Latest Event Updates

Kroger Popcorn Storefronts Update – Urgent

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This update comes from Crossroads BSA, email 6-Aug-2018:

We just received a phone call from Kroger headquarters and have some important news to share with all popcorn selling units. First and foremost, we value our relationship with Kroger – especially our Scouting for Food partnership – and we appreciate what they do for our community and Scout families! To clarify a couple of details and things that were mentioned on the call, we are following up with Kroger, but here are some things that you should be aware of now:

  • Excluding Kroger, continue to book your own storefronts to ensure you hit your sales goal. This ONLY applies to Kroger. Look at some new and different stores that you have not sold at in the past, think outside the box, and let us know how we can help.
  • Please do not contact Kroger (local stores or corporate) moving forward about selling in front of their stores. Kroger has instructed Council leadership to work directly with Kroger stores managers and coordinate all storefront shift with the units.
  • We know that we will be booking and coordinating with units all Kroger selling shifts from Sept 17 – Oct 21. More information coming soon on how this process will work.
  • If you have booked shifts with Kroger, hold tight and don’t do anything right now – don’t reach out to Kroger and don’t cancel the shifts. We are hoping you can keep everything you have already booked. We will be in touch soon.
  • We are getting clarification on the Kroger “Race for Riley” fundraiser and how this impacts our sale before Sept 17.

Stay tuned for more information and a link on how your unit will sign up for Kroger store front sale through the council.

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REMINDERS Week of Sept 19 2018

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Reminders for upcoming activities and deadlines!

Rechartering:

  • By Sept. 30 – Training needs to be completed (YPT2 for all youth-interacting adults, and position-specific training for adult leaders);  Also the COR needs to have set up the meeting with the Charter Rep to sign off on the paperwork
  • See this week’s article for more key dates and details!

Camping and Outdoor Events:

  • FALL CAMPOREE!  See the revised article for the Patch and Willy Award Judging Criteria

Popcorn!

  • Don’t forget – September Popcorn distribution by Unit is on Sept. 21 at 5425 Exploration Drive, Indianapolis, IN); see this article for more timeline information

Adult Training:

  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training (This month will be at Sept. Roundtable and at a separate session on Sept. 27; see this article for more info)
  • University of Scouting on Nov. 17 – be sure to sign up on the Council website!  See this article for more details

Merit Badge Workshops:

  • Hou Koda district 2018 Fall Merit Badge Workshop, Oct. 20:  click here to register

Other Key Deadlines:

  • If your unit has not yet turned in your camping nights tracking workbooks to Paul Kovach for the Lange Challenge please get that to him ASAP!  See this article for details.

 

Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – September 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (September 2018):

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SEPTEMBER 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 1167 project hours, and five Scouts earned five Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 2 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

Fall Camporee 2018 Update

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The 2018 Fall Camporee “HOCUS POCUS” will be here before you know it!

The Fall Camporee will be held at The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.

The patch is here!  Please see the Fall Camporee 2018 Patch file attached and use this to help promote the Camporee in your units.Fall Camporee 2018 Patch

The Willy Award Judging Criteria has been announced, and Troops attending the Fall Camporee can compete for this award.  Please see the Willie Award Judging Criteria included here.

 

 

hocus-pocus

noun

  1. trickery or chicanery
  2. mystifying jargon
  3. an incantation used by conjurers or magicians when performing tricks
  4. conjuring skill or practice
Tricky knots, Tom Foolery, puzzles, decoders, wild goose chases, mazes, card tricks, games, technology, and characters are all part of the Camporee magic!

Rechartering 2018: Update

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From District Commissioner Stephen Heath:

Rechartering is coming As a follow-up to a note sent to the Pack, Troop and Crew Key 3’s, here’s where we’re at in the journey.

Now through Sept 30:

·       YPT needs to be completed by all youth-interacting audits, using the new YPT course. On-line is the most efficient way to get this done by

·       Position specific training for scoutmaster, asst scoutmasters, den leaders and cubmasters should be done this month, if possible.  There will be opportunities to catch these up at University of Scouting in November, and also in the evenings at Golden Burke.  Chairs, please have someone check and oversee your training!

·       Has your COR scheduled a meeting with your charter rep to prepare sign-off paperwork?

October 1:  On-line recharter is open! Adult and youth rosters should be current. Fees should be collected and ready to submit.

October 15-19: NS Commissioner Service will schedule drop-off times and places around town to receive recharter packets & fees. Please make sure all charter signatures are-place and training is up to date!

