April - May 2016  

April Events


1   Wilderness Remote 1st Aid Pt. 1

7-9 Wood Badge Pt. 1

12  Camp Card "On My Honor" Drawing

14  SSC and Scout Shop Closed

21 Volunteer and Eagle Banquet

28-30 Family Camp

28-30 Conclave


May Events

5  Skymont Summer Camp Final Payment Due

6 Wilderness Remote 1st Aid Pt. 2

6 Leader Specific Training

6 BB & Archery Training

17   Final Camp Card Payment and Return all Unsold Cards by 5pm

20-22 Wood Badge Pt. 2

27 Scouts Honor Veterans

29  SSC & Scout Shop Closed


Eagle Scout Awards

Williams Snuggs – 147

Grover Brown – 10

Jacob Judd – 279

Daniel Casagrande – 172

Timothy Hodge – 99

Liam Smartt – 3


Day of Scouting Partners

Thank you to those of you who are giving generously this year to make an impact on more than 6,000 youth and adult volunteers who benefit from area Scouting programs.

2017 Day of Scouting Partnership Benefits


Camp Cards
The Camp Card Sale is in full gear. Sales help your Scout earn funds to offset summer 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 to go towards Unit and Scout experiences. We still have cards available for Units to sell. Prize drawings and top seller awards available. Contact your District Executive or the Scout office 423-892-8323.
Family Camp

April 28-30, 2017

Do you think you could survive by yourself on a deserted island? Skymont is not exactly in the middle of the Caribbean, however it’s a place a lot of us love to visit.  During this Survivor-based weekend, scouts will learn Wilderness Survival skills, play for Immunity, make an Immunity Necklace, shoot BB guns, archery, and slingshots! Campfire might turn into Tribal Council! Look for registration to open on the website! Questions: Email jeff.sisk@scouting.org

Webelos Resident Camp 2017

Webelos come from all over to be part of the adventure! Our Dragon themed adventure will take over Skymont Scout Reservation July 16-20th. Webelos 1 and 2 can be part of the adventure participating in activities that will prepare them for their transition into Boy Scouts. WRC focuses on the exciting transition between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts! Registration is OPEN: Click here to register!

Email Scott Martin at ScottT.Martin@scouting.org for more information.

Day/Twilight Camps

Cub Day and Twilight Camp

Who’s your favorite Super Hero? This year's Day Camp will be all about our heroes.  Boys will have a ton of fun with the Marvel and DC heroes and we’ll recognize a lot of our local heroes as well.

For Chattanooga and North Georgia: It will be another awesome year on campus at UTC during June 12-16 and 19-23.  Last year was our biggest camp, where we had fun in the giant pool, lazy river and waterslide for the first time! 

The Cleveland location will be Prospect United CPC! June 5,6,8,9

Adult Volunteers

YOU can be a Super Hero too!  We need lots of adult help to ensure we put on an awesome program for our scouts. Some super abilities include shooting sports, crafts, science, scout skills, medical and overall admin duties.  Boy Scouts can also help! We will be happy to let their Scoutmaster know to count these hours toward their next rank requirements.  All staff gets a free Super-Hero camp shirt!  We have flexible scheduling for staff!

Look for registration to open on the website! Questions: Email jeff.sisk@scouting.org

Skymont 2017

2017 Skymont Boy Scout Summer Camp

This is YOUR camp! Don’t miss our own quality program!

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. Questions about our programs? Contact Scott Martin at ScottT.Martin@scouting.org


Skymont Project Update

We are currently overhauling the Dining Hall kitchen and repairing waterlines around camp. Much of camp is being painted and we have many projects planned for this spring to get us ready for summer camp.  

We need help to get all of this done before this summer.  Our next workday will be May 13th, so please  contact Ranger David Young at David.Young2@scouting.org for more details.

Skymont Staff 2017


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 at least 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.

Eagle Scout & Volunteer Banquet

Our Annual Volunteer and Eagle Recognition Dinner is April 21st, 6:30 pm at Brainerd United Methodist Church.  We will be honoring distinguished Council and District volunteers for their service as well as the Eagle Scout class of 2016.  Come show your support for your District, Council, and our newest Eagle Scouts.  More information can be found online to register.  www.cherokeeareabsa.org or ScottT.Martin@scouting.org

The 2017 Silver Beaver recipients are Judge David Bales, Lanny McNabb, Barney Danks, Jeff Liang, Mack Gregg, and Robert Bowers. 

