October Roundtable

Dear Scouters:

Please make it a priority to attend Roundtable next Thursday, October 4th. There are a few good reasons to do so:

Reason #1: 2019 Recharter packets will be distributed. Each unit needs to have a person responsible for acquiring the packet and it should be the committee member who will be completing the online recharter form as well as the paper forms.

Reason #2: Boy Scout Eagle Mentors, Advancement Chairs, and Scoutmasters will be receiving information about a new method for processing Eagle projects and setting up Eagle Boards of Review. District Advancement Chair, Alison den Boggende, will be leading a special meeting during the Boy Scout breakout session. The new procedures will most likely begin immediately following this meeting so it is IMPORTANT that a representative of each Troop be present. Your boys deserve your education in this matter so that their advancement to Eagle will go smoothly.

Reason #3: Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders will be receiving timely information regarding the a special November Roundtable titled, ‘Meet the Troops.’ Mark Thielen will be explaining how this opportunity for Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts to meet with Boy Scout units will work.

Reason #4: Because it’s the right thing to do. A well-trained leader results in a well-run unit. A well-run unit results in more youth participating and remaining engaged in the program.

See you Thursday!
Mac Aldrich

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Venturing only Shooting Sports “Bullseye” event now open for Registration


Venture Crews,

If you didn’t know, the October shooting sports event now known as “Bullseye” is open for registration. This event is for registered Venture Scouts and adults only!


This is a one-day event, but Crews may camp all weekend if they want. See the attached flyer for more details. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a day of shooting sports and connect with other Venture Crews in the Council.

This is also a great “bring-a-friend” recruiting type event for Crews to utilize.

Hope to see many of you there!

PS. Ships are included so Sea Scouts may also participate if they wish.

Yours in Scouting,

James Laughlin
Panther District Executive
Southwest Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America

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Ten Commandment Hike


“A Scout is Reverent”

If you and/or your youth have an interest in exploring the religious component of scouting, please consider the ‘Ten Commandments Hike’ offered by Bob Paquette of the Two Rivers district.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat in Venice. The cost is $5.00 per participant (siblings under 5 are free).

Click on the image below to view the attached flyer.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair



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Attention all Cub Scout Leaders


Cub Scout Leaders:

Come to Cub Scout Roundtable for great program ideas, information on events and training opportunities, help with ideas to conquer possible issues your pack may be having, some food and fellowship with other Cub Scout leaders, and just a plain old great Cub Scout learning and sharing evening.

September and October we are offering a 2-hour training for NEW LEADERS. We call it NEW LEADER SURVIVAL 101. It is during the regular Roundtable. It is the same training each month. Do you have new leaders?? Send them. Better yet, BRING them to Roundtable. A flyer is attached so it can be shared with others.


We would love to see a lot of new faces at our Roundtable sessions. Please remember that Roundtable is open to any and ALL registered leaders (Cub Scouts, Family Scouting, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, Explorers, etc.), so please share this information with all of them.

Our next Roundtable is Thursday, September 6th, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Worship Center, 5328 24th Street East, Bradenton. The ‘Big Rock Topic’ this month is on Social Networking Platforms led by Chuck Swanson.

Hope to see all of you (along with those new faces) on the 6th.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

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Tick, Tock… Time is running out!

This is a less-than-subtle reminder that your Youth Protection Training will expire on or before 9/30/18, unless you complete, or have already completed the new required YPT that was released on February 1, 2018. If you let your YPT expire, you will no longer be a registered adult leader and will have to complete a new Adult Application after taking the new YPT and will have to pay new registration fees.

We have approximately 450 registered adult leaders in our district, and approximately half of them have not completed the new version of YPT. The old version (taken before February 2018) will absolutely expire as of 9/30/18, automatically per National Scouting policy.

Please, don’t let that be you.

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Fundamentals of Training

Fundamentals of Training is less than a week away. Registration closes on Tuesday, August 21st. Be sure to go online and register if you plan to attend. Go to:http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2374217&orgkey=347&ReturnURL=/app/calendar/month/347/2018-08-01,2018-09-02/-1/0/ to register before time is up!

Click Here to view the flyer for the class.


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Come Experience Wood Badge!

