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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

September 19 - Summer Camp Trade Show

Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Webelos II Leaders and Committee Chairs,

If your troop plans to go to summer camp next year, help your Scouts make an informed choice as to which camp to attend. Visit the 2014 Summer Camp Trade Show and visit with over 20 of the most popular camps in the Southern Region. Learn about new program offerings and facilities. Many camps offer in-council pricing for SWFC units attending this year's trade show.

All Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Webelos II, leaders and parents are encouraged to attend. Simply click on the Summer Camp Trade Show link to register so that we know that you're planning on attending. The trade show takes place in the Council Conference Center in Ft. Myers on Saturday, October 4 from 9 am – 3 pm.

View the Summer Camp Trade Show Flyer Here

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

September 8 - Training Opportunities & Fun Galore!

September 2 - Scout Night with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Attention Scouters:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are holding a Scout night during the regular season game against the Atlanta Falcons, November 9th at 1 pm. Tickets are $15 for Scouts and $35 for leaders/family members. This includes your game ticket, mini Buccaneers football and a chance to win a VIP tour of One Buccaneer Place. To purchase these special tickets for your unit, please complete the attached order form and e-mail it to Courtney Grovatt (cgrovatt@buccaneers.nfl.com) or call (813) 870-2700 x2573. Orders must be placed no later than October 1st to be eligible for the VIP tour drawing.

Yours in Scouting,
Bruce Hassy

August 21 - Volunteer Cleanup at Crowley Museum & Nature Center

October 17, 10:00 am - October 18, 4:00 pm. Click Here to visit the Facebook page and join.
Time to get the grounds ready for our fall season!

We are looking for school, scout and social groups to come out and assist in Trail Maintenance, Removal of invasive plants, general repairs, etc.

Volunteers will be provided with free camping, lunch, dinner and water each day.

Crowley counts on volunteers and appreciates all the hard work that helps us keep our gates open year round. Please share this flyer and sign your group up today!
*Minors must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Tents can be provided at no charge to those wanting to camp with us the weekend of the clean-up. Please contact Jeanene with Not a Clue Adventures.

Location Address: 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, Fl 34240

Contact Phone # 813-789-094—Jeanene to let us know you will be joining us so we prepare enough meals!

Crowley accepts volunteers all year!

August 10 - Pack 41 needs your help!

Chemo_Care Bags

August 3 - Sidewalk Astronomy in Holmes Beach

Final opportunity to view Saturn at this event until May 2015

After a two-month summer hiatus, the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the first Sidewalk Astronomy event of their 2014-2015 observing season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 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 August 30th will be at approximately 7:50 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

The highlight of the evening will be stunning views of the ringed planet Saturn. Following the August 30th event, the planet will not be readily visible during Sidewalk Astronomy again until next May. The astronomers will also offer those in attendance close up views of the first quarter Moon and the planet Mars, as well as a variety of other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the night.

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

A PDF of the full schedule of the 2014-2015 Sidewalk Astronomy events can be found here. (http://www.lgdso.com/LGDSO/sidewalk/Sidewalk%20Astronomy%20FLYER%20fullpage.pdf)

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/

The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers

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.

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