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The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

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

2013 News and Updates

December 25 - Merry Christmas!

December 12 - Re-Charter Time!

It's that time of the year again. Time to re-charter your scouting units. Access the New 2014 Manatee District Re-Chartering Handbook and schedule your re-charter form review and completion. Click Here to access the Appointment Schedule form.

December 9 - Volunteers Needed for Florida Cracker Christmas

Dear Friends of Manatee Village Historical Park,

We are still looking for volunteers to assist with our annual Florida Cracker Christmas event this Sunday, December 15th. This is also a great opportunity for teenagers to get community service hours for school and scholarships.

The following positions are available:

Morning Shift (10:45 am – 1:30pm):
2 people for side entrance gate
1 person for Wiggins Store Front
1 person for Schoolhouse (assisting Santa)
1 person for Courthouse
1 person for Church
2 people for crafts
2 people for parking

Afternoon Shift (1:15pm – 4:00pm):
1 person for Courthouse
4 people for crafts
2 people for parking

Please contact me soon if you would like to help us out with this fun family event!

Melissa Porter
Education and Volunteer Coordinator
For R.B. "Chips" Shore
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Manatee Village Historical Park
1404 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
(941) 741-4075

December 1 - Scouts Needed for Wreaths Across America

Good Day Fellow Scouters,

It has been brought to my attention that The Sarasota National Cemetery is falling short on wreaths to be laid at the headstones of fallen soldiers. The Wreaths Across America program is in need of supporters to purchase the wreaths. The wreaths cost $15.00 each. The Last message I received stated that they are 1000 wreaths short of having the needed wreaths to lay at every headstone. Please look deep into your heart to help fill the gap of having enough wreaths for every grave.

Please pass this along to all scouters you know.

Click Here for an order form to purchase a wreath, or go to www.waasarasota.com to donate online now. You can purchase a wreath as a Pack, Troop, Crew, Post or individual. Time is running out on ordering so please share with your scouting units.

The Laying of the wreaths will be at:

The Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

On December 14th, 2013
Service starts at 9:30 am and runs until about noon

Happy scouting
Gabe Cole
Pack 42 Committee Chairman

November 28 - Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27 - Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed

Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist with the Salvation Army's bell-ringing this year should contact Christine M. Smith, Director of Community Relations & Resource and Program Development. Her phone number is 941.748.5110 x116 or email her.

Please remember that we are prohibited from wearing our BSA uniforms when serving in this capacity.

November 26 - Save the Date - 2014 Good Scout Award Dinner

Be sure to "Like Manatee Good Scout on Facebook" for the latest updates.

November 19 - HELP with Winterfest

Cub Scout Winterfest is coming up soon, December 6-8, 2013. I could use a bit more help with:
1. Adults to run some of the games - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, with a 1.5 hour break for lunch. We'll even feed you lunch!! All the game materials, along with instructions will be at camp.
2. A few extra hands to help cook all weekend.

I sure would appreciate it.

Call or email if you can help the cub scouts and their families create great memories and moments.

Judy Aldrich

November 11 - We Honor our Veterans!

November 2 - 2013 Broke Back Dog Challenge

The deadline for registration is nearing quickly. Deadline at the $25 registration fee is November 14th. After that it is $35 each, and no registrations will be accepted after November 21st. Full payment is due by November 27th. Click Here for detailed registration information. Registration has to be signed up as a Pack and Troop. Click Here to register.

October 25 - LDS National Boy Scout Webinar and Local Celebration

Allen Hagerman announced that the LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) will have a national webinar on October 30, 2013, celebrating the 100 years of LDS supporting Boy Scouts. The local ward is planning a gathering at 3400 Cortez Rd West on Wednesday night at 7pm MDT (9 pm EST). Please visit http://www.scouts100.lds.org/ for more information.

October 24 - Memorial Service at CFE for Steve Rees

Dear Scouters,

There will be a Memorial Service conducted for Steve Rees Wednesday, 30 October at Camp Flying Eagle commencing at 5:00 o’clock PM in the Amphitheater. Following the services there will be a gathering in the dining hall for visitation with the family. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Scouts/Scouters attending are encouraged to wear full Class A Scout uniform. Wood Badgers and Arrowmen are encouraged to wear the appropriate regalia.

It is requested that if you plan to attend to Click Here to respond to me by email so that we can properly plan for the reception logistics.

In Steve’s memory,

Red Dog

October 21 - 2014 NYLT and Wood Badge Training

Registration for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) is now open. Click Here to register today! Click Here for more information. NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situation demanding leadership of self and others.

Registration for Wood Badge course S4-88-14 is filling up quickly, so if you have not registered, Click Here to get registered today. Wood Badge is the BSA advanced leadership training course for all registered adult leaders who are involved with all levels of Scouting. Wood Badge trained Scouters are stronger leaders, have stronger programs for their youth and build stronger units!

October 20 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

It is with great sorrow that I inform that Scouter Steve Rees died at 8:30 am Saturday, 19 October 2013.

The United States lost a sworn patriot, the United States Army lost a unhesitating member of the Brotherhood of Honor, Manatee County lost a dedicated citizen, the Boy Scouts of America lost an impassioned Scouter, the Order of the Arrow lost an enthusiastic supporter, and I lost a very close Friend.

In Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC there is a Statue of a Confederate soldier that was erected by the Confederate Sons of America to honor all Confederate soldiers that fought in the American Civil War. On it is is inscribed the following words:

He heard the call, he stood up, he stepped forward, he raised his right hand, he took the Oath, he stood in the gap, he walked in the fire. he did not run, he did not hide, he did not dodge, he did not evade. He did his duty. Consequently, he has nothing to prove, no one to convince. Those who matter, already know. Those who don't, never will.

Those words could be used to describe Steve Rees.

Click Here for my personal memorial to Steve.

Red Dog

October 9 - Den Chief Training at CFE

Den Chief Training is being offered at Camp Flying Eagle this Saturday, October 12th, from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. There is no fee for this training, just bring your own lunch and drink. View the Attached Flyer for details. Please pre-register with Judy Aldrich or Dave Shoemaker.

