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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

Click Here to Follow The Manatee Rambler blog as well to receive email updates.

January 10 - 2017 Manatee Merit Badge Day
The 2017 Manatee Merit Badge Day will be held this year at Everglades Univeristy on Saturday, February 4th. Click Here or view the flyer below for complete information on the event. Click Here to register before the January 29th deadline!
2017 Manatee Merit Badge Day

December 19 - 2016 Winterfest Pictures

Thanks to Mac, Ben and Cayden for all the great pictures.

December 17 - 2017 Monster Jam!

December 17 - Two Rivers Merit Badge Day

December 15 - Roundtable Spirit at its Best!

William (?) Manrodt passing the RT Paddle to Ariel Ruiz at December’s Roundtable meeting.

December 10 - Learn How New Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Offer Greater Flexibility (with updates)

The BSA announces modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders, and Cubmasters.

As you may be aware, with one year of experience, feedback suggests that the new design of the Cub Scout program did successfully address many original concerns, but also indicates an opportunity for further modification. The fine-tuning reflects the BSA’s three-step approach to new programs: Launch. Learn. Modify.

Some Den Leaders are having difficulty fitting all the Adventures required for advancement into their program year given their number of Den meetings. This is resulting in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the modifications are being implemented to address this concern. These modifications, approved today by the BSA’s Executive Committee, are designed to ensure that Adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year and achievable by Cub Scouts from a wide range of backgrounds and socio-cultural experiences.

Most modifications involve the number of requirements to be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within the limited time available to many dens, while retaining rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs adapted to local needs and situations.

The transition will be seamless, with leaders choosing to use revised requirements as the den begins any new Adventure.

Visit scouting.org/programupdates (Changes have been made to the original achievement modifications that came out last week. If you have already downloaded or printed this document, please check to make sure it is the latest version. The easiest way is to check the number of pages. The old version had 56 pages, this is the updated 57 page version.) for more information or to review the entire program. The following "Bryan on Scouting" blog post will be the lead source for these changes. Also visit http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx?=17 for even more program update information.

Similar communication will be going to every registered Tiger Leader, Den Leader, Webelos Leader and Cubmaster, as well as various other constituent groups like Commissioners, Training teams, and others but please forward/share this information with any group or via any communication system as you see fit.

On behalf of Mark Logemann in Membership Growth to all Regional/Area/ Council Key 3’s, Region Board, and Area Committees

December 1 - 2017 Manatee/Two Rivers District Camporee - Highland Games

Online Registration is now open for the 2017 Manatee/Two Rivers District Camporee at Camp Flying Eagle. This is a UNIT REGISTRATION! One person from your troop will register everyone attending.

Visit http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/2018555 to register!

Manatee/Two Rivers District Camporee - Highland Games
January 27-29, 2017

Gather your clan and get your tartan ready to experience the Highland Games! Fun! Competitions! Scottish garb! Catapult construction! Cooking! You will find it all at the Camporee. Faugh A Ballagh!

WHERE: Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, FL 34212
COST: $20 per participant/$15 per staff member (supplies, patches, and prizes)
CO-HOSTED BY: Oscen Tustenuggee and Yaha Hajo chapters, Osceola Lodge, Order of the Arrow
YOUTH CHAIRS: Matthew Kurutz & Justin Harvey
ADULT ADVISERS: Steve Kurutz & Rhonda Harvey
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2017. ALL FEES are due by January 19; a $10 late fee per person will be added after this date. You are not considered registered until your fees are paid.
CANCELLATION: Once registration fees have been paid, an individual may become ill or otherwise be unable to attend an event. Since the event has already incurred expenses related to the activity such as program supplies, food, patches, etc., event fees are non-refundable & non-transferable. An exception will be made if a request is received in writing or email (not phone) and submitted to the Southwest Florida Council Office (not the activity chair) by the individual no less than 72 hrs. before the date of the event. In some cases, only a partial refund can be made. No refunds will be made on fees paid by credit card. Refunds for inclement weather will be made only if the event is canceled.

Manatee leaders contact Steve Kurutz (shkurutz@yahoo.com) (941) 527-6876
Two Rivers leaders contact Rhonda Harvey (chrisrhonda@embarqmail.com) (941) 875-3426

November 28 - December Roundtable and Recharter Deadline


Please plan to attend Roundtable this coming Thursday, December 1st, at our regular meeting place: Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70. Let’s ring in the holiday season together!

