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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Manatee County Fair Scout Booth

The 2020 Manatee County Fair opens on Thursday, Jan. 16th and runs through Sunday, Jan. 26th. The theme is “It’s a Big Deal.”

For the past dozen or so years, Manatee District has set up a booth in the exhibition hall to promote scouting and to provide recruitment opportunities for units wishing to avail themselves of it. With the advent of Family Scouting in the Cub Scout program and Scouts BSA being inclusive of both male and female members, volunteering to man the booth should prove to be a good way to promote the program in general and individual units, specifically.

While there needs to be at least one adult at the booth, I highly recommend recruiting a youth or two to assist as it will give the public a much better picture of what is happening in scouting these days.

The schedule for the fair and the means to sign up (I recommend 2-4 hour slots with 2-4 volunteers, not necessarily from the same unit) is located on Google Sheets: 2020 Manatee County Fair. Simply enter your name and mobile phone # in the available time slots. More than one person’s information may be entered into a slot (up to 4 people, as that is how many free guest passes will be available). The blacked out areas of the sheet indicate the times that the fairgrounds are closed.

Once I have enough volunteers signed up, I will send out detailed instructions.

Thank you in advance for taking this opportunity to serve Scouting.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

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Thank you to all of our Veterans

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Potential Eagle Scout Leadership Project

Good afternoon:
My name is Suzanne Santangelo and I’m with Centerstone, a non-profit behavioral health and addictions resource in Bradenton. Our clients include patients and their families throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties and beyond, who come to us for in-patient or out-patient treatment.

I am reaching out to local scouts to let them know about an opportunity we have for volunteer hours. At our 2020 26thAvenue East facility, there is an outdoor area that is used by patients who are staying with us for treatment of substance misuse. At this time, the expansive yard is in great need of a make-over. From plantings to seating to recreation space, we are looking to make this space as therapeutic and relaxing as possible.

As I start to formulate a plan for transforming this space, I am checking with community partners to assess volunteer resources. This would make an exceptional Eagle Scout project or troop endeavor. I also plan to work with local businesses on donations of materials and supplies. I hope you find this type of project a good fit; however, if it is not appropriate for your scouts, I understand. I am new to Manatee County and appreciate any feedback you can provide.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Suzanne Santangelo
Director, Marketing/Business Development
p. (941) 782-4332 | m. (813) 802-8584
391 6th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Connect With Us | Centerstone

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Winterfest Registration

Cub Scout Winterfest is Dec. 6-8 at Camp Flying Eagle.

Registration closes on Nov. 21. This event fills up and a waiting list will be started when the maximum number of participants is reached. Do not wait too long to register.

All payments are due no later than Nov 28.

This family weekend is a fun weekend filled with shooting at the BB range, great games to play, holiday themed crafts, a family holiday movie under the stars, a giant snow slide, and a rope bridge the youth will cross to the North Pole to pay a visit to Santa.

Link to register and flyer: http://swflcouncilbsa.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2523220&orgkey=347&ReturnURL=//swflcouncilbsa.swflcouncilbsa.org/app/calendar/month/347/2019-12-01/-1/0/

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