Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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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.

October 25 - Sidewalk Astronomy in November

Sidewalk Astronomy at the Celery Fields
Astronomy Club's inaugural event at the Sarasota Park made possible with the gracious cooperation of the Sarasota Audubon Society

October 24, 2016 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce their Sidewalk Astronomy event for November.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, November 5, 2016 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park. Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, public parking will be available just west of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center. (There will be no telescopes set up at the top of the hill).

Sunset on November 5th will be at 6:43 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible views of Saturn's rings in the early evening, the first quarter moon, and an opportunity to view the planets Mars, Uranus and Neptune. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night.

This will be the final opportunity to view Saturn during a Sidewalk Astronomy event until the fall of 2017.

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

For more information, please contact Local Group President Jonathan Sabin at (941) 518-8695, 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://tinyurl.com/SWAstroPics

Jonathan Sabin,
President, LGDSO

October 24 - Camp Flying Eagle Blood Drive

Hi Everyone!

This email has all the information for the upcoming Blood Drive we are having at Camp Flying Eagle during the OA Section Leadership Summit on Saturday, November 5th, from 10am to 2pm. Click Here to view & print the flyer for the blood drive, parental consent forms for anyone 16 years old (2 pages), guidelines of who can donate and what to bring or do before & after your donation. Please make sure you follow the directions on the flyer to schedule your time. Randi already has hers, who is going to join her?

Please feel free to pass it along as you see fit. We have not had one out here since the OA Section Conference in 2007, which by the way was a HUGE success and we would love to make this one too! Do you know that each donation can save three lives? We would like to challenge all that are attending SLS (you can still come out and donate even if you are not attending SLS), if you qualify to donate then let’s make this drive the biggest one that they have had!!!

We would like to personally thank each and every donor that we get for this Blood Drive. This means a lot to us and we will hopefully save many lives!

P.S. If you have any questions or are in charge of an event at Camp Flying Eagle and would like to have your own blood drive, please contact Randi Greene at campflyingeagle@yahoo.com.

Randi & Todd Greene

October 23 - Haunted Hike Canceled this Year

Scouts and Scouters,

I was notified that the Haunted Hike has officially been canceled for this year. Hopefully, the Haunted Hike will be back next year, the weekend before Halloween.

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler

October 14 - Jamboree on the Air!

This is for ALL units!

A reminder that Jamboree On The Air is THIS SATURDAY, October 15th, at the Admin Pavilion at Camp Flying Eagle, with activities starting at 11AM and running until 9PM! Details and schedule are in the flyer (click here or on the image below).

This event is for all scouts and Scouters of all ages, from Tigers through Adults! (See the flyer - there is an advancement or recognition requirement available to ALL attendees! Radio Merit Badge will be offered as well!)

There is no fee for this event, and pre-registration is NOT required to be there! You do not have to be there for the entire time of the event, but the longer you stay, the more you can experience!

Come out and show support for the largest scouting event in the world, with over a million participants in 151 countries last year alone - let's make it even bigger this year.

Many thanks to the Manatee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group especially, and the Amateur Radio community members in the area and world wide for being the driving force behind this event!

For any questions, please contact Ken Settlemyer at Troop8SM@yahoo.com

October 13 - 2016 OA Section Leadership Summit Registration Extended

Section Leadership Summit is an OA Training Event designed for Lodge and Chapter leadership to obtain training in various aspects of Lodge Administration, Ceremonies, and American Indian events. Any Arrowman currently holding a position or considering running or holding a position in the future should consider attending.

On-Time registration for Arrowmen ends 10/20/16 - no exceptions. After 10/20/2016 a fee of $10.00 will apply.

To register, go to http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1982034. You can register now and send payment to Council if you can't pay today. All fees are due to the council office not later than 10/27/16.

Contact Lodge Advisor, Andy Devlin, at ajdev@comcast.net.

October 12 - 2016 Haunted Hike at CFE

2016 Haunted Hike at CFE

October 10 - What does a boy get out of Boy Scouts?

Scouters and Parents,

I read the following article on the blog "Bryan on Scouting" titled "Things I Did Because I Was a Boy Scout: An impressive list" and thought it was well worth sharing:


Blog Contributor, Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is senior editor of Boys' Life, Scouting and Eagles' Call magazines.

