Month: August 2015

Looking for Position of Responsibility? How about OA Rep?

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One of the most common concerns that I hear is that a troop needs more positions of responsibility. What do those include?

The Boy Scout Eagle Requirements state,

OA Rep Patch

4. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility. List only those positions served after your Life board of review date.

Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.

Varsity Scout team. Captain, cocaptain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow team representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.

Venturing crew/ship. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, guide, boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.

Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community.

(Underlining added for emphasis.) So it would be reasonable to expect that each troop in North Star District should have an OA Representative attend our Chapter meetings on the first Sunday of each month.  (See the District website for upcoming meeting times and locations.)

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YPT Optimal Expiration Date

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As we head into rechartering season, opening October 1st, the Commissioner’s Staff is going to work hard at making this process as quick and painless as possible.

DistrictCommissionerIn order to allow this goal to be accomplished, we need the cooperation of our volunteers. One of the logistical nightmares for our unit chairs is to assure that each of the scouters registered is properly trained in Youth Protection Training.

BSA puts the requirements this way:

BSA Policy is: 

Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer does not meet the BSA’s Youth Protection training requirement at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered. 

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to

This begs the question, “When is rechartering done?”

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Report from back-to-school night

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AdventureThank you to all of our volunteers who actively worked to support our back-to-school night efforts last night. The volunteerism and effort were noticeable, particularly from some of our Boy Scout troops that did not have an immediate benefit from the effort.

We have a handful of units that still have not completed their recruitment and turned in numbers.

Unfortunately we are still 100 new scouts below our target at this moment.

This bad news is tempered with the list of possible scouts that were generated in our marketing efforts leasing up to last night. We had identified families who would be interested in scouts. We have a lot of leads on these particular scouts we could still recruit.

District still is optimistic that we can make our target for new recruits this season. It will require more effort.

Scouting enrollment drop off location

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 Just a reminder after Thursday’s sign-up night, the applications and enrollment fees for Council, boys life and related costs should be delivered to Three Wisemen Brewing Company in Broad Ripple.

Small units: recruitment night script

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The other day I posted an article about how to organize a big unit back to school night for Thursday.
Small units are asking whether they need to have a full meeting like in years past. We are proposing that you follow the same pattern as big units except have one person follow the same order of conversation. It would not require separate stations be set up.

Converting Consumers of Play to Initiators of Play

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Long-Time BSA staffer Scott Teare of Michigan took over the General Secretary of the World Organization of the Scouting Movement in January 2013. In this video  he talks about the Scouting movement’s effort to convert children from consumers of play, such as video games or Little League players in an establish league run by adults, to initiators of play. The kids become responsible for creating their own fun.  In the end they learn leadership and fellowship.

Plans for August 27th Recruitment Night

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Unit Leaders:

Could you please forward this message to all scouters that will be assisting at North Star District Elementary Schools with recruiting?

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Roundtable is coming! Roundtable is coming!

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(UPDATED 8/31/15: Major changes to agenda. Old agenda deleted as appropriate.)

At Roundtable on Thursday, September 3rd, 6:30 pm, we will be very busy.

Cubs will be talking about planning for District Rocket Launch on Saturday, September 12th. It is tentatively scheduled for Camp Belzer. The Pack leaders will receive their rocket engines at the Roundtable. We will have our Launchmaster present to discuss the protocols and processes for the morning.

Scouts will be discussing the upcoming Camporee.

Commissioner at coffee

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Today, Tuesday, August 25, our Commissioner Jeff Heck is available of coffee at Bankers Life Fieldhouse . We will be there until 9 AM. Come join him.

How Many Service Hours by Scouts worldwide by 2020?

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At Earth Day 2015, World Organization of Scouting Movement’s president Scott Teare promised 1,000,000,000 hours of service by scouts.

Crossroads of America Council and Del-Mi District and National Executive Staff Director of Sustainability John Stewart undertook the challenge on behalf of BSA.

Del-mi's and National Executive Staffer John Stewart as Wood Badge staff C6-160-15-2.
Del-mi’s and National Executive Staffer John Stewart as Wood Badge staff C6-160-15-2.

What part is your unit playing?

How do we know? You need to report your unit’s service hours and designate Messenger of Peace as benefitting organization.