Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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



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

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

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

Southwest Florida Council Website




Prior News and Updates

December 19 - 2016 Winterfest Pictures

Thanks to Mac, Ben and Cayden for all the great pictures.


December 17 - 2017 Monster Jam!


December 17 - Two Rivers Merit Badge Day


December 15 - Roundtable Spirit at its Best!

William (?) Manrodt passing the RT Paddle to Ariel Ruiz at December’s Roundtable meeting.


December 10 - Learn How New Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Offer Greater Flexibility (with updates)

The BSA announces modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders, and Cubmasters.

As you may be aware, with one year of experience, feedback suggests that the new design of the Cub Scout program did successfully address many original concerns, but also indicates an opportunity for further modification. The fine-tuning reflects the BSA’s three-step approach to new programs: Launch. Learn. Modify.

Some Den Leaders are having difficulty fitting all the Adventures required for advancement into their program year given their number of Den meetings. This is resulting in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the modifications are being implemented to address this concern. These modifications, approved today by the BSA’s Executive Committee, are designed to ensure that Adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year and achievable by Cub Scouts from a wide range of backgrounds and socio-cultural experiences.

Most modifications involve the number of requirements to be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within the limited time available to many dens, while retaining rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs adapted to local needs and situations.

The transition will be seamless, with leaders choosing to use revised requirements as the den begins any new Adventure.

Visit scouting.org/programupdates (Changes have been made to the original achievement modifications that came out last week. If you have already downloaded or printed this document, please check to make sure it is the latest version. The easiest way is to check the number of pages. The old version had 56 pages, this is the updated 57 page version.) for more information or to review the entire program. The following "Bryan on Scouting" blog post will be the lead source for these changes. Also visit http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx?=17 for even more program update information.

Similar communication will be going to every registered Tiger Leader, Den Leader, Webelos Leader and Cubmaster, as well as various other constituent groups like Commissioners, Training teams, and others but please forward/share this information with any group or via any communication system as you see fit.

On behalf of Mark Logemann in Membership Growth to all Regional/Area/ Council Key 3’s, Region Board, and Area Committees


December 1 - 2017 Manatee/Two Rivers District Camporee - Highland Games

Online Registration is now open for the 2017 Manatee/Two Rivers District Camporee at Camp Flying Eagle. This is a UNIT REGISTRATION! One person from your troop will register everyone attending.

Visit http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/2018555 to register!

Manatee/Two Rivers District Camporee - Highland Games
January 27-29, 2017

Gather your clan and get your tartan ready to experience the Highland Games! Fun! Competitions! Scottish garb! Catapult construction! Cooking! You will find it all at the Camporee. Faugh A Ballagh!

WHERE: Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, FL 34212
COST: $20 per participant/$15 per staff member (supplies, patches, and prizes)
CO-HOSTED BY: Oscen Tustenuggee and Yaha Hajo chapters, Osceola Lodge, Order of the Arrow
YOUTH CHAIRS: Matthew Kurutz & Justin Harvey
ADULT ADVISERS: Steve Kurutz & Rhonda Harvey
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2017. ALL FEES are due by January 19; a $10 late fee per person will be added after this date. You are not considered registered until your fees are paid.
CANCELLATION: Once registration fees have been paid, an individual may become ill or otherwise be unable to attend an event. Since the event has already incurred expenses related to the activity such as program supplies, food, patches, etc., event fees are non-refundable & non-transferable. An exception will be made if a request is received in writing or email (not phone) and submitted to the Southwest Florida Council Office (not the activity chair) by the individual no less than 72 hrs. before the date of the event. In some cases, only a partial refund can be made. No refunds will be made on fees paid by credit card. Refunds for inclement weather will be made only if the event is canceled.

Manatee leaders contact Steve Kurutz (shkurutz@yahoo.com) (941) 527-6876
Two Rivers leaders contact Rhonda Harvey (chrisrhonda@embarqmail.com) (941) 875-3426


November 28 - December Roundtable and Recharter Deadline

Scouters:

Please plan to attend Roundtable this coming Thursday, December 1st, at our regular meeting place: Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70. Let’s ring in the holiday season together!

I have been asked to emphasize that recharter materials and fees are to be returned to the SWFC Service Center by December 1st. Should you need assistance before Thursday to complete this EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TASK, the person in charge of rechartering for your unit needs to contact Lee Manevitch (941) 932-8193, Manatee District Commissioner, A.S.A.P.

Failure to complete the recharter process may result in your unit being dropped.

Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


November 23 - Happy Thanksgiving!


November 23 - A Thank You Card from the Manatee County Elections Office

I received this card in the mail and will have the original with me at Roundtable next week. Please share this with the boys. While I have contact information for some, I don’t have it for everyone, including the ladies who were present.

Thanks,
Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


November 22 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouts and Scouters,

I am sad to inform you that fellow Scouter and father of Boy Scout Will Elmore, "Mr. Bill" Elmore, passed away last night. Bill was a previous Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 111. Along with several troop activities, I had the pleasure of going to summer camp and spending time with him a few years ago, he was always a pleasure to be around.

Please keep Will, his sister, mom and extended family in your prayers during this time of need. I will update this post with any more information that I receive.

Ed Copeland
Troop 111 Committee Chair


November 18 - Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit Call for Nominations

Annually, a Call for Nominations for two very special council awards is made to recognize deserving volunteers. These awards are the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award.

The District Award of Merit is for outstanding service to youth at the district level. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Click Here for the District Award of Merit Nomination Form.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is the highest award a local council, with approval of the National Court of Honor, can bestow upon a volunteer for council‐level distinguished service in the Boy Scouts of America. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Silver Beaver Award consideration criteria not only considers record of service to Scouting youth, but also of significant importance is an individuals’ noteworthy service to youth outside of Scouting and community service. (Active in business, professional, civic, religious, educational, fraternal, veterans, and other non‐Scouting areas) Click Here for the Silver Beaver Nomination Form. For a list of Past Silver Beaver Award recipients, Click Here.

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.

In both cases, to prevent embarrassment, the candidate should not be notified of this nomination and as such the selection process is confidential. This award is given to those who do not actively seek nomination and as such self-nominations are not accepted. Council Silver Beaver Award Recipients will be notified by the Selection Committee by January 18, 2017. There will be no notification to the person who made a nomination of those not selected for awards. District Award of Merit recipients will be notified by the District Award of Merit Committee as appropriate for their presentation timeline which in most cases is presented at the District Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquets.

For Consideration, all nominations should be submitted by December 1, 2016. Nominations should be submitted to (Lori.Laumeyer@scouting.org) Nominations submitted in writing should be in a sealed envelope marked Confidential Silver Beaver or District Award of Merit Committee.

It is most important to recognize and appreciate all volunteers who give their time to Scouting. Please take this opportunity to submit a nomination for those that have gone above and beyond to serve youth in our community if you think they may meet the award criteria.

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council


November 17 - Additional Help Needed at Winterfest

Hi fellow Scouters,

We need some help at Winterfest:

  • If you are a currently certified BB & Archery Master and are available Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00am to 5:30pm, contact Dennis Smith at carsmi1@verizon.net.
  • We could also use someone with a small flat bead trailer for gear hauling Friday night from 5:00pm until done.
  • We could use two more people to help out with registration on Friday night.

Please contact Steve Palmieri at spalm34205@msn.com or 941-748-7776.

Thanks for considering to help out, we try to have this event all about Family.

Thanks Stephen Palmieri


November 14 - 2017 Wood Badge Training Course!

Please share with all the registered adults in your unit so they may consider the Wood Badge Training course.

Wood Badge is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide adult members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their Scouting positions and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

For many years, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Wood Badge was an important part of the leadership training continuum of BSA local councils throughout America. In 2000 and 2001, a task force of leadership experts and Scouters in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new Wood Badge syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital, and meaningful training for today’s Scouters.

The Wood Badge course centers upon the concepts of servant leadership and leaving a legacy. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on “how to.” The skills come alive during the week as the patrol completes a patrol project based upon what they have learned.

Wood Badge is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

Built upon the legacy of past Wood Badge successes, the new Wood Badge integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audiovisual support, Wood Badge participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Click Here and please review the flyer for additional information concerning Wood Badge here in the SWFL Council!

Thank you for all you do for Scouting!


November 12 - 2017 All-Scout Night with the Marauders

Come out for the game... and camp all night on McKechnie Field! Click on the image below for details.


November 11 - Thank you to all of our Veterans!

"All gave some; some gave all..." we thank you ALL for your service to this great nation.

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November 10 - Recharter Deadline (11/15/16) Approaching SOON!

As District Commissioner, I'm the key contact for recharter paperwork. I don't know how it worked in years past (this is my first recharter), but as I work during the day I can't make assumptions about when people are or are not available - so I've asked all units to reach out to me and tell me when would work best for them... any weekday after 6pm.

I am also setting up shop on Tuesday the 15th at Oneco United Methodist Church at 2112 53rd Ave E in Bradenton - just west of the Salvation Army where we meet for Roundtable.

