Welcome to the Suwannee River Area Council!
Our 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.
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2023 National Jamboree
July 16 – 28, 2023
FORWARD! Is the theme of the 2023 National Jamboree, Scouting’s one-of-a-kind flagship event. It’s a gathering of tens of thousands of Scouts, leaders, and Jamboree Service Team members that showcases everything that is great about the Boy Scouts of America.
The Suwannee River Area Council will be sending a contingent Scout Troop to the National Scout Jamboree consisting a total of 40 participants. The Jamboree will take place from July 19 – 28, 2023 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. We will leave a few days early to have some fun as we travel to the Jamboree!
For more information, please visit out 2023 National Jamboree Webpage!
Registration Fee Increase
effective August 1, 2022
With that, we need to inform you of the latest information on membership fees. Starting August 1, 2022, the Boy Scouts of America is increasing the membership fee for Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouting, and Exploring. While efforts are made to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible, with rising operating costs, the fee must be increased to maintain the program.
To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the following fee structure will take effect August 1, 2022. This includes both National and Council fees.
- $144 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants (increase of $1 per month)
- $72 for Exploring participants (increase of .50₵ per month)
- $72 for all adult volunteers; includes cost of background check (increase of .50₵ per month)
- $100 for a unit charter/affiliation fee
$25 one-time joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts (Not pro-rated)
- $15 for Scout Life magazine; this is the first price increase since 2005
- All registered families of the Suwannee River Area Council will continue to receive:
- Access to all Council camp properties for tent camping at no charge.
- Access to University of Scouting, youth and adults, at no charge.
- A special “thank you” decal to showcase the family as a Scouting family.
- Excellent unit/customer service and program support through our new specialized model of position specific executives (staff).
- Fees will be collected at recharter per usual.
- Effective since August 1, 2021 – fees through online registration for new members, at any time of the year, will be pro-rated for both national and council fees. Units will not have to collect national or council fees, as long as, the new youth or adult registers online.
We encourage you to review the FAQ and to discuss this with your unit’s leadership to understand how this change effects your family.
As always, Scouting remains a valuable investment. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Scouts were forced to stay home, they still learned skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. They still helped those in need. They still became leaders in their units and communities. Scouting is needed now in America, just as much as it was in 1910.
Thank you for continuing to be a part of our scouting family.
SRAC Health and Safety Action Plan
Updated January 11, 2022
The health and safety of all of our members is paramount to the Suwannee River Area Council (SRAC). We have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, we cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending activities, functions and meetings of SRAC and SRAC properties, including the Wallwood Boy Scout Reservation (Camp Wallwood) and the Council Service Center, could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends a shorter isolation period for COVID-19 patients, from 10 days to five — if asymptomatic — followed by five days of mask wearing. The Suwannee River Area Council has adopted the new CDC Guidelines for our membership, as well.
From the CDC release:
“Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”
For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html for the full release on this latest Guidance.
As new guidance from the CDC is released, the Suwannee Area Council will continue to adapt to the latest guidelines provided. See https://www.cdc.gov/ for additional information on the latest COVID-19 and any updated recommendations.
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!