Updated: November 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

Southwest Florida Council Website

Prior News and Updates

December 26 - Last chance to get new Youth Applications in for 2017

Attention all Committee Chairs of Packs, Troops and Crews,

At the December meeting of the Manatee District Committee, we learned that we need six (6) more youth registrations to be turned in by December 29th, so our District can finish with an overall positive growth for the year. If any unit is sitting on a youth application that was not turned in with Recharter, please turn them in to Brandon ASAP! You can call Brandon at (407) 928-1009‬ to arrange a time and location for hand-off.

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

December 20 - From USA TODAY - Eagle Scout among heroes in chaotic moments after Amtrak derailment

Worth watching. Every Eagle Scout should be proud of the Eagle fraternity. All the rest of us should be proud of what we do to train all Scouts to respond in this manner. Click Here to read the full article.

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

December 19 - Opportunity for Service Hours

On Wednesday (12/13) while attending a Chamber of Commerce event, I met Barbara Slater (Volunteer Program Manager for the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity). She mentioned that there will be a cleanup project in Washington Park on January 15th and that she would love seeing some scouts involved.

If you have any youth seeking service hours, please contact me and I will send you Ms. Slater’s contact information so that she may provide you with details.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

December 18 - This training is for everyone and anyone.

This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA's training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

Upon completion trainers will be able to apply the techniques learned across the BSA’s leadership programs, from unit-level youth leader training taught by youth for youth, to position-specific and supplemental training for adult leaders such as Wood Badge staff. Course content includes:

  • Why and How We Train Leaders
  • Characteristics of Good Trainers
  • How People Learn
  • Flip Chart & Power Point presentations
  • Training Methods

If you are interested, contact:

Judy Aldrich

December 14 - Sidewalk Astronomy for December 2017

Sidewalk Astronomy at G.T. Bray Park

Spend an evening observing the celestial wonders

December 14, 2017 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce their next Sidewalk Astronomy event.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, December 23, 2017 starting at 5:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing near the park's 51st Street West entrance.

Centrally located in Bradenton, G.T. Bray Park sits between 51st and 59th Streets West, with 33rd Avenue Drive West running through the center of the Park. The telescopes will be set up in the small parking lot just inside the 33rd Ave Dr W entrance, off of 51st Street West.

Parking for people attending the event will be available in a parking lot on the south side of 33rd, about 100 yards west of the observing area. Additional parking is available at Happy Tails Dog Park just north of the lot where the telescopes will be set up.

Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and the distant planets Uranus and Neptune as well as other deep-sky wonders that will be visible through the member's telescopes.

As always, the event is free of charge and is open to people of all ages.

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

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

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Jonathan Sabin,
President, LGDSO

December 13 - Eagle Scout Project at Humane Society of Manatee County

Bradenton, FL – December 12, 2017

Joseph Lambert of Boy Scout Troop 8, First United Methodist Church of Bradenton, completed his Eagle Project, the Humane Society of Manatee County Beautification Project, on December 2, 2017. The front of the Second Chance Adoption Center at 2515 14th Street W. in Bradenton now has a paved fenced area with bench seating and a table where new pet families can get to know their adopted pets amidst new landscaping, including a live oak tree and drought-resistant native plants. Many thanks to the generosity of donors who made this project possible, including William Hallett of Longmont, Colorado; Felix Santell of Santell Pool, Pavers, Tiles & Concrete in Bradenton; Suzanne Thornburg of M&W Supply Co. in Sarasota; Kenneth Puffenburger of Puffenburger Plumbing in Bradenton; Lowe's in Bradenton; and the Home Depot in Bradenton.

Humane Society of Manatee County is committed to leading Manatee County in fostering compassion and respect for animals through care, education and collaboration. Our Second Chance Adoption Center is located at 2515 14th Street West and our Veterinary Clinic is located at 2415 14th Street West. All proceeds support our animals and are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Humane Society of Manatee County is a 501©3 organization. Our tax ID # is 59-1819652, please help us save lives, four paws at a time.

November 26 - BSA Chief answers your questions about welcoming girls into BSA programs

The full article can be found on Bryan On Scouting at https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/11/21/bsa-chief-answers-your-questions-about-welcoming-girls-into-bsa-programs/

November 22 - OA - Winter Fellowship and Banquet


This is a reminder that this the last day to register for Winter Fellowship!  The event will be taking place December 8th-10th, at Camp Miles.
$25.00 per Arrowmen
$10.00 per Saturday Banquet Only

Late fee
After 11/22/2017 a fee of $10.00 will apply to all Arrowmen Registrants.
After 11/22/2017 a fee of $10.00 will apply to all Saturday Banquet Only Registrants.

This year's Winter Fellowship theme is Holidays in Ancient Greece! There will be activities such as Chapter vs. Chapter Capture the Flag, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, an AMAZING Slip and Slide relay, and More! There will also be American Indian Activities including ceremonies and a Pow Wow! O-Shot-Caw Drum Team will be joining us for this epic Pow-Wow!

Additionally, eligible Arrowmen will have the opportunity to become brotherhood members. Also, we will be discussing hosting the 2018 Section Conference, and there will be many more fun activities throughout the weekend!

You do not want to miss out on this awesome event! The last day to register on time for Winter Fellowship is today. After today, there will be an additional $10 fee.

Link to register: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2138472&OrgKey=347

November 22 - Range Master Training this Saturday, 1pm at Camp Miles

No online registration.
Come to training with exact fee, I will issue receipts.

Click Here to view the flyer

Justine Gonzalez
Finance Secretary
Southwest Florida Council, Inc. #088

November 8 - November Popcorn Incentive

We are doing one final push to motivate our Scouts to get out and support our Military on Veterans Day and boost your online sales! Click on the image below for the details.

