Colonial District December 2022 Newsletter
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Thank you to all the Scouts and Scouters who participated in Scouting for Food this year and helped to make it such an awesome success! We had 21 Packs and 22 Troops in Colonial District participate, and together our district collected over 45,000 pounds of food from our generous communities! As a district, we continue to increase our collections year-over-year!
2021 – 43,276 pounds
2022 – 45,609 pounds
Across Central Florida Council, our Scouting units collected approximately 300,000 pounds of food!
Heartfelt thanks to our Colonial SFF Co-chairs Kelli Chou and Jackie Juvinall for leading this service project for our district. If you haven’t already, please be sure to record your unit’s service hours for SFF and other service in Scoutbook (instructions further down in this newsletter).
BSA Units from all programs are requested to record service hours in Scoutbook. This can be done by the Key 3 (CM, CC, COR), Advancement Chair, or someone officially designated as a Key 3 delegate in My.Scouting.org via Organization Manager. Only these positions have access to the Internet Advancement system in which the service hours are to be logged.
Sign-in to Scoutbook, https://scoutbook.scouting.org/
Select ‘Internet Advancement’ from the menu. (Note: Only certain positions have access to the Internet Advancement system. If you don’t see ‘Internet Advancement’ you may not have access. See explanation above.)
Select all scouts who have completed a given service activity (checkmark on left of name)
Click ‘Record Progress’ (located on gray bar) and then ‘Service hours’
Identify the date of the service project on the calendar, then click ‘Create New Activity.’
Complete the fields for project information, location, and details.
Indicate amount of participation hours using the ‘basic’ if everyone did the same number of hours. (Basic is usually good enough for cub scouts.)
Scouts identified in step 3 are included already.
Estimate number of non-registered participants (siblings and parents) in the fields that request that information.
To include registered leaders, click on ‘Add Person’ in the top right of this page and select the registered leaders’ names from the list.
Click ‘Record and Finish.’
The University of Scouting (UoS) event team is seeking Adult Merit Badge Counselors to volunteer an hour or two of their time at UoS on 1/28/2023 to sit in the Merit Badge Lounge and help youth with completing merit badge partials. The goal will be to have a scout come to the Merit Badge Lounge area with blue card and all materials ready to be signed off and go over with a counselor.
Scouts sometimes do not have the resources to finish their partials and we want to provide this new opportunity to see if this helps them.
If you are an Adult Merit Badge Counselor and can assist for an hour or two at UoS, please contact Michael Hockman [email protected] or text 407-920-1884. Send a list of the merit badges you can assist with and the time slot you can volunteer. We will then compile the information from our Merit Badge Counselor team and send to all participants so scouts will know what we are offering.
The Central Florida Council is gearing up for a GREAT Camp Card Fundraising Campaign in 2023! You’ll see more offers on this year’s card PLUS there will be new prizes and experiences and all of your ordering and resources will be available on an app!!
This year the VIRTUAL Camp Card Kick-off events will be held BEFORE units place orders. These virtual kickoffs offer opportunity for all scouts to learn about this year’s campaign and for unit leaders to receive great tools and resources.
Two Virtual Camp Card Kickoff events will be offered—the first on Saturday, December 10th at 9am and the second on Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm. Please ensure that your unit is represented at one of these Virtual Kickoff events! Sign-up HERE to attend a Virtual Kickoff!
If you have any questions – contact Cherise Czaban at 321-848-3530 or [email protected].
12/8/22 Colonial District Roundtable—December
12/10/22 Colonial Merit Badge Academy with Kaiser University
1/13/23 – 1/15/23 Colonial District Webelos Woods
1/19/23 Colonial District Roundtable—January
2/16/23 Colonial District Roundtable—February
Central Florida Council
12/9/22 – 12/11/22 Cub Holiday
12/10/22 – Virtual Camp Card Kickoff #1 (of 2), 9am
12/13/22 – Virtual Camp Card Kickoff #2 (of 2), 7pm
12/18/22 – 12/21/22 Scouts BSA Winter Camp
12/26/22 – 12/30/22 Nat’l Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
12/27/22 – 12/30/22 Scouts BSA Winter Camp
1/28/23 University of Scouting
2/4/23 Central Florida Council Leadership Summit
2/4/23 Sunshine Trade-O-Ree
2/11/23 Orientation for Spring Wood Badge course
2/11/23 Orientation for C.O.A.L.S. Training
2/24/23 – 2/26/23 Spring Wood Badge Course Weekend 1 (of 2)
Order of the Arrow
Lodge Hadjo Chapter meetings held monthly at Colonial District Round Table.
See OA update at end of newsletter for other upcoming events.
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/
1/20/23 – 1/22/23 Timiqua District Webelos Woods
1/21/23 – 1/22/23 Seminole District Cub Scout Overnight Family Camping
12/9/22 – 12/11/22 Seminole District Camporee – Ancient Civilizations
Colonial District Roundtable
Next Roundtable: Thursday December 8, 2022 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!
At this month’s December Roundtable we look forward to celebrating the year and sharing scouting stories and plans for the new year. Note that this month’s Roundtable meeting is being held one week earlier than usual, on 12/8—the SECOND THURSDAY of this month. The feature topics of program breakout groups are below. Bring your ideas and questions!
Cub Scout Program Breakout: Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold, and Crossover! Let’s share some stories and cool ideas to ensure we all have great events
Scouts BSA Program Breakout: Upcoming OA Ordeals, goals for the new year, and laying the groundwork for Webelos scouts to Crossover to the troop
Looking ahead to next month…the January Roundtable meeting will be back to the third Thursday of January—1/19/23. Mark your calendar!
