Lange Challenge

REMINDERS Week of Oct 10 2018

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Reminders for upcoming activities and deadlines!


Next week, the commissioner corps will support pickup and review of recharter paperwork. Locations are setup to allow leaders a range of locations and dates across town to drop off packets.

  • Monday, Oct 15th  – Starbucks, 9545 N. Meridian St. (96th and Meridian) 7:00-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 16th – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church gathering space, (Meridian/Kessler) 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 17th –  St. Alphonsus Parish Hall ( Zionsville) 7:00-8:30pm
  • Thursday, Oct 18th – Starbucks, 5550 Lafayette, Indianapolis, IN (Pike), 7:00-8:30pm
  • Fall break conflict / back-up date: Monday, Oct 22nd, 9545 N. Meridian St. (96th and Meridian), 7:00-8:30pm

For the Troops, Crews and Packs dropping off paperwork directly at the Council office, please let (District Executive) Jessica Hofman know so that it can be received and processed.

Camping and Outdoor Events:

  • Looks like the Fall Camporee “Hocus Pocus” was a blast!  Check out this article for a peak…


  • Coming up!  Final sales day is Oct. 21, final day for returns Oct. 23.  Please see this article for more timeline information.  Hope sales are going well!

Adult Training:

  • ROUNDTABLE this month is Oct. 11 – see this article for more details.
  • Den Leader / Cubmaster training:  In addition to the training held at the October Roundtable, this month’s in-person supplemental training will be at the Zionsville Town Hall on Oct. 23; also more training opportunities are available around the area, see this article for more info).
  • University of Scouting on Nov. 17 – be sure to sign up on the Council website!  See this article for more details.

Merit Badge Workshops:

  • Hou Koda district 2018 Fall Merit Badge Workshop, Oct. 20:  click here to register.
  • Central IN 2018 Merit Badge University Nov. 3:  click here for more information and to register.  Sponsored by Greenfield IN Troop 233.  Spots are filling up fast!


Thanks all, and have a great week in Scouting!


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 .

Camping Logs due this month (Aug 2018)

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Pack and Scout Leaders,

Please continue to send your questions to Paul Kovach and I regarding completing the Camping Log assignment for the Lange Challenge.   We’ll post an FAQ within the week from the questions we’ve seen thus far to help you in your compilation of the log data.

Thanks to those who have completed their logs!

Please also see this prior post:

Camping Log / Lange Challenge Update