Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017

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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.

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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