Camporees

Fall Camporee Planning Meeting

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Mark Pishon, the Fall Camporee chair, is hosting a meeting on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm in St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Room N101, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Please note that this is in the Main Building, Room N101. You must enter by Door #6, the door on the northwest corner of the building, but not quite the northernmost door. Upon entering the building, turn left; walk past the bathrooms and water fountain, toward the classroom (N101), to the immediate right of the Exit (Door #7).

All participants and attendees must sign Subaru’s liability release, available here. Release and Waiver Agreement.Boy Scout 2017.

Here is the current draft of the Camporee Leader Guidebook, subject to revision after the meeting: North Star Fall Camporee Leaders Guide V4 9_11_2017.

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Fall Camporee 2017 Report

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On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the Camporee Committee met to discuss the upcoming camporee at the Lafayette, Indiana Subaru Plant. This camporee will include a plant tour Friday evening, October 6, 2017. The tours will leave at three different times throughout the evening. The last tour will end close to midnight.

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Overview picture of entire Subaru Automotive of Indiana campus
Subaru plant overview
Zoom in on recreational area where camporee will focus

The plant will be shutting down at midnight for a two-week line maintenance cycle. Consequently, the timing for when we can tour is extremely tight.

This means that troop arrivals will be pressed against the need to go on the tour.

Each troop’s Key 3 (COR, chair and scoutmaster) should have received emails with more details on planned events (like plan tours) and possible events (like merit badge topics addressed). Here is the information shared before the meeting. Updates are forthcoming.

The meeting had a lively debate about the balance between patrol competitions, advancement, and participating in unique scouting events. These all reflect adult opinions or second-hand information from scouts transmitted through adults.

All scoutmasters encouraged to talk to their Patrol Leader Council about what their members like to see in camporee.

Subaru offers a lot of opportunity for merit badge work on Automotive Maintenance and Traffic Safety with a dolop of Truck Transportation. While these are all possible, some troops’ adults expressed concern that advancement would push aside patrol competition. The committee took those concerns to heart and is looking at how competitions could be used to complete some of the merit badge work simultaneously. Essentially making learning fun.

There were a lot more details shared at the meeting, so expect more information in the coming weeks. This is just a quick report and summary. The simple version is Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6:00 pm to Sunday, October 8, 2017, be there.

If you have feedback, please share it with the camporee committee and make sure that you have a representative at the next camporee committee meeting (scheduling forthcoming).

Wrap up of Spring Camporee 2017

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Our Winter Camporee 2017 in t-shirts and shorts was followed by our Spring Camporee 2017 in hats and gloves. Oh, the joys of Indiana seasons!

Here are some thoughts from camporee staff afterward.

(MORE TO COME. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES AS THEY COME.)

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

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Spring Camporee Planning Summary 3_21_2017 Update

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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.

Minutes

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.

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!

Spring Camporee Planning Session

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

Notes on Camporee

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Here are the minutes of last Sunday’s Winter Camporee Meeting from Chair Curtis Shrote:

Note: would troops 586 and 514 please contact me offline.
Attendance:
Mark Pishon, 358
John Wiebke, 358
Brian Crow, 343
David Salima, 269
Carter Keith, DIstrict
Rick Aker, DIstrict
Con Sullivan, District
Chad Galer, 69
Pete Holtz, 56
Toby Hlade, 358
Mike Faulk, 56
Curtis Shrote, 804
My apologies if I did not collect someones attendance.
There was a discussion concerning the packet sent Saturday:
Notes:
 
Clarification – Friday night cracker barrel is for scoutmaster and SPLs this will be corrected in the final packet.
 
I will review with Todd, the remaining cooking arrangements to determine if they will be providing coffee during the day on Saturday. Regardless, there will be coffee.
 
Chad (T69) corrected me – I do now recall him telling me their event which was “Help Me I’m freezing” – I will correct this and send out an update early next week. My apologies on my forgetfulness.
 
Mark will look into an inflatable screen. (Thanks Mark). It was mentioned that a painters drop cloth also might work. I happen to have one so will bring it as backup.
 
The course for the sled race will begin at the dining hall and proceed into the activity field. This will be a timed course with each sled being released at at a timed offset much like Olympic X-country skiing events.
 
Regards,
Curtis Shrote