Scoutmaster Specific, Intro to Outdoor Leadership Skills, Committee Challenge, Den Leader, Cubmaster, MBC Classes
Many troops need Troop Committee Challenge, Scoutmaster Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership (also covers Outdoor Webelos Leadership Skills) training to complete rechartering.
Packs need Den Leader and Cubmaster Position Specific Training.
Crews need Venture Advisor Training.
In order to facilitate rechartering expeditiously yet honor the training requirement going into the holiday season, we are going to offer a novel solution. We are going to allow untrained scouters to remain on the roster, if and only if they do one of the following:
- Complete online training and confirm their training is accurately posted to their unit’s Training Manager report on my.scouting.org before the Charter is sent to the Registrar; or
- Present a receipt demonstrating prior registration and payment for the class(es) listed below or similarly situated course out-of-council.
If you can serve as faculty, you can sign up here.
Just a quick reminder that tonight at 6:30 pm is the final district training session for the year. Sign up closes at 3:00 pm. Walk ins are welcome.
St Luke’s United Methodist Church’s outbuilding Luke’s Lodge (second floor, westside) will be the location.
- Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
- Troop and Pack Committee Challenge.
At the same time, Council will be offering two classes at the Scout Service Center on Fall Creek Road. More information at www.crossroadsbsa.org/training. These classes start at 7:00 pm.
- Cubmaster Specific Training
- Den Leader Specific Training.
Tonight is a great night to .
Reminder that tomorrow Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm (yes, 6:30 pm) is roundtable.
- Scout Roundtable will address how to use Junior Assistant Scoutmasters to engage 16- and 17-year-old scouts.
- Cub Scout Roundtable will address Preparing for the Pinewood Derby and Blue & Gold Banquets.
District officers have received a myriad of complaints about my.scouting.org’s online training system. Most are reporting that the scouter has taken an online module and not received credit for completing the module. The scouter then tries to complete the module again without an improved result.
Given that district is working hard to have 100% Trained adult leadership, this presents a major obstacle to that goal.
Some tips for dealing with these problems are
- Do not repeat a module. Preferably, take a screenshot of the end of the module. If it does not give you credit for completion, the screenshot will be accepted.
- If you cannot take a screenshot, keep a handwritten log of the modules giving you problems. Then move on to the next module. When you are done with training, send Jeff Heck an email of the problem modules. We can manually enter completion for for the entire course but not individual modules, so it is important you complete the training before telling us about problem modules. We are powerless to help you until course completion.
- Take in-person training. Most attendees report getting more value from the conversations than from the online modules. Remember you will get credit for training in rechartering for signing up and paying your course fees, if you send an email receipt of the course. This includes tonight’s classes, council training, and University of Scouting on January 14, 2017.
Remember recharter is now overdue, so we would really appreciate closing out these training issues as soon as possible.
If you have other questions, please contact District Commissioner Jeff Heck.
Sign Up Process
Camping at Redwing
- T343 – Swimmin’ with the ice cubes – ice rescue
- T73 – Iceberg hop
- T358 – Give me shelter – Emergency shelter build
- T804 – From ice to fire – fire building
Award for the 2017 Camporee Trifecta
Fall Camporee 2017
A report from District Pinewood Derby Chair Bill Buchalter:
I would like to remind North Star District pack leaders to contact me if they need a track in the upcoming Pinewood Derby season. My email address email@example.com is the best way to contact me about arranging a date.
Also, the District Derby is going to be on Saturday, March 18th, and more details about that will be coming soon.
A quick reminder that Roundtable will return to a normal agenda next Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm (not 7:00 pm).
More details about topics to be posted here later.
Remember as part of District’s Recharter (yes, District recharters annually, too), we need to confirm your troop’s and crew’s merit badge counselor list. (They are technically district staff and not unit staff.)
Please confirm with District Merit Badge Counselor Registrar Mike Yates that all of your MBC’s are
- Trained as an MBC
- Current on their Youth Protection certification through my.scouting.org, and
- Still active with the troop.
Units that fail to certify this information to Mike Yates are subject to having their MBC’s dropped in the rechartering process. That means all blue cards they sign are void. Please do not let that happen to your scouts.
We will have another Scoutmaster Specific Training tonight (Wednesday) and another on December 7th. This is required for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
We will have an Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) on Saturday. This is required for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
Webelos Den Leaders and Cubmasters who participate in the IOLS training will also get credit for Outdoor Webelos Leaders Skills (OWLS). They will get two certifications for the price of one.
Den leader training is available tonight.
Troop and pack committee Training will be offered on December 7th, too.
To sign up or get more information, click here.
These certifications never expire.
Just a quick reminder that Unit Commissioners will be meeting with the District Commissioner Thursday at 6:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church in Room 401.
Immediately afterward District Committee will meet at 7:00 pm in Room 405. The Camporee Committee will report on Winter and Spring Camporee planning and Fall Camporee Scheduling.
This meeting is intended for Committee Members and Chartered Organization Representatives from all units.
Look forward to seeing you there.
At this time, North Star has done very well in getting the initial paperwork turned in for its units. We have a vastly higher percentage of units submitting paperwork to Council that other similarly situated districts.
We have a number of units that have not had their submissions finalized because of missing paperwork or training.
The units that have completely submitted all paperwork, payment, and evidence of training AND have been approved by the registrar are (7 units)
- Packs 35 and 514,
- Troops 35, 56, 73, 269, and 514.
The units that have completed the above-listed paperwork but approval by the registrar is still pending are (6 units)
- Packs 105, 358 (Delaware Tribe), 358-3 (Munsee Tribe), and 586, and
- Troops 191 and 804.
The units that have completed all paperwork and payments but still have training requirements to complete (which many can complete with in-person training or online training this week and next week) are
- Packs 18, 64, 171, 174, 175, 179, 358-2 (Miami Tribe), 358-4 (Shawnee Tribe), and
- Troops 18, 358, and 586.
As a side note, thank you to the scoutmaster corps from Troop 586 for attending last night’s Scoutmaster Specific Training at St Luke’s UMC to keep their training moving forward! (Another one tonight!)
Thank you, too, to the other leaders that have done their training online or with other members of their unit.
The remaining units have paperwork outstanding. Troop 343 and Crew 358 have scheduled the delivery of their paperwork this week.