Narcoossee District February 2024 Newsletter
Latest news and updates from the Narcoossee District of Central Florida Council BSA.<!–
Warm congratulations to the following scouts in the Nacoossee District who earned the Eagle rank in January 2024!
Joseph James Rederts, Troop 24
Xavier Lucien Taylor, Troop 240
Hayden Odell Jones, Troop 192
Amik Jameson Leafgreen, Troop 9
Rajan Odalyappa Sambandam, Troop 148
Logan James Waddell, Troop 24
Derik Ezra Hawkins, Troop 24
We are sad to announce that Jeremy West has decided to leave his position as District Executive to pursue opportunities outside of Scouting. We thank Jeremy for his service as a professional Scouter for the Colonial District. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.
BIG WELCOME to Shauna Prince, who has joined the Central Florida Council team in the role of District Executive for the Narcoossee District.
You can contact Shauna at [email protected].
Big thanks to James Selph and Ruth Currey for kicking off efforts to design a patch to represent our new Narcoossee District!
The Narcoossee District leadership would like to formally open-up the opportunity to everyone in the district to put forward additional Narcoossee District patch design ideas between now and April 1st. We will then share the submitted designs via the district Facebook group and newsletter. Finally, we will vote to determine a winner at the April Narcoossee District Round Table meeting.
Designs can be submitted by sharing them on the Narcoossee District Facebook group. OR if you prefer to submit privately (and have your design shared anonymously), you can email your design to Wendy Bray at [email protected]
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! If you have not already, please take a few minutes to submit nominations for District Awards, including Individual Leadership Awards for different positions, Unit of the Year Awards, the Shining Star Award in recognition of a local organization that supports Scouting in our district, and for the highest honor in our district—the District Award of Merit.
More information and links to nomination forms for these District awards as well as Council-level awards can be found here: District & Council Award Nomination Info 2024.
The DEADLINE to submit nominations is February 29, 2024 for all District Awards and most Council awards.
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 in May at the (separate) District Recognition Banquets hosted by the former Osceola and Colonial Districts. Applications can be submitted year-round to our Narcoossee 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):
Application for Cub Scouts
Application for Scouts BSA
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
Narcoossee District is starting an online archive of Eagle Scout Service Projects that have been completed by youth in our district. This online archive will be housed on the (new) Narcoossee District website at https://narcoosseebsa.org/. The vision of this archive is to be a space to share and honor the amazing projects completed by our Eagle Scouts while also providing aspiring Eagle Scouts with a resource for learning about projects completed in our local area. While contributing to the archive is completely optional, we hope you will encourage Eagle Scouts in your unit to participate.
Big thanks to Rajan Sambandam for being the first scout to contribute to the archive. Be sure to check out Rajan’s article about his Eagle Project “Forget Me Not Park” at this link: https://narcoosseebsa.org/index.php/2023/11/01/forget-me-not-park/
Here are instructions for scouts who wish to have their Eagle Project included in the archive:
Please share a written description of your Eagle Project (100 – 300 words) and up to 3 pictures to be posted in the Narcoossee District Eagle Scout Service Project Archive on the Colonial District website. It is absolutely fine to copy-paste text from your Eagle Scout Service Project Report! In your writeup, please be sure to identify the project beneficiary and explain what the project entailed, including the expected impact. You might also consider including details on the number of volunteers that supported the project and the total number of volunteer hours, why you decided to do this project, and what you learned about leadership through the project implementation. Submit via email to [email protected]. ***Be sure to copy your parent on the email, to be in compliance with BSA youth protection policy.
2/15/24 Narcoossee District Roundtable—February
3/14/24 Narcoossee District Roundtable—March (Note: This is 2nd Thursday.)
4/18/24 Narcoossee District Roundtable—April
4/27/24 – 4/28/24 IOLS Training hosted by Narcoossee District
Central Florida Council
2/3/24 Central Florida Council Leadership Summit
2/9/24 – 2/11/24 TNAW at Camp La-No-Che, hosted by Tipisa Lodge
2/16/24 – 2/18/24 Camp La-No-Che Activity Weekend
3/14/24 – 3/17/24 Spring Break Mini-Camp at Camp La-No-Che
4/5/24 – 4/7/24 Camp La-No-Che Academy & Trades, Inventing, and Challenges
4/12/24 – 4/14/24 The Beast’s Revenge at Camp La-No-Che
4/19/24 – 4/21/24 Spring Family Cuboree at Camp La-No-Che
Order of the Arrow
2/9/24 – 2/11/24 TNAW at Camp La-No-Che
3/1/24 – 3/3/24 Tipisa Lodge Spring Conclave 2024
The District Committee Meeting is attended primarily by District Committee Members, BUT it is an open meeting and all district members are welcome. If you are interested in getting involved in the administration of the district, contact the Narcoossee District Chair, Ron Randolph, at [email protected].
Did you know that Narcoossee 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/
No district-hosted youth events in the next three months currently on council calendar with active registration.
4/20/24 Law Merit Badge Day
Next Roundtable: Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:00pm
We would like to invite you to the Narcoossee District Roundtable, which will typically be held on the third 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 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 February Roundtable will be held on Thursday 2/15/24. Program breakout groups will be offered for Cub Scout leaders and Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scout leaders.
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]
Come join Tipisa Lodge February 9-11 for the biggest event of the year, TNAW! Bring your troop, pack, crew or ship to Camp La-No-Che for a fun filled weekend and immerse yourselves in Native American culture and Florida History.
