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From the Chairman

October 2022

American Legion Post 5-hosted Boys and Girls State Recognition Ceremony:  On August 31, 2022, American Legion Post 5…the U.S.S. Tampa…in District 15, hosted a Recognition Ceremony for the thirteen Boys State delegates and two Girls State delegates that they sponsored this year. Why am I featuring this in the Legion Link Scouting section, and why are both professional and volunteer Scouting members present?  Because this is a perfect example of the confluence of two of the Legion Family and Youth programs (Boys State/Nation and Boy Scouts of America).  This year, five of the thirteen delegates are Eagle Scouts from four local Scouts BSA troops.  Our Family and Youth programs continue to provide opportunities for our youth to achieve their potential, develop leadership skills beyond their years, and become the ethical and moral citizens and future leaders that we need.  Pictured are Circuit Court Judge Tom Palermo (also a Scouting volunteer), Post 5 Commander J.R. Scoggins, Greater Tampa Bay Area Council District Director Jeremy Twachtman, Judge Palermo’s son, Scout BSA Troop 22 Scoutmaster Tom Knotts, Post 5 Scouting Chair Frank Smith, and five of the Boys State delegates from the Greater Tampa Bay area.

Scouting Support to 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony:  To memorialize the victims of the NYC terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and recognize the efforts of first responders to the incident, Scouts BSA Troops 431B and 431G participated in the 2022 City of Madeira Beach 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.  American Legion Post 273 in Madeira Beach (District 16) hosted the Scouts at their post after the event.

 February 3-5, 2023 Cub Scout Camporee Reminder:  The American Legion and SAL-chartered Cub Scout Camporee at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL, will take place from Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5, 2023.  This campout at Lewis Lake Scout Camp on MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL, is a two overnight Cub Scout Camporee specifically for American Legion Post, Auxiliary unit, and Sons of the American Legion Squadron-chartered Cub Scout packs.  This primitive camping weekend will be jam-packed with tours of the Air Traffic Control Tower and Flight Simulator, the base’s Flightline Fire and Rescue station, Maritime Coastal Patrol hanger and dock, an Armory weapons orientation, and a 6th Security Forces Squadron Military Dog Handling unit demo.  At the cost of only $20 per participant, the event will include a cookout on the bay in a marina beach pavilion, a catered BBQ dinner, and campfires and s’mores to finish off the night.  The MacDill AFB Cub Scout Camporee Guide from the last event is available in the Resources folder at the Department Scouting site.  I am the POC for this event – please spread the word to your Cub Scout packs to put this on their calendars!

Chris Ragusa
Scouting Chair