February 2016 - March 2016  

February Events

4 University of Scouting

6-11 BSA Anniversary Week

10  1st Skymont Summer Camp Payment Due

10-12 Winterfest (Gatlinburg) 

15 Ocoee FOS Breakfast

18 Wilderness Remoted 1st Aid

28 FOS Luncheon 

March Events

4 Skymont Work Day

Wilderness Remote 1st Aid Part II

10 2nd Skymont Summer Camp Payment Due

11 OA Spring Fellowship

11 Trainer's Edge

18 Merit Badge College

18 Leader Specific Training

22 Camp Card 1st Payment Due by 5 & "On My Honor "Drawing

28 Calendar Planning Meeting

Eagle Scout Awards

James Basham - Troop 71

Logan Coterel - Troop 116

Samuel Hemrick -Troop 96

Joseph Dubendorfer - Troop 24

Jarod Bacon - Troop 44

Zachary Ward - Troop 3

Ianl Henry -Troop 75

Marshall Bellizzi -Troop 188

Patrick Brown -Troop 101

Jonas Shackleford -Troop 270

Robert Pyron -Troop 116

Peyton Eddy - Troop 82

Joseph Johnson - Troop 82

Miles Dexter - Troop 35

Daniel Barrett - Troop 316

Benjamin Caldwell - Troop191

Greer Harbison - Troop 10

Jacob Wagner - Troop 10 

Day of Scouting Partners

Thank you to those of you who are giving generously this year to make an impact on more than 5,900 youth and adult volunteers who benefit from area Scouting programs.

2017 Day of Scouting Partnership Benefits

Camp Cards
Gear up for camp! Selling camp cards this spring is one of the easiest ways to earn funds to go to Skymont Scout Reservation, Webelos Resident Camp, Twilight Camp or Cub Scout Day Camp and much more! Camp Cards offer extraordinary value to a variety of businesses in our area. Units can earn over 50% for every card sold for rewards and Scouts experiences. Camp Card sales will kick off at the University of Scouting Feb 4th. Prize drawings and top seller awards available. Contact your District Executive or the Scout office 423-892-8323.
Volunteer Recognition

Celebrate our District and Council Leaders

Nominate a fellow Scouter today!

Recognize those leaders that you know that go above and beyond for Scouting! Nominate people for the District Award of Merit or the Silver Beaver Award by February 17th

District Award of Merit - The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. Click here to download the application for District Award of Merit.

Silver BeaverThe Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. Click here to download the application for Silver Beaver.


If you have not turned in your recharter please do so as soon as possible.  If you need help contact your District Executive.  What happens when my recharter is late?

  • The unit may lose their consecutive months of tenure as a unit.
  • The unit may not have insurance coverage on activities including meetings.
  • No advancements will be processed for the youth.
  • The unit's account in the store may be frozen.
Family FOS

Families have a huge challenge in helping their children grow up self-confident with strong moral values.  Our Scout families know the value of Scouting better than anyone and understand the benefits our programs offer to their youth. As a special thank you to those who support Scouting through our Family Friends of Scouting campaign, we have a series of 12 Scout Law patches. This year’s patch is “A Scout is Kind”. Please help us continue to grow Scouting’s impact throughout our community. To schedule your Unit’s presentation, please contact your District Executive.

2017 Family Friends of Scouting Brochure

FOS Luncheon

13th Annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon

The 13th Annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, February 28th at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Over 130 community leaders, many of whom are Scout alumni, are serving as Table Hosts for the event. The keynote speaker will be Dan Clark. Dan Clark is an author and considered to be one of the Top Ten Motivational Speakers in the world. He guided his son to an Eagle Rank and is on the faculty staff of a Woodbadge Course.

Event partners include TVA, CHI Memorial Hospital, Ace Hardware, SmartBank, Elliott Davis Decosimo, Mauldin & Jenkins, Mountain View Auto Group, and Trail’s End Popcorn. Media partners include WTCI, the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Gault & Associates.  Contact Victoria Overholser for more information.


