From Scoutmaster Ron Wells:
Troop 343 continues to give back to PIke Township: On Monday, May 22nd members of the troop “dressed” approximately 200 graves of veterans for Memorial Day in Bethel Cemetery located in the 5200 block of W. 52nd St. Attached are some photos of the event.Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Appleton recently completed his Service project at the cemetery also. A large amount of brush was removed revealing several headstones that had been obscured for decades. Scouts also cleaned several headstones with a special fluid that preserved them and still allowed them to not be damaged during the process.
Remember your unit can do grave dressing this Saturday with American Legion Post #3 at 7:30 am. Be there for breakfast, served by the Post members. The Post Commander Rees Morgan, a long-time scouter in North Star, too, will have some remarks and then give the Packs, Troops, Crews, OA Chapter members, and Firecrafter Ember members present their assignments among Union Chapel Cemetary and Crown Hill Cemetary.
Last year we had the better part of 120 scouts, scouters, and family members present. Let’s try to beat that attendance.
From Bill Hodgson:
Good day all:
Sorry for the silence. I only got our seating manifest last Thursday[, May 18, 2017].
Please know North Star will again be responsible for the 300 block of North Pennsylvania for the IPL 500 Festival Parade. We only have to put up chairs on the West side this year because of construction where the former Indianapolis Star building was located.
I will be there about 7:30 AM but the scouts and scouters need not arrive until about 8:30 AM. Suggest you park to the east to ease you exit. We typically are out and heading home before 2 PM. It is a good location as we can set up lawn chairs in the adjacent park.
I will provide my architectural walking tour document to any troops interesting in walking the parade route after set up is complete. You will have plenty of time to do that.Feel free to contact me at cell phone 317-560-0597 with questions or concerns.
Yours in scouting,
Please remember that all Troops are responsible for the necessary YPT compliance and adult supervision on their own, unless specific arrangements are made with other troops to cover for you.
Tucker LaPrade, council’s Venturing specialist, will serve as Camp Director at Camp Krietenstein this summer.
I sat down to talk with him a couple weeks ago about what we can do in North Star District for Venturing.
As a result of that meeting, we determined that Council-wide our Venturing Crews needed an inter-crew activity, similar to a camporee. We came up with the idea of a “Venturing Round-Up.”
We are proposing that it would take place at Camp Krietenstein from Friday evening, August 18, 2017 to Sunday morning, August 20, 2017. (The following weekend is another choice, we are considering.) It would include pistol-, shotgun-, and rifle-shooting; a canoeing obstacle course (intended to take 45-60 minutes to complete); a rafting challenge (requiring pioneering skills and carrying a 100-lbs object 200 meters over water); and a chuckwagon cookoff. In the evening will be a traditional scouting campfire and social time.
Crews will complete by contingents of up to 10 venturers. All participants must be enrolled in a Crew somewhere.
We have willing participants from one Wabash Valley crew offering 25 participants, the council’s shooting sports chairman, several Voyageur instructors, as well as raised eyebrows from others in North Star.
If this sounds interesting to you, your older scouts, your daughters, or Venturing prospects, please let us know that you would wish to participate by emailing Jeff.
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From Troop 343 Assistant Scoutmaster Andrew Himebaugh:
“The Clique”Word has been received that the Troop is run by a clique. Upon investigation we find that this statement is TRUE.Furthermore, we find that this clique is composed of faithful members and loving parents who are present at each meeting; who willingly accept appointment to committees; who freely give of their time to teach skills to the Scouts; to look out for each other; and to serve in a wide variety of ways.They are those who sincerely believe that the more one puts into his Troop, the more he gets out of it.The strange thing about this clique is that it is very easy to get into.All one needs to do is demonstrate a lively interest in the organization, make constructive suggestions and accept responsibility when asked to do so.Show a continued interest in all the affairs of the Troop and before you realize it, you will be a member of the clique. . . . And you will be surprised how very happy they are to have you!
Memorial Day is upon us for 2017. The American Legion would like to invite all of the North Star District for breakfast. The district will make a short trip to Crown Cemetery and put decorations on veteran’s graves in honor of their service. We should be done before lunch.
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 8:00 AM
Breakfast location: Broad Ripple American Legion Post # 3, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN
Yours in Scouting,
North Star District Committee
Congratulations to our May 2017 Eagle Scouts, pending ratification from the National Advancement Team, their dates in rank will be Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Boy Scout Base Camp at the Indiana State Fair is making a comeback from August 4-20! The site needs lots of manpower to promote Scouting to potential and current families. Earn volunteer hours with your unit, family, or friends and help by sharing what you love most about the program. Volunteers will get free fair admission so that they can explore before or after their shift. Learn more and register.
An organization sponsoring one or more scout units is a Chartered Organization. This is an organization who has entered into an agreement with Crossroads of America Council to follow the BSA system. Part of that agreement requires the Chartered Organization to appoint a member of the organization or a staff member of the organization to serve as the Chartered Organization Representative.
So that begs the question: what is a supposed a Chartered Organization Representative do?
A Chartered Organization Representative is supposed to serve as the chief scouting officer of the Chartered Organization. The COR makes sure that the scout units at the chartered organization have sufficient adult leaders as committee members, scoutmasters or cubmasters, and den leaders. The COR serves as a liaison between three organizations: (1) Crossroads of America Council as a voting member at the council annual meeting and as a voting member of North Star District, (2) the Chartered Organization, and (3) the scout unit.
Healthy scout units have active CORs. CORs visit unit meetings often enough to be aware of the unit’s needs and strengths but is not necessarily an active unit leader day-to-day. (CORs can serve concurrently as unit chairs, but not cubmaster or scoutmaster.) Active CORs have a specific role at the District level, so that the unit is providing resources to district and the district is responsive to a unit’s needs.
If your COR is not able to fulfill those duties personally, you should inquire whether a new COR is the best practice. If the Chartered Organization has a limited of persons who are eligible to serve as COR, you should work with your Unit Commissioner on finding the optimal solution for your COR.
Remember that the Chartered Organization has entered into a contract to appoint a COR who is able fulfill those duties. With that in mind along with “A scout is trustworthy [and] helpful . . .,” all CORs should be considering what their passion is that would make a meaningful contribution to District.
Please prepare your COR to expect to be asked to do some work for District. This can be specific tasks, such as serving as Camporee staff for a day or two a year or serving as an event staff for 500 Festival Parade activities of units. This can also be to accept a district committee position.
Since past practices ignored the proper role for CORs, there is a wide-spread reluctance to ask the COR to actively serve scouting. As a District, we are moving to Best Practices in many different ways. Asking CORs to actively serve, having the Chartered Organization to appoint new CORs, or having the Chartered Organization work with their Unit Commissioner to find a solution is one of those steps toward Best Practices.
Since “A scout is . . . help, friendly, [and] courteous . . .,” we are asking for your help to the implementation of this Best Practice as painless as possible. We understand that change can induce stress. This is a start of a process that will last for an indefinite period of time. The vision is clear and simple: have contributing CORs at the unit- and district-levels. The path to the vision is more obscure. Your input on how to make it successful is most welcome. Thank you in advance for your constructive input to make the path toward Best Practice less obscure.