SWFL Council Hurricane Irma Recovery

Dear Scouters –

We know that right now many are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma trying to return to normalcy as soon as possible. Our prayers are with each of you and your families and hope you were spared from harm’s way and are safe. Our communities have been affected to varying degrees across the seven county Southwest Florida Council region.

Today (9/19), we are reaching out to the Scouting Family to provide information as to the status of council operations and how you may assist in recovery if able. Linked Here you will find an initial recovery plan outlining Camp Operations – School Night Recruitment – Popcorn Sale – District and Council Meetings – Events. The plan will be updated on the council website as appropriate once Internet service is restored. (Currently we have only limited remote service, but anticipate full restoration by in the morning).

We continue to hear many positive stories of how Scout skills and the Scouting Spirit are abound with many acts of selfless service being demonstrated in the “Helping of Others” in our communities by our Scouts and volunteers. In this difficult time, please know the Scouting family stand ready to help you as you begin the road to recovery.

Best regards,

Greg Graham
Scout Executive
Southwest Florida Council

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2017 First Aid Meet Canceled

Scouts and Scouters,

Due to some complications that have come up, the 2017 First Aid Meet has been canceled. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your continued work with this program and our youth.

James Warrick

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Cub Friendship Hike put on hold (and more)


I hope that all is well with you and your families following the passing of Hurricane Irma. I have seen postings on Facebook from many of you and have seen the issues you have been having to deal with. Some are minor, others more severe, but, overall, everyone came out without serious casualties or loss of life. It could have been much worse.

Hopefully, your scouting skills provided you with a bit more confidence than your neighbors. It has come to my attention that some of you have friends and neighbors that were actually a bit envious of the fact that you could have hot coffee and meals even though you lost power. It’s amazing how much difference having a camp stove and non-perishable, freeze-dried food can make.

Please note that both Camp Flying Eagle and Camp Miles will be closed to all activities for the foreseeable future until assessments of damage and debris cleanup can be made. This includes unit camping as well as district and council events. In particular, please make sure that any Cub Scout families that may have registered for the Friendship Hike scheduled for Saturday, September 16th are informed that it has been cancelled for now. Should it be re-scheduled for a later date, you will receive information. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this stressful time.

Your scouting family is here to help. If you are in need of anything, please contact me and I will do my best to find the right person(s) and/or equipment.

Yours in scouting and friendship,
Mac Aldrich

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Southwest Florida Council Hurricane Closing


Senior Executive Greg Graham has called for cancellation of all scouting activities in SWFC planned for this weekend starting today, Wednesday, September 6. This includes our Roundtable meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening. Those of you who included an email address as part of your adult registration should be receiving the directive from the council service center sometime later today.

Hurricane Irma poses a significant threat to our state regardless of which path it eventually takes and we understand the need for time to adequately prepare for its impact. Please take this storm seriously and Be Prepared.

District Executive Brandon Cicco also asked me to tell you that Cub Scout recruitment efforts for this week are being halted as of today and will resume at a later time following the passing of the storm.

The Manatee County School District will issue a statement regarding any closures in the near future. Bear in mind that even if the hurricane does not directly impact our area physically our school facilities may have to be opened as shelters for surrounding communities that are.

Let’s hope and pray that Irma changes course such that its impact to our county is minimal.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

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Introducing the New Member Coordinator Position

“Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place.” — ScoutingWire.com

Continue reading and to learn more about the New Member Coordinator Position and how it can help Your unit at: http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/councils/new-member-coordinator/

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Upcoming Training Opportunities


There are many training opportunities coming up soon, from basic to advanced training. For a list of the Manatee District Adult Leader Training Schedule, Click Here. All of the training information that you need can be found on our Training page.

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Passing of a Loved One

Marion R. Thielen, mother of our own Jim Thielen, passed away on August 18th. Services will be held on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at 10:00 am, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church (833 Magellan Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243).

For more information, you can read her obituary in Thursday’s edition of the Bradenton Herald at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bradenton/obituary.aspx?n=marion-r-thielen&pid=186453006&fhid=8472

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Update – Manatee District First Aid Meet

With much regret, I need to inform you that parts of our event in September have had to be canceled.

The 2017 Manatee District First Aid Meet will still happen on September 30th. The event will have First Responder on Saturday morning from 8am to 11am. The Boy Scout First Aid Meet will be from 1pm to 5:30pm. The AHA CPR/First Aid Class will be from 8am to 4:30pm.

We will no longer be offering Crime Prevention, Fire Safety, Safety, and Search and Rescue. There will also no longer be any camping and lunch will only be provided for those in the CPR/First Aid Class. Lunch for all others will be from 11 to noon.

If you have any questions, please contact me.
Thank you
James Warrick


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Manatee District First Responder Challenge

2017FirstResponderChallengeChoose what you to do for the weekend:

  • Compete in the First Aid Meet
  • Attend the American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Class
  • Earn the Webelos First Responder Activity Badge
  • Earn the following Merit Badges:
    • Crime Prevention MB, Fire Safety MB and Safety MB or
    • Search & Rescue MB

For all of the information and details, Click Here to view the flyer.

James Warrick

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Marauders Fan Appreciation Night


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