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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

October 24 - Latest Update - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

Funeral Services for Jerry Scott will be held at Manson Memorial, 1400 36th Ave E in Ellenton, FL 34222, on November 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Reception to follow (941-722-6602).

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

October 22 - Sidewalk Astronomy 11/1 at Riverview High

Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School in November

The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce their next Sidewalk Astronomy event.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, November 1, 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 parking lot adjacent to the Riverview High School Planetarium. Riverview High is located at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota.

Sunset on November 1st will be at approximately 6:45 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

The highlight of the evening will be beautiful close up views of the first quarter moon as well as the planet Mars. Other celestial objects will also be observed as they become visible throughout the evening.

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/

October 21 - Haunted Hike This Weekend at CFE

This weekend is the Haunted Hike event at CFE. All units can arrive at 6:00 pm on Friday and check in at the pavilion. Units will be camping West of the main road, camporee style from the parking area to behind the pool house. Units are camping close together on purpose so they can have fun together, make new friends, cracker barrel and have a great time.

All units are to have everything they need to decorate their assigned section of the Haunted Trail, if they sign up at check in, and have enough decorations, candy, and a short game or challenge for their trick or treat table on the activity field for the little ones.

Saturday evening at dark we will have a movie, "Hotel Transylvania" with popcorn in the amphitheater.

Sunday will be a Scout's Own service in the amphitheater.

October 19 - Promote NYLT in your units!

Attention to all Scoutmasters and Crew Advisors:

This is a reminder that this year's NYLT course registration is currently open on the council website. Course registration is limited and is filling quickly. This is an opportunity for your Scouts to gain leadership skills they can use for the rest of their lives. Don't delay, register now and take advantage of this council opportunity. The course provides an environment that promotes teamwork, team development, conflict resolution, creativity and problem solving.

The home unit benefits from trained scouts that can deliver a more exciting program, and gets credit for the Journey to Excellence at the time to re-charter.

View the informational flyer, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the course director, Javier Aristimuno at (941) 232-8073, or email: Scoutmaster@Troop100.com.

Yours in Scouting,

Javier Aristimuno
Scoutmaster NYLT
National Youth Leadership Training course 2015
(941) 232-8073

October 18 - Advanced Training for Adult Leaders and Boy Scouts

There is an advanced leader training course for everyone!!! Well, for any registered adults, and any scout that will be 13 years old, have attended Troop Leadership Training (ILST), and is First Class Rank or higher before January 10, 2015. I'm talking about Wood Badge for the adults and NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) for the Boy Scouts.

Registered adult leaders, go to http://www.swflwoodbadge.com/ and register for Wood Badge today! You can register now without paying in full now (a $90.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration). All fees are due by January 21, 2015. This is excellent leadership training for any registered adult at any level, whether a seasoned scouter, or just beginning your journey.

Scouts (that are or will be 13 years old, have attended Troop Leadership Training (ILST), and is First Class Rank or higher before January 10, 2015, go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1573979 and register for NYLT today! You can register now without paying in full now (a $75.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration). All fees are due by December 9, 2014. This is a great opportunity for leadership training, which will only help your troop to be the very best that it can be. Once NYLT trained, you also have the possible opportunity to be on staff for future NYLT and Wood Badge courses, which is a great opportunity... and lots of fun!

October 17 - Jamboree On The Air

This coming Saturday, October 18th (tomorrow) is the 57th annual "Jamboree On The Air" - this is by participants the largest scout function in the world every year (yes, larger than BSA National Jamboree!)

Jamboree On The Air, or JOTA, is an annual event that allows scouts of all ages to get some 'on the air' time on Amateur radio and talk directly with someone hundreds of miles away, and in many cases, in other countries - truly a world-wide event. It is not unusual during this event to talk to people in Japan, Australia, Germany, or somewhere in South America. There have even been times where talking to someone on the International Space Station or the South Pole has occurred!

This is an opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about radio communication, talk to someone in another area of the world with voice or morse code, learn some radio terms and lingo, and get started toward earning an Amateur Radio Operators License (there are hundreds of youth younger than 9 that have done this!)

There is even an Amateur Radio Operator patch for scouts with the license, and a Morse Code interpreter strip that you can earn as well! Scouts that are interested, make a few contacts, learn some terms, and be well on your way to earning your radio merit badge or finding out how to get your amateur radio operator's license!

We will be ON-THE-AIR at Camp Flying Eagle with the Camp club call sign K4BOY starting Saturday about 9AM, at the Admin Pavilion (right beside the Campmaster building) - our event wont be as big as some of the councils have, but with your support, we will be able to grow this into a great event and start tying in STEM activities as well!

Please stop by!

(Amateur Radio Operators.... links also contain the frequencies for JOTA, and we will be using one of the 70cm local repeaters for some of the operations, please let me know if you want that info and i will send you the frequency. You may also have success contacting us on the NI4CE repeater system at 145.430 PL100. JOTA Reference link is http://www.scouting.org/jota/operators_guides.aspx)

Links to help you get started:

October 16 - Shooting Sports Training

Shooting Sports Directors, Dennis Smith and Don Hall, will be conducting BB/Archery/Slingshot Certification training November 1, 2014, beginning at 9:00 am at the CFE Range. Anyone who is interested, please Email Dennis Smith. Please bring a note pad, pen, water, and your lunch. There is no cost for this training. The next training will be held during MALT, March 14, 2015.

Dennis Smith
Shooting Sports Director CFE

October 15 - Update - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

I informed you of the death of Jerry Scott a legendary Scouter of the old Sunny Land Council and of Camp Flying Eagle.

I still have no information as to funeral services, but I did want to share with you a personal tribute that I wrote about Jerry.

Many of us old timers relied on Jerry's wisdom, friendship, skills and helpful attitude. I believe my tribute speaks for all who loved and respected him.