2017 FOS Luncheon Flyer

Ocoee FOS Breakfast

3rd Annual Friends of Scouting Ocoee Breakfast

The 3rd Annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, February 15th at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. The keynote speaker will be Louis Mason. Louis is now retired after serving 29 years in his military career. While serving as a U.S. Army Reservist, Louis served as a Secret Service agent under four sitting Presidents. He was involved in Scouting as a youth and continues to hold the program in high regard.

Please see the 2017 Ocoee Breakfast flyer for information.

Scout Shop

Business Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Saturdays: 3/4/17 through 3/25/17, 10am-2pm

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

Pinewood Derby season is here!   We have all your official derby cars, wheels, weights, and anything else you might need to create the best car!  We also have books to help you with car ideas and tips, as well as ribbons, medals, and patches.

We want to be your scouting headquarters. If we don’t have what you are looking for, let us know and we’ll try to order it for you.  Regularly shipped items may take up to 2 weeks for delivery and factory orders may take up to 8 weeks.

Have Questions? Contact Ginger at ginger.farmer@scouting.org

Skymont 2017

2017 Skymont Boy Scout Summer Camp

         SPACE IS LIMITED! Make your 2017 camp reservation today.
It’s time to think about where your Troop will attend Boy Scout Summer Camp next summer.  We keep enhancing our programs and the reviews are strong! We have the best staff to provide your Scouts an exciting camp program sure to be the highlight of their year! To get information about attending camp, visit www.skymont.org to submit a reservation form or to request a 2017 Leader's Guide.  All it takes is a $100 deposit to reserve your spot at camp. Don’t miss out on your ideal summer camp experience.

Book your reservations now! Camp is almost full!
Questions: Contact Karon Arnold at (423) 892-8323 or karon.arnold@scouting.org.


Campmaster Program

Skymont has already been busy! We have had Scouts and Scouters use the Lodge and camping facilities every weekend so far this year, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our new Campmaster Corps! Campmasters help open the facilities for group use in the off season and enjoy two weekends a year of peaceful camping at Skymont.  Interested in serving on the Campmaster Corps? Contact Ranger David Young for more information at David.Young2@Scouting.org.

Skymont Work Day

We need your help! We will have a workday at Skymont March on 4th to help clean up debris and work on camp projects to benefit the summer programs. Troops or individuals are welcome. Have specialized skills or looking to get more involved? We are always looking for individuals to help with skilled projects or become a part of our projects team.  Contact Ranger David Young at david.young2@scouting.org to find out more about our upcoming workday at Skymont.

Skymont Project Update

We are currently working on a new roof on the shop at Skymont and have many projects planned for this spring to get us ready for summer camp.  We will be installing new waterlines, installing internet in more buildings, converting our Winter Pavilion into classroom space, remodeling the kitchen in the Dining Hall, repainting Shooting Sports and fences around camp.

We need help to get all of this done before this summer so please plan on coming up on Work Weekends or contact Ranger David Young at David.Young2@scouting.org.

Join the Skymont Staff

Do you like adventure? Looking for an awesome experience? Make a difference. We are now accepting applications for 2017 Skymont Summer Camp Staff! You must be a minimum of 15 years old and a few staff positions require applicants to be at least 21 years old. Staff positions will be filled by early spring. Go to www.skymont.org for more information.

Those interested in working on staff should contact Scott Martin, Camp Director, at ScottT.Martin@scouting.org. Submit your application to: Cherokee Area Council, BSA, 6031 Lee Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Family Camp

April 27-19, 2017

Do you think you could survive by yourself on a dessert island? Skymont is not exactly in the middle of the Caribbean, however it’s a place we love to visit.  During this Survivor-based weekend, your boys will gain some great outdoor skills and have some fun ensuring their immunity from being kick-off the island.  Look for registration to open on the website! Questions: Email jeff.sisk@scouting.org

Leader Training

Leadership Specific Training: If you’re a new leader or you’re stepping into a new position, now is the time to start off on the right foot! Join us for our in-person trainings. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and network with both new leaders and “seasoned” veterans.  March 18, 2017 at 7:30 am at Chattanooga State.  Registration closes on March 3, 2017.

