What: Troop 514 (based at St Monica Catholic Church) is offering a program for scouts in 9th through 12th grades to earn the Pope Pius XII Religious Medal, which will be presented in a ceremony at the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral by Archbishop Thompson. This medal is for scouts who are Catholic.
When & Where: Troop 514 adult Chaplain Mr. Ed Isakson and Mr. Steve Schelonka will facilitate the Pope Pius XII program, which will be held at the Isaksons’ home on Sunday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm starting on August 26th and concluding in December.
To register: Please e-mail Mr. Isakson at email@example.com by August 20th to register for this program or to obtain more information about this medal or medals available for scouts of other faiths.
Also, please see the link below for a description of the Pope Pius XII medal from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. It is a great opportunity for high school-age scouts to discuss how their faith affects the choices they make in life regarding careers, service, and state of life (marriage, single life, religious life, and priesthood).
You can also contact Troop 56 Assistant Scout Master Ed Parada if you have questions (Edparada@sbcglobal.net).
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (August 2018):
This group led the completion of over 747 project hours, and three Scouts earned four Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 1 Silver). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (July 2018):
This group led the completion of over 930 project hours, and the five Scouts earned five Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 2 Silver). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (June 2018):
This group led the completion of nearly 1100 project hours, and three Scouts earned three Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze and 1 Silver). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this past April and May:
This group had over 1400 project hours, and seven Scouts earned nine Eagle Palms between them (5 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold). Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!
Please see links below for exciting camping and training opportunities – these are roughly in date order:
National Youth Leadership Training (several dates)
Wood Badge (Adult Leadership training) (several dates)
2018 Voyageur Canoe Training (several dates)
Indianapolis Indians game and Campout at Victory Field (May 11)
Cub Scout Fishing Derby at Camp Kikthawenund (May 12)
Leave No Trace Master Education Course 2018 (Aug 17-19 and Sep 13-16)
Boy Scouts Brickyard 400 Weekend Campout (Sept. 8 – 9)
Citizenship in the Nation MB Workshop (several dates)
The Crossroads of America Council Hou Koda District will be hosting its Spring Merit Badge Workshop:
Saturday, April 14
8am – 4pm
LDS Church Brownsburg
9710 W. 56th Street, Brownsburg IN
Registration for the workshop will open up at noon on March 28. Online payment processing will be available at that time.
Full details are still being finalized (costs, which classes are offered, etc.). Please keep this event link handy for more details, coming soon.
Our location has been confirmed!
The Spring Camporee [April 20-22, 2018] will be held at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240.
Unit leaders will receive the Spring Camporee Leaders Guide by COM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 via email.
The theme of the Spring Camporee is Willey’s Sirens and the focus will be on Emergency Preparedness. Scouts will be able to earn the merit badge or pin for Emergency Preparedness.
Looking forward to a fantastic Spring Camporee!
Please pass the word – the Del-Mi Merit Badge University will be held this weekend (March 9 & 10). If you caught an earlier communication showing this to be May 9 & 10, that was supposed to be March not May!
Del-Mi District is hosting its annual Merit Badge University, this weekend, March 9th and 10th at Carmel High School. Over 500 Merit Badge slots are available for Scouts to take Merit Badges ranging from Swimming to Nuclear Science.
What: Del-Mi Merit Badge University
Where: Carmel High School (520 E. Main Street, Carmel) – Door 13
When: Three sessions are available. Some merit badge classes span across 2 sessions.
- Session 1: Friday evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
- Session 2: Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
- Session 3: Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Register & More Info: https://scoutingevent.com/160-DMMBU
Cost: $6 per session, plus $6 for lunch
Questions? Contact Laura Rushinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Washington Post, from last year that I have been meaning to write about, a fascinating article about emotional isssues that kids in college are facing. The focus of the article that the title suggest the emphasis is on women’s college sports. The content is far broader, even though the persons interviewed are women’s college coaches and affiliate personnel.
One strong passage caught my eye.
Talk to coaches, and they will tell you they believe their players are harder to teach, and to reach, and that disciplining is beginning to feel professionally dangerous. Not even U-Conn.’s virtuoso coach, Geno Auriemma, is immune to this feeling, about which he delivered a soliloquy at the Final Four.
“Recruiting enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been,” he said. “. . . They haven’t even figured out which foot to use as a pivot foot and they’re going to act like they’re really good players. You see it all the time.”
Some of the aspects emphasized apply equally well to scouters working with scouts.
It doesn’t take a social psychologist to perceive that at least some of today’s coach-player strain results from the misunderstanding of what the job of a coach is, and how it’s different from that of a parent. This is a distinction that admittedly can get murky. The coach-player relationship has odd complexities and semi-intimacies, yet a critical distance too. It’s not like any other bond or power structure. Parents may seek to smooth a path, but coaches have to point out the hard road to be traversed, and it’s not their job to find the shortcuts. Coaches can’t afford to feel sorry for players; they are there to stop them from feeling sorry for themselves.
Coaches are not substitute parents; they’re the people parents send their children to for a strange alchemical balance of toughening yet safekeeping, dream facilitating yet discipline and reality check. The vast majority of what a coach teaches is not how to succeed but how to shoulder unwanted responsibility and deal with unfairness and diminished role playing, because without those acceptances success is impossible.
Here is a key conclusion.
The bottom line is that coaches have a truly delicate job ahead of them with iGens. They must find a way to establish themselves as firm allies of players who are more easily wounded than ever before yet demand they earn praise through genuine accomplishment.
From this article we can draw a couple key conclusions:
- In our role as scouters, we can help prepare our scouts, boys and girls, for their college experience. We can teach them to deal with “unwanted responsibility” such as cleaning up after dinner or cleaning the latrine and with “unfairness” such as being assigned camp tasks too many times when others have not had their rotation.
- We can be the “toughening yet safekeeping, dream facilitating yet discipline and reality check” that is parents to provide for their own kids.
- We can be “firm allies” of scouts “who are more easily wounded than ever before yet demand they earn praise through genuine accomplishiment” such as rank advancement, BSA Life Guard training, mile swim patch, or high adventure.