Also, I want to encourage you to do a “Build Your Mega Corn” gathering activity to get an idea of where you stand on your take order sales.

Popcorn Sales End November 30!

Justine Gonzalez

November 5 - Wood Badge, because every scout deserves a TRAINED leader!

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

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

Who can attend?

1. Registered adult leaders

2. Adults who have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting positions.

3. Completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.

4. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA physical is required for all participants. A copy of your health form is due at CAMP CHECK-IN.

What is the cost?

The cost is $240 per participant. There is a $90 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. The cost includes all course supplies, 1 t-shirt, 1 council CSP and all meals. Registration is limited to the first 48 participants. ALL fees are due by January 25, 2018.

For more information contact Course Director:

Javier Aristimuño
(941) 232-8073

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

Register me for Wood Badge 2018!

November 1 - New Cub Scout Leader Survival Training

On THURSDAY, Nov. 2nd at the Manatee District Roundtable meeting, we will be holding another New Cub Scout Leader Survival 101 training.

If you missed the first one or have new leaders in your pack, please plan to attend and share this information.

Cub Scout New Leader Survival 101 Training

October 25 - Registration for BALOO training is now OPEN on the Council Website

Online registration for BALOO Training is now open. To Register, Click Here. Please share with your pack leaders so everyone who wants to attend has the opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A LOCATION CHANGE. IT WILL BE HELD AT: 53rd Ave Church of Christ 3412 53 Ave EAST Bradenton.

Call Judy Aldrich for any questions.

Flyer with correct address is below.

October 19 - Don't miss BALOO training on November 4th

Manatee District’s BALOO training has been rescheduled to a new date and location. It is not open for online registration as yet, but please let your leaders know it will be held on Nov. 4. This training will be available to everyone in Manatee District who needs to take it.

Questions? Contact Judy Aldrich

October 16 - Final CFE Camp Hurricane Work Day

Dear Scouters,

Many thanks to all volunteers who participated in both camp Hurricane Clean-Up Days. A great deal of work was done and we are on schedule for reopening with both camps.

We need one more effort this weekend at Camp Flying Eagle for those that are available for some final general clean-up to reopen for our Webelos Adventure Week-end at Camp Flying Eagle on November 10-12.

Camp Flying Eagle: Saturday, October 21 – Lunch will be provided – No Overnight Camping.
Time: 8:30 am until ____ each day. Any amount of time is welcomed and appreciated!

Volunteer Needs:

General volunteers are needed for general debris pick-up and building clean-up. Volunteers need to be either Cub Scout Leaders/Parents (No C.S. youth), Boy Scout -Venturing-Exploring Leaders/Parents and responsible, capable youth. Safety Note: Please wear closed toed shoes and bring work gloves.

Additionally, if you or parents in your unit have specific skills such as electrical, carpentry, screen replacement or equipment such as hauling trailers-trucks for brush/trees removal on-site, Bobcat with claw, hoist, wood chipper, stump grinder please contact the camp ranger via email. We also could use a crew of individuals to bring weed-eaters for general clean-up. Please contact the camp ranger below by email to your attendance or the # of individuals from your unit attending and any special assistance you may provide by Thursday morning.

CFE Contact: Todd Greene Email: todd@tnrgreene.com


October 11 - New BSA Program Expansion for Girls

Dear Scout Supporters -

Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who've never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children. The BSA thoughtfully evaluated how to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible and adapt to the changing needs of today’s families — all while remaining true to our mission and core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to 1. establish a new girl pack, 2. establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or 3. remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also have the option delivering another program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.

This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page at http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/family-scouting/ or Click Here to review the Factsheet.

Southwest Florida Council

October 11 - BSA to welcome girls into Scouting programs — here’s what that means for your pack or troop

"The Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer-led board of directors on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to welcome girls and young women into all Scouting programs.

The historic move means boys and girls will soon experience the values-based, life-changing, Instagram-worthy moments offered in all of Scouting’s programs — from Cub Scouting all the way to Scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout."

Continue reading the article on Bryan on Scouting at https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/10/11/bsa-welcomes-girls/

October 6 - Oct 7 & 14 Camp Hurricane Work Days

Many thanks to all volunteers who participated in this past weekend’s Camp Hurricane Clean-Up Day at each of our camps. A great deal of work was completed and this is much appreciated! Great Job!

There is still a significant amount of work to be done to return to our normal operations at each camp prior to opening. With another well attended week-end work-day of volunteers at each of our camps we feel confident we will be able to open at the target dates which are CUB Extravaganza at Camp Miles on October 20-22 and Webelos Adventure Week-end at Camp Flying Eagle on November 10-12.

The two remaining weekends are:

Camp Flying Eagle: Saturday, October 7 – Lunch will be provided – No Overnight Camping.

Camp Miles: Saturday, October 14 - Lunch will be provided – No Overnight Camping.

Time: 8:30 am until ____ each day. Any amount of time is welcomed and appreciated!

Volunteer Needs:

General volunteers are needed for general debris pick-up and building clean-up. Volunteers need to be either Cub Scout Leaders/Parents (No C.S. youth), Boy Scout -Venturing-Exploring Leaders/Parents and responsible, capable youth. Safety Note: Please wear closed toed shoes and bring work gloves.

Additionally, if you or parents in your unit have specific skills such as electrical, carpentry, screen replacement or equipment such as hauling trailers-trucks for brush/trees removal on-site, Bobcat with claw, hoist, wood chipper, stump grinder please contact the camp ranger via email. We also could use a crew of individuals to bring weed-eaters for general clean-up for each work-day. Please contact the camp rangers below by email to your attendance or the # of individuals from your unit attending and any special assistance you may provide by Thursday morning prior to the workday.

