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Day Trip to National Jamboree

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Dear North Star Volunteer,

The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Scouts and Scouters from the Boy Scouts of America and from other Scouting organizations across the world.  The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve serves as the National Jamboree’s permanent home and is a little over 6 hours away from Indianapolis.  The Jamboree is open to day visitors with access to the Summit Center – the hub of Jamboree activity and is home to the stadium shows, the military exhibits, conservation trail, Disabilities Awareness Area, Sustainability Treehouse, merit badges, and a wide variety of other exhibits and displays.  Observers and participants can see all the above listed items and visit the main retail store, purchase retail food items, and experience Brownsea Island.stadium-aerial

I am reaching out to you today to see if you would be interested in attending a Day Visit to the National Jamboree on Sunday, July 23rd.  We will coordinate a bus trip from Camp Belzer for $125 which includes breakfast and dinner on the bus and your day pass to the Jamboree.

Registration is available for this opportunity by clicking here.  Please note: if we aren’t able to fill the bus we will refund all fees paid and try to coordinate other travel arrangements for those interested.

If you have any questions please contact me or Program Assistant, Sherry Webb 317- 813-7117.

Regards,
Con

Cub Scout Fun Day Schedule

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For Cub Scout leaders, one of the hardest parts about the Fall is that you are hit with popcorn sales, recruiting, and programming in a sixty day period. All of that ignores that school starts, fall sports start, and Labor Day holidays are in the middle of it.

One of the ways to make both recruiting and programming easier is to take advantage of Council’s offerings. You have just-add-water programming.Cub SCout Fun Day Flyer excerpt

One of those opportunities is Cub Scout Fun Days. Multiple dates and locations are offered so that you can make the schedule work for your Pack or Den.

For more information, download the flyer. To assess interest, send it to your Pack parents.

National Jamboree Preparations

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How many of your scouts or venturers are participating in the quadrennial National Jamboree at the Summit, Bechtel Scout Reservation, West Virginia?

One item to add to the scout’s toolkit is the Jamboree App. The Summit is a Wi-Fi friendly zone. Scouts are encouraged to use the system for many purposes.

BSAJamboree_May2015_headerMake sure you download the app before you go, so you can use it at arrival!

Update on 500 Festival Parade

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From Bill Hodgson:500-festival-header-logo-x91476

Good day all:

Sorry for the silence.  I only got our seating manifest last Thursday[, May 18, 2017].

Please know North Star will again be responsible for the 300 block of North Pennsylvania for the IPL 500 Festival Parade. We only have to put up chairs on the West side this year because of construction where the former Indianapolis Star building was located.

I will be there about 7:30 AM but the scouts and scouters need not arrive until about 8:30 AM. Suggest you park to the east to ease you exit. We typically are out and heading home before 2 PM.   It is a good location as we can set up lawn chairs in the adjacent park.

I will provide my architectural walking tour document to any troops interesting in walking the parade route after set up is complete.   You will have plenty of time to do that.Feel free to contact me at cell phone 317-560-0597 with questions or concerns.

Yours in scouting,

Bill Hodgson
317-560-0597 cell

Please remember that all Troops are responsible for the necessary YPT compliance and adult supervision on their own, unless specific arrangements are made with other troops to cover for you.

“Camporee” for Venturers?

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Tucker LaPrade, council’s Venturing specialist, will serve as Camp Director at Camp Krietenstein this summer.

I sat down to talk with him a couple weeks ago about what we can do in North Star District for Venturing.

As a result of that meeting, we determined that Council-wide our Venturing Crews needed an inter-crew activity, similar to a camporee. We came up with the idea of a “Venturing Round-Up.”

We are proposing that it would take place at Camp Krietenstein from Friday evening, August 18, 2017 to Sunday morning, August 20, 2017. (The following weekend is another choice, we are considering.) It would include pistol-, shotgun-, and rifle-shooting; a canoeing obstacle course (intended to take 45-60 minutes to complete); a rafting challenge (requiring pioneering skills and carrying a 100-lbs object 200 meters over water); and a chuckwagon cookoff. In the evening will be a traditional scouting campfire and social time.

