My name is Brandon Kathman, and I am a relative newcomer to the Withlacoochee District. Prior to moving from North Carolina, I served as an adult volunteer for the same unit I earned my eagle in.  My experience with scouting defined my youth, drove me through college and inspired my career choice. I know of no other program that empowers young people to succeed and lead as ours does, and I consider myself proudly in its (and your) service. I have the utmost confidence in this district and its volunteers. Its achievements to date are many, and our potential is limitless. I understand we do face some challenges, but it is only when those are allowed to become obstacles that we fail. We will not fail. I am here as your resource, and I want to know what I can do for you. I can be reached by phone at 352-459-9375 or through my email,

Yours in Scouting,
Brandon Kathman



In accordance with the Bylaws of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; this is the official notice of the Withlacoochee District Annual Business Meeting scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday November 14th, 2019 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation Dining Hall in Brooksville.

Yours in Scouting,

John Coble

District Chairman, Withlacoochee District

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council


News and Such…



Take orders- pick up November 9th-

Butler Heating and AC Inc, 3035 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill FL 34609

Any questions please contact Joe Lawrence our District Popcorn Kernal,  352-942-1837. or 

Adopt-a-Trail at Sand Hill Scout Reservation!

Where: Sand Hill Scout Reservation
Who: Any packs, troops or crews that may be interested in participating.
Contact: Susan Sandstorm
We can tour the different trails and explain what is needed on each trail. Some trails are rougher than others, so we will need to match the trails with the abilities of the troops.
Normal trail maintenance will include trimming back branches, removing plants trying to grow up in the middle of the trail, and repainting blazes.

Pack 71 on a trail clean up.

Sand Hill Scout Reservation Ranger’s Challenge 

Are you adventurous enough to accept the Sand Hill Ranger’s Challenge?  Are you perceptive enough to know your pace, work a compass, or load way points into GPS?  If so, you are in the right place and now at the right time to learn more and earn your various Ranger’s Trail Challenge awards.

Click Here to find out more details


Withlacoochee District Leaders,
Recently we learned that the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has made the difficult decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020, to:

  • $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts,
  • $36 for adult members
  • $60 for unit charter fees

The Greater Tampa Bay Council has been advised that every dollar of the national membership fee will go toward the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection, and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. The National organization will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members such as online registration, Member Care and Scoutbook, which now includes the Den Leader experience to ensure the safe and consistent delivery of Cub Scouting; as well as improvements aimed at simplifying the annual renewal process.
The Greater Tampa Bay Council and the Withlacoochee District are committed to providing dynamic and innovative Scouting programs.  The Council and district have done so through the commitment of a strong foundation of unit volunteers who partner with the Council to deliver the highest quality program to its youth.
The volunteers of your district leadership team are asking for your help to ensure that Scouting remains strong through this transition. We need your help by participating in our annual Friends of Scouting appeal, participating in the Popcorn fundraisers, and utilizing the camping opportunities provided by your District and Council. If we all contribute and help, we will make a difference to the youth who need the benefits of Scouting in their lives.
Thank you for your continued commitment to empowering a generation of future leaders of character through Scouting programs.
Yours in Scouting,

John Coble

District Chairman, Withlacoochee District

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council


You might have seen an email announcing that the Boy Scouts of America will be performing periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds of all volunteers.
Without dedicated volunteers, Scouting wouldn’t be the great, life-changing program it is today. You help make Scouting happen. You can also help make Scouting a safe place for our Scouts.
The BSA is committed to youth safety, so before your 2020 annual registration can be processed, you’ve got to review the disclosure documentation and sign a background check authorization as detailed in the email.

  • If your primary registration is with a Unit, please give the form with your original signature to your unit leader who will submit it with the recharter paperwork.
  • If your primary registration is NOT with a unit, please give the form to me or Brandon Kathman, our District Executive.

Thank you for your help in keeping our Scouts safe!
Additional-Disclosures-And-Background-Check-Authorization Form

Live YPT and leadership Training
Saturday November 16th at 11:00am
1490 N Redpoll Trail,
Hernando, FL 34442

Sunday November 17th, at 1:00pm
Sand Hill Scout Reservation- Haggerty Pavilion

Youth Protection training will cover BSA registered adults and leaders for 2 years.
Contact Brandon Kathman @ 352-459-9375 or

Please report your service hours monthly.  Record your service hours for the whole year by following this UPDATED LINK.
For help with the process, follow this link.

