Colonial District April 2023 Newsletter
Latest news and updates from the Colonial District of Central Florida Council BSA.<!–
We celebrate the following New Eagle Scouts in our Colonial District. Congratulations!
Ved Patel, Troop 33
Stephen Rieckhoff, Troop 173
Seth Rothbaum, Troop 148
Come help celebrate the amazing Scouters in our District at the Annual Colonial District Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 25, 2023, 6:30—8:30pm! This year’s banquet will be held at Centerpointe Church and will include dinner, fellowship, and presentation of annual district awards and other recognitions (e.g., training knots). Cost is $15 per person. Registration deadline is 5/21/23.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialDistrictAnnualAwardsBanquet
Update to Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
Attention all Life Scouts! The Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook has been updated. All earlier versions of the workbook need to be copied over to the new 2023A before district review.
Download the NEW Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook PDF from the National website at:
Please note that the “Signature Page” (Page H) has not changed in the NEW Workbook Project Proposal section. If you have approval signatures already, you do not need to get them again. Just attach a printable image of that page with the NEW Workbook.
If you have questions or concerns contact your Scout Leader or Mentor.
Scouts with ‘Almost-Finished’ Partial Merit Badges
Are you or do you know a Scout who has an ‘almost-finished’ partial merit badge that just needs sign-offs on one or two remaining requirements from a qualified Merit Badge Counselor? Colonial District will have Merit Badge Counselors available to support Scouts with sign-offs on partials at the March Roundtable meeting (3/9/23, 7pm, Centerpointe Church). Scouts should bring their blue card and be ready to provide evidence of completion of requirements in need of sign-off.
More Merit Badge Counselors are needed to support this initiative. If you can help out, please email our Roundtable Commissioner, Mike Hockman, at [email protected].
4/20/23 Colonial District Roundtable—April
4/14/23 – 4/16/23 Raft Regatta Spring Camporee
5/18/23 Colonial District Roundtable—May **Program Launch**
5/25/23 Annual Colonial District Recognition Banquet
6/15/23 Colonial District Roundtable—June
Central Florida Council
4/28/23 – 4/30/23 Cub Scout Spring-A-Palooza Campout
5/6/23 Trainers EDGE Adult Training
6/2/23 Council Recognition Banquet
6/5/23 – 6/10/23 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Various dates – Summer Camp & Summer Mini Camp at Camp La-No-Che
Order of the Arrow
See Lodge Hadjo Chapter updates and other OA updates in the Tipisa Lodge Order of the Arrow segment at the end of this newsletter.
More Scouting Events to Know About!
Did you know that Colonial District scouts/units are welcome to attend events hosted by districts throughout the Central Florida Council? Below are some of the upcoming events that your scouts/unit can register for today. More information and registration for each event can be accessed through the council calendar, https://www.cflscouting.org/calendar/
4/21/23 – 4/23/23 Challenger District Webelos Woods
4/22/23 – Timiqua District Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Extravaganza
4/29/23 – 4/30/23 Challenger Cub Family Earth Day Campout
Various dates – Cub Scout Summer Day Camp
4/21/23 – 4/23/23 Lake District Spring Camporee
4/21/23 – 4/23/23 Challenger District Spring Camporee
4/22/23 Law Merit Badge Day, hosted by Orange County Bar Association Foundation
4/28/23 – 4/30/23 Timiqua Spring Camporee
Colonial District Roundtable
Next Roundtable: Thursday April 20, 2023 at 7pm
We would like to invite you to the Colonial District Roundtable, which is typically held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Centre Point Community Church (9580 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32825). Doors open for gathering at 6:30pm, and opening flag is at 7pm. Roundtable is a great way for Scout leaders to share ideas, network and get information about our Council and District. Ideally, every unit in our Council should try to have at least one leader attend every month so that you can take what you learn to your Units!
This month’s April Roundtable will be held on Thursday 4/20/23, Come early to enjoy dinner from the OA Grill—see details in next announcement.
This month’s program breakout groups will feature the following topics. Please bring your ideas and questions!
Cub Scout Program Breakout: Summertime pack awards and summer plans, annual planning questions, Ranks and awards-ceremonies, pack assessment, how are you looking after annual planning?
