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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

2015 News and Updates

December 30 - Coed Venture Crew 1995


My name is Russell Rozensky, and I am the founding President of Coed Venture Crew 1995 residing in Manatee County. I would like to invite you all to the next meeting which will be on January 3rd at 6:00 PM at the Bradenton AMF Lanes.

We are sponsored by Rotary International, and currently we are looking for more members. We have not yet decided what direction we will go, nor have we decided how often or on what nights to meet. That is going to be decided this next meeting.

To be in a Venture Crew, youth must be either the age of 14, or 13 and must have completed the 8th grade.

Thank you, and I hope to see some of you at the next meeting.

December 30 - Project WILD Workshop

Hello Scout Leader – Manatee County Extension Office is offering a new workshop, just click on the image below for details on how it applies to scout leaders and volunteers. It is an excellent way for the leaders to learn new activities on animals and habitats and teach the boys new ideas about the environment. The training has a workbook of 112 activities. Thanks so much.

Lisa A. Hickey
Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, Manatee County University of
Florida IFAS Extension Manatee County Government
1303 17th Street West | Palmetto, FL 34221
Phone: (941) 722-4524 ext. 261
Fax: (941) 721-6608
Email: lisa.hickey@ufl.edu
Web: manatee.ifas.ufl.edu

December 20 - Mason 'Mac' Aldrich To Reach 100 Gallon Donor Milestone

(Bradenton, FL December 17, 2015)  Fifth generation Manatee county resident Mason ‘Mac’ Aldrich began donating blood when he attended the University of Florida(UF) in the early 1970’s and has been saving lives ever since. At his next platelet donation he will achieve his 100 gallon donor milestone.

Mac Aldrich’s 100 Gallon Donor Milestone Celebration
Monday, December 21, 2015
8 a.m. donations begin
Recognition @10 a.m.

At OneBlood’s Bradenton Donor Center
216 Manatee Ave. East
Bradenton, FL 34208

After his UF graduation, Mac returned home to Bradenton and taught Middle School for 25 years and then worked out of the District Office teaching technology use to teachers for another 13 years, before retiring in 2014.  In 1983, he became a volunteer Boy Scout Leader in Troop 64 and has served in many scouting positions ever since. Along the scouting trail Mac also organized Boy Scout blood drives to encourage scouts and other adult leaders to join him in this vital public service.  Together, they have saved thousands of lives and families!

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. All donors receive a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org or call 1.888.9DONATE (1.888.936.6283)

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days.  The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant. 


OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.  The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.

December 10 - 2016 Manatee & Two Rivers Camporee

The guidebook for the 2016 Manatee & Two Rivers Camporee is now available. There will be a Native American theme this year celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Click Here, or on the image below, to view the guidebook and get your troop prepared.

2016 Manatee & Two Rivers Camporee

December 7 - Last chance to register for NYLT

Wednesday, December 9th is the last day to register for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training). Don't wait another day. Make sure that you are sending at least one eligible youth from your troop.

December 4 - Broke Back Dog Challenge Postponed

Due to standing water in all campsites in camp, the Council has made the decision to postpone the Broke Back Dog Challenge to April 1-3, 2016. This was a difficult decision to make due to the popularity of the event but last night's rain storm rendered the property unusable for this weekend.

The new April date does have a few advantages; rain is no longer an issue and April is traditionally a slow program month for units.

The contact who registered your unit will receive a detailed e-mail in the coming days outlining the following options:

  1. Rolling over your fees and registration to the postponed date
  2. Instructions for processing a refund if your unit does not wish to attend the event April 1-3, 2016.

Yours in Scouting,
Steve Martin Chairman,
Broke Back Dog Challenge

November 26 - Give Thanks!

November 18 - Registration Deadline for Cub Scout Winterfest and the Broke Back Dog Challenge

The last day to register for Cub Scout Winterfest or the Broke Back Dog Challenge is tomorrow, November 19th.

Click Here to register for Cub Scout Winterfest at Camp Flying Eagle. Download Flyer! Cub Scouts, Webelos, siblings and parents are invited to attend.

Click Here to register for the Broke Back Dog Challenge at Camp Miles. Download the Challenge Guide! Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, siblings and parents are invited to attend.

November 5 - Roundtable Tonight!

Don't forget that our monthly Roundtable meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm at The Salvation Army - 5328 24th St. E., Bradenton. Come a few minutes early and introduce yourself to another scouter that you may have not met before... if there is one.

Cub Scout Leaders - Click Here for the December 2015 Pack Resource Sheet that Judy will talk about tonight.

October 29 - 2015 Haunted Hike at CFE THIS Weekend!

The Haunted Hike will be held this weekend. The online registration has closed, however, you may attend the event by contacting James Warrick at the phone number or e-mail address on the attached flyer.


Mark Rosasco
District Executive Manatee County

October 22 - 2015 Cub Scout Winterfest at CFE

Register Today at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1801271.

October 19 - Celebration of Life for Meredith Lamb

Dear family, friends and acquaintances, plans has been finalized for Meredith's Celebration of Life memorial service.

Saturday, October 31st, there will be an open house at our house starring at noon till whenever. The address is 17819 Howling Wolf Run, Parrish, FL 34219. All are welcome to come visit, swap stories and socialize, food and beverages will be served.

Sunday, November 1st, the Celebration of Life memorial service will be officiated by Rev. Dana Narring at Mansion Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 1400 36th Ave E, Ellenton, FL 34222, starting 2:00 PM. There will be a fellowship immediately afterwards.

