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REMINDERS Week of Mar 20 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

Pinewood Derby!

  • The 2019 North Star Pinewood Derby will be held on Sat. March 23rd – see this article for details!

Commissioner Meeting / Roundtable:

  • The Commissioner meeting is held just prior to Roundtable at 6:30pm, April 11th – then:
  • The April Roundtable is Thursday the 11th @ St. Luke’s Lodge.  See this article for details.

Scout Night @ Pacers!

  • The Pacers will play the Nets on Sunday, April 7th and Scouts are invited!  Tipoff is at 5pm, doors open at 4pm.  Scouts will get a Scout Night patch, hat, and small meal with ticket purchase.  Contact Kalee Grant (ASAP) at (317) 917-2824 or kgrant@pacers.com for more details.

Spring Camporee:

  • SAVE THE DATE!  The North Star 2019 Spring Camporee will be held at Camp Cullom, Frankfort, IN during the weekend of April 26th through 28th.  The theme will be “Observing 100 Years of North Star.”  A rocket launch is planned for that Saturday afternoon – bring rockets if you wish.  More details to come soon!

Swim Checks:

  • Troop 343 is also hosting a BSA Swim Check on Monday Apr. 1, see this article for details.

Adult Training:

  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training:  Be sure to check out the available online training at my.scouting.org .

Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!

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NS Pinewood Derby! March 23 2019

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Reminder:  The North Star District PINEWOOD DERBY will be taking place on Saturday March 23rd at the American Legion Post #3, 6379 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220.  Registration opens at 9am with racing action getting underway at 9:30am.NS District PWD Flier 2019.png

All Cubs are welcome!

Each Pack’s Top 4 finishers and each Pack’s “Best of Show” are entered in the District Derby automatically and free of charge.  All other cars may race for a $2 entry fee.

Boy Scout troops that would like to assist Packs in running their Derbies can contact District Pinewood Derby Coordinator Bill Buchalter.

Please see the NS District PWD Flier 2019 flyer attached.  Hope to see you there!

ROUNDTABLES – MARCH & APRIL 2019

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Reminder – please mark your calendar for the March 14 and April 11 Roundtable meetings, 7:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lodge, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Everyone is welcome!

The March Roundtable topics are:

  • Summer Camp
  • Succession Planning
  • New Training Requirements

 

==> SCOUTING FOR FOOD bags for all units will be available for pickup at the March Roundtable.

 

The April Roundtable topic is:

  • Ideal Year of Scouting!  EACH UNIT – PLEASE SEND A REPRESENTATIVE!

 

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.

Dr. Peter Gray’s Testimony to the Connecticut State Legislature in Favor of a Free-Range Parenting Bill – Let Grow

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Strong case for play without adult supervision.

When you take your unit camping, how much are you present and observant for safety, but removed from the action to allow your kids freedom?

Here’s why observing from a distance is so important:

Dr. Peter Gray’s Testimony to the Connecticut State Legislature in Favor of a Free-Range Parenting Bill – Let Grow
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Temporary Eagle Extension for New Scouts

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Temporary transition rules give new Scouts BSA members the chance to earn Eagle https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/01/31/temporary-transition-rules-give-new-scouts-bsa-members-the-chance-to-earn-eagle/

CORRECTED 2/20/19: While this program is imperative for older female Scouts, it applies to boys and girls who join in the provided timeline.

CONGRATULATIONS to North Star Adult Recognition Honorees!

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A fun time was had by all at this year’s North Star Adult Recognition dinner held at the American Legion post in Broad Ripple this past Saturday.

Eddie Stahl, our new Sr. District Executive, and Lee Murdoch, Crossroads BSA Director of Support Services, spoke to the group about their visions for 2019 as well as to recognize North Star adult volunteers for the phenomenal work they are doing for Scouts in our District.

Jerry Simon received the inaugural Jerry Simon North Star District Service Award of Distinction for his 30+ years of dedicated service to the District, much of that focused on mentoring Eagle Projects and leading Eagle Boards of Review.

