From Sandi Hobbs at Council’s office this morning:
I am pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has done an excellent job selecting our 2016 Silver Beavers. We had many to choose from and they did a hard job well.
Please join me in congratulating the following recipients and please let your volunteers know.
Frank G. Blum
Jay A. Copra
Harold “JR” Davis
Donald E. Dickerson
Kevin G. Fife
Timothy D. George
Bruce D. Metzger
Clark M. Millman
Jerry W. Phillips
David B. Radtke
Michael L. Rhees
Paul E. Rusk
David W. Wagner
Joseph P. Wehrheim
Often we have questions about advancement issues. BSA puts out a great deal of information. Often this feels like drinking from a firehose.
One of the ways to avoid this problem is to be sure your unit’s advancement coordinator subscribes to the irregularly published BSA Advancement News. (Irregular because it is sometimes monthly and sometimes bi-monthly.)
For a new advancement coordinator, catching up on old articles in the archive can be daunting. They may just want to look at specific issues of the moment. One of the best ways to do that is to review the Advancement News index of articles on the BSA Advancement website. The article titles are often catchy and artistic, but misleading about the main idea. Have patience with it. It is not intended to be a advancement manual (the Guide to Advancement serves that purpose). Instead it is intended to focus on hot topics.
If an advancement coordinator wants to study the history of advancement changes, he or she can read back issues of Advancement News. There is a lot to be learned to look at how a once “hot topic” was handled and resolved. It helps guide an advancement coordinator to have a better sense about how to handle future problems. The method of resolution will often be similar: the timeframe required to identify the issue then resolve, the groups giving input who have the most persuasive authority on the final result, and the types of issues that are resolved with finality versus lingering effects.
Always start with the Guide to Advancement, the most recent revision for the current year of Boy Scout Requirements, the most recent issue of Advancement News for answers, and the related Merit Badge Counselor’s Compass newsletter. If those prove unsatisfactory, review the News index. You may surprise yourself with the quality of answers that are already published.
If you still do not find your answers, reliable and regular private bloggers can provide insight, such as Clarke Green at www.scoutmastercg.com with a focus on scoutmastership, Frank Maynard at www.blogwhiteblather.com with a focus on committee issues, and the Ask Andy column at www.netcommissioner.com.
To subscribe to the Advancement News, follow these instructions:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put ‘Subscribe’ in the Subject line and in the body of the email put only your:
Thank you to Pack 358 to opening their annual hayride to the district. I know one or two packs took advantage of the offer with resoundingly glowing compliments to the hosts.
For those packs that missed out, a good time was had by all.
Thank you to Daniel Corum for the photographs.
North Star averages about 30 new Eagles per year.Starting in January of this year through October, 35 scouts have received their Eagle Rank. We will be doing six more in November and at least five in December.It looks like 2015 will be a banner year for us.Considering all the issues North Star has had trying to be a functioning district, we have great troops with great volunteers that are making Scouting happen.
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Here is an article submitted by John Salewicz, Ass’t Cubmaster and Bear Den Leader of Pack 105, Den 2 (Thank you!)
During Zionsville Pack 105 Fall Camporee at Spring Mill State Park, our Cub Scouts completed a service project. We worked with the Park’s Property Manager to determine their needs.We decided on a trail rehab project.
They had been very short-handed this year and have not had the time nor the manpower to do the work. During the spring and early summer months they experienced very heavy rains that washed out part of a trail they call “The Stagecoach Trail”.
This trail is a historically significant part of the area. During the settlement era, it was the life-line to the mill. The trail was was the only way in or out of the village. It was used to move goods from the village. The village supplied a growing nation with corn meal and lumber. After the park opened, this trail served as the main entrance to the park until the 1960’s.This project required us to move a tri-axle of gravel down the trail — bucket brigade style — to fill in the numerous washed out areas. This was quite the accomplishment for these Cub Scouts and Webelos. The trail has a very steep grade
and took a lot of effort! We were able to complete this project in an 1 hour and 45 minutes. Hikers will benefit from this hard work for years to come.WAHOO SERVICE!!!
