Month: October 2016

In Person Training Dates

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If you need Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) or Scoutmaster Specific Training (SMS), those must be done in person.

Those trainings are available as noted below:

  1. IOLS: This Saturday at Camp Kreinstein.
  2. SMS: We will schedule a session in November once we have determined who needs it. We will announce it the next week. We will likely offer one session but will seek input to maximize attendance.

Cub leader training is also available in person at the Scouter Service Center on November 9, 2016.


Updating Training Reports

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As you review your unit’s training reports on, don’t forget your Unit Key 3 and commissioners can enter training in the Training Manager. The only exception is you can’t enter your own training.

If your adult leader has training but no certificate, please talk to the District Commissioner to make arrangements on how to proceed.

Last Rechartering Turn-Ins this week

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Wednesday and Thursday are the final turn in nights for Rechartering at Zionsville Christian and Immaculate Heart of Mary Churches, respectively.

If you missed your scheduled night, come to one of these.

Bring your papers in whatever state they are nad we will help you move through it.

Rechartering 2016: Report #1

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Please note all information above is current as of October 24, 2016. We are still awaiting data updates on October 25 from the Council Registrar. If you know that your unit is further along than noted below, please email the district commissioner so that this article can be updated to reflect more current information and identify foreseeable errors.

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, we had our first of three Recharter Turn-In Nights.

We had 13 units scheduled to attend (one does not require because it is a new unit t20161020-turn-in-unitshat expires 12/31/17, but they have met with the district executive and commissioner to double check everything). Of the 12 units needing rechartering, eight submitted their Recharter Application in draft or final form. One unit has made arrangements to submitted a completed application by the close of business on October 25th. Thank you to these ten units for moving the process forward:

For the fifteen (15) units scheduled to turn in charters at Zionsville Christian Church on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, eleven (11) of them have begun the online rechartering process. Those units are Pack 180 (formerly known as Pack 98), Packs 105, 358-0, 358-2, and 586; and Troops 358, and 804; Crews 69, 358, and 408. Even more impressively, two of them have already completed the electronic portion of the process. Those two units are Troop 358 at St Alphonsius and Crew 408 at the Zionsville American Legion.

For the ten units scheduled to turn in charters at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Thursday, October 27, 2016, only four (4) have not begun the online process. Those units that have started the online rechartering process are Pack 171, 175, 514; and Troops 35, 174, and 514.

Thank you to the units that are moving the process forward. We look forward to seeing many of you in the next two days!

For more information about the rechartering process, visit our district rechartering page.


Cub Scout discipline 

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When my son began working as a 12-year old den chief, a Boy Scout helping a Cub Scout den, I did not know what to expect. When the meeting was over, I asked him what he thought about it. He said very slowly and deliberately with a pause between each word, “It was like herding cats.”

Many first time den leaders have the same feeling after their first den meeting.

One of the first lesson is that any good den leader can have is how to implement a system that encourages good behavior.

At the website, she has a wonderful and simple article with some great positive reinforcement mechanisms. Take a look.

Some of these ideas apply equally well to older scouts, too.

Recharter not done: what do I do?

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Tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, 2016 is the first of our three recharter application turn-in nights. I have already had email communications with many of the units who’s applications for rechartering are due in the next 24 hours.

One of the questions that is a rising implicitly is whether they should attend if their paperwork is not 100% in order yet.

Simply put, yes, they should attend.

There are many reasons for this:

  1. We can identify problems in the paperwork, sometimes the unit may not be aware of the problem exists. The sooner all problems are identified, the faster unit usually is in completing the rechartering process. 
  2. Knowing what problems really exist drastically reduces the stress in the unit associated with rechartering.
  3. Allowing the district commissioner and his staff to know what problems exist allows the district to offer resources to fix problems. For example, if a unit has many people who need youth protection training, it makes it easier for the district to offer a live training session at one of the unit meetings.
  4. If one of the volunteers and a unit refuses to do youth protection training in a timely manner and this can cause the unit rechartering to fail, the district staff can attempt to support the unit by contacting the recalcitrant volunteer directly. If that fails, the district can work in cooperation with the unit to find other solutions.
  5. Often volunteers get stuck in the rechartering software. We have had success with units coming with nothing prepared and walking out with the process nearly done. We’ve had many compliments about how far this turn-in meeting has helped them proceed through the process.
  6. Some units do not have enough money in their account to cover dues. This allows the district to better understand win dues payments will be made and work cooperatively with the unit.
  7. It assists novice rechartering leaders to learn the process with face to face tech-support.
  8. The district staff will be able to enter information into the council’s database on This means if the unit has any future questions for the commissioner, district executive, or registrar, that support person will be able to look online for any information previously provided. This will make unit support and problem-solving much more efficient.

