Colonial District October 2022 Newsletter
The 2022 Scouting for Food (SFF) service project is ramping up, and your unit’s participation and efforts are key to making this important service project successful. Scouting for Food is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and an opportunity for Scouts to make a significant impact in our community by helping local families. Last year we were able to provide more than 50,000 meals through Second Harvest Foodbank and our goal this year is to collect 500,000 pounds of food; this is roughly 35 items per registered Scout!
Please review the Unit Coverage map for the Colonial District, and email Kelli Chou ASAP with any coverage area changes. If you are a new unit, let Kelli know the area you would like to cover.
— Today: Register your unit if you haven’t already: SFF 2022 Unit Registration Form
— October Roundtable on 10/20: SFF bags are back and will be provided to the units.
— Saturday 11/5: SFF bag distribution Saturday. Your unit distributes SFF bags to homes in your assigned area. Also consider asking your chartered organization, local businesses, apartment complexes, etc. if your unit could place a food collection box at their location.
— Saturday 11/12: SFF collection Saturday. Your unit completes pickup of food donations for assigned area and delivers donations at a district collection site. Be ready to report number of bags collected. District collection site locations will be at Second Harvest Food Bank and also in the plaza on the SE corner of Alafaya and Lake Underhill. Note: Volunteers will be needed at the collection sites, if you or your unit would like to volunteer.
Thank you for supporting Scouting for Food and your commitment to serving our youth and community. Please direct questions to our Colonial District Scouting for Food Co-Chairs, Kelli Chou and Jackie Juvinal by emailing [email protected].
Vincent Melvin, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 175 in Colonial District, is featured in the October 2022 issue of Scout Life magazine for his actions in helping his family when he discovered a fire in his home. Vincent was honored earlier this year with the Heroism Award for his actions.
University of Scouting is coming Saturday, January 28, 2023! This is a day of teaching, leading, inspiring, and above all fellowship with your fellow scouters across Central Florida.
We are currently seeking Instructors to fill the colleges so we may have an amazing, fun-filled day. Whether you have taught in the past or have never taught before we are hoping that you will want to share your passion with us and we would love to have you teach a course! We are seeking instructors for classes with topics of interest to the following audiences:
Cub Scout leaders and parents
Youth in Scouts BSA
Scouts BSA leaders and parents
Please contact Michael Hockman at [email protected] •407-920-1884.
Please reach out ASAP, as we plan to publish the catalog and registration link by November 1st. Covid-19 hit a lot of families and units in the past few years which has the University in a place of rebuilding our staff. We really need your support!
On May 1, the Central Florida Council switched to a new system to manage Unit Accounts. In the new system, units can electronically add or remove authorized users, view unit balance and transaction history, setup email notifications for low balance, and more! You will no longer need to submit paper updates every year!
Unit Committee Chairs received notification of changes last April and have been automatically designated as the controller for the Unit Account. CC’s have full authority in the account. If you are a Committee Chair and have not already set up users you would like to have access, please do so ASAP.
Click on this link to access the new system:
Use this link to make a deposit in your Unit Account that avoids fees:
Video Orientation to Managing Unit Account:
Questions?! Contact Henry Knowles at [email protected]
REGISTER to Participate in October RT ‘Meet the Troops’ Event
Scouts BSA Troops are invited to host a ‘Meet and Greet Table’ at October’s Round Table Meeting to share information about your unit with Webelos and AOL families who will soon be bridging to Scouts BSA. This event grew out of a desire from Webelos/AOL scouts nearing ‘crossover’ time to have a way to interact with a wider range of Scouts BSA troops in the area beyond their traditional feeder troop(s). Last year we held this event for the first time and had over 100 persons in attendance. October RT is on 10/20/22 at Centerpointe Church, setup starting at 6:30pm, with the open Meet and Greet starting around 7:15pm.
Please register your Scouts BSA Troop to host a table by emailing Mike Hockman at [email protected].
Upcoming Merit Badge Opportunities!
Starting in October the Avalon YMCA will be offering the Sports MB and the Personal Fitness MB. If interested in participating please contact Michael Hockman, [email protected] or 407-920-1884. More details to follow in the next newsletter and September Roundtable as we solidify the program.
Also, Colonial District is hosting a Merit Badge University on December 10, 2022 at Keiser University’s Orlando campus. More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-61106
10/8/22 – 10/9/22 Colonial/Osceola District BALOO Training @ Hal Scott Preserve
10/20/22 Colonial District Roundtable—October **AOL/Webelos Meet the Troops**
11/17/22 Colonial District Roundtable—November **Recharter**
12/2/22 – 12/4/22 Colonial District Fall Camporee—Journey Through Ancient Egypt
12/8/22 Colonial District Roundtable—December
12/10/22 Merit Badge Academy with Kaiser University
Central Florida Council
10/7/22 – 10/9/22 Cub Halloween 2022
10/14/22 – 10/16/22 Cub Halloween 2022
10/21/22 – 10/23/22 Cub Halloween 2022
10/28/22 – 10/30/22 Cub Halloween 2022
11/5/22 Scouting for Food—Bag Distribution
11/12/22 Scouting for Food—Bag Pickup
11/18/22 – 11/20/22 Liger Growl
12/2/22 – 12/3/22 Webelos to Scout Transition
12/9/22 – 12/11/22 Cub Holiday
12/18/22 – 12/21/22 Scouts BSA Winter Camp
12/26/22 – 12/30/22 Nat’l Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
12/27/22 – 12/30/22 Scouts BSA Winter Camp
Order of the Arrow
Lodge Hadjo Chapter meetings held monthly at Colonial District Round Table.
