October Newsletter

T R O O P  109




  • October 1st, 2022 – Summer Camp Tradeshow
  • October 10th, 2022 – OA Elections
  • October 15th, 2022 – Skunk Ape Headquarter
  • October 15th, 2022 – Colton Eagle Scout Court of Honor (Tentative)
  • October 26th, 2022 – Trunk-or-Treat


  • September 3rd, 2022 – Scout Hut Workday was successful with power washing, weeding and new patrol boxes worked on. Keep an eye out for another workday to paint the freshly washed building.
  • September 17th, 2022 – International Coastal Clean Up had a great turnout. Thank you everyone that turned up to help Keep Bonita Beautiful.
  • September 24th, 2022 – We had a last minute Hurricane prep at the Scout Hut. Thank you David, Tony, Christine , Kevin and Jack for jumping into action and protecting our gear!


Upcoming activities to keep a look out for! Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For up-to-date calendar of events make sure your email is current in SCOUTBOOK!

  • November 5th, 2022 – Veterans Day Flags
  • November 9th, 2022 – SWFL International Airport Full-Scale Mass Casualty Exercise (see below for more information and to register).
  • November 11th, 2022 – Veterans Day
  • November 12th, 2022 – Merit Badge Day
  • November 18th-20th, 2022 – Plan Patrol Outing
  • December 2nd-4th, 2022 – Broke Back Dog Challenge
  • December 10th, 2022 – Service Project at the Church
  • December 17th, 2022 – Laying of the Wreaths & Escape Room
  • December 26th-30th, 2022 – Winter Camp (Registration August 29st)
  • January 13th-16th, 2023 – Alafia River Rendezvous
  • Jan 20th-23rd, 2023- NYLT weekend 1
  • February 4th, 2023 – Fishing Tournament
  • Feb 17th-19th, 2023– Panther Key & NYLT weekend 2
  • March 10th-12th – Caloosahatchee Mountain Biking Campout
  • March 31st-April 2nd, 2023- Pioneer Rendezvous
  • April 15th, 2023 – Dodge Ball Tournament
  • May 19th-21st, 2023 – Lock-in/Games
  • June 18th-24th, 2023 – Summer Camp Daniel Boone
  • TBD – River cleanup
  • TBD – Ice Skating/Hockey Game
  • TBD – Fundraisers


Every three years RSW is required by the FAA to put on a full-scale emergency training exercise at the airport. This activity works towards your Emergency Preparedness Eagle Required Merit Badge.

Lee County Emergency Management is looking for volunteers to participate in Southwest Florida International Airport’s Full-scale Emergency Drill.

We are looking for people who can role-play injured passengers in the airport’s emergency exercise to allow first responders to practice their skills.

Exercise will be held on:
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What is a Full-Scale Drill?

  • Southwest Florida International Airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to hold a full-scale drill, known as an MCI (Mass Casualty Incident) Exercise.
  • The purpose of the exercise is to allow our airport and community responders to practice their skills, so they are better prepared to meet the challenges of a mass casualty incident.

What will I do as a volunteer?

  • Volunteer participants will take on the roles of airline passengers.
  • On the morning of the drill, you will be assigned a “drill identity.” You will have a card with a description of various injuries or problems as a result of the incident.
  • You will act and behave according to that description. For example, if the card says you have a broken leg, you should not be walking around.

When and where is this going to happen?

  • The exercise is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). You will need to be available from approximately 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Parking for volunteers will be on the North side of the airfield near the Airport Traffic Control Tower. Bus transportation will be available to bring you to/from the exercise area.
  • Nov. 16, 2022 is the alternative date, should the Nov. 9 exercise be cancelled. The decision will be made no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 8.
  • Minor children (ages 10-15) may participate if they are accompanied by a participating adult. Children ages 16 and older may participate without an adult present, but a parent/ guardian must sign the waiver form.

You must be able to attend one of the MANDATORY training sessions and submit a signed waiver no later than Nov. 1, 2022. Waivers will be provided at each training session.

Training Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Cape Coral EOC, 1115 SE 9th Ave, Cape Coral, FL 33990
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 11:00 a.m -12 p.m., Wright Brothers Conference Room, 3rd Floor Main Terminal, Southwest Florida International Airport, 11000 Terminal Access Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33913
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Lee County EOC, 2675 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 10-11:00 a.m., Lee County EOC, 2675 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905


The Scouts have been offered a Public Health Merit Badge opportunity to flex their artistic muscles while also gaining knowledge about a very important health and environmental science topic! The Florida Department of Health Radon Program is sponsoring the 2023 Florida Radon Poster Contest for 6th through 8th grade students between the ages of 10-14. We select the Florida winners and celebrate their success. They then move up to the National Contest for even more fame and glory!
What’s so important about radon, you ask? Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the U.S. and 1 in 5 homes in Florida have elevated radon levels.
Calling all students in Grade 6-8, ages 10-14!
Submit your original artwork for the Florida Radon Poster Contest Until November 1, 2022.
For contest rules, tips, and submission forms go to: 
The Conference of Radon Control Program Directors (CRCPD) E25 Committee on Radon will vote on the posters for the National Radon Poster Contest. Winners will be notified by December 31st and announced during National Radon Action Month, January 2023.

The American Lung Association (ALA) will be providing the following prizes to the national winners:

Poster prizes:
1st place –$1,000
2nd place –$300
3rd place – $200
To learn more about radon and request a free radon test kit, please visit:
Radon Highlights | Florida Department of Health (floridahealth.gov) 
Sign up for a Free Radon Test Kit


December 2nd – 4th

Each year Troops and Venturing Crews in the Southwest Florida Council are invited to attend a jamboree-style event to compete in a series of missions testing the skills of the Scouts. The Challenge is a way for Scouts to show off their Scouting skills and compete for the Spirit Bone as well as the coveted Top Dog Patrol trophy.

With 18 potential challenges, such as knot tying, tomahawk throwing, target shooting, fire starting and reading maps. The secret is in knowing which event to get to first. Most patrols don’t pay attention to that. They go to the events that are most fun or trivial, and by the time they get to the tough events like orienteering or the obstacle course, there are long lines. Knowing that comes from experience.

While at the Broke Back Dog Challenge, Scouts rough it, pitching and sleeping in tents, cooking on camp stoves and hauling water in five-gallon jugs.

Get ready to show your Troop 109 spirit by competing in this annual event. Start thinking up a Patrol Flag and Patrol Yell to show your scout spirit.


Start planning to attend NYLT. National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide next level leadership skills and experience to youth who have already demonstrated leadership in their unit.  This course is the highest level of training offered to youth by a council.

Participants must be at least 13 AND have completed the online course: Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)

Registration deadline: December 5, 2022.

  • January 20th – 22th, 2023 – NYLT weekend #1
  • February 17th – 19th, 2023 – NYLT weekend #2


The Scouts have chosen Camp Daniel Boone in North Carolina for Summer Camp 2023. Please RSVP by December 5th, 2022, if you plan to attend.  

Camp Flyer
Program Guide

Camp Fee $418.00, transportation fees TBD. As always, keep an eye out for fundraising opportunities, there will be several throughout the year.