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The GAC's Upcoming Fall Events

Rocket Academy - Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in crafts and stations that will culminate in the launching of their model rocket. The best part of this event is that it is FREE for Scouts who join in the Fall of 2017 and only $5 for any currently registered Scout.

Rocket Academy Register Here!

• October 7 - Camp Comer

• October 14 - U.S. Space and Rocket Center

• October 14 - Hoover Met

• October 14 - Camp Westmoreland

• October 21 - U.S. Space and Rocket Center


Cub Haunted Weekend - Cub Haunted is an overnight campout for Cub Scouts at Camp Comer, Sequoyah, and Westmoreland. It is a weekend full of games, crafts, good food, hay rides, BB guns, archery, costume contests, and FUN for the whole family! The ENTIRE family is welcome to attend!

CHW Register Here!

• October 14 -15  - Camp Comer 

• October 20-21 - Camp Comer

• October 21--22 - Camp Comer and Camp Sequoyah

• October 27-28 - Camp Comer and Camp Westmoreland

• October 28-29 - Camp Comer and Camp Sequoyah

More Information





Join Scouting Night is Coming to a School Near You!

Attention Scouters - Join Scouting Night is approaching!
Once again this year our Join Scouting Night is themed Blast Into Scouting! We are going to provide a Free Rocket, as well as, a Free Cub Scout Handbook to every new Cub Scout that joins Scouting this year in the Greater Alabama Council.

The new rockets will be put to the test during our 3rd Annual Rocket Academies.

Dates and Locations for Rocket Academies are as follows:

• October 7 - Camp Comer

• October 14 - U.S. Space and Rocket Center

• October 14 - Hoover Met

• October 14 - Camp Westmoreland

• October 21 - U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Learn More






Share Your Story

Do you have a Scouting Story to share?  If so, we want to hear about it.  Tell us about that Scout in your unit who has done something amazing, or that leader who made a difference in your life or the life of a Scout in your unit.  Know a great Eagle Project or community project that made a big difference? Then let us know and send us some pictures.  Scouting can change lives and does so each week. Let us know about those lives that have been changed for the better. Everyone has a Scout Story, share yours today with us!
We will share the best Scout Stories in future Digital Eagles.

For each Scout Story that is sent to us by Dec. 31, 2017, your name will go into a drawing for a $50 Gift Card to the Scout Shop.

Your Story





It’s Popcorn time!


 Friday, October 13 Return Product due to Council

 Monday, October 30 Take Order / Prizes Due to Council from Units
 Tuesday, November 7 Council Places Order with Trail’s End
 Thursday, November 16 Popcorn Delivered (Location TBD)
 Saturday, November 18 Popcorn Unit Pickup (Location TBD)                                    Friday, December 8 Money is due to Council from Units

Popcorn Site



Trail's End



International Scouting

60th JOTA-JOTI International Jamboree on the Air and on the Internet

This is the largest Scouting event in the world with over 1 million Scouts participating across 150+ countries. JOTA is held on the 3rd weekend of every October. This year’s event will be held October 20th, 21st & 22nd.

The GAC, with the assistance of Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators, will be setting up JOTA Amateur Radio Stations at four locations in North and Central Alabama. Stations are planned for GAC Scout offices in Birmingham and Huntsville, Camp Comer, and Camp Sequoyah.

Activities at Camp Comer and Camp Sequoyah will coincide with Cub Haunted Weekend. Cub and Boy Scouts will be able to participate in JOTA with other Scouts the world over. Additional information is on our Facebook Page at .






Scouting for Food

As Scouts, we believe in serving our communities and giving back.We would like to ask you to help us in our Scouting for Food project. Scouts will receive a flyer stating the food needs of people in Alabama along with grocery bags. 

This is the first time in years that we have conducted a council-wide Scouting for Food drive. We will also be joined by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. 

We ask that you go door-to-door in your unit's neighborhood or at a local store to pass out bags on Saturday, November 4. Then on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 Scout Units will go back and collect the bags that contain donated food items. 

We will be focusing on our Veterans. During the Veteran's Day Parade in Birmingham and Huntsville, we will ask that units that participate in the parades ask for donations along the routes. 





