More Details on YPT ver. 2

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UPDATED 2/23/18 at Council Training Director Jay Soucy’s request to reflect new language for the deadline to complete training. The updated language is underlined below. The deleted language is crossed out. The original language was intended for council’s professional staff only. The new language applies to all volunteers. This is consistent with the first bullet point on the last list. The language change hopefully avoids any confusion.

More information on council website.

I just received the following email via Central Section’s Director of Field Service Ken Ruppel (District Executive Jessica Hofman’s supervisor). It is a copy of an email sent to all council staff after my article posted yesterday.YPT Logo


On February 1st, 2018 the New Mandatory Youth Protection Training was released online.  Currently, the training is only available through  This training is replacing all previous Youth Protection trainings and will become the one training all adults complete. The previous versions of trainings have been removed from already.

Crossroads of America is a pacesetter council for Youth Protection training and has set a goal of April 30th, 2018 to be 100% trained.  Join us in becoming a Youth Protection Hero and take your training today! (DELETED: We need to continue to be a PACESETTER Team so I’m asking you, yes every one of YOU, to complete this training by February 28th, 2018.  Your staff leaders are aware that you will be completing this task during your normal working hours however you like – completing all the modules and quiz at once or taking a module a day.  This will help prepare us all to answer questions about the training.)

The training has 3 modules and a final quiz that must be completed:

  • Overview and Policies (20 min.)
  • Sexual Abuse (20 min.)
  • Bullying (20 min.)
  • Quiz (10 min.)

You must score a 75% or better on the quiz to successfully complete this training.

Things to know prior to taking the training:

  1. You need your login and password for
  2. On the dash board there is only one training option to select.
  3. Yes, it should say you are trained and have ### days left before you expire.  It’s still tracking your old training information.
  4. On your computer you will be prompted to turn on your pop blocker
  5. Some text is in White and can be hard to read.
  6. There have been some reported issues already with a few videos not completing.

I’ve attached a FAQ sheet to help you answer volunteer questions as they come up.

Here are some highlights:

    • Our goal is to have all Registered Adults complete the training prior to April 30th.
    • There will be additional recommended trainings released later on this year.
    • There is a new ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871.  Anyone can call a Youth Protection violation into this numbers as it’s open 24 hours a day.
    • Training is good for 2 years.

If you have questions about the training or suggestion for improvements please send them to Sherry Webb.

Thank you,
Jay Soucy  |  Training Director
Crossroads of America Council

Copies of Jay’s attachments are linked here:

  1. YPT2 FAQ from BSA 1.31.2018
  2. YPT2 Adult Online Training Quick Facts

Welcome to North Star’s 100th Year of Service

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As those who attended the North Star Recognition Dinner last weekend know, our beloved North Star District was announced by the old Indianapolis Council in January 1919. You can see some of the history of the District on this old post.

The name of the District has changed from “Number 4” then back and forth from “North” to “North Star” several different times. We have been North Star uninterruptedly since 1964. Our boundaries have moved northward as the Indianapolis city limits moved northward.

We will be celebrating the centennial in January 1919. Until then Vice Chair for Programming Mark Pishon is planning many commemorations of the centennial. We will have special swag, including things like neckerchiefs and patches. So look forward to seeing what North Star Willie is up to.

(If there are talented cartoonists among our scouts and scouters, submit your own cartoons about what Willie may have witnessed over the years or what he most enjoyed about scouting. May be we can convince Mr. Pishon to use your cartoons on some of the swag!)

If you have old North Star patches, please photograph them and email them to me. We would love to post them on the website in the next 12 months!

Hou Koda District 2018 Spring Merit Badge Workshop – Sat. April 14

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The Crossroads of America Council Hou Koda District will be hosting its Spring Merit Badge Workshop:Hou Koda Logo

Saturday, April 14

8am – 4pm

LDS Church Brownsburg

9710 W. 56th Street, Brownsburg IN

Registration for the workshop will open up at noon on March 28.  Online payment processing will be available at that time.