Here are some Council Events that might Spark your Scouting Adventures

2019 Leave No Trace Trainer Course – Camp Soule

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Camp Soule

11/22/19/6PM – 11/24/19/11AM

Click Here for More Details

Cub Adventure Camp


November 15 — 17, 2019

Sandhill Scout Reservation

11210 Cortez Blvd

Brooksville, FL

Meals provided Saturday and Sunday morning.
Click here for more details and to register!

Save the Date Ranger Rendzvoues
Sand Hill Scout Reservation
Friday 02-28-2020 8:00 AM ET to
Sunday 03-01-2020 11:59 PM ET
For more information contact Susan Sandstrom or

Winter NYLT 2019

Sand Hill Scout Reservation
Thursday 12-26-2019 4:00 PM ET to
Tuesday 12-31-2019 3:00 PM ET

Click here for more information

Meeting Schedule

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Withlacoochee District Roundtable: Held on the first Thursday of each month at

Sand Hill Scout Reservation

at 7:30 pm

Next Meeting is November 7, 2019


Withlacoochee District Committee: Meets on the second Thursday of each month.  Next meeting is November 14, 2019 at Staff Center at Sand Hill Scout Reservation.

Withlacoochee District Camping Committee: Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Next meeting is November 20, 2019 @7:00pm.  Inverness Wendy’s 502 W. Main St, Inverness FL 34450.

Withlacoochee District Commissioners Meeting: Held the 1st Thursday of the month with Round Table.

District Volunteers

Position Volunteer
District Chairman John Coble
(352) 212-5930
District Vice Chairman Jennifer Griffith
(352) 232-1219
District Commissioner Michael Pecora
(352) 279-9887
Activities and Civic Service Carrie Roberts-Garvin
(813) 312-5345
Advancement Chair Kellie McMillian

(352) 650-0621

Camping Chair Jon Young
(352) 726-2193
Finance Chair Vacant
Family FOS Chair Krista Knowles
(352) 201-2015
Membership Chair Tammy Alajko
(352) 556-8713
Program Chair Jennifer Griffith
(352) 232-1219
Popcorn Kernel Chair Joe Lawrence


Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner John Murphy
(352) 563-3255
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Stevie Oden
Nominating Chair Stephen Toner
Training Chair Thomas Alajko
(352) 263-4837
Day Camp Program Director Adam Oden

(352) 537-1994

Communication Chair Emily Thomas


Eagle BOR Chair Steve Epple

(352) 212-1895

District Professionals

Position Professional
District Executive Brandon Kathman


Field Direcor Sharrod McCree
(863) 632-2799

Withlacoochee District Calendar

November 2019

7 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

14 – District Committee Meeting- Annual Business Meeting

December 2019

5 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

12 – District Committee Meeting

14 – Wreaths Across America

January 2020

9 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

11 – Winter Cub Scout Activity Day

16 – District Committee Meeting

February 2020

Any Weekend – Scouting for Food

6 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

13 – District Committee Meeting

March 2020

5 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

12 – District Committee Meeting

13-15 – Spring Camporee

21 – District Pinewood Derby

April 2020

2 – District Banquet

9 – District Committee Meeting

May 2020

2 – Scout Trash the Trash Day

7 – Program Preview

9 – Spring Cub Scout Activity Day

14 – District Committee Meeting

23 – Flags for the Fallen

June 2020

4 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

8-12 – Cub Scout Day Camp at Sand Hill

11 – District Committee Meeting



Withlachoochee District Training Schedule

Scout Leader Training

Scoutmaster Specific Training – for SMs/ASMs

Dates:  January 18, 2020, July 18, 2020                              

Troop Committee Challenge – for all Troop Committee Members

Dates: February 22, 2020, August 15, 2020

Pack Committee Challenge – for all Pack Committee Members

Dates: March 21, 2020, October 17, 2020

Den Leader Specific Training – all Den Leaders

Dates: December 14, 2019, May 16, 2020, November 21, 2020

Cubmaster Specific Training – all Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters

Dates: November 16, 2019, June 20, 2020, December 19, 2020

BALOO Training – All Cub Scout Leaders.  One trained leader required to camp.

Dates:  April 18 & 19, 2020

ITOLS Training – All Scouts BSA Leaders.

Dates:September 19, 2020 – September 20, 2020

To register for any event and find out more information please visit: 

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John Coble