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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.

May 24 - Teen Driver Challenge

May 9 - 2016 Manatee District Pinewood Derby


I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased I was with our Pinewood Derby on Saturday. We had a very good turnout and I expect that it will be even greater next year.

Nathan and Michelle Manning ran a well-organized race and it was through Nate’s efforts that the event was able to be held at Gettel Toyota of Lakewood.

The races were run inside the huge air-conditioned showroom and General Manager Bill Finocchiaro made everyone feel welcome and accommodated the event quite well.

The Bradenton Marauder’s mascot, Marty, made an appearance and helped keep the boys (and adults) entertained prior to race time.

Matt, from Andersen Race Park had one of the facilities go-carts on display and for the boys to sit in and dream of racing for real.

The guys from Troop 64 stepped up to provide food service (The Eagle’s Nest Cantina) and the hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, and drinks helped to feed the multitude. Thanks to Karl Knueppel, Dalton Knueppel, Robert Hicks, Gary Grote, Danny Patnaude, Nick Patnaude, and Jack Jensen for filling tummies throughout the event.

John Boeglin provided the track and timing system and his son Cole oversaw the loading of the cars and making sure the heats were run accurately.

Thanks also to Southwest Florida Council for providing the trophies and to interim District Executive Bill Lawrence for making sure they were on hand.

There were several other folks who also stepped up and helped and I am sorry that I did not get their names, but we appreciated everything they did to keep the event running smoothly.

I created a short video to capture some of the highlights and you can view it from here. Photos from the event may be viewed/downloaded from here.

The Council Pinewood Derby is on the calendar for Saturday, May 21st, but no details are provided. As soon as I learn anything more about the event, I will share it with you

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

May 6 - FREE Health Screenings at LECOM


Our own Nina Pascoe has once again made arrangements to have students at LECOM provide FREE physical examinations for registered scouts and Scouters with special emphasis on those who need health forms completed prior to summer camp or high adventure bases.

There is a very short window of opportunity to reserve a time for these exams as there was difficulty in acquiring a licensed physician to sign off on the forms this year. Thankfully, a well-respected physician (and former scouter) was recruited.

The exams will be offered on Saturday, May 14th from 8:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and there are 144 slots available.

To reserve a time, please follow this link. It is highly recommended that you share this message with all of the parents in your unit as soon as possible. If you can arrange to meet as a unit, that is great, however, individuals may take advantage of this as long as a parent/guardian is present.


For summer camp, visit the Annual Health and Medical Record page and download the form from the “Are You Going to Camp?” section. Please make sure that those taking advantage of the free physical exams complete ALL of the personal information up to the point of the examination info prior to arrival.

High Adventure (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier, etc.) will download the form specific to their destination from the same page.

LECOM is located at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, just north of Lakewood Ranch High School.

April 28 - May Roundtable and District Pinewood Derby


The next-to-last Roundtable before summer is coming up next Thursday and we really hope that the faithful will be in attendance and that you will encourage others from your respective units to do so, as well. There is a lot going on in the scouting program and we want you to be as well-informed as possible.

The Big Rock Topic for this month is Community Service. We all do it. And we are extremely proud of the service that our boys (with our assistance) accomplish. And the organizations for whom we serve appreciate it. But we often fail to record the accomplishments and be recognized for it. I’m not talking about getting a ribbon or a plaque. All I’m talking about here is someone in each unit being responsible for entering the service hours on the Good Turn for America (GTA) website. WHY? Good question.

Every unit sets goals for Journey to Excellence (JTE). One of the measures for reaching Bronze, Silver, or Gold status lies in the number of service hours recorded. Recorded. When the leader completes the JTE form at the end of the year, how well the unit performs regarding service hours is compared against the data that was uploaded to GTA. The total number of hours of service recorded also affects Manatee District’s JTE performance as well as Southwest Florida Council’s. On the national level, it is also a measure of how the scouting program gives back to the country as a whole.

If you are unsure about whether or not your unit’s service history is being updated, you should definitely be in attendance for the presentation next week.