October 9 - 2013 Cub Scout Winterfest and the Broke Back Dog Challenge

What are you doing December 6-8?

Online registration is now OPEN for the 2013 Cub Scout Winterfest at Camp Flying Eagle. The last day to register is November 21st, but register before November 19th to avoid a late fee. Click Here to register today!

Online registration is now OPEN for the 2013 Broke Back Dog Challenge. The last day to register is November 21st, but register before November 15th to avoid a late fee. Click Here to register today!

October 8 - Pack 22 50th Anniversary

Please visit our District Photos Page to view some exciting photos that were collected at the 50th Anniversary celebration for Pack 22.

October 7 - BALOO Training

Do you like to go camping? If you are in a Pack, you MUST have a BALOO trained leader at every campout, so it is a great idea to have a few BALOO trained leaders in your Pack. Registration has been extended to Oct. 14; however, ALL fees must be paid ONLINE at time of registration, no exceptions. Just Click Here and register today! For more information, view the BALOO flyer.

September 18 - Please Help Me on This Project


I need your assistance.

Some of you are aware, others may not be, but Scouting has been in Manatee County for over a hundred years. BSA was incorporated in February 1910 and by September 1910 the first Scout troop was formed in Manatee County. They met at the old Manatee High School that, at that time, was located at 9th Ave. and 14th St. in Bradenton.

I am in the process of writing a book titled "A Century of Scouting in Manatee County. So far I am at 200 plus pages. In the book I want to highlight every scout unit, Pack, Troop, Post Ship, and Crew, that has existed in Manatee County. Some are long expired and others have or are getting ready to celebrate 25 and 50 year anniversaries.

I have asked the Cubmasters and Scoutmasters of the current units to provide me some historical data that I can assimilate into the book. Some have responded others have not. What I am in need of is the following:

For current units:

Date your unit was first formed. A list by year(s) of all of the Chartering Organizations that have sponsored your unit. The name of all of your unit leaders by years served (Cubmasters or Scoutmasters). A short paragraph (optional) of any traditions, customs, or noteworthy events that your nit has participated in. Two or three pictures of your Scouts doing something as a unit (pack or troop)

For expired units:

If you were involved as a youth, as an adult, or had a relative that was a leader of a unit that no longer exists I would like as much information you can provide of that unit or the names of anyone you can recall that was associated with an expired unit so I can make contacts.

For everyone’s information, I have identified the following troops that existed at one time, but are no longer chartered:

Troops 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 27, 31, 32, 33, 44, 54, 55, 81, 102, 122, 130, 133, 168, 202, 724, 4168. There may be others.

I have not identified the expired Packs, Posts, or Crews. I could use some help in identification of these units.

If one or more of you would get together and collect as much of this information as possible, either from unit records or anecdotally and send it to me I would be most appreciative, After all, this book is going to be about your unit or a unit that you have belonged to.

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

September 7 - Pack 22 - 50 Year Celebration!

Join us on September 21st from 3pm-6pm at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church at 6510 3rd Ave West in Bradenton. Everyone is invited to celebrate with games and refreshments. We are looking for past and original members of Pack 22, as well as the current members, to attend. IMPORTANT - Please RSVP to pack2250th@gmail.com by September 15th.

August 18 - Winter Camp Online Registration is now OPEN!

It is now time to register your unit online for this year's Winter Camp.  By paying your $25/person deposit now, you can immediately begin selecting merit badge classes.  Many popular programs like the Renegade Program, Project COPE and Discover SCUBA fill up fast so don't delay.  To Register, Click Here or go to the SWFL Council website (www.swflcouncilbsa.org).

August 12 - Manatee District Popcorn Kickoff

Would you like to earn Bonus Money for your unit? Would your unit like to camp at Camp Flying Eagle and/or Camp Miles and not pay a camper fee of $3.00 per person per day? That's like free money!!!

Manatee District Popcorn Kickoff is Saturday, August 24, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Salvation Army Center, 5328 24th Street East, Bradenton, 34203.

All Popcorn Kernels and Unit Leaders are invited to attend and learn about the exciting new flavors and prizes for 2013 and to pick up your unit popcorn packets!

Plus, there will be FREE SAMPLES!!!

Just by attending the District Popcorn Kickoff, your unit will meet the first of three requirements to earn Bonus Money for your unit, but someone from your unit MUST attend! Also, in order to meet one of the requirements to be an honor unit and not pay the camper fees at Camp Flying Eagle and Camp Miles, your unit MUST participate in the popcorn sale.

Please email Tiffani Manrodt, 2013 Manatee District Kernel, at TiffaniKeir@msn.com with the name, phone number, and email address of who from your unit will be attending the Popcorn Kickoff!!!

August 9 - Program Kickoff Recap

There was a whole lot of information offered at the Program Kickoff on Thursday night. While all of this information is available on the Manatee Rambler Calendar, here is a recap of some of the information that was offered:

We were also visited by a couple of representatives from Sand Hill Scout Reservation and Children's World. If you have not been to Roundtable before, or have not been in a while, Roundtable is a vital resource for your Pack or Troop. Please join us the first Thursday of each month at The Salvation Army Worship Center on SR 70 from 7-9 pm.

August 3 - SWFL Council Popcorn Sale

Please make sure your Unit Popcorn Kernel receives and completes the following forms:

2013 Show and Sale Pre-Order Fill Form and 2013 Unit Participation Form and District Kick-Off Date.

August 2 - Call for CFE Campmasters

Attention Registered Cub and Boy Scouters,

Camp Flying Eagle has an opening and need for three additional Campmasters for the 2013-2014 Scouting Year. Please see the Attached Flyer for the description of duties.

As a CFE Campmaster you would be expected to serve at least two weekends annually from 5 pm on Friday until noon on Sunday.

If anyone in Manatee or Two Rivers District is interested in serving, please contact me either by email or by phone at 358-1912. We will be conducting a training session and a scheduling conference on Saturday 31 August from 9 am - noon at the CFE Training Lodge.

