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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




2014 News and Updates

December 3 - Volunteers needed for Cracker Christmas

We are still looking for volunteers to assist with our annual Florida Cracker Christmas event next Sunday, December 14th. This is also a great opportunity for teenagers to get community service hours for school and scholarships. There is a morning shift from 10:45am – 1:30pm and an afternoon shift from 1:15pm – 4:00pm. Some positions help with simple crafts, parking, entrance gates, or being a docent in a building. Please contact Melissa.Porter@manateeclerk.com if you or someone you know would like to volunteer. Thanks!

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


November 28 - Eagle Scouts and Re-Charter

Southwest Florida Council Scoutmasters and Committee Chairs –

The end of the year and re-charters are just around the corner; there is always confusion when trying to figure out how to register Eagle Scout candidates. We hope the following information will be helpful. Please review it and if you have questions regarding re-charter contact Kathy Walden, Registrar, or for Eagle Scout Status, contact Lori Laumeyer, Office Manager.

If you have an Eagle Scout candidate who HAS NOT sat for his Eagle Board of Review AND he will be turning 18 during December, January or February, please pay close attention to these instructions.

  1. Re-charter the Scout as a YOUTH. If you charter him as an adult and turn in an adult application before he has sat for his board he will not be considered a youth and therefore, can’t earn youth awards.
  2. Since re-charters are done online they are not finalized until reviewed and processed in the council service center. We can adjust the roster in the council service center (as long as you have left him as a youth online) if need be.
  3. Don’t turn in the adult application until after the Eagle Scout credentials have been received by the council service center. The Eagle candidate is not considered an Eagle Scout until certified by the National BSA office.
  4. Once the National BSA has certified his Eagle Scout status, you can then turn in his adult volunteer application. His adult application will be processed as a transfer to adult status at that time.

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
239-936-8072 x103
800-269-8072 x103
FAX 239-936-7864
www.swflcouncilbsa.org
Scouting is more than what we do--it's who we are--and what we will be. We are the Boy Scouts of America.


November 27 - Ferguson or Scouting?

Happy Thanksgiving Scouters.

I believe it was Will Rogers that said, “The only problem with the Boy Scouts…there’s not enough of them.” Most of us in the Scouting community know this quote and have seen it around for some years now. I think it is true.

In our never ending quest to gain members in Scouting, a recurring theme continues to haunt those of us that care very much about Scouting and are not afraid to promote it. The theme of being relevant in our time. Of course Scouting is relevant in our time. Those that argue against Scouting's relevance obviously have not watched the evening news, read a local newspaper, or stood in a mall.

Look around, the world needs Scouting. No matter what your religious beliefs are, no matter your ethnic background, no matter which side of the political spectrum you fall... Scouting is relevant.

Our values in Scouting are a key message missing in the world today. Over the last couple of days we have been bombarded by the news from Ferguson, MO. I will not get into the particulars of the court case or the actions that led us to this embarrassment of humanity. I think all of you have that information. I think we all can agree that had this young man been a Scout, we would not be hearing about Ferguson, MO.

The thugs are now looting and destroying the town of Ferguson. Do you think they would do so had they knew the Scout Oath and Law and lived them? Do you think that the if parents of those people, had cared enough to enroll their sons in Scouts would allow this to happen? Do you think that if the young men had been required to understand what citizenship in their community meant, visit a public official, sit in a town hall meeting or session of court... do you think they would understand this process a bit better and would participate as a citizen, not a thug? Scouting relevant?

In the last week, the week leading up to our special day of Thanksgiving, we have seen the worst in people. What will they be celebrating on Thanksgiving day? That they stole a new TV, broke windows, and destroyed their homes? Is that something to be thankful for?

On the other hand, what if they had been Scouts? What if they bowed their head on Thursday and gave thanks to their parents for loving them and caring about how they grew up? What if they gave thanks for the hard work that is realized in the bounty on their table? What if they looked across the table and said thank you for life and all of its blessings?

You live in a dream world Red Dog... Yep.

But you know, today, I give special thanks to all of those involved in Scouting. Thanks to the parents that care enough to support their sons. Thanks to the young men that participate in Scouting; they are growing in life skills and living the Scout Oath and Law. We will not see these young men on the news burning a car and stealing from a store. We don't have to worry about them taking a gun to school and shooting their classmates. We don't have to lose sleep at night wondering if they are going to end up in jail.

Scouting relevant? You are absolutely right it is relevant. As uncool as it may seem, Scouting is relevant.

In 1907, when Baden Powell started Scouting, one of his goals was to establish a world wide program for boys that would promote peace. B-P had served in the Boar wars and had seen enough of the worst in people. He knew that if.. IF.. men could embrace a common set of values that we could have peace. His dream has not been realized, not because of Scouting, but because there are not enough Scouts. If our politicians had these values, if our community leaders had these values, if more families embraced these values, if all compelled themselves to think about their decisions in the light of them, then they would let these values guide their actions instead of greed and self interest. They would be leaders/individuals/parents that have the heart of a servant, not a despot seeking control and fame.

The dream of Baden Powell can be found in over 200 countries in Scouts and their leaders. But there are not enough. Scouting is relevant.

Will Rogers said it best when he said that now famous quote, I know you all agree.

We in Scouting should capitalize on this moment in time. Show the people of America that we have a choice to make... Ferguson or Scouting?

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


November 19 - Join BSA NASCAR Driver Scott Lagasse Jr.

