Cub Scout Adventure Boxes

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The Crossroads of America   is proud to excited to design and launch our Cub Scout Adventure Boxes.  Each rank specific box is filled with nearly everything you need to complete five elective Cub Scout Adventures at home and kickstart your Scouts advancement to the next rank this summer.

Within each box you will find a copy of the Scout Oath and Law, and other assorted items which will help you to complete the adventure requirements at home as a family.  Items may include craft kits, magic sets, and other small science equipment which makes shopping for supplies unnecessary. Each box also comes with activity specific written and video instructions so you can easily participate with your child.

Each Adventure Box is designed for one child and will be available for limited contact pickup at Camp Belzer in Indianapolis or shipped directly to your home after June 1st.

While these boxes are geared toward members of Cub Scouting, the activities involved are fun and available for all children!

Preorder yours today! Register Here

The adventures that come with each box will vary and a sample is below.

Tiger Adventure Box

  • Curiosity & Intrigue
  • Floats & Boats
  • Good Knights
  • Rolling Tigers
  • Sky is the Limit

Wolf Adventure Box

  • Grow Something
  • Collections & Hobbies
  • Finding your Way
  • Motor Away
  • Germs Alive

Bear Adventure Box

  • A Bear Goes Fishing
  • Beat of the Drum
  • Forensics
  • Marble Madness
  • Robotics

Webleos & Arrow of Light Adventure Box

  • Adventures in Science
  • Castaway Adventure
  • Into the Wild
  • Into the Woods
  • Yo-Yo Adventure

Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience

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Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience  Register: here

Hosted and Facilitated from The Banks of Lake Monroe


We’re in this together! Though we may be apart, we are proud to present a summer experience as we never have before. Continue your Scouting journey with us through advancement opportunities, summer camp traditions, merit badge programs, challenges, experiments, adventures, and so much more! Our intrepid team of facilitators and educators deliver content and instruct from Ransburg Scout Reservation outside of Bloomington, IN through a variety of formats, platforms and media.

What To Expect

We will meet Monday through Friday during your session, with program offerings designed for all Scouts BSA members. Content will be a combination of interactive live content and engaging videos delivered through a dedicated online platform. Exciting content will be delivered by some of your favorite summer camp counselors!

Whether you’ve just crossed over and your summer goal is to learn the skills needed to succeed on your trail to First Class, or you’re a seasoned Scout whose goal is to make progress towards a new skill or merit badge, we’re here to support you. Your experience will be a combination of merit badges, activities, skill instruction, work towards rank requirements, and numerous other interactive and engaging experiences. Scouts will be able to sign-up for merit badges and activities they are interested in participating in during their week. Registration, via this site, is now live for all six sessions! Merit badge and activity selection will be available within your registration within a few weeks ( a specific date will be communicated via email). The specific merit badge and activity schedule will be published the week of May 25th.

For us, this is a chance to teach, mentor, guide, and enable our Scouts in ways perhaps we’ve never considered. Together, our team of summer camp staff will bring you high quality and dynamic content developed specifically for this program. See the list of Frequently Asked Questions (below) for more about the weekly program.

Most importantly, we believe the foundational values found in the Scout Oath and Law are more important during this time than ever before. Together we’ll keep the fire of Scouting burning bright in the best ways we can: in our hearts, our minds, our backyards, our kitchens, our neighborhoods, and through fellowship with fellow Scouts. We’ll also stay active and have a ton of fun, which is essential to good Scouting. Hone your skills, dare to step outside your comfort zone with friends from your Patrol, your Troop, or around the country. Rise to meet the challenge as Scouts have always done: by being prepared and resilient, being prepared through adventure, and being prepared for life.


A parent and leader meeting will occur during the week of May 25th with a specific date to follow via email. One week prior to your Scout’s experience they will receive a pre-experience preparation packet via email. This will include a materials list and other important information so that both you and your Scout are prepared for their experience.

Questions & Support

If your Scout needs financial assistance to participate in this program please email

Questions regarding this program should be directed to

Would you rather talk to via phone? We understand! Here’s how you can reach us:

Before June 1st Call: 317-813-7123

After June 1st Call: 812-837-9423

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What merit badges and activities are being offered?

A: The specific merit badge and activity schedule will be released the week of May 25th. Each week  there will be a long list of opportunities to participate in: merit badges, rank advancement (Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class – similar to Eagle Quest), adventures, and activities outside of advancement (i.e. campfires, interactive nature hikes, virtual ATV rides, interactive climbing sessions, etc.). The detailed merit badge and activity schedule will be posted to this registration site. In addition, if you would like to ensure you receive that schedule via email please register today. 

Q: Will the program be the same each week?

A:  Right now the plan is that each week will have similar program offerings. However, it is anticipated that each week will have more activities available (merit badges, rank advancement, and other activities) than a Scout will have time to participate in. So, your Scout may want to participate in a 2nd week/session. In addition, based upon feedback from you, we may adjust the program over the course of the summer. For example, if we receive feedback that Scouts would like to see a particular merit badge offered we may be able add that particular program.

Q: What does the daily schedule look like?

A: The daily schedule is currently in development. However, just like summer camp, a Scout can choose what they want to participate in. For example, it is okay if your family schedule only allows your Scout to take two merit badges in a particular week.

Q: Will there be opportunities for both new Scouts and older Scouts?

A: Absolutely! The exact schedule is still in development. It will be a good mix of badges that are targeted for newer Scouts (i.e. First Aid) and for older Scouts (i.e. Citizenship in the Nation). In addition, we will have rank advancement opportunities (Tenderfoot/ 2nd Class/ 1st Class) similar to Eagle Quest. There will also be exciting adventure type activities that all Scouts will be interested in.

Q: Will this be all online?

