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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




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August 23 - Update - Manatee District First Aid Meet

With much regret, I need to inform you that parts of our event in September have had to be canceled.

The 2017 Manatee District First Aid Meet will still happen on September 30th. The event will have First Responder on Saturday morning from 8am to 11am. The Boy Scout First Aid Meet will be from 1pm to 5:30pm. The AHA CPR/First Aid Class will be from 8am to 4:30pm.

We will no longer be offering Crime Prevention, Fire Safety, Safety, and Search and Rescue. There will also no longer be any camping and lunch will only be provided for those in the CPR/First Aid Class. Lunch for all others will be from 11 to noon.

If you have any questions, please contact me.
Thank you
James Warrick
rjwarrick@outlook.com

Manatee District First Aid Meet


August 8 - Manatee District First Responder Challenge

Manatee District First Responder Challenge

Choose what you to do for the weekend:

  • Compete in the First Aid Meet
  • Attend the American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Class
  • Earn the Webelos First Responder Activity Badge
  • Earn the following Merit Badges:
    • Crime Prevention MB, Fire Safety MB and Safety MB or
    • Search & Rescue MB

For all of the information and details, Click Here to view the flyer.

James Warrick
941-840-3001
rjwarrick@outlook.com


August 7 - Marauders Fan Appreciation Night

Marauders Fan Appreciation Night


August 6 - Roundtable Schedule for 2017-2018


August 1 - Program Kick-Off

Scouters:

It’s hard to believe, but summer is coming to an end and along with the return to school, a new Scouting Year is just over the horizon.

Are you and your unit leaders ready for all of the events, activities, and training opportunities to be had?

Come the Manatee District Program Kick-Off this coming Thursday, August 3rd, starting at 7:00 p.m. and make sure.

The evening will begin with an opening Flag ceremony by the Oscen Tustenuggee Order of the Arrow chapter, followed by brief comments from the Key 3 (plus 1), and a round-robin session to meet with coordinators promoting their special activities and events. Once you've had an opportunity to collect all of the information being shared, you will be able to take it back to your respective unit committees to establish your calendars for the year.

Door prizes will be offered and there will be other incentives offered to get you to visit as many of the promotional booths as possible.

All unit leaders, parents, C.O.R.’s, and Executive Officers are encouraged to attend.

All of this will take place at the Salvation Army Worship Center Gymnasium on SR-70 (53rd Ave.) across from the Post Office.

Hope to see everyone there! In case you missed the video the first time around...

Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


July 31 - Manatee District Popcorn Sale and Training

It’s that time of year again! Our Annual Trail's End Popcorn Sale is just around the corner!

This year’s sale is planned to be even bigger and better! Check out the dates on the 2017 Unit Commitment Form to see when your District Popcorn Kick-Off is scheduled.

Manatee District Popcorn Kickoff will be held on Saturday, August 12th at CFE, beginning at 9am.

Once again this year we will be offering Show N Sell Products in addition to the Take-Order program to supplement your unit sale with additional income potential.

Unit Show & Sell Product orders are due to the council office no later Friday, August 18th by 12:00 pm. Please see the 2017 Unit Commitment Form for details.


July 23 - Reminder of August Roundtable/Program Kickoff on Thursday, August 3rd

Attention Scouters and unregistered parents,

This is to remind you that the August Roundtable will be devoted in its entirety to presenting information concerning the 2017-2018 Program Kickoff.

Information concerning every event, be it training, activities, camping, advancement, membership, finance, OA activities, or district/council meetings, will be presented and available for your units. In addition there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive answers about those events.

The Roundtable is scheduled for 3 August from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Salvation Army Center 5328 24th St. E (SR 70, just west of 301).

Mac Aldridge has developed an excellent YouTube video for you to view:

This is the most important Roundtable of the entire year. Everyone should make an effort to attend in orders to gather important information you need for planning your and your Scout(s) calendars for the coming 12 months.

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


July 22 - Jim Thielen and Mac Aldrich Meet Secretary of State

While serving as members of the 2017 National Jamboree Ice Team, the only Food Staff group consisting of members of a single OA lodge, they happened to be in the right place at the right time. On Friday, July 21st, Mr. Rex Tillerson and entourage visited the STEM program area. Mac and Jim were fortunate enough to be in one of the first exhibits he toured. They were able to trade a couple of patches with him and have their photo taken.

Later in the day, they listened to the Secretary give a speech during the unveiling of a bronze statue in his likeness located at the Summit Center.

The opening show is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd, and the musical act is Imagine Dragons.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to make an appearance on Monday, July 24th.

The Jamboree ends on Friday, July 28th.

Mac Aldrich
mac_aldrich@mac.com


June 29 - “Good Turn for America” Community Service

The first half of the year is almost gone. If you haven’t entered your unit’s service hours yet, now is a great time to do that.

