Fun weekend at Scoutland

Thanks to everyone who braved the impending storm and joined in at Scoutland. We had an epic game of kickball (scouts vs kids of course),Bryan Poole gets the MVP for playing with a broken foot. The boys that stayed awake had the honor of seeing a flag retirement ceremony and got to celebrate the beading of two new Woodbadge recipients. It was hot and muggy all weekend but a great chance to spend some quality time outside with the boys.

Sweetwater Family Camping Weekend

Pack families,

We are looking forward to a GREAT weekend in the woods with the boys. Excited to have the new scouts join us on our first official Cub Scout camping trip of the year.

I am planning to head up that way late afternoon on Friday and spend 2 nights.

Folks will arrive at various times throughout the day so we will try hard to keep our location updated on the website so you can track us down!

Food is on our own this weekend as they will not have the dining halls open. You will be responsible for dinner Friday (if attending) as well as breakfast and lunch Saturday.

We are planning dinner on Saturday as a group along with breakfast on Sunday. Please bring $5 per person attending to help cover the cost of food.

Here are a few of the activities you should expect this weekend: Fall-Family-Camping-Weekend-Sweetwater-2017

  • BB’s and Archery
  • Field Games
  • Fishing
  • Crafts
  • Scout Skills
  • Campfire
  • Hiking
  • Skits and Songs
  • Sunday Chapel

We know it is the first time camping with the Scouts for many of you (and maybe the first time camping for some) so we wanted to prepare you with some FAQs and rules of the road. Plan for low  80s in the day and 60s at night. If you haven’t camped before this is just about an ideal situation… with one small complication. There is currently a 50% chance of showers on Saturday.

Let’s start with a list of items you should be sure to pack: 

  • tent
  • sleeping bag/pillow
  • appropriate clothing for the weather including rain gear (we recommend a decent poncho, available at most outdoor stores and target / Wally World)
  • scout uniform (if not, an appropriate shirt)
  • HAT
  • flashlight
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle (water is available on site, but it’s always good practice to bring a gallon or two)
  • toilet/shower articles
  • chairs to sit in around the campfire
  • showers/inside toilets are available (bring your own toilet paper)
  • fishing gear (if you want to fish on the shoreline of Lake Lanier, 17+ must have a license)
  • anything else you need for a great time outdoors!

Each scout attending will need to have a medical form A and B with them when they arrive this weekend. (It is attached to this post) 680-001_AB (1)

In good practice, we should have this for each adult as well.

I will have to collect these and keep them on file for the weekend so please be sure to bring with you.

We will be camping at Scoutland on Lake Lanier in Gainesville. Scoutland_Map

The physical address is 3685 Looper Lake Road, Gainesville, GA 30506.

This is a big weekend homecoming for me personally as this is one of the camps I attended as a scout!!

Here are general directions from I-985.

Scoutland is located on Lake Lanier near Gainesville, Georgia. From I-985:

  • Take Exit #16 to Highway 53 West. Follow Highway 53 for 2.2 miles.
  • Turn right onto McEver Road (and stay of Highway 53). Highway 53 dead-ends at Dawsonville Highway.
  • Turn left and continue 3.9 miles to Sardis Road.
  • Turn right and continue to first intersection.
  • Bear right (this is still Sardis Road) to stop sign.
  • Turn left and continue 0.6 mile to Antioch Campground Road.
  • Turn right and continue to Looper Lake Road.
  • Turn right and continue 0.6 mile to stop sign.
  • Turn left and an immediate right then follow the road into Scoutland.

It’s gonna be a GREAT trip.

Put on your patience pants and PLEASE help us maintain the crazy with your sons.

We LOVE having them with us on these trips, but as we have talked before, parent involvement is KEY to making this workout, especially since we will have our hands full making sure we are in the right places at the right times.

As a final reminder, Cubscouts are required to have a legal guardian over the age of 21 with them for a camping trip / overnight.

We are NOT able to take your son with us without you!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.




Cubmaster Chris


Registration Form for Family Camping


Here is the link for the registration form for the family camping trip. Please note, you will need to print this off and mail it in with your $25 per family fee. I would suggest getting it in the mail by Saturday to make the Sept. 28th early bird registration deadline.


Please remember to use the link in the post below to RSVP as well so we can get a count for dinner and breakfast for the group. There will be a small per person charge $5-$10 as well to cover food costs. We will communicate that as we get a little closer to the event.

Family Camping List

You asked and we answered. See below for a link to a shopping list on Amazon for the essentials for a safe and comfortable camping trip. All items here are those that we have or have had over the years. While there are certainly lower cost options, these are all great quality that will last YEARS if taken care of.

Take Me Shopping

While we are adding gear to your collection, I’ll share a personal favorite. While not 100% waterproof, I am in LOVE with these rolling tool chests from HomeDepot to pack my gear. We have 2 at home and they stay packed and ready to roll. Handy to keep camping supplies close as well for easy access during storms etc. They can usually be found in store.

Storage Chest

October Family Camping

Pack families,

We are planning to take the Pack on a campout the first weekend in October to Scoutland at Lake Lanier. More information to come, but a simple evite is below to gauge interest. This is on Scout property, but there is no dining hall. We will plan to eat together as a Pack for lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
The camping trip is open to all families. Please RSVP as soon as you can so we can register. The fee is $25 per family to camp and food costs (TBD).


Cubmaster Chris

All new Class B T-Shirts Now Available

Pack families… It’s been a while (5+ years) since we did a full scale update to our Class B Uniforms. We are excited to announce that we have 2 all new looks for the Pack available for purchase TODAY though September 20th. In the event you are unable to purchase at this time, we will have another sale in October.

For those of you new to scouting this year, the Class B is worn on trips, campouts and to any Pack functions where the Class A uniform may get dirty / damaged. While not required, we strongly encourage the boys have one.

We are happy to announce both a t-shirt and a hoodie at this time.
Youth and adult sizes are available.
More items will be available later in the year. We are planning hats, water bottles etc



We are working with for the order. They will collect sizes and payments to make this super simple all around. You just click the image above and you are off to the races.