Updated: Saturday, February 28, 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

February 28 - Scouting For Food Update

I want to thank the following units for their participation in this year’s Scouting for Food service project:

  • Troop 10: 270 lbs.
  • Pack 57: 108 lbs. (with more to be added)
  • Troop 64: 239 lbs.
  • Troop 72: 294 lbs.
  • Troop 76: 1,810 lbs.
  • Pack/Troop 111: 216 lbs.
  • Pack/Troop 191: 564 lbs.

Grand total for the day was 3,501 lbs. which is about 500 lbs. more than collected last year.

There are a few units who will be completing their collections a little later due to other considerations. As their totals are reported, they will be announced here.

Along with the collection of the donations, I especially want to thank the boys and adults of troops 10, 64, and 76 for their assistance in emptying bins, sorting the foods, boxing, weighing, etc. It is a lot of work to go through this process and really helps the folks at Meals on Wheels who would have to rely on other volunteers to come in and do it. I also want to extend my gratitude to Cindy and Mitchell at Meals on Wheels for allowing us to work with them and for providing hot dogs, snacks, and water. Mitchell also answered several questions about the facility and how it helps feed the needy which was enlightening.

The food donated today will go a long way toward feeding the homeless, elderly, and down-on-their-luck families in Manatee County. And while I would have liked to seen better participation by all of our units, I realize that we all have a lot on our plates and have to make choices. The Scouting for Food project will be scheduled for the same time next year, so please do what you can to pencil it in on your calendars NOW.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Scouting for Food Coordinator

February 26 - Scouting For Food

Scouting for Food donation collection/drop-off is this Saturday (Feb. 28) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Meals on Wheels facility on the corner of new U.S. 301 and 9th St. E. across from Tropicana. Hot dogs, snacks, and drinks will be provided.

Units wishing to procure Scouting for Food patches will first have to have someone from their unit enter the number of man-hours spent on the project (Distribution of door hangers + time spent collecting + time assisting at Meals on Wheels) into the Good Turn America service hours site accessible via the council web site. Patches will not be available on-site, but will be distributed at a future Roundtable meeting.

The following units picked up door hangers during the February Roundtable and will be expected at Meals on Wheels on Saturday: Pack 41, Pack 42, Pack 57, Troop 64, Troop 72, Pack/Troop 76, Troop 89, Pack/Troop 111, Pack 126, Pack/Troop 191, and Pack 4168. If something has changed and your unit will not be participating after all, please contact me ASAP at 773-9647 so that we will not be waiting at the facility. Also, if your unit is not listed and is planning to participate, please contact me so that I’ll know to expect you.

Units who may be running late should also copy my number so that you may contact me and let me know not to close up shop right at 1:00.

I hope that everyone has a great turnout and that we will have lots of donations to provide to those who need our help.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich,
SFF coordinator

February 26 - Manatee District Training Day

You are invited: Manatee District Training Day @ CFE Saturday February 28, 2015 Time: 8 am to 4 pm

No registration fee - Bring your own lunch

Theme of the Event: The Trail to Gold!

All Scouters are welcome. This event is a gathering of District Committee members and, the subcommittee members to plan our Sept 2015 to Aug 2016 year. You will learn how the Manatee District is planning on achieving a Gold rating on the BSA Journey to Excellence. We will review the roles and responsibilities of the District Committee members and how, working as a team, we will achieve a gold standard while enhancing and growing the Scouting experience within the Manatee District.

  • Join your District leaders in planning our Sept 2015 to Aug 2016 year Ø Learn what the District Members do for you
  • Discover how the District works to support Units
  • Ask questions about recruiting, training, and events
  • Enjoy our breakout activities
  • Participate in a session on how to “save” a Unit

Trainers: Geoff Ashman and Red Dog.

Your participation in this event is vital to the ongoing success of Scouting in the Manatee District.

Looking forward to enjoying the day with you,
Rob Cuthbert
District Commissioner

February 19 - 2015-2016 Cub Scout Requirements beginning June 1st for the New Program

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February 8 - Happy Birthday BSA!

