April 26 - LECOM Physicals Examination Program
Please have the parents, scout leaders and cabin leaders use the following link to sign-up for a time slot from 8am-12pm for Saturday May 18th: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aneq4Jiwb_VLdFNzRUV5Q3hzMmtudUY5V0JJbUJuakE&usp=sharing
We can accommodate 136 people this year.
Kersten Schroeder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Director of Community Outreach
5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211
April 25 - Geocaching Rally at Camp Miles
Camp Miles is hosting a Geocaching Rally on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9am-2pm. This event is open to both boys and girls and also scouts and non-scouts. View the flyer Here for more information. Register online at the Southwest Florida Council website here. Registration closes on May 2nd.
April 16 - BB and Archery Training
Dennis Smith and Don Hall, our two Shooting Sports Directors, have scheduled BB and Archery training for June 1, 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m. at the CFE Range complex.
There is no charge for this training, but please let Dennis or Don know if you will be attending. Their contacts are:
Please note my change of email address. My new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My Earthlink.net account will be invalid after this Friday (4/19).
See Ya at Camp,
Better to just take some Scouts to the woods and let Earth, Wind, Fire and Water forge them a more practical moral and ethical compass
April 9 - Words from Teddy Roosevelt About the Boy Scouts
"The Boy Scouts of America does not try to make soldiers of Boy Scouts, but to make boys who will turn out as men to be fine citizens, and who will, if their country needs them, make better soldiers for having been scouts. No one can be a good American unless he is a good citizen, and every boy ought to train himself so that as a man he will be able to do his duty to the community. I want to see the Boy Scouts not merely utter fine sentiments, but act on them; not merely sing "My Country 'Tis Of Thee," but act in such a way that will give them a country to be proud of. No man is a good citizen unless he so acts as to show that he actually uses the Ten Commandments and translates the Golden Rule in the ordinary affairs of everyday life...Let every boy remember also that in addition to courage, unselfishness and fair dealing, he must have efficiency, he must have knowledge, he must cultivate a sound body and a good mind, and train himself so that he can act with quick decision in any crisis that may arise. Mind, eye, muscle, all must be trained so that the boy can master himself, and therefore learn to master his fate. I heartily wish all good luck to the movement."
Those words of support for the Boy Scout movement were written over 100 years ago by a Medal of Honor recipient and a former President, "Teddy" Roosevelt. Though Roosevelt received the award posthumously long after his heroic actions, leading the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, he is the only American President ever to receive our nation's highest combat award. Thank you for your support of Scouting, Mr. President! You have honored us with your words. As the Boy Scout movement enters its second century, we should all ponder that hero's words, with which I happen to agree. As a former Combat Soldier, I proudly remember the recruiting slogan that boasted "Uncle Sam Wants You For The US Army," for the Army definitely changed my life, but I also firmly believe that the Boy Scouts of America builds character so that Scouts can make the very best Soldiers, if they choose to be a part of our great Army.
Utrinque paratus (Ready for Anything)
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass
April 7 - Scouter Gone Home
I was informed this morning that other members of our scouting community lost a loved one on Friday, April 5th, in High Springs, Florida.
Kenneth Bailey was the father of Lynda Hicks and father-in-law of Robert Hicks. Both Lynda and Robert, along with their sons Dalton and Collin, are members of Troop 64. Mr. Bailey was also Gabe Cole's grandfather and great grandfather of Jacob Cole. Both are members of Pack 42. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 54 in Bradenton from 1963 to 1966 and received the Live Oak Award in 1965. His son, Robert Bailey, is an Eagle Scout and he has two other sons and another daughter. He also has countless grandchildren and great grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.(Information provided by Gabe Cole.)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
You may contact Gabe at AdrianCo9@aol.com.
