Month: October 2016

Wilderness Race for Scouting

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This year’s Wilderness Race for Scouting is November 12 at Camp Belzer! Early bird registration is open, which includes the participation fee AND choice of shirt for $20. The unit with the most participants will receive an awesome trophy! Medals for all finishers. NEW this year is a fully accessible 1 Mile route. The 5K course will not change. Event is family friendly and open to the public.wilderness

 Registration is open for this year’s Wilderness Race for Scouting! Early bird registration closes October 23. Participate in the 5K OR new for 2016, a 1 Mile fully accessible route. Event open to the public and family friendly! For more information and to register visit: http://www.crossroadsbsa.org/wildernessrace

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New Merit Badge Counselor Material

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BSA has just posted a quick article on Bryan on Scouting about becoming a merit badge counselor.

This has been timed to coincide with a how-to pamphlet on the merit badge counseling process and expectations of merit badge counselors. North Star District Merit Badge Counselor Registrar Mike Yates recommends this pamphlet highly.merit-badge-counselor-manual-cover

All troops should print out this material and use it for new counselors to better understand their roles.

Shooting Sports in Scouts

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Since the Spring Camporee is tentatively scheduled to focus on rifle shooting and archery, we should probably start boning up on the rules of shooting sports in scouts.

First, some basic rules. Cubs can only do BB Guns and archery in very strictly controlled circumstances, such as a Council campsite. No rifles. Ever. Scouts can do much more, but must follow the scouting rules carefully.

So how do we know the scouting rules?

This is scouts. Of course there is a manual for that. You can download the whole thing from the BSA website along with many other new resources.

Second, why are we so picky about the rules? Remember strict adherence to the Guide for Safe Scouting in shooting sports is the only way to guarantee that the BSA insurance will cover you as a unit leader and your chartered organization when you do shooting sports. This is extremely important, especially adhering to the stricter rules for Cub Scouts.

Our first duty is to protect the boys. Our next duty is safety for other participants. Our final duty is to keep the chartered organizations happy and continuing to support scouting.

If you have questions, contact the District Commissioner or the District Executive.

Rechartering is Open

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Rechartering has begun. The schedule for turn-ins is available here.

Please review your unit’s roster against the Internet Rechartering database this week.

This will help expedite the process two ways:

  1. It will speed identifying who needs YPT.
  2. It will speed identifying who needs to turn in applications (try the electronic method to expedite).

Remember no registered adults needing to change position title need to submit new applications during Rechartering. This is only true during Rechartering. The database change of title is sufficient.

Philmont 2017 Openings

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A Pathfinder troop is sending a contingent to Philmont this coming summer. Here’s information we received from their district director.

Troop 92 in the Pathfinder District needs 2 more people to fill a crew, with up to 5 open spots for a Philmont trek in 2017, adult openings as well. It is a 7-day trek from 7/9/17-7/16/17. We need to fill these spots quickly so if anyone or another troop would like to join up with us, it would be much appreciated. Travel arrangements have not been confirmed but we anticipate the cost to be $800-$1000 total prior to our fundraising efforts. Please contact Chris Padgett at (317)703-9753 or capadgett77@att.net ASAP if interested. Thanks!

Belated September Eagle Report

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Congratulations to our September Eagle Scouts:

 Name                   Troop #

Jake Fletcher……….358
Agrayan Gupta ……..56

Thomas Burgess ….804

Hudson Thomas ……73

Upcoming events

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Commissioners’ meeting: Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Second Presbyterian

District Committee: Also Thursday at 7:00 pm, same location

Wood Badge Association dinner: tonight at Belzer

District Camporee: this weekend at the Blind School. Webelos encouraged to visit and see most of our troops in one location.

  1. Youth Protection Training live: Friday at 8:30 pm at Camporee.
  2. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (for Scoutmasters and Asst Scoutmasters and all other volunteers who camp) and Outdoor Webelos Leaders’ Skills (for Cubmasters and Webelos Den Leaders): opening remarks Friday at 9:30 pm and training 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Attendance at Saturday campfire required.

Roundtable: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm at Luke’s Lodge at St Luke’s UMC.

YPT report

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As rechartering season has now opened, the importance of youth protection training status has risen to priority number one.

Luckily we are beginning to see progress. We now have 127 positions that have expired or Will expire before rechartering season is over. That means we are the sixth of the way to our goal.

The best thing at unit can do right now is to make sure that they have their lead person on rechartering open the rechartering system and review specifically the persons who we need to use protection training to be complete before their unit can recharter. We have recharter turn in his beginning in less than two weeks. This means that any unit that has a leader who needs YPT to recharter can cause problems at the turn in.

Training at the Camporee

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At the Camporee on October seventh and eighth, the district will be providing training for scoutmasters, assistant scout master is, and Webelos den leaders. Other cub leaders who see themselves being involved in scouting in the future or heavily encouraged to participate.

The training will include youth protection training on Friday night at 8:30 PM. Then beginning after the senior patrol leader and scoutmaster meeting will begin the introduction to outdoor leadership skills. This training is designed for scoutmasters, assistance got masters and we blows den leaders. It is also useful for other Cub Scout leaders and scout leaders because it covers the basic camping and outdoor skills than adult leader needs to know to train the boys.