Commissioner Service

URGENT: recharter deadline or apply on paper

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The Assistant Council Commissioner for Rechartering has announced units that have not completed rechartering by December 28, 2018 will not be able to recharter electronically.

If that deadline is missed, the entire unit, adult members, and youth members will have to re-apply on paper to continue scouting.

That means your unit needs to complete the electronic rechartering, print the necessary PDFS, and submit all documents ON PAPER to the council office in the next to weeks.

To make matters worse, many commissioners will be on vacation starting this Friday, December 21, 2018.


UPDATED: 12/20/18. The units at most risk are Pack 18, 84, 180, and 625, Troop 35, and Crew 408. They have not submitted their electronic rosters nor their paperwork.

The units that have completed electronic roster submission but are MISSING PAPERWORK are Packs 35 and 105, Troops 72, 73, 180, and 804.

All other units have submitted paperwork to council and are in various stages of review and approval. The units that are approved by the Registrar for posting to National are Troop 269, 343, 512, and 514.

Units listed on the reporting system with known problems are Pack 179 and all Pack 358 tribes.

All others are awaiting further review from the Registrar.


Move quickly to finish rechartering.

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IMPORTANT: Rechartering Update; Help Sessions

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UPDATE 12/5/18: Crew 56 awaiting Registrar’s approval.


Recharter season is winding down. Remember rechartering assures that your unit is authorized by the BSA for calendar year 2019.

District Commissioner Stephen Heath would like to recognize the following units for their progress in working on completing this process.


DONE: The following represent units that completed all online components, have submitted all their paperwork, and have been approved by the Council Registrar for posting to National:

Troop 269

Troop 343
Troop 512

Troop 514

APPROVAL AWAITED: The following represents units that completed all online components and have submitted all their paperwork, and are awaiting approval by the Council Registrar:

Troop 18

Troop 56

Troop 69

Crew 69

Pack 64

KNOWN PROBLEMS: The following represent units that completed all online components and have submitted all their paperwork, and HAVE KNOWN PROBLEMS. Please contact your unit commissioner if the cause of the problems are not understood:

Pack 747

Pack 358-2 (Miami Tribe)

Pack 358-3 (Munsee Tribe)

Pack 358 (Delaware Tribe)

Pack 171

Troop 358

ONLY ONLINE DONE: The following represent units that have completed all online components. No paperwork has been received.

Crew 358

Pack 72

Pack 73

Pack 174

Pack 179

Pack 830

Pack 358-4 (Shawnee Tribe)

Pack 358-5 (Kickapoo Tribe)

Troop 174

Crew 56

URGENT: Nine (9) of the remaining units have started their online rosters but not submitted the electronic forms. Four (4) of the remaining units have not started the online portion of rechartering, which is the first step. A total of thirteen (13) are in this category. Your unit is in this category, if it is omitted above.


Deadline

The deadline for completing all rechartering and submitting all paperwork is the next Roundtable on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on campus of St Luke’s UMC) 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260. There will be Commissioner Staff available help. Please seek help before then to make sure your checklist is done. We will meet with you to go through your recharter package.

Any units that do not have rechartering done at that time may be required by the Council Registrar to submit all rechartering on paper. All current and new members would have to re-submit their applications for membership in order to renew their charters. Council has a deadline of December 31st to submit its own recharter to Area 6, so all units need to be done before that.

Please contact your unit commissioner, District Commissioner Stephen Heath, or Assistant District Commissioner/Assistant Council Commissioner Jeff Heck with any concerns. We are currently without a District Executive due to Jessica’s promotion. Assistant Director of Field Services Ryan Kelleher is covering for North Star.


Help Sessions & Recharter Turn Ins

Jeff Heck will be holding Help Sessions. If you are having trouble with anything, come and bring questions. You will walk out with a checklist of remaining items to complete. First come, first serve. Appointments available.

  1. Thursday, December 6, 2018 during morning rush hour from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Panera’s at Trader’s Point Mall, 6050 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46278, near the 86th St Exit of I-465.
  2. Friday, December 7, 2018 during morning rush hour  from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at Starbucks, 9545 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46260 near the Meridian St (Exit 31) of I-465.

Roundtable Notes – Court of Honor

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Please see the Court of Honor Roundtable notes Nov2018 for a recap of the discussion on Scouts Court of Honor – lots of helpful information and background here on best practices for the Court of Honor in your Troop.

Thanks to the Roundtable team for the robust material!

Rechartering 2018: Update

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From District Commissioner Stephen Heath:

Rechartering is coming As a follow-up to a note sent to the Pack, Troop and Crew Key 3’s, here’s where we’re at in the journey.

Now through Sept 30:

·       YPT needs to be completed by all youth-interacting audits, using the new YPT course. On-line is the most efficient way to get this done by

·       Position specific training for scoutmaster, asst scoutmasters, den leaders and cubmasters should be done this month, if possible.  There will be opportunities to catch these up at University of Scouting in November, and also in the evenings at Golden Burke.  Chairs, please have someone check and oversee your training!

