From Greg Jacoby, Council and Troop 174:
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Yours in Scouting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-614-6113 or Program Manager, Jennifer Livesay at email@example.com
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.
Congratulations to 2016 honorees:
|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.
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.
1. Landon Walsh Pack 358 Muncee Tribe
2. Thomas Weintraut Pack 358 Muncee Tribe
3. Colby Lindeman, Pack 18
4. Steven Jarvis, Pack 625
Just a quick reminder that the District Pinewood Derby is this Saturday at the American Legion Post.
Reservations are NOT required but are encouraged. See calendar for more information on location and time.
A report from District Pinewood Derby Chair Bill Buchalter:
I would like to remind North Star District pack leaders to contact me if they need a track in the upcoming Pinewood Derby season. My email address firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way to contact me about arranging a date.
Also, the District Derby is going to be on Saturday, March 18th, and more details about that will be coming soon.
From North Star District Pinewood Derby Coordinator Bill Buchalter:
North Star Pack Leaders,
It’s almost that time of year again for Pinewood Derbies! I have begun putting together a schedule for the packs in the district who need help with a track, and wanted to reach out and let you all know what days are already spoken for and encourage you to send your requests in soon to make sure you get the date you want.
- Wednesday, Feb 22nd – Pack 179
- Saturday, Feb 25th – Pack 830
- Monday, March 6th – Pack 35
When you send your request please make sure to specify the date and time you’d like to run your race, and what time we can be there to set up. We prefer at least 30 minutes prior to race start for set up. Also, it helps to have a rough idea how many boys are participating in your pack so we have an idea how long it will be.
If you are no longer the leader in charge of organizing the derby for your pack, please let me know and forward me the contact information for your replacement.
Thanks, and I look forward to helping your boys have an awesome Pinewood Derby.
Cub Master – Pack 830
Again Pack 358 is opening their annual Eagle Creek Park Hayride to the district!
Thank you to Pack 358 for their generosity and demonstration that a “Scout is . . . Kind!”
Hayride & Bonfire
When: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Shelter “A” at Eagle Creek State Park
Cost: $6 per car for entry to Eagle Creek
Shelter “A” is reserved for dens to use from 10AM – 3PM.
Meal will start at 4:30pm. Please bring your pitch-in food by 4:15pm. See below.
Hayride wagons depart from Shelter “A” – 1-hour fun trip through Eagle Creek
5 wagons depart at 3:15pm
2 wagons depart at 4:45pm
Hot dogs, buns, s’mores, plates, utensils, cups and drinks will be provided by the Pack.
Lions/Tigers: Chips / Snacks
Wolves & Bears: Salads
Please bring your own roasting sticks.
POC: Leah Haak – Leah.Haak@gmail.com
Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4eabaa2ca1fe3-pack3
Flyer here. Added 2:53 pm
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is coming to Boone and Montgomery Counties on October 13th, 2016!
In Montgomery County the torch will be passing through between 10:00am and 12:00pm. In Boone County it will be passing through between 12:30 pm and 2:30pm (at the court house around 1pm and Lincoln Park in Zionsville around 2pm).
Follow the torch and support the torchbearers! Follow them on social media. http://indianatorchrelay.com https://www.facebook.com/INTorchRelay/ https://twitter.com/intorchrelay https://www.facebook.com/boonecountybicentennial Download INTorchRelay app and follow the torch.
That’s not all!
That night between 7 and 10pm a FREE block party will take place at the Boone County 4-H fairgrounds. Anyone can attend. This includes Food, Activities for the Kids, Historical information about the counties and much more. Bring a can food item to donate to the Caring Center, Bring a book to donate to the “Boone Counties little Library” and a favorite picture of your location in Boone County.