Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018

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The purpose of Boy Scouting is to develop in a young man the ability to do things for himself and for others, to train him in outdoor skills, and to teach him patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues. (BSA 18-629WB)

The Manatee District Roundtables are held the first Thursday of each month (Sept-Jun) at:

The Salvation Army
5328 24th St. E., Bradenton
7:00 p.m.

View the Manatee District and SWFL Calendar for upcoming events, training opportunities, etc.

Southwest Florida Council Website

Click Here to Follow The Manatee Rambler blog as well to receive email updates.

January 15 - Spring Cub-O-Ree at Camp Flying Eagle

Spring Cub-O-Ree

Join the Southwest Florida Council Activities Staff for a full weekend of fun!  Spring Cub-o-ree’s program will include Carnival Games, BB Shooting, Rock Climbing, Midway Exhibits, Fishing, Canoeing, Scout Skills Training, Bounce Houses, Adventure Rides, Nature Training, Friday Night movie under the stars & a Saturday night campfire program.

Where:  Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, Florida 34212

When:  March 9th - 11th, 2018
Unit check-in begins at 5pm on Friday of the event. Registration deadline: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Who:  Cub Scouts, Webelos, Siblings and Parents are invited to attend.
Registration will be limited to the first 700 scouts and parents.

Cost:  $20 per Scout, sibling, parent
Fee includes registration, patch and program supplies. T-shirts may be purchased in advance for $8.  Meals will be provided by your unit. Concessions will be available. Payment must be received by the Council Service Center no later than March 1st, 2018.

For more information please contact: Jason Wolfe (swflactivities@hotmail.com)


January 15 - Scoutbook Lite to Replace Internet Advancement

You may have seen this information a bit earlier... but it wasn't officially released until January 6th.

Scoutbook Lite to Replace Internet Advancement in Q2 of 2018

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is excited to roll out a new solution in Q2 of 2018 that will leverage core components of the Scoutbook platform. The current Internet Advancement platform will be retired and replaced by a new online tool called Scoutbook Lite. This new application is being developed now from the ground up so that unit leaders can quickly key in advancement and other key data. It will sport a slick new user interface optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.  

The BSA has found that less than 10% of units use the CSV data file import feature in Internet Advancement. In the interest of focusing on tools that serve more Scouters, the CSV data file import will not be supported once the current Internet Advancement platform is discontinued.

Other than the CSV import feature, Scoutbook Lite will offer optimized functions for everything found in the current Internet Advancement platform.

The Scoutbook database will become the official record of advancement for the Boy Scouts of America.  

And we will continue to work on and improve Scoutbook as our full feature application.


January 14 - “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month

“Good Turn for America” Community Service Month

Good Turn for America Community Service Award

America is a nation built on service. From barn raisings to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues if we work together. That's why we've have the Journey to Excellence Community Service Project Hours Unit Objective. It is important for our community to know that Scouting is indeed about community service and for units and Scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments and service.

The SWFL Council has established February as Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month. All units should plan on doing a community service project in February 2018 with the goal of each Scout doing a minimum of 11/2 to 3 hrs. of participation in a unit service project. Click Here for the participation form which upon completion in recording community service hours on the JTE website and sending the form to the council office, a special commemorative patch will be sent to all youth and adults who attain the minimum 1½ hours. Patches will only be available for unit service projects performed ONLY in February-No patches will be available after March 31, 2018.

January 14 - Manatee/Two Rivers Camp Card Kickoff


Manatee District will be having it 2018 Camp Card Kickoff and Training on Thursday, January 18th 6:30pm at the Dining Hall at Camp Flying Eagle. You are requested to have at least one member of your unit present at this training to receive this years information and roll-out of Camp Cards for your youth. 

