Crossroads of America Council

Service Hours Reported to Date for 2017

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I hope that all Packs, Troops, and Crews report more than 100 man-hours per year.

In light of that expectation, here is our best understanding of the units that have met that expectation of reporting more than 100 man-hours for 2017. This personal expectation is strongest for scout troops.

Packs 18, 72, and 358;

Troops 18, 56, 69, 72, 174, 180, 269, 343, 358, 512, 514, and 804.

The top five units for reported hours in 2017 to date are:

  1. Troop 174 with 2,861 hours reported
  2. Troop 358 with 1,301 hours
  3. Troop 514 with 486 hours
  4. Troop 804 with 422 hours
  5. Troop 18 with 404 hours.

An honorable mention to Pack 18 for the highest number of hours reported for a Cub Scout Pack with 118 hours.

If your unit is not showing the hours you expect, login to the Service Hours Reporting website with your unit’s Internet Advancement login and password. You can look at what is there.

For scout troops, please verify that the your Eagle Scouts’ project hours are fully reported.


Dates Added to Calendar

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I have been working this morning to add dates for 2018 to the blog calendar.

Remember that this is not the official calendar of the district. That is still maintained at the website. The distinction is that they can take reservations for paid events and this website cannot.

The problem is that the calendar on this website is often more responsive and complete as to a unit’s needs, so it can create confusion. We will work on improving that in the coming year.

Council Announces New Scout Executive

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From the Crossroads of America website:

Crossroads of America Council is exited to welcome JOE WILTROUT as our new Scout Executive. Wiltrout photo

Joe will be coming to us from Three Fires Council in St. Charles, IL where he currently serves as Scout Executive.

He will begin this new role in early January.  Please help us give Joe, his wife Sara, their 3 children a warm Hoosier Welcome!

Here is an excerpt from the Three Fires Council’s biography on Mr. Wiltrout:

On Nov. 3, 2014, Joseph (Joe) Wiltrout became the third Scout Executive for Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America. Located in St. Charles, IL, the Council serves 14,000 youth in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Joe came to Three Fires Council as an experienced, professional Scouter. Most recently, he spent three years as Deputy Scout Executive / Chief Operating Officer in the 43,000 Scout-strong Northern Star Council in Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN.

Before that, Joe spent three years as Director of Development / Chief Financial Officer at Daniel Webster Council in Manchester, NH. There, he managed a $5.2 million budget and provided leadership to several innovative special events.

Joe spent 10 years as Senior Finance Director, Field Director, and District Executive at the Atlanta Area Council, GA. He also served as Camp Director for Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, GA.

An Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm, Joe completed Wood Badge training. He is a Vigil Order of the Arrow member. As a youth, Joe was an International Scout.

Educated at the University of Florida, Joe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture. Married to his wife, Sara, for 23 years, they have three school-age children.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys hunting, college and professional sports, and coaching youth football.

Welcome to the Crossroads of America Council, Joe!

Governor’s Luncheon December 18th

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The 22nd Annual Governor’s Luncheon is Monday, December 18, 2017 from noon to 1:30 pm at the downtown JW Marriott Hotel.

The Governor’s Luncheon serves as the kickoff for our 2018 Friends of Scouting Campaign. Governor's Luncheon 2016

For many of our units, fundraising to support scouting is not an easy task. The leaders do not do sales for a living or uncomfortable asking for money.

The Governor’s Luncheon is an easy way for each unit to participate in fundraising. Think of all the people who support or send well-wishes to your unit. Send them an invitation to attend the Governor’s Luncheon with you.

Historically, the luncheon has been an extremely impressive event.

If you are sure that someone has already been invited and you don’t want to trouble them, submit their name at this website. They will get you a response as to whether that prospect has already been invited. If they have not, you can ask guilt-free.

When the donations are made, people you invite from your unit can designate that your unit be credited for that donation. That way you won’t ask the same person twice at the next Court of Honor or Blue & Gold Banquet.

For more answers, contact District Executive Jessica Hofman.

Help us make 2018 the best year for Friends of Scouting ever!

Farewell to Patrick Sterrett

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This is the last week for Patrick as our Council Scout Executive before he becomes the Assistant Chief Scout Executive for Operations.

Check out the Facebook feed on this page for more about Patrick in the news.

We wish Patrick many years of joyful scouting in Dallas.

North Star DE Change

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Con Sullivan, departing Senior District Executive

We are sad to formally announce that, on November 1, 2017, Con Sullivan, our District Executive since May 2015, will be transferring to Hou Koda District (Plainfield, Speedway) as part of his promotion to Senior District Executive at the Council. During Con’s tenure, North Star went from being threatened with dissolution to the highest scoring district in the Crossroads of America Council’s Journey to Excellence in 2016 with 2250. As he leaves in 2017, North Star is already at 2225 (with some JTE scores from units not yet submitted and no information for the fourth quarter yet).* We wish him well in his new assignment (just not too well, so as not to beat North Star).


Unlike in many transitions prior to Con’s arrival, Council has already appointed his successor, Jessica Hofman ( She will become our District Executive on November 1, 2017.

