Withlacoochee District Winter Cub Day!
Come and join all Cub Scouts at Sand Hill Scout Reservation on January 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for some Winter Games! Catapults, STEM activities, Shooting Sport, Hike, and much more.  $5.00 per Scout.  Parents and younger siblings are free.   Everyone needs to bring a bag lunch.
TROOP SCOUTS are needed for volunteers.
Please contact Emily Thomas with any questions.  emilybrandonwedding@yahoo.com

Register for University of Scouting today: 📷https://scoutingevent.com/089-2020universityofscouting

University of Scouting will be on January 4th 2020,  at Saint Leo University.

Check-In Starts at 8:00am and Closing Ceremonies begin at 3:00pm. Lunch is included with the cost of registration.

Adult Participants will receive 5 hours of leader training on topics of their choosing from Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts and General Studies. Many leader specific training courses will be offered, as well as some outstanding supplemental training. Limited training will be available for Scouts BSA 13 years and under, Scouts BSA 14 years and over, Venturers and Sea Scouts who are attending with a registered Adult Participant. Visit the midway for information on exceptional training and high adventure opportunities over the upcoming year.  To view Masters and Doctorate Requirement Documents, see the attachments page of this registration.

For additional information contact the University of Scouting President  Brian Lehmann – brianrlehmann@gmail.com

Life to Eagle

Location: Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Lewis H. Hill Scout Center
Date: Saturday 01-25-2020

Time: 8:30 AM ET to 11:59 PM ET

All Scouts of First Class rank or higher and their parents are encouraged to attend and learn more about: Your trail to the Eagle Summit, How to develop an Eagle Scout Project, Eagle Scout Project ideas—Good and bad, Completing an Eagle Project workbook, Approval process for the Eagle Scout Project, Completing the Eagle Scout application, Preparing for the Eagle Board of Review, National Eagle Scout Association Eagle Project Competition, and Planning an Eagle Court of Honor (parents).

Quick reminder that registration closes on 1/10. The seminar is free to Scouts and $5 for parents and Scoutmasters, but you need to register because we have limited space. This session usually fills up, so don’t wait until the last minute. The session is appropriate for all Life and Star Scouts who are interested in working towards earning Eagle.

Scouting for Food 2020

As Scouts, we know how fortunate we are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And we know that not everyone is so lucky. Scouting for Food is a food-collection drive where Scouts get out into their neighborhoods and collect food items to be delivered to families in need. It’s another reminder to our local communities that Scouts are here, doing good turns.

Event Information:

Between the dates of January 25, 2020 and January 30, 2020 Scouts distribute door hangers to local homes in their community to let them know about the drive.

On February 1, 2020 starting at 9am, Scouts will revisit those houses to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items. The food is then delivered to food banks across the district. Please choose a food bank that is listed below.

Important Information:

Door hangers will be available in early January to pick up from each District’s Leadership.(Exact date TBA.)Emails will be sent out to registered Units once door hangers are available for pick-up.  Each Unit should plan to have at least 20% Youth Participation.  Each Youth should plan to to canvass at least 20 homes.
Each Unit should record the weight (in pounds) of food collected. (Weigh food on a scale or estimate how much was collected).
Please record what houses are visited with the Door Hangers to ensure every home is revisited to collect food on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
After each Unit delivers food to a local food bank, click here to record Unin and individual Scout participation. This is required to earn the Scout for Food Patch!

Contact: Pauline Zerbe for any questions nlzerbe@aol.com


Ranger Rendezvous

When: February 28-March 1, 2020

Where: Sand Hill Scout Reservation

Open to Scouting Youth 14 and up and registered adults.  For Troops, Crews, and Ships.

The registration fees are $35 for participants and $15 for staff. Registration includes food and t-shirt

Contact Susan Sandstrom for any questions or if you would like to staff the weekend.  (727) 686-2972, sandstromsc@gmail.com


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


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.

Discover the different opportunities for STEM in Scouting while having fun!  There will be robotics demonstrations, flying drones and more! 

This year it will be held at Hillsborough High School, 5000 N Central Ave
Tampa, Florida 33603.  Morning session is 8am to 12 pm.  Afternoon session is 1pm to 4pm.

$4.00 per scout to participate in activities.

Optional lunch, paid in advance, will be provided by Fuzzy’s Tacos from 11am to 1pm.- $6.00 for lunch paid in advance. 

The STEM Fair has something for everyone in Cub Scouts!

Lions and Tigers – enjoy seeing the robots, drones, exhibitors, and playing games.

Wolves and Bears – Get to start an exciting NOVA award with their fellow Cub Scouts

Webelos and Arrow of Light – Get to start an exciting NOVA award with their fellow Webelos.

Parents – While your scouts are having fun, you have the opportunity to learn how to implement the STEM Program in your own Pack and Den.

NOVA Classes Offered
(there will be separate, age appropriate sessions for the Wolves/Bears and the Webelos/Arrow of Light)

  • Science Everywhere
  • Tech Talk
  • Swing
  • 1-2-3- Go!


Contact Brandon Kathman with any questions brandon.kathman@scouting.org

Here are some Council Events that might Spark your Scouting Adventures


Save the Date- Cub Family Adventure Camp

Camp Soule
Friday 02-07-2020 12:00 AM ET to
Sunday 02-09-2020 11:59 PM ET

Save the Date for Scout Day at the Capitol

Starts: 02-11-2020
Ends: 02-11-2020
Scout Day at the Capitol The 3rd Annual Scout Day at the Capitol will allow scouts and scouters from all over the state to meet their legislators and learn about how the legislative process work…

Meeting Schedule

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Withlacoochee Chapter Order of the Arrow

Withlacoochee District Roundtable: Held on the first Thursday of each month at– JANUARY MEETING IS THE 2nd THURSDAY because of the holidays.

Sand Hill Scout Reservation

at 7:30 pm

Next Meeting is January 9, 2019


Withlacoochee District Committee: Meets on the second Thursday of each month.  (EXCEPT FOR JANUARY) Next meeting is January 16, 2019 at  the Dinning Hall at Sand Hill Scout Reservation.

Withlacoochee District Camping Committee: Meets on the third Wednesday of each month.  THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE January 15, 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. JANUARY MEETING WILL BE January 9th!

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

January 2020

9 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

11 – Winter Cub Scout Activity Day

15- Camping Committee

16 – District Committee Meeting

25- Scout for Food door hangers distribute

February 2020

1- Scouting for Food pick up and weigh in

6 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

13 – District Committee Meeting

18- Camping Committee

March 2020

5 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

12 – District Committee Meeting

13-15 – Spring Camporee

18- Camping Committee

21 – District Pinewood Derby

April 2020

2 – District Banquet

9 – District Committee Meeting

15- Camping Committee

May 2020

2 – Scout Trash the Trash Day

7 – Program Preview

9 – Spring Cub Scout Activity Day

14 – District Committee Meeting

20- Camping Committee

23 – Flags for the Fallen

June 2020

4 – Roundtable/OA Chapter Meeting

1-5 – Cub Scout Day Camp at Sand Hill

11 – District Committee Meeting

17- Camping Committee

UPDATES ON DISTRICT FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/withlacoocheedistrict/

COUNCIL EVENTS: https://tampabayscouting.org/calendar

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: May 16, 2020, November 21, 2020

Cubmaster Specific Training – all Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters

Dates: 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:  https://tampabayscouting.org/calendar 

or visit this page closer to any dates. 

Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated January 2, 2020

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Jeremy Twachtman


John Coble