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  • Cyber Chip

    Cyber-Chips-GFXJune is Internet Safety Month, making it a good time to view or review the Cyber Chip program. The importance of the program has grown since it was introduced and now has been included as the first requirement of both Digital Technology and Programming merit badges. The Cyber Chip is to be refreshed annually. The program has different requirements for Scouts based on their age their grade: 1—3, 4—5, 6—8 and 9—12. With a reduced summer schedule, it can be a great time to review the program with your Scouts. More information is available from the Program Flyer or on the Cyber Chip page of the National Council’s website.

  • Pack and Troop 805 Help Provide Free Physicals

    Local  Scout leaders Tony Rabago and Alex Carter combined efforts with Tampa General Medical Group to provide free physicals for Scouts who otherwise would not have been able to attend Summer Camp. In addition, troop members publicized the opportunity to other residents of Tampa Housing Authority neighborhoods, resulting in free physicals for about 30 boys.
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    Pictured from left: Scott Merritt, MD, Tony Rabago, Scout leader for Pack 805 and Troop 805, Karl Metzger, MD, Kathi Hoffman, nurse manager, Carol Sligh, nurse manager, and Alex Carter, assistant Scout leader.

    The Gulf Ridge Council provides leadership and support to more than 500 low income Scouts in the Council, providing them a chance to attend summer camp and other Scouting activities.

  • Does Your Troop Trip Need A Tour and Activity Plan?

    A reminder to unit leaders that a Tour and Activity Plan is required for trips of 500 miles or more, is outside council borders, involves a high adventure base, National Order of the Arrow events or a regionally sponsored events. In addition, activities outside of Council or district events involving the following require a Tour and Activity plan: aquatics activities, climbing and rappelling, orientation flights, shooting sports, activities involving motorized vehicles or at the Council’s request. Please submit your request online at least two weeks prior to departure to allow for processing time. For more information or assistance, please contact Jeannie Upton by email.

  • Spirit of America Rescheduled

    Spirit-of-America-LogoDue to inadequate registrations, the Gulf Ridge Council has rescheduled their inaugural Spirit of America water safety program, teaching Scouts to use a variety of watercraft, including kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats, paddle boards, and power boats in a safe, fun environment. Registration is due by Sept. 1 with the first class set for Sept. 13. More information, including the Youth Application, is on our Spirit of America page.

  • New Venturing Awards Announced

    To Scouts in or considering our Venturing Program, the awards earned in this program have been renamed. Effective in May, the new awards will be Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder and Summit awards and they are listed in the order they are earned.

    The purpose of the new names is to emphasize the “progressive experiences in the focus areas of Adventure, Leadership, Service and Personal Growth.” Very few Venturers earn the current Bronze, Gold and Silver awards offered in the program. This is the reason behind the change which takes effect in May. During the transition period, from May to December, 2014, Venturers use either the old or new awards. After Dec. 31, 2014, the new awards will be used. This graphic illustrates the transition plan put in place by the National Council.

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    Additional information in available on the Venturing Advancement page of this website and through the Program Updates page on the National Council’s website.

Council Events

    Cub Scout Events

    • Cub Scout Activity Days Offer Summer Fun

      Activity Days are back in a big way this summer! We are planning lots of locations around the Council to maximize the fun and provide opportunities for packs to stay connected during the summer months. Choose from Shooting Sports, Aquatics/Water Sports and Climbing/Field Games or participate in all of them! A schedule of these fun events is on the Cub Scout Activities page of our website.

    Boy Scout Events

    • Frontier Days Weekend

      Frontier Days Weekend is the Council’s fall merit badge weekend Oct. 3—5 at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. More than 25 merit badges classes are planned for the weekend. The cost is $40 per Scout and this price includes all meals and an event patch. In addition, lots of fun activities, including fire building, cooking and pioneering contests will be held. Plus, expect surprise presentations by special guests as well as covered wagon rides and black powder demonstrations. For more information, please contact Dave Nelson, Event Director at (813) 293-7979. We need merit badge counselors and other volunteers, so call or text today!

      Resources

    • Register For World Jamboree 2015

      World-Jambo-2015-TNWorld Jamboree is just 16 months away! More than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries will converge on Kirara-hama, Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. This once-in-a-lifetime event is July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015 in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan. Online Registration is now available on the National Council’s website. More information about this great Scouting adventure is on the National Council’s World Jamboree page. You will need to have your BSA Membership ID, found on your unit membership card, to complete the registration process.

    Venturing Events

    • Cayo Costa Adventure Oct. 18—20

      Join other Venturing Crews and spend the weekend on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy boating, fishing, camping, and kayaking at one of the few remaining barrier islands that retains its original ecosystem. Transportation will be provided by boat to the island on Saturday morning and returning Monday afternoon. (Public schools in some counties are closed on Monday.) Advanced registration is required and this event is open to Venturing Crews, Sea Scouts, Explorer Units and Boy Scouts of Venturing age. More information is available from Joel Jones, Event Director, by phone, (561) 339-5349 or email, moc.gnirutnevcrgnull@margorp.

    • Register For World Jamboree 2015

      World-Jambo-2015-TNWorld Jamboree is just 16 months away! More than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries will converge on Kirara-hama, Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. This once-in-a-lifetime event is July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015 in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan. Online Registration is now available on the National Council’s website. More information about this great Scouting adventure is on the National Council’s World Jamboree page. You will need to have your BSA Membership ID, found on your unit membership card, to complete the registration process.

    Training Events

    • National Youth Leadership Training 2014

      NYLTLogo-LoResNYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experiences they can use in their home troops or crews, and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT will be held July 20-26 at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. More information and the registration form are on our NYLT web page.

    • Aquatics Training Sept. 12—14

      The next opportunity to receive Aquatics Training is Sept. 12—14 at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. Courses taught will include BSA Paddle Craft Safety, Kayaking BSA and BSA Swimming and Water Rescue. More information, including the event flyer, is on our Aquatics Training page.

    • Wood Badge 2014

      Wood-Badge-PentagonThe Gulf Ridge Council will sponsor two Wood Badge courses in 2014. If you missed the first opportunity to participate in this ultimate training course for adult leaders, another chance is available in the fall. The Fall Course will cover two weekends, on Sept. 19—21 and Oct. 11—13, at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. Mark your calendar and submit your $50 deposit today to hold your spot for this course. More information is on our Wood Badge page.