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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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Check out Scouts BSA on Instagram!

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If you have not already seen the email from Scouts BSA, you can now follow the Scouting adventures on Instagram!

There is a giveaway currently running for some pretty cool camping gear, start by following this post:  Giveaway!  Rules and details can be found on that page.

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Individual Swim Test opportunity

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For Scouts needing a swim test with a certified lifeguard – check out the Zionsville Aquatic Center at Zionsville High School, 900 Mulberry Street.

Call 317-733-4808 or email lbrown@zcs.k12.in.us to schedule a time.boy-scout-swim-test-460x260

Cost is $10 per Scout.

Please use that same contact information to inquire about swim tests for a group of Scouts, as that would be handled with a different schedule setup.

See this Zionsville Aquatic Swim test page for more details.

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.

Scouts at the JCC Annual Earth Day Celebration 2018

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On behalf of North Star District Executive Jessica Hofman:

North Star had the opportunity to host a few stations at the Jewish Community Center’s Annual Earth Day Celebration.  Volunteers from Troop 18 and the Council ran a rope bridge, a fire starting station, and a catapult station for thousands of families to stop by and enjoy.

Through surveys done at the event, we were told that our stations were a crowd favorite!  This event could not have been possible without the help of great volunteers!  Thank you to Ray and John Matutes from Troop 18 for taking time out of their Sunday to help!

Be Prepared – for the SAT and ACT

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BSA giving away $350 SAT/ACT programs

In alliance with Scouts BSA, eKnowledge and the SAT/ACT Donation Project are giving Scout families (past and present) $350 SAT and ACT test prep programs for just the cost of providing the programs (under $20).  The fee covers everything, including materials, shipping, student support, and streaming. You may request your programs online at this eKnowledge BSA site (<== link here).

Already, over 4,500 scouting families have benefited from the SAT/ACT Donation Project. The mission of this project is to help Scouts be prepared for the SAT or ACT.

For more information please check out the BSA Info Center, eKnowledge site here

Best of luck on the exams!

Don’t Forget! Roundtable this Thurs 5/10

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This week’s Roundtable topics are:

  1. Cub Scouts: “Recruiting… Youth AND Adults” ;
  2. Boy Scouts: “Ideal Year of Scouting / Supporting Cub Packs at Summer Camp.”

 

See last week’s post for more details.

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.

UPDATED 5/3/18: Here is local council’s press release: Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder – Roundtable next Thursday, May 10

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The roundtables topics next Thursday will be:

  1. Cub Scouts: “Recruiting… Boys AND Adults” ;
  2. Boy Scouts: “Ideal Year of Scouting / Supporting Cub Packs at Summer Camp.”

The Roundtables will take place next Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the northeast corner of the campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Patch

Please forward this information to your Den Leaders, Committee members, and Assistant Scoutmasters. They are an important part of the Roundtables’ target audience.

Remember, attending roundtables is a key requirement to earn the Scouter’s Key for both Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders.

Open Berths for Sea Base with Crew 408

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From Greg Hoyes:

North Star Venture Crew 408 in Zionsville has 2 crews going to FSB Out Island (MUNSON) on June 29th to July 5th (travel from June 27th to July 8th).  One of the crews is filled with our fellow Boy Scout Troop and the 2nd Crew is all Crew 408 members.  We do have 2 open spots in our Venture Crew and looking to fill them, with either Venture or Boy Scout members.

If the interested parties are male, the adult leadership is covered and if they are female, one of them must be over 21 to cover the required female leadership.  This would be good for a mother/daughter  or sister/older sister trip.

We have the travel all covered and would depart the morning of June 27th and will be returning on July 8th.  We are planning some sightseeing stops for the return trip but have not finalized those details yet.  The cost is estimated at $1240 for Out Island, travel (gas and lodging) and 2 crew shirts.  I can be flexible in accommodating payment arrangements for someone that wants to go but can’t write that check today.

If you have anybody interested, please have them contact me and we can discuss other details.

On the Adventure

Greg Hoyes

Crew 408 Committee Chair