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REMINDERS Week of December 11, 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

There’s an updated Annual Health Form

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from Bryan on Scouting
https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/12/10/theres-an-updated-annual-health-and-medical-record-to-use-for-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1Aay2yCXgkaR4vp5REtjCUFTw044y3qD_DiI-13_0UwMryjwAijOM3mNM

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.

District Committee Meeting – Thursday December 19.

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

Thursday, December 19.

Chills and Thrills Winter Section Camporee – Camp Kikthawenund – Jan 24-26

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IMG_13662020 Klondike Winter Camporee, January 24-26 at Camp Kikthawenund
Prepare your unit for winter fun at the Klondike Derby Winter Camporee for the Central Section (Del-Mi, North Star, Northeast & Pioneer districts).
Attached is a flyer that describes the Camporee events and logistics.
* Note that each unit needs only one Klondike sled (more are acceptable)
In this Central Section Camporee, Pioneer district will be the host.  They have asked the other district to contribute in the following ways:
  •  North Star needs to plan and support two events in addition to the 10 events planned by Pioneer district. 
  • North Star should provide several trivia questions/answers specific to North Star or Crossroads history or programs
  • provide adult and youth support for specific Camporee items.  
If you have ideas for events, trivia, or would like to help, please see respond to Sharla Merrick sharla.r.merrick@gmail.com with your name and interests.  Thanks.
Registration – Online registration will open December 1st and remain open until Wednesday January 22nd
We will be camping “Jamboree style” as we have limited space and plan on up to 500 attendees. $15.00 fee includes Dinner on Saturday, a camporee Patch and free hot coco and coffee.

December 12 – Roundtable – Eagle Community Christian Church – Cub Scout Camping (Cubs) and Spring Camporee Planning Session (Troops/Crews)

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Roundtable: Dec. 12 – 7 pm at Eagle Community Christian Church

DESSERT PROVIDED

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CUB SCOUT PACKS –  Want to take your families camping?  Come find out what you need to know to have a successful Pack Camp out !

 

 

 

TROOPS AND CREWS – North Star District is hosting the Central Area Spring Camporee, April 24-26 @ Ransburg- Theme: Olympics.  Please send any Scouters, Leaders, or interested parents who would have a fun time planning the events for an Olympic Themed Camporee.  Each person representing their Unit (and providing an idea on an idea card) will be entered for a prize for their Unit. The more folks you send the higher your chances for winning (and the more ideas we receive the better the Camporee will be!)

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Monster Jam

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00pm

Check out the action as these 10,000-pound monster trucks come to town.  New this year, there will be a Scout discount for BOTH Saturday or Sunday.  With the purchase of an event ticket, you will get a Scout patch and an opportunity to buy a pit pass for the Pit Party.

Ticket costs vary per day.  Please note, you’ll save more by going to the Sunday performance!  To order your tickets, please click here

**Orders must be received by December 17th.  Any orders after that date will not be accepted. 

For questions, please contact Anita Schroedle at aschroedle@feldinc.com

Friends of Scouting 2020

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Units, please fill out the 2020 Friends of Scouting Form.
Thank you for taking the initiative to schedule your unit’s 2020 Family FOS presentation. The financial support of Scouting families help the Crossroads of America Council continue to offer the Scouting services that you have come to expect in Central Indiana. Local Scouting is operated based upon the generous support of families in your unit and corporate gifts. Please complete the following form completely to ensure that we accurately record your unit’s presentation on our calendar. This action will help to ensure that we are prepared to conduct your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation on the date that you selected. The one Scout level for Crossroads of America Council’s 2020 Friends of Scouting Campaign is set at $225. The council actually spends $287 per Scout for a year of programing. Every few years, the per Scout level will increase to reflect changes in costs of Scouting, but it does not increase every year. The most recent increase occurred between 2018-2019. Prior to this last year’s

 

Spencer Young  |  North Star District Executive 


BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Crossroads of America Council #160

Advancement Reporting

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CALLING ALL UNITS!

