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From the Chairman

Chris Ragusa

Chris Ragusa, Scouting Chair

May 2021

American Legion Scouters

Outstanding Post Scouting Program Recognition – Due May 13, 2021:

In May 2021, the American Legion Department of Florida will recognize three of our Florida Posts with the Outstanding Post Scouting Program Award. This recognition will be bestowed upon Posts in acknowledgement of their excellence and leadership in support of the Boys Scouts of America’s Scouting program from May 1, 2020 – April 20, 2021. For consideration, please do the following:

  • Prepare a printed narrative of your Post’s Scouting achievements for the current Legion year (May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021).
    • The printed narrative should be two typewritten pages or less. Include copies of flyers, newspaper articles, awards or other information that demonstrates why what your Post did was above and beyond.
    • Include information about support to both BSA Scouting units that your Post charters (legally responsible with a signed agreement) and sponsors (supports financially or materially with no commitment).
  • Submit your nominations to arrive no later than May 13, 2021 by mail or email.
    • American Legion, Department of Florida Headquarters
      Attn: Programs Director
      PO Box 547859
      Orlando, FL 32854-7859

By email, send to both and Recipients will be notified by phone or email by the Department of Florida Scouting Chair. Your Post will be given options regarding the formal presentation of this award. Ideally it will occur during the Department of Florida Annual Convention at the World Center Marriot in Orlando from July 1 – July 4, 2021.

Legion Scouting Exhibit at Florida State Fair April 22 – May 4 2021:

The American Legion Department of Florida Scouting Commission sponsored a Scouting Booth at the Florida State Fair from April 22 – May 2, 2021.  Staffed by Legionnaires and both professional and volunteer Scouters from the local Greater Tampa Bay Area council, the booth provided an opportunity for families to learn more about the long history of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts of America.  It also served as an opportunity for veterans and the general public to receive information about the numerous American Legion programs like Boy’s State and VET Relief, as well as the Scholarships that the American Legion sponsors (Eagle Scout of the Year, Oratorical, Junior Shooting Sports, Baseball, etc.)

MacDill AFB Cub Scout Camporee – Friday, November 12 – Sunday, November 14, 2021.

Lewis Lake Scout Camp on MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL has been reserved for a Cub Scout Camporee specifically for American Legion Post and Sons of the American Legion Squadron Cub Scout Packs.  This weekend will be jam packed with tours of the air traffic controller tower and flight simulator, the base’s flight line fire and rescue station, maritime patrol station and dock, an armory weapons orientation, and K9 Dog Handling unit demo.  We’ll have a cookout at the base marina beach, a catered BBQ dinner, and campfires and s’mores to finish off the night.  Email me at the address below for an information packet about this event.

Chris Ragusa