Who’s ready for a big party? It is hard to believe, but it is Pack 105’s 5th birthday. We are going to celebrate with the biggest pack meeting yet!!! Come a get a 5 year Pack 105 patch.<image.png>
Can you please send out an invitation to your former dens for this historic event?
We are going to celebrate with the following activities from our 5 year program:
Year of Tecumseh with a Popcorn Skit featuring our name sake Tecumseh
Year of Stem with the physics of football – punt, pass, and kick
Year of Transportation with a demo by one of our local heroes (police, sheriff or fire department)
Year of Culture with Songkran- a water fight amongst Pack 105, Troop 358,and Troop 804
Year of Sports with Human Foosball
Date – Monday Sept 12
Location – Dad’s Club Shelter
Time – 6:00-8:00PM
Attire – Class B
6:00- 6:05 Introduction
6:05 -6:10 Opening Ceremony – Flag and prayer
6:10- 6:20 Water Fight – Songkran – Cultures of the World
Station #1 – Human Foosball
Station #2 – Kick, Pass and Throw
Station #3 – Local Heroes Demo
7:20-7:45 Tecumseh Popcorn Skit
7:45-8:00 Group Celebration with photo
In a previous post last month, we announced that Troop 18 is celebrating 100 years of Eagle Scouts in the Crossroads of America Council. In 1916, Troop 18 had the first three Eagle Scouts in the Indianapolis Council (the predecessor to the Crossroads of America Council).
This week we will add more to the story of Troop 18.
Just a quick reminder that District Committee is tomorrow Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, Rm 405 (Furtherest from elevator), Indianapolis, IN 46260.
Also, District Commissioner’s Staff meeting will be at 6:00 pm in Room 401. We will be planning the District Kickoff meeting for next week’s roundtable. If you have an organization or activity like Firecrafter, Order of the Arrow, Voyageur, Marlinspike, or training (e.g., Wood Badge or position-specific training) that you would like to promote, please email Jeff Heck to be placed on the schedule. Plan on bringing flyers for handouts.
All presenters are welcome, priority will be given to those that email Jeff in advance in order to better allow time budgeting.
Hey North Star Packs!
Previously, we posted about a training video for online registration.
Now BSA National has rolled out a dedicated webpage for training on the new online registration system. Take a look. Make sure your unit’s ready for the new system.
This will be extremely handy in preparing for rechartering.
Remember all new application that have completed processing prior to October 1, 2016 will be automatically entered into the Internet Rechartering system. That cuts down on a lot of risks of error in the rechartering process. The electronic registration means that the October 1, 2016 deadline is easier to meet with less paper-flow management.
The following Scouts successfully completed their Eagle Boards of Review in July:
- William Keedy, Troop 174
- Grant Lisby, Troop 191.
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts!
We are are just 70 days from the opening of Rechartering. Now is the time to begin reminding your scout leaders who need to renew their Youth Protection Training recertification in even-numbered years.
Failure to have scouters properly certified in a timely manner is one of the biggest problems in rechartering. Last year we posted an article explaining that the ideal time of year to renew YPT is between March 1st and October 1st of each year.
As of this morning, across the entire district our scouters’ YPT status looks like this:
- 28 have expired (mostly in the past 30 days)
- 27 will expire in the next 30 days (end of August)
- 46 will expire in the following 30-day period (end of September)
- 38 will expire before the end of October.
Encourage your leaders to renew early (before October 1st) to bring them inside this window. Review your unit’s training status on my.scouting.org to identify whom you need to contact. Make a plan to bring YPT up-to-date now while scouting obligations are quieter (camp is over, high adventure crews are returning home, and annual planning is over the horizon).
You can offer YPT classes at your regular meeting. You, your training coordinator, or your unit commissioner can run a video for several volunteers at one your regular meetings or annual planning conference.
A quick reminder that the District Committee will be meeting August 4th at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, Rm 407, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
Fall Camporee planning is full swing. Please work on your troop’s event. Some ideas are available on a previous post.
We are also working on finalizing basic information about the Winter and Spring Camporees, so come with your thoughts.
Membership subcommittee is in full swing preparing for Back to School Recruitment. Your packs and troops plans to participate (yes, troops helping packs recruit) is crucial for our success. We already know that some packs are spread thin on manpower. They are small and cover many schools on August 25th. Your help is needed for their success.
Fall also has many special events like a Rocket Launch in support of membership recruitment, Cub Scout leader training, Battle of Belzer, Cub Family Camp and many others. We need your help in planning for their success.
District Chair John Wiebke (Troop 358) in cooperation with District Programming Chair Jim Kacius (Troop 174) and District Camporee Chair Stu Bowes (formerly of Troop 69) have been working to plan camporees further in advance.
At the last District Committee Meeting, John Wiebke proposed a Gladiatorial theme, in keeping with this being a Summer Olympic year. His proposal was gladly accepted.
John Wiebke also announced the following planning committee:
Stu Bowles – Camporee Chief
Jeff Heck- Publicity
Rick Akers- Finance/Health and Safety
Brian Crow- Participation & Program
John Ruggles- Participation & Program
Mark Pishon- Physical Arrangements
Curtis Shrote- Awards
Next month the District Committee will work on finalizing more details about the theme and events. The goal would be to have the events selected at the end of the August District Committee Meeting.
John Wiebke drew his inspiration for this event from this website, so take a look and come to the August meeting with your event proposals and patch proposals.
Make sure that your PLC has signed off on your proposal! We would love to see senior scouts running as many events as possible.
Remember also to come with theme proposals for Winter and Spring Camporees, too, so those can be decided well in advance. Proposed dates for Winter Camporee are
1) weekend of Jan 21st
2) Weekend of Jan 28th
3) weekend of Feb 4th