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR ADVANCEMENT REPORTS!

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.

APPROVE APPLICATIONS ON My.Scouting Mobile App

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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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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   https://scoutingevent.com/160-2019IOLS

Adult Training Reminders

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As we all know – training is an important part of Scouting.  Unfortunately, sometimes our training records can be hard to track.

Reminders: 1.) Anyone taking Classes (especially at summer camp) get a certificate and / or card and / or written documentation of the class completion.  Theoretically, all adults attending Summer Camp should be registered and thus have an ID # – but as we know, a lot of times the training sheets get lost and or don’t get recorded.

2.) Put your BSA id on any classroom training paperwork.  If you cannot find your card your BSA id is located on your YPT certificate and your my.scouting account.

 

Service Hours for St. Vincent House

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St. Vincent House strives to create a home-away-from-home for St. Vincent patient families from around the state of Indiana and beyond. Many of our patients come from long distances for treatment and stay for extended periods of time. One way our scouts can volunteer is.
Magnificent Meal Makers
  • Serve Breakfast (8:30 am to 9:30 am) or Dinner (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm) for the families. You will select recipes, bring food supplies, prepare meal for 30 guests
Please visit the St. Vincent House website for more information and to sign up https://give.stvincent.org/volunteerstvhouse

District Meeting Dates

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

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

Summer dates tentative.

Merit Badge Counselor List and Procedures

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North Star has finished updating it’s Merit Badge Counselor list!  Kevin Neese, our Training Vice Chair, has sent all Key 3’s the updated list.  Please share with Scouts and families through your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chair as requested but do not put out on websites, etc.
Moving forward.  New procedures for Merit Badge Counselors.
  • Adding a new Merit Badge Counselor.  Fill out BSA Adult application.  Attach YPT.  Attach Merit Badge selections. Attach MBC training certificate.  TURN IN TO KEVIN NEESE.  He will then get the required District Signatures and turn in to Council when all paperwork in complete.
  • Adding and Deleting Merit Badges for an existing MBC.  Send add/delete requests to Kevin Neese.  He will process the requests.
  • 10 Merit Badge “rule” has been discontinued.  Any current MBC who would like to add Merit Badges to their redacted list needs to send Add list to Kevin.
A Merit Badge Counselor is: A trained adult, registered by and accountable to the Council and the District; they are an independent guide, instructor and / or coach for the Merit Badge(s) that they counsel.  A Counselors duty is to be satisfied that each Scout who comes to you as a counselor meets all the requirements for the merit badge you are counseling them on.  You are a coach, a guide, giving them positive reinforcement in the subject matter.  You are not to change the requirements or add additional requirements – you are there to help them over the different hurdles of the requirements.  Thus, helping the Scout to gain a deeper awareness of the subject matter of the Merit Badge.
As a Merit Badge Counselor, you are the coach, guide, and / or instructor – but you MUST allow the Scout to do the work themselves.
The last and MOST important duty of a Merit Badge Counselor is to follow Youth Protection Requirements.
A Scouts (and their parents / legal guardians) duties to a Merit Badge Counselor:
 Number one (1) remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER, they are donating their time, talents, and experience – so a Scout is Courteous.  A Merit Badge Counselor may need to say NO to your request to counsel them on a Merit Badge (there are only 24 hours in a day).
Again, remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER.  Some Merit Badges have cost associated with them (materials, entrance fees, rentals).  Don’t ask the Counselor to donate money and resources so that you can complete the Merit Badge requirements (unless the Counselor offers).
YOU are RESPONISBLE for completing the requirements, for doing the work, for being on time.   YOU are responsible for providing the signed Application to the Merit Badge to the Counselor.  You are also responsible in helping the Merit Badge Counselor maintain Youth Protection Requirements.  If contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by email, make sure to include a parent(s) and / or a leader on all emails.  If you are contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by phone, remember that you will need an Adult third party on the call to maintain Youth Protection Requirements.  Remember, it is very likely that the Merit Badge Counselor will need you to bring an Adult with you to face-to-face meeting so that Youth Protection Requirements are met.

