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Winners of the Inaugural Polaris Award for Patrol Competition 

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To recognize and memorialize the best patrol in competitions, the District is inaugurating a new award:the Polaris Award. The new plaque will travel with each new patrol listed and photographed.

The winner of the inaugural Polaris Award is Troop 56’s Elemental Patrol.

   
Members of Elemental are Sam R., Luke E., Will S., and Matthew H.

The phantom is the newest ASM and patrol advisor Cullen B. 

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Scenes from Winter Camporee 2016

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New Scout Handbook is Released

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The new scout handbook (2016 ed.) has finally been released. Take a look at it here.

2015 Popcorn sales thank you

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To have a smooth run popcorn sale requires hard work, organization, and a
team effort.

I would like to take a moment to thank our North Star District
Popcorn Kernels (and assistants) for their commitment of time, dedication to
the program, and hard work! From the very start our unit kernels
demonstrated this by making North Star’s Popcorn kickoff/training one of the
best attended in years. We had representation from nearly every unit in
attendance!

During the sale, our popcorn distributions were near perfect
due to the large number of motivated volunteers that turned out to help sort
and load orders.

Finally, due to the remarkable organizational skills of
our unit kernels, North Star District was the first district in the Council
to have all popcorn funds submitted!

When you encounter your unit’s Popcorn
Kernel (or assistants) please join me in offering them thanks in recognition
of their exceptional efforts during the popcorn sale this year.

North Star Unit Popcorn Kernels and Assistants

Crew 69 Denise Purdie Andrews
Crew 408 Mick Witte
Pack 18 Suzanne Lincoln
Pack 18 Cindy Hallberg
Pack 35 Sarah Hargis
Pack 64 Kit Williams
Pack 84 Marilee Rahn
Pack 84 Marilyn Langston
Pack 84 Jeff Long
Pack 105 Tucker Herbold
Pack 105 Teresa Arens
Pack 174 Ed Spahr
Pack 175 Matt Hibbeln
Pack 179 Devon Harmon
Pack 179 Rachell Laucevicius
Pack 358 Tom Rude
Pack 358 Jenny Beyer
Pack 514 Todd Sanger
Pack 514 David Paul
Pack 625 Jennifer Davis
Pack 625 Tia Bell
Pack 625 Pati Allison
Pack 830 Brian DeaKyne
Pack 830 Ed Stehno
Pack 830 Bill Buchalter
Troop 56 Rebecca Zirnheld
Troop 56 John Blue
Troop 69 Mark Reasoner
Troop 73 Doug Petry
Troop 269 Ann Salima
Troop 343 Andrew Himebaugh
Troop 514 Leah Roggeman
Troop 804 Niki Parker
Troop 804 Jill Williams

Sincerely
Tom Petersen
North Star District Popcorn Kernel

National Guard Thank You for Popcorn 2015

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Brigadier General Ronald Westfall, Chief and Director of the Joint Staff of the Indiana National Guard, visited University of Scouting 2016 to offer his thank you to the Crossroads of America Council’s scouts for their donation of 20 palettes of popcorn worth $85,000. Listen to General Westfall’s comments.

Coming Online Applications

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In the near future, BSA will roll out the Online Application for Youth and Adults.

They have already posted videos to YouTube to explain the process.

Below is the first video, an overview of the system. It will use my.scouting.org. It is important that your Unit Key 3 have access to my.scouting.org. The unit leader (e.g., Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Venturing Advisor, etc.) approve youth applications. The unit committee chair and chartered organization representatives must approve all adults. This approval process is all electronic.

More videos about using this new system are available at the Scouting Multi-Media YouTube Channel.

Please note that the system collects only national dues and Boy’s Life subscription fees. This is a capability and not required. This means that you will have to verify that BSA has received these funds through the system. If it remains due and payable, you will have to collect it from the new member and pay to council before the application can be processed by BSA.

Your unit will be solely responsible for billing and collecting your unit dues and Crossroads of America Council’s insurance premium of $1.00 per member.

