Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017

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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

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April 27 - The 2017-2018 Manatee Planning Calendars are now Available!

The 2017-2018 Manatee District/Southwest Florida Council Planning Calendar and the 2017-2018 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar are now available.

To download the 2017-2018 Manatee District/Southwest Florida Council Planning Calendar, Click Here.

To Download the 2017-2018 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar, Click Here.

The school year ends in just over a month and shortly after will be the time of the year for Annual Program Planning. There are many resources available online for Annual Program Planning for Cub Scouts or for Boy Scouts.

April 13 - Marauders Scout Night on May 6th

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to send you all a reminder that we are officially 4 weeks away from our Scout Night Campout here at LECOM Park on May 6th! Please note that the deadline to register your troop/child will be April 22nd. I will need your troop’s ticket order form, or individual families order form, as well as the waivers for all of the campers associated with that ticket order form. If you would rather wait and bring me the waivers on the day of the game that is fine, although in advance is preferred.

If you are unable to scan your pages, you may mail them back to me at the address under my name or arrange to meet me here at LECOM Park to deliver them in person.

We are in the selection process of our Patch Design contest, we received some great design ideas this year and we appreciate you all for participating.

Again, if you know of any new parents or troops that were unable to participate last year but may be interested this year please pass all of the information about our Scout Campout along. The Bradenton Marauders are having their home opener TONIGHT at 6:30pm and we would love to have you join us as we will look to repeat as Florida State League Champions this season! If not, we are very excited to host our annual Scout Night Campout on May 6th. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments about this event and if there is any way possible for me to be of assistance.

Ralph Cassannello

April 12 - Photos from the 2017 Adult Recognition Dinner

A big round of thanks go out to Maureen Reinecke and husband Ed Genewick along with countless others who helped plan, organize, and execute Thursday evening’s Manatee Adult Leader Recognition Dinner. A great time of food, fellowship, and recognition of service to scouting and kids was had by all. As Red Dog pointed out, this was a team effort.

A detailed article about this event along with the names of those who were awarded the Live Oak Award and District Award of Merit will be forthcoming along with the highlights of the program: A Lifetime of Service (Red Dog) and the Silver Beaver (Maureen).

In the meantime, please feel free to view/download photos taken during the event.

Mac Aldrich

April 11 - Only two days left to register for USA!

Maiʻaʻole hoʻi e hala kou manawa kūpono e hele USA (Ke Kulanui o pūʻali Arts) keia makahiki. Ka lā hope i ka inoa o Thursday, April 13. (Don't miss your opportunity to attend USA (University of Scouting Arts) this year. The last day to register is Thursday, April 13.)

April 4 - 2017 Concert with a Cause!

2017 Concert with a Cause!

March 24 - FREE SCOUT Youth and Adult physicals provided by LECOM

Attention Scouting Community,

This applies to you if you are -
a Boy Scout
a Webelo who will be a Scout soon
a Cub Scout who will be attending Cub Resident camp
a Venture Scout, an Adult leader
in the Order of the Arrow
are a parent who wants to go on Troop functions.

Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) will again be offering FREE BSA Physicals on the morning of April 29th.

LECOM is located at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton 34211 (not too far south of the turnoff to Camp Flying Eagle).

To get in on this great opportunity you will need to SIGN UP on the link provided and bring your own OFFICIAL BSA PHYSICAL form (parts A,B, & C )


Please feel free to share this with anyone who could benefit from this- it is open to all in the scouting community, not just Manatee District.

Nina Pascoe BSN, RN, ACM-RN
Health/Safety/Risk Management
Manatee District
SWFL Council BSA

March 20 - Smile! Support the Southwest Florida Council

Do you shop online? I know that I do. If so, when you shop from Amazon, why not have a percentage of your purchases go to your favorite charity? All you have to do is go to smile.amazon.com (instead of just amazon.com), select the charity of your choice (we hope that you will search for and select Southwest Florida Council Boy Scouts of America) and just remember to go back to smile.amazon.com whenever you buy from Amazon.

To learn more about AmazonSmile, go to https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about. It's easy to do and AmazonSmile normally donates 0.5% of the purchase price to your favorite charity (including the Southwest Florida Council Boy Scouts of America). Sometimes AmazonSmile even donates a higher percentage. For example, one of the days last week, the percentage was increased from 0.5% to 5.0% for the day.

As of February 2017, the Southwest Florida Council Boy Scouts of America has received $294.25. How much more could this be if we all did this?

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler

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