Colonial District February 2023 Newsletter
The following scouts completed the Eagle Rank in late-December 2022 or January 2023. Congratulations!
Luis Sanchez, Troop 111
Riley Lock, Troop 184
Garrett Boyd, Troop 205
Kaveesh Patil, Troop 148
Maanya Mehta, Troop 4613
Alexander Rodriguez, Troop 33
Devesh Ramdhani, Troop 33
Juan Rojas, Troop 33
Kashvi Aggarwal, Troop 4613
Nathaniel Gonder, Troop 202
Riley Lock, Troop 184
The Annual Colonial District Recognition Banquet will be held on May 25, 2023!
Come to the February Roundtable meeting to learn about this year’s district award categories and how you can nominate your unit leaders and volunteers for awards.
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.
Thanks to all who were in attendance at the Colonial District Merit Badge University held at Keiser University on 12/10/22. If your scouts need help connecting with a Merit Badge Counselor they worked with that day, reach out to Matt Hartigan at [email protected]. He will be happy to provide contact information.
The 2023 Camp Card Sale offers a great way for scouts and their units to earn their way to camp! The sale runs February 2, 2023 through April 30, 2023. You can check out this year’s Camp Card in the pic below. The adult in your unit designated as Camp Card lead should be receiving regular information and details. But if that person is not receiving communication or if you have questions, contact our Colonial District Camp Card Chair Brittany Pickren.
2/16/23 Colonial District Roundtable—February
3/9/23 Colonial District Roundtable—March **Reflects DATE CHANGE””
4/20/23 Colonial District Roundtable—April
4/14/23 – 4/16/23 Colonial & Eagle Empire Districts Spring Camporee
Central Florida Council
2/11/23 Florida History Festival Community Event
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)
3/3/23 – 3/5/23 Tipisa Native American Weekend (TNAW)
3/18/23 – 3/19/23 C.O.A.L.S. Training
3/18/23 – 3/19/23 Spring Wood Badge Course Weekend 2 (of 2)
3/24/23 – 3/26/23 Trades, Aquatics, and Careers Weekend
3/31/23 – 4/2/23 Camp La-No-Che Summit—Safety, Medical, Fitness, Sports
4/28/23 – 4/30/23 Cub Scout Spring-A-Palooza Campout
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/
3/25/23 – Timiqua District Pinewood Derby
4/22/23 – Timiqua District Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Extravaganza
2/11/23 Life to Eagle Seminar hosted by Osceola District
3/31/23 – 4/2/23 Timiqua District Spring Camporee
Colonial District Roundtable
Next Roundtable: Thursday February 16, 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!
At this month’s February Roundtable on 2/16/23, we will be sharing information about how to NOMINATE your unit’s stand-out volunteers for district awards! Come learn about the district award process and the specific award categories for this year. 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: Are you ready for Crossover, Blue and Gold, Pinewood Derby, and change in leadership after Crossover? Are your Cub leaders advancing in training and obtaining their knots? We will be discussing these questions as well as looking ahead to Annual Planning and the Summertime Pack award.
Scouts BSA/Venturing Program Breakout: Guide to Safe Scouting. What are your safety practices and have you done a safety assessment for your Unit? How are you preparing for new crossover scouts? Share Summer camp plans and are you running into any obstacles? Spring Camporee, who’s going and are you registered?
Looking ahead to next month…the March Roundtable meeting has been CHANGED to a week earlier next month—to 3/9/23—so it takes place before the OCPS Spring Break holiday week. Please mark your calendar and help get the word out to your unit leaders!
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, at [email protected]
The OA Grill will be making Jambalaya for the February Roundtable! The base jambalaya will be veggie, and there will be sausage and chicken to mix-in. It is $5 for the jambalaya and a bottle of water. We will be serving starting at 6:30.
Menu and Pricing:
– $5 for Jambalaya (veggie or with meat) + 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 Feb 2023
Scouts BSA Save the Date!
