Scoutmaster Specific, Intro to Outdoor Leadership Skills, Committee Challenge, Den Leader, Cubmaster, MBC Classes

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Many troops need Troop Committee Challenge, Scoutmaster Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership (also covers Outdoor Webelos Leadership Skills) training to complete rechartering.

Packs need Den Leader and Cubmaster Position Specific Training.

Crews need Venture Advisor Training.

In order to facilitate rechartering expeditiously yet honor the training requirement going into the holiday season, we are going to offer a novel solution. We are going to allow untrained scouters to remain on the roster, if and only if they do one of the following:

  1. Complete online training and confirm their training is accurately posted to their unit’s Training Manager report on before the Charter is sent to the Registrar; or
  2. Present a receipt demonstrating prior registration and payment for the class(es) listed below or similarly situated course out-of-council.

If you can serve as faculty, you can sign up here.

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Tonight final district training for 2016

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Just a quick reminder that tonight at 6:30 pm is the final district training session for the year. Sign up closes at 3:00 pm. Walk ins are welcome.

St Luke’s United Methodist Church’s outbuilding Luke’s Lodge (second floor, westside) will be the location.

Classes offered:

  1. Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
  2. Troop and Pack Committee Challenge.

At the same time, Council will be offering two classes at the Scout Service Center on Fall Creek Road. More information at These classes start at 7:00 pm.

  1. Cubmaster Specific Training
  2. Den Leader Specific Training.

Tonight is a great night to trained patch.

Roundtable tomorrow

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Reminder that tomorrow Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm (yes, 6:30 pm) is roundtable.Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Patch

  1. Scout Roundtable will address how to use Junior Assistant Scoutmasters to engage 16- and 17-year-old scouts.
  2. Cub Scout Roundtable will address Preparing for the Pinewood Derby and Blue & Gold Banquets.

Online training tech problems at

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District officers have received a myriad of complaints about’s online training system. Most are reporting that the scouter has taken an online module and not received credit for completing the module. The scouter then tries to complete the module again without an improved result.trained patch

Given that district is working hard to have 100% Trained adult leadership, this presents a major obstacle to that goal.

Some tips for dealing with these problems are

  1. Do not repeat a module. Preferably, take a screenshot of the end of the module. If it does not give you credit for completion, the screenshot will be accepted.
  2. If you cannot take a screenshot, keep a handwritten log of the modules giving you problems. Then move on to the next module. When you are done with training, send Jeff Heck an email of the problem modules. We can manually enter completion for for the entire course but not individual modules, so it is important you complete the training before telling us about problem modules. We are powerless to help you until course completion.
  3. Take in-person training. Most attendees report getting more value from the conversations than from the online modules. Remember you will get credit for training in rechartering for signing up and paying your course fees, if you send an email receipt of the course. This includes tonight’s classes, council training, and University of Scouting on January 14, 2017.

Remember recharter is now overdue, so we would really appreciate closing out these training issues as soon as possible.

If you have other questions, please contact District Commissioner Jeff Heck.

Minutes of Camporee Committee Meeting

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Greetings all,
Now that the Thanksgiving day coma is over –
Here are the meeting minutes from the Winter Camporee meeting:
John Wiebke
David Salima
Toby Hlade
Rick Aker
Brain Crow
Vince Hernly
Mark Pishon
Tim Kappes
Con Sullivan
Jeff Heck
My apologies if I failed to get you signed up on the signup attendance sheet.

Sign Up Process

The cost of this years Winter Camporee will be $30 per participant. With every 10 scouts signed up per troop, there is 1 adult that can attend for free. Please note that this Winter Camporee includes all meals as part of the camporee. A signup URL will be provided soon with a signup deadline. Payment is required via URL this year per Council.

Scoutmaster cookoff

Please get those dutch ovens or other ready. There will be an adult cookoff. Each participant must have fish as an ingredient. Please state what type fish you are using when submitting noting that the fish type is for edutainment only.

Sled race 

Yes, as in prior years there will be a sled race. Please bring wheels in the event of lack of snow. Approximate kick off for the sled race will be 4PM on Saturday.

WIllie Award 

There were some questions about the grading for the winter camporee. There will be a revised score card that will edit out the cooking related items in camps. Brian has graciously volunteered to edit that score card and we will release it for inspection. Also of discussion, it was noted that camp gadgets and gateway assembly could occur prior to the campout since the rules do not forbid bring them pre-assembled. Also, it was requested that troops receive better feedback concerning the cause of point deductions. This will be requested of the judges.

Camping at Redwing

In the event of snow coverage, it will not be obvious so please note that fire rings are located near the edge of each campsite. It was noted that this is of advantage since troops may greater utilize each site. This setup is apparently unique to Redwing.


The current patrol competitions are scheduled:
  1. T343 – Swimmin’ with the ice cubes – ice rescue
  2. T73 – Iceberg hop
  3. T358 – Give me shelter – Emergency shelter build
  4. T804 – From ice to fire – fire building
For the troops that have not posted a competition yet, please get them to me ASAP.


