Latest Event Updates

Request for Increased Scout Power at 500 Festival

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From Greg Jacoby, Council and Troop 174:

Dear Scouts:

Based on the success of our involvement last year, [North Star District] and all other scouts from the Crossroads Council have been asked to increase the presences of the Boy Scouts at the 500 Festival. The Boys Scouts have been involved in many behind the scene activities with the 500 Festival but one the council goals it makes Boy Scouts more visible in the community. 

One way to get the Scouts out in front, is to have them help with the Mini-Marathon and so we have been asked to man water station number 17 at the Mini-Marathon on May 6. It is the water station just before the end of the race, and is located on the IUPUI campus making it very easy to get to and park. 

This activity is for all the Scouts, Cub Scout and Weblos. Additionally, this is open to all their family members. This is one of the only activities that children accompanied by an adult leader can volunteer during the 500 festival. 

We need 80 people to come help, (two shifts of 40, one early morning and then mid-morning) The water station is open from 7 am to 1pm. People can work all morning, or in 4 hours shifts. If you are interested in getting involved, please let me know by email and then sign up on the web site https://2017mmpit.my-trs.com/. 

Attached is the 500 Festival volunteer web site sign up instructions.  

Thanks for your help and as always call my cell 317-828-6230 or email gjacoby@bdmd.com if you have any questions.   

Yours in Scouting

Greg Jacoby

  

PLEASE SIGN UP ON LINE BY APRIL 12 2017

1. Log onto our Pit Station volunteer website https://2017mmpit.my-trs.com/

2. Click on the “registrar now” link

4. Welcome to the 500 Festival online registration, please read the important information

5. Click the purple” Volunteer Registration” button on the right side of the page.

6. Select “500 Festival Volunteer

7. select individual and then create your account

 

Thanks for helping to promote Scouting.

Questions? If you have any reach out to Volunteer Intern, Stephanie Forsythe via email sforsythe@500festival.com or 317-614-6113 or Program Manager, Jennifer Livesay at jlivesay@500festival.com

Spring Camporee Training

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North Star District is planning on holding three training sessions at the Spring Camporee at Camp Ransburg on Saturday, April 23rd.

  1. Scoutmaster Specific Training. Required for all scoutmaster, assistant scoutmasters, and scoutmaster-candidates to be rechartered in October 2017. (4 hours, likely beginning at 9:00 am.) National keeps promising that this will be offered online eventually. To date, it has not. This is recommended for Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.
  2. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (with Outdoor Webelos Leadership Skills). This is required for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Webelos Den Leaders. It is highly recommended for Cubmasters, Junior Assistant Scoutmasters, and Troop Committee members camping with scouts. This is an in-person only class. This will start 9:00 pm Friday and run from 9:00 am Saturday through dinner time Saturday. (We will try to get done early.) Eagle Scouts earned since 2002 are automatically waived for this class, since the class is designed to teach the Scout to First Class Scout Curriculum under the current Advancement system. Notify Con or Jeff if you have any eligible for this waiver, and we will talk you through how to proceed.
  3. CPR and AED training. This will likely be offered twice. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Class space is limited. This is required for at least one person on a high adventure outing.

We are happy to have scouters join us as faculty. Long classes are easier on the student if they get a variety of faculty throughout the day.

We will be posting a sign up for these classes shortly.

Update on North Star Swim Test

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From Swim Test Coordinator Brian Crow:

Please find see linksbelow regarding the upcoming Swim Test at the Pike Aquatic Center on Monday, April 17, 2017.
To date, I have only heard from four Troops (56,69, 73, 343) and one Venture Crew (1121).
And a great big “Thank You” shout out to Jerry Ritchie from Troop 343 for coordinating all of this with the Pike Aquatic Center!!
Brian

April Roundtable Focus on Great Program Planning

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Our April Roundtable will focus on having great and memorable annual plans. We will start at 7:00 pm at St Luke’s Luke’s Lodge (the outbuilding on St Luke’s Campus), 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

We will have ideas. We will have discussions about past successes and failures. We will have calendars for all upcoming district functions through 2018 so that you can plan way ahead.

All units should send a representative . . . or three!

Watch this site for more information.

REMINDER: District Committee Meeting, Room Change

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Just a quick reminder about the District Committee Meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, COMMON ROOM, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Yes, this is a change from our normal room. The church has a big event and they are using the entire 4th floor.

The District Commissioners Staff Meeting (meaning all unit commissioners, roundtable commissioners, and ADC’s) will meet as usual at 6:00 pm. Room has not been announced yet.

Swim Tests Outside of District

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If your unit is looking for swim tests outside of the April 17th North Star District Swim Test, fear not, we have you covered.

  1. Noblesville High School April 23, 2017 18111 Cumberland Road Noblesville, IN; 1:00pm—5:00pm
  2. Southport High School April 29th, 2017 971 E. Banta Indianapolis, IN
    8:00am – 11:30am
  3. Carmel High School May 21, 2017 520 E. Main Carmel, IN;
    2:00pm—5:00pm

For more information, click here.

