Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 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

August 26 - September Cub Scout Roundtable

August 22 - Good News Regarding Internet Advancement


Internet Advancement is no longer tied strictly to Internet Explorer and Windows. I completed an advancement report on my Mac Book Pro this afternoon using Google Chrome without a hitch. According to the Internet Advancement header (shown below), supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, and IE 9, 10, and 11. (Be sure to read the caveat regarding Internet Explorer 10.)

One way to access Internet Advancement is by going to my.scouting.org:

  1. Log in
  2. Click on ‘Home’ in the upper left corner
  3. Click on ‘Legacy Web Tools
  4. Select ‘Internet Advancement’ from the options presented.

Note: Other changes to the process may be coming soon as ScoutBook begins to take shape, but for the time being, this should be great news to those who have had a less than satisfactory experience using Internet Explorer.

Mac Aldrich

August 22 - NEW Online Camp Reservation System

Southwest Florida Council Scouters –

We are happy to announce the roll-out of our NEW Online Camp Reservation system!

We have an all new redesigned Camping Page with simple instructions for booking campsites, program areas, and more. As of Tuesday, September 1, paper Camp Reservation forms will no longer be accepted. You now have the ability to check on camp availability whenever your unit is planning a trip to either one of our camps (Camp Flying Eagle and Price Sanders Scout Reservation/Camp Miles). At the same time you can check to see what program areas are also available to you.

To access the NEW page simply click on the BIG, BLUE CAMPING tab on the homepage of the website.

Our site will begin accepting your unit reservations on Monday, August 24.

Previously submitted requests will be entered into the new system and you will receive electronic confirmation of your 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

Scouting is more than what we do--it's who we are--and what we will be. We are the Boy Scouts of America.

August 21 - Sidewalk Astronomy in Holmes Beach

The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the first Sidewalk Astronomy event of the 2015-2016 season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 19, 2015 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 field due north of the Holmes Beach City Hall. The Holmes Beach City Hall is located at 5801 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, Florida.

Sunset on September 19th will be at approximately 7:30 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

Highlights of the evening include a rare opportunity to view the distant planet Saturn and its majestic ring system. (Saturn will only be visible in the early evening.) A variety of other celestial objects including the planets Uranus and Neptune, and the first quarter moon will be viewed through the telescopes as these objects become visible throughout the night.

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

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/

August 16 - Program Kick-Off Details

A big thanks to all of the volunteers (almost 70 of you) who attended the 2015 Manatee District Program Kick-off on Thursday, August 13. It was great to see the smiling faces of so many leaders dedicated to providing excellent programs for our youth. A LOT of information was disseminated. If you were unable to attend this meeting, I strongly encourage you to touch base with someone from your unit who did.

Popcorn Orientation and School Night training are two of the more important events coming up right away. Both are being held at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70 (where Roundtable is held the first Thursday of each month) next Saturday, August 22nd. The Popcorn orientation session starts at 9:00 a.m. and the School Night training should begin between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Make sure your unit has representation at both meetings. Raising funds from the selling of popcorn will help to support the increase in your unit’s membership after your School Night recruitment event. Contact Larue Ashman Popcorn Colonel or Mark Rosasco School Night Recruitment trainer.

Brett Thomas, Vice-chairman of the Council Activities Committee, provided an overview of Southwest Florida Council’s events for the year and encouraged unit participation as well as adult and youth staff recruitment for the events. Please be sure to visit the SWFC website for detailed information and flyers.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Cub Scout program changes you have been hearing about begin in earnest this year. Training will be offered each month during Roundtable to help Cub leaders cope with the new material and procedures. Other training opportunities will also be offered, so check the council calendar frequently.

Boy Scout leaders: The Order of the Arrow requires your assistance in establishing dates for elections. If your unit did not sign up for an election during Program Kickoff, please contact James Warrick or Steve Shoemaker at your earliest convenience. Elections for each troop must be completed before the end of October.

Bob Parquette from Two Rivers District along with assistance from Lisa Van Beuren will be holding a Ten Commandments Hike at DeSoto National Monument on Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30. The emphasis of this event is for Cub Scouts to earn several of the religious requirements that they need as well as just become better acquainted with the 12th Point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is Reverent.”

The Cub Scout Friendship Hike headed up by Gabe Cole is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at Camp Flying Eagle. Check the council calendar/registration for more information.

Are you FULLY TRAINED especially when it comes to TEAMWORK, LEADERSHIP, and FUN? If not, seriously consider becoming so by taking Cub Scout Leader Specifics, Scoutmaster Specifics, and/or OLSI (Outdoor Leadership Skills Instruction), and/or OWLS (Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders. Contact Geoff Ashman or check the council calendar for more information.

And once you have completed those training courses (all of them will be offered before the end of November), sign up for the premier leader training, WOOD BADGE which will run the last two weekends of February and March. Don’t forget… 2016 is a Leap Year, so you have a bonus day to play with. Contact Ed Copeland or check the council calendar for more information.

Before I end this article, I wish to extend thanks to Chris Spano, representative from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He announced that there will be a special Scouts’ Night at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, October 4th. A reduced admission and a special patch will be offered. During the kick-off a drawing was held for four pairs of tickets to one of the upcoming games. Congratulations to James Needham, Brad Ranney, Maureen Reinecke, and Doug Shepard.

Hope to see you on Thursday, September 3rd at Roundtable!

Mac Aldrich

August 15 - Program Kick-Off Recap

Here is a recap of the activities that were advertised at the Program Kick-Off on 8/13 for the 2015-16 year:

August 15 - MOSI Boy Scout Programs this fall

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is offering many programs for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts this fall.

Cub Scouts and leaders, Click Here to view the programs being offered. Let the new Adventures begin!

Boy Scouts and leaders, Click Here to view the Boy Scout programs being offered.

Visit MOSI's website at www.mosi.org/education/mosi-scouts.aspx for full details and registration information.

August 14 - 2015-16 Roundtable Topics

August 9 - Program Kick-Off


It’s that time of year again to begin thinking about and planning for another great year of scouting. Please make sure that at least one representative from each Pack, Troop, and Crew attends the 2015-16 Program Kick-off this Thursday. There will be lots of information presented regarding programs, activities, events, training, and money-earning projects and you won’t want to miss out on any of them.

Questions/concerns? Contact me at mac_aldrich@mac.com or (941) 773-9647.

August 2 - Memorial Services for Chips Shore

The visitation and viewing will be on Saturday, August 8th from 10:00 am - noon in the Historic Courtroom. A memorial service following the visitation will be at 2:00 pm at the City Hall Auditorium. A private graveside service for the family the following Monday. The family appreciates very much all your prayers, love and support.

Chips was supportive of Scouts and Scouting. He was instrumental in helping to form Sea Scout Ship 459 and served as its COR.

Hopefully, there will be Scout representatives present. Attending in Class A uniform would be appropriate.

The Honorable Gilbert Smith Jr.

July 29 - Service Project Opportunity at the Bug Out Summer Social

This event is at the Palmetto Historical Park (515 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221). If you want to volunteer, you need to email Tori Edwards ahead of time so that they have a job ready for you. There are all types of activities that need volunteers: crafts, games, lemonade stand, temporary tattoo station, etc. Below is a copy of the event flyer so that you can see what types of activities will be happening that day.

Tori Chasey Edwards
Curator, Palmetto Historical Park

July 22 - The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award


The National Eagle Scout Association has established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (http://www.nesa.org/PDF/542-026.pdf) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.

Each local council will choose a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner. A national winner then will be selected from the four regional finalists. I am unaware if our council is currently participating in this award.

Here is a link to the 2015 Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (http://www.nesa.org/adams_award.html) by council, region, and the National Winner. I encourage each of you to study this list, if for no other reason than, to get an idea of various worthwhile Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects that you can discuss with your Life Scouts.

Who is Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams you, might ask.

Glenn Adams is the current chair of the National Eagle Scout Association, and funded the scholarship program to kick it off and sustain it. The various patches, pins and other trinkets which NESA sells goes into this fund also.

