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April Outing — Mount Yonah Backpacking

Mount Yonah Overnight Backpacking Trip

April 14th – 15th, 2018

Depart Sugar Hill Church Parking Lot @ 9:00 AM SATURDAY Morning.
Arrive Mount Yonah Trailhead.
Hike about half way to Yonah Summit and have trail lunch.
Rest stop at US Army Ranger training site
Continue hike to the summit.
Overnight at summit
Hike down on Sunday morning.
Return to Sugar Hill Church Parking Lot about 2:00.

Cost is estimated at $10, but could change a little depending on the number of participants.

This is a true backpacking adventure.  Total hike distance is about 4.4 miles roundtrip, and is challenging due to its elevation profile.  Any properly equipped youth can have a great experience on this trip.  All participants must carry everything (including their own food) they need for the overnight with them.  There is no water available at the trailhead, on the trail, or on the Summit.

There will be opportunities to complete many requirements.  NOTE: Completion of some of these requirements requiresplanning well before the outing.  Scouts should research the requirements and consult with their ASM/Merit Badge Counselor BEFORE the outing.

Here are some of the requirements that can be completed on the trip.  This list is not inclusive.

Cooking Merit Badge – Requirement 6.

Camping Merit Badge – Requirement 3, 9b1, 9b2.

Backpacking Merit Badge – 6b, 8b, 8c, 8d, All of 9, 

Tenderfoot Requirements – All of 1, All of 2, 

2nd Class Requirements – 2e

1st Class Requirements – 2a, 2c, 2d,

Summer Camp 2018 – Update

Summer Camp 2018 @ Camp Rainey Mountain.

When:  Week 6  July 8-14  Christmas in July

Departure:  Sunday July 8th at 11am from the At Home parking lot

Return:  Saturday July 14th around 1:00pm at the At Home parking lot

Understanding the Course Schedule:

The numbers in the A/Y column refer to the Number of years at camp/minimum age.

1 = First year/ age 11

2 = 2nd year / age 12

3 = 3rd year / age 13

etc. Keep this in mind as you pick your classes.

Course Fees:

Some Merit Badge and Advancement programs offered at Camp Rainey Mountain have either an associated additional fee or require that a Scout purchase a kit or materials in the trading post upon arrival. This chart designates which fees should be paid with the balance of your camper fees and which fees simply require Scouts to bring additional cash for a trading post purchase. Trading
post items cannot be pre-purchased or credited from camper’s fees.

  • Arxhery $17                      *  ATV Safety Course     $30
  • Rifel      $30                      *  COPE                          $30
  • Shotgun $30                     *  Climbing                      $30
  • Cheistry    $5                    *  Gold Rush                   $45
  • Composite Materials $10  *  Classic A.T. (Appalachian Trail)  $45
  • Electronics     $10             *  N.O.M.A.D.                  $95
  • Metalwork      $3               *  Robotics                      $20
  • Welding         $24


Individual Scouts should bring these funds to camp with them for Trading Post Purchase:

  • Basketry & Leatherwork          $27
  • Woodcarving                           $10
  • Indian Lore                              $25-$35
  • Space Exploration                   $12


January 2018 Outing

What:    Southern Museum of Flight – Birmingham, AL

When:   January 19-21, 2018

Where:  Camping at Cheaha State Park; 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258

Cost:    $55.49 (include opportunity to earn both Aviation and Weather Merit Badge – some pre-work required)

Leader in Charge: Bill Kitchens, ASM

We will depart Sugar Hill Church at 6 PM on Friday, January 19th and will return to Sugar Hill Church on Sunday, January 21st.

We will camp at Chesha State Park in the Talladega National Forest and will drive to Birmingham the Saturday morning. We will return to camp that night and head back home on Sunday morning arriving at the church at 1:00 PM.

This will be an exciting weekend to learn  more about aviation and weather. You will not want to miss it!!!

December Court of Honor

Annual Court of Honor / Banquet.


This will be at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall, behind the Sugar Hill Church chapel. The troop will provide the meat, but everything else is potluck. So, please bring a large side dish to share:


Narwhal & Troll – vegetables (green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, veggie tray, etc.)

Aztec Thunder/Griffin & Centaur – casseroles (mac & cheese, green bean casserole, vegetable casserole, etc.)

Electrical Tape – salads (tossed, Caesar, deli, pasta, etc.)

Phoenix – desserts (brownies, cakes, cookies, etc.)

Adult patrol – no extra assignment other than what your scout is bringing, although arriving early to help set up would be appreciated.


The committee will bring drinks and service items (e.g., plates, napkins…)

Please come and celebrate our troop and the achievements of 2017!

November 2017 Outing

November 10-12 @ Camp Rainey Mountain

Come join your troop for a service project to benefit Camp Rainey Mountain, and get your Conservation Service hours done.

Enjoy a FEAST Saturday night as the Adults cook the “main dish” and the patrols do the side dishes

Cost  is : $25 TOTAL COST for the weekend!

More exciting things to come.

Finish your Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.


 Scouts that are selling popcorn, the orders will need to be turned in to me by Monday October 23rd at the troop committee meeting. If you miss the date you will need to email them to me at .

If you should have any questions I can be reached at 678-559-4848.

September Outing

What: September Horseback Outing – Trackrock Stables

When: September 8th to 10th

Where: North Georgia Mountains

Cost: $65 per scout

Sign up and come join us for a great weekend of fall camping up at Trackrock Stables where we will have a fun time camping and enjoying a trail ride on horseback up in the North Georgia mountains.    For those with football or band commitments Friday night, we are planning to have a vehicle going up Saturday morning to join in the fun!  Earn Horsemanship Merit Badge if you don’t have it!


June Whitewater Rafting

When:  June 23-25th
Departure:  6:00pm from the church
We will be rafting with Whitewater Express again, but we will be going to their Chattahoochee River Outpost in Columbus, GA./Phoenix City, AL.  This is the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world! The course has been described to be “Wild as Colorado and Warm as Costa Rica.” USA Today picked the Chattahoochee Whitewater Park as one of the Top 12 man-made Adventures in the World!
The cost will be  $68 per person for youth.  This includes rafting cost , food and fuel surcharge.
Non-driving adults can go for $53 + the adult food.

Ben Harp Eagle Project

Hello scouts!
    I am Ben Harp, and I need your help for my Eagle project Saturday, June 17th, and a few people Friday the 16th.  Saturday will start at 9am and we hope to be complete early afternoon.   Friday we will start at 5pm and hope to be done by 8pm.   Food and drinks will be provided both days.

    We will be installing a sundial at Sims Lake Park, near North Gwinnett High School. we will be digging some small holes, poring some concrete, and placing bricks, so the work will be pretty simple. Anyone can help.

Hard Labor Creek Outing in May

Where:  Hard Labor Creek

When:  May 26-28

What:  We will be doing Pioneering skills (monkey bridge, tower, swing) so come to work on Pioneering MB.  Do you need Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class skills signed off, knots, lashings, etc.  Need to finish up those last requirements on Canoeing MB, we got you covered there too.  We will have a night hike and scorpion hunt, put on by Hard Labor Creek (cost $3)!

We will be doing a Flag Retirement ceremony (5 flags), This would satisfy requirement 8a for Second Class.

Need those Cooking MB requirements done, then GO CAMPING with us and complete them.  You need nights camping for Camping MB as well.

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