Spring Cub-O-Ree at Camp Flying Eagle


Join the Southwest Florida Council Activities Staff for a full weekend of fun!  Spring Cub-o-ree’s program will include Carnival Games, BB Shooting, Rock Climbing, Midway Exhibits, Fishing, Canoeing, Scout Skills Training, Bounce Houses, Adventure Rides, Nature Training, Friday Night movie under the stars & a Saturday night campfire program.

Where:  Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton, Florida 34212

When:  March 9th – 11th, 2018
Unit check-in begins at 5pm on Friday of the event. Registration deadline: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Who:  Cub Scouts, Webelos, Siblings and Parents are invited to attend.
Registration will be limited to the first 700 scouts and parents.

Cost:  $20 per Scout, sibling, parent
Fee includes registration, patch and program supplies. T-shirts may be purchased in advance for $8.  Meals will be provided by your unit. Concessions will be available. Payment must be received by the Council Service Center no later than March 1st, 2018.

For more information please contact: Jason Wolfe (swflactivities@hotmail.com)


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Scoutbook Lite to Replace Internet Advancement

You may have seen this information a bit earlier… but it wasn’t officially released until January 6th.

Scoutbook Lite to Replace Internet Advancement in Q2 of 2018

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is excited to roll out a new solution in Q2 of 2018 that will leverage core components of the Scoutbook platform. The current Internet Advancement platform will be retired and replaced by a new online tool called Scoutbook Lite. This new application is being developed now from the ground up so that unit leaders can quickly key in advancement and other key data. It will sport a slick new user interface optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

The BSA has found that less than 10% of units use the CSV data file import feature in Internet Advancement. In the interest of focusing on tools that serve more Scouters, the CSV data file import will not be supported once the current Internet Advancement platform is discontinued.

Other than the CSV import feature, Scoutbook Lite will offer optimized functions for everything found in the current Internet Advancement platform.

The Scoutbook database will become the official record of advancement for the Boy Scouts of America.

And we will continue to work on and improve Scoutbook as our full feature application.


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“Good Turn for America” Community Service Month

“Good Turn for America” Community Service Month


America is a nation built on service. From barn raisings to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues if we work together. That’s why we’ve have the Journey to Excellence Community Service Project Hours Unit Objective. It is important for our community to know that Scouting is indeed about community service and for units and Scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments and service.

The SWFL Council has established February as Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month. All units should plan on doing a community service project in February 2018 with the goal of each Scout doing a minimum of 11/2 to 3 hrs. of participation in a unit service project. Click Here for the participation form which upon completion in recording community service hours on the JTE website and sending the form to the council office, a special commemorative patch will be sent to all youth and adults who attain the minimum 1½ hours. Patches will only be available for unit service projects performed ONLY in February-No patches will be available after March 31, 2018.

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Manatee/Two Rivers Camp Card Kickoff


Manatee District will be having it 2018 Camp Card Kickoff and Training on Thursday, January 18th 6:30pm at the Dining Hall at Camp Flying Eagle. You are requested to have at least one member of your unit present at this training to receive this years information and roll-out of Camp Cards for your youth.

This is important to get the most out of this opportunity as each card sold puts $5 into the youth’s account. We want to ensure you have the best methods to get the out of this Camp Card year.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Thank you

Brandon Cicco | Manatee County District Executive
Southwest Florida Council

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Last chance to get new Youth Applications in for 2017

Attention all Committee Chairs of Packs, Troops and Crews,

At the December meeting of the Manatee District Committee, we learned that we need six (6) more youth registrations to be turned in by December 29th, so our District can finish with an overall positive growth for the year. If any unit is sitting on a youth application that was not turned in with Recharter, please turn them in to Brandon ASAP! You can call Brandon at (407) 928-1009‬ to arrange a time and location for hand-off.

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

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From USA TODAY – Eagle Scout among heroes in chaotic moments after Amtrak derailment


Worth watching. Every Eagle Scout should be proud of the Eagle fraternity. All the rest of us should be proud of what we do to train all Scouts to respond in this manner. Click Here to read the full article.

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

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Opportunity for Service Hours

On Wednesday (12/13) while attending a Chamber of Commerce event, I met Barbara Slater (Volunteer Program Manager for the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity). She mentioned that there will be a cleanup project in Washington Park on January 15th and that she would love seeing some scouts involved.

If you have any youth seeking service hours, please contact me and I will send you Ms. Slater’s contact information so that she may provide you with details.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

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This training is for everyone and anyone.


This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

Upon completion trainers will be able to apply the techniques learned across the BSA’s leadership programs, from unit-level youth leader training taught by youth for youth, to position-specific and supplemental training for adult leaders such as Wood Badge staff. Course content includes:

  • Why and How We Train Leaders
  • Characteristics of Good Trainers
  • How People Learn
  • Flip Chart & Power Point presentations
  • Training Methods

If you are interested, contact:

Judy Aldrich

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Sidewalk Astronomy for December 2017

Sidewalk Astronomy at G.T. Bray Park

Spend an evening observing the celestial wonders

December 14, 2017 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce their next Sidewalk Astronomy event.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, December 23, 2017 starting at 5:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing near the park’s 51st Street West entrance.

Centrally located in Bradenton, G.T. Bray Park sits between 51st and 59th Streets West, with 33rd Avenue Drive West running through the center of the Park. The telescopes will be set up in the small parking lot just inside the 33rd Ave Dr W entrance, off of 51st Street West.

Parking for people attending the event will be available in a parking lot on the south side of 33rd, about 100 yards west of the observing area. Additional parking is available at Happy Tails Dog Park just north of the lot where the telescopes will be set up.

Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and the distant planets Uranus and Neptune as well as other deep-sky wonders that will be visible through the member’s telescopes.

As always, the event is free of charge and is open to people of all ages.

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

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Jonathan Sabin,
President, LGDSO

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Eagle Scout Project at Humane Society of Manatee County

Bradenton, FL – December 12, 2017

Joseph Lambert of Boy Scout Troop 8, First United Methodist Church of Bradenton, completed his Eagle Project, the Humane Society of Manatee County Beautification Project, on December 2, 2017. The front of the Second Chance Adoption Center at 2515 14th Street W. in Bradenton now has a paved fenced area with bench seating and a table where new pet families can get to know their adopted pets amidst new landscaping, including a live oak tree and drought-resistant native plants. Many thanks to the generosity of donors who made this project possible, including William Hallett of Longmont, Colorado; Felix Santell of Santell Pool, Pavers, Tiles & Concrete in Bradenton; Suzanne Thornburg of M&W Supply Co. in Sarasota; Kenneth Puffenburger of Puffenburger Plumbing in Bradenton; Lowe’s in Bradenton; and the Home Depot in Bradenton.

Humane Society of Manatee County is committed to leading Manatee County in fostering compassion and respect for animals through care, education and collaboration. Our Second Chance Adoption Center is located at 2515 14th Street West and our Veterinary Clinic is located at 2415 14th Street West. All proceeds support our animals and are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Humane Society of Manatee County is a 501©3 organization. Our tax ID # is 59-1819652, please help us save lives, four paws at a time.


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