News and Such…

Round Table Location Change for 2019

Round Table meeting will be held at the Dinning Hall at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613.  Meetings are the 1st Thursday of the month. Map of Sand Hill


Order of the Arrow

The next Chapter Meeting will be announced soon.

Withlacoochee Program Preview

When: 08-01-2019 7:30PM to 9:00PM

Where: Sand Hill Scout Reservation
11210 Cortez Blvd
Brooksville, FL 34613

We encourage ALL DEN LEADERS, COMMITTEE MEMBERS, SCOUTS, FAMILIES to attend and see what we will be doing this year!

Are you looking for information on POPCORN?! 

In this webinar, we will go through all of the functionality in the Scout App, as well as the Popcorn Kernel Portal on, including:

  • Scout App Basics
  • Storefront Sales
  • Wagon Sales
  • Online Sales
  • Inventory
  • Credit Payments
  • Trail’s End Rewards

NOTE: All topics will be covered in each webinar.
After you register, you will receive a confirmation from Trail’s End/Zoom that contains the link needed to join the webinar.

Cub Scout Preview Adventures are new elective adventures for Cub Scouts.  During the preview period these adventures will be under evaluation and possible revision. It will be determined how much interest there is, based on several factors. Successful previews will be considered to be included in the next edition of the Cub Scout handbooks.

Preview Adventure recognition items are purple in color for all ranks to signify they are in preview mode. Adventure loops and pins for preview adventures can only be purchased online at
For more information and videos on these adventures CLICK HERE


The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure

In partnership with the Barbara Sinatra Foundation we are proud to present the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure.  This adventure is designed to provide your Cub Scouts information on how to Recognize, Respond, and Report abuse as part of the BSA’s Personal Safety Awareness program.  It may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank.  (Lion’s do not earn Cyber Chip).  If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement, it may not be used as an elective adventure towards that badge of rank.




Yo-Yo Preview Adventure

In partnership with Duncan Toys, we are proud to present the Yo-Yo Preview Adventure.  This adventure develops eye-hand coordination and teaches fundamental concepts of gravity, motion, and energy.

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This can be earned by Wolf, Bears, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank.

Adopt-a-Trail at Sand Hill Scout Reservation!

Where: Sand Hill Scout Reservation
Who: Any troops or crews that may be interested in participating. Just one or two leaders from your troop and your SPL if possible.
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

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

Ranger Dan with Cub Scout Pack 71

2019 Spook-O-Ree Sand Hill Week #1
When: 10-18-2019 6:00PM to
10-20-2019 11:00AM
Where: Sand Hill Scout Reservation

2019 Spook-O-Ree Sand Hill SR Week 2
When: 10-25-2019 6:00PM to
10-27-2019 11:00AM
Where: Sand Hill Scout Reservation


More Information to Come SOON!

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

Fall 2019 EDGE Training Workshop
When: August 24, 2019
Registration Time:  8:30- 9:00 am
Course runs from:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location:  Camp Soule, 2201 Soule Road Clearwater, FL 33759
Who should come? Youth leaders in the Troops PLC, Unit trainers – Pack, Troop, Varsity and Venture/Venturing trainers, District and Council trainers, Roundtable staff, Commissioners, and all Scouts and Scouters interested in improving their training & presentation skills!  This course is required for all NYLT & Wood Badge staff.

Cost: $12.00; Includes lunch (if registered by COB Aug 22 ) and Edge training materials.  Walk-ins welcome on a space available basis.
For Questions, please contact the following Scouter:  Donna F Williams   813-671-4173

Aquatic activities can be fun and exciting. But, inadequately supervised, they can also be dangerous. BE PREPARED AND BE TRAINED! To assist with aquatic safety for your unit, the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council’s Aquatics Committee is offering the following programs:

1.  Paddle Craft Safety-Canoeing and Kayaking-Sept. 20-21 ($20)

2.  Re-certification in Paddle Craft Safety (not over 6 months expired)- Sept 21 ($20)

3.  Swimming & Water Rescue- Sept. 21-22 ($15)

4.   Re-certification in Swimming & Water Rescue- Sept. 22 ($15)

5.  Kayaking Merit Badge Counselor Workshop- Sept. 21 ($12)

6.  Re-certification for BSA Lifeguard- Sept. 22 ($25)

7.  Dinner for Aquatics Supervision- Sept. 21 ($8)

Camping is available Friday, Saturday.

Meals included: Crackerbarrel- Fri,Sat; Breakfast-Sat,Sun; Lunch-Sat.

Dinner on Saturday available at extra charge.  No Lunch on Sunday(so we can get home sooner)

Must have current Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense certification:  to complete these courses, click HERE

Dates to Save 

Scout Spectacular…with the Threshers!!  July 13th

Click here for more information

2019 Popcorn Show & Sell Pickup Day
When: 10-05-2019 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Lewis H. Hill Scout Center
13228 N Central Ave
Tampa, FL 33612

Wood Badge
1st Weekend-September 20-22, 2019 Flaming Arrow
2nd Weekend- October 12 and 13, 2019 Sand Hill
Click Here to Register

Powder Horn
November 8-10, Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation
Course Director: Robb Feld
Assistant Course Director: Randall MacDonald
Powder Horn is a skills resource course for  Venturing  and  Boy Scouting  leaders and youth (age 14 and up) of the  Boy Scouts of America  (BSA). The goals of Powder Horn are to help Scout leaders safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature, provide an introduction to the resources necessary to successfully lead youth through a program of high adventure, and familiarize participants with the skills involved in different high adventure disciplines.
Event Cost: $150.00


2019 GTBAC – NRA Instructor Training
Fall course begins August 24, 2019! 

All activities will be held at Sand Hill Scout Reservation 11210 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613

Basic Instructor Training (B.I.T.), Range Safety             August 24-25, 2019 Officer (R.S.O.) and  Qualifications.

This weekend is MANDATORY if you wish to take ANY instructor trainings.
Rifle Basic Instructor and Instructor Training           September 14-15, 2019
Shotgun Basic Instructor and Instructor Training    September 28-29, 2019
Pistol Basic Instructor and Instructor Training           November 9-10, 2019

Cost $90/weekend and includes: all course materials and supplies, overnight lodging and meals during the trainings.

Trainings begin 7:30am each Saturday.
2019 GTBAC – NRA Instructor Training
Fall course begins August 24, 2019!
For Questions or to Register email

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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 August 8, 2019


Withlacoochee District Committee: Meets on the second Thursday of each month.  Next meeting is July 11, 2019 at Staff Center at Sand Hill Scout Reservation.

Withlacoochee District Commissioners Meeting: Contact Michael Pecora, District Commissioner, for information on this meeting.

District Volunteers

Position Volunteer
District Chairman John Coble
(352) 212-5930
District Vice Chairman Vacant
District Commissioner Michael Pecora
(352) 279-9887
Activities and Civic Service Jennifer Griffith
(352) 232-1219
Advancement Chair Anita Smothers
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 Mandi Harmon
(352) 585-0899
Popcorn Kernel and Camp Card Chair Krista Knowles
(352) 942-9929
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner John Murphy
(352) 563-3255
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Jennifer Griffith
(352) 232-1219
Nominating Chair Stephen Toner
Training Chair Thomas Alajko
(352) 263-4837
Webelos to Scout Transition Chair Vacant
Communication Chair

Emily Thomas


District Professionals

Position Professional
District Executive
Field Direcor Sharrod McCree
(863) 632-2799

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