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Scout Surge and
9/11 Commemorative Ceremony

To ALL Sweetwater Scouts, Scouters and Families:

We are fast approaching the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 event that changed our world forever.

In 2010 and 2011, BSA hosted the first ever Scout Surge events honoring our first responders everywhere as well as remembering all the lives lost that tragic date in our history. For the 10th anniversary event, the NEGA Council had a huge response in our community with over 500 in attendance at the Fallen Heroes Memorial, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Lawrenceville, GA.

This September 11th we would like to show our community once again just how much our scouts, scouters and families appreciate all of the first responders (local: police, sheriff, fire and EMS; as well as national: the men & women in our armed forces) who keep our community and/or our country safe day in and day out. Please come out and join us in conjunction with the Gwinnett County agencies to do just that and bring your unit flag to participate in a large color guard parade. Some scouts will have the honor of leading the Pledge of Allegiance, carrying the Flag of Honor and Flag of Heroes, and/or helping with the lighting of candles for those lost.

Be part of the surge and sign up ASAP.

When: Sunday, 9/11/16
Time: 8:30 AM
What: Scout Surge & 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony
Cost: no charge
Where: Fallen Heroes Memorial, Gwinnett County Justice Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA
Dress: Class A Uniform
RSVP: Donna Kaplan
Bring: Unit Flag and stand

This will be a huge opportunity to show our community how BSA meets the promise of "duty to our country" so don't miss out!

There will be media coverage (newspaper and television) so our presence will be duly noted beyond those in attendance.

Looking forward to hearing from all Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, Venturing Crews and Ships, as well as the Exploring Posts for a one of a kind experience.

Yours in Scouting,
Donna Kaplan
Sweetwater District Vice Chair

Fall 2016 Pedalpalooza

Did you miss out on the Pedalpalooza event this past Spring? Rumor has it that many of you were doing other Easter events that morning. Well guess what? Mr. Mattson is hosting a special repeat performance in September to give you a chance to bring in your bikes for a safety check and a group bike ride. Don't miss out on the fun.

Check out the flyer and come join in the fun this September 17th. It will be a lot of fun!

Don't forget to bring your bike and helmet. (Siblings are welcome to participate as well.)

Parents and leaders, bring your bikes and helmets too.

Check out the Pedalpalooza flyer HERE.

Sign Up for Training This Fall

New training opportunities are on the Calendar. Classes are available for:

Cub Leader Positions


Den Chief




Troop Committee

Visit the Forms and Flyers page for more info.

Popcorn Kernels - It Is Time to Get Popping!

No we don't mean the kernels of corn on the cob. But it is time for each and every representative from every Unit and District to check out the schedule of events for this year's Popcorn Fundraiser.

Learn why Popcorn is important to every Scout, Parent, Leader, Unit, District and Council. You might be surprised to find out how valuable popcorn can be and the impact that it has beyond the taste of gourmet popcorn.

If you haven't heard, participation in these events can be beneficial to your Scouts and Units. This could equal more commission to your Unit for a little bit of your time. Not a bad trade!

Need more information, please contact either Phillip Barea or Daniel Victorio at 770-962-2105. They will both be happy to help you out and answer any questions that you may have.

Upcoming Events

See the full Sweetwater District calendar HERE!

NEGA Shooting Sports Opportunities

The Northeast Georgia Council has opportunities to participate in firearms and archery shooting sports this fall. Shooting Sports instructor training is also available. Instructor training registration ends August 12th, so act now if you are interested.

For more information click HERE

Updated Forms Available Now

All the new forms and flyers for fall 2016 are now available. Visit the Forms and Flyers page to see what's in store.

Training and events are also posted on the calendar. You can access the flyers there, too. So let's get going!

Keep Up With What Is Happening in Sweetwater!

We have at least FIVE resources available for you to stay in the know about what is happening in the Sweetwater District. Do you know what they are?

The Sweetwater District Newsletter is published weekly via Yahoo. If you are not on the list, please let us know or send an email to to get on the distribution list.

The Sweetwater District Facebook Page is available HERE, or by searching "Sweetwater District NEGA, BSA." It contains notices and friendly reminders about upcoming and recent events. Pleas Like us on Facebook and share the page with other parents and leaders in your unit.

The Sweetwater District Website is at, and contains many resources, including the district calendar, forms, flyers, and Eagle Scout Project and Board of Review information.

The Sweetwater District Roundtable. Did you know that we meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except for June and July) at Snellville United Methodist Church beginning at 7 PM for approximately 1 hour. This is a great opportunity to pick up additional training, share with other leaders in the district, learn about any changes in program, advancement, service opportunities, pick up new flyers, and other great ideas, etc. Who knew that one hour a month could be so valuable a resource to you? Are you taking advantage of this resource? Have you told others in your Unit about this opportunity? If not, let's not waste any more time. Put August 11th on your calendar and start the school year off to a great start. Can't wait to see you there!

Report Your Unit Service Hours

Service hours are a critical requirement for Scouting's Journey to Excellence.

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The Scout Store --

The Scout Store is stocked with all the necessary items for scouts and scouters. Come on by and check it out!

Lawrenceville Scout Store
203 Swanson Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Phone: 770-962-2105
Fax: 770-962-8004

Mon-Thurs 9 am - 6 pm
Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Sat 10 am - 2 pm

Please note that all Service Centers will be closed on July 4th.