August 2017 Edition
NYLT 2017

NYLT 2017 Participants

The 2017 NYLT was a great success. We had 44 Boy Scouts, Venturing Scouts and Sea Scouts participating in the 2 weekend course. They learned about communicating well, leadership, and how a team forms and performs. Co-course Directors Marsella Farnam and Joe Farrar along with SPL Noah Martinolich lead the staff to put on a fantastic course.

Troop 158 Goes Scuba Diving

Scouts Charlie Nutter, Tyler Gregg, and Paxton Junkin from Troop 158 in Natchez along with leaders Dr Justin Gregg, Scoutmaster Paul Maier, Lee Best and Chris Nutter recently received their diving certificate.  They also took  3 scouts to the Cayman Island in July for a week of awesome Diving.

Popcorn Kickoff
Jedi- Themed Trails End Popcorn Fundraising is beginning at the Andrew Jackson Council!
Key Popcorn Dates:
Kernel Popcorn Training August 22
Council Popcorn Kick-off September 19
Show and Sale Orders Due September 19
Show and Sale Pick-up September 28
Poptober Begins October 1
Poptober Ends October 31
Take Order and Payments Due November 3
Popcorn Pickup November 16

The 2017 Trails End Product Mix includes a wide variety of options and prices which are sure to please.  There are some great incentives including a new Star Wars themed Lightsaber piece patch with 8 pieces associated with various selling acheivements and a smaller version that can be hung on their scout uniform as well as a range of fun prizes scouts can choose from.  Other rewards include discounts on HSR cub and day camps, HSR partial and full camp scholarships, and NYLT fees for sales totaling from $500 to $2500.

Scouts who sell a minimum of $750 in popcorn will qualify as one of this years Popcorn Jedi!  Every Scout that qualifies will receive 2 FREE tickets to an exclusive screening party for the new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opening weekend and a voucher for a popcorn and drink.  The showing wiill be Saturday, December 16th at 9:30 am at the Malco Theater in Madison, MS 

The full Popcorn Guide for 2017 can be downloaded here.

Fall Beaver Day

September 9, 2017

Hood Scout Reservation

8065 Old Port Gibson Rd

Hazlehurst, MS 39083

8:30 am - 2:30 pm


Hood Scout Reservation needs YOU!!

Beaver Day is a chance for all Scouts, Leaders, and Volunteers to come to Hood Scout Reservation to assist in the maintenance of our great camp.  Many projects need your expertiese.  This is  YOUR camp.  Please come help with maintaining it and keeping it great!  Everyone that attends gets a special edition Beaver Day Patch.


Bring your gloves and tools, such as rakes, shovels, brooms, hammers, clippers, etc.


Lunch will be provided.


For more information, contact Ken Echols, Beaver Day Chairman


Register at before September 7, 2017.

Live Oaks Golf Tournament
Boy Scouts of America Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Live Oaks Golf Club
11200 Hwy 49 North
Jackson, MS
Registration starts at 8:00 am with Tee time at 8:30 am.  Lunch will follow immediately after play. Various levels of participateion are available.
  • Team & Hole Sponsor: $350
  • Four-person Team: $300
  • Hole Sponsor: $100
  • Individual Player: $75
  • Individual & Hole Sponsor: $150
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor: $250

Register online at the council website or download the registration form and mail it to the Council Office.


Contact Mitchell Chatman for more information.


2017 Shoot for Scouts
Andrew Jackson Council, Boy Scouts of America
2017 Shoot for Scouts
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Kearney Park Farms
151 Ergon Road
Flora, MS
You are Cordially Invited to participate in our 14th annual Sporting Clays Event.  All proceeds from this event support the Andrew Jackson Council, Boy Scouts of America and are tax deductible. For the third year-TWO FLIGHTS OF SHOOTERS.
9:00 am Check-in 1st flight
5 Stand Practice Range
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 1st Flight Shoot
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch provided by Pig & Pint
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Raffle Tickets available
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Check-in 2nd flight
5 Stand Practice Range
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2nd Flight Shoot
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm After Shoot drinks and
Raffle Tickets available
4:30 pm Awards and Raffle Presentation

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Centenial Eagle for $5000 - Includes three (3) 5 person teams, corporate banners, stand sponsor, signs, Corporate sponsorship listing on all literature.
  • Golden Eagle for $3000 - Includes two (2) 5 person teams and stand sponsorship
  • Silver Eagle for $1500 - Includes (1) 5 person team and stand sponsorship
  • Stand Sponsor for $250 - Compnay sign on one of the stands
  • Individual Shooter for $300
  • Raffle tickets for $50 each, 3 tickets for $100, or 10 raffle tickets for $250
  • Custom personal contribution as desired even if you cannot participate

Choose AM or PM flight.  Flights are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

Please provide the following with your registration form: Team Point of Contact, Organization, Address, Phone, and Email.

Shooters names will be requested at the time of the event.