A: While there are no in-person sessions, Merit Badges will be a combination of online, in your backyard, and in your neighborhood (i.e. head down to  a nearby pond; go on a hike at your nearest park or in the neighborhood with your family, etc.) all facilitated on a dedicated online platform in small groups by Ransburg staff. We understand that Scouts and families have been working diligently on school E-Learning over the last several weeks, and we will be keeping that in mind with the development of this program.

Q: Is there a capacity? 

A: Yes, there is a per week program capacity. However, each small group merit badge session or activity will be facilitated in a small group format (think small groups of 10-15).  

Q: Has planning already started?

A: Yes, planning has started! Our group of camp staff, who are facilitating this program will arrive at Ransburg on May 18th to begin development of the program in earnest, so that they are ready for you and your Scout during the first session (June 8-12).

Q: Who is leading and facilitating this program?

A: A smaller group of Ransburg Camp Staff will be facilitating this program from Ransburg Scout Reservation. This group has over 160 years of summer camp experience and several are year-round educators. 

Session Dates & Cost

June 8-12, 2020
June 15-19, 2020
June 22-26, 2020
June 29-July 3, 2020
July 6-10, 2020
July 13-17, 2020


Per Session $100 / Scout
2nd Session $95 / Scout


1. Cost Includes: patch, instruction and course materials distributed through a digital platform

2. For some merit badges, limited additional supplies or resources may be necessary or recommended


We look forward to seeing you and your Scout this summer!

Jamboree 2021 Rally May 28, 2020

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Jamboree Rally

Scouts are you interested in attending the 2021 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia? This life-changing event is coming up in just over a year from July 21st to July 30th, 2021. Planning is well underway, and one of our Contingent Troops is already filled!

Join us on Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 7:30pm for an online rally where you can meet the Steering Committee, Contingent Troop leadership, and hear an overview of the experience that awaits you. For more information, or to register for the rally:


We have 75 online spaces available for the rally, so please plan to share one login if a parent and Scout want to listen and watch together. We look forward to seeing you on May 28th at 7:30pm as we prepare to “Face the Challenge” at the 2021 National Jamboree!”

Golden Burke Scout Center open

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Golden Burke Scout Center opened  Monday, May 18. The Indy Scout Shop’s modified hours are listed below. Please note that we will be allowing 10 customers into the Indy Scout Shop at all times. 

*Outer offices (Muncie and Terre Haute) are scheduled to reopen after Memorial Day. Only four customers will be let in the Muncie and Terre Haute Scout Shop once they have opened.

COVID-19 PoliciesThe building will be operating at a 50% building capacity for the foreseeable future and will also be conducting health assessments on all arriving persons—including staff, volunteers, parents, Scouts, and siblings. Access to the building may be restricted pending results. For the safety of all, we insist that all visitors wear face masks while in the building. Pre-orders and curbside pick-ups are still available and highly encouraged. 

Golden-Burke Scout Center
7125 Fall Creek Road North
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Phone: (317) 813-7125
Toll Free: (877) 925-1900
Fax: (317) 813-7126

Scout Shop Hours
Monday 8:30AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Wednesday 8:30AM – 6:00PM
Thursday 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Friday 8:30AM – 6:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Sunday Closed

E-mail and updates from District Commissioner

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Hi there Scouters!

The sun is starting to shine regularly- what a glorious feeling!
  • Are you are planning activities later this summer? Let us know!  We would love to share your ideas to the rest of the units.  (For direction on activities, remember the Guide to Safe Scouting!
  • Planning: Ideal Year of Scouting planning is wrapping up, do you have your calendar complete?  Is it partially complete due to the uncertainty of the upcoming school year? We would like to add your “best-case scenario” calendar of meetings and activities to our district calendar. Please send a copy of your calendar to me by the end of June.
  • Summer Camp: Instead of summer camp this year, Council has come up with ways to keep your scouts engaged (and help offset the loss of revenue). See the Camp 2020 webpage.
  • Recruiting: Cub Leaders, have you made contact with your principal for lunch talks & registration nights?  You may want to contact them before they leave for the summer and get it on the calendar.
  • Fundraising: Sign up to participate in Popcorn Sales to offset the unit budget.

Pathfinder District had a Roundtable last week, take a look for some great general information. (IYOS @30min, Camp2020 @36min, Questions Answered @47min)

Follow us on Facebook for opportunities in Scouting. and watch for the weekly blog that hits your email on Wednesdays at 1pm.
We hope to see you soon.
Jenny Beyer
District Commissioner
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Preview YouTube video Pathfinder District Virtual Roundtable – May 2020

Firecrafter – summer 2020

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Fellow Firecrafters,

On Monday, May 4th, the Crossroads of America Council made it public that there will not be traditional summer camp as we know it. Echoing the words of our Scout Executive Mr. Joe Wiltrout, health and safety is our top priority. Although we will not be having in-person summer camp like we are used to, Firecrafter is exploring ways to provide the best experience possible for our scouts this summer.

There is a lot of information that I am excited to share with all of you regarding different opportunities that the Firecrafter Council is planning to put on, but to start there are a few things that we would like to clarify and make publicly known. There will be no 2020 Midsummer Ritual, and all other events will be examined as we receive updates from our state and federal governments, including Grand Ritual. Moving on from there, the Council Committee has approved a year extension for those that would age out of the program this year, to allow them another year to complete any rank of Firecrafter next summer.

Regarding this summer, the Council Committee approved a program in which scouts can earn the Camper and Woodsman ranks in a virtual setting. The requirements for Camper and Woodsman will not be altered and the scout will be guided through a program to submit evidence of completing each requirement. The program will be led by our Council Vice Chief Ryan Wainscott. There will be more information in the coming weeks on the format of this program and how to sign up. We also are working on a similar program to be able to administer the Webelos Camper and Webelos Firelight ranks as well for cub scouts.

