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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2020 BSA National Membership Fees

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2020-2021 Planning Calendar

The Southwest Florida Council and Manatee District Planning Calendar for the 2020-2021 year is now available. Click on the image below.

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Scouter Gone Home


It is my sad duty to inform you that Scouter William Edmond (Bill) Dove, age 91, Bradenton, Florida, died at his home on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Bill Dove was the first Eagle Scout in Troop 8, having earned his Eagle in 1974, and was the 215th youth in Manatee County to earn the Eagle Badge since 1929. He then became the Scoutmaster of Troop 8 in 1978. He was a member of the Sunny Land Executive for a few years, and earned the Live Oak and Silver Beaver Awards.

You can view his obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bradenton/obituary.aspx?n=william-edmond-dove&pid=196203478&fhid=38012

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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MALT registration extended

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BSA Names Roger C. Mosby as new CEO and President

Dear BSA Volunteers and Scouting Ambassadors,

I am happy to let you know that earlier this evening, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America named Roger C. Mosby as the organization’s CEO and President after a focused search, which was initiated when former CEO and President Michael B. Surbaugh retired after a tenure of more than four years.

As the BSA moves through an extraordinary time of both change and opportunity, we believe Roger’s experience as a seasoned executive, adept at guiding transformation and driving growth, will bring the right combination of strength and focus needed to steer our organization toward a promising future.

Roger Mosby most recently ran his own consulting firm focused on executive coaching, following his retirement from leading energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan in 2015. During nearly two decades with the company, he served as HR lead and was one of the original six officers. During his tenure, Kinder Morgan grew from 175 to more than 11,000 employees, with Mosby leading extensive change management and cultural transformation efforts.

Roger was a Scout as a youth and served for more than 33 years as a volunteer in the Mid-America and Sam Houston Area councils, in addition to positions with the Southern Region and National Committees of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the World Organization of the Scout Movement. He has received the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Beaver Award and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

We thank Michael Surbaugh for his years of service and leadership to the Boy Scouts of America.

Now, as we enter the next stage, we welcome Roger and his well-suited expertise to guide us toward even more opportunities to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth, families and communities.

Yours in Scouting,

Jim Turley
National Chair, Boy Scouts of America

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Roundtable this Thursday, January 2, 2020


My, my, my… How time flies! For the most part, the holidays are over and the kiddos head back to school next week. Recharter season is a done deal. Winter Camp is ending. A new year (and the beginning of a new decade) arrives on Wednesday.

What better time to get some great ideas to share with your youth and other adults than right now?

Every unit has a commissioner assigned to it in order to help it thrive. During this coming Thursday’s Roundtable, learn more about how a unit commissioner can make your life easier and improve its operation. There will also be a Commissioner Commissioning ceremony.

Speaking of ceremonies, they are an integral part of a troop or pack meeting and particularly important for special occasions such as Blue & Gold events, Courts of Honor, and Eagle Courts. Ceremonies will be the main topic covered in both the Cub/Family Scouting side of the house and the Scouts BSA side. Got ideas for special ceremonies that you would like to share? Bring ‘em on! Need ideas for how to make an upcoming event memorable? You won’t go home disappointed.

And while refreshments are provided for both Cub and Scout leaders, the Cubs have a special treat… you’ll learn how to make ‘Arm Pit Fudge.’ I would love to say that you will get ‘hands-on’ experience, but that would be false advertising.

As usual, Roundtable will be held at the Salvation Army & Worship Center (5328 24th St E.) on Thursday, January 2nd, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

And for any scout needing guidance regarding their Eagle Project, Project mentors will be available starting at 6:00 p.m.

Happy New Year! And hope to see you Thursday evening.

Mac Aldrich

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Revised Annual Health & Medical Record – NOW LIVE!

As announced, the updated BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (AHMR) is now live. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/

If you haven’t yet, make sure you delete any hosted older versions of the AHMR. We realize that 2020 will be a transition year where you will see both 2014 and 2019 versions of the form in use. The 2014 version will be obsolete as of 1/1/2021.

Many answers regarding the AHMR can be found on the revised Frequently Asked Questions – https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/medical-formfaqs/

To help you communicate these changes to the districts, we have developed two AHMR-related Safety Moments that you can use.

We appreciate your help in sharing this information as we look forward to a healthy and safe 2020!”

If you have any questions please reach out to me. You don’t have to toss all your old forms, as we start the new year just start using the new forms instead of the old ones.


Josh Powenski | Manatee District Executive
Cell: (989) 964-9621

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