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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

October 11 - Jamboree on the Air this weekend!

2015 Jamboree on the Air
October 1 - The Big Rock at Roundtable - Recharter!

September 25 - Your attendance is requested at Roundtable

At Roundtable this month on October 1st, the main topic at the General Session, which starts at 7:00pm, is on Rechartering your unit. All Units need to have at least one person present to pick up your unit's recharter paperwork and learn how Manatee District will support you in this process.

Mark Thielen
WB 83 Fox

September 22 - HELP needed for the Friendship Hike THIS weekend

Lisa and Gabe are looking for a few more people to help at the Friendship Hike this weekend. If you are available and can help, please contact Lisa VanBeuren at the number or email shown on the flyer below ASAP. Thank you all for your service to scouting.

September 16 - Last Call for Bucs Football Y'all!

Deadline for tickets and patches to be mailed is September 18th, 2015.
Any order placed after that date will be available for pick up at will call the day of event.

September 11 - JTE Leadership Hour - Wednesday, September 16, 2015


From the first knot tied to final hours of service performed, the Scouting experience is a journey like no other. Scoutbook ensures not a moment is missed - tracking advancement, milestone achievements and all the fun along the way.

Scoutbook is a groundbreaking web app that puts managing your Scouting experience at your fingertips.

  • For leaders, Scoutbook provides access to valuable tools and resources that will help with the day-to-day management of a unit, giving every leader more of what they need most: TIME.

  • For parents, Scoutbook provides the means to help busy parents keep track of busy Scouts.

  • For youth, Scoutbook has customizable profiles and interactive features that put the excitement of advancement into the hands of the Scout. They can share their success with friends and family as they progress through the program.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, for the JTE Hour to meet the founder of Scoutbook and hear directly from parents and leaders who are using this great tool. Don't miss it!

This one-hour broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. CST (11 a.m. EST, 9 a.m. MST, and 8 a.m. PST). Invite those on your team to sit in on the session. You can access the broadcast using the following Livestream link: new.livestream.com/bsa/nationalcouncil.

We look forward to sharing our "best practices" with you. If you cannot make it, a recording of the event will be available at the address listed above.

September 9 - 2015 Cub Scout Specifics Training

September 7 - 2015 Manatee District Friendship Hike

September 4 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Southwest Florida Council Day

If you have not ordered your tickets yet, you still have some time.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hold a Southwest Florida Council Day on Sunday, October 4th (Game time 1:00 pm).

Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Tickets are specially priced for the Council as follows:
Youth Upper Level Seats - $17.50
Adult Upper Level Seats - $35.00
Youth & Adult Lower Level Seats - $55.00
(Adult ticket purchases include a $10 food & beverage voucher, all tickets include a Scout Day Patch)

Tickets must be purchased through the Buccaneers box office or by mailing the form on the flyer. All orders must be received by the Buccaneers no later than September 18th for tickets and patches to be mailed. All orders received after September 18th will be handled through the will call window the day of the game.

For more information about this special SWFC offer please contact Courtney Grovatt (Buccaneers Group Sales) at 813-870-2700 x2573 or email cgrovatt@buccaneers.nfl.com.

August 26 - September Cub Scout Roundtable

August 22 - Good News Regarding Internet Advancement


Internet Advancement is no longer tied strictly to Internet Explorer and Windows. I completed an advancement report on my Mac Book Pro this afternoon using Google Chrome without a hitch. According to the Internet Advancement header (shown below), supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, and IE 9, 10, and 11. (Be sure to read the caveat regarding Internet Explorer 10.)

One way to access Internet Advancement is by going to my.scouting.org:

  1. Log in
  2. Click on ‘Home’ in the upper left corner
  3. Click on ‘Legacy Web Tools
  4. Select ‘Internet Advancement’ from the options presented.

Note: Other changes to the process may be coming soon as ScoutBook begins to take shape, but for the time being, this should be great news to those who have had a less than satisfactory experience using Internet Explorer.

Mac Aldrich

August 22 - NEW Online Camp Reservation System

Southwest Florida Council Scouters –

We are happy to announce the roll-out of our NEW Online Camp Reservation system!

We have an all new redesigned Camping Page with simple instructions for booking campsites, program areas, and more. As of Tuesday, September 1, paper Camp Reservation forms will no longer be accepted. You now have the ability to check on camp availability whenever your unit is planning a trip to either one of our camps (Camp Flying Eagle and Price Sanders Scout Reservation/Camp Miles). At the same time you can check to see what program areas are also available to you.

To access the NEW page simply click on the BIG, BLUE CAMPING tab on the homepage of the website.