BALOO Training: Since we haven’t had any kind of winter, I know camping is on everyone’s mind. Remember that a unit must have a BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) certified adult to be able to camp. But guess what... BALOO training is coming up on April 1, 2017.  Keep an eye out for more details and registration will be available on the website soon.  Training will be held at Brainerd UMC (Scout Cabin) on April 1, 2017.  Registraion closes on March 15, 2017.

Trainer’s Edge: Interested in becoming a trainer? Join us for Trainer’s Edge where you will learn the skills necessary to train other leaders! The class will be on March 11, 2017 at Christ UMC. Registration closes on February 4, 2017.

Wood Badge: Want to learn how to be a better leader? Want to make a difference in scouting that can last a lifetime? Sign up for Wood Badge! Wood Badge is a six-day leadership course (spread out over two 3-day weekends), designed to teach you all sorts of leadership skills, communication skills, and teamwork skills. The dates are April 7-9, and May 20-22. Registration is now open and filling up fast. Registration is easy!!  Just look for the Wood Badge symbol on our Home Page or click here.

Questions? Contact Barry Fisher at Barry.Fisher@scouting.org

Wilderness 1st Aid

February 18th & March 4th, 8 AM @ Red Bank Presbyterian Church

Part 1: Wilderness Remote First Aid Part 1 will take place Saturday, February 18th at Red Bank Presbyterian Church at 8:00am.
Part 2: Wilderness Remote First Aid Part 2 will take place Saturday, March 4th at Red Bank Presbyterian Church at 8:00am.
For more information contact Phil Garrett at 423-713-7637 or

COPE & Climbing

WE NEED MORE TRAINED LEADERS! Interested in taking your Troop climbing? There's training for that. COPE and Climbing training is March 10-12th. Learn how to set up a climbing tower, safely rig a COPE course, basics of climbing and possibly needed information for natural rock climbing. Interested? Contact Scott Martin ScottT.Martin@scouting.org. Course will be available depending on registrations.

Eagle Scouts/NESA

Cherokee Area Council Ligon Memorial Scholarship

Attention all Scout leaders!

If you know an eagle scout who is graduating from high school in 2017 please make him aware of the Cherokee Area Council's very own college scholarship for college freshmen.

The applicant must be an Eagle Scout and be registered in the Cherokee Area Council. Applications are available at the Scout Service Center or on our website. In order to be considered the applications must be turned in to the scout office before February 24th, 2017. The applications must be filled out completely, following the directions included in the application, in order to be considered.

Have Questions? Contact Ryan Ivey at ryan.ivey@scouting.org or 423.892.8323 x116

Eagle Scouts & NESA

All Eagle Scouts are invited to learn about and be part of organizing Cherokee Area Council's NESA Chapter.  NESA CAC is open to all who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as youth and who seek to reconnect with fellow Eagle Scouts in order to promote camaraderie and networking among the membership, while also supporting Scouts and Scouting through NESA sponsored events and mentoring opportunities.

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming NESA sponsored Eagle Scout / Volunteer Banquet scheduled for April 21, 2017.  All 2016 Cherokee Area Council Eagle Scouts and Volunteers will be invited to attend.

If interested in joining our local NESA chapter, send your information to Warren Diegel at wdiegel@gmail.com or Ryan Ivey at ryan.ivey@scouting.org.

Blood Assurance

Help Blood Assurance “Always Be Prepared” Blood Drive


The Cherokee Area Council and Blood Assurance are teaming up for March’s #BAChampion Blood Drive. Many of us are aware that area blood banks are often dangerously low on supplies and our Scouts can help ensure that Blood Assurance will “Always Be Prepared” to serve our community. Districts are invited to join in a friendly competition to donate the most blood during March with the winning District enjoying a celebration courtesy of Blood Assurance. All donors receive a T-shirt with the Boy Scout logo and entry into a drawing for a great camping gear package. Contact your District Executive for more information.


