Updated: Monday, January 26, 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

January 25 - 2015 Adult Recognition Dinner

Register at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/openrosters/Calendar.asp.

For the Nomination Form for Cub Leader of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, the Live Oak Award, or the District Award of Merit Click Here.

For the Nomination Form for the Outstanding Leader Award (Each Unit Nominates One) Click Here.

All forms are due by March 21, 2015.

January 19 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

It is my sad duty to inform you that Paul Richter of Palmetto, passed away quietly at home on January 15, 2015.

Paul was currently an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 8 Bradenton. Over the years he was active with Pack and Troop 32 in Ellenton and Troop 72 in Palmetto.

Visitation was held 6-8PM Sunday, January 18 at Groover Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10AM on Monday, January 19 at Holy Cross Church, 502 26th St. W, Palmetto, FL.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tidewell Hospice, 4151 37th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.

Please keep his wife Brenda, and sons; Paul, Carl, and Michael in your prayers.

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

January 17 - 5th Annual Good Scout Award Dinner

The 5th Annual Good Scout Award Dinner will be held on March 14, 2015, beginning at 5:30 PM at the Manatee Performing Arts Center (502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205). This year we will be honoring The Bradenton Kiwanis Club. Click Here for more details and to register, or learn how to become a sponsor.

January 17 - MALT... Not just a type of Milkshake

Attention all Scouters,

MANATEE ADULT LEADER TRAINING [MALT] is scheduled to be conducted at CFE on 14 March 2015. A total of 18 separate subjects are being offered.

Click Here to view the class schedule showing classes, times, and locations. A smörgåsbord of training has been prepared for both pack and troop leaders as well as pack and troop committees. This training is offered once annually, so everyone is encouraged to take as much training as their time will permit. Maximizing this training opportunity will assist you in maximizing your units’ ability to present a productive program to the youth in your unit.

If sufficient interest warrants, the District Training Committee will also schedule a Cub Specifics Course during this MALT session.

There is no cost for this training, but you must provide your own sack lunch. Please insure that the attached schedule is made available to all members of your unit.

Remember to register with the Southwest Florida Council prior to 9 March so we can insure we have the requisite instructors and handouts present.

At the February and March Roundtables, the Manatee Training Committee will be collecting the names of those who intend to attend the training session to include which classes they will be taking.

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

January 16 - 2015 County Fair Booth


I want to thank those who stepped up at Roundtable and volunteered to man our booth at the Manatee County Fair which runs January 16-25.

There are still slots available. To see if there are times that you would be interested in helping out, click here. The link will take you to a Google Docs spreadsheet where you may enter your name in the open time frames. Please do not delete those already entered (unless it was originally created by you).

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

January 15 - Sidewalk Astronomy at Riverview High School

January 14, 2015 – 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, January 24, 2015 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing at Riverview High School. This will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the school's Planetarium. The school is located at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, Florida.

Sunset on January 24 will be at 6:03 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

Highlights of the evening include an opportunity to view the planets Jupiter and Uranus, and incredible close up views of the first quarter moon. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night.

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/

January 13 - Manatee Merit Badge Day

The 2015 Manatee Merit Badge Day registration is now open. Click Here or go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1573991 and register today. Class sizes are limited, so the sooner you register, the better chance you have of attending the merit badge classes that you want. Registration closes on January 22nd and all fees are due by January 30th. Click Here to view the flyer for more information.

January 12 - Don't Miss This Great Opportunity

There are only 38 days left until Wood Badge course S4-88-15-1 begins! There are still openings available, but they will not last long. Registered adult leaders, go to http://www.swflwoodbadge.com/ and register for Wood Badge today! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn valuable scouting techniques, form great friendships, and have a whole lot of fun!

January 6 - Scout Gone Home

Dear Scouters,

It is my sad duty to inform you that Scout Maxwell Erik Grablin, Troop 8, First United Methodist Church, Bradenton, passed away Jan.3, 2015.

Maxwell was born on Oct.30, 2002 in Bradenton to Dr. & Mrs. Patrick J. and Karin A. Grablin.

He was in 6th grade at the State College of Collegiate School. Maxwell also attended the Unity Church in the Woods in Bradenton, and had been a Cub Scout with Pack 22 for 5 years at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. Max was an avid collector, builder and enjoyed video games. He also enjoyed taking golf lessons at the Bradenton Country Club and took guitar lessons at the Florida Enrichment Academy. And he loved his pet hamster, Harryett.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A celebration of Maxwell’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Interment will be private.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorial donations be made to the Maxwell E. Grablin Memorial Fund c/o Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285 or online http://www.gulfcoastcf.org/news/2015/01/05/donate-to-the-maxwell-e-grablin-memorial-fund/. The Fund will be used to benefit children and animals in need, as Max would have wanted.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

People who are unable to attend the funeral service can sign a condolence book on line by visiting the Shannon Funeral Home site at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

I urge all members of the Manatee District Scouting Family to show our respect and Honor to Scout Max Grablin and his parents by attending his Celebration of Life in Scout uniform.

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

January 3 - MALT Day 2015 Coming Soon!

Attention all Scouters,

Hope you all had a great Holiday period and are enjoying the great weather we are having here in Paradise!

Soon it will be time for us to get back to Scouting.

Click Here for a PDF format of the flyer announcing the classes Manatee District will be offering during the Manatee Adult Leader Training (MALT) Day scheduled for March 14th, 2015 at CFE.

A large group of experienced Scouters have agreed to provide a smörgåsbord of classes (17 in fact) that will assist each of you in providing a better Program for the youth in your unit. You can participate in just a single class or as many as your time will allow. A schedule indicating what time each class will be offered will be distributed at the February Roundtable. BB and Archery Certification will be offered both in the morning and afternoon.

There is no charge for this training except there may be a small charge for the CPR class. If you will be attending MALT over the lunch period, you should plan on bringing your own lunch.

You will need to register your intent to attend this training with the Council Office or (800) 269-8072 X104. Please do this NLT March 1 so that we can plan for the instructors to be present, and that we have sufficient numbers of handouts.

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

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