Updated Youth Protection Training Overview

The Big Rock topics at Roundtable last night was on the updated Youth Protection Training. For those that were not able to be there, or those that want a recap, click on the image below for the slides that Mark Thielen presented.

As a reminder, ALL REGISTERED ADULT LEADERS must complete the Updated Youth Protection Training before October 1, 2018. The training is broken up into three modules, and then a test. You do not have to complete all of the modules at one time, so if time is a concern, take one module at a time and then take the test to complete the training. Go to https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/ and get started today!


May the Fourth Be With You!

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Urgent: Pack 191 missing flags


It has come to my attention that Pack 191 is missing both its unit flag and American Flag. The unit was in attendance at LECOM Park for Scout Night and prior to departure, the flags turned up missing. The unit leaders are quite rightfully disturbed and upset.

If you know anything at all about the whereabouts of these items, please contact me as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Mac Aldrich

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May Roundtable


The May Roundtable will take place at our regular meeting place/time on Thursday, May 3rd. After last month’s hiatus due to the Adult Recognition Dinner (Thanks to all who came, by the way.), there is a lot to cover.

First, you may or may not be aware that National has produced a new Youth Protection training program (available via my.scouting.org) and ALL REGISTERED ADULTS are required to complete by October 1st. Chuck Swanson is going to give you the skinny on what to expect and how to prep for it. Take it from one who has already taken the training, it is much improved over past iterations and meets every state’s requirements for certification.

According to Mark Thielen (Manatee District Training Chair), several of you have been busy working on leveling up your skillsets. He will be recognizing them during the general session and just like any recognition ceremony, it is so much better when you have your peers in attendance to cheer you on.

And, of course, the breakout sessions are always good for learning new things to take back to your units.

Hope to see a lot of you there!

Thursday, May 3rd; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Worship Center
5328 24th St E.

Mac Aldrich

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2018 Manatee District Pinewood Derby Winners

A HUGE round of thanks to Shari Kurutz and her team for organizing and running this year’s Pinewood Derby. Besides the races, activities included corn hole, tower building (toothpicks and marshmallows), and knot-tying. Ren Carotti ran the software to keep track of the various heats and to keep the races running smoothly. Several others (including a few Bradenton Marauders) involved themselves with judging and the boys and their parents cheered each other on and had a great time.

I apologize for not listing everyone who was involved with this event, but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Mac Aldrich
Manatee District Program Chair

And now for the winners… (click on the image below for a larger view)

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Den Chief Training Opportunity


TO: All Boy Scouts signed up for Manatee District Day Camp 2018, All Boy Scouts who want to become a Trained Den Chief, All Cub Scout Leaders who want to enhance their program with Den Chief involvement, All Boy Scout Leaders who want to help promote their troop at the Cub Scout level

FROM: Chuck Swanson III, (Manatee District Training Committee, Manatee District Committee, University of Scouting Arts Board of Regents, Manatee District Day Camp 2018 Scoutmaster, Troop 89 Committee Member)

Re: Den Chief Training

In conjunction with the Two Rivers District Spring Training weekend, we will be having Official BSA Den Chief Training on May 5th from 9 AM to Noon. This training is to fully introduce the Den Chief program to all scouting individuals in the two districts. The following is a brief list of responsibilities the Den Chief will have.

Responsibilities: The Cub Scout den chief’s responsibilities are to

  • Know the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Help Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings.
  • Set a good example through attitude and uniforming.
  • Be a friend to the boys in the den.
  • Help lead weekly den meetings.
  • Help the den in its part of the monthly pack meeting.
  • Know the importance of the monthly theme and pack meeting plans.
  • Meet regularly with the den leader to review den and pack meeting plans. Meet as needed with adult members of the den, pack, and troop.
  • Receive training from the den leader (and Cubmaster or assistant Cubmaster) and attend Den Chief Training.
  • Encourage Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible.
  • Help the denner and assistant denner to be leaders.

Not only is this program an excellent example of “Boy Led” scouting, it also lets the younger scouts get a glimpse of what they can achieve as they move up in the scouting program. We are always looking for ways to enhance the scouting program and this is an excellent way to achieve that.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note at swfpack125cubmaster@gmail.com.
Thank You

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College of Commissioner Science Registration is Open


Do you happen to know who your Unit Commissioner is? What is his/her purpose? Would you like to know more about the commissioner program and the services that your commissioner can provide? Are you interested in learning more about scouting, in general, and earning a degree in Commissioner Science? Would you like to earn a very special patch for your time?

An opportunity to have all of these questions answered is scheduled for Saturday, May 12th, during the 2018 College of Commissioner Science. It will be held at the SWFC service center, 1801 Boy Scout Drive, Ft. Myers. The college starts at 8:30 a.m. and finishes up before 5:00 p.m. Our guest presenter is Julia Mae-Shen Farr hailing from Washington, DC where she serves as a Council Commissioner (as well as several other positions). Ms. Farr also volunteers at the National level as one of the leads on designing the latest iteration of Wood Badge to be launched next year and heads up a task force writing new curriculum for the College of Commissioner Science.

You do not have to be a Unit Commissioner to go through this training (although your District Commissioner and recent Silver Beaver recipient, Steve Shoemaker) would love for you to consider joining his merry band of volunteers.

The cost for the day is only $15.00 for which you receive tons of great information, have fun with the staff and other participants, enjoy a BBQ lunch catered by Bubba’s, and receive a patch specially designed just for this course.

I would love to see you there. And for those planning to attend USA, this is an opportunity to earn a degree in addition to one you might earn during the April event.

To register, simply CLICK HERE.

Yours in Service,
Mac Aldrich,
College of Commissioner Science Chancellor


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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 (ajdev@comcast.net)

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: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nCemFqmZyjMUEpeaTEJ1D7u5JFXNXtWNCvsR0dSPG7s/edit#gid=0 (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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