June Roundtable


Our June RT will be a campfire program with a special Ice Cream Sundae bar and Brownie contest beforehand.

It will be IN THE GYM at the Salvation Army.

7:00 pm – Ice Cream Sundaes and BEST BROWNIE CONTEST
7:30 pm – Announcements including…

  • OFFICIAL information regarding the upcoming changes to the scouting programs and how they will be implemented in SWFC.
  • Hard-copy council calendars (one per unit) will be distributed. (The calendars are also available in digital form on the SWFC website.)
  • Information about ‘School Night Training’ dates.
  • Information regarding ‘Popcorn’ training.

8:00 pm – Campfire program BRING:

  1. a lawn chair. (it will be more comfortable and we won’t have to set up and return the Salvation Army’s chairs)
  2. a batch of brownies using your best recipe. Participants will ‘vote’ for their favorites. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
  3. toppings for ice cream sundaes. The staff will be providing the ice cream, bowls, utensils, etc.

We hope to see y’all on Thursday, June 7th!

Mac Aldrich

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Cub Scout Day Camp Registration Extended

Hi Cub Scout Parents –

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!

Not familiar with Cub Scout Day Camp – Check this day camp video out and you will be ready to go! https://youtu.be/KE5mX8wpx2s

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

2018 Southwest Florida Council Day Camp Dates:
Click Here to Register NOW!

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

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Order of the Arrow 2018 Membership Update

Announced today on the Order of the Arrow website at https://oa-bsa.org/article/2018-membership-update:

Earlier today, the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program.

Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

Our commitment to our unchanging mission and purpose remains steadfast, and we are excited to welcome others who share that commitment by extending membership in Scouting’s National Honor Society to participants of all older youth programs. We look forward to having female members in 2019 and know that, like all of our OA members, they will serve as role models and inspirations to others – both within the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.

We anticipate that you may have some questions. Please be sure to read the FAQ section below. We will have more information at the National Order of the Arrow Conference, which will be held July 30 – August 4, 2018, and we will continue to release additional information as it becomes available in order to assist our lodges with implementation.

We look forward to sharing what the OA has to offer with more young people and appreciate your support of this exciting new direction.


Q. Will camping be counted retroactively for those currently in Venturing and Sea Scouts?

Yes. Camping that has taken place within the two years immediately prior to the election will be counted beginning February 1, 2019. This camping must have taken place while an individual was registered with the BSA as a program participant and must be while participating with a BSA Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.

Q. Can I be elected into the OA if I am over the age of 18?

Yes. As long as you are under the age of 21 at the time the election is held. If you are over 21, you will need to go through the adult selection process.

Q. Will there be any opportunities for Venturers to learn more about the OA and Venturing?

Yes. We will provide high-level information and the opportunity to gather feedback from youth Venturing participants at VenturingFest 2018, which will be held July 1-6, 2018.

Q. When will the OA literature be updated to reflect these changes?

We are planning that all literature will be updated by Summer of 2019.

Q. Will we still be able to wear lodge flaps on any female uniforms that may be created?

Yes. We continue to work with BSA National Supply to help ensure that the current OA lodge flap shape and size will be accommodated.

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Summer Camp Shakedown



Want to be able to skip the long lines for swim checks on the first day of Summer Camp? Looking for an affordable health check by a doctor? Join the Southwest Florida Council Activities and Advancement Committees for a day of essential summer camp preparation. Complete one stop shopping featuring swim checks & health checks.

If you are planning on getting a medical exam at Shakedown, please complete parts A & B of the BSA Health & Medical Record prior to arriving at camp. A link to the BSA Health & Medical Record (Health Form) can be found HERE.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018
EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration begins at 8:00 am

Price-Sanders Scout Reservation
38751 Bermont Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Boy Scouts, Venturers, Cub Scouts, Webelos and adult leaders attending summer camp


E-mail Bruce Hassy (bruce.hassy@scouting.org) or call 239-784-0843.

Click here to download the BSA Health & Medical Record

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BSA Media Coverage

Dear Southwest Florida Council Scouters,

With the recent announcement of a new name change in one of the BSA programs, below is information that accurately clarifies what you may have seen reported in news media outlets.

  1. The Boys Scouts of America organization has not changed  its name.
  1. Some programs offered by the BSA have changed either in name or eligibility as follows:

Cub Scouts – No Name Change– youth 5-10 yrs. of age (Girls will be able to join but will meet in separate groups (dens) for weekly meetings.)
(There will be three types of Cub Scout packs: all-boy packs, all-girl packs and packs that include a mix of girl dens and boy dens. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender: all boys or all girls.)

Boy Scouts (New nameScouts BSA) youth 11-18 yrs. of age (Boys and girls will operate in separate units– so a charter organization – a church, for example, would have 2 separate units, if they so choose, – they will not meet as 1 operating group and have separate adult leadership although the charter organization governing adult committee could be the same if the organization chooses).  A new member will now say, for example, I am a Scout.

