Programming

Save the Date! Open House training May 30 – on Facebook LIVE

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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!

 

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Individual Swim Test opportunity

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For Scouts needing a swim test with a certified lifeguard – check out the Zionsville Aquatic Center at Zionsville High School, 900 Mulberry Street.

Call 317-733-4808 or email lbrown@zcs.k12.in.us to schedule a time.boy-scout-swim-test-460x260

Cost is $10 per Scout.

Please use that same contact information to inquire about swim tests for a group of Scouts, as that would be handled with a different schedule setup.

See this Zionsville Aquatic Swim test page for more details.

Saturday May 26 – Busy Day for Scouts

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Please see the following two posts on service events for Scouts on Saturday, May 26:

Memorial Weekend Grave Dressing

500 Festival Parade Setup

Thank you for all you do for Scouting, and for your greater community!

 

Scouts – Your Service is requested at the INDY 500 Parade!

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On behalf of Bill Hodgson, North Star District 500 Festival Parade Chair:

REMINDER!

Please recall North Star still is scheduled to set up 500 Festival parade chairs on Saturday, May 26.500-festival-header-logo-x91476

Scouts in uniform should arrive to set up chairs at the 300 block of North Pennsylvania, between New York and Vermont Streets.

Please arrive between 8:30 to 9:00 AM.  Good for 5 service hours!

Yours in scouting,

Bill Hodgson

Troop 73

317-560-0597

Scouts at the JCC Annual Earth Day Celebration 2018

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On behalf of North Star District Executive Jessica Hofman:

North Star had the opportunity to host a few stations at the Jewish Community Center’s Annual Earth Day Celebration.  Volunteers from Troop 18 and the Council ran a rope bridge, a fire starting station, and a catapult station for thousands of families to stop by and enjoy.

Through surveys done at the event, we were told that our stations were a crowd favorite!  This event could not have been possible without the help of great volunteers!  Thank you to Ray and John Matutes from Troop 18 for taking time out of their Sunday to help!

Required Unit Reporting of District Service Hours

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On behalf of North Star Program Chair Mark Pishon:

ISSUE:  Two separate reporting databases

The national website, accessible through my.scouting.org, reports directly to National Council and is used for your unit’s national statistics such as contribution to the World Movement of Scouting’s billion service-hour challenge, but not Journey to Excellence scoring.

We know this is a problem because many of our largest and most successful troops have reported zero service hours on one or both of these websites. At the same time, these units have had Eagle Scouts reporting hundreds if not thousands of service hours. The scouts are getting proper credit, but it is not passing on to the units.

Journey to Excellence has a separate scoring for service hours which can receive a separate gold-level recognition.


ACTION ITEM:

Make sure your unit secretary or registrar is reporting the same service hours to both National BSA on my.scouting.org as well as to the Crossroads BSA website (service hours form found here).


 

To prevent this being a problem in the future, our District will be reviewing these statistics quarterly.  For troops, we will be looking at Eagle project reports against unit reports.  Discrepancies will be pointed out to units.

For Cub Scout Packs, we will be looking at zero-hour reports as needing updating.

Remember, we are part of a world-wide effort to demonstrate the value of scouting to our communities. Your reports help that marketing effort.

Memorial Weekend Grave Dressing 2018

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Memorial Day is fast approaching.  The American Legion would like to invite all of the North Star District for breakfast. The district will make a short trip to several local cemeteries and put decorations on veteran’s graves in honor of their service. In past years this has wrapped up before lunch.memorial-day-020

 

Your service is Requested:

Date:   Saturday, May 26, 2018

Start time:  7:00 am

Breakfast location:  Broad Ripple American Legion Post # 3, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Teams will be formed at breakfast to serve the various cemeteries.

Units will be asked to provide adult and youth headcount as well as a point of contact in the event updates need to be made during the morning.

 

THANK YOU for your Service!

 

Congratulations to new OA Brotherhood members!

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Order of the Arrow – Lowaneu Allanque Chapter congratulates the following ten Scouts and Adults that earned the OA Brotherhood status at the 2018 Spring Camporee:2018SpringCamporeeBrotherhood

David Bradley, Troop 804

Michael (Alex) Bricker, Troop 358

Griffin Burke, Troop 358

Billy Busse, Troop 358

Bobby (Robert) Corridan, Troop 804

Jared Dennemann, Troop 804

David Gusman, Troop 358

Jack Keller, Troop 358

Ivan Miller, Troop 514

Peter Shrote, Troop 804

Need Service Hours? Volunteer Opportunity in Hendricks County!

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This was passed along to us from Sarah Wolf, Park Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation:

[UPDATE as of April 26:  The area of greatest need would be help with parking; this would be best to do with mature Scouts + parents.

The sign-up site is here:  Sign-up Genius for McCloud Park Anniversary .

Thanks for considering!]

 

We have URGENT volunteer needs on Saturday, May 5 for McCloud Nature Park’s 15th Anniversary!  Some of the opportunities would be perfect for scouts to do with their parents’ or Scout Leaders’ supervision.  See the links below for more information and to sign up to volunteer.McCloud

McCloud Nature Park 15th Anniversary Celebration Announcement

Hendricks County Volunteer Sign-Up page

We appreciate any help in spreading the word on this – Thanks!!!!

 

Sarah Wolf

Park Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator

volunteer@hcparks.net

765-676-5437 McCloud Nature Park (Tuesday-Saturday)

317-718-6188 Parks department office (Monday-Friday)

McCloud Nature Park Physical Address: 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem, IN 46165

Weather Hotline: 317-718-6111 for information on programs impacted by possible weather

Camping Scholarships (“Camperships”) available!

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On behalf of North Star District Camping Chair Paul Kovach:

Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and Unit Committee Chairs:

Finances should never be a reason for a Scout not to attend camp.  Crossroads of America Council offers a Campership program where recipients can be awarded up to 50% of the early summer camp fee in exchange for performing an age-appropriate service project.

Please encourage families in your units to take advantage of Camperships.  Significant funds are still available to scouts that want to attend summer camp but whose families may have some financial hardship.  Campership applications will be considered until funds are exhausted, on a first come first served basis.

The links below will bring you to the appropriate camp page and to the Campership application:

 

Thanks and Yours in Scouts,

Paul Kovach

North Star District Camping Chair