CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (June 2018):
This group led the completion of nearly 1100 project hours, and three Scouts earned three Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze and 1 Silver). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this past April and May:
This group had over 1400 project hours, and seven Scouts earned nine Eagle Palms between them (5 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
On behalf of Chuck Fippen, Crossroads of America Council Silver Beaver Nominating Committee Chair (email sent to Council / District leaders on April 12):
This year the Silver Beaver selection process is changing and I wanted to communicate some very important information that needs to be shared with your committee(s) in order to facilitate the new process.
- The nominations are now open and the updated application is on the Council’s home page (link included here).
- NOMINATIONS for 2018 ARE DUE JULY 25th…..yes its much earlier this year.
- The Silver Beavers for 2018 will be awarded in a special dinner held in November 2018 (no longer at the University of Scouting).
The selection committee will meet in August to determine our next class of Silver Beavers and hope to have many nominations submitted. Changes to our process and timing are for various reasons. The Silver Beaver is the highest and most prestigious award the a Council can bestow and we want to have a ceremony that is fitting for those selected. Our evening event in November is designed for this recognition and will be a formal event with a venue unto itself.
We have designed notes and training around our selection process this year. I will be updating you with this information very shortly, but in brief here’s a summary:
- We have revised our application to enable online completion. We have had a hard time deciphering hand written applications and we will ask that they be filled out with the PDF entry form that is now available.
- We have emphasized the written part as one of the first items in the application. This often is where we will see information about the nominee that isn’t already part of their Scouting history.
- Applications must be complete in order for consideration. It is highly recommended that multiple sources be used in the formation of the recommendation; people from the nominee’s place of employment, their church and their unit or committee that know them best should be involved.
- Nominations are open for all Scouters that are eligible under the criteria set forth by the BSA. At no time can a volunteer or professional deny or negatively influence the decision to submit a nomination. If anyone feels a nomination is worthy of submission then you are encouraged to make sure that nominee receives the full benefit of the selection process. It is up to the Silver Beaver nominating committee to select those who are to receive the award.
I welcome any questions you may have and look forward to a wonderful ceremony for some very deserving individuals. I hope you also find our process and information helpful and more seamless as we move forward.
Yours in Scouting,
Silver Beaver Nominating Committee Chair
Setting the Stage for Continued Growth
[INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, February 8] District Leaders, mentors, family and friends assembled at the 2017 North Star District Awards ceremony to offer well-deserved congratulations to the Leadership team and to recognize members of the District for their commitment to service. Included in these honors was the highlight of the Journey to Excellence Gold Award status earned by North Star with the overall highest score in the Council and an announcement that North Star’s contribution led to the Crossroads of America Council being the highest scoring council nationally, too. A highlighted list of honored outgoing leadership and 2017 Award Winners can be found below.
2018 District Objectives
As 2018 North Star District Committee Chair Mark Maucere outlined in his keynote address, there are four pillars on which the upcoming leadership team will be focused in order to build on the success of this past year, which are:
Membership Growth. This includes development of strategies to communicate with Charters and Schools as well as in assisting our Units with Leadership Outreach and Program Awareness. This work will help keep up the interest with new/prospective Cub Scouts and their parents in the competition for time and attention with other extracurricular activities. Our new Membership Chair is soon to be named.
Increased Unit Commissioner Involvement. Stephen Heath is the 2018 District Commissioner, and he is looking forward to building the Unit Commissioner team and for these Unit Commissioners to create stronger and more cohesive working relationships with each of our District Units as “one team.”
Program Offering. Mark Pishon as 2018 District Program Chair will bring a passion and energy to this critical pillar to enhance our current program offering as well as expand in areas that will further encourage greater recruitment, participation and retention.
Communication. Cheryl Bilsland will be serving as 2018 Communication Chair and brings corporate digital marketing and Toastmasters communications mentorship experiences to the role. We look forward to building upon and expanding our communication and outreach presence in a way that best meets the needs of the District.
Mark emphasized his “open door policy” and is humbly looking forward to meeting and working with each of you, thanking you for your service, insight, talent, energy and involvement in order to grow our District in 2018.