This article got me thinking about how much impact we have on our scouts. I had the opportunity this past weekend to camp with our troop and some visiting Arrow of Light scouts and parents at Camp Flying Eagle. We planned this campout as a service campout to coincide with the CFE Workday. It was a real joy for me to see all of these scouts, scouters and parents working hard on several projects around camp.

We really are making a difference and I am glad to be a part of this organization.

Ed Copeland
Editor - Manatee Rambler

October 8 - Roundtable Recap - Training and 2016 Charter Renewal


Since September's Roundtable was canceled due to inclement weather, there were two Big Rock Topics cover at Roundtable this month; Training and Charter Renewal (Recharter).

For all of the references of the training topics that were covered, please visit the Training Page.

To view the presentation on Charter Renewal to make sure you have all of the information needed (such as the change of dates this year) to make Recharter a success, Click Here.

October 6 - ALERT! ALERT!

Attention all units:

Due to potential high winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew, Camp Flying Eagle will be closed for camping Friday night 7 October. Depending on whether or not water and electrical services are functional the camp will reopen for camping, scheduled training classes, and work day activities beginning 07:30 am Saturday 8 October.

Units scheduled to camp as well as units and individuals scheduled to perform maintenance or attend training Saturday should call the CFE Ranger at 737-5612 early Saturday morning to determine if the camp is open.

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

October 6 - UPDATE - Roundtable


Mac stopped by the Salvation Army HQ to verify that we can hold our meeting this evening. They are not anticipating a need for the building. See everyone this evening... let's have a good showing. Tonight's Big Rock topic is "Re-Charter."

Ed Copeland

October 5 - Roundtable


The latest news regarding Hurricane Matthew has it tracking along the east coast of the state with the greatest impact from Vero Beach north to Jacksonville. For those who have family and friends along the Atlantic coast, our thoughts and prayers are with them and we hope that they will follow whatever recommended or mandatory actions are made regarding their safety.

We do not anticipate any reason to cancel our Roundtable meeting Thursday. Any strong winds/rains that may occur should be much later in the evening after everyone has departed.

Due to the cancellation of last month’s meeting, it is really important that we try to make this work and there is much information that needs to be shared.

Each unit should do its best to have at least one representative at Roundtable this month.

Manatee District Roundtable Staff
Mac Aldrich

October 4 - Jamboree on the Air at CFE

September 29 - Troop 8 Fundraiser - Halloween Sale

Lots of previously-loved indoor & outdoor Halloween decorations for your home, classroom or Haunted House – at better-than-retail prices! (Click Here for some sample photos of the items available). Some costumes and party supplies as well. Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Located at First United Methodist Church in downtown Bradenton (603 11th St W, Bradenton). Please come out to support this fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 8.

September 22 - Training Information Update

Please be advised that the following Manatee District Training Events are available for registration on the BSA SW Florida Council web site. Go to the Calendar and click on each event for more information or, to register.

Cub Training Course: Cub Scout Specific Leader Training
Date: Saturday October 1, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: 53rd Ave. Church of Christ, 3412 53rd Ave., Bradenton
This training is FREE but worth a fortune!
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1984094

Scouts Training Course: Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
Date: Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00 AM to noon
Location: Camp Flying Eagle – Training Lodge
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1925497

Cub Training Course: BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
Date: Saturday October 8, 2016 8:45 AM to 5 PM
Location: Camp Flying Eagle – Road Kill Café
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1925495

Scout Training Course: OLSI - Outdoor Leader Skills Instruction
Date: October 21 - 22, 2016
Location: Camp Flying Eagle
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1973286

Cub Training Course: OWLS - Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills
Date: October 21 - 22, 2016
Location: Camp Flying Eagle
Register Here: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1973286

September 21 - Unit Service Day for CFE

As most of you know, the CFE Ranger, Todd Greene, became seriously ill a few months ago. The illness coupled with the treatment progressed to the point that it became impossible for him to take care of our beloved camp. His family did what they could, but their time was limited because of work and school.

Thanks to the power of prayer, good medical care, as well as the support from family and friends, he is slowly returning to a point where, soon, he will be able to resume full responsibility for the camp. In the meantime the camp is in need of much TLC. 