Because I work in a cellular "dead zone" email is the preferred mode of communication during business hours, but I do receive and listen to voice mail as well... my phone just never rings. At your convenience, please let me know when works for you and we'll arrange to meet up and go over your paperwork. The only thing I request is that wherever we meet should have a power outlet, as I scan and email you a copy of your entire packet right there on-the-spot.

Lee Manevitch
District Commissioner
941.932.8193
scouts@manevitch.com


November 3 - Winterfest Registration is Open

Attention all Scouters (especially those involved with Cubs and those wishing to register for staff positions):

Registration for the 2016 CUB SCOUT WINTERFEST held at Camp Flying Eagle the weekend of December 2-4 is now open!

All registration must be completed online. Just click here to access the registration site. Cost is $35.00 per person (adult, Cub/Webelos, sibling) and the complete flyer with details may be downloaded from the site (or click on the image above).

There is NO Brokeback Dog Challenge event this year so it is extremely important that you sign up early if you intend to participate.

Please forward this message to your boys’ parents A.S.A.P.!

Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


November 2 - Roundtable and OA Meeting

Please remember that there is a Roundtable meeting this Thursday. Gathering/Fellowship - 6:30, General session - 7:00, and breakout sessions - 7:30. Regular location: Salvation Army Worship Center.

Please encourage leaders in your units that have not been to a Roundtable meeting to join you as these meetings are the best place to get information critical to the operation of your packs and troops as well as offering supplemental training.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING THE ORDER OF THE ARROW CHAPTER MEETING: THE CHAPTER WILL BE MEETING AT THE SR-70/I-75 HUNGRY HOWIE’S RESTAURANT rather than the Salvation Army Worship Center. Scoutmasters and OA members, please relay this to any member who is planning to attend.

See you Thursday!

Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


October 25 - Sidewalk Astronomy in November

Sidewalk Astronomy at the Celery Fields
Astronomy Club's inaugural event at the Sarasota Park made possible with the gracious cooperation of the Sarasota Audubon Society

October 24, 2016 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce their Sidewalk Astronomy event for November.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, November 5, 2016 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 in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park. Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, public parking will be available just west of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center. (There will be no telescopes set up at the top of the hill).

Sunset on November 5th will be at 6:43 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible views of Saturn's rings in the early evening, the first quarter moon, and an opportunity to view the planets Mars, Uranus and Neptune. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night.

This will be the final opportunity to view Saturn during a Sidewalk Astronomy event until the fall of 2017.

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

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

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

Jonathan Sabin,
President, LGDSO


October 24 - Camp Flying Eagle Blood Drive

Hi Everyone!

This email has all the information for the upcoming Blood Drive we are having at Camp Flying Eagle during the OA Section Leadership Summit on Saturday, November 5th, from 10am to 2pm. Click Here to view & print the flyer for the blood drive, parental consent forms for anyone 16 years old (2 pages), guidelines of who can donate and what to bring or do before & after your donation. Please make sure you follow the directions on the flyer to schedule your time. Randi already has hers, who is going to join her?

Please feel free to pass it along as you see fit. We have not had one out here since the OA Section Conference in 2007, which by the way was a HUGE success and we would love to make this one too! Do you know that each donation can save three lives? We would like to challenge all that are attending SLS (you can still come out and donate even if you are not attending SLS), if you qualify to donate then let’s make this drive the biggest one that they have had!!!

We would like to personally thank each and every donor that we get for this Blood Drive. This means a lot to us and we will hopefully save many lives!

P.S. If you have any questions or are in charge of an event at Camp Flying Eagle and would like to have your own blood drive, please contact Randi Greene at campflyingeagle@yahoo.com.

Sincerely,
Randi & Todd Greene


October 23 - Haunted Hike Canceled this Year

Scouts and Scouters,

I was notified that the Haunted Hike has officially been canceled for this year. Hopefully, the Haunted Hike will be back next year, the weekend before Halloween.

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler


October 14 - Jamboree on the Air!

This is for ALL units!

A reminder that Jamboree On The Air is THIS SATURDAY, October 15th, at the Admin Pavilion at Camp Flying Eagle, with activities starting at 11AM and running until 9PM! Details and schedule are in the flyer (click here or on the image below).

This event is for all scouts and Scouters of all ages, from Tigers through Adults! (See the flyer - there is an advancement or recognition requirement available to ALL attendees! Radio Merit Badge will be offered as well!)

There is no fee for this event, and pre-registration is NOT required to be there! You do not have to be there for the entire time of the event, but the longer you stay, the more you can experience!

Come out and show support for the largest scouting event in the world, with over a million participants in 151 countries last year alone - let's make it even bigger this year.

Many thanks to the Manatee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group especially, and the Amateur Radio community members in the area and world wide for being the driving force behind this event!

For any questions, please contact Ken Settlemyer at Troop8SM@yahoo.com


October 13 - 2016 OA Section Leadership Summit Registration Extended

Section Leadership Summit is an OA Training Event designed for Lodge and Chapter leadership to obtain training in various aspects of Lodge Administration, Ceremonies, and American Indian events. Any Arrowman currently holding a position or considering running or holding a position in the future should consider attending.

On-Time registration for Arrowmen ends 10/20/16 - no exceptions. After 10/20/2016 a fee of $10.00 will apply.

To register, go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1982034. You can register now and send payment to Council if you can't pay today. All fees are due to the council office not later than 10/27/16.

Contact Lodge Advisor, Andy Devlin, at ajdev@comcast.net.


October 12 - 2016 Haunted Hike at CFE

2016 Haunted Hike at CFE

October 10 - What does a boy get out of Boy Scouts?

Scouters and Parents,

I read the following article on the blog "Bryan on Scouting" titled "Things I Did Because I Was a Boy Scout: An impressive list" and thought it was well worth sharing:

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2016/10/10/things-i-did-because-i-was-a-boy-scout-an-impressive-list/

Blog Contributor, Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is senior editor of Boys' Life, Scouting and Eagles' Call magazines.

This article got me thinking about how much impact we have on our scouts. I had the opportunity this past weekend to camp with our troop and some visiting Arrow of Light scouts and parents at Camp Flying Eagle. We planned this campout as a service campout to coincide with the CFE Workday. It was a real joy for me to see all of these scouts, scouters and parents working hard on several projects around camp.

We really are making a difference and I am glad to be a part of this organization.

Ed Copeland
Editor - Manatee Rambler


October 8 - Roundtable Recap - Training and 2016 Charter Renewal

Scouters,

Since September's Roundtable was canceled due to inclement weather, there were two Big Rock Topics cover at Roundtable this month; Training and Charter Renewal (Recharter).

For all of the references of the training topics that were covered, please visit the Training Page.

To view the presentation on Charter Renewal to make sure you have all of the information needed (such as the change of dates this year) to make Recharter a success, Click Here.


October 6 - ALERT! ALERT!

Attention all units:

Due to potential high winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew, Camp Flying Eagle will be closed for camping Friday night 7 October. Depending on whether or not water and electrical services are functional the camp will reopen for camping, scheduled training classes, and work day activities beginning 07:30 am Saturday 8 October.

Units scheduled to camp as well as units and individuals scheduled to perform maintenance or attend training Saturday should call the CFE Ranger at 737-5612 early Saturday morning to determine if the camp is open.

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


October 6 - UPDATE - Roundtable

ROUNDTABLE IS ON FOR TONIGHT!

Mac stopped by the Salvation Army HQ to verify that we can hold our meeting this evening. They are not anticipating a need for the building. See everyone this evening... let's have a good showing. Tonight's Big Rock topic is "Re-Charter."

Ed Copeland


October 5 - Roundtable

Scouters:

The latest news regarding Hurricane Matthew has it tracking along the east coast of the state with the greatest impact from Vero Beach north to Jacksonville. For those who have family and friends along the Atlantic coast, our thoughts and prayers are with them and we hope that they will follow whatever recommended or mandatory actions are made regarding their safety.

We do not anticipate any reason to cancel our Roundtable meeting Thursday. Any strong winds/rains that may occur should be much later in the evening after everyone has departed.

Due to the cancellation of last month’s meeting, it is really important that we try to make this work and there is much information that needs to be shared.

Each unit should do its best to have at least one representative at Roundtable this month.

Manatee District Roundtable Staff
Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


October 4 - Jamboree on the Air at CFE


September 29 - Troop 8 Fundraiser - Halloween Sale

Lots of previously-loved indoor & outdoor Halloween decorations for your home, classroom or Haunted House – at better-than-retail prices! (Click Here for some sample photos of the items available). Some costumes and party supplies as well. Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Located at First United Methodist Church in downtown Bradenton (603 11th St W, Bradenton). Please come out to support this fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 8.


September 22 - Training Information Update

Please be advised that the following Manatee District Training Events are available for registration on the BSA SW Florida Council web site. Go to the Calendar and click on each event for more information or, to register.