Crews will complete by contingents of up to 10 venturers. All participants must be enrolled in a Crew somewhere.

We have willing participantsChuckwagon from one Wabash Valley crew offering 25 participants, the council’s shooting sports chairman, several Voyageur instructors, as well as raised eyebrows from others in North Star.

If this sounds interesting to you, your older scouts, your daughters, or Venturing prospects, please let us know that you would wish to participate by emailing Jeff.

Please share this article widely for us and give us feed back by taking this poll as soon as you can.

UPDATE 6/1/17: Venturing Round-Up Proposal.

More Information about State Fair’s Base Camp

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From Council:

Boy Scout Base Camp at the Indiana State Fair is making a comeback from August 4-20! The site needs lots of manpower to promote Scouting to potential and current State Fair SMfamilies. Earn volunteer hours with your unit, family, or friends and help by sharing what you love most about the program. Volunteers will get free fair admission so that they can explore before or after their shift. Learn more and register.

For more information, read the FAQ and Base Camp overview flyers.

Volunteers Needed for 2017 State Fair’s Base Camp

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From Council:

Did you know that #Basecamp17 at the Indiana State Fair is right around the corner? Running the site to promote the Scouting program to potential aState Fair SMnd current Scouting families takes serious manpower and we could use your help! Register today to volunteer at Base Camp with your family, unit, or friends. Volunteers will have free fair entry so that they can explore before or after their shift. Learn more and register.

For more information, read the FAQ and overview flyers.

Request for Increased Scout Power at 500 Festival

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From Greg Jacoby, Council and Troop 174:

Dear Scouts:

Based on the success of our involvement last year, [North Star District] and all other scouts from the Crossroads Council have been asked to increase the presences of the Boy Scouts at the 500 Festival. The Boys Scouts have been involved in many behind the scene activities with the 500 Festival but one the council goals it makes Boy Scouts more visible in the community. 

One way to get the Scouts out in front, is to have them help with the Mini-Marathon and so we have been asked to man water station number 17 at the Mini-Marathon on May 6. It is the water station just before the end of the race, and is located on the IUPUI campus making it very easy to get to and park. 

This activity is for all the Scouts, Cub Scout and Weblos. Additionally, this is open to all their family members. This is one of the only activities that children accompanied by an adult leader can volunteer during the 500 festival. 

We need 80 people to come help, (two shifts of 40, one early morning and then mid-morning) The water station is open from 7 am to 1pm. People can work all morning, or in 4 hours shifts. If you are interested in getting involved, please let me know by email and then sign up on the web site https://2017mmpit.my-trs.com/. 

Attached is the 500 Festival volunteer web site sign up instructions.  

Thanks for your help and as always call my cell 317-828-6230 or email gjacoby@bdmd.com if you have any questions.   

Yours in Scouting

Greg Jacoby

  

PLEASE SIGN UP ON LINE BY APRIL 12 2017

1. Log onto our Pit Station volunteer website https://2017mmpit.my-trs.com/

2. Click on the “registrar now” link

4. Welcome to the 500 Festival online registration, please read the important information

5. Click the purple” Volunteer Registration” button on the right side of the page.

6. Select “500 Festival Volunteer

7. select individual and then create your account

 

Thanks for helping to promote Scouting.

Questions? If you have any reach out to Volunteer Intern, Stephanie Forsythe via email sforsythe@500festival.com or 317-614-6113 or Program Manager, Jennifer Livesay at jlivesay@500festival.com

Awards Banquet 2017

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On Thursday, March 9, 2017, North Star District honored its award winners from the 2016 Scouting Year. Thank you to Banquet Chair Mark Pishon for a wonderful evening, enjoyed by the over 100 attendees.

Thank you to former Pacer Eddie Gill for serving as our Keynote Speaker. He gave a very emotional and powerful personal story of the impact on youth service organizations on his life. He spoke very highly of scouting as a partner in the youth service organization movement.

