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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




Click Here to Follow The Manatee Rambler blog as well to receive email updates.

February 16 - Cub-O-Ree Staff Needed

To all Troops, Crews & Scouters,

We are in need of staff for Cub-O-Ree. Program areas include:

  • Fishing
  • Wet & Wild
  • Scout Craft
  • Ecology
  • As well as help in the dinning hall.

This event is held at CFE, March 9-11. Cost for staff is $15. If anyone needs further information please contact:
Jason Wolfe
239-994-7884
Email: SWFLactivties@hotmail.com


February 15 - NOAC 2018

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the OA and is the BSA's second largest national gathering. Over 8,000 Arrowmen will be in attendance. This six day conference will include training sessions, recreational opportunities and nightly shows.

When: July 30th - August 4th, 2018
Where: Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Who: Arrowmen in good standing are invited to register. Registration will be limited to the first 15 youth. Contingent adults will be selected by Lodge leadership.
Cost: $1,250 per person. Contingent fee includes conference registration, round-trip airfare, one checked bag each flight, ground transportation, lodging, meals, one contingent patch set, one contingent polo, two contingent t-shirts.

A $250/person deposit must be made at registration. Two additional payments of $500 must be made by April 30th, 2018 and May 30th, 2018.

For more information please e-mail Andrew Devlin at ajdev@comcast.net.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON ON THE COUNCIL WEBSITE


February 14 - Marauders All-Scout Night at LECOM Park

Scouters:

The 2018 Bradenton Marauders Scout Night at LECOM Park is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st. This is a great event that allows Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crews, and Girl Scouts to attend a baseball game (Marauders vs. Ft. Myers Miracles), participate in fun activities, and culminating in a sleep over on the field.

Click Here or on the image below to access the Event Order Form, Patch Design Contest flyer, and Participant Waiver Form. I hope to see everyone at the game!

Mac Aldrich, Program Chair - Manatee District - SWFC, B.S.A.

Marauders All-Scout Night at LECOM Park


January 31 - 2018 Order of the Arrow Section Conference

Osceola Lodge invites you to the annual 2018 Section Conference!

“Brothers, We are Ready”

Section Conference is an exciting event that occurs only once per year and provides the opportunity for all Arrowmen to compete, learn, and HAVE FUN!!!  

Go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2281268&OrgKey=347 to register online. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 30th. Click Here or on the image below to view the Section Conference Flyer.

2018 OA Section Conference


January 30 - February Roundtable and Reminders

Reminder:

Roundtable is this Thursday, February 1st at the Salvation Army Worship Center, 5328 24th St. E., Bradenton. Gathering: 6:30pm. General session, announcements, and Big Rock Topic starts at 7:00pm followed by breakout sessions for Cub and Boy Scout leaders.

ALL units planning to participate in this year’s Camp Card sales campaign need to make sure that a representative is present to sign up for cards. This representative needs to know how many cards to request (hopefully having been previously discussed with the Unit Committee Chair and other members of the committee). Remember… for each $10 card sold, the youth salesman receives $5.00 with the intent that the funds earned be used to enhance his camping experience.

Merit Badge Day is this coming Saturday, February 3rd at Everglades University. Registration is closed. Ron Rozensky can be contacted at rozensky@outlook.com or (941) 284-0356 should you have any questions or issues.

Due to a number of issues, the Railroad Merit Badge scheduled for Saturday, March 10th, has been canceled. Please inform any boys who may have been interested. The Model Railroad exhibition where the merit badge was to be presented IS still taking place on that day at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, so it may still be a great activity for both older and younger boys.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich


January 23 - Railroading Merit Badge


January 22 - University of Scouting Arts


January 21 - 2018 Merit Badge Day

Registration for Merit Badge Day closes on Monday, January 29th. Go to the Council website HERE to register today!

2018 Merit Badge Day


January 18 - Blood Drive at Camporee

Please pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested in helping.

With Steve Kurutz's approval for this email and his permission to have it, we are having a Blood Drive at Camp Flying Eagle. It will be during the 2018 Manatee/Two Rivers American Pioneering Camporee on Saturday January 27th from 10am to 2pm. Please make sure to bring your Driver's License to be able to donate. We are asking those that can pre-schedule a time (they are very understanding if flexibility is needed and we are trying to make sure they bring enough staff) to donate to please contact Randi Greene at either of the following:

Via email: CampFlyingEagle@Yahoo.com or
Via text: 941-737-5611

Did you know??? Each donation they receive is able to save three lives. You never know who's life you may save. Be someone's hero!

Thank you advance for being "Helpful",
Randi Greene


January 15 - Spring Cub-O-Ree at Camp Flying Eagle

Spring Cub-O-Ree

Join the Southwest Florida Council Activities Staff for a full weekend of fun!  Spring Cub-o-ree’s program will include Carnival Games, BB Shooting, Rock Climbing, Midway Exhibits, Fishing, Canoeing, Scout Skills Training, Bounce Houses, Adventure Rides, Nature Training, Friday Night movie under the stars & a Saturday night campfire program.

Where:  Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, Florida 34212

When:  March 9th - 11th, 2018
Unit check-in begins at 5pm on Friday of the event. Registration deadline: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Who:  Cub Scouts, Webelos, Siblings and Parents are invited to attend.
Registration will be limited to the first 700 scouts and parents.

Cost:  $20 per Scout, sibling, parent
Fee includes registration, patch and program supplies. T-shirts may be purchased in advance for $8.  Meals will be provided by your unit. Concessions will be available. Payment must be received by the Council Service Center no later than March 1st, 2018.

For more information please contact: Jason Wolfe (swflactivities@hotmail.com)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 2018 CUB-O-REE FLYER


January 15 - Scoutbook Lite to Replace Internet Advancement

You may have seen this information a bit earlier... but it wasn't officially released until January 6th.

Scoutbook Lite to Replace Internet Advancement in Q2 of 2018

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is excited to roll out a new solution in Q2 of 2018 that will leverage core components of the Scoutbook platform. The current Internet Advancement platform will be retired and replaced by a new online tool called Scoutbook Lite. This new application is being developed now from the ground up so that unit leaders can quickly key in advancement and other key data. It will sport a slick new user interface optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.  

The BSA has found that less than 10% of units use the CSV data file import feature in Internet Advancement. In the interest of focusing on tools that serve more Scouters, the CSV data file import will not be supported once the current Internet Advancement platform is discontinued.

Other than the CSV import feature, Scoutbook Lite will offer optimized functions for everything found in the current Internet Advancement platform.

The Scoutbook database will become the official record of advancement for the Boy Scouts of America.  

And we will continue to work on and improve Scoutbook as our full feature application.

Scoutbook.com


January 14 - “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month

“Good Turn for America” Community Service Month

Good Turn for America Community Service Award

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.

The SWFL Council has established February as Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month. All units should plan on doing a community service project in February 2018 with the goal of each Scout doing a minimum of 11/2 to 3 hrs. of participation in a unit service project. Click Here for the participation form which upon completion in recording community service hours on the JTE website and sending the form to the council office, a special commemorative patch will be sent to all youth and adults who attain the minimum 1½ hours. Patches will only be available for unit service projects performed ONLY in February-No patches will be available after March 31, 2018.


January 14 - Manatee/Two Rivers Camp Card Kickoff

Hello!

Manatee District will be having it 2018 Camp Card Kickoff and Training on Thursday, January 18th 6:30pm at the Dining Hall at Camp Flying Eagle. You are requested to have at least one member of your unit present at this training to receive this years information and roll-out of Camp Cards for your youth. 

This is important to get the most out of this opportunity as each card sold puts $5 into the youth's account. We want to ensure you have the best methods to get the out of this Camp Card year.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Thank you

Brandon Cicco | Manatee County District Executive
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Southwest Florida Council


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