STEM Fest – Feb 1st – tickets still available

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image_PTickets are still available for this year’s STEM Fest! Don’t miss out on this amazing event!

 

You are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Indiana Pacers STEM Fest presented by The Lilly Foundation through this exclusive Scout Offer! Discover STEM through hands-on activities with local Indiana corporations, universities and non-profit organizations. Get a glimpse into how the Indiana Pacers use STEM in SPORTS.

 

Tickets start at only $12 per person for the interactive STEM Fest and Pacers game.

 

Purchase online at Pacers.com/STEMSCOUTS

 

 

This event will sell out, so order your tickets today!

February 13, 2020 Roundtable – 7 pm – Cubs/Summer Camp Scouts BSA/Scoutbook

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RoundtableJanuary Roundtable, St. Luke’s, 1/13/20 7pm.
Join us in one of these  roundtable sessions.
Cub Scouts: Camp 2020 – There are a lot of changes to summer camp this year.  A representative from Council will be here to walk you through the changes and discuss the new camp programs.
Scouts BSA: Scoutbook – learn about how Scoutbook works and how to integrate it into your Unit.
Roundtable at St. Luke’s has moved!
We are still at St. Luke’s (100 W 86th Street) but you now can find us in room N101/102.    Very easy to find – just enter through Door 6 or Door 7 and it is right there!  (Map attached to help anyway)St Lukes Map 10-17

District Meeting Dates 2020

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Please mark your calendars for the NSD Committee Mtg. (1st  Thursday of the month)  7:00-9:00 pm     Room 204 of Zionsville Town Hall,   1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville 46077.

[Feb.6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug.6, Sep.3, Oct.1, Nov.5, and Dec.3]

RECHARTERS ARE PAST DUE!

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North Star Units!

Recharters are PAST DUE!  They are not considered complete unless you have made arrangements to pay (check, Unit account, etc)

If you have not completed your recharter OR are unsure of your status please contact Spencer or Jenny asap!  Nobody wants to fill out a New Unit Application and have all youth and adults fill out new membership applications just because of a missed deadline!

SIGN UP NOW! Chills and Thrills Winter Section Camporee – Camp Kikthawenund – Jan 24-26

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IMG_13662020 Klondike Winter Camporee, January 24-26 at Camp Kikthawenund

SIGN UP IS OPEN NOW!  Pioneer/Crossroads webpage (https://www.crossroadsbsa.org/districts/pioneer/ ) with sign-up (https://scoutingevent.com/160-30716#)

Prepare your unit for winter fun at the Klondike Derby Winter Camporee for the Central Section (Del-Mi, North Star, Northeast & Pioneer districts).
Attached is a flyer that describes the Camporee events and logistics.
* Note that each unit needs only one Klondike sled (more are acceptable)
In this Central Section Camporee, Pioneer district will be the host.  They have asked the other district to contribute in the following ways:
  •  North Star needs to plan and support two events in addition to the 10 events planned by Pioneer district. 
  • North Star should provide several trivia questions/answers specific to North Star or Crossroads history or programs
  • provide adult and youth support for specific Camporee items.  
If you have ideas for events, trivia, or would like to help, please see respond to Sharla Merrick sharla.r.merrick@gmail.com with your name and interests.  Thanks.
Registration – Online registration will open December 1st and remain open until Wednesday January 22nd
We will be camping “Jamboree style” as we have limited space and plan on up to 500 attendees. $15.00 fee includes Dinner on Saturday, a camporee Patch and free hot coco and coffee.

Updated Annual Health Form!

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from Bryan on Scouting
https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/12/10/theres-an-updated-annual-health-and-medical-record-to-use-for-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1Aay2yCXgkaR4vp5REtjCUFTw044y3qD_DiI-13_0UwMryjwAijOM3mNM

There’s an updated Annual Health and Medical Record to use for 2020

Every few years, the BSA updates its Annual Health and Medical Record after consulting with health care professionals, Scout executives, council and camp health officers and other experts to ensure it is up-to-date and helpful.