For those coming from out of the area, there are a variety of hotels in the area to stay at. Two recommendations that are close to the service and the house are:

Hampton Inn
5810 20th Ct E
Ellenton, FL 34222
Phone: (941) 721-4000

Sleep Inn
5605 18th St E
Ellenton, FL 34222
Phone: (941) 721-4933

I know Meredith would enjoy all the stories that will be shared this weekend of celebration of life. She loved listening and telling stories of the family and her adventures.

If there are any questions please feel free to contact me here or by phone.

Thank you all for all the well wishes, prayers and condolences over the past few weeks.

Yours in Scouting,
James Thielen | Council Commissioner
Southwest Florida Council, BSA

17819 Howling Wolf Run
Parrish, FL 34219-5010
P 941.776.9444 | M 941.730.6313 | F 941.776.9439

October 18 - Give back to the camp that gives so much to us.
October 11 - Jamboree on the Air this weekend!2015 Jamboree on the Air
October 1 - The Big Rock at Roundtable - Recharter!

September 25 - Your attendance is requested at Roundtable

At Roundtable this month on October 1st, the main topic at the General Session, which starts at 7:00pm, is on Rechartering your unit. All Units need to have at least one person present to pick up your unit's recharter paperwork and learn how Manatee District will support you in this process.

Mark Thielen
WB 83 Fox

September 22 - HELP needed for the Friendship Hike THIS weekend

Lisa and Gabe are looking for a few more people to help at the Friendship Hike this weekend. If you are available and can help, please contact Lisa VanBeuren at the number or email shown on the flyer below ASAP. Thank you all for your service to scouting.

September 16 - Last Call for Bucs Football Y'all!

Deadline for tickets and patches to be mailed is September 18th, 2015.
Any order placed after that date will be available for pick up at will call the day of event.

September 11 - JTE Leadership Hour - Wednesday, September 16, 2015


From the first knot tied to final hours of service performed, the Scouting experience is a journey like no other. Scoutbook ensures not a moment is missed - tracking advancement, milestone achievements and all the fun along the way.

Scoutbook is a groundbreaking web app that puts managing your Scouting experience at your fingertips.

  • For leaders, Scoutbook provides access to valuable tools and resources that will help with the day-to-day management of a unit, giving every leader more of what they need most: TIME.

  • For parents, Scoutbook provides the means to help busy parents keep track of busy Scouts.

  • For youth, Scoutbook has customizable profiles and interactive features that put the excitement of advancement into the hands of the Scout. They can share their success with friends and family as they progress through the program.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, for the JTE Hour to meet the founder of Scoutbook and hear directly from parents and leaders who are using this great tool. Don't miss it!

This one-hour broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. CST (11 a.m. EST, 9 a.m. MST, and 8 a.m. PST). Invite those on your team to sit in on the session. You can access the broadcast using the following Livestream link: new.livestream.com/bsa/nationalcouncil.

We look forward to sharing our "best practices" with you. If you cannot make it, a recording of the event will be available at the address listed above.

September 9 - 2015 Cub Scout Specifics Training

September 7 - 2015 Manatee District Friendship Hike

September 4 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Southwest Florida Council Day

If you have not ordered your tickets yet, you still have some time.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hold a Southwest Florida Council Day on Sunday, October 4th (Game time 1:00 pm).

Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Tickets are specially priced for the Council as follows:
Youth Upper Level Seats - $17.50
Adult Upper Level Seats - $35.00
Youth & Adult Lower Level Seats - $55.00
(Adult ticket purchases include a $10 food & beverage voucher, all tickets include a Scout Day Patch)

Tickets must be purchased through the Buccaneers box office or by mailing the form on the flyer. All orders must be received by the Buccaneers no later than September 18th for tickets and patches to be mailed. All orders received after September 18th will be handled through the will call window the day of the game.

For more information about this special SWFC offer please contact Courtney Grovatt (Buccaneers Group Sales) at 813-870-2700 x2573 or email cgrovatt@buccaneers.nfl.com.

August 26 - September Cub Scout Roundtable

August 22 - Good News Regarding Internet Advancement


Internet Advancement is no longer tied strictly to Internet Explorer and Windows. I completed an advancement report on my Mac Book Pro this afternoon using Google Chrome without a hitch. According to the Internet Advancement header (shown below), supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, and IE 9, 10, and 11. (Be sure to read the caveat regarding Internet Explorer 10.)

One way to access Internet Advancement is by going to my.scouting.org:

  1. Log in
  2. Click on ‘Home’ in the upper left corner
  3. Click on ‘Legacy Web Tools
  4. Select ‘Internet Advancement’ from the options presented.

Note: Other changes to the process may be coming soon as ScoutBook begins to take shape, but for the time being, this should be great news to those who have had a less than satisfactory experience using Internet Explorer.

Mac Aldrich

August 22 - NEW Online Camp Reservation System

Southwest Florida Council Scouters –

We are happy to announce the roll-out of our NEW Online Camp Reservation system!

We have an all new redesigned Camping Page with simple instructions for booking campsites, program areas, and more. As of Tuesday, September 1, paper Camp Reservation forms will no longer be accepted. You now have the ability to check on camp availability whenever your unit is planning a trip to either one of our camps (Camp Flying Eagle and Price Sanders Scout Reservation/Camp Miles). At the same time you can check to see what program areas are also available to you.

To access the NEW page simply click on the BIG, BLUE CAMPING tab on the homepage of the website.

Our site will begin accepting your unit reservations on Monday, August 24.

Previously submitted requests will be entered into the new system and you will receive electronic confirmation of your reservation request.

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

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

August 21 - Sidewalk Astronomy in Holmes Beach

The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the first Sidewalk Astronomy event of the 2015-2016 season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 19, 2015 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 September 19th will be at approximately 7:30 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

Highlights of the evening include a rare opportunity to view the distant planet Saturn and its majestic ring system. (Saturn will only be visible in the early evening.) A variety of other celestial objects including the planets Uranus and Neptune, and the first quarter moon will be viewed through the telescopes as these objects become visible throughout the night.

