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Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Council News

Camp La-No-Che Hurricane Season Update

Camp La-No-Che Hurricane Season Update

As we all know, late summer and fall gives Florida residents a chance to live out the Boy Scout Motto:  BE PREPARED.  In that spirit, Camp La-NO-Che has taken some steps to prepare our campsites for potential strong weather and hurricanes.  Here are some things to know:   Tents in all campsites have been removed and stored for the fall.  When you attend La-No-Che for an event or weekend campout, please bring your own tents.  You may still have access to raised wood platforms, but camp tents are not available. Each campsite Activity Shelter has only ONE (1) accessible bunk room, offering beds for 4 adults/leaders.  The other room is being used for storage of tents/cots/etc.  Additional adults attending events or campouts should plan on bringing their own tents. Campsites with Adirondack Cabins (Sites 8,13, 19 and soon 18) are not impacted.   Please respect these changes as we do our best to make sure our camp resources are protected for long range use.  We will keep everyone updated...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Council News

Fall is a REally exciting time: REturning, REcruiting and…Recharter

Fall is a REally exciting time: REturning, REcruiting and…Recharter

Fall has always been a time where our children return to school; school night recruiting introduces new faces to the Scouting journey and…like clockwork…time to get ready for the annual unit charter renewal process. We’ve already seen record-setting recruiting numbers with our council recruiting more young ladies into Cub Scouting than any other council in the Southern Region.  We’re off to a great start bringing the Full Family of Scouting to everyone in Central Florida Council. Unit charter renewal is also right around the corner.  Now is the time to do unit membership inventories.  Every year we find unregistered Scouts actively working on rank advancement and joining in activities.  We also find Scouts whose families have moved away or dropped out.  Now is the time to ensure your unit rosters are as accurate as possible prior to the charter renewal rosters being generated in mid-October.  It really simplifies the charter renewal process when you open the online system and see an accurate roster. Hopefully every unit is seeing growth...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Council News

News from the CFC Advancement Committee

News from the CFC Advancement Committee

As the “new” Scouting program year gets started, remember to be reporting ALL advancement through the Internet Advancement portal.  Many units have switched over to Scoutbook which handles this in the background.  However, data transfer issues still periodically occur regardless of the advancement software package utilized by the unit.  Reporting needs to be manually verified by a unit representative to verify that all of the advancement has been transferred properly.  This is especially true with the new scouts in each unit.  Prior to transferring the advancement information, please verify that the Internet Advancement roster is complete otherwise data transfer errors result particularly if your unit is using one of the legacy Software packages which require .csv files to be exported from the package and then imported into Internet Advancement.  Remember to print a copy of the finalized Advancement Report.  This is required for purchasing the advancement at the Scout Shop. This is also the best time in the program cycle to offer the Religious Awards.  Additional information on the...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Council News

Cubmaster Luther Davis awarded the first E.K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award in Central Florida Council

Cubmaster Luther Davis awarded the first E.K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award in Central Florida Council

Cubmaster Luther Davis awarded the first E.K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award in Central Florida Council Professor Elbert Kirtley Fretwell, Ph.D. (1878–1962), was an American academic and early leader in the field of youth development through recreation and extracurricular activity.  His interest in Scouting drew from his professional interest in extracurricular education. To this end, Dr. Fretwell had extensive and long-lasting volunteer service with the BSA’s National Council, beginning as early as 1915. He served as a member of BSA’s Department of Education—the forerunner of our current Education Relationships Subcommittee. He had an early appreciation both for the educative power of Scouting—but also the importance of preparing volunteers and professionals to understand and to deliver the program. Upon the retirement of Dr. James E. West in 1943, Dr. Fretwell was appointed Chief Scout Executive and served until his retirement in 1948. He was the only Chief Scout Executive appointed to the position who was not previously a professional staff member of the BSA. Upon his retirement from the BSA, Dr....

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Council News

2018 Whitney M. Young Jr, Service Award Luncheon

2018 Whitney M. Young Jr, Service Award Luncheon

You are cordially invited to support the 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr, Service Award Luncheon on Friday, September 14, 2018. The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award is a national honor for those “unsung heroes” who provide exceptional service for disadvantaged youth by developing Scouting in challenging urban and rural areas.   Our 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Recipients are: John Crossman, CEO of Crossman & Company; Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando, Ron Oats, Southern Regional Director and Chief Diversity Officer, BSA and Smith Barlatier Raphael, Troop 603 Committee Member   The mission of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Luncheon is to celebrate community members making a difference through Scouting and support the Council’s Scout Reach Program. Scout Reach is a program for at-risk youth that provides experiences that develop self-esteem, character, values and life skills. For over 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America has led the nation in providing citizenship training for American youth.   Scouting has provided youth with character-development programs...

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