The Sweetwater Advance-A-Rama is an annual one day Merit Badge clinic offering approximately 40 Merit Badge classes, and it is organized by district volunteers with the support of our professional staff to promote the merit badge program and encourage Scout advancement.
SWAAR is held at Berkmar High School in Lilburn, GA, and is typically attended by 500+ Scouts.
This event is open to ALL Scouts from ALL Councils and ALL Districts.
The first three weeks of registration will be reserved for units from the
Sweetwater District of the Northeast Georgia Council only.
After that it will open to ALL Scouts.
New for 2020:
To better serve our Scouts, all registrations will include a lunch.
Girls who are registered in a Scouts BSA Troop may register and earn Merit Badges
No Pre-registration for Adult Leader Training Sessions
We will again offer adult leader training and seminars for any adult in attendance.
This year there is no pre-registration, but you must get your name on the
instructor's roster during class to receive credit for the training.
(Training offerings subject to change)
Scouts BSA Troop Committee Challenge (AM)
Scouts BSA Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (PM)
Scouts BSA Scoutmaster/ Asst. Scoutmaster Position Specific (ALL DAY)
Sweetwater Eagle Scout Process seminar for adult leaders and parents (AM)
Sweetwater Adult Leader Roundtable meeting- Scouts BSA, including breakouts. (PM)
Summary of important Dates:
Sunday, November 10, 2019 Early-Bird Pre-registration Open for Units in the "Sweetwater" District, "Northeast Georgia" Council Only. (three weeks)
Sunday, December 1, 2019 Early-Bird Pre-registration Open to all Units, Districts, Councils (two weeks)
Friday, December 13, 2019 Early-Bird period ends- Earlybird registration fees are due at Lawrenceville Scout office by end of business day, otherwise regular fees will apply.
Friday, January 17, 2020 Pre-registration Closes and all Registration fees are due at Lawrenceville Scout office by end of business day.
Unpaid registrations will be deleted to make space for walk-ins.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Advance-A-Rama Event Day at Berkmar High School
Event Day Schedule:
7:30am - 8:00am Merit Badge Counselor Check in
8:00am - 8:40am Unit Check in
8:40am - 8:50am Opening ceremony
9:00am - 11:55am Morning Merit Badge class session
Noon - 12:45pm Lunch in cafeteria
12:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Merit Badge class session
3:00pm Merit Badge classes dismissed, classrooms are cleaned and restored to original order. Scouts return to the cafeteria to depart.
3:00pm - 4:00pm Counselor check out. Staff meeting in cafeteria.
4:00pm Staff departs.