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Upcoming Events

Council Service Center Closed Friday

The Gulf Ridge Council Service Center will be closed Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday. We will resume normal operations on Monday, April 21. The Tampa Bay Scout Shop will be open regular hours on Friday (9 a.m.—6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.—2 p.m.).

Merit Badge Academy Spring 2014

The Council’s next Merit Badge Academy will be held Saturday, May 10 at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL. For more information including courses offered, jump to our Merit Badge Academy web page. Registration is now open on our Registration Page.

Splash-O-Ree

This year’s theme signals a celebration of “Mudder Earth” and the motto says it all: “A Little Dirt Never Hurt.” Cub Scouts look forward to this spring event every year. It provides an opportunity for them to camp with a parent or guardian and two of the Council’s popular camps: Camp Brorein in Odessa and Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. The cost is $16 per Scout and $10 per adult, sibling or staff member. More information is available on the Splash-O-Ree page.

Eagle Scout Reception

Join us for a special celebration to recognize all the Eagle Scouts who earned the rank during 2013. You can sponsor a Scout who earned this great achievement and join him at a reception in his honor at 1:30 p.m. on April 27 at the University of South Florida’s Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. ALC 100, Tampa, Florida. More information is on our Eagle Scout Reception page.

BSA Golf Classic 2014

The 41st Boy Scout Golf Golf Classic will be held Monday, April 28 at Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs. Registration opens at 9 a.m., the Putting Contest begins at 10 a.m. and the Shotgun Start tees off at 11 a.m. More information, including online registration, is available on the Golf Classic page of our website.

Summer Camp 2014

Scouts, Parents and Leaders—It’s not too soon to start thinking about this year’s Summer Camp program. Summer Camp will be held June 22—28 at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. Summer Camp Express will be July 5—8, also at Flaming Arrow. More information, including fees and registration information is available on our Summer Camp page.

Internet Rechartering

Effective Nov. 1, unit leaders can begin the rechartering process using the online portal. To begin the process, you must have the Internet Access Code found on the label on the outside of your rechartering packet. Once you have this piece of information, please visit our Internet Recharter page. Enter the Access Code and create your login information, then begin updating your unit roster. You will find links to the portal as well as a tutorial site and a knowledge base on the page.

Every Boy Deserves a Trained Leader

There are numerous training classes schedule in the months ahead. From online courses to get your started to more complex trainings, our dedicated team of volunteers can help you learn what you need to be effective as a Scout leader. For a complete listing of current courses, visit our Training Courses page.

Rappelling Tower!

Once you’ve mastered the Bouldering Wall at Camp Brorein, give the Rappelling Tower a try. It’s a whole different way to climb.

Brorein’s Bouldering Walls

Want a more active experience at Camp Brorein? Challenge yourself and your friends on the Bouldering walls.

Sailing on Swim Lake

A great way to see Flaming Arrow is from the water. Gain a new perspective on this great camp by seeing it from the water.

Scouting For Food Campaign Concluded

Scouting’s Annual campaign, Scouting for Food, concludes Saturday with Scouts from across the Council gathering the bags distributed in their neighborhoods. Scouts, Scouters and parents will then combine, sort and deliver the gathered food to local food banks.

Flaming Arrow’s New Bathhouse

One of the many capital improvements put in place during 2012 is a custom built bathhouse. With private showers and warm water, it’s a great break from all the Scouting activities that go on here.

New Tents

Make your stay at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation that much better by enjoying one of or our new tents, complete with cots and a fly that creates a porch at the front of the tent.

Play for Real

One of our goals within the Gulf Ridge Council is to provide an alternative for spending time in front of “the screens.” Instead, we suggest that Scouts get  outdoors and “Play for Real!”

Camp Brorein’s Oak Hammock

Nestled between two lakes near the northwest Hillsborough County community of Odessa, Camp Brorein enjoys lots of shade and cool breezes under the span of these great oaks.

Flaming Arrow’s Waterfront

Many of the activities the Gulf Ridge Council’s flagship camp, Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, center around the water! With three lakes, they are plenty of things to do to keep cool. From trying your luck (or skill) at catching a bass in our Fishing Lake (catch and release, please) to swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding in the Swimming Lake, to water skiiing in the Ski Lake, there’s lots to do here!