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Progress toward Long Term Goals

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Subtitle: Or the Roar of the Crowd versus the Eagle Court of Honor.

I offered my thoughts on the differences between sports’ lessons on team work and personal development versus scouting in those same domains.

I was watching Professor Jordan Peterson, whom I have introduced before. In his fifth lecture on Maps and Meaning, he has an interesting side discussion on the dopamine effects on the brain for positive reinforcement. Yes, he is lecturing on Pinochio, and very funny in the process.

In the segment I am highlighting, the professor suggests that striving toward a vision or major goal in life is crucial for finding meaning in life (23:30). In one part of his analysis, he analyzes why athletes can have an injured thumb or sprained ankle and continue to play. Yet, the athlete is in excruciating pain once the competition is over. He attributes this mind over matter to the focus of a goal-oriented mind. In this case, the goal is winning the game, whether regular season, post-season, or championship game is not discussed. Implicit in the point, based on his later analysis, is the notion that the athlete is probably seeking a longer-term goal, as he defines it. (Championship trophy, college recruitment, all-time record, etc.)

The professor suggests that long-term goals are crucial for finding meaning in life (as opposed to the grander “meaning of life”) and personal satisfaction.*  The professor hypothesizes that a person feels a dopamine (i.e., good feeling) response from the brain when a significant step toward a self-identifed, valued, larger goal is accomplished. Each step that moves the progress toward the long-term goal foward compounds the dopamine response. Then brain starts to associate accomplishing the long-term goal as a source of good feelings. Absent the longer-range goal, the person has a random spike in dopamine that does little to incentivize future behavior. It is important that the person have dopamine spikes often enough and systematically enough to engage this personal satisfaction.

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Known Issue with Rechartering Invoice

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This year National Council has added local council insurance premiums for registered members. That means the $1.00 insurance premium per scout and scouter is automatically included in your invoice, which is an upgrade over the last rechartering cycle, completed in November 2016.

Unfortunately, all is not rosy in the invoice automation. At Council meetings last we were informed that the Adult Partners for Lions and Tigers (i.e., parents included on the Youth Application but have not completed a separate Adult Application for positions such as Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Committee Member, etc.) do not have that insurance premium included in the invoice.

Consequently, please count these adults and multiply by $1.00. This will need to be added manually to the amount of the invoice for your pack to be paid in full.

Update on Lions Program

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From Ryan Kellaher, Del-Mi District Director:Lion Cub patch


Good afternoon! If you have not already seen, there are some changes in the Lion program for this current program year. These are all changes that you have been asking for, and are changes that I think will strengthen your Lion programs. Most of them center around involvement within the rest of the Pack. There are no changes to the requirements. Here are some highlights:

  • Pack meetings and activities will be open to Lion families who want to participate
  • Pinewood Derby is open to Lions
  • Fundraising will be allowed as a family option
  • Uniform t-shirt won’t change, but families can buy button-down if they want

Click here for a Bryan on Scouting blog post outlining the changes.

There is also a more in-depth look at the changes in this PowerPoint presentation (link will download the presentation).

You can also find information on the Lion Program website at:

Please feel to contact your unit commissioner if you have any questions!

Yours in Scouting,
Ryan Kelleher  |  Del-Mi District Director

REMINDER: Roundtable Thursday

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For Roundtable we will have two excellent programs.districtCommissioner

We will kick things off at 6:30 pm with a short Youth Protection Training (Y01), open to all scouters. This is all you need for Cub Scouts and Boy Sccouts. It does not qualify for Venturing Youth Protection.

At 7:00 pm, we will open with our normal General Session. We will try to keep this brief (under 15 minutes).

150px-cubscoutdenleaderpatchAfter General Session, the Cub Scout Roundtable will focus on Den Leader Training. This is designed to qualify the Cub Scout Den Leader as fully trained for Lion through Bear years. (Webelos Den Leaders should also take Outdoor Webelos Leadership Skills (“OWLS”).) Den Leaders should have received emailed invitations from Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter. Pack Chairs should call their Den Leaders to encourage attendance. Remember this training is mandatory for rechartering for all currently enrolled Den Leaders. The class will be taught by Bill and District Chair John Wiebke.

