Memorial Day Flag Ceremony – Saturday May 26th, 0800 – 1000

This weekend is the annual Memorial Day Flag Ceremony at the Marietta National Cemetery.  Pack 471 has been participating in this event for several years and it is one of the most impactful events of the year.  The heart of the ceremony is when scouts place flags in front of grave markers of our nation’s veterans and salute the soldier and their sacrifice to our country and our freedom.  While most of the  rest of the year is about fun and achievements, this day is about honor and values.

Please join us on Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Marietta National Cemetery at 500 Washington Ave NE, Marietta, GA.  Pack  471 will meet about 40 yards in from the main gate at the Northwest corner of the cemetery starting at 8:00 AM.  There will be short commencement, then join us as thousands of scouts from across the area honor our fallen veterans by placing a flag at their headstone and honoring them with a salute.  Come early as once the flag placements start, it will take less than one hour to place flags on all the markers.   

Parking is very limited and  they suggest parking at the Public Library on Roswell Street but if you come early there is some parking near the main gate.

Scouts must wear their Class A Uniform for this event.  There is a lot of walking and the standard footwear is also required  (close toed shoes, no sandals or Crocs).  Family members are invited to join us.

We hope to see you there!

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Camp Card Sales almost done!

The 2012 Camp Card sales are almost over!  If you still have cards, or would like more, there are still more available.  Contact Robert Payne at 404-988-4589(C) to arrange picking up more cards.

If you believe your scout has sold all he is going to sell, then you can start returning the unsold cards and all monies collected in the green envelope to Robert Payne, 4603 Blakedale Circle, Roswell.  Because we are dealing with monies we are responsible for, I ask that you please hand it to me and not in my mailbox.  You can begin returning all cards and monies at any time, but ALL cards and money must be returned by Sunday night, May 13th.  Please remember that any damaged cards are unfortunately the responsibility of the scouting family, so please return all unsold cards intact.

We had a short sales season this year, but please remember that all commission earned by the scout is going to be used by the scout alone for ANY scouting activity (camping, Fall  Family Camping, items from the Scout Shop with receipt).  All money earned by the scout must be used OR committed by December 31, 2012.  This means that is you still have money that the scout has not used, you can put it towards Spring Family Camping or the Big Trip in 2013, that way it is used by the end of the year.

This was the first year of hopefully a long time selling what is looking to be a fairly easy fund-raiser.  Next year the Atlanta Area Council is planning on starting the fund Camp Card sales earlier.

Congratulations to all the scouts who have sold 20 cards or more to begin earning patches and prizes, and to all scouts who went out there to sell even one card.

We will reconcile all commissions on May 17th with the Atlanta Area Council, and I should have all the final commissions and at least the notice on when we plan on getting the prizes by the May 20th Rocket Launch.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Robert Payne, 404-988-4589(C).

May 20th Rocket Launch and Crossover Ceremony 3-6 p.m.

Pack 471 will host the annual Crossover Ceremony and Rocket Launch on Sunday, May 20th from 3 to 6 p.m. at Garrard Landing Park off of Holcolm Bridge Road (the link to the map is here…)

The park is located at 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road.  You will enter the gates to the John’s Creek Environmental Campus just before you get to Chattahoochee River on Holcomb Bridge Road, then take an immediate left so you are on the gravel road on the inside of the fence.  Follow the gravel road about 300 ‘ and you will see the pavilion, washrooms and play area for the Garrard Landing Park.  We will gather for the ceremony on the large open field that is found just past Garrard Landing park.

We will have some small gathering games, but then we will have the crossover ceremony first where we will celebrate our scouts crossing into their new ranks with their new neckerchief and handbook for their new rank.  At this point, we will first listen to a safety briefing from our S.O.A.R representative, Jorge Blanco who will help us launch our rockets!

You can start getting ready by building a rocket with your scout now.  We are going to launch rockets with class A and B sized rockets.  If you have never built rockets in the past, there are several types that are very easy first time rocket kits, which include everything but the engine itself.

Hobby Town and Hobby Lobby both have a great selection of rockets and engines.  Remember to add wadding (S.O.A.R. had some to share with us last year that worked great).

Pack 471 will also provide drinks and hot dogs for this event for after the ceremony.

Things to bring:

Your scout’s rocket to launch

Class – A uniform (you may want to bring another shirt as it will be hot and they can remove their blue uniform shirt after the ceremony).

Water bottles

Sunscreen

We hope that you can make it and celebrate this year of adventure that we’ve had.

Please be prepared to assist with some of the activities, as we are expecting a huge turnout for this event, and all hands will be needed to make sure this is a successful end of year event.