CFE Contact: Todd Greene Email: todd@tnrgreene.com

CM Contact: Ben Schulz Email: Ben.Schulz@scouting.org


September 29 - URGENT: October Roundtable and Recharter Packets


Next Thursday, October 5th, is Roundtable. It is also the night that recharter packets will be distributed. Please be sure to send at least one representative from your unit to take charge of these materials. With Irma having prevented us from meeting in September, it is imperative that we make up for lost time.

The new Cub Scout introductory training session planned for September will be held during the October 5th meeting.

If you have questions regarding council or district events (on or off camp properties), the October Roundtable will be the place to get them answered.

Roundtable is held at the Salvation Army Worship Center (5328 24th St. E. in Bradenton, just off SR-70 west of the intersection of New US 301 and SR 70).

Manatee County Schools and Publix are hosting the Stuff the Bus food collection event at all of the Publix locations in Manatee County this weekend, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. Those wishing to assist with collection should stop by one of the drop-off locations. Bigger, stronger youth and adults may be needed at the Food Bank Sunday afternoon after 4:00 to help with unloading buses. You can sign up on the Food Bank’s Facebook page.

See you at Roundtable!

Mac Aldrich

September 29 - SWFL Council Program Newsletter - Sept/Oct 2017

SWFL Council Program Newsletter - Sept/Oct 2017



Date: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:45pm. Note that this is available during the October Roundtable
Location: Salvation Army Church, 5328 24 Street East, Bradenton.
How to Register: To register or for more information, please contact Judy Aldrich, (941) 773-9646 or, email ORCHIDLADY108@earthlink.net
Cost: No Charge for this great training!
Who Needs this training: New Adult Cub Scout Leaders.

September 27 - Camp Hurricane Work Day Saturday

Our goal is to have each camp open for each of their first major Scouting season events which is CUB Extravaganza at CM on October 20-22 and Webelos Adventure Week-end at CFE on November 10-12 (A final decision for the CFE Event will be made on Monday, October 9 at 9:00 am as to safety readiness for opening). Event registration is now open for both events.

Cub X Event registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 13th with payment due in the council office by Thursday, October 19th. Webelos Adventure Week-end registration deadline has been extended to Friday, November 3 with payment due in the council office by Wednesday, November 8.

We appreciate the many volunteers anxious to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma camp clean-up. Phase 1 & 2 of our camp recovery has included detailed property damage/risk assessment and elimination of critical safety issues. Phase 3 of our camp clean-up prior to re-opening will be to engage volunteers across the council through 2 work-weekends at each camp. The work week-ends are as follows:

Camp Flying Eagle: Saturday, September 30 & Saturday, October 7 – Lunch will be provided – No Overnight Camping.

Camp Miles: Saturday, September 30 & Saturday, October 14 - Lunch will be provided – No Overnight Camping.

Time: 8:00 am until ____ each day. Any amount of time is welcomed and appreciated!

Volunteer Needs: General volunteers are needed for general debris pick-up and building clean-up. Volunteers need to be either Cub Scout Leaders/Parents (No C.S. youth), Boy Scout -Venturing-Exploring Leaders/Parents and responsible, capable youth. Additionally, if you or parents in your unit have specific skills such as electrical, carpentry, screen replacement or equipment such as hauling trailers-trucks for brush/trees removal on-site, Bobcat with claw, hoist, wood chipper, stump grinder please contact the camp ranger via email. We also could use a crew of individuals to bring weed-eaters for general clean-up for each work-day. The Camp Rangers prefer to be contacted by email at this point and will be returning only priority phone calls during the recovery period. Please contact them as to your attendance or the # of individuals from your unit attending and any special assistance you may provide. For the Sept. 30 workday, please contact the rangers by Thursday morning as to your attendance.

CFE Contact: Todd Greene Email:. todd@tnrgreene.com
CM Contact: Ben Schulz Email: Ben.Schulz@scouting.org


September 20 - SWFL Council Hurricane Irma Recovery

Dear Scouters -

We know that right now many are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma trying to return to normalcy as soon as possible. Our prayers are with each of you and your families and hope you were spared from harm's way and are safe. Our communities have been affected to varying degrees across the seven county Southwest Florida Council region.

Today (9/19), we are reaching out to the Scouting Family to provide information as to the status of council operations and how you may assist in recovery if able. Linked Here you will find an initial recovery plan outlining Camp Operations - School Night Recruitment - Popcorn Sale - District and Council Meetings - Events. The plan will be updated on the council website as appropriate once Internet service is restored. (Currently we have only limited remote service, but anticipate full restoration by in the morning).

We continue to hear many positive stories of how Scout skills and the Scouting Spirit are abound with many acts of selfless service being demonstrated in the "Helping of Others" in our communities by our Scouts and volunteers. In this difficult time, please know the Scouting family stand ready to help you as you begin the road to recovery.

Best regards,

Greg Graham
Scout Executive
Southwest Florida Council

September 15 - 2017 First Aid Meet Canceled

Scouts and Scouters,

Due to some complications that have come up, the 2017 First Aid Meet has been canceled. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your continued work with this program and our youth.

James Warrick

September 13 - Cub Friendship Hike put on hold (and more)


I hope that all is well with you and your families following the passing of Hurricane Irma. I have seen postings on Facebook from many of you and have seen the issues you have been having to deal with. Some are minor, others more severe, but, overall, everyone came out without serious casualties or loss of life. It could have been much worse.