Lynda Hicks: email@example.com
Robert Hicks: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 7 - Important Update Regarding Hernando DeSoto Grand Parade
(From Red Dog)
Please be aware of these restrictions and comply with the warnings just
issued to us. Also, I remind each of you who violate established rules of
conduct while in a public place wearing the Scout uniform, that you not only
create a negative image in the eyes of those who witness such transgressions on your
part, but it also reflects on every other Scout the same image that says
essentially, that all Scouts act in a similar way.
(From Brad Ranney)
I received an email and I need to inform ALL units that are planning on selling any food at the parade, it is not allowed. You must fill out an entry form, pay a fee, and be inspected by the Manatee County Health Dept. They will be going around to
see if everyone has their permits. I do know that they go all over the float before we get going in the parade to see if we meet all of their requirements.
Manatee District Program Chair
Hernando DeSoto Grand Parade Chairman)
I do want to bring up an issue from last year’s parade. The Boy Scouts were
going through the parking lots and selling food. This is not allowed, by the
Hernando DeSoto Society, MHS and the Manatee County Health Department. Any
food vendor has to fill out an entry form, pay a fee and be inspected by the
Health Department to be part of the event. Your group probably did not know,
but I needed make you aware.
For the parade we do not allow candy or food to be thrown to the crowd for
the same reason. Now, if you bring food and drink into staging to feed your
own group that’s fine. We do look forward to having the Boy Scouts again
this year and I hope your group has a great time.
Hernando DeSoto Grand Parade Chairman
April 4 - No April Roundtable Tonight!
Attention all Scouters,
Just a reminder that there will be no April Roundtable tonight. Instead, the District Adult Recognition Dinner is scheduled for tonight and will be held at the First United Methodist Church Bradenton from 6:30pm-8:30 pm.
Red Dog -
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass
April 2 - 2013 Summer Camp Shakedown Day
Attention Boy Scout Troop & Venture Crew Unit Leaders,
The Southwest Florida Council Advancement and Activities Committees invite your unit to attend Summer Camp Shakedown at Camp Miles on April 20th, 2013. One stop shopping to make your summer camp preparations that much easier.
Services provided include: Swim checks, merit badge prerequisites, skills instruction, 5 mile hike and a limited number of slots for health form checks by a doctor. The event itself is free but some services do require a fee. $15.00 - Doctor exam for medical form (limited space available) $5.00 - Rifle Range ticket for 25 rounds of .22 ammunition (Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Prerequisites) $5.00 - Shotgun Range ticket for 5 rounds of 20 gauge ammunition and clay pigeons (Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Prerequisites)
Units must reserve space at this event by e-mailing Bruce Hassy (email@example.com) or Joe Glowacki (firstname.lastname@example.org). Units who RSVP prior to 4/16/2013 have priority for all services offered. Check-in begins at 8:00 AM with program starting at 9:00 AM.
If your unit wishes to camp that weekend, please submit a campsite reservation form to Justine Gonzalez with the council office. If you have any questions please contact Bruce Hassy. Click Here to view the flyer.
Council Activities Chairman
Southwest Florida Council, BSA
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
April 1 - 2013 University of Scouting Arts
EARLY REGISTRATION IS ALMOST OVER!!!
USA and the College of Commissioner Science takes place April 26 – 28 at Camp Miles. This is Scouting’s premier adult alternative education program with many courses that are only taught at USA.
Early Registration closes on April 4, with final registration closing April 11, and your fees are not due until April 18. Don’t miss out on early fees by not signing up now!
This year’s registration fee is $33 and the optional T-shirt is $12 (sizes S,M,L,XL) and $13 (sizes 2XL and 3XL). A late fee of $8 will be added to costs after April 4, 2013. T-shirt orders will not be accepted after April 11th.
Please register online at: www.swflcouncilbsa.org. Click on the calendar/event registration tab OR the RSS feed for 2013 University of Scouting Arts.
For REGISTRATION questions and help email: email@example.com
You can contact Joe Boone for event news and questions. Click Here to view the 2013 USA Flyer.
USA XX Chancellor
(239) 633-5200 - Cell
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