Camping & Outdoor Programming

Update on North Star Swim Test

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From Swim Test Coordinator Brian Crow:

Please find see linksbelow regarding the upcoming Swim Test at the Pike Aquatic Center on Monday, April 17, 2017.
To date, I have only heard from four Troops (56,69, 73, 343) and one Venture Crew (1121).
And a great big “Thank You” shout out to Jerry Ritchie from Troop 343 for coordinating all of this with the Pike Aquatic Center!!

Swim Tests Outside of District

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If your unit is looking for swim tests outside of the April 17th North Star District Swim Test, fear not, we have you covered.

  1. Noblesville High School April 23, 2017 18111 Cumberland Road Noblesville, IN; 1:00pm—5:00pm
  2. Southport High School April 29th, 2017 971 E. Banta Indianapolis, IN
    8:00am – 11:30am
  3. Carmel High School May 21, 2017 520 E. Main Carmel, IN;

For more information, click here.

Spring Camporee Update

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From Mark Pishon, Spring Camporee Chair:

Dear Troop Key 3 and Camporee Adult Volunteers:

There is a Camporee Meeting this Sunday, April 2, 2017 most likely at St. Luke’s Lodge from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  [Confirmation from church on room reservation still pending.] Please have a troop representative there.

Registration is open at this link.

Remember the troop registration deadline is Midnight April 3, 2017 for shooters.

The updated Committee Work Plan is attached.

The updated Flyer and Patch is attached to use in you communications.

The Spring Camporee Committee needs 3 things from each troop by April 4, 2017 (Email: mpishon@gmail ).

  1. Top 3 Campsite Preference
  2. Name of an Adult Volunteer that will support North Star on Saturday (one minimum per troop).
  3. Select at least one of these troop assignments:
  • Saturday Morning Flag
  • Saturday Flag Lowering
  • Scouts Own Service
  • Troop to feed range and orienteering volunteers (16)
  • Friday Campfire
  • Saturday Campfire

Yours in Scouting,
Mark Pishon
Spring Camporee Chair
North Star District
Cell 317.374.2262

Shoot the Moon Overview PowerPoint

Spring Camporee Planning Summary 3_21_2017 Update

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Preparations for Order of the Arrow Call Out Have Begun

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From our chapter Order of the Arrow Advisor Mark Pishon:

Dear Troop Key 3:

Please send me your troops OA Election results ASAP.  Call-Outs are April 22 [at Spring Camporee].  Forms are attached.

Mark Pishon
LOA Chapter Adviser

  1. OA Inductions – Adult Candidate Form
  2. OA Inductions Unit Election Form 2016

Since Troops 72 and 180 have worked as part of OA chapter in the past, the March 29th approval of district changes should not affect these units. Other T’Sun Gani units will need to be in contact with Pioneer’s Order of the Arrow Chapter for Call Out procedures in April. Please share this information with them, so that they are not confused.

Spring Camporee Planning Report

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Here are minutes from the last Spring Camporee planning meeting from Spring Camporee Chair Mark Pishon of Troop 358.


Mark’s Power Point presentation

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Due to the firearms involved with this camporee and the Guide to Safe Scouting prohibitions on Cub Scout and Webelos firing these weapons, this is a very bad camporee to invite them. District is highly discouraging Cub Scouts’ or Webelos’ attendance. They would see guns and want to participate. It would be mean to tantalize them and not allow them to participate.

Spring Camporee Meeting Sunday

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Just a quick reminder to our Scout Troops that the Camporee planning meeting will be this Sunday, March 5, 2017 beginning at 6:00 pm at St. Luke’s Luke’s Lodge outbuilding at 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Make a reservation.

From Mark Pishon, Camporee Chair:

Purpose: We will have a planning meeting this Sunday, March 5, 2017 for the Spring Camporee from 6-7:30 pm.
Location of Planning Session:  Lodge Building in back, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260
Camporee Theme is “Shoot the Moon“. 
Date of Camporee:  April 21 – 23, 2017
Location of Camporee:  Camp Ransburg
North Star has reserved all rifle, shotgun, and archery ranges for shooting sports.
We have reserved two ridges of campsites and the dinning hall.
Please have a troop representative at the meeting.

Cub Scout Camping: When do we schedule it?

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When to schedule summer camp?

Simply put . . . now. Reservations are open now.

Outdoor activities are absolutely crucial to building a scout’s passion for scouting and for retaining the family.

image_14278911260_1827Few families stay with scouting without a determined and repeated contact with camping and outdoor activities.

For a Cub Scout Pack leader, recruiting families to participate in Camp Belzer Cub Scout Day Camp or Camp Kikthawenund Webelos Overnight Adventure Camp means a quick measure of the likelihood of the boy’s participation in scouting 24 months later. A scout may miss the following summer camp and still remain with the pack. But he is less likely to attend the following year and then is more likely to drop out.

For Cubs who have done Camp Belzer, a great option is to try Adventure Camp. It is open for Wolf, Bear, and Webelos. It takes fewer days but has more overnights. This is much more amenable to a busy family’s schedule.

Many packs offer both camps. It takes a few more adults, but has great success.

Busy families plan months ahead. To persuade them to do summer camp, you need to make the sales pitch now. Lock the time in.

Send emails. Put it on your Facebook feed. Talk about it at a meeting. Bring the District’s Camping Committee members in to promote camping. Then, and most importantly, make a phone tree to individually call families and ask them to attend. If you do not make the ask to each family, their participation will be less likely.

If you have families who have tough questions, ask the District Camping Committee for advice or ask them to call the family. Contact Camping Chair Rick Aker for more information. (If that email does not work, let me know.)

We are here to help your Cub Scout Pack have a wonderful year in retention.

NEEDED: Range Officer Training in Preparation for Spring Camporee

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For our Spring Camporee, we need range safety officers. The more RSO’s we have, the more we can use the ranges for more scouts.

Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati is offering the US Archery Level 1 Instructor Course on March 25, 2017. This is at Cubworld, part of the Camp Friedlander campus just within the eastern outskirts of Greater Cincinnati.

They are offering BB and Archery Rangemaster training on April 1, 2017 at the same Cubworld.

They are offering the NRA Instructor Training and another version with Pistols on the weekend of March 17-19, 2017. Familiarity with firearms safety is a pre-requisite. See the website for more information. The basic instructor training is only $35.00. This is at Camp Friedlander (see notes above).

Please help us by sending a member of your troop to the training in preparation for our great Spring Camporee!

Summer Camp Swim Testing at Pike

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Don’t forget to touch base with Brian Crow, District Programming Chair and ASM at Troop 343, if your troop or crew is interested in doing the swim test at Pike High School2abd5ead-9881-4e1b-b55a-c3b04b41b660 on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm.