Programming

FALL 2018 Camporee: “Hocus Pocus”

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The 2018 Fall Camporee theme is “Hocus Pocus”!

The Fall Camporee will be held at The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.

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noun

  1. trickery or chicanery
  2. mystifying jargon
  3. an incantation used by conjurors or magicians when performing tricks
  4. conjuring skill or practice
Tricky knots, Tom Foolery, puzzles, decoders, wild goose chases, mazes, card tricks, games, technology, and characters are all part of the Camporee magic!
All troops please send a camporee representative to a planning meeting at the American Legion Post # 3, in Broad Ripple, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN.  We will meet from 7 – 8 pm on Tuesday, September 11th.
North Star District is looking for staff to help organize final steps.  Please contact Mark Pishon at mpishon@gmail.com with any questions.
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Preparation for rechartering: roster review

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Remember rechartering is only a few weeks away. Now is the time to make sure your roster is up to date. Send it to Jessica Hofman to make sure council’s records match.

Then review the training for your unit. If you have 100% trained of next year’s leaders, you are all set. Otherwise, get them trained.

Den Leader / Cubmaster Training 2018

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A Scout deserves a Trained Leader!

Please encourage those considering or appointed to Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster and anyone else interested to attend training held this fall at various locations and dates:

  1.  SEPTEMBER ROUNDTABLE (Sept. 13, 7pm);
  2.  District-sponsored in-person training:
    • SEPT. 27:  St. Luke’s UMC / Luke’s Lodge, 100 W. 86th St. Indy, 7pm
    • OCT. 23:  Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville, 7pm
  3. Various other in-person training sponsored by the Crossroads of America Council – see previous article here;
  4. Online at my.scouting.org .  [Tip:  Be sure to check your browser to use this site, it prefers to use the latest versions of  Google Chrome, MS Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or Mozilla Firefox.]

UNIV. OF SCOUTING – November 17 2018

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A Scout deserves a Trained Leader!

Please consider attending the University of Scouting, the premier training event in the council, which is one of the easiest ways for adult volunteers to achieve this goal of becoming a Trained Leader.  This single-day training event is designed to supplement any leader’s training.  Any Scout leader may attend. UoS Logo

The University of Scouting is based on the BSA’s nationally recognized Four-Function plan, which includes:

  • Program: training, camping/outdoor, advancement, and activities/civic service
  • Unit service: commissioner service
  • Finance: including marketing
  • Membership and Relationships

Date:  Saturday, November 17 2018

Time:  7am – 4pm

Location:  Carmel HS Freshman Center, 520 E. Main St., Carmel IN 46032

For more information, to view the catalog and register please visit this link on the Crossroads of America Council site.

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Supplemental info for Unit Commissioners:  Commissioner Training Codes_May 2018

Lange Challenge Camping Participation (Camping Log info)

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From NS Camping & Outdoor Programming Chair Paul Kovach:

Several questions have come regarding how to report data for the Lange Challenge.  To help better understand the Challenge criteria and how the data will be used, directly for the Challenge, and indirectly to monitor camping in the council, please read below.

The Lange Challenge

To provide additional incentive for the council to emphasis Boy Scout camping and advancement.  A contribution of $100,000 per year for ten years from the ADL Charitable Trust to the Crossroads of America Council, when Challenge criteria are met.

Challenge Criteria:

Scouting continues to be guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

  1. Achieve Journey to Excellence Gold Standard by having a minimum of 80% of Crossroads of America Council Boy Scouts annually attend long-term summer camp and/or participate in a high adventure opportunity.
  2. Achieve a minimum of 42% of Crossroads of America Council Boy Scouts advancing in rank in 2015.  The percentage increases each year by 1% until 50% is achieved and then maintained.
  3. Achieve a minimum of 60% of Crossroads of America Council Boy Scout Troops annually conducting seven short-term overnight campouts in 2015.  The percentage increases each year by 1% until 70% is achieved and then maintained.

 

Criteria #1 and #3 directly correlate with camping participation.

  1. Long-term or high adventure camping events are monitored according to the JTE standard for camping, which runs from July to June as currently tabulated. Since we also want to capture the most recent summer camping season, the period for this reporting is extended through the end of August, thus the total reporting period is July 2017 to August 2018, inclusive.  The reporting should count the total number of scouts in the unit participating in long-term or high adventure camping events.
  2. Short-term camping, such as monthly outings, are encouraged through planning in the Ideal Year of Scouting program. The requirement is for at least 7 short-term campouts over the reporting period.  The reporting must count the total number of unit campout events.  The spreadsheet allows additional data on each event to be reported to improve our understanding of troop events.

Thanks for your efforts towards camping data collection!  If you need further clarification or have other questions, please contact Paul Kovach.

ALSO ==> See this prior post for the documents and references:  Camping Log / Lange Challenge Update .

FYI for Scouts: Pope Pius XII Religious Medal Program

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What: Troop 514 (based at St Monica Catholic Church) is offering a program for scouts in 9th through 12th grades to earn the Pope Pius XII Religious Medal, which will be presented in a ceremony at the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral by Archbishop Thompson. This medal is for scouts who are Catholic.PiusXII2

When & Where: Troop 514 adult Chaplain Mr. Ed Isakson and Mr. Steve Schelonka will facilitate the Pope Pius XII program, which will be held at the Isaksons’ home on Sunday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm starting on August 26th and concluding in December.

To register: Please e-mail Mr. Isakson at eisakson@comcast.net by August 20th to register for this program or to obtain more information about this medal or medals available for scouts of other faiths.

 

Also, please see the link below for a description of the Pope Pius XII medal from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. It is a great opportunity for high school-age scouts to discuss how their faith affects the choices they make in life regarding careers, service, and state of life (marriage, single life, religious life, and priesthood).

Learn more: https://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/religious-emblems/pope-pius-xii.

 

You can also contact Troop 56 Assistant Scout Master Ed Parada if you have questions (Edparada@sbcglobal.net).

New EAGLE SCOUTS – August 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (August 2018):

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AUGUST 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 747 project hours, and three Scouts earned four Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 1 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

Bobwhite Blather: Look out for Snowplow Parents

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Bobwhite Blather is a website written by a long-experienced scouter. As graduates of Wood Badge know, Bobwhite is one of the patrols used in that adult-training course.

In this older post, Frank talks about the problem of Snowplow Parents. Helicopter Parents were bad enough.

Once you read the article, stick around and check out some of Frank’s other enlightening posts about scouting, whether Cub- or Scout-level.

Camping Logs due this month (Aug 2018)

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Pack and Scout Leaders,

Please continue to send your questions to Paul Kovach and I regarding completing the Camping Log assignment for the Lange Challenge.   We’ll post an FAQ within the week from the questions we’ve seen thus far to help you in your compilation of the log data.

Thanks to those who have completed their logs!

Please also see this prior post:

Camping Log / Lange Challenge Update

New EAGLE SCOUTS – July 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (July 2018):

 

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JULY 2018 EAGLESThis 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!