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

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/

August 16 - Program Kick-Off Details

A big thanks to all of the volunteers (almost 70 of you) who attended the 2015 Manatee District Program Kick-off on Thursday, August 13. It was great to see the smiling faces of so many leaders dedicated to providing excellent programs for our youth. A LOT of information was disseminated. If you were unable to attend this meeting, I strongly encourage you to touch base with someone from your unit who did.

Popcorn Orientation and School Night training are two of the more important events coming up right away. Both are being held at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70 (where Roundtable is held the first Thursday of each month) next Saturday, August 22nd. The Popcorn orientation session starts at 9:00 a.m. and the School Night training should begin between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Make sure your unit has representation at both meetings. Raising funds from the selling of popcorn will help to support the increase in your unit’s membership after your School Night recruitment event. Contact Larue Ashman Popcorn Colonel or Mark Rosasco School Night Recruitment trainer.

Brett Thomas, Vice-chairman of the Council Activities Committee, provided an overview of Southwest Florida Council’s events for the year and encouraged unit participation as well as adult and youth staff recruitment for the events. Please be sure to visit the SWFC website for detailed information and flyers.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Cub Scout program changes you have been hearing about begin in earnest this year. Training will be offered each month during Roundtable to help Cub leaders cope with the new material and procedures. Other training opportunities will also be offered, so check the council calendar frequently.

Boy Scout leaders: The Order of the Arrow requires your assistance in establishing dates for elections. If your unit did not sign up for an election during Program Kickoff, please contact James Warrick or Steve Shoemaker at your earliest convenience. Elections for each troop must be completed before the end of October.

Bob Parquette from Two Rivers District along with assistance from Lisa Van Beuren will be holding a Ten Commandments Hike at DeSoto National Monument on Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30. The emphasis of this event is for Cub Scouts to earn several of the religious requirements that they need as well as just become better acquainted with the 12th Point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is Reverent.”

The Cub Scout Friendship Hike headed up by Gabe Cole is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at Camp Flying Eagle. Check the council calendar/registration for more information.

Are you FULLY TRAINED especially when it comes to TEAMWORK, LEADERSHIP, and FUN? If not, seriously consider becoming so by taking Cub Scout Leader Specifics, Scoutmaster Specifics, and/or OLSI (Outdoor Leadership Skills Instruction), and/or OWLS (Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders. Contact Geoff Ashman or check the council calendar for more information.

And once you have completed those training courses (all of them will be offered before the end of November), sign up for the premier leader training, WOOD BADGE which will run the last two weekends of February and March. Don’t forget… 2016 is a Leap Year, so you have a bonus day to play with. Contact Ed Copeland or check the council calendar for more information.

Before I end this article, I wish to extend thanks to Chris Spano, representative from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He announced that there will be a special Scouts’ Night at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, October 4th. A reduced admission and a special patch will be offered. During the kick-off a drawing was held for four pairs of tickets to one of the upcoming games. Congratulations to James Needham, Brad Ranney, Maureen Reinecke, and Doug Shepard.

Hope to see you on Thursday, September 3rd at Roundtable!

Mac Aldrich

August 15 - Program Kick-Off Recap

Here is a recap of the activities that were advertised at the Program Kick-Off on 8/13 for the 2015-16 year:

August 15 - MOSI Boy Scout Programs this fall

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is offering many programs for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts this fall.

Cub Scouts and leaders, Click Here to view the programs being offered. Let the new Adventures begin!

Boy Scouts and leaders, Click Here to view the Boy Scout programs being offered.

Visit MOSI's website at www.mosi.org/education/mosi-scouts.aspx for full details and registration information.

August 14 - 2015-16 Roundtable Topics

August 9 - Program Kick-Off


It’s that time of year again to begin thinking about and planning for another great year of scouting. Please make sure that at least one representative from each Pack, Troop, and Crew attends the 2015-16 Program Kick-off this Thursday. There will be lots of information presented regarding programs, activities, events, training, and money-earning projects and you won’t want to miss out on any of them.

Questions/concerns? Contact me at mac_aldrich@mac.com or (941) 773-9647.

August 2 - Memorial Services for Chips Shore

The visitation and viewing will be on Saturday, August 8th from 10:00 am - noon in the Historic Courtroom. A memorial service following the visitation will be at 2:00 pm at the City Hall Auditorium. A private graveside service for the family the following Monday. The family appreciates very much all your prayers, love and support.

Chips was supportive of Scouts and Scouting. He was instrumental in helping to form Sea Scout Ship 459 and served as its COR.

Hopefully, there will be Scout representatives present. Attending in Class A uniform would be appropriate.

The Honorable Gilbert Smith Jr.

July 29 - Service Project Opportunity at the Bug Out Summer Social

This event is at the Palmetto Historical Park (515 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221). If you want to volunteer, you need to email Tori Edwards ahead of time so that they have a job ready for you. There are all types of activities that need volunteers: crafts, games, lemonade stand, temporary tattoo station, etc. Below is a copy of the event flyer so that you can see what types of activities will be happening that day.

Tori Chasey Edwards
Curator, Palmetto Historical Park

July 22 - The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award


The National Eagle Scout Association has established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (http://www.nesa.org/PDF/542-026.pdf) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.

Each local council will choose a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner. A national winner then will be selected from the four regional finalists. I am unaware if our council is currently participating in this award.

Here is a link to the 2015 Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (http://www.nesa.org/adams_award.html) by council, region, and the National Winner. I encourage each of you to study this list, if for no other reason than, to get an idea of various worthwhile Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects that you can discuss with your Life Scouts.

