Scouting For Food and the Hobo Dinner!

The Scouting for Food event starts March 8th and runs through March 14th.  We are asking that all scouts canvas their neighborhoods and families and ask for donations of non-perishable items as our yearly scouting for food event.  All donations will be dropped off to Must Ministries.

We ask that you wear your uniform when you drop off bags to willing neighbors, then let them know you will collect all bags by March 14th / 15th at the latest.  Then, bring everything you’ve collected to the Hobo Dinner on March 15th, from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M., hosted at the Christ United Methodist Church, located on 1340 Woodstock Rd, across from the Super Target.

At the Hobo dinner, we are inviting all scouts to bring 1 (one) canned food item to put into our Hobo pot!.  We ask that it be something non-dairy, and not anything seafood or shellfish.  But anything else goes!  It sounds disgusting, but tastes great.  Bring all your donations with a count of what you’ve gathered.  Each scout who brings at least 1 (one) item gets a patch, and those that bring 100+ items gets a Super-achiever patch.

We will provide the utensils and drinks, and would ask if each family brings one dessert item (box of cookies etc).  We will hold our pack meeting at that same time, and hand out more advancements that have been completed at that point.

Plan on joining us for a fun time, and if your scout wants to dress like a hobo, they are certainly welcome to!



Spring Family Camping – March 21st – 23rd – Woodruff BSA Campgrounds

Spring Family Camping is here!

The next pack camping outing is the Spring Family Camping event held at the Woodruff BSA Campgrounds outside of Blairsville, GA. 

Please follow the link below to sign up for the camping event before March 10th.  We need to have a number of attendees so we know how much food to bring.   Please also note the number of volunteers we are looking for to help out with the meals. 

The link to pay for Spring Family Camping can be found here:

The cost is $25.00 per scout and participating sibling (over 5) and $15.00 per adult.  Siblings 5 and under are free. 

For further information about what to bring and the map to the campgrounds and the campsites can be found here:

We will know our campsite number closer to the event, but remember to sign up now so we can get an accurate count!



Blue and Gold Banquet – Sunday, 23 February, 5 – 8 p.m.

The annual Blue and Gold Banquet will be held at the Garrison Mill Cafe on Sunday, 23 February, from 5-8 p.m.  

The link to the information about the Banquet can be found here:

This year, Shanes Rib Shack is going to cater the dinner again, and the our special entertainment is a ventriloquist! 

This year, we are asking for $5.00 per person attending for adults, scouts and siblings, while those 5 and under attend for free.  

The link to pay and sign up to let us know you are coming is under our paypal payments here:

We hope to see you there!

2014 Camp Cards Are Here!

The 2014 Camp Card season has arrived!  Our Camp Card coordinator, Marilyn Reither, has picked up our cards and they are ready for distribution.  If you contact her first, you can get your pack of cards from her.  Her contact information is:


Home: 770-552-9275

Cell: 678-252-8447

The camp card sale lasts from now until April 11th, when all unsold cards and any money collected must be turned in.  If you sell more than the initial pack of 20, you can certainly sign out more.

What are camp cards?  We have many new families, so here is a little bit about camp cards:

Camp cards are discount cards that we can use as a fundraiser to help offset the cost of summer camp.  They sell for $5.00 each, and the scout earns a 50% commission on each card sold.  We don’t pay anything for unused cards returned, so you sell what you can, return the unsold cards and the money, and you’re done! This year, the coupons are:

One-Time Use Discounts:

Publix – $5 off $50 purchase

Dicks Sporting Goods – $10 off $50 purchase

Mulitple-Use Discounts:

Bojangles‘ – 10% off total purchase 

Great Clips – $2 off a haircut

Waffle House – Free drink with purchase of a meal

Midas – $10 off any regular priced service

Shane’s Rib Shack – 10% off total meal purchase

Quiznos – Free fountain drink and chips with purchase of any size sub

We ask that when you sell the cards, you do so in uniform. Please remember these tips:

1 – Never enter anyone’s home if they ask you to come in so they can get their checkbook or money.

2 – Remember to state that you are ‘earning your way to summer camp.’ People like to hear that from young scouts.

3 – Any checks should be made out to Pack 471.  We do ask that if you collect a large amount of cash, if you could consolidate that as much as possible into one check to Pack 471.

4 – Do not sell the cards in front of those businesses listed.

What can you do with that camp card commission? Anything scouting related.  The primary purpose is to offset the cost of summer camp.  For example, Day Camp is typically $90 for the week for non-volunteers, while summer camp is $155.  Monies earned can be used pay for those camps.

But if you are not planning on going to camp, you can still use that commission for anything scouting related: pack dues in the fall, fall family camping or Camporall, scouting uniform items or equipment from the scout shop (bring a receipt for reimbursement).  We only ask that you use those funds by December of 2014.

We will have these cards also for sign out at the Blue and Gold Banquet on February 23rd, but get started now, as signups for summer camp are coming up very soon!


In addition to the commission, if your scout sells lots of cards, there are also prizes!

  • Recognition for Scouts who sell certain number of cards:
    • 1,000 – Xbox one
    • 500 – iPod touch (16 GB)
    • 300 – iPod nano (16 GB)
    • 100 – $50 gift card (Best Buy)
    • 50- $20 gift card (Best Buy)
    • 20- Patch

Recognitions will be distributed once at the end of the Camp Card sale season when we have reconciled all cards.

If you have any questions, you can contact Marilyn or Robert Payne.