March 6 - Manatee District Roundtable Recap
March 6 - Argosy Merit Badge College
This is last minute, but I’m just now getting final information about this and thought I would pass it along. Click Here to view the flyer for more details and contact information.
Argosy Merit Badge College is this Saturday, March 8th. You can still register for Salesmanship and Medicine. You should show up in Class A uniform, with your merit badge booklet (having read it), and a blue card (signed by your Scoutmaster). If you are interested, please contact James Fetterman at firstname.lastname@example.org with the merit badge that you wish to earn, you will need to call the money into Lori Laumeyer at the Council office before the end of the workday tomorrow, Friday March 7th.
Please be advised that scouts and parents are not to call Mr. Fetterman about any pre requisites. You should review the merit badge pamphlet and be able to realize what can be done in a classroom, and what cannot. For medicine, you may need to schedule a visit to your family doctor.
February 28 - Scouting for Food
February 5 - Manatee District Troop Committee Training
Troop Committee Training will be held on Tuesday, March 4th from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at 53rd Avenue Church of Christ (3412 53rd Ave E (SR70), Bradenton). Please Click Here to view the flyer for more details and to R.S.V.P.
January 23 - Update - Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1 Registration Extended until January 31st!
The online registration deadline for Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1 has been extended until January 31, 2014. Click Here to register today!
Wood Badge is the BSA advanced leadership training course for all registered adult leaders who are involved with all levels of Scouting. Wood Badge trained Scouters are stronger leaders, have stronger programs for their youth and build stronger units!
This training takes place at Camp Miles in Punta Gorda.
January 23 -
Railroading Merit Badge
The Railroading Merit Badge clinic
is being offered again this year. The clinic will be held at the Bradenton Convention Center (1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, FL 34221) on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Be sure to bring a Blue Card signed by your Scoutmaster. Click Here for more details.
January 22 -
Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1
The last day to register online for the Wood Badge Course S4-88-14-1 has passed. However, if you are interested, or know of someone who is, please Email Wendy Langford (Course Director - Wood Badge S4-88-14-1) directly and she will add you to the list.
Wood Badge is one of the best opportunities for training that is offered. This course is beneficial for ALL registered scouters, from a Tiger Den Leader to a Committee Chairperson. Don't miss out on this valuable training.
“The most important object in Boy Scout training is to educate, not instruct.” - Robert Baden-Powell
January 22 -
Merit Badge Day
Merit Badge Day is coming up soon, February 8, 2014. Registration closes on January 30th and all fees are due by February 3rd. Click Here to register now.
For more details, Click Here to view the Merit Badge Day flyer.
January 15 -
Florida Sea Base Lottery Registration Set to Open TODAY!
Florida Sea Base Lottery Registration Set to Open
The lottery for 2015 high adventures at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base opens January 15. We'd love to have you here next year to experience the adventure of a lifetime! Below are key points to remember as you register.
The registration period for the lottery is January 15 to February 15.
- Access to the Sea Base lottery is obtained through the Sea Base website, www.bsaseabase.org.
- A Scout unit leader must create an account to access the reservation site. If the unit already has an account, another one can't be created.
- A unit can request any number of dates and adventures that interest its Scouts.
- Requests can be prioritized to increase the chances that the unit gets one of its top choices.
- Requests can be added, deleted, or reprioritized during the lottery period.
- Multiple crews can be requested for a specific date and adventure.
- When a date and adventure are awarded to a unit, the unit gets all the crews requested. HOWEVER, units can't mix and match different adventures on the same date.
- Units will be notified of the lottery results by March 1.
- Units have 30 days to send a $100-per-person deposit to confirm reservations.
- All remaining vacancies will be made available on the reservation site on a first-come, first-served basis.
- All adventure materials will be mailed in the fall after the first-half payment is received.
Individuals and small groups under the minimum crew size may be able to participate using the Scout Connections tab on our website.
January 15 -
Service Work Day at Camp Flying Eagle
On 8 February 2014 a Council wide Service Work Day has been scheduled for CFE.
Volunteers (adult and youth) are needed to come out and help on two major projects and some minor ones: The two major projects are rebuilding the bridge to the Shooting Sports Complex and the construction of a turn around by the Admin/Campmaster building.
Those Scouts/Scouters desiring to work on the bridge need to bring work gloves. All tools and materials will be on site.
Those who want to work on the turn around need only to bring work gloves.
Necessary tools will be on site.
Some minor projects exists that Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts (both with adult supervision) could work on include:
1. Sprucing up the Harlan Challenge Course/Chapel area
2. Some weed pulling around the Nature Lodge
3. A through sprucing up of all campsites to include removing down tree limbs
4. Straightening up and trimming all directional signs
5. Cutting back growth on tree farm
6. Trimming trails
7. Spreading wood chips at the Chapel, Nature Lodge, and Health Lodge
For those who want to work on these projects please bring lopping shears work gloves and wheel barrows.
There are some electrical needs also. If you can help, please bring your electrical tools.
There are some dead trees that need to be cut down and moved. Todd could use
2-3 chain saw crews with personal chain saws to do that.
Folks in large numbers are needed to accomplish all of these tasks. So, please consider setting aside this one day to provide service to your camp and to help the Ranger get the camp back in a pleasant and safe condition for your unit's camping.
If you can help, please let Todd know at 746-3919 or by email. Council will be providing a lunch for everyone who is working, but Todd needs to know who is coming so he can procure the correct amount of food. Work time is from 9 am until 4 pm.
Please remember to wear work clothes, a hat, and bring work gloves, sun screen, and a canteen. If you bring tools please mark them for identification purposes.
This is a good opportunity to schedule your unit for a weekend campout for the sole purpose of doing a service project. Please make unit reservation for camping through the council service center.
And for OA Brothers this is an opportunity for you to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
January 6 -
Manatee District Camporee
The registration deadline for the Manatee District Camporee is
coming up soon. Registration closes on Thursday, January 16th. Go to www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1419266 for complete details and to register. Click Here to download the guide book. The theme this year is "Sailing the Seas of Scouting."
Boy Scout troops and Webelos who have made arrangements to be hosted by a troop are invited to attend. Note that the 'swimmer' classification for the youth on the raft has been waived due to the shallowness of the portion of the Manatee River on which the raft race will be held. Have questions? Please refer to page 3 of the guide.
January 3 -
Shop Online and Support a Charity of your Choice
I just found out about Amazon Smile - it's a start page for Amazon purchases that automatically donates a portion of your receipt to the charity of your choice. I've set mine up for SWFL Council BSA. The easiest way to find them among all the councils in the system is to search for "boy scouts fort myers".
It's probably worth sending out as it's an effortless way to donate.
Go to http://smile.amazon.com - if you go directly to Amazon.com you won't be donating a penny.
Lee Manevitch | Bradenton, FL
January 1 -
Happy New Year!
December 25 -
December 12 -
It's that time of the year again. Time to re-charter your scouting units. Access the New 2014 Manatee District Re-Chartering Handbook and schedule your re-charter form review and completion. Click Here to access the Appointment Schedule form.
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