Who is Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams you, might ask.

Glenn Adams is the current chair of the National Eagle Scout Association, and funded the scholarship program to kick it off and sustain it. The various patches, pins and other trinkets which NESA sells goes into this fund also.

The scholarship amount varies by level. The national award winner receives a certificate, a silver device for the Eagle embroidered knot, and a cash award of $2,500 that will be available for the Scout’s future educational purposes or for him to attend a national or international Scouting event or venue. The national award winner’s local council will also receive a $2,500 award. The three regional winners who do not win the national award will receive $500, to be available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or facility. The local councils of those three regional winners (not the national winner) also will receive a $500 award. All regional winners will receive a certificate and a gold device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot. Each participating council winner receives a certificate and a bronze device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot from the National Eagle Scout Association.

Maybe Doddie Ranney, our District Advancement chair or Jim Thielen, our Council Commissioner, can ask whomever is our Council VP for Program is if our council participates in this program.

Red Dog

July 16 - Order of the Arrow Centennial Day

Today marks 100 years of the Order of the Arrow. The Governor of the State of Maryland, Larry Hogan, signed a proclamation making today, July 16, 2015, officially "Order of the Arrow Centennial Day," at least in Maryland. You can read the full article and see a copy of the proclamation here: http://scoutingwire.org/why-arrowmen-will-want-to-celebrate-on-july-16/.

July 15 - Sad News - Update


Meredith Lamb was born in 1956 in The Pas, Manitoba, daughter of Donald Bruce Lamb and Beverley (Spencer) Lamb. She attended University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where she received her Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and Master of Natural Resources Management. In 1996 she married Jim Thielen, and they have lived in Parrish, Florida for many years and previously in Illinois. Meredith's many talents included graphics design, photography, and avid reader and antiquing with Jim. She was active in Scouting before moving to Florida as District Family FOS Chair, Unit Commissioner and a variety of unit level positions.

She led an active and full life as a world adventurer even though it was shorten by illness. In addition to traveling widely and working around the world, Meredith was the family historian, maintaining a Lamb History website which history includes being bush pilots with family owned Lamb Airways, owning Beaver and Cattle ranches and operating the first trading in Northern Manitoba in the late 1800’s. She truly was an unique person with a diverse and interesting background.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Thielen, her stepsons Patrick, Andy, and Phillip, her brother Todd Lamb (Marianne), Niece Julia (Ryan) and Nephew Thomas plus three step-granddaughters, Elizabeth, Grace and Haley and a wide circle of family and friends.

There will be a memorial service on November 1st at 2:00 PM to celebrate her life. The location will be announced later.

Yours in Scouting,

James Thielen | Council Commissioner
Southwest Florida Council, BSA

Dear Scouters,

I just received information from Jim Thielen that his wife, Meredith, passed away last night while he was in Indianapolis. He is in route back to his home in Parrish.

I have no further details to give you at this time. When I receive further information on arrangements, I will pass it on.

Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers.

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

June 29 - Needed: Shooting Sports Staff for CFE

I'm trying to put together a shooting sports staff for CFE. Don and I need NRA certified instructors and RSOs, BB/archery certified adults, and youth (Boy Scout or Venture) over 14 to staff the range for events and to run the range when reserved by units for shooting sports activities.

I already know there will be a need for staff for November 13-15, 2015 for Webelos Activity Weekend, December 4-6, 2015 for Winterfest, and March 18-20, 2016 for Cub-O-Ree. Anyone who is interested can send me an email at carsmi1@verizon.net.

Dennis Smith
Shooting Sports Director

June 24 - Paying it Forward

Remember the story of the boy who found $20 and gave it to a soldier? This is the follow-up. Be sure to watch to the end.

This story is several years old and has been around before, but it touched me more this time than it did in the past.

Having just come off a week at CFE (Cub Day Camp) working with youth of the age of this young boy, it made me realize how pure their souls are and how they are impressed by the actions of the adults around them. We should all remember how our example serves as a model of their behavior today, tomorrow, and in the future.

When I came in from the range Friday evening I was dead tired from spending the week with over 220 boys teaching them gun safety and allowing them to grow in character while having fun. When this email arrived in my in box I was immediately rejuvenated and was ready to re-up for another week!

We all should experience such transformative leadership.

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

June 21 - Scouts Night at McKechnie Field

Packs, Troops and Crews,

The Bradenton Marauders are hosting a Scouts Night on Friday, July 3rd. Please view the flyer Here for more information. The deadline for registration is June 30th. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm, with post-game fireworks!

May 25 - Memorial Day

Perhaps you are familiar with the Medal of Honor as well as some of the recipients.

This is a Video that I would like to share with you on this Memorial Day. It is a very inspiring description of a Catholic priest during the Korean war who received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy.

I was not a member of his unit at the time of his capture (I was in a division that was on his division's left flank). However during a second tour in Korea in 1966 I did command Troop A of his unit. His notoriety is well know throughout the 8th Cavalry Regiment, and for that matter throughout the Army as he is the only Army Chaplain to have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Today as we honor those those who are no longer with us, let’s not forget those who heard the call, stood up, stepped forward, raised their right hand, took the Oath, stood in the gap, walked in the fire, and did their duty. Consequently, they have nothing to prove, no one to convince.

This is heroism. Real heroism.

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

May 19 - 2015 Guide to Safe Scouting

The 2015 Guide to Safe Scouting is now available. Click Here to view and/or download a copy for your unit. To access the latest news at any time, view the online version of the Guide to Safe Scouting, which is updated quarterly. Just go to http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx.

