2021 BSA National Membership Fees Increase

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Go Back to the Eighties at USA

University of Scouting Arts is back… and we’re going Back to the Eighties this year! Registration closes on April 8th, so if you have not registered yet, what are you waiting for?

USA now has a full degree path for Venturing as well.Here are some helpfull links to help you get off the couch and out to the classroom: USA XXVII Handbook, Class Schedule, and Promotional Flyer to share with your friends!

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Manatee District Recharter Dates

These are the recharter dates and locations:

  • Monday, Nov 9th, 7pm – 9pm, Kiwanis Oneco community Center, 1720 53rd Ave E. (SR 70)
  • Wednesday, Nov 18th, 7pm – 9pm, Camp Flying Eagle
  • Monday, Nov 23rd, 7pm – 9pm, Kiwanis Oneco Community Center, 1720 53rd Ave E. (SR 70) The Community Center is located at the SW corner of where the railroad tracks cross State Road 70

Please contact your unit commissioner or myself to schedule a time to turn in your recharter paperwork if your unit has not already done so.

Bill Granger
2021 Manatee Recharter Chair
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NEW! Explorer Post 9110 – Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, & Search and Rescue

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Fall Fellowship and Make-Up Ordeal Registration Extended

Hey Arrowmen!!

Time is running out to register for Fall Fellowship. Anyone who went through their Ordeal in March can attend the Fall Fellowship at no cost and have the opportunity to seal their membership by taking their Brotherhood Walk.

If you know any Candidates who were elected but could not attend the Ordeal in March, make sure you tell them about the Make-Up Ordeal at Fall Fellowship.

We hope to see as many Arrowmen as possible at our first Fellowship since the start of Covid. Our Fall Fellowship is at Camp Flying Eagle on September 11-13, 2020. Register today!!

Chuck Donelson
Lodge Adviser

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Fall Fellowship and Make-Up Ordeal Opportunity

Hi Everyone,

It is time to get back outside and go camping! Fall Fellowship is next month and I would like to share some information with those that have not yet decided to attend.

  • We will be taking temperatures and asking routine Covid questions upon arrival at Camp. If you fail this screening, you will asked to go home.
  • Each Chapter will camp in their own campsite. Each Chapter is responsible for the sanitation of their toilet and shower facilities. Male and female youth members will be separated in the campsites
  • ONE person to a tent
  • Face masks are mandatory, unless you are by yourself away from others
  • Meals may be in shifts. No more than 50 people can be in the dining hall at any one time. Meals will be pre-plated and handed to each Arrowman. There will be no serving lines.
  • There will be hand washing stations at Camp

This is also our Make-Up Ordeal weekend. If you know of Candidates that are in your Unit or Chapter, please remind them. The National OA Committee is allowing extra time this year for Candidates elected in the fall of 2019 to complete their Ordeal. The final opportunity will be next March.

We need to recruit Adult Kitchen workers for both Cook Corp groups, Camp Flying Eagle and Camp Miles. So, if you are interested in helping prepare and serve meals, this is a great opportunity to work with some real pros. Please contact either Jennifer Hitchcock or Joe Glowacki and let them know of your interest.



Chuck Donelson
Lodge Adviser

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Update on Some Churchill Project Recommendations

Scouts and Scouters,

As you may or may not know, at the 2020 National Annual Meeting in May, National Chair-Elect Dan Ownby spoke about the future of the BSA and some recommended proposals in regards to the Churchill Project. Mr. Ownby begins speaking at mark 48:30. The full video of the General Session, shared on the Boy Scouts of America’s Vimeo site, can be viewed Here.

One of the changes that were proposed was to, “End all youth programs at 18 and build a volunteer corps for young adults over 18.” Obviously, this would have directly affected Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring, the Order of the Arrow, and possibly other areas of the BSA programs.

Fortunately, on August 12th, ScoutingWire announced (READ MORE) that this and some other proposed recommendations would not be considered at this time.

As a Venturing Crew Advisor, this is GREAT NEWS to me and I am happy to share this with you all. Now let’s get out there and continue to recruit!

Yours in Service,

Ed Copeland
Advisor – Crew 111

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2020 Manatee District Program Kickoff


Believe it or not it is time to plan for a new year of scouting. What it will look like is a little difficult to imagine right now considering the situation we are facing, but the program is as resilient as the youth and adults who are involved and a small amount of positivity can go a long way We’ve survived the pandemic of 1918, two world wars, and other challenges in the past so we can beat this one, too.

To help get things started and to provide you with the resources needed to have a safe and active program, our district’s annual PROGRAM KICKOFF is scheduled to take place VIRTUALLY on the evening of THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH AT 7:00 PM.

Please note that this is different from what is posted on the official council calendar. The change was made to reduce any conflicts with the Manatee School District’s decision to move school openings to the 17th.

A flyer for the kickoff is attached (Click Here) and includes an active link to the Zoom meeting. I am also including an expanded Zoom invitation for those who may need to join us in a different manner (phone, for example).

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 7348 3357
Passcode: scouts

Dial +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 879 7348 3357
Passcode: 193389

Your Roundtable Staff and District Executive hope that you will make time to attend so that you can get the information you need to run a successful program this coming year and so that you can get any questions answered that you may have.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

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Help needed with Lion/Tiger Tumble event at CFE Sept. 19

There is going to be a Lion / Tiger Tumble event at CFE on Sat., Sept. 19 from 9:00 am to roughly 1:00 pm. I am thinking we should be cleaned up, stuff put away and on the way to the parking lot no later than 1:00 pm.

So, I need some help. This will be a fun event working with little kiddos in Kindergarten and first grade, along with their parent or adult partner. I will have everything you need (AND I will send you WHAT you are in charge of ahead of time so you know what you are to be doing). It will be a round robin type of morning with pre-formed groups going from station to station on a rotating schedule. I don’t imagine we will have a very large group, although it would be very exciting to have a very large group!!

Please let me know if you are willing and able to help staff this and have some fun with some little Cub Scouts! You can have as much fun as they have!! And then be grateful you are going home without them.

Thanks ahead of time,
Judy Aldrich

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2020 Manatee District Program Kickoff

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