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From the Chairman

Chris Ragusa

Chris Ragusa, Scouting Chair

August 2021

American Legion Scouters

2020 Outstanding Post Scouting Program and Eagle Scout of the Year Recognition

At the General session of the 2021 Department of Florida Annual Convention in Orlando on July 3, the American Legion Department of Florida Scouting Commission 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.

The Eagle Scout of the Year recipient will also be announced.  The winning Scout will either be a registered active member of a Boy Scouts of America unit that is chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of The American Legion squadron, or be a registered active member of any chartered Boy Scouts of America unit and have a parent or grandparent possessing up-to-date membership in The American Legion or Sons of The American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary, and in the case of a recently deceased member, their membership for the year immediately prior to the current year may be used.

He (or she) must have received the Eagle Scout Award, earned the Scouts BSA or Venturer Religious Emblem for their faith, have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting and community, have reached their 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection, and applied through the department (state) in which their Scout unit is chartered.

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 (November 12-14) 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