Tentative dates:

·        Oct 15 – Washington Township

·        Oct 16 – Meridian/Kessler

·        Oct 17 – Zionsville

·        Oct 18 – Pike Township

October 31: Deadline for recharter packets are received and ready for council, as noted in the letter below. If you opt to drop these off at Council, either before or after our pick-up dates, please make sure (District Executive) Jessica Hofman is aware so she can look out for it!

Information about the process including links to resource materials may be found online at http://www.crossroadsbsa.org/158.  Getting an early start is a good way to Be Prepared!

FALL 2018 Camporee: “Hocus Pocus”

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The 2018 Fall Camporee theme is “Hocus Pocus”!

The Fall Camporee will be held at The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.

hocus-pocushocus pocus

noun

  1. trickery or chicanery
  2. mystifying jargon
  3. an incantation used by conjurors or magicians when performing tricks
  4. conjuring skill or practice
Tricky knots, Tom Foolery, puzzles, decoders, wild goose chases, mazes, card tricks, games, technology, and characters are all part of the Camporee magic!
All troops please send a camporee representative to a planning meeting at the American Legion Post # 3, in Broad Ripple, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN.  We will meet from 7 – 8 pm on Tuesday, September 11th.
North Star District is looking for staff to help organize final steps.  Please contact Mark Pishon at mpishon@gmail.com with any questions.

Preparation for rechartering: roster review

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Remember rechartering is only a few weeks away. Now is the time to make sure your roster is up to date. Send it to Jessica Hofman to make sure council’s records match.

Then review the training for your unit. If you have 100% trained of next year’s leaders, you are all set. Otherwise, get them trained.

REMINDERS Week of Sept 12 2018

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Reminders for upcoming activities and deadlines!

Camping and Outdoor Events:

  • FALL CAMPOREE!  See this article for more information

Popcorn!

  • September Popcorn distribution by Unit is on Sept. 21 at 5425 Exploration Drive, Indianapolis, IN); see this article for more timeline information

Adult Training:

  • ROUNDTABLES on Sept. 13; see the revised article for more info
  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training (This month will be at Sept. Roundtable and at a separate session on Sept. 27; see this article for more info)
  • Leave No Trace Master Education Course 2018 Sept 13 – 16 (second weekend of the full course)
  • University of Scouting on Nov. 17 – be sure to sign up on the Council website!  See this article for more details

Merit Badge Workshops:

Key Deadlines:

  • Lange Challenge – do you have your camping nights tracking workbooks turned in to Paul Kovach?  If not please get that to him ASAP!  See this article for details.
  • RECHARTERING 2018 – Start with the Roster Review for your Unit…  then stay tuned, more to come soon.

 

Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!

2018 POPCORN Sales are on!

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In person popcorn sales began on August 25!

Thanks to all of you who participated in OPERATION POPCORN PICKUP as well as the Popcorn festival these past couple of weekends.  Looking forward to a great popcorn Popcorn Logo TRAILS ENDselling season.

Key sales dates:

September 10 September Orders Due on the Popcorn System at scouting.trails-end.com
September 20 & 21 September Order Product Distribution by Unit
October 21 FINAL SALES DAY!
October 23 Final day for Product Returns
October 28 Final Popcorn Orders and Prize Order due at scouting.trails-end.com
October 28 Last day to complete Unit-to-Unit Transfers–form on crossroads.trails-end.com
November 15 -16 Final Order Product distribution by Unit
November 30 Final Payments due to CAC Offices

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ALSO:

SEE the Trail’s End Council page for more product pickup, returns, and cash & carry dates and locations:  Trail’s End CAC 

Tutorial on using the Trail’s End Phone App can be found here:  Tutorial

Please keep in mind the situation with Kroger:  Article here

GOOD LUCK WITH POPCORN SALES!!

Den Leader / Cubmaster Training 2018

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A Scout deserves a Trained Leader!

Please encourage those considering or appointed to Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster and anyone else interested to attend training held this fall at various locations and dates:

  1.  SEPTEMBER ROUNDTABLE (Sept. 13, 7pm);
  2.  District-sponsored in-person training:
    • SEPT. 27:  St. Luke’s UMC / Luke’s Lodge, 100 W. 86th St. Indy, 7pm
    • OCT. 23:  Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville, 7pm
  3. Various other in-person training sponsored by the Crossroads of America Council – see previous article here;
  4. Online at my.scouting.org .  [Tip:  Be sure to check your browser to use this site, it prefers to use the latest versions of  Google Chrome, MS Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or Mozilla Firefox.]