Red Dog
Lead Campmaster CFE

August 1 - Interim O.A. Lodge Advisor

Scouters –

Effective immediately Gus Fruauff will be serving as interim Lodge Advisor for the Southwest Florida Council Order of the Arrow Lodge. Gus has been a long term member of the lodge providing cheerful service over the years in many capacities. I will be announcing the new lodge advisor in the near future.

Thank you for your continued service to the Order of the Arrow and the Southwest Florida Council.

Best regards,

Greg Graham
Scout Executive and C.E.O.
Southwest Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907
239-936-8072 x 102

July 31 - 2013-2014 Manatee District Calendar and Program Kick-Off

The 2013-2014 Manatee District Calendar is now available. Click Here to view and/or download a copy for your pack, troop or crew. The Manatee Rambler Calendar will be updated soon as well. Also, please mark your calendars now for the program kick-off next Thursday, August 8th (7:00pm - 8:30pm) at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70.

July 16 - Sea Scouts - Ship 459 - Cortez, FL

Sea Scouts is a coed program for teens and young adults ages 14–20 (or 13 and have completed the eighth grade) based on Maritime skills and water adventure. Our Manatee County program started in January 2013 and is sponsored by our Charter Organization: Turner Maritime Challenge at Cortez and administered by: F.I.S.H. Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.

We learn sea craftsmanship and are privileged to use handmade and historical water craft and vessels that are owned by F.I.S.H.

About our local program: Meets Wednesday nights at 7 pm
Location: 4523 123rd Street Court West, Cortez

You are welcome to attend one of our meetings - or Contact us for more information:

Charter Organization Representative and TMCC Youth Director: Sean Wardell: (941) 792-8200 seanwardell@cortezchallenge.org

Skipper: Bill Drake: (941) 753-2691 televast@sprintmail.com

Mate: Rob Cuthbert (941) 753-6375 robc_troop89@msn.com

Unit Commissioner: Steve Rees

July 14 - Guide to Advancement 2013 Issue


The new 2013 version of the Guide to Advancement is now available for downloading at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf

It is 100 pages long (18 pages longer than the 2011 issue), but take heart; it is a reference document and is not intended to be read like a novel. If you are a Boy Scout unit leader, or Cub unit leader, what do you really need to read for the basics? Answer: Not that much - Boy Scouts have about 50 pages or so of reading, all directly related to program delivery. Cubs even less.

So here you go - a cheat sheet for you:

Cub unit:
Pretty much all should at least read section 2 and Section 4 on Cubs. Read section 10 (special needs) if it applies. Short and simple. The Adv Chair should also read section 3 about unit advancement duties.

Boy Scout unit:
Unit leaders should read Section 2, 4 on Boy Scouts, 7 on MBs, 8 on BORs. Read 9 on Eagle when you get to that point, and 10 if it applies (Special
Needs). The Adv Chair should also read section 3 about unit advancement duties and Section 6 for Internet Advancement details. Before camp, it might be useful to take a look at the two parts of Section 5 about advancement in Camp.

Unit Commissioners:
Read the Sections applicable to the type of unit where you are the Unit Commissioner.
Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

July 10 - Aquatics Training

Southwest Florida Council Scouters –

Our summertime aquatics training is just around the corner; the first and third weekends in August. Registration is open, but will close on July 18. Click here to register.

Courses available are:
Aquatics Supervisor for Swim & Water Rescue
Aquatics Supervisor for Paddle Craft Safety
Lifeguard Instructor (must currently be a Lifeguard)
Lifeguard Re-certification

This training is held at Camp Miles. Review the attached flyer for more details about dates and fees.

Lori Laumeyer
Program Secretary
Southwest Florida Council

July 4 - Happy Independence Day!

June 25 - Summer Camp? What about Winter Camp?

Over 30 Merit Badges being offered, along with Project COPE, Discover SCUBA, First Year Camper and Renegade Program. Click on the image above or HERE for more information and how to register.

June 24 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters and Friends,

I regret to inform you that Dave Horner passed away in his sleep early this morning... Dave is a long time scouter in the Manatee and Sarasota area along with his family. He was also involved with the Singing River Rendezvous at CFE for years that drew hundreds of visitors over the years. I met Dave years ago in Sunny Land Council, we go way back, and I thank God for all the opportunities that we had together. We were Tent Buddy's in Wood Badge SR095 "Owl". I will truly miss this Scouting Hero. May God wrap his arms around Dave's wife Deb and her family in there time of need.

Peace be with you,
Brad Ranney

June 17 - Manatee District has taken over Camp FGL in 2013

From Manatee District - Troop 22, Troop 64, Troop 89 and Troop 111

Click on the image below to view a larger version

June 12 - Good Turn for America/Journey to Excellence

Southwest Florida Council Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Advisors and Committee Chairs –

The first half of the year is almost gone and we’re jumping into summer. Summer is a very busy time of year with family vacations, Packs going to activities, Troops and Crews going to summer camps, Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base and the National Jamboree. As a brief reminder during this busy time of year, don’t forget to enter your community service hours online prior to midnight on June 30. Just click on Journey to Excellence, enter your unit id# (same as your unit Internet Advancement id), your password and your set to go. Scoutmasters, don’t forget to enter hours for the Eagle Scout work projects.

Lori Laumeyer
Program Secretary
Southwest Florida Council
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
239-936-8072 x103
800-269-8072 x103
FAX 239-936-7864

Scouting is more than what we do--it's who we are--and what we will be.
We are the Boy Scouts of America.

June 6 - URGENT - Roundtable Cancelled this Evening


Based upon the latest weather updates, it has been determined that our meeting for this evening will be cancelled. We are currently under tropical storm conditions and the weather service has issued a tornado watch until 11:00 p.m.

Please believe me that this was not an easy decision to make.

More information will be released regarding future meetings.

Please continue to listen to news about the storm and keep yourselves safe.

Thank you for your continued service to our youth.

Mac Aldrich, Manatee District Vice-chair

June 4 - Change of Venue for Roundtable this week

Dear Manatee Scouters,

Our Roundtable location for this week has changed. The Salvation Army Center For Worship and Service is not available to us this Thursday, so we are moving to the 53rd Avenue Church of Christ, located at 3412 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203 (about 1.5 miles East on SR 70 (53rd Ave) from where we normally meet). We will still begin at 7:00pm. Many thanks to Mac and Judy Aldrich for helping us find a temporary home this month.
Please pass this email along to the Scouters in your unit. See you there!

