Author: Cheryl Bilsland - NS District Communications Chair

REMINDERS Week of Mar 20 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

Pinewood Derby!

  • The 2019 North Star Pinewood Derby will be held on Sat. March 23rd – see this article for details!

Commissioner Meeting / Roundtable:

  • The Commissioner meeting is held just prior to Roundtable at 6:30pm, April 11th – then:
  • The April Roundtable is Thursday the 11th @ St. Luke’s Lodge.  See this article for details.

Scout Night @ Pacers!

  • The Pacers will play the Nets on Sunday, April 7th and Scouts are invited!  Tipoff is at 5pm, doors open at 4pm.  Scouts will get a Scout Night patch, hat, and small meal with ticket purchase.  Contact Kalee Grant (ASAP) at (317) 917-2824 or kgrant@pacers.com for more details.

Spring Camporee:

  • SAVE THE DATE!  The North Star 2019 Spring Camporee will be held at Camp Cullom, Frankfort, IN during the weekend of April 26th through 28th.  The theme will be “Observing 100 Years of North Star.”  A rocket launch is planned for that Saturday afternoon – bring rockets if you wish.  More details to come soon!

Swim Checks:

  • Troop 343 is also hosting a BSA Swim Check on Monday Apr. 1, see this article for details.

Adult Training:

  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training:  Be sure to check out the available online training at my.scouting.org .

Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!

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NS Pinewood Derby! March 23 2019

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Reminder:  The North Star District PINEWOOD DERBY will be taking place on Saturday March 23rd at the American Legion Post #3, 6379 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220.  Registration opens at 9am with racing action getting underway at 9:30am.NS District PWD Flier 2019.png

All Cubs are welcome!

Each Pack’s Top 4 finishers and each Pack’s “Best of Show” are entered in the District Derby automatically and free of charge.  All other cars may race for a $2 entry fee.

Boy Scout troops that would like to assist Packs in running their Derbies can contact District Pinewood Derby Coordinator Bill Buchalter.

Please see the NS District PWD Flier 2019 flyer attached.  Hope to see you there!

ROUNDTABLES – MARCH & APRIL 2019

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Reminder – please mark your calendar for the March 14 and April 11 Roundtable meetings, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lodge, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Everyone is welcome!

The March Roundtable topics are:

  • Summer Camp
  • Succession Planning
  • New Training Requirements

 

==> SCOUTING FOR FOOD bags for all units will be available for pickup at the March Roundtable.

 

The April Roundtable topic is:

  • Ideal Year of Scouting!  EACH UNIT – PLEASE SEND A REPRESENTATIVE!

 

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.

CONGRATULATIONS to North Star Adult Recognition Honorees!

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A fun time was had by all at this year’s North Star Adult Recognition dinner held at the American Legion post in Broad Ripple this past Saturday.

Eddie Stahl, our new Sr. District Executive, and Lee Murdoch, Crossroads BSA Director of Support Services, spoke to the group about their visions for 2019 as well as to recognize North Star adult volunteers for the phenomenal work they are doing for Scouts in our District.

Jerry Simon received the inaugural Jerry Simon North Star District Service Award of Distinction for his 30+ years of dedicated service to the District, much of that focused on mentoring Eagle Projects and leading Eagle Boards of Review.

Stephen Heath and Kevin Neese received District Awards of Merit for both of their continued tireless efforts with our District, and Peter Holtz received Scoutmaster of the Year for his leadership of Troop 56.  Mark Pishon received a special recognition for his above and beyond continual service and leadership to North Star.  Peter also wrapped up the meeting with a very fitting Scoutmaster Minute.

Mike Yates, the Pishons (Mark and Chris), Paul Kovach and Mark Maucere did a fantastic job of setting up this 100th birthday gala for North Star.

Congratulations to all!

 

Winter Camporee Provides Awesome Winter Experience

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From District Program Chair Mark Pishon:

North Star District battled 8 inches of snow last weekend during their Winter Camporee.  Klondikes were all over the place hauling equipment, water, and supplies and the boys had a blast racing in them.
Congratulations to Troop 514 for winning the Willie Award and Troop 69 for winning the Patrol Competitions.
All the attendees enjoyed the North Star District 100th Birthday Cake.
Patches should be available in 3 weeks.  Don’t forget to log Frost Points in everyone’s camping log!
We look forward to the Spring Camporee April 5-7, 2019.
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Congratulations 7 Eagles!

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Congratulations to the seven Eagle Scouts presented with their medals at the Troop 358 Winter Court of Honor on Monday, January 14!

BSA Swim Check Scheduled

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Troop 343 is hosting a BSA Swim Check on Monday Apr. 1 at MSD of Pike Township Aquatics Center, 5401 71st St., Indy, 6 – 8 pm.  All North Star Troops interested in sharing this opportunity should contact Brian Crow at scouterbriancrow@gmail.com no later than March 18.   Please see the following handouts for more details:

WINTER CAMPOREE THIS WEEKEND!

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Hope you will be able to make the 100th Birthday Winter Camporee!

WEBELOS especially, hope you can join us, for the overnight experience or for just the day

Register for overnight at the CAC registration site; RSVP requested for the day to Mr. Pishon.   See the previous article for more information as well.

[For those that may not have seen the email, Camporee Leader guide also included here:  Camporee Leaders Guide Jan2019.]winter camporee 2019 flyer

Have a great time at the North Star District Birthday Camporee!

(Flyer attached: Webelos at Winter Camporee)

ROUNDTABLE on Jan. 10 2019

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Reminder – please mark your calendar as we kick off the new year, for the January 10 Roundtable meeting, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lodge, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Everyone is welcome!

The January Roundtable topics are:

Cub Scouts:

  • We need as much Pack leadership attendance as possible!  Our discussion will focus on the topics to cover in Roundtables in 2019.

Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):

  • Crossover parents – how to keep them engaged as they transition to the troop

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.

Scout Events with Indy Sports Teams

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Attention all Scouts!

Check out these Indy-area sporting events and offers available to Scouts in early 2018 (click on the links below for more details):

iupui jaguars scout day for the basketball game on Saturday Jan 12 2019

 

harlem globetrotters in indy Friday Jan 18 / Monday Jan 21 2019

 

indiana pacers stem fest and Pacers vs Magic Game, Saturday Mar 2 2019