Colonial District July 2023 Newsletter
Latest news and updates from the Colonial District of Central Florida Council BSA.<!–
Congratulations to Colonial District Scouter John Rhodes for being one of the eight Scouters honored by the Central Florida Council BSA with the 2023 Silver Beaver Award. John, thank you so much for your service to scouting!
Effective August 1, 2023
On May 30, 2023, the National Council, Boy Scouts of America announced a new membership cycle and fee for registration in the BSA.
Beginning August 1, 2023, all new youth and adult members who join the BSA will enroll in a 12-month membership cycle and BSA will cease prorating fees. Both youth and adults will pay the full annual membership fee and will renew their membership on the anniversary month of joining the BSA. Each registered member of the BSA will receive an email notice with a registration renewal link beginning 60 days before the anniversary month they joined Scouting. Unit leaders will receive a copy of the email and must stay engaged in the membership renewal process just like rechartering.
During the upcoming Fall Membership Recruitment season in the Central Florida Council BSA, the newly recruited Scouts will pay $165 for a 12-month membership cycle (includes the National Council’s one-time youth joining fee of $25.00, National membership fees, and the Central Florida Council program fee). Thus establishing their membership anniversary month.
Later in the Fall, Scouts and Scouters currently registered in the Central Florida Council will recharter for the 2024 calendar year in the amount of $140 for youth and $100 for adult leaders (includes National Membership fee and Central Florida Council program fee, the adult fee includes enhanced background checks and general liability insurance).
The Central Florida Council ‘Unit Annual Planning Guide’ is a resource for all Packs, Troops, Crews, and Ships to help with planning the coming school/Scouting year. In it, you will find information on fundraising, leader training, upcoming event dates, and more. You will also find helpful links and QR codes for event registration and calendar resources. This guide is best viewed electronically, as it will dynamically lead you to in the information you need to be most successful in your Scouting work!
Download the Council Unit Annual Planning Guide here:
The Central Florida Council is gearing up for a great Popcorn Campaign in 2023…new products, new product packaging, new prizes / experiences, and even more pre-scheduled show n sell locations plus much more…In addition, we are excited to announce our continued relationship with Publix and our new relationship with Winn Dixie! This will be a game changer for your Fall Popcorn Campaign.
Visit the council popcorn hub at https://www.cflscouting.org/popcorn/ to access the 2023 Popcorn Information packet as well as print and video resources to support your unit’s popcorn sale.
Also, be sure that your unit takes the following ACTIONS:
1. Commit your unit to sell popcorn in 2023: https://sell.trails-end.com/unit-registration
2. Signup HERE to reserve your slot at one of the Virtual Popcorn Kickoff events (scheduled July 15 and July 22). Minimum of one leader per unit must attend to be eligible for 35% commission.
3. Ensure that your unit’s 2023-2024 Ideal Year of Scouting Survey is submitted HERE prior to July 31, 2023 to be eligible for 35% commission.
Attention all registered Merit Badge Counselors! Please check your Scoutbook account to verify that you are ‘assigned’ to serve as a Merit Badge Counselor for all of the Merit Badges that you wish to counsel. With recent system updates, it has come to our attention that for some Merit Badge Counselors, Merit Badges were dropped; and there is not an easy way to know what was previously listed but is now missing.
In order to restore Merit Badges that have been dropped (or to add new ones), please email Michelle Adamick a Merit Badge Counselor application along with a copy of your current YPT certificate. On the application “Add” the merit badges that are missing in Scoutbook.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
As you are planning for the 2023-2024 Scouting program year, we want to make sure you are aware of key dates in our Colonial District. Linked here is the most up-to-date version of the Colonial District Calendar for June 2023 through May 2024. Happy planning!
