The Miccosukee District covers all areas north of 54th avenue in St. Petersburg to the Pasco County Line.

For more than 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. The Boy Scouts America has several divisions which cover programs in all age groups. We are bound and follow guidelines set forth by Boy Scouts of America’s National Office. To learn more about a unit near you, please visit beascout.org

District Commissioner Frequently Asked Questions…

  1. I heard you can transfer scouts between units now, how do you do that?
  2. I heard you can also CHANGE leadership positions at any time, where is this?
  3. I want to change the Cubmaster position in My.SCouting.org before recharter, can I do that?
    • A: YES! Please see #2.
  4. I heard there were some new recruitment materials, can you show them to me?
  5. Someone told me that there is a ‘recruitment in a box’ kit that I can get from council, is this true?
    • A: Yes there is. There is a whole kit. Let Charles Love know you are interested and he can give you the details. 
  6. What is the new Council Program Fee?
    • A: As of January 1, 2022 council will charge $33 per Scout and $21 per Adult Leader. 
  7. I heard that as of 8/1/2021 the national BSA fee has gone up, what is the new national fee?
    • A: More detailed info @ https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/July-2021-Hot-Topic-Fee-Increases.pdf
    • A: $72.00 ($105.00 after 1/22) for youth in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting
    • A: $45.00 ($66.00 after 1/22) for adult members in all programs (includes the cost of background check) 
    • A: $25 new member fee (one-time only, upon joining Scouting for the first time)
    • A: More info @ https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/July-2021-Hot-Topic-Fee-Increases.pdf

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LIVE Council Calendar – https://tampabayscouting.org/calendar

COVID-19 GTBAC

For all COVID-19 Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Updates visit https://tampabayscouting.org/covid-mitigation-procedures

BSA Applications – Please Read!

Before you hand in that paper app, be sure that it is filled out completely. There is a set of questions on the right, the heading reads “All questions MUST be answered. Write NONE if applicable” A lot of people tend to skip this step causing the app to be rejected. be sure you fill out 100% of all questions.  Also, please be sure you put in the proper code. If you are filling out a Merit Badge Counselor App, it’s not MB, it’s Code 42. below I have posted the chart. The same goes for references. If you put less than 3, the app will be rejected.

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**NEW for 2021** Did you know you can now transfer scouts between Units via My.Scouting.org (PAPERLESS!). For detailed instructions please visit – https://help.scoutbook.scouting.org/knowledge-base/transferring-from-another-unit-sb/ – Remember, once you send the scout to the other unit, the other unit must ACCEPT THEM.

New Annual ABC Forms

  • AB Form Only – Applies to ALL participants — such as local tours and weekend camping trips UNDER 72 hours in duration.
  • AB&C Form – Applies to ALL participants where the event is OVER 72 hours in duration. (Such as resident campers (summer or winter camps) or any event that lasts over 72 hours or more.

All Scouting Events. All participants in all Scouting activities. complete Part A and Part B. Give the completed forms to your unit leader. This applies to all activities, day camps, local tours, and weekend camping trips less than 72 hours. Update at least annually. Part A is an informed consent, release agreement, and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18). Part B is general information and a health history

Going to Camp? A pre-participation physical is needed for resident, tour, or trek camps or for a Scouting event of more than 72 hours, such as Wood Badge and NYLT. The exam needs to be completed by a certified and licensed physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. If your camp has provided you with any supplemental risk information, or if your plans include attending one of the four national high-adventure bases, share the venue’s risk advisory with your medical provider when you are having your physical exam. Part C is your pre-participation physical certification

Prescription Medication. Taking prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that individual’s parent or guardian. A leader, after obtaining all the necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a youth takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but the Boy Scouts of America does not mandate or necessarily encourage the leader to do so. Standards and policies regarding the administration of medication may be in place at BSA camps. If state laws are more limiting than camp policies, they must be followed. The AHMR also allows for a parent or guardian to authorize the administration of non-prescription medication to a youth by a camp health officer or unit leader, including any noted exceptions.

Merit Badge Counselors

Recently National has made a change to merit badge counselors (MBC) and how they work in Scoutbook. You can no longer just say someone is a Merit Badge Counselor in Scoutbook, it MUST come from national, though council into Scoutbook, not the other way around (like it used to be). MBC’s need to be registered with a separate set of paperwork outside of your unit’s charter. This is a yearly process. This notice was posted in September of 2020 @ https://discussions.scouting.org/t/upcoming-scoutbook-mbc-actions/185362 it discusses the change.