Cub Training Course: Cub Scout Specific Leader Training
Date: Saturday October 1, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: 53rd Ave. Church of Christ, 3412 53rd Ave., Bradenton
This training is FREE but worth a fortune!
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1984094

Scouts Training Course: Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
Date: Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00 AM to noon
Location: Camp Flying Eagle – Training Lodge
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1925497

Cub Training Course: BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
Date: Saturday October 8, 2016 8:45 AM to 5 PM
Location: Camp Flying Eagle – Road Kill Café
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1925495

Scout Training Course: OLSI - Outdoor Leader Skills Instruction
Date: October 21 - 22, 2016
Location: Camp Flying Eagle
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1973286

Cub Training Course: OWLS - Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills
Date: October 21 - 22, 2016
Location: Camp Flying Eagle
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1973286


September 21 - Unit Service Day for CFE

As most of you know, the CFE Ranger, Todd Greene, became seriously ill a few months ago. The illness coupled with the treatment progressed to the point that it became impossible for him to take care of our beloved camp. His family did what they could, but their time was limited because of work and school.

Thanks to the power of prayer, good medical care, as well as the support from family and friends, he is slowly returning to a point where, soon, he will be able to resume full responsibility for the camp. In the meantime the camp is in need of much TLC. 

Our short-term camping period is starting up again as the long-term camping in out of council camps has ended. We have a heavy training period, to include the return of Wood Badge to CFE after thirty plus years of absence, scheduled to begin in mid October. And we have an opportunity to showcase CFE to every Council in the state of Florida via the OA Section Four Leadership Summit scheduled for November 4‐6.  We certainly want to get the camp ready for our own use, but also to make it usable and attractive to our trainees, and visitors. We don't want to wait another thirty years for the Wood Badgers to return!

Last spring before he became ill, the Ranger chose October 8 as a CFE Work Day. Because of his illness he has not been to plan, organize, and promote that work day to the extent that he wanted. He has asked me to assume that effort.

In coordination with him we have chosen selected areas where Packs, Troops, Crews, and Ships, as well as individuals not associated with a unit can help in giving some much needed backlogged normal maintenance. I have attached in PDF format those projects (Click Here).

Please consider scheduling your unit to participate in this event. Remember that Todd and his family have devoted the past 13 years to maintaining CFE for you and your Scouts use; it's time to show appreciation for those 13 years by stepping up and doing a Good Turn for CFE. If your unit chooses to participate, follow the instructions as shown on the attachment.

Remember that the third duty prescribed by the Scout Oath is SERVICE to others.

Call (358-1912) or email me if you have questions.

See Ya at Camp.

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


September 20 - It is Your Time for Wood Badge

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

The Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting--Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing--and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Participants in Wood Badge attend a course offered as two sessions of three days each scheduled over two weekends (February 24-26, 2017 and March 24-26, 2017). Leaders must apply the concepts studied and the skills learned to improving the Scouting unit, District or program in which they currently serve. This is your "ticket" to receiving the Wood Badge beads.

Who can attend?

  1. Registered adult leaders
  2. Adults who have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting positions.
  3. Completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.
  4. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA physical is required for all participants. A copy of your health form (Parts A, B & C) is due at CAMP CHECK-IN.

What is the cost?

The cost is $240 per participant. There is a $90 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. The cost includes all course supplies, 2 t-shirts, patch and all meals. Registration is limited to the first 48 participants. ALL fees are due by January 26, 2017.

For more information contact the Course Director:

Steve Shoemaker
941-993-2951
swflwoodbadge@gmail.com

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

Register me for Wood Badge 2017!


September 19 - SAVE THE DATE/ INVITATION TO PARTNER: 2016 Halloween Safe Kids Night by Manatee CrimeStoppers

Hello Everyone,

It’s that time of year again. Halloween is right around the corner! Please read this entire email in order to get all of the important info, as well as Planning Meeting info.

Manatee CrimeStoppers is pleased to announce that the 2016 Halloween Safe Kids Night will be held at DeSoto Square Mall on Monday 10/31/2016 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Please reserve your booth space and register your organization’s participation online now… also, feel free to pass this email onto other potential partners and sponsors.

Remember, hosting a booth for Community/ Civic organizations, Churches, Non-profits and government agencies is free….we provide the venue, a table with chairs and a 10x10 space…you merely need to decorate your booth, staff it for 3 hours on 10/31 and distribute candy and information about your organization. You may click on the link below or register on our website.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016HalloweenSafeKidsRegistration

We are excited about this new venue…not only is it centrally located with plenty of parking, but it is also across the street from the MCAT Bus Station at DeSoto Junction.

We have use of the former Boater’s World (a very large space with direct entry from the parking lot next to the food court entrance), several other empty stores, the main mall corridors and the parking lot for public safety vehicles. The space is also protected from the elements and we have A/C!...plus many mall stores will also participate.

The Mall operating hours also lends to the opportunity for advance setup, rather than just the day of the event.

We have a space allocated for a haunted house, so if any agency or organization would like to take that on, please let me know asap.

We will have an initial Planning meeting on Thursday 9/22/2016 at 4:30pm in the Food Court of DeSoto Square…please register online and plan to attend.

Please email Frank Brunner with your questions…


September 12 - Manatee District First Aid Meet

Hello Fellow Scouters,

I wanted to remind you of a great opportunity, the First Manatee District First Aid Meet. We have a great staff of experienced medical professionals and volunteers that are working to make this event as realistic as possible so you can Be Prepared for emergencies that you may encounter in the real world. Registration is open for just 7 more days and the event is in 12. Come join us to practice and refine your first aid skills. I am also still looking for volunteers that would like to be judges, will be a fun thing to do while the boys participate.

You also do not need to be from Manatee District to participate. Click Here to view the flyer for more info.

My contact information in on the registration page along with a flyer if you require more information.

Thank you,
James Warrick
941-840-3001
Rjwarrick@outlook.com


September 7 - Scouting and Academic Progress

Scouters:

It’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout recruiting time (as if you didn't know) and we all need as much ‘ammunition’ as possible to help boys and parents decide that our program is right for them. While leadership, outdoor skills, and having FUN are all great talking points, it may come as no surprise that many parents are very concerned about their son’s academic achievement and what effect scouting may have on him.

I have posted a couple of excellent documents on Dropbox to add to your arsenal:

  1. Scouting Supports School Success… a four-page color brochure which lists tons of facts and figures regarding comparisons between scouts and non-scouts. Check it out. I think you will be impressed.
  2. Building Strong School Culture… a one-page infographic illustrating the connections between the Boy Scouts’ Mission & Vision, Procedures & Routines, Promoting & Modeling Great Character, Service Learning, Student Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Mentoring, and Behavior Management.

Both documents are stored in a folder named Boy Scout Academic Info. Anyone with the URL (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/slk2h4j5zg3y7oj/AAANXNlOrztvBQzyt2VrbXIBa?dl=0) can access it without having to be a Dropbox member, so feel free to share it with your current parents, educators, principals, guidance counselors, and anyone else you think should be made aware of this information.

Many thanks to Bill Lawrence for bringing these educational materials to my attention.

Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


September 1 - URGENT: September Roundtable Cancelled


Scouters:

Wouldn't you know it? I send out a Rain or Shine notice for our Roundtable meeting that alluded that we would be meeting, but I neglected to take into account the possibility of high winds and flooding that might impede our loyal followers attending.

Well, it’s all on me. In the past, we have cancelled a couple of meetings due to the possibility of extremely bad weather only to have nothing come of it. Seems like it is darned if you do, darned if you don’t.

In this case, the decision to cancel Roundtable is based on the following:

Manatee County
All Manatee District Schools and School District offices will be closed Thursday, September 1, 2016, due to the impact of Tropical Depression 9. In addition, all school district extracurricular activities have been cancelled for this afternoon and evening, Wednesday, August 31st. Regular after-school programs that keep students at schools until their parents or guardians pick them up, will be open as usual this afternoon.
Also, according to BayNews9, a flood watch has been issued for Manatee County starting at 2:00 p.m. today through 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

If you know of someone who normally attends, but does not read email regularly, please contact them and give them a heads-up.

We will attempt to resume our regular monthly meeting in October… God willing and the creek don’t rise.

In service,
Mac Aldrich


August 27 - Service Opportunities - September Park and Preserve Events

Scout Leaders:

Please see the service hours opportunities listed below. Most of these should count as conservation project hours for those needing such service hours, especially if you have boys/adults working on the 50-Mile Afoot/Afloat award.

Thanks to Mike Meiser for sharing this info.

Mac Aldrich
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Dear Volunteers,
Happy-not-quite September! We put together a calendar of events that has a lot of variety, and many different places to volunteer. Have a look at all the ways you can give back! We are definitely looking for help making the Goblin Gathering the best ever, so if you like making spooky crafts come to life, contact Sam at sam.wolfe@mymanatee.org. Stay dry, volunteers!

