Commissioner Service

July District Meeting Schedule

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In July we will NOT be holding our regularly scheduled meetings for District Committee or District Commissioner’s Staff.

We will be inviting all to attend the District Membership Kickoff on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Luke’s Lodge on the campus of St Luke’s UMC, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Please plan accordingly.

Eventbrite - North Star District Membership Kickoff

Cub Scout Roundtable Thursday

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School is ending and the summer is here!

Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner PatchAnd we know what that means: Summer Camp!

Whether you’re taking your boys to Belzer or Camp K… whether it’s your first year or you’re a seasoned pro… join us this Thursday evening, 7:00 PM, at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on the campus ofSt. Luke’s Methodist Church, 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260) for the North Star District Cub Scout Roundtable.

We’ll be discussing both Summer Camps, and what you as a leader should know and expect.

If you are new, come learn some of the ins and outs.

If you are a veteran, come and share the tips and tricks that you’ve learned over the years with other leaders.Canoeing at Belzer

We hope to see many of you there!

REMINDER: Roundtable Thursday

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Reminder that Roundtable for all Packs, Troops, and Crews will be at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church.

We will meet in general session first.

Then Bill Buchalter will meet with the Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Pack Committee Chairs.

Jeff will meet with the troop and crew leaders.

REMINDER: District Meetings Thursday

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A quick reminder about our District Committee meeting Thursday at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, Room 401 (furthest from elevator).

Also the District Commissioner meeting will be Thursday at 6:00 pm in Room 405 (nearest elevator, if I got the numbers wrong).

What does a Chartered Organization Representative do?

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An organization sponsoring one or more scout units is a Chartered Organization. This is an organization who has entered into an agreement with Crossroads of America Council to follow the BSA system. Part of that agreement requires the Chartered Organization to appoint a member of the organization or a staff member of the organization to serve as the Chartered Organization Representative.

So that begs the question: what is a supposed a Chartered Organization Representative do?

A Chartered Organization Representative is supposed to serve as the chief scouting officer of the Chartered Organization. The COR makes sure that the scout units at the chartered organization have sufficient adult leaders as committee members, scoutmasters or cubmasters, and den leaders. The COR serves as a liaison between three organizations: (1) Crossroads of America Council as a voting member at the council annual meeting and as a voting member of North Star District, (2) the Chartered Organization, and (3) the scout unit.

Healthy scout units have active CORs. CORs visit unit meetings often enough to be aware of the unit’s needs and strengths but is not necessarily an active unit leader day-to-day. (CORs can serve concurrently as unit chairs, but not cubmaster or scoutmaster.) Active CORs have a specific role at the District level, so that the unit is providing resources to district and the district is responsive to a unit’s needs.

If your COR is not able to fulfill those duties personally, you should inquire whether a new COR is the best practice. If the Chartered Organization has a limited of persons who are eligible to serve as COR, you should work with your Unit Commissioner on finding the optimal solution for your COR.

Remember that the Chartered Organization has entered into a contract to appoint a COR who is able fulfill those duties. With that in mind along with “A scout is trustworthy [and] helpful . . .,” all CORs should be considering what their passion is that would make a meaningful contribution to District.

Please prepare your COR to expect to be asked to do some work for District. This can be specific tasks, such as serving as Camporee staff for a day or two a year or serving as an event staff for 500 Festival Parade activities of units. This can also be to accept a district committee position.

Since past practices ignored the proper role for CORs, there is a wide-spread reluctance to ask the COR to actively serve scouting. As a District, we are moving to Best Practices in many different ways. Asking CORs to actively serve, having the Chartered Organization to appoint new CORs, or having the Chartered Organization work with their Unit Commissioner to find a solution is one of those steps toward Best Practices.

Since “A scout is . . . help, friendly, [and] courteous . . .,” we are asking for your help to the implementation of this Best Practice as painless as possible. We understand that change can induce stress. This is a start of a process that will last for an indefinite period of time.  The vision is clear and simple: have contributing CORs at the unit- and district-levels. The path to the vision is more obscure. Your input on how to make it successful is most welcome. Thank you in advance for your constructive input to make the path toward Best Practice less obscure.

