Camping & Outdoor Programming

REMINDERS Week of Mar 20 2019

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Reminders for upcoming activities:

Pinewood Derby!

  • The 2019 North Star Pinewood Derby will be held on Sat. March 23rd – see this article for details!

Commissioner Meeting / Roundtable:

  • The Commissioner meeting is held just prior to Roundtable at 6:30pm, April 11th – then:
  • The April Roundtable is Thursday the 11th @ St. Luke’s Lodge.  See this article for details.

Scout Night @ Pacers!

  • The Pacers will play the Nets on Sunday, April 7th and Scouts are invited!  Tipoff is at 5pm, doors open at 4pm.  Scouts will get a Scout Night patch, hat, and small meal with ticket purchase.  Contact Kalee Grant (ASAP) at (317) 917-2824 or kgrant@pacers.com for more details.

Spring Camporee:

  • SAVE THE DATE!  The North Star 2019 Spring Camporee will be held at Camp Cullom, Frankfort, IN during the weekend of April 26th through 28th.  The theme will be “Observing 100 Years of North Star.”  A rocket launch is planned for that Saturday afternoon – bring rockets if you wish.  More details to come soon!

Swim Checks:

  • Troop 343 is also hosting a BSA Swim Check on Monday Apr. 1, see this article for details.

Adult Training:

  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training:  Be sure to check out the available online training at my.scouting.org .

Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!

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Winter Camporee Provides Awesome Winter Experience

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From District Program Chair Mark Pishon:

North Star District battled 8 inches of snow last weekend during their Winter Camporee.  Klondikes were all over the place hauling equipment, water, and supplies and the boys had a blast racing in them.
Congratulations to Troop 514 for winning the Willie Award and Troop 69 for winning the Patrol Competitions.
All the attendees enjoyed the North Star District 100th Birthday Cake.
Patches should be available in 3 weeks.  Don’t forget to log Frost Points in everyone’s camping log!
We look forward to the Spring Camporee April 5-7, 2019.
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BSA Swim Check Scheduled

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Troop 343 is hosting a BSA Swim Check on Monday Apr. 1 at MSD of Pike Township Aquatics Center, 5401 71st St., Indy, 6 – 8 pm.  All North Star Troops interested in sharing this opportunity should contact Brian Crow at scouterbriancrow@gmail.com no later than March 18.   Please see the following handouts for more details:

Troop 69 has Sea Base slots 2019

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From Troop 69 Scoutmaster Chad Galer:

Scouters,

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,
Chad Galer
SM, Troop 69

WINTER CAMPOREE THIS WEEKEND!

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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

Register for overnight at the CAC registration site; RSVP requested for the day to Mr. Pishon.   See the previous article for more information as well.

[For those that may not have seen the email, Camporee Leader guide also included here:  Camporee Leaders Guide Jan2019.]winter camporee 2019 flyer

Have a great time at the North Star District Birthday Camporee!

(Flyer attached: Webelos at Winter Camporee)

Winter Camporee 2019 – 100th Birthday!

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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 Winter 2019 Camporee Patchon 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!

Fall Camporee 2018 Update

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The 2018 Fall Camporee “HOCUS POCUS” will be here before you know it!

The Fall Camporee will be held at The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.

The patch is here!  Please see the Fall Camporee 2018 Patch file attached and use this to help promote the Camporee in your units.Fall Camporee 2018 Patch

The Willy Award Judging Criteria has been announced, and Troops attending the Fall Camporee can compete for this award.  Please see the Willie Award Judging Criteria included here.

 

 

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noun

  1. trickery or chicanery
  2. mystifying jargon
  3. an incantation used by conjurers or magicians when performing tricks
  4. conjuring skill or practice
Tricky knots, Tom Foolery, puzzles, decoders, wild goose chases, mazes, card tricks, games, technology, and characters are all part of the Camporee magic!

FALL 2018 Camporee: “Hocus Pocus”

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The 2018 Fall Camporee theme is “Hocus Pocus”!

The Fall Camporee will be held at The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, the weekend of October 5-7, 2018.

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noun

  1. trickery or chicanery
  2. mystifying jargon
  3. an incantation used by conjurors or magicians when performing tricks
  4. conjuring skill or practice
Tricky knots, Tom Foolery, puzzles, decoders, wild goose chases, mazes, card tricks, games, technology, and characters are all part of the Camporee magic!
All troops please send a camporee representative to a planning meeting at the American Legion Post # 3, in Broad Ripple, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN.  We will meet from 7 – 8 pm on Tuesday, September 11th.
North Star District is looking for staff to help organize final steps.  Please contact Mark Pishon at mpishon@gmail.com with any questions.

Lange Challenge Camping Participation (Camping Log info)

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From NS Camping & Outdoor Programming Chair Paul Kovach:

Several questions have come regarding how to report data for the Lange Challenge.  To help better understand the Challenge criteria and how the data will be used, directly for the Challenge, and indirectly to monitor camping in the council, please read below.

The Lange Challenge

To provide additional incentive for the council to emphasis Boy Scout camping and advancement.  A contribution of $100,000 per year for ten years from the ADL Charitable Trust to the Crossroads of America Council, when Challenge criteria are met.

Challenge Criteria:

Scouting continues to be guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

  1. Achieve Journey to Excellence Gold Standard by having a minimum of 80% of Crossroads of America Council Boy Scouts annually attend long-term summer camp and/or participate in a high adventure opportunity.
  2. Achieve a minimum of 42% of Crossroads of America Council Boy Scouts advancing in rank in 2015.  The percentage increases each year by 1% until 50% is achieved and then maintained.
  3. Achieve a minimum of 60% of Crossroads of America Council Boy Scout Troops annually conducting seven short-term overnight campouts in 2015.  The percentage increases each year by 1% until 70% is achieved and then maintained.

 

Criteria #1 and #3 directly correlate with camping participation.

  1. Long-term or high adventure camping events are monitored according to the JTE standard for camping, which runs from July to June as currently tabulated. Since we also want to capture the most recent summer camping season, the period for this reporting is extended through the end of August, thus the total reporting period is July 2017 to August 2018, inclusive.  The reporting should count the total number of scouts in the unit participating in long-term or high adventure camping events.
  2. Short-term camping, such as monthly outings, are encouraged through planning in the Ideal Year of Scouting program. The requirement is for at least 7 short-term campouts over the reporting period.  The reporting must count the total number of unit campout events.  The spreadsheet allows additional data on each event to be reported to improve our understanding of troop events.

Thanks for your efforts towards camping data collection!  If you need further clarification or have other questions, please contact Paul Kovach.

ALSO ==> See this prior post for the documents and references:  Camping Log / Lange Challenge Update .