7/20/23 Colonial District Roundtable—July
8/17/23 Colonial District Roundtable—August
9/21/23 Colonial District Roundtable—September
9/30/23 – 10/1/23 Colonial District BALOO Training
Central Florida Council
7/15/23 Popcorn Kickoff (Virtual, 1st opportunity of 2)
7/22/23 Popcorn Kickoff (Virtual, 2nd opportunity of 2)
7/5/23 – 7/8/23 Session B of Summer Mini-Camp at Camp La-No-Che
7/9/23 – 7/15/23 Week 4 Summer Camp at Camp La-No-Che
7/9/23 – 7/19/23 International Jamborette 2023 at Camp La-No-Che
7/13/23 – 7/16/23 2023 International Cub Resident Camp at Camp La-No-Che
9/8/23 – 9/10/23 Wood Badge Fall Course Weekend 1 (of 2)
9/23/23 – 9/24/23 Wood Badge Fall Course Weekend 2 (of 2)
9/23/23 CFC College of Commissioner Science
9/22/23 – 9/24/23 Wilderness Survival Outpost at Camp La-No-Che
9/29/23 – 10/1/23 Leave No Trace Trainer Course
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.
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/
7/29/23 Cub Scout Fishing Day hosted by Eagle Empire District
No District-hosted events are currently available for registration on the Council calendar for July, August, or September. Check the Council calendar for events scheduled in the Fall.
Next Roundtable: Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 7:00pm
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 July Roundtable will be held on Thursday 7/20/23! We hope to see you there!
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]
There is one Cub Day Camp opportunity remaining this summer. Session 7T hosted by Challenger District at Camp Chance is coming up July 10-14.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-daycamp
There is still time to get registered for the final week (Week 4) of summer camp at Camp La-No-Che, being held July 9-15. 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!
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 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 in the mountains of West Virginia is coming July 19-28, with opportunity to purchase daily tickets for attendance between Friday July 21st and Wednesday July 26th. Limited quantities of day tickets are available, so be sure to purchase in advance.
More information at https://jamboree.scouting.org/visitors/
Camp La-No-Che is offering a NEW Wilderness Survival themed campout September 22—24, 2023. Scouts throughout the weekend will engage in experiences centered around Wilderness Survival. Instructors from multiple disciplines will be incorporated into this weekend experience for Scouts to learn from in classroom, outdoor, and scenario activities. This program will feature sessions where multiple topics including opportunity to complete the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge, most of the requirements in the Search and Rescue Merit Badge, and Leave No Trace Awareness.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-WSO
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 hosted by Colonial District
Sat. 9/30/23, 8:00am – Sun. 10/1/23, 12pm
Moss Park in Orlando, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialDistrictBaloo
IOLS hosted by Colonial District
Sat. 10/28/23, 8:00am – Sun. 10/29/23, 12pm
Moss Park in Orlando, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialDistrictIOLSTraining
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Fri. 9/29/23, 6:30pm – Sun. 10/1/23, 2:30pm
Open to youth 14 and older and all adult leaders, this BSA / Center for Outdoor Ethics Leave No Trace Trainer Course will 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.
More info and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-LNTFall
Did you hear from your Scouting friends what an amazing time they 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
1. The Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook has been recently 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.
2. Life scouts who are ready for their Eagle Project Workbook review and District approvals 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.
3. Eagle Boards of Review (EBOR) will 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.
Stan Richards is the Colonial District Advancement Chair. Please reach out to Stan at [email protected] for advancement related questions and requests.
Michelle Adamick has assumed 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.
Also—if you are a Merit Badge Counselor, please be sure to review the announcement titled “Attention ALL Merit Badge Counselors!” earlier in this newsletter.
Tentative Dates 2023-2024:
August 12, 2023 Tipisa LLDC & Banquet
September 15-17, 2023 Fall Fellowship
November 3-5, 2023 Section Leadership Summit @ Camp Flying Eagle
January 2024 Ordeal Weekends
February 16-18, 2024 Tipisa Native American Weekend (TNAW)
March 1-3, 2024 Spring Conclave
April 12-14, 2024 Section Conference @ Camp Elmore
May 17-19, 2024 Service Weekend
Check out the Tipisa Lodge OA website for more news and information: www.tipisa.org
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