Thank you for taking the initiative to schedule your unit’s 2020 Family FOS presentation. The financial support of Scouting families help the Crossroads of America Council continue to offer the Scouting services that you have come to expect in Central Indiana. Local Scouting is operated based upon the generous support of families in your unit and corporate gifts. Please complete the following form completely to ensure that we accurately record your unit’s presentation on our calendar. This action will help to ensure that we are prepared to conduct your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation on the date that you selected. The one Scout level for Crossroads of America Council’s 2020 Friends of Scouting Campaign is set at $225. The council actually spends $287 per Scout for a year of programing. Every few years, the per Scout level will increase to reflect changes in costs of Scouting, but it does not increase every year. The most recent increase occurred between 2018-2019. Prior to this last year’s
THE NS EAGLE ADVANCEMENT TEAM will be the hosts for the November Roundtable this Thursday (November 14 th ) at Luke’s Lodge on the campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86 th Street. 7pm.
NorthStar Advancement Chair Mike Yates, Eagle Projects Chair Rick Aker and Eagle
Board Chair Mike Smith will be on hand to discuss the most successful routes to becoming an Eagle Scout.
All Scout leaders, mentors, prospective Eagle candidates and parents are encouraged to attend and get the most up to date information on the Eagle process.
Please also note a change to how to contact our Eagle Projects Team. Instead of using the individual email addresses of our team, please send your requests for meetings to NorthStarEagleProjects@gmail.com. This will allow anyone on the team to respond and setup a project approval meeting.
You may have heard there are new fee rates for Jan 1- Dec 31, 2020
$60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, ScoutsBSA, Venturers (National)
$36 for adult members (includes cost of background check & Scouting magazine) (National)
$60 per unit for charter fees (National)
$12 for all members for Insurance (Council)
Optional: $ 12 Boy’s Life magazine per scout
To help ensure that Every Scout has the opportunity to continue on their Scouting journey, Crossroads of America Council and Trail’s End have partnered to offer a limited, one-time product sale with a75% commission. On average, selling 2 items will cover the membership fee increase. Selling 5 items will cover the annual registration fee. Details attached.
For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. At Boy Scouts of America, we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The timeless ideals of the Scout Law, such as being trustworthy, helpful, kind and brave, make up the foundation young people need to address and overcome challenges in their lives and the issues facing their generation.
Now as we continue the Scouting mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level we have in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. We kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible but keeping the cost artificially low for many years now magnifies the impact of changes.
To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020 to:
$60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts,
$36 for youth members in Exploring, and
$36 for adult members
Every dollar of the national membership fee will go toward the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. The National organization will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members such as online registration, Member Care and Scoutbook, which now includes the Den Leader experience to ensure the safe and consistent delivery of Cub Scouting; as well as improvements aimed at simplifying the annual renewal process.
Across the country and in our own community, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures to merit badges that spark interests and future careers; from campouts under the stars to service projects that leave a lasting impact on our communities; Scouting’s year-round program expands horizons and provides young people with a safe and welcoming place to learn, grow, and thrive.
That is why we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. In addition to our existing council and unit membership assistance, we have established a national Growing Future Leaders Fund, which is funded entirely through donations, to provide additional financial support to those who need it.
2020 National Membership Fee Frequently Asked Questions
For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. We care passionately about what is happening to kids and our communities – and are dedicated to supporting an exciting, quality program that builds better young people and our future leaders.
Here in the Crossroads of America Council Scouting continues to improve families and our community serving nearly 35,000 youth in 26 counties.
As we continue the Scouting mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. To ensure we have the resources to support our mission, the Boy Scouts of America has announced the following annual membership fees effective January 1, 2020.
– $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts – $36 for youth members in Exploring, and – $36 for adult members (includes cost of background check and Scouting Magazine. – $60 for unit charter fees
In addition, the Crossroads of America Council is increasing the fee for our annual accident and sickness insurance to $12 per person annually, due with the unit’s recharter.
The following FAQ’s are designed to address many questions which may result.
Q – What is the current fee? A – The 2019 membership fee was $33. The Crossroads of America Council also charges an annual
insurance fee of $1 per member.
