More Details on YPT ver. 2

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UPDATED 2/23/18 at Council Training Director Jay Soucy’s request to reflect new language for the deadline to complete training. The updated language is underlined below. The deleted language is crossed out. The original language was intended for council’s professional staff only. The new language applies to all volunteers. This is consistent with the first bullet point on the last list. The language change hopefully avoids any confusion.

More information on council website.

I just received the following email via Central Section’s Director of Field Service Ken Ruppel (District Executive Jessica Hofman’s supervisor). It is a copy of an email sent to all council staff after my article posted yesterday.YPT Logo


On February 1st, 2018 the New Mandatory Youth Protection Training was released online.  Currently, the training is only available through  This training is replacing all previous Youth Protection trainings and will become the one training all adults complete. The previous versions of trainings have been removed from already.

Crossroads of America is a pacesetter council for Youth Protection training and has set a goal of April 30th, 2018 to be 100% trained.  Join us in becoming a Youth Protection Hero and take your training today! (DELETED: We need to continue to be a PACESETTER Team so I’m asking you, yes every one of YOU, to complete this training by February 28th, 2018.  Your staff leaders are aware that you will be completing this task during your normal working hours however you like – completing all the modules and quiz at once or taking a module a day.  This will help prepare us all to answer questions about the training.)

The training has 3 modules and a final quiz that must be completed:

  • Overview and Policies (20 min.)
  • Sexual Abuse (20 min.)
  • Bullying (20 min.)
  • Quiz (10 min.)

You must score a 75% or better on the quiz to successfully complete this training.

Things to know prior to taking the training:

  1. You need your login and password for
  2. On the dash board there is only one training option to select.
  3. Yes, it should say you are trained and have ### days left before you expire.  It’s still tracking your old training information.
  4. On your computer you will be prompted to turn on your pop blocker
  5. Some text is in White and can be hard to read.
  6. There have been some reported issues already with a few videos not completing.

I’ve attached a FAQ sheet to help you answer volunteer questions as they come up.

Here are some highlights:

    • Our goal is to have all Registered Adults complete the training prior to April 30th.
    • There will be additional recommended trainings released later on this year.
    • There is a new ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871.  Anyone can call a Youth Protection violation into this numbers as it’s open 24 hours a day.
    • Training is good for 2 years.

If you have questions about the training or suggestion for improvements please send them to Sherry Webb.

Thank you,
Jay Soucy  |  Training Director
Crossroads of America Council

Copies of Jay’s attachments are linked here:

  1. YPT2 FAQ from BSA 1.31.2018
  2. YPT2 Adult Online Training Quick Facts

Welcome to North Star’s 100th Year of Service

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As those who attended the North Star Recognition Dinner last weekend know, our beloved North Star District was announced by the old Indianapolis Council in January 1919. You can see some of the history of the District on this old post.

The name of the District has changed from “Number 4” then back and forth from “North” to “North Star” several different times. We have been North Star uninterruptedly since 1964. Our boundaries have moved northward as the Indianapolis city limits moved northward.

We will be celebrating the centennial in January 1919. Until then Vice Chair for Programming Mark Pishon is planning many commemorations of the centennial. We will have special swag, including things like neckerchiefs and patches. So look forward to seeing what North Star Willie is up to.

(If there are talented cartoonists among our scouts and scouters, submit your own cartoons about what Willie may have witnessed over the years or what he most enjoyed about scouting. May be we can convince Mr. Pishon to use your cartoons on some of the swag!)

If you have old North Star patches, please photograph them and email them to me. We would love to post them on the website in the next 12 months!

District SPRING CAMPOREE Leader’s Guide and prep meeting 3/25!

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To all North Star Units –  please see the 2018 Spring Camporee Leaders Guide v2  (<== linked here!) for our Spring Camporee this year.  Rick Aker (North Star District Camporee Chair) is planning on having another Camporee meeting this Sunday, March 25; email and/or blog post to follow with more information.WILLIE'S SIRENS

If you have any questions, Rick’s contact information is in the leader guide.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our Spring Camporee!!


Reminder: OA Election Results / Vigil Nomination Forms due March 15, 2018

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As mentioned last week:

Order of the Arrow Election results and Vigil nomination Forms are due on or before March 15, 2018.  Please email election results as well as the forms: OA Vigil Petition Form 2018 (linked here) to Mark Pishon, email

If you are having difficulty opening the Petition form using the link above, try this:


District Spring Camporee: April 20 – 22, 2018

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Our location has been confirmed!

