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Cub Scout Launch Kit and Service Hour Opportunities for your Troop and Crew

When new Cub Scouts sign up during recruiting season, 8/1 through 10/31, it may be a few weeks before their pack and den meetings begin. The Atlanta Area Council through a partnership with local organizations provides a Launch Kit full of scouting goodies to keep our new scouting families excited about their new adventure. This year’s Launch Kit will be full of scouting essentials delivered to the new scout’s home in the new scout’s name to help prepare them for life as a scout and build anticipation for their pack and den meetings. The elements of these kits are delivered to the council through various channels and must be assembled for shipping. This is where YOU come in!
The Atlanta Area Council is gearing up to produce 8,000 launch kits and needs volunteers to help build those kits. This is a great opportunity to incorporate service hours into a larger outing for Troops and Crews. The AAC plans to begin building these launch kits in July at the Volunteer Service Center located across the street from Truist Park. Once we are set up, there will be times over the coming weekends and some evenings when units can come out and build kits for 2 hours as part of an outing in the area. Some attractions within 10 miles of the VSC are:
  1. Six Flags/Whitewater
  2. Braves Game
  3. Truist Park tour
  4. Hiking and History at Kennesaw Mountain
  5. The Aviation History and Technology Center
  6. The Mizuno Experience Center
  7. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
  8. Atlanta History Center
  9. Chastain Park Amphitheatre
  10. iFly Atlanta
  11. The Escape Game
  12. Main Event
  13. Chattahoochee River National Recreation at Cochran Shoals

Downtown Atlanta is only 11-12 miles away with the Botanical Gardens, King Center, Atlanta Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Center for Puppetry Arts, Centennial Olympic Park, CNN World Headquarters, Georgia State Capitol, College Football Hall of Fame, the Fox Theater, and many more!

If you or your unit is interested in volunteering and learning more about the launch kits, click this link to be added to the list to receive the latest launch kit-building news:…/1FAIpQLSf655…/viewform

Please start planning your packing event with the dates from the image on this post. If your unit would like to come to the VSC on a weekday or Sunday, please contact me directly and we will make arrangements. Contact Wendy Kraemer at
If you would like to sign-up for one or more of the dates above, please Click Here to sign up

Thank you.

Yours in Scouting,

Wendy Kraemer
AAC Launch Kit Coordinator

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Marietta 4th of July Let Freedom Ring Parade

Description: Marietta 4th of July Let Freedom Ring Parade
Location: Roswell Street Baptist Church (774 Roswell St, Marietta)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 2023 9:30 AM (EDT) – 11:15 AM (EDT)

Additional information:
Join the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts & Venture Scouts in carrying the largest flag in Cobb County.
No registration. Just show up in full Class A uniform (required).
Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts, and adults will carry the largest flag while the Cub Scouts will carry a smaller (but still large) flag.

STARTING LOCATION: Meet at the parade staging area at the northwestern parking lot of the Roswell Street Baptist Church (774 Roswell St, Marietta, map link pinpoints starting point for the flag.) by 9:30 am or earlier. This is located at the corner of Roswell St. and Victory Dr.
Although the parade starts at 10 am, the flag is in the middle of the parade and we usually won’t start walking until after 10:20.

DETAILS: (if this is your first time, read everything below very carefully.)
No one person will be in charge of the event or your child.
Cub Scouts MUST have an adult in charge of them AND WITH them at all times during the walk.
Boy Scouts must have an adult or a buddy.
The parade WILL BE HOT! and could take an hour or more to walk. Younger children may not be able to walk the entire route. Make plans for picking up mid-route accordingly.

Bring Water! And lots of it.
Let me repeat this… BRING WATER! We will have SOME water to refill bottles on route but we can’t assure you there will be enough to go around to the end of the parade.

And sometimes we have to say the obvious …

  • Drink the water you brought. Make sure your Scouts do, too.
  • Watch the weather forecast for potential rain. Dress accordingly.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • We recommend that toddlers and strollers NOT attend.
  • Parents walking in the parade should be able to attend to their Scouts if needed.
  • Roads near the parade start point will close at some point. You may have to walk a bit to the church.
  • Bring something for the Scouts to do to pass the time while we wait to start. (Electronics are easy, but let’s find something “scouting” for them to do instead.)
  • BSA rules forbid us from carrying or displaying any political advertisements as part of the Scout group.
  • There will be Port-a-Johns in the starting area.
    The route is approx. 1.5 miles traveling along Roswell Rd past the Marietta National Cemetery. It takes a right onto East Park Street/Cherokee St in the square and ends at the corner of Cherokee and Kennesaw Ave.

There is a parking lot on the above-mentioned corner that we will move into to fold the flag. (Map link pinpoints this parking lot.

We ask that you walk with your scout, but if you’re unable to, you can pick them up in this parking lot or in the parking lot next to the Cobb County Police HQ across the street OR elsewhere near this corner.

There will be free Cobb City buses that can shuttle you back to the church
OR you can have someone waiting for you
OR you can return to the square for July 4 activities
OR watch the rest of the parade.

Questions: Please contact Paul Thomas at