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:

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Scout Gone Home

It is with great sadness to learn that we have lost one of our own at such a young age. 15 year old Thomas “Tommy” Croumbley was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Wednesday morning, October 23rd. Tommy was in Troop 42 in Myakka City.

His dad, and Scoutmaster of Troop 42, Jim McGavic, asked to let everyone know that they’ll be having a memorial service for Tommy on Saturday, November 2nd at 4:00 PM. Any Scout is welcome.

Myakka Family Worship Center
33410 Singletary Road
Myakka City, FL 34251

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November Roundtable, “Meet the Troops”

To All,

Here is a flyer that you should have already received regarding November’s Roundtable, “Meet the Troops.”

Ground Rules are as follows;

Each unit will have a table in the gym. (be Prepared to meet outside if the gym is not available) With the meeting beginning at 7:00pm, we plan to be there at 6:00pm to allow for set up.

We ask that each unit have only 3 youth (Ideally the Senior Patrol Leader, a Troop Guide and a Patrol Leader) and 3 Adults (Ideally the Scoutmaster, the Committee Chair and the New Member Coordinator).

This is the Senate not the House.

The first 15 to 20 minutes will be opening and general announcement. After which the non Arrow of Light and Webelos Cub Scout Leaders will retreat to their own Roundtable breakout.

Close will be at 8:30pm to allow for disassembly and out by 9:00pm.

This is an opportunity to promote your unit, start the recruitment process for new scouts and their parents, and show off your accomplishments to other troops. Please take full advantage of it.

Also, Here are some pictures of last year’s event to help provide you with ideas for this year.

Mark Thielen
Every youth deserves a trained leader
Southwest Florida Council
Council Training Chair

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Salvation Army Bell-Ringing

The Salvation Army graciously provides us with opportunities to meet at its Worship Center for our monthly Roundtable meetings along with a few special activities throughout the year. In return, the organization is asking that members of our group (as well as others who work with the SA) volunteer to help with its annual bell-ringing campaign. By so doing, it means that it does not have to hire workers which cuts into its charitable giving, which is the purpose of the fund-raising.

Several individuals have already signed up, but more are needed. Please note that these do not have to be solo activities and I always recommend that at least two people work together to help pass the time more quickly and pleasantly. Having one or two children on site is also promoted. Note also that while we are volunteering as members of the scouting movement, we are not to wear our uniform per the Guide to Unit Money-Earning Projects (doc #510-274):

The BSA Rules and Regulations state, “Youth members shall not be permitted to serve as solicitors of money for their chartered organizations, for the local council, or in support of other organizations. Adult and youth members shall not be permitted to serve as solicitors of money in support of personal or unit participation in local, national, or international events.” For example: Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts and leaders should not identify themselves as Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts or as a troop/pack participate in The Salvation Army’s Christmas Bell Ringing program. This would be raising money for another organization. At no time are units permitted to solicit contributions for unit programs.

Arrangements for bell-ringing have been made for the following dates and locations and the service times have been divided into 2-hour time slots (10:00-12N, 12N-2:00, 2:00-4:00, and 4:00-6:00):

November 30 at Westgate Publix (3913 Manatee Ave. W) and Moccasin Wallow Publix (Moccasin Wallow Rd. east of I-75).

December 14 at Beachway Publix (Manatee Ave. and 75th St. W.) and River’s Edge Publix (5001 SR-64 E.)

You may schedule yourself using the Salvation Army Bell-Ringing spreadsheet on Google Docs. Just add your name in the appropriate slot and remember it is okay to add yourself even if someone else is covering.

Thank you in advance for your service during the holiday season.

Mac Aldrich, Manatee District Program Chair

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Venturing’s Cast-Iron Chef

Venturing Crews,

You are invited to attend the inaugural Cast-Iron Chef event, hosted by Crew 111. The hopes are that this will become an annual event, and grow to be a premier Venturing event within the Council. For the Leaders’ Guide, please Click Here.

Sign up today at

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Scouter Gone Home

Dear Scouts / Scouters,

I have just been informed that Eagle Scout Robert Lewis Bailey passed away this past Sunday. Robert (Bob) was a member of Troop 54 during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He received his Eagle Scout rank and badge in 1964 from Troop 54.

Robert was the son of Scoutmaster Kenneth Bailey, and has many ties to Scouting in our District. Lynda Hicks of T64 is his sister; his brother in law is Robert Hick, also of T64, and Eagle Scouts Dalton Hicks and Collin Hicks, also of T64 are his nephews. Son J Bailey and Grandson Rowen both are members of Troop 111, while son-in-law Gabe Cole and Grandson Jacob are members of Troop 10.

Services will be held on Saturday 5 October 2019 at First Baptist Church 12125 71st St. E. Parrish, FL 34219, service will start at 11:00 A.M.

Full obituary at:

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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Cub Extravaganza 2019

Greetings Manatee District!

As many of you know CubEx is the councils biggest event focused solely on cub scouts. This event is designed to be big, extravagant, and completely over the top. We do this for the sole reason of creating a buzz with new cub scouts, we want them to walk away smiling and talking about scouts. I know some units have not attended CubEx before or haven’t attend in a number of years; give it a try this year and see how much fun it can be for your unit. This year’s Cubex will be a bring a buddy event. This is a great way to get new youth recruited into your pack. Many youth will join after attending and seeing how exciting scouting is.

Scouts BSA and Venture Crews don’t think we forgot about you, we are always looking for help staffing an event of this size. Staffing this event will get you a free t-shit and food for the weekend along with earning service hours. You will receive a letter verifying you have received 22 service hours, these can be given to your school and used towards your graduation requirement. Come on out, have a blast, get a free shirt and make some new friends.

For details and information about CubEx, Click Here.

If you have any questions about attending or staffing this event please email Bruce Hassy. I look forward to seeing you at CubEx!

Josh Powenski
Manatee District Executive

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