CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (July 2018):
This group led the completion of over 930 project hours, and the five Scouts earned five Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 2 Silver). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
Reminder: District Training dates!
7/11/18 – 7p – YPT – Reilly Room, Golden-Burke Center
7/16/18 – 7p – Den Leader Specific Training -Shaheen Room, Golden-Burke Center
7/18/18 – 7p – YPT – Reilly Room, Golden-Burke Center
7/24/18 – 7p – Den Leader Specific Training – Shaheen Room, Golden-Burke Center
7/25/18 – 7p – YPT – Reilly Room, Golden-Burke Center
10/13/18 – 8a to 4p, Hou Koda is hosting Outdoor Leader Skills for (Boy) Scouts at Camp Krietenstein, 6443 E. County Road 575 N, Center Point, IN.
More training dates will be posted as they are set.
Hello North Star Key 3 and extended Scout Leadership:
A few weeks ago I sent an email about logging your Pack and Troop’s camping hours to qualify for grant funding from the Lange Challenge. The next collection date is end of August, we will do a call-out as the time approaches.
However there was no information on the start date of the data collection period.
Please start that data collection back to July 2017. The full data period goes from July 2017 – December 2018.
Linked here please find:
- Email: NS Camping Log Hours instructions email_25Jun2018 (verbiage only);
- Template tracking workbook for Packs (Camping Nights Log North Star_PackXXXX) and Troops (Camping Nights Log North Star_TroopXXXX):
- Lange Challenge verbiage: Lange Challenge ;
- Lange Challenge status report by District as of 6-May-2018: Lange Scorecard – 5.6.18 [reference only].
Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Thanks and have a great rest of your summer!
Cheryl Bilsland, NS Communications Vice-Chair – on behalf of Paul Kovach, NS Camping & Outdoor Programming Chair
Leaders, Scouts and Families –
Have a reverent, safe and fun Independence Day 2018. Many thanks to those of you and your family members that have served in our US Armed Forces defending our freedom and independence.
Thank you for your service to this Scouting organization and your community!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (June 2018):
This group led the completion of nearly 1100 project hours, and three Scouts earned three Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze and 1 Silver). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this past April and May:
This group had over 1400 project hours, and seven Scouts earned nine Eagle Palms between them (5 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
In case you have not yet heard – a fire at the Ute Park Ranch has thus far consumed 36,000 acres as as of yesterday June 5 was 25% contained. No residences have been lost in the fire but over a dozen Philmont buildings in the center of the ranch were burned as of late last week.
This is the post from the Philmont website on Monday June 4, 6PM EST:
“The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is a priority for everybody at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America. While efforts continue to extinguish the fire currently burning in the back-country, the anticipated damage and inability to access the affected areas makes it currently impossible to host back country programs. Until the fire is extinguished, the areas are inspected and the damage assessed, it is impossible to definitively state when those programs will resume.
At this time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all back country treks that were scheduled to take place in the Philmont back country from June 8 – July 14, 2018. We hope that back country treks may resume after July 14, 2018 with altered itineraries, assuming the back country is safe and infrastructure is restored.
Additionally, programs scheduled to take place at Philmont Training Center will also be canceled through June 23, 2018. The Philmont Training Center expects to welcome back participants beginning with Philmont Family Adventure on June 24, 2018.
The NAYLE program, which takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp seven miles south of the Philmont Base Camp and is unaffected by the Ute Park Fire, will go on as scheduled.
Over the next few days, we will be contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of all crews that are impacted by this decision, starting with those that are scheduled to arrive first, as well as affected PTC coordinators. Thank you in advance for allowing the Philmont team to contact your crew – your assistance will help make sure that Philmont phone lines remain open.
We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to continuously evaluate the fire and air quality to ensure that we can safely deliver outstanding program.
Thank you for your support and patience.”
For more details see:
– Philmont Fire Information site
This past weekend 12 Scouts and 2 Assistant Scoutmasters from North Star’s Troop 56 camped on the grounds of the Governor’s Residence for the Third Annual Governor’s Campout.
Scouts from Troop 56 along with 8 other troops from throughout the CAC took part in the event. The Scouts met at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and hiked with their packs to the Governor’s Residence accompanied by a police escort assisted by the Lawrence Explorer Scout Post #160. There they set up camp, met Governor Eric Holcomb along with First Lady Janet Holcomb and First Dog Henry.
After a few words from Governor Holcomb congratulating the youth for being selected to participate, he added, “you Scouts are the best of the best that Indiana has to offer.”
The Indiana National Guard was on site with a rotation of activities for the Scouts including inflatable jousting and a trailer that housed a shooting training simulation.
Tours were also offered where the Scouts learned about the history of the Residence and the opportunity to play a fifty thousand dollar grand piano. The Residence’s butler and tour guide, Dexter, was very impressed at how musically skilled some of our Scouts were.
The Scouts also got a surprise at the end of the tour by playing a little basketball with players from the IUPUI Jaguars.
After dinner, which was provided by the Fire Crafter Cooking Crew, a multi-denominational worship service was led by Chaplain Ken Steppe with guest Speaker Muzaffar Ahmad. The service began with an educational session where the similarities between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam were discussed so that our Scouts would understand that the values we all share far outweigh the slight differences we have.
Saturday night concluded with a Campfire Program with counselors from Belzer and Ransburg along with a Cracker Barrel snack.
The Humane Society of Indiana stopped by after Flag Raising and breakfast Sunday morning and the Scouts served by making dog and cat toys by braiding old t-shirt material and making cardboard cat toys for the pets being housed in shelters.
Troop 56 was honored to be selected for this great opportunity and would like to thank the Indiana State Government for its continued dedication to Scouting, the Indiana National Guard for contributing their time, the IUPUI Jaguars for taking time to connect with the youth, and all the Scout volunteers and speakers who served this weekend.
Did you know that the Boy Scouts of America, last year in conjuntion with Kiwanis International, has hosted four symposia on Youth Protection? It has been designed to train other youth-serving organizations.
The symposium in 2018 will be in Atlanta, Georgia, October 8-10, 2018, sponsored by the Atlanta Area Council and run by National Council. More information as it becomes available.
If you know any school, church, or youth-organization leaders who are concerned about this issue, consider inviting them to attend this symposium. They are the intended audience. It will help build BSA’s credibility.
From Crossroads of America Communication Executive Karrie Baxter:
Join us on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/bsacrossroads. Follow us if you aren’t already for updates!
Here’s what you can expect to see:
Supplies to promote your pack at the open house, through your school, and through your community. We’ve got some really exciting and interactive pieces to show you!
Why is it important to attend the open house? Let us show you!
An example of an Open House Table Set up
Breakdown of our NEW lead generation technology and how we will help communicate with people who are interested in your pack.
Trust us, you won’t want to miss it. Come represent your unit LIVE on Facebook- May 30th at 7PM!