Register for USA (The University of Scouting Arts)


REGISTER TODAY FOR ‘USA’: The University of Scouting Arts. Great training for multiple levels of scouting that helps answer those questions that pop up. Membership recruitment/ retention, budgeting, activities, diversity, conflict management, volunteer burnout and so much more. Attend for your children and those you hope to impact.


2018 University of Scouting Arts Registration


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Generations of Boy Scouts have Created Interest in Collectibles

The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 110 years of service this year. Through its history more than 114 million young men have been Scouts and more than 33 million adults have volunteered as their leaders. This rich history has made for lots of badges, handbooks, uniforms and scouting equipment. Some of those youngsters who were strongly influenced by their scouting experience are now collectors of that memorabilia.

Two major factors influence how much some of these items are coveted. The first is condition, and this very often contributes to the desirability of most collectibles. Scouting encourages the outdoor life, so not many of those millions of youngsters who have participated would have kept their belongings in pristine condition. Even so if a rare item is found in all-but-new condition the price is going to be significant. All scouting collectibles will have the official Boy Scout or one of its sanctioned organization markings.

The second factor to play a role in the pricing of scouting nostalgia is the rarity of an item. For example, no matter how old the Jamboree awards, tokens, scouting handbooks or uniform might be, one would have to consider the number of scouts who attended those Jamborees, owned those handbooks or wore those uniforms. If the number were high, then that would mean there could be an extensive supply of those items available for the collectible market and the prices would be weak.

Of the Boy Scout camping equipment, two items that are highly coveted are the pocketknives and axes or hatchets. Both of these items would fall into the crossover market for those who just collect knives or just hatchets. Hence you have collectors from two different categories looking for one item, sometimes driving the price upwards. Still most knives and axes would fall into the less than $100 category, even if not much less.

Though there are many items offered on eBay, it seems various patches are demanding the highest prices. Some asking prices for these precious scraps of cloth are up into the thousands of dollars territory. This is where it would pay to do some homework if one finds an old uniform with lots of patches. There could be a treasure – like the patch from the 1964 JFK Camporee that is priced at $8,000 on eBay. There are no bidders as of the time of writing this column, but the pricing is interesting.


So, my advice to you is to never pass up a yard sale, especially ones that have Scout items on display. Also, look for patches made from felt and are in good condition. Many years ago patches were made from felt and deteriorated quickly when washed. Simple math tells me that not to many survived.

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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OA Section Conference – Registration ends Friday!

Only 2 more days to register for the Order of the Arrow’s largest event of the year. Space is limited and filling fast!

S-4 Section Conference is the annual event that brings Arrowmen from all seven Order of the Arrow lodges in Florida together at one camp for fun, fellowship and learning. The best part… Osceola Lodge is hosting conference right here at Camp Miles! This year’s program includes: Instructional classes, lodge competitions, American Indian Activities competitions/activities, nightly shows and so much more.

Price Sanders Scout Reservation
38751 Bermont Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33982

April 13th – 15th, 2018
Lodge check-in begins at 5 pm on Friday
Registration deadline March 30th, 2018 at 6:00pm

Who May Attend
Youth and adult members of the Order of the Arrow in good standing (2018 OA annual dues paid – $15).
If you have let your OA membership lapse, you don’t have to miss out on the fun. Please click on the link below to pay your annual dues before attending the conference.


$50 per Arrowman
Fee includes conference registration, program supplies, special tie-died event t-shirt, all meals, event patch and host patch. Additional t-shirts may be purchased in advance for $12 each. Concessions will be available. Payment must be received by April 6th, 2018 or a $10/person late fee will be assessed.

For More Information
Contact Andy Devlin (

Click here to register for 2018 Section Conference now!

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Free Scout Physicals: Saturday, April 21st

One and all:

LECOM is once again offering free physicals to youth and adult leaders, especially those planning to attend a long-term (Boy Scout summer camp/Cub Scout resident camp) or high adventure camp.

The physicals will take place at the Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM), 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

A sign-up sheet (mandatory) may be accessed here.
To share the link with your unit’s parents: (Just copy and paste)

There are two Google Sheets worksheets:

1) Sign up in the cells for the times you wish to have the physicals done. There will be eight examination rooms, so 8 people may be examined each time slot. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you be ON TIME for your appointment. Appointment cancellations should be made no later than 48 hours in advance. A SCOUT IS TRUSTWORTHY AND COURTEOUS. The doctors and medical students are volunteers and their time and commitment should be respected.

2) The second sheet (see bottom tabs) is for entering contact information: Scout Name, Parent Name, email address, and phone #.

Please thank Nina Pascoe for working with the new director at LECOM to provide this important service.

Yours in Scouting,
Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

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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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