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Council News

  • Camp Cards Have Arrived!

    For all units who submitted a Camp Card order form, the cards have arrived and are currently being distributed. You can pick up your order at the Council Service Center, your district’s upcoming Roundtable or through you District Executive. Not sure who your District Executive is? Simply go to our Districts page to identify your district, then visit that page and click on the Contact Information tab for a listing of volunteers and Council field staff. Your District Executive will be identified there.

  • Tips For Deducting Scouting-related Expenses

    A recent “Bryan on Scouting” blog post provides updated information on what expenses can be deducted provides good information on what can (and can’t) be deducted from your income tax return. Perhaps the most important expense is mileage to and from Scouting events. Click the link to jump his post and consider some expenses you might have overlooked.

  • Enter Scouts’ Advancements Now

    Unit Leaders: remember to enter your Scouts’ rank advancements using the Internet Advancement tool before the end of the year. Recognizing achievements as soon as they are earned increases your Scouts sense of achievement. In addition, it increases retention rates in your unit. Lastly, Scout advancement is a key component of Journey to Excellence, providing benefits to all members of the unit.

  • 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.

  • 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 Events

  • Scout Night At Tampa Bay Rowdies

    Rowdies fans! Here’s your chance to cheer on our Tampa Bay Rowdies and enjoy an exclusive ticket offer to boot! The Rowdies take on the Atlanta Silverbacks at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 12 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. Exclusive discounted tickets are available for $17 each, compared to $24 when purchased through the box office. Be one of the first 50 families to lock in your seats and your Scout can participate in a pre-game clinic to earn his Soccer belt loop! Plus, Scouts who attend the game will receive a commemorative Rowdies patch. More information is available in the Event Flyer. To lock in your group, contact Jered Clifford at the Rowdies by email or phone, (813) 489-4353.

  • Seminole Lodge Events

    Members of Seminole Lodge, the Gulf Ridge Council’s lodge in the Order of the Arrow, are planning several upcoming events that members should attend.

    • Beaver Day, the annual event to help the staff of Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation prepare for summer camp, is set for May 16-18. Join other Arrowmen for a time of cheerful service and Lodge fellowship while helping get camp ready for another great year of summer camp.

    More information on this and other upcoming events, plus many other subjects, is on the Seminole Lodge website, http://seminole85.com/

  • Boy Scout Golf Classic April 28

    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.

  • 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

  • Splash-O-Ree 2014

    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. Registration at Camp Brorein is now full, however, space is available at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation. The cost is $16 per Scout and $10 per adult, sibling or staff member. More information is available on the Splash-O-Ree page.

Boy Scout Events

  • World Jamboree 2015

    The next World Jamboree will be held from July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015 in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan. The National Council is organizing a contingent for the trip. Currently, applications are being accepted for adult leaders. Registration for Scouts will be available shortly. More information is on our International Scouting page.

Venturing Events

  • Sea Scout Regatta April 25—27

    Ahoy Sea Scouts! The 26th Annual Tampa Bay Sea Scout Regatta will be held April 25—27 at Tampa Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach. Events include Competitive Races, Sail to “Know Where,” a Mariner’s Quiz, Run-Swim-Run, Run What U Brung, and lots more surprises. The cost is $45 per person and includes meals Saturday and through Sunday lunch and your event T-shirt. Register before April 13 and be guaranteed a T-shirt. More information and registration instructions are in the Event Brochure.

  • World Jamboree 2015

    The next World Jamboree will be held from July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015 in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan. The National Council is organizing a contingent for the trip. Currently, applications are being accepted for adult leaders. Registration for Scouts will be available shortly. More information is on our International Scouting page.

Training Events

  • Wood Badge 2014

    The 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.