For the third rank of Firecrafter, the Council and Alumni officers met and decided in order to maintain the quality of the experience for the candidate and the program as a whole, we will not be allowing Firecrafter to be administered in any online format. Instead, the Council Committee approved the creation of a team to work on creating a possible in-person experience later in the summer.

Those units that are lone troop trained and are still planning on putting on a program need to reach out to Ryan Wainscott, the Council Vice Chief, to clarify how they are attempting to do so. Additionally, if your troop has created an alternate summer experience and wants to have a conversation about how the Firecrafter program could exist there, reach out to Ryan by May 20th via email (

Finally, thank you to everyone who has been working towards creating some sort of experience for our scouts. By no means is this anyone’s first choice for a summer experience, but your willingness to work with what we’ve got is what makes Scouts and Firecrafter special. The Firecrafter Council will be open with communication about any developments in the programs we have proposed, and we hope we can make our centennial summer something to remember.

In the Mystic Fire,

M Matt Hustel

Firecrafter Council Chief

BSA Podcast: Program Planning

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May 2020 – Program Planning Starts Now  here

Now for this episode — well, we admit it’s not the most glamorous of topics, but it is important. In fact, it will make your Cub Scout leader experience a whole lot easier. And joining us is Lora Taft, the Council Commissioner for the Chattahoochee Council in Columbus. And just to make sure we give you as much help as we possibly can — we’ve also invited the chair for the National Cub Scouting Committee, Lisa Wylie. These seasoned Scouters will share with us all the tips and tricks of program planning and how to have fun doing it.


CAMP 2020 – no in person camp

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Summer Camp is one of the most exciting opportunities our members look forward to each year.

After reviewing our operations, we have determined for the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, staff and the extended community we will not hold camp in person for the summer of 2020. We know camping is an iconic experience, but the health and safety of our Scouting family is our top priority.

We are appreciative of the planning and preparation our Units invested to be ready for camp, and we are eager to partner with you to plan for future summers. To learn more, including a unique way our Scouts can participate in program activities at home, please view the video message from our Scout Executive Joe Wiltrout.

To continue program and advancement opportunities, we are excited to announce the launch of our Cub Scout Adventure Boxes and our virtual Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience. For Cub Scouts, each rank-specific box is filled with nearly everything their family needs to complete five elective Cub Scout Adventures at home and kick start their Cub Scouts advancement to the next rank this summer. For our Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience, each week Scouts will virtually participate in unique experiences, facilitated skill-building session, merit badges and more, all lead by dedicated Ransburg staff.

We will begin processing refunds for affected participants by May 15. You do not need to do anything to initiate a refund. Refunds are returned to the original payer and in the original form of payment.

To ensure our programs are accessible to all Scouts, we are reviewing scholarship opportunities and working to provide a list of community partners where resources such as internet and device access is available. We are also still evaluating which platform(s) will be used for virtual camp because we know that safety, security and ease of use is critical to ensure a successful and safe experience.

For more than 110 years, the Crossroads of America Council has been supported by dedicated volunteers and members with a passion for youth development and transforming lives. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to the Crossroads of America Council and our Scouts. We will keep in touch through email and social media to share the impact of Scouting in our community.


Belzer Online Merit Badges

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Belzer Online MBCamp Belzer is now offering online merit badges and registration is live!

We will be adding more badges Thursday of each week, from Eagle required to elective option, but class sizes are limited, so signup today. This week’s merit badges include:

• Citizenship in the Nation – April 22, 5-8pm
• Citizenship in the Community – April 24, 3-5pm
• Public Speaking – April 25, 2-4pm
• Personal Management – April 27 and May 1, 3-5pm (Must attend both session)
• Family Life – April 27, 2-4pm

All classes are conducted by registered Merit Badge Counselors. Most merit badges will have requirements to complete after the initial online class and the Merit Badge Counselor will work with each Scout to follow up and sign off on requirements.

Check for more information.

Want to help conduct an online merit badge class? If you are a currently registered Merit Badge Counselor, volunteer today at





Needed: Unit Commissioners

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Friend – Coach – Mentor – Listener

A Unit Commissioner is a volunteer Scouter who works directly with Scout units and leaders to help them provide the highest quality Scouting program possible….

The primary purpose of the Unit Commissioner is to help units succeed.

Does this sound like you or someone you know?

Spread the word and help us to support our Units.

Contact: Jenny Beyer 317-769-5060 or



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Indianapolis Scout Shop

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Remember that the Indianapolis Scout Shop is still here for your scouting and outdoor gear needs. If you are in need of advancements or camping gear just call the shop at 317-813-7070 or email us at to make arrangements for pick up or delivery.

National BSA updates Covid FAQ

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National has issued new updates to their COVID FAQ as of this morning (4/13) related to virtual blue cards, rank advancement via videoconference, camping, merit badge requirements, etc.  foundhere


UPDATED 4/13/20 – The most recent updates are indicated by a diamond in front of the question.

In-Person Unit Activities

Q: Should we hold in-person Scouting meetings, outings, or activities?

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings be suspended through the end of April. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other local officials.

Q: What do we do about Scouts’ fundraising activities? 

The BSA is strongly advising that in-person activities be suspended through the end of April so any in-person fundraising should be postponed. If fundraising activities can be facilitated using digital methods while still adhering to applicable rules, then those activities may continue. For plans beyond that date, the BSA will continue to monitor the guidance as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and will further update guidance accordingly.

Q: What is BSA’s policy on social distancing in a tenting environment when camping?

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings  be suspended through the end of April. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other state and local authorities.

Beyond this timeframe, tent buddies should not participate if ill. There is no formal policy on social distancing in tents, just as there is no prohibition on tenting alone if logistics can accommodate that request.

Q: If council and district events are cancelled, how should units decide whether to cancel or postpone their own events?   

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings suspended through the end of April. If you council has cancelled events based upon local restrictions, then units should follow that guidance.

Q: What are the refund policies if I have already paid for an event that has been cancelled?

