New Cub Scout Adventures

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Cub Scout Preview Adventures are new elective adventures for Cub Scouts.  During the preview period these adventures will be under evaluation and possible revision. It will be determined how much interest there is, based on several factors. Successful previews will be considered to be included in the next edition of the Cub Scout handbooks.

These adventures count toward advancement just like other elective adventures. Here you will find the requirements, den meeting plans, and program resources.

Preview Adventure recognition items are purple in color for all ranks to signify they are in preview mode. Adventure loops and pins for preview adventures can only be purchased online at

The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure


In partnership with the Barbara Sinatra Foundation we are proud to present the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure.  This adventure is designed to provide your Cub Scouts information on how to Recognize, Respond, and Report abuse as part of the BSA’s Personal Safety Awareness program.



This adventure is available for all Cub Scouts.Lion badgeTiger Badge   

It may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank.  (Lion’s do not earn Cyber Chip).  If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement, it may not be used as an elective adventure towards that badge of rank.

Yo-Yo Preview Adventure


In partnership with Duncan Toys, we are proud to present the Yo-Yo Preview Adventure.  This adventure develops eye-hand coordination and teaches fundamental concepts of gravity, motion, and energy.


Final Yo Yo Preview Adventure Loop

This adventure is available for the following ranks:  


REMINDERS Week of September 18, 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

New Update to the Guide to Safe Scouting

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New Update to the Guide to Safe Scouting – Online Version

Changes have been made across the board.  From ages scouts can tent together (no more than 2 years apart), to Webelos not being allowed to camp at Camporees (only day visits), to no more dodgeball!  Sit down with your Committee and your PLC and make sure you are in compliance with the new policies.


The most recent update includes new additions to the Prohibited Activity Listing.  These activities are Prohibited as of October 1, 2019.  The new additions include but is not limited to dodge ball, flying in non-tethered hot air balloons, boomerangs, LARPing, trampolines, and chubby bunny.  Look at the list.  It has changed significantly.


An FAQ has been provided to help answer any questions you might have about the changes being made, to access the FAQ click


If you have not been introduced to the Guide to Safe Scouting or you have never taken the time to look it over, you are definitely missing a key part of our program.  This is an amazing guide and resource to things like: Youth Protection, Camping, Activity Planning, Transportation, Insurance, and Incident Reporting, plus much more.  The appendix has quick reference guides:

  • Motor Vehicle and Driver Checklist
  • Meeting Place Inspection Checklist
  • Flying Plan Checklist
  • Unit Money-Earning Application
  • Incident Reporting Tool
  • Near Miss Reporting Tool
  • Youth Protection/Membership Infraction Incident Information Form
  • Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
  • Age Appropriate Camping Guidelines 34416Camping
  • Service Project Planning Guidelines
  • Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations
  • Campout Safety Checklist
  • Event Safety Checklist

Please be sure to keep this online version handy when considering a Scouting activity or planning a meeting or outing.

The HTML version of the Guide to Safe Scouting has been updated and can be found online at

YPT updates

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Below is information on YPT provided by Kevin Neese, NS Training Chair.


Youth Protection encompasses much more that sexual connotations.  The training helps to provide us needed tools and resources to serve our Scouts.
Concerning Youth Protection Training, I would like to ask ALL our Registered Adults to take the New / Updated Youth Protection Training (available at during September 2019.  Since the major revision of Youth Protection Training in 2018 – BSA has made a commitment to annually update its content with pertinent information.
I have been asked – what if my Youth Protection Training expires during 2020.  I IMPLORE ALL leaders – let’s NOT make this a point of conversation.  Take the updated YPT during September 2019 and each September going forward.  Some of the largest Councils in the United States have published requirements that YPT be current until after the end of the reCharter period in order to recharter.  Currently we have been unable to find definitive information from National – but, usually these larger Councils are a GOOD indication as to coming policies.
Also, what adult wants to be in the position of being removed from the roster and having to go through reregistration, because they forget to renew their YPT (during the year).  If a leaders YPT expires, it is an automatic drop.
Personally, I think a better way to look at Youth protection Training (and I hope that you agree) – OUR SCOUTS deserve us – as LEADERS to WANT to take the updated training.
Kevin Neese
NS Training Chairman

Join the Fun

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October 12 – Boy Scout Fun Run at Camp Belzer

Come with your Family!  Come with your Pack!  Come with your Patrol or your Troop!

Race through Belzer – Interactive Inflatables – Archery – BBguns – STEM activities and MORE!  Check it out boy-scouts-funrun-flyer-final


October – RECHARTER – sign up

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The dates and locations for Recharter have been confirmed!  Has your Unit signed up for a spot yet?  Register by October 1st.

Wednesday, October 23- St. Alphonsus- All Souls Center

Thursday, October 24- Eagle Creek Community Church

Tuesday, October 29- St. Monica’s Catholic Church

Wednesday, October 30- Immaculate Heart Catholic Church

6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 – 3 slots per time

Unit Recharter Registration Here

Additional Help is Always Needed At Recharters.  Can you help?  You can choose which location(s) that works best for you.  Please email Jenny Beyer at if you can help.