Mixon Harvest Festival


November 15 - Help Needed at Winterfest

Hi fellow Scouters,

We are in great need of volunteers to help us staff craft tables and some games at Winterfest on December 6th, from 8:30 am until about 4:30 pm. This is a great time for the cubs. We could also use about three adults on Friday night (December 5th) from about 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm, to help with registration. Without volunteers, it is going to be difficult to put this program on, so if you can spare some time, we could use you to make this the best of the holidays for these cubs. This year we want to bring snow to the camp, and with the right number registering and volunteers we will all have a great time; just think of the cubs that haven't seen snow yet.

Thank you for all you do,
Stephen Palmieri
spalm34205@msn.com

This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Where else can you see snow in Manatee County? Little children, with great caution, cross a rope Monkey Bridge just to get to sit in Santa’s lap, and receive a gift from the Jolly Old St. Nick, while getting their picture taken. Priceless!!

Winterfest is part of Manatee’s annual Cub Program. It is a way to welcome all of those new Cub Families that have been recruited to be members of our Packs, and eventually our Troops. A fun filled weekend that is enjoyed by everyone who participates.

But it takes a lot of folks to make it happen. That’s why Steve Palmieri is asking for your help. So come on out and be a part of this great event. You’ll be glad you did.

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


November 14 - Forty Knots - A Visual Aid for Knot Tying
40 Knots

November 6 - Scouts help out at Supervisor of Elections

Several Boy Scouts and Scouters from Troop 22, Troop 64 and Troop 111 helped out at the Supervisor of Elections office this past Tuesday night. As the 70 election locations throughout Manatee County wrapped up for the night, the ballots and equipment were returned to the Supervisor of Elections office. That's when the scouts got busy unloading the cars as they came in.


November 6 - 2014 Broke Back Dog Challenge Update

Council Scouters,

Please share this information with your unit.

When it comes to registering your unit for the Challenge please remember these key points:

  1. One person registers the ENTIRE unit.
  2. Any adult who is staffing AND attending with their unit registers with the unit – NOT separately. If you register as staff and with your unit, you will be charged twice.
  3. Any adult who is staffing WITHOUT a unit needs to register as STAFF instead of unit #.
  4. Once the first registration is done and you need to add more; you must do a second registration with ONLY the new attendees.
  5. For deletions/substitutions; please email eventreg088@centurylink.net.
  6. Registration closes on November 20. Additional registrations after November 20 will be charged $35 per person.
  7. ALL fees are due by November 26. Payments not received by November 26, will be charged an additional late fee of $10 per person. You are not considered registered until your fees are paid. Units should submit ONE check.

Everyone who is looking to staff this activity should go on to the Challenge page and fill out a STAFF INTEREST form to let us know which area you want to help out in. This ONLY informs us of your interest to staff; this doesn't register you for the activity.

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
239-936-8072 x103
800-269-8072 x103
FAX 239-936-7864
www.swflcouncilbsa.org


October 31 - Happy Halloween!


October 29 - 2014 Cub Scout Winterfest

Click Here to register for the 2014 Cub Scout Winterfest.


October 29 - OLSI and OWLS Registration OPEN

Attention all Scouters,

Unit Commissioners have recently discussed with each Pack and Troop the status of Webelos Den Leaders and ASMs needing this training. This is your opportunity to obtain the training that will assist each of you in carrying out the Scouting program in your respective units.

Click Here to register today! The last day to register is November 12th. This training will not be offered again until fall 2015.


October 27 - Boy Scout Specifics Training Postponed

ABOUT BOY SCOUT SPECIFICS TRAINING for Sat., Nov. 1 at CFE.

At this point, no one has signed up for this training. It will be POSTPONED until the first part of 2015. A NEW date will be set and information will be sent out to the units.

Thank you,
Judy Aldrich


October 24 - Latest Update - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

Funeral Services for Jerry Scott will be held at Manson Memorial, 1400 36th Ave E in Ellenton, FL 34222, on November 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Reception to follow (941-722-6602).

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


October 22 - Sidewalk Astronomy 11/1 at Riverview High

Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School in November

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, November 1, 2014 starting at sunset 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 in the parking lot adjacent to the Riverview High School Planetarium. Riverview High is located at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota.

Sunset on November 1st will be at approximately 6:45 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

The highlight of the evening will be beautiful close up views of the first quarter moon as well as the planet Mars. Other celestial objects will also be observed as they become visible throughout the evening.

As always, the Sidewalk Astronomy event is FREE and open to everyone.

A PDF of the full schedule of the 2014-2015 Sidewalk Astronomy events can be found here. (http://www.lgdso.com/LGDSO/sidewalk/Sidewalk%20Astronomy%20FLYER%20fullpage.pdf)

For more information, please contact Brian Hawkes - (941) 342-9632, 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://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathansabin/sets/72157594450214152/


October 21 - Haunted Hike This Weekend at CFE

This weekend is the Haunted Hike event at CFE. All units can arrive at 6:00 pm on Friday and check in at the pavilion. Units will be camping West of the main road, camporee style from the parking area to behind the pool house. Units are camping close together on purpose so they can have fun together, make new friends, cracker barrel and have a great time.

All units are to have everything they need to decorate their assigned section of the Haunted Trail, if they sign up at check in, and have enough decorations, candy, and a short game or challenge for their trick or treat table on the activity field for the little ones.

Saturday evening at dark we will have a movie, "Hotel Transylvania" with popcorn in the amphitheater.

