Encouraging Parental Involvement through Recognition

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Many Cub Scout Packs are getting ready to change leadership in the coming months as Webelos transition to Boy Scouts and their parents follow.

Recognition of outgoing leaders is important to inspire incoming and future leaders to uphold a high standard of service in your unit. If outgoing leaders are recognized, incoming leaders will become more excited to duplicate the feat.

Now is a great time to see if your departing leader has earned the Unit Award of Merit. This is an award offered by the unit, approved by your Unit Commissioner or lacking a Unit Commissioner the District Commissioner, and then the Council Executive and Council Commissioner.

Please review this recognition now so that you can have it available for worthy volunteers at the coming Blue and Gold Banquet for your Pack.

For more information contact your District Commissioner or District Executive.

Congratulations to District Award Winners

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On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the District held its Annual Appreciation Dinner at St Alphonsius Church in Zionsville.

Thank you to Tucker Herbold for chairing the event and Con Sullivan for the detailed logistics work.

In addition to our regular District participants, we were honored by the presence of Scout Executive Patrick Sterrett and Assistant Director of Field Services for the Western Section Marilyn Lopez.

Our award winners were as follows:



John Ruggles

Arrowman of the Year

Stephen Heath Boy Scout Committee Chair of the Year
Beth Montano Commissioner of the Year
Jennifer Davis Cub Scout Committee Chair of the Year
Sharla Merrick Cubmaster of the Year
Jeffrey Heck District Award of Merit
Mark Pishon District Award of Merit
Greg Hoyes Firecrafter of the Year
Andrea Klemm Hooked on Scouting
Carolyn Goebel Hooked on Scouting
Emily Blue Hooked on Scouting
Kelly Kappes Hooked on Scouting
Lisa J. Bostock Hooked on Scouting
Sam Dennemann Sr. Hooked on Scouting
Scott Kuntz Hooked on Scouting
Timothy Kappes Hooked on Scouting
Greg R. Hoyes Scoutmaster of the Year
Amy Kiefer Spark Plug Award
Andrea Klemm Spark Plug Award
Carolyn Goebel Spark Plug Award
Christopher Bottorff Spark Plug Award
Chuck Bricker Spark Plug Award
Cynthia Carr Spark Plug Award
Daniel Bradley Spark Plug Award
David Agarwal Spark Plug Award
David DeMars Spark Plug Award
David Gusman Spark Plug Award
Emily Blue Spark Plug Award
Greg R. Hoyes Spark Plug Award
Jacob Massie Spark Plug Award
Jaime Shields Spark Plug Award
James Shields Spark Plug Award
Kelly Kappes Spark Plug Award
Mark Maucere Spark Plug Award
Mark Pishon Spark Plug Award
Michael “Mick” Witte Spark Plug Award
Ronald Penczek Spark Plug Award
Sam Dennemann Sr. Spark Plug Award
Thomas Petersen Spark Plug Award
Timothy Kappes Spark Plug Award
Warner “Turk” White Spark Plug Award
David Bruce Venture Advisor of the Year

The Spark Plug Award goes to a person who has shown an energetic dedication to scouting that he or she spreads to other members of their unit or committee.

The Hooked on Scouting Award goes to a person who has been involved with a unit for less than a year (in this case extended back to 2014 because of skipping awards for two years) and has immediately become an invaluable scouter in their unit.

The District Award of Merit is the highest National Council authorized award that a district can give to a scouter.

Scouters of the Year Award (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, Committee Chair, Commissioner, Firecrafter, and Arrowman) represent scouters who have represented the best ideals of their registered position within the district.

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

District Appreciation Dinner Thursday

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Are you planning to attend the District Appreciation Dinner this Thursday at 6:30 pm?

You should.

It is at St Alphonsius Roman Catholic Church, Zionsville at 6:30 pm.

Make your reservations at

See you there!

Recognition and thanks to adult leaders

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As we are ending February and beginning March, many Cub Scout packs are looking at changes in their adult leadership. This may not be immediate and it may be a year down the road, but it is on their minds.

One of the most important parts of recruiting new adult leaders is to show perspective leaders that their future efforts will be recognized. The best way to do this is to make sure that you were properly recognizing departing or current leaders.

The national program for this includes many different options. 

One of them are tenure stars. These are simple metals that can be given to adult leaders for years of service. They are placed over the left pocket of the uniform. Encouraging adult leaders to wear their tenure stars a while’s new parents to see that your pack or troop values an adult leader who continue serving the unit.

The second option is knot awards. There are many different knot awards available. They tend to encourage tenure, continuing education, regular attendance, and specific tasks necessary to successful completion of that role. To learn more about the requirements, download a PDF of the requirements and fill out the form. Then go to the Scout Shop.

2016 Silver Beavers Announced

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From Sandi Hobbs at Council’s office this morning:

Silver Beaver Pendant and Patch

I am pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has done an excellent job selecting our 2016 Silver Beavers. We had many to choose from and they did a hard job well.

Please join me in congratulating the following recipients and please let your volunteers know.

Frank G. Blum
Jay A. Copra
Harold “JR” Davis
Donald E. Dickerson
Kevin G. Fife
Timothy D. George
Markus Jones
Bruce D. Metzger
Clark M. Millman
Jerry W. Phillips
David B. Radtke
Michael L. Rhees
Paul E. Rusk
David W. Wagner
Joseph P. Wehrheim