Q – Why is this happening now? A – We recognize the timing of this fee increase creates challenges as units have already begun collecting fees for their 2020 registration renewal process, and we would not make this difficult decision if it were not absolutely necessary. The BSA has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. As the organization’s financial situation has shifted over the past several months, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the same level as in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically.
Q – Who is guiding the process regarding membership fee changes? A – A National BSA vision team consisting of both volunteers and staff from across the country worked to identify viable options and closely considered the best way forward as they evaluated the growing cost of delivering Scouting.
Q – Why is the national BSA membership fee increasing? A – There are significant costs for National BSA to serve 2.2 million youth and, as a movement, we have seen a lot of changes that have taken significant investment. Costs continue to increase to fund program curriculum and safety standards, training, youth protection resources, criminal background checks, technology upgrades, and especially insurance coverage. This increase will get the national BSA membership fee more in line with the true cost of Scouting.
Q – Is this increase being implemented to cover the cost of the additional background checks? A – No, the cost of background checks is not prompting the fee increase.
Q – What does the national BSA membership fee cover? A – Membership fees go directly to National Council to fund such things as program curriculum and safety standards, training, youth protection resources and criminal background checks, technology, and insurance to name a few.
Q – Is this increase to pay for the financial reorganization or law suits facing National BSA? A – The increase was prompted because the cost of liability insurance we must carry to cover all Scouting activities has increased dramatically over the past several months, and the organization is no longer able to offset the cost of insurance. The national membership fee also enables us to continue program and training material development, to update youth protection and youth safety training and materials, improved IT/digital experiences.
Additionally, the National Council has taken measures to reduce operational expenses, including the reduction of 35 positions, salary freezes and ongoing consolidation of departments to keep this increase as low as possible.
Q – Why is the council raising the insurance fee, isn’t that included in the new national fee? A – No, the liability insurance that we need to carry for all Scouting activities at the national level is different from local fees that are collected to address local needs, which can include such coverages as property and accident/sickness insurance.
Q – What will the money be used for? A – Every dollar of membership fees will go to cover the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for members participating in approved Scouting activities, background checks for adult leaders, program development and training resources, continuously updated youth protection and youth safety training, improved IT/digital experiences and services.
Q – Wil the national membership fee continue to increase? A – Although no decision about future increases have been made, the cost of operating our organization and services increase every year. Should it be necessary to increase fees in the future, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has agreed to evaluate the needs and make such decisions, whenever, possible, at the National Annual Meeting in May or early in the summer so that they can be announced with as much lead time as possible to allow for councils and units to be able to plan accordingly.
Q – Doesn’t this make Scouting one of the most expensive youth activities? A – No. Families enjoy Scouting because of its high value and historically low price. Even with an increase in the membership fee, Scouting will remain competitive with other most other youth programs in our area and certainly more impactful in the long-term.
For reference, the fees below are representative of other youth programs throughout Central Indiana:
Three (3) months of many sports – Cost: $165
Ten (10) months of dance – Cost: $700
Twelve (12) months of music lessons – Cost: $1,800
Q – How will this impact the current rechartering process? A – The online rechartering process opened October 1. The process will go forth as usual with the exception of the “calculate fees” portion, which won’t be functional until November 1 to allow time for the new membership fee information to be entered.
Q – What should units do if they have already collected membership fees? A – Units will be asked to to discuss the membership fee increase with families and to collect the additional fees. If the ability to pay that fee is in question, there will be an opportunity to participate in a special Trail’s End popcorn sale where 75% of proceeds will be returned to units to assist with fees. Also, as donations and funds allow, there will be an opportunity to request financials assistance.
Q – What if a family cannot afford the increase? A – Based on financial need, the efforts are being undertaken to provide registration assistance on a
limited base. Please contact your District Professional for more information.
Q – How can my unit help offset these extra costs? A – A special Trails’ End popcorn sale will be offered from November 1 – December 15. Units will have the opportunity to sell a specially selected group of four products where 75% of proceeds will be returned to units to assist with fees. Details of this opportunity will be sent directly to units by October 25.
Q – Why is Scouting important for young people? A – There are many benefits of Scouting: leadership training, character development, values-based learning, and life and work skill training to name only a few. The tenets of the Scout Oath and Law are simple words but collectively they become qualities for youth to live by. These principles make Scouting more than what children do—but rather who they are—and what they will be. There is no other youth program available that has the same impact as Scouting.
Reminder: Advancement Reports should be turned in to the office on a regular basis. The preferred timeline is monthly. We recognize that this can be difficult for some Units.
However, we are making a plea for all Advancements for the year 2019 be turned in by Dec. 31. This will help with our District records, keeping your Scout’s Advancements on track, and the Lange Challenge.
New Update to the Guide to Safe Scouting – Online Version
Changes have been made across the board. From ages scouts can tent together (no more than 2 years apart), to Webelos not being allowed to camp at Camporees (only day visits), to no more dodge ball! Sit down with your Committee and your PLC and make sure you are in compliance with the new policies.
The most recent update includes new additions to the Prohibited Activity Listing. These activities are Prohibited as of October 1, 2019. The new additions include but is not limited to dodge ball, flying in non-tethered hot air balloons, boomerangs, LARPing, trampolines, and chubby bunny. Look at the list. It has changed significantly.
If you have not been introduced to the Guide to Safe Scouting or you have never taken the time to look it over, you are definitely missing a key part of our program. This is an amazing guide and resource to things like: Youth Protection, Camping, Activity Planning, Transportation, Insurance, and Incident Reporting, plus much more. The appendix has quick reference guides:
Motor Vehicle and Driver Checklist
Meeting Place Inspection Checklist
Flying Plan Checklist
Unit Money-Earning Application
Incident Reporting Tool
Near Miss Reporting Tool
Youth Protection/Membership Infraction Incident Information Form
Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
Age Appropriate Camping Guidelines
Service Project Planning Guidelines
Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations
Campout Safety Checklist
Event Safety Checklist
Please be sure to keep this online version handy when considering a Scouting activity or planning a meeting or outing.
K3’s were recently sent a packet with a letter about the Lange challenge, JTE, and Scout Advancement. To summarize:
What is the “Lange Challenge?” This is a very generous challenge grant that our Council receives with our help. It is a program that honors the memory of Alexander “Skip” Lange and his belief that an active Scout is likely to stay in Scouting and earn their Eagle Scout Award.
In order to qualify for the grant we need Units to:
1.) Send in your 2019 weekend camping experiences conducted this year, as well as those your PLC anticipates conducting between now and December 31, 2019. The goal is that 65% or more of our Troops are participating in 8 or more short term weekend experiences through out the course of the year. Send your camping outing list via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.) Check your advancement records against the form sent in the mail. Submit any changes to email@example.com. Continue to submit advancements as normal going forward.
3.) JTE – Please fill out the JTE Scorecard for 2019 and turn in with your recharter paperwork.
Below is the email sent out regarding the new training requirements. To simplify – get your leaders trained! With two deep trained leader requirements now extended to Cub Scouts it is imperative that all leaders complete their training prior to recharter to avoid any issues.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
To: All Cub Scout & Scouts BSA Unit Key 3
From: Ronald Penczek, Council Commissioner
RE: Direct Contact Leader Required Training Policy & Recharter
Dear Scout Leader,
Soon we will be starting the annual recharter process for your unit and I want to remined you about the council policy of requiring all Direct Contact Leaders to be trained for their respective leadership positions. This policy will affect Cub Scout and Scout BSA leaders this year including new leaders that join with their Scout this fall.
Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders must be trained for their respective positions by December 31 of this year, to be registered for their positions in 2020. This means untrained direct contact leaders will be dropped from your unit’s charter or if a leader is in a required position will prevent your unit’s charter from posting.
All required training is available online at my.scouting.org with exception to Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) required for Scouts BSA. IOLS training is available:
Remaining Council provided training is Dec. 14-15 (Sat-Sun). Click here to register for the Council provided IOLS training.
University of Scouting on Saturday, November 9-10. Click here to register
May be available at fall camporees
To read the required training policy and for frequently asked questions about direct contact leader training click here. Trained leaders lead to better unit program, better unit programs allow us to change more life’s and impact more communities. Thank you for getting trained and all you do for Scouting.