Sunday will be a Scout's Own service in the amphitheater.


October 19 - Promote NYLT in your units!

Attention to all Scoutmasters and Crew Advisors:

This is a reminder that this year's NYLT course registration is currently open on the council website. Course registration is limited and is filling quickly. This is an opportunity for your Scouts to gain leadership skills they can use for the rest of their lives. Don't delay, register now and take advantage of this council opportunity. The course provides an environment that promotes teamwork, team development, conflict resolution, creativity and problem solving.

The home unit benefits from trained scouts that can deliver a more exciting program, and gets credit for the Journey to Excellence at the time to re-charter.

View the informational flyer, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the course director, Javier Aristimuno at (941) 232-8073, or email: Scoutmaster@Troop100.com.

Yours in Scouting,

Javier Aristimuno
Scoutmaster NYLT
National Youth Leadership Training course 2015
(941) 232-8073
Scoutmaster@Troop100.com


October 18 - Advanced Training for Adult Leaders and Boy Scouts

There is an advanced leader training course for everyone!!! Well, for any registered adults, and any scout that will be 13 years old, have attended Troop Leadership Training (ILST), and is First Class Rank or higher before January 10, 2015. I'm talking about Wood Badge for the adults and NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) for the Boy Scouts.

Registered adult leaders, go to http://www.swflwoodbadge.com/ and register for Wood Badge today! You can register now without paying in full now (a $90.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration). All fees are due by January 21, 2015. This is excellent leadership training for any registered adult at any level, whether a seasoned scouter, or just beginning your journey.

Scouts (that are or will be 13 years old, have attended Troop Leadership Training (ILST), and is First Class Rank or higher before January 10, 2015, go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1573979 and register for NYLT today! You can register now without paying in full now (a $75.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration). All fees are due by December 9, 2014. This is a great opportunity for leadership training, which will only help your troop to be the very best that it can be. Once NYLT trained, you also have the possible opportunity to be on staff for future NYLT and Wood Badge courses, which is a great opportunity... and lots of fun!


October 17 - Jamboree On The Air

This coming Saturday, October 18th (tomorrow) is the 57th annual "Jamboree On The Air" - this is by participants the largest scout function in the world every year (yes, larger than BSA National Jamboree!)

Jamboree On The Air, or JOTA, is an annual event that allows scouts of all ages to get some 'on the air' time on Amateur radio and talk directly with someone hundreds of miles away, and in many cases, in other countries - truly a world-wide event. It is not unusual during this event to talk to people in Japan, Australia, Germany, or somewhere in South America. There have even been times where talking to someone on the International Space Station or the South Pole has occurred!

This is an opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about radio communication, talk to someone in another area of the world with voice or morse code, learn some radio terms and lingo, and get started toward earning an Amateur Radio Operators License (there are hundreds of youth younger than 9 that have done this!)

There is even an Amateur Radio Operator patch for scouts with the license, and a Morse Code interpreter strip that you can earn as well! Scouts that are interested, make a few contacts, learn some terms, and be well on your way to earning your radio merit badge or finding out how to get your amateur radio operator's license!

We will be ON-THE-AIR at Camp Flying Eagle with the Camp club call sign K4BOY starting Saturday about 9AM, at the Admin Pavilion (right beside the Campmaster building) - our event wont be as big as some of the councils have, but with your support, we will be able to grow this into a great event and start tying in STEM activities as well!

Please stop by!

(Amateur Radio Operators.... links also contain the frequencies for JOTA, and we will be using one of the 70cm local repeaters for some of the operations, please let me know if you want that info and i will send you the frequency. You may also have success contacting us on the NI4CE repeater system at 145.430 PL100. JOTA Reference link is http://www.scouting.org/jota/operators_guides.aspx)

Links to help you get started:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/jota/pdf/130-218_WEB.pdf
http://www.k2bsa.net/
http://www.k2bsa.net/jota-event-tips/
http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx


October 16 - Shooting Sports Training

Shooting Sports Directors, Dennis Smith and Don Hall, will be conducting BB/Archery/Slingshot Certification training November 1, 2014, beginning at 9:00 am at the CFE Range. Anyone who is interested, please Email Dennis Smith. Please bring a note pad, pen, water, and your lunch. There is no cost for this training. The next training will be held during MALT, March 14, 2015.

Dennis Smith
Shooting Sports Director CFE


October 15 - Update - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

I informed you of the death of Jerry Scott a legendary Scouter of the old Sunny Land Council and of Camp Flying Eagle.

I still have no information as to funeral services, but I did want to share with you a personal tribute that I wrote about Jerry.

Many of us old timers relied on Jerry's wisdom, friendship, skills and helpful attitude. I believe my tribute speaks for all who loved and respected him.

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


October 13 - Scouter Gone Home

Please see the message below from Red Dog. This was received on 10/12/14:

Dear Scouters,

I just received word that Jerry Scott passed away last evening at Blake Hospital. He had been experiencing some medical issues and came to Bradenton earlier this week to visit with his son, Brent when he was taken to the hospital. While there, his heart stopped and he was unable to be resuscitated.

Many of you old timers will remember Jerry as a former Campmaster and trainer, who was also very active at Camp Flying Eagle. He had relocated a few years ago to the northern end of Florida.

As soon as I learn anything regarding services, I will let you know.