Saturday 3rd, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AMRYE PRESERVERS VOLUNTEER WORKDAY– Everyone interested in giving one day a month to beautify Rye Preserve is welcome to attend! Rye needs your help to contain the invasive menace; Come out to pull the dreaded Abrus precatorius, Dioscorea bulbifera, and Urena lobata (rosary pea, air potato, and ceasar weed). We will pull, cut, and bag these baddies, so that native plants can take root. Your hard work creates better habitats for native species! Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 to register. Rye Preserve

Wednesday 14th, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AMRIP SQUAD VOLUNTEER WORKDAY: STORYWALK TRAIL BUILD – Join this group that works directly with County natural areas land managers on various wildlife habitat improvement projects. This month, we have a very special project for the RIP Squad – helping to build a new trail at Bennett Park! Volunteers will help install the signage for the site’s new StoryWalk Trail. The first of its kind in Manatee County, this trail includes special stops each of which contain a page from a book. Walkers can travel from stop to stop to read the story, walking a loop around one of Bennett Park’s freshwater ponds and enjoying the wildlife that frequent the site. Email announcements are sent out a few days in advance of each event that detail the purpose, goals, and meeting information for each upcoming event. Program suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. To register for this volunteer event or receive announcements about the RIP squad, send an email to Cary at Cary.Catts@mymanatee.org Tom Bennett Park

Saturday 17th, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AMINTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP AT COQUINA BEACH – Volunteers all over the world are coming together to protect their waterways, and we are inviting you to be part of it! Get your feet wet to help Coquina Beach and Leffis Key. We will be collecting trash and recording our findings for a global impact report. Bring your water shoes and sense of adventure! Please visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/ to learn more. Program sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with Keep Manatee Beautiful. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 to register. Coquina Beach Bayside

Thursday 22nd, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AMMOODY BRANCH VOLUNTEER WORKDAY – Join us for a volunteer workday at Moody Branch! We will be undergoing renovations in the next few months, and you can be part of the renovation revolution. This special place requires lots of volunteer love to help it look its best. Lend a hand to remove invasive plants and make space so Florida native plants can find their home here. Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 or emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org to register. Moody Branch Preserve

Saturday 24th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMRENDEZVOUS AT ROBINSON EXPANSION – Join us for National Estuaries Week! Get a sneak peek inside the new Robinson Preserve Expansion, and participate in a wetland planting. Wander around our mini educational festival and learn about the waterways through our hands-on activities. Finally, enjoy a taste of delectable foods that the estuary has to offer. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages, please bring water shoes. Program sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing Coral.Bass@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742- 5923 ext. 6034. Robinson Preserve Expansion

Wednesday 28th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMMARINE DEBRIS KAYAK TASKFORCE: LEFFIS KEY – Join this dedicated group that works to combat the issue of marine debris along our preserve’s shorelines. If you are passionate about helping to keep our waterways clean, this is your opportunity to make a difference! Free kayaks and gear from our WCIND-funded fleet are available to use for 10 individuals or you may bring your own. Life preservers musts be worn at all times. Program suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 or email Cary.Catts@mymanatee.org Leffis Key

Wednesday 28th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMAMBASSADOGS PACK WALK – Welcome back, walkers! Join us for the first canine, sunset stroll of the season at Robinson Preserve. We will discuss proper walking techniques in the preserves and how we can encourage fellow nature lovers to clean up their dog’s waste. Ages 16 and over (for humans) and well-mannered dogs welcome. Retractable leashes not allowed. Call Sam at 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 to join, new recruits welcome! Robinson Preserve

Michelle Leahy
Parks and Natural Resources
Volunteer/Education Assistant
Office: (941)748-4501 ext. 6035
5502 33rd Ave Drive West
Bradenton, FL 34209
mymanatee.org/naturalresources


August 27 - Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School

First event of 2016-2017 season is September 10

August 15, 2016 – 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 2016-2017 observing season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 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 Sarasota's Riverview High School. This will take place on the sidewalk just outside the entrance to the school's Planetarium. The school is located at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, Florida.

Sunset on September 10 will be at 7:40 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible views of Saturn's rings, the first quarter moon, as well as an opportunity to view the planets Mars and Neptune. 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.

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

The public is also encouraged to sign up for our free event mailing list at LGDSO@aol.com.


August 22 - Scouting Promo Videos and More!

Looking or some ways to promote your Pack, Troop, Crew, or Scouting in general? Below is a link to some great videos featured on the BSA Brand Center:

https://scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/573922

If you take some time to look around the site, you'll find many other marketing materials to promote your unit, including Social Media Assets to help you get noticed.

 


August 21 - Operation Christmas Child Event


August 21 - Photos and Recognition from Program Kickoff

There were over 70 leaders in attendance at the Manatee District Program Kick-Off on Thursday, August 11th. Cynthia Holliday from Children's World really appreciated those who stopped by her 'store' and we appreciated her donation of the Travel edition of the game, Camp, which was won through a drawing by Blair Chadwick from Pack 41. Crown Roofing was recognized for its contribution to the re-roofing of the Admin Building at Camp Miles and Blair, who works for the company, accepted a plaque of recognition from Bruce Hassy. Mike Townsend of Troop 111 won the top door prize of a package of goodies provided by the Bradenton Marauders, which included four tickets to an upcoming ballgame.


August 20 - Manatee District First Aid Meet


August 20 - A Century Of Scouting - Pre-Order Book


August 12 - Manatee District Program Kickoff Recap

The Program Kickoff was a great time to reconnect with other Scouters, meet our new District Executive, Brandon Cicco, and acquire a whole lot of information on the upcoming year. If you were unable to make it last night, or if you just need a refresher, here is a recap of much of what was covered:

We hope to see you at our next Roundtable Meeting on Thursday, September 1st. The Big Rock topic will be "Training Opportunities."


August 10 - Manatee District Program Kickoff


August 9 - What are YOU doing on YOUR Winter Break?


August 8 - Upper Manatee River Road Construction

Attention Scouts, Scouters, and parents,

The following information is provided for you information, guidance and distribution.

A portion of Upper Manatee River Road (UMRR) will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday, August 8, 2016, as construction on the Fort Hammer Bridge continues.

Upper Manatee River Road from Gates Creek Road to Third Avenue Northeast will be reduced to southbound traffic only as part of a detour, which is anticipated to last for several months. Northbound traffic will be diverted onto 3rd Ave NE and Gates Creek Road, then back to UMRR. 

The closure is part of the reconfiguration of a new traffic pattern on the south side of the Manatee River (mostly at the big curve in UMRR) that will probably include one or more traffic signals.

A sketch of the effected area is shown below.

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


August 5 - Trainer's EDGE

Calling all Trainers and those interested in becoming one!

Trainer’s EDGE is for all trainers! If you train within your Pack, Troop, Crew, District or Council training, this is for you. It is not just those staffing specific courses. Participants deserve to have trained facilitator to provide the best training experience possible. Join us and get the EDGE!

Date: August 20, 2016

Description: The purpose of the Trainer's EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to provide presentation skills for all District and Council trainers and to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience.

Registration: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1925423

Wendy Langford
Scout Volunteer
Southwest Florida Council Training Chair
941-504-2247 cell
941-729-7308 home

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


August 3 - Kids Against Hunger Packaging Event



Friends of Kids Against Hunger,

Click Here for a flyer about the Kids Against Hunger packaging event being held Saturday, August 13, 2016. We will be packaging 20,000 meals!

Please read and share the flyer and participate in this event. Invite all your family, friends and co-workers! If you have never attended a Kids Against Hunger event you will be amazed at how much fun it is. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Don't forget to RSVP to mark@kiwanisagainsthunger.com so we will know how many will be attending.

Sincerely,
Mark Hildebrandt
Executive Director
Kids Against Hunger – Manatee County
(941) 306-3595


July 31 - Troop 64 at Philmont

Members of Troop 64 traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico along with others from Troops 22 and 111. They started their expedition on July 13 and arrived back at base camp on July 25 after backpacking over 80 miles of gorgeous mountain terrain. One of the highlights of the trip was a hike to the top of Mount Baldy, the highest peak on the property at 12,441'. Philmont is really the jewel of high adventure bases and provides participants with opportunities not found anywhere else. Welcome back!

Pictured (left to right): Dan Patnaude, Nick Patnaude, Hayden Palino, George Palino, Cole Boeglin, John Boeglin, Dalton Knueppel, Karl Knueppel, Brett Witham, and Troy Cleland (Troop 181).

Mac Aldrich
I want to put a ding in the universe. - Steve Jobs


July 27 - I'm Back... Let's get caught up!

Hello Scouters,
I have been away for a while on vacation and at Summer Camp with my Troop. Time to get back in the saddle and get ready to kick off a new year of Scouting!

  • The 2016 Program Kickoff is coming up on Thursday, August 11th. Click Here for more info.
  • The Southwest Florida Boy Scout Night will be held at McKechnie Field on Saturday, August 27th. Click Here for more info.
  • Mac provided a Blank Budget form for District and Non-Camp Facility Events. Click Here to access. This form will remain accessible on the Resources Page as well.