Nick and Sam from Zionsville and Troop 69 and Pack 358 are the stars of new videos. They teach scouts about popcorn sales and how it is done.
Crossroads of America Council Development Director Leslie Anderson said, “I am so proud of Nick & Sam (from Zionsville) as the co-hosts of the Trail’s End TV popcorn segments. These are released to every user that has an account in Trail’s End across the whole nation!”
Crossroads of America Council Scout Executive Patrick Sterrett got straight to the point, “Very cool! I love those kids!!!”
Take a look at all of the videos so that you know why Council is so proud of our District’s Nick and Sam.
There is rumor of Guiness Book of World Record attempt and coverage by Fox 59 on October 17th. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.
Our chartered organization St. Monica’s Catholic Church had a fire. Initial reports are that it suffered $400,000 damage to the area around its Narthex.
District Commissioner Jeff Heck has spoken to their Chartered Organization Representative Chuck Meers for Pack 514 and Troop 514. Chuck reports no immediate needs for his units, but he acknowledges that this is subject to change as rebuilding begins. The units meet in an out-building, so they did not take a direct hit from the fire.
In the meantime, please keep these loyal scouters and their fellow parishioners in your thoughts and prayers.
UPDATE 9/9/2015 11:55 am:
A statement from Archbishop Joseph Tobin:
You probably have already heard about the fire at St. Monica Church early this morning.
· There was a serious fire at St. Monica Church early on the morning of September 9, 2015. The first alarm was sounded about 3:30 AM. Fathers Todd Goodson and Martín Rodriguez as well as Michelle Boyd (school principal) and Barbara Bacon (business manager), rushed to the scene.
· There were no injuries.
· The narthex of the church is destroyed. While there is no fire or water damage to the worship space, the church proper was filled with smoke and there is probably some damage. The school and other buildings were not damaged.
· The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
· Classes have been cancelled for today but Mass was celebrated at 8:00 AM in the gym.
· Please pray for the parish of St. Monica.
Melinda Rivelli, Chartered Organization Representative St Joan of Arc Catholic for Pack and Troop 35, delivered the additional sad news of the passing of another long-time scouter Don Orth. Melinda writes to say:
hDon Orth passed away last Saturday. He was 88. At one point, I think he was in charge of Scouting for the state.Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 6, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory, Harry W. Moore Chapel, 8151 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis.The funeral service will be at St. Joan of Arc Church on Friday, August 7th at 10:00 AM.Our Scoutmaster Carter Keith is asking any Scouters who attend the funeral Mass to dress in uniform as he hopes to have a color guard at the door as people exit the Church to leave for the burial site.
Don helped found Troop 35 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He was a devoted scouter and liked to work with the boys on various elements of Scoutcraft-especially building a campfire. Although in his 70’s and early 80’s he participated in many troop functions of all types including a trip to the Halliburton Scout Reservation in Ontario, Canada. Don successfully completed Wood Badge and earned his beads. He was an expert canoeist and loved to go on hikes.His dedication and sense of humor will be missed.Carter C. Keith, ScoutmasterTroop 35P.S. I believe he as a Scout DE in Michigan many years ago.
Mr. Orth was registered with Troop 35 as a member of the committee.
He completed Wood Badge in 2002 and received his beads in 2004
He received District Award of Merit 2006.
Patrick Sterrett, our Crossroads of America Council Scout Executive, spoke to the College of Commissioner Science at Belzer’s Activity Center on June 6, 2015. He covered a variety of topics, but one of them had a direct impact on our local council: the introduction of a pilot program for STEM Scouts.
Patrick described the traditional scouting program as “outdoor scouts.” To reach more youth, BSA and our Council are piloting a new “indoor scouts,” called “STEM Scouts.” Patrick reports that the Council is excited to be a part of this project. It has required the acquisition of a Vortex lab.