Yours in Scouting,

Henry Miller
District Executive for Manatee County
Southwest Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America

May 27 - Happy Memorial Day!

Thank you to all of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

May 25 - Memorial Day 2013

Dear Scouters,

Memorial Day is Monday, and to most Americans, this means the beginning of summer. In reality, it's the one day of the year we dedicate to remembering those who gave all to protect the freedoms we cherish. As you plan your day and prepare for the beginning of summer, I urge you to keep in mind the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day: to pay tribute to America's fallen veterans who have borne the burden of fighting our wars.

Anyone who has ever served in combat knows someone who gave his our her life for Our Country. I'm certainly no exception; I remember each and every man I served with in Korea and Vietnam who did not return home. Their devotion to our country can be summarized by the timeless phrase found on the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, “Not for fame of
reward, not for place, or for rank, but in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it.”

Let’s be sure we honor all of them Monday.
Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

May 24 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

I just received a telephone call informing me that long time Scouter Paul Evans died this morning. I have no further information at this time.

Paul was one of the first Scouters I met when I moved here in 1995. At that time he was affiliated with an Explorer Post centered on reenactments. Their specialty was the Mountain Men of the 1840 era. Paul was also heavily involved at that time with the Singing River Rendezvous, an organization that drew hundreds of visitors, enactors, and vendors to CFE for a 10 period.

As I get more details I will pass them on.
Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

May 23 - BSA Membership Resolution Passes

Dear SWFL Council Volunteers,

As most of you are aware, the Boy Scouts of America recently embarked on the most comprehensive listening exercise in its history to consider the impact of potential changes to its membership standards policy on the organization and gather perspectives from inside and outside of the Scouting family.  This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agreed with the former policy and those who supported a change.

The National B.S.A. Volunteer Voting Membership approved this afternoon a  new membership standards policy which will become effective January 1, 2014.  All members must continue to demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others which in consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. 

For additional information, you may access the National B.S.A. website at www.scouting.org.  As a parent and volunteer leader in Scouting, I think we all can agree the Boy Scouts of America program is a great organization and that we all want our children to be a part of a program devoted to positively influencing character development to insure our children are better “Prepared for Life.” 

Please forward information on today’s decision to your unit parents as needed and also contact me should you have any further questions.  Thank you for your continued support of the Scouting program.   

Best regards,

Greg Graham
Scout Executive and C.E.O.
Southwest Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907
239-936-8072 x 102

May 14 - Hear Yee, Hear Yee!!!

April 26 - LECOM Physicals Examination Program

Please have the parents, scout leaders and cabin leaders use the following link to sign-up for a time slot from 8am-12pm for Saturday May 18th: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aneq4Jiwb_VLdFNzRUV5Q3hzMmtudUY5V0JJbUJuakE&usp=sharing

We can accommodate 136 people this year.

Kersten Schroeder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Director of Community Outreach
5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211
office:(941)782-5963  fax:(941)782-5729

April 25 - Geocaching Rally at Camp Miles

Camp Miles is hosting a Geocaching Rally on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9am-2pm. This event is open to both boys and girls and also scouts and non-scouts. View the flyer Here for more information. Register online at the Southwest Florida Council website here. Registration closes on May 2nd.

April 16 - BB and Archery Training

Attention Scouters,

Dennis Smith and Don Hall, our two Shooting Sports Directors, have scheduled BB and Archery training for June 1, 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m. at the CFE Range complex.

There is no charge for this training, but please let Dennis or Don know if you will be attending. Their contacts are:
Dennis: carsmi1@verizon.net
Don: trekrdon@aol.com

Please note my change of email address. My new email address is reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com. My Earthlink.net account will be invalid after this Friday (4/19).

See Ya at Camp,
Red Dog

Better to just take some Scouts to the woods and let Earth, Wind, Fire and Water forge them a more practical moral and ethical compass

April 9 - Words from Teddy Roosevelt About the Boy Scouts

"The Boy Scouts of America does not try to make soldiers of Boy Scouts, but to make boys who will turn out as men to be fine citizens, and who will, if their country needs them, make better soldiers for having been scouts. No one can be a good American unless he is a good citizen, and every boy ought to train himself so that as a man he will be able to do his duty to the community. I want to see the Boy Scouts not merely utter fine sentiments, but act on them; not merely sing "My Country 'Tis Of Thee," but act in such a way that will give them a country to be proud of. No man is a good citizen unless he so acts as to show that he actually uses the Ten Commandments and translates the Golden Rule in the ordinary affairs of everyday life...Let every boy remember also that in addition to courage, unselfishness and fair dealing, he must have efficiency, he must have knowledge, he must cultivate a sound body and a good mind, and train himself so that he can act with quick decision in any crisis that may arise. Mind, eye, muscle, all must be trained so that the boy can master himself, and therefore learn to master his fate. I heartily wish all good luck to the movement."

Those words of support for the Boy Scout movement were written over 100 years ago by a Medal of Honor recipient and a former President, "Teddy" Roosevelt. Though Roosevelt received the award posthumously long after his heroic actions, leading the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, he is the only American President ever to receive our nation's highest combat award. Thank you for your support of Scouting, Mr. President! You have honored us with your words. As the Boy Scout movement enters its second century, we should all ponder that hero's words, with which I happen to agree. As a former Combat Soldier, I proudly remember the recruiting slogan that boasted "Uncle Sam Wants You For The US Army," for the Army definitely changed my life, but I also firmly believe that the Boy Scouts of America builds character so that Scouts can make the very best Soldiers, if they choose to be a part of our great Army.

Utrinque paratus (Ready for Anything)

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

April 7 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

I was informed this morning that other members of our scouting community lost a loved one on Friday, April 5th, in High Springs, Florida.