If you have any Scout worthy information that you would like to share with the Scouts and Scouters of Manatee District, please email me at edjcopeland@gmail.com. Thank you and I'll see you on the trail.

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler


June 10 - Camp Sun-N-Fun


June 5 - Important Information about 2016 Cub & Webelos Summer Resident Camp

A quick reminder: Registration for 2016 Cub & Webelos Summer Resident Camp closes June 6th at 3:00 pm.  If you would like to attend and haven't registered, there are a handful of slots still available (registration link below). You do not need to attend with your pack. If your pack is not attending as a unit you can register as a Provisional Camper.  

FOR THOSE ALREADY REGISTERED:
1. Please make sure you have a BSA Health and Medical Record completed for all youth and adults attending (Parts A, B & C).  Part C must be signed by a Medical Doctor, a Physician's Assistant or a Licensed Nurse Practitioner. No exceptions can be made to this National policy.  Forms should be turned into your unit leader and then forwarded to the Camp Director (bruce.hassy@scouting.org). A link to the form can be found below.

2. Each unit must send at least one adult to the program planning meeting to be held Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm in the Dining Hall at Camp Miles. This is a change from the original date of June 6th published in the leader guide so please make sure you alert your unit leader and mark your calendar.  It is crucial that at least one adult representative is in attendance because unit activities will be selected at this time. These are the fun pack activities done in the late afternoon and early evening, not the Adventure classes you have already signed up for. If you want your unit to have first shot at the popular activities you have to be at the meeting.

3. Final balance of fees for camp are due by 11:59 pm on June 6th.

Our staff is looking forward to providing a rewarding experience for your Scout during camp.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Yours in Scouting,
Bruce Hassy
Director of Camping & Activities
Southwest Florida Council
bruce.hassy@scouting.org

Register now for 2016 Cub & Webelos Summer Resident Camp

Download BSA Health & Medical Record

Download Cub & Webelos Summer Camp Leader Guide


June 4 - National Certificate of Merit Awarded


(Image Source: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article77364197.html)

On May 12th, two of our own scouts were awarded the BSA National Certificate of Merit at the 2016 Good Scout Award Dinner, honoring Attorney Cliff L. Walters. The National Certificate of Merit is one of four "National awards for lifesaving and meritorious action ... for outstanding and unusual acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill, or bravery and reflect Scouting ideals, based on the following criteria: National Certificate of Merit. Has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition." (http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/honor.aspx)

Congratulations to both Caleb Savage and Nathan Sisk, and thank you for being great examples of the benefits of Boy Scouting.

Read more about their heroic efforts below.

FOX 13 News Article: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/84020962-story
News Channel 8 Article: http://wfla.com/2016/02/02/boy-scouts-rescue-manatee-river-boaters/
Bradenton Herald Article: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article77364197.html


May 24 - Teen Driver Challenge

May 9 - 2016 Manatee District Pinewood Derby

Scouters:

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased I was with our Pinewood Derby on Saturday. We had a very good turnout and I expect that it will be even greater next year.

Nathan and Michelle Manning ran a well-organized race and it was through Nate’s efforts that the event was able to be held at Gettel Toyota of Lakewood.

The races were run inside the huge air-conditioned showroom and General Manager Bill Finocchiaro made everyone feel welcome and accommodated the event quite well.

The Bradenton Marauder’s mascot, Marty, made an appearance and helped keep the boys (and adults) entertained prior to race time.

Matt, from Andersen Race Park had one of the facilities go-carts on display and for the boys to sit in and dream of racing for real.

The guys from Troop 64 stepped up to provide food service (The Eagle’s Nest Cantina) and the hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, and drinks helped to feed the multitude. Thanks to Karl Knueppel, Dalton Knueppel, Robert Hicks, Gary Grote, Danny Patnaude, Nick Patnaude, and Jack Jensen for filling tummies throughout the event.

John Boeglin provided the track and timing system and his son Cole oversaw the loading of the cars and making sure the heats were run accurately.

Thanks also to Southwest Florida Council for providing the trophies and to interim District Executive Bill Lawrence for making sure they were on hand.

There were several other folks who also stepped up and helped and I am sorry that I did not get their names, but we appreciated everything they did to keep the event running smoothly.

I created a short video to capture some of the highlights and you can view it from here. Photos from the event may be viewed/downloaded from here.

The Council Pinewood Derby is on the calendar for Saturday, May 21st, but no details are provided. As soon as I learn anything more about the event, I will share it with you

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair


May 6 - FREE Health Screenings at LECOM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! MAY 14, 8:30am - 11:45am FREE PHYSICAL EXAMS

Our own Nina Pascoe has once again made arrangements to have students at LECOM provide FREE physical examinations for registered scouts and Scouters with special emphasis on those who need health forms completed prior to summer camp or high adventure bases.

There is a very short window of opportunity to reserve a time for these exams as there was difficulty in acquiring a licensed physician to sign off on the forms this year. Thankfully, a well-respected physician (and former scouter) was recruited.

The exams will be offered on Saturday, May 14th from 8:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and there are 144 slots available.

To reserve a time, please follow this link. It is highly recommended that you share this message with all of the parents in your unit as soon as possible. If you can arrange to meet as a unit, that is great, however, individuals may take advantage of this as long as a parent/guardian is present.

EACH YOUTH/ADULT MUST BRING THE APPROPRIATE HEALTH FORM WITH THEM!

For summer camp, visit the Annual Health and Medical Record page and download the form from the “Are You Going to Camp?” section. Please make sure that those taking advantage of the free physical exams complete ALL of the personal information up to the point of the examination info prior to arrival.

High Adventure (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier, etc.) will download the form specific to their destination from the same page.

LECOM is located at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, just north of Lakewood Ranch High School.


April 28 - May Roundtable and District Pinewood Derby

Scouters:

The next-to-last Roundtable before summer is coming up next Thursday and we really hope that the faithful will be in attendance and that you will encourage others from your respective units to do so, as well. There is a lot going on in the scouting program and we want you to be as well-informed as possible.

The Big Rock Topic for this month is Community Service. We all do it. And we are extremely proud of the service that our boys (with our assistance) accomplish. And the organizations for whom we serve appreciate it. But we often fail to record the accomplishments and be recognized for it. I’m not talking about getting a ribbon or a plaque. All I’m talking about here is someone in each unit being responsible for entering the service hours on the Good Turn for America (GTA) website. WHY? Good question.

Every unit sets goals for Journey to Excellence (JTE). One of the measures for reaching Bronze, Silver, or Gold status lies in the number of service hours recorded. Recorded. When the leader completes the JTE form at the end of the year, how well the unit performs regarding service hours is compared against the data that was uploaded to GTA. The total number of hours of service recorded also affects Manatee District’s JTE performance as well as Southwest Florida Council’s. On the national level, it is also a measure of how the scouting program gives back to the country as a whole.

If you are unsure about whether or not your unit’s service history is being updated, you should definitely be in attendance for the presentation next week.

IN OTHER NEWS… The Manatee District Pinewood Derby will be held at Gettel Toyota on Saturday, May 7 from noon until about 3:00 p.m. Nathan and Michelle Manning will be at Roundtable to answer any questions you may have regarding this awesome event. Between now and next Thursday, they would like to have some idea of which Packs plan to participate along with the approximate number of racers. The Mannings were negatively affected by the changeover from Verizon to Frontier and have been experiencing email and Internet outages, so they have asked that you send this information to me at mac_aldrich@mac.com and I will get it to them. Oh, yeah… unless you plan to stand during the entire race, you will need to bring a chair of some sort and please be aware of your boys’ behavior during the event since it will be held in the indoor showroom with vehicles on display and with the public present. Troop 64 will be running the Road Kill Grill so come hungry and purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks. Andersen Race Park will have a display and the Bradenton Marauder’s mascot will be on hand to help cheer the boys on.

And don’t forget to have a great time at Scout Night at McKechnie Field on Friday, May 6!

Hope to see y’all next Thursday evening at the Salvation Army Worship Center.

Mac Aldrich


April 26 - Manatee County area law enforcement officers honored by Sons of the American Revolution

Dear Scouters,

On behalf of all Scouts and Scouters in Manatee District, the RedDogXpress would like to congratulate Sgt. William “Bill” Pascoe of Troop 10 in Oneco, sponsored by the South Manatee Rotary Club. Sgt. Pascoe was one of four Manatee County law enforcement officers that were recently honored by the The Saramana Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.

Recognized for heroism were Officer Kenneth Simunovic of the Bradenton Police Department and Deputy Billie Wilson of the Manatee Sheriff's Office. Receiving the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal were Officer Timothy Matthews of the Palmetto Police Department, and Sgt. William F. Pascoe of the Florida Highway Patrol.

You can read more at http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article72325412.html

Please join me in sending a big Scout Salute to Sgt. William “Bill” Pascoe!

