What is the Hornaday Award?

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William T. Hornaday Awards

Hornaday Silver Medal

Think of It as an Olympic Medal Bestowed by the Earth

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving our environment and protecting it from abuse. Right now Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference


Find more information and how to apply



Merit Badge University November 2

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The 11th Annual Central Indiana Merit Badge University, will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Greenfield-Central Junior High School, Greenfield, IN.  Two Saturday sessions are planned (8:00-11:30am and 2:00-5:30pm). 

If you are a Merit Badge Counselor, or would like to become one, and you would be willing to lead a class or two at the upcoming Central Indiana Merit Badge University please contact Laura (see contact info below) so that we can work with you and add your merit badge course to the schedule.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge with youth involved in Scouting! 

Summer Camp 2020 – looking ahead

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Ransburg Summer Camp – 2020 Registration

  • Registering Your Troop for 2020

    Registration for each week of the Summer 2020 season will open during the corresponding Summer 2019 week, on Thursdays at 7pm. Troops in camp who would like to schedule time to walk the new campsite plan are encouraged to do so on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and as needed for the remainder of the week.  A 2020 selection worksheet will be available at Ransburg and Kreitenstein for those units in camp.  For the troops not on site this summer but planning to join us for summer 2020, our team is happy to facilitate a discussion of specific considerations and preferences your troop.

  • Registration for Week 3 opens today Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7pm EST.

Cub Scout Camps – 2020

Cub Scout camp will be very different in 2020.  North Star Units should look at the image of the flyer and start planning for the 2020 summer.  Will your Unit go on multiple weeks so parents can attend different camps?  Will you divide and have dens go the week that works best for them?

More information is expected soon.  This is just a heads up on things to come 🙂

flyer available here Camp-2020-Brochure

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Follow us on Face Book

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NS ComNorth Star District Units.

Did you know we are on Face Book?  You can follow us there and keep up to date on all the happenings in the District.

CAC North Star Commissioner.  Just look for Willie!

July Eagle Board of Review Report

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scout was approved for Eagle Rank at his Boards of Review in July, 2019.

Eli Beheler from Troop 174 

His project was rebuilding a foot bridge and making it ADA compliant at Eagle Creek State Park.  Eli also earned one palm.

NS Popcorn Kernel Training – TONIGHT – JULY 17

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popcorn-01North Star Unit Kernel Training on July 17th at 7:00pm at the Zionsville Town Hall.

ALL Unit kernels, assistant kernels, and other parents involved in the popcorn sale for their Pack/Troop should plan on attending. Korena Dearholt will be providing the training, which (with questions) should adjourn around 8:30pm. Square readers and other fundraiser items will be available for those that attend!

CAC IYOS Popcorn Sale OnePager 2019

For questions please contact Korena Dearholt


Service Hours for Habitat for Humanity

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HabititatHabitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers from all ages on July 20 – Wall Build Day at the Boone County Fairgrounds.  10 am – Noon.  To stay additionally from 12 – 3 volunteers must be over 16 years of age.  This would be a great day to get your scouts involved in a different service project and to help support our neighbors in need.  Link below.
Habitat for Humanity – Their story – Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries.
Here is the sign up link:

Cub Scout Family Camp Weekends

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CUB SCOUT PACKS – Save the dates!  Fall Family Cub Camp dates are set.  Sept. 14/15 Bear Creek, Sept. 21/22 Ransburg, and Sept. 28/29 Krietenstein and Belzer.



Eddie is Moving to Del-Mi

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EStahl-1It is with mixed feelings that we announce our District Executive, Eddie Stahl, is moving on to be the Del-Mi District Director.  Eddie will continue to work with us as we transition to a new DE as he takes on his new role in the Council.  Congratulations, Eddie!

IOLS Baloo Training

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From Kevin Neese

Remember IOLS training is REQUIRED for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, and BALOO is required for for Cubscouts to conduct their own outdoor / camping program(s).
IOLS and BALOO training will be offered to adults attending SUMMER CAMP with their UNITS.
TURNING IN TRAINING –  IOLS/BALOO training done at camp.  Please retain your certificate from camp and send a copy of it to Kevin Neese so he can log your training into the data base.  The camp does not do that for you.
Other training dates that the Council is offering:
August 3-4, 2019
November  (will be the same dates as University of Scouting)
December 14-15, 2019
Here is the LINK to SIGN-UP for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training and BALOO Training