Updated: Friday, March 27, 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

March 27 - Roundtable and Adult Recognition Dinner Schedule

The Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner originally scheduled for April 2 has been postponed. On April 2nd, we will have a normal Roundtable meeting at The Salvation Army.

The Adult Recognition Dinner will now be held on Thursday, May 7th, in place of the May Roundtable. The Dinner will be held at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church (6510 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, 34209).

The nomination forms deadline has also been extended to Tuesday, April 14th. So if you still have nominations to get in, it's not too late... yet!

March 23 - Help needed at Camp Flying Eagle

Scouts and Scouters,

The Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and their Key Clubs had about 75 members out here Saturday March 21, doing a lot of work for CFE. They painted several buildings, repaired the Nature Lodge windows, and the Kiwanis Latrine. They removed a lot of debris left over from the demolishing of the old cabins by the OA during The Ordeal, and they started the reconstruction of two cabins; one in Bill Selby and one in Kiwanis. They also resealed the amphitheater with water sealer.

We could use quite a bit of more assistance to complete the rebuilding of those two cabins and painting of several more buildings. Considerable numbers of roof tops need cleaning of leaves and fallen branches. I am asking all units to consider spending a Saturday or even a weekend helping to finishes these projects. I have paint and materials on hand. I need labor because it is more than one person can handle.

Pick out a date, let me know what you can assist with, and I will have the materials for you. I have some tools, but if you plan on doing carpentry work you need to bring as many tools as you can, since I have limited amounts. My campmasters will have total access to painting supplies, but carpentry will require coordination with me.

Thank you,
Todd Greene Sr.
Ranger - Camp Flying Eagle

March 22 - Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Manatee Adult Recognition Banquet scheduled for April 2 has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced shortly.

March 10 - Manatee District Training Workshop

A couple weeks ago, several members of the Manatee District Committee got together for a day of training. A big thank you to our District Training Chair, Geoff Ashman, District Commissioner, Rob Cuthbert and Red Dog for taking time out of their busy schedules to present this training.

The efforts of those mentioned are compiled in a presentation that is now available for everyone to peruse to learn more about what your District Committee is all about. This presentation can be found on the Resources Page under Other Resources. Click Here to view the presentation now.

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.

Update -- March 3 - Ken Settlemyer contacted me today to announce that Troop 8 had collected another 609 pounds of food through their chartered organization, the First Methodist Church in downtown Bradenton and had delivered it to Meals on Wheels. This brings our total up to 4,110 pounds.

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

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