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How are we doing? Read your Finish Line Report

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As BSA puts more and more effort into Journey to Excellence as a method for units to assess how they are doing, new tools are cropping up.

If you log into your my.scouting.org account, pull down the menu. Some leaders should be able to see the “JTE Reports.”

This menu option allows you to pull up a report that shows what statistical data that council has received about your unit. The report has several line items numbered as “#1” or “#4.” These numbers indicate a measurement line-item on the JTE system. These lines are very important.

If your unit has reported their advancement properly to council, a statistic showing the percentage of scouts advancing this year will appear. If you have reported your service hours, the total reported to date for the year will appear.

If any of the lines are blank for your unit, where you think your unit has done work, you may want to make sure that you have a person designated to follow up on the missing data.

Service hours are the biggest problem. Units forget to enter the data regularly.  If you have questions, look at the National website. Remember we are working for 1 billion service hours in scouting by 2020.

These reports are worth printing out at the end of each quarter, so April 1, 2017 is a good time to take a look at it. Take it to your unit committee to review with other reports like the treasurer’s report. This will make year end JTE reporting simple, since you will have fixed problems each quarter.

Publicity Material for Winter Camporee 2017

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Here are the materials to use for publicizing the Winter Camporee beginning Friday, January 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm. (Inauguration Day. Let the arguments begin!)

2017-wintercamporee flyer as PDF.

flyer in MS Word Format.

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Camporee Patch

Registration on the Council Website is now open.

Needing conservation projects?

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From Troop 804 Chair Curtis Shrote:
Looking for Environmental/Conservation hours? Look no further than the Indiana’s DNR. You may contact Jeff Cummings, the naturalist, at Fort Harrison State Park at (317) 591-0904 or (812) 849-4004. He is always looking for help. Please note that he is very well versed in YPT process so he will require appropriate adult participation.

100 Years of Eagles with Troop 18

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In a previous post last month, we announced that Troop 18 is celebrating 100 years of Eagle Scouts in the Crossroads of America Council. In 1916, Troop 18 had the first three Eagle Scouts in the Indianapolis Council (the predecessor to the Crossroads of America Council).

This week we will add more to the story of Troop 18.

In 1917, Louis Fletcher, First Class Scout, age 14, earned bronze honor medal for saving 2 boys from drowning (Boys Life, Sept. 1917.)
Also in 1917, Troop 18 put on a show at the Peter Pan Theater. The net proceeds were to defray expense of the two-week summer camp the troop went on every year “An elaborate moving picture program has been arranged for the performances” (Indianapolis News, May 23, 1917, pg 13.)
In 1924, Hillis Howie worked with Troop 18 and earned gold badge from William Hornaday for service to wildlife. (Mr. Hornaday was instrumental in the BSA’s early conservation program and was the director the New York Zoological Park.) The gold award today requires the equivalent of multiple Eagle Projects dedicated to conservation. While the Bronze and Silver awards are met by requirements. The gold award is by nomination only after 3 years of dedicated service to youth conservation efforts. 
In 1926, Hillis Howie, now Scoutmaster of Troop 18, organized Prairie Trek summer camping in American Southwest. Later, Prairie Trek goes under name of Cottonwood Gulch Foundation. Mr. Howie purchased 500 acres near Thoreau, New Mexico for the camp. (see Prairie Trek expeditions records 1926-1982). The center of the treks moved from the Boy Scout Troop to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In 1938, Hillis Howie led an expedition with the young Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., an Indianapolis native and graduate of Shortridge High School. Vonnegut thought so highly of Howie that he dedicated his book Galapagos to Howie. Vonnegut’s father, Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., known today for being the architect of the Athaneum and Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on the Circle, showed his appreciation to Mr. Howie by designing the cabins that remain in New Mexico to this day.2nd Pres troop writeup Feb 2016
In 1929, Howard Young received his Eagle Scout award from the hand of Chief Scout Executive James West (1929 Boys Life).
In 1931, Indiana Department of Conservation (pg 118) lists Troop 18 as having 28 members attend Camp McCormick.
Skipping forward several decades, in 2012, Eagle Scout Ian Kenney awarded honor medal with crossed palms for saving a friend during a house fire.
Help Troop 18 celebrate its and Crossroads of America Council celebrate its century of Eagles together by joining in the fun!

Support veterans with donations

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American Legion Post 3 in Broad Ripple is assisting Crossroads Veterans Services with their drive to collect bicycles for veterans during the month of August.
 Bikes to Vets is a program by Crossroads Veteran Services. The program will accept bicycles in good working order and distribute them to Veterans who need transportation assistance to get to a bus stop or their place of employment. Donated bicycles may be tagged with the name of the organization making the donation and will be given to Veterans who lack dependable transportation.

 If you will donate a bicycle in good working order, bring it to the American Legion Post #3, 6379 N. College Ave. (Broad Ripple) not later than August 31st or contact Dan Cunningham at 317-697-7994 for pick up. 

 Thank you for helping a veteran!         

 

REMINDER: District Committee August 4th

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A quick reminder that the District Committee will be meeting August 4th at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, Rm 407, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Fall Camporee planning is full swing. Please work on your troop’s event. Some ideas are available on a previous post.

We are also working on finalizing basic information about the Winter and Spring Camporees, so come with your thoughts.

