M.E. Rinker Scout Shop
Get all your uniforms needs at the
The Scout Shop will be closing at 2:00 PM on
Plan your needs accordingly, please!
January 11, 2014 will be Pinewood Derby Fun Day
Bring in your car to be weighed
on phone orders !
SERVICE PROJECTS FOR SPECIAL VOLUNTEERS
Catholic Scouting Awards Ceremony
The Catholic Committee on Scouting, Diocese of Palm Beach held the Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony on Sunday June 2nd, 2013. The Most Reverend Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, at The Cathedral of Saint Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, celebrated a Special Mass for the presentations at 3:00 P.M.
Light of Christ Emblem: (Tiger & Wolf before 3rd grade)
The Bronze Pelican, an Emblem awarded from the Diocese were presented to: Anthony Marchica, Beth Pantanio and Deacon Joseph O’Connell for their contribution, enthusiasm and spiritual support of Catholic Scouting for 3 years or longer.
The Saint George Emblem, a National Emblem for over and above effort of commitment and service in all facets of Catholic Scouting and the contribution to the Spiritual development of Catholic youth, was presented to Stan Oblaczynski, Teresa Ford-Smith and Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito.
During the ceremony our volunteer photographer, Alicia Donelan P308, took pictures and at the end of the ceremony gathered all Scouts and Scouters involved on the altar and photo’s were taken of the entire group. At that time all parents were allowed to do the same. Many thanks to Alicia for her time and effort!
Article submitted by Ken Tolve, Sailfish District and Catholic Scouting Committees
When units earn advancements and order badges from the Scout Shop - in person or by mail, an Advancement Report form is required in order to make a purchase. It is very important that a record of each Scout's ranks and badges be made at the Council Service Center.
Advancement reporting has become a much easier and efficient process with NEW! Internet Advancement. This process can be accessed on this Council website from the Internet Advancement button on the home page or through www.MyScouting.org. When processed by this method, advancements are automatically posted directly to official Scout Advancement Records and eliminates the possibility of duplicate reporting or inadvertent change of date, and other errors. You will discover if a Scout is not registered, have the ability to print rosters, advancement records, membership cards. etc. It is a very simple and self explanatory system.
It is still necessary to print advancement reports for signature and submit to the Scout Shop when purchasing advancements. The printed document will be passed to the Council Service Center for the permanent files.
Approved Unit Software
Many units currently use software to maintain records of members, advancements, etc. This software may still be used in conjunction with Internet Advancement by uploading your software records into Internet Advancement per the instructions in Internet Advancement. The following are compatible with BSA Internet Advancement.
Packmaster 2000, Vers 1.03 or higher
ScoutMate, Vers 5.12 or higher
Rank N File - CS, Vers 2.06 or higher
Scoutsoft, Vers 3.5r2 or higher
South Florida Fair
Once again the BSA has been invited to be a part of the 2014 South Florida Fair. There are a few chances in which you can go to the fair for free.
January 11th (Saturday) we are looking for 100 scouts and family members to help with the set up in the animal area. This will start at 8:30 am and should only take a few hours. Lunch will be served. What we will be doing is spreading wood chips in the rabbit ,poultry and conservation tents as well as assisting in setting up animal pens (older boys). All of those HELPING out will receive a free ticket to the fair. Community service hours will also be signed off. We are limited to 100 tickets so I need to know how many are coming. Please respond as a unit and I just need to how many. First come first served.
January 26th (Sunday) Parade Day Here is another way to have fun at the fair. This is how it works : Arrive by noon at Gate 2 in FULL CLASS A UNIFORM, march in the parade and spend the rest of the day at the fair. Now there are some rules that must be followed. Remember these are the fair rules.
