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New aquatics rules now in effect – Bobwhite Blather:
In April of this year, however, the rules for Cub Scout aquatics changed to allow a range of activities permitted at the unit level. And while most water activities – the more rigorous and risky ones – are still restricted to Boy Scouts and older, Cub Scouts of all ages can now go canoeing, rowboating and paddle boating – the very things they’ve been doing with their families all along. (And yes, I know some of you have been boating as a purportedly unaffiliated “family” activity to get around the BSA’s safety rules.)
There’s always a catch, though, but it’s not a big deal and isn’t anything you wouldn’t expect. While we no longer have tour permits or tour plans, the requirements for adult leaders to be appropriately trained are still in force. There are two primary unit volunteer training courses for aquatics, and they’re both available online: Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.
At least two adults are required to supervise any swimming activity – at backyard, public and hotel pools, beaches, lakes, rivers and oceans, whether or not a lifeguard is present. Safe Swim Defense training, completed within the last two years, is required of at least one adult supervising swimming activities, or even non-swimming activities where the water is over knee-deep or there is a risk of submersion. Common sense, though, dictates that as many adults as possible should complete Safe Swim Defense training – and it should go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that they complete Youth Protection Training as well. All boating activities likewise must be supervised by at least two adults, one (and preferably all) with current Safety Afloat training.
Now that you’re trained, what can Cub Scouts actually do on the water? Here’s a summary of allowable activities for Cub Scout packs:
Learn to Swim programs for all ages.
Recreational swimming for all ages, divided by ability groups, with only those who are able to swim (who have passed the BSA 100-yard swim test) allowed in deep water.
Snorkeling in confined areas for all ages, divided by ability groups. Only swimmers are allowed in deep water.
Riding in large boats including commercial marine transport such as excursion boats and ferries, as well as larger (capacity of four or more passengers) privately-owned craft on calm waters where all operation is done by adults.
Stable, fixed-seat rowboats and paddle boats on calm, flat water. If a non-swimmer or beginning swimmer is on board, he must be buddied with a swimmer in the same boat.
Canoes on calm, flat water. A non-swimmer or beginning swimmer must be buddied with an adult swimmer in the same boat.
Single-person kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on calm, flat water for swimmers only (non-swimmers or beginning swimmers are not allowed to kayak or SUP).
Tubing on gently-flowing water for Swimmers only.
Don’t forget about the rule requiring that Coast Guard-approved life jackets are to be worn by persons when engaged in boating activities (rowing, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding) and in some cases aboard larger vessels as well.
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts!
From Council newsletter:
On June 13, Crossroads of America Council hosted the 33rd Annual Scouting Awards Dinner in downtown Indianapolis. Seven individuals were honored for their commitment to the community.
Merle H. Miller Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award
Alec J. Damer, [North Star] Troop 514, St Monica’s RCC
Judge John Price Outstanding Eagle Scout of the Year Award
Austin D. Damer, [North Star] Troop 514, St Monica’s RCC
Thomas W. Moses Good Scout Award
Daniel J. Elsener
Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin (immediate past boss for past North Star District Chair and Commissioner Steve James)
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
Dennis E. Bland
Robert L. Bowen
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Dr. Robert M. Einterz (Parishoner at St Monica’s RCC, North Star Chartered Organziation)
Congratulations to the North Star and Troop 514 Damer boys and Dr. Bob Einterz, graduate of North Central High School.
Next year, make sure to nominate your Eagle Scouts and adult leaders for this pretigious award!
This is courtesy of Del-Mi troop 132, Friends Church Carmel:
The National Eagle Scout Association (“NESA”) has posted the winners of their 2016 scholarship winners for the Central Region. Congratulations to the three Crossroads of America Council recipients.
