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All Scouters were recently sent an email titled “Immediate Action Required.” (below)

This email informs all Scouters of the new requirement regarding background check disclosures.

To summarize: all continuing Scouters need to sign the Additional Background check form and submit that with their Unit’s recharter.

This information was provided earlier in the Oct. 2nd NS blog and email regarding recharter.



Boy Scouts of America


The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.

As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.

Please complete the process listed below at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed.

  1. Review the separate disclosure document linked below that is being provided to you separately for your review. It is titled “Background Check Disclosure.”
  2. Once you have reviewed that, print the separate document titled “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization.” Review the additional disclosures on that form, then complete and sign the Authorization using an ink/wet signature. Note: A print signature is required for this document. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  3. Turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader or local council service center.

If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it to your unit leader or local council service center, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.

We are truly grateful for your continued commitment to keeping youth safe and for helping them learn, grow, and thrive through Scouting programs.

Background Check Disclosure
Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization

October 22 – District Committee Meeting

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The October District Committee Meeting has been changed to Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 pm.

The NEW location is St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wietzel Hall, Baptism of the Lord room.  Wietzel Hall is on the corner of Oak Street and CR 950 E.  Parking is in the lot off (west of) CR 950 E, just north of Oak Street in Zionsville.

NSD Oct meeting location

RECHARTER – updated dates

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Recharter turn in dates have been changed.

Please go to the link to register your Unit for a slot to turn in your paperwork.  If you have questions or concerns consider attending the October 10 Roundtable at St. Luke’s Lodge.  We will be there to walk you through the process and answer any questions.

New Dates:

11/06 – Zionsville Town Hall

11/07 – Eagle Creek Community Church

11/12 – St. Monica Catholic Church

11/13 – Immaculate Heart of Mary


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CAC Fall Camporee 2019Where: Ransburg Scout
When: October 25-27
Theme: Grand Slam of High Adventure

Join us for a fun way to develop the scout skills of your troop or crew!

With over 60 patrols expected to be in attendance,you will be able to meet and connect with scouts from other units and districts!

Be prepared to show off your skills that are necessary to survive at any of the four high adventure camps!

Sign up at, which is also available via the calendar link on the Council website.


FLYER:CAC Camporee Fall 2019

CAC Camporee Fall 2019 Information Packet

Scout Day at Track and Treat

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October 12, 2019 / 8:30 – 10:30am – Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Don’t miss this new Haunted House tradition from The Children’s Museum Guild! Bring your family to trick-or-treat around the
Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® track and take part in a fun all-ages scavenger hunt with cool prizes. Leave with a
goody bag filled with treats and treasures!

**Price includes breakfast and an e-ticket to the Hotel of Spells Haunted House.  (Remember to pick up your Scout patch in the
“Boo-tique” after visiting the Haunted House!)

Enter BSA SCOUT to receive $1 off Haunted House tickets or event tickets! Children under 2 are free.

Colts Sports and STEM Day

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Colts Sports & STEM Day

October 12, 2019 / Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center  Colts

This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about STEM and how it’s used in sports.  Participants will interact with hands-on STEM activities provided by the Indianapolis Colts, local companies and non-profits around the state.  Spots are limited so reserve yours today!

Ticket prices for BSA members start at just $35. 
Ticket Package Includes:
– entry into the Colts Sports & STEM Day
– game day ticket for Sunday, December 1 (Colts vs. Titans)

To purchase tickets, click here.  To print the flyer, click here.

For questions, please contact Hannah Glaser at 317-808-5248 or

Merit Badge University November 2 – Sign Up Now!

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Registration is now open for 2019 University of Scouting!  Share with all leaders and interested Scouters.  This is a great opportunity for training and fellowship!  Don’t miss out!

The 11th Annual Central Indiana Merit Badge University, will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Greenfield-Central Junior High School, Greenfield, IN.  Two Saturday sessions are planned (8:00-11:30am and 2:00-5:30pm). 

If you are a Merit Badge Counselor, or would like to become one, and you would be willing to lead a class or two at the upcoming Central Indiana Merit Badge University please contact Laura (see contact info below) so that we can work with you and add your merit badge course to the schedule.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge with youth involved in Scouting! 

2019 UoS Catalog

Roundtable October 10, 7 pm – theme: recharter

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Worried about your recharter paperwork?  Afraid to push the final submit button?
Come to the Oct. 10 Roundtable to learn all about RECHARTER.

7 pm St. Luke’s Lodge

How to access the data base

How to add or delete a scout.

What paperwork is required

AND MORE . . . .


The Lange Challenge

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K3’s were recently sent a packet with a letter about the Lange challenge, JTE, and Scout Advancement. To summarize:

What is the “Lange Challenge?”  This is a very generous challenge grant that our Council receives with our help.  It is a program that honors the memory of Alexander “Skip” Lange and his belief that an active Scout is likely to stay in Scouting and earn their Eagle Scout Award.

In order to qualify for the grant we need Units to:

1.) Send in your 2019  weekend camping experiences conducted this year, as well as those your PLC anticipates conducting between now and December 31, 2019.  The goal is that 65% or more of our Troops are participating in 8 or more short term weekend experiences through out the course of the year. Send your camping outing list via email to

2.) Check your advancement records against the form sent in the mail.  Submit any changes to   Continue to submit advancements as normal going forward.

3.) JTE – Please fill out the JTE Scorecard for 2019 and turn in with your recharter paperwork.