Our site will begin accepting your unit reservations on Monday, August 24.

Previously submitted requests will be entered into the new system and you will receive electronic confirmation of your reservation request.

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

Scouting is more than what we do--it's who we are--and what we will be. We are the Boy Scouts of America.

August 21 - Sidewalk Astronomy in Holmes Beach

The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the first Sidewalk Astronomy event of the 2015-2016 season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 19, 2015 starting at sunset and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing in the field due north of the Holmes Beach City Hall. The Holmes Beach City Hall is located at 5801 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, Florida.

Sunset on September 19th will be at approximately 7:30 p.m. (Please note that the time of sunset changes as the season progresses.)

Highlights of the evening include a rare opportunity to view the distant planet Saturn and its majestic ring system. (Saturn will only be visible in the early evening.) A variety of other celestial objects including the planets Uranus and Neptune, and the first quarter moon will be viewed through the telescopes as these objects become visible throughout the night.

As always, the Sidewalk Astronomy event is FREE and open to everyone.

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/

August 16 - Program Kick-Off Details

A big thanks to all of the volunteers (almost 70 of you) who attended the 2015 Manatee District Program Kick-off on Thursday, August 13. It was great to see the smiling faces of so many leaders dedicated to providing excellent programs for our youth. A LOT of information was disseminated. If you were unable to attend this meeting, I strongly encourage you to touch base with someone from your unit who did.

Popcorn Orientation and School Night training are two of the more important events coming up right away. Both are being held at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70 (where Roundtable is held the first Thursday of each month) next Saturday, August 22nd. The Popcorn orientation session starts at 9:00 a.m. and the School Night training should begin between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Make sure your unit has representation at both meetings. Raising funds from the selling of popcorn will help to support the increase in your unit’s membership after your School Night recruitment event. Contact Larue Ashman Popcorn Colonel or Mark Rosasco School Night Recruitment trainer.

Brett Thomas, Vice-chairman of the Council Activities Committee, provided an overview of Southwest Florida Council’s events for the year and encouraged unit participation as well as adult and youth staff recruitment for the events. Please be sure to visit the SWFC website for detailed information and flyers.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Cub Scout program changes you have been hearing about begin in earnest this year. Training will be offered each month during Roundtable to help Cub leaders cope with the new material and procedures. Other training opportunities will also be offered, so check the council calendar frequently.

Boy Scout leaders: The Order of the Arrow requires your assistance in establishing dates for elections. If your unit did not sign up for an election during Program Kickoff, please contact James Warrick or Steve Shoemaker at your earliest convenience. Elections for each troop must be completed before the end of October.

Bob Parquette from Two Rivers District along with assistance from Lisa Van Beuren will be holding a Ten Commandments Hike at DeSoto National Monument on Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30. The emphasis of this event is for Cub Scouts to earn several of the religious requirements that they need as well as just become better acquainted with the 12th Point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is Reverent.”

The Cub Scout Friendship Hike headed up by Gabe Cole is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at Camp Flying Eagle. Check the council calendar/registration for more information.

Are you FULLY TRAINED especially when it comes to TEAMWORK, LEADERSHIP, and FUN? If not, seriously consider becoming so by taking Cub Scout Leader Specifics, Scoutmaster Specifics, and/or OLSI (Outdoor Leadership Skills Instruction), and/or OWLS (Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders. Contact Geoff Ashman or check the council calendar for more information.

And once you have completed those training courses (all of them will be offered before the end of November), sign up for the premier leader training, WOOD BADGE which will run the last two weekends of February and March. Don’t forget… 2016 is a Leap Year, so you have a bonus day to play with. Contact Ed Copeland or check the council calendar for more information.

Before I end this article, I wish to extend thanks to Chris Spano, representative from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He announced that there will be a special Scouts’ Night at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, October 4th. A reduced admission and a special patch will be offered. During the kick-off a drawing was held for four pairs of tickets to one of the upcoming games. Congratulations to James Needham, Brad Ranney, Maureen Reinecke, and Doug Shepard.

Hope to see you on Thursday, September 3rd at Roundtable!

Mac Aldrich

August 15 - Program Kick-Off Recap

Here is a recap of the activities that were advertised at the Program Kick-Off on 8/13 for the 2015-16 year:

August 15 - MOSI Boy Scout Programs this fall

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is offering many programs for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts this fall.

Cub Scouts and leaders, Click Here to view the programs being offered. Let the new Adventures begin!

Boy Scouts and leaders, Click Here to view the Boy Scout programs being offered.

Visit MOSI's website at www.mosi.org/education/mosi-scouts.aspx for full details and registration information.

August 14 - 2015-16 Roundtable Topics

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