Unit Leaders can now approve online applications in the Mobile app. Download the latest MyScouting app update at Google Play Store or the App Store. A previous release allowed leaders to take action on leads in the Mobile app.
Registration for each week of the Summer 2020 season will open during the corresponding Summer 2019 week, on Thursdays at 7pm. Troops in camp who would like to schedule time to walk the new campsite plan are encouraged to do so on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and as needed for the remainder of the week. A 2020 selection worksheet will be available at Ransburg and Kreitenstein for those units in camp. For the troops not on site this summer but planning to join us for summer 2020, our team is happy to facilitate a discussion of specific considerations and preferences your troop.
Registration for Week 3 opens today Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7pm EST.
Cub Scout Camps – 2020
Cub Scout camp will be very different in 2020. North Star Units should look at the image of the flyer and start planning for the 2020 summer. Will your Unit go on multiple weeks so parents can attend different camps? Will you divide and have dens go the week that works best for them?
More information is expected soon. This is just a heads up on things to come 🙂
Remember IOLS training is REQUIRED for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, and BALOO is required for for Cubscouts to conduct their own outdoor / camping program(s).
IOLS and BALOO training will be offered to adults attending SUMMER CAMP with their UNITS.
TURNING IN TRAINING – IOLS/BALOO training done at camp. Please retain your certificate from camp and send a copy of it to Kevin Neese so he can log your training into the data base. The camp does not do that for you.
Other training dates that the Council is offering:
August 3-4, 2019
November (will be the same dates as University of Scouting)
Do you want to see your Scouts on the blog? Share an awesome adventure or recognize a Scout? Please send your pictures and articles to firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to showcase a Unit or share a great Scout Story every week!
As we all know – training is an important part of Scouting. Unfortunately, sometimes our training records can be hard to track.
Reminders: 1.) Anyone taking Classes (especially at summer camp) get a certificate and / or card and / or written documentation of the class completion. Theoretically, all adults attending Summer Camp should be registered and thus have an ID # – but as we know, a lot of times the training sheets get lost and or don’t get recorded.
2.) Put your BSA id on any classroom training paperwork. If you cannot find your card your BSA id is located on your YPT certificate and your my.scouting account.
St. Vincent House strives to create a home-away-from-home for St. Vincent patient families from around the state of Indiana and beyond. Many of our patients come from long distances for treatment and stay for extended periods of time. One way our scouts can volunteer is.
Magnificent Meal Makers
Serve Breakfast (8:30 am to 9:30 am) or Dinner (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm) for the families. You will select recipes, bring food supplies, prepare meal for 30 guests
North Star has finished updating it’s Merit Badge Counselor list! Kevin Neese, our Training Vice Chair, has sent all Key 3’s the updated list. Please share with Scouts and families through your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chair as requested but do not put out on websites, etc.
Moving forward. New procedures for Merit Badge Counselors.
Adding a new Merit Badge Counselor. Fill out BSA Adult application. Attach YPT. Attach Merit Badge selections. Attach MBC training certificate. TURN IN TO KEVIN NEESE. He will then get the required District Signatures and turn in to Council when all paperwork in complete.
Adding and Deleting Merit Badges for an existing MBC. Send add/delete requests to Kevin Neese. He will process the requests.
10 Merit Badge “rule” has been discontinued. Any current MBC who would like to add Merit Badges to their redacted list needs to send Add list to Kevin.
A Merit Badge Counselor is: A trained adult, registered by and accountable to the Council and the District; they are an independent guide, instructor and / or coach for the Merit Badge(s) that they counsel. A Counselors duty is to be satisfied that each Scout who comes to you as a counselor meets all the requirements for the merit badge you are counseling them on. You are a coach, a guide, giving them positive reinforcement in the subject matter. You are not to change the requirements or add additional requirements – you are there to help them over the different hurdles of the requirements. Thus, helping the Scout to gain a deeper awareness of the subject matter of the Merit Badge.
As a Merit Badge Counselor, you are the coach, guide, and / or instructor – but you MUST allow the Scout to do the work themselves.
The last and MOST important duty of a Merit Badge Counselor is to follow Youth Protection Requirements.