March Eagle Report

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Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts on March 8, 2017

First Last Troop
Stephen Barda 174
Robert Isakson 514
Scott Decker 56
Dane Standhardt 18

These scouts will have their date of rank as March 8, 2017, once National Council ratifies their Board. Eagle pin

Awards Banquet 2017

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On Thursday, March 9, 2017, North Star District honored its award winners from the 2016 Scouting Year. Thank you to Banquet Chair Mark Pishon for a wonderful evening, enjoyed by the over 100 attendees.

Thank you to former Pacer Eddie Gill for serving as our Keynote Speaker. He gave a very emotional and powerful personal story of the impact on youth service organizations on his life. He spoke very highly of scouting as a partner in the youth service organization movement.

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Eddie Gill (left) with our DE Con Sulivan
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District Award of Merit recipient Michael Rodriguez (SM, T514)
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District Award of Merit recipient Tom Sugar, right (T358, P180, Unit Commissioner)
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Cake for 98 year old district

 

Congratulations to 2016 honorees:

Name 2016 Award Unit
Ron Wells Arrowman of the Year T343
Sandra Mitchell-Holder Boy Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year T512
Jeff Heck Commissioner of the Year
Tom Rude Cub Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year P358
Jeremy Morin Cubmaster of the Year P105
Tom Sugar District Award of Merit T358
Michael Rodriguez District Award of Merit T514
John Ruggles Firecrafter of the Year T343
Derrick Daily Hooked on Scouting P105
Geordie Hester Hooked on Scouting P105
Seth Fleming Hooked on Scouting P105
Joe Seufert Hooked on Scouting P171
Brandi Jittjumnongk Hooked on Scouting P358
Elizabeth Selm Hooked on Scouting P358
Martin Price Hooked on Scouting P830
Brendan Cavanaugh Hooked on Scouting T358
Nancy Sugar Hooked on Scouting T358
Dr. Jay Bhatt Hooked on Scouting T69
Jennifer Buddenbaum Hooked on Scouting T69
Brent Seiler Hooked on Scouting T804
John “Rusty” Hitch Hooked on Scouting T804
James Beck Scoutmaster of the Year T358
Jeremy Morin Spark Plug Award P105
Matt Rekeweg Spark Plug Award P105
Theresa Arens Spark Plug Award P105
Courtnay Henthorn Spark Plug Award P171
Jenny Beyer Spark Plug Award P358
Matt Selm Spark Plug Award P358
Terry May Spark Plug Award P358
Tammie Buchanon Spark Plug Award P830
Jane Sullivan Spark Plug Award T358
Kevin Russell Spark Plug Award T358
Luther Rice Spark Plug Award T358
Michael Luciani Spark Plug Award T358
Toby Hlade Spark Plug Award T358
Ed Parada Spark Plug Award T56
Mike Faulk Spark Plug Award T56
Mike Yates Spark Plug Award T56
Jay Leinart Spark Plug Award T69
Scott Stukenborg Spark Plug Award T69
Beth Price Spark Plug Award T804
James Corridan Spark Plug Award T804
Jane Burgess Spark Plug Award T804
Martin Rice Spark Plug Award T804
David Bruce Venture Advisor of the Year C358

Director of Field Services Nathan Young was on hand, too, to award North Star District the Journey to Excellence Gold Award. This reflects not just on the District but on all of the units that earned their gold, allowing the District to bask in their glories.

Thank you to Nancy Sugar, Troop 358 and supporter of Pack 180’s rebuild, for taking these wonderful photographs of the evening.

 

Welcome to new Crew 56!

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This month we have officially added our fifth Venturing Crew to North Star District! St Luke’s United Methodist Church successfully completed its chartering of its new Venturing Crew. This is the first crew in Western Washington Township in many years.

Venturing Advisor Bill Cherry, long time Troop 56 Assistant Scoutmaster, says, “We would welcome older scouts from neighboring troops. More importantly, we would love to have young ladies join our crew.”

Crew 56 chartered as co-ed and would like to add more young ladies.

Crew 56 will be encouraging all participants to give back to their home scout troop. The crew seeks to enhance the value of the scout troop experience by providing older teenagers and young adults challenges that are beyond the experience and skills of boys under 14 years of age.

Scouts seeking to pursue Eagle rank must maintain their primary registration with their home scout troop and fully participate in the troop. Even so, advancement activities done with the Crew will count toward Eagle rank.

 

500 Festival Parade Planning Begins

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We have a long tradition in this Council of assisting with the chair setup at the 500 Festival Parade. This tradition is so ingrained, it takes little thought or preparation to run. Old habits just run the show.

With the expected formal approval of the reorganizatin of our districts at the March 29, 2017 Council board meeting, it is going to force to have to communicate more than in the past.

We already know that T’Sun Gani’s units already work certain sections of the parade route. North Star units work other sections. With the realignment of the districts, we will need to make sure that knowledge is shared with the District leadership. This will allow us to maintain old traditions where practicable, but allow us to move forward together, too.

We should also expect some changes within other districts that would cause us to have unforeseen changes. Pioneer District is picking up several old T’Sun Gani units. How Pioneer chooses to handle manpower issues is up to them. It is foreseeable that they may want to consolidate the locale of work for easier management. What would that do to our North Star units?

Old Trail and Iron Horse joining together to become the new Bear Creek District may have other impacts.

This is just one example of issues that we may see over the coming months. Since a “Scout is . . . helpful, friendly, [and] courteous . . .,” we need to work to anticipate where these changes could affect us moving forward.