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- American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Award
If you have an Eagle Scout in your unit this year, he may be eligible for “The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year” competition IF he is from a unit that is Chartered by an American Legion Post OR is the son or grandson of a Legion member. The Eagle Scout must reside in Florida. The father or grandfather do not have to reside in Florida. Applications may be downloaded here and must be submitted no later than March 1, 2014.
- Packs And Crews To Use Scout Oath And Law
A recent Bryan on Scouting blog post contains more details on the transition to using the Scout Oath and Law by Cub Scout packs and Venturing Crews. For Crews, the change will take place in May 2014. Cub Scouts have a bit longer and will adopt the new standard in May 2014.
- National Council Seeks Safety Checklists Feedback
The National Council has distributed two safety checklists, one for Events and the other for Campouts, for review and comment. Here’s a chance to provide valuable feedback and help Scouters and Scouts to identify and mitigate risks in key areas of the Scouting program. Send your comments and suggestions to Jon Smith, Council VP of Administration and Risk Management.
- New Look For My Scouting Tools
The National Council is in the process of updating the MyScouting Tools webpage. The site is being reconfigured to run faster and be more mobile-friendly. To check out the new design, just login to MyScouting Tools.
- Council Positions Available
The Gulf Ridge Council is seeking qualified individuals to fill two positions on the Council staff. More information is available in the job postings found on the Positions Available page of the Council’s website.
- Unit Recharter Meetings
Once your unit records have been updated using the Internet Rechartering tool, they need to be submitted, with any new applications and your payment, for processing. The Council is holding district meetings for this purpose. Bring the updated roster, signed by your unit leader and chartered organization representative, along with applications for any new members and your check made payable to the Gulf Ridge Council, BSA. Meetings are held at the district level as detailed in the following table:DistrictMeeting DateMeeting TimeLocation
Allohak Dec. 5, 2013 7 p.m. Selby Auditorium
Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52
Saint Leo 33574
Calusa Dec. 12, 2013 7 p.m. St. John's United Methodist Church
3214 Grand Prix Dr.
Lake Region Dec. 5, 2013 7 p.m. Beymer United Methodist Church
821 Seventh Street NW
Winter Haven 33881
New Fire Dec. 7, 2013 9 a.m.—Noon Council Service Center
13228 N. Central Ave.
Thunderbird Dec. 7, 2013 9 a.m.—Noon First Presbyterian Church
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.
Timucua Dec. 7, 2013 9 a.m.—Noon St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
3115 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511
Tocobaga Dec. 7, 2013 9 a.m.—Noon Council Service Center
13228 N. Central Ave.
Withlacoochee Dec. 5, 2013 7:30 p.m. Floral City United Methodist Church
8478 E. Marving St.
Floral City 34436
- Sign Up For Outback Bowl Parade
Each year, the Outback Bowl Parade rolls up Seventh Avenue in Ybor City as part of the week of Outback Bowl festivities. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m on Dec. 31 from the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 20th Street and proceeds west six blocks to 14th Street, where it ends. Additional information information is included in the parade packet. Units can register to participate by completing the forms found in the packet.
- Council 75th Anniversary Celebration
The Gulf Ridge Council will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Feb. 8, 2014 with a special event at Busch Gardens! In addition to full- and half-day admission, there will be an After Hours Party for Scouts, Scouters and parents! Special pricing will be offered and tickets may be purchased here. Attend the After Hours Party and receive a special 75th anniversary patch. More information is in the event flyer.
- Scout Night At The Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning Fans! Grab your jersey and get ready to chill out at the coolest place in town to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning! One game remains—on April 5, 2014 against the Dallas Stars or attend both! Tickets are $18 for Terrace Endzone seats or $50 for Promenade Corner seats and include a Scout Night patch! Tickets may be purchased using the game flyer.
Cub Scout Events
- Cub Scout Holiday Camps
Thanksgiving is but weeks away and shortly after that comes Winter Break from schools. Why not plan for some outdoor fun with your Cub Scouts at Camp Brorein? Two camps are scheduled: a one day Holiday Camp on Saturday, Dec. 28 and a three day camp Jan. 2—4, 2014. More information on both camps is available in the attached flyers. Attend one or both and have a great time with lots of games and other activities at Camp Brorein, 16901 Boy Scout Rd., Odessa.
Boy Scout Events
- Coin Collecting Merit Badge Jan. 11
The Florida United Numismatists will present a Coin Collecting merit badge clinic Jan. 11, 2014 in the West Building, Hall WE of the Orange County Convention Center. Check in begins at 12:30 p.m. with the course starting at 1 p.m. Plan to take advantage of this free class. Blue cards will be provided and admission to the convention center before or after the clinic is free. Remember that youth protection applies to all Scouting activities. Scouts should observe the buddy system while at the clinic and in the convention center. Adult leaders are welcome to attend. More information is available in the event flyer. You must preregister by providing your Scout(s) name(s) and troop numbers to Tony Bonaro by email or phone, (904) 596-1242, no later than Jan. 10, 2014.
- Winter Camp Registration Continues
Online registration is now available for this year’s Winter Camp, to be held Dec. 27—30 at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, 1201 Boy Scout Camp Rd., Lake Wales 33898. The cost for on-time registration is $180 per Scout and $85 for adult leaders. The registration deadline is Dec. 18. More information is on the Winter Camp page.
- Sign Up For Our Philmont 2014 Contingent
Are you ready to take your camping experience to a higher level? Sign up today to be a part of the Council’s contingent to Philmont Scout Reservation. Base camp is at 6,800 feet and, depending on the itinerary chosen, you could summit Baldy Mountain at 12,441 feet! Be one of 20 Scouts and four adult leaders to attend. More information is available on our Philmont page.
- WinterFest 2014
The annual conclave of Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships and Explorer Posts will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2014. Boy Scouts (14 and older) are also welcome to attend. The event will be held Feb. 7—9, 2014 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. More information is on our Venturing page.
- Wood Badge 2014
The Gulf Ridge Council will sponsor two Wood Badge courses in 2014. This is the ultimate training course for adult leaders. The first course will cover two weekends in the spring, on Feb. 15—17 and March 7—9. The second course will cover two weekends in the fall, on Sept. 19—21 and Oct. 11—13. Both courses will be held at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales and a $50 deposit will hold your spot for the course. More information is on our Wood Badge page.
- Aquatic Training
The Council’s Aquatics Committee has announce their next training event at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation. Courses scheduled BSA Paddle Craft Safety, Kayaking BSA, Swimming & Water Rescue, Canoeing and Kayaking merit badge counselors, and BSA Lifeguard and Lifeguard Re-Certification. More information and the registration form are here.