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REMINDERS Week of Oct 10 2018

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Reminders for upcoming activities and deadlines!


Next week, the commissioner corps will support pickup and review of recharter paperwork. Locations are setup to allow leaders a range of locations and dates across town to drop off packets.

  • Monday, Oct 15th  – Starbucks, 9545 N. Meridian St. (96th and Meridian) 7:00-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 16th – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church gathering space, (Meridian/Kessler) 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 17th –  St. Alphonsus Parish Hall ( Zionsville) 7:00-8:30pm
  • Thursday, Oct 18th – Starbucks, 5550 Lafayette, Indianapolis, IN (Pike), 7:00-8:30pm
  • Fall break conflict / back-up date: Monday, Oct 22nd, 9545 N. Meridian St. (96th and Meridian), 7:00-8:30pm

For the Troops, Crews and Packs dropping off paperwork directly at the Council office, please let (District Executive) Jessica Hofman know so that it can be received and processed.

Camping and Outdoor Events:

  • Looks like the Fall Camporee “Hocus Pocus” was a blast!  Check out this article for a peak…


  • Coming up!  Final sales day is Oct. 21, final day for returns Oct. 23.  Please see this article for more timeline information.  Hope sales are going well!

Adult Training:

  • ROUNDTABLE this month is Oct. 11 – see this article for more details.
  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training:  In addition to the training held at the October Roundtable, this month’s in-person supplemental training will be at the Zionsville Town Hall on Oct. 23; also more training opportunities are available around the area, see this article for more info).
  • University of Scouting on Nov. 17 – be sure to sign up on the Council website!  See this article for more details.

Merit Badge Workshops:

  • Hou Koda district 2018 Fall Merit Badge Workshop, Oct. 20:  click here to register.
  • Central IN 2018 Merit Badge University Nov. 3:  click here for more information and to register.  Sponsored by Greenfield IN Troop 233.  Spots are filling up fast!


Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!


2018 Silver Beaver Awards

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The Silver Beaver award was introduced in 1931 to recognize outstanding adult volunteers at the Council level.  This award is the highest level of recognition that the Council may bestow on a volunteer.Silver Beaver

And the 2018 Silver Beaver Award Winners are:

Robert Bissell
John M. Bowyer
Reginald Duvalle
Fredrick W. Franz
Ronald Penczek
Bryan Spellman
John Wiebke
Robert I. Wager
Lisa Grube
Robyn Werner
Tony Brandenburg

(Highlighting our North Star District award winners – if anyone was missed on the highlights please send feedback!)

See the full article on the Council site.


Roundtable this week! Oct. 11

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Please be sure to attend this week’s (Oct. 11) meeting, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

October Roundtable topics are:

– Cub Scouts:  Den Leader Training / Rechartering Assistance

– Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):  Eagle Scout Scholarships / Rechartering Assistance

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.

New EAGLE SCOUTS – September 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (September 2018):


SEPTEMBER 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 1167 project hours, and five Scouts earned five Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 2 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

Fall Camporee 2018 Update

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The 2018 Fall Camporee “HOCUS POCUS” will be here before you know it!

The Fall Camporee will be held at The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.

The patch is here!  Please see the Fall Camporee 2018 Patch file attached and use this to help promote the Camporee in your units.Fall Camporee 2018 Patch

The Willy Award Judging Criteria has been announced, and Troops attending the Fall Camporee can compete for this award.  Please see the Willie Award Judging Criteria included here.





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  2. mystifying jargon
  3. an incantation used by conjurers or magicians when performing tricks
  4. conjuring skill or practice
Tricky knots, Tom Foolery, puzzles, decoders, wild goose chases, mazes, card tricks, games, technology, and characters are all part of the Camporee magic!

Rechartering 2018: Update

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From District Commissioner Stephen Heath:

Rechartering is coming As a follow-up to a note sent to the Pack, Troop and Crew Key 3’s, here’s where we’re at in the journey.

Now through Sept 30:

·       YPT needs to be completed by all youth-interacting audits, using the new YPT course. On-line is the most efficient way to get this done by

·       Position specific training for scoutmaster, asst scoutmasters, den leaders and cubmasters should be done this month, if possible.  There will be opportunities to catch these up at University of Scouting in November, and also in the evenings at Golden Burke.  Chairs, please have someone check and oversee your training!

·       Has your COR scheduled a meeting with your charter rep to prepare sign-off paperwork?

October 1:  On-line recharter is open! Adult and youth rosters should be current. Fees should be collected and ready to submit.

October 15-19: NS Commissioner Service will schedule drop-off times and places around town to receive recharter packets & fees. Please make sure all charter signatures are-place and training is up to date!

Tentative dates:

·        Oct 15 – Washington Township

·        Oct 16 – Meridian/Kessler

·        Oct 17 – Zionsville

·        Oct 18 – Pike Township

October 31: Deadline for recharter packets are received and ready for council, as noted in the letter below. If you opt to drop these off at Council, either before or after our pick-up dates, please make sure (District Executive) Jessica Hofman is aware so she can look out for it!

Information about the process including links to resource materials may be found online at  Getting an early start is a good way to Be Prepared!

FALL 2018 Camporee: “Hocus Pocus”

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The 2018 Fall Camporee theme is “Hocus Pocus”!

The Fall Camporee will be held at The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.

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  1. trickery or chicanery
  2. mystifying jargon
  3. an incantation used by conjurors or magicians when performing tricks
  4. conjuring skill or practice
Tricky knots, Tom Foolery, puzzles, decoders, wild goose chases, mazes, card tricks, games, technology, and characters are all part of the Camporee magic!
All troops please send a camporee representative to a planning meeting at the American Legion Post # 3, in Broad Ripple, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN.  We will meet from 7 – 8 pm on Tuesday, September 11th.
North Star District is looking for staff to help organize final steps.  Please contact Mark Pishon at with any questions.

Preparation for rechartering: roster review

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Remember rechartering is only a few weeks away. Now is the time to make sure your roster is up to date. Send it to Jessica Hofman to make sure council’s records match.

Then review the training for your unit. If you have 100% trained of next year’s leaders, you are all set. Otherwise, get them trained.