Kenneth Bailey was the father of Lynda Hicks and father-in-law of Robert Hicks. Both Lynda and Robert, along with their sons Dalton and Collin, are members of Troop 64. Mr. Bailey was also Gabe Cole's grandfather and great grandfather of Jacob Cole. Both are members of Pack 42. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 54 in Bradenton from 1963 to 1966 and received the Live Oak Award in 1965. His son, Robert Bailey, is an Eagle Scout and he has two other sons and another daughter. He also has countless grandchildren and great grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time.(Information provided by Gabe Cole.)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
You may contact Gabe at AdrianCo9@aol.com.
Lynda Hicks: lyndahicks@verizon.net
Robert Hicks: rhicks46@verizon.net

Mac Aldrich

April 7 - Important Update Regarding Hernando DeSoto Grand Parade

(From Red Dog)
Please be aware of these restrictions and comply with the warnings just issued to us. Also, I remind each of you who violate established rules of conduct while in a public place wearing the Scout uniform, that you not only create a negative image in the eyes of those who witness such transgressions on your part, but it also reflects on every other Scout the same image that says
essentially, that all Scouts act in a similar way.
Red Dog
Scout Mentor

(From Brad Ranney)
I received an email and I need to inform ALL units that are planning on selling any food at the parade, it is not allowed. You must fill out an entry form, pay a fee, and be inspected by the Manatee County Health Dept. They will be going around to see if everyone has their permits. I do know that they go all over the float before we get going in the parade to see if we meet all of their requirements.

Brad Ranney,
BSA Manatee District Program Chair

(From the Hernando DeSoto Grand Parade Chairman)
I do want to bring up an issue from last year’s parade. The Boy Scouts were going through the parking lots and selling food. This is not allowed, by the Hernando DeSoto Society, MHS and the Manatee County Health Department. Any food vendor has to fill out an entry form, pay a fee and be inspected by the Health Department to be part of the event. Your group probably did not know, but I needed make you aware.

For the parade we do not allow candy or food to be thrown to the crowd for the same reason. Now, if you bring food and drink into staging to feed your own group that’s fine. We do look forward to having the Boy Scouts again this year and I hope your group has a great time.

Thank you,
Hernando DeSoto Grand Parade Chairman

April 4 - No April Roundtable Tonight!

Attention all Scouters,

Just a reminder that there will be no April Roundtable tonight. Instead, the District Adult Recognition Dinner is scheduled for tonight and will be held at the First United Methodist Church Bradenton from 6:30pm-8:30 pm.

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

April 2 - 2013 Summer Camp Shakedown Day

Attention Boy Scout Troop & Venture Crew Unit Leaders,

The Southwest Florida Council Advancement and Activities Committees invite your unit to attend Summer Camp Shakedown at Camp Miles on April 20th, 2013. One stop shopping to make your summer camp preparations that much easier.

Services provided include: Swim checks, merit badge prerequisites, skills instruction, 5 mile hike and a limited number of slots for health form checks by a doctor. The event itself is free but some services do require a fee. $15.00 - Doctor exam for medical form (limited space available) $5.00 - Rifle Range ticket for 25 rounds of .22 ammunition (Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Prerequisites) $5.00 - Shotgun Range ticket for 5 rounds of 20 gauge ammunition and clay pigeons (Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Prerequisites)

Units must reserve space at this event by e-mailing Bruce Hassy (bhassy@hotmail.com) or Joe Glowacki (jrglowacki@embarqmail.com). Units who RSVP prior to 4/16/2013 have priority for all services offered. Check-in begins at 8:00 AM with program starting at 9:00 AM. If your unit wishes to camp that weekend, please submit a campsite reservation form to Justine Gonzalez with the council office. If you have any questions please contact Bruce Hassy. Click Here to view the flyer.

Bruce Hassy
Council Activities Chairman
Southwest Florida Council, BSA
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
239-784-0843 Cell

April 1 - 2013 University of Scouting Arts

EARLY REGISTRATION IS ALMOST OVER!!! USA and the College of Commissioner Science takes place April 26 – 28 at Camp Miles. This is Scouting’s premier adult alternative education program with many courses that are only taught at USA. Early Registration closes on April 4, with final registration closing April 11, and your fees are not due until April 18. Don’t miss out on early fees by not signing up now! This year’s registration fee is $33 and the optional T-shirt is $12 (sizes S,M,L,XL) and $13 (sizes 2XL and 3XL). A late fee of $8 will be added to costs after April 4, 2013. T-shirt orders will not be accepted after April 11th.

Please register online at: www.swflcouncilbsa.org. Click on the calendar/event registration tab OR the RSS feed for 2013 University of Scouting Arts. For REGISTRATION questions and help email: eventreg088@centurylink.net

You can contact Joe Boone for event news and questions. Click Here to view the 2013 USA Flyer.
Joe Boone USA XX Chancellor
(239) 633-5200 - Cell

March 30 - DeSoto Heritage Festival Children’s Parade & Party in the Park

On Friday, March 29th, members of Packs 42 and 57 marched in the DeSoto Heritage Festival Children’s Parade. The parade began at the Manatee County Fairgrounds and ended at Sutton and Lamb Parks. Gabe Cole (P42), Chris Kelly and his wife (P57), and 5 boys represented the Boy Scout program, carrying flags and marching proudly.

At the parade’s end, everyone was treated to the Party in the Park sponsored by the Manatee County Early Learning Coalition. Party-goers were able to participate in games provided by various youth-oriented agencies, giant inflatable slides, a bounce house, and purchase food such as hot dogs, cotton candy, and shaved ice.

Our district set up a booth with literature regarding the scouting program in Manatee County and provided entertainment for the kids in the form of a giant ‘Kerplunk’ game. The object of ‘Kerplunk’ is to remove rods one-at-a-time and not let any balls fall. The game was a big attraction and kept the volunteers busy most of the day. Many thanks to Gabe Cole, Chris Kelly, and Fred Johnson for assisting Mac Aldrich with manning the booth.

March 30 - Easter Baskets

Hi Cub Families,

Thanks to your cub's efforts, a lot of our seniors will have a brighter Easter holiday. We delivered about 60 baskets crafted by our dens, and book sets donated by the Webelos to Westminster Manors this morning. The scouts were able to meet several of the residents who enjoyed seeing the boys in their uniforms. I also appreciate the parents help with the baskets and providing us with enough supplies to make this happen.

