Colonial District November 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!
John Burbon Hanniford, Troop 205
Aadi Trehan, Troop 148
Benjamin Carl Fredrik Anderson, Troop 205
Charles Duncan Davey, Troop 62
Colonial & Osceola Districts Merging, Effective 1/1/2024
New Name Needed for Merged District!
The first order of business is to NAME the merged district. Do you have ideas for an awesome district name? Please share your district name ideas via the Google form at this link: https://tinyurl.com/DistrictNameIdeas
Note that, per current guidelines from National BSA, the district name CANNOT be a name previously used in the Council, the name of a person, or a name with Native American connotation.
At the upcoming integration meeting, the list of district name ideas will be reduced to 3 top candidates by the members present. These top 3 names will then be recommended to the Central Florida Council BSA, and the Council will make the final determination.
We hope everyone’s Scouting for Food bag distribution went smoothly yesterday. Next Saturday 11/11 is food collection! Please wait until after 9am to begin collecting the bags in your unit’s assigned territory. If possible, we encourage you to publicize the bag collection on social media (Facebook, Next Door, etc.) with a reminder to have the donations set out in a visible location prior to 9am Saturday.
Two food donation collection sites will be open for drop-offs from 9:00am—1:30pm at the following locations on 11/11:
(* aka The Colonial District Popcorn Warehouse *)
5105 Patch Rd
Orlando, Fl 32822
Alternate Collection Site Option:
Second Harvest Food Bank
411 Mercy Drive
Orlando, FL 32805
Please try to drop off at the STU Import/Export as Colonial District will not have a representative stationed at Second Harvest to record your number of bags. If you find it necessary to drop off at Second Harvest, please email/text Kelli Chou with the number of ~7 pound bags your Unit collected.
Thank you in advance to those who have volunteered to help out at the Colonial District collection site. Please stick around to help when you drop your collected items.
Additionally, we will need volunteers from each of the areas to act as runners to pick up bags that were not collected. (This typically happens because they were not set out in time.) We will reach out to each of you individually should that be needed. Please have at least one runner identified. Those bags may be take to Second Harvest or any food pantry you prefer.
Lastly, be sure to log your Unit’s service hours in Scoutbook Internet Advancement. Step-by-step instructions provided further down in this newsletter.
Thank you for everything you do! Together we will make a real difference. If you have any questions or need to report number of bags dropped to Second Harvest, please reach out to Kelli Chou at [email protected] or 214-316-7187.
We know each unit is working hard on getting their unit’s recharter complete, and the deadline to turn them in on-time is 11/16/2023 at the November roundtable. If you have any questions on rechartering please contact your unit commissioner first. If your unit commissioner is unable to help (or if you aren’t sure who your unit commissioner is), please reach out to our District Commissioner Aaron Adamick for assistance by texting 720-643-0024 (preferred) or emailing [email protected].
Please remember to follow the tips printed on the front of your recharter packet prior to handing in your recharter. If they aren’t completed we will make notes and have you take the packet with you to correct.
Lastly, please note that one of the criteria for unit Blue Ribbon Status is that the Recharter packet is submitted by the 11/16/2023 deadline. If you are looking for another (earlier) day to drop off your recharter please reach out to Jeremy West [email protected] or Brian Gorman [email protected] to set up a day and time. Thank you!
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.’
University of Scouting is returning to Edgewater High School on Saturday, January 28, 2023! This is a day of teaching, leading, inspiring, and above all fellowship with your fellow scouters across Central Florida.
Be on the lookout as we are looking to post registration live by November Roundtable. Stay tuned for links and more information that will be posted soon. Thank you.
Your participation is requested at the 2024 CFC Leadership Summit on 2/3/24!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-68177
The Central Florida Council is having a great Popcorn Campaign in 2023. Please note these important upcoming dates:
11/11/23 Unit prize orders due, deadline to submit for Military Donations prize order (for patch sets)
11/18/23 Units pick up 3rd orders at Area Distribution site
12/1/23 All payments due
Visit the council popcorn hub at https://www.cflscouting.org/popcorn/ for more information. If you have questions or need assistance, reach out to our Colonial District Popcorn Kernel Kathy Vickroy at [email protected] or 412-758-9636.
11/16/23 Colonial District Roundtable—November **Recharter DUE**
12/1/23 – 12/3/23 Colonial District Scouts BSA Fall Camporee at Moss Park
12/14/23 Colonial District Roundtable—December
1/12/24 – 1/14/24 Colonial District Webelos Woods
1/18/24 Colonial District Roundtable—January
Central Florida Council
11/4/23 Scouting for Food – Bag Distribution Day
11/11/23 Scouting for Food – Food Collection Day
11/17/23 – 11/19/23 Liger Growl Weekend at Camp La-No-Che
12/1/23 – 12/2/23 Webelos to Scout Transition Weekend at Camp La-No-Che
12/8/23 – 12/10/23 Cub Holiday Weekend at Camp La-No-Che
12/21/23 – 12/24/23 Winter Camp Session #1
12/26/23 – 12/31/23 National Youth Leadership Training
12/28/23 – 12/31/23 Winter Camp Session #2
1/4/24 – 1/7/24 Winter Camp Session #3
2/3/24 Central Florida Council Leadership Summit
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. And best of all, many of these events are included in the CFC Program Fee (so no additional cost). More information and registration for each event can be accessed through the council calendar at https://www.cflscouting.org/calendar/
12/1/23 Challenger District Webelos Woods
12/2/23 Eagle Empire District Cub Adventure Day
12/1/23 – 12/3/23 Challenger District Fall Camporee
12/1/23 – 12/3/23 Eagle Empire District Fall Camporee
12/8/23 – 12/10/23 Seminole District Fall Camporee
Next Roundtable: Thursday, November 16, 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 November Roundtable will be held on Thursday 11/16/23. In addition to regular program breakout groups for Cub and Scouts BSA/Venturing leaders, our unit commissioner team will be on hand to collect your unit’s Recharter paperwork.