VenturingNo Change – Outdoor based co-ed program for youth 14-20 yrs. of age and has been a BSA program since 1998.

Sea ScoutsNo Change – A co-ed program for youth 14-20 yrs. of age interested in boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage and has been a co-ed BSA program since 1972.

ExploringNo Change – A co-ed career exploration program for youth 14-20 yrs. of age and has been a B.S.A. career oriented program since 1969.

Learning for Life, Inc.No Change – A classroom-based character education program designed for all ages, genders and grades incorporated in 1991.

Time-Line: Southwest Florida Council implementation will begin with the 2018-19 school year for Cub Scouts (No earlier than August 1, 2018) and February 1, 2019 for Scouts BSA based on the governing body of each charter partner approving the B.S.A. programs their organization desires and local council approval.  New program implementation will be determined based on a charter partner sponsoring organization’s interest, adequate qualified adult leadership and meeting space capacity which are the same criteria for growing and expanding all BSA programs in a charter organization.

“Scout Me In” is the marketing recruitment theme which will be used to roll out these new programs by National B.S.A. in the coming months that invites kids and families in America to be a part of the life-changing experience that Scouting can offer.

Feedback we are hearing from families with Scout-age children?

Our general response from families has been overwhelmingly positive as they are excited Scouting will now offer new programs that are more accessible to today’s families and meeting their needs.  Some have voiced concerns and reservations, but once they understand what the specific changes are the response has been positive –The single gender programs will stay the same.  The new hybrid program for Cub Scouts offers families a new option.  The new Scouts BSA offers girls/families the opportunity to participate in a single gender program and experience the iconic B.S.A. brand.

Regarding the Cub Scout program, the enthusiasm we see centers around the opportunity to participate in programs that are outdoor and family oriented that will bring the whole family closer togetherIn the older youth program, by far, the driving interest in our new Scouts BSA locally is the excitement about the opportunity to participate in a highly outdoor and high adventure driven program. For those youth that desire outdoor activities and extreme high adventure, Scouting BSA will offer a choice to meet those outdoor interests and personal development needs with access to outdoor programs, local and national high adventure camp facilities and other Scouting resources that are unparalleled and are not available elsewhere.

For more information you may also visit:

The Boy Scouts of America vision has always been and will continue to be: To prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Best regards,

Greg Graham
Scout Executive and C.E.O.
Southwest Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America

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Updated Youth Protection Training Overview

The Big Rock topics at Roundtable last night was on the updated Youth Protection Training. For those that were not able to be there, or those that want a recap, click on the image below for the slides that Mark Thielen presented.

As a reminder, ALL REGISTERED ADULT LEADERS must complete the Updated Youth Protection Training before October 1, 2018. The training is broken up into three modules, and then a test. You do not have to complete all of the modules at one time, so if time is a concern, take one module at a time and then take the test to complete the training. Go to https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/ and get started today!


May the Fourth Be With You!

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Urgent: Pack 191 missing flags


It has come to my attention that Pack 191 is missing both its unit flag and American Flag. The unit was in attendance at LECOM Park for Scout Night and prior to departure, the flags turned up missing. The unit leaders are quite rightfully disturbed and upset.

If you know anything at all about the whereabouts of these items, please contact me as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Mac Aldrich

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May Roundtable


The May Roundtable will take place at our regular meeting place/time on Thursday, May 3rd. After last month’s hiatus due to the Adult Recognition Dinner (Thanks to all who came, by the way.), there is a lot to cover.

First, you may or may not be aware that National has produced a new Youth Protection training program (available via my.scouting.org) and ALL REGISTERED ADULTS are required to complete by October 1st. Chuck Swanson is going to give you the skinny on what to expect and how to prep for it. Take it from one who has already taken the training, it is much improved over past iterations and meets every state’s requirements for certification.

According to Mark Thielen (Manatee District Training Chair), several of you have been busy working on leveling up your skillsets. He will be recognizing them during the general session and just like any recognition ceremony, it is so much better when you have your peers in attendance to cheer you on.

And, of course, the breakout sessions are always good for learning new things to take back to your units.

Hope to see a lot of you there!

Thursday, May 3rd; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Worship Center
5328 24th St E.

Mac Aldrich

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2018 Manatee District Pinewood Derby Winners

A HUGE round of thanks to Shari Kurutz and her team for organizing and running this year’s Pinewood Derby. Besides the races, activities included corn hole, tower building (toothpicks and marshmallows), and knot-tying. Ren Carotti ran the software to keep track of the various heats and to keep the races running smoothly. Several others (including a few Bradenton Marauders) involved themselves with judging and the boys and their parents cheered each other on and had a great time.

I apologize for not listing everyone who was involved with this event, but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Mac Aldrich
Manatee District Program Chair

And now for the winners… (click on the image below for a larger view)

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