The Spring Camporee [April 20-22, 2018] will be held at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired7725 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Unit leaders will receive the Spring Camporee Leaders Guide by COM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 via email.

The theme of the Spring Camporee is Willey’s Sirens and the focus will be on Emergency Preparedness.  Scouts will be able to earn the merit badge or pin for Emergency Preparedness.

Looking forward to a fantastic Spring Camporee!

Roundtable Highlights – March 2018

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From North Star District Commissioner Stephen Heath:

Thanks for all who attended our March Roundtable.

  • We discussed Keys to Successful Annual Planning for our Cub Scout leaders.


  • We had a great discussion about Nova and Supernova awards, and ideas on how to grow the program to help engage our Cub Scouts early-on, to develop their science and technical skills, and be ready for life in our ever changing world.


  • We discussed canoeing and the Voyager program, and that we still have openings for the Spring and Fall courses. Check it out on the Council website.


  • We had a good discussion about Boy Scout camporee planning, and the team will be sending out dates and locations soon. Watch for that communication.


If anyone would like further information, please ask. If you have topics that would entice you and your teams to come out to future roundtables, pass those along, too.


The next Roundtable will be held on Thursday, April 12, 5pm at St. Luke’s Lodge.


Reminder: Please contact Troop 343 to participate in April 2 Swim Test!

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As mentioned here last week:

Any North Star units interested in sharing the April 2, 2018 Swim Test opportunity with Troop 343 should contact Brian Crow (for confirmation or even just questions!) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at

The Swim Test is being held that evening at:

MSD of Pike Township Aquatics Center

5401 West 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.



“Train the Trainer” course for Adult Leaders – April 7, 2018

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There is a “Fundamentals of (BSA) Training” course offered for adults to learn the BSA Training techniques on Saturday April 7, 2018, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 S. Green Street in Brownsburg.

The course is $10 and is limited to the first 20 people that sign up – first come, first serve!  Register by visiting .

See the Train the Trainer Information 7Apr2018 flyer for more information.

Reminder: District Committee Meeting March 15, 2018

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As previously announced, the District Committee Meeting’s time and location has changed. The committee will now be meeting the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Zionsville Town Hall (more information here).

That means that for the March Committee Meeting, we will be meeting Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm. (Commissioners met last Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Luke’s Lodge on the new schedule.)

See you there!Zville town hall photo

Scouting for Food: March 12 – April 9, 2018

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Please complete the Unit Commitment Form  [<== linked here] by March 12, 2018!

Scouting for Food is a national Boy Scouts of America community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in local communities. Crossroads of America Council participates in this annual spring food collection program with all proceeds staying in central Indiana. In partnership with Kroger and the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Scouts collect approximately 75,000 pounds of food through door-to-door collection or pre-packaged grocery bags in participating central Indiana Kroger stores. This campaign generally occurs between the months of March and April.  Units can pick the time that best fits their calendar during this time frame and can submit for the participation patch at any time with the link provided.  Participation in Kroger Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.

Our North Star Community Service Chair and contact for Scouting for Food is Mike Faulk (

See the LINKS below for online forms and key documents:



How close can we get to 100% participation this year?  In 2017 only two North Star units participated in Scouting for Food.  Let’s see if we can get more units to participate in this effort to reduce hunger close to home.  Looking forward to a great Scouting for Food campaign with our District!

Cub Scout Recruitment 2018

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It’s that time of year again!  Let’s start thinking about how we can grow our units to their full potential.  Does this include inviting girls into our units?  Does this include recruiting from multiple schools or starting new units in some areas?  Your District Executive, Jessica Hofman would like to start having these conversations with you, as well as start developing a membership plan for the Fall.  Please schedule a time with Jessica over the next two months to sit down and dive into membership logistics before back to school season sneaks up on us.

What: Membership Planning Meeting

Who:  Cub Packs!  Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/unit membership coordinator

Where:  At a committee meeting, over lunch, or whenever is convenient! 

When:  At a convenient time before May

How to Schedule: Email Jessica at


What: Spring Recruitment Planning

Who:  Cub Packs!  Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/Unit Membership Coordinator

Where:  Let’s develop a plan! 

When:  Before Summer, let’s get new youth to camp!

How to Schedule: Email Jessica at

North Star is actively searching for those that share Jessica’s passion for growing Scouting.  If you’d like to join the membership team for the North Star District and help out at a District level with membership planning and execution, please reach out!