Hopefully, your scouting skills provided you with a bit more confidence than your neighbors. It has come to my attention that some of you have friends and neighbors that were actually a bit envious of the fact that you could have hot coffee and meals even though you lost power. It’s amazing how much difference having a camp stove and non-perishable, freeze-dried food can make.

Please note that both Camp Flying Eagle and Camp Miles will be closed to all activities for the foreseeable future until assessments of damage and debris cleanup can be made. This includes unit camping as well as district and council events. In particular, please make sure that any Cub Scout families that may have registered for the Friendship Hike scheduled for Saturday, September 16th are informed that it has been canceled for now. Should it be re-scheduled for a later date, you will receive information. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this stressful time.

Your scouting family is here to help. If you are in need of anything, please contact me and I will do my best to find the right person(s) and/or equipment.

Yours in scouting and friendship,
Mac Aldrich

September 6 - Southwest Florida Council Hurricane Closing


Senior Executive Greg Graham has called for cancellation of all scouting activities in SWFC planned for this weekend starting today, Wednesday, September 6. This includes our Roundtable meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening. Those of you who included an email address as part of your adult registration should be receiving the directive from the council service center sometime later today.

Hurricane Irma poses a significant threat to our state regardless of which path it eventually takes and we understand the need for time to adequately prepare for its impact. Please take this storm seriously and Be Prepared.

District Executive Brandon Cicco also asked me to tell you that Cub Scout recruitment efforts for this week are being halted as of today and will resume at a later time following the passing of the storm.

The Manatee County School District will issue a statement regarding any closures in the near future. Bear in mind that even if the hurricane does not directly impact our area physically our school facilities may have to be opened as shelters for surrounding communities that are.

Let’s hope and pray that Irma changes course such that its impact to our county is minimal.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

September 1 - Introducing the New Member Coordinator Position

"Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place." -- ScoutingWire.com

Continue reading and to learn more about the New Member Coordinator Position and how it can help Your unit at: http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/councils/new-member-coordinator/

August 28 - Upcoming Training Opportunities


There are many training opportunities coming up soon, from basic to advanced training. For a list of the Manatee District Adult Leader Training Schedule, Click Here. All of the training information that you need can be found on our Training page.

August 25 - Passing of a Loved One

Marion R. Thielen, mother of our own Jim Thielen, passed away on August 18th. Services will be held on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at 10:00 am, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church (833 Magellan Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243).

For more information, you can read her obituary in Thursday’s edition of the Bradenton Herald at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bradenton/obituary.aspx?n=marion-r-thielen&pid=186453006&fhid=8472

August 23 - Update - Manatee District First Aid Meet

With much regret, I need to inform you that parts of our event in September have had to be canceled.

The 2017 Manatee District First Aid Meet will still happen on September 30th. The event will have First Responder on Saturday morning from 8am to 11am. The Boy Scout First Aid Meet will be from 1pm to 5:30pm. The AHA CPR/First Aid Class will be from 8am to 4:30pm.

We will no longer be offering Crime Prevention, Fire Safety, Safety, and Search and Rescue. There will also no longer be any camping and lunch will only be provided for those in the CPR/First Aid Class. Lunch for all others will be from 11 to noon.

If you have any questions, please contact me.
Thank you
James Warrick

Manatee District First Aid Meet

August 8 - Manatee District First Responder Challenge

Manatee District First Responder Challenge

Choose what you to do for the weekend:

  • Compete in the First Aid Meet
  • Attend the American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Class
  • Earn the Webelos First Responder Activity Badge
  • Earn the following Merit Badges:
    • Crime Prevention MB, Fire Safety MB and Safety MB or
    • Search & Rescue MB

For all of the information and details, Click Here to view the flyer.

James Warrick

August 7 - Marauders Fan Appreciation Night

Marauders Fan Appreciation Night

August 6 - Roundtable Schedule for 2017-2018

August 1 - Program Kick-Off


It’s hard to believe, but summer is coming to an end and along with the return to school, a new Scouting Year is just over the horizon.

Are you and your unit leaders ready for all of the events, activities, and training opportunities to be had?

Come the Manatee District Program Kick-Off this coming Thursday, August 3rd, starting at 7:00 p.m. and make sure.

The evening will begin with an opening Flag ceremony by the Oscen Tustenuggee Order of the Arrow chapter, followed by brief comments from the Key 3 (plus 1), and a round-robin session to meet with coordinators promoting their special activities and events. Once you've had an opportunity to collect all of the information being shared, you will be able to take it back to your respective unit committees to establish your calendars for the year.

Door prizes will be offered and there will be other incentives offered to get you to visit as many of the promotional booths as possible.

All unit leaders, parents, C.O.R.’s, and Executive Officers are encouraged to attend.

All of this will take place at the Salvation Army Worship Center Gymnasium on SR-70 (53rd Ave.) across from the Post Office.

Hope to see everyone there! In case you missed the video the first time around...

Mac Aldrich

July 31 - Manatee District Popcorn Sale and Training

It’s that time of year again! Our Annual Trail's End Popcorn Sale is just around the corner!

This year’s sale is planned to be even bigger and better! Check out the dates on the 2017 Unit Commitment Form to see when your District Popcorn Kick-Off is scheduled.

Manatee District Popcorn Kickoff will be held on Saturday, August 12th at CFE, beginning at 9am.

Once again this year we will be offering Show N Sell Products in addition to the Take-Order program to supplement your unit sale with additional income potential.

Unit Show & Sell Product orders are due to the council office no later Friday, August 18th by 12:00 pm. Please see the 2017 Unit Commitment Form for details.

