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Firecrafter report: week 8

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Reminder: Saturday recruitment rally

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Do’t forget the Cub Scout Recruitment Rally this Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Luke’s Lodge. For more details, click here.

Cubs can canoe!

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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 on Awards

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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!

Things seen at Ransburg: week 6

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This is courtesy of Del-Mi troop 132, Friends Church Carmel:


When I asked how the pastor would accept this, as the Society of Friends, one scout answered “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Maybe not scout like, but very funny.

Congratulations to 2016 NESA Scholarship winners

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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.Eagle pin

2016 NESA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
CENTRAL REGION

 

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

© 2017 The National Eagle Scout Association | Boy Scouts of America | National Eagle Scout Association

 

Recruitment Rally July 22nd

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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

Con Sullivan  |  District Executive – North Star 

Last Minute Jambo Vacancies

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From Jay Soucy, Council Training Director, on July 7, 2017:

2017 National Jamboree last minute vacancy
The 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 at
Please 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