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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

September 26 - Cook Crew Date Announced

Hi Everyone,

I have come up with a date for the Cook Crew; the date is Oct. 25th. It is a Saturday, the time is set for 9:30 am to 1:30pm. Please meet in the dining hall. We will be teaching Food Safety and how to use all the equipment in the kitchen. You will be cooking lunch for yourself.

What we are trying to do is come up with a Cook Crew (4-5 groups each containing 3 or 4 adults) to run the kitchen during events that are held at CFE. This way we can break up the cooking, so as not to burn out the same people. There is NO menu planning that you have to do, just show up and cook, and run the kitchen. Yes, you can help plan the menu if you would like, I have found it better that most people like to just show up and cook, then leave the other stuff to someone else who has the time.

I can do all the food ordering for the cooking, I will be on a Cook Crew also, I will not be at every cooking event, but I will be in touch with all cooking crews that cook at CFE. I will go over the menu with the team leader of their cook crew consisting of 3 or 4 adults.

For this day please dress casual and either wear a hat or be prepared to wear a hair net. I will have non-allergenic gloves on hand for those that need. Please respond to this and let me know if you can make it on Oct. 25th at 9:30am at CFE. Please email me at rhicks46@verizon.net or email Red Dog at reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com.

You need to respond ASAP. I have to make sure I have enough Food Safety books to go around. Cut off date is Oct 18th.

Thank You,

Lynda & Robert Hicks

September 25 - Cub Scout Pictures Needed!

Current Cub Scouters and former Cub Scouters,

As many of you know I have been doing research and writing a book on the 104 years that Scouting has been in Manatee County. I have completed the research, the writing, and have just completed proofing the final draft.

I have tons of pictures of the Boy Scouts going all the way back to 1916, but I have only a tiny number of Cub Scout pictures. Our first Cub Scout pack was formed in 1938 at the First United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Since then we have had a total of 45 different Packs chartered in Manatee District. Of those 45 only 15 remain.

I would like to have a smorgasbord of pictures representing as many of those troops (expired as well as current) that I can gather. Can any of you help me?

I know many of you old timers grew up in Scouts here in Manatee County, either as a youth or as a volunteer leader. So somewhere in one of your rooms, in a closet, or a box perhaps stuck away in the garage you, must have a few pictures from those times.

Please go through that collection and scan me a couple of pictures that show you, your child, your den or your pack doing something. If you do find a picture send it to me, but make sure you identify it to include the pack number.

Thanks so much.

Red Dog (reddogsix@tampabay.rr.com)
Scout Mentor
Takes some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

September 22 - Flashback - "Built to Honor" Event

I found this picture in my email and wanted to make sure to share it here.
There was a great turn-out at the Built to Honor event for Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese and his family on June 26, 2014.
Built to Honor

September 19 - Summer Camp Trade Show

Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Webelos II Leaders and Committee Chairs,

If your troop plans to go to summer camp next year, help your Scouts make an informed choice as to which camp to attend. Visit the 2014 Summer Camp Trade Show and visit with over 20 of the most popular camps in the Southern Region. Learn about new program offerings and facilities. Many camps offer in-council pricing for SWFC units attending this year's trade show.

All Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Webelos II, leaders and parents are encouraged to attend. Simply click on the Summer Camp Trade Show link to register so that we know that you're planning on attending. The trade show takes place in the Council Conference Center in Ft. Myers on Saturday, October 4 from 9 am – 3 pm.

View the Summer Camp Trade Show Flyer Here

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
239-936-8072 x103
800-269-8072 x103
FAX 239-936-7864

September 8 - Training Opportunities & Fun Galore!

September 2 - Scout Night with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Attention Scouters:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are holding a Scout night during the regular season game against the Atlanta Falcons, November 9th at 1 pm. Tickets are $15 for Scouts and $35 for leaders/family members. This includes your game ticket, mini Buccaneers football and a chance to win a VIP tour of One Buccaneer Place. To purchase these special tickets for your unit, please complete the attached order form and e-mail it to Courtney Grovatt (cgrovatt@buccaneers.nfl.com) or call (813) 870-2700 x2573. Orders must be placed no later than October 1st to be eligible for the VIP tour drawing.

Yours in Scouting,
Bruce Hassy

August 21 - Volunteer Cleanup at Crowley Museum & Nature Center

October 17, 10:00 am - October 18, 4:00 pm. Click Here to visit the Facebook page and join.
Time to get the grounds ready for our fall season!

We are looking for school, scout and social groups to come out and assist in Trail Maintenance, Removal of invasive plants, general repairs, etc.

Volunteers will be provided with free camping, lunch, dinner and water each day.

Crowley counts on volunteers and appreciates all the hard work that helps us keep our gates open year round. Please share this flyer and sign your group up today!
*Minors must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Tents can be provided at no charge to those wanting to camp with us the weekend of the clean-up. Please contact Jeanene with Not a Clue Adventures.

Location Address: 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, Fl 34240

Contact Phone # 813-789-094—Jeanene to let us know you will be joining us so we prepare enough meals!

Crowley accepts volunteers all year!

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