Spring Camporee April 14-16
Colonial District will be teaming up with Eagle Empire District to put on an epic Titanic-themed Spring Camporee April 14-16, 2023.
As a reminder, the cost of this event is covered by the CFC Program fee! More details and links will be shared soon. For now, be sure to Save the Date and plan to attend!
The Florida History Festival is taking place at Camp La-No-Che on February 11th. Weekend camping available. More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-flhf
Come join Tipisa Lodge March 3-5 for the biggest event of 2023, TNAW! Bring your troop, pack, crew or ship to Camp LaNoChe for a fun filled weekend and immerse yourselves in Native American culture! This event has something for Scouts of all ages! More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-tnaw
Looking for something different for your Troop, Ship or Crew to enjoy at Camp La-No-Che? Come and check out our Trades, Aquatics and Careers taking place March 24-26, 2023! A weekend full of activities in each of these categories – come on out and learn something new! More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-TAC
Take part in our NEW annual event featuring programs and events incorporating safety, medical, fitness, and sports!
Taking place the weekend of March 31st – April 2nd, this new event will combine what was formally, “Safety Weekend” into a program for Scouts BSA, Venturers, Adult Leaders, and La-No-Che Season Staff Applicants. The Camp La-No-Che Summit will allow these groups to come together and participate in training, learning, fellowship, and fun!
Safety Programs will include Aquatics Supervision Training, BSA Lifeguard Certification, COPE Level 1 Training, Leave No Trace Training, Range Safety Officer Training, and Archery Levels 1 & 2.
Medical Programs will include CPR/First Aid Certification, Wilderness First Aid Training, First Aid Merit Badge, and Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.
Fitness/Sports Programs will include Personal Fitness Merit Badge, Swimming Merit Badge, and Athletics/Sports Merit Badge.
More information and registration here: https://scoutingevent.com/083-Summit
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
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
Click HERE to reserve your seats for this special Orlando Magic Scout Night!
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’.
BALOO and IOLS Training Opportunities
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Challenger District
Sat. 3/25/23, 8am – Sun. 3/26/23, 12pm
KARS Park, Merritt Island
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ChallengerDistrictBalooIOLSTraining
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
More information and registration: http://www.cfcwoodbadge.com/
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
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-COALS
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
March 24-26, 2023, Camp La-No-Che
Open to Scouts 14 years and older and registered adult leaders in all Scouting programs, this course will give you an understanding of the impacts that we make when we are camping, hiking and using the outdoors. It will also give the youth the necessary tools to fulfill their duties in the NEW Outdoor Ethics Guide Troop Position of Responsibility. Successful completion of this course will give you dual certification with both BSA and Center for Outdoor Ethics as Trainers.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-LNT
Camp La-No-Che Summit
March 31 – April 2, 2023
This new event will combine what was formally, “Safety Weekend” into a program for Scouts BSA, Venturers, Adult Leaders, and La-No-Che Season Staff Applicants.
Training opportunities include Aquatics Supervision Training, BSA Lifeguard Certification, COPE Level 1 Training, Leave No Trace Training, Range Safety Officer Training, Archery Levels 1 & 2, CPR/First Aid Certification, and Wilderness First Aid Training. There will also be several merit badge classes offered for youth.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-Summit#
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!
Our Lodja Hadjo Chapter (Colonial District) will be having a Root Beer Float Party concurrent with the February Roundtable on 2/16/23. at 7 pm at Centerpointe Community Church 9580 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32825. Hope to see you there!
Also, this year’s Spring Conclave is coming the weekend of February 17-19 at Camp La-No-Che. It is pirate-themed this year! More information and registration here: https://scoutingevent.com/083-springconclave
Check out the Tipisa Lodge OA website for more news and information: www.tipisa.org
The Colonial District Monthly Newsletter is published on the first Sunday of each month. If you have announcements to be included in the newsletter, please email your request to [email protected] no later than one week after the previous month’s Roundtable (the fourth Thursday of each month).