July 23 - Reminder of August Roundtable/Program Kickoff on Thursday, August 3rd

Attention Scouters and unregistered parents,

This is to remind you that the August Roundtable will be devoted in its entirety to presenting information concerning the 2017-2018 Program Kickoff.

Information concerning every event, be it training, activities, camping, advancement, membership, finance, OA activities, or district/council meetings, will be presented and available for your units. In addition there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive answers about those events.

The Roundtable is scheduled for 3 August from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Salvation Army Center 5328 24th St. E (SR 70, just west of 301).

Mac Aldridge has developed an excellent YouTube video for you to view:

This is the most important Roundtable of the entire year. Everyone should make an effort to attend in orders to gather important information you need for planning your and your Scout(s) calendars for the coming 12 months.

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

July 22 - Jim Thielen and Mac Aldrich Meet Secretary of State

While serving as members of the 2017 National Jamboree Ice Team, the only Food Staff group consisting of members of a single OA lodge, they happened to be in the right place at the right time. On Friday, July 21st, Mr. Rex Tillerson and entourage visited the STEM program area. Mac and Jim were fortunate enough to be in one of the first exhibits he toured. They were able to trade a couple of patches with him and have their photo taken.

Later in the day, they listened to the Secretary give a speech during the unveiling of a bronze statue in his likeness located at the Summit Center.

The opening show is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd, and the musical act is Imagine Dragons.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to make an appearance on Monday, July 24th.

The Jamboree ends on Friday, July 28th.

Mac Aldrich

June 29 - “Good Turn for America” Community Service

The first half of the year is almost gone. If you haven’t entered your unit’s service hours yet, now is a great time to do that.

America is a nation built on service. From barn raisings to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues if we work together. That's why we've have the Journey to Excellence Community Service Project Hours Unit Objective. It is important for our community to know that Scouting is indeed about community service and for units and Scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments and service.

Thank you for your service!

May 28 - Things You May Not Know

Memorial Day

For nearly 150 years, Americans have gathered in late spring to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to their country. What began with dozens of informal commemorations of those killed in the Civil War has grown to become one of the nation's most solemn and hallowed holidays. From its earliest incarnation as “Decoration Day” to its modern-day observances, here are some surprising facts about the history of Memorial Day.

1. Memorial Day and its traditions may have ancient roots.
While the first commemorative events weren't held in the United States until the 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

2. One of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves.
As the Civil War neared its end, thousands of Union soldiers, held as prisoners of war, were herded into a series of hastily assembled camps in Charleston, South Carolina. Conditions at one camp, a former racetrack near the city’s Citadel, were so bad that more than 250 prisoners died from disease or exposure, and were buried in a mass grave behind the track’s grandstand. Three weeks after the Confederate surrender, an unusual procession entered the former camp: On May 1, 1865, more than 1,000 recently freed slaves, accompanied by regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops (including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry) and a handful of white Charlestonians, gathered in the camp to consecrate a new, proper burial site for the Union dead. The group sang hymns, gave readings and distributed flowers around the cemetery, which they dedicated to the “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

3. The holiday’s “founder” had a long and distinguished career.
In May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union veterans’ group known as the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day of commemoration for the more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the recently ended Civil War. On Decoration Day, as Logan dubbed it, Americans should lay flowers and decorate the graves of the war dead “whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” According to legend, Logan chose May 30 because it was a rare day that didn't fall on the anniversary of a Civil War battle, though some historians believe the date was selected to ensure that flowers across the country would be in full bloom. After the war Logan, who had served as a U.S. congressman before resigning to rejoin the army, returned to his political career, eventually serving in both the House and Senate and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for vice president in 1884. When he died two years later, Logan’s body laid in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol, making him one of just 33 people to have received the honor. Today, Washington, D.C.’s Logan Circle and several townships across the country are named in honor of this champion of veterans and those killed in battle.

4. Logan probably adapted the idea from earlier events in the South.
Even before the war ended, women’s groups across much of the South were gathering informally to decorate the graves of Confederate dead. In April 1886, the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia resolved to commemorate the fallen once a year—a decision that seems to have influenced John Logan to follow suit, according to his own wife. However, southern commemorations were rarely held on one standard day, with observations differing by state and spread out across much of the spring and early summer. It’s a tradition that continues today: Nine southern states officially recognize a Confederate Memorial Day, with events held on Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ birthday, the day on which General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was killed, or to commemorate other symbolic events.

5. It didn't become a federal holiday until 1971.
American’s embraced the notion of “Decoration Day” immediately. That first year, more than 27 states held some sort of ceremony, with more than 5,000 people in attendance at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890, every former state of the Union had adopted it as an official holiday. But for more than 50 years, the holiday was used to commemorate those killed just in the Civil War, not in any other American conflict. It wasn't until America’s entry into World War I that the tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars, and Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s, with America deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War.

6. It was a long road from Decoration Day to an official Memorial Day.
Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation’s war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaiian Senator—and decorated World War II veteran—Daniel Inouye, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.

7. More than 20 towns claim to be the holiday’s “birthplace”—but only one has federal recognition.
For almost as long as there’s been a holiday, there’s been a rivalry about who celebrated it first. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, bases its claim on an 1864 gathering of women to mourn those recently killed at Gettysburg. In Carbondale, Illinois, they’re certain that they were first, thanks to an 1866 parade led, in part, by John Logan who two years later would lead the charge for an official holiday. There are even two dueling Columbus challengers (one in Mississippi, the other in Georgia) who have battled it out for Memorial Day supremacy for decades. Only one town, however, has received the official seal of approval from the U.S. government. In 1966, 100 years after the town of Waterloo, New York, shuttered its businesses and took to the streets for the first of many continuous, community-wide celebrations, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation, recently passed by the U.S. Congress, declaring the tiny upstate village the “official” birthplace of Memorial Day.

