Narcoossee District January 2024 Newsletter
Latest news and updates from the Narcoossee District of Central Florida Council BSA.<!–
Leaders from the former Colonial and Osceola districts met in November and December to begin discussions of how the merged district will operate. Tentative plans will be firmed up by the new Narcoossee District Committee once it is officially established (in January 2024).
If you are interested in getting involved in the district-level leadership for the merged district, please reach out to Narcoossee District Chair Ron Randolph at [email protected].
Warm congratulations to the following scouts in the Nacoossee District who earned the Eagle rank in December 2023!
Kaushal Addanki, Troop 202
Luke Matthew Everon, Troop 617
Jensen Ryan Miller, Troop 617
Jack Reagan Dishman, Troop 202
Jacob Christopher Russell, Troop 62
Ethan Chase Swanson, Troop 613
2023 District Eagle Scout Statistics
The former Colonial and Osceola Districts had an outstanding year of Eagle Scout accomplishments in 2023, with 67 scouts earning the Eagle rank—50 in the former Colonial District and 17 in the former Osceola District. This represents approximately 10,000 service hours to our community with an estimated value of over $140,000. Congratulations to all of the scouts who earned the Eagle rank in 2023!
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.
The Central Florida Council University of Scouting event is coming to Edgewater High School in Orlando on Saturday, January 27, 2024!!!
University of Scouting is an annual one-day supplemental training event for volunteer leaders, youth (age 11 and up), and parents at all levels in every Scouting program: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, District, and Council. Whether you are new to the Scouting program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you! Scouts BSA and Venturing Youth can participate in youth training programs to enhance their skill levels and encourage them to explore new adventures in Scouting. Come spend a day having fun and learning with Scouters from across Central Florida Council and beyond.
This event is FREE to scouts (ages 11 and up), Scouters, and parents associated with Central Florida Council, but you must register to secure a seat in the classes you want! The last day to register for classes before the event is Sunday, January 21st. Walk-ins are also welcome day-of.
For more information—including Course Catalog and Instructions on How to Register for Classes—follow this link to the registration page: https://scoutingevent.com/083-UofS
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.
Your participation is requested at the 2024 CFC Leadership Summit on 2/3/24!
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-68177
1/12/24 – 1/14/24 Webelos Woods, hosted by the former Colonial District
1/18/24 Narcoossee District Roundtable—January
2/15/24 Narcoossee District Roundtable—February
Central Florida Council
1/19/24 – 1/21/24 Camp La-No-Che Activity Weekend
2/3/24 Central Florida Council Leadership Summit
2/16/24 – 2/18/24 Camp La-No-Che Activity Weekend
Order of the Arrow
1/5/24 – 1/7/24 Ordeal Weekend 1
1/12/24 – 1/14/24 Ordeal Weekend 2
1/19/24 – 1/21/24 Ordeal Weekend 3
2/9/24 – 2/11/24 TNAW at Camp La-No-Che
VIRTUAL January Meetings
Click on thisZOOM MEETING LINK to join the meeting.
Meeting ID: 844 5808 1889
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/
1/12/24 – 1/14/24 Riverside District Webelos Woods
1/19/24 – 1/20/24 Timuqua District Webelos Woods
No district-hosted events on council calendar for January or February.
Next Roundtable: Thursday, January 18, 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 January Roundtable will be held on Thursday 1/18/24. Program breakout groups will be offered for Cub Scout leaders and Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scout leaders with focus on the following topics:
Cub Leader Breakout: Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold, Crossovers, Webelos Woods, Camping
Scouts/Venture/Ship Leader Breakout: AOL outreach and Crossovers, OA new members, Summer Camp plans, Annual unit assessments
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]
Webelos Woods (hosted by the former Colonial District) is coming up January 12-14, 2024 at Camp La-No-Che! This camping event is for Webelos and AOL scouts and their families and 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#
Celebrate the new year, and the great Florida camping weather by scheduling a Trip to Camp La-No-Che in January & February. 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. Two Activity weekends are being offered: January 19-21 and February 16-19.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-CLAW
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 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
Spring BALOO and IOLS offerings will be coming soon!
Wilderness First Aid
Sat. 1/20/24, 8:30am – Sun. 1/21/24, 5:30pm
USSF Transmitter Complex, Palm Bay, FL
This course is designed to prepare adult Scouters and youth age 14 and older with critical skills to manage first aid emergencies in the wilderness and is required for any high adventure program such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or other similar programs. Training certificate is good for two years.
More information and registration: https://scoutingevent.com/083-WildernessFirstAidCertificate#
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
Check out the Tipisa Lodge OA website for information on Ordeals scheduled on multiple weekends in January as well as other news and events: www.tipisa.org
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