Voyageur Scholarships

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Voyageur Canoe Training Adult Scholarship

What is Voyageur Canoe Training?  Why should an adult or youth take the training?  The Voyageur Canoe Training program prepares adults to take the Voyageur program back to troop and other youth groups to prepare for and conduct safe canoe outings including High Adventure trips.  The focus is teaching how to have FUN SAFELY while canoeing.  More information about the Voyageur program can be found here

Don & Diane Claffey have established the Claffey Voyageur Scholarship Fund to provide ongoing support to this program.  Scholarships in the amount of $50.00 will be awarded for each Voyageur adult training class starting with the Spring 2019 class.  The applicant must be a currently registered adult leader of a unit in the Crossroads of America Council, BSA.  To qualify for the scholarship they should have a financial need to attend adult Voyageur training.  Additionally, their unit should be planning to conduct both unit training and outings centered on canoeing and/or kayaking within the next two years.  The scholarship must be used within twelve months of the date the winner receives notification by the Voyageur Course Director, or the scholarship will be forfeited.  Other details are contained in the scholarship application Voyageur Adult Scholarship Form Fillable – 0419

A similar scholarship is planned for the Youth Voyageur Training (announcement pending).

 

Direct Contact Leader Training

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As we start we move towards summer I want to remind you about the council policy of requiring all Direct Contact Leaders to be trained for their respective leadership positions.  This policy will affect all Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders this year including new leaders that join with their Scout this spring.
Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders must be trained for their respective positions by December 31, 2019, to be registered for their positions in 2020.  Starting January 1, 2020 Scouts BSA Leaders who assume Direct Contact positions must complete position specific training by December 31 of that year.
To read the full required training policy click here.
All required training is available online at my.scouting.org with exception to Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) required for Scouts BSA.
Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster Training
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training
  • Council provided training June 8-9 (Sat-Sun), Aug. 3-4 (Sat-Sun), Dec. 14-15 (Sat-Sun).  Click here to register for the Council provided IOLS training.
  • University of Scouting on Saturday, November 9
  • May be available at district camporees
For a list of other upcoming classroom trainings, check the Crossroads of America Council website at www.crossroadsbsa.org.  For Frequently Asked Questions about Direct Contact Leader training please click here.
Trained leaders lead to better unit program, better unit programs allow us to change more life’s and impact more communities.  Thank you for getting trained and all you do for Scouting.
Yours in Scouting,
Natalie Maenhout
Council Training Chair

Eagle Scout receives Lt Governor’s Brilliant Firefly Award

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Eagle Scout Sam Seyer, from Crew 69, was presented the Brilliant Firefly Award by Lt. Governor Crouch and Representative JD Ford. This award honors young Hoosiers who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating outstanding community service, exemplary academic achievement, and/or exceptional leadership in their communities. Congratulations, Sam!

Sam Seyer Indiana State House

Getting schooled on rules for merit badge classes, fairs and universities

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Getting schooled on rules for merit badge classes, fairs and universities

Merit badge classes, fairs and universities allow Scouts to pursue several badges in one day or weekend, often working with highly qualified counselors in unique settings. However, organizers and unit leaders must make sure Scouts and counselors aren’t taking shortcuts to boost badge counts.

Is group instruction permitted?

Yes. It’s acceptable and even desirable at times. However, each Scout must actually and personally complete each requirement before the counselor signs off.

What does ‘actually and personally’ mean?

Each Scout must complete the requirements as written. If a requirement says “show,” the Scout can’t just watch a demonstration; if a requirement says “discuss,” the Scout can’t just listen to a discussion without participating.

Who can teach in a group setting?

All instruction must be overseen by an adult member of the BSA who is registered as a merit badge counselor, approved for the specific badge and current in Youth Protection Training. However, it’s OK to use guest instructors, speakers and other volunteers to facilitate learning.

