News and Such…

New Popcorn Kernel is Joe Lawrence.  Joe is new to the position and is trying to answer everyone’s questions.  If you have a question on popcorn you can email Joe at  or call 352-942-1837. We look forward to having a great year!

We will be having a Council popcorn Kickoff (Kickoff Make-up) Wednesday September 4th at 7:00PM, the location is the council office.

This is a chance to make-up the kickoffs that units may not have attended to receive their 2% process commission. Also, a great opportunity to ask Trails-end direct questions that you may have. Please also invite units who are not selling and new units to this event. They can ask as many questions they want to and have them answered right there and then!

Please go to to register.


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.


It’s Popcorn time!! The incentives for your unit to earn money are awesome!
Save the Dates!!
Show and sell orders due September 13th
Show and sell pickup date October 5th- LOCATION OF PICKUP-



Popcorn take orders due October 25th
Take orders- pick up November 9th


Withlacoochee District is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Merit Badge Madness as it’s Fall Camporee to be held Sept 13-15 at Sand Hill Scout Reservation.

Cost is $15 per Scout/$10 per Leader



Withlacoochee Fall Cub Day

Saturday, September 22, 2018

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$5.00 per Cub Scout



Withlacoochee District BALOO
Sand Hill Scout Reservation
Saturday 09-14-2019 7:00 AM ET to
Sunday 09-15-2019 1:00 PM ET

This course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands-on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience.

Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.

The course runs from 7 AM Saturday Morning until 1 PM Sunday Afternoon.  Meals are provided.

You are strongly encouraged to  camp Friday night and are responsible for your own food.  Saturday breakfast will be provided if you sign up for the Friday night camping option.

We will be providing babysitting for potty-trained and older youth for leaders taking training during the training sessions.  Youth will be parent’s responsibility between training sessions and overnight.

Cost is $15


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 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

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

The registration fee is $18 for each Cub Scout, $12 for each Adult Partner, $12 for each sibling, Children less than 5 years old may attend at no cost. Registration includes Cub Scout Spook A ree patch.  Official event t-shirts with logo will be available for purchase. The cost of the additional official event t-shirt with logo is $10. Units are responsible for registering their pack ONLINE ONLY by the close of business on Friday October 4, 2019. IF YOU DO NOT PAY BY THE OCTOBER 4TH DEADLINE, T-SHIRTS AND PATCHES WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED TO ANY SCOUT, SIBLING, ADULT, OR STAFF!


Refunds will follow Greater Tampa Bay Area Council guidelines and policies.


If you would like to staff, you will register online as well.


Here are some Council Events that might Spark your Scouting Adventures

2019 Fall Aquatics Training

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)

Click Here for More Details

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

Dutch Oven Day

Saturday November 23rd at Camp Brorein is Dutch Oven Day(Sagamore, Seneca, Eagles Nest and fire ring).

Please contact Jenifer Corral,, with any questions.

Click Here for More Details


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

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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 September 5, 2019


Withlacoochee District Committee: Meets on the second Thursday of each month.  Next meeting is September 12, 2019 at Staff Center at Sand Hill Scout Reservation.

Withlacoochee District Camping Committee: Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Next meeting is August 21, 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
Field Direcor Sharrod McCree
(863) 632-2799

Withlacoochee District Calendar

August 2019

1 – Program Preview/Popcorn Kickoff

8 – District Committee Meeting

September 2019

5 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

12 – District Committee Meeting

13-15 – Merit Badge Madness

21 – Fall Cub Scout Activity Day

October 2019

3 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

10 – District Committee Meeting

November 2019

7 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

14 – District Committee 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: September 21, 2019, January 18, 2020, July 18, 2020                              

Troop Committee Challenge – for all Troop Committee Members

Dates: October 19, 2019, February 22, 2020, August 15, 2020

Pack Committee Challenge – for all Pack Committee Members

Dates: June 15, 2019, 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: September 14 & 15, 2019 or 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: 

or visit this page closer to any dates. 

Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated August 28, 2019

Please contact the page authors with your feedback:

Jeremy Twachtman


John Coble