Saugahatchee at the National Jamboree


     Follow the exploits of District scouts and scouters at the 2013 National Jamboree - July 15-24. Check out the Chattahoochee Jamboree Facebook page at


District Leaders receive the Silver Beaver


    Congratulations to Bob Edwards and Hilliard Gibbs, who each received the Silver Beaver award from the Chattahoochee Council as part of the council's annual banquet on June 29. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader. The award is presented to those volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. Edwards is a long-time district committee member who, until recently, served as scoutmaster of Troop 356, chartered by Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church in Opelika. Gibbs led Eagle advancement efforts in the district until recently, and continues to serve as scoutmaster of Troop 373, chartered by Greater Peace Baptist Church in Opelika.

Lee County Scouts at Philmont

The group atop Window Rock at Philmont: Bottom row (L to R) Jake Camp, Andrew Stanford, George Abraham, Dakota Burkhalter, Davis Baird, Andrew Sellers – Top row (L to R) Andrew Baird, Will Pendleton, Robert Perry, Joseph Farrow, Brian Moore, Cameron Nix

     Lee County Boy Scouts departed Auburn on June 14 for Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico — the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national high-adventure base — to complete a 12-day backpacking trek as part of the Chattahoochee Council contingent. The 12 members of Expedition 617-R, led by Troop 50 Scoutmaster Andrew Baird, included Scouts and leaders from Troops 15, 50, and 128 — with all but one making the trip to Philmont for the first time.

     Philmont covers 137,000 acres — about 214 square miles — of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains. Philmont, just outside Cimarron, New Mexico, is situated among high mountains with rough terrain, beautiful scenery, and bountiful plants and wildlife. Phillips 66 founder Waite Phillips donated the land to the Boy Scouts in 1938, making 2013 the 75th anniversary of the base. Today, Philmont operates 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps, with a seasonal staff of 1,000 and more than 22,000 Scouts who participate in the various backcountry programs.

ScoutFest at Auburn CityFest




         On Saturday, April 27, area Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops joined in Auburn CityFest activities as part of the Saugahatchee District “ScoutFest.” Scouts started early Saturday morning setting up a variety of exhibits where Cub Scouts could earn belt loops and the community could view pioneering and Scoutcraft displays – such as the monkey bridge constructed by Boy Scout Troop 371, which is chartered by Lakeview Baptist Church. The event also featured morning and afternoon performances of “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?,” which like the National Geographic Channel series, pitted Scouts against adults in several Scout-oriented competitions. Photos and video from ScoutFest are available from the district’s Facebook page at Saugahatchee District, covering most of Lee County, is one of our districts that comprise the Columbus-headquartered Chattahoochee Council.