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  • Foundation Makes Gift To Gulf Ridge Council

    GivewellFoundationThe George W. Jenkins Fund within the Givewell Community Foundation of Polk County has awarded the Gulf Ridge Council a gift of $25,000 in order to support the low income Scouting program in Polk County. This money will be used to purchase a van to transport youth to program events, camp and other Scouting functions. Our sincere appreciation is given to the Givewell Community Foundation for their generous support of the Gulf Ridge Council.

  • Unit Sales and Scout Accounts

    In response to questions received, the National Council has provided guidance regarding the practice of units maintaining unit accounts for the benefit of individual Scouts. In summary, funds raised by the unit belong to the unit. For more detail on this subject, see the attached information sheet.

  • Seminole Lodge Announces NOAC Patch Sets

    Seminole-Lodge-NOAC-OA-Patch-SetOur Seminole Lodge, part of the Order of the Arrow, will attend the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), to be held in August 2015 at Michigan State University.  This one-of-a-kind event will be a great gathering of Lodge members from around the Country to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of our Order. Their goal is to take 100+ O.A. members to experience the exciting shows, exhibits, leadership training, and fellowship with lodges from all over the country! To commemorate this great event, the Lodge has commissioned two unique patch sets. In addition to looking great on your uniform or adding a great new “arrow” to your “patch trading quiver,” sales of these patches will help pay for the trip!

    The 2015 NOAC Contingent team proudly presents the Busch Gardens’ Falcon’s Fury fundraising patch sets! Two different sets are available: The Lodge set consists of four Seminole Lodge flaps and a diamond shaped centerpiece patch, and the Gulf Ridge Council set is four Council strips and the same diamond centerpiece. The centerpiece patch has a loop to wear on your Scout Shirt pocket. Sets will be for sale at upcoming Lodge events (Pegasus Day: Sept, 13 and Fall Conclave: Oct. 10-12)  or at the Gulf Ridge Council Service Center. The cost of each set is $20.00, a real bargain!

  • 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.

Council Events

  • Scout Day with the Rays Sept. 21

    Here’s your chance to enjoy discounted pricing and a great baseball game with the Tampa Bay Rays! This special combo pack includes a Lower Level Ticket and a patch, a $35 value, for just $19! The deadline to buy your tickets is Sept. 12. More information is available in the Event Flyer. For groups of 15 or more, please contact Tom Breslin by email or phone at (727) 825-3396.

Cub Scout Events

  • Include Parents in Fall Recruiting Campaign

    CubCastAs packs gear up to welcome new Cub Scouts during their fall recruitment campaign, remember the importance of keeping parents in the loop. Many are unfamiliar with Scouting’s programs and are naturally curious about the benefits the program offers for their sons. Veteran Cub Scouters know to plan for these questions during a School Night event, but to also hold a parent-specific event as soon as possible to address concerns and answer parents’ questions. A recent Bryan on Scouting blog post addresses this issue in detail. In addition, a listing of all 2014 Cub Casts and Scout Casts is available here.

  • 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. Merit badge counselors and other volunteers are still needed, so please call or text Dave today!

    Online Registration: Registration is now open. Out of council units will be able to register beginning Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. Registration is done on a per unit basis, meaning one leader registers all Scouts in his or her unit. If you are not sure who the point of contact is for your unit, please contact your Scoutmaster. The link for online registrations is https://registration.boyscouting.com/Registration/Login.asp

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  • 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. The Registration form and Leaders’ Guide are on our Venturing page. 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 Dec. 26—31 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.