2016 NESA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
|NAME||COUNCIL NAME||COUNCIL CITY/STATE|
$25,000 Cooke Academic Scholarship
|Alex Wolff||Glaciers Edge Council||Madison, WI|
$3,000 NESA Academic Scholarships
|Marc Berkowicz||Three Fires Council||St. Charles, IL|
|Chris Coraggio||Crossroads of America Council||Indianapolis, IN|
|Jacob Danek||Crossroads of America Council||Indianapolis, IN|
|Jack Gibfried||Ozark Trails Council||Springfield, MO|
|Nathaniel Helgeson||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
|Colm Kilcoin||Great Lakes FSC||Detroit, MI|
|Joseph Miller-Davis||Erie Shores Council||Toledo, OH|
|Jacob Quigley||Rainbow Council||Morris, IL|
|Michael Rushka||Crossroads of America Council||Indianapolis, IN|
|Gabriel Small||Northeast Illinois Council||Highland Park, IL|
|Adam Smith||Bay-Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
|Zachary Utecht||President Gerald R. Ford Council||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Ryan Wagner||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
$2,500 Cooke Academic Scholarships
|Robert Agle||Simon Kenton Council||Columbus, OH|
|Benjamin Ashby||Lewis & Clark Council||Belleville, IL|
|Alexander Burroughs||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
|Renaud Chauret||Sagamore Council||Kokomo, IN|
|Kevin McMahon||Gamehaven Council||Rochester, MN|
|Connor Polodna||Gamehaven Council||Rochester, MN|
|Shane Redman||Blackhawk Area Council||Rockford, IL|
|Cameron Reed||Greater Cleveland Council||Cleveland, OH|
|Tevis Robinson||Buckskin Council||Charleston, WV|
|Evan Routhier||Bay-Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
|Dylan Subrin||Blackhawk Area Council||Rockford, IL|
|Joseph Switala||Water and Woods Council||Flint, MI|
|Mathew Townsley||Illowa Council||Davenport, IA|
$5,000 Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarships
|Cole Branson||Great Rivers Council||Columbia, MO|
|Brian Coe||Three Harbors Council||Milwaukee, WI|
|Samuel Gentle||Northern Star Council||St. Paul, MN|
|Kenneth Kelley||Dan Beard Council||Cincinnati, OH|
|John Kloser||Three Harbors Council||Milwaukee, WI|
|Christopher Kreienkamp||Gateway Area Council||La Crosse, WI|
|John Rosher||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
|Brice Steiner||Simon Kenton Council||Columbus, OH|
|Eric Tabaka||Glaciers Edge Council||Madison, WI|
$4,000 Bailey Merit Scholarship
|Kyle Kolash||Bay-Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
$2,500 Palmer Merit Scholarship
|Austin Arenz||Bay Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
$2,500 Michael S. Malone/Windrush Publishers Journalism Scholarship
|Justin Curto||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
From District Executive Con Sullivan:
North Star Scouters,
Please join us (and/or send your pack recruitment chair) for breakfast on Saturday, July 22nd between 9 am and 11 am at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on northeast corner of campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260). This will be an open house format, come when you can. I would like an RSVP so we can pack up once everyone has attended.
Packs will pick up their Registration Night boxes, Open House bags, and Community Yard Signs. Troops can sign up for which Packs/Schools their Troops can assist in the fall. Both can learn about our new Open House style and all about the theme “Catapult into Scouting!” Some Troops may get catapults they will want to bring to schools to create additional interest in Scouting and their Troop.
Packs, if you have not yet already, please tell me when your school’s “open house, ice cream social, etc.” is AND the date of your Registration Night ASAP! Special orders on signs and flyers are due by July 22nd at the Open House. If you can get this information to me earlier, I can have them printed and ready for July 22nd.
Please register for this rally here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4FAEAC2AA7F49-fall
Thanks and I hope to see you there!
Con Sullivan | District Executive – North Star
From Jay Soucy, Council Training Director, on July 7, 2017:
2017 National Jamboree last minute vacancyThe Council’s Jamboree Committee is reaching out to you at this time because there have been a few scouts that have recently needed to drop out of the National Jamboree council contingent. That leaves unexpected spots still available for interested scouts!
Anyone interested in attending the 2017 National Jamboree but you didn’t get signed up? You’re in luck but you had better hurry!The Scouts:· MUST be at least a First Class Scout.· MUST be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree or an 11 year old that has graduated the 6th grade, but has not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.They can start the on line registration atPlease contact Jay Soucy to secure their Jamboree space. At this time we will talk about an alternate payment plan for the Jamboree trip fee.Jay Soucy | Training Director