Arrive at Gate 2 no later than 12:15
Full Class A uniform *** ONLY THOSE IN FULL CLASS A UNIFORMS WILL RECEIVE A FREE TICKET ***. Parents, siblings, etc. will have to buy a ticket and remain on the sidelines and not in the parade. NO EXCEPTIONS PER FAIR RULES (CONTRACT HAD TO BE SIGNED)
We start at Gate 2 and will return to Gate 2 in about 20 minutes. Your son's leaders will watch your son for the 20 minute walk.
The parade tends to move at a brisk pace so we must be sure to pay attention and keep up. Please no gaps. Leaders, please, help assure this.
We will line up by rank, Tiger, Wolves, Bears, etc. This is how the fair wants to see us and it has worked in the past.
The tickets are just for admission, we are NOT issuing wristbands. After the parade you can get your hand stamped to take your flag to the car or to change into regular clothes.
300 tickets were ordered, so please let either Chuck Emerton or Karen Sluman know how many from your unit to expect. Additional tickets can be ordered, but we need to do so before January 10th, can not promise anything after that so let please respond ASAP.
If you want to see some of the best patch collections in the State and Country
Vist the TOR it's free
Palm Beach Tradeoree
February 7‐8, 2014
Friday 3:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation
8501 SE Boy Scout Rd • Jupiter, FL 33469
Silent auction starts 6:00 PM Friday
Live Auction 8:00 PM Friday
Tanah Keeta Staff Alumni Association
The Tanah Keeta Staff Alumni Association is both a social and service-oriented group
The Eagle rank application requires the signature of the Unit Leader (Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Skipper, Coach). If the unit leader will not sign the application, for whatever reason, an assistant cannot sign for him/her.
NEW Eagle Application and Project Forms
Eagle Scout rank requirement 5 has been reworded. To support that change, a new Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook has been created.
Please see the Forms page of the website for links to all Eagle forms.
Eagle Service Project Issue
The following issue recently arose with regard to an Eagle Service Project:
The Scout completed his project and the workbook was signed off by the project beneficiary. However, the troop Scoutmaster had resigned and was not available to sign off on the project. The Scout asked how he was to proceed.
The answer is: each unit should have one or more assistant unit leaders, and the unit committee should designate one (or more) of the assistants to sign documents in the absence of the unit leader. In this case, the project workbook should be signed by the designated assistant unit leader.
Please convey this information to your units.
2013 Third Quarter
Patrick Edward Monaghan - T304
Tanah Keeta needs your help
Contact Ranger Steve for details.
Weeding and Pruning:
Spruce up of Campsite:
Groups should bring gloves, pruners chainsaws, rakes and possible a chipper. The Ranger has some tools but whatever your group could bring would help.
Serve to Preserve Scout Award
TALLAHASSEE – This award will give scouts the opportunity to develop a sense of stewardship for the environment and create an effective way for young people to share new ideas and approaches to protect natural Florida.
The program allows scout troops to earn an award insignia by completing educational activities about Florida's natural environment. Age-specific requirements for the Serve to Preserve Scout Award were developed in partnership with leaders from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Florida.
Below is a link to a list of suggested service projects in public gardens and parks that need help. For more information contact Asst Council Commissioner, Bill Skinner at WJSWTG@aol.com.
MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS
The Council recently discovered that an adult volunteer who has taught a number of merit badge classes (including Eagle-required badges) was not properly registered as a merit badge counselor. Needless to say, this caused a major problem for the Scouts who relied on this adult. As a reminder, the following are the requirements to serve as a merit badge counselor. The volunteer must:
1. Register annually with BSA by completing the Adult Application form and submitting it to the Council Service Center (there is no charge to register as a merit badge counselor).
2. Be at least 18 years of age.
3. Be of good character.
4. Be proficient in the merit badge subject through vocation, avocation or special training.
5. Be able to work with Scout-age youth.
6. Be approved by the Council Advancement Committee. This requires that the counselor annually complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information form (#34405), and submit it to the Council Service Center by December 31 of each year.
7. Each volunteer must complete Youth Protection Training (available on-line) before working with youth, and renew this training every two years.