Make payment to Andrew Jackson Council, BSA, 855 Riverside Drive, jackson, MS 39202

For more information, please contact:

BT Steadman@601-946-8058 or
Preston Dowell @ 601-321-7757 0r
John Lauderdale@601-624-6914 or
Tommy Stansell @ 601-982-8728 or
Mike Tischer @ 601-596-3875 or
Larry Cagle @ 601-260-9686 or

Hullabaloo III

The Andrew Jackson Council Presents

Hullabaloo III
October 6-8 at Hood Scout Reservation
Cost: $20 per person

Events to include:
Dual Zip Lines, Safe Roller Course, Climbing Tower, Crate Stacking, Swing by Choice, Muzzleloading, Rifle, Shotgun, Archery, Fishing, Boating, Dual Water Slides, Swimming, Blob, Mountain Biking, ATV Demo, ATV Trail Ride, Equipment Demonstratin, Wildlife Demonstration, Metal Working, Wood Carving, Games, Competitions, Scouting Museum, Patch Trading.

Lunch will be provided in the Dining Hall on Saturday and Food Trucks will be available on Saturday Night.  A live band will perform Saturday Night as well.  Scouts are encouraged to bring their bikes with helmets.  Competition times will be announced at the SPL meeting on Friday Night.  We will be camping in the Campsites and Bub World.  more events and programs will be announced in the coming weeks.

Download the Hullabaloo III flyer here and spread the word!

Register by noon on October 3 at

2017 Akela Cub Weekend

Two weekends to choose from
October 13-15 and October 20-22, 2017

Hood Scout Reservation
8065 Old Port Gibson Rd, Hazlehurst, MS 39083

$10 per Cub Scout/ Webelos or Parent/ Guardian
$30 for Families with four or more people 

We will have a fun filled weekend with games, contests, and Cub’s favorite activities:
BB Shooting, Archery, Boulder Wall and Rappelling!

We are calling all Packs for the “Pack Animation” Carnival
The packs will put on the Carnival. What could be more fun than doing at camp!

To register or for more information go to and select Weekend 1 or Weekend 2 on the Calendar.

We will have Pack and Campsite contests like
Decorate the entrance to your campsite with our theme of “Animation”
The Dutch Oven Cooking Contest
We have two age groups 16 years old and younger & 17 years and older
Prizes for sweet and savory will be awarded

This year for Pack we are adding the award for the “Most Spirit Animated Pack” & “Cleanest Campsite”

This is FAMILY camp and it’s for everyone, so come and have some good old fashion fun! 

Andrew Jackson Council Powder Horn Training 2018
March 2 – 4 & March 23 – 25, 2018
at Hood Scout Reservation

What is Powder Horn?

Powder Horn is a training opportunity designed to expose Venturers, Venturing Advisors, Boys Scout Leaders or Cub Scout Leaders to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful Venturing Ranger or Troop High Adventure Program. 

Why Powder Horn?

Many Venturers, older Boy Scouts, and adult leaders face the dilemma of having a strong desire for challenging and fun outdoor programs, but lack the knowledge and/or resources to do so.
Powder Horn responds to the quandary with an exciting training opportunity that exposes participants to a wide range ofoutdoor/high adventure activities.

More importantly, Powder Horn assists them in delivering the promise of Scouting’s high adventure to youth.

Who Should Attend?

Venturers, Venturing Advisors, Boy Scout Leaders

Learning Objectives

Help Venturers, Venturing Advisors and Boy Scout Leaders to safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature.

Provides an introduction to the resources necessary to successfully lead their units through a program of high adventure.
Familiarizes the Venturers  and Advisor with the Ranger program so that they can help the crew to meet the requirements of the Ranger Award.
This course is based on the Venturing Ranger requirements giving participants an exposure to outdoor/high adventure activities.

Activities May Include

Backpacking • Cave Exploring • Conservation  • Challenge Events/Project COPE  • Cycling/Mountain Biking • Emergency Preparedness • Expedition Planning  • Wilderness First Aid • Equestrian • Fishing • Hunting  • Orienteering  • Geocaching • Astronomy • Leave No Trace • Climbing/Rappelling  • Outdoor Living History  • Plants and Wildlife/Ecology  • Scuba and/or Snorkeling  • Shooting Sports  • Canoeing/Kayaking  • Small-Boat Sailing/Sailboarding  • Wilderness Survival  • Winter Sports

Participants are encouraged to take part in all activities, however “Challenge by Choice” will be followed throughout. Participants will not be forced to engage in any activity.

Participant Qualifications

Must be a registered youth/adult member of Boy Scouts of America.
Youth must be 14 years of age and completed the unit’s version of leadership training (ILSC, ILST, etc.); National Youth Leadership Training is recommended for youth participants.
Adults must be trained for their position

All participants must complete:

Venturing Youth Protection
Hazardous Weather
Safety Afloat
Safe Swim Defense
Climb on Safely
Trek Safely
Meet the physical requirements contained in the Annual Health and Medical Record physical in a back country environment.
BSA Annual Medical Record (Parts A, B and C) 

General Information

Course weekends will begin Friday evening and run through Sunday afternoon.
Both weekends will be held at Hood Scout Reservation.
Course size is limited to 48 participants. Once the course is filled, participants will be given the option of being placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
Completion of Powder Horn will not qualify any of its graduates as experts in any of the outdoor activities presented.
Participants who attend 10 electives will receive the Powder Horn silver medal device to be worn on the left shirt pocket.