Kind Regards,
Pack 22

March 29 - Supernova Awards Mentors Needed

Manatee District is in need of a few Supernova Awards Mentors. If you are interested, please complete a BSA Adult Registration Application, a Supernova Awards Mentor Information form and turn them in to Doddie Ranney, Manatee District Advancement Chair. Please DO NOT send to the SWFL Council Office. For more information on the Supernova Award and forms, follow the links below.


Doddie Ranney
Manatee District Advancement Chair

March 28 - Largest Pack at Cub-O-Ree - Congratulations Pack 22!

March 28 - Adult Recognition Dinner Registration

If you have not registered for the Adult Recognition Dinner yet, you still have an opportunity. Although the registration link on the SWFL Council website was supposed to be open until 23:59 tonight, it has been closed already. If you have not registered and want to do so, please call Ed Genewick at 941-773-4907 or Click Here to email him no later than 20:00 on Monday, April 1st. You will need to mail a check to Council and have it there by next Wednesday, April 3rd

March 24 - All Scouts Night with the Bradenton Marauders

Good afternoon! As we wind down another Spring Training, we are looking to our FSL Bradenton Marauders season and preparing for another great year. This year, the Marauders will hold All Scouts Night on Saturday, April 20, 2013. We would love to have all the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in Southwest Florida join us for this exciting event!

Click Here for the attached Flyer for this night, which is the way to buy tickets and get the group pricing. It’s a great deal for the families - $5 per person and everyone will receive a 32oz souvenir cup with one soda fill-up of that cup.

Please note: Any tickets not purchased through the flyer will be $8 at the box office and if purchased the night of the game, the cost goes to $10 per ticket, as we have instituted day-of-game pricing this year.

Please Email Me if you have any questions and let’s have a great showing of scouts this year at the 2013 All Scouts Night with the Bradenton Marauders!

Warm regards,
Stacy Morgan

March 21 - Take the pledge to say "No" and enter for a chance to win a high adventure trip of a lifetime!

"On my honor I will do my best... To keep myself physically strong..." What better way to keep yourself physically strong than to say "NO' to tobacco products, illegal drugs and alcohol. Take the Trail of Courage today and you can get entered for a chance to win an all expense paid high adventure trip of a lifetime!

March 18 - The Heart and The Fist

I recently finished a book (see description below) that I thought some scouters may enjoy. There were so many parallels in the
story that I can relate to my personal "mission" as a wellness practitioner / chiropractor serving my community. This book is full
of leadership lessons and why a Team can always achieve more. Eric Greitens is a warrior I can admire and learn from. You may want to check it out:

"The Hearts and the Fist shares one man’s story of extraordinary leadership and service as both a humanitarian and a warrior. In a life lived at the raw edges of the human experience, Greitens has seen what can be accomplished when compassion and courage come together in meaningful service.

As a Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL, Greitens worked alongside volunteers who taught art to street children in Bolivia and led US
Marines who hunted terrorists in Iraq. He’s learned from nuns who fed the destitute in one of Mother Teresa’s homes for the dying in India, from aid workers who healed orphaned children in Rwanda, and from Navy SEALs who fought in Afghanistan. He excelled at the hardest military training in the world, and today he works with severely wounded and disabled veterans who are rebuilding their lives as community leaders at home.

Greitens offers each of us a new way of thinking about living a meaningful life. We learn that to win any war, even those we wage
against ourselves; to create and obtain lasting peace; to save a life; and even, simply to live with purpose requires us—every one of us—to be both good and strong."

Greitens recently adapted his book for teens and it is called "The Warrior's Heart," which I am currently reading and plan to pass on to my son. I thought some troop leaders might want to suggest it to some of their boy scouts as a possible read. I feel this book can positively influencing young men to lead a more meaningful life of purpose.

Mark Lewis
Webelos 2 Leader
Pack 46

"The secret to life is to fall seven times and get up eight." -- Paulo Coelho

March 18 - A Request for Help from Abroad

(This is from Robert Tank Volk http://www.facebook.com/Robert.Tank.Volk?group_id=27463817830 (MU Alum) who is deployed in Afghanistan.)

"I am working with the Boy Scout Program here in Afghanistan. The entire Scouting program here is a shoestring budget dependent on the charity of any and everyone to make things happen. The program has been going for several years and has some really great kids and are mostly orphans. We are looking for donated items: 

• Fun/Craft Supplies: Pine Wood Derby kits, Space Shuttle kits, Leather working items, Model paint and brushes, Crayons, Markers, Yarn, Buttons, Felt, Scissors, Glue sticks, Popsicle sticks, Construction paper, Pipe Cleaners, Beads (red/yellow), Notebooks, Pencils and other craft supplies. 
• Sports Items: Soccer balls, Kick balls, Air pumps w/ needles, Hackie sack, Frisbees 
• Five laptops with MS Office (old or new just as long as they work) 
• Generator fuel for our new 10K generator = $100/month. (For fuel it would be a money donation)

Please send items to:
Major Robert T. Volk 
J6 / DSE-A
APO, AE 09356 

Any, assistance for any group that you are apart of or from individuals will be a blessing for these young boys and greatly appreciated by our group of volunteers."

March 14 - 2013 Manatee District Pinewood Derby

The 2013 Manatee District Pinewood Derby will be held on May 4th at the Lowe's (inside this year) on the corner of Cortez Rd West and US 41. Weigh-in and registration will be from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. and racing will start at 10:30 a.m. Winners will be invited to the Southwest Florida Council Pinewood Derby in Ft. Myers on June 1st. View the Flyer Here.

March 14 - More information about Children's Parade & Party in the Park

Scouters (Pack and Troop),

Information regarding the Children's Parade that was promoted during Roundtable last week can be found at the following link: http://desotohq.com/events/childrens-parade-party-in-the-park. Along with the brief article about the parade (which I highly encourage units to participate in), there is a link to the application that needs to be completed by March 18th in order to participate. Each unit needs to apply and make arrangements for its boys and adults. There is no cost for this event. Following the parade, the Party in the Park provides entertainment, food, and fun for all at Sutton Park at the end of the parade route. Please Email Gabe Cole if your is participating in the parade.

