Back to School Night plan

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District Executive Con Sullivan, on behalf of District Membership Chair Sharla Merrick, issued the final Back to School Night plan yesterday. The big push is this Thursday night!

If you would like to see a copy of the plan, click here.Cub Scout logo

We have already had two back to school nights. Sign ups are noticeably higher.

Unit Commissioner Tom Sugar has run a Boy Talk at College Park Elementary. He reports that more than 140 boys expressed interest in Cub Scouts. And there is no Pack there!

If this trend continues, we could have a great year.

It is only possible to make the best impact with all packs, troops, and crews helping. Make sure your unit contributes to this potential for overwhelming success.

Contact Con Sullivan if you can help. We have minimum staffing in most locations at this point, but now we need staffing to show that we support the new families.

Update from Camporee Committee

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Last Sunday the Camporee Committee met. Past Chair and Interim Chair Brian Crow presided. These are the documents that Brian sent out after the meeting:

  1. Willie Award Judging Criteria (note: decorating the campsite will not be part of the competition, but is optional for the troop)
  2. Gladiator Challenge Camporee (the source document from another council on which we are building our ideas).

Further notes from the meeting are forthcoming from Brian.

The patch is not done yet, but Brian gave a preview of Willie dressed as a Roman soldier. I was impressed.

The cost will be $10.00 per participant. For every 10 scouts, 1 adult will be free. Webelos who attend can get a patch for $5.00.

Troops are encouraged to register as soon as possible with estimated headcount. No payments are required online, but will be accepted. Payments are not due until arrival at the camporee with final headcount. (Registration will be online through the council’s website. As of this writing, the camporee is not yet posted on the district calendar.)

Events will be scored in the traditional manner of ranking each patrol from best score to least score and tallying the overall results. The top 10 finishers in each event will be announced to encourage participation and better information on competitiveness of the patrols. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 patrols (one medal given to the patrol medal for attachment to the patrol’s flag.)

The committee will meet again on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

All troops are asked to submit their event ideas to Brian Crow. In the case of duplication of ideas, the troop with the earliest date stamp on their email will have priority in using the idea. The troops can choose to score their event however they see fit, so long as the patrols are ranked by best to worst. Troops may award points for patrol building traits, such as patrol cheers and patrols flags that are not directly related to the event, if the troop so chooses.

Each patrol will be assigned a number. This will facilitate scoring and management of problems such as ever-changing patrol names. Winners will be announced by patrol names (as finally reported to Rick Aker).

Adult training for Introduction to Outdoor Leadership, BALOO, and OWL will be offered during the camporee. Members of the Willie Gillies (i.e., Wood Badge recipient in North Star District) are asked to volunteer to teach an hour-long segment of the course. Contact Jeff Heck to volunteer. (Del-Mi District Training Chair Ted Taylor has graciously offered to open their October 1st Scoutmaster Specific Training to North Star District.)

Youth Protection Training will be offered after the Scoutmaster/SPL meeting on Friday Night.

Congratulations to our August 2016 Eagle Scouts

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Congratulations to our August Eagle Scouts.Eagle pin

First Name Last Name Troop
William Beyer 73
Calvin Robinson 804
Alexander Huffine 343
Lucas Sadenwater 343


Our DE makes his TV debut for us!

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Our District Executive Con Sullivan was just on Channel 8 news promoting our Launch into Scouting program.Con on Channel 8

Watch the video. He is a natural!

3-2-1…. launch! Adventure awaits you when you become a local cub scout! Just ask Con Sullivan and Emily Elliott with Boy Scouts of America. They tell us boys aged 6-10 years old can begin the…

Source: Boy Scouts of Central Indiana prepare to launch programs for local youth

Invite to Troop 18’s 100 Years of Eagles Celebration

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As we have been reporting over the past month (here and here), Troop 18 in North Star District had the first three Eagle Scouts in the old Indianapolis Council 100 years ago.

Troop 18 will be having their celebration this Saturday. All are invited to attend.

2nd Pres troop writeup Feb 2016

This Saturday (Aug 27) we will be having a celebration of the history and longevity of Troop 18. At 1:00 PM we will have stations that the Patrols will be running, around 4:30 we will have an opening, CoH, and tribute to the history of Troop 18 and Second Presbyterian Church. Around 6:00 PM we will have dinner and immediately following a campfire program.

Recruitment volunteers needed

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Thank you very much to everyone who has volunteered to take a school for the August 25th night or a Boy Talk next week. We really appreciate the help.We still have 2 boy talks that are in need of an adult next week

1. Tuesday, August 23 – 11am – 

           Snacks Crossing Elementary School, 5455 W 56th St, Indianapolis, IN 46254

2. Wednesday, August 24 – 11am – 

          Eastbrook Elementary School, 7625 New Augusta Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268

We have 1 school on August 25th that needs coverage next week

1. August 25 – 6:15pm – 

          Deer Run Elementary School, 5401 N High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46254, USA

These schools do not have a pack which is why they are not covered. If you are available for any of those times (the boy talks are the most important) please let me know! Also, share with other adults in your unit you know that might be able to help.

Thank you!! 

District Rocket Launch Announced

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As part of this fall’s recruitment campaign, the new Cubs are offered an opportunity to launch their very own rocket.Cub Scout logo

Thanks to the hospitality of Pack 358, our district rocket launch will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Rd, Zionsville, IN 46077.

RSVPs can be made here.

A flyer is available for download here.

Why be a Scout Leader?

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I have written many times about the value of scouting to the youth.

Bobwhite Blather has a great article about the value of scouting to the adult leaders. It is worth your attention.

How does scouts compare to sports?

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Bobwhite Blather talks about sports and scouts. He talks about how the programs work and highlights differences.

A great resource to have on hand in recruiting season. Any scout recruiter should be able to recite this simple article well. It shows why scouting outperforms sports in developing good citizens.

YPT Status: 175 expiring or expired in next 90 days

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As rechartering approaches, we enter the season when many scouters have their YPT status expire. As we all know, no scouter can be renewed for membership unless their YPT status is current through March 1, 2017.

We have 31 expired scouters.

We have 144 scouters who will expire their YPT status in the next 90 days.

We have 50 of those in the next 30 days.

Please log in to your account today and review your training status under “My Dashboard.”Training Dashboard

Review your unit’s training status under the “Training Manager.” Access is limited to Unit Key 3 and training authorized personnel. (Please note persons authorized for access in 2015 will need to be renewed by the Unit Key 3 through the “Organization Security Manager” in 2016.)

Training Manager