Camping & Outdoor Programming

Camping Log / Lange Challenge Update

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Hello North Star Key 3 and extended Scout Leadership:

A few weeks ago I sent an email about logging your Pack and Troop’s camping hours to qualify for grant funding from the Lange Challenge.  The next collection date is end of August, we will do a call-out as the time approaches.

However there was no information on the start date of the data collection period.

Please start that data collection back to July 2017.  The full data period goes from July 2017 – December 2018.

Linked here please find:

  1.  Email: NS Camping Log Hours instructions email_25Jun2018 (verbiage only);
  2.  Template tracking workbook for Packs (Camping Nights Log North Star_PackXXXX) and Troops (Camping Nights Log North Star_TroopXXXX):
  3.  Lange Challenge verbiage: Lange Challenge ;
  4.  Lange Challenge status report by District as of 6-May-2018:  Lange Scorecard – 5.6.18 [reference only].

Please let us know if you have any additional questions.  Thanks and have a great rest of your summer!

YiS,

Cheryl Bilsland, NS Communications Vice-Chair – on behalf of Paul Kovach, NS Camping & Outdoor Programming Chair

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Philmont FIRE

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In case you have not yet heard – a fire at the Ute Park Ranch has thus far consumed 36,000 acres as as of yesterday June 5 was 25% contained.  No residences have been lost in the fire but over a dozen Philmont buildings in the center of the ranch were burned as of late last week.

 

This is the post from the Philmont website on Monday June 4, 6PM EST:

 

“The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is a priority for everybody at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America.  While efforts continue to extinguish the fire currently burning in the back-country, the anticipated damage and inability to access the affected areas makes it currently impossible to host back country programs.  Until the fire is extinguished, the areas are inspected and the damage assessed, it is impossible to definitively state when those programs will resume.

 

At this time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all back country treks that were scheduled to take place in the Philmont back country from June 8 – July 14, 2018.  We hope that back country treks may resume after July 14, 2018 with altered itineraries, assuming the back country is safe and infrastructure is restored.

 

Additionally, programs scheduled to take place at Philmont Training Center will also be canceled through June 23, 2018. The Philmont Training Center expects to welcome back participants beginning with Philmont Family Adventure on June 24, 2018.

 

The NAYLE program, which takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp seven miles south of the Philmont Base Camp and is unaffected by the Ute Park Fire, will go on as scheduled.

 

Over the next few days, we will be contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of all crews that are impacted by this decision, starting with those that are scheduled to arrive first, as well as affected PTC coordinators. Thank you in advance for allowing the Philmont team to contact your crew – your assistance will help make sure that Philmont phone lines remain open.

 

We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to continuously evaluate the fire and air quality to ensure that we can safely deliver outstanding program.

 

Thank you for your support and patience.”

 

For more details see:

– Philmont Fire Information site

– CNN Article

– Scouting Magazine article

 

North Star’s Troop 56 Camps at Governor’s Residence

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This past weekend 12 Scouts and 2 Assistant Scoutmasters from North Star’s Troop 56 camped on the grounds of the Governor’s Residence for the Third Annual Governor’s Campout.

 

Scouts from Troop 56 along with 8 other troops from throughout the CAC took part in the event.  The Scouts met at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and hiked with their packs to the Governor’s Residence accompanied by a police escort assisted by the Lawrence Explorer Scout Post #160.  There they set up camp, met Governor Eric Holcomb along with First Lady Janet Holcomb and First Dog Henry.

 

After a few words from Governor Holcomb congratulating the youth for being selected to participate, he added, “you Scouts are the best of the best that Indiana has to offer.”

 

The Indiana National Guard was on site with a rotation of activities for the Scouts including inflatable jousting and a trailer that housed a shooting training simulation.

 

Tours were also offered where the Scouts learned about the history of the Residence and the opportunity to play a fifty thousand dollar grand piano.  The Residence’s butler and tour guide, Dexter, was very impressed at how musically skilled some of our Scouts were.

 

The Scouts also got a surprise at the end of the tour by playing a little basketball with players from the IUPUI Jaguars.

 

After dinner, which was provided by the Fire Crafter Cooking Crew, a multi-denominational worship service was led by Chaplain Ken Steppe with guest Speaker Muzaffar Ahmad.  The service began with an educational session where the similarities between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam were discussed so that our Scouts would understand that the values we all share far outweigh the slight differences we have.