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


October 9 - 2014 Broke Back Dog Challenge

Southwest Florida Scouters -

The 2014 Broke Back Dog Challenge will be held December 5th – 7th, at Camp Miles. Now is the time to gather all of your information to prepare for registration to open. In order to assist you with registering your unit, we’d like to give you some helpful hints.

1. This is a UNIT registration, so please have one person in your unit handle registering everyone who is attending.
2. When registering Webelos II and Boy Scouts, please make sure you have the name of the Patrol Leader and the Patrol Name. If you are combining several smaller patrols PLEASE enter the patrol name they are using for the event. Please remember patrol size is limited to 8 members.

STAFF REGISTRATION
As you know it takes a lot of staff to run large events and it takes a lot of staff to make these events successful. If you have staffed before or not at all there is a spot for you! We encourage as many of you as possible to staff so that we can have volunteers work in shifts and so that you can take in the sights and sounds that makes the Broke Back Dog Challenge.

When registering staff with your unit, please provide the volunteer staff person’s contact email and phone so the area director can contact them, NOT the person registering the unit.

Encourage your adults (over 18) to visit the Staff Interest page to volunteer for one of our many areas. This DOES NOT register the person for the Challenge, it simply notifies us that a volunteer has an interest to staff. The volunteer will still need to register with the unit. The first 200 volunteers who sign up to staff through this page will receive a limited edition Staff patch.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email: eventreg088@centurylink.net.

On behalf of the Broke Back Back Committee, we look forward to seeing you.


October 4 - BALOO and Haunted Hike Registrations

The registration for Manatee's BALOO on Saturday, October 11th has been extended to Wednesday, October 8th. Click Here to register today!

Also, the registration for the Manatee Haunted Hike is now online as well. Registration closes on Thursday, October 9th. Click Here to register today!


October 2 - Pine Level Justice

The Gathering


October 1 - Roundtable "Big Rock Topic"

Roundtable on October 2, 2014 - The "Big Rock Topic" for the general meeting:

  • Is your Troop or Pack aware that you may have MONEY in an account with the council office?
  • How Many Accounts do your have at council?
  • Do you know How Much may be in these accounts?
  • Or Where did the MONEY come from?
  • Or What you can use funds for?
  • Or Who can access them?

We will answer these questions about YOUR FUNDS and have a special quest from the council office who will address the issues surrounding Unit Accounts. Invite a new parent to attend and join the scouting community.

Thanks,
Rob Cuthbert
Manatee district Commissioner


September 26 - Cook Crew Date Announced

Hi Everyone,

I have come up with a date for the Cook Crew; the date is Oct. 25th. It is a Saturday, the time is set for 9:30 am to 1:30pm. Please meet in the dining hall. We will be teaching Food Safety and how to use all the equipment in the kitchen. You will be cooking lunch for yourself.

What we are trying to do is come up with a Cook Crew (4-5 groups each containing 3 or 4 adults) to run the kitchen during events that are held at CFE. This way we can break up the cooking, so as not to burn out the same people. There is NO menu planning that you have to do, just show up and cook, and run the kitchen. Yes, you can help plan the menu if you would like, I have found it better that most people like to just show up and cook, then leave the other stuff to someone else who has the time.

I can do all the food ordering for the cooking, I will be on a Cook Crew also, I will not be at every cooking event, but I will be in touch with all cooking crews that cook at CFE. I will go over the menu with the team leader of their cook crew consisting of 3 or 4 adults.

For this day please dress casual and either wear a hat or be prepared to wear a hair net. I will have non-allergenic gloves on hand for those that need. Please respond to this and let me know if you can make it on Oct. 25th at 9:30am at CFE. Please email me at rhicks46@verizon.net or email Red Dog at reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com.

You need to respond ASAP. I have to make sure I have enough Food Safety books to go around. Cut off date is Oct 18th.

Thank You,

Lynda & Robert Hicks


September 25 - Cub Scout Pictures Needed!

Current Cub Scouters and former Cub Scouters,

As many of you know I have been doing research and writing a book on the 104 years that Scouting has been in Manatee County. I have completed the research, the writing, and have just completed proofing the final draft.

I have tons of pictures of the Boy Scouts going all the way back to 1916, but I have only a tiny number of Cub Scout pictures. Our first Cub Scout pack was formed in 1938 at the First United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Since then we have had a total of 45 different Packs chartered in Manatee District. Of those 45 only 15 remain.

I would like to have a smorgasbord of pictures representing as many of those troops (expired as well as current) that I can gather. Can any of you help me?

I know many of you old timers grew up in Scouts here in Manatee County, either as a youth or as a volunteer leader. So somewhere in one of your rooms, in a closet, or a box perhaps stuck away in the garage you, must have a few pictures from those times.

Please go through that collection and scan me a couple of pictures that show you, your child, your den or your pack doing something. If you do find a picture send it to me, but make sure you identify it to include the pack number.

Thanks so much.

Red Dog (reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com)
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass


September 22 - Flashback - "Built to Honor" Event

I found this picture in my email and wanted to make sure to share it here.
There was a great turn-out at the Built to Honor event for Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese and his family on June 26, 2014.
Built to Honor


September 19 - Summer Camp Trade Show

Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Webelos II Leaders and Committee Chairs,

If your troop plans to go to summer camp next year, help your Scouts make an informed choice as to which camp to attend. Visit the 2014 Summer Camp Trade Show and visit with over 20 of the most popular camps in the Southern Region. Learn about new program offerings and facilities. Many camps offer in-council pricing for SWFC units attending this year's trade show.

All Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Webelos II, leaders and parents are encouraged to attend. Simply click on the Summer Camp Trade Show link to register so that we know that you're planning on attending. The trade show takes place in the Council Conference Center in Ft. Myers on Saturday, October 4 from 9 am – 3 pm.

View the Summer Camp Trade Show Flyer Here

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
239-936-8072 x103
800-269-8072 x103
FAX 239-936-7864
www.swflcouncilbsa.org


September 8 - Training Opportunities & Fun Galore!

September 2 - Scout Night with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Attention Scouters:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are holding a Scout night during the regular season game against the Atlanta Falcons, November 9th at 1 pm. Tickets are $15 for Scouts and $35 for leaders/family members. This includes your game ticket, mini Buccaneers football and a chance to win a VIP tour of One Buccaneer Place. To purchase these special tickets for your unit, please complete the attached order form and e-mail it to Courtney Grovatt (cgrovatt@buccaneers.nfl.com) or call (813) 870-2700 x2573. Orders must be placed no later than October 1st to be eligible for the VIP tour drawing.

Yours in Scouting,
Bruce Hassy


August 21 - Volunteer Cleanup at Crowley Museum & Nature Center

October 17, 10:00 am - October 18, 4:00 pm. Click Here to visit the Facebook page and join.
Time to get the grounds ready for our fall season!

We are looking for school, scout and social groups to come out and assist in Trail Maintenance, Removal of invasive plants, general repairs, etc.

Volunteers will be provided with free camping, lunch, dinner and water each day.

Crowley counts on volunteers and appreciates all the hard work that helps us keep our gates open year round. Please share this flyer and sign your group up today!
*Minors must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Tents can be provided at no charge to those wanting to camp with us the weekend of the clean-up. Please contact Jeanene with Not a Clue Adventures.

Location Address: 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, Fl 34240

Contact Phone # 813-789-094—Jeanene to let us know you will be joining us so we prepare enough meals!

Crowley accepts volunteers all year!


August 10 - Pack 41 needs your help!

Chemo_Care Bags


August 3 - Sidewalk Astronomy in Holmes Beach

Final opportunity to view Saturn at this event until May 2015

After a two-month summer hiatus, the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the first Sidewalk Astronomy event of their 2014-2015 observing season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 starting at sunset 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 in the field due north of the Holmes Beach City Hall. The Holmes Beach City Hall is located at 5801 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, Florida. Sunset on August 30th will be at approximately 7:50 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

The highlight of the evening will be stunning views of the ringed planet Saturn. Following the August 30th event, the planet will not be readily visible during Sidewalk Astronomy again until next May. The astronomers will also offer those in attendance close up views of the first quarter Moon and the planet Mars, as well as a variety of other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the night.

As always, the Sidewalk Astronomy event is FREE and open to everyone.

A PDF of the full schedule of the 2014-2015 Sidewalk Astronomy events can be found here. (http://www.lgdso.com/LGDSO/sidewalk/Sidewalk%20Astronomy%20FLYER%20fullpage.pdf)

For more information, please contact Brian Hawkes - (941) 342-9632, 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://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathansabin/sets/72157594450214152/

The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers


July 26 - BSA License Plate

BSA License Plate

Help support BSA volunteer and camp facility operations by renewing your “ Scouting Teaches Values” auto license plate. (Please tell all of your Scout parents about this)

How do I purchase a specialty license plate to support the Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Council?
When you renew your registration at your local tax collector's office, simply let them know you wish to replace your current license plate with a BSA specialty license plate. If it is not time in your license plate's cycle to replace the metal license plate, you will pay a few additional dollars to switch to a specialty license plate, so the best time to switch is when you're going to have to replace your metal license plate (every ten years). Specialty license plates cost a set fee (annually) above the standard Florida license plate, and the fees vary based on the type of license plate. These additional funds go to support the cause for which the specialty license plate was designed. For more information, see Specialty License Plate Report. This program has been in place since February 15, 1997 to support local causes in our state.

Why do I have to pay extra every year for a specialty license plate?
The purpose of specialty license plates is to raise funds for a particular cause. Each of the specialty license plates requires an annual use fee of only $20 for the use of the special design license plate. Florida Statutes would have to be amended to change this requirement. The use of a specialty license plate is a voluntary purchase. There are 9 Boy Scout Councils in the state of Florida all which receive an annual distribution based on the tags renewed in there region of coverage.

Where does the money for specialty license plates go?
Information on where the money goes from the annual use fees on specialty license plates is available from a number of sources. The Florida Statutes is the most direct information available, however, the Division of Motor Vehicles also provides a Specialty License Plate Report which specifies this information. The Southwest Florida Council uses any distributions to support volunteer and camp operations.

Thanks for your consideration in possibly making a change that can benefit Scouting in significant manner in our council ! Help us promote Scouting in our community one more way through the Florida State License Program!


July 26 - CFE Looking for a Few Good Men or Women

Good morning Scouters,

Camp Flying Eagle is now looking to hire up to five dedicated, seasoned, helpful, friendly, courteous, cheerful people (male, female, or married families) to serve as CFE Campmasters. Proof of Youth Protection Training certification is required.

There is no monetary pay for this position, but the perks are tremendous. Room and utilities are free; sometimes public food assistance in the form of guest invitations are available. Occasionally there is even free entertainment!

This is a part time job requiring employees to work only two weekends per year.