Event organizers typically set refund or cancellation policies.  Please reach out directly to those organizers.  In the case of attendance at a national high adventure base, contact them directly about your crew.

Camping this Summer


Q: What if I cannot get a new Part C, pre-placement exam because my healthcare provider is not taking well care exams now?

We are evaluating all options while being mindful of those who have valid exams as well as those new members and adults who may have never completed a Part C exam, state and local authority requirements, and the special review required by high adventure programs. In the interim, we recommend that council health supervisors, camp staff, and volunteers begin a conversation on local availability of well exams and alternatives that could be put in place.

Q: My Wilderness First Aid Course has been cancelled; can I still go on my trek? 

Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification will continue to be required for all backcountry adventures. As a reminder, a current CPR/AED certification is a pre-requisite for a WFA course.

We are working with our partners at the American Red Cross and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute to look for solutions in response to the current situation.

Note: Online-only WFA courses do not meet the WFA requirement.  As we review the issue, we suggest you begin working with your council’s WFA trainers to develop a plan for classes during the month of May or early June.


Q: How can advancement be tracked remotely?

Scouting units should use Scoutbook to record and track advancement.

To track advancement remotely, parents should:

  • Connect with their child’s member profile via an invitation that the unit leader sends within Scoutbook. You may also connect to your youth via the Scouting app “Add a Parent connection.”
  • Once a connection is made, the parent should use the Scouting app, found in both the App Store and on Google Play, to stay connected with their unit.
  • The Scouting app provides parents the ability to report any advancement that was completed at home.

Learn more about how to start using Scoutbook and how to connect parents to their Scouts at

Advancement — Cub Scouts

Q: May parents sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements?

Yes. Through July 31, 2020, parents and other adults in the Cub Scout’s family, may sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements. We strongly encourage that parents use the Scouting App or ScoutBook to record completion of their child’s requirements.

Q: If my den is behind in advancement due to COVID-19, can my Cub Scout continue to work on advancement through the summer?

Yes. Cub Scouts can continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020.  This is to provide any additional time a Cub Scout needs to complete their badge of rank; if they earn their badge of rank prior to July 31, 2020, they may advance to the next rank.

♦ Q: Can the Arrow of Light (fifth-grade dens) requirements fulfill the requirement to visit a troop or attend a troop outing to function as a patrol? 

Yes. Two things to keep in mind, the standard of completion for Cub Scout advancement is “Do Your Best,” so given the circumstances, we want to look at the purpose behind the requirements. Remember that doing nothing is never doing your best.

Dens can visit a virtual troop meeting to see the patrol method and youth leadership in action. Since the den cannot attend a troop campout or outing, the idea is for the den to function as a patrol while attending the virtual troop meeting. During this time, a virtual den meeting where the den functions as a patrol can be done. Elect a patrol leader, pick a patrol name, play a virtual game together as a patrol. Plenty of opportunities to Do Your Best to meet the intention of the requirement. Remember to maintain all youth protection standards online.

Advancement — Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts

♦ Q: Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital technologies like Zoom or WebEx?

Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with youth using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement guidelines in Guide to Advancement (GTA) Section 7 are required.

♦ Q: Are merit badge counselors allowed to provide online instruction?
Yes. Merit badge counselors should follow the guidelines in the Guide to Advancement and ensure you are adhering to all youth protection requirements and online communications guidelines. It is acceptable—and sometimes preferable—for merit badges to be taught in group settings, including online instruction. We currently allow group instruction at camp and merit badge midways, fairs, clinics, or similar events. These can be efficient methods, and interactive group discussions can support learning. Gathering a group online can also be beneficial. Guest experts and speakers that assist registered and approved counselors may be more willing to speak to a larger online audience. Slide shows, skits, demonstrations, panels, and various other techniques can also be employed, but as any teacher can attest, not everyone will learn all the material. Therefore, the standards we use to verify that each Scout has fulfilled requirements must not be relaxed. Merit badge counselors must be sure that each Scout has individually gained the knowledge intended. When accomplished, counselors can easily sign off requirements via ScoutBook.

Q: Can I connect directly with my Scouts/Venturers/Sea Scouts if I am a merit badge counselor?
Yes. In ScoutBook, merit badge counselors can now connect directly with the Scouts they are counseling; see NOTE: Scouts/Venturers/Sea Scouts still must get approval from their leader, according to Guide to Advancement  

Q: How will I know if a Scout/Venturer/Sea Scout has obtained approval from their leader to work on a merit badge?
In the member profile, you will see if the leader has signed off with their approval.


Q: What if my member profile shows that my merit badge counselor status has expired:
Check with your council. Local councils may need to upload their latest list of approved merit badge counselors.

Q: Will unit leaders know that a merit badge counselor has connected with one of their Scouts/Venturers/Sea Scouts?
Yes. The unit Key 3 will receive an email that includes the name of the merit badge counselor, the Scout, and the name of the merit badge.

Q: What if I have other merit badge/ScoutBook questions?

