BSA Chief answers your questions about welcoming girls into BSA programs

The full article can be found on Bryan On Scouting at

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OA – Winter Fellowship and Banquet


This is a reminder that this the last day to register for Winter Fellowship!  The event will be taking place December 8th-10th, at Camp Miles.
$25.00 per Arrowmen
$10.00 per Saturday Banquet Only

Late fee
After 11/22/2017 a fee of $10.00 will apply to all Arrowmen Registrants.
After 11/22/2017 a fee of $10.00 will apply to all Saturday Banquet Only Registrants.

This year’s Winter Fellowship theme is Holidays in Ancient Greece! There will be activities such as Chapter vs. Chapter Capture the Flag, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, an AMAZING Slip and Slide relay, and More! There will also be American Indian Activities including ceremonies and a Pow Wow! O-Shot-Caw Drum Team will be joining us for this epic Pow-Wow!

Additionally, eligible Arrowmen will have the opportunity to become brotherhood members. Also, we will be discussing hosting the 2018 Section Conference, and there will be many more fun activities throughout the weekend!

You do not want to miss out on this awesome event! The last day to register on time for Winter Fellowship is today. After today, there will be an additional $10 fee.

Link to register:

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Range Master Training this Saturday, 1pm at Camp Miles

No online registration.
Come to training with exact fee, I will issue receipts.

Click Here to view the flyer

Justine Gonzalez
Finance Secretary
Southwest Florida Council, Inc. #088

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November Popcorn Incentive

We are doing one final push to motivate our Scouts to get out and support our Military on Veterans Day and boost your online sales! Click on the image below for the details.


Also, I want to encourage you to do a “Build Your Mega Corn” gathering activity to get an idea of where you stand on your take order sales.

Popcorn Sales End November 30!

Justine Gonzalez

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Wood Badge, because every scout deserves a TRAINED leader!

Wood Badge is the advanced leadership training program for adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Building on the past, understanding the present, and looking to the future, Wood Badge stands ready to provide leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.

The Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting–Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing–and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Participants in Wood Badge attend a course offered as two sessions of three days each scheduled over two weekends. Leaders must apply the concepts studied and the skills learned to improving the Scouting unit, District or program in which they currently serve. This is your “ticket” to receiving the Wood Badge beads.

Who can attend?

1. Registered adult leaders

2. Adults who have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting positions.

3. Completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.

4. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA physical is required for all participants. A copy of your health form is due at CAMP CHECK-IN.

What is the cost?

The cost is $240 per participant. There is a $90 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. The cost includes all course supplies, 1 t-shirt, 1 council CSP and all meals. Registration is limited to the first 48 participants. ALL fees are due by January 25, 2018.

For more information contact Course Director:

Javier Aristimuño
(941) 232-8073

Sound interesting? Are you ready to sign up? Check out the flyer HERE!

Register me for Wood Badge 2018!


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New Cub Scout Leader Survival Training

On THURSDAY, Nov. 2nd at the Manatee District Roundtable meeting, we will be holding another New Cub Scout Leader Survival 101 training.

If you missed the first one or have new leaders in your pack, please plan to attend and share this information.


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Registration for BALOO training is now OPEN on the Council Website

Online registration for BALOO Training is now open. To Register, Click Here. Please share with your pack leaders so everyone who wants to attend has the opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A LOCATION CHANGE. IT WILL BE HELD AT: 53rd Ave Church of Christ 3412 53 Ave EAST Bradenton.

Call Judy Aldrich for any questions.

Flyer with correct address is below.


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Don’t miss BALOO training on November 4th

Manatee District’s BALOO training has been rescheduled to a new date and location. It is not open for online registration as yet, but please let your leaders know it will be held on Nov. 4. This training will be available to everyone in Manatee District who needs to take it.

Questions? Contact Judy Aldrich


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Final CFE Camp Hurricane Work Day

Dear Scouters,

Many thanks to all volunteers who participated in both camp Hurricane Clean-Up Days. A great deal of work was done and we are on schedule for reopening with both camps.

We need one more effort this weekend at Camp Flying Eagle for those that are available for some final general clean-up to reopen for our Webelos Adventure Week-end at Camp Flying Eagle on November 10-12.

Camp Flying Eagle: Saturday, October 21 – Lunch will be provided – No Overnight Camping.
Time: 8:30 am until ____ each day. Any amount of time is welcomed and appreciated!

Volunteer Needs:

General volunteers are needed for general debris pick-up and building clean-up. Volunteers need to be either Cub Scout Leaders/Parents (No C.S. youth), Boy Scout -Venturing-Exploring Leaders/Parents and responsible, capable youth. Safety Note: Please wear closed toed shoes and bring work gloves.

Additionally, if you or parents in your unit have specific skills such as electrical, carpentry, screen replacement or equipment such as hauling trailers-trucks for brush/trees removal on-site, Bobcat with claw, hoist, wood chipper, stump grinder please contact the camp ranger via email. We also could use a crew of individuals to bring weed-eaters for general clean-up. Please contact the camp ranger below by email to your attendance or the # of individuals from your unit attending and any special assistance you may provide by Thursday morning.

CFE Contact: Todd Greene Email:


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New BSA Program Expansion for Girls

Dear Scout Supporters –

Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children. The BSA thoughtfully evaluated how to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible and adapt to the changing needs of today’s families — all while remaining true to our mission and core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to 1. establish a new girl pack, 2. establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or 3. remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also have the option delivering another program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.

This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page at or Click Here to review the Factsheet.

Southwest Florida Council

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