Yesterday, I had the honor and privilege of participating with Manatee’s own T10 as they departed at 0645 hours to go the The Sarasota National Cemetery to place small American Flags on the gravestones of those who are entombed there. I saw Cubs from Pack 776 from Two Rivers District there, but no other visible Scouts. Many elderly citizens as well as American Legion Post 159 were also there. Together, all of us, recognized and honored over 11,000 who had worn the cloth of our nation during their lifetime.

It gave me pause to wonder why other Scouting Units did not take this opportunity to honor the sacrifices of those who preceded us.

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

May 20 - Last Call! Cub Scout Day Camp Registration Extended



Hi Cub Scout Parents & Troops,

Cub Scout Day Camp is just around the corner! Your son will enjoy shooting BB guns, Archery, Arts and Craft and much, much more! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your son to meet new friends and have a lot of fun! Day Camp registration is open to incoming 1st graders (must register as a Cub Scout) through incoming 5th graders. Current 5th graders should be crossed over to a Boy Scout troop.

Space is limited and spots are filling fast! Sign up NOW! Day Camp in the Manatee and Panther Districts starts in just 10 days!

Not familiar with Cub Scout Day Camp – Check this day camp video out and you will be ready to go!
https://youtu.be/fnItyOvJMFA (the dates at the end of the video are not correct)

Visit www.swflcouncilbsa.org (click on the Calendar/ Event Registration tab) to sign up on-line for Day Camp.

2017 Southwest Florida Council Day Camp Dates

TWO RIVERS DISTRICT – JUNE 12 – 16 SPOTS ARE LIMITED! REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 25! (serving Charlotte, DeSoto & Sarasota Counties)




(First Come – First Serve Registration Basis – Space is Limited)

Please contact me at 941-448-3451 if you have questions about registration or the day camp program.

Lisa Van Beuren
Manatee District Day Camp Director
Southwest Florida Council BSA

May 13 - 2017 Good Scout Award Recipient - Bob Blalock

For full article, go to http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article150176112.html#emlnl=Afternoon_News_Update.

May 11 - Time is running out for Cub Camp Registration!

Time is running out... and you can't go back in time once the registration deadline passes on Thursday, May 18th. Check out the flyer below and register at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2094792&OrgKey=347

This years Webelos program will feature a new class called Webelos Kitchen. They will also be able to earn the Looking Back, Looking Forward Adventure Pin as well as their Aquanaut. All of the scouts will be doing some leather stamping this year and the cub scouts will be touching on several adventure requirements throughout each of their programs. In true cub scout spirit, we have a super fun program for all this year.

May 10 - Scouter Gone Home

I'm sad to inform you that fellow Scouter Richard Hicks passed away this past Saturday morning at Camp Miles while at Aquatics Training. I was blessed to have known Richard and spent time with him and his family at church and in scouting. Please keep Richard's wife and children in your thoughts and prayers. See the obituary below for service times:


Ed Copeland
Troop 111 Committee Chair

May 7 - Lions... and Tigers, and Bears, oh my!

The Lion pilot program has been launched in numerous councils around the country. See the article "Lion pilot program brings Scouting to kindergartners in nearly 200 councils" on the Bryan on Scouting Blog. Now, the Southwest Florida Council is preparing to introduce the Lion program here as well. The official roll-out will be in 2018, but this year it is your pack’s choice whether to support the Lion program or not this fall. Your pack must meet the criteria on the application to be able to have the Lion program this fall. Click on the link below, print, complete and submit to the SWFL Council no later than June 30, 2017.

Southwest Florida Council 2Ol7 Fall Lion Den Operation Approval Application

May 5 - Summer Camp Shakedown at Camp Miles

Camp Miles
Saturday, May 13
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults, here is your opportunity to get your health checks and swim checks for summer camp! If you are attending a Boy Scout summer camp, please make sure that you can bring documentation for a swim check (Individual Swim Test Form or Unit Swim Test Form). Some camps will not accept a pool swim check as their aquatics programs are in a lake and therefore, you must swim check in the lake.

Check in at the Admin Building prior to your medical check. NO online registration is needed; however, you will need to download the health form and bring it with you. Cost for medical checks is $15; cash or checks made to BSA.

Health Form (Parts A, B & C)

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council

April 27 - The 2017-2018 Manatee Planning Calendars are now Available!

The 2017-2018 Manatee District/Southwest Florida Council Planning Calendar and the 2017-2018 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar are now available.

To download the 2017-2018 Manatee District/Southwest Florida Council Planning Calendar, Click Here.

To Download the 2017-2018 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar, Click Here.

The school year ends in just over a month and shortly after will be the time of the year for Annual Program Planning. There are many resources available online for Annual Program Planning for Cub Scouts or for Boy Scouts.

April 13 - Marauders Scout Night on May 6th

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to send you all a reminder that we are officially 4 weeks away from our Scout Night Campout here at LECOM Park on May 6th! Please note that the deadline to register your troop/child will be April 22nd. I will need your troop’s ticket order form, or individual families order form, as well as the waivers for all of the campers associated with that ticket order form. If you would rather wait and bring me the waivers on the day of the game that is fine, although in advance is preferred.

If you are unable to scan your pages, you may mail them back to me at the address under my name or arrange to meet me here at LECOM Park to deliver them in person.

We are in the selection process of our Patch Design contest, we received some great design ideas this year and we appreciate you all for participating.