After General Session, the Boy Scout Roundtable will have a guest presentation on the STEM in Scouting Logonew-ish Nova Program from Troop 56 Committee Chair and Wood Badge Candidate (Eagle Patrol) Sandy McNutt and his fellow Eagle, Hou-Koda Committee Member and Troop 307 Committee Member Kelli Brooks. This presentation is relevant to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing. So if Cub Leaders don’t need training, this might be the session for them.

Please help us have a big turn out for Roundtable.

REMINDER: Roundtable Thursday

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Just a quick reminder that Roundtable will be Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the northeast corner of campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 6th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Cub Scouts: Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter will be leading the Cub Scout breakout. He will be giving a prototype Den Meeting. This is designed for Den Leaders to see a Den Meeting being run. This is especially valuable for new Den Leaders; Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 11.01.01 AMconfused, veteran Den Leaders; and prospective, future Den Leaders (aka “parents you would like eto recruit as Den Leaders”). We will have a short discussion of how Lion Den Meetings (i.e., kindergartners) are different than Tiger (1st grade) through Webelos (4-5th grade), too. We will look at existing resources and strategizing how to use these resources and parent assistance.

Side note: To get your Den Leaders to the meeting, the most important step is to invite them to come with you. One of the biggest reasons Den Leaders do not attend is they don’t know about Roundtable. The second biggest reason is that they think Roundtable is meant for Cubmasters and Pack Committee Chairs. To put it gently, this is wrong. Roundtables are most valuable for Den Leaders. They have the most face-to-face contact with Cub Scouts of any scouter. An invitation helps resolve these problems. Cubmasters, pick up the phone and call each Den Leader. Ask them to come. Then follow up with a blast email.

The third biggest reason your Den Leaders don’t attend is child care. Think about joining forces to take care of childcare.

Boy Scouts: Jeff Heck will be leading the Boy Scout Roundtable. (We are still looking for a Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner.) The Boy Scout Roundtable will be focused on Fall Recruitment Planning. Please invite your Troop Membership Chairs to attend. This topic will apply equally well to our Venturing Crews, too.

Recruitment Rally July 22nd

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From District Executive Con Sullivan:

North Star Scouters,

Please join us (and/or send your pack recruitment chair) for breakfast on Saturday, July 22nd between 9 am and 11 am at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on northeast corner of campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260). This will be an open house format, come when you can. I would like an RSVP so we can pack up once everyone has attended.

Packs will pick up their Registration Night boxes, Open House bags, and Community Yard Signs. Troops can sign up for which Packs/Schools their Troops can assist in the fall. Both can learn about our new Open House style and all about the theme “Catapult into Scouting!”  Some Troops may get catapults they will want to bring to schools to create additional interest in Scouting and their Troop.

Packs, if you have not yet already, please tell me when your school’s “open house, ice cream social, etc.” is AND the date of your Registration Night ASAP!  Special orders on signs and flyers are due by July 22nd at the Open House. If you can get this information to me earlier, I can have them printed and ready for July 22nd.

Please register for this rally here:

Thanks and I hope to see you there!


Con Sullivan  |  District Executive – North Star 

Good Resources for new Cub Leaders

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So you have just joined a Cub Pack or have been recruited to serve as a Den Leader or Cubmaster. What do you need to know?

First, get trained for your position. At the most basic, you can take online training at You will need to create an online profile first. Regardless whether you are registered as a leader yet or not, you can take the training. If you register later, you just need to add your BSA ID number to your online “Profile” to link the information together.

Second, seriously consider doing face-to-face position specific training, regardless if you did the National Council’s training. National focuses on philosophy. Local gives you more information about local resources.

Third, get to know the Cub Learning Library and  Cub Corner on the national website. It is full of good information and publications that you can download for free. The most important are scripts for your den meetings. Other handy tools are forms.