Our short-term camping period is starting up again as the long-term camping in out of council camps has ended. We have a heavy training period, to include the return of Wood Badge to CFE after thirty plus years of absence, scheduled to begin in mid October. And we have an opportunity to showcase CFE to every Council in the state of Florida via the OA Section Four Leadership Summit scheduled for November 4‐6.  We certainly want to get the camp ready for our own use, but also to make it usable and attractive to our trainees, and visitors. We don't want to wait another thirty years for the Wood Badgers to return!

Last spring before he became ill, the Ranger chose October 8 as a CFE Work Day. Because of his illness he has not been to plan, organize, and promote that work day to the extent that he wanted. He has asked me to assume that effort.

In coordination with him we have chosen selected areas where Packs, Troops, Crews, and Ships, as well as individuals not associated with a unit can help in giving some much needed backlogged normal maintenance. I have attached in PDF format those projects (Click Here).

Please consider scheduling your unit to participate in this event. Remember that Todd and his family have devoted the past 13 years to maintaining CFE for you and your Scouts use; it's time to show appreciation for those 13 years by stepping up and doing a Good Turn for CFE. If your unit chooses to participate, follow the instructions as shown on the attachment.

Remember that the third duty prescribed by the Scout Oath is SERVICE to others.

Call (358-1912) or email me if you have questions.

See Ya at Camp.

Red Dog
Better to just take some Scouts to the woods and let Earth, Wind Fire and Water forge them a more practical moral and ethical compass

September 20 - It is Your Time for Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the advanced leadership training program for adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Building on the past, understanding the present, and looking to the future, Wood Badge stands ready to provide leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.

The Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting--Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing--and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Participants in Wood Badge attend a course offered as two sessions of three days each scheduled over two weekends (February 24-26, 2017 and March 24-26, 2017). Leaders must apply the concepts studied and the skills learned to improving the Scouting unit, District or program in which they currently serve. This is your "ticket" to receiving the Wood Badge beads.

Who can attend?

  1. Registered adult leaders
  2. Adults who have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting positions.
  3. Completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.
  4. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA physical is required for all participants. A copy of your health form (Parts A, B & C) is due at CAMP CHECK-IN.

What is the cost?

The cost is $240 per participant. There is a $90 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. The cost includes all course supplies, 2 t-shirts, patch and all meals. Registration is limited to the first 48 participants. ALL fees are due by January 26, 2017.

For more information contact the Course Director:

Steve Shoemaker

Sound interesting? Are you ready to sign up? Check out the flyer HERE!

Register me for Wood Badge 2017!

September 19 - SAVE THE DATE/ INVITATION TO PARTNER: 2016 Halloween Safe Kids Night by Manatee CrimeStoppers

Hello Everyone,

It’s that time of year again. Halloween is right around the corner! Please read this entire email in order to get all of the important info, as well as Planning Meeting info.

Manatee CrimeStoppers is pleased to announce that the 2016 Halloween Safe Kids Night will be held at DeSoto Square Mall on Monday 10/31/2016 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Please reserve your booth space and register your organization’s participation online now… also, feel free to pass this email onto other potential partners and sponsors.

Remember, hosting a booth for Community/ Civic organizations, Churches, Non-profits and government agencies is free….we provide the venue, a table with chairs and a 10x10 space…you merely need to decorate your booth, staff it for 3 hours on 10/31 and distribute candy and information about your organization. You may click on the link below or register on our website.


We are excited about this new venue…not only is it centrally located with plenty of parking, but it is also across the street from the MCAT Bus Station at DeSoto Junction.

We have use of the former Boater’s World (a very large space with direct entry from the parking lot next to the food court entrance), several other empty stores, the main mall corridors and the parking lot for public safety vehicles. The space is also protected from the elements and we have A/C!...plus many mall stores will also participate.

The Mall operating hours also lends to the opportunity for advance setup, rather than just the day of the event.

We have a space allocated for a haunted house, so if any agency or organization would like to take that on, please let me know asap.

We will have an initial Planning meeting on Thursday 9/22/2016 at 4:30pm in the Food Court of DeSoto Square…please register online and plan to attend.

Please email Frank Brunner with your questions…

September 12 - Manatee District First Aid Meet

Hello Fellow Scouters,

I wanted to remind you of a great opportunity, the First Manatee District First Aid Meet. We have a great staff of experienced medical professionals and volunteers that are working to make this event as realistic as possible so you can Be Prepared for emergencies that you may encounter in the real world. Registration is open for just 7 more days and the event is in 12. Come join us to practice and refine your first aid skills. I am also still looking for volunteers that would like to be judges, will be a fun thing to do while the boys participate.