Again, if you know of any new parents or troops that were unable to participate last year but may be interested this year please pass all of the information about our Scout Campout along. The Bradenton Marauders are having their home opener TONIGHT at 6:30pm and we would love to have you join us as we will look to repeat as Florida State League Champions this season! If not, we are very excited to host our annual Scout Night Campout on May 6th. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments about this event and if there is any way possible for me to be of assistance.

Ralph Cassannello

April 12 - Photos from the 2017 Adult Recognition Dinner

A big round of thanks go out to Maureen Reinecke and husband Ed Genewick along with countless others who helped plan, organize, and execute Thursday evening’s Manatee Adult Leader Recognition Dinner. A great time of food, fellowship, and recognition of service to scouting and kids was had by all. As Red Dog pointed out, this was a team effort.

A detailed article about this event along with the names of those who were awarded the Live Oak Award and District Award of Merit will be forthcoming along with the highlights of the program: A Lifetime of Service (Red Dog) and the Silver Beaver (Maureen).

In the meantime, please feel free to view/download photos taken during the event.

Mac Aldrich

April 11 - Only two days left to register for USA!

Maiʻaʻole hoʻi e hala kou manawa kūpono e hele USA (Ke Kulanui o pūʻali Arts) keia makahiki. Ka lā hope i ka inoa o Thursday, April 13. (Don't miss your opportunity to attend USA (University of Scouting Arts) this year. The last day to register is Thursday, April 13.)

April 4 - 2017 Concert with a Cause!

2017 Concert with a Cause!

March 24 - FREE SCOUT Youth and Adult physicals provided by LECOM

Attention Scouting Community,

This applies to you if you are -
a Boy Scout
a Webelo who will be a Scout soon
a Cub Scout who will be attending Cub Resident camp
a Venture Scout, an Adult leader
in the Order of the Arrow
are a parent who wants to go on Troop functions.

Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) will again be offering FREE BSA Physicals on the morning of April 29th.

LECOM is located at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton 34211 (not too far south of the turnoff to Camp Flying Eagle).

To get in on this great opportunity you will need to SIGN UP on the link provided and bring your own OFFICIAL BSA PHYSICAL form (parts A,B, & C )


Please feel free to share this with anyone who could benefit from this- it is open to all in the scouting community, not just Manatee District.

Nina Pascoe BSN, RN, ACM-RN
Health/Safety/Risk Management
Manatee District
SWFL Council BSA

March 20 - Smile! Support the Southwest Florida Council

Do you shop online? I know that I do. If so, when you shop from Amazon, why not have a percentage of your purchases go to your favorite charity? All you have to do is go to smile.amazon.com (instead of just amazon.com), select the charity of your choice (we hope that you will search for and select Southwest Florida Council Boy Scouts of America) and just remember to go back to smile.amazon.com whenever you buy from Amazon.

To learn more about AmazonSmile, go to https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about. It's easy to do and AmazonSmile normally donates 0.5% of the purchase price to your favorite charity (including the Southwest Florida Council Boy Scouts of America). Sometimes AmazonSmile even donates a higher percentage. For example, one of the days last week, the percentage was increased from 0.5% to 5.0% for the day.

As of February 2017, the Southwest Florida Council Boy Scouts of America has received $294.25. How much more could this be if we all did this?

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler

March 5 - URGENT - BB Range help needed at Cub-O-Ree

I have a bit of an emergency. They have no one to run the BB range at Cub-O-Ree next weekend, Saturday, March 11. They need 6 certified people to run the range. If you are available let me know at carsmi1@verizon.net or call Jason Wolfe at 239-994-7884.

Dennis Smith

March 3 - 2017 Manatee District Pinewood Derby

March 2 - Where Pinewood Derbies Come From

Attention all Pinewood enthusiasts:

This is a fascinating video on how all those pine wood derby cars look before they arrive in your Pack.

For those interested here is how the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby idea got started:

Sometime early in the 1952 -1953 Cub Scouting year, a 34 year old Cubmaster from Manhattan Beach, CA had an idea. While planning his Pack’s yearly program, Cubmaster Don Murphy mused about something fun that Cub Scouts who were too young to enter his community's popular Soapbox Derby could do with their dads until they were old enough to race “Soapboxes.” It was a simple idea, really.

His idea involved creating an event where Cubs and their dads would model miniature “Soapbox Derby” cars out of a block of pine and then race them under gravity power down an inclined ramp. It was perfect! The boys could learn about sportsmanship, spend some quality time with their dads, and sharpen their fine motor skills all at the same time! He decided to call his event “The Pinewood Derby.”

And so it was that Cub Scout Pack 280c staged the first Pinewood Derby race in May of 1953. The folks at BSA’s New Jersey-based “Boys’ Life” magazine took note of the event and sent photographer / writer Glenn Wagner to cover it. Glenn’s article was published in the October 1954 Boys’ Life. That was the first reference to the Pinewood Derby in a Scout publication. After that, the “Pinewood Derby” spread like wildfire.

The June, 1955 Program Helps listed “Wheels, Wings, and Things” as a theme. The 1956 Cub Scout Program Quarterly gave instructions for running the Pack Meeting Derby. The Supply Division’s catalogs had kits available for $2.75 for a package of eight. WOW! That's 34 cents each, and no taxes!!

I wonder how many millions of those small blocks of wood have been turned into cars since?

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

March 1 - Registration Open for the 2017 Adult Recognition Dinner

Registration is now open for the 2017 Adult Recognition Dinner. Click Here to register today. For more details, Click Here or on the image below to view the entire flyer for the event.