Fourth, make sure you have the Cub Leader Guide Book or Den Leader Guidebook. These are available through in paper or Kindle formats. See example of Bear Den Leader Guidebook.

Fifth, get to know great online resources such as or the Cub Scout Leader Portal on

Sixth, find out what advancement software or record keeping your pack uses. See if you can learn how to use it to the level expected of your position.

These are great resources, but don’t forget that the biggest resource you have is the other parents. Experienced or inexperienced, they are your resources. If you can find the meeting agenda you want, you can and should delegate meetings to other parents to lead. You then can focus on discipline and efficiency of the meeting. The special guest parent can focus on program and snacks.

Good luck in your new Cub Scout year! Make it great!

8 Days and Counting: Back to School Night

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While your Cub Scout Pack is free to hold back to school nights at your convenience, don’t forget that every Pack is also expected to help meet the Council’s promise for August 25th.Cub Scout logo

While mass media has been pared down this year due to the exorbitant cost of advertising during a presidential campaign, Council is still pushing a common sign up night for all units. It is scheduled for August 25th. That means that your pack needs to have a table somewhere at its elementary schools to accept applications for 90 minutes that night.

Make sure you have your person or persons assigned and ready to take applications. Let Con or Sharla know if you need help covering your schools.

The person at your table should have some knowledge about the new Lion Cub Program, so make sure they are trained.img_0573

Fall Membership: Assignments

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When Fall Membership efforts begin, school will be starting back into session and other activities will distract.image_14418961200_1827

Now is the time to make sure your Pack has appointed a person to review the literature that you plan on giving your new prospective families. Information and templates are available at the Council Recruitment webpage. Those documents should include:

  1. Your annual calendar (updated from any summer long-range planning);
  2. Your information book or parent guide on pack practices and expectations;
  3. Your annual cost of cub scouts and how popcorn and fundraising offset the out-of-pocket costs (the goal is that they see the value of fund raising to minimize out-of-pocket costs);
  4. Your pin needs to have accurate meeting information and contact information for your leadership.img_0573

In your information packs, do not forget that we are introducing Lion Cub/kindergartners into the program this Fall. So everyone will need to update their documents for this addition. Con Sullivan is the council coordinator for Lions, so be sure to address questions to him as you need.

If you know how is responsible for each or all of these documents, you then need to set a deadline for these to be submitted to the pack committee for approval. Ideally the committee would approve these before the end of July. Maybe then the documents need to be submitted to the committee a week or two before the meeting that would meet that July deadline. That way the documents can simply be polished and printed for August recruitment.

Do your homework now: committee chairs, make sure you have these assignments done in May. It will make August just that much easier.

For more information on how to update your pin, watch this video:

Spring Prep for Fall Recruiting

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As we wind down on the school year, minds travel to far away places. Well, at least, situations that are far different than the average school day routine for both parents and kids.

Unfortunately, once we leave for summer break, all sorts of planning for Fall go on break, too. Have you ever tried to find a school principle on summer break? They are hard to find if you try during their vacation.

A great way for your Pack to get ahead for the Fall Recruiting season is to talk to the school principle now about Boy Talks and Back to School Nights.

Simply confirming in person that the principle approves Boy Talks and sign up tables is very powerful.

Two more keep steps to avoid Fall problems are to:

  1. Send a confirmation email today about what you and the principle agree. When back to school time arrives, you simply re-send the confirmation email to inquire if all is still on track.
  2. Seek permission to distribute our recruitment flyers to the school. Some school districts require at least 30 days notice of any request for distribution. If you start now, the deadline is easier.

If you are in a large school system, coordinate your efforts with the District Membership Committee Chair Sharla Merrick or her committee Jenny Beyers and Mike Yates or you can contact District Executive Con Sullivan for basic information and flyer coordination.

You can see the entire campaign overview hereimage_14418961200_1827.

Work now so that Fall issues are easy!