January Eagle Report

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Here is the January Eagle Board of Review report from Coordinator Jerry Simon:

The following scouts passed their Eagle BOR on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016. This will be their date-of-rank but it is not official until their Eagle award and documents are received from National. This will take two to four weeks.

I returned the applications to CAC this afternoon for the following:

Matthias Benko: Troop 174

Rhodes Lacy; Troop 18

Lars Olson; Troop 343

Mitchell Thompson; Troop 358

Congratulations to these Eagles, their families, and their troops!

Pack 625’s Patriotism

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In prior years, New Augusta South asked Pack 625 to present the colors at their Veterans tribute.  This year was no different and the school contacted Pati Allison (with some short notice) if our Pack could again participate.  We reached out to the Pack to see if anyone was available for the event on November 10.  There were 2 boys from the pack that volunteered but we needed more.  I reached out to Beth Montano with Troop 343 to see if any of their boys were able to come.  Her son volunteered and Beth also reached out to Troop 269

as some of their Scouts had come from Pack 625.  In true Scoutsmanlike manner, 2 more Scouts came to our aid.  While Sean Montano called out the orders, the 2 boys from Pack 625 and the 2 boy scouts proudly and adeptly presented the colors.  The school was very appreciative and said the Tribute to the Veterans would not be complete without it.

2015 Eagle Scouts in District

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Since 2015 was a reorganizational year for our district and the unofficial website debuted its district-wide announcements part way through the year, we had some of our new Eagle Scouts not receive the recognition that they so richly deserve.Eagle pin

District Eagle Board Coordinator Jerry Simon has provided us with a list of the Scouts who earned their Eagles this past year. They are listed below.

First Name

Last Name

BOR Date (Date of Rank)

Troop #

1

Cole Akers

1/14/15

514

2

Eric Feeney

1/14/15

18

3

James Walters

2/11/15

73

4

Hugh Bromund

2/11/15

174

5

Matthew Heath

2/11/15

358

6

Grant East

2/11/15

191

7

Aidan Washer

3/11/15

804

8

Adam Tanner

4/8/15

73

9

Matthew Munley

4/8/15

804

10

Zachary Hoyes

4/8/15

804

11

James Haydock

4/8/15

358

12

Grant Cawi

5/13/15

804

13

Cade Williams

5/13/15

586

14

Noah Lyons

5/13/15

69

15

William Eckrich

5/13/15

174

16

Nicholas Young

6/10/15

514

17

Joshua Shepard

6/10/15

358

18

Seth Williams

6/10/15

174

19

Samuel Keller

6/10/15

191

20

Joseph Schingel

7/8/15

269

21

Daniel Perkins

7/8/15

804

22

Brandon Hummel

7/8/15

514

23

Mitchell Polk

7/26/15

191

24

Trenton Moore

8/12/15

269

25

Samuel Teague

8/12/15

56

26

Joseph Haines

8/12/15

269

27

Alexander Ray

8/12/15

358

28

John Bruce

9/9/15

343

29

Nicholas Leverenz

9/9/15

514

30

Eric Hofer

9/9/15

514

31

Daniel Salima

9/9/15

269

32

Nathaniel Misra

10/14/15

69

33

Cameron Ruggles

10/14/15

343

34

Samuel Davis

10/14/15

358

35

Allen Evans

10/14/15

358

36

Michael Isakson

11/11/15

514

37

Matthew Bricker

11/11/15

358

38

Brian O’Leary

11/11/15

358

39

Jack Whitlock

11/11/15

191

40

Jerome Zirnheld

11/11/15

56

41

Nicholas Shirrell

11/11/15

56

42

Zachary Badger

12/9/15

358

43

Jesper Wiebke

12/9/15

358

44

Luther Rice

12/9/15

358

45

Brendan Williams

12/9/15

174

46

Jonathan Martz

12/9/15

73

47

Nicholas Rivelli

12/9/15

35

48

John Sweeney

12/9/15

514

49

James Raines

12/9/15

269

50

Lars Conard

12/21/15

56

51

Richard Witt

12/21/15

358

Along with these Eagle Scouts, our troops deserve some recognition for mentoring these scouts:

