Updated: Monday, June 29, 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

June 29 - Needed: Shooting Sports Staff for CFE

I'm trying to put together a shooting sports staff for CFE. Don and I need NRA certified instructors and RSOs, BB/archery certified adults, and youth (Boy Scout or Venture) over 14 to staff the range for events and to run the range when reserved by units for shooting sports activities.

I already know there will be a need for staff for November 13-15, 2015 for Webelos Activity Weekend, December 4-6, 2015 for Winterfest, and March 18-20, 2016 for Cub-O-Ree. Anyone who is interested can send me an email at carsmi1@verizon.net.

Dennis Smith
Shooting Sports Director

June 24 - Paying it Forward

Remember the story of the boy who found $20 and gave it to a soldier? This is the follow-up. Be sure to watch to the end.

This story is several years old and has been around before, but it touched me more this time than it did in the past.

Having just come off a week at CFE (Cub Day Camp) working with youth of the age of this young boy, it made me realize how pure their souls are and how they are impressed by the actions of the adults around them. We should all remember how our example serves as a model of their behavior today, tomorrow, and in the future.

When I came in from the range Friday evening I was dead tired from spending the week with over 220 boys teaching them gun safety and allowing them to grow in character while having fun. When this email arrived in my in box I was immediately rejuvenated and was ready to re-up for another week!

We all should experience such transformative leadership.

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

June 21 - Scouts Night at McKechnie Field

Packs, Troops and Crews,

The Bradenton Marauders are hosting a Scouts Night on Friday, July 3rd. Please view the flyer Here for more information. The deadline for registration is June 30th. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm, with post-game fireworks!

May 25 - Memorial Day

Perhaps you are familiar with the Medal of Honor as well as some of the recipients.

This is a Video that I would like to share with you on this Memorial Day. It is a very inspiring description of a Catholic priest during the Korean war who received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy.

I was not a member of his unit at the time of his capture (I was in a division that was on his division's left flank). However during a second tour in Korea in 1966 I did command Troop A of his unit. His notoriety is well know throughout the 8th Cavalry Regiment, and for that matter throughout the Army as he is the only Army Chaplain to have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Today as we honor those those who are no longer with us, let’s not forget those who heard the call, stood up, stepped forward, raised their right hand, took the Oath, stood in the gap, walked in the fire, and did their duty. Consequently, they have nothing to prove, no one to convince.

This is heroism. Real heroism.

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

May 19 - 2015 Guide to Safe Scouting

The 2015 Guide to Safe Scouting is now available. Click Here to view and/or download a copy for your unit. To access the latest news at any time, view the online version of the Guide to Safe Scouting, which is updated quarterly. Just go to http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx.

May 11 - Adult Leaders Recognized

A BIG Thank You to Maureen and Ed for putting together the Adult Recognition Dinner, held on Thursday, May 7th. We had close to 70 guests and a good time was had by all. Thanks, also, to Popi’s Place for an outstanding meal.

The recognitions were as follows:

Outstanding Leader Awards (as submitted by individual units for outstanding service to their Pack or Troop):

  • Pack 22 - Nora Jacoby
  • Troop 22 - Douglas Bennetts
  • Pack 41 - Lisa Van Beuren
  • Pack 42 - Tracy Legato
  • Troop 89 - Richard Yunker

Cubmaster of the Year: Pack 22 - Mark Landers

Scoutmaster of the Year: Troop 89 - Larry Price

Live Oak (a district award to recognize those leaders who go above and beyond the call of duty, started in 1958):

  • Troop 10 - Tony Klene
  • Troop 10 - Lee Manevitch
  • Pack 42 - Lisa Van Beuren

Scouting for Food Award (recognition for the largest contribution this year - 1810 pounds): Pack and Troop 76

District Award of Merit (1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter. 2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time. 3. Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position. 4. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration. 5. Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.):

  • Troop 89 - Geoff Ashman
  • Troop 22 - Ed Genewick

Training Knots Awarded:

  • Gary Breton - Scoutmaster's Key
  • Gary Breton - Unit Leader Award of Merit
  • Eric Salibury - Scouter's Training Award for Boy Scouts
  • Rhonda Leiberick - Den Leader Training Award

Also, Judge Gilbert Smith received a plaque for his 6 years of service as chairman of the Manatee District Committee.

For photos from the event, visit this DropBox gallery OR copy/paste the following URL into your web browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ybll9fz70atf1yr/AADjOos-F3h6VrhErAlhZBlLa?dl=0

Our regularly scheduled Roundtable meeting will take place on Thursday, June 4th at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70. This will be our annual fireside meeting and potluck supper, so be sure to bring your chair, something to share, and get ready for a great scouting summer.

Mac Aldrich

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