Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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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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May 20 - Last Call! Cub Scout Day Camp Registration Extended

A MESSAGE FROM THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COUNCIL

REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH MONDAY, MAY 22ND AND WILL CLOSE AT 9:00AM

Hi Cub Scout Parents & Troops,

Cub Scout Day Camp is just around the corner! Your son will enjoy shooting BB guns, Archery, Arts and Craft and much, much more! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your son to meet new friends and have a lot of fun! Day Camp registration is open to incoming 1st graders (must register as a Cub Scout) through incoming 5th graders. Current 5th graders should be crossed over to a Boy Scout troop.

Space is limited and spots are filling fast! Sign up NOW! Day Camp in the Manatee and Panther Districts starts in just 10 days!

Not familiar with Cub Scout Day Camp – Check this day camp video out and you will be ready to go!
https://youtu.be/fnItyOvJMFA (the dates at the end of the video are not correct)

Visit www.swflcouncilbsa.org (click on the Calendar/ Event Registration tab) to sign up on-line for Day Camp.

2017 Southwest Florida Council Day Camp Dates

TWO RIVERS DISTRICT – JUNE 12 – 16 SPOTS ARE LIMITED! REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 25! (serving Charlotte, DeSoto & Sarasota Counties)

MANATEE DISTRICT - JUNE 5 - 9 SPACE IS FILLING FAST! REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 21! (serving Manatee County)

PANTHER DISTRICT - JUNE 5 - 9 SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 21! (serving Lee County)

ALLIGATOR DISTRICT - JUNE 26 - 30 SPACE IS FLLING FAST! REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 8! (serving Collier County)

(First Come – First Serve Registration Basis – Space is Limited)

Please contact me at 941-448-3451 if you have questions about registration or the day camp program.

Lisa Van Beuren
Manatee District Day Camp Director
Southwest Florida Council BSA
manateedistrictdaycamp2017@gmail.com



May 13 - 2017 Good Scout Award Recipient - Bob Blalock

For full article, go to http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article150176112.html#emlnl=Afternoon_News_Update.


May 11 - Time is running out for Cub Camp Registration!

Time is running out... and you can't go back in time once the registration deadline passes on Thursday, May 18th. Check out the flyer below and register at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2094792&OrgKey=347

This years Webelos program will feature a new class called Webelos Kitchen. They will also be able to earn the Looking Back, Looking Forward Adventure Pin as well as their Aquanaut. All of the scouts will be doing some leather stamping this year and the cub scouts will be touching on several adventure requirements throughout each of their programs. In true cub scout spirit, we have a super fun program for all this year.


May 10 - Scouter Gone Home

I'm sad to inform you that fellow Scouter Richard Hicks passed away this past Saturday morning at Camp Miles while at Aquatics Training. I was blessed to have known Richard and spent time with him and his family at church and in scouting. Please keep Richard's wife and children in your thoughts and prayers. See the obituary below for service times:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldtribune/obituary.aspx?n=richard-anthony-hicks&pid=185338151&

Ed Copeland
Troop 111 Committee Chair


May 7 - Lions... and Tigers, and Bears, oh my!

The Lion pilot program has been launched in numerous councils around the country. See the article "Lion pilot program brings Scouting to kindergartners in nearly 200 councils" on the Bryan on Scouting Blog. Now, the Southwest Florida Council is preparing to introduce the Lion program here as well. The official roll-out will be in 2018, but this year it is your pack’s choice whether to support the Lion program or not this fall. Your pack must meet the criteria on the application to be able to have the Lion program this fall. Click on the link below, print, complete and submit to the SWFL Council no later than June 30, 2017.

Southwest Florida Council 2Ol7 Fall Lion Den Operation Approval Application


May 5 - Summer Camp Shakedown at Camp Miles

SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN
Camp Miles
Saturday, May 13
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults, here is your opportunity to get your health checks and swim checks for summer camp! If you are attending a Boy Scout summer camp, please make sure that you can bring documentation for a swim check (Individual Swim Test Form or Unit Swim Test Form). Some camps will not accept a pool swim check as their aquatics programs are in a lake and therefore, you must swim check in the lake.

Check in at the Admin Building prior to your medical check. NO online registration is needed; however, you will need to download the health form and bring it with you. Cost for medical checks is $15; cash or checks made to BSA.

Health Form (Parts A, B & C)

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council


April 27 - The 2017-2018 Manatee Planning Calendars are now Available!

The 2017-2018 Manatee District/Southwest Florida Council Planning Calendar and the 2017-2018 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar are now available.

To download the 2017-2018 Manatee District/Southwest Florida Council Planning Calendar, Click Here.

To Download the 2017-2018 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar, Click Here.

The school year ends in just over a month and shortly after will be the time of the year for Annual Program Planning. There are many resources available online for Annual Program Planning for Cub Scouts or for Boy Scouts.


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