Gabe Cole

March 13 - Update on Steve Rees

Dear Scouters,

I have good news for you. Steve Rees is home from the hospital! I have talked with him and he is in great spirits.

His back surgery went extraordinarily well (he was at the Moffitt Cancer Center), and he is now up and walking.

For those of you who desire to send him a get well card, please Send an Email and The Manatee Rambler Editor will email his address to you.

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

March 10 - Need Help for Good Scout Award Dinner

Hello Fellow Scouters,

Once again I come to you with my hat in my hand. Todd Greene and I need help.

Manatee District is hosting a Good Scout Award Dinner on April 17, 2013, to honor Brigadier General Neff. It is our way of honoring a distinguished citizen of our county as well as an opportunity to stimulate Friends of Scouting contributions from those who gather to honor General Neff. The event will be held at the CFE dining hall and is by invitation only.

The role that Todd and I have is to get the dining hall ready. Normally we would plan on doing that the Saturday before the event as we have done in the past. However, this year the three preceding Saturdays before the event, the dining hall is being used. That leaves us with Sunday, the 14th of April to prep the facility. The following tasks must be accomplished:

1. Remove current furnishings (tables, benches) from the dining hall to Rotary building.
2. Sweep, mop, and apply wax to floor.

To do that we will need approximately 8-10 folks, and a couple of trucks for about 3 hours starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, 14 April.

On Wednesday the 17th of April, we must set up 18 round tables and 144 chairs, and decorate the tables prior to 3 p.m. The rental company is scheduled to deliver the tables, chairs, and table cloths at 9 a.m. We are hoping that Council will have the table items to us by noon. We will need 3-4 adults to help us to do those tasks.

Will you again make us look good by assisting with these chores? It will be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you can help, and if you will be there over lunch on either day, I'll provide pizzas.

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

March 10 - Request for Information from Red Dog

Dear Scouters,

Our District Chairman, Judge Gilbert Smith Jr., and I are in the process of compiling into book form the 102 year history of Scouting in Manatee County. As most of you know, the first Boy Scout troop was formed here in Manatee County in September, 1910. We have collected just about all of the information available covering Sunny Land Council, Manatee District, and CFE. What we are lacking is information on our Packs and Troops. The main thrust of our book is to highlight as many of our units as we can and obtain research materials that relate to them.

That's the purpose of this request. We would like to research the unit archives of all the current units, as well as those units that previously existed, but are now defunct.

We are asking that you go through unit records as well as personal records and identify/compile as much historical information as possible. Either copy or scan that information or make it available on a loan basis for us to do our research. We would like names of Cubmasters, Scoutmasters (with dates), chartering organizations, prominent other adults, any individual recognitions received, youth recognitions, and lots of pictures (with identifications please), etc.; in other words, information you would like others to know about.

I can arrange to copy documents, scrapbooks, or scan photos if you desire.

Let me know if you as an individual or as a unit will be providing information. Our goal is to be finished by the end of 2013.

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

March 9 - Children's Parade & Party in the Park

The 2013 Children's Parade is looking for scouts to walk in the parade. Any cub scout that is willing to walk in the parade, please see Attached Flyer . We need to know if you or your unit would like to participate so we can reserve our slot in the parade.

Please Email Gabe Cole by March 13th at Gabecole973@yahoo.com

March 9 - March Roundtable Roundup

  • The Children's Parade will be start at 10 a.m. on March 29th. Please see the Attached Flyer for details.
  • We would all like to wish Steve Rees a speedy recovery from his recent surgery.
  • HELP is needed at Camp Flying Eagle on April 14th and April 17th to prepare and set up for the Good Scout Award Dinner. Please contact Red Dog if you are available. The more hands on deck, the faster the job will get done.
  • The Adult Recognition Dinner will be held in lieu of Roundtable next month on Thursday, April 4th.Click Here to view the flyer for details. If you have not registered yet, make sure to do so before March 28th. Click Here to register.
  • There were several Scouters that received Knots this month, pictures will be up on the District Photos page soon.

March 8 - NEW - Game Design Merit Badge

BSA has just announced the availability of the newest Merit Badge - Game Design. Click here to read about it on IGN.com. Also visit Meritbadge.com Here to view requirements and more information.

There is also a Video Game Design Challenge for middle and high school students. Visit the National STEM website (http://stemchallenge.org/) for details.

March 4 - Manatee Rambler Blog

In an effort to make updates to The Manatee Rambler easier, and delivered directly to your Inbox, I have created a blog on WordPress that I will update whenever I add news HERE on The Manatee Rambler. Just go to manateerambler.wordpress.com, click on the "Follow" link at the bottom right, enter your email address and click on Sign Me Up. Once you confirm your email address, you will begin receiving notifications. I hope this helps you all to keep up to date on current events and district news.

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler

March 4 - Roundtable Reminder

Adult Leaders:

Don't forget that this coming Thursday, March 7th, is Roundtable.

For those of you on the Boy Scout side of the house who had boys complete the Order of the Arrow Ordeal this past weekend, please consider providing transportation for them to attend the chapter meeting (same location as Roundtable).

General meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70.

See you there!
Mac Aldrich

March 1 - Manatee Silver Beaver Recipients Announced!

Congratulations to the Honorable Judge Gilbert Smith, Jr. and to Steve Palmieri! Come to the Adult Recognition Dinner on April 4th to see both of these well deserved recipients receive their Silver Beaver Awards. Click Here to view the flyer for full details and registration information.

February 22 - 156 Years Ago Today...

One hundred fifty-six years ago today an Anglican clergyman and his wife welcomed a son to their family on February 22.
Thirty-two years later to the day, an English brewer’s family added a daughter.

Those two seemingly unrelated events gave us Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell and Lady Olave Soames Baden-Powell, two people who have had positive effects on untold millions of youth worldwide during the past Century.

In case you have forgotten B-P married Olave, and the two of them founded the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts (known as Guides in places other than the US).

Today we celebrate their birthdays.

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

February 17 - Scouting for Food

Manatee District’s Scouting for Food event provided a great service to the Food Bank of Manatee. Click Here to view the full flyer that was put together by Mac Aldrich.

