Hou Koda District 2018 Spring Merit Badge Workshop – Sat. April 14

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The Crossroads of America Council Hou Koda District will be hosting its Spring Merit Badge Workshop:Hou Koda Logo

Saturday, April 14

8am – 4pm

LDS Church Brownsburg

9710 W. 56th Street, Brownsburg IN

Registration for the workshop will open up at noon on March 28.  Online payment processing will be available at that time.


Full details are still being finalized (costs, which classes are offered, etc.).  Please keep this event link handy for more details, coming soon.


District Pinewood Derby Sat. March 24 – STILL ON

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We’re watching the weather carefully but as of right now it doesn’t look to be enough to warrant cancelling the District Pinewood Derby, we’re a go!NS District PWD Flyer 2018

We’ll continue to keep an eye on the situation but unless you hear otherwise by tomorrow 24-March @8:00 am (updates will be posted on the website & Facebook page if any should be needed) see you @ the Derby tomorrow.

For more Derby details see our March 7 post.


Looking forward to a great 2018 North Star District Pinewood Derby!

Scouting for Food – March 24 @ Kroger

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There are still two weeks left to participate in the National Scouting for Food drive!  This coming Saturday March 24 is the day that your Scouting Unit can ask for donations from customers shopping at Kroger stores.SFF

Remember that participation counts towards service hours!

Please check our previous article on Scouting for Food (<== linked here) for the sign-up link and more details.

Youth Protection Training v2 and Deadlines!

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To reemphasize –

The BSA published training deadline for YPT2 training is Oct. 1, however our Crossroads of America Council goal is to have 100% of registered adults complete this training by April 30, 2018.  One more short month left!YPT Logo

We want to continue to be a Pacesetter Council for the nation and set the leadership tone by having our training completed well in advance of the deadline.

Please read through our front page post (<== linked here) which gives step by step instructions on getting started and tips for navigating this training.

Also it is recommended that you use Safari (if on a Mac) or Google Chrome (if on a PC).


THANKS for all you do for Scouting!

District SPRING CAMPOREE Leader’s Guide and prep meeting 3/25!

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To all North Star Units –  please see the 2018 Spring Camporee Leaders Guide v2  (<== linked here!) for our Spring Camporee this year.  Rick Aker (North Star District Camporee Chair) is planning on having another Camporee meeting this Sunday, March 25; email and/or blog post to follow with more information.WILLIE'S SIRENS

If you have any questions, Rick’s contact information is in the leader guide.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our Spring Camporee!!


Reminder: OA Election Results / Vigil Nomination Forms due March 15, 2018

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As mentioned last week:

Order of the Arrow Election results and Vigil nomination Forms are due on or before March 15, 2018.  Please email election results as well as the forms: OA Vigil Petition Form 2018 (linked here) to Mark Pishon, email

If you are having difficulty opening the Petition form using the link above, try this:


District Spring Camporee: April 20 – 22, 2018

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Our location has been confirmed!

The Spring Camporee [April 20-22, 2018] will be held at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired7725 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Unit leaders will receive the Spring Camporee Leaders Guide by COM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 via email.

The theme of the Spring Camporee is Willey’s Sirens and the focus will be on Emergency Preparedness.  Scouts will be able to earn the merit badge or pin for Emergency Preparedness.

Looking forward to a fantastic Spring Camporee!

Reminder: Please contact Troop 343 to participate in April 2 Swim Test!

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As mentioned here last week:

Any North Star units interested in sharing the April 2, 2018 Swim Test opportunity with Troop 343 should contact Brian Crow (for confirmation or even just questions!) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at

The Swim Test is being held that evening at:

MSD of Pike Township Aquatics Center

5401 West 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.



“Train the Trainer” course for Adult Leaders – April 7, 2018

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There is a “Fundamentals of (BSA) Training” course offered for adults to learn the BSA Training techniques on Saturday April 7, 2018, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 S. Green Street in Brownsburg.

The course is $10 and is limited to the first 20 people that sign up – first come, first serve!  Register by visiting .

See the Train the Trainer Information 7Apr2018 flyer for more information.

Scouting for Food: March 12 – April 9, 2018

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Please complete the Unit Commitment Form  [<== linked here] by March 12, 2018!

Scouting for Food is a national Boy Scouts of America community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in local communities. Crossroads of America Council participates in this annual spring food collection program with all proceeds staying in central Indiana. In partnership with Kroger and the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Scouts collect approximately 75,000 pounds of food through door-to-door collection or pre-packaged grocery bags in participating central Indiana Kroger stores. This campaign generally occurs between the months of March and April.  Units can pick the time that best fits their calendar during this time frame and can submit for the participation patch at any time with the link provided.  Participation in Kroger Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.

Our North Star Community Service Chair and contact for Scouting for Food is Mike Faulk (

See the LINKS below for online forms and key documents:



How close can we get to 100% participation this year?  In 2017 only two North Star units participated in Scouting for Food.  Let’s see if we can get more units to participate in this effort to reduce hunger close to home.  Looking forward to a great Scouting for Food campaign with our District!