ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Camp Scholarship

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ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Camp Scholarship

David James “DJ” PreeceMemorial Scholarship to the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp

2020 Camp dates are confirmed!  June 21 – 27, 2020

Scholarship application deadline is 11 PM EDT May 3rd, 2020.

For any boy or girl that has completed the 5th or 6th grade in the preceding school year.

About DJ Preece and the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp

DJ Preece, passed away unexpectedly and suddenly following a brief 24 hour illness on September 12th, 2015.  He was 12 years old. This scholarship is intended to afford the opportunity to other students to experience what DJ emphatically stated to be the time of his life – a week at the Indiana Conservation Officer Organization (ICOO) Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp.

DJ was small in stature at 4 foot 3 inches tall, but he made up for it by living to enjoy everything he did, and by trying to make sure others did the same.  He did not do things to be the best – he did them to experience doing them. Along the way, he learned and enjoyed many things and made many people smile. One of the ICOO camp counselors wrote the following about DJ:

“I only got to be around DJ for a week but it was a week I will never forget thanks to him. By getting to see how DJ acted and how kind- hearted he was, I could tell that I was not the only one that enjoys being around him. DJ would always walk out of the tent in a good attitude and always came out smiling.

During the camp I would have never thought that a kid would ever get to me and change me, but I was wrong. As soon as I arrived home I told my parents about the camp and told them stories. The more and more stories I told, I figured out a common theme, which is that they all had to do with DJ. I was in shock when I heard the news [of his passing] and did not know what to say. Therefore, I decided to tell the people who were closest to him about my time with the most outgoing, kindhearted, and well-rounded person I was blessed to meet. I promise you that DJ may be gone but he will never be forgotten in my heart and many others.”

More about DJ Preece and his life can be found online on a memorial Facebook page here and via the Facebook link at the top of this page.

Detailed information about the camp can be found online here.

You can see more about the Karl E. Kelley Camp at the camp Facebook page here.

Many parents who have sent their child to the camp have stated their child came back changed – for the better.

Camp Dates for 2020 – June 21st through June 27th.

The camp begins on Sunday, June 21st and ends with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27th.

Campers are required to spend the entire time at the camp, including overnight. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.


If you cannot attend during any portion of the camp, please do not apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship Application Eligibility

Application for this scholarship is open to any boy or girl that has completed the 5th or 6th grade in the preceding school year who completes and submits an application on or before the submission deadline.

Application Deadline 

Applications must be received by the foundation administrator no later than 11 PM EDT May 3rd, 2020.

What the Scholarship Covers for the Recipient

This scholarship covers the camp fee for a single recipient ONLY. What is included by the ICOO camp in this fee is detailed on the camp web site here.


What the Scholarship DOES NOT Cover or Provide

This scholarship does not cover or provide anything not expressly stated as being covered or provided by the scholarship in the “What the Scholarship Covers for the Recipient” section above.

The camp fee is paid by the scholarship fund directly to the camp. No monies are or will be provided to the scholarship recipient or other party for any purpose. 

Transportation to and from the camp is not provided by the scholarship and is the responsibility of the recipient.

Scholarship is Non-Transferable

The scholarship is non-transferable by the recipient. If the scholarship recipient cannot attend the camp, they are required to notify the administrator of the foundation at administrator@iamdjfoundation.org as soon as they are aware they cannot attend and before the start of the camp. The administrator will then offer the opportunity to an alternate attendee selected by the foundation.

Liability and Obligations

The scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece has no obligation to and/or liability for events, situations, actions, or outcomes beyond reserving a camper position, paying the camp fee, and selecting an individual who meets the requirements set forth by the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp (the camp), to offer the opportunity to attend the camp. The scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece is/are not liable for the failure of any ISP to deliver a scholarship application or for the failure of any Internet connection or email program to deliver an electronic version of the scholarship application.

Under no circumstances shall the scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece have any obligation to and/or liability for events, situations, actions, or outcomes resulting from, or surrounding the act of participating in any role, capacity or function, the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp by any person at any time.

It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient and their legal guardian(s) to complete the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp camper application and agree to and abide by any requirements or rules attached to that application. 

Recipient Selection

Submitting this scholarship application does not guarantee the applicant receipt of the scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship is selected solely by the foundation.  No other entity or person are involved in the selection process. Applicant grade level may be validated by the foundation. The recipient selection and any alternate recipient selection made by the foundation is final. Scholarship awards may be refused but not challenged.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used, in this order of importance, to select the scholarship recipient:

1.       Entire application received on or before the deadline

2.       Application completed in its entirety

3.       Presently enrolled in the 5th or 6th grade

4.       The completeness of applicant answers to questions on the application form

5.       The quality of applicant answers to questions on the application form

2020 North Star Pinewood Derby

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NS District PWD Flier 2020Pinewood Derby Season is upon us again! This year’s North Star District Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, March 21st. If you have any questions about the district derby, or if your pack needs any help running your derby, please contact Bill Buchalter, the District’s Derby Coordinator, at: wbbuch1@comcast.net, or 317-509-0767.

