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Eagle Ceremony May 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 12:37 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 21, 2017, 4:52 PM ]

You are cordially invited to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for
Ajinkya Sawant
Harrison Smith

(Invitation attached below.)

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Holy Family Catholic Church
3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068

Please RSVP by May 13th: (Ajinkya) or (Harrison)

Jack's River Backpack Trip - May 27th

posted May 3, 2017, 1:21 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 30, 2017, 6:04 PM ]

Dates: Saturday May 27 - Sunday May 28
Times: Leaves at 8AM, Returns around 3PM

The Jack's River Trip is a go, please sign up on the Trip Reservations form on the website.

Depart Saturday morning 5/27 at 8AM and return Sunday afternoon 5/28 (probably 3pm vs. 1pm as it was this past weekend).  One night backpack trip, 7 miles day 1 and 6 miles day 2.  Individual cooking.


Yours in Scouting,
Hilary Thornton

Appalachian Trail Hike - April 2017

posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:46 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 3, 2017, 12:53 PM ]

Trip Dates: Saturday April 29 through Sunday April 30
Location: Springer Mountain, start of the AT Trail
Start: Meet at the church on Saturday at 8:00 AM
Finish: Should return to church around 2:00 PM

Parking at Forest Service Rd is at this location:  34.6377, -84.1953 (trailhead)
From the parking lot, we walk a couple of miles to Springer Mountain to see the marker for the start of the AT Trail. Then back-track back to the parking lot and go the other direction continuing on the AT Trail to Three-Forks Campsite 34.6635, -84.1842 which is about 3.5 miles. That makes the first day (Saturday) a 5-6 mile hike. Then returning to the parking lot on Sunday is only a 3.5 mile hike back.

Three-Forks is right on Chester Creek which is great for swimming and filling water bottles. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Scott Lovell

Summer Camp 2017

posted Mar 6, 2017, 9:06 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated ]

Dear Parents and Scouts, 

Attached is the Merit Badge curriculum for this year’s summer camp at Rainey Mountain. Registration operates on a “first come, first registered” basis. This year the process starts much earlier than past years, opening on March 9th at 10 AM, when we will need to log in on-line and register everyone on your behalf.

Older scouts, please review the classes and make a list of your Top 5 choices and we will do our best to get you in them in those sessions.

First year boys will have a more structured program, “Foot Path” and need to pick MB for Periods 1,2,3 and 6 only.

Note: As a Troop, we will all take the White-Water Raft trip on Thursday

The following index explains the colors and codes on the MB Chart have the following meaning:


  • Yellow = 1 period = 1 hour
  • Green = 2 periods = 2 hours
  • Blue = 3 periods = 3 hours
  • Pink = 6 periods = 6 hours


  • P1: 9-10am
  • P2: 10-11am
  • P3:11-12PM Noon
  • P4:2-3 pm
  • P5:3-4pm
  • P6:4-5pm

Apologies for the extremely short notice but please respond with your son’s name and his choices via email to the by Tuesday March 7th and we will get them entered. Thank you very much for your support and quick replies. We are looking forward to a record number of Scouts this year to have a great adventure at Summer Camp.

Ken Boyle

Fundraiser at SunTrust Park

posted Feb 15, 2017, 4:41 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated ]

To: Scout PARENTS….

At our last parent meeting, there was tremendous interest in staffing a concession stand for a segment of Braves home games at the new SunTrust stadium. Based on the level of interest shown, we are in the process of confirming that we will indeed commit to work the home games for the first block of games, from March 31 through May 25. That includes 23 games, 1 exhibition game, 1 college game, and […drumroll…] the Billy Joel concert.


We need 5 adults at all 26 events, at least 2 hours early (and a leader to be there at least 3 hours early). Remember, we will get a minimum of $500 per event and a percentage of sales over a certain amount. The distribution will likely be that half of proceeds will go to the troop and the other half will be proportionally divided among the accounts of Scouts whose parent(s) worked each event. There is a special parking rate/location for which we will confirm the details ASAP.


Very soon, we will set up a schedule for everyone to select dates they are willing and able to work. We would like everyone (even both parents if available) to have a participation goal of at least 3-5 games each (even per scout if possible). Of course, we realize that personal circumstances will vary.


