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.
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
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.
2.) Open your link to the recharter from the email sent. Didn’t receive the email? contact Kelly Murphy email@example.com
3.) Follow the directions and update your roster
4.) Check out the North Star District Recharter check list to make sure you have everything you need. Signatures? JTE? Training? Additional Background Check Disclosure Forms? NSD Recharter Check List 2019
5.) Contact your Unit Commissioner OR bring your questions to the recharter turn in – we are happy to help!
Habitat for Humanity has reached out to North Star to ask for help. If you have scouts needing conservation service hours or general hours this is a great opportunity!
This Saturday in Lebanon – 409 North East Street, start time is 9 am – is a landscape day. That means it is open to scouts of all ages! (building days is for over 16 only)
Plus, next Saturday in Whitestown, 5865 East 300 South (10.26), start time is 9 am
AND also, November 2 – a landscape day in Thorntown, start time is 9 am
Go to their website to volunteer. If a scout is over 16 they can volunteer on their own. If a scout is under 16 either a parent or a Scouter (2 deep leadership at all times) is required. Encourage your scouts who need hours. Do it as a Patrol! Go as a whole Troop!
All Scouters were recently sent an email titled “Immediate Action Required.” (below)
This email informs all Scouters of the new requirement regarding background check disclosures.
To summarize: all continuing Scouters need to sign the Additional Background check form and submit that with their Unit’s recharter.
This information was provided earlier in the Oct. 2nd NS blog and email regarding recharter.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.
As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.
Please complete the process listed below at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed.
Review the separate disclosure document linked below that is being provided to you separately for your review. It is titled “Background Check Disclosure.”
Once you have reviewed that, print the separate document titled “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization.” Review the additional disclosures on that form, then complete and sign the Authorization using an ink/wet signature. Note: A print signature is required for this document. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
Turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader or local council service center.
If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it to your unit leader or local council service center, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.
We are truly grateful for your continued commitment to keeping youth safe and for helping them learn, grow, and thrive through Scouting programs.
October 12, 2019 / 8:30 – 10:30am – Indianapolis Children’s Museum
Don’t miss this new Haunted House tradition from The Children’s Museum Guild! Bring your family to trick-or-treat around the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience®track and take part in a fun all-ages scavenger hunt with cool prizes. Leave with a
goody bag filled with treats and treasures!
**Price includes breakfast and an e-ticket to the Hotel of Spells Haunted House. (Remember to pick up your Scout patch in the
“Boo-tique” after visiting the Haunted House!)
Enter BSA SCOUT to receive $1 off Haunted House tickets or event tickets! Children under 2 are free.
October 12, 2019 / Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about STEM and how it’s used in sports. Participants will interact with hands-on STEM activities provided by the Indianapolis Colts, local companies and non-profits around the state. Spots are limited so reserve yours today!
Ticket prices for BSA members start at just $35.
Ticket Package Includes:
– entry into the Colts Sports & STEM Day
– game day ticket for Sunday, December 1 (Colts vs. Titans)
To purchase tickets, click here. To print the flyer, click here.
Registration is now open for 2019 University of Scouting! Share with all leaders and interested Scouters. This is a great opportunity for training and fellowship! Don’t miss out!
The 11th Annual Central Indiana Merit Badge University, will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Greenfield-Central Junior High School, Greenfield, IN. Two Saturday sessions are planned (8:00-11:30am and 2:00-5:30pm).
If you are a Merit Badge Counselor, or would like to become one, and you would be willing to lead a class or two at the upcoming Central Indiana Merit Badge University please contact Laura (see contact info below) so that we can work with you and add your merit badge course to the schedule. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge with youth involved in Scouting!
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.
I wanted to let you know a few things before you open up your recharter. (the email with the link was sent on Friday Sept 27th).
BSA fees are increasing. The exact amount is unknown at this time.
All leaders need a completed YPT that does not expire before March 1, 2020. Plus, all leaders need their leader specific training (committee, chair, SM, CM, DL, ASM, etc)
Recharter turn-in dates are being pushed back 2 weeks due to the fee increase. I am still verifying locations. Look for an email later this week to reserve your time slot. You will also find a link to the signup in the Wednesday newsletter or on the North Star website.
I would suggest waiting on opening your recharter until mid-late October. This would allow for any outstanding applications to be processed and imported into the recharter system, saving you some data entry.
Items that you can work on ahead of time:
Complete applications for new position adults. for example: Den Leader to Cubmaster
Check all training records for your registered adults through my.scouting.org
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.
Cub Scout Preview Adventures are new elective adventures for Cub Scouts. During the preview period these adventures will be under evaluation and possible revision. It will be determined how much interest there is, based on several factors. Successful previews will be considered to be included in the next edition of the Cub Scout handbooks.
These adventures count toward advancement just like other elective adventures. Here you will find the requirements, den meeting plans, and program resources.
Preview Adventure recognition items are purple in color for all ranks to signify they are in preview mode. Adventure loops and pins for preview adventures can only be purchased online at ScoutShop.org.
The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure
In partnership with the Barbara Sinatra Foundation we are proud to present the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure. This adventure is designed to provide your Cub Scouts information on how to Recognize, Respond, and Report abuse as part of the BSA’s Personal Safety Awareness program.
This adventure is available for all Cub Scouts.
It may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank. (Lion’s do not earn Cyber Chip). If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement, it may not be used as an elective adventure towards that badge of rank.
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.
Venture Crew members and Eagle Scouts are needed to help run and score event stations at the Fall Camporee Oct. 25-27 at Ransburg. The Camporee theme is “High Adventure Base Grand Slam”. These staff will receive Camporee t-shirts, meals and lodging. Interested Crew members and Eagle Scouts should contact Crew 125 Advisor Monica Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The council’s Fall Service Project – Good Turn For Nature – is right around the corner. This is a great opportunity to engage your scouts with the outdoors and teach them the importance of caring for nature!
The project runs from September 28 to October 27 and it is not too late to sign up. We are now in the process of matching units with host organizations. If you have not submitted your commitment form, please do so as soon as possible.
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)
There is some exciting news to share about the upcoming Voyageur Youth Course. A participant in this spring’s adult course was so impressed with what we are trying to accomplish, he and his wife have pledged $100.00 per youth up to 24 students. (That’s a full course.) The fee was set at $200.00 with an early bird cost of $180.00. This makes the total cost to the youth $80.00 if they register early. The registration is available online under the “Find Trainings” icon on the CAC home page, then under “Additional Trainings” (or click on the link below).
SHARE THIS EXCITING NEWS WITH YOUR SCOUTS BSA SO THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS GREAT TRAINING!!
Some more details:
Registered youth must be 14 years or older (13 with recommendation by the youth’s unit leader)
This is a two weekend course:
First Weekend at Camp Belzer from 6:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2019 to 4:00 pm Sunday, September 8, 2019.
Second Weekend at Camp Bear Creek from 6:00 pm Friday, September 20, 2019 to 4:00 pm Sunday, September 22, 2019
The Early Discount price of $180.00 ends on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm if full fee is paid in full by that date and time.
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 email@example.com 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.