Wednesday, October 23- St. Alphonsus- All Souls Center, 6-9pm

Thursday, October 24- Eagle Creek Community Church, 6-9pm

Tuesday, October 29- St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 6-9pm

Wednesday, October 30- Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 6-9pm


Indy XI Scout Night – Indy Eleven vs. Memphis 901 FC

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Indy Indy_Eleven_Logo.svg_XI Scout Night – Indy Eleven vs. Memphis 901 FC
October 5, 2019 / 7:00pm – Lucas Oil Stadium

All scouts in attendance will receive a patch and have the opportunity to go on the field for a post-game goal kick.

Cost is $12 per person. To register, click here.
Enter promo code: scout. Deadline to order tickets is October 3.

To print the flyer, click here.

For questions, please contact Kevin Kirkoff at 317-685-1100  (ext. 1119) or

Units – Sign up for Recharter appointments – NOW

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The dates and locations for Recharter have been confirmed!
Units – please select a date and time for turning in  your recharter! Don’t forget that help is available at the October Roundtable!
     Wednesday, October 23- St. Alphonsus- All Souls Center
     Thursday, October 24- Eagle Creek Community Church
     Tuesday, October 29- St. Monica’s Catholic Church
     Wednesday, October 30- Immaculate Heart Catholic Church
                    6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 – 3 slots per time


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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.

Merit Badge University November 2 – Registration is Now Open!

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Registration is now open for 2019 University of Scouting!  Share with all leaders and interested Scouters.  This is a great opportunity for training and fellowship!  Don’t miss out!

The 11th Annual Central Indiana Merit Badge University, will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Greenfield-Central Junior High School, Greenfield, IN.  Two Saturday sessions are planned (8:00-11:30am and 2:00-5:30pm). 

If you are a Merit Badge Counselor, or would like to become one, and you would be willing to lead a class or two at the upcoming Central Indiana Merit Badge University please contact Laura (see contact info below) so that we can work with you and add your merit badge course to the schedule.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge with youth involved in Scouting! 

2019 UoS Catalog

September 12 Round Table

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Plan to join us for the September 12 Roundtable!  Exciting things are happening that you won’t want to miss!  7pm St Luke’s Lodge


Cub Scout Roundtable : Introduction to Cub Scout Leader Training – Hacks and Hints and How To’s   flyer here NS Roundtable Sept 2019  

Boy Scout Roundtable – Units come show cookingus how it is done!  Cast Iron?  Dutch Oven?Favorite Dessert?  Food and Fellowship at it’s best!  more information here NS District BSA Roundtable – campfire cooking

Eagle Scout and Venture Crew Help Needed for Fall Camporee

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Venture Crew members and Eagle Scouts are needed to help run and score event stations at the Fall Camporee Oct. 25-27 at Ransburg. The Camporee theme is “High Adventure Base Grand Slam”. These staff will receive Camporee t-shirts, meals and lodging. Interested Crew members and Eagle Scouts should contact Crew 125 Advisor Monica Nelson at as soon as possible.

More information provided  here – Call Out NS Fall Camporeee

Good Turn for Nature – service project

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The council’s Fall Service Project – Good Turn For Nature – is right around the corner.  This is a great opportunity to engage your scouts with the outdoors and teach them the importance of caring for nature!

The project runs from September 28 to October 27 and it is not too late to sign up.  We are now in the process of matching units with host organizations.  If you have not submitted your commitment form, please do so as soon as possible.

Click here to fill out the online form.

The following organizations are still unmatched and would love to partner with your unit:

  • Cope Environmental Center
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • Bitternut Woods Nature Preserve
  • Shakamak State Park
  • Lieber SRA
  • Terre Haute Parks & Rec
  • Whitewater Memorial State Park

For more information and a complete list of host organizations, check out the community page.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Stephanie Marron | Activities Assistant
Developer, Harmony, Empathy, Belief, Responsibility

7125 Fall Creek Road North, Indianapolis, IN 46256   Phone: 317-813-7123

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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Eddie is Moving to Del-Mi

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EStahl-1It is with mixed feelings that we announce our District Executive, Eddie Stahl, is moving on to be the Del-Mi District Director.  Eddie will continue to work with us as we transition to a new DE as he takes on his new role in the Council.  Congratulations, Eddie!

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

Youth Voyager Training – Great Deal!

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From Barb Blue  – CAC Training Committee
There is some exciting news to share about the upcoming Voyageur Youth Course.  A participant in this spring’s adult course was so impressed with what we are trying to accomplish, he and his wife have pledged $100.00 per youth up to 24 students.  (That’s a full course.)  The fee was set at $200.00 with an early bird cost of $180.00.  This makes the total cost to the youth $80.00 if they register early.  The registration is available online under the “Find Trainings” icon on the CAC home page, then under “Additional Trainings” (or click on the link below).


Some more details:
Registered  youth must be 14 years or older (13 with recommendation by the youth’s unit leader)
This is a two weekend course:
First Weekend at Camp Belzer from 6:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2019 to 4:00 pm Sunday, September 8, 2019.
Second Weekend at Camp Bear Creek from 6:00 pm Friday, September 20, 2019 to 4:00 pm Sunday, September 22, 2019
The Early Discount price of $180.00 ends on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm if full fee is paid in full by that date and time.
The flyer can be found here  Voyageur Trng for Youth Flyer 9-2019

Pictures and Articles

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Do you want to see your Scouts on the blog?  Share an awesome adventure or recognize a Scout?  Please send your pictures and articles to  We would love to showcase a Unit or share a great Scout Story every week!

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

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 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