Membership

Save the Date! Open House training May 30 – on Facebook LIVE

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From Crossroads of America Communication Executive Karrie Baxter:

 

Join us on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/bsacrossroads. Follow us if you aren’t already for updates!

Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Supplies to promote your pack at the open house, through your school, and through your community. We’ve got some really exciting and interactive pieces to show you!

  • Why is it important to attend the open house? Let us show you!

  • An example of an Open House Table Set up

  • Breakdown of our NEW lead generation technology and how we will help communicate with people who are interested in your pack.

Trust us, you won’t want to miss it. Come represent your unit LIVE on Facebook- May 30th at 7PM!

 

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Saturday May 26 – Busy Day for Scouts

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Please see the following two posts on service events for Scouts on Saturday, May 26:

Memorial Weekend Grave Dressing

500 Festival Parade Setup

Thank you for all you do for Scouting, and for your greater community!

 

Is Scouting a Better Method to Getting USA’s First World Cup?

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Can we develop better national soccer teams using Baden Powell’s methods than travel soccer? The evidence is coming in that answer is profoundly “yes.” From my years of backyard athletics, I can attest the skills development was profound. Read this blog post and the new book Shoeless Soccer for more.

Memorial Weekend Grave Dressing 2018

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Memorial Day is fast approaching.  The American Legion would like to invite all of the North Star District for breakfast. The district will make a short trip to several local cemeteries and put decorations on veteran’s graves in honor of their service. In past years this has wrapped up before lunch.memorial-day-020

 

Your service is Requested:

Date:   Saturday, May 26, 2018

Start time:  7:00 am

Breakfast location:  Broad Ripple American Legion Post # 3, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Teams will be formed at breakfast to serve the various cemeteries.

Units will be asked to provide adult and youth headcount as well as a point of contact in the event updates need to be made during the morning.

 

THANK YOU for your Service!

 

Program’s New Name: Scouts BSA (corrected)

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Boy Scouts will become “Scouts BSA.” The organization’s name will remain same. That was what former Crossroads of America Council Executive Patrick Sterrett advocated for as he moved to Number 2 in the BSA. It looks like his recommendation held true.

Here is the AP version.

Here is Scouting Wire’s more detailed version. This includes information on “Scout Me In” recruitment campaign.

Here is Bryan on Scouting with yet more details.

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Silver Beaver Nominations UPDATE (due July 25)

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On behalf of Chuck Fippen, Crossroads of America Council Silver Beaver Nominating Committee Chair (email sent to Council / District leaders on April 12):

This year the Silver Beaver selection process is changing and I wanted to communicate some very important information that needs to be shared with your committee(s) in order to facilitate the new process.

  1. The nominations are now open and the updated application is on the Council’s home page (link included here).
  2. NOMINATIONS for 2018 ARE DUE JULY 25th…..yes its much earlier this year.
  3. The Silver Beavers for 2018 will be awarded in a special dinner held in November 2018 (no longer at the University of Scouting).Silver Beaver

The selection committee will meet in August to determine our next class of Silver Beavers and hope to have many nominations submitted.  Changes to our process and timing are for various reasons.  The Silver Beaver is the highest and most prestigious award the a Council can bestow and we want to have a ceremony that is fitting for those selected.  Our evening event in November is designed for this recognition and will be a formal event with a venue unto itself.

We have designed notes and training around our selection process this year.  I will be updating you with this information very shortly, but in brief here’s a summary:

  • We have revised our application to enable online completion.  We have had a hard time deciphering hand written applications and we will ask that they be filled out with the PDF entry form that is now available.
  • We have emphasized the written part as one of the first items in the application.  This often is where we will see information about the nominee that isn’t already part of their Scouting history.
  • Applications must be complete in order for consideration.  It is highly recommended that multiple sources be used in the formation of the recommendation; people from the nominee’s place of employment, their church and their unit or committee that know them best should be involved.
  • Nominations are open for all Scouters that are eligible under the criteria set forth by the BSA.  At no time can a volunteer or professional deny or negatively influence the decision to submit a nomination.  If anyone feels a nomination is worthy of submission then you are encouraged to make sure that nominee receives the full benefit of the selection process.  It is up to the Silver Beaver nominating committee to select those who are to receive the award.