OA members, it is time to pay your 2017 dues.  They are $12.00. You can pay online at the Lodge Website. It is election season again! To schedule your Order of the Arrow election, you can request one here. Upcoming events include: Lodge Leadership Development, LLD, at University of Scouting Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Open to all Arrowmen, training topics will include: effective decision making, adults working with youth, OA Troop Rep program and Lodge/Council Relations. Early Registration for the 2017 Conclave at Boxwell Reservation is open!  The dates of the event are April 28-30, 2017.  Sign up by March 31st, and save $5. Register for Conclave at the Middle Tennesse Council's OA Website.

Please join us for our next Lodge Meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30pm at the Scout Service Center. Your attendance is key to having a great lodge program in 2017. For more information about Talidandaganu' Lodge events go to www.tali293.org or contact the Lodge Chief at Chief@tali293.org

District Events

John Ross District

District Pinewood Derby Race

Bring your cars and let's race!  

After the Scouts race, there will be an OUTLAW race!
February 18th - registration starts at 9:00am
First Baptist Church of Lakeview
10 Hudson Street
Rossville, GA

$5 entry fee

**Please note the location change**

Mission District

Mountain and Mission Districts are combining!

Here in Hamilton, Bledsoe and Sequatchie Counties we are really excited to be forming one awesome district.  We are inviting all unit leaders and scouters that are interested to attend our information meeting on Thursday, Feb 9 at 6:30 at St. Marks United Methodist Church. The church is very close to the intersection of Highway 153 and Highway 58.  Please join us to learn about our unified vision, how it affects you and meet our new District Executives.

We are especially looking forward to combining forces to put on the best program possible for our scouts. Make sure you troop calendars are clear for our first Camporee as a new district which will be at Skymont on March 24-26. It will be all about Shooting Sports! Registration will be opening soon on the council website. 

Also, on April 22nd we have professionals from the mountain biking world coming to Enterprise South to teach riding techniques and basic bike maintenance.  Bring your bike and spend the day on the trails.

With questions, email jeff.sisk@scouting.org or phillip.garrett@scouting.org

Ocoee District

Ocoee Winter Camporee

February 24-26, 2017, 6:30 PM

It’s finally that time of year again! I know you’ve been biting your nails in anticipation to see what the Ocoee Winter Camporee will offer you this year, it will be well worth the wait!

We promised you a different kind of camporee this year, and we are delivering on that promise! Ocoee Winter Camporee 2017 will take place at Red Clay Historic Area in Bradley County, TN. Due to the historic nature of the site, we want to focus on education and participation, in addition to the traditional skills based competition! Awards will be based on skills (resembling traditional Native American physical skills), participation in demonstration and educational opportunities, cooking, sharing a storytelling or drumming presentation at campfire, and several other categories.

Saturday night dinner will be provided. Many different types of meat will be cooked throughout the day, and patrols will be providing side dishes and desserts. BONUS: your Scouts will earn the Indian Lore merit badge at this camporee!

To request a flyer or if you have any questions, please contact Haley Tomlinson at haley.tomlinson@scouting.org

Ocoee District Pinewood Derby

March 4, 2017, 9:00 AM @ Bradley Square Mall

The Ocoee District Pinewood Derby will take place at the Bradley Square Mall at 9:00am on Match 4th. Registration is due to the Council Office by Friday, February 24, 2017. Contact Haley Tomlinson at haley.tomlinson@scouting.org for registration forms and more information.

Ocoee Roundtable

Ocoee District Roundtables take place on the second Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cleveland. Arrive at 6:30 PM with $5 if you would like to eat, and the meeting will start at 7:00 PM. On March 9th we will be having a Fireside Chat. This is an opportunity to talk to our very own Scout Executive, Scott Fosse. Please come and learn about where our Council is headed! Questions: Contact Haley Tomlinson at haley.tomlinson@scouting.org.

Ocoee Crossover Ceremony

March 7, 2017, 6:30 PM @ Johnston Woods

Celebrate our Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts crossing over into Boy Scouts! This will be a fantastic ceremony. Please make sure all Crossover candidates have an arrow prepared and arrive at Johnston Woods at 5:30 PM. Bring finger food to share—we will have a social following the ceremony. All Webelos II Leaders contact Shannon Ward at shannsupermom@gmail.com. Questions contact Haley Tomlinson at haley.tomlinson@scouting.org.