You also do not need to be from Manatee District to participate. Click Here to view the flyer for more info.

My contact information in on the registration page along with a flyer if you require more information.

Thank you,
James Warrick

September 7 - Scouting and Academic Progress


It’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout recruiting time (as if you didn't know) and we all need as much ‘ammunition’ as possible to help boys and parents decide that our program is right for them. While leadership, outdoor skills, and having FUN are all great talking points, it may come as no surprise that many parents are very concerned about their son’s academic achievement and what effect scouting may have on him.

I have posted a couple of excellent documents on Dropbox to add to your arsenal:

  1. Scouting Supports School Success… a four-page color brochure which lists tons of facts and figures regarding comparisons between scouts and non-scouts. Check it out. I think you will be impressed.
  2. Building Strong School Culture… a one-page infographic illustrating the connections between the Boy Scouts’ Mission & Vision, Procedures & Routines, Promoting & Modeling Great Character, Service Learning, Student Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Mentoring, and Behavior Management.

Both documents are stored in a folder named Boy Scout Academic Info. Anyone with the URL (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/slk2h4j5zg3y7oj/AAANXNlOrztvBQzyt2VrbXIBa?dl=0) can access it without having to be a Dropbox member, so feel free to share it with your current parents, educators, principals, guidance counselors, and anyone else you think should be made aware of this information.

Many thanks to Bill Lawrence for bringing these educational materials to my attention.

Mac Aldrich

September 1 - URGENT: September Roundtable Cancelled


Wouldn't you know it? I send out a Rain or Shine notice for our Roundtable meeting that alluded that we would be meeting, but I neglected to take into account the possibility of high winds and flooding that might impede our loyal followers attending.

Well, it’s all on me. In the past, we have cancelled a couple of meetings due to the possibility of extremely bad weather only to have nothing come of it. Seems like it is darned if you do, darned if you don’t.

In this case, the decision to cancel Roundtable is based on the following:

Manatee County
All Manatee District Schools and School District offices will be closed Thursday, September 1, 2016, due to the impact of Tropical Depression 9. In addition, all school district extracurricular activities have been cancelled for this afternoon and evening, Wednesday, August 31st. Regular after-school programs that keep students at schools until their parents or guardians pick them up, will be open as usual this afternoon.
Also, according to BayNews9, a flood watch has been issued for Manatee County starting at 2:00 p.m. today through 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

If you know of someone who normally attends, but does not read email regularly, please contact them and give them a heads-up.

We will attempt to resume our regular monthly meeting in October… God willing and the creek don’t rise.

In service,
Mac Aldrich

August 27 - Service Opportunities - September Park and Preserve Events

Scout Leaders:

Please see the service hours opportunities listed below. Most of these should count as conservation project hours for those needing such service hours, especially if you have boys/adults working on the 50-Mile Afoot/Afloat award.

Thanks to Mike Meiser for sharing this info.

Mac Aldrich
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Dear Volunteers,
Happy-not-quite September! We put together a calendar of events that has a lot of variety, and many different places to volunteer. Have a look at all the ways you can give back! We are definitely looking for help making the Goblin Gathering the best ever, so if you like making spooky crafts come to life, contact Sam at sam.wolfe@mymanatee.org. Stay dry, volunteers!

Saturday 3rd, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AMRYE PRESERVERS VOLUNTEER WORKDAY– Everyone interested in giving one day a month to beautify Rye Preserve is welcome to attend! Rye needs your help to contain the invasive menace; Come out to pull the dreaded Abrus precatorius, Dioscorea bulbifera, and Urena lobata (rosary pea, air potato, and ceasar weed). We will pull, cut, and bag these baddies, so that native plants can take root. Your hard work creates better habitats for native species! Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 to register. Rye Preserve