February 14 - C.O.P.E. = Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience

Our Council operates one of the finest C.O.P.E. programs in the country. In order to maintain our high standards of training and readiness, we offer C.O.P.E. Instructor training only once a year and produce some of the best trained C.O.P.E. Instructors anywhere! The Project C.O.P.E. program offers an effective, exciting, experiential learning experience that is unattainable using traditional training methods. If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to have a very real and positive impact on the youth of the Southwest Florida Council, then you need to become a C.O.P.E. Instructor! This is your opportunity to be part of the coolest program offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Here’s the course information:

When: March 1, 2, 3 and March 8, 9, 10
Where: Camp Miles
Cost: $75 (Includes all meals, manual, t-shirt)
What to bring: Tent, toiletries, sleeping bag, towels, the usual camping stuff
What to wear: Comfortable clothes, athletic shoes (you will be doing some climbing)

We will be camping in Calusa campsite. Please show up and check in by 7 PM both Fridays. We should be done by 4 PM on both Sundays. You must bring a copy of your current BSA health form. Click Here to register. You will then be able to fill out the registration form and get registered. Do it today! If you have any questions, call Steve Martin 239-734-9800. I look forward to seeing you there and working with you in the future on the C.O.P.E. and Climbing courses.

February 8 - 2013 Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner

The 2013 Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner has been moved from March 9th at CFE to April 4th at 6:30 p.m. (in lieu of Roundtable) at First United Methodist Church in downtown Bradenton (603 11th St West). Roundtable will NOT be held at The Salvation Army that night, so register and join us at the Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner. Here are some forms and such that should be helpful and contain more details:

February 7 - Wilderness and Remote First Aid and CPR/AED Classes

Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors and Committee Chairs -

If you are planning any high adventure trips, then this is the training for you! This training is REQUIRED for any high adventure trips. The SWFL council is conducting two Wilderness and Remote First Aid courses; one at Camp Miles (3/8-3/10) and one at Camp Flying Eagle (5/10-5-12). Space is limited to 20 people. See review the two flyers and sign up while there's still room! Click on the links above to view the flyers for each course.

February 7 - TreeUmph! The Ground is Overrated...

A couple representatives from TreeUmph! joined us at Roundtable tonight. Wow! This looks exciting. Check out their website for details and plan a day with your troop or family, or both.

February 6 - Looks like DOG Day has returned to CFE

Join your fellow Scouters at Camp Flying Eagle on Saturday, February 23rd, for a Dutch Oven Gathering (DOG). Please see the Attached Flyer for details.

February 5 - Spring Cub-O-Ree at Camp Flying Eagle

Attention Southwest Florida Council Cub Scout Leaders:

Spring Cub-O-Ree... Come join the Southwest Florida Activities staff for a full weekend (Friday night through Sunday morning) of Cub Scouting fun, March 22-24, 2013. Program activities will include BB shooting, carnival games, rock wall climbing, bouldering, fishing, canoeing, the game guys video gaming trailer, nature training, scout skills training, a night hike, Friday night movie under the stars and a Saturday night campfire show.

Cub Scouts, Webelos, siblings and parents are invited to attend. Unit registration will be limited to the first 700 registered youth and adults. Since this is a unit registration, please have one person collect all registrations to submit on the council website. Registration is $20 and includes registration fee, all program materials and event a patch. T-shirts may be purchased in advance for $7. Meals will be provided by your unit. Registration closes on March 8 at 11:59 p.m., or when registration reaches 750, whichever comes first. All fees are due by March 15th.

Online Registration: You do not have to pay online to register online! Simply fill out the information online, click on either the Credit Card or Mailbox button and then click on the “Make Payment/Save” button at the bottom of the payment page to lock in your registration. You will receive an instant confirmation of your registration/payment. If you don’t receive an instant message then you are NOT registered. When mailing in your check put the activity name and registration number on the memo line of your check.

For more details and information, Click Here to view the official Spring Cub-O-Ree Flyer.

January 28 - Hiker Gear Reviews and Discussion Forums

Here is a gear review website started by some local Boy Scouts http://rapidhiker.com and community gear/scouting forums at http://rapidhiker.com/forums.

I think this type of information will be helpful to our scouts, so I'm going to start a section on the Resources Page designated for this type of useful information. If you know of similar websites or forums that you frequent, please Email Me and I will add them to the list.

January 22 - Merit Badge Day

Registration for Manatee Merit Badge Day on February 9th closes this Friday, January 24th. If you have not registered yet, Go Here Now before it's too late.

January 21 - February Boy Scout Roundtable - "Summer Camp Side Trips"

Join us on February 7th at The Salvation Army 5328 24th St East in Bradenton. Joint session starts at 7 p.m. and the Boy Scout breakout is at 7:30 p.m. Please see the Attached Flyer for more details.

January 19 - How Are Things Going At The Summit?

For those of you who are interested in what is going on at the new High Adventure complex being built at the Summit by BSA go to their blog at:

View a neat video. Best viewed at full screen.

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

January 17 - Updated List of NRA Instructor Courses

See the Attached Schedule from Dennis Smith, Manatee Shooting Sports Director for updated information in regards to NRA training courses.

January 3 - Wood Badge Reminder

Do you want to lead to make a difference in your unit? Attend Wood Badge leadership and team development training! Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America’s advanced leadership training course for all registered adult leaders who are involved with Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Varsity Scouting, district or council volunteers, and professional Scouters. This is a six day course held over two full weekends February 22-24 and March 22-24, 2013. The cost is $240, which includes all meals, training materials, t-shirt, hat and mug. Partial scholarships are available. Please contact the Course Director, John Hendricks, for more information.

Email John Hendricks at johnrhendricks@comcast.net or call 239-246-3179 (cell), or register online at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/training/wood-badge/25788.

Do something for your unit, do something for yourself! Make a difference, attend Wood Badge 2013! Final deadline is January 22, 2013!

Wendy Langford

January 1, 2013 - Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful 2013. Let's Do Our Best to teach, guide and mentor our boys to be better adults and take care of us when we are "older!"

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler

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