Simply put, the turn-in meeting is designed to expedite rechartering. It is not simply a matter of accepting completed applications.

As part of this process we will have a photo copier and Internet access with laptops. This will allow us to help any unit move their process along.

All units attending will either receive notification that the district believes their applications for rechartering are 100% in order or will receive a written check list of items to be completed. In either case this information will be entered in the council’s database on rechartering.

We look forward to seeing every unit at their scheduled turn in time.

REMINDER: Roundtable tomorrow night

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 will be roundtable.

We will have two topics:

  1. Rechartering updates and a run through of the checklist.
  2. Webelos to Scout Transition planning.

This is a very important meeting, so all units should have members in attendance.

Rechartering Report: Week of 10/12/16

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 is the first rechartering turn in date at Second Presbyterian Church. This is for Packs 18, 64, 84, 179, and 830, and Troops 18, 56, 73, 191, 269, 343, and 512. See the rechartering update page for a schedule of turn-ins. You can also see a list of various articles about recharteringDistrictCommissioner.

Thank to Packs 514 and 586, and Troops 73, 174, 269, 343, 358, 514, and 804, and Crew 358 for beginning their online rechartering process. That will help keep everything moving!

CORRECTION: On the email accompanying your internet rechartering access code, there was a misstatement. No new Adult Application is required if a scouter is registered with your unit to change positions! This only requires a change in the rechartering application online. The new position will be effective January 1, 2017 automatically.

However, any changes with immediate effect (i.e., in October 2016, still require a new adult application).


Cub Scout Hayride

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Again Pack 358 is opening their annual Eagle Creek Park Hayride to the district!

Thank you to Pack 358 for their generosity and demonstration that a “Scout is . . . Kind!”

Pack 358
Eagle Creek
Hayride & Bonfire  

Cub Scout logoWhen: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Shelter “A” at Eagle Creek State Park

Cost: $6 per car for entry to Eagle Creek

Shelter “A” is reserved for dens to use from 10AM – 3PM.

Meal will start at 4:30pm.  Please bring your pitch-in food by 4:15pm.  See below.

Hayride wagons depart from Shelter “A” – 1-hour fun trip through Eagle Creek

5 wagons depart at 3:15pm

2 wagons depart at 4:45pm

Hot dogs, buns, s’mores, plates, utensils, cups and drinks will be provided by the Pack.


Please bring:

Lions/Tigers: Chips / Snacks

Wolves & Bears: Salads

Webelos: Deserts


Please bring your own roasting sticks. 

POC: Leah Haak –

Sign up at

Flyer here. Added 2:53 pm

Bicentential Torch is Coming to Us!

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Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is coming to Boone and Montgomery Counties on October 13th, 2016!

In Montgomery County the torch will be passing through between 10:00am and 12:00pm. In Boone County it will be passing through between 12:30 pm and 2:30pm (at the court house around 1pm and Lincoln Park in Zionsville around 2pm).bicentential-torch-relay-graphic
Follow the torch and support the torchbearers! Follow them on social media. Download INTorchRelay app and follow the torch.

That’s not all!

That night between 7 and 10pm a FREE block party will take place at the Boone County 4-H fairgrounds. Anyone can attend. This includes Food, Activities for the Kids, Historical information about the counties and much more. Bring a can food item to donate to the Caring Center, Bring a book to donate to the “Boone Counties little Library” and a favorite picture of your location in Boone County.

Download the flyer here.