11/4/22 – 11/6/22 Section Leadership Conference
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/
10/7/22 – 10/9/22 Riverside Under Seige Campout
10/14/22 – 10/16/22 Lake District Cub Family Campout
10/15/22 – 10/16/22 Challenger Cub Family Campout
11/18/22 – 11/20/22 Challenger District Webelos Woods
10/7/22 – 10/9/22 Riverside Under Seige Campout
10/7/22 – 10/9/22 Osceola Fall Camporee – Florida Pioneers
10/14/22 – 10/16/22 Lake District Fall Camporee – Scout Olympics
11/18/22 – 11/20/22 Challenger District Fall Camporee – Pioneering
12/10/22 – 12/12/22 Seminole District Camporee –
Colonial District Roundtable
Next Roundtable: Thursday October 20, 2022 at 7pm
We would like to invite you to the Colonial District Roundtable 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!
The October Roundtable will feature a special Meet the Troops event for Webelos and AOL scouts and their families to connect with participating Scouts BSA troops in our district. Additionally, bags requested by units for the Scouting for Food service project will be available for pickup. And the Order of the Arrow will be hosting the OA Grill so you can eat dinner before the meeting (see menu and pre-order details in separate announcement below)!
Recharter leads from every unit are requested to attend a special breakout session on the Recharter Process during this month’s Roundtable; unit recharter packets will be distributed to unit representatives in attendance.
The feature topics of program breakout groups are below. Bring your ideas and questions!
Cub Scout Program Breakout: Welcoming New Families
Scouts BSA Program Breakout: Developing High Performing Youth Leaders
Looking ahead to next month…At the November Round Table (11/17/22), units will submit Recharter packets. There will also be program-specific breakout sessions planned for persons supporting the Cub Scout and Scouts BSA programs.
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 in October!
Menu and Pricing:
– $5 for meat or vegetarian lasagne, caesar salad, and water
– $1 each for additional snacks
– $1 for soda
Please bring cash payment!
Pre-order your meal here: Meal Pre-Order Form
The registration link for the Colonial District Fall Camporee “Journey Through Ancient Egypt” is now LIVE: https://scoutingevent.com/083-2022FallCamporeeJourneyThruAncientEgypt
If you are considering the National Jamboree, now is the time to take action! The CFC National Jamboree Troops have started meeting.
For more information and link to registration, go to: cfcjambo.com
Checkout the popcorn page on the CFC website for information on everything popcorn: https://www.cflscouting.org/popcorn/
If you have questions, contact our Colonial District Popcorn Kernel, Kathy Vickroy, at [email protected].
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. Some of the offerings 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 & Osceola Districts
Sat. 10/8/22, 1pm – Sun. 10/9/22, 11am
Hal Scott Preserve
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialOsceolaDistrictBaloo#
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Challenger District
Sat. 10/8/22, 7:30am – Sun. 10/9/22, 10am
Kars Park, Merrit Island, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ChallengerDistrictBalooIOLSTraining#
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Timiqua District
Sat. 10/29/22, 8am – Sun. 10/30/22, 11am
Lake Ashby Park, New Smyrna Beach, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-TimuquaDistrictBalooIOLSFALLTRAINING
BALOO hosted by Seminole District
Sat. 11/12/22, 8am – Sun. 11/13/22, 11am
Mullet Lake Park, Geneva, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-SeminoleBaloo#
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Lake District
Sat. 11/19/22, 8am – Sun. 11/20/22, 5pm
Camp La-No-Che, Paisley, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-LAKEDISTRICTFALLIOLSANDBALOOTRAINING#
NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) FOR YOUTH
Let it be known to all eligible Lads and Lasses, registration for Winter 2022 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is LIVE!
NYLT is an exciting, action-packed week designed to provide youth participants with the leadership skills and experiences they can use at home, at school, on the job, and at their Unit level. Youth are eligible to participate if they are at least 13 years of age, registered in ScoutsBSA, Venturing, or Sea Scouting, and meet rank requirements for their program.
For more information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-nyltwinter
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].
Update from the Lodga Hodjo Chapter Chief
The September Chapter outing—bowling—has been rescheduled for this Thursday 10/6/22 because of Hurricane Ian. If you would like to go, signup here: Bowling Signup Form.
This month’s chapter meeting will be on Thursday 10/20/22 at Centerpointe Community Church. More information will come in your email.
Lodja Hodjo Chapter Chief
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).