The Thunderbird District serves western Polk County including Bartow, Fort Meade, Kathleen, Lakeland, and Mulberry.

District Roundtable Meetings

7:00 p.m. on the 1st Thursday of every month

(Starting March 7, 2024)

Hosted by First Presbyterian Church
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, Florida 33801

Zoom link will be emailed with invitation.

District Commissioner Meeting

6:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of every month

Hosted at First United Methodist Church
72 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, Florida 33801

District Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of every month

Hosted at First United Methodist Church
72 Lake Morton Dr,

Lakeland, Florida 33801

A Zoom link will be emailed with the invitation.

District Key 3

District Exec Vacant
District Commissioner Jose Rivera
District Chair Hary Nair

District Committee

Position Volunteer
Activities Chair Garrick Johnson        813.514.7188
Advancement Chair Jimmy Keifer 813.277.4105
Camping Chair David Lane
Council Board Member Todd Parrish, Esq
FOS Chair Vacant
Fund Development Chair Vacant
Marketing/Communications Chair Vacant
Membership Chair Vacant
Nominating Chair Michael Roberson
Popcorn Kernel Vacant
Program Chair Brian Brink  407.473.8457
School Night Chair Ron Kaufmann
Training Chair Eddy Varela 863.514.6991
Vice Chair Vacant


Position Volunteer
Assistant District Commissioner Vacant
Roundtable Commissioner Vacant
Roundtable Commissioner (Cub Packs) Lacey Anker
Unit Commissioner David Lane
Unit Commissioner Garrick Johnson
Unit Commissioner Andrew Klaber
Unit Commissioner David Torres

District Staff

Position Professional
District Director  Vacant
Field Director Sharrod McCree
Director of Field Service Travis Emery

Upcoming District Events


Register Today !!!

Register Today !!!

Lakeland Nursery Project

Event Location: 4620 US Hwy 98 South, Lakeland, FL

Activity Date: March 23, 2024
Activity Time : 9am to 12pm
Attire: Scout t-shirt preferred

The first Community service project coordinated by the district will be taking place at the Lakeland’s Plant Nursery. (read more about them)

This is an effort to help establish yet another community service opportunity for the youth in our Scouting units and also create awareness of Scouting presence.

All Unit members can participate. Advance signup is requested as it is a City coordinated event. Signup by March 1, 2024 here.

Council Calendar

Trainings Strengthen Scouting

Train Your Leaders...

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader…

Send your leaders to these Upcoming Classic Trainings. Wood Badge Courses fill in pretty quickly due to limited offerings and enrollment per year, so reserve your spot and help your unit Leaders fulfil their purpose. Scholarships available in most cases. Register for Spring 2024 Wood Badge by Clicking on the image.

Spring 2024 Wood Badge

More Leadership Training Opportunities at the University of Scouting…

Come spend a day learning new ideas from fantastic instructors and enjoy the fellowship of other Scouters from across the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council (GTBAC). University of Scouting offers training courses to help enrich your unit and district programs. The training is for adult volunteers at all levels: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts and District & Council volunteers. NEW THIS YEAR, scouts (13 years old and up) also have classes they can attend.

Let Us Train OUR Youth...

Trained Scouts become Better Leaders!!

A formal training and consistent mentoring is all it takes to lead a youth to become a world class leader. Let’s help the cause and send our Youth to these amazing trainings within our GTBA Council and at National opportunities. Register for Spring 2024 NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) by Clicking on the image.

NAYLE – A training beyond NYLT 

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where young men and women enhance their leadership skills through team building, ethical decision-making, problem solving and service to others. NAYLE is a very special experience. The week concludes with a closing challenge for each Scout to use what they’ve learned in service to others. Scouts must be 14 but not yet 20 years old, hold a unit leadership position, and have completed NYLT. Register for upcoming NAYLE by Clicking on the image.


Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated February 14, 2024

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Hary Nair