This is important to get the most out of this opportunity as each card sold puts $5 into the youth's account. We want to ensure you have the best methods to get the out of this Camp Card year.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Thank you

Brandon Cicco | Manatee County District Executive
Southwest Florida Council

December 26 - Last chance to get new Youth Applications in for 2017

Attention all Committee Chairs of Packs, Troops and Crews,

At the December meeting of the Manatee District Committee, we learned that we need six (6) more youth registrations to be turned in by December 29th, so our District can finish with an overall positive growth for the year. If any unit is sitting on a youth application that was not turned in with Recharter, please turn them in to Brandon ASAP! You can call Brandon at (407) 928-1009‬ to arrange a time and location for hand-off.

Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

December 20 - From USA TODAY - Eagle Scout among heroes in chaotic moments after Amtrak derailment

Worth watching. Every Eagle Scout should be proud of the Eagle fraternity. All the rest of us should be proud of what we do to train all Scouts to respond in this manner. Click Here to read the full article.

Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

December 19 - Opportunity for Service Hours

On Wednesday (12/13) while attending a Chamber of Commerce event, I met Barbara Slater (Volunteer Program Manager for the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity). She mentioned that there will be a cleanup project in Washington Park on January 15th and that she would love seeing some scouts involved.

If you have any youth seeking service hours, please contact me and I will send you Ms. Slater’s contact information so that she may provide you with details.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

December 18 - This training is for everyone and anyone.

This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA's training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

Upon completion trainers will be able to apply the techniques learned across the BSA’s leadership programs, from unit-level youth leader training taught by youth for youth, to position-specific and supplemental training for adult leaders such as Wood Badge staff. Course content includes:

  • Why and How We Train Leaders
  • Characteristics of Good Trainers
  • How People Learn
  • Flip Chart & Power Point presentations
  • Training Methods

If you are interested, contact:

Judy Aldrich

December 14 - Sidewalk Astronomy for December 2017

Sidewalk Astronomy at G.T. Bray Park

Spend an evening observing the celestial wonders

December 14, 2017 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce their next Sidewalk Astronomy event.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, December 23, 2017 starting at 5:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing near the park's 51st Street West entrance.

Centrally located in Bradenton, G.T. Bray Park sits between 51st and 59th Streets West, with 33rd Avenue Drive West running through the center of the Park. The telescopes will be set up in the small parking lot just inside the 33rd Ave Dr W entrance, off of 51st Street West.

Parking for people attending the event will be available in a parking lot on the south side of 33rd, about 100 yards west of the observing area. Additional parking is available at Happy Tails Dog Park just north of the lot where the telescopes will be set up.

Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and the distant planets Uranus and Neptune as well as other deep-sky wonders that will be visible through the member's telescopes.

As always, the event is free of charge and is open to people of all ages.

For more information, please contact Local Group President Jonathan Sabin at (941) 518-8695, or visit our website, www.LGDSO.com.

The public is also encouraged to sign up for our free event mailing list at LGDSO@aol.com.
Link to the latest Sidewalk Astronomy photographs for publication: http://tinyurl.com/SWAstroPics

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Jonathan Sabin,
President, LGDSO

December 13 - Eagle Scout Project at Humane Society of Manatee County

Bradenton, FL – December 12, 2017

Joseph Lambert of Boy Scout Troop 8, First United Methodist Church of Bradenton, completed his Eagle Project, the Humane Society of Manatee County Beautification Project, on December 2, 2017. The front of the Second Chance Adoption Center at 2515 14th Street W. in Bradenton now has a paved fenced area with bench seating and a table where new pet families can get to know their adopted pets amidst new landscaping, including a live oak tree and drought-resistant native plants. Many thanks to the generosity of donors who made this project possible, including William Hallett of Longmont, Colorado; Felix Santell of Santell Pool, Pavers, Tiles & Concrete in Bradenton; Suzanne Thornburg of M&W Supply Co. in Sarasota; Kenneth Puffenburger of Puffenburger Plumbing in Bradenton; Lowe's in Bradenton; and the Home Depot in Bradenton.