Fellow Scouting Leaders,

This year’s 2019 SWFL Wood Badge course will mark the 100th year of Wood Badge training for our adult leaders. The Staff is honored to be able to provide an amazing training experience and lifelong lesson to new participants. We want the best of the best in SWFL to have this experience so that your units and the Scouting program benefit. Registration is open NOW on the SWFL Council website at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/wood-badge/25788. Registration is open to the first 48 paid participants, so don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of history! For more information on Wood Badge, Click Here to view the flyer.

If you are a previous Wood Badge participant or staff member, help us find the best, as you know your leaders better than anyone else. Reach out to our S4-88-19 Scoutmaster, Tom Birch, at swflwoodbadge@gmail.com and one of the amazing staff members will follow up.

We will be having a Wood Badge reunion in April that will be available on the SWFL council website that will promote our 100th year celebration. We will also have a commemorative back patch for purchase soon on the same website. Thank you for helping us provide this 6 full day course that will change their lives and help them change the lives of our youth!


The S4-88-19-1 Wood Badge Staff

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2018 Fall Roundup Training and Parent Guide



As many are aware, this coming school year is one of the most crucial we have had with the introduction of Family Scouting! As this is a very exciting time for our Organization, I want to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible for everyone!

A few weeks ago, we held a training session that outlined the new program as well as tips and trick on how to be successful.

Some of the Topics covered at the training are as follows:


  • Recruit and train an enthusiastic New Member Coordinator for every Pack.
  • Conduct a new member registration event for every Pack/School/Community in the Southwest Florida Council from August through early September.
  • Empower leaders with the tools and guidance to self-market their Pack beyond the traditional District Executive ran recruiting campaign.
  • Successfully introduce and implement the new Family Scouting and Lion Cub programs.
  • Make it easier for new families to join Scouting on “Join Scouting Night” and beyond.
  • Expanded promotion of additional opportunities to join after the “Join Scout Night” through follow-up opportunities in September and a council-wide “Bring a Buddy” campaign in October.
  • Better prepare Packs to make a great first impression, recruit new leaders and retain their new Scouting families.

View the 2018 SWFL Council New Parent Guide and the 2018 SWFL Council Pack Builders Kit. The “kit” provides further detail on the tools needed for a successful recruitment. In it contains:

  • How a New Member Coordinator will bring in (and retain) new Scouting families.
  • How to add Family Scouting (girl Dens) to your Pack.
  • Introduction of Lion Cubs.
  • “Scout Me In” Timeline to plan your fall recruiting year.
  • Ideas to Promote, Promote, Promote your Pack!
  • How to WOW ‘em at your Back To School/Open House Meet The Teacher Night.
  • Setting up a successful Join Scouting Night at your school.
  • Use BeAScout.org to bring in families from the “webiverse”.
  • A few Social Media Tips to bring attention to your Pack.
  • How to encourage your Scouts to Bring A Buddy.
  • Make your new Scouting families your future with a Follow Up and Retention Plan.
  • A listing of your resources with the Scout Me In Toolbox.
  • Plot your recruiting plan and get recognized for your success on the Scout Me In Pack Award Worksheet.

Troops, you’re also being included as support for the Packs in this process, and to use for yourselves as well.

Next steps are to set up dates for your Packs to meet at the schools and host your Roundup. Bill Lawrence, our Interim DE, will be handling this process with some help. If you have an established relationship with the school you’ll be attending,and have a date already. or are working on one, please let us know ASAP.

Thank you for your help, and I look forward to one of our most successful year yet!

Peyton Capps
Back to School Night 2018 Chair

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New Scout Uniform Checklist

New Scout Year, time for a New Scout Uniform! Stop by the Southwest Florida Scout Shop for all of your Scouting supplies.

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Registration of 2018 Winter Camp opens AUGUST 31st at 9 am!


There is no better way to spend your winter break than to attend the 2018 Southwest Florida Council Winter Camp either registered with your Troop/Ship/Crew or as an independent provisional camper. Campers and leaders stay in National Jamboree style tents complete with cots. Meals will be served family-style in our dining hall. Space is limited to the first 350 Scouts and leaders.

For complete information, please visit the Council website at: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/2018-camp-miles-boy-scout-winter-camp/2390556

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