We are excited that you are interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America! Scouting is open to all members of your family. Both girls and boys can take advantage of all of the adventure and excitement available in the scouting programs!
The BSA’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. 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.
Joining is Easy!
Whether you’re a parent of an elementary, intermediate or high school aged child, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved with the Boy Scouts of America. Choose the program that is right for your family and explore the links on our Join Scouting page to see the latest resources and updates. Then click on map to the left to find a unit near you or call us at (850) 576-4146 and we’ll help you find the unit that is right for you!
About Suwannee River Area Council
The Suwannee River Area Council’s goal is to provide a quality, dynamic program of learning and adventure that builds well-rounded young people. 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.
ScoutsBSA Advancement Update
New Temporary Transition rules for the Eagle Scout Rank
On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will begin admitting girls into Scouts BSA.
One of the characteristics of Scouting-for over a hundred years-is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy. It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle Scout rank should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements.
Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals at the 2018 Top Hands Meeting, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019, to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award.
To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First-Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the Guide to Advancement).
New Roofing Going up at Wallwood!
We are very proud to announce that Wallwood is getting some critical new roofing. Many thanks to the folks at Capital City Roofing & Sheet Metal Association (CRSA) for their support of Wallwood Scout Reservation!
Help Fund Wallwood
Wallwood is both one of the biggest assets to Scouting in our area, and one of the biggest expenses. Each year it costs over $80,000 just to keep it open, and then it costs extra beyond this budget to fund the various programs and events that are hosted at Wallwood, as well as funds for any major improvements that need to be made.
This year, we have begun a campaign called, “Help Fund Wallwood”, to help raise the $80,000 and to keep the camp running to support the programs that we all know and love. Will you help?
Offering all of the Iconic Programs of the BSA to both Boys and Girls
Scouts BSA is a year-round program for youth in fifth grade through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves.
In Scouts BSA, young men and women go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures that can’t be found anywhere else.
For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America is open to young women as well as young men, all of whom will have the chance to earn Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
2017 Annual Report Inforgraphic
Newly released, the Suwannee River Area Council Annual Report in the form of an InfoGraphic. Please click on the thumbnail above to download a full copy of the Infographic image, suitable for posting on websites, social media and sharing with your scouting families and potential families. We’re proud to be able to offer this new resource for the use of our local scouting family to be able to tell the story of scouting locally in a concise manner.
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!