Humane Society of Manatee County is committed to leading Manatee County in fostering compassion and respect for animals through care, education and collaboration. Our Second Chance Adoption Center is located at 2515 14th Street West and our Veterinary Clinic is located at 2415 14th Street West. All proceeds support our animals and are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Humane Society of Manatee County is a 501©3 organization. Our tax ID # is 59-1819652, please help us save lives, four paws at a time.

November 26 - BSA Chief answers your questions about welcoming girls into BSA programs

The full article can be found on Bryan On Scouting at https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/11/21/bsa-chief-answers-your-questions-about-welcoming-girls-into-bsa-programs/

November 22 - OA - Winter Fellowship and Banquet


This is a reminder that this the last day to register for Winter Fellowship!  The event will be taking place December 8th-10th, at Camp Miles.
$25.00 per Arrowmen
$10.00 per Saturday Banquet Only

Late fee
After 11/22/2017 a fee of $10.00 will apply to all Arrowmen Registrants.
After 11/22/2017 a fee of $10.00 will apply to all Saturday Banquet Only Registrants.

This year's Winter Fellowship theme is Holidays in Ancient Greece! There will be activities such as Chapter vs. Chapter Capture the Flag, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, an AMAZING Slip and Slide relay, and More! There will also be American Indian Activities including ceremonies and a Pow Wow! O-Shot-Caw Drum Team will be joining us for this epic Pow-Wow!

Additionally, eligible Arrowmen will have the opportunity to become brotherhood members. Also, we will be discussing hosting the 2018 Section Conference, and there will be many more fun activities throughout the weekend!

You do not want to miss out on this awesome event! The last day to register on time for Winter Fellowship is today. After today, there will be an additional $10 fee.

Link to register: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2138472&OrgKey=347

November 22 - Range Master Training this Saturday, 1pm at Camp Miles

No online registration.
Come to training with exact fee, I will issue receipts.

Click Here to view the flyer

Justine Gonzalez
Finance Secretary
Southwest Florida Council, Inc. #088

November 8 - November Popcorn Incentive

We are doing one final push to motivate our Scouts to get out and support our Military on Veterans Day and boost your online sales! Click on the image below for the details.

Also, I want to encourage you to do a “Build Your Mega Corn” gathering activity to get an idea of where you stand on your take order sales.

Popcorn Sales End November 30!

Justine Gonzalez

November 5 - Wood Badge, because every scout deserves a TRAINED leader!

Wood Badge is the advanced leadership training program for adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Building on the past, understanding the present, and looking to the future, Wood Badge stands ready to provide leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.

The Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting--Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing--and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Participants in Wood Badge attend a course offered as two sessions of three days each scheduled over two weekends. Leaders must apply the concepts studied and the skills learned to improving the Scouting unit, District or program in which they currently serve. This is your "ticket" to receiving the Wood Badge beads.

Who can attend?

1. Registered adult leaders

2. Adults who have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting positions.

3. Completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.

4. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA physical is required for all participants. A copy of your health form is due at CAMP CHECK-IN.

What is the cost?

The cost is $240 per participant. There is a $90 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. The cost includes all course supplies, 1 t-shirt, 1 council CSP and all meals. Registration is limited to the first 48 participants. ALL fees are due by January 25, 2018.

For more information contact Course Director:

Javier Aristimuño
(941) 232-8073

Sound interesting? Are you ready to sign up? Check out the flyer HERE!

Register me for Wood Badge 2018!

November 1 - New Cub Scout Leader Survival Training

On THURSDAY, Nov. 2nd at the Manatee District Roundtable meeting, we will be holding another New Cub Scout Leader Survival 101 training.

If you missed the first one or have new leaders in your pack, please plan to attend and share this information.

Cub Scout New Leader Survival 101 Training

October 25 - Registration for BALOO training is now OPEN on the Council Website

Online registration for BALOO Training is now open. To Register, Click Here. Please share with your pack leaders so everyone who wants to attend has the opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A LOCATION CHANGE. IT WILL BE HELD AT: 53rd Ave Church of Christ 3412 53 Ave EAST Bradenton.

Call Judy Aldrich for any questions.

Flyer with correct address is below.

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