REMINDER: May Committee and Commissioner Meetings (Note location change)

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The Month of May in Indy has started!!! That means race cars, tourists, . . . and monthly scouting meetings.

Second Presbyterian Church is unable to host our meetings indoors, due to the church’s big May events. Our plan originally was to meet at the church’s picnic area for a truly scout-like meeting. Unfortunately, weather forecasts are for 95-100% chance of rain during the meeting time. The area would be very muddy.

We are now planning on moving the meetings for the District Committee at 7:00 pm and the District Commissioners at 6:00 pm t to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in the Main Building. Due to security concerns, St. Luke’s has implementated a new policy for access to the main building. All persons must enter through Door #6, on the north side of the building.

Turn left immediately inside Door #6 to find the rooms at the end of the corridor. The hallway you are seeking is on the far north end of the building.

Commissioners will meet in room N101/102.

Committee will meet in the room N103/104

What makes a healthy scout unit? Roundtable has the answers

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Programming is the key to a successful scout unit. April is the time when programming becomes overwhelming in scouting, too. Summer camp is coming up. Units wrap up their winter advancement efforts. Cub Scouts prepare to advance to the next year’s program on June 1st. Families are in town before they disappear over summer vacation.

When school starts back up, scout units need to be ready with their next program calendar for the recruitment season that will begin.

As a result of this, scouting oriented websites and Roundtables all turn to planning better programming.

First, Thursday’s Roundtable will be on Dreaming Big on Programming, at St Luke’s UMC, Luke’s Lodge. We will talk about how to make the plan more exciting for scouts. More excitement drives better recruitment. More excitement drives more adult participation. We will have pizza beginning at 6:45 p.m. We will start at 7:00 p.m. We will welcome our new Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter. Bill will lead the Cub Scout breakout after the general session.

Second, National Council’s ScoutCast did a short piece on planning and budgeting this month. It is worth a listen.

Third, National Council’s CubCast did a short piece on retention of scouts and the role that good programming plays in retaining scouts. Listen it, too, not just if you are a Den Leader.

The podcasts are great for stimulating new thoughts, but they don’t offer you feedback. Attend roundtable to hear from veteran scouters who are looking to help you improve. They have the experience to help stimulate your thoughts and help you build toward success.

Come see us Thursday!

REMINDER: district meetings in next 2 weeks

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NOTE: one date ROOM CHANGE!!!!

Tomorrow Thursday, April 6, 2017 will have two meetings at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, GREAT ROOM, 2nd FLOOR, Indianapolis, IN 46260. This is a change due to the church’s conflicting events.

  1. District Committee at 7:00 pm.
  2. District Commissioners at 6:00 pm.

Roundtable. Then next week we will introduce our newest addition to the Commissioner Staff at Roundtable, our new Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter. Bill is the immediate past Cubmaster of Pack 830 and its current Chartered Organization Representative.

Our Roundtable title is inspired by Rocky & Bullwinkle:

“Programming: How do we make Big Dreams Real,” or “Planning for Unit Growth and Success.”

We will be focusing on how to make your unit more successful. We will have a short presentation and — with your help — lots of good discussions. We are planning for separate discussions of troops/crews and packs.

Please invite to participate your

  1. committee members,
  2.  unit leaders (e.g., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor),
  3. Crew Presidents, and
  4. SPLs (might be worth inviting, too).

If your unit has a history of success, we need you to help mentor other units at the meeting, so please come support our newer leaders.

All attending units will receive a calendar of upcoming events to assist your unit’s planning.

April Roundtable Focus on Great Program Planning

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Our April Roundtable will focus on having great and memorable annual plans. We will start at 7:00 pm at St Luke’s Luke’s Lodge (the outbuilding on St Luke’s Campus), 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

We will have ideas. We will have discussions about past successes and failures. We will have calendars for all upcoming district functions through 2018 so that you can plan way ahead.

All units should send a representative . . . or three!

Watch this site for more information.

REMINDER: No March Roundtable – Annual Recognition Dinner

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Don’t forget that we will not hold a March Roundtable. Instead we will be attending the Annual District Recognition at Palomino Club in Zionsville.