Wednesday 14th, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AMRIP SQUAD VOLUNTEER WORKDAY: STORYWALK TRAIL BUILD – Join this group that works directly with County natural areas land managers on various wildlife habitat improvement projects. This month, we have a very special project for the RIP Squad – helping to build a new trail at Bennett Park! Volunteers will help install the signage for the site’s new StoryWalk Trail. The first of its kind in Manatee County, this trail includes special stops each of which contain a page from a book. Walkers can travel from stop to stop to read the story, walking a loop around one of Bennett Park’s freshwater ponds and enjoying the wildlife that frequent the site. Email announcements are sent out a few days in advance of each event that detail the purpose, goals, and meeting information for each upcoming event. Program suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. To register for this volunteer event or receive announcements about the RIP squad, send an email to Cary at Cary.Catts@mymanatee.org Tom Bennett Park

Saturday 17th, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AMINTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP AT COQUINA BEACH – Volunteers all over the world are coming together to protect their waterways, and we are inviting you to be part of it! Get your feet wet to help Coquina Beach and Leffis Key. We will be collecting trash and recording our findings for a global impact report. Bring your water shoes and sense of adventure! Please visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/ to learn more. Program sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with Keep Manatee Beautiful. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 to register. Coquina Beach Bayside

Thursday 22nd, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AMMOODY BRANCH VOLUNTEER WORKDAY – Join us for a volunteer workday at Moody Branch! We will be undergoing renovations in the next few months, and you can be part of the renovation revolution. This special place requires lots of volunteer love to help it look its best. Lend a hand to remove invasive plants and make space so Florida native plants can find their home here. Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 or emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org to register. Moody Branch Preserve

Saturday 24th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMRENDEZVOUS AT ROBINSON EXPANSION – Join us for National Estuaries Week! Get a sneak peek inside the new Robinson Preserve Expansion, and participate in a wetland planting. Wander around our mini educational festival and learn about the waterways through our hands-on activities. Finally, enjoy a taste of delectable foods that the estuary has to offer. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages, please bring water shoes. Program sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing Coral.Bass@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742- 5923 ext. 6034. Robinson Preserve Expansion

Wednesday 28th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMMARINE DEBRIS KAYAK TASKFORCE: LEFFIS KEY – Join this dedicated group that works to combat the issue of marine debris along our preserve’s shorelines. If you are passionate about helping to keep our waterways clean, this is your opportunity to make a difference! Free kayaks and gear from our WCIND-funded fleet are available to use for 10 individuals or you may bring your own. Life preservers musts be worn at all times. Program suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 or email Cary.Catts@mymanatee.org Leffis Key

Wednesday 28th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMAMBASSADOGS PACK WALK – Welcome back, walkers! Join us for the first canine, sunset stroll of the season at Robinson Preserve. We will discuss proper walking techniques in the preserves and how we can encourage fellow nature lovers to clean up their dog’s waste. Ages 16 and over (for humans) and well-mannered dogs welcome. Retractable leashes not allowed. Call Sam at 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 to join, new recruits welcome! Robinson Preserve

Michelle Leahy
Parks and Natural Resources
Volunteer/Education Assistant
Office: (941)748-4501 ext. 6035
5502 33rd Ave Drive West
Bradenton, FL 34209

August 27 - Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School

First event of 2016-2017 season is September 10

August 15, 2016 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the first Sidewalk Astronomy event of their 2016-2017 observing season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing at Sarasota's Riverview High School. This will take place on the sidewalk just outside the entrance to the school's Planetarium. The school is located at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, Florida.

Sunset on September 10 will be at 7:40 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible views of Saturn's rings, the first quarter moon, as well as an opportunity to view the planets Mars and Neptune. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night.

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

For more information, please contact Local Group President Jonathan Sabin at (941) 518-8695, 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.

August 22 - Scouting Promo Videos and More!

Looking or some ways to promote your Pack, Troop, Crew, or Scouting in general? Below is a link to some great videos featured on the BSA Brand Center:


If you take some time to look around the site, you'll find many other marketing materials to promote your unit, including Social Media Assets to help you get noticed.


August 21 - Operation Christmas Child Event

August 21 - Photos and Recognition from Program Kickoff

There were over 70 leaders in attendance at the Manatee District Program Kick-Off on Thursday, August 11th. Cynthia Holliday from Children's World really appreciated those who stopped by her 'store' and we appreciated her donation of the Travel edition of the game, Camp, which was won through a drawing by Blair Chadwick from Pack 41. Crown Roofing was recognized for its contribution to the re-roofing of the Admin Building at Camp Miles and Blair, who works for the company, accepted a plaque of recognition from Bruce Hassy. Mike Townsend of Troop 111 won the top door prize of a package of goodies provided by the Bradenton Marauders, which included four tickets to an upcoming ballgame.

