Camping & Outdoor Programming
- New District Name: The Monon District
- OA FALL ORDEAL Oct. 23-25
- Bewitched Belzer Bash
- Fall Camporee 2020 update and future schedule
- Cub Scout Adventures On-line
- Eagle Scout Information
- Merit Badge requirements during Covid-19
- District Committee Meetings and Roundtable Dates 2020
- University of Scouting – Nov. 14 2020
- OA NEWS: Temporary Camping Night Policy Due to COVID-19
- Guide to Safe Scouting Newsletter
More information about the Order of the Arrow’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here.
In light of the extended period of camping restrictions attributable to COVID-19, the following temporary modification is being made to the camping requirements for OA eligibility:
Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if all the following stipulations are met:
- To be counted, all virtual camping nights should be a direct result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and be part of a BSA unit-organized unit camping event (i.e., multiple members of the unit are involved and camping simultaneously at remote locations).
- Some form of unit-organized communications should occur either during or immediately following the event.
- All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines should be followed.
- No more than three (3) nights of virtual camping are to be credited in any month in which government- or council-imposed COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
This change is in effect until September 1, 2020.
Units which have already held an election between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are authorized to hold one additional election for any individuals who were ineligible at the time of the election due to the camping requirement, but would have been considered eligible at the time if this temporary policy had then been in effect. This second election must be completed no later than July 1, 2020. Those who were previously considered for election in the first election may not be reconsidered on this second ballot (i.e., no one can be considered for election more than once in a year).
Given that virtually all councils have either cancelled or reduced their summer camp programs this year, creating a situation where a high proportion of Scouts will not have the opportunity to attend an in-camp summer camp in 2020, a temporary provision to allow for “virtual” long term camping credit for OA eligibility is necessary.
Virtual Long-Term Camping Authorization
Two situations have developed associated with the current pandemic that may prevent Scouts from having an opportunity to qualify for OA eligibility due to not having attended a long-term camp this summer.
- The local council camp is closed and not offering a traditional summer camp experience.
- Scout parents are unwilling to allow their child to attend traditional summer camp programs due to health concerns.
In order to address these circumstances, virtual long-term camping of five (5) consecutive nights is authorized to be counted toward the long-term camping requirements for OA eligibility consistent with the above guidance and the following additional guidelines:
- A long-term camp plan must be developed and approved by the unit leader prior to the commencement of the long-term camp. This plan is to be individualized to each Scout’s capabilities and situation and should strive to include:
- Progress toward advancement for each Scout
- Outdoor relevant experience consistent with local conditions and restrictions
- Unit-organized communications should occur on a daily basis during the camping experience and include discussion of progress made on summer camp goals.
- An end-of-camp assessment must be conducted with the unit leader to report on progress made during the experience itself and discuss how future virtual long-term camping experiences can be enhanced. During this assessment the unit leader will make the determination if the Scout’s participation warrants granting credit for a completed virtual long-term camping experience in terms of OA eligibility.
This virtual long-term camping authority is not meant to substitute for attendance at traditional council summer camp programs, but rather to provide an alternative for Scouts who fit in one of the two categories mentioned above.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cub Scout Adventure Boxes
The Crossroads of America is proud to excited to design and launch our Cub Scout Adventure Boxes. Each rank specific box is filled with nearly everything you need to complete five elective Cub Scout Adventures at home and kickstart your Scouts advancement to the next rank this summer.
Within each box you will find a copy of the Scout Oath and Law, and other assorted items which will help you to complete the adventure requirements at home as a family. Items may include craft kits, magic sets, and other small science equipment which makes shopping for supplies unnecessary. Each box also comes with activity specific written and video instructions so you can easily participate with your child.
Each Adventure Box is designed for one child and will be available for limited contact pickup at Camp Belzer in Indianapolis or shipped directly to your home after June 1st.
While these boxes are geared toward members of Cub Scouting, the activities involved are fun and available for all children!
