Scout Advancement Weekend 2016

SCOUTING ADVANCEMENT WEEKEND (SAW) 2016 - November 18, 19 & 20, at our Boy Scout Camp, Tanah Keeta. Boy Scouts get a hands on experience while earning merit badges. We offer over 60 merit badge classes. Scouts can take an all-day class or two half day classes. Choices include:

  • Aviation, taught by a pilot and includes a visit to the airport and flight time 
  • Engineering taught by an engineer from Sirius/XM radio
  • Environmental Science taught by an environmental science engineer specialist from Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Fire Safety, First Aid, Medicine, Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparation taught by doctors, nurses and professionals in the police, fire and paramedic fields
  • Music taught by a music professor from PBSC
  • Citizenship classes taught by lawyers
  • Woodworking taught by a master woodworker
  • New classes added this year! Bugling, Collecting, Traffic Safety, Fishing, Backpacking & more….

The Merit Badge counselors for all the classes are either employed in their field or are hobbyist in the class they teach. They have spent many hours preparing for their classes. Class sizes range from 8 scouts up to 50 per session. SAW gives each scout the opportunity to learn from the best and perhaps think of a career choice in the future.

Webelos Cub Scouts also join the older Scouts for the weekend to get the Boy Scout experience. Webelos will earn two Adventure Pins during SAW..They are offered a selection of five of their own classes, including Engineering, Build it/Fix it, Art Explosion, Into the Wild and Earth Rocks. 

The Venturing Crews join us this year completing requirements for the Venturing Discovery Award.

Not to leave the adult leaders out, training classes will also be offered throughout the day. Choices could include Scoutmaster Specifics, Merit Badge Counselor Orientation, Introduction to COPE and core skill training such as campfire building, knot tying & more. Up to 15 classes run continuously, so Scouters can fit them into the day’s schedule.
Scouters can join us for the whole weekend or just for the day on Saturday. 
Scouts from all councils are welcome.

Please remember that all youth require leadership provided by the unit. 

Email addresses for the Scouts are required this year to help counselors provide prerequisites to ensure a better chance of merit badge completion. Classes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the class fills, space and personnel may prevent other classes from opening. Early registration does not guarantee class selection availability. Please remember that until you hit the submit button, no class selections are recorded.

The last day for pre-registration is November 4th! If you have missed this deadline, you may register at the event for $65/weekend per person or $55/Saturday only per person. Late registrants are not guaranteed a T-shirt or patch. Classes will be limited. Class selections ends on November 7th.

Registration is limited to the unit. Please no provisional registrants.

If you are interested in staffing Scout Advancement Weekend please contact: Marisa Kazi regarding merit badge counselors; Rhonda Park regarding adult training; Joanne Moniger regarding logistics, and Debbie McCabe regarding registration. For general information contact: Karen Helstrom -- SAW Camp Director.

  • SAW
    November 17, 2017 to November 19

  • Rustic Advancement Workshop
    April 28, 2018

File Name Description
Climbing Permission Slip Download
Merit Badge Prerequisites Download
Parking Guidelines Download
SAW Details Download
SAW Facts Download
SAW FAQ Download
Youth Classes Download
Position Name Telephone
SAW Camp Director Karen Helstrom Email
SAW Co-Camp Director Joanne Moniger Email
SAW MB Coordinator Marisa Kazi Email
SAW Registration Debbie McCabe Email
SAW Training Coordinator - Adults Rhonda Park Email