America is a nation built on service. From barn raisings to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues if we work together. That's why we've have the Journey to Excellence Community Service Project Hours Unit Objective. It is important for our community to know that Scouting is indeed about community service and for units and Scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments and service.

Thank you for your service!


May 28 - Things You May Not Know

Memorial Day

For nearly 150 years, Americans have gathered in late spring to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to their country. What began with dozens of informal commemorations of those killed in the Civil War has grown to become one of the nation's most solemn and hallowed holidays. From its earliest incarnation as “Decoration Day” to its modern-day observances, here are some surprising facts about the history of Memorial Day.

1. Memorial Day and its traditions may have ancient roots.
While the first commemorative events weren't held in the United States until the 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

2. One of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves.
As the Civil War neared its end, thousands of Union soldiers, held as prisoners of war, were herded into a series of hastily assembled camps in Charleston, South Carolina. Conditions at one camp, a former racetrack near the city’s Citadel, were so bad that more than 250 prisoners died from disease or exposure, and were buried in a mass grave behind the track’s grandstand. Three weeks after the Confederate surrender, an unusual procession entered the former camp: On May 1, 1865, more than 1,000 recently freed slaves, accompanied by regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops (including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry) and a handful of white Charlestonians, gathered in the camp to consecrate a new, proper burial site for the Union dead. The group sang hymns, gave readings and distributed flowers around the cemetery, which they dedicated to the “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

3. The holiday’s “founder” had a long and distinguished career.
In May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union veterans’ group known as the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day of commemoration for the more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the recently ended Civil War. On Decoration Day, as Logan dubbed it, Americans should lay flowers and decorate the graves of the war dead “whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” According to legend, Logan chose May 30 because it was a rare day that didn't fall on the anniversary of a Civil War battle, though some historians believe the date was selected to ensure that flowers across the country would be in full bloom. After the war Logan, who had served as a U.S. congressman before resigning to rejoin the army, returned to his political career, eventually serving in both the House and Senate and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for vice president in 1884. When he died two years later, Logan’s body laid in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol, making him one of just 33 people to have received the honor. Today, Washington, D.C.’s Logan Circle and several townships across the country are named in honor of this champion of veterans and those killed in battle.

4. Logan probably adapted the idea from earlier events in the South.
Even before the war ended, women’s groups across much of the South were gathering informally to decorate the graves of Confederate dead. In April 1886, the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia resolved to commemorate the fallen once a year—a decision that seems to have influenced John Logan to follow suit, according to his own wife. However, southern commemorations were rarely held on one standard day, with observations differing by state and spread out across much of the spring and early summer. It’s a tradition that continues today: Nine southern states officially recognize a Confederate Memorial Day, with events held on Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ birthday, the day on which General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was killed, or to commemorate other symbolic events.

5. It didn't become a federal holiday until 1971.
American’s embraced the notion of “Decoration Day” immediately. That first year, more than 27 states held some sort of ceremony, with more than 5,000 people in attendance at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890, every former state of the Union had adopted it as an official holiday. But for more than 50 years, the holiday was used to commemorate those killed just in the Civil War, not in any other American conflict. It wasn't until America’s entry into World War I that the tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars, and Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s, with America deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War.

6. It was a long road from Decoration Day to an official Memorial Day.
Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation’s war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaiian Senator—and decorated World War II veteran—Daniel Inouye, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.

7. More than 20 towns claim to be the holiday’s “birthplace”—but only one has federal recognition.
For almost as long as there’s been a holiday, there’s been a rivalry about who celebrated it first. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, bases its claim on an 1864 gathering of women to mourn those recently killed at Gettysburg. In Carbondale, Illinois, they’re certain that they were first, thanks to an 1866 parade led, in part, by John Logan who two years later would lead the charge for an official holiday. There are even two dueling Columbus challengers (one in Mississippi, the other in Georgia) who have battled it out for Memorial Day supremacy for decades. Only one town, however, has received the official seal of approval from the U.S. government. In 1966, 100 years after the town of Waterloo, New York, shuttered its businesses and took to the streets for the first of many continuous, community-wide celebrations, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation, recently passed by the U.S. Congress, declaring the tiny upstate village the “official” birthplace of Memorial Day.

Yesterday, I had the honor and privilege of participating with Manatee’s own T10 as they departed at 0645 hours to go the The Sarasota National Cemetery to place small American Flags on the gravestones of those who are entombed there. I saw Cubs from Pack 776 from Two Rivers District there, but no other visible Scouts. Many elderly citizens as well as American Legion Post 159 were also there. Together, all of us, recognized and honored over 11,000 who had worn the cloth of our nation during their lifetime.

It gave me pause to wonder why other Scouting Units did not take this opportunity to honor the sacrifices of those who preceded us.

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


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