·       Has your COR scheduled a meeting with your charter rep to prepare sign-off paperwork?

October 1:  On-line recharter is open! Adult and youth rosters should be current. Fees should be collected and ready to submit.

October 15-19: NS Commissioner Service will schedule drop-off times and places around town to receive recharter packets & fees. Please make sure all charter signatures are-place and training is up to date!

Tentative dates:

·        Oct 15 – Washington Township

·        Oct 16 – Meridian/Kessler

·        Oct 17 – Zionsville

·        Oct 18 – Pike Township

October 31: Deadline for recharter packets are received and ready for council, as noted in the letter below. If you opt to drop these off at Council, either before or after our pick-up dates, please make sure (District Executive) Jessica Hofman is aware so she can look out for it!

Information about the process including links to resource materials may be found online at http://www.crossroadsbsa.org/158.  Getting an early start is a good way to Be Prepared!

Preparation for rechartering: roster review

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Remember rechartering is only a few weeks away. Now is the time to make sure your roster is up to date. Send it to Jessica Hofman to make sure council’s records match.

Then review the training for your unit. If you have 100% trained of next year’s leaders, you are all set. Otherwise, get them trained.

REVISION – Roundtable on Sept. 13 2018

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Reminder – please mark your calendar for the September 13, 2018 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!

September Roundtable topics are:

Cub Scouts:

  • Q&A about Rechartering; also,
  • Den leader training for new leaders, existing leaders, and adults whom the Packs would like to invite to the leadership ranks in the coming year.

Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):

  • A discussion around youth and adult leadership training; also,
  • An overview of OA and Firecrafter, and how to successfully implement in a troop or crew.

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.

Roundtable Notes – Aug 9 2018

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From District Commissioner Stephen Heath:

1 – Adult Leader Recruiting / Retention

At our August 9th Roundtable, attendees discussed the need to recruit and train adult leaders in order to sustain the cub and boy scout programs.  A few ideas that came forth included:

  • Provide a parent welcome guide for new parents, explaining operations of the unit and expectations for parent involvement
  • Provide an adult talent sheet to understand occupations and skills, which could be deployed as den leaders, future treasurers, advancement chairs, merit badge counselors and cub/scoutmasters.
  • The packs and troops can do more to work closely to ensure that both boys and adults are recruited. Several troop leaders offered to help support pack recruiting events. This also helps connect the troops to help retain boy and adult membership through crossover.
  • Several units stated that they have parent packets in use. Pack 830 provided their guides in case another pack would like to use some of that content.

LINK:  Cub Scout Pack 830 Guide

 

2 – CAC Fall Service Events:  “Good Turn for Nature”

Crossroads of America Council is sponsoring service events this fall around the theme of Good Turn for Nature.  Details are available at http://www.crossroadsbsa.org/123.  Along those lines, Dan Corum and Pack 358 have opened up their trail cleanup service project to others in the district who might be interested in attending with their boys.  The event is Oct 6th, from 10 AM to 12 PM, and anyone interested should contact Dan at corum.daniel@gmail.com.

 

3 – Recording of Service Hours

Are you recording your service hours, as we get close to recharter and filling out our Journey to Excellence? Here are some helps.

Record Service Hours (BSA) Video 

https://servicehours.scouting.org/UI/Security/Login.aspx

 

4 – Pack 105 Five-year Program Plan

Pack 105 recently shared its 5-year program plan to help provide a well-structure program with intentional variety so that each boys gets a diverse experience in his 5 years as a cub scout. There are also Webelos campout plans, and a guide for teaching the Whittling Chip. If anyone is interested in those program helps, please let Jessica, Mark or I know, and we’ll make that information available to you, courtesy of John Salewicz.

 

5 – “One Hike per Month” (& September Roundtable “homework”)

Finally, we have an outstanding action from the spring for Troops in the District to organize one hike per month for the cub/boy scout units, as a means to keep the outing and comradery in scouting. For troops with the means to support this, please be prepared to sign up for specific months and events at the September Roundtable.

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The next Roundtable is on September 13, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

September Roundtable topics are:

– Cub Scouts:  Den Leader Training

– Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):  Leadership Training Opportunities / Firecrafter and OA Programs

 

Yours in Scouting,

Stephen Heath, North Star District Commissioner

Reminder – Roundtable on Aug. 9

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Reminder – please mark your calendar for the August 9 meeting, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

August Roundtable topics are:

– Cub Scouts:  Cub Scout Camping:  How to Plan & Execute

– Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):  Roadmap to Rechartering / Onboarding New Leaders

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.

2018 Roundtables resume in August

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Reminder – Roundtables are on summer break, please mark your calendar for the August 9 meeting, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

August Roundtable topics are:

  1. Cub Scouts:  Cub Scout Camping… How to Plan & Execute
  2. Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):  Roadmap to Rechartering / Onboarding New Leaders

 

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.