Proudly serving Florida and Georgia since 1924
Offering the Iconic Programs of the BSA to both Boys and Girls
...coming to SRAC in Fall 2018...
The BSA’s and the Suwannee River Area Council's mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.
We are excited to announce that beginning in the Fall of 2018, our Cub Scouting program
will be open to boys and girls. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success.
There are a lot of questions on how this will be implemented. Currently, the council's Membership and Program Committees are hard at work, developing formal plans and announcements for how the combined program will be work in our council and the impacts that it may have on how we conduct and present our programs. So, stay tuned to our newsletter/email list, this website and posts on our official Facebook channels that come from "Suwannee River Area Council, BSA
" for all of the information as it is developed.
A few key facts, in the meantime:
- The program for girls will be implemented within our council during the 2018-2019 Scouting year., which means girls can be recruited into Cub Scouts locally beginning in August of 2018.
- The inclusion of girls in a Pack will be up to the Chartered Organization, which may elect to create a Boy only Pack, a Girl only Pack or a "Family Pack", which will consist of both Boy only Dens and Girl only Dens.
- At this point, there is no real information on a program for Girls beyond Cub Scouting, though it is expected that inclusion of girls into the traditional Boy Scout program will occur sometime in 2019 (likely in Fall for the 2019-2020 scouting year).
You may see images for girls in Cub Scouting during the late Winter/Spring of this year. Those are either promotional images or images from "early adopter" councils, of which our council is not one.
For the most up to date, general information from the BSA please visit the BSA's Family Scouting Newsroom
, which includes FAQs, and other information that is available. This is the best (and only) source of accurate information, until we release further information locally.
2019 World Scout Jamboree
Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held at the BSA’s new permanent Jamboree home: the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. It’s actually co-hosted by three Scout organizations: the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México.
A World Jamboree in our country is a once-in-a-generation event. The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be the first held in North America in 36 years (1983, Alberta, Canada) and the first held in the United States in 52 years (1967, Idaho).
Some 50,000 Scouts and Scouters from 167 different countries are expected at the event, to be held July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019. They’ll meet people from around the world while enjoying SBR’s world-class adventure offerings.
The Boy Scouts of America will have 7,200 participants in 180 units. Each 40-person unit will have four adult leaders and 36 youth. For information on how to participate in this historic event, please see the BSA Contingent Website
2018 CAMP CARD SALE IS HERE!!
February 1 - May 1, 2018
The Suwannee River Area Council is pleased to announce the return of our Council-wide fundraiser...the 2018 Camp Card.
The intent of the Camp Card sale is to allow Units to raise funds to pay for their Summer Scouting Programs. This includes purchasing camping equipment such as tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags, and to send Scouts to Cub Scout Day Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, Boy Scout Winter Camp and Venturing Fun Day at Wallwood Boy Scout Reservation.
Units participating in this program will earn 50% commission ($5.00) for each $10 Camp Card they sell. The sale will begin February 1 and end May 1, 2018.
Camp Cards will be available for pickup at the Council Service Center starting on January 30 at 6:00pm. See the Camp Card Webpage
for full details on this year's sale and to download the Camp Card Leader's Guide
what's going on around our council?
So, you came here looking for information on what's going on around our council? Wow! That's great, there are a number of ways to keep up with what's up around SRAC. Obviously, this website is one of them. There also several other channels to keep track of us on, we'll list them below with links for accessing each one.
- For detailed information on stuff that is coming up, see our "Activities and Events" page
- You can join our electronic mailing list that you can subscribe to by clicking here
- You can like our Facebook page
- You can join our Facebook group, where members can also post announcements
- Attend your district's monthly roundtable meeting. See the Districts webpage for more information.
- Ask your Den Leader, Cubmaster or Scoutmaster
There are lots of ways to keep up with the things that are going on around the council. Another is to ask your Unit Commissioner, our commissioners are all here to help.
Scout Shop Hours are Monday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm
The Suwannee River Area Council, Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on January 22 1924. Since then it has been our honor to instill in the youth we serve the character, values and traditions that make Boy Scouts of America stand apart in the crowd. Thirteen counties throughout south Georgia and north Florida are served by Suwanee River Area Council. If you are not involved in Scouting today please let us know how we can serve you!