Today, 8 February, the Boy Scouts of America turns 105!

As many of you know, on Feb. 8, 1910, William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America under the laws of the District of Columbia.

A year earlier, in a visit to London, Boyce had gotten lost in the fog when a boy came to his aid. The boy guided Boyce to his destination and refused a tip after doing so. The boy said that as a Scout he would not take a tip for doing a Good Turn. This ignited a desire within Boyce to bring Scouting back to the United States. And just a mere seven months later in September, Charles Maus, a school teacher in Manatee High School, formed the first Scout troop in our county.

For one hundred and five years Scouts and Scouters have pledged to honor and serve "God and Country." Thanks to all the adults who have dedicated untold millions of hours aiding those boys to become patriotic American men of honor, often in the face of fierce and malign adversity.

May the patriotic service to America of our Boy Scouts of America continue for centuries to come, and may all who love America and the values of the Founding Fathers, which Scouts and Scouters transmit from generation to generation, honor Boy Scouts for that service, perpetually, in an attitude of gratitude, which Boy Scouts so richly deserve.

Happy Birthday, Boy Scouts of America!
Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

January 29 - Sons of the American Revolution Recognize Two Eagle Scouts

On Friday, January 16, 2015, at their monthly luncheon at Sarabay Country Club, the Saramana Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized two Eagle scouts from the Southwest Florida Council. The occasion was recognizing the candidates for the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship.

From the Manatee District, Lee David Weis was recognized and received a certificate and a bronze citizenship medal. From the Two Rivers District, Colton McVety was recognized and received a certificate, oak leaf clusters and a scholarship.

At the luncheon both scouts were asked to read the essay on the Revolutionary War they submitted with their application. The program will be broadcast on Manatee Education Television in the near future.

January 25 - 2015 Adult Recognition Dinner

Register at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/openrosters/Calendar.asp.

For the Nomination Form for Cub Leader of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, the Live Oak Award, or the District Award of Merit Click Here.

For the Nomination Form for the Outstanding Leader Award (Each Unit Nominates One) Click Here.

All forms are due by March 21, 2015.

January 19 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

It is my sad duty to inform you that Paul Richter of Palmetto, passed away quietly at home on January 15, 2015.

Paul was currently an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 8 Bradenton. Over the years he was active with Pack and Troop 32 in Ellenton and Troop 72 in Palmetto.

Visitation was held 6-8PM Sunday, January 18 at Groover Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10AM on Monday, January 19 at Holy Cross Church, 502 26th St. W, Palmetto, FL.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tidewell Hospice, 4151 37th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.

Please keep his wife Brenda, and sons; Paul, Carl, and Michael in your prayers.

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

January 17 - 5th Annual Good Scout Award Dinner

The 5th Annual Good Scout Award Dinner will be held on March 14, 2015, beginning at 5:30 PM at the Manatee Performing Arts Center (502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205). This year we will be honoring The Bradenton Kiwanis Club. Click Here for more details and to register, or learn how to become a sponsor.

January 17 - MALT... Not just a type of Milkshake

Attention all Scouters,

MANATEE ADULT LEADER TRAINING [MALT] is scheduled to be conducted at CFE on 14 March 2015. A total of 18 separate subjects are being offered.

Click Here to view the class schedule showing classes, times, and locations. A smörgåsbord of training has been prepared for both pack and troop leaders as well as pack and troop committees. This training is offered once annually, so everyone is encouraged to take as much training as their time will permit. Maximizing this training opportunity will assist you in maximizing your units’ ability to present a productive program to the youth in your unit.

If sufficient interest warrants, the District Training Committee will also schedule a Cub Specifics Course during this MALT session.

There is no cost for this training, but you must provide your own sack lunch. Please insure that the attached schedule is made available to all members of your unit.

Remember to register with the Southwest Florida Council prior to 9 March so we can insure we have the requisite instructors and handouts present.

At the February and March Roundtables, the Manatee Training Committee will be collecting the names of those who intend to attend the training session to include which classes they will be taking.

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

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