♦ Q: What changes have been made to rank advancement/camping requirements given the need to maintain social distancing during this time?
We have implemented temporary changes, detailed below, to allow Scouts to complete rank requirements, detailed below, by video conferencing through September 1, 2020. This deadline will be re-evaluated as needed.
The goal when using video conferencing must be to preserve the ideals and intent of each requirement as best as possible. Scoutmasters or their designee(s) should remain mindful of the Methods of Scouting, such as the Patrol Method, before implementing the modified requirements listed below. Some advancement activities can be completed by video conferencing but not all. For example, virtual visits to a city council meeting, national historic landmarks, museums, and art galleries may be acceptable, but swimming, rifle shooting, and motorboating merit badges cannot be completed virtually.
Even when using video conferencing, all virtual campouts and activities should consist of as many elements found on a normal outdoor campout or activity as possible. The most significant difference is that patrol or troop members are not all in the same location. All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.
Tenderfoot rank requirements
1b. – Virtual patrol or troop campouts via video conferencing will be permitted.
2a. – During the same day as your virtual patrol or troop campout, assist in preparing one meal with the help of those with whom you live. Tell your patrol or troop why it was important for each person to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
2b. – During the same day as your virtual campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve and eat a meal.
5a. – Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Verbally commit to following the buddy system on your next troop or patrol outing.
7a. – Tell how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.
Second Class rank requirements:
1a & 1c. – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted.
3b. – Using a compass and map together, plan a 5-mile hike approved by your adult leader.
4. – Evidence of wild animals can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
5c. – May be completed virtually via video conferencing on dry land.
7c. – Learn about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss what you learned with your family and explain the dangers of substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster or other adult leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to what you learned.
8a. – May be completed virtually using video conferencing.
8d. – May be completed by comparing costs at three (3) online sites or locations.
First Class rank requirements:
1a – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted.
2e. – On the same day as your virtual campout, serve as the cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in First Class requirement 2a. Supervise the cleanup.
4a. – By drawing, computer software, or other virtual methods, plan an orienteering course that would cover at least one mile. Explain why measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.) is helpful. Explain how you would complete your course using a real map and compass.
4b. – Scouts do not need to follow their route.
5a. – Evidence of native plants can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
6e. – May be completed on dry land.
9a. – Visit may take place virtually or by phone.
9c. – Outings can include past or future plans.
10. – Invite the potential new member to a virtual meeting or future activity using video conferencing. 

♦ Q: Will virtual camping count toward Order of the Arrow nights camping?

No, virtual camping will not count toward the 15 nights camping required for membership in the Order of the Arrow.


♦ Q: Can merit badge requirements be adapted since some elements can’t be completed as stated right now?
The published guidelines for the methodology of the merit badge program and the role of the merit badge counselor is found in the Guide to Advancement, Section It is important to remember that leaders and merit badge counselors must not make additions or deletions to requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated; however, in some cases, virtual “visits” may fulfill the intent of a requirement. When the requirement’s intent cannot be reached virtually, the requirements cannot be completed, and the Scout must wait to complete that badge/requirement. Merit badge counselors signing off on requirements must determine to the best of their ability if the Scout has demonstrated the intended outcome.
All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.

♦ Q: Does a Scout need a hard copy of a Blue Card when working on merit badges?
No. Since the introduction of Scoutbook, the BSA has offered Scouts two ways of recording merit badge requirement completion: The Blue Card and Scoutbook. Both remain authorized methods to record merit badge work. Scoutbook is a part of the BSA Internet Advancement system, which means that entering an advancement record in Scoutbook is the same as entering it in Internet Advancement. Anyone with a BSA member ID automatically has access to a Scoutbook account through their my.scouting account.

Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward active participation requirements?

Yes. If youth are registered and in good standing, a disruption from COVID-19 virus can be the “noteworthy circumstance” that prevents participation. This policy has been in place for many years and is explained in GTA Topic

Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward position of responsibility requirements?

Yes. If youth are registered and unable to meet the expectations of their positions because of COVID-19 disruptions, then units may need to waive or rethink the expectations. Just as youth must not be held to unestablished expectations, they must not be held to expectations that are impossible to fulfill. See GTA Topic, “Positions of Responsibility,” with its six subtopics.

Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18thbirthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?

Yes, but only for the Eagle Scout rank as described in GTA Topic or for Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster as described in GTA Topic Unit leadership must become familiar with the five tests under The tests were designed to accommodate such obstacles as those presented by COVID-19 disruptions.

Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?

Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.

Q: May local councils grant extensions?

Normally, that is not allowed. However, due to the current situation—effective immediately and through September 30, 2020—council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the following limitations:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the GTA.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st birthday.
  4. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  5. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

Note: A “month” in BSA advancement is defined as a day from one month to the next. For example, March 5 to April 5.

The authority for councils to grant extensions is temporary, lasting only through Sept. 30, 2020.

Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to COVID-19?

Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.

Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?

Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.

Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must be delayed?

No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the youth’s 18th/21st birthday. See GTA Topic, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th Birthday.”

See also, GTA Topic, “Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing.”

Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?
Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

Q: How can a youth continue to work on advancement requirements if they don’t have internet or high-speed internet for videoconferencing?
Youth may take a picture of their completed activity/requirement and share the work with unit leaders. In keeping with youth protection policies, all communications from youth should be sent to at least two adults. See our Barriers to Abuse for details. Parents or guardians may send advancement work on behalf of their child.


Order of the Arrow Guidance

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Order of the Arrow Guidance


If Your Unit Has Not Held OA Elections in 2020:

The National OA Director has approved lodges to hold virtual unit elections through July 1, 2020.  Due to the cancellation of many induction events, candidates that were elected February 1, 2019 through July 1, 2020 will have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal. There are no changes to the membership requirements. The following resources have been put together so that lodges may effectively implement virtual elections.

The following guidelines should be followed in order to conduct virtual unit elections.

  1. The Lodge and Council leadership must approve their lodge conducting virtual unit elections.
  2. The unit leader must agree to a virtual election.
  3. The Lodge Unit election team and the appropriate forms/videos must be able to be presented to unit members. (This assumes the use of some type of online meeting technology.)
  4. The unit leader should continue to validate those eligible for elections.
  5. A means to confidentially collect votes for eligible unit members must be available and used. NO OPEN VOTE COUNTING IS TO BE ALLOWED.
  6. Conduct your election in accordance with the Election to Ordeal process outlined on page 23 of the Guide for Officers and Advisers which can be found here.

If Your Unit Has Held OA Elections for 2020:

There will be no official call-out since the Spring Camporee has been cancelled.  Scoutmasters may reach out and inform the candidates.  Candidates will receive Ordeal Packets via email by the end of April.