Full details are still being finalized (costs, which classes are offered, etc.).  Please keep this event link handy for more details, coming soon.

District Pinewood Derby Sat. March 24 – STILL ON

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We’re watching the weather carefully but as of right now it doesn’t look to be enough to warrant cancelling the District Pinewood Derby, we’re a go!NS District PWD Flyer 2018

We’ll continue to keep an eye on the situation but unless you hear otherwise by tomorrow 24-March @8:00 am (updates will be posted on the website & Facebook page if any should be needed) see you @ the Derby tomorrow.

For more Derby details see our March 7 post.


Looking forward to a great 2018 North Star District Pinewood Derby!

Scouting for Food – March 24 @ Kroger

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There are still two weeks left to participate in the National Scouting for Food drive!  This coming Saturday March 24 is the day that your Scouting Unit can ask for donations from customers shopping at Kroger stores.SFF

Remember that participation counts towards service hours!

Please check our previous article on Scouting for Food (<== linked here) for the sign-up link and more details.

Youth Protection Training v2 and Deadlines!

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To reemphasize –

The BSA published training deadline for YPT2 training is Oct. 1, however our Crossroads of America Council goal is to have 100% of registered adults complete this training by April 30, 2018.  One more short month left!YPT Logo

We want to continue to be a Pacesetter Council for the nation and set the leadership tone by having our training completed well in advance of the deadline.

Please read through our front page post (<== linked here) which gives step by step instructions on getting started and tips for navigating this training.

Also it is recommended that you use Safari (if on a Mac) or Google Chrome (if on a PC).


THANKS for all you do for Scouting!

District SPRING CAMPOREE Leader’s Guide and prep meeting 3/25!

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To all North Star Units –  please see the 2018 Spring Camporee Leaders Guide v2  (<== linked here!) for our Spring Camporee this year.  Rick Aker (North Star District Camporee Chair) is planning on having another Camporee meeting this Sunday, March 25; email and/or blog post to follow with more information.WILLIE'S SIRENS

If you have any questions, Rick’s contact information is in the leader guide.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our Spring Camporee!!


Reminder: OA Election Results / Vigil Nomination Forms due March 15, 2018

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As mentioned last week:

Order of the Arrow Election results and Vigil nomination Forms are due on or before March 15, 2018.  Please email election results as well as the forms: OA Vigil Petition Form 2018 (linked here) to Mark Pishon, email

If you are having difficulty opening the Petition form using the link above, try this:


District Spring Camporee: April 20 – 22, 2018

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Our location has been confirmed!

The Spring Camporee [April 20-22, 2018] will be held at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired7725 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Unit leaders will receive the Spring Camporee Leaders Guide by COM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 via email.

The theme of the Spring Camporee is Willey’s Sirens and the focus will be on Emergency Preparedness.  Scouts will be able to earn the merit badge or pin for Emergency Preparedness.

Looking forward to a fantastic Spring Camporee!

Roundtable Highlights – March 2018

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From North Star District Commissioner Stephen Heath:

Thanks for all who attended our March Roundtable.

  • We discussed Keys to Successful Annual Planning for our Cub Scout leaders.


  • We had a great discussion about Nova and Supernova awards, and ideas on how to grow the program to help engage our Cub Scouts early-on, to develop their science and technical skills, and be ready for life in our ever changing world.


  • We discussed canoeing and the Voyager program, and that we still have openings for the Spring and Fall courses. Check it out on the Council website.


  • We had a good discussion about Boy Scout camporee planning, and the team will be sending out dates and locations soon. Watch for that communication.


If anyone would like further information, please ask. If you have topics that would entice you and your teams to come out to future roundtables, pass those along, too.


The next Roundtable will be held on Thursday, April 12, 5pm at St. Luke’s Lodge.