Preorder yours today! Register Here
The adventures that come with each box will vary and a sample is below.
Tiger Adventure Box
- Curiosity & Intrigue
- Floats & Boats
- Good Knights
- Rolling Tigers
- Sky is the Limit
Wolf Adventure Box
- Grow Something
- Collections & Hobbies
- Finding your Way
- Motor Away
- Germs Alive
Bear Adventure Box
- A Bear Goes Fishing
- Beat of the Drum
- Marble Madness
Webleos & Arrow of Light Adventure Box
- Adventures in Science
- Castaway Adventure
- Into the Wild
- Into the Woods
- Yo-Yo Adventure
Summer Camp is one of the most exciting opportunities our members look forward to each year.
After reviewing our operations, we have determined for the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, staff and the extended community we will not hold camp in person for the summer of 2020. We know camping is an iconic experience, but the health and safety of our Scouting family is our top priority.
We are appreciative of the planning and preparation our Units invested to be ready for camp, and we are eager to partner with you to plan for future summers. To learn more, including a unique way our Scouts can participate in program activities at home, please view the video message from our Scout Executive Joe Wiltrout.
To continue program and advancement opportunities, we are excited to announce the launch of our Cub Scout Adventure Boxes and our virtual Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience. For Cub Scouts, each rank-specific box is filled with nearly everything their family needs to complete five elective Cub Scout Adventures at home and kick start their Cub Scouts advancement to the next rank this summer. For our Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience, each week Scouts will virtually participate in unique experiences, facilitated skill-building session, merit badges and more, all lead by dedicated Ransburg staff.
We will begin processing refunds for affected participants by May 15. You do not need to do anything to initiate a refund. Refunds are returned to the original payer and in the original form of payment.
To ensure our programs are accessible to all Scouts, we are reviewing scholarship opportunities and working to provide a list of community partners where resources such as internet and device access is available. We are also still evaluating which platform(s) will be used for virtual camp because we know that safety, security and ease of use is critical to ensure a successful and safe experience.
For more than 110 years, the Crossroads of America Council has been supported by dedicated volunteers and members with a passion for youth development and transforming lives. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to the Crossroads of America Council and our Scouts. We will keep in touch through email and social media to share the impact of Scouting in our community.
The Spring Camporee is only a month away!
Join us in Olympic Spirit for scout skills with your troop or crew!
Is your Unit signed up and ready to compete?
Sign up at https://scoutingevent.com/160-30718, which is also available via the calendar link on the Council website.
From District Program Chair Mark Pishon:
From Troop 69 Scoutmaster Chad Galer:
I have 5 youth spots for Seabase St.Thomas‘ Sailing Adventure this June 3-9, 2019.
If anyone in your troops or crews might be interested, please have them contact me as soon as possible and I can fill them in on the exact details. Estimated total cost is about $1400 per person ($900 for Seabase, ~$500 for flight).
Yours in scouting,
SM, Troop 69
Hope you will be able to make the 100th Birthday Winter Camporee!
WEBELOS especially, hope you can join us, for the overnight experience or for just the day
[For those that may not have seen the email, Camporee Leader guide also included here: Camporee Leaders Guide Jan2019.]
Have a great time at the North Star District Birthday Camporee!
(Flyer attached: Webelos at Winter Camporee)
Come celebrate the North Star District’s 100 Birthday at Camporee!
The Winter 2019 Camporee will be held January 11 – 13, 2019 at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church Sports Field, 1870 W. Oak Street, Zionsville IN.
[The sports field parking lot is off of a street called 950 East which is on the west side of the church campus.]
The fee is $15.00 for each Scout, parent, or adult leader who will be staying overnight on Saturday. The fee includes the collectible Camporee patch. There is no fee for Webelos and their accompanying adults who will be visiting for the day, except to purchase a Camporee patch for $5 (optional).
Please Register at the listing on the Crossroads website: 2019 Winter Camporee Registration .
Keep an eye out for more Camporee updates coming soon!