Merit Badge College

Chattanooga State STEM Merit Badge College

March 18, 2017, 7:30 AM @ Chattanooga State Community College

STEM is Strong in Chattanooga! This event is an incredible opportunity for your Scouts to earn merit badges that they may not have the opportunity to earn anywhere else. We are offering 18 merit badges that are divided into four categories Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. All merit badges are taught by professors from Chattanooga State. Because of their commitment, our Scouts receive first class exposure to a variety of merit badges. Thanks to Jim Barrott for developing the STEM curriculum and chairing the event. Click here to register online or click here to print registration. For more information, please contact Jeff Sisk @ (423) 892-8323 or jeff.sisk@scouting.org


Venturers and Explorers

February 10-12, 2017. Gatlinburg, TN will host the largest gathering of Venture Scouts and Explorers in the country! Participants will compete in a variety of skilled events at both team and individual levels. More information about Winterfest: www.bsawinterfest.org or contact Scott Martin ScottT.Martin@scouting.org.

2017 Jamboree

July 19-28th 2017 at the Summit in WV.  A once in a Scouts lifetime, the Jamboree brings Scouts together from across the country for 10 days of extraordinary experiences!  We still have a few spots left in our Troop contingent! Information can be found on the Council website. Questions? Contact Scott Martin at ScottT.Martin@scouting.org. Deposits are due to the Scout Shop as soon as possible to reserve your slot!

Merit Badge Opportunities

Railroading Merit Badge: Feb. 18th 9:30am-3:30pm. Limited to 20 Scouts. Cost: $15.00 (includes model) Make your reservation by sending Name/Troop/Contact info to owenmaddux@yahoo.com. Checkout this flyer for more information!

Welding Merit Badge: March 4th and March 11th (must come to both days) 9am-3pm. Must be 13 years old to participate. Limited to 12 Scouts. Register by sending Name/Troop/Contact info to ScottT.Martin@scouting.org. Checkout the flyer at this link for more information!


If you haven’t been, you have to go see WHAT ALL THE TECH IS ABOUT! Now in our second year partnership with this ultra-cool facility, four classes will be offered soon.

Merit Badges: Programing on Tuesday, February 7th, 5:30-8:30pm and Game Design onThursday, April 20, 5:30-8:30pm

Cubs: Earn two awards in one day!! This class sold out this Fall, so make sure to register early! All attending will receive the 1,2,3 GO! NOVA Award as well as,  Wolves – Code of the Wolf Adventure Loop, Bears – Robotics Adventure Loop, and Webelos – Game Design Adventure Pin.

EAGLE SCOUTS: February 21st, 5:30-8:30 PM. Are you interested in making a VIDEO RESUME as you apply for college or prepare to go into the workforce?  Your chance to be creative in how you present yourself.  Learn to video and edit. Email  jeff.sisk@scouting.org with questions.

For ALL registration for TechTown events goes through their website

Scout Sunday

February 5th and 12th (UMC)

Scout units and religious-based chartered organizations share a special bond that lasts all year. But on certain days each year — namely Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath — we set aside time to celebrate a partnership that benefits all parties involved: the religious institution, Scouts, Scouters and the communities they serve.

On these important days, which are timed to fall near the Feb. 8 anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts give back in visible and meaningful ways.

In some units, that means simply wearing the full field uniform to worship services, where the worship leader presents religious awards to Scouts and Scouters. In others, the pack, troop, team or crew conducts a service project that benefits the religious organization. Please make sure you are touching base with your charter organization to see how your pack, troop or crew can participate in Scout Sunday. 

Council Calendar

Want to make sure you are kept in the loop? Make sure you talk with your District Executive or Roundtable about adding your District events to the Council Calendar! Email ScottT.Martin@scouting.org for questions. There will be a planning meeting on March 28th and we want to have your input before then!