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The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

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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June 17 - 2021 BSA National Membership Fees Increase

March 31 - Go Back to the Eighties at USA

University of Scouting Arts is back... and we're going Back to the Eighties this year! Registration closes on April 8th, so if you have not registered yet, what are you waiting for?

USA now has a full degree path for Venturing as well. Here are some helpfull links to help you get off the couch and out to the classroom: USA XXVII Handbook, Class Schedule, and Promotional Flyer to share with your friends!

November 5 - Manatee District Recharter Dates

These are the recharter dates and locations:

  • Monday, Nov 9th, 7pm - 9pm, Kiwanis Oneco community Center, 1720 53rd Ave E. (SR 70)
  • Wednesday, Nov 18th, 7pm - 9pm, Camp Flying Eagle
  • Monday, Nov 23rd, 7pm - 9pm, Kiwanis Oneco Community Center, 1720 53rd Ave E. (SR 70) The Community Center is located at the SW corner of where the railroad tracks cross State Road 70

Please contact your unit commissioner or myself to schedule a time to turn in your recharter paperwork if your unit has not already done so.

Bill Granger
2021 Manatee Recharter Chair
941 356-9584

October 14 - NEW! Explorer Post 9110 - Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, & Search and Rescue

Questions can be sent to post9110@gmail.com.

August 27 - Fall Fellowship and Make-Up Ordeal Registration Extended

Hey Arrowmen!!

Time is running out to register for Fall Fellowship. Anyone who went through their Ordeal in March can attend the Fall Fellowship at no cost and have the opportunity to seal their membership by taking their Brotherhood Walk.

If you know any Candidates who were elected but could not attend the Ordeal in March, make sure you tell them about the Make-Up Ordeal at Fall Fellowship.

We hope to see as many Arrowmen as possible at our first Fellowship since the start of Covid. Our Fall Fellowship is at Camp Flying Eagle on September 11-13, 2020. Register today!!

Chuck Donelson
Lodge Adviser

August 20 - Fall Fellowship and Make-Up Ordeal Opportunity

Hi Everyone,

It is time to get back outside and go camping! Fall Fellowship is next month and I would like to share some information with those that have not yet decided to attend.

  • We will be taking temperatures and asking routine Covid questions upon arrival at Camp. If you fail this screening, you will asked to go home.
  • Each Chapter will camp in their own campsite. Each Chapter is responsible for the sanitation of their toilet and shower facilities. Male and female youth members will be separated in the campsites
  • ONE person to a tent
  • Face masks are mandatory, unless you are by yourself away from others
  • Meals may be in shifts. No more than 50 people can be in the dining hall at any one time. Meals will be pre-plated and handed to each Arrowman. There will be no serving lines.
  • There will be hand washing stations at Camp

This is also our Make-Up Ordeal weekend. If you know of Candidates that are in your Unit or Chapter, please remind them. The National OA Committee is allowing extra time this year for Candidates elected in the fall of 2019 to complete their Ordeal. The final opportunity will be next March.

We need to recruit Adult Kitchen workers for both Cook Corp groups, Camp Flying Eagle and Camp Miles. So, if you are interested in helping prepare and serve meals, this is a great opportunity to work with some real pros. Please contact either Jennifer Hitchcock or Joe Glowacki and let them know of your interest.



Chuck Donelson
Lodge Adviser

August 19 - Update on Some Churchill Project Recommendations

Scouts and Scouters,

As you may or may not know, at the 2020 National Annual Meeting in May, National Chair-Elect Dan Ownby spoke about the future of the BSA and some recommended proposals in regards to the Churchill Project. Mr. Ownby begins speaking at mark 48:30. The full video of the General Session, shared on the Boy Scouts of America's Vimeo site, can be viewed Here.

One of the changes that were proposed was to, "End all youth programs at 18 and build a volunteer corps for young adults over 18." Obviously, this would have directly affected Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring, the Order of the Arrow, and possibly other areas of the BSA programs.

Fortunately, on August 12th, ScoutingWire announced (READ MORE) that this and some other proposed recommendations would not be considered at this time.

As a Venturing Crew Advisor, this is GREAT NEWS to me and I am happy to share this with you all. Now let's get out there and continue to recruit!

Yours in Service,

Ed Copeland
Advisor - Crew 111

August 5 - 2020 Manatee District Program Kickoff


Believe it or not it is time to plan for a new year of scouting. What it will look like is a little difficult to imagine right now considering the situation we are facing, but the program is as resilient as the youth and adults who are involved and a small amount of positivity can go a long way We've survived the pandemic of 1918, two world wars, and other challenges in the past so we can beat this one, too.

To help get things started and to provide you with the resources needed to have a safe and active program, our district’s annual PROGRAM KICKOFF is scheduled to take place VIRTUALLY on the evening of THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH AT 7:00 PM.

Please note that this is different from what is posted on the official council calendar. The change was made to reduce any conflicts with the Manatee School District’s decision to move school openings to the 17th.

A flyer for the kickoff is attached (Click Here) and includes an active link to the Zoom meeting. I am also including an expanded Zoom invitation for those who may need to join us in a different manner (phone, for example).

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 7348 3357
Passcode: scouts

Dial +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 879 7348 3357
Passcode: 193389

Your Roundtable Staff and District Executive hope that you will make time to attend so that you can get the information you need to run a successful program this coming year and so that you can get any questions answered that you may have.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

August 3 - Help needed with Lion/Tiger Tumble event at CFE Sept. 19

There is going to be a Lion / Tiger Tumble event at CFE on Sat., Sept. 19 from 9:00 am to roughly 1:00 pm. I am thinking we should be cleaned up, stuff put away and on the way to the parking lot no later than 1:00 pm.

So, I need some help. This will be a fun event working with little kiddos in Kindergarten and first grade, along with their parent or adult partner. I will have everything you need (AND I will send you WHAT you are in charge of ahead of time so you know what you are to be doing). It will be a round robin type of morning with pre-formed groups going from station to station on a rotating schedule. I don't imagine we will have a very large group, although it would be very exciting to have a very large group!!

Please let me know if you are willing and able to help staff this and have some fun with some little Cub Scouts! You can have as much fun as they have!! And then be grateful you are going home without them.

Thanks ahead of time,
Judy Aldrich

August 2 - 2020 Manatee District Program Kickoff

June 13 - 2020 BSA National Membership Fees

May 21 - 2020-2021 Planning Calendar

The Southwest Florida Council and Manatee District Planning Calendar for the 2020-2021 year is now available. Click on the image below.

May 15 - Scouter Gone Home


It is my sad duty to inform you that Scouter William Edmond (Bill) Dove, age 91, Bradenton, Florida, died at his home on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Bill Dove was the first Eagle Scout in Troop 8, having earned his Eagle in 1974, and was the 215th youth in Manatee County to earn the Eagle Badge since 1929. He then became the Scoutmaster of Troop 8 in 1978. He was a member of the Sunny Land Executive for a few years, and earned the Live Oak and Silver Beaver Awards.

You can view his obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bradenton/obituary.aspx?n=william-edmond-dove&pid=196203478&fhid=38012

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

December 31 - BSA Names Roger C. Mosby as new CEO and President

Dear BSA Volunteers and Scouting Ambassadors,

I am happy to let you know that earlier this evening, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America named Roger C. Mosby as the organization’s CEO and President after a focused search, which was initiated when former CEO and President Michael B. Surbaugh retired after a tenure of more than four years.

As the BSA moves through an extraordinary time of both change and opportunity, we believe Roger’s experience as a seasoned executive, adept at guiding transformation and driving growth, will bring the right combination of strength and focus needed to steer our organization toward a promising future.

Roger Mosby most recently ran his own consulting firm focused on executive coaching, following his retirement from leading energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan in 2015. During nearly two decades with the company, he served as HR lead and was one of the original six officers. During his tenure, Kinder Morgan grew from 175 to more than 11,000 employees, with Mosby leading extensive change management and cultural transformation efforts.

Roger was a Scout as a youth and served for more than 33 years as a volunteer in the Mid-America and Sam Houston Area councils, in addition to positions with the Southern Region and National Committees of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the World Organization of the Scout Movement. He has received the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Beaver Award and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

We thank Michael Surbaugh for his years of service and leadership to the Boy Scouts of America.

Now, as we enter the next stage, we welcome Roger and his well-suited expertise to guide us toward even more opportunities to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth, families and communities.

Yours in Scouting,

Jim Turley
National Chair, Boy Scouts of America

December 29 - Roundtable this Thursday, January 2, 2020


My, my, my… How time flies! For the most part, the holidays are over and the kiddos head back to school next week. Recharter season is a done deal. Winter Camp is ending. A new year (and the beginning of a new decade) arrives on Wednesday.

What better time to get some great ideas to share with your youth and other adults than right now?

Every unit has a commissioner assigned to it in order to help it thrive. During this coming Thursday’s Roundtable, learn more about how a unit commissioner can make your life easier and improve its operation. There will also be a Commissioner Commissioning ceremony.

Speaking of ceremonies, they are an integral part of a troop or pack meeting and particularly important for special occasions such as Blue & Gold events, Courts of Honor, and Eagle Courts. Ceremonies will be the main topic covered in both the Cub/Family Scouting side of the house and the Scouts BSA side. Got ideas for special ceremonies that you would like to share? Bring ‘em on! Need ideas for how to make an upcoming event memorable? You won’t go home disappointed.

And while refreshments are provided for both Cub and Scout leaders, the Cubs have a special treat… you’ll learn how to make ‘Arm Pit Fudge.’ I would love to say that you will get ‘hands-on’ experience, but that would be false advertising.