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


April 13 - Urgent - Instructor needed for USA

For all my Scouting friends. Please pass this around to all the units you know.

I need one instructor to teach the Advanced Cub Scout Operations class at the 2016 University of Scouting Arts. I'm looking for somebody that preferably has been a Cubmaster, Committee Member or someone who has run an excellent Cub program. Typically this is taught by a PhD, but we do make exceptions when we are short. This could be your opportunity to help make a difference for the Cub Scouts.

I have the syllabus and the materials for the class. I can not cover this class as I already have 2 others classes that I am teaching for the weekend.

There are some awesome leaders out there. Give me some names and I will call them personally, or send them my Info.

Brett Thomas
Dean of Masters
2016 Boy Scouts- University of Scouting Arts
Koptbrett@gmail.com
941-404-9413


April 11 - Cub & Webelos Resident Camp registration open and filling fast!

Mark your calendars!  The 2016 Cub & Webelos Resident Camp will be held June 30th - July 3rd, 2016 at Camp Miles. There is no better way to start your summer vacation than to attend Resident Camp either registered with your pack or as an independent camper.  Campers and leaders stay in heavy duty wall tents on wooden platforms complete with cots.  Meals will be served family-style in our dining hall. Not every Scout needs to attend with an adult, Packs are only required to have two adults for every 8 boys in camp.

Your leaders plan a custom schedule for each den in your pack. Choose up to four requirement/elective adventures for each of your dens to complete during camp.  Packs may also pick up to two FUN (non-advancement related) activities to do as a unit each day.

When:
June 30th - July 3rd, 2016

Where:
Price Sanders Scout Reservation
38751 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Who may attend?
Cub Scouts, Webelos, Cub Scout aged siblings, parents, leaders

Cost:
$135/Scout or Cub Scout aged sibling when registered with your unit
$160/Scout when registered as a provisional camper
$65/Adult
Registration includes food, tent lodging, program supplies and patch.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN RIGHT NOW AND IS FILLING FAST! Only the first 350 campers will be allowed to register.  Don't wait until deadline and miss out on all the popular classes. Remember, you only need a $25/Scout deposit to register your Pack for summer camp.  The balance is due in May (after camp card sales are done).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLYER
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LEADER GUIDE (LARGE FILE)


For more information or to schedule a summer camp promotional visit for your next pack meeting, please contact Bruce Hassy at bruce.hassy@scouting.org.


April 8 - Manatee District Adult Recognition Dinner

Last night was the annual Adult Recognition Dinner for Manatee District. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Silver Beaver - Nina Pascoe
Scoutmaster of the Year - Mike Townsend
Live Oak Award - Shari Kurutz and Mark Landers
District Award of Merit - Ed Copeland and Ron Rozensky
Outstanding Leader Award - P111 Aaron Lages, T22 Bryan Johnson, T8 Christine Lambert, T89 Steve Johnson, P22 Jim Platt, and P41 Kelley Moyer

Thank you to Oneco United Methodist Church and Rev. Robert Green for hosting, to Maureen Reinecke and Ed Genewick for putting this all together, and to Popi's for the delicious meal.


April 7 - Marauders Scout Night


April 7 - 2016 Cub Scout Day Camp

Dear Manatee Cub Scout Day Camp families,

Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp Flying Eagle is coming up soon, June 20 - 24 and slots are filling up fast, including campers from other Councils and Districts!  We don't want anyone to miss out or get turned away because camp is full or registration is closed, so please encourage your Cub Scouting families to sign up now!

Online registration for campers and volunteers (adults and Boy Scouts/Venturers) is open until June 2nd on the Southwest Florida Council Website: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1897649

To those Webelos who recently crossed over to Boy Scout troops, Congratulations!  Please consider joining us as a Junior Staff member on our Day Camp staff in another year or two.  Have a great summer! 

We still need adult volunteers to join us as den leaders to help the boys have a great experience at camp. Five Day adult volunteers get a $25 discount on their Scout's registration fee, a free T-shirt and Camp patch. There are a few more opportunities for Boy Scouts over the age of 13 to complete service hours, learn, teach and have fun too as Den Chiefs, Assistants in program areas and support staff!

Join us for a lot of fun and learning at Camp Flying Eagle in our theme, "The Search for Bigfoot!"

What: Manatee District Cub Scout Day Camp
When: June 20 - 24 2016, 8:30am - 4:15pm
Where: Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Rd Bradenton, FL
Who:  All registered Cub Scouts
Why:  FUN!  Scouts will enjoy:
          Pool time, 
          Water games, 
          Sports & games, 
          BB shooting and archery, 
          Scout Skills,
          Nature Studies,
          Crafts
          Webelos Woods, (advanced activities, and Webelos adventures)
          Special Guests

Fees cover program materials: $85 for Cub Scouts and $90 for Webelos (additional materials for Webelos).  Campers get a free T-shirt and patch.  Campers bring a sack lunch.

Additional information and materials are posted on the registration website and by clicking on the image above.  When registering, remember your Scout will be the next higher rank level during camp (today's Tiger will be a Wolf at Day Camp) and Tigers must have an adult partner with them at camp.

Don't wait!  Register now!  Space is limited and is filling up fast.  Registration closes on June 2, 2016, or when camp is full!

Please contact me with any questions and spread the word to your units, friends and neighbors!

Yours in Scouting,

Mark Landers
Camp Director, 
Manatee District Cub Scout Day Camp 2016
email: ManateeCubDayCamp@hotmail.com


March 29 - Charlotte Thielen Honored

Dear Scouters,

On behalf of all Scouts and Scouters in Manatee District, the RedDogXpress would like to congratulate Charlotte Thielen for being one of four women honored by the American Association of University Women for what they do.

Charlotte was honored for her work as an aqua-aerobic teacher with the YMCA and as a Boy Scout leader with Troop 181, sponsored by the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton.

You can read the rest of the story in a Bradenton-Herald article dated March 20, 2016 here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article67149677.html

Please join me in sending a big Scout Salute to Charlotte.

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


March 24 - Checkout for Railroading Merit Badge

Troop leaders and sponsors,

Three Saturdays have been scheduled for the final evaluation of the requirements for the Merit Badge in Railroading at the RealRail Center at 6804 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207 (on US Highway 41 in the mall just north of Anna Maria Oyster Bar) on the following Open Houses between 10 AM and noon:

April 9th
May 14th
June 11th

Please e-mail me at least 24 hours ahead of the check-out date at realrailedu@gmail.com to reserve a time and be sure to bring your Merit Badge ”blue card” with you.

John Newman


March 23 - Food Drive Help Needed

We have a call for help. Our new CO (Charter Organization- St Peter Paul Church) for Troop 64 has a food drive they are conducting on April 3rd, 2016. They have asked for our help in sorting & delivering the food. Our Troop will be there, but more Boy Scouts would be helpful.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to help please email me at rhicks46@verizon.net.

Time: 8:30 am
Day: Sunday, April 3, 2016
Place to meet: Saints Peter & Paul Church, 2850 75th St. W
The food will be taken to Still Point House of Prayer. Thank You.

Lynda & Robert Hicks


March 14 - It's time to Vote...

In addition to the Outstanding Leader Award and the Manatee District Scouter Recognition Award (Cubmaster of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, Live Oak Award, and District Award of Merit), some other awards to send in nominations for are:

  • Cubmaster’s Key
  • Den Leader Training Award
  • Scouter’s Training Award for Cub Scouting
  • Scoutmaster’s Key
  • Unit Commissioner progress report for Commissioner’s Key
  • Unit Leader Award of Merit (replaces the Scoutmaster, Varsity Team Coach, and Venture Crew Advisor award of merit programs. This new recognition has revised requirements and may be earned by Cubmasters as well.)

Click Here to access the appropriate forms for each of these awards.


March 10 - 2016 Adult Recognition Dinner and Nominations

The annual Adult Recognition Dinner is coming up soon and we need your nominations to make it all happen. The dinner will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, beginning at 6:30 pm at Oneco United Methodist Church (2112 53rd Ave E, Bradenton). Click here for details.

Click Here for the Outstanding Leader Award nomination form (each Unit can nominate an individual). Any registered Scouter may be nominated.

Click Here for the Manatee District Scouter Recognition Award nomination form. This form is for nominating the Cubmaster of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, Live Oak Award, and District Award of Merit.

For more information and to submit your nomination forms, contact Ed Genewick at 773-4907 or Maureen Reinecke at 545-0442 or by email at aloha12fl@gmail.com. All forms are due by March 26, 2016.

Please register on the Council website at www.swflcouncilbsa.org by March 30, 2016.


