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:

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:

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:

Scout Training Course: OLSI – Outdoor Leader Skills Instruction
Date: October 21 – 22, 2016
Location: Camp Flying Eagle
Register Here:

Cub Training Course: OWLS – Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills
Date: October 21 – 22, 2016
Location: Camp Flying Eagle
Register Here:

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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

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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!

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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 10×10 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…

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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

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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 ( 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

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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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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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,

The public is also encouraged to sign up for our free event mailing list at

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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.

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