All successful candidates will now have 24 months to attend an Ordeal.



The West Area Ordeal scheduled April 24-26 at Camp Krietenstein will be rescheduled to later this year.

The Central Area Ordeal scheduled May 15-17th at Camp Belzer is still on the schedule but likely will be rescheduled.


OA Guidance

The Caring Center Food Drive

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With the yearly Scouting for Food drive on hold, here is an opportunity for troops, crews, pack or dens  to try organize a food drive or to get the word out to the community.

Jennifer Dolack is the liaison at St. Alphonsus.


Updates on Eagle extentions and more – from Byron on Scouting

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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.

During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes:

  • Time extensions for qualifying Scouts and Venturers working on the Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards. Local councils will have the authority to grant this extension through the end of September 2020.
  • The ability to accept electronic signatures for rank advancement and award applications — effective now through the end of September 2020.
  • An option to complete Scoutmaster conferences via videoconferencing. (Section of the Guide to Advancement says Scoutmasters “should not” conduct Scoutmaster conferences online; it doesn’t say “must not.” The new COVID-19 guidance clarifies that this practice is OK, as long as Youth Protection rules are followed.)
  • An option for parents or other adults in a Cub Scout’s family to sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements — effective now through the end of July 2020.
  • An option for Scoutmasters to allow time missed during the COVID-19 outbreak to count toward requirements for participation and positions of responsibility.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Time extensions for Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards

Normally granted only in rare circumstances, the BSA and its local councils will allow extensions for Life Scouts needing more time to finish their Eagle Scout requirements. The authority for councils to grant this extension is effective immediately and continues through Sept. 30, 2020.

Extensions also are available for Venturers needing to finish Summit Award requirements and Sea Scouts needing to finish Quartermaster Award requirements beyond their 21st birthday.

These extensions are reviewed case by case, and not all Scouts will qualify. To get an extension through a local council, Scouts must meet the following requirements:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the Guide to Advancement.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application.
  4. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st.
  5. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete Youth Protection training. Their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  6. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

A note for council administrators: Once the council approves an extension, the council’s administrator will need to go into Member Manager to activate the COVID-19 extension. This will automatically add the three-month extension and allow the youth to continue working past their 18th/21st birthdays. (They’ll still need to be registered as UP/VP after “aging out.”) This flag will then show on the member’s profile.

For more guidance for Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts advancement, read the complete FAQs.

Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park – April and May FULL! Considering adding more . . .

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NatureDue to an incredible response from our Scouting community, our April 5th & May 10th Merit Badge Sunday programs are FULL and no longer taking registrations. We are exploring adding a second class in response to the high demand! Please email the park naturalist at for more details.Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park — Every month scouts have the opportunity to work on a different Merit Badge. See attached Flyer.2020-MB-Sundays

Tread Lightly Trainer Course

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Tread Lightly Trainer Course

Saturday, May 9, 2020 (8:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Golden-Burke Scout Center

7125 Fall Creek Rd., Indianapolis 46256


Highlights Include:

Introduction on the Principles of
Leave-No-Trace, Tread Lightly, Land Ethics
Comprehensive Tread Lightly Training
Teaching Skill Training

Fee: $15.00/person (Scouts 12y with SM/Adv. approval or Adults)
This will cover:
TL Trainer Notebook
Interactive Outdoor Ethics Presentations
Flyers for your Unit
1. Attendees need to take the on-line TL Introduction Course(20 min) before the course –
2. Join TL at by paying $25
3. Prepare a 10min. TL presentation* which they will present to the group


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Camp Red Wing

5757 East Inlow Springs Road

Muncie, IN 47302

May 1-3, 2020


Leave No Trace is an educational, non-profit movement dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. The Leave No Trace concept is one that crosses all boundaries of the recreation spectrum and is applicable for anyone who enjoys spending time in the out-of-doors. The idea is simple – leave the places you enjoy as good as or better than you found them. Both skills and ethics are involved, as well as good decision-making. If people do something, even something simple, to help take care of the recreational resources they cherish, we will all benefit. Cleaner water, less campfire impacts, fewer negative encounters with wildlife, less damage/loss of cultural and historic artifacts are just a few of the benefits of adhering to Leave No Trace. For more information about Leave No Trace, check out:

This course will allow participants to learn and practice the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. This course will also focus on the effective presentation of these principles. The course will pivot between both classroom and outdoor experiences and presentations. Participants will learn both front country and back country information.

Who Should Attend?:
This course is open to adult Scouters, Venturers, and Boy Scouts over the age of 14 who are interested in learning more about the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and how to effectively teach those principles and associated skills.  All participants who complete this course will be recognized as Leave No Trace Trainers by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
$55.00 – The course fee covers lodging, food, training materials and awards. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants and will close April 1, 2020.
Participants will camp in a designated campsite Saturday night. Participants will need to provide their own camping equipment and bedding.
What to bring:
Please pack for a weekend camping trip.  You will need to supply all your personal gear including shelter, bedding, cup and mess kit.  Food will be provided.
Participant Presentation:
Each participant will be required to give a 15 minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic provided by the course instructor.  Each participant will be contacted prior to the course and provided with a topic.

Highlights Include:

Outdoor Ethics Guide, Tread Lightly!, Land Ethics Course for Scouts 12 y & above/Adults
Fee $15 for course & OE Guide Notebook*(Fri 6-10 PM)
Attendees meet requirements for leading OE Awareness/Action Awards and youth are trained for the responsibilities as Outdoor Ethics Guides in their troop, team or crew.

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ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Camp Scholarship

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ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Camp Scholarship

David James “DJ” PreeceMemorial Scholarship to the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp

2020 Camp dates are confirmed!  June 21 – 27, 2020

Scholarship application deadline is 11 PM EDT May 3rd, 2020.

For any boy or girl that has completed the 5th or 6th grade in the preceding school year.

