Get Your Camp Cards!

Card FrontCcontact Scout Executive Mark Sharman at 727-342-0605 to make arrangements to get your unit’s cards.

Units participating in the 2015 program will earn up to $4.30, on each $10 Scout Savings Card they sell.

Receive a full commission! Here’s how:

♦Close your account (turn in $5.65/each card sold, return any unsold cards) on time by June 1st 

♦For every card turned in by June 22nd deadline, receive a $3.00 commission on your sales Read more »

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Largo Playing Unplugged

An Opportunity for Unit Growth!
LargoPlayingUnpluggedSaturday, April 18th (10am – 3pm) the City of Largo will be once again hosting “Largo Playing Unplugged.”  This event will transform Largo Central Park into a huge play space for kids to come together, use their imagination and play! The park will be filled with hands-on games, discovery stations, and recycled play environments, reinforcing the importance of open play and creativity in our youth.  There will be no video games, TV or computers at this event!  Disney will be there with events and talent, as will the founders of Facebook.  There will kayaks in the lake, archery, and Home Depot & Lowe’s will be helping kids build forts for water balloon wars. On display for all to see will be what Scouting is famous for: “Playing Unplugged with a Purpose” – Baden Powell had it first! Read more »

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District Award of Merit Recipients

We are delighted to announce that following the meeting of the district awards committee the following Scouters have been honored with the DAMDistrict Award of Merit. The awards were announced at the district dinner on March 6th.

  • Rick Llanas
  • Crystal O’Neil
  • Susan Riley

Please join us in congratulating the award recipients when you see them.

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Day Camp 2015 – Survivor Science

DayCamp 2015Locations and Dates:  Camp Soule;  June 8 – 12  and June 15 – 19, from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Grey Preserve, Pasco;   June 22 – 26, from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Pricing:

  • Early Bird Price: $100 Camp Soule and $90 Grey Preserve no later than April 30th!
  • Regular Price is $110 Camp Soule and $100 Grey Preserve by June 1st, NO T-shirt, cups or patches guaranteed after April 30th cut off.

Volunteers:
We are currently taking applications for full-time volunteers.  Full-time volunteers will receive a discount of 50% off their Scout’s fee! Volunteers MUST apply by March 15th to be eligible for this discount. Complete your application today at Council Website.

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Training: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

DeservesGet the information you need to work with Cub Scouts. Learn to use the resources of your natural surroundings, the values Scouting’s outdoor program, and how to be safe while having fun with your Pack.  Educate Cub Scouts and their families in the development and growth of age appropriate skills for living outdoors. This training is recommended for all Pack Leaders, Committee Members, and parents!

WHEN:               Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
WHERE:             Camp Soule – Flammer
COST:                   $15.00 per person  – Participants bring your folding chairs, and drinking cups please.

Registration Deadline: April 7, 2015
Register online at www.wcfcbsa.org by clicking on the link found in the Calendar at the top of the home page and the date of event.

Questions: Contact Anclote District Training Chair Richard Llanas at (727)207-5985 or 727ricnic@gmail.com.

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NRA/BSA Instructor Training

NRAMarch 28-29, 2015
Registration at 7:00am, Class begins at 800am

Course fee: $150.00

What is included:
National Rifle Association Basic Instructor Training and Rifle Instructor Training Course

Who should attend:
Only registered BSA adult volunteers who are already familiar with Rifle shooting and who are willing to support Council shooting sports activities a minimum of four (4) weekends per year. Read more »

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Congrats January Renewing Units

All January recharting units have their paperwork in!  Thank you for completing this important annual event!bnr_recharter

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Chaso Pizza Sales Fundraiser

Chasco Logo 2015We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to take part in a district fundraiser to help raise funds for both local units and the Community Friends of Scouting Campaign. The district has partnered with Chasco Fiesta to become a food vendor at the 2015 Fiesta. The famous Scotty’s Pizzeria – owned by our very own Scott and Lisa Anderson from Troop 60 – is supplying the pizzas.

To take part in the fundraiser, all you need to do is to commit to selling pizza for one or more shifts during the fiesta. You will need six people to staff the shift, of which at least two must be adults. You are welcome to rotate youth and adults in and out during the shift as long as you have at least six people there. There will a coordinator from the district on site. Pack leaders should be aware that this event can be very busy and may not be suitable for younger youth. All units are welcome to staff shifts with all adults.

Once Chasco is over we will divide the proceeds (less costs) 50/50. One half will be donated to the community Friends of Scouting campaign and the other half will be shared between the units that took part in the fundraiser. There are 18 shifts available so a unit will receive 5.56% of the share for each shift. Read more »

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Summer Camp Jobs

West Central Florida Council relies on our volunteers to lead many of our programs. We currently are looking for people who can commit to some key positions. These programs are vital to our Scouts and their Scouting experience. Please read the information below and if you can help, contact either Ken Knaebel at Tokala@tampabay.rr.com or Jim Watson at 94corvette@tampabay.rr.com.

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New Cub Scout Program Webcasts

Cub-Scouts-Webinars-FeaturedA new Cub Scouting program is launching June 1, 2015, that will be more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to carry out for unit leaders. To make sure you are ready to make the transition, a series of webcasts will be hosted on January 17 to outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available.

Cubmaster Webcasts

  • Saturday, January 17 at 8 a.m. (Central) or
  • Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m. (Central)

Den Leader Webcasts

  • Saturday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m. (Central) or
  • Saturday, January 17 at 4:30 p.m. (Central)*

LDS-Specific Considerations

  • Saturday, January 17 at 11 a.m. (Central) or
  • Saturday, January 17 at 6:00pm (Central)

*It is recommended that those interested in the LDS session view one of the role-specific sessions first.

Although the content will be geared to the roles listed, anyone with an interest in learning about the new Cub Scouting program is welcome to attend.

The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

It’s easy to attend! Just navigate your Internet browser to:www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil and you are ready to view the webcast!

As always, for more information on the new Cub Scouting Program, please log on towww.scouting.org/programupdates.

Help spread the word about the webcasts to ensure others are ready for the new Cub Scouting program!

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Peer-to-Peer Recruiting

Adventure of ScoutingAs you are probably aware the district has done really well in recruitment so far.  Cub Scout membership has grown by over 100 members since June 30th and units are still turning in applications.

However, we have a long way to go on our mission to spread Scouting in our community!  Every new youth we bring in and keep in the program is another young life changed for the better!  We set a target of 412 new youth members in the district this year, and so far we are about a quarter of the way there – so we are asking for your help to get the rest of the way there!  More members also means more adult leaders and provides more support to your existing leadership team.

It’s proven that the single most powerful way to recruit new members is to use families that are already a part of Scouting – peer-to-peer recruiting.  We are asking every unit in the district (packs, troops, and crews) to run a peer-to-peer recruiting event before the end of the year.

This is not as hard as it sounds.  Many units already have a fun event planned that you can invite prospective members to, such as a holiday party.  If not, you can always turn a regular meeting into a peer-to-peer event just by planning some simple activities that show the “sizzle” of Scouting.

To help you plan your event with success in mind we’ve put together a How-To guide for peer-to-peer recruitment. You can download it here!

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