May 11 - Adult Leaders Recognized

A BIG Thank You to Maureen and Ed for putting together the Adult Recognition Dinner, held on Thursday, May 7th. We had close to 70 guests and a good time was had by all. Thanks, also, to Popi’s Place for an outstanding meal.

The recognitions were as follows:

Outstanding Leader Awards (as submitted by individual units for outstanding service to their Pack or Troop):

  • Pack 22 - Nora Jacoby
  • Troop 22 - Douglas Bennetts
  • Pack 41 - Lisa Van Beuren
  • Pack 42 - Tracy Legato
  • Troop 89 - Richard Yunker

Cubmaster of the Year: Pack 22 - Mark Landers

Scoutmaster of the Year: Troop 89 - Larry Price

Live Oak (a district award to recognize those leaders who go above and beyond the call of duty, started in 1958):

  • Troop 10 - Tony Klene
  • Troop 10 - Lee Manevitch
  • Pack 42 - Lisa Van Beuren

Scouting for Food Award (recognition for the largest contribution this year - 1810 pounds): Pack and Troop 76

District Award of Merit (1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter. 2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time. 3. Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position. 4. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration. 5. Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.):

  • Troop 89 - Geoff Ashman
  • Troop 22 - Ed Genewick

Training Knots Awarded:

  • Gary Breton - Scoutmaster's Key
  • Gary Breton - Unit Leader Award of Merit
  • Eric Salibury - Scouter's Training Award for Boy Scouts
  • Rhonda Leiberick - Den Leader Training Award

Also, Judge Gilbert Smith received a plaque for his 6 years of service as chairman of the Manatee District Committee.

For photos from the event, visit this DropBox gallery OR copy/paste the following URL into your web browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ybll9fz70atf1yr/AADjOos-F3h6VrhErAlhZBlLa?dl=0

Our regularly scheduled Roundtable meeting will take place on Thursday, June 4th at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70. This will be our annual fireside meeting and potluck supper, so be sure to bring your chair, something to share, and get ready for a great scouting summer.

Mac Aldrich

May 8 - Scouter Gone Home

I express my sorrow in the passing of Glenn Sommerville, a person that I admired, respected, and enjoyed knowing for 20 years. He was in his element each December when, dressed as Santa Clause, would sit at the end of the Monkey Bridge on Sunday morning to great each and every child as they crossed the bridge to greet, talk to, and receive a gift from “Jolly ol’ Saint Nick.” To see the enjoyment from the eyes of both Glenn and the children, as parents took pictures of them hugging and talking to each other, was indeed the highlight of each Cub Scout Winterfest Encampment for many years.

It is not going to be the same without him. May his soul rest in peace.
Service will be at Faith Bible Church,
1511 Morgan Johnson Rd. Bradenton
Saturday, May 9 at 1pm.

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

May 2 - Manatee District and Council Calendar

Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs and District Members,

Click Here for the 2015 – 2016 Manatee District and Council Calendar. This calendar is your unit’s tool to prepare for your unit calendar planning. As your unit reviews the calendar, please be advised that these dates are as of April 30 and should any changes happen those changes will be posted on the interactive calendar pages on the council website. Please make sure to double check that calendar. Please share this calendar with your unit. The FULL council and district calendars can also be found on the homepage of the council website.

As your unit makes plans to camp at our council camps you may want to verify camp availability prior to making plans. You can do that by emailing Justine Gonzalez at: Justine.Gonzalez@scouting.org. Inquire about the date, your unit type, and how many people might be camping. She will email you letting you know availability so that your unit can then place a camp reservation request

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

May 2 - URGENT! - LECOM Medical Checks

Scouters and Scouts needing updated physicals for summer camp, high adventure camp, or just to have a form on file in their units should consider taking advantage of the FREE physicals being offered at LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) located on Lakewood Ranch Blvd just north of Lakewood Ranch High School next door to the YMCA. At present, there are about 55 of 152 slots still open.

These physical checks are not limited to Boys Scouts and their leaders. Adult leaders for Packs and Cub Scouts are also welcome and those boys attending Day Camp or planning to participate in the Cub Resident program at Camp Miles need to have current medical forms.

LECOM has been good enough to offer this program for the last 5 years, but a lack of showing does not portend well for its future.

Have you checked your boys’ health forms to make sure that they are up-to-date? Is YOURS up-to-date? Do you know if the Webelos that crossed over recently even have forms? Do you have the appropriate health form completed for the activities you plan to participate in over the next year?

This is something that each of your boys’ parents need to be made aware of so that THEY can reserve a slot and be responsible for getting them to/from the site. To reserve a time for your physical (and you MUST reserve a time), click here OR copy/paste the following URL into your web browser: https://docs.google.com/a/manateeschools.net/spreadsheets/d/1xTXWNo6knSl1cDmjkHSQ6AXBPEBJPRD-Q-qN2aIz6JI/edit#gid=0

You will also need to acquire the proper health form from this location (or copy/paste: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx). Be certain to Download the form from the “Are You Going to Camp?” section.

I hope that you will pass this information on to those who need it. Time is running out.

P.S.: If you are planning to help at CFE on the 9th and need a physical, you’re close enough to be able to do so and still get some volunteer hours in at camp.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich
Manatee District Vice-Chair

April 30 - New Manatee District Scout Professional Announced

Scout Executive and C.E.O. of the Southwest Florida Council, Greg Graham, has announced the selection of Mark Rosasco, as District Executive for Manatee Co., effective May 1, 2015. Mark has a strong Scouting background having served in several leader roles in his son's Cub and Boy Scout units in the Manatee District since moving to the area in 2004. Mark has attended numerous volunteer trainings including BSA/American Red Cross Lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid, and Wood Badge.