About DJ Preece and the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp

DJ Preece, passed away unexpectedly and suddenly following a brief 24 hour illness on September 12th, 2015.  He was 12 years old. This scholarship is intended to afford the opportunity to other students to experience what DJ emphatically stated to be the time of his life – a week at the Indiana Conservation Officer Organization (ICOO) Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp.

DJ was small in stature at 4 foot 3 inches tall, but he made up for it by living to enjoy everything he did, and by trying to make sure others did the same.  He did not do things to be the best – he did them to experience doing them. Along the way, he learned and enjoyed many things and made many people smile. One of the ICOO camp counselors wrote the following about DJ:

“I only got to be around DJ for a week but it was a week I will never forget thanks to him. By getting to see how DJ acted and how kind- hearted he was, I could tell that I was not the only one that enjoys being around him. DJ would always walk out of the tent in a good attitude and always came out smiling.

During the camp I would have never thought that a kid would ever get to me and change me, but I was wrong. As soon as I arrived home I told my parents about the camp and told them stories. The more and more stories I told, I figured out a common theme, which is that they all had to do with DJ. I was in shock when I heard the news [of his passing] and did not know what to say. Therefore, I decided to tell the people who were closest to him about my time with the most outgoing, kindhearted, and well-rounded person I was blessed to meet. I promise you that DJ may be gone but he will never be forgotten in my heart and many others.”

More about DJ Preece and his life can be found online on a memorial Facebook page here and via the Facebook link at the top of this page.

Detailed information about the camp can be found online here.

You can see more about the Karl E. Kelley Camp at the camp Facebook page here.

Many parents who have sent their child to the camp have stated their child came back changed – for the better.

Camp Dates for 2020 – June 21st through June 27th.

The camp begins on Sunday, June 21st and ends with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27th.

Campers are required to spend the entire time at the camp, including overnight. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.


If you cannot attend during any portion of the camp, please do not apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship Application Eligibility

Application for this scholarship is open to any boy or girl that has completed the 5th or 6th grade in the preceding school year who completes and submits an application on or before the submission deadline.

Application Deadline 

Applications must be received by the foundation administrator no later than 11 PM EDT May 3rd, 2020.

What the Scholarship Covers for the Recipient

This scholarship covers the camp fee for a single recipient ONLY. What is included by the ICOO camp in this fee is detailed on the camp web site here.


What the Scholarship DOES NOT Cover or Provide

This scholarship does not cover or provide anything not expressly stated as being covered or provided by the scholarship in the “What the Scholarship Covers for the Recipient” section above.

The camp fee is paid by the scholarship fund directly to the camp. No monies are or will be provided to the scholarship recipient or other party for any purpose. 

Transportation to and from the camp is not provided by the scholarship and is the responsibility of the recipient.

Scholarship is Non-Transferable

The scholarship is non-transferable by the recipient. If the scholarship recipient cannot attend the camp, they are required to notify the administrator of the foundation at as soon as they are aware they cannot attend and before the start of the camp. The administrator will then offer the opportunity to an alternate attendee selected by the foundation.

Liability and Obligations

The scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece has no obligation to and/or liability for events, situations, actions, or outcomes beyond reserving a camper position, paying the camp fee, and selecting an individual who meets the requirements set forth by the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp (the camp), to offer the opportunity to attend the camp. The scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece is/are not liable for the failure of any ISP to deliver a scholarship application or for the failure of any Internet connection or email program to deliver an electronic version of the scholarship application.

Under no circumstances shall the scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece have any obligation to and/or liability for events, situations, actions, or outcomes resulting from, or surrounding the act of participating in any role, capacity or function, the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp by any person at any time.

It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient and their legal guardian(s) to complete the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp camper application and agree to and abide by any requirements or rules attached to that application. 

Recipient Selection

Submitting this scholarship application does not guarantee the applicant receipt of the scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship is selected solely by the foundation.  No other entity or person are involved in the selection process. Applicant grade level may be validated by the foundation. The recipient selection and any alternate recipient selection made by the foundation is final. Scholarship awards may be refused but not challenged.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used, in this order of importance, to select the scholarship recipient:

1.       Entire application received on or before the deadline

2.       Application completed in its entirety

3.       Presently enrolled in the 5th or 6th grade

4.       The completeness of applicant answers to questions on the application form

5.       The quality of applicant answers to questions on the application form

District Meeting Dates 2020

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Please mark your calendars for the NSD Committee Mtg. (1st  Thursday of the month)  7:00-9:00 pm     Room 204 of Zionsville Town Hall,   1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville 46077.

[Feb.6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug.6, Sep.3, Oct.1, Nov.5, and Dec.3]

Updated Annual Health Form!

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There’s an updated Annual Health and Medical Record to use for 2020

Every few years, the BSA updates its Annual Health and Medical Record after consulting with health care professionals, Scout executives, council and camp health officers and other experts to ensure it is up-to-date and helpful.

This was one of those years, meaning a new form is available for everyone to use for 2020. Your AHMR is valid through the end of the 12th month after the date it was administered by your medical provider. For example, if you got your physical on Nov. 3, 2019, it’s valid until Nov. 30, 2020.

Next year will be a transition year, so you can use either the old or new form, but everyone in all Scouting programs must use the updated AHMR form starting Jan. 1, 2021. The old form will be obsolete at that date. So, the BSA recommends using the new form on your next physical exam or if you’re a new participant in 2020.

Since at least the 1930s, the BSA has required the use of standardized health and medical information. The last time this form was updated was in 2014. The changes made this year were minor, such as some conditions listed in the health history section.

You can download the new form here. The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for Scouts and adult leaders who want to go on Scouting events, campouts and high-adventure trips. Note that there are different parts to the AHMR:

  • Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
  • Part B is general information and a health history.
  • Part C is your pre-participation physical exam completed by a certified and licensed health care provider.

