Clearing up misconceptions and showing there’s room for all in Scouting

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Clearing up misconceptions and showing there’s room for all in Scouting
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Scouting app for iPhone, Android lets Scouts track advancement on the go

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Scouting app for iPhone, Android lets Scouts track advancement on the go
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Reminder: OA Election Results / Vigil Nomination Forms due March 15, 2018

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As mentioned last week:

Order of the Arrow Election results and Vigil nomination Forms are due on or before March 15, 2018.  Please email election results as well as the forms: OA Vigil Petition Form 2018 (linked here) to Mark Pishon, email

If you are having difficulty opening the Petition form using the link above, try this:


District Spring Camporee: April 20 – 22, 2018

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Our location has been confirmed!

The Spring Camporee [April 20-22, 2018] will be held at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired7725 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Unit leaders will receive the Spring Camporee Leaders Guide by COM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 via email.

The theme of the Spring Camporee is Willey’s Sirens and the focus will be on Emergency Preparedness.  Scouts will be able to earn the merit badge or pin for Emergency Preparedness.

Looking forward to a fantastic Spring Camporee!

Roundtable Highlights – March 2018

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From North Star District Commissioner Stephen Heath:

Thanks for all who attended our March Roundtable.

  • We discussed Keys to Successful Annual Planning for our Cub Scout leaders.


  • We had a great discussion about Nova and Supernova awards, and ideas on how to grow the program to help engage our Cub Scouts early-on, to develop their science and technical skills, and be ready for life in our ever changing world.


  • We discussed canoeing and the Voyager program, and that we still have openings for the Spring and Fall courses. Check it out on the Council website.


  • We had a good discussion about Boy Scout camporee planning, and the team will be sending out dates and locations soon. Watch for that communication.


If anyone would like further information, please ask. If you have topics that would entice you and your teams to come out to future roundtables, pass those along, too.


The next Roundtable will be held on Thursday, April 12, 5pm at St. Luke’s Lodge.


Reminder: Please contact Troop 343 to participate in April 2 Swim Test!

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As mentioned here last week:

Any North Star units interested in sharing the April 2, 2018 Swim Test opportunity with Troop 343 should contact Brian Crow (for confirmation or even just questions!) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at

The Swim Test is being held that evening at:

MSD of Pike Township Aquatics Center

5401 West 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.



Reminder: District Committee Meeting March 15, 2018

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As previously announced, the District Committee Meeting’s time and location has changed. The committee will now be meeting the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Zionsville Town Hall (more information here).

That means that for the March Committee Meeting, we will be meeting Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm. (Commissioners met last Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Luke’s Lodge on the new schedule.)

See you there!Zville town hall photo

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


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

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!

Training Leaders

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District Executive Jessica Hofman offers additional encouragement for our required revised Youth Protection Training (supplemental information found elsewhere on this site), as well as a tip for Key 3 Leaders:

“Every Scout deserves a trained leader”. It is a saying that rings true for your Scouts. New in the past month is an updated Youth Protection Training.  ALL REGISTERED ADULTS NEED UPDATED YPT BY 10/1/18.  Being trained in your position is important as well!  As a Key 3 leader of your unit, you are able to pull training reports to see who in your unit has taken trainings online or in person through your my.scouting account.

Online Training

What: All Trainings Available Online


How: Create an account, and have each leader take the training that is for their respective position in addition to youth protection training


A big Congratulations goes out to our district as a whole.  We are the number one district in percent of direct contact leaders trained.  Thank you for all your hard work, and continuing to provide quality Scouting programming to the youth of Northwest Marion County and Zionsville!

Friends of Scouting 2018- November 2017-June 2018

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Did you know that 20% of the council budget comes from a fundraiser called Friends of Scouting?  It costs $175 to send one Scout through our program for one year at an organization level.  Our council supports 12 districts across 26 counties, providing scouting to over 34,000 Scouts.

Friends of Scouting is an important direct support campaign that helps fund our council’s camp properties, camp assistance, registration assistance, uniform assistance and more.  Pledges can be paid in lump sums, or on a quarterly or monthly basis.  Has your unit held a Friends of Scouting presentation to show your support?

What: Friends of Scouting

Where: Presentations scheduled on a unit to unit basis

When: November 2017- June 2018

How to Pledge: At your presentation, by calling Jessica Hofman at 317-813-7123, or emailing


Congratulations to the following units who have exceeded their Friends of Scouting goals for 2018 and are recognized for their efforts with free rank advancements for the next year!

Pack 18, Troop 18, Troop 56, Troop 514