Colonial District October 2023 Newsletter
Latest news and updates from the Colonial District of Central Florida Council BSA.<!–
Warm congratulations to our latest Colonial District Eagle Scout, Jacob Lester of Troop 184.
Congratulations to the leaders of Colonial District on completing Wood Badge 16-83-23-2 course! We wish you well as you CHART NEW ADVENTURES working your goals. We are excited to see the amazing things you are going to accomplish!
The 2023 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, Central Florida Council was able to provide more than 50,000 meals through Second Harvest Foodbank! Our District goal this year is to collect 50,000 pounds of food.
The unit coverage map for the Colonial District is online HERE. Please email me with any coverage area changes. If you are a new unit, let me know the area you would like to cover.
— Today: Register your unit HERE if you haven’t already.
— October Roundtable: The SFF bags are back and will be provided to the units.
— November 4: Your unit will distribute the SFF bags to residences 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.
— November 11: Your unit will canvas your assigned area to collect SFF food donations and deliver/report donations at a district collection site. District collection site locations are on the map and will be at Second Harvest Food Bank and STU Import/Export (* aka The Popcorn Warehouse *). Volunteers will be needed at the collection sites.
Thank you for supporting Scouting for Food and your commitment to serving our youth and community. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Colonial District SFF Chair
We are gearing up for the largest single-day training event in the Central Florida Council—University of Scouting, scheduled January 27, 2024. Please help our preparations by filling out this survey by October 10th. Don’t delay, fill it out today!
Our goal is to have an outstanding day, but we cannot do it alone. We need recommendations on Vendors to invite to share their opportunities with you. Our midway grows with your suggestions!
Our goal is to have program-changing courses for leaders of Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers to enjoy, but we cannot do it alone. We are calling upon Scouters who have taught in the past to share your valuable knowledge. There are a lot of new Scouters that can benefit from your wisdom. We are also calling on Scouters who haven’t taught before to offer your talents to teach a course and offer a fresh perspective.
Our final goal is for the youth to have courses to take, but to do so, we are in need of scouters that have the ability to offer a one of a kind memorable courses. We want the youth to immediately benefit from their everyday scouting lives.
We want to surprise the youth and Scouters with Venture Crew, Sea Scout and Explorer courses, however we need to have the subject matter experts in hiding to help make these courses come to life.
Thank you for your assistance on this outstanding day of learning as we celebrate scouts together. Our University Cabinet will be reviewing all the filled out surveys to help put together and connect with all the Instructors. Please contact my email below if you have any questions. We need your gifts, connections, and you to help teach a course! Thank you, and remember to complete the survey today!
University of Scouting President
It is coming up on the time of year when Scouts BSA Troops host campouts and events for AOL scouts. If your troop is hosting an event for AOL scouts, consider getting the word out by posting information on the Colonial District Facebook group and by providing us with information to share in the District Newsletter. If you would like your event publicized through the Colonial District Newsletter, please email details to Wendy Bray at [email protected]. Thanks!
Effective September 1, 2023
Effective September 1, 2023. Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including all meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth or female adult program participants.
Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
All adults staying overnight in connection with a Scouting activity must be currently registered as an adult volunteer or an adult program participant. Adult volunteers must register in the position(s) they are serving in. Registration as a merit badge counselor position does not meet this requirement. Limited exception below for Cub Scout overnight Programs.
Cub Scout Programs – Overnight Exception: Cub Scout parents or legal guardians taking part in an overnight Cub Scout program with their own child or legal ward are not required to register as leaders. All adults must review the “How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide” that can be found in the front of each Cub Scout Handbook. In addition, the parent or legal guardian must be accompanied by a registered leader at any time they are with youth members other than their own child/ward. All other overnight adults must be currently registered in an adult fee required position.
The Central Florida Council is in full swing for a great Popcorn Campaign in 2023.Visit the council popcorn hub at https://www.cflscouting.org/popcorn/ for resources and 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.