Applications will be taken and orientation training will be conducted from 9 am to noon on 30 August at the CFE Training Lodge.

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


July 24 - 2014 Manatee District Program Kick-Off

2014 Program Kick-Off


July 23 - Aquatics Training Weekends

Have you have been to Camp Miles or Camp Flying Eagle and as you are walking past the closed pool and thought, "It sure would be nice to take the Troop/Pack swimming"? We have the answer to that.

This Aquatics Supervision – Swimming and Water Rescue, one day training will allow you to open the swimming pool areas at either camp for your unit. The swimming requirement is the BSA Swim test (100 yards or 4 lengths of the pool).

The Aquatics Supervision – Paddle Craft Safety course is another one day training that will allow Troops and Crews to open the Water Front areas. (The unit must also have someone with CPR Training not provided with this course.)

NOTE: Cub Scouts are not allowed to participate in Water Front activities EXCEPT during Council Events.

Want to help out at Council Events? Take the Lifeguard Course. This class is available to Boy Scouts, Venture Crew Members and Registered Adults 15 years and older. You must be able to swim 650 yards or 26 lengths of the pool without stopping.

Every unit should have at least one Aquatics Trained individual.

Please review the attached flyer and come join us. Registration is expected to go live Wednesday, July 16th. If you have any questions please call the Scout Office – 239-936-8072 Click Here to view the flyer for more details and important dates.


June 23 - Built To Honor

The SWFL Council/Manatee District has been asked to demonstrate their Scout Spirit on a project to benefit a combat wounded veteran and his Family.

The Pulte Homes “Built to Honor” initiative is dedicated to delivering mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans throughout the country. Through a partnership with Operation Finally Home, we have identified and selected Staff Sergeant Alvin “Todd” Domerese and his family as the recipients of a brand new and fully furnished home. We will be building the Domerese house in our Bradenton community “The Reserve at Crossing Creek.” This location was selected due to its close proximity to both a VA hospital and clinic where SSG Domerese will receive his ongoing treatment. The Reserve at Crossing Creek is also in a great area to raise two boys, ages 6 and 10, and experience all that Bradenton has to offer.

SSGT Domerese and his wife are Scout Leaders with Pack 185 at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Clarksville, TN and their oldest son just crossed over into Troop 525 at New Providence Civitan Club in Clarksville, TN.

What do we need from our Scouts?

Please plan to join us this Friday, June 27th at 9:15 AM in The Reserve at Crossing Creek (see maps here) for the “Surprise Reveal” ceremony in which the Domerese family will learn that they have been selected by Operation Finally Home to be the recipients of a new home. Scouts will be positioned to greet the Family and waive American Flags as they arrive to welcome them to Bradenton and their new Scout Home.
We hope that you are as proud and excited as we are to have this opportunity to show our appreciation for a combat wounded veteran and his family.

Local media (including Bay News 9) will be on hand, so please make sure that you wear class A’s and represent all of the great things that Scouting has to offer the community.

Remember this is a Surprise Reveal, so please ensure that you arrive on time so that everything can be set up before the Family arrives.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Ed Genewick at 941-773-4907.


June 18 - Cub Camp at CFE featured in the Bradenton Herald

Below is a link to the article on Bradenton.com about the kick-off of Cub Camp at CFE:

http://www.bradenton.com/2014/06/17/5209768/the-ballistic-bears-blast-off.html

Great job to all of the staff and volunteers that make this happen each year!


June 18 - Update - Sad news, prayers needed for The Greene Family

Memorial services will be held on Monday June 23rd at 3pm.
Church of Hope Sarasota
1560 Wendell Kent Road
Sarasota, FL 34240

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June 13 - Sad news, prayers needed for The Greene Family

Dear Scouters,

As some of you may have known, CFE Ranger Todd Greene's father has been battling Cancer for the past several months. He lost his battle at 5:10 this afternoon.

At this time funeral arrangements have not been finalized. I will post them as they become available.

We all should keep Todd and all the Greene families in our prayers and thoughts.

Red Dog


June 15 - Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all of the Scouters out there that make such a difference in our scouts' lives. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank you for all that you do!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give to another person; he believed in me.” –Jim Valvano


June 13 - Sad news, prayers needed for The Greene Family

Dear Scouters,

As some of you may have known, CFE Ranger Todd Greene's father has been battling Cancer for the past several months. He lost his battle at 5:10 this afternoon.

At this time funeral arrangements have not been finalized. I will post them as they become available.

We all should keep Todd and all the Greene families in our prayers and thoughts.

Red Dog


June 12 - HELP Needed at Cub Day Camp!

Attention Scouters:

This is an urgent request from Steve Palmieri, Manatee Cub Day Camp Director. He is in dire need of a registered adult Scouter to serve as a Webelos Den Chief during Cub Day Camp at CFE 16-20 June. If you can serve in this capacity, send Steve an email at spalm34205@msn.com.

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


June 4 - June Roundtable

Attention all Scouters,

Just a reminder that the June RT scheduled for Thursday, 5 June is the last RT for the 2013-2014 Scouting year (next RT is scheduled for August 2014).

Both the Cub and Boy Scout Roundtable Staffs urge you to attend this Thursday's meeting. It will be a joint social affair (no training subjects) held on the open field in front of the Salvation Army's building on SR70, weather permitting. If weather cancels the outside location we will move into the Salvation Army's gymnasium at the same location.

The RT staffs and regular attendees will be providing the evening meal. Cookies, soda, and chips would be appreciated.