Rosasco’s new responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of the Scouting program in Manatee Co. including program coordination, financial administration, membership and volunteer recruitment. Greg Graham, stated, “Mark has outstanding leadership skills, business experience and a work ethic that will take the Scouting program in Manatee Co. to a new level of success.” Mark Rosasco states that “he looks forward to building on the great tradition of Scouting in Manatee Co., and growing the Scouting program in all areas while building an even stronger volunteer base for future growth in Scouting.” The Scouting program in Manatee Co. served over 1400 youth and 450 adult volunteers in 2014.

Rosasco has a strong background in business with the majority of his career being in the construction project management business. Rosasco is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Building Construction Degree. Mark and his wife, Heidi, have two sons, John and Ben. Mark can be contacted temporarily at (mrosasco@tampabay.rr.com) and 941-266-2385.

April 29 - Help needed at Tribute to Heroes Parade

LWR Community Activities Corporation would like as much help as possible from any Troops, Pack or Crews. Assistance is needed to help the older Veterans to and from seating, to and from vehicles, and to and from the stage if needed. If you would like to volunteer, please Email Kayane Merrill.

If any troops or crews are interested in walking in the parade, please complete the registration form Here.

April 22 - 10% off Camp Sun-N-Fun for Cub Scouts

Susan Shoemaker
Lifestyle Team / Summer Camp Coordinator
Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground
Phone: 941-371-2505/ Fax: 941-378-4810

April 19 - Manatee District Pinewood Derby

April 17 - BSA Physicals at LECOM on Saturday, May 9th

We have confirmed a date for the Boy Scout physical exams at LECOM.

It will be Saturday, May 9th, starting at 8:30am at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34208.

LECOM medical students will be working with Dr. Grubb and residents from Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Please have the Boy Scouts read the instructions and sign up at the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xTXWNo6knSl1cDmjkHSQ6AXBPEBJPRD-Q-qN2aIz6JI/edit?usp=sharing

Also, please remind them to bring their physical form on May 9th with the portion they need to see prior to be seen by the student doctors and physicians. Please note, I do not have the form if they show up without one. Access the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record Here.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to working with the Boy Scouts again this year.

Have a good day

Kersten Schroeder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Director of Community Outreach
LECOM Bradenton
5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211

April 16 - Go Register for the Adult Recognition Dinner

Registration for the Manatee District Adult Recognition Dinner is now available on the Council website. Go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1719463 and register today. Registration closes on Monday, May 4th.

If you have not turned in your nominations, you still have time. All forms are due no later than Tuesday, April 21st. Please Click Here for the flyer for contact information to submit the forms to. Click on one of the links below to access the appropriate nomination form:
Cubmaster of the Year
Scoutmaster of the Year
Live Oak Award
District Award of Merit
Outstanding Leader Award (each unit nominates one)

Come out and support your fellow Scouters and you never know, you may get a little surprise yourself!

April 5 - New Cub Scout Program Information

Here are some links to updated information on the new Cub Scout Program that launches on June 1, 2015:

This information will also be available on the Resources page for future reference.

March 27 - Roundtable and Adult Recognition Dinner Schedule

The Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner originally scheduled for April 2 has been postponed. On April 2nd, we will have a normal Roundtable meeting at The Salvation Army.

The Adult Recognition Dinner will now be held on Thursday, May 7th, in place of the May Roundtable. The Dinner will be held at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church (6510 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, 34209).

The nomination forms deadline has also been extended to Tuesday, April 14th. So if you still have nominations to get in, it's not too late... yet!

March 23 - Help needed at Camp Flying Eagle

Scouts and Scouters,

The Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and their Key Clubs had about 75 members out here Saturday March 21, doing a lot of work for CFE. They painted several buildings, repaired the Nature Lodge windows, and the Kiwanis Latrine. They removed a lot of debris left over from the demolishing of the old cabins by the OA during The Ordeal, and they started the reconstruction of two cabins; one in Bill Selby and one in Kiwanis. They also resealed the amphitheater with water sealer.

We could use quite a bit of more assistance to complete the rebuilding of those two cabins and painting of several more buildings. Considerable numbers of roof tops need cleaning of leaves and fallen branches. I am asking all units to consider spending a Saturday or even a weekend helping to finishes these projects. I have paint and materials on hand. I need labor because it is more than one person can handle.

Pick out a date, let me know what you can assist with, and I will have the materials for you. I have some tools, but if you plan on doing carpentry work you need to bring as many tools as you can, since I have limited amounts. My campmasters will have total access to painting supplies, but carpentry will require coordination with me.

Thank you,
Todd Greene Sr.
Ranger - Camp Flying Eagle

March 22 - Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Manatee Adult Recognition Banquet scheduled for April 2 has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced shortly.

March 10 - Manatee District Training Workshop

A couple weeks ago, several members of the Manatee District Committee got together for a day of training. A big thank you to our District Training Chair, Geoff Ashman, District Commissioner, Rob Cuthbert and Red Dog for taking time out of their busy schedules to present this training.

The efforts of those mentioned are compiled in a presentation that is now available for everyone to peruse to learn more about what your District Committee is all about. This presentation can be found on the Resources Page under Other Resources. Click Here to view the presentation now.

February 28 - Scouting For Food Update

I want to thank the following units for their participation in this year’s Scouting for Food service project:

  • Troop 10: 270 lbs.
  • Pack 57: 108 lbs. (with more to be added)
  • Troop 64: 239 lbs.
  • Troop 72: 294 lbs.
  • Troop 76: 1,810 lbs.
  • Pack/Troop 111: 216 lbs.
  • Pack/Troop 191: 564 lbs.

Grand total for the day was 3,501 lbs. which is about 500 lbs. more than collected last year.

There are a few units who will be completing their collections a little later due to other considerations. As their totals are reported, they will be announced here.

