose “unit” (rather than council) under “Unit Pin Mode” to update the pin with your contact info.

Be sure to set pin status to “active.” If they want the “Apply Now” button on the pin, set “Apply Status” to “active.”

Note that it may take a few hours, or up to overnight, for the updated information to show up.

For Cub Scout packs: You’ll also want to go to Organization Manager and identify your pack’s gender: all-boy, all-girl or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens. Under Organization Manager, find the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. The default is Boys Dens, but you can change that. Be sure to enter an effective date or it will not update the pin.

If you need help with updating your pin, contact our District Chair, Cathie McCabe at districtchair@silvercometdistrict1.mytroop.us.

Volunteer Request for City of Acworth's Mother-Son Campout on September 14th

Posted on Sep 7 2019 - 9:40pm

BSA volunteers continue to help the City of Acworth Parks & Recreation with their annual Mother-Son Campout and we need your help.

Cubs and Scouts are welcome to come to Proctor Landing on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00am to help non-Scouts set up tents and staff games and activities. Come for as long as you can stay and eat for free! "Class B" attire is fine for this event. We plan to have orienteering, fishing, air rockets, cooking, and crafting para-cord bracelets and t-shirt bags. Contact Jeff Starnes at jlstarnes@bellsouth.net if you can help.

Webelos Woods and Webelos Open House

Posted on Nov 2 2019 - 11:38pm

Thanks to our dedicated Membership Committee, the District's Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts were treated to not one but two district events in October!

First, they participated in a fun, camporee-style weekend at Woodruff Scout Reservation at Webelos Woods. 130 Webelos and AOL Scouts played patrol and camp-wide games, practiced orienteering and cooking, and took part in a campfire and Scouts' Own service. The District would like to thank Leah Briick and Chris Voigt for organizing and running the event, Audrey Taylor, Nancy Domoracki, and Katie Robinson for running the Health Lodge, RJ Kolencik and Shannon Fishback for cooking for the staff, and the Scouts and Scouters of Troop 675 (boys and girls), Troop 2096, and Crew 2500 for staffing the games.

On October 22nd, we held our most successful Webelos Open House ever! 66 Arrow of Light and Webelos Scouts attended the event and had the opportunity to visit with 23 different Scouts BSA units! If you missed this event or if you missed picking up a troop information packet, a pdf copy is now available here: https://www.silvercometdistrictbsa.org/system/files/WebelosOpenHouse2019.pdf. Thanks again to Leah Briick and Chris Voigt for organizing this event that facilitates the Webelos to Scout transition. Thank you also to Due West United Methodist Church for hosting the event for our district.