Program’s New Name: Scouts BSA (corrected)

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Boy Scouts will become “Scouts BSA.” The organization’s name will remain same. That was what former Crossroads of America Council Executive Patrick Sterrett advocated for as he moved to Number 2 in the BSA. It looks like his recommendation held true.

Here is the AP version.

Here is Scouting Wire’s more detailed version. This includes information on “Scout Me In” recruitment campaign.

Here is Bryan on Scouting with yet more details.

UPDATED 5/3/18: Here is local council’s press release: Read the rest of this entry »

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Save the Date! Open House training May 30 – on Facebook LIVE

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From Crossroads of America Communication Executive Karrie Baxter:

 

Join us on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/bsacrossroads. Follow us if you aren’t already for updates!

Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Supplies to promote your pack at the open house, through your school, and through your community. We’ve got some really exciting and interactive pieces to show you!

  • Why is it important to attend the open house? Let us show you!

  • An example of an Open House Table Set up

  • Breakdown of our NEW lead generation technology and how we will help communicate with people who are interested in your pack.

Trust us, you won’t want to miss it. Come represent your unit LIVE on Facebook- May 30th at 7PM!

 

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Check out Scouts BSA on Instagram!

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If you have not already seen the email from Scouts BSA, you can now follow the Scouting adventures on Instagram!

There is a giveaway currently running for some pretty cool camping gear, start by following this post:  Giveaway!  Rules and details can be found on that page.

BSA on Instagram

Individual Swim Test opportunity

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For Scouts needing a swim test with a certified lifeguard – check out the Zionsville Aquatic Center at Zionsville High School, 900 Mulberry Street.

Call 317-733-4808 or email lbrown@zcs.k12.in.us to schedule a time.boy-scout-swim-test-460x260

Cost is $10 per Scout.

Please use that same contact information to inquire about swim tests for a group of Scouts, as that would be handled with a different schedule setup.

See this Zionsville Aquatic Swim test page for more details.

Don’t Forget! Saturday May 26

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Please see the following two posts on service events for Scouts on Saturday, May 26:

Memorial Weekend Grave Dressing

500 Festival Parade Setup

Thank you for all you do for Scouting, and for your greater community!

 

Scouts – Your Service is requested at the INDY 500 Parade!

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On behalf of Bill Hodgson, North Star District 500 Festival Parade Chair:

REMINDER!

Please recall North Star still is scheduled to set up 500 Festival parade chairs on Saturday, May 26.500-festival-header-logo-x91476

Scouts in uniform should arrive to set up chairs at the 300 block of North Pennsylvania, between New York and Vermont Streets.

Please arrive between 8:30 to 9:00 AM.  Good for 5 service hours!

Yours in scouting,

Bill Hodgson

Troop 73

317-560-0597

Is Scouting a Better Method to Getting USA’s First World Cup?

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Can we develop better national soccer teams using Baden Powell’s methods than travel soccer? The evidence is coming in that answer is profoundly “yes.” From my years of backyard athletics, I can attest the skills development was profound. Read this blog post and the new book Shoeless Soccer for more.

Scouts at the JCC Annual Earth Day Celebration 2018

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On behalf of North Star District Executive Jessica Hofman:

North Star had the opportunity to host a few stations at the Jewish Community Center’s Annual Earth Day Celebration.  Volunteers from Troop 18 and the Council ran a rope bridge, a fire starting station, and a catapult station for thousands of families to stop by and enjoy.

Through surveys done at the event, we were told that our stations were a crowd favorite!  This event could not have been possible without the help of great volunteers!  Thank you to Ray and John Matutes from Troop 18 for taking time out of their Sunday to help!

Scout Popcorn Festival – August 26, 2018

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On behalf of North Star District Executive Jessica Hofman:

Hey Cubs!

Most of you have heard me talk about the Scout Popcorn Festival coming in August.  This is the second year in a row for this event, and if you ask others that have gone… it’s pretty awesome!!!  Some experiences at the festival below:

  • National Guard inflatable obstacle course
  • Popcorn taste testing station
  • BMX show (last year’s event, we’re looking into something equally as cool this year)
  • Prize showing station
  • Face painting
  • Popcorn sales pitch training
  • And more!

When:  August 26, 2018   1 – 4pm

Where:  Camp Belzer, 6102 Boy Scout Road, Lawrence IN 

This event is free and an open house environment.  There are a few benefits to you adding this to your calendar for the late Summer/ early Fall:

  • This event qualifies as an August event for your Summertime Pack Award
  • This event qualifies for “Scout Training” which is one of the patches that a youth can earn in the patch set this year
  • It gets new and old Scouts excited about selling popcorn… which in turn leads to larger sales and more money for you all to put on AMAZING programming.

Sign up HERE .

 

Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible please – even if you are tentative on how many will be in your group!  This type of event take A LOT of work on the front end and I want to make sure there’s enough time and effort put into this event for all of our Scouts to attend.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Jessica Hofman

jehofman@crossroadsbsa.org

Required Unit Reporting of District Service Hours

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On behalf of North Star Program Chair Mark Pishon:

ISSUE:  Two separate reporting databases

The national website, accessible through my.scouting.org, reports directly to National Council and is used for your unit’s national statistics such as contribution to the World Movement of Scouting’s billion service-hour challenge, but not Journey to Excellence scoring.

We know this is a problem because many of our largest and most successful troops have reported zero service hours on one or both of these websites. At the same time, these units have had Eagle Scouts reporting hundreds if not thousands of service hours. The scouts are getting proper credit, but it is not passing on to the units.

Journey to Excellence has a separate scoring for service hours which can receive a separate gold-level recognition.


ACTION ITEM:

Make sure your unit secretary or registrar is reporting the same service hours to both National BSA on my.scouting.org as well as to the Crossroads BSA website (service hours form found here).


 

To prevent this being a problem in the future, our District will be reviewing these statistics quarterly.  For troops, we will be looking at Eagle project reports against unit reports.  Discrepancies will be pointed out to units.

For Cub Scout Packs, we will be looking at zero-hour reports as needing updating.

Remember, we are part of a world-wide effort to demonstrate the value of scouting to our communities. Your reports help that marketing effort.

Memorial Weekend Grave Dressing 2018 [Update below]

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Memorial Day is fast approaching.  The American Legion would like to invite all of the North Star District for breakfast. The district will make a short trip to several local cemeteries and put decorations on veteran’s graves in honor of their service. In past years this has wrapped up before lunch.memorial-day-020

 

Your service is Requested:

Date:   Saturday, May 26, 2018

Start time:  7:00 am

Breakfast location:  Broad Ripple American Legion Post # 3, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Teams will be formed at breakfast to serve the various cemeteries.

Units will be asked to provide adult and youth headcount as well as a point of contact in the event updates need to be made during the morning.

*UPDATE*  Please RSVP to Rees Morgan at bfbronc58@yahoo.com.

 

THANK YOU for your Service!