Commissioner Service

REMINDERS Week of Nov 21 2018

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Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Reminders for upcoming activities and deadlines:

Popcorn:

  • Remember – final payment will be due to the CAC office by Nov. 30.  Thank you for your diligent sales efforts!

Adult Training:

  • “Train the Trainer” training will be held Sat. Dec. 1 – see this article for details.
  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training:  In-person training has wrapped up by this point – don’t forget that training is always available online at my.scouting.org!
  • The next Roundtable will be held on Thursday Dec. 16, see this article for details.

Order of the Arrow:

  • The next meeting of the Lowaneu Allanque Chapter of the Order of the Arrow is Sunday Dec. 2, 1 – 3pm at American Legion (Broad Ripple) Post 3, 6379 N. College Avenue, Indy.

Merit Badge Workshops and other Events:

  • Troop 56 is hosting two events to introduce Webelos to the next step in their adventure, and to get to know the Troop.  On Friday Dec. 7 there will be a Bounce Night with a light dinner afterwards; on Monday Dec. 10 there is a formal Webelos Welcome Night with the Troop.  Please see this article for more details.

Council Events:

  • The 2018 Silver Beaver Award Dinner will be held at Camp Belzer on Tuesday Dec. 4, social gathering begins at 6pm with dinner at 6:30pm.  Tickets are going quickly, and a $5 discount for early registration will be available until EOD November 23.  See this link to register.
  • The 2018 Governor’s Luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott on Monday Dec. 10, noon – 1:30pm.  See this article for more details.
  • North Star District Elections will be held on Thursday Dec. 20 at 7pm, Zionsville Town Hall.

Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!

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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!

Roundtable on Dec. 13

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Reminder – please mark your calendar for the December 13 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!

In addition to wrapping up with Rechartering assistance, the November Roundtable topics are:

Cub Scouts:

  • How to run an Awesome Pinewood Derby!!!

Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):

  • Holiday Service Opportunities / Celebrate a Successful 2018!

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 on Nov 8 2018

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Reminder – please mark your calendar for the November 8 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!

In addition to wrapping up with Rechartering assistance, the November Roundtable topics are:

Cub Scouts:

  • University of Scouting

Boy Scouts (Family Scouts):

  • What makes a fantastic Court of Honor?

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.

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.