Pictures and Articles

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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 sharla.r.merrick@gmail.com  We would love to showcase a Unit or share a great Scout Story every week!

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REMINDERS Week of May 22, 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

Save the Dates – Fall Cub Scout Family Camp here

Regional Scout Talks  here

May Eagle BOR here

NSD Council Calendar 

Help plan your scout year with these District and Council dates. Available here

Service Hour Opportunities

  • 500 Parade Service Hours Information here
  • St. Vincent House  here

  • Flag Project here

May Eagle BOR Report

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The following scouts were approved for Eagle Rank at their Boards of Review on May 8, 2019. This will be their Date of Rank but it will not be official until the Eagle Scout credentials, as approved by National, are received at CAC.  Congratulations, Scouts!

Robert Corridan – Troop 804David Eagle

Eli Franklin – Troop 174

Jacob Hoyes – Troop 804

Henry Schamp – Troop 174

Congratuations to David Bradely – Troop 804 – His Eagle Court of Honor was May 18 at the site of his Eagle project: St. Peter’s Community Fire Ring.

 

 

Cub Scout Family Camp Weekends

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CUB SCOUT PACKS – Save the dates!  Fall Family Cub Camp dates are set.  Sept. 14/15 Bear Creek, Sept. 21/22 Ransburg, and Sept. 28/29 Krietenstein and Belzer.

 

 

Regional Scout Talks

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The Council is hosting four Regional Scout Talks with Scout Executive Joe Wiltrout next week. The purpose of these meetings is to give you facts about topics in recent media related to youth protection, National financial reorganization and Family Scouting, as well as good news within our Council!

Please help spread the word in your districts!

We want our members to be empowered to share the facts about Boy Scouts of America when asked and to help dispel misinformation that has been circulating in the media.

ALL DATE AND LOCATIONS ARE MEETING FROM 6:30 – 8PM

Monday, May 20th @ New Testament Church, 752 West Main Street, Hagerstown

Tuesday, May 21 @ United Methodist Church, 2051 Monument St, Noblesville

Wednesday, May 22 @ DePauw University, Greencastle

Thursday May 23 @ Indiana Wesleyan University, 1500 Windhorst Way,

                  Greenwood (Rm 204)

Service Opportunity: American Legion Flag Project

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The American Legion “flag project” takes place on Saturday, 25 May.

American Legion Post # 3    6379 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Scouts begin to show at 7:00. Breakfast quickly follows. Move out and flag placements will begin at 8:00.   You will be assigned a cemetery as a Unit and work in the same area.  We expect most of the project to be complete by 11:00.  American-flag-at-grave-on-Memo

This is a great service project for our boys to learn to honor those Americans who served our great country and died defending our freedom.

Please plan on coming for breakfast and this great service project.  Lets teach our scouts to give back to the community and the country.

500 Parade Service Opportunity

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from: Eddie Stahl

The 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation’s largest, most respected parades, consistently earning national acclaim alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 300,000 people will line the streets of downtown Indianapolis to experience the larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities and dignitaries, award-winning bands, and all 33 drivers competing in the Indy 500.
Saturday May 25th, 2019 North Star District will be assisting with the set up of chairs along the parade route, marking the chairs by seat number, helping the viewers locate their seat and then taking down the chairs and re-stacking them after the parade. This opportunity will be from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. Troops wishing to participate with this experience should contact North Star District Volunteer Mike Faulk at mythreesons08@att.net before May 1st to reserve their assignment on the parade route. Included in the email should be the name and contact information for the adults participating and how many Scouts from your troop will be participating.
Each Scout and Leader will be given a patch from the 500 Festival Committee and the Troop will receive a certificate of appreciation from the BSA Parade Committee. The patch will reflect the 500 Parade theme and is designed by the 500 Festival Parade Committe

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

District Meeting Dates

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Please mark your calendars for the NSD Committee Mtg. (3rd Thursday of the month)  7:00-8:30pm     Room 204 of Zionsville Town Hall,   1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville 46077.

3rd Thursday: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, and January 16, 2020

Summer dates tentative.

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).

 

Swim Tests for Summer Camp

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from Paul Kovach.

All Scouts and adults involved in troop aquatic activities are required to have their swimming ability defined by the BSA Swim Test.  These activities would include aquatics at summer camp (Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lifesaving, Sailing, etc) and troop canoeing events.

If you or your Scout did not attend the T514 Swim Test on April 1 at Pike Aquatic Center, there are a few other options to complete this test.  One can go in advance of the activity to a local pool that has a certified Lifeguard.  The requirements are attached so that the Lifeguard could perform the test.  Availability and out-of-pocket costs may vary for each.  Below are some potential or known opportunities.

Finally, for Ransburg only, a scout or scouter may take the test at Ransburg on the afternoon of troop arrival.

JCC (Jewish Community Center on Hoover Rd.) –https://jccindy.org/community/water-park-pools/

Monon Ctr – https://www.carmelclayparks.com/monon-community-center/

YMCA – Jordan https://indymca.org/jordan/program/aquatics-swim-lessons/

YMCA – Pike https://indymca.org/orthoIndy-foundation/

Zionsviile Aquatics Center – Zionsville High School, 900 Mulberry Street.  Cost is $10 per Scout.   http://aquatic.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/scout-swim-testing.cfm

Scouts & Scouters should use the attached swim classification form here

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

IOLS Baloo Training

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From Kevin Neese

PLEASE pass this information on to all your LEADERS and PARENTS

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

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).

This training is open to ANYONE –  it is GREAT training for anyone.

Besides the training dates that the Council is offering:

June 8-9, 2019

August 3-4, 2019

November  (will be the same dates as University of Scouting)

December 14-15, 2019

IOLS and BALOO training will be offered to adults attending SUMMER CAMP with their UNITS.

 

Save the Date – Fall Camporee Oct. 25-27

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Update on Fall Camporee –
The Fall Camporee has again been revised. It will be a Section-based Camporee (including North Star, Northeast, Pioneer, and Del-Mi Districts.) The Del-Mi District is in charge of running the Fall Camporee. It will occur the weekend of October 25th-27th at Camp Ransburg. More information to come in the coming months. Save the Date!