Back to Brownsea

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council

January 31 – February 2, 2020 @ Camp Brorein

“WEBELOS… Following the Scout Trail”

The Brownsea Island Scout Camp began as a camping event on Brownsea Island in southern England, organized by Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, to test his ideas for the book Scouting for Boys. Boys from different social backgrounds participated in activities around camping, observation, woodcraft, chivalry, lifesaving and patriotism during August 1907. Recognized as the world’s first Scout camp, the event is regarded as the real origin of the worldwide Scout movement.  Now it is the time for Scouts BSA girls and 5th Grade Webelos girls to experience the Back to Brownsea Program!

Program Overview: As a 5th grade Webelos scout, your daughter will be participating in an exciting program based on the Aims of Scouting set forth in 1907. The Back to Brownsea Program was founded in 2005 and is designed to help Webelos transition into BSA Scouts. It also prepares the parents(s)/guardian(s) for the eventual transition, too.

Parents and guardians please understand that this program is for the Webelos and their Den Leaders only.  We encourage you to allow your scout to attend alone with all of the other scouts in our council. This program is not designed for the parent, but for their young scouts to transition into scouts under a girl-led program by older girl BSA scouts. This will assist them, and you, in transitioning into Scouts BSA.

This program give the younger Webelos Scout the opportunity to experience exactly what it will be like when they cross over into a Troop. The skill they will learn in this introduction to Scouts BSA will stay with them as they grow into adulthood. The participants in the Back to Brownsea Program will come away with a sense of newfound responsibility – a stronger sense of self, a greater sense of independence, a boost in self-worth and esteem, and a greater respect for others and themselves.

The Patrol Method: The Scouts BSA program relies on the Patrol Method. Following registration, and prior to the event, the Webelos will be placed into patrols of 6 or so Webelos.  Each patrol will have a BSA scout girl assigned to help them.  They will chose their patrol name and work together, and rely on each other, throughout the weekend activities.

Meals: The Webelos will learn to do for themselves by preparing and cooking their own meals. They will be assisted by older girl BSA Scouts. As patrols, they will prepare a total of two breakfasts and one lunch. Saturday’s evening feast will be provided by the older BSA scouts.  All food costs for the event are covered in the event fee.


Back to Brownsea

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council

January 31 – February 2, 2020 @ Camp Brorein

Scouts BSA

Mentoring Scouts is not doing things for them, it is clearing the way, inspiring and enabling them to do things for themselves.

The Brownsea Island Scout Camp began as a camping event on Brownsea Island in southern England, organized by Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, to test his ideas for the book Scouting for Boys. Boys from different social backgrounds participated in activities around camping, observation, woodcraft, chivalry, lifesaving and patriotism during August 1907. Recognized as the world’s first Scout camp, the event is regarded as the real origin of the worldwide Scout movement.  Now it is the time for Scouts BSA girls and 5th Grade Webelos girls to experience the Back to Brownsea Program!

Program Overview: As a Scouts BSA participant in this girls only Back to Brownsea Program, you will be helping the younger Webelos Scout experience exactly what it will be like when they cross over into a Troop. You and the Webelos participating in the Back to Brownsea Program will come away with a sense of newfound responsibility – a stronger sense of self, a greater sense of independence, a boost in self-worth and esteem, and a greater respect for others and yourselves.

The Patrol Method: As female BSA Scouts, you may be assigned to assist a Webelos patrol or to run one of the many activities that will occur over the weekend.

As you have learned, the Scouts BSA program relies on the Patrol Method. Following registration, and prior to the event, the Webelos will be placed into patrols of 6 or so Webelos.  Each patrol will have a Scouts BSA girl assigned to help them.  They will chose their patrol name and work together, and rely on each other, throughout the weekend activities.

Rank Advancement: You may take advantage of the opportunity to work with the Webelos scouts to fulfill requirements toward Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.

Meals: The Webelos will learn to do for themselves by preparing and cooking their own meals. They will be assisted by you, older girl BSA Scouts. They will prepare a total of two breakfasts and one lunch as patrols. Saturday’s evening feast will be prepared by you.

Cooking Merit Badge: If you wish to use this event toward the camping portion of the Cooking Merit Badge, please plan to attend a food planning meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:30 at the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council located at 13228 N. Central Avenue Tampa, FL 33612.  All of the food costs for the weekend are covered in the event fee.