Which part must be completed?

  • For all Scouting events: Part A and B. Give the completed forms to your unit leader. This applies to all participants for all activities, day camps, local tours and weekend camping trips less than 72 hours.
  • For events or camps: Part A, B and C. A pre-participation physical is needed for resident, tour, or trek camps or for a Scouting event of more than 72 hours, such as Wood Badge and NYLT. The exam needs to be completed by a certified and licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner or physician assistant. If your camp has provided you with any supplemental risk information, or if your plans include attending one of the four national high-adventure bases, share the venue’s risk advisory with your medical provider when you are having your physical exam.
  • For high-adventure trips: Part A, B and C. Plus, each of the four national high-adventure bases (Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve) has provided a supplemental risk advisory that explains in greater detail some of the risks inherent in that program. Please review these as some Scouts or leaders may not be physically or mentally able to handle the trek. Others arrive at a high-adventure base without discussing that base’s risk factors with their health care provider, meaning they have missing info at check-in that can slow down the process.

How do I fill it out?

Please review and complete the AHMR fully and carefully. If you have any questions how to review it, read this BSA Safety Moment or look at these frequently asked questions. Remember, these completed forms must be secure, so they are not to be digitized, scanned, emailed or stored electronically by unit leaders.

Advancement Reporting

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Reminder: Advancement Reports should be turned in to the office on a regular basis.  The preferred timeline is monthly.  We recognize that this can be difficult for some Units.

However, we are making a plea for all Advancements for the year 2019 be turned in by Dec. 31.  This will help with our District records, keeping your Scout’s Advancements on track, and the Lange Challenge.

The Lange Challenge

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2019 Lange report formK3’s were recently sent a packet with a letter about the Lange challenge, JTE, and Scout Advancement. To summarize:

What is the “Lange Challenge?”  This is a very generous challenge grant that our Council receives with our help.  It is a program that honors the memory of Alexander “Skip” Lange and his belief that an active Scout is likely to stay in Scouting and earn their Eagle Scout Award.

In order to qualify for the grant we need Units to:

1.) Send in your 2019  weekend camping experiences conducted this year, as well as those your PLC anticipates conducting between now and December 31, 2019.  The goal is that 65% or more of our Troops are participating in 8 or more short term weekend experiences through out the course of the year. Send your camping outing list via email to

2.) Check your advancement records against the form sent in the mail.  Submit any changes to   Continue to submit advancements as normal going forward.

3.) JTE – Please fill out the JTE Scorecard for 2019 and turn in with your recharter paperwork.





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Approve Applications on My.Scouting Mobile App!

National 08/27/2019

Unit Leaders can now approve online applications in the Mobile app. Download the latest MyScouting app update at Google Play Store or the App Store. A previous release allowed leaders to take action on leads in the Mobile app.

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 🙂

flyer available here Camp-2020-Brochure

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IOLS Baloo Training

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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

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

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).


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


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We are calling on Scouts across the country to build on the tradition of honoring our nation’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day by posting public tributes to our veterans in partnership with the National Cemetery Administration and by participating in the National Moment of Remembrance with a special Scout salute. Follow the steps below to participate in this important effort.

1. Write a Tribute for a Fallen Hero

Post at least one tribute message for a fallen hero within the Veterans Legacy Memorial– a digital memorial that houses a profile for each veteran interred at a national cemetery.

Please consider leaving a tribute for one of the fallen heroes who has passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic – at a time when customary services and funeral honors cannot safely be performed. The names of those service members are listed on the VA’s Roll of Honor webpage and then copied and pasted into the search bar within the Veterans Legacy Memorial.

All tributes are reviewed by the VA before being posted so there may be a delay before your message appears on the page. 

2. Encourage Others to Write Tributes

Use the social-sharing feature at the top of the Veterans Legacy Memorial pages to tell your family, friends and neighbors about the fallen hero you selected and ask them to write their own tribute. 

Include #ScoutSalute #NoVeteranEverDies in your post.

Memorial Poster Template

3. Customize a Memorial Poster to Hang in Your Window

Fill in the name of the fallen hero you selected and place the Memorial Poster in a window in your home for all to see. 

Download and customize a template:

4. Join Our Collective Scout Salute During the National Moment of Remembrance

At 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, every Scout should salute the American flag from their driveway, sidewalk, or home in Scouting uniform and say the name of a fallen hero to honor them for their service.

At 3:01 p.m. local time, all Scouts who play the bugle or horn are invited to play “Taps” from their homes in unison with others throughout their community.

5. Share Photos of Your Memorial Poster and Scout Salute

Share your photos on social media now through Memorial Day using #ScoutSalute #NoVeteranEverDies.

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Pulling Garlic Mustard for Hornaday Badge Project

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John Gunderman  was determined to work on his Hornaday Badge project.


John had organized several work days for Troop 358 to pull garlic mustard in April but due to the Covid -19 and the stay in place order they had to wait.  When the stay in place order was lifted on May 4 John organized new dates for his Troop with a modified plan that included social distancing, face masks, and education of the scouts through the Troop Zoom meetings and emails. The modified plan was approved by Mindy Murdoch the Zion Nature Center Naturalist and the Troop Committee.

However, this was a special situation as the service project was scheduled, canceled, and reworked.  Mindy Murchoch asks that others refrain from scheduling a mustard pull or other service projects with the Zionsville Parks at this time.


“Really the best time to pull is early April to the first week of May. Pulling plants that have already seeded is fruitless because after the plant seeds it dies. The goal is to catch it when in flower or just at the start of making seed pods. Currently, because of COVID-19 and that Town facilities remain closed we have no service projects on our books as we are working a skeleton crew for all our parks as well as here at the nature center and maintaining social distancing of never more than one staff member in a facility at one time.

We will be meeting with regards to Creekfest this month. If that event does occur in August that might be the next option for scouts.”