IN OTHER NEWS… The Manatee District Pinewood Derby will be held at Gettel Toyota on Saturday, May 7 from noon until about 3:00 p.m. Nathan and Michelle Manning will be at Roundtable to answer any questions you may have regarding this awesome event. Between now and next Thursday, they would like to have some idea of which Packs plan to participate along with the approximate number of racers. The Mannings were negatively affected by the changeover from Verizon to Frontier and have been experiencing email and Internet outages, so they have asked that you send this information to me at mac_aldrich@mac.com and I will get it to them. Oh, yeah… unless you plan to stand during the entire race, you will need to bring a chair of some sort and please be aware of your boys’ behavior during the event since it will be held in the indoor showroom with vehicles on display and with the public present. Troop 64 will be running the Road Kill Grill so come hungry and purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks. Andersen Race Park will have a display and the Bradenton Marauder’s mascot will be on hand to help cheer the boys on.

And don’t forget to have a great time at Scout Night at McKechnie Field on Friday, May 6!

Hope to see y’all next Thursday evening at the Salvation Army Worship Center.

Mac Aldrich

April 26 - Manatee County area law enforcement officers honored by Sons of the American Revolution

Dear Scouters,

On behalf of all Scouts and Scouters in Manatee District, the RedDogXpress would like to congratulate Sgt. William “Bill” Pascoe of Troop 10 in Oneco, sponsored by the South Manatee Rotary Club. Sgt. Pascoe was one of four Manatee County law enforcement officers that were recently honored by the The Saramana Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.

Recognized for heroism were Officer Kenneth Simunovic of the Bradenton Police Department and Deputy Billie Wilson of the Manatee Sheriff's Office. Receiving the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal were Officer Timothy Matthews of the Palmetto Police Department, and Sgt. William F. Pascoe of the Florida Highway Patrol.

You can read more at http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article72325412.html

Please join me in sending a big Scout Salute to Sgt. William “Bill” Pascoe!

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

April 13 - Urgent - Instructor needed for USA

For all my Scouting friends. Please pass this around to all the units you know.

I need one instructor to teach the Advanced Cub Scout Operations class at the 2016 University of Scouting Arts. I'm looking for somebody that preferably has been a Cubmaster, Committee Member or someone who has run an excellent Cub program. Typically this is taught by a PhD, but we do make exceptions when we are short. This could be your opportunity to help make a difference for the Cub Scouts.

I have the syllabus and the materials for the class. I can not cover this class as I already have 2 others classes that I am teaching for the weekend.

There are some awesome leaders out there. Give me some names and I will call them personally, or send them my Info.

Brett Thomas
Dean of Masters
2016 Boy Scouts- University of Scouting Arts

April 11 - Cub & Webelos Resident Camp registration open and filling fast!

Mark your calendars!  The 2016 Cub & Webelos Resident Camp will be held June 30th - July 3rd, 2016 at Camp Miles. There is no better way to start your summer vacation than to attend Resident Camp either registered with your pack or as an independent camper.  Campers and leaders stay in heavy duty wall tents on wooden platforms complete with cots.  Meals will be served family-style in our dining hall. Not every Scout needs to attend with an adult, Packs are only required to have two adults for every 8 boys in camp.

Your leaders plan a custom schedule for each den in your pack. Choose up to four requirement/elective adventures for each of your dens to complete during camp.  Packs may also pick up to two FUN (non-advancement related) activities to do as a unit each day.

June 30th - July 3rd, 2016

Price Sanders Scout Reservation
38751 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Who may attend?
Cub Scouts, Webelos, Cub Scout aged siblings, parents, leaders

$135/Scout or Cub Scout aged sibling when registered with your unit
$160/Scout when registered as a provisional camper
Registration includes food, tent lodging, program supplies and patch.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN RIGHT NOW AND IS FILLING FAST! Only the first 350 campers will be allowed to register.  Don't wait until deadline and miss out on all the popular classes. Remember, you only need a $25/Scout deposit to register your Pack for summer camp.  The balance is due in May (after camp card sales are done).


For more information or to schedule a summer camp promotional visit for your next pack meeting, please contact Bruce Hassy at bruce.hassy@scouting.org.