March 3 - New B.S.A. Pilot Cub Scout Lions 5 Yr. Old Kindergarten Program

As you may have heard, the National B.S.A. has recently introduced an optional pilot Cub Scout program to local B.S.A. councils for 5 year old Kindergarten boys beginning in the fall of 2016. The SWFL Executive Board has chosen not to implement this program at this time or in the near future until further review of information in development and program results can be evaluated. The pilot program underway will enable the National B.S.A to further assess the value and effectiveness in determining if this program is sustainable and replicable across the nation. Also at this time, sufficient data is not available from the original Beta test councils to make a determination of program effectiveness. If data in the future validates the effectiveness of this program, the SWFL Executive Board will then determine an implementation plan and rollout timeline. This process would have to be on a timeline that will best meet the preparation and planning needs of individual Cub Scout packs, district/council training teams as well as plan for potential changes that would be needed in district/council programs and camp facility considerations.

We think our due diligence is in the best interest of all our Scouting constituents to insure our decision will result in delivering quality programs to our youth and volunteers for the long term. Should you have any questions you may contact our Scout Executive, Greg Graham at Greg.Graham@scouting.org.

Greg Graham
Scout Executive and C.E.O.
Southwest Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America


March 2 - Roundtable this Thursday Night

Scouters:

Please remember to attend Roundtable this Thursday (March 3) at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70. The general session begins at 7:00 p.m.

EVERY Pack, Troop, and Crew should have at least one adult leader present at Roundtable meetings. They are important for many reasons, not the least of which is keeping your unit well-informed about upcoming events and activities. Roundtable is also important because it includes on-going training designed to improve your unit’s performance and to allow networking between attendees which is often very useful.

Also, Ed Genewick, Manatee District Camping Chair, has been charged with creating a list of what summer camps our Manatee District Troops will be attending this summer, as well as what weeks you plan on attending. He also needs to know how many Cub Scouts will be attending Day Camp and the amount of Webelos that will be attending the Resident Camping at Camp Miles. Be sure you bring this information with you to the March Roundtable. If you or someone from your unit will not be at the March RT, please  forward the information that Ed needs to him via email at genewick4@aol.com. SWFC has requested this info, so remember the 3rd Scout Law and comply with his request.

Hope to see everyone there!


March 1 - SCOUTING FOR FOOD = SUCCESS!

A HUGE thank you to all who participated in making this year’s Scouting for Food service project such a major success.

Twelve units (or combined Packs/Troops) consisting of approximately 159 youth and adults collected food either door-to-door or by arranging to have donation containers at a business and manning them.

Participating units will be officially recognized during the March 3rd Roundtable and at the District Adult Recognition Dinner on April 7th.

I also want to especially thank the members of Pack and Troop 76 who spent the longest time at the sorting tables. They worked long and hard. Troop 8, 10, 64, and 72 also contributed to this effort and it was greatly appreciated.

To see photos from the event, please click here.

In order to be fair to all participants, there are two categories this year: Traditional and Enhanced. Traditional units are those identified as having collected all physical foodstuffs and their success measured completely by the weight of their contributions. Enhanced units not only collected physical foodstuffs, but also received monetary contributions to be used by the food bank to purchase products. The food bank converts the contributions into pounds at the rate of $.18 per pound from their source(s).

The top 3 units in the Traditional category are:

1. Pack/Troop 76 2,252 pounds
2. Pack 42 701 pounds
3. Pack/Troop 191 429 pounds

The top units in the Enhanced category are:

1. Pack/Troop 72 3,802 pounds (1080 physical; $490.00 in monetary contributions)
2. Troop 8 3,776 pounds (408 physical; $609.32 in monetary contributions)

Our grand total in physical contributions is 5,437 pounds, an increase of 811 pounds over last year. Including the monetary contributions, the overall total is 7,988 pounds.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And be sure to thank those you know who donated that Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Meals on Wheels and Manatee County appreciate them.

Until next year!
Mac Aldrich,
2016 Scouting for Food chair - Manatee District


February 24 - Better Manatee Day Volunteers Needed

The Bradenton Kiwanis Club is looking for volunteers to help with the 2016 Better Manatee Day project. The project will take place at Easter Seals (350 Braden Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34243) on April 9th starting around 8:30 a.m. and running until about 12:30 p.m. We are making a plea to scouts and Scouters to assist with this project especially in light of Kiwanis’ generous donation that allowed three new cabins to be constructed at Camp Flying Eagle this past year.

Some of the tasks include painting of the Lily Room, landscaping of courtyard, landscaping the therapy building, spreading mulch on the playground, possible butterfly garden construction, painting the Camp room, etc. There should be something that all age groups can participate in.

If you have boys in need of service hours for rank advancement, please make them aware of this opportunity and don’t forget to enter all of your service hours on the Good Turn for America website accessible through our council’s website.

A sign-up sheet will be made available at Roundtable next week.

Oh, and don’t forget to deliver your Scouting for Food food donations to Meals on Wheels (811 23rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208) this coming Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich


February 16 - MALT, Camp Card Program, Spring Cub-O-Ree and All-Scout Night

There are lots of cool things happening in Manatee:

  • MALT (Manatee Adult (and some Youth) Leader Training) is coming up soon. Click Here for more information. Registration closes on March 8th, so Click Here to register now!
  • The 2016 Boy Scouts Camp Card Program kicks off in just a couple weeks. Your orders should be in already. Sales begin on March 1st and end on April 15th. Get all of the sales that you can to help pay for summer camp! Click here for more information.
  • The Spring Cub-O-Ree is just around the corner. Click Here for more information. Click Here to register online. This is a UNIT registration. Registration closes on March 3rd.
  • The Bradenton Marauders is hosting the 2016 All-Scout Night at McKechnie Filed on Friday, May 6th. Click Here for more information. Come out and enjoy a night of baseball, and you can even camp overnight on the field after the game.

February 4 - Join us at Roundtable Tonight!

Roundtable is TONIGHT at 7pm at The Salvation Army (5328 24th St. E., Bradenton). Get there early to network with other Scouters from around the District. The Big Rock topic for tonight is Youth Protection and Bullying. If you have not been to Roundtable in a while, or if you are a new Scouter and want to see what all the buzz is about, we would love to see you tonight.

Roundtable is an adult only opportunity to learn more about scouting in Manatee County. It is also the opportunity to meet and network with fellow Scouters. Officially, Roundtable starts at 7:00 pm, with a general session following at 7:45 pm, with separate break outs for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.


February 3 - Scouting For Food

To all Scouters:

Scouting for Food is an annual National service project designed to help feed those most in need in our communities. Because this time of the year is when our food bank's (Meals on Wheels) reserves are at its lowest and the needs are highest, we set our project to occur in February. This year is especially necessary because of the weather extremes the country has been experiencing due to El Niño.

Just like last year, Southwest Florida Council is supplying door hangers rather than bags to make the public aware of our food drive. The hangers are much easier (and faster) to distribute than tying plastic bags on door knobs. It is also much more environmentally friendly. These hangers are scheduled to be distributed throughout an area selected by your unit on Saturday, February 20. Each hanger has a description of acceptable food items and instructions for placing them in a bag or other container and placing them outside for Scouts to retrieve on the morning of Saturday, February 27. Collected items will be weighed in upon arrival and the boys will have an opportunity to assist with the sorting process. In appreciation, Meals on Wheels will be providing hot dogs, snacks, and beverages. The drop-off time is between 10 am and 1 pm.

I encourage EVERY unit to participate in this very worthy cause. Meals on Wheels services the elderly, shut-ins, the homeless, and families that are disadvantaged and disenfranchised. Once someone from your unit has posted the service hours for distribution/collection/delivery using the online Good Turn for America site, it will be qualified to receive Scouting for Food patches (one per participating youth/adult).

Several units signed up to participate during the January Roundtable, however, I am still waiting to hear back from several others including: Pack 10, Pack 22, Pack and Troop 41, Pack 46, Pack 108, Pack and Troop 111, Pack and Troop 125, Pack 126, Pack and Troop 181, Troop 68, Troop 89, and Troop 191.

It is necessary to know in advance which units will be participating in order to have enough door hangers on hand at the February Roundtable.

If your unit will be participating, but using another means to collect foodstuffs such as setting up outside of Public or collecting from your chartered partner, I need to know that, as well.

In Service,
Mac Aldrich,
Scouting for Food coordinator - Manatee District


February 2 - River Rescue Thanks

Scouters:

I received the following message from Cheryl Boeglin (Pack 76) and she asked me to share it with everyone.

"Hi Mac, Cheryl here. Have a favor to ask. I was speaking with a family member of the Father and Son who were rescued on the river while Camporee was going on and she asked me to thank all the scouts that assisted in the rescue. A big thanks to the ones who jumped in and pulled them out and gave first aid, as well as the camp nurse that attended her loved ones. Just FYI the Dad is physically ok the boy is still in critical but is responding and they are very hopeful.

If you could send this info out for me I would be grateful."

A big THANK YOU! to Caleb Savage (T100) and Nathan Sisk (T77) from Two Rivers district along with our own nurse Nina Pascoe for responding to this emergency situation. This is just one of the reasons more youth should be involved in the scouting program. A debt of gratitude is also owed to those who made the emergency responders aware of the incident.

Should an update on the boy’s condition be made available, I will share it with you.

