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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2022 – 2023 Program Preview 

May 12, 2022

 
The 2022-2023 SRAC Program Calendar has been finalized and released. You can either access a copy of the calendar at a glance or the online calendar on the website.
 
This year’s Program Preview is scheduled for May 12th at 7:00 p.m. You can either attend virtually (via zoom) or physically at Faith Presbyterian Church (2200 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee). 
 
We will be presenting the 2022 – 2023 Program Calendar of events offered through the Council. Event Chairs from each of the Programs will give a short presentation about their program. 
 
If you are unable to attend in person, you can access the presentation online via ZOOM at this link. The discussion will begin at 7pm, so please arrive a few minutes beforehand, so that we can let you into the session.
 
This is the ideal time to start planning your Unit’s Program Calendar for next year. Be Prepared!

2023 National Jamboree 

July 19 – 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!

2022 Camp Card Sale 

Ends April 29, 2022
 
As we enter April and the final month of our Camp Card Sale, we wanted to take a moment to remind our families that this fundraiser is a fantastic way to generate funds in preparation for summer camps. This relieves the pressure on families to pay for summer camp opportunities by allowing each scout to earn their own way to camp! Each version of the card sells for $5.00 and is a great way for folks in our communities to help support Scouting.
 
This sale is also a fantastic opportunity to train your Scouts in public speaking, sales, and service. As a reminder, ensure your Scouts understand they are selling character, a better community, and the benefits of attending a Scouting Camp – not just selling discount cards. Have them emphasize that each card sold helps them earn their way in Scouting. The reason our sale will be successful is that people want to support Scouting and will find value in purchasing the cards beyond the financial benefits available on the card offers.
 

There are no limits to how many cards a Scout can sell! Shout out to Pack 201 in Quincy for selling over 700 cards already this year, with a goal to sell over 1,000! While supplies last, your Unit can request more cards by contacting our Council Staff Advisor, Terry Whitaker at terry.whitaker@scouting.org.

Use this next 30 days of April to completely fund your Scout’s way to camp!

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.

You will be asked to sign an “Informed Consent” waiver when attending any function in person. Please see a copy of that waiver linked here. When an event offers online registration, you will sign this waiver for your party, during the that process, otherwise you’ll be asked to sign it when you check in at the event. If you have any questions about the plan and measures being taken to ensure the safety of our members, please call us at 850-576-4146.

National BSA Registration Fee Increase

and new Council Program fee

effective August 1, 2021

 
The Suwannee River Area Council is focused on customer service and transparency to its scouting family. Our volunteers and staff are mission-driven to grow the organization and deliver character education in a quality way. The organization is focused on that daily.  We owe it to our members to provide the highest quality customer service and resources possible.  We have big plans for this Council, all focused on you, our scouting family, and we need your partnership to deliver it!  Although Scouting is a less expensive program than competing activities, we recognize that it still costs money.  And we can all agree that the value is there!
 
  • Beginning August 1, 2021:
    • Both the National membership fee and Council program fee for traditional youth increase .50¢ per month.
    • Adult leader and Exploring participant membership fees increase .25¢ per month for both National and Council.
    • Each unit (new or returning) will annually pay a $75.00 Unit Liability Insurance Fee (no increase).
    • BSA will continue its one-time new member joining fee of $25 (started last year).
  • The new fees will be collected for new registrations beginning on August 1, 2020.  Currently registered members will be subject to the new fees at recharter time, as usual. 
Details on the new National BSA fee can be found at this link.
 
Below is a complete breakdown of the new fee structures:
 
Annual Registration – Youth
Annual Registration – Adult
      $72.00 – National BSA registration
      $45.00 – National BSA registration
      $60.00 – SRAC Program fee      $21.00 – SRAC Program fee
   Total – $132.00/$11.00 per month   Total – $66.00/$5.50 per month
      $12.00 – optional Boys’ Life      $12.00 – optional Boys’ Life
     w/ Boys’ Life – $144.00/$12.00 per mo      w/ Boys’ Life – $78.00/$6.50 per mo

 

Value

  • 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).

Convenience

  • 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. 

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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!