Update -- March 3 - Ken Settlemyer contacted me today to announce that Troop 8 had collected another 609 pounds of food through their chartered organization, the First Methodist Church in downtown Bradenton and had delivered it to Meals on Wheels. This brings our total up to 4,110 pounds.

Along with the collection of the donations, I especially want to thank the boys and adults of troops 10, 64, and 76 for their assistance in emptying bins, sorting the foods, boxing, weighing, etc. It is a lot of work to go through this process and really helps the folks at Meals on Wheels who would have to rely on other volunteers to come in and do it. I also want to extend my gratitude to Cindy and Mitchell at Meals on Wheels for allowing us to work with them and for providing hot dogs, snacks, and water. Mitchell also answered several questions about the facility and how it helps feed the needy which was enlightening.

The food donated today will go a long way toward feeding the homeless, elderly, and down-on-their-luck families in Manatee County. And while I would have liked to seen better participation by all of our units, I realize that we all have a lot on our plates and have to make choices. The Scouting for Food project will be scheduled for the same time next year, so please do what you can to pencil it in on your calendars NOW.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Scouting for Food Coordinator

February 26 - Scouting For Food

Scouting for Food donation collection/drop-off is this Saturday (Feb. 28) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Meals on Wheels facility on the corner of new U.S. 301 and 9th St. E. across from Tropicana. Hot dogs, snacks, and drinks will be provided.

Units wishing to procure Scouting for Food patches will first have to have someone from their unit enter the number of man-hours spent on the project (Distribution of door hangers + time spent collecting + time assisting at Meals on Wheels) into the Good Turn America service hours site accessible via the council web site. Patches will not be available on-site, but will be distributed at a future Roundtable meeting.

The following units picked up door hangers during the February Roundtable and will be expected at Meals on Wheels on Saturday: Pack 41, Pack 42, Pack 57, Troop 64, Troop 72, Pack/Troop 76, Troop 89, Pack/Troop 111, Pack 126, Pack/Troop 191, and Pack 4168. If something has changed and your unit will not be participating after all, please contact me ASAP at 773-9647 so that we will not be waiting at the facility. Also, if your unit is not listed and is planning to participate, please contact me so that I’ll know to expect you.

Units who may be running late should also copy my number so that you may contact me and let me know not to close up shop right at 1:00.

I hope that everyone has a great turnout and that we will have lots of donations to provide to those who need our help.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich,
SFF coordinator

February 26 - Manatee District Training Day

You are invited: Manatee District Training Day @ CFE Saturday February 28, 2015 Time: 8 am to 4 pm

No registration fee - Bring your own lunch

Theme of the Event: The Trail to Gold!

All Scouters are welcome. This event is a gathering of District Committee members and, the subcommittee members to plan our Sept 2015 to Aug 2016 year. You will learn how the Manatee District is planning on achieving a Gold rating on the BSA Journey to Excellence. We will review the roles and responsibilities of the District Committee members and how, working as a team, we will achieve a gold standard while enhancing and growing the Scouting experience within the Manatee District.

  • Join your District leaders in planning our Sept 2015 to Aug 2016 year Ø Learn what the District Members do for you
  • Discover how the District works to support Units
  • Ask questions about recruiting, training, and events
  • Enjoy our breakout activities
  • Participate in a session on how to “save” a Unit

Trainers: Geoff Ashman and Red Dog.

Your participation in this event is vital to the ongoing success of Scouting in the Manatee District.

Looking forward to enjoying the day with you,
Rob Cuthbert
District Commissioner

February 19 - 2015-2016 Cub Scout Requirements beginning June 1st for the New Program

Check out these new additions to the Resources page:

February 8 - Happy Birthday BSA!

Today, 8 February, the Boy Scouts of America turns 105!

As many of you know, on Feb. 8, 1910, William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America under the laws of the District of Columbia.

A year earlier, in a visit to London, Boyce had gotten lost in the fog when a boy came to his aid. The boy guided Boyce to his destination and refused a tip after doing so. The boy said that as a Scout he would not take a tip for doing a Good Turn. This ignited a desire within Boyce to bring Scouting back to the United States. And just a mere seven months later in September, Charles Maus, a school teacher in Manatee High School, formed the first Scout troop in our county.

For one hundred and five years Scouts and Scouters have pledged to honor and serve "God and Country." Thanks to all the adults who have dedicated untold millions of hours aiding those boys to become patriotic American men of honor, often in the face of fierce and malign adversity.

May the patriotic service to America of our Boy Scouts of America continue for centuries to come, and may all who love America and the values of the Founding Fathers, which Scouts and Scouters transmit from generation to generation, honor Boy Scouts for that service, perpetually, in an attitude of gratitude, which Boy Scouts so richly deserve.

Happy Birthday, Boy Scouts of America!
Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

January 29 - Sons of the American Revolution Recognize Two Eagle Scouts

On Friday, January 16, 2015, at their monthly luncheon at Sarabay Country Club, the Saramana Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized two Eagle scouts from the Southwest Florida Council. The occasion was recognizing the candidates for the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship.

From the Manatee District, Lee David Weis was recognized and received a certificate and a bronze citizenship medal. From the Two Rivers District, Colton McVety was recognized and received a certificate, oak leaf clusters and a scholarship.

At the luncheon both scouts were asked to read the essay on the Revolutionary War they submitted with their application. The program will be broadcast on Manatee Education Television in the near future.

January 25 - 2015 Adult Recognition Dinner

Register at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/openrosters/Calendar.asp.

For the Nomination Form for Cub Leader of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, the Live Oak Award, or the District Award of Merit Click Here.

For the Nomination Form for the Outstanding Leader Award (Each Unit Nominates One) Click Here.

