Month: May 2017

Bobwhite Blather: “For Best Results, Ask Better Questions”

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UPDATE 6/2/17: I had several people tell me at District Committee’s meeting last night that the link did not work. Here is the link to the full article again, just in case bobwhiteblather.com/for-best-results-ask-better-questions


My favorite quote is

What’s interesting about this process is that asking open-ended, thought-provoking questions can, not only guide others to find solutions, but it can change their way of thinking. It is in this change – it’s called neuroplasticity – where we find leadership developing. As leaders develop, their ways of thinking change. They look at challenges differently. They find new ways to look at issues, and their minds open up to the process of problem-solving and engaging others in moving toward a common goal. Executive coach Mary Jo Asmus details the three-step process that happens when you ask insightful – not instructional – questions.

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REMINDER: District Meetings Thursday

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A quick reminder about our District Committee meeting Thursday at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, Room 401 (furthest from elevator).

Also the District Commissioner meeting will be Thursday at 6:00 pm in Room 405 (nearest elevator, if I got the numbers wrong).

Lessons from Memorial Day: Eagle Project Ideas

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One of the lessons we learned from the Memorial Day grave dressings is that our cemetaries in North Star need a lot of tender loving care. I took some photos of Fall Creek Cemetary at just eat of the 4000 block of Keystone at Millersville Rd. (Unfortunately, I don’t have my camera with me to post the photo. I will try to post it here later.)

The fencing and edging looked like something out of Scooby Doo.

There are reportedly a number of Pioneer Cemetaries in the District that need some clean up.

While Eagle Projects cannot involve maintenance like mowing, they can beautify and restore weathered older facilities. Troop 343 recently had an example of that.

Also in placing Memorial Flags at the cemetaries, we saw how many veterans were not getting flags placed at their graves. Our mission Saturday was to place flags at past members of the American Legion. Not all veterans are members of the American Legion. That means that many were skipped, even though their gravestones clearly identify their unit of service and often the war in which they served.

This lends an opportunity to an Eagle Candidate to help assure that we can better serve these late veterans and their families. I don’t know what Crown Hill has on record about the veterans buried there. I have asked for better maps from them. Hopefully we will find out at the District Committee meeting tomorrow when Crown Hill’s staff might visit us.

Think about Eagle Projects for all of these cemetaries in our District. There are plenty of opportunities for lasting effects from our Eagles.

 

Memorial Day turn out

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We had a great turn out for the grave dressing with American Legion Post #3. Thank you to all the troops and packs that participated!

Troop 343 cleans up Bethel Cemetary

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From Scoutmaster Ron Wells:

Troop 343 continues to give back to PIke Township: On Monday, May 22nd members of the troop “dressed” approximately 200 graves of veterans for Memorial Day in Bethel Cemetery located in the 5200 block of W. 52nd St. Attached are some photos of the event.
Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Appleton recently completed his Service project at the cemetery also. A large amount of brush was removed revealing several headstones that had been obscured for decades. Scouts also cleaned several headstones with a special fluid that preserved them and still allowed them to not be damaged during the process.

Remember your unit can do grave dressing this Saturday with American Legion Post #3 at 7:30 am. Be there for breakfast, served by the Post members. The Post Commander Rees Morgan, a long-time scouter in North Star, too, will have some remarks and then give the Packs, Troops, Crews, OA Chapter members, and Firecrafter Ember members present their assignments among Union Chapel Cemetary and Crown Hill Cemetary.

Last year we had the better part of 120 scouts, scouters, and family members present. Let’s try to beat that attendance.

Update on 500 Festival Parade

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From Bill Hodgson:500-festival-header-logo-x91476

Good day all:

Sorry for the silence.  I only got our seating manifest last Thursday[, May 18, 2017].

Please know North Star will again be responsible for the 300 block of North Pennsylvania for the IPL 500 Festival Parade. We only have to put up chairs on the West side this year because of construction where the former Indianapolis Star building was located.

