REMINDERS Week of July 17, 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

  • NO June or July Roundtable.
  • NS District Committee Meeting July 25
  • IOLS/BALOO training info here
  • Learn about Youth Talks here
  • Follow us on Face Book 
  • North Star Membership Rally – Race Into Scouting THIS SATURDAY
  • NS  Popcorn Kernel Training  TONIGHT
  • July Eagle Board of Review here
  • Save the Dates – Fall Cub Scout Family Camp here
  • NSD Council Calendar :Help plan your scout year with these District and Council dates. Available here
  • Service Hour Opportunities
    • St. Vincent House  here
    • Habitat for Humanity here

Follow us on Face Book

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NS ComNorth Star District Units.

Did you know we are on Face Book?  You can follow us there and keep up to date on all the happenings in the District.

CAC North Star Commissioner.  Just look for Willie!

July Eagle Board of Review Report

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scout was approved for Eagle Rank at his Boards of Review in July, 2019.

Eli Beheler from Troop 174 

His project was rebuilding a foot bridge and making it ADA compliant at Eagle Creek State Park.  Eli also earned one palm.

Save the Date- Sept. 14 – CUB SCOUT FUN DAY at Holiday Park

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MD_image_15368516320_4892Calling ALL NS UNITS – Put Sept. 14 on your calendars NOW!

Cub Scout Packs – this will be a morning of fun with Bobcat Badge and Rank Activities, Games, Hikes, Prizes, and more to get your scouts excited about the new year of Scouting! 9:30 – 12:30 — more information soon!

Troops – We need you to make this happen!  We are asking Troops to take charge of a station.  Not only is this a great way for your Scouts to interact and help the Cubs but it is also one of the more fun and painless ways to get service hours 😉  Let the Cub Scout Packs know we are there for them! 9-1

North Star Membership Rally – Race Into Scouting – SATURDAY JULY 20th

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bsa race into scoutingCub Scout Packs!  Come to the North Star membership rally on July 20th pick up recruitment supplies! 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM at Eagle Creek Community Church 5943 N Lafayette Road.  We will be going over strategies for recruiting and this year’s Race into Scouting supplies.

NS Popcorn Kernel Training – TONIGHT – JULY 17

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popcorn-01North Star Unit Kernel Training on July 17th at 7:00pm at the Zionsville Town Hall.

ALL Unit kernels, assistant kernels, and other parents involved in the popcorn sale for their Pack/Troop should plan on attending. Korena Dearholt will be providing the training, which (with questions) should adjourn around 8:30pm. Square readers and other fundraiser items will be available for those that attend!

CAC IYOS Popcorn Sale OnePager 2019

For questions please contact Korena Dearholt


Service Hours for Habitat for Humanity

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HabititatHabitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers from all ages on July 20 – Wall Build Day at the Boone County Fairgrounds.  10 am – Noon.  To stay additionally from 12 – 3 volunteers must be over 16 years of age.  This would be a great day to get your scouts involved in a different service project and to help support our neighbors in need.  Link below.
Habitat for Humanity – Their story – Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries.
Here is the sign up link:

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.



REMINDERS Week of July 10, 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

  • North Star Membership Rally – Race Into Scouting here
  • NS  Popcorn Kernel Training here
  • Save the Dates – Fall Cub Scout Family Camp here
  • NSD Council Calendar :Help plan your scout year with these District and Council dates. Available here
  • Service Hour Opportunities
    • St. Vincent House  here
    • Habitat for Humanity here

July 25 District Meeting

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The July District Meeting has been moved to July 25.  District Committee members are asked to please submit electronic bullet point reports prior to the meeting.

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 🙂

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Eddie is Moving to Del-Mi

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EStahl-1It is with mixed feelings that we announce our District Executive, Eddie Stahl, is moving on to be the Del-Mi District Director.  Eddie will continue to work with us as we transition to a new DE as he takes on his new role in the Council.  Congratulations, Eddie!

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

What is a “Youth Talk” or “Lunch Talk?”

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My counterparts and I will be hosting 4 opportunities for volunteers to come learn about youth talks, as well as receive some demonstration/example as to what it may look like. We want to EMPOWER our volunteers with the knowledge to be able to do these talks, as opposed to just asking them for help.


On both July 16th, and July 22nd, we will host these trainings in the Shaheen Rooms of Golden-Burke Scout Center. There will be two sessions, one at 6:30pm, and the next beginning at 7:15pm. These are meant to be short trainings, with the opportunity to ask questions after. Volunteers who attend this training will be prepared and knowledgeable about what a youth talk looks like and best practices to conduct one.

July 16th

July 22nd

Eddie Stahl  |  District Director — Del-Mi & North Star Districts

June and July Roundtable Dates

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There will NOT be a June or July Roundtable.  Enjoy your Summer and Summer Camp with your Scouts!

Cub Scout Packs please plan to pick up your Fall Recruitment goodies on July 20th (tentative date)

Youth Voyager Training – Great Deal!

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From Barb Blue  – CAC Training Committee
There is some exciting news to share about the upcoming Voyageur Youth Course.  A participant in this spring’s adult course was so impressed with what we are trying to accomplish, he and his wife have pledged $100.00 per youth up to 24 students.  (That’s a full course.)  The fee was set at $200.00 with an early bird cost of $180.00.  This makes the total cost to the youth $80.00 if they register early.  The registration is available online under the “Find Trainings” icon on the CAC home page, then under “Additional Trainings” (or click on the link below).


Some more details:
Registered  youth must be 14 years or older (13 with recommendation by the youth’s unit leader)
This is a two weekend course:
First Weekend at Camp Belzer from 6:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2019 to 4:00 pm Sunday, September 8, 2019.
Second Weekend at Camp Bear Creek from 6:00 pm Friday, September 20, 2019 to 4:00 pm Sunday, September 22, 2019
The Early Discount price of $180.00 ends on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm if full fee is paid in full by that date and time.
The flyer can be found here  Voyageur Trng for Youth Flyer 9-2019

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  We would love to showcase a Unit or share a great Scout Story every week!

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

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.) –

Monon Ctr –

YMCA – Jordan

YMCA – Pike

Zionsviile Aquatics Center – Zionsville High School, 900 Mulberry Street.  Cost is $10 per Scout.

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 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  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