Lighten Your Backpacking Load

The age-old wisdom of veteran hikers is that an ounce in the morning becomes a pound by the end of the day. If your summer plans include time spent hiking in the outdoors, you may want to consider this from Scouting Magazine, “Seven Steps to Lighten Your Backpack.” The article was written by Ryan Jordan, an…

Insurance Certificates Needed…And Not!

In response to questions received at the Council Service Center, here’s an explanation of the type of insurance coverage provided and the documentation needed by units as they travel. Visiting a camp in another council doesn’t require a general liability insurance certificate since both councils are affiliated through the National BSA. Occasionally, another council’s camp…

The Origin Of Flag Day

June 14 was Flag Day, the commemoration of the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States. Veteran Scouts and Scouters know our flag is treated with great respect, but did you know it’s the only flag in the world that is folded into a triangle? For a…

Scout Spectacular Online Registration Open

This year’s Scout Spectacular…with the Threshers!! pits the Clearwater Threshers against the Fort Myers Miracle July 29 at Spectrum Field, at the corner of US 19 and Drew Street in Clearwater. Our Scouting Open House will have lots of fun activities including the Lightning Community Hockey Skills Challenge, a new edition this year, as well…

Remember Dad On Father’s Day This Sunday!

Remember to thank your dad for the positive contributions he has made in your life this Father’s Day. Many Scouting fathers make the most of the opportunity to share Scouting with their sons and daughters, creating a bond that continues as their lives progress. Regardless of how or if your dad was involved in your…