2017 North Star District
Leadership and Award Winners
We want to thank our 2017 District Key 3 team for their dedicated servant leadership:
John Wiebke District Chair
Con Sullivan District Executive
Jeffrey Heck District Commissioner
Hearty congratulations and gratitude for your service, goes to the following 2017 District Award Winners:
|Alec Damer||T514||Merle H. Miller Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award|
|Austin Damer||T514||Judge John Price Outstanding Eagle Scout of the Year Award|
|Agrayan Gupta||T56||Dr. Bernard Harris SUPERNOVA Award (the first awarded in North Star District, based on our information)|
|John Wiebke||T358||District Award of Merit|
|Mike Yates||T56||District Award of Merit|
|David Sperry||T514||Unit Leader Award of Merit|
|Michael Faulk||T56||Arrowman of the Year|
|Bill Buchalter||P83||Cubmaster of the Year|
|Ron Wells||T343||Scoutmaster of the Year|
|Denise Purdie-Andrews||T69||Firecrafter of the Year|
|Katherine Ritchie||T343||Boy Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year|
|Todd Sanger||P514||Cub Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year|
|Nick Griffith||T56||Hooked on Scouting|
|Jason Chamness||T358||Hooked on Scouting|
|Laura Gunderman||T358||Hooked on Scouting|
|James Stiles||T358||Hooked on Scouting|
|Amanda Walsh||T358||Hooked on Scouting|
|Jill Williams||T358||Hooked on Scouting|
|Mary Fenchak||T514||Hooked on Scouting|
|Jill Carson||T343||Spark Plug Award|
|Mark Carson||T343||Spark Plug Award|
|Brendan Cavanaugh||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Joe Forler||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Brad Gibson||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Kathryn Gibson||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Bob Jalaie||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Dawn Pasquale||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Chris Pishon||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Chris Strachan||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Jane Sullivan||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Valerie Swack||T358||Spark Plug Award|
|Matthew Glaze||T514||Spark Plug Award|
|Marilyn Mathioudakis||T514||Spark Plug Award|
|Ken Savin||T514||Spark Plug Award|
|Lisa Savin||T514||Spark Plug Award|
If you would like more information about this topic, please call Cheryl Bilsland, 2018 North Star Communications Chair, at 317-225-6102, or email email@example.com.
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The Crossroads of America Council, under BSA rules, also offers a District Award of Merit as the highest award that districts can offer. This is the district equivalent of the Silver Beaver Award for the Council. We are eligible to grant two of these awards. The nomination forms for the District Award of Merit are separate and available here.
Unit Key 3 are encouraged to be aggressive in inviting their unit volunteers to attend. All hard-working volunteers should be considered for the Spark Plug and Hooked on Scouting. Special consideration for standout Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Committee Chairs. (We do not have a tradition of offering Venturing Advisor Awards, but that does not mean that worthy advisors should not be nominated to receive an inaugural award. Similarly for Chartered Organization Representatives.)
If you think that someone deserves other recognitions that we have not listed, don’t forget to review the national website for awards that may be appropriate for your scouters and scouts. (This is an adults-only event, but youth will be mentioned as receiving awards, such as the annual reading of the roll of new Eagle Scouts.)
Nominations are due by January 14, 2018 to Mark Pishon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Council newsletter:
On June 13, Crossroads of America Council hosted the 33rd Annual Scouting Awards Dinner in downtown Indianapolis. Seven individuals were honored for their commitment to the community.
Merle H. Miller Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award
Alec J. Damer, [North Star] Troop 514, St Monica’s RCC
Judge John Price Outstanding Eagle Scout of the Year Award
Austin D. Damer, [North Star] Troop 514, St Monica’s RCC
Thomas W. Moses Good Scout Award
Daniel J. Elsener
Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin (immediate past boss for past North Star District Chair and Commissioner Steve James)
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
Dennis E. Bland
Robert L. Bowen
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Dr. Robert M. Einterz (Parishoner at St Monica’s RCC, North Star Chartered Organziation)
Congratulations to the North Star and Troop 514 Damer boys and Dr. Bob Einterz, graduate of North Central High School.
Next year, make sure to nominate your Eagle Scouts and adult leaders for this pretigious award!
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.
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:
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!
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.