December Roundtable


Roundtable for December will be held next Thursday, Dec. 6th at the Salvation Army Worship Center starting at 7:00 pm and I hope that you are planning on attending.

The Big Rock Topic is on the ‘Messenger of Peace’ program. During this time of unrest and increasing violence in our country and around the world, this global initiative established in 2011 by the BSA is designed to inspire young men and women to work toward peace. Something I believe everyone can agree needs to take precedence.

On the older boy side of the house, we will be discussing the various religious awards that are available while the Cub side will be providing information on program ideas that will be extremely beneficial to packs and dens. You don’t want to miss it.

We also have two opportunities to give back to the Salvation Army which so graciously allows us to meet at its facility, not only for Roundtable each month, but several other functions throughout the year.

First, please consider volunteering to ring the bell for Christmas at a location and time convenient for you. Copies of the contact card shown below were distributed during the November Roundtable. Call Lt. Davis and ask about locations and times available.


Second, please consider making a donation to go toward replacing the Salvation Army flag that flies outside the building where we meet. The one currently in place is in desperate need of replacement. The cost is $125. A collection box will be provided at the December Roundtable. Funds collected in excess of the amount will be donated to the Salvation Army Bell Ringing program.

See you next week,

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

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Training Weekend at Camp Flying Eagle

October 12-14, 2018 – The Weather was great, wish you were there

A great weekend of training was accomplished during what was described as the best weather possible.

It started Friday night were a crack staff of trainers facilitating training for 3 Cubmasters, 4 Den Leaders, 1 Cub Committee Member and 2 Scoutmaster Specifics.

Saturday started with registration with 12 participants for Cub Scouts BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and 16 participants for Scouts BSA IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills), and shortly moved to a joint opening flag ceremony led by IOLS Course Director, Ed Genewick.


During the course of Saturday and Sunday morning, numerous topic were covered that will enhance the ability of adult leaders to provide a great scouting program for our youth.


Mike Stranovsky, Instructor leads a class on Maps and Compass for IOLS


Ryan Kane, BALOO Course Director, leads a joint Scouts’ Own Service on Sunday morning.

Thanks to all the instructors for their time and energy spent in training our future leaders Judy Aldrich, Paul Scudder, Ryan Kane, Ed Genewick, Maureen Reinecke, Red Dog, William Crowe, Steve Palmieri, Ren Carotti, Shari Kurutz, Gregg Gibson, Audrey Gibson, Phyllis Scudder, Mike Crea, Eion Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell, Brett Thomas, Mark Landers, Josh Lunde and Mike Stranovsky.

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2018 Cub Scout Winterfest at CFE


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Eagle Scout Project Help

Hello Everyone,

This is Matthew Kurutz, SPL Troop 76. As some of you may or may not know, I’m doing my Eagle Project for the F.I.S.H Preserve out in Cortez. My project consists of repair work to three foot bridges over canals along with removing invasive vegetation. I still need to do some fundraising. On Saturday October 20th I will be running a hotdog stand at the 21st Annual Nautical Flea Market which is being held at the Florida Maritime Museum from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM- Address is 4415 119th Street West Cortez, Florida 34215 (website: This is free to the public and is primarily located on the grounds of the Florida Maritime Museum and the F.I.S.H. Cultural Center. Again, we will be serving up some hot dogs and hamburgers, drinks, chips along with the famous meat sticks from Country Meats! We’ll also have a few of my origami shrimp on display!

Come Out and say HI!
Thanks You for your support.

Matthew Kurutz

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JOTA – Jamboree On the Air – at Camp Flying Eagle!

K4BOY will be ON the AIR this weekend – and we want YOU to join us!

When: Saturday 11AM through sometime late afternoon
Who: Hosted by Bud Johnson
Where: Camp Flying Eagle at the Admin Pavilion
What: The World’s Largest Scouting Event
Why: Because it is fun!
How Much: There is NO cost for this event!