I have been asked to emphasize that recharter materials and fees are to be returned to the SWFC Service Center by December 1st. Should you need assistance before Thursday to complete this EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TASK, the person in charge of rechartering for your unit needs to contact Lee Manevitch (941) 932-8193, Manatee District Commissioner, A.S.A.P.

Failure to complete the recharter process may result in your unit being dropped.

Mac Aldrich

November 23 - Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23 - A Thank You Card from the Manatee County Elections Office

I received this card in the mail and will have the original with me at Roundtable next week. Please share this with the boys. While I have contact information for some, I don’t have it for everyone, including the ladies who were present.

Mac Aldrich

November 22 - Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouts and Scouters,

I am sad to inform you that fellow Scouter and father of Boy Scout Will Elmore, "Mr. Bill" Elmore, passed away last night. Bill was a previous Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 111. Along with several troop activities, I had the pleasure of going to summer camp and spending time with him a few years ago, he was always a pleasure to be around.

Please keep Will, his sister, mom and extended family in your prayers during this time of need. I will update this post with any more information that I receive.

Ed Copeland
Troop 111 Committee Chair

November 18 - Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit Call for Nominations

Annually, a Call for Nominations for two very special council awards is made to recognize deserving volunteers. These awards are the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award.

The District Award of Merit is for outstanding service to youth at the district level. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Click Here for the District Award of Merit Nomination Form.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is the highest award a local council, with approval of the National Court of Honor, can bestow upon a volunteer for council‐level distinguished service in the Boy Scouts of America. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Silver Beaver Award consideration criteria not only considers record of service to Scouting youth, but also of significant importance is an individuals’ noteworthy service to youth outside of Scouting and community service. (Active in business, professional, civic, religious, educational, fraternal, veterans, and other non‐Scouting areas) Click Here for the Silver Beaver Nomination Form. For a list of Past Silver Beaver Award recipients, Click Here.

Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time.

In both cases, to prevent embarrassment, the candidate should not be notified of this nomination and as such the selection process is confidential. This award is given to those who do not actively seek nomination and as such self-nominations are not accepted. Council Silver Beaver Award Recipients will be notified by the Selection Committee by January 18, 2017. There will be no notification to the person who made a nomination of those not selected for awards. District Award of Merit recipients will be notified by the District Award of Merit Committee as appropriate for their presentation timeline which in most cases is presented at the District Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquets.

For Consideration, all nominations should be submitted by December 1, 2016. Nominations should be submitted to (Lori.Laumeyer@scouting.org) Nominations submitted in writing should be in a sealed envelope marked Confidential Silver Beaver or District Award of Merit Committee.

It is most important to recognize and appreciate all volunteers who give their time to Scouting. Please take this opportunity to submit a nomination for those that have gone above and beyond to serve youth in our community if you think they may meet the award criteria.

Lori Laumeyer
Office Manager
Southwest Florida Council

November 17 - Additional Help Needed at Winterfest

Hi fellow Scouters,

We need some help at Winterfest:

  • If you are a currently certified BB & Archery Master and are available Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00am to 5:30pm, contact Dennis Smith at carsmi1@verizon.net.
  • We could also use someone with a small flat bead trailer for gear hauling Friday night from 5:00pm until done.
  • We could use two more people to help out with registration on Friday night.

Please contact Steve Palmieri at spalm34205@msn.com or 941-748-7776.

Thanks for considering to help out, we try to have this event all about Family.

Thanks Stephen Palmieri

November 14 - 2017 Wood Badge Training Course!

Please share with all the registered adults in your unit so they may consider the Wood Badge Training course.

Wood Badge is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide adult members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their Scouting positions and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

For many years, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Wood Badge was an important part of the leadership training continuum of BSA local councils throughout America. In 2000 and 2001, a task force of leadership experts and Scouters in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new Wood Badge syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital, and meaningful training for today’s Scouters.

The Wood Badge course centers upon the concepts of servant leadership and leaving a legacy. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on “how to.” The skills come alive during the week as the patrol completes a patrol project based upon what they have learned.

Wood Badge is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

Built upon the legacy of past Wood Badge successes, the new Wood Badge integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audiovisual support, Wood Badge participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Click Here and please review the flyer for additional information concerning Wood Badge here in the SWFL Council!

Thank you for all you do for Scouting!

November 12 - 2017 All-Scout Night with the Marauders

Come out for the game... and camp all night on McKechnie Field! Click on the image below for details.

November 11 - Thank you to all of our Veterans!

"All gave some; some gave all..." we thank you ALL for your service to this great nation.


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