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The Southern Crescent District is in the Atlanta Area Council, serving Scouts, Leaders and Parents in Clayton County and South Fulton County. See this Google Map for location and contact information for Cub Scout Packs (boys in 1st through 5th Grade are Cub Scouts), Troops and more Pack information are at the BeAScout website

For an overview of Scouting, see this "We Are Scouts" video or this Pack 1030 animoto; or this "What Scouting Does Right" video; or this one about Cub Scout Camping and Outdoor Activities!  Or this one from a Michigan Troop (the activities depicted have been done by local Troops too!), or these.  Deciding between Sports and Scouts (you can do both):  see this clip.  Like us on our Facebook Page! And see the District Flickr Photo Site.  Need more information? Please contact:

Forgot how to Login (forgot the Username and Password)? Click here. Please see the "Menu" of items to the left.  As noted in the Website Guide, "About Us & How to Join" tells you about Scout Programs and Units, gives you the paperwork needed to join, plus a list of units (Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews) and contact information for leaders of those units; Cub Scout Meeting Plans gives you "rip and run" complete plans for Meetings with your boys, and the Cub Scout Month by Month Activity Ideas will give you easy + fun ideas of cool places to go and things to do including this Great Big List of Places to Go (good for Boy Scouts and Visiting Relatives too); "Leader Training" shows you how to learn more for an easier + better program, and more.  We gratefully accept donations of uniforms, camping gear and Scouting resources, as part of our "Helping Our Scout Buddies" Service Project.  The Southern Crescent District serves South Fulton County, including Chattahoochee Hill Country, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto & Union City, and Clayton County, including Jonesboro, Riverdale, Rex, Forest Park, Morrow, Lovejoy and Lake City; many of us are friends with the South Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, Keep South Fulton BeautifulSafe Kids Georgia programs.

November 30, 2016 Cub Scout Advancement Changes Announced

Posted on Dec 6 2016 - 12:30pm

On November 30, 2016, modification to Cub Scout Advancement requirements was announced (see the initial Blog post and comments, plus this December 3 FAQ blog post ... the announced changes are linked through the BSA Program Updates page).  

Comments from the District Cub Leader Trainer (feedback and questions are welcomed at cubleadertraining@southfultonscouting.com):

The expressed intent is to "make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters", by reducing the number of requirements that must be completed in order to complete an Adventure, often by providing alternatives within the existing Adventure and Handbook options.  For example, where an Adventure initially stated something like "Do all 8 of the following", now it might say "Do 6 of the following 8".  In many cases, this is very helpful where some (but not all) of the Requirements can be done easily in a particular locale with readily available resources, but one or more may be difficult to complete.  This is a positive development, where the alternate selections are rich with content.

Another goal of this adjustment is to reduce the number of sessions (or meetings) needed to complete an Adventure, as the Den Leader Guides for most of the Adventures specify two meetings followed by a field trip or other outing.  Readers of our pages of commentary on the Adventures (see the pages to the left on this website) will note that we have flagged readily available options to condense from 3 sessions to 2, and we have also offered ideas about how to conduct Adventures as day or campout events on weekends.  Reducing the implicit number of necessary meetings is a positive development as well, because under the prior Cub Scout Advancement requirements before 2015, some Ranks could be earned in as few as 8 Den Meetings, and the others could be done in no more than 11 or 12 based on published Guides.  And for those who want to do more today ... but wait, there is more!: for more active and engaged dens, especially those that really start in August (and not October, like some who rely on late recruiting), there remains a wealth of content, both in the "extra" elements of Adventure ideas found in the Den Leader Guides for Required Adventures, and in the many many Elective Adventures that Scouts may work on.

Note:  the most significant change in the eyes of many is that overnight camping can be optional if necessary, in that a new alternate exists to attending campouts.  

  • Under the 2015 Requirements in the Handbooks, camping was optional under the note "If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack".
  • This applied to Required Adventures for camping in Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light (though astute observers of the Wolf requirement noted that Call of the Wild stated "attend a pack or family campout" but did not have a specific stay out overnight requirement, so Scouts and families who came for the day and through evening campfire received an excellent experience without the difficulty of the overnight element).  
  • The new requirements allow instead to "attend ... An outdoor activity with your den or pack".
  • Packs and Parents are advised to not "hit the easy button" on these new requirements and do the minimum:  the main impetus for this non-camping option arises from cold weather locations where it is believed that there is not enough time at the start of the school year to get a camping activity completed before temperatures are too severe.  And many in cold climes note that "we have warm clothes, don't worry about us ... we won't freeze!"
  • Fortunately for us in Georgia, it is possible to camp in fairly temperate weather for a longer period, and we have many many excellent options for Cub Scout Camping.  
  • And for your Scouts to get the most out of the program, they will long remember the days spent in the woods at campouts with you and their other Cub Scout friends.  Please give them that opportunity!

For those curious about the details, to supplement the general description from the Blogs linked above, we created a text comparison of the requirements, showing exactly what is changed and what didn't change (or what got moved around in a requirement).  

As noted in the comments to the Blogs linked above, there are other questions and clarifications and opportunities to come ... this website will be summarizing some of those ideas to continue to improve the Program, as these November 30, 2016 changes are not the last changes that will ever be made to the Cub Scout program.  And those of us who enjoy the Cub Scout program feel an obligation to try to leave our campsite better than we found it for those who follow ... and that applies to the program design itself.

Stay tuned.  Do your Best.  

District Banquet Recognitions

Posted on Dec 5 2016 - 8:56am

From District Recognition Chair George Kay: "regarding our District Banquet to be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2016 at Woodward Academy Middle School, in addition to District awards, I would like to recognize in program all 2016 Eagle Scouts and also all who have earned their religious awards (Cubs, Scouts, and adults). Yours in Scouting, George Kay"

So, a note to all:  Awards that are open for nomination include the following, and for consideration at the upcoming District Banquet, you must submit your written nomination (or JTE form) to the District Recognitions Chair or District Director/Executive or to the district awards email by no later than 8:30 pm on January _<to be determined, but OK to submit now!>_, 2017:

District Functions ... how are they doing? What should change? Do you want to Help?

Posted on Dec 5 2016 - 8:55am

Want to help beyond your unit?  See this, or take this survey.  District Volunteers and Professionals aim to help units serve youth.  How are your District Staff and Volunteers doing?  Feel free to complete this short survey.  And feel free to give feedback in this Roundtable Survey ... even if you haven't attended.

Happy Birthday ...

Posted on Nov 29 2016 - 9:42am

 ... to Lamar Wallace, 105 years old, and the world's oldest Eagle Scout.  He is resident of Peachtree City.  More here from the Fayette Citizen.  

Southern Crescent District, AAC, BSA

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