10/7/23 Colonial District Merit Badge Academy at Keiser University
10/19/23 Colonial District Roundtable—October
10/28/23 – 10/29/23 Colonial District IOLS Training
11/16/23 Colonial District Roundtable—November
12/1/23 – 12/3/23 Colonial District Scouts BSA Fall Camporee at Moss Park
12/14/23 Colonial District Roundtable—December
Central Florida Council
10/06/23 – 10/07/23 CFC Sunshine Trade-O-Ree
10/06/23 – 10/08/23 Scouts BSA Halloween: Curse of the La-No-Che Kraken
10/13/23 – 10/15/23 Cub Halloween at Camp La-No-Che (1 of 3)
10/20/23 – 10/22/23 Cub Halloween at Camp La-No-Che (2 of 3)
10/27/23 – 10/29/23 Cub Halloween at Camp La-No-Che (3 of 3)
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
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/
10/7/23 Osceola District Blast Into Scouting
10/7/23 – 10/8/23 Timuqua District Cub Family Camp Out
10/20/23 – 10/22/23 Riverside District Cub Family Camp Out
10/27/23 – 10/29/23 Lake District Cub Family Camp Out
12/1/23 Challenger District Webelos Woods
10/20/23 – 10/22/23 Osceola Fall Pioneer Camporee
10/27/23 – 10/29/23 Lake District Fall Camporee
12/1/23 – 12/3/23 Challenger District Fall Camporee
12/8/23 – 12/10/23 Seminole District Fall Camporee
Colonial District Merit Badge Academy hosted by Keiser University & Colonial District @ 5600 Lake Underhill Rd; Orlando, FL 32807
Merit Badges include: First Aid (full day), Emergency Preparedness (full day)
1/2 day badges (select two): Law, Fingerprinting, Digital Tech, American Business, Fire Safety, Scholarship
Prerequisites will be emailed to the participants
Please bring a water bottle (water only) and snacks will be provided
Registration will begin at 7:30, classes begin at 8:00
$5 per person
Registration will close on night of Oct 4, 2023.
Registration Link: https://scoutingevent.com/083-75973
Next Roundtable: Thursday, October 19, 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 October Roundtable will be held on Thursday 10/19/23 and will feature our Annual ‘Meet the Troops’ night. This is an opportunity for Webelos and AOL scouts to come and meet representatives of Scouts BSA Troops in attendance. Troops are invited to host a table to share information with prospective Crossover scouts (e.g., meeting time/location, what makes your troop awesome, upcoming invitational event details, etc.), We hope to see you there!
Topics for October Roundtable breakout sessions are as follows:
Cub Scout Breakout: Fall program, fundraising, advancement, den leader resources, and volunteer delegation
Scouts BSA Breakout: Advancement, balancing recruiting, school activities, elections, Fall Camporee
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]
Registration link: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialFallCamporee
Colonial District Webelos Woods 2024
More information and registration link coming soon!
Scouts BSA Halloween The Curse of the La-No-Che Kraken is coming for one weekend only, October 6-8, 2023! This event is for Scouts BSA Troops, Crews, Ships, and Posts.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ScoutsBSAHalloween
Cub Halloween is THE Cub Scout Event of the Year! It’s a SPOOKY good time for the Entire Family! Three weekends! October 13-15, 20-22 & 27-29
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-CubHalloween
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
Registration for Winter 2023 is OPEN!
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
Orlando City SC invites Scouts of the Central Florida Council out to Scout Night on Saturday, October 7th, at 7:30 versus the New England Revolution. Each scout in attendance will receive a patch to pick up during the match.
More information and discounted ticket purchase through the event link on the CFC Website: https://scoutingevent.com/083-OrlandoCitySoccerNight
Or purchase discounted tickets directly through Orlando City HERE.
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 Rubaric, 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 and IOLS hosted by Eagle Empire District
Fri. 10/6/23, 5:15pm – Sat. 10/7/23, 6:00pm
Camp Ithiel in Gotha, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-EagleEmpireBALOOandIOLSTraining#
BALOO hosted by Seminole District
Sat. 10/21/23, 8:00am – Sun. 10/22/23, 11:30am
Magnolia Park in Apopka, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-SeminoleBaloo#
IOLS hosted by Riverside District
Sat. 10/21/23, 7:30am – Sun. 10/22/23, 12pm
Camp Chance in Cocoa, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-RiversideIOLS
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
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Challenger District
Sat. 10/28/23, 8:00am – Sun. 10/29/23, 10am
Camp Chance in Port St John, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ChallengerDistrictBalooIOLSTraining#
BALOO/IOLS hosted by Timuqua District
Sat. 10/28/23, 8:30am – Sun. 10/29/23, 11:00am
Scout Hut in Deland, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-TimuquaDistrictFallBalooIOLStraining
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 $180 through 10/31/23. Then it goes up to $195 on 11/1/23.
-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
Colonial District is hosting an IOLS Training at nearby Moss Park Saturday, October 28th, 8:00am – Sunday, October 29th, 12:00pm. There is no cost for this event, as it is covered by the CFC Program fee. But you do need to register.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ColonialDistrictBaloo
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 $180 through 10/31/23. Price goes up to $195 on 11/1/23.
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.
Also, with system updates to Scoutbook over the summer, 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 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.
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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