Current claims on campsites for this Antarctic freeze out:
   a) Bears Den –
   b) Butternut Hill – T358
   c) Cricket Hollow – T343
   d) Indian Jim – T73
   e) Lone Cherry
   f) Pheasant Nest
   g) Pines – T269
   h) Rabbit Run – T804
   i) Riverview
   j) Tepee Ridge – T35
Please get your troops desired campsite requests in. First come first served. We will ask troops to volunteer for doubling should we run out of campsites.
Note that the showers will be closed due to Winter and Kovel Cabin has been condemned.

Other notes

checkin will be 6-9PM on Friday – Please note that I will be planning on being there well in advance.
checkout will be roughly 11AM Sunday

Award for the 2017 Camporee Trifecta

The camporee committee is planning on providing an award for each participant that completes all 3 camporees in 2017


The patch for the camporee is almost complete. I have seen the draft and it is excellent. It depicts Willie in the foreground and Shackleton’s broken ship in the background. Thanks Mr. Crow for working with the artist. Once the final is prepared I will send out the jpeg with a prepared flier that troops can print out inviting scouts.
Rick Aker is feverishly prepping as well. Thanks Rick!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be Sunday January 8th – I will send out an email finalizing place and time.

Fall Camporee 2017

Date has been finalized as Oct 6-8 with expected location to be The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Curtis Shrote
2017 Winter Camporee Chair
Committee Chair, Troop 804

Reservations for Pinewood Derby Track

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A report from District Pinewood Derby Chair Bill Buchalter:

I would like to remind North Star District pack leaders to contact me if they need a track in the upcoming Pinewood Derby season. My email address is the best way to contact me about arranging a date.

Photo from Boy’s Life

Also, the District Derby is going to be on Saturday, March 18th, and more details about that will be coming soon.

Bill Buchalter

Roundtable Reminder

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A quick reminder that Roundtable will return to a normal agenda next Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm (not 7:00 pm).

More details about topics to be posted here later.

Merit Badge Counselor Rechartering

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Remember as part of District’s Recharter (yes, District recharters annually, too), we need to confirm your troop’s and crew’s merit badge counselor list. (They are technically district staff and not unit staff.)

Please confirm with District Merit Badge Counselor Registrar Mike Yates that all of your MBC’s are

  1. Trained as an MBC
  2. Current on their Youth Protection certification through, and
  3. Still active with the troop.

Units that fail to certify this information to Mike Yates are subject to having their MBC’s dropped in the rechartering process. That means all blue cards they sign are void. Please do not let that happen to your scouts.

Three more District Training Sessions left

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We will have another Scoutmaster Specific Training tonight (Wednesday) and another on December 7th. This is required for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.

We will have an Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) on Saturday. This is required for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.

Webelos Den Leaders and Cubmasters who participate in the IOLS training will also get credit for Outdoor Webelos Leaders Skills (OWLS). They will get two certifications for the price of one.

Den leader training is available tonight.

Troop and pack committee Training will be offered on December 7th, too.

To sign up or get more information, click here.

These certifications never expire.

District Committee and Commissioners Meetings on Thursday

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Just a quick reminder that Unit Commissioners will be meeting with the District Commissioner Thursday at 6:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church in Room 401.

Immediately afterward District Committee will meet at 7:00 pm in Room 405. The Camporee Committee will report on Winter and Spring Camporee planning and Fall Camporee Scheduling.

This meeting is intended for Committee Members and Chartered Organization Representatives from all units.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Rechartering Updates as of 11/30/16

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At this time, North Star has done very well in getting the initial paperwork turned in for its units. We have a vastly higher percentage of units submitting paperwork to Council that other similarly situated districts.

We have a number of units that have not had their submissions finalized because of missing paperwork or training.

The units that have completely submitted all paperwork, payment, and evidence of training AND have been approved by the registrar are (7 units)

  • Packs 35 and 514,
  • Troops 35, 56, 73, 269, and 514.

The units that have completed the above-listed paperwork but approval by the registrar is still pending are (6 units)

  • Packs 105, 358 (Delaware Tribe), 358-3 (Munsee Tribe),  and 586, and
  • Troops 191 and 804.

The units that have completed all paperwork and payments but still have training requirements to complete (which many can complete with in-person training or online training this week and next week) are

  • Packs 18, 64, 171, 174, 175, 179, 358-2 (Miami Tribe), 358-4 (Shawnee Tribe), and
  • Troops 18, 358, and 586.

As a side note, thank you to the scoutmaster corps from Troop 586 for attending last night’s Scoutmaster Specific Training at St Luke’s UMC to keep their training moving forward! (Another one tonight!)

Thank you, too, to the other leaders that have done their training online or with other members of their unit.

The remaining units have paperwork outstanding. Troop 343 and Crew 358 have scheduled the delivery of their paperwork this week.