See you at Roundtable this Thursday evening.

Mac Aldrich

Read the Bradenton Herald article here.


February 2 - URGENT: Bradenton Riverwalk Regatta volunteer(s) needed

I am making another plea for help this coming Saturday to help man a booth during the Bradenton Riverwalk Boat Regatta. Normally, I wouldn't hesitate to step up to volunteer for this event, however, I have a previously arranged babysitting engagement for that weekend and family comes first.

I have no problem with setting up the booth Friday evening and tearing it down following the fireworks show Saturday night, but I cannot be there during the day.

A great suggestion was made that a rain gutter regatta be set up for kids to race and there will be information about all of the available units, Boy’s Life mini-magazines, youth and adult applications, and other promotional material.

If anyone has a rain gutter regatta setup and wouldn’t mind loaning it out or bringing it with them, that would be great. If not, I will just print up some nautical-themed coloring sheets and provide markers/crayons.

The idea behind the booth is to continue to market the scouting program and as we had much better success this year at the county fair, it is hoped that we can keep the momentum going.

Please contact me as soon as possible, if you think you might be able to assist with this. I would really appreciate it and will help out the best that I can within limitations.

Thank you,
Mac Aldrich
(941) 773-9647


January 29 - Railroading Merit Badge to be offered February 27

Scoutmasters:
On Saturday, February 27th a unique merit badge opportunity is being offered by RealRail Model Railroading, a model railroading enthusiasts organization headquartered at 6804 14th St. W. in Bradenton.

The event (click here for flyer) will be held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center (formerly the Manatee Civic Center) located at the north end of the DeSoto Bridge in Palmetto, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The event organizers are offering Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn the RAILROADING merit badge. Participation is FREE and all the boy has to do is bring an approved merit badge blue card with him.

YOU are being asked to:

  1. share the event information with the boys in your unit and get a head-count of those interested.
  2. contact Mr. John Newman (jjnew@gmail.com) (941) 727-6141 no later than February 2nd to let him know how many boys may be attending.
  3. provide adult chaperon(s) for the event.

Note, however, that this event also occurs on the Scouting for Food delivery day at Meals on Wheels, so plan accordingly to make sure that you have enough boys to complete your community service that day. And even for those who don’t need the merit badge, the event would be a good follow-up activity to explore the world of model railroading.

Cubmasters/Den Leaders:
While there is no direct advancement requirement for Cubs or Webelos regarding railroading, this event could also be a great thing to do as a reward for participation in Scouting for Food. After you and the boys have dropped off your collection of canned goods at Meals on Wheels and enjoyed hot dogs, chips, and a beverage provided by Meals on Wheels, it might be fun to head on over to the Convention Center to check out all of the model railroad displays.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich,
Program Chair - Manatee District Boy Scouts


January 28 - Arthur M. & Berna King Eagle Scout Scholarship

The Saramana chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution offers a scholarship opportunity to Eagle Scouts each year.

The chapter offers a $1,000 scholarship for the chapter winner and there is a state and national competition as well for up to $8,000 in scholarship funds.

While application for 2015 has passed (there was no winner, as no applications were made), there is still time for 2016. And it doesn't have to be a boy who earns the rank this year. As long as the Eagle Scout does not turn 19 before Dec. 31, 2016, he is still eligible to apply.

Please share the following link with those boys and parents whom you think would have most to gain from this recognition and don’t forget to let Red Dog and/or Judge Gilbert Smith know when your Eagle Courts are held, if you would like either or both of them to attend and to help recognize the boys’ accomplishments.

Here is the link: http://saramanasar.org/Eagle_Scout.html

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich


January 22 - Register for the 2017 Sea Base Lottery

2017 SEA BASE LOTTERY

NEW AND IMPROVED RESERVATION SYSTEM

How to Register for the 2017 Sea Base Lottery

The 2017 Sea Base Lottery registration opens at midnight (EST) on January, 14, 2016 & closes at 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 and is hosted at www.bsaseabase.org.

To access the Sea Base Lottery registration form, you will need your My.Scouting username & password, unit type, unit number & unit ID.

If you do not have a My.Scouting account, please go to My.Scouting.org and follow the directions to create an account.

If you do not know your Unit ID please contact either your local council or the BSA Member Care Contact Center at 972-580-2489.

Each unit may enter the lottery once.

IMPORTANT!

The My.Scouting account must be linked to the current BSA membership number of the person completing the form.

Remember: Each unit may only enter the lottery once.

You may select up to 5 adventures and as many dates per adventure as you'd like.

We look forward to serving you in 2017!--- Sea Base Reservations

 

 

 

 

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Brinton Center

Keys Adventure 6-8

Fishing Adventure 6-8

Out Island Adventure 6-8

Florida Sea Base Sailing Coral Reef Sailing 6-8

Sea Exploring 18-20

STEM ECO Adventure 10-12

Florida Sea Base Scuba Scuba Adventure 6-8

Scuba Certification 6-8 Scuba Live Aboard 10-12

Sea Base ST. Thomas

ST. Thomas Adventure 6- 8

 

 

 

 

Florida Sea Base, BSA

73800 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida 33036

http://www.bsaseabase.org/

2017 Sea Base Lottery January 15 - February 15

 

 


January 21 - MALT 2016

Attention all Scouters in Manatee and Two Rivers Districts,

Below are links to two documents pertaining to the Manatee District MALT (Manatee Adult Leader Training).

Here is a flyer giving information as to the classes that will be presented, costs, and other general information relating to registration.

Here is a schedule of the classes that will be taught along with the times and locations.

All units should insure that these documents are duplicated and distributed to all adult members of their respective units. It is required that all who plan to attend MALT (to include staff) register with SWFC, once registration is made available.

In addition to registering with Council we are asking that everyone participating in MALT 2016 (participants and staff) make known to the MALT staff their intention. This is necessary so that logistical planning can take place (handouts, training aids, food, instructor support). To assist in this effort, at the January 7 Roundtable a sign up sheet was be available at both Cub and Boy Scout breakouts so that individuals could begin to sign up for those classes they wish to attend.

If you have any questions you can address them with either our District training, Geoff Ashman (lcplashman@gmail.com), or to the MALT Coordinator, Red Dog (reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com).

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


January 11 - Why Wood Badge?

Why not start out the New Year with a resolution that you can keep?

Need a New Year Resolution? Losing weight, going to the gym, and eating better all are good resolutions, but attend Wood Badge as your resolution and keep the benefits for a lifetime! The deadline is closing in and spots are filling up!

What does it include?

Your deluxe six-day, all-inclusive Wood Badge experience comes with decades of Scouting knowledge, a skilled and helpful staff and a guided tour through the entire Scouting program from Tiger Cubs to Venturing. And the price? Less than a single night costs at that fancy resort with the pool.

Wood Badge is expertly designed to stress you out, tie you in knots and take you on the same emotional roller coaster we put our Scouts on as they advance in the program.

In other words, you might not leave Wood Badge feeling relaxed, but you’re guaranteed to be recharged and ready to tackle any problem your Scouts throw your way. And it just might be the most fun you’ll ever have as a Scout leader.

The Patrol Method, devised by Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell, organizes Scouts into small groups. But when’s the last time you actually worked in a patrol-like group yourself? At your day job, perhaps, or in your own troop all those years ago?

At Wood Badge, participants join patrols of complete strangers, and everyone gets a turn as patrol leader. At first, the process feels forced: You will spend 24 hours a day with these people you just met, and you will like it. But by Day Three or Four, you realize the bonds formed with these Scouters won’t end when the course does.

What do previous attendees say?

This is a great course to help all Scouters both volunteer and professional to learn leadership skills. I have taken many corporate training courses over the years and none of them come close to being this good. I recommend taking Wood Badge for any adult in Scouting. Just take it, you will be thrilled that you did.

I had the pleasure of attending Wood Badge in the Bobwhite Patrol, without a doubt it was the best training I have attended in my nearly 15 years in Scouting at that time. Saying a leader comes out of the course recharged is an understatement, a leader comes out a new and motivated Scouter! Not only did I have a good time, I made new lifelong friends, not only from my patrol, but from the entire troop. The course is worth every penny and more, if someone has the opportunity to go, by all means make it happen, you will never forget it.

I feel everyone needs to go to Wood badge. If you are new to Scouting or a lifer. The skills I have learned have been useful in my church life and as a parent volunteer in the PTA. I have the great opportunity to staffing this coming fall for the third time and each time I enjoy myself and learn more. Thank you for Wood Badge.

I encourage each of you to either attend or make attendance possible this year for a Scouter! Our team has been working hard to ensure you will receive the best course for your investment of time and money. I would argue that it is the best investment you can make for your scouts and your life! Click on the link below and make this a year you remember!

WWW.SWFLWOODBADGE.COM

Your Scoutmaster,
Mr. Moore

Do you need any more reasons? Check out this excellent article from Bryan on Scouting: Why take Wood Badge? 25 Scouters state their case


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