Updated: Monday, May 25, 2015

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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

May 25 - Memorial Day

Perhaps you are familiar with the Medal of Honor as well as some of the recipients.

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 Honor.

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.

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

May 19 - 2015 Guide to Safe Scouting

The 2015 Guide to Safe Scouting is now available. Click Here to view and/or download a copy for your unit. To access the latest news at any time, view the online version of the Guide to Safe Scouting, which is updated quarterly. Just go to http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx.

May 11 - Adult Leaders Recognized

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.

For photos from the event, visit this DropBox gallery OR copy/paste the following URL into your web browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ybll9fz70atf1yr/AADjOos-F3h6VrhErAlhZBlLa?dl=0

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.

Mac Aldrich

May 8 - Scouter Gone Home

I express my sorrow in the passing of Glenn Sommerville, a person that I admired, respected, and enjoyed knowing for 20 years. He was in his element each December when, dressed as Santa Clause, would sit at the end of the Monkey Bridge on Sunday morning to great each and every child as they crossed the bridge to greet, talk to, and receive a gift from “Jolly ol’ Saint Nick.” To see the enjoyment from the eyes of both Glenn and the children, as parents took pictures of them hugging and talking to each other, was indeed the highlight of each Cub Scout Winterfest Encampment for many years.

It is not going to be the same without him. May his soul rest in peace.
Service will be at Faith Bible Church,
1511 Morgan Johnson Rd. Bradenton
Saturday, May 9 at 1pm.

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

May 2 - Manatee District and Council Calendar

Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs and District Members,

Click Here for the 2015 – 2016 Manatee District and Council Calendar. This calendar is your unit’s tool to prepare for your unit calendar planning. As your unit reviews the calendar, please be advised that these dates are as of April 30 and should any changes happen those changes will be posted on the interactive calendar pages on the council website. Please make sure to double check that calendar. Please share this calendar with your unit. The FULL council and district calendars can also be found on the homepage of the council website.

As your unit makes plans to camp at our council camps you may want to verify camp availability prior to making plans. You can do that by emailing Justine Gonzalez at: Justine.Gonzalez@scouting.org. Inquire about the date, your unit type, and how many people might be camping. She will email you letting you know availability so that your unit can then place a camp reservation request

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
239-936-8072 x103
800-269-8072 x103
FAX 239-936-7864

May 2 - URGENT! - LECOM Medical Checks

Scouters and Scouts needing updated physicals for summer camp, high adventure camp, or just to have a form on file in their units should consider taking advantage of the FREE physicals being offered at LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) located on Lakewood Ranch Blvd just north of Lakewood Ranch High School next door to the YMCA. At present, there are about 55 of 152 slots still open.

These physical checks are not limited to Boys Scouts and their leaders. Adult leaders for Packs and Cub Scouts are also welcome and those boys attending Day Camp or planning to participate in the Cub Resident program at Camp Miles need to have current medical forms.

LECOM has been good enough to offer this program for the last 5 years, but a lack of showing does not portend well for its future.

Have you checked your boys’ health forms to make sure that they are up-to-date? Is YOURS up-to-date? Do you know if the Webelos that crossed over recently even have forms? Do you have the appropriate health form completed for the activities you plan to participate in over the next year?

This is something that each of your boys’ parents need to be made aware of so that THEY can reserve a slot and be responsible for getting them to/from the site. To reserve a time for your physical (and you MUST reserve a time), click here OR copy/paste the following URL into your web browser: https://docs.google.com/a/manateeschools.net/spreadsheets/d/1xTXWNo6knSl1cDmjkHSQ6AXBPEBJPRD-Q-qN2aIz6JI/edit#gid=0

You will also need to acquire the proper health form from this location (or copy/paste: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx). Be certain to Download the form from the “Are You Going to Camp?” section.

I hope that you will pass this information on to those who need it. Time is running out.

P.S.: If you are planning to help at CFE on the 9th and need a physical, you’re close enough to be able to do so and still get some volunteer hours in at camp.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich
Manatee District Vice-Chair

April 30 - New Manatee District Scout Professional Announced

Scout Executive and C.E.O. of the Southwest Florida Council, Greg Graham, has announced the selection of Mark Rosasco, as District Executive for Manatee Co., effective May 1, 2015. Mark has a strong Scouting background having served in several leader roles in his son's Cub and Boy Scout units in the Manatee District since moving to the area in 2004. Mark has attended numerous volunteer trainings including BSA/American Red Cross Lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid, and Wood Badge.

Rosasco’s new responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of the Scouting program in Manatee Co. including program coordination, financial administration, membership and volunteer recruitment. Greg Graham, stated, “Mark has outstanding leadership skills, business experience and a work ethic that will take the Scouting program in Manatee Co. to a new level of success.” Mark Rosasco states that “he looks forward to building on the great tradition of Scouting in Manatee Co., and growing the Scouting program in all areas while building an even stronger volunteer base for future growth in Scouting.” The Scouting program in Manatee Co. served over 1400 youth and 450 adult volunteers in 2014.

Rosasco has a strong background in business with the majority of his career being in the construction project management business. Rosasco is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Building Construction Degree. Mark and his wife, Heidi, have two sons, John and Ben. Mark can be contacted temporarily at (mrosasco@tampabay.rr.com) and 941-266-2385.

April 29 - Help needed at Tribute to Heroes Parade

LWR Community Activities Corporation would like as much help as possible from any Troops, Pack or Crews. Assistance is needed to help the older Veterans to and from seating, to and from vehicles, and to and from the stage if needed. If you would like to volunteer, please Email Kayane Merrill.

If any troops or crews are interested in walking in the parade, please complete the registration form Here.

April 22 - 10% off Camp Sun-N-Fun for Cub Scouts

Susan Shoemaker
Lifestyle Team / Summer Camp Coordinator
Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground
Phone: 941-371-2505/ Fax: 941-378-4810

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