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.


Roundtable Reminder: Nova Mentor Program (STEM)

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A quick reminder that tomorrow Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (yes, new time!) will be our next Roundtable.

After we discuss general announcements and upcoming events, including the Unit Key 3

Nova patch picture
Nova patch

Conference and the Annual Awards Banquet, we will turn our attention to discussing the Nova Program for Cubs, Webelos, Scouts, and Venturers and its contribution to promoting STEM advancement topics.

Earning the Super Nova recognition requires some significant effort and will likely grow into a prestigious attainment along with the Eagle Rank and Hornaday Conservation Award.

To register as a Nova Counselor, the counselor must (1) be trained in a class or (2) (a) use the self-study guide, and (b) review the self-study PowerPoint presentation. Then the applicant must submit an adult application on paper or through the applicant’s home unit. (Have your unit chair use the Invitation Manager in to speed the application process.)


Resources from January 2017 Roundtable

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Tonight we discussed Webelos-to-Scout Transition from the Cub Scout and Boy Scout perspectives.

Some of the resources that we referenced or planned on discussing are as follows:

Year Round Recruiting Guide for Troops

Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner PatchJanuary 2016 Cubcast (podcast from BSA focused on Cub Scout topics) and January 2009 Cubcast (an evergreen topic in January)

How to host a Troop Open House

Since it is true that, “History has shown that more Webelos Scouts join Boy Scouting when an entire den joins the troop together,”we need to find ways to make this happen. BSA has material on making stronger patrols. Part of this is den recruitment.

2017 JTE Scorecards

This document is for District and Council planning but is useful for units to learn how they fit in a larger prototypical plan.


New Roundtable Time

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Please note that our District Roundtables will remain on the second Thursday of each month at St Luke’s UMC’s Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding).

imagesThe key change is that the meeting will start at 7:00 pm.

All Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Venturing Advisors, and Unit Committee Members are invited to participate.

UPDATE: Tonight’s Roundtable will focus on Webelos-to-Scout Transition and building relationships between Troops and Packs.

Roundtable tomorrow

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Reminder that tomorrow Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm (yes, 6:30 pm) is roundtable.Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Patch

  1. Scout Roundtable will address how to use Junior Assistant Scoutmasters to engage 16- and 17-year-old scouts.
  2. Cub Scout Roundtable will address Preparing for the Pinewood Derby and Blue & Gold Banquets.

Roundtable Reminder

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A quick reminder that Roundtable will return to a normal agenda next Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm (not 7:00 pm).

More details about topics to be posted here later.

Roundtable: Open Forum

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Tomorrow night from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm we will have an open forum roundtable. This is because of the rechartering turn in next door.

Bring questions or topics that you want answers for. Our scouters are a great resource.

Commissioners will be available for unit issues, too.

Report on Rechartering and Thursday’s Roundtable

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UPDATE Wednesday 11:41 am: I omitted Troop 804 in the report below. They appeared at their scheduled turn-in with everything in hand. Thank you to Scoutmaster Greg Hoyes for advising me of my oversight so that their troop gets proper credit for their efforts.

After our three district turn-in nights, we have made great strides. Thanks to the following units for completing the electronic portion of rechartering, as of Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at noon:


That is very impressive. But, even more impressive is the fact that every one of our units except one has begun the online rechartering process. No other district comes close to 97% started. Sugar Creek is 74% started. Del-Mi is 90% started.

We had 81% of our units appear at turn-in nights as scheduled. Of the 19% that did not appear, two of those submitted draft recharter applications that have allowed the commissioners to review their applications for foreseeable problems. That means that the commissioners have reviewed 86% of our units already.

We have 100% of our units that have open and on-going communications with our commissioner staff. Thank you for that diligence! It makes serving North Star District such a joy!

Now we are asking that all units submit their online recharter application this week both electronically and with the necessary signatures (alongside the Charter Agreement). These documents allow us to prepare a clear punch list of incomplete tasks. These task lists are an important step in winding up rechartering quickly.

Remember the final night to turn in recharter paperwork by the deadline is November 10th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Luke’s Lodge on the northeast corner of campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260 in lieu of our regular roundtable agenda. This is a first-come, first-serve event. We have tended to be slower at the start of these events and busier at the end, so plan accordingly.

We will have tables set up for interested scouters to have a true open-forum roundtable session in the neighboring room. If you come for rechartering and have to wait, you will be given a number and invited to participate in the open-forum roundtables while you wait.

REMINDER: Roundtable tomorrow night

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 will be roundtable.

We will have two topics:

  1. Rechartering updates and a run through of the checklist.
  2. Webelos to Scout Transition planning.

This is a very important meeting, so all units should have members in attendance.