Stephen Heath and Kevin Neese received District Awards of Merit for both of their continued tireless efforts with our District, and Peter Holtz received Scoutmaster of the Year for his leadership of Troop 56.  Mark Pishon received a special recognition for his above and beyond continual service and leadership to North Star.  Peter also wrapped up the meeting with a very fitting Scoutmaster Minute.

Mike Yates, the Pishons (Mark and Chris), Paul Kovach and Mark Maucere did a fantastic job of setting up this 100th birthday gala for North Star.

Congratulations to all!

 

Winter Camporee Provides Awesome Winter Experience

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From District Program Chair Mark Pishon:

North Star District battled 8 inches of snow last weekend during their Winter Camporee.  Klondikes were all over the place hauling equipment, water, and supplies and the boys had a blast racing in them.
Congratulations to Troop 514 for winning the Willie Award and Troop 69 for winning the Patrol Competitions.
All the attendees enjoyed the North Star District 100th Birthday Cake.
Patches should be available in 3 weeks.  Don’t forget to log Frost Points in everyone’s camping log!
We look forward to the Spring Camporee April 5-7, 2019.
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New Products Listed on National Website

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Scouts BSA Troop Leader Guidebook (vol 1)
2019 ed. Troop Leader Guidebook

The new Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls, Patrol Leader Handbook, Troop Leader Guidebook (vol 1), and related books are now listed on scoutshop.org.

Whether they are ready for delivery is a different questions.

The e-books are not yet listed on amazon.com, though. (I get mine on Kindle now.)

UPDATED: More information on Bryan on Scouting. Notice the logo over the right pocket is slightly changed.

What’s new or different about the Scouts BSA uniform?

  • The Scouts BSA uniform shirt comes in sizes and cuts for women and girls.
  • New uniform pants for women and girls can be rolled up at the leg to be worn as capri pants. Women and girls can also purchase the current, switchback-style uniform pants that zip off at the knee.
  • The new shirt is tan and features a BSA fleur-de-lis emblem and the letters “BSA” in red over the right pocket. The existing inventory of
    scouts-bsa-uniform-full tan shirts, with “BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA” in red over the right pocket, will be available until they’re all sold out.

Can I still wear previous-generation uniform pieces?

Yes. With BSA uniforms, the rule is: once official, always official.

Can I mix and match old and new uniform pieces?

Yes. For example, you could wear the new tan Scouts BSA uniform shirt with previous-generation green uniform pants.

Here is more information about the new Handbook for Girls:

Why are there two different handbooks?

The volunteer-led board of directors wanted to ensure Scouts can see themselves represented accurately in the pages, and having two handbooks was the most effective way to do that.

The photos reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member. In other words, boys will see images of other boys in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys; girls will see images of other girls in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.

Is the content the same between the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls?

Yes, the content, requirements and page numbers are exactly the same. All that’s different is the photos.

What did and didn’t change from the Boy Scout Handbook to the Scouts BSA Handbooks?

What didn’t change:

  • Requirements
  • Program elements

What did change:

  • Images, which reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member
  • The program name — Boy Scouts becomes Scouts BSA
  • Youth Protection guidelines, which are regularly updated to keep young people safe
  • Minor grammar and formatting fixes to the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook

Can a Scout continue to use the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook?

Absolutely. But be aware that rules and requirements can be updated, so always look for the latest requirements online or in Scoutbook.

They have even opened a Kindle Store to find BSA products there easier.

New Eagle project workbook available (UPDATED)

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New Eagle project workbook available

https://bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/
— Read on bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/

UPDATE: A copy of the 2019 version may also be downloaded from here.

PLEASE NOTE: it cannot be read by Apple’s Preview. You must have a free copy of Adobe Acrobat ver. 9.0 or higher to open it. See bobwhiteblather.com’s link above for more information.

Congratulations 7 Eagles!

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Congratulations to the seven Eagle Scouts presented with their medals at the Troop 358 Winter Court of Honor on Monday, January 14!