I welcome any questions you may have and look forward to a wonderful ceremony for some very deserving individuals.  I hope you also find our process and information helpful and more seamless as we move forward.

Yours in Scouting,

 

Chuck Fippen

Silver Beaver Nominating Committee Chair

Family Scouting – Update and Timeline

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Starting this year (2018), girls will be welcomed into the Cub Scouting program and this will be the beginning of the transition to what is known as “Family Scouting.” This opens the door for girls and young women to benefit from the skills, leadership and character development training offered by the Scouting organization.FamScouting_pic3 timelineFamScouting_pic1

Please peruse the BSA Family Scouting website for more information on how this transition will work as well as more details on the timeline for implementation of these changes (see graphic included here for an overview).  And don’t forget to ask yourself:  “how can I help”?

Thank you for all you do for Scouting (and now for Family Scouting, too)!

 

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Cub Scout Recruitment 2018

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It’s that time of year again!  Let’s start thinking about how we can grow our units to their full potential.  Does this include inviting girls into our units?  Does this include recruiting from multiple schools or starting new units in some areas?  Your District Executive, Jessica Hofman would like to start having these conversations with you, as well as start developing a membership plan for the Fall.  Please schedule a time with Jessica over the next two months to sit down and dive into membership logistics before back to school season sneaks up on us.

What: Membership Planning Meeting

Who:  Cub Packs!  Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/unit membership coordinator

Where:  At a committee meeting, over lunch, or whenever is convenient! 

When:  At a convenient time before May

How to Schedule: Email Jessica at jehofman@crossroadsbsa.org

 

What: Spring Recruitment Planning

Who:  Cub Packs!  Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/Unit Membership Coordinator

Where:  Let’s develop a plan! 

When:  Before Summer, let’s get new youth to camp!

How to Schedule: Email Jessica at jehofman@crossroadsbsa.org

North Star is actively searching for those that share Jessica’s passion for growing Scouting.  If you’d like to join the membership team for the North Star District and help out at a District level with membership planning and execution, please reach out!

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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Stories and the Child’s Developing Mind

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As I have noted before, my latest obsession is Professor Jordan Peterson. His recent book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is a tour de force in offering a way to live a good life. This is not the normal self-help book. This is the work of a deep philosophical thinker, practicing psychologicology research professor, practicing clinical psychologist, and practicing lecturing professor. He thinks about people, studies psychology, uses psychology, and teaches about people and psychology. For example, he understands that knowing what the rules of life and being able to follow them are not the same thing. It takes practice to be an actively moral person.

To that end, his fifth rule is “Do Not Let your Children Do Anything that Makes You Dislike Them.” He opens the chapter this way,

RECENTLY, I WATCHED A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy trail his mother and father slowly through a crowded airport. He was screaming violently at five-second intervals— and, more important, he was doing it voluntarily. He wasn’t at the end of his tether. As a parent, I could tell from the tone. He was irritating his parents and hundreds of other people to gain attention. Maybe he needed something. But that was no way to get it, and his parents should have let him know that. You might object that “perhaps they were worn out, and jet-lagged, after a long trip.” But thirty seconds of carefully directed problem-solving would have brought the shameful episode to a halt. More thoughtful parents would not have let someone they truly cared for become the object of a crowd’s contempt.

Peterson, Jordan B.. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Kindle Locations 2377-2383). Random House of Canada. Kindle Edition. In the chapter he goes on to explain that making a child welcome in the world-at-large is a big job for parents. If the parents like the child, because the child is well-behaved, when the child visits others’ homes or places of business, adults will greet the child warmly. This warm reception will make the child more likely to be well-behaved. Well-behaved kids tend to have an easier time making friends their own age. They are happier and more connected socially. Since we are social animals, this is important.

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