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

October 13 - Scouter Gone Home

Please see the message below from Red Dog. This was received on 10/12/14:

Dear Scouters,

I just received word that Jerry Scott passed away last evening at Blake Hospital. He had been experiencing some medical issues and came to Bradenton earlier this week to visit with his son, Brent when he was taken to the hospital. While there, his heart stopped and he was unable to be resuscitated.

Many of you old timers will remember Jerry as a former Campmaster and trainer, who was also very active at Camp Flying Eagle. He had relocated a few years ago to the northern end of Florida.

As soon as I learn anything regarding services, I will let you know.

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

October 9 - 2014 Broke Back Dog Challenge

Southwest Florida Scouters -

The 2014 Broke Back Dog Challenge will be held December 5th – 7th, at Camp Miles. Now is the time to gather all of your information to prepare for registration to open. In order to assist you with registering your unit, we’d like to give you some helpful hints.

1. This is a UNIT registration, so please have one person in your unit handle registering everyone who is attending.
2. When registering Webelos II and Boy Scouts, please make sure you have the name of the Patrol Leader and the Patrol Name. If you are combining several smaller patrols PLEASE enter the patrol name they are using for the event. Please remember patrol size is limited to 8 members.

As you know it takes a lot of staff to run large events and it takes a lot of staff to make these events successful. If you have staffed before or not at all there is a spot for you! We encourage as many of you as possible to staff so that we can have volunteers work in shifts and so that you can take in the sights and sounds that makes the Broke Back Dog Challenge.

When registering staff with your unit, please provide the volunteer staff person’s contact email and phone so the area director can contact them, NOT the person registering the unit.

Encourage your adults (over 18) to visit the Staff Interest page to volunteer for one of our many areas. This DOES NOT register the person for the Challenge, it simply notifies us that a volunteer has an interest to staff. The volunteer will still need to register with the unit. The first 200 volunteers who sign up to staff through this page will receive a limited edition Staff patch.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email: eventreg088@centurylink.net.

On behalf of the Broke Back Back Committee, we look forward to seeing you.

October 4 - BALOO and Haunted Hike Registrations

The registration for Manatee's BALOO on Saturday, October 11th has been extended to Wednesday, October 8th. Click Here to register today!

Also, the registration for the Manatee Haunted Hike is now online as well. Registration closes on Thursday, October 9th. Click Here to register today!

October 2 - Pine Level Justice

The Gathering

October 1 - Roundtable "Big Rock Topic"

Roundtable on October 2, 2014 - The "Big Rock Topic" for the general meeting:

  • Is your Troop or Pack aware that you may have MONEY in an account with the council office?
  • How Many Accounts do your have at council?
  • Do you know How Much may be in these accounts?
  • Or Where did the MONEY come from?
  • Or What you can use funds for?
  • Or Who can access them?

We will answer these questions about YOUR FUNDS and have a special quest from the council office who will address the issues surrounding Unit Accounts. Invite a new parent to attend and join the scouting community.

Rob Cuthbert
Manatee district Commissioner

September 26 - Cook Crew Date Announced

Hi Everyone,

I have come up with a date for the Cook Crew; the date is Oct. 25th. It is a Saturday, the time is set for 9:30 am to 1:30pm. Please meet in the dining hall. We will be teaching Food Safety and how to use all the equipment in the kitchen. You will be cooking lunch for yourself.

What we are trying to do is come up with a Cook Crew (4-5 groups each containing 3 or 4 adults) to run the kitchen during events that are held at CFE. This way we can break up the cooking, so as not to burn out the same people. There is NO menu planning that you have to do, just show up and cook, and run the kitchen. Yes, you can help plan the menu if you would like, I have found it better that most people like to just show up and cook, then leave the other stuff to someone else who has the time.

I can do all the food ordering for the cooking, I will be on a Cook Crew also, I will not be at every cooking event, but I will be in touch with all cooking crews that cook at CFE. I will go over the menu with the team leader of their cook crew consisting of 3 or 4 adults.

For this day please dress casual and either wear a hat or be prepared to wear a hair net. I will have non-allergenic gloves on hand for those that need. Please respond to this and let me know if you can make it on Oct. 25th at 9:30am at CFE. Please email me at rhicks46@verizon.net or email Red Dog at reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com.

You need to respond ASAP. I have to make sure I have enough Food Safety books to go around. Cut off date is Oct 18th.

Thank You,

Lynda & Robert Hicks

September 25 - Cub Scout Pictures Needed!

Current Cub Scouters and former Cub Scouters,

As many of you know I have been doing research and writing a book on the 104 years that Scouting has been in Manatee County. I have completed the research, the writing, and have just completed proofing the final draft.

I have tons of pictures of the Boy Scouts going all the way back to 1916, but I have only a tiny number of Cub Scout pictures. Our first Cub Scout pack was formed in 1938 at the First United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Since then we have had a total of 45 different Packs chartered in Manatee District. Of those 45 only 15 remain.

I would like to have a smorgasbord of pictures representing as many of those troops (expired as well as current) that I can gather. Can any of you help me?

I know many of you old timers grew up in Scouts here in Manatee County, either as a youth or as a volunteer leader. So somewhere in one of your rooms, in a closet, or a box perhaps stuck away in the garage you, must have a few pictures from those times.

Please go through that collection and scan me a couple of pictures that show you, your child, your den or your pack doing something. If you do find a picture send it to me, but make sure you identify it to include the pack number.

Thanks so much.

Red Dog (reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com)
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

September 22 - Flashback - "Built to Honor" Event

I found this picture in my email and wanted to make sure to share it here.
There was a great turn-out at the Built to Honor event for Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese and his family on June 26, 2014.
Built to Honor

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!

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