Events

Pack 358 Invites You to Amazing Race

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Pack 358 is hosting our annual Amazing Race event to kickoff another great year of Cub Scouting.  Other packs are welcome to join. See the attached flyer for invitation.P358 Amazing Race 2017
This is a great event for Cubs and parents to see some of your best Boy Scouts in action.  This is a great leadership / volunteer opportunity for Boy Scouts.  For more information about the operation of the race, see the attached event instructions.
Between the troops, we have a total of five points where we could have a couple adults and 2-3 Boy Scouts to help lead training as the Cubs arrive.  I’d like to encourage each troop to lead 1-2 points.  You can have a different group of Scouts in the morning and afternoon.
I’ve attached the flyer with the times.  I’ve also attached the training instructions for the various stations.  To make it easier, Scouts can sign up to lead a station at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050949aba82fa13-amazing.
I know we’re already in August, but please let me know if you are able to assist.  Thanks.
Tom

Invitation to Join Crew 56 (and other crews)

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Tonight (Wednesday, August 2nd) at 7:00 pm, Crew 56 is holding its organizaitonal and planning meeting. The meeting will be at Luke’s Lodge, on the northeast corner of campus of St Luke’s UMC, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Crew 56 is the only Venturing Crew in North Star District within several miles of Meridian Street or our district’s side of Washington Township.

The crew will be electing its inaugural officers, planning the annual calendar, and discussing long-term high adventure options. Some of the high adventure items under discussion include the Boundary Waters canoeing, Sea Base sailing and scuba diving, World Jamboree in West Virginia in 2019, trips to Konderstag, Switzerland’s International Scout Centre, hikes on the Appalachian Trail or the El Camino (the pilgrimage route to San Juan Compestello in northeastern Spain), and many others.

Venturing Crew 56 is a co-ed unit for boys and girls aged 14 to 20. (Former girl scouts can wear their Gold Award on their Venturing uniform.)

Boy Scouts can be dual registered with a troop. They can continue their pursuit of Eagle Scout while in a crew, so long as their primary BSA registration remains in their home troop (meaning the unit that pays his BSA dues). The Crew welcomes scouts, friends, sisters, etc., from nearby troops such as Troops 18, 35, 56, 174, 269, 343, and 514.

Come join Crew 56 tonight.

 

If you live too far away from Crew 56 or your troop has a sister crew, please send Jeff an email about recruitment nights and other chances for new members to join you. We would love to grow our existing crews. We need information to be better serve those crews.  We will help you publicize your efforts, too!

Last Minute Jambo Vacancies

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From Jay Soucy, Council Training Director, on July 7, 2017:

2017 National Jamboree last minute vacancy
The Council’s Jamboree Committee is reaching out to you at this time because there have been a few scouts that have recently needed to drop out of the National Jamboree council contingent. That leaves unexpected spots still available for interested scouts!
Anyone interested in attending the 2017 National Jamboree but you didn’t get signed up? You’re in luck but you had better hurry!
The Scouts:
·         MUST be at least a First Class Scout.
·         MUST be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree or an 11 year old that has graduated the 6th grade, but has not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.
They can start the on line registration at
Please contact Jay Soucy to secure their Jamboree space. At this time we will talk about an alternate payment plan for the Jamboree trip fee.
 
Jay Soucy  |  Training Director

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.