August 20 - Manatee District First Aid Meet

August 20 - A Century Of Scouting - Pre-Order Book

August 12 - Manatee District Program Kickoff Recap

The Program Kickoff was a great time to reconnect with other Scouters, meet our new District Executive, Brandon Cicco, and acquire a whole lot of information on the upcoming year. If you were unable to make it last night, or if you just need a refresher, here is a recap of much of what was covered:

We hope to see you at our next Roundtable Meeting on Thursday, September 1st. The Big Rock topic will be "Training Opportunities."

August 10 - Manatee District Program Kickoff

August 9 - What are YOU doing on YOUR Winter Break?

August 8 - Upper Manatee River Road Construction

Attention Scouts, Scouters, and parents,

The following information is provided for you information, guidance and distribution.

A portion of Upper Manatee River Road (UMRR) will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday, August 8, 2016, as construction on the Fort Hammer Bridge continues.

Upper Manatee River Road from Gates Creek Road to Third Avenue Northeast will be reduced to southbound traffic only as part of a detour, which is anticipated to last for several months. Northbound traffic will be diverted onto 3rd Ave NE and Gates Creek Road, then back to UMRR. 

The closure is part of the reconfiguration of a new traffic pattern on the south side of the Manatee River (mostly at the big curve in UMRR) that will probably include one or more traffic signals.

A sketch of the effected area is shown below.

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

August 5 - Trainer's EDGE

Calling all Trainers and those interested in becoming one!

Trainer’s EDGE is for all trainers! If you train within your Pack, Troop, Crew, District or Council training, this is for you. It is not just those staffing specific courses. Participants deserve to have trained facilitator to provide the best training experience possible. Join us and get the EDGE!

Date: August 20, 2016

Description: The purpose of the Trainer's EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to provide presentation skills for all District and Council trainers and to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience.

Registration: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/1925423

Wendy Langford
Scout Volunteer
Southwest Florida Council Training Chair
941-504-2247 cell
941-729-7308 home

“The most important object in Boy Scout training is to educate, not instruct.” ~ Baden Powell

August 3 - Kids Against Hunger Packaging Event

Friends of Kids Against Hunger,

Click Here for a flyer about the Kids Against Hunger packaging event being held Saturday, August 13, 2016. We will be packaging 20,000 meals!

Please read and share the flyer and participate in this event. Invite all your family, friends and co-workers! If you have never attended a Kids Against Hunger event you will be amazed at how much fun it is. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Don't forget to RSVP to mark@kiwanisagainsthunger.com so we will know how many will be attending.

Mark Hildebrandt
Executive Director
Kids Against Hunger – Manatee County
(941) 306-3595

July 31 - Troop 64 at Philmont

Members of Troop 64 traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico along with others from Troops 22 and 111. They started their expedition on July 13 and arrived back at base camp on July 25 after backpacking over 80 miles of gorgeous mountain terrain. One of the highlights of the trip was a hike to the top of Mount Baldy, the highest peak on the property at 12,441'. Philmont is really the jewel of high adventure bases and provides participants with opportunities not found anywhere else. Welcome back!

Pictured (left to right): Dan Patnaude, Nick Patnaude, Hayden Palino, George Palino, Cole Boeglin, John Boeglin, Dalton Knueppel, Karl Knueppel, Brett Witham, and Troy Cleland (Troop 181).

Mac Aldrich
I want to put a ding in the universe. - Steve Jobs

July 27 - I'm Back... Let's get caught up!

Hello Scouters,
I have been away for a while on vacation and at Summer Camp with my Troop. Time to get back in the saddle and get ready to kick off a new year of Scouting!

  • The 2016 Program Kickoff is coming up on Thursday, August 11th. Click Here for more info.
  • The Southwest Florida Boy Scout Night will be held at McKechnie Field on Saturday, August 27th. Click Here for more info.
  • Mac provided a Blank Budget form for District and Non-Camp Facility Events. Click Here to access. This form will remain accessible on the Resources Page as well.

If you have any Scout worthy information that you would like to share with the Scouts and Scouters of Manatee District, please email me at edjcopeland@gmail.com. Thank you and I'll see you on the trail.

