Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts who passed their Boards of Review on August 9, 2017:
Since Venturers are expected to handle many of the logistical issues that adults handle in Boy Scout Troops, the question arises about district information for Venturers.
Should Venturers keep themselves aprised of district newsletter and blog updates?
Not every Venturer may be interested or have a need to keep current on District affairs. It may be highly worthwhile to have Crew Presidents and Vice-Presidents subscribe to the newsletter.
They will get one email per week about news in the district. They can find Cub Scout and Boy Scout events that the Crew may wish to volunteer to staff. This can help the Venturers progress on advancement from Venturing Award to Discovery Award to Pathfinder Award to the Summit Award (Venturing’s highest award). Each award has substantial service hour requirements.
Service hours are not strictly defined on who can benefit. This is from an FAQ on Venturing (2015):
Q: What is the scope and definition of service hours? Does service to the crew count as service hours, or does the service have to be outside the crew, or outside of scouting and does the crew member have to have advisor approval (for personal service)?
A: The Handbook for Venturers offers this definition of service:
A service is a valuable action, deed, or effort carried out to meet a need of an individual, a group of people, or an organization. An act must be both valuable and address a need of the recipient to qualify as an act of service. The variety of service project ideas is boundless. And, with your capabilities as a young adult it becomes your responsibility to choose those opportunities which best fit with your personal and crew values and to to bring about significant positive change for the individual or organization that you serve. Service is a great place to stretch your leadership muscles.
In counting service hours, service provided as a member of the crew and as an individual are both expected. There is no expectation of Advisor approval for service provided on an individual basis. The “how and why” of the service provided by the individual is a great topic for discussion during an Advisor conference.
Service to the crew (such as for Pathfinder Award Requirement 5) is a separate service requirement for the benefit of the crew and its members and does not “count” toward accumulating service project hours as described in the handbook extract above.
Within this definition, a crew can choose to serve a Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop or District Activity. The only requirement for crew service is that the crew has to decide to define and plan its participation in advance.
Many scoutmasters express concern in having a Venturing Crew associated with the Troop. The fear is that older boys will leave the troop in favor of the crew. By offering service back to the troop as part of the crew program, not only is this fear not realized, but additional troop staff is suddenly available.
Having crew officers aware of what is going on in the district, neighboring packs and troops allows the crew to choose service hour opportunities back to those units. So does Pack 358 want Venturers to help with the hayride or other offerings? Posting the request through the district website can help.
Let your venturing officers know that they can subscribe here.
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|
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.
Jerry Simon, District Eagle Board Coordinator, reports that the following scouts passed their Eagle Boards of Review on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts!
At the halfway point in 2017 that gives us 24 Eagle Scouts. In 2016 we had 49 Eagle Scouts. If recollection serves, we had 53 in 2015.
One of the lessons we learned from the Memorial Day grave dressings is that our cemetaries in North Star need a lot of tender loving care. I took some photos of Fall Creek Cemetary at just eat of the 4000 block of Keystone at Millersville Rd. (Unfortunately, I don’t have my camera with me to post the photo. I will try to post it here later.)
The fencing and edging looked like something out of Scooby Doo.
There are reportedly a number of Pioneer Cemetaries in the District that need some clean up.
While Eagle Projects cannot involve maintenance like mowing, they can beautify and restore weathered older facilities. Troop 343 recently had an example of that.
Also in placing Memorial Flags at the cemetaries, we saw how many veterans were not getting flags placed at their graves. Our mission Saturday was to place flags at past members of the American Legion. Not all veterans are members of the American Legion. That means that many were skipped, even though their gravestones clearly identify their unit of service and often the war in which they served.
This lends an opportunity to an Eagle Candidate to help assure that we can better serve these late veterans and their families. I don’t know what Crown Hill has on record about the veterans buried there. I have asked for better maps from them. Hopefully we will find out at the District Committee meeting tomorrow when Crown Hill’s staff might visit us.
Think about Eagle Projects for all of these cemetaries in our District. There are plenty of opportunities for lasting effects from our Eagles.