TRAINING, TRAINING AND MORE
Here are the spring dates:
Den Leader Specific (classroom) – Saturday, March 7
Scoutmaster Specific (classroom) – Saturday, March 7
BALOO (Outdoor) – March 27-29
IOLS (Outdoor) – March 27-29
And the fall dates:
Den Leader Specific (classroom) – Saturday, August 29
Scoutmaster Specific (classroom) – Saturday, August 29
BALOO (Outdoor) – September 11-13
IOLS (Outdoor) –  September 11-13
CHECK CALENDAR FOR REGISTRATION

 


 

JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE (JTE)

Please make sure that you are aware of the JTE scorecard for your unit and are actively working to fill out your card (scorecards can be found at this link: https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence/scorecards/2019-scorecards-english/)

Turn in your completed scorecard along with your recharter paperwork
District JTE

The District level has JTE measures as well and we need your help in completing several of them:Recruitment – help us recruit more kids into the program

  • Advancement – make sure that all the advancement that your kids have earned are in the system and are correct for each scout
  • Community Service – log your unit’s community service hours via this website:

https://tampabayscouting.org/advancement/journey-to-excellence-enter-service-hours

Unit Performance – complete your unit’s JTE scorecard

District Committee – join the district committee and help even more scouts!

Unit Leadership – make sure you are fully trained if in a leadership role and make sure that training is reflected on your account (BALOO, IOLS, Position Specific Online Training, Etc)

DISTRICT COMMITTEEAs we look to serve more youth in our council, we will need more committee members at the district level to make it possible. Please consider joining our committee and working in a subcommittee, including: Membership, Finance, Marketing, Activities, Civic Service, Outdoor Programs, Advancement, Training, and more!

The District Committee meets on the First Thursday of every month (except July) from 7:30 -9:00 PM at the Council Office – 13228 N Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33612

You are specifically invited to our December committee meeting which will double as our Annual Business Meeting and Holiday Celebration. Join us on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 @ 7pm at the Council Office.

PLANNING FOR 2020 RECHARTER

Our goal is to have as many units as possible recharter before Thanksgiving and all units recharter before the end of the year. If you are new to the recharter process, PLEASE ASK FOR HELP so we can make sure you are not left in the cold.

NEW FOR 2019 – all registered adults (old or new) must fill out an additional disclosures form and turn it in with your unit’s recharter paperwork. The form can be found here: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/se-packet/2019-09-30/Additional-Disclosures-And-Background-Check-Authorization-NOT-CALIFORNIA.pdf

We know the fee increase will be a hardship for many individual and units. Please let your District Leadership know of specific cases so that we can work to try and find solutions for you. A council assistance fund has been created to help with this and more information can be found here: https://tampabayscouting.org/individual-registration-assistance?fbclid=IwAR2V6cdbZVcj3s68IH71RbxIG7ffNqS4JOerlh29EdTjOGjgHQblR_tp6NA

DISTRICT LEADERSHIP

Here is the contact information for your current District Leadership for all questions:

District Chair (volunteer)Fifi Rose – 813.484.2522 – rosefrose@aol.com
District Commissioner (volunteer)Doc Torres – 813.786.5196 – drgtorres@verizon.net
District Director (professional)Jeremy Twachtman – 863.224.4230 – Jeremy.Twachtman@scouting.org
District Executive – North (professional)Austin Gary – 813.924.7409 – Austin.Gary@Scouting.org
District Executive – South (professional)Kelsi Meliah – 727.642.2561 – Kelsi.Meliah@scouting.org
Thank you for all you do for Scouting in Fort Brooke! Without our volunteers at every level, Scouting would not be possible. You help change lives! Thank You!!

 


DISTRICT CALENDAR


 

2020 January 18 – Gasparilla Children’s Parade – Tampa 

March 7 – Leader Specific Training – TBD 

March 21 – District Dinner – TBD 

March 27-29 – BALOO / IOLS – Brorein 

April 3-5 – Spring Scouts BSA Camporee – Brorein 

April 18 – Pinewood Derby – TBD 

May 14 – Program Preview – TBD 

May 16 – Spring Cub Fest – Brorein 

July 25 – Cub Shooting Sports Day – Brorein 

August 29 – Leader Specific Training – TBD 

September 11-13 – BALOO / IOLS – Brorein 

September 26 – Fall Cub Fest– Brorein 

November 13-15 – Scouts BSA Camporee – Camp Soule 

December 12 – Christmas at Brorein – Brorein

Commissioners


Scouting:  A Volunteer with a Purpose – Unit Commissioner

Make an IMPACT statement by working with a unit (Unit = Pack, Troop or Crew) on being the behind the scene leadership on building youth with Character.