Memorial Day Flag Placement

The Annual Memorial Day Flag Placement will take place Saturday, May 27th at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Over 2,500 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Volunteer Leaders come out to pay respect to the thousand that served in our country’s military. Patches will be given out after the ceremony. For more information on this event contact Phillip Garrett at 423-892-8323 ext. 112 or Phillip.Garrett@Scouting.org

Planned Giving

If you are considering downsizing, making plans for retirement, or a similar life change and wish to make a charitable gift to the Cherokee Area Council, you may find this Estate Planning Guide helpful.  


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 Obedient”. 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


Scout Shop

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

Closed May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day

Closed on Saturdays

Pinewood Derby season is almost over, but if you still have a race coming up, come see us.  We have numerous items you can use to decorate your car, such as decals, colored wheels, etc. 

Warmer weather is here.  We have Boy Scout shorts and short sleeve t-shirts, as well as short sleeve clearance t-shirts.    

If you are attending Jamboree this summer, don’t forget we have all your uniform needs.

If we don’t have your items in stock we will be glad to order those for you at no shipping cost to you, so let us be your scouting headquarters.  Please allow two weeks for regular orders and up to eight weeks for factory orders to arrive.

Questions: contact Ginger Farmer at ginger.farmer@scouting.org


OA Events

It is election season again! To schedule your Order of the Arrow election, you can request one at Tali293.org. Upcoming events include: Registration for the 2017 Conclave at Boxwell Reservation is open!  The dates of the event are April 28-30, 2017. Register for Conclave here at the Middle Tennessee Council's Page

Please join us for our next Lodge Meeting Thursday, April 20th at 6:30pm at the Scout Service Center. Your attendance is key to having a great lodge program in 2017. Spring Ordeal will be May 5-7. For more information about Talidandaganu' Lodge events go to www.tali293.org or contact the Lodge Chief at Chief@tali293.org


2017 Jamboree

LAST CHANCE! Don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience! July 19-28, 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



Our Boy Scouts earned 175 merit badges this past Saturday as they attended STEM Merit Badge College at Chattanooga State Community College.  A HUGE Thank You to all the staff and Professors who gave their time to put on this event for the 16th straight year!

What’s Next: Game Design merit badge at TechTown – April 20, 5:30-8:30

Sign up on Tech Town's Website!

One important note is TechTown is excited about a new home! They have moved into the Innovation District on the 2nd floor of the Edney building downtown, putting them in the mist of all things innovating in our town right now.  Go by and check out their new place.



All Eagle Scouts are invited to learn about and be a 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 who seek to reconnect with fellow Eagle Scouts to promote camaraderie and networking among the membership while also supporting Scouts and Scouting through NESA sponsored events and mentoring opportunities.

Please drop an email of your interest to Warren Diegel at wdiegel@gmail.com or Ryan Ivey at ryan.ivey@scouting.org.    

District News

NEW Sequoyah District 

The District Nominating Committee is looking for great individuals who would like to be involved on a grander scale.  This could be anyone wanting to serve Hamilton, Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties, helping plan Cub events, Camporees, recruiting, advancement or be a Unit Commissioner. The Sequoyah District Committee will conduct its first meeting on April 4, 2017, 7:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Please send nominations to jeff.sisk@scouting.org.

Mountain Biking at Enterprise South

Get your bikes out and join us for a free day of fun and instruction!  On April 22, 2017, we will be set up from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the main parking lot where the bulk of the bike trails are located.  On-hand will be two Chattanooga-based, scout-supporting companies. Owen Cyclery will be there to show our scouts some basic bike repair and maintenance. Eagle Scout-owned, Southeast Sports Marketing, a nation-wide distributor of cycling parts and accessories, will be there with cool gear and friends to help give the scouts some great techniques on how to handle the trails!  Bring your helmet.

For questions email jeff.sisk@scouting.org


John Ross District

John Ross Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby was a huge hit! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the event, and congratulations to all the racers! Great job everyone!!!!


The attendance at our Roundtables has been spectacular. Just a friendly reminder that our April Roundtable will be on April 11th at 6:30 at the Fort O. UMC. See you there!

Spring Recruitments

With summertime coming up, we have a perfect opportunity to recruit new scouts. If your unit meets regularly during the summer, contact Barry Fisher @ Barry.Fisher@scouting.org to schedule a Spring Recruitment.


Ocoee District

Ocoee Roundtable

Ocoee’s 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 get started at 7:00 PM. April 13th will be our Fireside Chat. This is an opportunity to come and 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.

Calendar Changes

We want to keep you updated with some changes to our Spring calendar.

Leave No Trace training, May 12-14- Canceled

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