Please bring your lawn chair and join us for this fellowship gathering.

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


May 18 - Listening Phase - BSA NEEDS OUR HELP!

The BSA is asking for our help: The Commissioner Corps has been asked to assist with the listening phase of the Growth Initiative Membership Recruitment Project. We are reaching out to our commissioners, and in turn to our unit-level volunteers, to engage our volunteer base in gathering the best information we can as we work to grow the Scouting program. To help us gather input, we are utilizing an online survey. Click on the link for more information.

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/commissioner/pdf/listening_phase_survey.pdf

Thank you for your support of Scouting.

Yours in Scouting,
James Thielen | Council Commissioner
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Southwest Florida Council, BSA


May 14 - Scouter Gone Home - Updated

Dear Scouters,

It is with great sorrow and sad duty that I inform you that I just received word that former Osceola Lodge advisor and good guy, Frank Bower has passed away.

Our Scouting community has lost a great citizen, the Order of the Arrow has lost an impassioned Scouter and the arrowmen of Osceola Lodge has lost a great role model and leader.

Funeral arrangements are not available at this time. As soon as I receive the details I will forward them to you.

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


Update May 15 - I was saddened last night to learn of the passing of fellow Scouter, Frank Bower in Fort Myers on May 5th. Frank suffered another stroke the week prior to his death. As all of my Scouter friends know, Frank suffered a near fatal stroke many years ago and was terribly handicapped from it. The first stroke never beat Frank down. Frank was a former college professor, a past Lodge Adviser of Osceola 564, awarded the Panther District Award of Merit, The Southwest Florida Council Silver Beaver and many other Scouting Awards. Frank was a good man, he never asked for special treatment, he just wanted to be another Scouter. A memorial service will be held for Frank at the First Baptist Church of Ft Myers, 1735 Jackson St, Ft Myers, on Monday, May 19th at 2:30 pm. Please share this with all of our Scouter friends.


May 4 - Manatee District Pinewood Derby

The Forth was strong with these Cub Scouts!


May 4 - FREE Boy Scout Physicals on May 31st

The health screenings will again be held at the LECOM campus at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Road on Saturday, May 31st (8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.). A parent/guardian needs to be present during the time of the screening and contact information needs to be collected at the time of registration so please share this information with parents so that they may complete the registration procedure.

In order to participate, scouts and scouters MUST register using online registration. Click Here or go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b-uQYNF2YhQU8JUERPIvFi96PttTw_DClQP5S8oeAr8/edit#gid=801897597 to register online now. Be sure to enter your scout's name on the "May 31st Sign-up sheet" tab and also complete the contact information on the "Contact info" tab.


May 2 - May Roundtable Recap


April 22 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

It is with great sorrow and sad duty that I inform that Scouter Kevin Krafve died of a heart attack this morning 22 April, 2014. Kevin was the Cubmaster of Pack 22.

Our community has lost a great citizen, Scouting has lost an impassioned Scouter and the boys and families in Pack 22 have lost a great role model and leader.

Funeral arrangements are not available at this time. As soon as I receive the details I will forward them to you.

I ask that each of you keep Kevin's family in your prayers during this most difficult time.

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


April 18 - 2014 Manatee District Pinewood Derby


April 17 - Wood Badge Reunion

The registration deadline for this year's Wood Badge Reunion is Tuesday, April 22nd. All fees are due at time of registration. Click Here to register now and join your friends and scouting family.


April 10 - Scout Programs at MOSI

MOSI offers STEM workshops required for the Nova and Supernova Awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scouts. Workshops will engage scouts in hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Visit MOSI's website at http://www.mosi.org/education/scouts.aspx and scroll to the bottom for a complete schedule of workshops, times and fees.


April 1 - USA XXI - April 25-27, 2014 - The British Invasion


Registration for USA XXI closes on April 10th, so Click Here to Register Today! Click Here to view the full flyer for USA XXI. This year there will be a "Taste of UK Outdoor Cooking Competition" that you don't want to miss out on.

March 24 - 2014 Adult Recognition Dinner

This is a reminder to register to attend the 2014 Adult recognition Dinner before this Friday, March 28th. Click Here to view the flyer with more information and Click Here to register online TODAY!


March 7 - Walk a Mile in their Shoes


March 6 - Manatee District Roundtable Recap


March 6 - Argosy Merit Badge College

This is last minute, but I’m just now getting final information about this and thought I would pass it along. Click Here to view the flyer for more details and contact information.

Argosy Merit Badge College is this Saturday, March 8th. You can still register for Salesmanship and Medicine. You should show up in Class A uniform, with your merit badge booklet (having read it), and a blue card (signed by your Scoutmaster). If you are interested, please contact James Fetterman at jfetterman@compuserve.com with the merit badge that you wish to earn, you will need to call the money into Lori Laumeyer at the Council office before the end of the workday tomorrow, Friday March 7th.

Please be advised that scouts and parents are not to call Mr. Fetterman about any pre requisites. You should review the merit badge pamphlet and be able to realize what can be done in a classroom, and what cannot. For medicine, you may need to schedule a visit to your family doctor.


February 28 - Scouting for Food


February 5 - Manatee District Troop Committee Training

Troop Committee Training will be held on Tuesday, March 4th from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at 53rd Avenue Church of Christ (3412 53rd Ave E (SR70), Bradenton). Please Click Here to view the flyer for more details and to R.S.V.P.


