Updated: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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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

October 29 - 2014 Cub Scout Winterfest

Click Here
to register for the 2014 Cub Scout Winterfest.

October 29 - OLSI and OWLS Registration OPEN

Attention all Scouters,

Unit Commissioners have recently discussed with each Pack and Troop the status of Webelos Den Leaders and ASMs needing this training. This is your opportunity to obtain the training that will assist each of you in carrying out the Scouting program in your respective units.

Click Here to register today! The last day to register is November 12th. This training will not be offered again until fall 2015.

October 27 - Boy Scout Specifics Training Postponed


At this point, no one has signed up for this training. It will be POSTPONED until the first part of 2015. A NEW date will be set and information will be sent out to the units.

Thank you,
Judy Aldrich

October 24 - Latest Update - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

Funeral Services for Jerry Scott will be held at Manson Memorial, 1400 36th Ave E in Ellenton, FL 34222, on November 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Reception to follow (941-722-6602).

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

October 22 - Sidewalk Astronomy 11/1 at Riverview High

Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School in November

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, November 1, 2014 starting at sunset 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 in the parking lot adjacent to the Riverview High School Planetarium. Riverview High is located at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota.

Sunset on November 1st will be at approximately 6:45 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

The highlight of the evening will be beautiful close up views of the first quarter moon as well as the planet Mars. Other celestial objects will also be observed as they become visible throughout the evening.

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

A PDF of the full schedule of the 2014-2015 Sidewalk Astronomy events can be found here. (http://www.lgdso.com/LGDSO/sidewalk/Sidewalk%20Astronomy%20FLYER%20fullpage.pdf)

For more information, please contact Brian Hawkes - (941) 342-9632, 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://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathansabin/sets/72157594450214152/

October 21 - Haunted Hike This Weekend at CFE

This weekend is the Haunted Hike event at CFE. All units can arrive at 6:00 pm on Friday and check in at the pavilion. Units will be camping West of the main road, camporee style from the parking area to behind the pool house. Units are camping close together on purpose so they can have fun together, make new friends, cracker barrel and have a great time.

All units are to have everything they need to decorate their assigned section of the Haunted Trail, if they sign up at check in, and have enough decorations, candy, and a short game or challenge for their trick or treat table on the activity field for the little ones.

Saturday evening at dark we will have a movie, "Hotel Transylvania" with popcorn in the amphitheater.

Sunday will be a Scout's Own service in the amphitheater.

October 19 - Promote NYLT in your units!

Attention to all Scoutmasters and Crew Advisors:

This is a reminder that this year's NYLT course registration is currently open on the council website. Course registration is limited and is filling quickly. This is an opportunity for your Scouts to gain leadership skills they can use for the rest of their lives. Don't delay, register now and take advantage of this council opportunity. The course provides an environment that promotes teamwork, team development, conflict resolution, creativity and problem solving.

The home unit benefits from trained scouts that can deliver a more exciting program, and gets credit for the Journey to Excellence at the time to re-charter.

View the informational flyer, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the course director, Javier Aristimuno at (941) 232-8073, or email: Scoutmaster@Troop100.com.

Yours in Scouting,

Javier Aristimuno
Scoutmaster NYLT
National Youth Leadership Training course 2015
(941) 232-8073

October 18 - Advanced Training for Adult Leaders and Boy Scouts

There is an advanced leader training course for everyone!!! Well, for any registered adults, and any scout that will be 13 years old, have attended Troop Leadership Training (ILST), and is First Class Rank or higher before January 10, 2015. I'm talking about Wood Badge for the adults and NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) for the Boy Scouts.

Registered adult leaders, go to http://www.swflwoodbadge.com/ and register for Wood Badge today! You can register now without paying in full now (a $90.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration). All fees are due by January 21, 2015. This is excellent leadership training for any registered adult at any level, whether a seasoned scouter, or just beginning your journey.

Scouts (that are or will be 13 years old, have attended Troop Leadership Training (ILST), and is First Class Rank or higher before January 10, 2015, go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1573979 and register for NYLT today! You can register now without paying in full now (a $75.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration). All fees are due by December 9, 2014. This is a great opportunity for leadership training, which will only help your troop to be the very best that it can be. Once NYLT trained, you also have the possible opportunity to be on staff for future NYLT and Wood Badge courses, which is a great opportunity... and lots of fun!

October 17 - Jamboree On The Air

This coming Saturday, October 18th (tomorrow) is the 57th annual "Jamboree On The Air" - this is by participants the largest scout function in the world every year (yes, larger than BSA National Jamboree!)