This was one of those years, meaning a new form is available for everyone to use for 2020. Your AHMR is valid through the end of the 12th month after the date it was administered by your medical provider. For example, if you got your physical on Nov. 3, 2019, it’s valid until Nov. 30, 2020.

Next year will be a transition year, so you can use either the old or new form, but everyone in all Scouting programs must use the updated AHMR form starting Jan. 1, 2021. The old form will be obsolete at that date. So, the BSA recommends using the new form on your next physical exam or if you’re a new participant in 2020.

Since at least the 1930s, the BSA has required the use of standardized health and medical information. The last time this form was updated was in 2014. The changes made this year were minor, such as some conditions listed in the health history section.

You can download the new form here. The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for Scouts and adult leaders who want to go on Scouting events, campouts and high-adventure trips. Note that there are different parts to the AHMR:

  • Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
  • Part B is general information and a health history.
  • Part C is your pre-participation physical exam completed by a certified and licensed health care provider.

Which part must be completed?

  • For all Scouting events: Part A and B. Give the completed forms to your unit leader. This applies to all participants for all activities, day camps, local tours and weekend camping trips less than 72 hours.
  • For events or camps: Part A, B and C. A pre-participation physical is needed for resident, tour, or trek camps or for a Scouting event of more than 72 hours, such as Wood Badge and NYLT. The exam needs to be completed by a certified and licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner or physician assistant. If your camp has provided you with any supplemental risk information, or if your plans include attending one of the four national high-adventure bases, share the venue’s risk advisory with your medical provider when you are having your physical exam.
  • For high-adventure trips: Part A, B and C. Plus, each of the four national high-adventure bases (Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve) has provided a supplemental risk advisory that explains in greater detail some of the risks inherent in that program. Please review these as some Scouts or leaders may not be physically or mentally able to handle the trek. Others arrive at a high-adventure base without discussing that base’s risk factors with their health care provider, meaning they have missing info at check-in that can slow down the process.

How do I fill it out?

Please review and complete the AHMR fully and carefully. If you have any questions how to review it, read this BSA Safety Moment or look at these frequently asked questions. Remember, these completed forms must be secure, so they are not to be digitized, scanned, emailed or stored electronically by unit leaders.

Advancement Reporting

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CALLING ALL UNITS!

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR ADVANCEMENT REPORTS!

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.

The Lange Challenge

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2019 Lange report formK3’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 camping@crossroadsbsa.org.

2.) Check your advancement records against the form sent in the mail.  Submit any changes to advancement@crossroadsbsa.org.   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.

 

 

 

APPROVE APPLICATIONS ON My.Scouting Mobile App

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Approve Applications on My.Scouting Mobile App!

National 08/27/2019

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.

Summer Camp 2020 – looking ahead

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Ransburg Summer Camp – 2020 Registration

  • Registering Your Troop for 2020

    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 🙂

flyer available here Camp-2020-Brochure

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IOLS Baloo Training

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From Kevin Neese

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)
December 14-15, 2019
Here is the LINK to SIGN-UP for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training and BALOO Training   https://scoutingevent.com/160-2019IOLS

Adult Training Reminders

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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.

 

Service Hours for St. Vincent House

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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
Please visit the St. Vincent House website for more information and to sign up https://give.stvincent.org/volunteerstvhouse

Merit Badge Counselor List and Procedures

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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.

Voyageur Scholarships

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Voyageur Canoe Training Adult Scholarship

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).

 

Direct Contact Leader Training

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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.
Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster Training
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training
  • 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.
Yours in Scouting,
Natalie Maenhout
Council Training Chair

First Spring Camporee Committee meeting Jan. 9th

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2020 Spring Camporee  – Hosted by North Star: Call for Scouters

The Spring Central Section Camporee will be hosted by the North Star District at Ransburg April 24-26.

Scout Olympics is the theme in keeping with the Olympic year 2020.

Adult Scouters are needed from each troop to plan and run the Camporee for the 500 scouts expected to attend. The Camporee Committee will meet monthly during the NS Roundtable on the 2nd Thursday of the month (first meeting Jan. 9th).  Scouters are needed to help with logistics, communications, program events, first aid, and other areas.  Please indicate your interest to support this Camporee to Paul Kovach