District Meeting Dates 2020

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Please mark your calendars for the NSD Committee Mtg. (1st  Thursday of the month)  7:00-9:00 pm     Room 204 of Zionsville Town Hall,   1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville 46077.

[Feb.6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug.6, Sep.3, Oct.1, Nov.5, and Dec.3]

Updated Annual Health Form!

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There’s an updated Annual Health and Medical Record to use for 2020

Every few years, the BSA updates its Annual Health and Medical Record after consulting with health care professionals, Scout executives, council and camp health officers and other experts to ensure it is up-to-date and helpful.

This was one of those years, meaning a new form is available for everyone to use for 2020. Your AHMR is valid through the end of the 12th month after the date it was administered by your medical provider. For example, if you got your physical on Nov. 3, 2019, it’s valid until Nov. 30, 2020.

Next year will be a transition year, so you can use either the old or new form, but everyone in all Scouting programs must use the updated AHMR form starting Jan. 1, 2021. The old form will be obsolete at that date. So, the BSA recommends using the new form on your next physical exam or if you’re a new participant in 2020.

Since at least the 1930s, the BSA has required the use of standardized health and medical information. The last time this form was updated was in 2014. The changes made this year were minor, such as some conditions listed in the health history section.

You can download the new form here. The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for Scouts and adult leaders who want to go on Scouting events, campouts and high-adventure trips. Note that there are different parts to the AHMR:

  • Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
  • Part B is general information and a health history.
  • Part C is your pre-participation physical exam completed by a certified and licensed health care provider.

Which part must be completed?

  • For all Scouting events: Part A and B. Give the completed forms to your unit leader. This applies to all participants for all activities, day camps, local tours and weekend camping trips less than 72 hours.
  • For events or camps: Part A, B and C. A pre-participation physical is needed for resident, tour, or trek camps or for a Scouting event of more than 72 hours, such as Wood Badge and NYLT. The exam needs to be completed by a certified and licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner or physician assistant. If your camp has provided you with any supplemental risk information, or if your plans include attending one of the four national high-adventure bases, share the venue’s risk advisory with your medical provider when you are having your physical exam.
  • For high-adventure trips: Part A, B and C. Plus, each of the four national high-adventure bases (Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve) has provided a supplemental risk advisory that explains in greater detail some of the risks inherent in that program. Please review these as some Scouts or leaders may not be physically or mentally able to handle the trek. Others arrive at a high-adventure base without discussing that base’s risk factors with their health care provider, meaning they have missing info at check-in that can slow down the process.

How do I fill it out?

Please review and complete the AHMR fully and carefully. If you have any questions how to review it, read this BSA Safety Moment or look at these frequently asked questions. Remember, these completed forms must be secure, so they are not to be digitized, scanned, emailed or stored electronically by unit leaders.

2020 Ransburg Camp Staff Applications – now open

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from: Ryan Kelleher
2020 Ransburg Camp Staff Applications – Now Open
Dear 2019 Camp Coordinators,
Serving on summer camp staff is a defining experience for many Scouts and one that helps to solidify the skills learned over their entire Scouting experience – all in one summer.
Applications for the 2020 Ransburg Summer Camp Staff are now open, and we need your help to get the word out! Would you be willing to send this email or an announcement out to all Scouts, Parents, and Leaders in your Troop?
Interviews begin occurring over the first weekend in January (Jan. 4-5, 2020), with additional interviews in March and beyond. Scouts are encouraged to apply prior to the January Interview Weekend.
Why should you want Scouts in your Troop to work on camp staff? Scouts who work on camp staff will return to your Troop at the end of the summer as stronger leaders with a newfound enthusiasm for the Scouting program. Staff members frequently say it was the best summer of their lives. Decades later they often still believe it was “the best job they ever had”. If that’s not reason enough, here’s a quick video from the American Camp Association touting the benefits of working on camp staff. Why work on Ransburg Scout Reservation staff in particular; click here for a fun video that tells you why!
Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. The summer camp season is 10 weeks long, however staff members can take time off for Philmont, family vacations, summer camp, or for other reasons. A staff member does not need to be at camp all 10 weeks.
  2. Minimum age is 15 years old: Scouts who are 15 serve as a Counselor in Training; an excellent tailored experience where they rotate around to program areas of their choosing throughout the summer.
  3. Key leadership positions are available for those 18+ years old. So, please forward the application link to former Scouts now in college. It is a great summer job! Should a college student choose working on camp staff over an internship? Well this article makes a compelling argument.
We appreciate your help to get the word out! The unparalleled experience that we offer at Ransburg Scout Reservation each summer is possible because of our camp counselors and staff, and we thank you for helping us to find that next great camp counselor.
Questions? Reach out to HR@ransburgbsa.org. FYI-The application link above is the same link for other council camps. For questions regarding other council camps please call the Crossroads of America Council at 317.813.7125.
Yours in Scouting,
2020 Leadership Team
Ransburg Scout Reservation
***This email was sent to all 2019 Ransburg Camp Coordinators**

Eagle Scout receives Lt Governor’s Brilliant Firefly Award

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Eagle Scout Sam Seyer, from Crew 69, was presented the Brilliant Firefly Award by Lt. Governor Crouch and Representative JD Ford. This award honors young Hoosiers who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating outstanding community service, exemplary academic achievement, and/or exceptional leadership in their communities. Congratulations, Sam!

