March 20, 2020
The Digital Eagle: Weekly Talon
Welcome to the March 20, 2020 edition of the Digital Eagle: Weekly Talon! This is a weekly publication of the Greater Alabama Council, BSA to help keep you and your family on the Scouting Trail.

Stay informed on the GAC's response to COVID-19
At the Greater Alabama Council, we take the health and safety of our Scouting Family seriously. We've created a separate webpage archiving all of our communications related to Novel COVID-19 as well as providing resources and information to help keep you and your family as informed as possible so you can keep on Scouting. To find the webpage, click the button below.
Eagle Class of 2019
The Greater Alabama Council is preparing to engrave the names of the 2019 Eagle Scout Class on the wall at the Charles T. Clayton Scout Service Center. If you are a member of the 2019 Eagle Class, please click on the button below to submit your name in the manner that you want it to appear on the wall.
Special Jamboree on the Internet!

School's been canceled. Restaurants are closed. Libraries are closed. The gym's closed. Scouts? Still going strong!

Join us on April 3-5 for an opportunity to talk with Scouts from around the world during a special Jamboree on the Internet! This is a truly rare opportunity for Scouts and Scouters to come together, share ideas about keeping Scouting moving during this unique time, and learn first-hand from Scouts in other parts of the world what is going on in their backyards.

This will help meet requirements for Cub Scout and Scouts BSA advancement opportunities, so be sure to document your JOTI participation for credit! To learn more, click on the button below.
Summer Camp Staff Opportunities

The Greater Alabama Council is seeking Scouts and Scouters to answer the call of service! We are currently seeking candidates to fill positions as counselors for the 2020 camping season at Camp Comer and Camp Sequoyah. Serving on camp staff is one of the most rewarding experiences in Scouting! Your efforts will make an impact on over a thousand Scouts this summer! Do you have what it takes?

For more information contact Council Camping Director Seth Hill by clicking the button below.
Calling All Cub Families!

The Greater Alabama Council is pleased to introduce Cub Family Camp a new event geared to the whole family! Mark your calendars for July 23-26 at Comer Scout Reservation. Families will have a chance to enjoy a fun filled four-day/three-night camping experience with activities planned for both youth and parents! So load up the car and come to Lookout Mountain for fun and adventure for Cubs, siblings, and Mom and Dad!
Join us in Mentone for a family vacation you soon won’t forget!

First Responder Weekend

This September the Greater Alabama Council will host a First Responder Weekend for Scouts, BSA Troops and members. Themed upon Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement, Scouts will have an opportunity to earn a merit badge in the morning taught by professionals in the EMS field and in the afternoon participate in unit/patrol competitions and engage in demonstrations/programs geared toward first responder fields. Join us at Comer Scout Reservation for this new and exciting event!
SR-9 Conclave Cancelled!

The leadership of SR-9 made the call this past Monday to cancel the upcoming SR-9 Conclave that was to be in April. Currently, they are evaluating potential dates this Fall to re-schedule the annual event.

Currently, the May Induction Weekend at Camp Sequoyah is still being planned. Please stay informed by visiting the Lodge's Facebook page for updates. Also, if you haven't already, now is a great time to take care of your 2020 Lodge Dues and make sure we have your email address so we can deliver the latest information from Coosa straight to your inbox. Just click on the 2020 Lodge Dues and Membership Records button below.

Merit Badge Madness

In the spirit of March and brackets, you have a chance to play "Merit Badge Madness"- a merit badge based bracket competition to find the most epic, most fun, and most exciting merit badge!

The game is simple: follow the link below, cast your votes, and get ready for the next round!

Big thanks to Chris, a Scouter from the Talakto District, for coming up with this fun game!
GET TRAINED!
Every Scout Deserves a trained leader!
The Scouting program thrives with trained leaders, like you! Now is a great opportunity to refresh your skills, learn new methods, and update your training on things like Weather Hazards or Youth Protection Training. Click on the image to the left or the button below to take part in training that will help you be the best leader for our Scouts.