As usual, Roundtable will be held at the Salvation Army & Worship Center (5328 24th St E.) on Thursday, January 2nd, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

And for any scout needing guidance regarding their Eagle Project, Project mentors will be available starting at 6:00 p.m.

Happy New Year! And hope to see you Thursday evening.

Mac Aldrich

December 26 - Revised Annual Health & Medical Record – NOW LIVE!

As announced, the updated BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (AHMR) is now live. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/

If you haven’t yet, make sure you delete any hosted older versions of the AHMR. We realize that 2020 will be a transition year where you will see both 2014 and 2019 versions of the form in use. The 2014 version will be obsolete as of 1/1/2021.

Many answers regarding the AHMR can be found on the revised Frequently Asked Questions - https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/medical-formfaqs/

To help you communicate these changes to the districts, we have developed two AHMR-related Safety Moments that you can use.

We appreciate your help in sharing this information as we look forward to a healthy and safe 2020!”

If you have any questions please reach out to me. You don’t have to toss all your old forms, as we start the new year just start using the new forms instead of the old ones.


Josh Powenski | Manatee District Executive
Cell: (989) 964-9621

December 21 - Manatee County Fair Scout Booth

The 2020 Manatee County Fair opens on Thursday, Jan. 16th and runs through Sunday, Jan. 26th. The theme is “It’s a Big Deal.”

For the past dozen or so years, Manatee District has set up a booth in the exhibition hall to promote scouting and to provide recruitment opportunities for units wishing to avail themselves of it. With the advent of Family Scouting in the Cub Scout program and Scouts BSA being inclusive of both male and female members, volunteering to man the booth should prove to be a good way to promote the program in general and individual units, specifically.

While there needs to be at least one adult at the booth, I highly recommend recruiting a youth or two to assist as it will give the public a much better picture of what is happening in scouting these days.

The schedule for the fair and the means to sign up (I recommend 2-4 hour slots with 2-4 volunteers, not necessarily from the same unit) is located on Google Sheets: 2020 Manatee County Fair. Simply enter your name and mobile phone # in the available time slots. More than one person’s information may be entered into a slot (up to 4 people, as that is how many free guest passes will be available). The blacked out areas of the sheet indicate the times that the fairgrounds are closed.

Once I have enough volunteers signed up, I will send out detailed instructions.

Thank you in advance for taking this opportunity to serve Scouting.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

November 11 - Thank you to all of our Veterans

November 1 - Potential Eagle Scout Leadership Project

Good afternoon:
My name is Suzanne Santangelo and I’m with Centerstone, a non-profit behavioral health and addictions resource in Bradenton. Our clients include patients and their families throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties and beyond, who come to us for in-patient or out-patient treatment.

I am reaching out to local scouts to let them know about an opportunity we have for volunteer hours. At our 2020 26thAvenue East facility, there is an outdoor area that is used by patients who are staying with us for treatment of substance misuse. At this time, the expansive yard is in great need of a make-over. From plantings to seating to recreation space, we are looking to make this space as therapeutic and relaxing as possible.

As I start to formulate a plan for transforming this space, I am checking with community partners to assess volunteer resources. This would make an exceptional Eagle Scout project or troop endeavor. I also plan to work with local businesses on donations of materials and supplies. I hope you find this type of project a good fit; however, if it is not appropriate for your scouts, I understand. I am new to Manatee County and appreciate any feedback you can provide.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Suzanne Santangelo
Director, Marketing/Business Development
p. (941) 782-4332 | m. (813) 802-8584
391 6th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Connect With Us | Centerstone

October 31 - Winterfest Registration

Cub Scout Winterfest is Dec. 6-8 at Camp Flying Eagle.

Registration closes on Nov. 21. This event fills up and a waiting list will be started when the maximum number of participants is reached. Do not wait too long to register.

All payments are due no later than Nov 28.

This family weekend is a fun weekend filled with shooting at the BB range, great games to play, holiday themed crafts, a family holiday movie under the stars, a giant snow slide, and a rope bridge the youth will cross to the North Pole to pay a visit to Santa.

Link to register and flyer: http://swflcouncilbsa.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2523220&orgkey=347&ReturnURL=//swflcouncilbsa.swflcouncilbsa.org/app/calendar/month/347/2019-12-01/-1/0/

October 27 - Scout Gone Home

It is with great sadness to learn that we have lost one of our own at such a young age. 15 year old Thomas "Tommy" Croumbley was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Wednesday morning, October 23rd. Tommy was in Troop 42 in Myakka City.

His dad, and Scoutmaster of Troop 42, Jim McGavic, asked to let everyone know that they'll be having a memorial service for Tommy on Saturday, November 2nd at 4:00 PM. Any Scout is welcome.

Myakka Family Worship Center
33410 Singletary Road
Myakka City, FL 34251

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