I will be there about 7:30 AM but the scouts and scouters need not arrive until about 8:30 AM. Suggest you park to the east to ease you exit. We typically are out and heading home before 2 PM.   It is a good location as we can set up lawn chairs in the adjacent park.

I will provide my architectural walking tour document to any troops interesting in walking the parade route after set up is complete.   You will have plenty of time to do that.Feel free to contact me at cell phone 317-560-0597 with questions or concerns.

Yours in scouting,

Bill Hodgson
317-560-0597 cell

Please remember that all Troops are responsible for the necessary YPT compliance and adult supervision on their own, unless specific arrangements are made with other troops to cover for you.

LDS Changes relationship with BSA

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If you have heard the news about the LDS starting a transition away from the BSA, there are all sorts of rumors. Here are some articles that Troop 56 Assistant Scoutmaster Don Bievenour sent to me.

Interest in Sea Base, May 2018?

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Venturing Crew 1121 has reserved a Coral Reef Adventure at Sea Base for the week of May 29, 2018. They are still building their unit, so they don’t have enough people to fill the berths yet.

There is room for 6 youths (scouts or venturers) and 2 adults (if female participants attend, at least one adult must be female, too).

If you are interested, contact Mike Helsel or Jeff Heck. We need to have some initial takers rather quickly, or else this trip will be released back to Sea Base.

Here is the description from Sea Base:

Your home for a week will be on a large sailing vessel over 40 feet long. During the adventure, you will be sailing the Florida Keys and have the chance to snorkel some of the most beautiful reefs in the Keys and part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

You will also have the opportunity to study astronomy, navigation, fish identification, and coral reef ecology. So join us for the Coral Reef Sailing Adventure, sharpen your navigational skills and enjoy snorkeling and fishing all in one package.  Crew size 6-8.  This is a seven day event.

“Camporee” for Venturers?

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Tucker LaPrade, council’s Venturing specialist, will serve as Camp Director at Camp Krietenstein this summer.

I sat down to talk with him a couple weeks ago about what we can do in North Star District for Venturing.

As a result of that meeting, we determined that Council-wide our Venturing Crews needed an inter-crew activity, similar to a camporee. We came up with the idea of a “Venturing Round-Up.”

We are proposing that it would take place at Camp Krietenstein from Friday evening, August 18, 2017 to Sunday morning, August 20, 2017. (The following weekend is another choice, we are considering.) It would include pistol-, shotgun-, and rifle-shooting; a canoeing obstacle course (intended to take 45-60 minutes to complete); a rafting challenge (requiring pioneering skills and carrying a 100-lbs object 200 meters over water); and a chuckwagon cookoff. In the evening will be a traditional scouting campfire and social time.

Crews will complete by contingents of up to 10 venturers. All participants must be enrolled in a Crew somewhere.

We have willing participantsChuckwagon from one Wabash Valley crew offering 25 participants, the council’s shooting sports chairman, several Voyageur instructors, as well as raised eyebrows from others in North Star.

If this sounds interesting to you, your older scouts, your daughters, or Venturing prospects, please let us know that you would wish to participate by emailing Jeff.

Please share this article widely for us and give us feed back by taking this poll as soon as you can.

UPDATE 6/1/17: Venturing Round-Up Proposal.

The Clique

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From Troop 343 Assistant Scoutmaster Andrew Himebaugh:

“The Clique”
Word has been received that the Troop is run by a clique.  Upon investigation we find that this statement is TRUE.
Furthermore, we find that this clique is composed of faithful members and loving parents who are present at each meeting; who willingly accept appointment to committees; who freely give of their time to teach skills to the Scouts; to look out for each other; and to serve in a wide variety of ways.
They are those who sincerely believe that the more one puts into his Troop, the more he gets out of it.
The strange thing about this clique is that it is very easy to get into.
All one needs to do is demonstrate a lively interest in the organization, make constructive suggestions and accept responsibility when asked to do so.
Show a continued interest in all the affairs of the Troop and before you realize it, you will be a member of the clique. . . . And you will be surprised how very happy they are to have you!
adapted from The Master Mason, Aug 1962.