Programming

REMINDERS Week of May 15, 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

May District Meeting:  NSD meeting

NSD Committee Mtg. May 16  7:00-8:30pm  Room 204 of Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville 46077.

Adult Training Reminders here

Regional Scout Talks  here

NSD Council Calendar 

Help plan your scout year with these District and Council dates. Available here

Service Hour Opportunities

  • 500 Parade Service Hours Information here
  • St. Vincent House  here

  • Flag Project here
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NYLT – formerly White Stag

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Don’t let your youth leaders miss out on the premier leadership training for Scouts.  Your unit and your program will benefit when your youth are trained to lead. Many units choose to send their top youth leaders paid for by the unit.NYLT
2019 Dates – 3 courses available to choose from:
April 5-9 & May 3-5, 2019 (must attend both weekends) / Camp Kikthawenund / Course Director: Matthew Lackner
Week-Long Course – June 16-22, 2019 / Camp Red Wing / Course Director: Joseph Fenimore
September 13-15 & September 27-29, 2019 (must attend both weekends) / Camp Kikthawenund / Course Director: James Tungan
Have your youth leadership register today at https://scoutingevent.com/160-nyltapril2019

Merit Badge Counselor Update

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From Kevin Neese, NS Training Chair – Merit Badge Counselors for North Star District.
The new list is complete and will be updated periodically.  Scouts can ask their SM for the list of North Star MBC
 If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Reminder – New Eagle project workbook available

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New Eagle project workbook available

https://bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/
— Read on bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/

UPDATE: A copy of the 2019 version may also be downloaded from here.

PLEASE NOTE: it cannot be read by Apple’s Preview. You must have a free copy of Adobe Acrobat ver. 9.0 or higher to open it. See bobwhiteblather.com’s link above for more information.

NS Pinewood Derby! March 23 2019

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Reminder:  The North Star District PINEWOOD DERBY will be taking place on Saturday March 23rd at the American Legion Post #3, 6379 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220.  Registration opens at 9am with racing action getting underway at 9:30am.NS District PWD Flier 2019.png

All Cubs are welcome!

Each Pack’s Top 4 finishers and each Pack’s “Best of Show” are entered in the District Derby automatically and free of charge.  All other cars may race for a $2 entry fee.

Boy Scout troops that would like to assist Packs in running their Derbies can contact District Pinewood Derby Coordinator Bill Buchalter.

Please see the NS District PWD Flier 2019 flyer attached.  Hope to see you there!

CONGRATULATIONS to North Star Adult Recognition Honorees!

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A fun time was had by all at this year’s North Star Adult Recognition dinner held at the American Legion post in Broad Ripple this past Saturday.

Eddie Stahl, our new Sr. District Executive, and Lee Murdoch, Crossroads BSA Director of Support Services, spoke to the group about their visions for 2019 as well as to recognize North Star adult volunteers for the phenomenal work they are doing for Scouts in our District.

Jerry Simon received the inaugural Jerry Simon North Star District Service Award of Distinction for his 30+ years of dedicated service to the District, much of that focused on mentoring Eagle Projects and leading Eagle Boards of Review.

Stephen Heath and Kevin Neese received District Awards of Merit for both of their continued tireless efforts with our District, and Peter Holtz received Scoutmaster of the Year for his leadership of Troop 56.  Mark Pishon received a special recognition for his above and beyond continual service and leadership to North Star.  Peter also wrapped up the meeting with a very fitting Scoutmaster Minute.

Mike Yates, the Pishons (Mark and Chris), Paul Kovach and Mark Maucere did a fantastic job of setting up this 100th birthday gala for North Star.

Congratulations to all!

 

Winter Camporee Provides Awesome Winter Experience

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From District Program Chair Mark Pishon:

North Star District battled 8 inches of snow last weekend during their Winter Camporee.  Klondikes were all over the place hauling equipment, water, and supplies and the boys had a blast racing in them.
Congratulations to Troop 514 for winning the Willie Award and Troop 69 for winning the Patrol Competitions.
All the attendees enjoyed the North Star District 100th Birthday Cake.
Patches should be available in 3 weeks.  Don’t forget to log Frost Points in everyone’s camping log!
We look forward to the Spring Camporee April 5-7, 2019.
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New Products Listed on National Website

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Scouts BSA Troop Leader Guidebook (vol 1)
2019 ed. Troop Leader Guidebook

The new Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls, Patrol Leader Handbook, Troop Leader Guidebook (vol 1), and related books are now listed on scoutshop.org.

Whether they are ready for delivery is a different questions.

The e-books are not yet listed on amazon.com, though. (I get mine on Kindle now.)

UPDATED: More information on Bryan on Scouting. Notice the logo over the right pocket is slightly changed.

What’s new or different about the Scouts BSA uniform?

  • The Scouts BSA uniform shirt comes in sizes and cuts for women and girls.
  • New uniform pants for women and girls can be rolled up at the leg to be worn as capri pants. Women and girls can also purchase the current, switchback-style uniform pants that zip off at the knee.
  • The new shirt is tan and features a BSA fleur-de-lis emblem and the letters “BSA” in red over the right pocket. The existing inventory of
    scouts-bsa-uniform-full tan shirts, with “BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA” in red over the right pocket, will be available until they’re all sold out.

Can I still wear previous-generation uniform pieces?

Yes. With BSA uniforms, the rule is: once official, always official.

Can I mix and match old and new uniform pieces?

Yes. For example, you could wear the new tan Scouts BSA uniform shirt with previous-generation green uniform pants.

Here is more information about the new Handbook for Girls:

Why are there two different handbooks?

The volunteer-led board of directors wanted to ensure Scouts can see themselves represented accurately in the pages, and having two handbooks was the most effective way to do that.

The photos reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member. In other words, boys will see images of other boys in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys; girls will see images of other girls in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.

Is the content the same between the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls?

Yes, the content, requirements and page numbers are exactly the same. All that’s different is the photos.

What did and didn’t change from the Boy Scout Handbook to the Scouts BSA Handbooks?

What didn’t change:

  • Requirements
  • Program elements

What did change:

  • Images, which reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member
  • The program name — Boy Scouts becomes Scouts BSA
  • Youth Protection guidelines, which are regularly updated to keep young people safe
  • Minor grammar and formatting fixes to the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook

Can a Scout continue to use the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook?

Absolutely. But be aware that rules and requirements can be updated, so always look for the latest requirements online or in Scoutbook.

They have even opened a Kindle Store to find BSA products there easier.

New Eagle project workbook available (UPDATED)

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New Eagle project workbook available

https://bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/
— Read on bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/

UPDATE: A copy of the 2019 version may also be downloaded from here.

PLEASE NOTE: it cannot be read by Apple’s Preview. You must have a free copy of Adobe Acrobat ver. 9.0 or higher to open it. See bobwhiteblather.com’s link above for more information.