Welcome to the Southern Crescent District Website!

The Southern Crescent District is in the Atlanta Area Council, serving Scouts, Leaders and Parents in Clayton County and South Fulton County. See the BeAScout website for location and contact information for Cub Scout Packs (Kindergarten through 5th Grade are Cub Scouts), Scouts BSA Troops (end of 5th Grade to age 18), and Venturing Crews. 

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; Cub Scout Meeting Plans gives you "rip and run" complete plans for Meetings with your Scouts, 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 Scouts BSA Troops and Visiting Relatives too); "Leader Training" shows you how to learn more for an easier + better program, and more.  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.

District Annual Business Meeting this Thursday, November 7

Posted on Nov 5 2019 - 5:45pm

Woodward Academy Middle School Cafeteria, 7:00 pm.

Last Week's District News ...

Posted on Nov 5 2019 - 10:55am

Highlights of the most recent District News were these (click links for information): Charter Renewal Time - and Tools ...  You Know What Fee Didn't Go Up - Our Cub Leader Training is Still Free!! ...  and from the prior week:  BSA Registration Fees Increase for 2020 ... And the number is ... Opt In, Opt Out ... 

You Know What Fee Didn't Go Up - Our Cub Leader Training is Still Free!!

Posted on Oct 29 2019 - 6:27pm

Your District Cub Leader Trainer has two final dates nearby this weekend:

Give him a "heads up" email that you're coming, so he'll have materials for you.

Charter Renewal Time - and Tools

Posted on Oct 29 2019 - 6:24pm

For those of you who are doing your Unit's Charter Renewal, see our Unit Charter Renewal page at https://www.southfultonscouting.com/node/2598.

Last Week's District News ...

Posted on Oct 29 2019 - 6:23pm

Highlights of the most recent District News were these (click links for information): BSA Registration Fees Increase for 2020 ... And the number is ... Opt In, Opt Out ... and from the prior week:  Website Guide 

BSA Registration Fees Increase for 2020

Posted on Oct 23 2019 - 2:55pm

As you may have heard (and can see from the updated announcement below), and as Scout Executive Tracy Techau has previously advised Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Committee Chairs, District Committee Members and Commissioners, the Atlanta Area Council was recently informed that there will be a National BSA membership fee increase.  Tracy noted that we anticipate learning the amount in late October and we understand that the timing of this announcement is difficult -- the announcement has been made today (October 23). 

From a leader in the National Office on October 23:  "While costs to the organization have increased every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level we have in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. We kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible but keeping the cost artificially low for many years now magnifies the impact of changes.

Every dollar of the national membership fee will go toward the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. The National organization will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members such as online registration, Member Care and Scoutbook, which now includes the Den Leader experience to ensure the safe and consistent delivery of Cub Scouting; as well as improvements aimed at simplifying the annual renewal process."

The membership fee goes directly to National BSA to fund program elements at a National level through the operation of the BSA National Service Center, which supports local councils that administer Scouting programs.  These operational elements and programs described in the previous paragraph include:

  • program design, curriculum and resources like Handbooks, Leader Guides, Merit Badge pamphlets, and other guides, so that includes
    • five handbooks for Cub Scouting, two for Scouts BSA, 137 merit badge pamplets, and more
    • Guides for Den Leaders, Pack Leaders, Den Chiefs, Scoutmasters, Committees, Merit Badge Counselors, and more
  • program support software like Scoutbook, Internet Advancement, My.Scouting and other resources
  • development, research and guidance to maintain safety and program standards (e.g., advancement, health and safety, etc.) to ensure consistency of the program throughout councils across the country, so that includes:
    • Guide to Safe Scouting resources
    • Camp School program, and then Camp Inspection processes for health, safety and program
    • A Guide to Advancement to support all programs
    • and more
  • providing Youth Protection resources, training, and criminal background checks for all registered volunteers and staff - now on an ongoing basis for all leaders
    • For example, the upgraded and better Youth Protection Training videos and live training materials
    • Ongoing background checks for all leaders
  • training at the BSA National Service Center and other locations for local council volunteers and staff, with programs at:
    • a national training center at Philmont Scout Ranch,
    • the Summit in West Virginia
    • Seabase in the Florida Keys
    • the National Office in Irving, Texas, and local support around the country
  • training development, programs and syllabi for both youth and adult participants in the BSA programs in councils across the country, including:
    • National Youth Leader Training,
    • National National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience
    • Syllabi and resources for leader training in all roles, Pack, Troop, Crew, Post, Youth Leaders
    • Resources for Commissioners engaged in Unit Service and coaching
  • technology upgrades and communications resources that keep Scouters informed, like websites, blogs and printed publications, like Scouting magazine and many brochures, guides and books
  • insurance coverage
  • development and maintenance of four year-round national high-adventure bases: 
    • Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
    • The Summit in West Virginia
    • Seabase in the Florida Keys
    • Northern Tier Canoe Base - several locations in Minnesota and Canada
  • delivery of national, regional and sectional events like:
    • National jamborees,
    • National Eagle Scout Association
    • National Order of the Arrow conferences and Sectional Conclaves
    • National Council meetings, and Regional and Sectional Conferences and Committees in key program and membership areas
  • tools for camp and office planning and evaluation, extensive financial counseling, planned giving and fundraising information, and professional personnel support
  • design, development, distribution and sale of uniforms, equipment and program supplies
  • and many more investments to sustain Scouting.    

Families enjoy Scouting because of its high value and reasonable price. Even with an increase in the membership fee, Scouting will remain significantly less expensive than most youth programs in Metro-Atlanta, and certainly more impactful long-term. 

Costs continue to increase especially at a substantial rate for insurance coverage.  For your information, a substantial part of the insurance increase is due to having paid for insurance, and using that insurance to make the necessary claims to access proceeds to restore Philmont after the fire.  (More here about recovery efforts). 

Information circulated indicates that the national board of the BSA raised the fee primarily to offset a significant increase in the cost of liability insurance necessary to cover all official Scouting activities. It's an increase the national organization of the BSA cannot afford to subsidize.  A third-party company is going to provide this new coverage, replacing Scouting?s previous practice of self-insuring its members and chartering organizations.  So, the increase is due to Scouting's necessary move to a third-party insurance provider in 2020.  BSA's preparations to fulfill its responsibility to past abuse victims also indirectly factor into this decision.

National BSA will continue to take every measure to reduce operational expenses.  In the process of setting this amount, the national organization has taken several steps to address its financial challenges, including the recent elimination of more than 35 positions at the National Service Center and ongoing consolidation of departments for the most effective utilization of resources in support of Scouting.   And the Atlanta Area Council will continue to fundraise locally to support our program and provide assistance when needed.  

From that National Office October 23 communique:  "Across the country and in our own community, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures to merit badges that spark interests and future careers; from campouts under the stars to service projects that leave a lasting impact on our communities; Scouting’s year-round program expands horizons and provides young people with a safe and welcoming place to learn, grow, and thrive.

That is why we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. In addition to our existing council and unit membership assistance, we have established a national Growing Future Leaders Fund, which is funded entirely through donations, to provide additional financial support to those who need it."

Some National FAQs shared on Facebook are found in the Comment below.

Southern Crescent District, AAC, BSA

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