New aquatics rules now in effect – Bobwhite Blather:
In April of this year, however, the rules for Cub Scout aquatics changed to allow a range of activities permitted at the unit level. And while most water activities – the more rigorous and risky ones – are still restricted to Boy Scouts and older, Cub Scouts of all ages can now go canoeing, rowboating and paddle boating – the very things they’ve been doing with their families all along. (And yes, I know some of you have been boating as a purportedly unaffiliated “family” activity to get around the BSA’s safety rules.)
There’s always a catch, though, but it’s not a big deal and isn’t anything you wouldn’t expect. While we no longer have tour permits or tour plans, the requirements for adult leaders to be appropriately trained are still in force. There are two primary unit volunteer training courses for aquatics, and they’re both available online: Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.
At least two adults are required to supervise any swimming activity – at backyard, public and hotel pools, beaches, lakes, rivers and oceans, whether or not a lifeguard is present. Safe Swim Defense training, completed within the last two years, is required of at least one adult supervising swimming activities, or even non-swimming activities where the water is over knee-deep or there is a risk of submersion. Common sense, though, dictates that as many adults as possible should complete Safe Swim Defense training – and it should go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that they complete Youth Protection Training as well. All boating activities likewise must be supervised by at least two adults, one (and preferably all) with current Safety Afloat training.
Now that you’re trained, what can Cub Scouts actually do on the water? Here’s a summary of allowable activities for Cub Scout packs:
Learn to Swim programs for all ages.
Recreational swimming for all ages, divided by ability groups, with only those who are able to swim (who have passed the BSA 100-yard swim test) allowed in deep water.
Snorkeling in confined areas for all ages, divided by ability groups. Only swimmers are allowed in deep water.
Riding in large boats including commercial marine transport such as excursion boats and ferries, as well as larger (capacity of four or more passengers) privately-owned craft on calm waters where all operation is done by adults.
Stable, fixed-seat rowboats and paddle boats on calm, flat water. If a non-swimmer or beginning swimmer is on board, he must be buddied with a swimmer in the same boat.
Canoes on calm, flat water. A non-swimmer or beginning swimmer must be buddied with an adult swimmer in the same boat.
Single-person kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on calm, flat water for swimmers only (non-swimmers or beginning swimmers are not allowed to kayak or SUP).
Tubing on gently-flowing water for Swimmers only.
Don’t forget about the rule requiring that Coast Guard-approved life jackets are to be worn by persons when engaged in boating activities (rowing, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding) and in some cases aboard larger vessels as well.
From Council newsletter:
On June 13, Crossroads of America Council hosted the 33rd Annual Scouting Awards Dinner in downtown Indianapolis. Seven individuals were honored for their commitment to the community.
Merle H. Miller Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award
Alec J. Damer, [North Star] Troop 514, St Monica’s RCC
Judge John Price Outstanding Eagle Scout of the Year Award
Austin D. Damer, [North Star] Troop 514, St Monica’s RCC
Thomas W. Moses Good Scout Award
Daniel J. Elsener
Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin (immediate past boss for past North Star District Chair and Commissioner Steve James)
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
Dennis E. Bland
Robert L. Bowen
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Dr. Robert M. Einterz (Parishoner at St Monica’s RCC, North Star Chartered Organziation)
Congratulations to the North Star and Troop 514 Damer boys and Dr. Bob Einterz, graduate of North Central High School.
Next year, make sure to nominate your Eagle Scouts and adult leaders for this pretigious award!
The National Eagle Scout Association (“NESA”) has posted the winners of their 2016 scholarship winners for the Central Region. Congratulations to the three Crossroads of America Council recipients.
2016 NESA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
|NAME||COUNCIL NAME||COUNCIL CITY/STATE|
$25,000 Cooke Academic Scholarship
|Alex Wolff||Glaciers Edge Council||Madison, WI|
$3,000 NESA Academic Scholarships
|Marc Berkowicz||Three Fires Council||St. Charles, IL|
|Chris Coraggio||Crossroads of America Council||Indianapolis, IN|
|Jacob Danek||Crossroads of America Council||Indianapolis, IN|
|Jack Gibfried||Ozark Trails Council||Springfield, MO|
|Nathaniel Helgeson||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
|Colm Kilcoin||Great Lakes FSC||Detroit, MI|
|Joseph Miller-Davis||Erie Shores Council||Toledo, OH|
|Jacob Quigley||Rainbow Council||Morris, IL|
|Michael Rushka||Crossroads of America Council||Indianapolis, IN|
|Gabriel Small||Northeast Illinois Council||Highland Park, IL|
|Adam Smith||Bay-Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
|Zachary Utecht||President Gerald R. Ford Council||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Ryan Wagner||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
$2,500 Cooke Academic Scholarships
|Robert Agle||Simon Kenton Council||Columbus, OH|
|Benjamin Ashby||Lewis & Clark Council||Belleville, IL|
|Alexander Burroughs||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
|Renaud Chauret||Sagamore Council||Kokomo, IN|
|Kevin McMahon||Gamehaven Council||Rochester, MN|
|Connor Polodna||Gamehaven Council||Rochester, MN|
|Shane Redman||Blackhawk Area Council||Rockford, IL|
|Cameron Reed||Greater Cleveland Council||Cleveland, OH|
|Tevis Robinson||Buckskin Council||Charleston, WV|
|Evan Routhier||Bay-Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
|Dylan Subrin||Blackhawk Area Council||Rockford, IL|
|Joseph Switala||Water and Woods Council||Flint, MI|
|Mathew Townsley||Illowa Council||Davenport, IA|
$5,000 Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarships
|Cole Branson||Great Rivers Council||Columbia, MO|
|Brian Coe||Three Harbors Council||Milwaukee, WI|
|Samuel Gentle||Northern Star Council||St. Paul, MN|
|Kenneth Kelley||Dan Beard Council||Cincinnati, OH|
|John Kloser||Three Harbors Council||Milwaukee, WI|
|Christopher Kreienkamp||Gateway Area Council||La Crosse, WI|
|John Rosher||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
|Brice Steiner||Simon Kenton Council||Columbus, OH|
|Eric Tabaka||Glaciers Edge Council||Madison, WI|
$4,000 Bailey Merit Scholarship
|Kyle Kolash||Bay-Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
$2,500 Palmer Merit Scholarship
|Austin Arenz||Bay Lakes Council||Appleton, WI|
$2,500 Michael S. Malone/Windrush Publishers Journalism Scholarship
|Justin Curto||Heart of America Council||Kansas City, MO|
From Jay Soucy, Council Training Director, on July 7, 2017:
2017 National Jamboree last minute vacancyThe Council’s Jamboree Committee is reaching out to you at this time because there have been a few scouts that have recently needed to drop out of the National Jamboree council contingent. That leaves unexpected spots still available for interested scouts!
