Updated: Saturday, July 26, 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

July 26 - BSA License Plate

BSA License Plate

Help support BSA volunteer and camp facility operations by renewing your “ Scouting Teaches Values” auto license plate. (Please tell all of your Scout parents about this)

How do I purchase a specialty license plate to support the Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Council?
When you renew your registration at your local tax collector's office, simply let them know you wish to replace your current license plate with a BSA specialty license plate. If it is not time in your license plate's cycle to replace the metal license plate, you will pay a few additional dollars to switch to a specialty license plate, so the best time to switch is when you're going to have to replace your metal license plate (every ten years). Specialty license plates cost a set fee (annually) above the standard Florida license plate, and the fees vary based on the type of license plate. These additional funds go to support the cause for which the specialty license plate was designed. For more information, see Specialty License Plate Report. This program has been in place since February 15, 1997 to support local causes in our state.

Why do I have to pay extra every year for a specialty license plate?
The purpose of specialty license plates is to raise funds for a particular cause. Each of the specialty license plates requires an annual use fee of only $20 for the use of the special design license plate. Florida Statutes would have to be amended to change this requirement. The use of a specialty license plate is a voluntary purchase. There are 9 Boy Scout Councils in the state of Florida all which receive an annual distribution based on the tags renewed in there region of coverage.

Where does the money for specialty license plates go?
Information on where the money goes from the annual use fees on specialty license plates is available from a number of sources. The Florida Statutes is the most direct information available, however, the Division of Motor Vehicles also provides a Specialty License Plate Report which specifies this information. The Southwest Florida Council uses any distributions to support volunteer and camp operations.

Thanks for your consideration in possibly making a change that can benefit Scouting in significant manner in our council ! Help us promote Scouting in our community one more way through the Florida State License Program!

July 26 - CFE Looking for a Few Good Men or Women

Good morning Scouters,

Camp Flying Eagle is now looking to hire up to five dedicated, seasoned, helpful, friendly, courteous, cheerful people (male, female, or married families) to serve as CFE Campmasters. Proof of Youth Protection Training certification is required.

There is no monetary pay for this position, but the perks are tremendous. Room and utilities are free; sometimes public food assistance in the form of guest invitations are available. Occasionally there is even free entertainment!

This is a part time job requiring employees to work only two weekends per year.

Applications will be taken and orientation training will be conducted from 9 am to noon on 30 August at the CFE Training Lodge.

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

July 24 - 2014 Manatee District Program Kick-Off

2014 Program Kick-Off

July 23 - Aquatics Training Weekends

Have you have been to Camp Miles or Camp Flying Eagle and as you are walking past the closed pool and thought, "It sure would be nice to take the Troop/Pack swimming"? We have the answer to that.

This Aquatics Supervision – Swimming and Water Rescue, one day training will allow you to open the swimming pool areas at either camp for your unit. The swimming requirement is the BSA Swim test (100 yards or 4 lengths of the pool).

The Aquatics Supervision – Paddle Craft Safety course is another one day training that will allow Troops and Crews to open the Water Front areas. (The unit must also have someone with CPR Training not provided with this course.)

NOTE: Cub Scouts are not allowed to participate in Water Front activities EXCEPT during Council Events.

Want to help out at Council Events? Take the Lifeguard Course. This class is available to Boy Scouts, Venture Crew Members and Registered Adults 15 years and older. You must be able to swim 650 yards or 26 lengths of the pool without stopping.

Every unit should have at least one Aquatics Trained individual.

Please review the attached flyer and come join us. Registration is expected to go live Wednesday, July 16th. If you have any questions please call the Scout Office – 239-936-8072 Click Here to view the flyer for more details and important dates.

July 8 - Hungry for some Cub Camp Leftovers?

Steve Palmieri has some leftovers from Cub Camp that may be of interest to your pack or troop:

I have 4 cases of rockets and more than 48 rocket engines; it would be $160.00 for the rockets and $80.00 for all the engines, total $240.00.

Grass hair planter kits (24 in each) - $25.00 ea
Watch it grow kits - $20.00 ea
Wizard rockets (12 in a case) - $40.00 ea
A8-3 Estes rocket engines - $40.00 for 24 engines
All checks made out to BSA SWFC.

Please contact Steve Palmieri at spalm34205@msn.com if you are interested or have any questions.

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