To Register or Renew your existing registration, you need to do a few things…

  1. (One Time) Take the Merit Badge Counselor Training In Person at a District or Council Event. If you wish to do it online, go into My.Scouting.Org and search for “Scouts BSA – Merit Badge Counselor Training” (it’s 2 separate courses). Print BOTH certificates.
  2. (Yearly) Login to My.Scouting.Org and Print your YPT Certificate.
  3. (Yearly) Print and Fill out the Merit Badge Counselor Application – https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf (need wet ink signature!)
  4. (Yearly) Print and Fill out the Adult Application https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf (need wet ink signature!)
  5. (One Time) Review and understand what it says on https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/mb-counselor-guide/
  6. (One Time) Review and understand what it says on https://scoutingmagazine.org/2019/10/getting-schooled-on-rules-for-merit-badge-classes-fairs-and-universities/ 

The Packet to hand in should contain…

  1. A printed copy of your Current YPT
  2. Merit Badge Counselor Traning Completion Certificate
  3. BSA Merit Badge Counselor Application (linked above)
  4. BSA Adult Application – Needs to be Fully Filled Out, code 42, even the stuff on the right of the app. be sure you use the current app that’s linked above)

Keep in mind – Typically, when you take the Merit Badge Counselor Class, they do this all with you during the class. You can leave your packet at the Council Office, please put attention Matthew Frasik. Please do not email or digitally save copies of the adult applications.

Great info about Group Merit Badges -> https://scoutingmagazine.org/2019/10/getting-schooled-on-rules-for-merit-badge-classes-fairs-and-universities/

Update your BeAScout PIN Info

Updating your BeAScout.org pin is simple, and it’s a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Cubmaster or meeting time, for example. Access to update your pin is available to all unit leaders, including committee members in a unit. If you need help with your pin, please contact Charles Love.

To update your pin:

  1. Go to My.Scouting.org
  2. In the drop-down menu, go to your Unit. (You must be listed as a Key 3)
  3. Click into “Organization Manager” and from here you can update your info.
  4. For Cub Scout packs: You’ll also want to go to Organization Manager and identify your pack’s gender: all-boy, all-girl or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens. Under Organization Manager, find the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. The default is Boys Dens, but you can change that. Be sure to enter an effective date or it will not update the pin.

 

Council Camps

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Camp Alafia – Primitive Camping

Camp Alafia is a primitive camp near Lithia and east of Tampa in Hillsborough County. The property, located at 5453 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia 33547, is bounded to the west by the Alafia River and contains several campsites beneath an oak canopy.

In 2012, the Council secured a grant that allowed the opening of the roads and nature trails. In addition, five more camp sites were opened up as well. The 500-acre camp is a primitive campground, ideally suited for Boy Scouts seeking a high adventure experience 30 minutes from south Tampa. Here, they can learn survival skills such as how to build lean-to shelters, eat off the land, and work together with others. With no potable water nor sanitary facilities, planning ahead is a must!

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Camp Brorein – Hillsborough County

Camp Brorein is the Council’s oldest camping facility. Situated on more than 80 acres of land, surrounded by two lakes and blessed by the shade of many Live Oak trees, Camp Brorein provides the ideal camping experience for all. The camp features bouldering, climbing and rappelling walls, a new waterfront area for lake swimming and boating plus a shooting sports range for BBs, slingshots and archery.

Other amenities include a full stocked trading post, new bathhouse facility, stage area with flag pole, a fire ring and an open air chapel. Camp Brorein Introduction Booklet

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Camp Soule – Pinellas County

Camp Soule is comprised of 53 acres of pristine wilderness, located in the heart of Clearwater.  It offers protected trees, wildlife and beauty.  The camp has primitive campsites, Adirondacks, and a new Hammock site!  Camp Soule boasts a dining hall, chapel, trading post, field sports, bb and archery range, a zero depth walk-in swimming pool and a campfire ring.  Camp Soule is used for short-term camping, family camping, training, day camps and various other activities.

Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation – Polk County

The 677-acre camp is known for pristine wilderness and three clear spring-fed, natural lakes, so if it is swimming, boating or fishing – Flaming Arrow has a lake for that! Amenities include lake swimming, boating, climbing and rappelling and COPE courses.  It has a shooting sports facility that supports Archery, BBs, rifle, shotgun and pistol. There are several types of campsites to choose from including primitive sites to Adirondacks.  Most sites boast a bathhouse, running water, electricity and a screened pavilion.   There are several lodges, a trading post and a full dining hall on camp.