A Scouts (and their parents / legal guardians) duties to a Merit Badge Counselor:
Number one (1) remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER, they are donating their time, talents, and experience – so a Scout is Courteous. A Merit Badge Counselor may need to say NO to your request to counsel them on a Merit Badge (there are only 24 hours in a day).
Again, remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER. Some Merit Badges have cost associated with them (materials, entrance fees, rentals). Don’t ask the Counselor to donate money and resources so that you can complete the Merit Badge requirements (unless the Counselor offers).
YOU are RESPONISBLE for completing the requirements, for doing the work, for being on time. YOU are responsible for providing the signed Application to the Merit Badge to the Counselor. You are also responsible in helping the Merit Badge Counselor maintain Youth Protection Requirements. If contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by email, make sure to include a parent(s) and / or a leader on all emails. If you are contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by phone, remember that you will need an Adult third party on the call to maintain Youth Protection Requirements. Remember, it is very likely that the Merit Badge Counselor will need you to bring an Adult with you to face-to-face meeting so that Youth Protection Requirements are met.
What is Voyageur Canoe Training? Why should an adult or youth take the training? The Voyageur Canoe Training program prepares adults to take the Voyageur program back to troop and other youth groups to prepare for and conduct safe canoe outings including High Adventure trips. The focus is teaching how to have FUN SAFELY while canoeing. More information about the Voyageur program can be found here
Don & Diane Claffey have established the Claffey Voyageur Scholarship Fund to provide ongoing support to this program. Scholarships in the amount of $50.00 will be awarded for each Voyageur adult training class starting with the Spring 2019 class. The applicant must be a currently registered adult leader of a unit in the Crossroads of America Council, BSA. To qualify for the scholarship they should have a financial need to attend adult Voyageur training. Additionally, their unit should be planning to conduct both unit training and outings centered on canoeing and/or kayaking within the next two years. The scholarship must be used within twelve months of the date the winner receives notification by the Voyageur Course Director, or the scholarship will be forfeited. Other details are contained in the scholarship application Voyageur Adult Scholarship Form Fillable – 0419
A similar scholarship is planned for the Youth Voyageur Training (announcement pending).
As we start we move towards summer I want to remind you about the council policy of requiring all Direct Contact Leaders to be trained for their respective leadership positions. This policy will affect all Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders this year including new leaders that join with their Scout this spring.
Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders must be trained for their respective positions by December 31, 2019, to be registered for their positions in 2020. Starting January 1, 2020 Scouts BSA Leaders who assume Direct Contact positions must complete position specific training by December 31 of that year.
To read the full required training policy click here.
All required training is available online at my.scouting.org with exception to Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) required for Scouts BSA.
Council provided training June 8-9 (Sat-Sun), Aug. 3-4 (Sat-Sun), Dec. 14-15 (Sat-Sun). Click here to register for the Council provided IOLS training.
University of Scouting on Saturday, November 9
May be available at district camporees
For a list of other upcoming classroom trainings, check the Crossroads of America Council website at www.crossroadsbsa.org. For Frequently Asked Questions about Direct Contact Leader training please click here.
Trained leaders lead to better unit program, better unit programs allow us to change more life’s and impact more communities. Thank you for getting trained and all you do for Scouting.
This is a reminder for Bonfire & Hayride on Sunday, October 27, 2019 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
Location: Eagle Creek Park Shelter A
Remarks: Annual Bonfire & Hayride
Description: When: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Shelter “A” at Eagle Creek State Park
Cost: $6 per car for entry to Eagle Creek
Shelter “A” is reserved for dens to use from 10AM – 3PM.
Meal will start at 4:00pm. Please bring your pitch‐in food by 3:45 pm. See below.
Hayride wagons depart from Shelter “A” ‐ 1‐hour fun trip through Eagle Creek
5 wagons depart at 3:15pm – Miami/Munsee/Delaware
5 wagons depart at 4:45pm – Kickapoo/Shawnee
Hot dogs, buns, s’mores, plates, utensils, cups and drinks will be provided by the Pack.
Lions/Tigers: Chips / Snacks
Wolves & Bears: Salads
Please bring your own roasting sticks.
POC: Dan Corum – corum.Daniel@gmail.com