Is group instruction better for certain badges?

The approach works best when the benefits are compelling. Factors could include strong interest from Scouts in a subject area, access to counselors who might not otherwise be available or availability of special resources that could enhance the learning experience. The Rifle Shooting merit badge is a good example: It’s popular, requires a specially trained counselor and must be earned at a rifle range.

How big may merit badge classes be?

There’s no set limit, but the preference is for smaller groups, perhaps no larger than a patrol in size. Larger groups are feasible if qualified instructors are assigned to subgroups to ensure Scouts receive individual attention.

What about requirements that can’t be completed in a group setting?

It’s perfectly acceptable — and even preferable — for a Scout to leave a merit badge event with only some requirements completed. He or she can then work individually with a counselor to finish the requirements. The class should focus on requirements that work best in a group setting.

Can an event have prerequisites?

Yes. You could also simply tell Scouts which requirements they must do either before or after the event. Note that in a few cases, like requirement 1 of the Lifesaving merit badge, requirements must be done beforehand.

How do counselors ensure prerequisites have been met?

If the actual work done can’t be brought to the event, pictures and letters from other merit badge counselors or unit leaders are the best forms of documentation.

What should I do if I have concerns about a merit badge event?

See section 11.1.0.0 of the Guide to Advancement.

Where can I learn more?

Group instruction is covered in section 7.0.3.2 of the Guide to Advancement. Members of the National Advancement Program Team have developed a Merit Badge Group Instruction Guide.

Followup to November Roundtable – Life to Eagle Process

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All,

On behalf of the District Eagle Team, we want to thank you for coming and participating in our update on the Eagle Process.  As promised, this email has the documentation regarding the items we discussed on Thursday evening.  First, let me give the email addresses for the Projects Team and the Board:

                                PROJECTS TEAM:              NorthStarEagleProjects@gmail.com

                                BOARD:                                NorthStarEagleBoard@gmail.com

Crossroads has a website which addresses each of the items (12) which need to be accomplished to complete your Eagle Project and Application.  This website is as follows:

             https://www.crossroadsbsa.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement/trail-to-eagle

Here are some project restrictions and limitations:

  • Fundraising is permitted only for facilitating a project. Efforts that primarily collect money, even for worthy charities, are not permitted.  Any leftover funds are to be returned to the benefactor.
  • Routine labor, like a service a Scout may provide as part of their daily life such as mowing or weeding a church lawn, is not normally appropriate. However, if a project scale and impact are sufficient to require planning and leadership, then it may be considered.
  • Projects are not to be of a commercial nature or for a business, though some aspects of a business operation provided as a service, such as a community park, may qualify.
  • The Scout is not responsible for any maintenance of a project once it is completed.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the project process, fund raising or the Board of Review, please feel free to contact us at the email addresses noted above.

To the prospective candidates who were in attendance, good luck as you begin the Eagle process.

Yours in Scouting,

Rick Aker

Eagle Projects Chair

NorthStar District

Eagle Project Points

Eagle Board of Review Report – November

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in November, 2019.

Chris Luciani Troop 358 – Chris’ Eagle project was building an engraved brick walkway in Whitestown honoring veterans.
Nicholas Sadenwater Troop 343 – Nicholas’ Eagle project involved restoring the outdoor lab area at Pike High School.
Louis Gachotte Troop 18 – Louis’ Eagle project was landscaping a “Catio” – Cat Patio at FACE.
Jon Matutes Troop 18 – Jon’s Eagle project involved creating a middle school band mentoring program for Washington Township schools.
Justin McQuiston Troop 269 – Justin’s Eagle project was building a frisbee golf course and updating the firepit at The Fitness Farm.
Matt Hurley Troop 180 – Matt’s Eagle project was to build a walkway to a nature preserve near St Peters Methodist Church.
Kyle Booth Troop 343 –  Kyle’s Eagle project was to build a soccer passback and benches at Giesle.
Congratulations Scouts!

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