Jamboree On The Air, or JOTA, is an annual event that allows scouts of all ages to get some 'on the air' time on Amateur radio and talk directly with someone hundreds of miles away, and in many cases, in other countries - truly a world-wide event. It is not unusual during this event to talk to people in Japan, Australia, Germany, or somewhere in South America. There have even been times where talking to someone on the International Space Station or the South Pole has occurred!

This is an opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about radio communication, talk to someone in another area of the world with voice or morse code, learn some radio terms and lingo, and get started toward earning an Amateur Radio Operators License (there are hundreds of youth younger than 9 that have done this!)

There is even an Amateur Radio Operator patch for scouts with the license, and a Morse Code interpreter strip that you can earn as well! Scouts that are interested, make a few contacts, learn some terms, and be well on your way to earning your radio merit badge or finding out how to get your amateur radio operator's license!

We will be ON-THE-AIR at Camp Flying Eagle with the Camp club call sign K4BOY starting Saturday about 9AM, at the Admin Pavilion (right beside the Campmaster building) - our event wont be as big as some of the councils have, but with your support, we will be able to grow this into a great event and start tying in STEM activities as well!

Please stop by!

(Amateur Radio Operators.... links also contain the frequencies for JOTA, and we will be using one of the 70cm local repeaters for some of the operations, please let me know if you want that info and i will send you the frequency. You may also have success contacting us on the NI4CE repeater system at 145.430 PL100. JOTA Reference link is http://www.scouting.org/jota/operators_guides.aspx)

Links to help you get started:

October 16 - Shooting Sports Training

Shooting Sports Directors, Dennis Smith and Don Hall, will be conducting BB/Archery/Slingshot Certification training November 1, 2014, beginning at 9:00 am at the CFE Range. Anyone who is interested, please Email Dennis Smith. Please bring a note pad, pen, water, and your lunch. There is no cost for this training. The next training will be held during MALT, March 14, 2015.

Dennis Smith
Shooting Sports Director CFE

October 15 - Update - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

I informed you of the death of Jerry Scott a legendary Scouter of the old Sunny Land Council and of Camp Flying Eagle.

I still have no information as to funeral services, but I did want to share with you a personal tribute that I wrote about Jerry.

Many of us old timers relied on Jerry's wisdom, friendship, skills and helpful attitude. I believe my tribute speaks for all who loved and respected him.

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

October 13 - Scouter Gone Home

Please see the message below from Red Dog. This was received on 10/12/14:

Dear Scouters,

I just received word that Jerry Scott passed away last evening at Blake Hospital. He had been experiencing some medical issues and came to Bradenton earlier this week to visit with his son, Brent when he was taken to the hospital. While there, his heart stopped and he was unable to be resuscitated.

Many of you old timers will remember Jerry as a former Campmaster and trainer, who was also very active at Camp Flying Eagle. He had relocated a few years ago to the northern end of Florida.

As soon as I learn anything regarding services, I will let you know.

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

October 9 - 2014 Broke Back Dog Challenge

Southwest Florida Scouters -

The 2014 Broke Back Dog Challenge will be held December 5th – 7th, at Camp Miles. Now is the time to gather all of your information to prepare for registration to open. In order to assist you with registering your unit, we’d like to give you some helpful hints.

1. This is a UNIT registration, so please have one person in your unit handle registering everyone who is attending.
2. When registering Webelos II and Boy Scouts, please make sure you have the name of the Patrol Leader and the Patrol Name. If you are combining several smaller patrols PLEASE enter the patrol name they are using for the event. Please remember patrol size is limited to 8 members.

As you know it takes a lot of staff to run large events and it takes a lot of staff to make these events successful. If you have staffed before or not at all there is a spot for you! We encourage as many of you as possible to staff so that we can have volunteers work in shifts and so that you can take in the sights and sounds that makes the Broke Back Dog Challenge.

When registering staff with your unit, please provide the volunteer staff person’s contact email and phone so the area director can contact them, NOT the person registering the unit.

Encourage your adults (over 18) to visit the Staff Interest page to volunteer for one of our many areas. This DOES NOT register the person for the Challenge, it simply notifies us that a volunteer has an interest to staff. The volunteer will still need to register with the unit. The first 200 volunteers who sign up to staff through this page will receive a limited edition Staff patch.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email: eventreg088@centurylink.net.

On behalf of the Broke Back Back Committee, we look forward to seeing you.

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