Flaming Arrow is the location for the Council’s resident  Summer Camp and Winter Camp programs.

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Sand Hill Scout Reservation – Hernando County

Sand Hill is the largest council camp with 1,300 acres.  The camp has 11 sites with pavilions, bathrooms, water and electric as well as 2 primitive sites.  It has an impressive shooting sports facility to include archery, rifle, shotgun and pistol.  The camp as swimming pool as well as a full dining hall.  Most sites have ample shade.  There is a boating area for canoeing. If you are looking for a camp with room to stretch your legs, Sand Hill is the camp for you.

Big Foot Wilderness Camp – Pasco County

Big Foot Wilderness Camp is NOT owned or maintained by the council – it is available to Scouting units through an agreement with the State of Florida–Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Through an agreement with the State of Florida–Southwest Florida Water Management District, Big Foot Camp is available for Scouting units.  It is situated in a 30,000 acre wilderness preserve and has a 1,200 square foot cabin, with lights and indoor plumbing, two wood stoves for heating, an outdoor shower for Scout use, a troop campfire area, and patrol campsites.  There’s a 5-mile loop trail starting and ending at the cabin, which is perfect for completion of a second class 5-mile hike requirement.  This loop intersects with a portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail extending approximately 25 miles in a northerly direction and 10 miles in a southerly direction.  Big Foot Camp offers a great camping and hiking experience in a rustic wilderness setting.

Big Foot Wilderness Camp is NOT owned or maintained by the council, so please be prepared as the roads and cabin may not be up to the standards of our other properties.

Note – Big Foot Wilderness Camp is only available to one unit at a time and is subject to blackout dates due to hunting season.  Reservations for Big Foot can only be taken after the hunting season blackout dates are set, so any reservation made more that 3 months out is not confirmed and is subject to being canceled or moved. 

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District Roundtable Meetings – Come join your fellow Scouters to learn the tips and tricks to help your unit run better and give your Scouts the best experience possible.  Open to all leaders and interested adults. The Miccosukee Roundtable is held online via Zoom – Meeting Link will be posted each month on the Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/201331701481. For questions about roundtable, please contact the District Commissioner, Charles Love.

District Committee Meetings –  The monthly Miccosukee District Committee Meeting is a monthly gathering to review all District events, activities and plans in support of our Units.  This meeting is normally held on the 1st Wednesday of the month Online via Zoom unless otherwise scheduled by the District Key 3.  All Miccosukee District Chairs, committee members, nominating committee and interested Adult Leaders are invited to attend.  We encourage (1) representative from each Unit visit our District Committee meeting! For questions about Miccosukee District Committee, please contact  Dwayne.jones@scouting.org

Order of the Arrow, Osceola Chapter Meetings – See Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge for information on the lodge schedule and events.

Incident Report

District Key 3

District Volunteers

BSA is still BSA.

Remember, the name of our Organization is STILL Boy Scouts of America. The old ‘Boy Scout’ Program is now called Scouts BSA. You can still call it a Troop, it’s just not a Boy Scout Troop, it’s a Scouts BSA Troop. For detailed info, please visit https://www.scouting.org/familyscouting/

OA Info

Once each calendar year a troop or team may conduct an election within their unit to select scouts (up to age 21) and nominate adults for membership in the Order of the Arrow. In order to be eligible for election, a Scout must have:

  1. achieved the rank of First Class
  2. participated in 15 days/nights of camping in the past 2 years (must include but may only count one long term resident camp under the auspices of the BSA)
  3. the recommendation of their Scoutmaster

Click here to request an election for your unit!

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Schwab (727) 278-4705 or Travis Baldwin (813) 999 5841

Scouts BSA Female Troops

Scouts BSA Troop 135G. 431G, and 10G are the only all-female Troops in our District.

Troop 0135 Heritage United Methodist Church

2680 Landmark Dr
Clearwater FL 33761
Contact: Jamie Bennett
Email: troop135clw@gmail.com
Website: http://www.troop-135.org/

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Troop 0431 Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
11565 66th Ave
Seminole FL 33772
Contact: Rachel Keeser
Phone: (727) 742-2375
Email: rachelkeeser@gmail.com
Website: https://www.seminolegirltroop431.org/

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Troop 0010 First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin
925 Louden Avenue
Dunedin FL 34698
Contact: Elinor Fox
Phone: (727) 647-3365
Email: tgfox1@verizon.net

 

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