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:
I'm trying to put together a shooting sports staff for CFE. Don and I need NRA certified instructors and RSOs, BB/archery certified adults, and youth (Boy Scout or Venture) over 14 to staff the range for events and to run the range when reserved by units for shooting sports activities.
I already know there will be a need for staff for November 13-15, 2015 for Webelos Activity Weekend, December 4-6, 2015 for Winterfest, and March 18-20, 2016 for Cub-O-Ree. Anyone who is interested can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shooting Sports Director
June 24 - Paying it Forward
Remember the story of the boy who found $20 and gave it to a soldier? This
is the follow-up. Be sure to watch to the end.
This story is several years old and has been around before, but it touched me more this time than it did in the past.
Having just come off a week at CFE (Cub Day Camp) working with youth of the age of this young boy, it made me realize how pure their souls are and how they are impressed by the actions of the adults around them. We should all remember how our example serves as a model of their behavior today, tomorrow, and in the future.
When I came in from the range Friday evening I was dead tired from spending the week with over 220 boys teaching them gun safety and allowing them to grow in character while having fun. When this email arrived in my in box I was immediately rejuvenated and was ready to re-up for another week!
We all should experience such transformative leadership.
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass
June 21 - Scouts Night at McKechnie Field
Packs, Troops and Crews,
The Bradenton Marauders are hosting a Scouts Night on Friday, July 3rd. Please view the flyer Here for more information. The deadline for registration is June 30th. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm, with post-game fireworks!
May 25 - Memorial Day
Perhaps you are familiar with the Medal of Honor as well as some of the
This is a Video that I would like to share with you on this Memorial Day. It
is a very inspiring description of a Catholic priest during the Korean war
who received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at
the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with
the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during combat
operations against an armed enemy.
I was not a member of his unit at the time of his capture (I was in a
division that was on his division's left flank). However during a second tour in
Korea in 1966 I did command Troop A of his unit. His notoriety is well know
throughout the 8th Cavalry Regiment, and for that matter throughout the
Army as he is the only Army Chaplain to have been awarded the Medal of
Today as we honor those those who are no longer with us, let’s not forget
those who heard the call, stood up, stepped forward, raised their right
hand, took the Oath, stood in the gap, walked in the fire, and did their
duty. Consequently, they have nothing to prove, no one to convince.
This is heroism. Real heroism.
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a
more moral compass
A BIG Thank You to Maureen and Ed for putting together the Adult Recognition Dinner, held on Thursday, May 7th. We had close to 70 guests and a good time was had by all. Thanks, also, to Popi’s Place for an outstanding meal.
The recognitions were as follows:
Outstanding Leader Awards (as submitted by individual units for outstanding service to their Pack or Troop):
Pack 22 - Nora Jacoby
Troop 22 - Douglas Bennetts
Pack 41 - Lisa Van Beuren
Pack 42 - Tracy Legato
Troop 89 - Richard Yunker
Cubmaster of the Year: Pack 22 - Mark Landers
Scoutmaster of the Year:
Troop 89 - Larry Price
Live Oak (a district award to recognize those leaders who go above and beyond the call of duty, started in 1958):
Troop 10 - Tony Klene
Troop 10 - Lee Manevitch
Pack 42 - Lisa Van Beuren
Scouting for Food Award (recognition for the largest contribution this year - 1810 pounds):
Pack and Troop 76
District Award of Merit (1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter. 2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time. 3. Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position. 4. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration. 5. Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.):
Troop 89 - Geoff Ashman
Troop 22 - Ed Genewick
Training Knots Awarded:
Gary Breton - Scoutmaster's Key
Gary Breton - Unit Leader Award of Merit
Eric Salibury - Scouter's Training Award for Boy Scouts
Rhonda Leiberick - Den Leader Training Award
Also, Judge Gilbert Smith received a plaque for his 6 years of service as chairman of the Manatee District Committee.
Our regularly scheduled Roundtable meeting will take place on Thursday, June 4th at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70. This will be our annual fireside meeting and potluck supper, so be sure to bring your chair, something to share, and get ready for a great scouting summer.