The scholarship amount varies by level. The national award winner receives a certificate, a silver device for the Eagle embroidered knot, and a cash award of $2,500 that will be available for the Scout’s future educational purposes or for him to attend a national or international Scouting event or venue. The national award winner’s local council will also receive a $2,500 award. The three regional winners who do not win the national award will receive $500, to be available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or facility. The local councils of those three regional winners (not the national winner) also will receive a $500 award. All regional winners will receive a certificate and a gold device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot. Each participating council winner receives a certificate and a bronze device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot from the National Eagle Scout Association.

Maybe Doddie Ranney, our District Advancement chair or Jim Thielen, our Council Commissioner, can ask whomever is our Council VP for Program is if our council participates in this program.

Red Dog

July 16 - Order of the Arrow Centennial Day

Today marks 100 years of the Order of the Arrow. The Governor of the State of Maryland, Larry Hogan, signed a proclamation making today, July 16, 2015, officially "Order of the Arrow Centennial Day," at least in Maryland. You can read the full article and see a copy of the proclamation here: http://scoutingwire.org/why-arrowmen-will-want-to-celebrate-on-july-16/.

July 15 - Sad News - Update


Meredith Lamb was born in 1956 in The Pas, Manitoba, daughter of Donald Bruce Lamb and Beverley (Spencer) Lamb. She attended University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where she received her Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and Master of Natural Resources Management. In 1996 she married Jim Thielen, and they have lived in Parrish, Florida for many years and previously in Illinois. Meredith's many talents included graphics design, photography, and avid reader and antiquing with Jim. She was active in Scouting before moving to Florida as District Family FOS Chair, Unit Commissioner and a variety of unit level positions.

She led an active and full life as a world adventurer even though it was shorten by illness. In addition to traveling widely and working around the world, Meredith was the family historian, maintaining a Lamb History website which history includes being bush pilots with family owned Lamb Airways, owning Beaver and Cattle ranches and operating the first trading in Northern Manitoba in the late 1800’s. She truly was an unique person with a diverse and interesting background.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Thielen, her stepsons Patrick, Andy, and Phillip, her brother Todd Lamb (Marianne), Niece Julia (Ryan) and Nephew Thomas plus three step-granddaughters, Elizabeth, Grace and Haley and a wide circle of family and friends.

There will be a memorial service on November 1st at 2:00 PM to celebrate her life. The location will be announced later.

Yours in Scouting,

James Thielen | Council Commissioner
Southwest Florida Council, BSA

Dear Scouters,

I just received information from Jim Thielen that his wife, Meredith, passed away last night while he was in Indianapolis. He is in route back to his home in Parrish.

I have no further details to give you at this time. When I receive further information on arrangements, I will pass it on.

Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers.

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

June 29 - Needed: Shooting Sports Staff for CFE

I'm trying to put together a shooting sports staff for CFE. Don and I need NRA certified instructors and RSOs, BB/archery certified adults, and youth (Boy Scout or Venture) over 14 to staff the range for events and to run the range when reserved by units for shooting sports activities.

I already know there will be a need for staff for November 13-15, 2015 for Webelos Activity Weekend, December 4-6, 2015 for Winterfest, and March 18-20, 2016 for Cub-O-Ree. Anyone who is interested can send me an email at carsmi1@verizon.net.

Dennis Smith
Shooting Sports Director

June 24 - Paying it Forward

Remember the story of the boy who found $20 and gave it to a soldier? This is the follow-up. Be sure to watch to the end.

This story is several years old and has been around before, but it touched me more this time than it did in the past.

Having just come off a week at CFE (Cub Day Camp) working with youth of the age of this young boy, it made me realize how pure their souls are and how they are impressed by the actions of the adults around them. We should all remember how our example serves as a model of their behavior today, tomorrow, and in the future.

When I came in from the range Friday evening I was dead tired from spending the week with over 220 boys teaching them gun safety and allowing them to grow in character while having fun. When this email arrived in my in box I was immediately rejuvenated and was ready to re-up for another week!

We all should experience such transformative leadership.

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

June 21 - Scouts Night at McKechnie Field

Packs, Troops and Crews,

The Bradenton Marauders are hosting a Scouts Night on Friday, July 3rd. Please view the flyer Here for more information. The deadline for registration is June 30th. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm, with post-game fireworks!

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

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