Ed Copeland
Editor - The Manatee Rambler

June 10 - Camp Sun-N-Fun

June 5 - Important Information about 2016 Cub & Webelos Summer Resident Camp

A quick reminder: Registration for 2016 Cub & Webelos Summer Resident Camp closes June 6th at 3:00 pm.  If you would like to attend and haven't registered, there are a handful of slots still available (registration link below). You do not need to attend with your pack. If your pack is not attending as a unit you can register as a Provisional Camper.  

1. Please make sure you have a BSA Health and Medical Record completed for all youth and adults attending (Parts A, B & C).  Part C must be signed by a Medical Doctor, a Physician's Assistant or a Licensed Nurse Practitioner. No exceptions can be made to this National policy.  Forms should be turned into your unit leader and then forwarded to the Camp Director (bruce.hassy@scouting.org). A link to the form can be found below.

2. Each unit must send at least one adult to the program planning meeting to be held Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm in the Dining Hall at Camp Miles. This is a change from the original date of June 6th published in the leader guide so please make sure you alert your unit leader and mark your calendar.  It is crucial that at least one adult representative is in attendance because unit activities will be selected at this time. These are the fun pack activities done in the late afternoon and early evening, not the Adventure classes you have already signed up for. If you want your unit to have first shot at the popular activities you have to be at the meeting.

3. Final balance of fees for camp are due by 11:59 pm on June 6th.

Our staff is looking forward to providing a rewarding experience for your Scout during camp.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Yours in Scouting,
Bruce Hassy
Director of Camping & Activities
Southwest Florida Council

Register now for 2016 Cub & Webelos Summer Resident Camp

Download BSA Health & Medical Record

Download Cub & Webelos Summer Camp Leader Guide

June 4 - National Certificate of Merit Awarded

(Image Source: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article77364197.html)

On May 12th, two of our own scouts were awarded the BSA National Certificate of Merit at the 2016 Good Scout Award Dinner, honoring Attorney Cliff L. Walters. The National Certificate of Merit is one of four "National awards for lifesaving and meritorious action ... for outstanding and unusual acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill, or bravery and reflect Scouting ideals, based on the following criteria: National Certificate of Merit. Has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition." (http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/honor.aspx)

Congratulations to both Caleb Savage and Nathan Sisk, and thank you for being great examples of the benefits of Boy Scouting.

Read more about their heroic efforts below.

FOX 13 News Article: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/84020962-story
News Channel 8 Article: http://wfla.com/2016/02/02/boy-scouts-rescue-manatee-river-boaters/
Bradenton Herald Article: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article77364197.html

May 24 - Teen Driver Challenge

May 9 - 2016 Manatee District Pinewood Derby


I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased I was with our Pinewood Derby on Saturday. We had a very good turnout and I expect that it will be even greater next year.

Nathan and Michelle Manning ran a well-organized race and it was through Nate’s efforts that the event was able to be held at Gettel Toyota of Lakewood.

The races were run inside the huge air-conditioned showroom and General Manager Bill Finocchiaro made everyone feel welcome and accommodated the event quite well.

The Bradenton Marauder’s mascot, Marty, made an appearance and helped keep the boys (and adults) entertained prior to race time.

Matt, from Andersen Race Park had one of the facilities go-carts on display and for the boys to sit in and dream of racing for real.

The guys from Troop 64 stepped up to provide food service (The Eagle’s Nest Cantina) and the hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, and drinks helped to feed the multitude. Thanks to Karl Knueppel, Dalton Knueppel, Robert Hicks, Gary Grote, Danny Patnaude, Nick Patnaude, and Jack Jensen for filling tummies throughout the event.

John Boeglin provided the track and timing system and his son Cole oversaw the loading of the cars and making sure the heats were run accurately.

Thanks also to Southwest Florida Council for providing the trophies and to interim District Executive Bill Lawrence for making sure they were on hand.

There were several other folks who also stepped up and helped and I am sorry that I did not get their names, but we appreciated everything they did to keep the event running smoothly.

I created a short video to capture some of the highlights and you can view it from here. Photos from the event may be viewed/downloaded from here.

The Council Pinewood Derby is on the calendar for Saturday, May 21st, but no details are provided. As soon as I learn anything more about the event, I will share it with you

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

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