REMINDERS Week of April 15, 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:
North Star District Committee Meeting:
The North Star District Committee Meeting has been moved to TUESDAY April 23, 7 – 8:30 pm, Room 204 Zionsville Town Hall.
Spring Camporee:
  • Registration Open!  The North Star 2019 Spring Camporee will be held at Camp Cullom, Frankfort, IN during the weekend of April 26th through 28th.  More information here.  Register here
Swim Tests for Summer Camp
All Scouts and adults involved in troop aquatic activities are required to have their swimming ability defined by the BSA Swim Test.  More information here
Service Hour Opportunities
  • 500 Parade Service Hours Information here
Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!

Swim Tests for Summer Camp

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from Paul Kovach.

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

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

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

JCC (Jewish Community Center on Hoover Rd.) –

Monon Ctr –

YMCA – Jordan

YMCA – Pike

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

Scouts & Scouters should use the attached swim classification form here

Spring Camporee – April 26-28

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  • Registration Open!  The North Star 2019 Spring Camporee will be held at Camp Cullom, Frankfort, IN during the weekend of April 26th through 28th.  The theme will be “Observing 100 Years of North Star.”  A rocket launch is planned for that Saturday afternoon, weather permitting – bring rockets if you wish (size B6 rocket engines.)  Each Troop will have a Patrol Competition Activity and the Observatory will be open Saturday night.  Also – Order of the Arrow Call Outs!  More info to come soon! Cost: $15 per scout. Register here
From Jim Raines:
Please email Jim Raines with your troop number and the name of your competition event and hewill combine them into one email and share.
Troop 269 – Orienteering (event name to come)
Launch Rockets during their free time after 4;00pm on Saturday. The rockets should use the B6-2 engine.
I am not a rocketeer and I have contacted several “Rocket Clubs” however I have not gotten any commitment from them to assist us on the launching.  With that being said, if any troops want to launch rockets they should assign someone to be in charge for their troop and make sure that they have at least one launch pad.
The Prairie Grass Observatory st Camp Cullom will be open the Saturday night of our Camporee.  If it is a clear night we will assign shifts per troop and share that information at the camporee.
We have troops that have volunteered to help with the flag raising and lowering ceremony.   We still need a troop to do the “scouts own” service Sunday Morning.  If any troop has a scout in band that plays the trumpet / bugle, it would be nice if they did reveille and taps.

Spring Camporee Handbook 2019 Spring Camporee Flyer (1)

Camp Map Camp Map _ Clinton County Camp _ Camp Cullom _ United States (1)

500 Parade Service Opportunity

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from: Eddie Stahl

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

Michael Rodriguez Beading Ceremony

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Congratulations to Michael Rodriguez!  Last night he shared his Wood Badge Beading Ceremony with all of those at Roundtable.  Mike told the audience that he wanted to share this experience at Roundtable because he found so much fellowship and help from the other Scouters at Roundtable over the years, just as he found fellowship and help from his Wood Badge Patrol – Go Screaming Eagles! Wood Badge in the United States is the highest level of adult Scout leader training available. It was first presented in England by the founder of Scouting, Baden Powell.  Find more information here:

Join us at the May Roundtable and meet the other Scouters in our District and to share our “Best Adventures” to help encourage all Scouts and Scouters to Dream Big!


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Reminder – please mark your calendar for  April 11 Roundtable meetings, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lodge, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

The April Roundtable topic is:

  • Spring Camporee!  Troops please send a representative and your SPL if possible.
  • The Roundtable meeting will open with the Presentation of Wood Badge Beads to Michael Rodriguez.  Help him celebrate this accomplishment!  Please inform your units of the evening.  There will be dessert to sweeten the celebration!


Please forward this information to your Den Leaders, Committee members, and Assistant Scoutmasters. They are an important part of the Roundtables’ target audience.


Remember, attending roundtables is a key requirement to earn the Scouter’s Key for both Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders.  Everyone is welcome!

Service Hours Opportunities

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April is Pull for Parks Month.  Help remove invasive garlic mustard from target areas in the Zionsville Parks.  Dates are: April 17 6-7PM, April 20 10-11AM, or April 20 4-5PM.  Registration is required:

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

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

IOLS Baloo Training

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From Kevin Neese

PLEASE pass this information on to all your LEADERS and PARENTS

Here is the LINK to SIGN-UP for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training and BALOO Training

Remember IOLS training is REQUIRED for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, and BALOO is required for for Cubscouts to conduct their own outdoor / camping program(s).

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

Besides the training dates that the Council is offering:

June 8-9, 2019

August 3-4, 2019

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

December 14-15, 2019

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


Merit Badge Counselor Update

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From Kevin Neese, NS Training Chair – Merit Badge Counselors for North Star District.
The new list is complete and will be updated periodically.  Scouts can ask their SM for the list of North Star MBC
 If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me.