There will be a few hours of mandatory training for all who will be working. The training is ~$30 per person. At this time, we haven’t confirmed whether the troop pays for the training or if individuals pay for the training; either way, the training is reimbursed after 3 games are worked. Once we know the training dates/times, we will let you know immediately.


Lastly, this is brand new to all of us. We absolutely NEED you to ask LOTS of questions….it helps us figure everything out! But please be patient as we work to find answers.





(no info yet on the exhibition game or college game)

Fri, 4/14 Padres 7:35p                  

Sat, 4/15 Padres 7:10p                

Sun, 4/16 Padres 1:35p               

Mon, 4/17 Padres 7:35p                                           

Tue, 4/18 Nationals 7:35p                          

Wed, 4/19 Nationals 7:35p                                      

Thu, 4/20 Nationals 7:35p

Fri, 4/28 Billy Joel concert 8pm                                              

Mon, 5/1 Mets 7:35p                                                 

Tue, 5/2 Mets 7:35p                                    

Wed, 5/3 Mets 7:35p                                  

Thu, 5/4 Mets 7:35p                                    

Fri, 5/5  Cardinals 7:35p                              

Sat, 5/6 Cardinals 7:10p                             

Sun, 5/7 Cardinals 1:35p                                                          

Wed, 5/17 Blue Jays 7:35p                                                      

Thu, 5/18 Blue Jays 7:35p                                         

Fri, 5/19 Nationals 7:35p                           

Sat, 5/20 Nationals 4:10p                                         

Sun, 5/21 Nationals 1:35p                                        

Mon, 5/22 Pirates 7:35p                                                          

Tue, 5/23 Pirates 7:35p                                             

Wed, 5/24 Pirates 7:35p                                                          

Thu, 5/25 Pirates 12:10p                             


Many thanks, and GO BRAVES!


Please send all questions to Sharon bunyard at

2017 Caving Trip

posted Jan 27, 2017, 3:39 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 9:23 AM ]

Venue – Cumberland Caverns ( - All Around the Mountain program. See attached for the program itinerary

Trip logistics



Departure Time

Arrival Time

Holy Family -> Cumberland C

Sat, 2/18/2017

1pm EST

By 5:30pm CST

Cumberland C -> Holy Family

Sun, 2/19/2017

12pm CST

Around 5pm EST


Cost - $75 - includes tour guide, caving, overnight accommodation, helmet and head lamp. Please bring own knee pads and gloves


Vacancies – 10 participants

**You will be placed on a wait list after 10 participants have signed up.  By 2/7 we will need to make a final decision on head count as after this date, each add on will incur an additional $5 per head.

Placement after the 10 participants are based on vacancies available at Cumberland Caverns.


Release Forms (attached) – Please submit no later than 2/18 before we depart for the trip

** Please let your leader know of any medical conditions, and requirement to be near an electrical outlet e.g. blow up mattress, CPAP machine


Things to Bring

Ø  Tarp to put under sleep area.

Ø  Bedding (air mattresses, sleeping pads, cots are allowed. We have outlets for your pumps)

Ø  All explorers are required to wear lace up shoes or boots.

Ø  A full set of clean clothes and shoes (you WILL get muddy & wet)

Ø  Light jacket (cave temperature is 56F. Long sleeves and light jacket will be enough)

Ø  Garbage bags to put muddy/wet clothes in.

Ø  Personal toiletries (no showers in the cave) but we do have clean up stations and restrooms, towels, wash rags, etc.

Ø  Knee pads (Hint: Adults you WILL want these.)

Ø  Gloves

Ø  Flash light (caves are dark)

Ø  Money/debit card(for snack bar & gift shop). See attached snack bar items and costs.

Ø  Water only

Ø  CPAP devices allowed (we can put you near outlet if we know in advance)

Things NOT to Bring

Ø  Tents

Ø  Coolers

Ø  Outside food or drinks (snack bar in cave, please eat only in the designated area)

Ø  Fires

Ø  Tobacco products

Ø  Alcohol

Ø  Weapons (pocket knives are allowed)

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