April 8 - Manatee District Adult Recognition Dinner

Last night was the annual Adult Recognition Dinner for Manatee District. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Silver Beaver - Nina Pascoe
Scoutmaster of the Year - Mike Townsend
Live Oak Award - Shari Kurutz and Mark Landers
District Award of Merit - Ed Copeland and Ron Rozensky
Outstanding Leader Award - P111 Aaron Lages, T22 Bryan Johnson, T8 Christine Lambert, T89 Steve Johnson, P22 Jim Platt, and P41 Kelley Moyer

Thank you to Oneco United Methodist Church and Rev. Robert Green for hosting, to Maureen Reinecke and Ed Genewick for putting this all together, and to Popi's for the delicious meal.

April 7 - Marauders Scout Night

April 7 - 2016 Cub Scout Day Camp

Dear Manatee Cub Scout Day Camp families,

Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp Flying Eagle is coming up soon, June 20 - 24 and slots are filling up fast, including campers from other Councils and Districts!  We don't want anyone to miss out or get turned away because camp is full or registration is closed, so please encourage your Cub Scouting families to sign up now!

Online registration for campers and volunteers (adults and Boy Scouts/Venturers) is open until June 2nd on the Southwest Florida Council Website: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1897649

To those Webelos who recently crossed over to Boy Scout troops, Congratulations!  Please consider joining us as a Junior Staff member on our Day Camp staff in another year or two.  Have a great summer! 

We still need adult volunteers to join us as den leaders to help the boys have a great experience at camp. Five Day adult volunteers get a $25 discount on their Scout's registration fee, a free T-shirt and Camp patch. There are a few more opportunities for Boy Scouts over the age of 13 to complete service hours, learn, teach and have fun too as Den Chiefs, Assistants in program areas and support staff!

Join us for a lot of fun and learning at Camp Flying Eagle in our theme, "The Search for Bigfoot!"

What: Manatee District Cub Scout Day Camp
When: June 20 - 24 2016, 8:30am - 4:15pm
Where: Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Rd Bradenton, FL
Who:  All registered Cub Scouts
Why:  FUN!  Scouts will enjoy:
          Pool time, 
          Water games, 
          Sports & games, 
          BB shooting and archery, 
          Scout Skills,
          Nature Studies,
          Webelos Woods, (advanced activities, and Webelos adventures)
          Special Guests

Fees cover program materials: $85 for Cub Scouts and $90 for Webelos (additional materials for Webelos).  Campers get a free T-shirt and patch.  Campers bring a sack lunch.

Additional information and materials are posted on the registration website and by clicking on the image above.  When registering, remember your Scout will be the next higher rank level during camp (today's Tiger will be a Wolf at Day Camp) and Tigers must have an adult partner with them at camp.

Don't wait!  Register now!  Space is limited and is filling up fast.  Registration closes on June 2, 2016, or when camp is full!

Please contact me with any questions and spread the word to your units, friends and neighbors!

Yours in Scouting,

Mark Landers
Camp Director, 
Manatee District Cub Scout Day Camp 2016
email: ManateeCubDayCamp@hotmail.com

March 29 - Charlotte Thielen Honored

Dear Scouters,

On behalf of all Scouts and Scouters in Manatee District, the RedDogXpress would like to congratulate Charlotte Thielen for being one of four women honored by the American Association of University Women for what they do.

Charlotte was honored for her work as an aqua-aerobic teacher with the YMCA and as a Boy Scout leader with Troop 181, sponsored by the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton.

You can read the rest of the story in a Bradenton-Herald article dated March 20, 2016 here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article67149677.html

Please join me in sending a big Scout Salute to Charlotte.

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

March 24 - Checkout for Railroading Merit Badge

Troop leaders and sponsors,

Three Saturdays have been scheduled for the final evaluation of the requirements for the Merit Badge in Railroading at the RealRail Center at 6804 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207 (on US Highway 41 in the mall just north of Anna Maria Oyster Bar) on the following Open Houses between 10 AM and noon:

April 9th
May 14th
June 11th

Please e-mail me at least 24 hours ahead of the check-out date at realrailedu@gmail.com to reserve a time and be sure to bring your Merit Badge ”blue card” with you.

John Newman

PS: If lost, a replacement copy of the workbook can be found Here.

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