January 23 - Update - Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1 Registration Extended until January 31st!

The online registration deadline for Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1 has been extended until January 31, 2014. Click Here to register 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! This training takes place at Camp Miles in Punta Gorda.


January 23 - Railroading Merit Badge

The Railroading Merit Badge clinic is being offered again this year. The clinic will be held at the Bradenton Convention Center (1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, FL 34221) on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Be sure to bring a Blue Card signed by your Scoutmaster. Click Here for more details.


January 22 - Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1

Scouters,

The last day to register online for the Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1 has passed. However, if you are interested, or know of someone who is, please Email Wendy Langford (Course Director - Wood Badge S4-88-14-1) directly and she will add you to the list.

Wood Badge is one of the best opportunities for training that is offered. This course is beneficial for ALL registered scouters, from a Tiger Den Leader to a Committee Chairperson. Don't miss out on this valuable training.

The most important object in Boy Scout training is to educate, not instruct.” - Robert Baden-Powell


January 22 - Merit Badge Day

Merit Badge Day is coming up soon, February 8, 2014. Registration closes on January 30th and all fees are due by February 3rd. Click Here to register now. For more details, Click Here to view the Merit Badge Day flyer.

January 15 - Florida Sea Base Lottery Registration Set to Open TODAY!

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Florida Sea Base Lottery Registration Set to Open

The lottery for 2015 high adventures at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base opens January 15. We'd love to have you here next year to experience the adventure of a lifetime! Below are key points to remember as you register.

The registration period for the lottery is January 15 to February 15.

  • Access to the Sea Base lottery is obtained through the Sea Base website, www.bsaseabase.org.
  • A Scout unit leader must create an account to access the reservation site. If the unit already has an account, another one can't be created.
  • A unit can request any number of dates and adventures that interest its Scouts.
  • Requests can be prioritized to increase the chances that the unit gets one of its top choices.
  • Requests can be added, deleted, or reprioritized during the lottery period.
  • Multiple crews can be requested for a specific date and adventure.
  • When a date and adventure are awarded to a unit, the unit gets all the crews requested. HOWEVER, units can't mix and match different adventures on the same date.
  • Units will be notified of the lottery results by March 1.
  • Units have 30 days to send a $100-per-person deposit to confirm reservations.
  • All remaining vacancies will be made available on the reservation site on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All adventure materials will be mailed in the fall after the first-half payment is received.

Individuals and small groups under the minimum crew size may be able to participate using the Scout Connections tab on our website.

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January 15 - Service Work Day at Camp Flying Eagle

Scouters,

On 8 February 2014 a Council wide Service Work Day has been scheduled for CFE.

Volunteers (adult and youth) are needed to come out and help on two major projects and some minor ones: The two major projects are rebuilding the bridge to the Shooting Sports Complex and the construction of a turn around by the Admin/Campmaster building.

Those Scouts/Scouters desiring to work on the bridge need to bring work gloves. All tools and materials will be on site.

Those who want to work on the turn around need only to bring work gloves.

Necessary tools will be on site.

Some minor projects exists that Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts (both with adult supervision) could work on include:

1. Sprucing up the Harlan Challenge Course/Chapel area
2. Some weed pulling around the Nature Lodge
3. A through sprucing up of all campsites to include removing down tree limbs
4. Straightening up and trimming all directional signs
5. Cutting back growth on tree farm
6. Trimming trails
7. Spreading wood chips at the Chapel, Nature Lodge, and Health Lodge

For those who want to work on these projects please bring lopping shears work gloves and wheel barrows.

There are some electrical needs also. If you can help, please bring your electrical tools.

There are some dead trees that need to be cut down and moved. Todd could use

2-3 chain saw crews with personal chain saws to do that.

Folks in large numbers are needed to accomplish all of these tasks. So, please consider setting aside this one day to provide service to your camp and to help the Ranger get the camp back in a pleasant and safe condition for your unit's camping.

If you can help, please let Todd know at 746-3919 or by email. Council will be providing a lunch for everyone who is working, but Todd needs to know who is coming so he can procure the correct amount of food. Work time is from 9 am until 4 pm.

Please remember to wear work clothes, a hat, and bring work gloves, sun screen, and a canteen. If you bring tools please mark them for identification purposes.

This is a good opportunity to schedule your unit for a weekend campout for the sole purpose of doing a service project. Please make unit reservation for camping through the council service center.

And for OA Brothers this is an opportunity for you to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.


January 6 - Manatee District Camporee

The registration deadline for the Manatee District Camporee is coming up soon. Registration closes on Thursday, January 16th. Go to www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1419266 for complete details and to register. Click Here to download the guide book. The theme this year is "Sailing the Seas of Scouting."

Boy Scout troops and Webelos who have made arrangements to be hosted by a troop are invited to attend. Note that the 'swimmer' classification for the youth on the raft has been waived due to the shallowness of the portion of the Manatee River on which the raft race will be held. Have questions? Please refer to page 3 of the guide.


January 3 - Shop Online and Support a Charity of your Choice

I just found out about Amazon Smile - it's a start page for Amazon purchases that automatically donates a portion of your receipt to the charity of your choice. I've set mine up for SWFL Council BSA. The easiest way to find them among all the councils in the system is to search for "boy scouts fort myers". It's probably worth sending out as it's an effortless way to donate. Go to http://smile.amazon.com - if you go directly to Amazon.com you won't be donating a penny.

Lee Manevitch | Bradenton, FL


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