Scouts BSA/Venturing Program Breakout: Annual plan, summer camp plans, how was the Spring Camporee, and what would you like to see at a Camporee in the Fall?
Looking ahead…the May Roundtable on 5/18/23 we will have our Annual Program Launch event—a Scouting fair of sorts with local businesses and other groups hosting booths at which they will share program opportunities for scouting units. Please mark your calendar and bring friends!
If you have any announcements or messages you would like to present or convey at Roundtable, please contact Mike Hockman, Roundtable Chair, at [email protected]
The OA Grill will be making Pot Roast with mushrooms and mashed potatoes for the April Roundtable! It is $5 for the pot roast and a bottle of water. We will be serving starting at 6:30.
Menu and Pricing:
– $5 for Pot Roast + a bottle of water
– $1 each for additional snacks
– $1 for soda
Please bring cash payment!
Pre-order your meal here: OA Grill Pre-Order April 2023
The weekend of April 14-16, 2023, Colonial District is teaming up with Eagle Empire District and Seminole District to put on an epic Titanic-themed Spring Camporee featuring a Raft Regatta. Registration is open and the leader guide is available: https://scoutingevent.com/083-RaftRegattaSpringCamporee
As a reminder, the cost of this event is covered by the CFC Program fee!
Troop Leaders. For year, Troop 173 imparted Tenderfoot Skills on our New Scout Campout in April, and struggled to help Scouts who missed that campout get caught up. It hit us that this could be offered as a track at a Merit Badge Adademy, and that other troops might benefit as well. So, April 22, we are offering a single day Tenderfoot Skills Track at an Outdoor Merit Badge Academy at Lake Mills Park. In additional to the Tenderfoot Skills class, we will be offering classes on select Second Class, the First Aid merit badge, and the Pioneering merit badge.
Click HERE for more information and registration.
Spring-A-Palooza “STEAM Wars” is returning to Camp La-No-Che April 28-30! This weekend is all about Science, Engineering, Technology, ART and Math! Cubs in 2022 had such a BLAST that we are doing it again – this year with NEW activities!
As with all our Cub Scout weekend events, you are welcome to register to camp Friday and/or Saturday OR register for SATURDAY ONLY (no camping) registration option. Just choose the DAY VISTOR option. Come as a family or come with your pack, but be sure you don’t miss it!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-springapalooza
Registration is now open for Cub Scout Day Camp at various dates and locations in Central Florida Council. This year’s Cub Scout Day Camp features a fun-filled, revved up adventure as cubs go “off to the races”. Our Volunteer Directors are hard at work developing a program with FUN and unique ways to enjoy everything RACING.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-daycamp
Central Florida Council will be hosting National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) this summer June 5-10, 2023. NYLT is the ultimate Youth Leadership Training available in the Council! It is an exciting, action-packed course designed to provide youth participants with the leadership skills and experiences they can use at home, at school, on the job, and at their Unit level. Attendees will gain the confidence and knowledge to run the Unit program in an atmosphere that is Scouting at its best!
To be eligible, Scouts must be at least 13 years old, 1st Class rank or above, have completed ILST, and receive recommendation from their unit leader.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-NYLTsummer
Summer Camp is for Scouts who want to have a week-long experience at camp that will leave them with memories that last a lifetime! Scouts will be able to participate in up to five different programs, such as merit badges, or other specialty programs. Each day there are opportunities for troop time activities from shooting, swimming, climbing, to our evening Big Stump Mud Hike! There’s something for everyone at Camp La-No-Che! Including new in Summer 2023, Pop-up Merit Badge Experiences! Check out our Program Guide to learn more about what is new at La-No-Che!
Four weeks to choose from!
Wk 1- June 11-17, 2023
Wk 2- June 18-24, 2023
Wk 3- June 25-1, 2023
Wk 4- July 9-15, 2023
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-SUMMERCAMP
Summer “Mini” Camp at Camp La-No-Che is for Scouts who want to experience a shorter and more focused 4 day/3 night camp! Session A runs June 7-10. Session B runs July 5 – 8.