Sam Seyer Indiana State House

Getting schooled on rules for merit badge classes, fairs and universities

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Getting schooled on rules for merit badge classes, fairs and universities

Merit badge classes, fairs and universities allow Scouts to pursue several badges in one day or weekend, often working with highly qualified counselors in unique settings. However, organizers and unit leaders must make sure Scouts and counselors aren’t taking shortcuts to boost badge counts.

Is group instruction permitted?

Yes. It’s acceptable and even desirable at times. However, each Scout must actually and personally complete each requirement before the counselor signs off.

What does ‘actually and personally’ mean?

Each Scout must complete the requirements as written. If a requirement says “show,” the Scout can’t just watch a demonstration; if a requirement says “discuss,” the Scout can’t just listen to a discussion without participating.

Who can teach in a group setting?

All instruction must be overseen by an adult member of the BSA who is registered as a merit badge counselor, approved for the specific badge and current in Youth Protection Training. However, it’s OK to use guest instructors, speakers and other volunteers to facilitate learning.

Is group instruction better for certain badges?

The approach works best when the benefits are compelling. Factors could include strong interest from Scouts in a subject area, access to counselors who might not otherwise be available or availability of special resources that could enhance the learning experience. The Rifle Shooting merit badge is a good example: It’s popular, requires a specially trained counselor and must be earned at a rifle range.

How big may merit badge classes be?

There’s no set limit, but the preference is for smaller groups, perhaps no larger than a patrol in size. Larger groups are feasible if qualified instructors are assigned to subgroups to ensure Scouts receive individual attention.

What about requirements that can’t be completed in a group setting?

It’s perfectly acceptable — and even preferable — for a Scout to leave a merit badge event with only some requirements completed. He or she can then work individually with a counselor to finish the requirements. The class should focus on requirements that work best in a group setting.

Can an event have prerequisites?

Yes. You could also simply tell Scouts which requirements they must do either before or after the event. Note that in a few cases, like requirement 1 of the Lifesaving merit badge, requirements must be done beforehand.

How do counselors ensure prerequisites have been met?

If the actual work done can’t be brought to the event, pictures and letters from other merit badge counselors or unit leaders are the best forms of documentation.

What should I do if I have concerns about a merit badge event?

See section of the Guide to Advancement.

Where can I learn more?

Group instruction is covered in section of the Guide to Advancement. Members of the National Advancement Program Team have developed a Merit Badge Group Instruction Guide.

Followup to November Roundtable – Life to Eagle Process

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On behalf of the District Eagle Team, we want to thank you for coming and participating in our update on the Eagle Process.  As promised, this email has the documentation regarding the items we discussed on Thursday evening.  First, let me give the email addresses for the Projects Team and the Board:

                                PROJECTS TEAM:              NorthStarEagleProjects@gmail.com

                                BOARD:                                NorthStarEagleBoard@gmail.com

Crossroads has a website which addresses each of the items (12) which need to be accomplished to complete your Eagle Project and Application.  This website is as follows:


Here are some project restrictions and limitations:

  • Fundraising is permitted only for facilitating a project. Efforts that primarily collect money, even for worthy charities, are not permitted.  Any leftover funds are to be returned to the benefactor.
  • Routine labor, like a service a Scout may provide as part of their daily life such as mowing or weeding a church lawn, is not normally appropriate. However, if a project scale and impact are sufficient to require planning and leadership, then it may be considered.
  • Projects are not to be of a commercial nature or for a business, though some aspects of a business operation provided as a service, such as a community park, may qualify.
  • The Scout is not responsible for any maintenance of a project once it is completed.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the project process, fund raising or the Board of Review, please feel free to contact us at the email addresses noted above.

To the prospective candidates who were in attendance, good luck as you begin the Eagle process.

Yours in Scouting,

Rick Aker

Eagle Projects Chair

NorthStar District

Eagle Project Points

Eagle Board of Review Report – November

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in November, 2019.

Chris Luciani Troop 358 – Chris’ Eagle project was building an engraved brick walkway in Whitestown honoring veterans.
Nicholas Sadenwater Troop 343 – Nicholas’ Eagle project involved restoring the outdoor lab area at Pike High School.
Louis Gachotte Troop 18 – Louis’ Eagle project was landscaping a “Catio” – Cat Patio at FACE.
Jon Matutes Troop 18 – Jon’s Eagle project involved creating a middle school band mentoring program for Washington Township schools.
Justin McQuiston Troop 269 – Justin’s Eagle project was building a frisbee golf course and updating the firepit at The Fitness Farm.
Matt Hurley Troop 180 – Matt’s Eagle project was to build a walkway to a nature preserve near St Peters Methodist Church.
Kyle Booth Troop 343 –  Kyle’s Eagle project was to build a soccer passback and benches at Giesle.
Congratulations Scouts!

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