Cub Leader Breakout: How to prepare for Blue and Gold; Webelos Woods or Webelos to Scout Transition; camping safety, supplies, and new parents.
Scouts BSA/Venturing Leader Breakout: Fall Camporee, recruiting to retain leaders, upcoming training, goals and plans for 2024.
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]
for Webelos/AOL Scouts
Check out all a preview of Camporee activities and logistics here: https://tinyurl.com/ColonialCamporee2023
Registration link: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialFallCamporee
Colonial District Webelos Woods for Webelos and AOL scouts and their families is coming up January 12-14, 2024 at Camp La-No-Che! This Campout features friendly competitions in individual events and patrol/pack events, including a Lash Box Derby Car race for patrols that build a car. In the evening, patrols will perform Campfire Skits and participate in an amazing flag retirement ceremony led by Crew 911.
This event is covered by the Council Program fee, so there is no charge for attending. However, attendees must REGISTER by the 1/11/24 deadline and make plans to prepare their own meals at camp.
Registration and Participant Guide: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialDistrictWebelosWoods#
Calling all Lion & Tiger Scouts!!!! The Liger Growl weekend coming to Camp La-No-Che November 17-19 is just for YOU! This year we are learning about and celebrating all different kinds of HEROES! Our First Responders, Military, Community and yes, even our TV and movie HEROES. It will be AMAZING! Come with your den, come with your pack, or come as a family – but make you sure you don’t miss this FUN-filled weekend!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-LigerGrowl
Webelos to Scout Transition Weekend 2023 will be held at Camp La-No-Che December 1-2, 2023. This event is for Webelos and Arrow of Light scouts offers a taste of what it will be like when they cross over to a troop!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-W2ST
Cub Holiday Weekend 2023 is an event for cub scouts and their families at Camp La-No-Che the weekend of December 8-10, 2023! This year’s theme is a Hawaiian holiday celebration, complete with an evening Luau party and Santa!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-CubHoliday
Scouts BSA Winter Camp is back at Camp La-No-Che! Three sessions to choose from: Dec 21-24, Dec 28, 31, or Jan 4-7. Winter Camp is an excellent event for your Scouts new and old to head outdoors and have a blast! From our New Scout Program: Trailblazers, to our high-adventure programs for your older Scouts, come home to Camp La-No-Che this Winter and give every member of your Unit an unforgettable experience!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-wintercamp
Howdy Partners! Winter National Youth Leadership Training is coming to Central Florida Council, and registration is live! Come be a trailblazer and take your leadership to the next level!
NYLT is an exciting, action packed week designed to provide youth participants with the leadership skills and experience they can use at home, at school, on the job, and at their unit level. NYLT is designed for Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts: 1st Class Rank or above (similar for Venturing and Sea Scouts).All Scouts must be 13 years of age by the 1st day of course.
Register today to get the early bird rate!
– Early Discount: $ 275.00 (by 11/27/23 11:59pm)
– Regular Price: $ 300.00 Registration (closes 12/06/23 11:59pm)
***Please Note: add $75 for Out of Council Units***
More info and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-nyltwinter
Contigent Forming Now!
Do you have skills to cook over an open fire? Do you have the skills for basic lashings? Do you want to expand your scouting skills to interact with other International scouts?
There are limited openings for scouts to join the 2026 Blair Atholl Patrol Jamboree that will be held in Summer 2026 in the Highlands of Scotland. Scouts must be 14-17 years old at the time of the trip, which departs mid-July 2026.
The application process begins in January 2024. This is a two-year team building and fundraising process.
If you are interested in learning more about this event, check out the Blair Atholl website: https://www.jamborette.org.uk
For inquiries related to the 2026 local contigent, reach out to:
– Brian Ribaric, 2026 Scotland Contigent Leader, [email protected]
– BJ Knapp, Central FL International Representative, [email protected]
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 Lake District
Sat. 11/18/23, 8:00am – Sun. 11/19/23, 5:00pm
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-LakeDistrictFallIOLSBALOO#
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 2024 Wood Badge course! Cost is $195.
-Orientation: February 10, 2024 via Virtual meeting, 3-4pm
-Weekend 1: February 23 – 25, 2024 @ Camp La-No-Che
-Weekend 2: March 16 – 17, 2024 @ Camp La-No-Che
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-74880
Now is the time to take our Colonial units to the next level. Improve the communication within your unit and pick up a few activities to share with your youth. Wood Badge is for all leaders: Cubs, Scouts BSA, Crew, and Ships. Cost is $195.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-74880
Please note the following information for Life scouts working on their Eagle Rank:
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.
Michelle Adamick is the Colonial District Merit Badge/Nova/SuperNova Coordinator. All 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.
Tentative Dates 2023-2024:
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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