  1. Troop 358 at St Alphonsius Catholic Church in Zionsville had 12 Eagle Scouts.
  2. Troop 514 at St Monica’s Catholic Church in Pike Township suffered a fire at their church but still mustered 7 Eagle Scouts.
  3. Troop 804 at the American Legion Post in Zionsville had 5 Eagle Scouts.
  4. Troop 269 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on the south end of Pike Township had 5 Eagle Scouts.
  5. Troop 191 at Church at the Crossing had 4 Eagle Scouts.
  6. Troop 174 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic had 4 Eagle Scouts.
  7. Troop 56 at St Luke’s United Methodist Church had 4 Eagle Scouts.
  8. Troop 73 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church had 3 Eagle Scouts.
  9. Troop 343 sponsored by Pike Township Fire Department and meeting at Bethel United Methodist Church had 2 Eagle Scouts.
  10. Troop 69 at Trader’s Point Christian Church had 2 Eagle Scouts.
  11. Troop 586 at the Zionsville LDS Meeting House had 1 Eagle Scout.
  12. Troop 35 at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church had 1 Eagle Scout.
  13. Troop 18 at Second Presbyterian Church had 1 Eagle Scout.

This means that of our 13 active troops in the district, each and every one of them had an Eagle Scout this past year. That speaks very highly of the quality of scouting across our district.

We have no district records to easily assess the past history of Eagle Scouts, but based on Jerry’s recollection, this has been a record breaking year. Customarily, Jerry schedules about 35 Eagle boards per year. Current trends suggest that the pace is not backing off any time soon.

Thank you to the scouters whose mentoring helped these scouts reach the Eagle rank.

Congratulations to the new Eagle Scouts and their families. May they see many Eagle Palms in the next several years.

Notes for chartered organization representatives

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For our chartered organization representatives, we are entering the busiest season of the year, where your services are most uniquely needed for Boy Scouts.

First, the district elections for 2016 officers will take place at our regular December committee meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7 PM in Brandt’s Lounge on the first floor of Luke’s Lodge at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th street, Indianapolis, IN 46260. The Lodge is the outbuilding on the northeast corner of the church’s campus.

Second, the council elections will take place at the annual meeting for Crossroads of America Council at the Belzer Activity Center on Camp Belzer’s campus, 6102 Boy Scout Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46226. The meeting begins at 5:15 PM.

The chartered organization representative is the only person who is entitled to vote on behalf of your chartered organization and the scouting units that your organization has. (Other eligible voters for the 2016 District Committee Elections include the 2015 District Members-at-Large, that is anyone duly registered to serve on the District Committee, and 2015 Council Members-at-Large, residing in the North Star District.)

It is exceedingly important that your chartered organization representative be in attendance at both of these elections.

At the December meeting, you will be voting for the officers of our district for the coming calendar year. The District Chair, elected at the District Election, has the duty to represent our district to council for quarterly executive board meetings in 2016 and will be our official vote there. In addition, we elect the chair’s cabinet for 2016. If anybody has nominations for any of these positions, they need to be directed to our nominating committee chaired by Scott Claybaugh. The nominating committee is on track to announce the slate of District Chair and Vice-Chairs shortly before Thanksgiving. The nominating committee expects additional positions to be slated in early December.

At the January meeting, you will be voting on the council’s officers for the coming year. In addition, any resolutions for bylaw amendments or policies to be addressed pursuant to the bylaws will be voted on, too. Eligible voters should have received a letter inviting them to attend via US Mail this past week. See that written correspondence for further details and deadlines for nominations and resolutions to place on the ballot.

It is too early to provide any guidance regarding what else is going to be on the agenda for either meeting. Monitor this website for information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, cubmasters, scoutmasters, and committee chairs should be contacting their chartered organization representatives to confirm that the chartered organization representatives have these dates on their personal calendars.