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Eddie Gill (left) with our DE Con Sulivan
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District Award of Merit recipient Michael Rodriguez (SM, T514)
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District Award of Merit recipient Tom Sugar, right (T358, P180, Unit Commissioner)
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Cake for 98 year old district

 

Congratulations to 2016 honorees:

Name 2016 Award Unit
Ron Wells Arrowman of the Year T343
Sandra Mitchell-Holder Boy Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year T512
Jeff Heck Commissioner of the Year
Tom Rude Cub Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year P358
Jeremy Morin Cubmaster of the Year P105
Tom Sugar District Award of Merit T358
Michael Rodriguez District Award of Merit T514
John Ruggles Firecrafter of the Year T343
Derrick Daily Hooked on Scouting P105
Geordie Hester Hooked on Scouting P105
Seth Fleming Hooked on Scouting P105
Joe Seufert Hooked on Scouting P171
Brandi Jittjumnongk Hooked on Scouting P358
Elizabeth Selm Hooked on Scouting P358
Martin Price Hooked on Scouting P830
Brendan Cavanaugh Hooked on Scouting T358
Nancy Sugar Hooked on Scouting T358
Dr. Jay Bhatt Hooked on Scouting T69
Jennifer Buddenbaum Hooked on Scouting T69
Brent Seiler Hooked on Scouting T804
John “Rusty” Hitch Hooked on Scouting T804
James Beck Scoutmaster of the Year T358
Jeremy Morin Spark Plug Award P105
Matt Rekeweg Spark Plug Award P105
Theresa Arens Spark Plug Award P105
Courtnay Henthorn Spark Plug Award P171
Jenny Beyer Spark Plug Award P358
Matt Selm Spark Plug Award P358
Terry May Spark Plug Award P358
Tammie Buchanon Spark Plug Award P830
Jane Sullivan Spark Plug Award T358
Kevin Russell Spark Plug Award T358
Luther Rice Spark Plug Award T358
Michael Luciani Spark Plug Award T358
Toby Hlade Spark Plug Award T358
Ed Parada Spark Plug Award T56
Mike Faulk Spark Plug Award T56
Mike Yates Spark Plug Award T56
Jay Leinart Spark Plug Award T69
Scott Stukenborg Spark Plug Award T69
Beth Price Spark Plug Award T804
James Corridan Spark Plug Award T804
Jane Burgess Spark Plug Award T804
Martin Rice Spark Plug Award T804
David Bruce Venture Advisor of the Year C358

Director of Field Services Nathan Young was on hand, too, to award North Star District the Journey to Excellence Gold Award. This reflects not just on the District but on all of the units that earned their gold, allowing the District to bask in their glories.

Thank you to Nancy Sugar, Troop 358 and supporter of Pack 180’s rebuild, for taking these wonderful photographs of the evening.

 

500 Festival Parade Planning Begins

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We have a long tradition in this Council of assisting with the chair setup at the 500 Festival Parade. This tradition is so ingrained, it takes little thought or preparation to run. Old habits just run the show.

With the expected formal approval of the reorganizatin of our districts at the March 29, 2017 Council board meeting, it is going to force to have to communicate more than in the past.

We already know that T’Sun Gani’s units already work certain sections of the parade route. North Star units work other sections. With the realignment of the districts, we will need to make sure that knowledge is shared with the District leadership. This will allow us to maintain old traditions where practicable, but allow us to move forward together, too.

We should also expect some changes within other districts that would cause us to have unforeseen changes. Pioneer District is picking up several old T’Sun Gani units. How Pioneer chooses to handle manpower issues is up to them. It is foreseeable that they may want to consolidate the locale of work for easier management. What would that do to our North Star units?

Old Trail and Iron Horse joining together to become the new Bear Creek District may have other impacts.

This is just one example of issues that we may see over the coming months. Since a “Scout is . . . helpful, friendly, [and] courteous . . .,” we need to work to anticipate where these changes could affect us moving forward.