Colonial District January 2023 Newsletter
1. The Eagle Project Workbook review process and District approvals will have the option of personally meeting with a District Advancement team member by appointment. As in the past, the Life Scout may decide to do this process electronically or in person.
2. Eagle Boards of Review will have an appointment system for the date and time. And they will all be held at the same location. Troops are encouraged to send their own representatives for their EBOR. If the Troop is not able to provide representatives, district representatives can be available.
It’s Almost HERE…Register TODAY!
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
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 2023 Camp Card Sale offers a great way for scouts and their units to earn their way to camp! The sale begins February 2, 2023 and ends April 30, 2023. You can check out this year’s Camp Card in the pic below. Thanks to all units who attended Virtual Kickoff events and pre-ordered cards in December!
We’ve launched an app this year! You can order through the app, and you’ll also find the recorded version of the Kickoff event and our Camp Card Guidebook and other resources there.
Click this link for the app: bit.ly/2023CC
You can also check out the council Camp Card webpage for information and resources. If you have any questions – contact our Colonial District Camp Card Chair Brittany Pickren or the council lead Cherise Czaban.
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]
1/13/23 – 1/15/23 Colonial District Webelos Woods
1/19/23 Colonial District Roundtable—January
2/16/23 Colonial District Roundtable—February
3/16/23 Colonial District Roundtable—March
4/14/23 – 4/16/23 Colonial & Eagle Empire Districts Spring Camporee
Central Florida Council
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)
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
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
3/25/23 – Timiqua District Pinewood Derby
3/31/23 – 4/2/23 Timiqua District Spring Camporee
Colonial District Roundtable
Next Roundtable: Thursday January 19, 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 January Roundtable on 1/19/23, we will share tips and tricks for scouting events on the horizon. 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: Camp Cards, Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold, Rank Advancement/Crossover, Spring Break fun activities or trips
Scouts BSA/Venturing Program Breakout: OA Ordeal, Crossovers, Spring Break trips, Spring Camporee, and Summer camp plans
Looking ahead to next month…the February Roundtable meeting will be 2/16/23. Mark your calendar!
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]
The OA Grill is back for the January Roundtable! This month will be Chili! The options are beef, green chicken, or vegetable chili. It is $5 for the chili and a bottle of water. We will be serving starting at 6:30.
Menu and Pricing:
– $5 for Chili with your choice of beef, green chicken, or veggie chili + a bottle of water
– $1 each for additional snacks
– $1 for soda
Please bring cash payment!
is ALMOST HERE!
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
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!
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!
The specifics for this event are still being ironed out. The Leader’s Guide should be posted by Feberuary 6th. In the meantime, if you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 407.921.8170.
Take part in our NEW annual event featuring programs and events incorporating safety, medical, fitness, and sports!
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.
Registration will go live soon. More information here: https://scoutingevent.com/083-Summit#
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
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’.
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/
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
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 here: 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!
January 2023 Ordeal Weekends!
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
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).