REMINDER: District meetings

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church, 4th Floor:

  1. Commissioners: 6:00 pm, Room 401
  2. District Committee: 7:00 pm, Room 405

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (except where different below), Luke’s Lodge, outbuilding on Campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St.

1. Youth Protection Training (Y01) (6:30 pm)

2. Boy Scout Roundtable: TBA. Possible topic: path to Eagle.

3. Cub Scout Roundtable: planning your next camp out. Presented by Scouts from Troop 56 and RTC Bill Buchalter. (Great for Pack Programming Chair, Pack Chair, Cubmaster and Den Leaders, especially Webelos Den Leaders). Tents and gear explained.

4. Rechartering breakout for Unit Rechartering Coordinators. How to rechartering. Changes to system.


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.

New BALOO Training Curriculum

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The new BALOO training curriculum was published this year. A copy is available here.

Here are some of the points of emphasis from Council Training Director Jay Soucy:Cub Scout logo

A few major points in the new BALOO syllabus 
  1. Pack overnighters and Webelos den campouts require a BALOO trained Scouter at the campout.
  2. This new course requires an overnight campout. Starting at 8 AM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday.
  3. This course has 85 pages of handout for each participant.
  4. Participants should complete the 6 on-line BALOO lessons prior to taking the practical portion. If not, a “Train” status will be withheld until the on-line portion is completed.  

Wabash Valley District Cub and Webelos Leader Training

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Council through our Wabash Valley District will host at Camp Wildwood in Terre Haute a Cub Scout Leader Training on April 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, for more information contact the Terre Haute Service Center 812-232-9496.

Later in the month, they will host Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills Training (which is similar to IOLS but specific to Webelos Leaders) April 22-23, 2017 at Camp Wildwood from 9 am (Sat) – 12 pm (Sun) – For more information contact the Terre Haute Service Center 1-812-232-9497. You will likely need to plan to stay overnight. OWLS is very important in the new Webelos advancement program. The increased emphasis on outdoor skills and working as a “patrol” require a Webelos Den Leader have more knowledge than the old advancement requirements. Get ready for the 2017-18 Webelos Den Program by getting trained now.

Upcoming events

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Commissioners’ meeting: Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Second Presbyterian

District Committee: Also Thursday at 7:00 pm, same location

Wood Badge Association dinner: tonight at Belzer

District Camporee: this weekend at the Blind School. Webelos encouraged to visit and see most of our troops in one location.

  1. Youth Protection Training live: Friday at 8:30 pm at Camporee.
  2. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (for Scoutmasters and Asst Scoutmasters and all other volunteers who camp) and Outdoor Webelos Leaders’ Skills (for Cubmasters and Webelos Den Leaders): opening remarks Friday at 9:30 pm and training 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Attendance at Saturday campfire required.

Roundtable: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm at Luke’s Lodge at St Luke’s UMC.

Outdoor leadership training available

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Del-Mi District is offering Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills and Webelos Outdoor Leadership at their camporee on April 16, 2016 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. One class: credit for both courses! Reservations can be made here.

Their camporee will be at Camp Belzer . . . close to home.

IOLS is required to be certified as a Trained Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. It is often hard to get it on your schedule.

Webelos Outdoor Leadership is required to take Webelos on a den campout. The magic of this 2-in-1 training is Webelos leaders can get trained on both programs.

The training never expires so get it done today!

Pinewood Derby Track

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As we enter into a new season of Pinewood Derby racing, we will have some changes to how district supplies tracks.

Fred Steinhoff, our stalwart Pinewood Derby track provider, is preparing to retire out of state. Fred has been working with Pack 830 Bill Buchalter to hand off those responsibilities. Pinewood Derby track

Recently Pack 830 has built a new and beautiful track. It is a bit longer than the old track. Consequently, the races will have a bit of a different feel.

Bill Buchalter said, “As much as I am available I will help those packs with track setup and with running their derby for them as Fred did in the past.” Bill explained that his job takes him out of state sometimes with less warning than he would wish for pinewood derby planning, but there is a plan in place. “[A]ny commitments that I make to help with another pack’s pinewood derby will have to be with the understanding that [I might be] shipped out for work…. Fortunately, there are lots of other parents in Pack 830 that routinely step up to help out – so if I’m not available we should hopefully be able to find someone else who can.”

If there are emergencies, Fred Steinhoff is still available.

Now is the time to make sure that your pack has reserved the track for your pinewood derby. Please contact Bill via email at wbbuch1@comcast.net.

Fred also reminds us that the District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the American Legion Post #3 in Broad Ripple. Click the link to reserve your ticket. The top 3 finishers compete for free. All others, including adults and siblings, are welcome to enter events for a fee. There will be Cub scout official heats that comply with BSA rules, adult heats, sibling heats, and non-compliant heats.Look forward to seeing you there.

District Pack Overnight at Track: 4 days and counting . . .

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Friday at the Track begins the District Pack Overnight.

Taking your Cubs and Webelos camping is a very important part of retaining Cubs and growing your Pack. If you don’t camp often, your Pack will lose members.Cub Scout logo

The District Pack Overnight is a great way for new parents or reluctant camping parents to learn outdoor skills.

if your Pack camps on its own, one person must be BALOO-trained. For this Councilsponsored event, this requirement is not necessary, since we will have trained people present.

If you or your Pack cannot camp out, they can still participate in the Saturday Fun Day at the track.

We hope to see you there.

Webelos Naturalist Pin Class

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Saturday, November 21
Cub Scout Saturday: Naturalist
Webelos, investigate the fall forest as you work at completing the requirements for your Naturalist. Younger scouts can enjoy a nature hike.
Register at naturecenter@zionsville-in.gov
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zionsville Nature Center, 690 Beech Street