All forms are due by March 21, 2015.

January 19 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

It is my sad duty to inform you that Paul Richter of Palmetto, passed away quietly at home on January 15, 2015.

Paul was currently an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 8 Bradenton. Over the years he was active with Pack and Troop 32 in Ellenton and Troop 72 in Palmetto.

Visitation was held 6-8PM Sunday, January 18 at Groover Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10AM on Monday, January 19 at Holy Cross Church, 502 26th St. W, Palmetto, FL.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tidewell Hospice, 4151 37th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.

Please keep his wife Brenda, and sons; Paul, Carl, and Michael in your prayers.

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

January 17 - 5th Annual Good Scout Award Dinner

The 5th Annual Good Scout Award Dinner will be held on March 14, 2015, beginning at 5:30 PM at the Manatee Performing Arts Center (502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205). This year we will be honoring The Bradenton Kiwanis Club. Click Here for more details and to register, or learn how to become a sponsor.

January 17 - MALT... Not just a type of Milkshake

Attention all Scouters,

MANATEE ADULT LEADER TRAINING [MALT] is scheduled to be conducted at CFE on 14 March 2015. A total of 18 separate subjects are being offered.

Click Here to view the class schedule showing classes, times, and locations. A smörgåsbord of training has been prepared for both pack and troop leaders as well as pack and troop committees. This training is offered once annually, so everyone is encouraged to take as much training as their time will permit. Maximizing this training opportunity will assist you in maximizing your units’ ability to present a productive program to the youth in your unit.

If sufficient interest warrants, the District Training Committee will also schedule a Cub Specifics Course during this MALT session.

There is no cost for this training, but you must provide your own sack lunch. Please insure that the attached schedule is made available to all members of your unit.

Remember to register with the Southwest Florida Council prior to 9 March so we can insure we have the requisite instructors and handouts present.

At the February and March Roundtables, the Manatee Training Committee will be collecting the names of those who intend to attend the training session to include which classes they will be taking.

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

January 16 - 2015 County Fair Booth


I want to thank those who stepped up at Roundtable and volunteered to man our booth at the Manatee County Fair which runs January 16-25.

There are still slots available. To see if there are times that you would be interested in helping out, click here. The link will take you to a Google Docs spreadsheet where you may enter your name in the open time frames. Please do not delete those already entered (unless it was originally created by you).

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

January 15 - Sidewalk Astronomy at Riverview High School

January 14, 2015 – 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, January 24, 2015 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing at Riverview High School. This will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the school's Planetarium. The school is located at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, Florida.

Sunset on January 24 will be at 6:03 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

Highlights of the evening include an opportunity to view the planets Jupiter and Uranus, and incredible close up views of the first quarter moon. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes 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/

January 13 - Manatee Merit Badge Day

The 2015 Manatee Merit Badge Day registration is now open. Click Here or go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1573991 and register today. Class sizes are limited, so the sooner you register, the better chance you have of attending the merit badge classes that you want. Registration closes on January 22nd and all fees are due by January 30th. Click Here to view the flyer for more information.

January 12 - Don't Miss This Great Opportunity

There are only 38 days left until Wood Badge course S4-88-15-1 begins! There are still openings available, but they will not last long. Registered adult leaders, go to http://www.swflwoodbadge.com/ and register for Wood Badge today! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn valuable scouting techniques, form great friendships, and have a whole lot of fun!

January 6 - Scout Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

It is my sad duty to inform you that Scout Maxwell Erik Grablin, Troop 8, First United Methodist Church, Bradenton, passed away Jan.3, 2015.

Maxwell was born on Oct.30, 2002 in Bradenton to Dr. & Mrs. Patrick J. and Karin A. Grablin.

He was in 6th grade at the State College of Collegiate School. Maxwell also attended the Unity Church in the Woods in Bradenton, and had been a Cub Scout with Pack 22 for 5 years at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. Max was an avid collector, builder and enjoyed video games. He also enjoyed taking golf lessons at the Bradenton Country Club and took guitar lessons at the Florida Enrichment Academy. And he loved his pet hamster, Harryett.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A celebration of Maxwell’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Interment will be private.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorial donations be made to the Maxwell E. Grablin Memorial Fund c/o Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285 or online http://www.gulfcoastcf.org/news/2015/01/05/donate-to-the-maxwell-e-grablin-memorial-fund/. The Fund will be used to benefit children and animals in need, as Max would have wanted.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

People who are unable to attend the funeral service can sign a condolence book on line by visiting the Shannon Funeral Home site at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

I urge all members of the Manatee District Scouting Family to show our respect and Honor to Scout Max Grablin and his parents by attending his Celebration of Life in Scout uniform.

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

January 3 - MALT Day 2015 Coming Soon!

Attention all Scouters,

Hope you all had a great Holiday period and are enjoying the great weather we are having here in Paradise!

Soon it will be time for us to get back to Scouting.

Click Here for a PDF format of the flyer announcing the classes Manatee District will be offering during the Manatee Adult Leader Training (MALT) Day scheduled for March 14th, 2015 at CFE.

A large group of experienced Scouters have agreed to provide a smörgåsbord of classes (17 in fact) that will assist each of you in providing a better Program for the youth in your unit. You can participate in just a single class or as many as your time will allow. A schedule indicating what time each class will be offered will be distributed at the February Roundtable. BB and Archery Certification will be offered both in the morning and afternoon.

There is no charge for this training except there may be a small charge for the CPR class. If you will be attending MALT over the lunch period, you should plan on bringing your own lunch.

You will need to register your intent to attend this training with the Council Office or (800) 269-8072 X104. Please do this NLT March 1 so that we can plan for the instructors to be present, and that we have sufficient numbers of handouts.

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

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