Manatee District Pinewood Derby


The 2018 Manatee District Pinewood Derby competition is coming soon… Saturday, April 21! It will be held at LECOM Park so for those who are planning to attend the Scout Night ballgame and sleepover on the field, this should be a great thing. The change of venue also means that we may have more public exposure. In addition to the races, the event coordinator, Shari Kurutz, has activities planned to keep our boys and their siblings occupied when they are not focused on the competition.

Attached, please find all of the information you should need: event flyer, official Pinewood Derby rules, and LECOM Park waiver document.

Please, please, please share this with your Cub Scout parents. And Boy Scouts should contact Mrs. Kurutz to see if she could use any assistance.

Yours in Scouting,

Mac Aldrich, Manatee District Program Chair

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Children’s Parade & Party in the Park


The Children’s Parade, part of Manatee Heritage Days, is scheduled for Friday, March 30th. The parade (walking) begins at the Manatee Fairgrounds in Palmetto around 10:00 a.m. and ends by 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Park (See attached map). The parade is a great opportunity for Scouting to be on display before the public. While it would be outstanding for unit leaders to be present and to participate, we are aware that this is not possible for many who cannot take off from work, HOWEVER, PARENTS of scouts should be INFORMED AND ENCOURAGED to bring their boys (and siblings) to the event. As long as we have a couple of registered adults on-site (which we will) and the parents are willing to accompany their children on the (less than 1-mile) walk, we will be good to go.

All you have to do is to make sure that your boys and their parents complete the attached waiver and bring it with them to the fairgrounds by 9:30 a.m. so that everyone may be rounded up into one group and notified of their place within the parade lineup.

The gathering location is on the east side of the grounds on 13th St. W. near the exhibition hall at Gate 5.

Suggestion: Unless, those participating in the parade are being dropped off at the starting point and then picked up at the end, I recommend that they arrive earlier (8:30-9:15), park at or near Sutton Park, then walk to the fairgrounds. At parade’s end, they can get in their vehicles for the ride home or take some time to play at the Party in the Park before departure.

Pack 41 is supplying a couple of games/activities for the Party in the Park. It would be really nice to have a few older scouts to assist with running them.

Please contact Lisa Van Beuren (941) 448-3451 as soon as possible to let her know about how many to expect.

Help get the word out about the Scouting Program!

Mac Aldrich, Manatee District Program Chair

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Manatee Adult Recognition Dinner and Nomination Forms


Click Here to view the flyer for full details.
Access the nomination forms below:

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Free Scout Physicals – Save The Date

Dear Scouting Family,

Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) has again agreed to perform FREE scout physicals for the scouting community. The date has been set for April 21st.

LECOM is not ready to open registration at this time, but I wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible to so that you can save the date. The times will be from 9am until 3pm.

Please distribute this out to the scouting community, I don’t want anyone who needs a free scout physical to miss the opportunity. This applies to Adult Scouters, Venturers, Boy Scouts, Webelos that will cross over to Boy Scouts this year, and Webelos that are going to Webelos Resident Camp.

Yours in Service,
Nina Pascoe BSN, RN, ACM-RN
Health/Safety/Risk Management Chair
Manatee District

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Cub-O-Ree Staff Needed

To all Troops, Crews & Scouters,

We are in need of staff for Cub-O-Ree. Program areas include:

  • Fishing
  • Wet & Wild
  • Scout Craft
  • Ecology
  • As well as help in the dinning hall.

This event is held at CFE, March 9-11. Cost for staff is $15. If anyone needs further information please contact:
Jason Wolfe

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NOAC 2018

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the OA and is the BSA’s second largest national gathering. Over 8,000 Arrowmen will be in attendance. This six day conference will include training sessions, recreational opportunities and nightly shows.

When: July 30th – August 4th, 2018
Where: Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
Who: Arrowmen in good standing are invited to register. Registration will be limited to the first 15 youth. Contingent adults will be selected by Lodge leadership.
Cost: $1,250 per person. Contingent fee includes conference registration, round-trip airfare, one checked bag each flight, ground transportation, lodging, meals, one contingent patch set, one contingent polo, two contingent t-shirts.

A $250/person deposit must be made at registration. Two additional payments of $500 must be made by April 30th, 2018 and May 30th, 2018.

For more information please e-mail Andrew Devlin at


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Marauders All-Scout Night at LECOM Park


The 2018 Bradenton Marauders Scout Night at LECOM Park is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st. This is a great event that allows Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crews, and Girl Scouts to attend a baseball game (Marauders vs. Ft. Myers Miracles), participate in fun activities, and culminating in a sleep over on the field.

Click Here or on the image below to access the Event Order Form, Patch Design Contest flyer, and Participant Waiver Form. I hope to see everyone at the game!

Mac Aldrich, Program Chair – Manatee District – SWFC, B.S.A.

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2018 Order of the Arrow Section Conference

Osceola Lodge invites you to the annual 2018 Section Conference!

“Brothers, We are Ready”

Section Conference is an exciting event that occurs only once per year and provides the opportunity for all Arrowmen to compete, learn, and HAVE FUN!!!  

Go to to register online. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 30th. Click Here or on the image below to view the Section Conference Flyer.


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February Roundtable and Reminders


Roundtable is this Thursday, February 1st at the Salvation Army Worship Center, 5328 24th St. E., Bradenton. Gathering: 6:30pm. General session, announcements, and Big Rock Topic starts at 7:00pm followed by breakout sessions for Cub and Boy Scout leaders.

ALL units planning to participate in this year’s Camp Card sales campaign need to make sure that a representative is present to sign up for cards. This representative needs to know how many cards to request (hopefully having been previously discussed with the Unit Committee Chair and other members of the committee). Remember… for each $10 card sold, the youth salesman receives $5.00 with the intent that the funds earned be used to enhance his camping experience.

Merit Badge Day is this coming Saturday, February 3rd at Everglades University. Registration is closed. Ron Rozensky can be contacted at or (941) 284-0356 should you have any questions or issues.

Due to a number of issues, the Railroad Merit Badge scheduled for Saturday, March 10th, has been canceled. Please inform any boys who may have been interested. The Model Railroad exhibition where the merit badge was to be presented IS still taking place on that day at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, so it may still be a great activity for both older and younger boys.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich

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Railroading Merit Badge


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