NORTHEAST GEORGIA COUNCIL
The Northeast Georgia Council was chartered by the Boy Scouts of America in 1935 to provide Scouting programs in twenty-seven counties. These counties included the twenty-six counties currently served along with Newton County (now part of the Atlanta Area Council). Beginning in 1916 there was a council based in Athens and 1928, one in Gainesville. These councils merged to form the Northeast Georgia Council.
After years of phenomenal growth in the northeast Georgia area, our council now serves more than 25,000 youth in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Exploring, and in-school Learning for Life. Three camping facilities (Camp Rainey Mountain, Scoutland, and Camp Rotary) and two service centers (Jefferson and Lawrenceville) support the youth members and volunteer leaders. There are more than 600 scouting units throughout the council.
The twenty-six counties served are divided into 8 districts, each with a district committee of local volunteers and a district executive. Unit commissioners provide additional support to all units.
A point of pride for Scouters throughout the council is the Quality Council Award. Created in 1985 to recognize councils for growth in Scouting programs and good fiscal management, the Northeast Georgia Council is the only council in America to have received the award every year.
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Council President : Lenn Chandler
Council Commissioner : Carter Wood
Council Scout Executive : Trip Selman
How the local Scouting program is financed in the Northeast Georgia Council.
FROM : Personal Savings and; participation in money-earning projects
POSSIBLE USES : Uniforms, Handbooks, Personal Equipment and Camp fees
FROM : Membership dues and; money-earning projects
POSSIBLE USES : Program materials, camping fees special events, insignia or camping equipment
FROM : Organization budget
POSSIBLE USES : Meeting rooms, heat and lighting
FROM : “Friends of Scouting” campaign, United Way, Trust funds, Special Events, Bequests and project sales (like Popcorn)
POSSIBLE USES : Organizing new and serving existing Units, Maintaining camps, service centers records and information, special programs and training
FROM : Member registration fees, magazine subscriptions and ads, Supply division sales, Grants and national service fees
POSSIBLE USES : Local Council assistance, program research, development and materials, professional training, communications and Local Council insurance
Friends of Scouting
The annual Friends of Scouting campaign is an opportunity for communities, businesses and families to support the Scouting Movement in Northeast Georgia. The drive raises a large percent of our operating budget each year. On average, $180 per youth is needed to provide programs for one year.
During the months of January through March, each Pack, Troop, Crew and Post should schedule a “Family” Friends of Scouting presentation. This presentation explains to parents how our Council is financed and educates them about our wonderful facilities.
Local Scouting Success
- Recognized nationally as a “Quality Council” every year since 1985. No other council in America has attained this stature.
- Recognized throughout the Southeast as a council with one of the best summer camping programs. Camp Rainey Mountain is known regionally as the place to go for summer camp.
- Host to the largest Venturing/Exploring event in America – Winterfest, which is held every winter in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. More than 3,000 participants attend each year.
- Recognized as a leading council nationally in Friends of Scouting. The Northeast Georgia Council has a tradition of leading the Southern Region in fund raising.
- Nationally known for ScoutReach programs. The Soccer & Scouting program was modeled after our Gwinnett County ScoutReach outreach program for Latino youth.
- Serving more than 25,000 youth and 6,000 adults annually through more than 600 Scouting Units.