Activities

Memorial Weekend Grave Dressing 2018 [Update below]

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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.

*UPDATE*  Please RSVP to Rees Morgan at bfbronc58@yahoo.com.

 

THANK YOU for your Service!

 

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

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 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 (mythreesons08@att.net).

See the LINKS below for online forms and key documents:

SFF

 

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!

Thank You on Services Hours Reporting

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Thank you to our units that responded to our request for more service hours reporting at the National website. As of the October district JTE report, we were down nearly 0.45 hours per scout year over year to 2016. Now in the November report, we are up by nearly an identical amount!

That has made us Gold in that category based on meeting a minimum plus slight improvement. The national goal is 10 hours per scout average. We are showing an average of 6.14 hours per scout right now. It may be too late to boost that average much more, but please help us try.

Please login to the National website (using your Internet Advancement login and password) and make sure that your unit’s information is up-to-date.

 

Quarterly vs Annual Planning

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For regular followers of Clarke Green’s podcast and blog, you know Clarke has been beta testing a quarterly planning model with his home troop. He has hinted at several elements before.

Now he has rolled out an article on the details and overview of the plan. Take a look!

Service Hours Reported to Date for 2017

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I hope that all Packs, Troops, and Crews report more than 100 man-hours per year.

In light of that expectation, here is our best understanding of the units that have met that expectation of reporting more than 100 man-hours for 2017. This personal expectation is strongest for scout troops.

Packs 18, 72, and 358;

Troops 18, 56, 69, 72, 174, 180, 269, 343, 358, 512, 514, and 804.

The top five units for reported hours in 2017 to date are:

  1. Troop 174 with 2,861 hours reported
  2. Troop 358 with 1,301 hours
  3. Troop 514 with 486 hours
  4. Troop 804 with 422 hours
  5. Troop 18 with 404 hours.

An honorable mention to Pack 18 for the highest number of hours reported for a Cub Scout Pack with 118 hours.

If your unit is not showing the hours you expect, login to the Service Hours Reporting website with your unit’s Internet Advancement login and password. You can look at what is there.

For scout troops, please verify that the your Eagle Scouts’ project hours are fully reported.

Unit Service Reporting

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As we are reaching year’s end, your district leadership was reviewing our reported service hours for 2017. As we have mentioned in the past, service hours reported help contribute to a worldwide goal of reporting one billion hours of scouting service hours by 2020.

Please make sure that your unit chair or your advancement coordinator (or whoever else your chair has designated to report service hours) has entered their information through my.scouting.org’s legacy tools.

Remember these reported hours boost your Journey to Excellence score.

You will need your unit’s advancement code to login.

If you don’t have the code or just want to email your report, send an email to DE Jessica Hofman.

REMINDER: District meetings

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church, 4th Floor:

  1. Commissioners: 6:00 pm, Room 401
  2. District Committee: 7:00 pm, Room 405

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (except where different below), Luke’s Lodge, outbuilding on Campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St.

1. Youth Protection Training (Y01) (6:30 pm)

2. Boy Scout Roundtable: TBA. Possible topic: path to Eagle.

3. Cub Scout Roundtable: planning your next camp out. Presented by Scouts from Troop 56 and RTC Bill Buchalter. (Great for Pack Programming Chair, Pack Chair, Cubmaster and Den Leaders, especially Webelos Den Leaders). Tents and gear explained.

4. Rechartering breakout for Unit Rechartering Coordinators. How to rechartering. Changes to system.

Hurricane Maria: An update on BSA members in Puerto Rico. Ways you can help.

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Bryan on Scouting has just posted this article on how to help after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

To my view, the most important part of this article is that the councils and units affected have been slow to report their needs. This creates a risk of their needs being forgotten or overlooked by the rest of the BSA.

This slow response to state needs makes a lot of sense. First, the BSA is built on a diffused organizational system. National Council needs information from local councils. Local councils need information from districts. Districts need information from units. Units need information from unit leaders. Unit leaders are busy caring for their families, work or businesses, and places of worship.

Now the information trickle is beginning. The BSA has created several central clearinghouses of information. Units can make direct appeals for help. The BSA has created a central fundraising website. Now we know where to look for what is needed.

So the next question seems to be, “What can our unit do?”

What you can do is still limited by BSA regulations. Let’s take a quick look so that these are all fresh in mind.

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