Colonial District March 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!
Nicholas James, Troop 24
Victor Shash, Troop 641
Fletcher Matejowsky, Troop 613
Katherine Doyle, Troop 4062
James Helsinger, Troop 184
Andrew Hamil, Troop 173
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.
Time to NOMINATE Your Unit’s Amazing Volunteers!
It is time again to recognize and celebrate our District’s outstanding volunteers by honoring them with Awards! We know there are many great volunteers helping in our District and Units who are deserving of recognition for their tremendous efforts!
Please take a moment to submit nominations for District Awards, including Individual Leadership Awards for different positions, Unit of the Year Awards, and for the highest honor in our district—the District Award of Merit.
More information and links to nomination forms for these District awards and Council-level awards:
Completed nominations for ALL awards can be submitted in-person at the Colonial District March Roundtable Meeting (3/9/2023) or via email to our Colonial District Chairperson Ron Randolph at [email protected]. It is also possible to submit nominations via US Mail. Email Ron for address.
All nominations must be received by April 1, 2023.
Do you have leaders in your unit who qualify for requirement-based awards, such as Training Awards and the Scouter’s Key Awards? We encourage you to review the requirements and submit award applications for leaders who meet the criteria! We will recognize recipients of these awards at the Annual Colonial District Recognition Banquet in May. Applications can be submitted year-round to our Colonial District Training Chair, Dominique Rodriguez, at [email protected]. But please submit by April 1st to ensure applications will have enough time to be processed ahead of this year’s banquet.
Den Leader Training Award
This award recognizes den leaders who have completed training, tenure, and performance requirements. Click here for Den Leader Training Award Application.
Scouter’s Training Award
This award can be presented to registered adult leaders who have two years’ tenure in their unit and have completed position-specific training and other performance requirements designed to encourage and recognize those who give of their resources to make the unit successful. For more information, reference the application appropriate to your program (linked below):
Scout’s Training Award Application for Cub Scouting
Scout’s Training Award Application for Scouts BSA
Scout’s Training Award Application for Venturing
Scouter’s Key Award
The Scouter’s Key Award is a recognition for primary leaders who complete advanced tenure, training and performance requirements as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Venturing Advisor, Sea Scouting Skippers, District Committee or Commissioner. For more information, reference the application appropriate to your program/role (linked below):
Application for Cubmaster’s Key
Application for Scoutmaster’s Key
Application for Advisor’s Key
Application for District Committee Key
Application for Unit Commissioner Key
The Annual Colonial District Recognition Banquet will be held at Centerpointe Church on Thursday, May 25, 2023!
Be sure to nominate your unit’s stand-out volunteers for awards by the April 1st deadline.
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].
2/25/2023 Notice from the Scoutbook Advisory Council:
In an attempt to get off the blacklist and get e-mail flowing reliably again, Scoutbook accounts with the following characteristics have been set to No E-Mail:
• Any adult accounts with NO current BSA registrations and NO connections to youth accounts as Parent/Guardian or Other Family Member
• Any youth accounts with NO current BSA registrations and NO connections to any adults
Users can enable their e-mail again by logging in to Scoutbook and navigating to My Account → E-Mail and turning the Messaging Opt-Out slider to the left so the background is gray.
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.
3/9/23 Colonial District Roundtable—March **Reflects DATE CHANGE””
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**
Central Florida Council
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
5/6/23 Trainers EDGE Adult Training
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/
3/25/23 – Timiqua District Pinewood Derby
3/25/23 – 3/26/23 – Osceola District Spring Campout for Cub Scouts
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
3/31/23 – 4/2/23 Timiqua District Spring Camporee
3/31/23 – 4/2/23 Lake District ILST Weekend
4/1/23 Timiqua District Merit Badge Class Disabilities Awareness & Genealogy
4/1/23 – 4/2/23 Lake District Pathfinder Campout (for Scouts new to Scouts BSA)
4/21/23 – 4/23/23 Lake District Spring Camporee
4/21/23 – 4/23/23 Challenger District Spring Camporee
Colonial District Roundtable
Next Roundtable: Thursday March 9, 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 March Roundtable will be held THIS THURSDAY, on 3/9/23, so we catch you before the OCPS Spring Break week! Come ready to NOMINATE your unit’s stand-out volunteers for annual district awards! Nomination forms can be completed and submitted in-person at Roundtable. 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: Preparing for the Annual Planning Conference
Scouts BSA/Venturing Program Breakout: What is the scouting journey? How are we reaching each scout? What are their goals, and what excites them about scouts?
Looking ahead…the April Roundtable will be held on 4/20/23. Then at May Roundtable on 5/18/23 we will have our Annual Program Launch event—a Scouting fair of sorts in which local businesses will host 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 Baked Ziti for the March Roundtable! This baked ziti will be super cheesy (no meat)! It is $5 for the baked ziti and a bottle of water. We will be serving starting at 6:30.
Menu and Pricing:
– $5 for Baked Ziti + 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 March 2023
The weekend of April 14-16, 2023, Colonial District will be 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!
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
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
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
Click HERE to reserve your seats for this special Orlando Magic Scout Night!
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. 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.
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 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
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#
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
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#
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. Welcome Michelle! 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.
Our Lodja Hadjo Chapter (Colonial District) will be going bowling for this month’s chapter meeting! Brothers should look for communication via email for details.
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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