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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BALOO and IOLS Training October 5-6

Good Morning Scouters;

Please view the attached flyer for upcoming training. Less than 1 week left to sign up.

BALOO is on the Cub Scout side (Click here to register for BALOO now) and IOLS on the Scouts BSA side (Click here to register for IOS now).

One trained BALOO individual is required for all camping done in Cub Scouts. It is always a good policy to have at least two at each camping event in case one or more of those individuals must leave.

IOLS is required to be fully BSA trained and wear the trained patch for the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster positions.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank You,
Chuck Swanson
Manatee District Training Chair

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Summer Camp Trade Show

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Manatee Crime Stoppers – 16th Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night

Community Partners and Sponsors!

It’s hard to believe a new school year has started and that Fall is just around the corner! (looking forward to the dryer & cooler weather!!)

Crime Stoppers of Manatee County is pleased to announce that we will again partner with the DeSoto Square Mall for this year’s 16th Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night. The event will be held on Halloween, Thursday October 31st, 2019 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton. The event is free for the public to attend and there will be plenty of fun and candy for the whole family. Information regarding the event will soon be posted on our website – and on our Facebook Page.

This well established event consistently attracts over 3000 children & families. This year’s event will be our 4th year at the DeSoto Square Mall. We anticipate another huge turnout at this centralized venue with businesses in addition to community organizations. Businesses and organizations who work with children & families do not want to miss this opportunity for positive exposure and marketing.

This event provides children and families with a safe alternative for “Trick or Treating”. Rather than going door to door, families can visit the DeSoto Square Mall and enjoy an enhanced Halloween experience. Crime Stoppers is providing a venue with plenty of supervision, games, activities, and candy while also promoting public safety & community services available to families.

Although the event is over a month away, the space made available for the event at the DeSoto Square Mall, provides more room for businesses, community groups, churches, civic organizations & government agencies to participate as a “Booth Host” or event partner. Manatee Crime Stoppers is actively seeking additional booth hosts and event partners at this time. Participation as a “Booth Host” is free to non-profit, civic, community and religious organizations.

Organizations interested in participating in 2019 as “booth hosts, partners and/or sponsors must register their participation by clicking on the registration link The registration link may also be found on the Crime Stoppers homepage, directly below the fliers. For more Information about the event and sponsorships, send an email to

Any organization with questions is encouraged to contact Manatee Crime Stoppers via email at or by calling the Manatee Crime Stoppers administrative line at 792-2732.

There will be an organizational meeting for all organizations participating in the 2019 event. The meeting will be at the DeSoto Square Mall Food Court on Tuesday 9/10/2019 @ 4:30pm. Organizations seeking more information and who are considering participation are also welcome to attend.

Thanks and we hope you will join us for another great event!

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Cub Scout Winterfest

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