For more information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-TNAW
There’s one more Camp La-No-Che Activity Weekend on calendar this year, on February 16-19. Your Pack, Troop, or Family can build and customize their own trip. Plan your own activities, or take advantage of camps list of program offerings which are being offered at a reduced rate for all scouts to enjoy! The pricing is a la carte depending upon what you would like to sign up for.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-CLAW
Act Now! Stake claim for your unit and complete registration today for your upcoming “Journey to Adventure,” taking place March 14-17. A spring time adventure at Camp La-No-Che which allows Units and Scouts to mix and match programs, to get more out of their Spring Break! Whichever programs your Scouts select, they will be learning skills, having fun, and making memories with friends new and old alike. Opportunities exist for Scouts to attend as a unit, as well as individuals in our Provisional Units!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-springbreakmini
& Trades, Inventing, and Challenges
Take part in our NEW annual event featuring programs and events incorporating sports, health, safety and training! This new event will combine what was formally, “Safety/Summit Weekend” into a program for Scouts BSA, Venturers, Adult Leaders, and La-No-Che Seasonal Staff Applicants. This program will allow these groups to come together and participate in training, learning, fellowship, and fun!
The Trades, Inventions, and Challenges offering for Scouts BSA allows scouts to explore Careers in the Trades like Automotive Maintenance, Electricity, Plumbing, Welding and Woodworking as well as the fields of Game Design and/or Inventions through work on up to two of the related merit badges.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-Academy#
Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing Crews are invited to come to Camp La-No-Che April 12-14 to participate in a fun-filled weekend of events ranging from Shooting Sports, Aquatics and Adventure Camp. Take charge of your own FUN and choose you activities.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-TheBEAST
The Spring Family Cuboree will be held at Camp La-No-Che April 19-21, 2024. Ever want to go camping and just enjoy the surroundings? Maybe take a short canoeing trip or a hike? Take time to listen and see the nature and beauty of the great outdoors? THIS is what the Cuboree is all about – it’s a “Back to the Basics” weekend with canoeing, hiking, learning scout skills like first aid, weather preparedness and safety, and of course, shooting sports and swimming. It’s a great weekend for the entire pack or individual families.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-SpringCub
More information and tickets:
In February, we will be honoring Boy & Girl Scouts with 25% off (auto/pinball) for all troops, troop leaders, and admins of both Boy and Girl Scouts.
On National Boy Scout Day (Thursday February 8th) all active Boy Scouts receive FREE admission (auto/pinball) during operating hours on that day only. Their immediate family (up to 6 people) will get the 25% off as outlined above. On the National Girl Scout Day (Tuesday March 12th), all active Girl Scouts receive FREE admission during operating hours on that day only. Their immediate family (up to 6 people), will get the 25% off as outlined above.
DEZERLAND ENTERTAINMENT is located at 5250 International Drive. We offer Karting, Bowling, Arcade, VR, Trampoline Park, Bumper Cars, Laser Tag Maze, and Jump Start Cafe.
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 Narcoossee 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. 3/9/24, 7:30am – Sun. 3/10/24, 11:00am
Kars Park in Merritt Island, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-ChallengerDistrictBALOOIOLSTraining#
IOLS hosted by Narcoosee District
Sat. 4/27/24, 8:00am – Sun. 4/28/24, 12:00pm
Moss Park in Orlando, FL
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-NarcooseeDistrictIOLSTra
IOLS hosted by Seminole District
Sat. 4/27/24, 8:00am – Sun. 4/28/24, 11:30am
Camp Reboot at Camp La-No-Che
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-SeminoleDistrictSpringIOLS#
Camp La-No-Che Academy (Formerly ‘Training Weekend’)
Fri. 4/5/24 – Sun. 4/7/24, times vary by program
Training offerings for Adults and Youth who meet age requirements include:
Life Guard Certification (RED CROSS & BSA)
COPE LEVEL I
Cub Scout Shooting Sports
Wilderness First Aid
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-Academy
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Fri. 4/19/24, 6:30pm – Sun. 4/21/24, 2:30pm
This BSA / Center for Outdoor Ethics Leave No Trace Trainer 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. Adults and youth 14 years and older are encouraged and welcome to attend to learn how to minimize your impact when recreating outdoors and become better stewards of the land.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-LNTSpring
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 Narcoossee 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
Stan Richards and Theresa Martinez are leading the Narcoossee District Eagle Advancement Team. If you have Eagle Advancement questions or requests, you have the option to contact either one of them. However, generally speaking, Stan is taking the lead for units geographically located in Orange County, and Theresa is taking the lead for units geographically located in Osceola County. You can contact Stan Richards at [email protected] and Theresa Martinez at [email protected].
Please note the following information for Life scouts working on their Eagle Rank:
1. The Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook was last updated in February 2023. Please make sure you are using the 2023A version when you submit your workbook for district review. The 2023A version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook PDF can be downloaded from the National website at:
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 submit and receive feedback electronically, if preferred. But in some cases, a short in-person meeting will still be needed for signatures.
3. Eagle Boards of Review (EBOR) will be held by appointment at a location coordinated by the District. The Eagle Scout Candidate should contact Stan Richards or Theresa Martinez for further guidance on how to proceed, which may or may not entail the Troops obtaining their own representatives for their EBOR.
Michelle Adamick is the Narcoossee 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.
The Central Florida Council is gearing up for a Great Camp Card Fundraising Campaign in 2024! The Camp Card Fundraiser is an excellent opportunity for Scouts to raise money for their unit and their programs by selling discount cards in their local community. These cards offer discounts to popular local businesses, and the proceeds from the sales go directly to support the Scout’s unit. The sale runs from January 18th through April 27th.
Check out the Tipisa Lodge OA website for information on news and upcoming events: www.tipisa.org
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