REMINDERS Week of Dec 12 2018

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Reminders for upcoming activities and deadlines:


  • If you have not already done so please check last week’s article.  Plenty of assistance to go around to help your Troop complete the Rechartering deliverables!

Adult Training:

  • The next Roundtable will be held on Thursday Dec. 13, see this article for details.
  • See this article encouraging you to complete your pending training by the end of December!
  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training:  In-person training has wrapped up by this point – don’t forget that training is always available online at!


  • Hold the dates – the 2019 North Star Winter Camporee will be held the weekend of Jan 11 – 13, 2019, at the Sports Field across from St. Al’s Church in Zionsville.  Theme TBD – more to come soon!

Council Events:

  • North Star District Elections will be held on Thursday Dec. 20 at 7pm, Zionsville Town Hall.
  • The 2018 North Star Volunteer Recognition Dinner will be held Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 – see this article for more details and the nomination forms for awards.


Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!


IMPORTANT: Rechartering Update; Help Sessions

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UPDATE 12/5/18: Crew 56 awaiting Registrar’s approval.

Recharter season is winding down. Remember rechartering assures that your unit is authorized by the BSA for calendar year 2019.

District Commissioner Stephen Heath would like to recognize the following units for their progress in working on completing this process.

DONE: The following represent units that completed all online components, have submitted all their paperwork, and have been approved by the Council Registrar for posting to National:

Troop 269

Troop 343
Troop 512

Troop 514

APPROVAL AWAITED: The following represents units that completed all online components and have submitted all their paperwork, and are awaiting approval by the Council Registrar:

Troop 18

Troop 56

Troop 69

Crew 69

Pack 64

KNOWN PROBLEMS: The following represent units that completed all online components and have submitted all their paperwork, and HAVE KNOWN PROBLEMS. Please contact your unit commissioner if the cause of the problems are not understood:

Pack 747

Pack 358-2 (Miami Tribe)

Pack 358-3 (Munsee Tribe)

Pack 358 (Delaware Tribe)

Pack 171

Troop 358

ONLY ONLINE DONE: The following represent units that have completed all online components. No paperwork has been received.

Crew 358

Pack 72

Pack 73

Pack 174

Pack 179

Pack 830

Pack 358-4 (Shawnee Tribe)

Pack 358-5 (Kickapoo Tribe)

Troop 174

Crew 56

URGENT: Nine (9) of the remaining units have started their online rosters but not submitted the electronic forms. Four (4) of the remaining units have not started the online portion of rechartering, which is the first step. A total of thirteen (13) are in this category. Your unit is in this category, if it is omitted above.


The deadline for completing all rechartering and submitting all paperwork is the next Roundtable on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on campus of St Luke’s UMC) 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260. There will be Commissioner Staff available help. Please seek help before then to make sure your checklist is done. We will meet with you to go through your recharter package.

Any units that do not have rechartering done at that time may be required by the Council Registrar to submit all rechartering on paper. All current and new members would have to re-submit their applications for membership in order to renew their charters. Council has a deadline of December 31st to submit its own recharter to Area 6, so all units need to be done before that.

Please contact your unit commissioner, District Commissioner Stephen Heath, or Assistant District Commissioner/Assistant Council Commissioner Jeff Heck with any concerns. We are currently without a District Executive due to Jessica’s promotion. Assistant Director of Field Services Ryan Kelleher is covering for North Star.

Help Sessions & Recharter Turn Ins

Jeff Heck will be holding Help Sessions. If you are having trouble with anything, come and bring questions. You will walk out with a checklist of remaining items to complete. First come, first serve. Appointments available.

  1. Thursday, December 6, 2018 during morning rush hour from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Panera’s at Trader’s Point Mall, 6050 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46278, near the 86th St Exit of I-465.
  2. Friday, December 7, 2018 during morning rush hour  from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at Starbucks, 9545 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46260 near the Meridian St (Exit 31) of I-465.

Finish training modules before new ones in January

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There are new training modules coming in January. They will not match current ones. Finish partials now or start over!

More from National here.

UPDATE from Bryan on Scouting.

Leadership Change Announcement

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North Star District is pleased to announce that Micheal (Mike) Smith has agreed to become the North Star Eagle Board Coordinator.  Mike’s home unit is Troop 269.eagle-scout-medal

Jerry Simon has served in this role for years and we thank him for his selfless service to the district.  They will meet and transition over the next few months.  Mike Smith has set up a special email address to use to communicate to the Eagle Board members:

Please welcome Mike to his new role and give thanks to Jerry for his great contributions to the district!

NS District 2018 Recognition Dinner and Awards Nominations

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The 2018 North Star District Adult Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at the American Legion Post #3, 6379 N. College Ave. from 7:00-9:00 pm.  We would like to get a good turn-out for the volunteer recognition dinner this year!


See the 2018 Nomination Forms (<== linked here) which can be used to nominate Logoadult volunteers for recognition in all BSA positions.

Please send all nomination forms no later than January 13, 2019 to:

Mike Yates, North Star District Advancement Chair

[UPDATE] Roundtable on Dec. 13

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Reminder – please mark your calendar for the December 13 meeting, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lodge, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Everyone is welcome!

In addition to offering Rechartering assistance, the November Roundtable topics are:

Cub Scouts:

  • How to run an Awesome Pinewood Derby!!!

Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):

  • Holiday Service Opportunities / Wrap-up and Celebrate a Successful 2018!

The commissioner team plans to have representatives available during Roundtable to support recharter questions, and also available to receive completed packets.

Please forward this information to your Den Leaders, Committee members, and Assistant Scoutmasters. They are an important part of the Roundtables’ target audience.

Remember, attending roundtables is a key requirement to earn the Scouter’s Key for both Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders.

Come learn about Scouting with Troop 56!

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For Webelos (1s and 2s) interested in learning about Scouting with Troop 56, the Webelos Welcome Night is Monday December 10, 2018 from 7 – 8:30pm at “Luke’s Lodge” on the grounds at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indy IN 46260.

Separately the Troop will be hosting a Bounce night (the teen version) followed by a light dinner on Friday December 7th, for Webelos 2’s that would be interested in learning about the Troop with a social activity as well.

Please see flyers attached:


New EAGLE SCOUTS – November 2018

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


NOVEMBER 2018 EAGLESThese two Scouts led the completion of over 230 project hours and earned two Eagle Palms between them (one Bronze and one Gold).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

REMINDER – “Train the Trainer” course

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Just a reminder about the North Star District hosting of the course for:

TRAIN the TRAINER (Scouts BSA course D70)

December 1, 2018

9 AM till Noon

1705 N. Meridian St.

Indianapolis, IN 46228


Please email Kevin Neese ( to register for the class.


This is the training to help make you a “TRAINED” Facilitator of training.