Programming

Commissioner training May 18th

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UPDATED (5/18/15 at 11:55 am): promoted to top of page.

Have you ever wondered what a commissioner is? Have you ever wanted to be trained as a commissioner?

Monday, May 18th will be your opportunity to come learned about being a commissioner. It is in opportunity to serve units. It’s an opportunity to learn more about how Scouting is supposed to work. It gives you the opportunity to see other units in action so that you can take some of these ideas back to your home unit.Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 10.59.45 AM

Join us at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis. We will be entering on the north side of the building at entrance six or seven. Classes for unit commissioner basic training and assistant district commissioner start at 7 PM. If you’re interested in attending, send an RSVP through the event calendar     Unit Commissioner Patch     .

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Quiet tradition in North Star units

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Several units in the North Star District have quietly honored our late military servicemen.

Two separate American Legion Posts have teamed up with local scouting units to gather and give respect for military members who have died. Each gathering is a little bit different.

In Zionsville, the American Legion Post #79 hosts the scout units on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Scout at gravesitePost #79 serves as the chartered organization for Pack 105, Troop 804, and Crew 408. These units will gather together. The units will then break into teams to place flags on military graves in and around Zionsville.

In Broad Ripple, the American Legion Post #3 hosts a slightly different event on Saturday, May 23, 2015. This event is open to all scout troops, regardless of chartering organization. For the past 10-15 years Troop 18 has participated. In recent years, Pack 35 and Troop 35 have participated, too. Post #3 serves breakfast beginning at 7:00 AM at the Post, located at 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. This Post places flags at Union Chapel Cemetery and Crown Hill Cemetery. To participate in the breakfast, the Post asks for RSVPs by Wednesday via email to Rees Morgan or by phone to (317)924-2154.

If units decide to participate in the Post #3 event, please provide statistical information at this link.  This does NOT replace the need to contact Mr. Morgan, but it does help the District Programming Committee track participation in community events.

Ordeal is less than a day away!

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Are the boys in your scout troop or venturing crew planning on attending tomorrow’s opening of our chapter’s Order of the Arrow ordeal weekend? If they received their written invitation to be a candidate for the ordeal or for brotherhood, they should plan on attending.

Existing brotherhood members of the Order should plan on attending to enjoy some time of fellowship. Please make sure to visit our chapter website to turn in your reservation.

What is Order of the Arrow? It is the official honorary society of the Boy Scouts of America. It is a unique honorary society. Candidates are elected by all the boys in their troop to become candidates for the Order.

Remember that adult scouters and youth members who have moved to our district should transfer their membership in the Order of Arrow to our chapter. Membership is based on the member’s district where his active unit is located not where the member was originally inducted.

Ordeal candidates, ordeal members, brotherhood members, and vigil honor members, join us at Camp Redwing!

2015 Central Indiana Merit Badge University

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UPDATE: 5/7/15. Moved to top of blog.  This event does not appear on district calendar because it is a council event. (This blog is a supplement for the Council’s website for North Star, not a replacement.)

The Seventh Annual Central Indiana Merit Badge University, sponsored by Crossroads of America Council, will be held at Greenfield-Central junior high school, May 15 through the 17th, 2015. Greenfield, Indiana is on I 70, 14 miles east of Indianapolis I 465 bypass.
They will be offering 61 different merit badges in 110 classes over five sessions beginning Friday evening and contcrossroads_patchinuing through Sunday morning. Fees vary by session length in cost of supplies. Meals are included during the Saturday sessions. Official BSA adult training courses such as scoutmaster specific training, merit badge counselor introduction, troop committee challenge, and youth protection are available. More information at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-central-indiana-merit-badge-university-registration-16461141718?aff=eac2

Originally posted 4/21/15.

How do we improve our Trained status for our unit?

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The Journey to Excellence Award encourages 100% Trained status among the Scouters in each unit. For many established units, some of the Scouters have been involved for decades with varying levels of active participation with the youth.

Obviously all registered scouters must have a current Youth Protection Training. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

However, for scouters who wish to remain registered with a unit but do not wish to pursue the training requirements of their assistant unit leader (e.g., Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, or Assistant Crew Advisor), a new registration option exists. This will be important at Rechartering because untrained persons will not be Rechartered.

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What does a “Scout Banana” teach a Scoutmaster?

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Clarke Green runs an impressive blog and podcast at scoutmastercg.com. He makes learning to be a scouter fun and addictive. His 30 years as a scoutmaster come through in every posting.

In an older podcast (Episode 174), he talks with a newly minted scoutmaster running a brand new troop. The scoutmaster recites some of his lessons learned in the field. The most fascinating part was his story about the Scout Banana. Listen to hear his lesson.

What did you learn?

For Cubmasters, this is an invaluable podcast to learn what awaits your Webelos. It demonstrates why scouting works.

Preparing for Homesickness

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I often listen to Clark Green’s Scoutmaster Podcast and read his blog at www.scoutmastercg.com. In several episodes and posts, he returns to the question of “how to deal with homesickness.”

In episode 171, for example, he talks at length about the importance of encouraging the young scout’s parents to be actively involved in discussions with the scout. The discussions should focus on what the scout can expect at summer camp. Clark also talks about  the problems phone calls home from camp create. He underlines this point with research, suggesting that short times away from home are hurt by phone calls home. To avoid these problems, Clark recommends an agreed plan for written correspondence home often but no calls for short to several-week long trips. Clark also describes the importance of mementoes from home to create some familiarity in strange surroundings, such as stuffed animals or favorite items.

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Stu announces dates for Camporees

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In his wrap-up message for the Spring 2015 Camporee, Camporee Chair Stu Bowes announced the dates for the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 Camporees.

The 2015 Fall Camporee will be held at the Blind School from Friday, October 9 through Sunday morning, October 11, 2015.

The 2016 Winter Camporee is scheduled for January 22-24.

RSVPs can be made on the Events page.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next Camporee!

2015 Spring Camporee memories

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Below are a few pictures from the very rainy 2015 Spring Camporee held from April 24- 26, 2015 at Camp Cullom in Frankfort, Indiana.

Friday night with Troop 18

Saturday morning with Troop 343:

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Camporee campsites and competitions

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Campsite Assignments 

1- Shelter House/Playground (#2+3)              T343
2- Field Across from playground (T6)            T18 
3- Field Across from playground (T7)            T35
4- Nuthatch (will be used for OA Call Out and Saturday Night Campfire)
5- Outback (#19)                                T73
6- Sugar Maple Ridge (#21)                      T69
7- Cottontail (#22)                             T804
8- Sassafras Grove (#24)                        T358
9- Hill Top (#28)                               T586 
10- Blue Bird Meadow (#31)                      T269Camp Cullom map of camp ground


 Patrol Competitions 

T343 – Lost & Found (compass)
T358 – Fire Building
T69  – Wilderness Basketball
T586 – Into The Wild
T804 – Knotty Survival Relay
T18  – Wilderness Shelter Building
T73  – Wilderness Rescue Relay
T269 – Hypothermia Challenge
Stu  – Are You Smarter Than Your Scoutmaster?