Thank you all for a great year on the behalf of the Roundtable team. We hope that—through Roundtable—you have gained ideas to share with your peers and scouting Units. Thank you all for making our Colonial District Roundtable the most attended Roundtable in the Council. Don’t forget bring a friend! If you have any announcements or messages you would like to present or convey please contact Mike Hockman, Roundtable Chair, [email protected]
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The Colonial District Webelos Woods 2023 is coming to Camp La-No-Che January 13-15, 2023. This amazing campout designed for Webelos and AOL Scouts and their families is covered by the Program fee scouts ALREADY paid through recharter. So that means there is no additional cost to attend! However, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, and units/families must bring and prepare their own food.
Registration and participant guide: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialDistrictWebelosWoods
Cub Holiday Weekend is coming to Camp La-No-Che December 9—11. This event designed for cub scouts and their families will include holidays around the world crafts, BBs and Archery, games, and a few surprises! More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-CubHoliday
Camp La-No-Che is offering two sessions of Winter Camp this year—December 18-21 and December 27-30. There are specific program offerings for new scouts and several Merit Badge classes that are ONLY available at Winter Camp. Provisional Camper Program available for scouts attending without their units. More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-wintercamp
The Central Florida Council University of Scouting event is coming to Edgewater High School in Orlando on Saturday, January 28, 2023!!!
University of Scouting is an annual one-day supplemental training event for volunteer leaders, youth (age 11 and up), and parents at all levels in every Scouting program: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, District, and Council. Whether you are new to the Scouting program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you! Scouts BSA and Venturing Youth can participate in youth training programs to enhance their skill levels and encourage them to explore new adventures in Scouting. Come spend a day having fun and learning with Scouters from across Central Florida Council and beyond.
This event is FREE to scouts (ages 11 and up), Scouters, and parents associated with Central Florida Council, but you must register to participate!
For more information—including Course Catalog and Instructions on How to Register for Classes—follow this link to the registration page: https://scoutingevent.com/083-UniversityofScouting
All Central Florida Council Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and adult leaders serving in District or Council level positions are invited and encouraged to attend the 2023 Central Florida Council Leadership Summit being held February 4, 2023 at Camp La-No-Che!
The theme of the summit is “Continuing the Vision.” Through this event, participants will gather to discuss new plans, share ideas, hear about new program tools, and enjoy true Scouting fellowship.
The Summit begins Saturday morning with continental breakfast starting at 8:30am followed by focus sessions and program. If interested, participants can come in on Friday evening and spend the night with other Scouters in one of our campsites.
This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register for the 2023 Central Florida Council Leadership Summit.
Questions? Contact Chris Crowley at [email protected]
If you are considering the National Jamboree, now is the time to take action! The CFC National Jamboree Troops have started meeting.
For information and link to registration, go to: cfcjambo.com
With a new Scouting Year come new training needs. School nights are beginning and hundreds of new scout leaders will join our ranks along with thousands of new scouts. Please pass the word to all parents and volunteers that our scouts deserve trained leaders. As unit leaders, imagine a pack, troop, crew, or ship with 100% trained leaders!
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 couple 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’.
NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) FOR YOUTH
Let it be known to all eligible Lads and Lasses, registration for Winter 2022 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is LIVE!
NYLT is an exciting, action-packed week 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. Youth are eligible to participate if they are at least 13 years of age, registered in ScoutsBSA, Venturing, or Sea Scouting, and meet rank requirements for their program.
Learn more and register: https://scoutingevent.com/083-nyltwinter
Camping Outdoors Advanced Leadership Skills
“A Florida Scouting Skills Learning Adventure”
COALS has been developed and designed to provide leaders with hands-on advanced outdoors skills and Scoutcraft that were taught in past Scouting Courses and apply them to today’s Scouting Adventure.All registered leaders from the Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Exploring programs are invited to attend. Youth over the age of 16, that have completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) are also invited to attend.
– Full-day Orientation (Session 1): February 11, 2023 @ Camp La-No-Che
– Session 2: March 18 – 19, 2023 @ Camp La-No-Che
Learn more and register: https://scoutingevent.com/083-COALS
Wood Badge Advanced Leadership FOR ADULTS.
By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools such as listening, communicating, conflict management, project planning and leading change. Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a better Scout leader!
Registration is NOW open for the Spring 2023 Wood Badge course!
-Orientation: February 11, 2023 via Virtual meeting, time TBD
-Weekend 1: February 24 – 26, 2023 @ Camp La-No-Che
-Weekend 2: March 18 – 19, 2023 @ Camp La-No-Che
Learn more and register: http://www.cfcwoodbadge.com/
Udgit Mehta is the Colonial District Merit Badge/Nova/SuperNova Coordinator. All relevant requests to become a Merit Badge Counselor or Nova/SuperNova mentor should be submitted to [email protected].
If your application has been pending for more than one month, please resend a complete package to Udgit at the email listed above with all required components for processing (i.e., Merit Badge or Nova/Supernova form, YPT certificate, BSA adult application including background check authorization form). Thank you!
Ordeal Weekends Coming in January!
1/6/23 – 1/8/23 Ordeal Weekend 1, hosted by Huracan (Seminole) and Wahitlaw (Osceola) Chapters
1/6/23 – 1/8/23 Ordeal Weekend, hosted by Nefketeh (Riverside) Chapter
1/13/23 – 1/15/23 Ordeal Weekend 2, hosted by Kikape (Challenger), Micco-Tomokee (Timuqua), Wewahitchka (Lake) Chapters
1/20/23 – 1/22/23 Ordeal Weekend 3, hosted by Lemhee-Yekchi (Eagle Empire) and Lodja Hadjo (Colonial) Chapters
Tipisa Lodge Spring Conclave is around the corner in February (2/17/23 – 2/19/23).
Check out the Tipisa Lodge OA website for more information: www.tipisa.org
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