 

Saturday night concluded with a Campfire Program with counselors from Belzer and Ransburg along with a Cracker Barrel snack.

 

The Humane Society of Indiana stopped by after Flag Raising and breakfast Sunday morning and the Scouts served by making dog and cat toys by braiding old t-shirt material and making cardboard cat toys for the pets being housed in shelters.

 

Troop 56 was honored to be selected for this great opportunity and would like to thank the Indiana State Government for its continued dedication to Scouting, the Indiana National Guard for contributing their time, the IUPUI Jaguars for taking time to connect with the youth, and all the Scout volunteers and speakers who served this weekend.

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Individual Swim Test opportunity

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For Scouts needing a swim test with a certified lifeguard – check out the Zionsville Aquatic Center at Zionsville High School, 900 Mulberry Street.

Call 317-733-4808 or email lbrown@zcs.k12.in.us to schedule a time.boy-scout-swim-test-460x260

Cost is $10 per Scout.

Please use that same contact information to inquire about swim tests for a group of Scouts, as that would be handled with a different schedule setup.

See this Zionsville Aquatic Swim test page for more details.

Congratulations to new OA Brotherhood members!

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Order of the Arrow – Lowaneu Allanque Chapter congratulates the following ten Scouts and Adults that earned the OA Brotherhood status at the 2018 Spring Camporee:2018SpringCamporeeBrotherhood

David Bradley, Troop 804

Michael (Alex) Bricker, Troop 358

Griffin Burke, Troop 358

Billy Busse, Troop 358

Bobby (Robert) Corridan, Troop 804

Jared Dennemann, Troop 804

David Gusman, Troop 358

Jack Keller, Troop 358

Ivan Miller, Troop 514

Peter Shrote, Troop 804

Camping Scholarships (“Camperships”) available!

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On behalf of North Star District Camping Chair Paul Kovach:

Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and Unit Committee Chairs:

Finances should never be a reason for a Scout not to attend camp.  Crossroads of America Council offers a Campership program where recipients can be awarded up to 50% of the early summer camp fee in exchange for performing an age-appropriate service project.

Please encourage families in your units to take advantage of Camperships.  Significant funds are still available to scouts that want to attend summer camp but whose families may have some financial hardship.  Campership applications will be considered until funds are exhausted, on a first come first served basis.

The links below will bring you to the appropriate camp page and to the Campership application:

 

Thanks and Yours in Scouts,

Paul Kovach

North Star District Camping Chair

Well-Wishes for a Great Spring Camporee 2018!

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Best of luck to all attending and volunteering at the North Star District Spring Camporee this weekend.  We know you will do Willie proud with your skills in Emergency Preparedness.  Can’t wait to hear the tales of survival!

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New Website Feature: Ideas for Outings

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At the April 2018 Roundtable for Scouts, the topic of different close-to-home high adventure outings was discussed. The ideas came fast and furious. We were having a hard time taking notes and capturing good information.

You have probably had the same experience. You are at a scouting meeting and somebody says, “We had a great trip to the Appalachian Trail. One of the cheapest and best high adventure trips we have ever taken!”

“Where did you go?”

“I don’t remember.”

“What did it cost?”

“I don’t remember.”

You get the idea. So, we decided that the District needed a central repository for ideas that scouts and scouters could use to share the wealth.

So now you can visit a page on the website, with its own link at the top of the page. Bookmark it. Use it. Send it to your Senior Patrol Leader, Pack Committee Chair, or Venture Crew Vice-President for Programming.

More importantly for the first 90 days, we need your help. We need you and your unit to download the questionnaire. Think of your 3-5 favorite outings during your tenure in scouting. If you are troop leader, think of outings you did with your Cub Pack too.

Follow the instructions at the top of the questionnaire to return it.

We will post the questionnaires in a PDF format as they are submitted. So, please use your best Scout Law etiquette in filling these out. They will be available to the general public.

If you have PDF flyers or other supporting documentation, we can post those, if the files are small (under 500K), since we have limited space on the website.

This is primarily intended for Best Practices and referrals. If you have had a disasterous experience, that is probably good information, too, but it is beyond the scope of this project. If you wish to email the questionnaire to us, we will accept them and figure out what to do those later.

Please help us make this one of the most powerful parts of this website! Send your questionnaire, however incomplete, now (we can use updated questionnaires later as you find the information)!

Please email this article to current and past scouters to get their feedback, too!

Roundtable – April 2018 Flyers

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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)