Advancement Opportunities:
Cub Scouts: This event has advancement opportunities for Tiger, Wolf, Webelos, Arrow of Light, and Engineer Pin

Scouts BSA: Radio Merit Badge (contact Ken Settlemyer at as well as a number of requirements in other merit badges (more information on this can be found here:

If you are already camping at CFE – please take the time to stop by the Admin Pavilion and participate in the largest Scouting events in the world and have a chance to talk on the radio to people in other states or countries!!

If you are not already there, come out Saturday and see what is going on, there is something for all levels of scouting – spend as much time as you like, and If you are a licensed radio operator, please feel free to bring a radio (or three 😉 ) and come join us for the afternoon!

Thanks –

73 and YIS de WW4KS – Ken

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October Roundtable

Dear Scouters:

Please make it a priority to attend Roundtable next Thursday, October 4th. There are a few good reasons to do so:

Reason #1: 2019 Recharter packets will be distributed. Each unit needs to have a person responsible for acquiring the packet and it should be the committee member who will be completing the online recharter form as well as the paper forms.

Reason #2: Boy Scout Eagle Mentors, Advancement Chairs, and Scoutmasters will be receiving information about a new method for processing Eagle projects and setting up Eagle Boards of Review. District Advancement Chair, Alison den Boggende, will be leading a special meeting during the Boy Scout breakout session. The new procedures will most likely begin immediately following this meeting so it is IMPORTANT that a representative of each Troop be present. Your boys deserve your education in this matter so that their advancement to Eagle will go smoothly.

Reason #3: Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders will be receiving timely information regarding the a special November Roundtable titled, ‘Meet the Troops.’ Mark Thielen will be explaining how this opportunity for Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts to meet with Boy Scout units will work.

Reason #4: Because it’s the right thing to do. A well-trained leader results in a well-run unit. A well-run unit results in more youth participating and remaining engaged in the program.

See you Thursday!
Mac Aldrich

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Venturing only Shooting Sports “Bullseye” event now open for Registration


Venture Crews,

If you didn’t know, the October shooting sports event now known as “Bullseye” is open for registration. This event is for registered Venture Scouts and adults only!,2018-10-07/-1/0/

This is a one-day event, but Crews may camp all weekend if they want. See the attached flyer for more details. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a day of shooting sports and connect with other Venture Crews in the Council.

This is also a great “bring-a-friend” recruiting type event for Crews to utilize.

Hope to see many of you there!

PS. Ships are included so Sea Scouts may also participate if they wish.

Yours in Scouting,

James Laughlin
Panther District Executive
Southwest Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America

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Ten Commandment Hike


“A Scout is Reverent”

If you and/or your youth have an interest in exploring the religious component of scouting, please consider the ‘Ten Commandments Hike’ offered by Bob Paquette of the Two Rivers district.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat in Venice. The cost is $5.00 per participant (siblings under 5 are free).

Click on the image below to view the attached flyer.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair



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Attention all Cub Scout Leaders


Cub Scout Leaders:

Come to Cub Scout Roundtable for great program ideas, information on events and training opportunities, help with ideas to conquer possible issues your pack may be having, some food and fellowship with other Cub Scout leaders, and just a plain old great Cub Scout learning and sharing evening.

September and October we are offering a 2-hour training for NEW LEADERS. We call it NEW LEADER SURVIVAL 101. It is during the regular Roundtable. It is the same training each month. Do you have new leaders?? Send them. Better yet, BRING them to Roundtable. A flyer is attached so it can be shared with others.


We would love to see a lot of new faces at our Roundtable sessions. Please remember that Roundtable is open to any and ALL registered leaders (Cub Scouts, Family Scouting, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, Explorers, etc.), so please share this information with all of them.

Our next Roundtable is Thursday, September 6th, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Worship Center, 5328 24th Street East, Bradenton. The ‘Big Rock Topic’ this month is on Social Networking Platforms led by Chuck Swanson.

Hope to see all of you (along with those new faces) on the 6th.

Mac Aldrich,
Manatee District Program Chair

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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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