2017 Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner

February 25 - 2017 Marauders All-Scout Night

February 24 - MALT (Manatee Adult Leader Training) 2017

Attention all Packs, Troops of Manatee and Two River Districts:

The 2017 MALT flyer and schedule is on the SWFC web site. Registration is now open, Click Here to register, and is scheduled to close 3/12/2017. The schedule contains classes for both youth and adults.

Please Download the flyer and Download the schedule, and distribute to all adults in your unit. Encourage all of your registered leaders, to include unit committee members, to attend training for their position. The district goal is to increase the percentage of trained adults to 70%. We can't reach that level unless the untrained attend training. More important, your Scouts will see an improvement in their program.

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

February 19 - Free Scout Physicals at LECOM - Save the Date

Please distribute to all Scouting Units in Manatee and Two Rivers Districts,

I am pleased to announce that Lake Erie College of Medicine has graciously agreed to again provide FREE Boy Scout Physicals on Saturday, April 29.

This applies to the required Class A/B/C physical that boy scouts, venture crews, and adult leaders need to go on outings. Also for Webelos scouts that are crossing over to boy scouts in this spring.

The actual sign-up for a time slot will be sent closer to the event in a separate email.

Yours in scouting,

Nina Pascoe
Health Safety Risk Management
Manatee District, SWFL BSA

February 17 - Scoutmaster receives Cross and Flame Award

Scoutmaster Ken Settlemyer of Troop 8 received the Cross and Flame Award from the United Methodist Church for exceptional service to youth on Sunday, February 12, 2017. He is pictured here with Pastor Clark Edwards, Executive Officer of Troop 8's chartered organization, the First United Methodist Church, and Mr. Charles Hackney, Troop 8's Chartered Organization Representative, who presented the award. Congratulations to Scoutmaster Settlemyer for this great honor and recognition!

February 15 - 2017 Council Pinewood Derby Rules

This message is intended for anyone involved in the Pinewood Derby or who would like to share with those who have boys intent upon entering the 2017 Pinewood Derby races at the district/council level.

Click Here for the official rules for Southwest Florida Council and these will be adhered to at the Manatee District event being held on Saturday, May 6th. More details to follow.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

February 7 - Gateway Challenge to benefit Cub Day Camp!

Do your scouts excel at constructing gateways? Come out to Camp Flying Eagle the weekend before Cub Scout Day Camp and help add to the experience for our Cubs. For more information, click on the image below.

2017 Gateway Challenge

February 4 - Trailwalker Gear Outfitters

February 3 - USA (University of Scouting Arts) XXIV

January 27 - Save the Date for the 2017 Adult Recognition Dinner - Honoring Colonel B.J. "Red Dog" Maynard

Save the Date for the 2017 Adult Recognition Dinner - Honoring Colonel B.J. "Red Dog" Maynard. The 2017 Manatee District Silver Beaver Recipient will be awarded, as well as the Live Oak Award and the District Award of Merit. You can access the Award Nomination Form for the Live Oak Award and the District Award of Merit here. All forms are due by March 17, 2017.

An announcement will go out once the registration page is available on the Southwest Florida Council website.

2017 Adult Recognition Dinner

January 25 - 2017 Manatee Cub Scouts Day Camp

2017 Manatee Cub Scouts Day Camp at Camp Flying Eagle

January 23 - JTE Community Service Month and Scouting for Food


February is Scouting Anniversary month. To highlight the contributions that our units make in service to our community, Southwest Florida Council is also designating the month of February as ‘Community Service Month.’ All packs, troops, and crews are encouraged to participate. Following is the message shared by Greg Graham, Senior Executive, SWFC:

Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month – February 2017

America is a nation built on service. From barn raisings to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues if we work together. That's why we've created the Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month. It is important for our community to know that Scouting is indeed about community service and for units and Scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments and service.

All units should plan on doing a community service project with the goal of each Scout doing a minimum of 1 1/2 to 3 hrs. of participation in a unit service project. A participation form (click here for the form now) will be sent to units in January at which time upon completion and recording their community service hours on JTE website and sending the form to the council office a special commemorative patch with a button loop (see image below) will be sent to all youth and adults who attain the minimum 1 1/2 hours. The participation form will also be available on the council website in January.

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

In Manatee District, we are also still promoting 'Scouting for Food’ as one of the ways in which you and your youth can provide service to our community. The Food Bank of Manatee County (Meals on Wheels) provides food, meals, and other services to the large number of homeless, indigent, and elderly population in our area and the stock at the warehouse is historically lowest at this time of year.

Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is scheduled as the drop-off day for food donations at the Meals on Wheels facility located just south of new U.S. 301 across from Tropicana. Units may choose the method of collection they prefer. Those units who wish to make arrangements to ask for donations outside of a particular establishment must contact the management for permission. To request one or more collection barrels, please contact Cindy Sloan (csloan@foodbankofmanatee.org).

The courtesy of a reply to this message (click here to reply to Mac Aldrich) is requested if your unit plans to participate in this effort so that Mrs. Sloan and I can be better prepared. Hot dogs, beverages, and snacks are also provided to those who show up on the delivery date.

Also, if your unit is unable to collect food, but would still like to make a contribution to this effort (and earn your service hours), we always need folks to assist with the sorting, boxing, and weighing of donations, so let me know if you are interested.

As always, thank you for all you do. And don’t forget that Sunday, February 5th, is designated as Scout Sunday. Plan to have your unit attend a church service that day, especially those units whose chartered partner is a religious institution.

Mac Aldrich

January 10 - 2017 Manatee Merit Badge Day

The 2017 Manatee Merit Badge Day will be held this year at Everglades University on Saturday, February 4th. Click Here or view the flyer below for complete information on the event. Click Here to register before the January 29th deadline!
2017 Manatee Merit Badge Day

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