Anyone interested in attending the 2017 National Jamboree but you didn’t get signed up? You’re in luck but you had better hurry!The Scouts:· MUST be at least a First Class Scout.· MUST be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree or an 11 year old that has graduated the 6th grade, but has not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.They can start the on line registration atPlease contact Jay Soucy to secure their Jamboree space. At this time we will talk about an alternate payment plan for the Jamboree trip fee.Jay Soucy | Training Director
So you have just joined a Cub Pack or have been recruited to serve as a Den Leader or Cubmaster. What do you need to know?
First, get trained for your position. At the most basic, you can take online training at my.scouting.org. You will need to create an online profile first. Regardless whether you are registered as a leader yet or not, you can take the training. If you register later, you just need to add your BSA ID number to your online “Profile” to link the information together.
Second, seriously consider doing face-to-face position specific training, regardless if you did the National Council’s training. National focuses on philosophy. Local gives you more information about local resources.
Third, get to know the Cub Learning Library and Cub Corner on the national website. It is full of good information and publications that you can download for free. The most important are scripts for your den meetings. Other handy tools are forms.
Sixth, find out what advancement software or record keeping your pack uses. See if you can learn how to use it to the level expected of your position.
These are great resources, but don’t forget that the biggest resource you have is the other parents. Experienced or inexperienced, they are your resources. If you can find the meeting agenda you want, you can and should delegate meetings to other parents to lead. You then can focus on discipline and efficiency of the meeting. The special guest parent can focus on program and snacks.
Good luck in your new Cub Scout year! Make it great!
Recently, the Council asked the District Key 3 to review the statistics of their districts.
In reviewing North Star’s Service Hours, we are missing lots of information from our active units.
Remember we are working toward one billion hours of service in scouting by 2020. Your service hours help us get to that goal.
Make sure that your Advancement Coordinator reports your service hours. One person should be responsible for this information from each unit. Log in to my.scouting.org. Go to the Legacy Tools. Report Service Hours.
These reports include all individual and unit efforts. They include Lion Cub efforts and Eagle Scout projects.
Thanks to Frank Otte, Scoutmaster of Troop 174 (CORRECTED 4:06 pm) for bringing this to my attention.
Here is a terrific opporutunity for scouts who need to work on their Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.
Come join us; learn and have fun! The Marion County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is teaming up with Eskenazi Health, IU Health – Methodist, Riley and University, the VA Medical Center, IUPUI, Indianapolis EMS (IEMS), Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD), MESH and other agencies for a full scale Hazardous Materials Exercise.
We are requesting volunteers from each of the hospitals and service groups to volunteer to participate. Not only are we seeking adults, but also children, ideally ages 8-18.
This is a great experience for Scout and faith- based groups that are looking for an activity geared toward badge work; Emergency Preparedness or community volunteer hours. We do ask that we have an adult per 5 or 6 children as a chaperone.
Please let us know if you have younger children that would like to participate. There are opportunities for the children (and adults if you want to) to wear their swimsuit and get “showered”/de-conned by the Indianpolis
Fire Department and/or at the hospitals.
Dear North Star Volunteer,
The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Scouts and Scouters from the Boy Scouts of America and from other Scouting organizations across the world. The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve serves as the National Jamboree’s permanent home and is a little over 6 hours away from Indianapolis. The Jamboree is open to day visitors with access to the Summit Center – the hub of Jamboree activity and is home to the stadium shows, the military exhibits, conservation trail, Disabilities Awareness Area, Sustainability Treehouse, merit badges, and a wide variety of other exhibits and displays. Observers and participants can see all the above listed items and visit the main retail store, purchase retail food items, and experience Brownsea Island.
I am reaching out to you today to see if you would be interested in attending a Day Visit to the National Jamboree on Sunday, July 23rd. We will coordinate a bus trip from Camp Belzer for $125 which includes breakfast and dinner on the bus and your day pass to the Jamboree.
Registration is available for this opportunity by clicking here. Please note: if we aren’t able to fill the bus we will refund all fees paid and try to coordinate other travel arrangements for those interested.
If you have any questions please contact me or Program Assistant, Sherry Webb 317- 813-7117.
For Cub Scout leaders, one of the hardest parts about the Fall is that you are hit with popcorn sales, recruiting, and programming in a sixty day period. All of that ignores that school starts, fall sports start, and Labor Day holidays are in the middle of it.
One of the ways to make both recruiting and programming easier is to take advantage of Council’s offerings. You have just-add-water programming.
One of those opportunities is Cub Scout Fun Days. Multiple dates and locations are offered so that you can make the schedule work for your Pack or Den.
For more information, download the flyer. To assess interest, send it to your Pack parents.