Bring your life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others.  Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has helped change lives and build future leaders of this country by combining educational and outdoor adventure activities with lifelong value and fun.  While the BSA has a major focus on the development of young men, the BSA also has co-educational programs, such as Venturing, available to both young men and young women.

  • Bring your experiences to our district as a Unit Commissioner. The Commissioners mission is to keep Units operating at maximum efficiency so they can deliver a quality program to a growing membership. The Commissioners role is to develop strength within the Unit by providing program resources, and acting as the liaison between the Unit and the District and Council. This helps Units provide the best possible Scouting program, which ultimately helps assure that individual Scouts have the best opportunity to achieve their best.
  • CEO, CFO, Parent, Retired Professional, Baker, Indian Chief, Eagle Scouts, Worker-Bee alike – all of you can be a commissioner.

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District Support

District Roundtables

Boy Scout Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at the unit level. The objectives of Roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas, information on policy and events, and training opportunities.

 District Committee Meetings

The entire district committee, chaired by the district chair, meets on a regularly scheduled date, usually monthly. The purpose of district meetings is to build momentum, provide group continuity, ensure good coordination, and make specific assignments to committee members. The district commissioner reports on the special needs of units and requests the help of operating committees to meet those needs.

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 District Commissioner Meetings:

Commissioner Service is the group within the Boy Scouts of America that provides direct service to each Scouting unit (pack, troop, team, crew or ship). Commissioners are experienced Scouters who help chartered organizations and unit leaders to achieve the aims of Scouting by using the methods of Scouting. They help to ensure that each unit has strong leadership and they encourage training, promote the use of the unit committee and encourage a relationship with the chartering organization.

Youth Protection Training

The new online Youth Protection Training System can be a little confusing.  Here is a step by step guide to get you started.  If you already know your my.scouting.org login, then you can skip to page 9.

Online Training Instructions

Unit Leader Resources

Here are some online resources, forms and applications that can help you with your unit.

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Forms Page
Scroll to the bottom to get council specific forms such as requesting a General Liability Insurance Certificate

Cub Scout Packs
This page is from National and contains a ton of great resources for your pack including resources for each Den.

Leader Helps
Material from local volunteers to help your pack or troop run smoother.

Adult Awards

Please submit Applications for Adult and Leader Awards using the district online form.  This allows us to keep track of them and make sure they are awarded in a timely manner.

Online Adult Award Submission

Recruitment

Here is our current recruitment schedule.  The calendar is regularly updated as we hear back from schools.

Shared Recruitment Calendar

Training

Training Calendar
Find out how you can become a trained leader and give our boys the best experience possible.

Meeting Schedule

District Roundtable Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month, beginning at 7 p.m. at the (**NEW LOCATION**) Seminole Heights United Methodist Church – 6111 N Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33604 (NO ROUNDTABLE IN JULY)

 

THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER & COMMITTEE ARE NOW ON THE SAME DAY, ONE FOLLOWING THE OTHER

Commissioner Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, beginning at 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. at the Council’s Tampa Service Center, 13228 N. Central Ave., Tampa, FL 33612.

District Committee are held on the first Thursday of every month, beginning at 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Council’s Tampa Service Center, 13228 N. Central Ave., Tampa, FL 33612.

District Volunteers

Position  Volunteer 
District Chair Fifi Rose

813.484.2522

District Vice Chair Vacant
District Commissioner Doctor G. Torres

813.786.5196

Assistant District Commissioner John Gray

404.401.6619

Activities and Civic Service Chair Tom Knotts

813.293.4474

Advancement Chair  

OPEN

Camping / Outdoor Chair Mike Eldert 

757.438.0830

Family Friends of Scouting Chair Ken Lewis

813.500.1828

Membership Chair Archie Hill

703.851.8878

Order of the Arrow Chair Gene McColgan

813.949.9510

Program Chair Christopher Ragusa 

614.940.9291

Marketing & Communications Chair Mark Wilson

813.220.6270

Marketing & Communications Co-Chair Mark Kriz

813.419.7855

Training Chair Matt Cordani

772.971.0214

Round Table Chair Chris Perry

813.870.4569

District Professionals

Position Professional
District Director Jeremy Twatchtman

863.224.4230

District Executive (South) Kelsi Meliah

727.642.2561

District Executive (North) Austin Gary 

813.924.7409

Field Director Ward Bramlett

813.394.6070

Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated January 7, 2020

Please contact the page authors with your feedback:

Ward Bramlett

Email | 813-872-2691 ext. 132

Mark Kriz

Marketing / Public Relations

Email | 813-843-4020

Jeremy Twachtman

Email

Kelsi Meliah

Email | 727-642-2561

Chris Ragusa

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