Pack 105 Celebrates 5 Years of Service to Zionsville

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Team Tecumseh

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
6:20-7:20 Stations
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


100 Years of Eagles with Troop 18

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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.

In 1917, Louis Fletcher, First Class Scout, age 14, earned bronze honor medal for saving 2 boys from drowning (Boys Life, Sept. 1917.)
Also in 1917, Troop 18 put on a show at the Peter Pan Theater. The net proceeds were to defray expense of the two-week summer camp the troop went on every year “An elaborate moving picture program has been arranged for the performances” (Indianapolis News, May 23, 1917, pg 13.)
In 1924, Hillis Howie worked with Troop 18 and earned gold badge from William Hornaday for service to wildlife. (Mr. Hornaday was instrumental in the BSA’s early conservation program and was the director the New York Zoological Park.) The gold award today requires the equivalent of multiple Eagle Projects dedicated to conservation. While the Bronze and Silver awards are met by requirements. The gold award is by nomination only after 3 years of dedicated service to youth conservation efforts. 
In 1926, Hillis Howie, now Scoutmaster of Troop 18, organized Prairie Trek summer camping in American Southwest. Later, Prairie Trek goes under name of Cottonwood Gulch Foundation. Mr. Howie purchased 500 acres near Thoreau, New Mexico for the camp. (see Prairie Trek expeditions records 1926-1982). The center of the treks moved from the Boy Scout Troop to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In 1938, Hillis Howie led an expedition with the young Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., an Indianapolis native and graduate of Shortridge High School. Vonnegut thought so highly of Howie that he dedicated his book Galapagos to Howie. Vonnegut’s father, Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., known today for being the architect of the Athaneum and Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on the Circle, showed his appreciation to Mr. Howie by designing the cabins that remain in New Mexico to this day.2nd Pres troop writeup Feb 2016
In 1929, Howard Young received his Eagle Scout award from the hand of Chief Scout Executive James West (1929 Boys Life).
In 1931, Indiana Department of Conservation (pg 118) lists Troop 18 as having 28 members attend Camp McCormick.
Skipping forward several decades, in 2012, Eagle Scout Ian Kenney awarded honor medal with crossed palms for saving a friend during a house fire.
Help Troop 18 celebrate its and Crossroads of America Council celebrate its century of Eagles together by joining in the fun!

REMINDER: District Committee & Commissioner’s Staff tomorrow

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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.

29 Days and Counting: Cub Scout recruiting report

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Hey North Star Packs!

Thanks to all who were able to come to our Kick Off Friday, July 15th!  The winner of the camp stove is Jenny Beyers from Pleasant View Elementary Pack 3582.  Way to go!
Con will be contacting Packs who were unable to attend to pick up their boxes.  Please pick up your supplies and yard signs asap so we can get the word out about joining Cub Scouts!
Here is the link to the Fall membership training page – videos, flyers, and information galore!   Check it out!
Cub Scouts Have More Fun!
Sharla Merrick
North Star Membership Vice-Chair

Online Registration Roll Out Continues

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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.

July Eagle Report

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The following Scouts successfully completed their Eagle Boards of Review in July:

  1. William Keedy, Troop 174
  2. Grant Lisby, Troop 191.

Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts!

Youth Protection Training

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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 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.

REMINDER: District Committee August 4th

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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.

Fall Camporee Theme Chosen

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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