- Fall Camporee 2020 update and future schedule
- Cub Scout Adventures On-line
- Eagle Scout Information
- BSA Awards: Heroism, Hornaday, Stem
- Merit Badge requirements during Covid-19
- District Committee Meetings and Roundtable Dates 2020
- 2020 Good Turn for Nature Service Opportunity
- University of Scouting – Nov. 14 2020
- OA NEWS: Temporary Camping Night Policy Due to COVID-19
- Guide to Safe Scouting Newsletter
It’s that time of the year. Time to prepare for recharter.
- Expect email with log in to begin online recharter between September 25th – October 1st.
- Online Recharter cannot be accessed by units unil October 1st.
- Journey to Excellence – revised unit criteria, due to the pandemic, is available at https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence/unit/2020-scorecards-english/
Tips & Tricks
- Cub Scouts – each Tiger/Lion must be matched to an adult partner (# of Tigers = # Tiger adult partners)
- Must have 3 committee members
- 1 chair or 2 members
- Only COR can have multiple positions (CC cannot be CM)
- Committee Member cannot be DL
- Don’t use a Mac
- Cross your i’s and dot your t’s
- Review apps, get all signatures and paperwork, verify YPT
- Duncan B did an Eagle project of creating a trail through the wooded area at Second Presbyterian Church that links up to the newly installed bridge. This project also had to wait until late May / early June, so that Covid precautions could be developed and implemented.
The picture of Duncan on the trail without a mask, was done post project – with no one else around. The picture of Dr. Blank (with wheelbarrow) was taken with no one else around and mask off – so you could see his face.
The picture of Mr. Votaw delivering wood chips and two Scouts spreading them out in that area – shows the mask requirements.
Scouts and Scouters:
The Central Section Fall Camporee scheduled for October 23-25, 2020 has been cancelled due to impacts of COVID-19. We apologize for the cancellation of this event because after months of isolation and virtual events we were looking forward to reconnecting for Scouting activities with our districts. The good news is that we have retained the reservations at Ransburg Scout Reservation for these dates so that your troop or crew may camp at Ransburg that weekend and enjoy the fall weather with your fellow scouts. Currently, not all campsites are available at Ransburg, therefore reservations are available on a first come, first served basis for units in our section only. Please contact Reem Okar [317-813-7094] to book your unit for the weekend at Ransburg.
The scheduled dates for future Camporees are:
- Winter: January 22-24, 2021
- Spring: April 23-25, 2021
- Fall: October 22-24, 2021.
We hope that we can resume the Camporees in 2021!
Cub Scout Adventures – Video Resources. These are meant to be great resource tools for the current climate we are in. The Council is also planning on producing additional video’s (about one a week) to supplement these.
The Trail to Eagle Scout is a long journey. The final steps taken from Life to Eagle can be overwhelming and confusing. Just a few things to help your Scouts understand the current process.
The Crossroads of America Council has a webpage devoted to the steps to Eagle. The Eagle Workbook can also be found on this page. https://www.crossroadsbsa.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement/trail-to-eagle/
Going over the Life to Eagle process at least once a year helps to remind both the scouts and the adults of the process.
Signatures. Reminder, to submit an Eagle Project for approval, please make sure that the scouts have ALL signatures except for the District/Council Representative (if you get these signatures by email, make sure to print off all emails and include in email to the Eagle Projects Committee.)
Also, make sure that you have your fund raising application at least filled out before the project meeting. The person who signs your application is NOT a member of the Projects Committee. This is a Council professional. You can send them to Eddie Stahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Olivia Fairchild at email@example.com.
Finally, send your project materials to EagleScoutProposals@gmail.com. This email will ensure that all members of the committee see your proposal and can reach out to you to help you along the way.
ALL EAGLE SCOUTS of the Class year 2020 are ELIGIBLE for the CAC Eagle Scout of the Year and CAC Eagle Project of the Year scholarships. These applications are available online at the CAC website
Has your Scouts shown interest in some of the BSA Awards that we don’t often focus on as a Troop? Here is some information to help with the applications. https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/
Heroism award applications are to be turned into Sara Gormley or Thomas Barrington.
Hornaday applications need to be turned in to the District.
Stem awards – Bob Constidine is available to help with these.
The published guidelines for the methodology of the merit badge program and the role of the merit badge counselor is found in the Guide to Advancement, Section 184.108.40.206. It is important to remember that leaders and merit badge counselors must not make additions or deletions to requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated; however, in some cases, virtual “visits” may fulfill the intent of a requirement. When the requirement’s intent cannot be reached virtually, the requirements cannot be completed, and the Scout must wait to complete that badge/requirement. Merit badge counselors signing off on requirements must determine to the best of their ability if the Scout has demonstrated the intended outcome.
All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.
These temporary changes have been approved by National:
Camping Merit Badge – “Virtual Camping”, campouts at home can ONLY be recorded as a unit campout – when it is done in conjunction with a Unit / Troop event. An example would be that the Troop meets for a day hike and then the Scouts return to their homes to camp out for the evening.
Cooking Merit Badge – During this time of Covid restrictions, Merit Badge Counselors and Scouts MAY substitute the word ‘Family’ for ‘Patrol’ in requirement # 5. However, they may NOT change ANY of the other requirements – just that they may prepare these for their ‘Family’ instead of having to wait for Covid restrictions to be lifted.
Ethan F from T72 worked on his Eagle Project with Social Distancing.
Liam B’s Eagle project was to dismantle the Scout bridge at the Indiana State Fair Grounds (prior to April) and then to re-use it to build a new bridge over a creek at Second Reformed Presbyterian Church. The Scout bridge was built in 2010 at the Indiana State Fair Grounds to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Boy Scouts of America. At the beginning of 2020, the Indiana State Fair Board decided that the bridge would be removed by late April – so they were looking for someone who could dismantle the bridge and use the material.
Liam’s Eagle Project, check all the boxes for the State Fair Grounds and he was given permission to dismantle the bridge. Dismantling of the bridge occurred just as Covid-19 started to move into Indiana. So the dismantled bridge set at Second Reformed Presbyterian Church for several months, until a safe way could be formulated for Liam’s Eagle Project to proceed (which was almost June).
The pictures of the dismantling was pre-covid, and the picture of Liam on the Bridge post construction at Second Reformed Presbyterian Church – was taken by himself, with no one else around.