Barber Museum - Engineering Merit Badge

The Barber Museum in Birmingham, Alabama is now offering a program to fulfill the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America Engineering Merit Badge.  This program is on the move from start to finish and includes a hands-on Build-a-Bike activity, a tour of the largest motorcycle collection in the world, and a short film.  With stunning views of the Barber Motorsports Road Course, vehicle exhibits, and restoration shop, the museum offers a thrilling environment in which to learn about the field of engineering.
This opportunity costs $15 per Scout, and we ask that Scouts be prepared by reading the Engineering Merit Badge book prior to their troop’s scheduled visit. To show pride in your troop and demonstrate your participation as a Scout, we ask that Scouts wear their uniforms.
Reserve a spot for your Scout or their whole troop today!
The Engineering Merit Badge Program, sponsored by Yamaha and Big #1 Motorsports, will be offered at the Barber Museum on the following Saturdays at 10:00 am. Spaces are limited, so please contact us to reserve your spot.

o October 21st
o November 18th
o December 9th
o January 20th

If these dates do not work for you or your troop, please contact us to schedule an alternative date.
To reserve your spot, or schedule for a different day, please contact Jennifer Nelson or call her at 205-702-8713.

Barber Museum



Contact Jennifer Nelson



Birmingham Zoo Tours

Program Name: Open Night ZooSnooze 
Age: 5 and up 
What: See the Zoo in a whole new light on an overnight adventure. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with activities that could include an animal program, carousel ride, games and a night tour of the Zoo. Open Night ZooSnoozes offers opportunities to spend time with your group while also meeting new friends. These special programs are perfect for smaller groups who would like to attend but do not have enough people to meet the minimum Group Night attendance requirement. More details about experiences can be found on the Zoo website. Pre-registration is required. 

Nov. 3 - 7pm–7am Family & Friends (co-ed) Animal Show & Animal Training Experiences 
Nov. 4 - 7pm–7am Family & Friends (co-ed) Animal Show & Bat Discovery Experiences 
Spring Dates available soon. Cost: $32/person 

Program Name: Twilight Tour 
Ages: 5 and up 
What: Spend a memorable evening at the Zoo with your group at a Twilight Tour. This evening program offers an intriguing view of the Birmingham Zoo’s nightlife with a variety of fun activities, highlighted by a flashlight tour through the Zoo. There is no minimum group size. 
November 4 from 7 pm – 10 pm Family & Friends (co-ed) Animal Show & Animal Training Experiences Cost: $18/person 

Questions/Registration: Carrie Brooks at 205-397-3864 

More Info



Contact Carrie Brooks



Scout Cycling

Does your unit participate in cycling? Are you an avid cyclist or know a Scouter who is?   The Greater Alabama Council is looking for individual Scouters to help with a future council-based cycling program. 

If you are interested please contact Chris Laycock, Director of Support Services at 205-970-0251. 

Email Chris






Backpack Camp Sequoyah!

If your Scouts are starting to backpack, there is no greater place to go than Camp Sequoyah! Camp Sequoyah offers a 10-mile trail that is great for Scouts to start out on.

Camp Sequoyah also is a great place to set up a base camp if your units would like to hike the Pinhoti Trail system in nearby Talladega National Forest. 

Camp Sequoyah



Camp Permit



Coosa Lodge

Fall Fellowship is five weeks away! To get everyone excited, we are finally able to release some details on of the fun things that we have planned for the weekend. On Friday, we will have a live DJ putting on a show! On Saturday, there will be football all day in the dining hall! Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Mark your calendars for November 3-5, and keep an eye out for more details on our social media.

Registration for the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is now open. For more info, stop by the registration area at Fall Fellowship and pick up a contingent application form.



Fall Fellowship Registration




Intro to Backpacking

Fall is here and many crews and troops will be getting ready to hike some trails! The Greater Alabama Council is partnering with Alabama Outdoors to offer a great evening of learning the basics of backpacking. The event will start at 6:30 PM and go until 8:00 PM. The clinic will be taught outside so please bring a camp chair.  We're hoping to have a food truck come by as well.

Topics in the clinic will be:
• How to pack a backpack
• How to put on a backpack/ fit properly
• Features of different styles of backpacks
• Pro and cons between down and synthetic sleeping bags
• Air vs foam sleeping pads
• Q & A at the end or shop for gear in the store

The clinic will be taught by Alabama Outdoor's Hardgoods Ambassador, William "Cola" Wells. He is a Wilderness First Responder, guide, and thru-hiker. He has hiked both the 2,200-mile-long Appalachian Trail and the 2,660 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. He also spent a season as a volcano guide in Antigua, Guatemala.

The Homewood Store is located: 3054 Independence Drive,  Homewood, AL 35209






Coming November 2 - 4, 2018 Scoutfest! If you're unfamiliar with ScoutFest here are some videos from our 2014 ScoutFest.





Family Camping Event

Come visit the Birmingham or Huntsville Scout Shop for the Family Camping Event on Saturday, October 7th and Saturday, October 21st. 





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