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2018 Merit Badge Day

Registration for Merit Badge Day closes on Monday, January 29th. Go to the Council website HERE to register today!


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Blood Drive at Camporee

Please pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested in helping.

With Steve Kurutz’s approval for this email and his permission to have it, we are having a Blood Drive at Camp Flying Eagle. It will be during the 2018 Manatee/Two Rivers American Pioneering Camporee on Saturday January 27th from 10am to 2pm. Please make sure to bring your Driver’s License to be able to donate. We are asking those that can pre-schedule a time (they are very understanding if flexibility is needed and we are trying to make sure they bring enough staff) to donate to please contact Randi Greene at either of the following:

Via email: or
Via text: 941-737-5611

Did you know??? Each donation they receive is able to save three lives. You never know who’s life you may save. Be someone’s hero!

Thank you advance for being “Helpful”,
Randi Greene

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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 (


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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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