Jessica came to the Crossroads of America Council in April of 2016, where she has served as Sugar Creek District’s DE (Lebanon and Crawfordsville).  She has her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Purdue University and just recently finished her Masters in Business Administration degree from Indiana Western Governor’s University. She is a resident of northern Indianapolis. Jessica’s strength is in membership and she has a passion for program.


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Jessica Hofman, North Star’s new District Executive


*Other districts have stepped up this year, so the competition is tougher: Del-Mi at 2250.

BSA rolls out 100% co-ed

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You may have heard, but all programs will be co-ed by January 1, 2019. Cub Scouts start, as I read it, June 1, 2018.

Here is the announcement from CAC Council Commissioner Ron Penczek:


I wanted to take a moment to forward on to you official communications from our National Council regarding girls in Cub and Boy Scouting.  While it is too late for my girls to stand beside their brother in earning Eagle Scout, I am very excited to bring our program of citizenship, leadership and fitness to girls around the country, I hope you are as excited as me.  I know for some Scouters, this change will be concerning and their concerns are not without merit, but as a Commissioner Corps, I am sure we can help deliver a positive message.  We can be the agent of change that helps everyone to see the benefits of such a change and help implement such change in a positive way.

Please cascade this to your District and Unit Commissioners and begin talking with your units about this change.

I look forward to talking with you next week.

Kind regards,


BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls

The BSA’s board of directors has unanimously approved welcoming girls into our Cub Scouts program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who have never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

Linked below (or attached) are a few resources to help you learn more about today’s decision, as well as respond to any inquiries you may receive. As always, please direct all media queries to

Official BSA news release

Family Scouting page on

Family Scouting FAQ

Social for all Districts

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On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Council Commissioner Service is hosting a council-wide social the evening before the Commissioner College. The event is free. You can RSVP here.


  1. Al Lambert, Central Region Director, BSA
  2. Kandra Dickerson, Central Region Commissioner, BSA
  3. Bob Hoffmeyer, Ass’t Area Commissioner, National Commissioner Tools Team and former CAC Commissioner

Friday, November 3rd: Social Mixer, Keynote Address, Refreshments, and Fun together!


For BSA Board Members, All Commissioners, District Committee Chairs and District Committee Members, and BSA Professionals.

Where: Camp Belzer Activity Center, 6102 Boy Scout Rd,, Indianapolis IN 46226

Registration/Check in: Starts at 5:45pm, Event starts at 6:30 pm

Hurricane Maria: An update on BSA members in Puerto Rico. Ways you can help.

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Bryan on Scouting has just posted this article on how to help after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

To my view, the most important part of this article is that the councils and units affected have been slow to report their needs. This creates a risk of their needs being forgotten or overlooked by the rest of the BSA.

This slow response to state needs makes a lot of sense. First, the BSA is built on a diffused organizational system. National Council needs information from local councils. Local councils need information from districts. Districts need information from units. Units need information from unit leaders. Unit leaders are busy caring for their families, work or businesses, and places of worship.

Now the information trickle is beginning. The BSA has created several central clearinghouses of information. Units can make direct appeals for help. The BSA has created a central fundraising website. Now we know where to look for what is needed.

So the next question seems to be, “What can our unit do?”

What you can do is still limited by BSA regulations. Let’s take a quick look so that these are all fresh in mind.

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Announcement from Patrick Sterrett

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A message from Patrick to the Executive Board of Crossroads of America Council to the Executive Board this morning:Sterrett

Executive Board-

Ed Bonach has asked me to communicate the following to you.

This past Tuesday morning, our Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh asked me to join his team as the Assistant Chief Scout Executive- Operations. I have great admiration for Mike, respect his managerial courage and look forward to learning from him. I accepted and begin Nov 16.

Lori and I have enjoyed CAC and Indiana.  Quite frankly, this position (or the Chief’s job of course :)) was the only role that could draw us from CAC.

I met with our staff leadership team on Wednesday morning.  I communicated this change to the entire staff this morning.  They are a great team!

We had an Executive Committee meeting call this morning.  We are blessed with a terrific Executive Committee and Board.

Ed will immediately begin the Scout Executive selection process and will discuss this in more depth at the Wednesday Board meeting.  He/she will be on board in early January.  The new [Scout Executive] will be lucky to serve with you.

Our council is strong.  We are in great fiscal position.  Membership is growing. The staff is energized and outstanding.  We have tremendous volunteer depth and quality.  We are blessed with top notch facilities.  This change at the top will be a speed bump not a roadblock because of you and your passion for our mission.

I appreciate you and thank you for your un-wavering support of me and the Scouting movement.  Scouting is strong and will grow again across the Nation just as it is doing here in central Indiana.

An email will be sent to all BSA employees and National/Regional volunteers later this afternoon.


Patrick W. Sterrett  |  Scout Executive / CEO

Crossroads of America Council

This is a huge gain for the National Council and an equal loss for the Crossroads of America Council. Patrick has been instrumental in providing a strong vision moving forward and recruiting personnel capable of carrying out that vision.

He will be missed.