Scouts will participate in immersive programs focused on one program area—Adventure Camp, Aquatics, Ecology, Hobbies/Skills/STEM, Native American, Shooting Sports, or Trailblazers.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-minicamp
The BSA CFC 6th International Jamborette is coming to Camp La-No-Che July 9 – 19, 2023.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-jamborette
This summer, July 13-16th, Cub Scouts entering 1st – 5th grades can enjoy resident camp AND interact with international scouts that are attending the 2023 International Jamborette. All activities are centered around the international theme with the bonus of activities led by our international guests!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-cubresidentcamp
The 2023 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is coming July 19-28. For information on how to join a CFC contingent, go to: cfcjambo.com
The 2023 Camp Card Sale is set to conclude at the end of April. Be on the lookout for information on Settlement day details. The adult in your unit designated as Camp Card lead should be receiving regular communication. But if that person is not receiving communication or if you have questions, contact our Colonial District Camp Card Chair Brittany Pickren.
Online Training Opportunities. Here is how to get caught up with online training
• Take the online course for your registered position via https://my.scouting.org/. Remember that if you change positions, you need to register for the new role and take the training for that role to be considered “TRAINED.” Visit my.scouting.org for all your online training needs!
• Every leader must be Youth Protection trained. Don’t let it expire!
In-Person Training Opportunities. Trainings offered via online courses are also sometimes offered as in-person trainings. There are other courses (e.g., BALOO, IOLS, etc.) that are ONLY offered in-person. You may attend trainings hosted by Colonial District or any of the other Districts in the Central Florida Council. Training opportunities within Central Florida Council available in the next few months are listed below. Visit the Council Training Calendar to see all the training opportunities available within our Council. When you visit the calendar website, click ‘Apply Filter’ and check the box for ‘Training’.
BALOO and IOLS Training Opportunities
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Timiqua District
Sat. 4/15/23, 8:30am – Sun. 4/16/23, 11am
Scout Hut in Deland, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-TimuquaDistrictBalooIOLSFalltraining#
IOLS hosted by Riverside District
Sat. 4/15/23, 7:30am – Sun. 4/16/23, Noon
Camp Chance in Cocoa, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-69420
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Lake District
Sat. 4/28/23, 5pm – Sun. 4/30/23, 4pm
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-LakeDistrictBalooandIOLS
IOLS hosted by Seminole District
Sat. 4/29/23, 8am – 2pm
Lake Mills Park, Chuluota, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-SeminoleDistrictIOLS
BSA Lifeguard Training
April 21-23, 2023, Camp La-No-Che
The primary purpose of the BSA Lifeguard training program is to provide Professional life- guards for BSA operated facilities, council aquatics committees, and year-round aquatics programming. In addition, this training is intended to meet the requirements of government agencies for operations at a regulated swimming venue. The program is open to all registered adults and youth, age 16 and older. BSA Lifeguard is recommended for aquatics staff lifeguard training and for those who wish to work as lifeguards for BSA year-round aquatics programs. This training is the next step beyond the Aquatics Supervision program for unit leaders.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-70067
Discount Available for Signup by 4/18
Did you hear from your Scouting friends what an amazing time they just had on Spring Wood Badge? Do you want to see what it’s all about?
Registration is open for the Fall Course – click here to sign up: https://scoutingevent.com/083-WoodBadgeFallCourse2023
Dates are September 8-10 & September 23-23, 2023
You could qualify for a $15 Discount if you sign up by April 18, 2023!
1. Life scouts who are ready for their Eagle Project Workbook review and District approvals now have the option of personally meeting with a District Advancement team member by appointment. The Life Scout can still opt to do this process electronically, if preferred.
2. Eagle Boards of Review (EBOR) will now be held by appointment at a location coordinated by the District. While the District will be coordinating the location, Troops are still encouraged to send their own representatives for their EBOR. If the Troop is not able to provide representatives, district representatives can be available.
Michelle Adamick is assuming the role of Colonial District Merit Badge/Nova/SuperNova Coordinator. All relevant requests to become a Merit Badge Counselor or Nova/SuperNova mentor should be submitted to Michelle at [email protected].
If you are unsure of the status of your application to become a Merit Badge Counselor or a Nova/SuperNova Mentor, please send Michelle an email and she will advise.
Mark your calendar! Tipisa Lodge Service Weekend is coming May 12-14!
Check out the Tipisa Lodge OA website for more news and information: www.tipisa.org
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