Welcome to the Sweetwater District homepage. Sweetwater covers south Gwinnett and Walton counties in northeast Georgia. We are glad you found us!
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Are you a new Scouting leader? Your first steps are to take your Youth Protection Training, then choose a learning path in the BSA Learn Center and spend a little time with the material. It is divided into short, easy segments and allows you to train at your own pace. Once you're done, sign up for outdoor leader training- BALOO for Cub Leaders, or IOLS for Scouts BSA leaders. Sweetwater District schedules one of each class annually but you can always get trained in any district or council. (There are many opportunities locally). The Sweetwater "Adult Leader Resources" page will give you links to get started.
Find a Scout Pack or Troop near you: BeAScout.Scouting.Org
If you are a unit leader- This is how someone finds your Pack or Troop. Having your correct information can make the difference in whether someone contacts you or the unit down the road. The unit pin is the point of contact. When someone is interested in your unit, they read about your program, your meeting times and other pertinent information. Then if they are interested, they click the link to contact you. Is your unit pin up-to-date? Key3 Leadership must make the changes, so if you are a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, or Chartered Org. Rep.- This step by step guide will walk you through the process.
Sweetwater District is now on Instagram. Follow us at swscouts.nega
Sweetwater District Pinewood Derby Races
It is our goal to live up to the promises we make every year at roundups, and Pinewood derby is one of those promises. With the change in date and venue for Scout Show, we have extra time for Packs to run their races, but if there is any pack who can not for any reason, we will make a track available and have the technology on hand to run a live-stream or video recorded race on the morning of our district races.
Our Sweetwater District Pinewood Derby races will occur on June 6th without an audience. The entire race will be live-streamed and/or recorded for broadcast. We have some really talented volunteers who have stepped up to help make this happen in the safest way possible. We will have multiple car drop-off dates during the week prior to the race to minimize crowd situations. Exact dates and times will be announced in the June 1st Sweetwater Newsletter.
Please remember that all scouts who register cars for the Sweetwater District Finals must bring the correct form signed by their Cubmaster. The form is available on our district website http://nega-bsa.org/sweetwater
Scout Show- Rescheduled to June 20th
Scout Show will be moved to Scoutland on Lake Lanier
Council Pinewood Derby finals will be held at Scout Show.
More space to “Social Distance”, better camping, and right on beautiful Lake Lanier.
For health and safety purposes, there will be no outside vendors coming in for Scout Show this year. All booths will be sponsored by our Districts and Council. As in past Scout Shows, units will set up booths displaying scout skills, fun and games, crafts, and more. This is one of the greatest recruiting opportunities for your Troop. Units may choose to camp overnight on the field or in a campsite and they will be able to set their booth up near their camp. The Council Pinewood Derby Race is the highlight of Scout Show, and will take place as usual so be sure to come out to cheer and support our Sweetwater Pinewood Derby winners and see if any of them take home the top prize for Speed or Show.
Camping and booth registrations- please go to https://www.nega-bsa.org/NEGAScoutShow
Camping is $5 per person. Please register by unit using the form provided.
Camp cards- Sales are on, and deadline to end sale and turn in has been extended to July 1st
To assist you all with the transition back to normal, the Northeast Georgia Council is offering Units a great opportunity to sell Camp Cards while providing safety for your youth and families. Scouts can sell Camp Cards comfortably, safely and directly from their computers, laptops and/or cell phones. We have created a specific link for units to sell Camp Cards online. This option is available to all Units NOW and the Council will mail all SOLD Camp Cards to the purchaser AT NO FEE TO THE UNIT! Yes – you sell them and the Council will mail them!! Act quickly and contact your District Executive NOW to create the link TODAY!!!
And wait, we are not done yet!!! We are also EXTENDING the Camp Card Turn-In to Wednesday, July 1st!!! Let’s take advantage of this incredible opportunity and give our youth the chance to continue their SCOUTING YEAR!
Don’t forget to contact your District Executive TODAY and start SELLING from your couch!!!!
Please feel free to let us know if there is anything we can do to assist in your success.