Tick, Tock… Time is running out!

This is a less-than-subtle reminder that your Youth Protection Training will expire on or before 9/30/18, unless you complete, or have already completed the new required YPT that was released on February 1, 2018. If you let your YPT expire, you will no longer be a registered adult leader and will have to complete a new Adult Application after taking the new YPT and will have to pay new registration fees.

We have approximately 450 registered adult leaders in our district, and approximately half of them have not completed the new version of YPT. The old version (taken before February 2018) will absolutely expire as of 9/30/18, automatically per National Scouting policy.

Please, don’t let that be you.

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Fundamentals of Training

Fundamentals of Training is less than a week away. Registration closes on Tuesday, August 21st. Be sure to go online and register if you plan to attend. Go to:http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2374217&orgkey=347&ReturnURL=/app/calendar/month/347/2018-08-01,2018-09-02/-1/0/ to register before time is up!

Click Here to view the flyer for the class.


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Come Experience Wood Badge!

Fellow Scouting Leaders,

This year’s 2019 SWFL Wood Badge course will mark the 100th year of Wood Badge training for our adult leaders. The Staff is honored to be able to provide an amazing training experience and lifelong lesson to new participants. We want the best of the best in SWFL to have this experience so that your units and the Scouting program benefit. Registration is open NOW on the SWFL Council website at http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/wood-badge/25788. Registration is open to the first 48 paid participants, so don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of history! For more information on Wood Badge, Click Here to view the flyer.

If you are a previous Wood Badge participant or staff member, help us find the best, as you know your leaders better than anyone else. Reach out to our S4-88-19 Scoutmaster, Tom Birch, at swflwoodbadge@gmail.com and one of the amazing staff members will follow up.

We will be having a Wood Badge reunion in April that will be available on the SWFL council website that will promote our 100th year celebration. We will also have a commemorative back patch for purchase soon on the same website. Thank you for helping us provide this 6 full day course that will change their lives and help them change the lives of our youth!


The S4-88-19-1 Wood Badge Staff

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2018 Fall Roundup Training and Parent Guide



As many are aware, this coming school year is one of the most crucial we have had with the introduction of Family Scouting! As this is a very exciting time for our Organization, I want to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible for everyone!

A few weeks ago, we held a training session that outlined the new program as well as tips and trick on how to be successful.

Some of the Topics covered at the training are as follows:


  • Recruit and train an enthusiastic New Member Coordinator for every Pack.
  • Conduct a new member registration event for every Pack/School/Community in the Southwest Florida Council from August through early September.
  • Empower leaders with the tools and guidance to self-market their Pack beyond the traditional District Executive ran recruiting campaign.
  • Successfully introduce and implement the new Family Scouting and Lion Cub programs.
  • Make it easier for new families to join Scouting on “Join Scouting Night” and beyond.
  • Expanded promotion of additional opportunities to join after the “Join Scout Night” through follow-up opportunities in September and a council-wide “Bring a Buddy” campaign in October.
  • Better prepare Packs to make a great first impression, recruit new leaders and retain their new Scouting families.

View the 2018 SWFL Council New Parent Guide and the 2018 SWFL Council Pack Builders Kit. The “kit” provides further detail on the tools needed for a successful recruitment. In it contains:

  • How a New Member Coordinator will bring in (and retain) new Scouting families.
  • How to add Family Scouting (girl Dens) to your Pack.
  • Introduction of Lion Cubs.
  • “Scout Me In” Timeline to plan your fall recruiting year.
  • Ideas to Promote, Promote, Promote your Pack!
  • How to WOW ‘em at your Back To School/Open House Meet The Teacher Night.
  • Setting up a successful Join Scouting Night at your school.
  • Use BeAScout.org to bring in families from the “webiverse”.
  • A few Social Media Tips to bring attention to your Pack.
  • How to encourage your Scouts to Bring A Buddy.
  • Make your new Scouting families your future with a Follow Up and Retention Plan.
  • A listing of your resources with the Scout Me In Toolbox.
  • Plot your recruiting plan and get recognized for your success on the Scout Me In Pack Award Worksheet.

Troops, you’re also being included as support for the Packs in this process, and to use for yourselves as well.

Next steps are to set up dates for your Packs to meet at the schools and host your Roundup. Bill Lawrence, our Interim DE, will be handling this process with some help. If you have an established relationship with the school you’ll be attending,and have a date already. or are working on one, please let us know ASAP.

Thank you for your help, and I look forward to one of our most successful year yet!

Peyton Capps
Back to School Night 2018 Chair

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New Scout Uniform Checklist

New Scout Year, time for a New Scout Uniform! Stop by the Southwest Florida Scout Shop for all of your Scouting supplies.

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Registration of 2018 Winter Camp opens AUGUST 31st at 9 am!


There is no better way to spend your winter break than to attend the 2018 Southwest Florida Council Winter Camp either registered with your Troop/Ship/Crew or as an independent provisional camper. Campers and leaders stay in National Jamboree style tents complete with cots. Meals will be served family-style in our dining hall. Space is limited to the first 350 Scouts and leaders.

For complete information, please visit the Council website at: http://www.swflcouncilbsa.org/event/2018-camp-miles-boy-scout-winter-camp/2390556

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Boy Scout Night with the Marauders


Click Here for a copy of the flyer with an order form and a link for people to purchase tickets. Troops and Packs can contact me directly to reserve seats for the scouts and their families.

This is one of our biggest games of the year with a free raffle for each person for big prizes. Last year we raffled off Xboxs, PS4s, iPads, a Ping Pong table, etc. We will also have post-game fireworks.

We are offering a special ticket price for the scouts of an $8 infield ticket with a free Marauders mini-bat and souvenir fountain drink. There is also the optional $8 meal voucher.

Let me know if you have any questions and if you would like to join us!


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MOSI Merit Badge Programs August 2018-June 2019

Click Here for details and 2018-2019 Program Schedule


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2018-19 Manatee District Program Kick-Off

Mark your calendars!


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Every Scouter must complete updated Youth Protection training by Oct. 1, 2018

The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse.

This starts with an enhanced online Youth Protection training course all volunteers and professionals must complete.

Even those Scout leaders who took the previous version of Youth Protection training must log into My.Scouting.org and complete the updated Youth Protection course. You have until Oct. 1, 2018, to do so. The magic date is February 2, 2018. Anyone taking YPT on February 2nd or afterwards took the new new course and is considered current. If you took YPT before February 2, 2018 you will have to take the new version.

The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.

For more information, check out the article on Bryan On Scouting: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/03/16/every-scouter-must-complete-the-updated-youth-protection-training-by-oct-1-2018/

Yours in Commissioner Service,
James Thielen | Area Commissioner
Southern Region / Area 4

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