Membership subcommittee is in full swing preparing for Back to School Recruitment. Your packs and troops plans to participate (yes, troops helping packs recruit) is crucial for our success. We already know that some packs are spread thin on manpower. They are small and cover many schools on August 25th. Your help is needed for their success.

Fall also has many special events like a Rocket Launch in support of membership recruitment, Cub Scout leader training, Battle of Belzer, Cub Family Camp and many others. We need your help in planning for their success.

Memorial Day Participation

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Our Packs and Troops made a mighty contribution to honor our deceased service members. Various units made their contributions at different times and different cemeteries. Here is a sampling of some of the stories and scenes that I have collected from this year’s efforts.

American Legion Post #3 in Broad Ripple hosted their annual breakfast this past Saturday morning. Representatives from Packs 18, 35, and 830 (and a recent graduate of Pack 179) and Troops 18, 35, 56, and 269 were present to my knowledge. The Post’s organizer of the event, long-time North Star Scouter Rees Morgan, emcee’d the breakfast. The scouts enjoyed a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and other nibbles. Scout parents (uniformed and non-uniformed) squeezed into the back dining room. The Post is looking forward to completing its remodel of the main meeting room, because they had hoped to have 80 scouts and scouters attend. Instead we packed in 101 scouts and scouters! They need the bigger room.

At the conclusion of the breakfast, Mr. Morgan assigned packs and troops to specific cemeteries. This post mostly covers Union Chapel Cemetery near Keystone at the Crossing and part of Crown Hill Cemetery near the Indianapolis Art Museum. The cemetery pictures above are from the Union Chapel group.

Some older scouts attended as part of our Firecrafter Ember’s contribution to the service project.

Traditionally our Zionsville scouts and scouters work in conjunction with the Zionsville American Legion Post. I do not have any details about their service this year. (Stories and pictures are welcome so that I can update this story.)

Troops 56 and 514 and Pack 514 participated in grave dressing in conjunction with other American Legion Posts. Some of the pictures that Troop 514 Scoutmaster Michael Rodriguez provided to me are below.

Troop 343 meets at Bethel United Methodist Church in Pike Township. Their Scoutmaster Ron Wells sent me the following story:

Troop 343, based out of the northwestside of Indianapolis, has once again placed American flags on the graves of veterans buried in the Bethel Cemetery located in the 5200 block of West 52nd St. Scoutmaster Ron Wells had been mulling over taking over the flag detail for some time and finally contacted the cemetery’s caretaker, Sandra Profant last year.

The Profant family has been maintaining the grounds and placing flags at the cemetery for several decades. Needless to say, Sandra was relieved to pass on her detailed maps, a box of flags, and her own self-assembled binder containing research she found on some of the true heroes of our country to the troop! Last November the troop assembled in darkness and less than favorable conditions to place the flags for Veteran’s Day.

Last Monday, the troop performed flawlessly under more inviting weather and lighting conditions and placed over 200 flags. Our troop has always placed a high value on patriotism, wearing the Scout uniform properly, and respecting those brave citizens who served our country.

Thank you to all the scouts, scouters, and scout families who participated this year to make this a wonderful and memorable event.

Memorial Day Honoring Late Servicemembers

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North Star District through historic relationships between its Zionsville units and the Zionsville American Legion Post and between some of its Washington Township units and Post #3 of the American Legion (where OA and Firecrafter monthly meetings are held) have honored deceased service members for years.Scout at gravesite

This year, the District and Troop 56 are working on adding American Legion Post #153 (54th St and Keystone area) to the Posts that we serve.

If your unit is not currently helping to place flags on deceased service members graves in the month of May, in preparation for Memorial Day, please contact Jeff Heck to work with one of these posts.

This is a very important service. As Jerry Gould, a Korean War veteran, explained on Monday night, each post is especially responsible for placing flags on the graves of their deceased members. Unfortunately their membership is aging and can no longer provide the service adequately by themselves. They need the scouts and scouting families to provide the manpower.

Please help with this important Duty to Country task.

The posts have different methods for handling this. Some work on a scheduled basis. Other posts schedule around the scout units’ schedules. We can help direct you to the post that best fits your unit’s needs.

 

Presidential Service Award

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While becoming an Eagle Scout is one of the highest honors a boy can obtain, there are others out there.

Recently a mother in our troop introduced me to the Presidential Service Award. I was not familiar with it. The award requires a non-profit sponsor the youth. I passed the question to Con, and he was able to confirm that the Crossroads of America Council is a sponsor of the award.Presidential service award

If you, as a Scoutmaster, have a scout who is interested in pursuing this award, please contact our District Executive Con Sullivan or your Unit Commissioner (if no unit commissioner is assigned to you, please contact District Commissioner Jeff Heck). They will each have the code that you need.

Service Opportunity

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Messenger of PeaceWe received this from District Vice Chair for Membership Sharla Merrick:

District Team,

I have sent the following to the Zionsville Troops but thought you might want to open it up to others in our District. An opportunity to provide service for a good cause.

Additionally, who knows which dates will work for which scouts. The more opportunities the better.

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Zionsville Scouters,

The Zionsville Food Pantry is looking for help and has asked the scouts to consider helping out at the Pantry again.

Please share this opportunity with your scouts. A scout is Helpful.

Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Zionsville Food Pantry! ZFP is a ministry of Zionsville Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Michigan R…

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YIS,

Sharla

Don’t forget that this is another opportunity to contribute to worldwide effort to contribute service hours through scouting. That means serve and report your hours.