Tread Lightly Trainer Course

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Tread Lightly Trainer Course

Saturday, May 9, 2020 (8:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Golden-Burke Scout Center

7125 Fall Creek Rd., Indianapolis 46256

 

Highlights Include:

Introduction on the Principles of
Leave-No-Trace, Tread Lightly, Land Ethics
Comprehensive Tread Lightly Training
Teaching Skill Training

Fee: $15.00/person (Scouts 12y with SM/Adv. approval or Adults)
This will cover:
TL Trainer Notebook
Interactive Outdoor Ethics Presentations
Flyers for your Unit
Lunch
1. Attendees need to take the on-line TL Introduction Course(20 min) before the course – https://tread-lightly.teachable.com/p/online-awareness-course
2. Join TL at https://www.treadlightly.org/join-tread-lightly by paying $25
3. Prepare a 10min. TL presentation* which they will present to the group

OUTDOOR ETHICS GUIDE COURSE & LEAVE-NO-TRACE TRAINER COURSE

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OUTDOOR ETHICS GUIDE COURSE & LEAVE-NO-TRACE TRAINER COURSE

Camp Red Wing

5757 East Inlow Springs Road

Muncie, IN 47302

May 1-3, 2020

MUST PRE-REGISTER & PAY NON-REFUNDABLE FEE BY April 1, 2020

Leave No Trace is an educational, non-profit movement dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. The Leave No Trace concept is one that crosses all boundaries of the recreation spectrum and is applicable for anyone who enjoys spending time in the out-of-doors. The idea is simple – leave the places you enjoy as good as or better than you found them. Both skills and ethics are involved, as well as good decision-making. If people do something, even something simple, to help take care of the recreational resources they cherish, we will all benefit. Cleaner water, less campfire impacts, fewer negative encounters with wildlife, less damage/loss of cultural and historic artifacts are just a few of the benefits of adhering to Leave No Trace. For more information about Leave No Trace, check out: http://www.lnt.org

This course will allow participants to learn and practice the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. This course will also focus on the effective presentation of these principles. The course will pivot between both classroom and outdoor experiences and presentations. Participants will learn both front country and back country information.

Who Should Attend?:
This course is open to adult Scouters, Venturers, and Boy Scouts over the age of 14 who are interested in learning more about the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and how to effectively teach those principles and associated skills.  All participants who complete this course will be recognized as Leave No Trace Trainers by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
Fee:
$55.00 – The course fee covers lodging, food, training materials and awards. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants and will close April 1, 2020.
Housing:
Participants will camp in a designated campsite Saturday night. Participants will need to provide their own camping equipment and bedding.
What to bring:
Please pack for a weekend camping trip.  You will need to supply all your personal gear including shelter, bedding, cup and mess kit.  Food will be provided.
Participant Presentation:
Each participant will be required to give a 15 minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic provided by the course instructor.  Each participant will be contacted prior to the course and provided with a topic.

Highlights Include:

Outdoor Ethics Guide, Tread Lightly!, Land Ethics Course for Scouts 12 y & above/Adults
Fee $15 for course & OE Guide Notebook*(Fri 6-10 PM)
Attendees meet requirements for leading OE Awareness/Action Awards and youth are trained for the responsibilities as Outdoor Ethics Guides in their troop, team or crew.

https://www.scoutingevent.com/160-lntmay2020

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National Youth Leadership Training – NYLT – 2020

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NYLT

What is NYLT?
National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Course Overview:
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO.

NYLT is patterned after a month in the life of a unit. Content is delivered in a group and team outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment.

The NYLT course integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, events, games, and adventures, NYLT participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.

Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be First Class rank and at least 13. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.

Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be 14. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.

FEE:  The course if $240 per participant and includes all food and materials. Early bird fees are $215 if paid 30 days prior to the start of the session. A deposit of $25 per participant is required to hold a spot.

Three Courses Available

  • April 3-5 & 17-19 (Must attend both weekends) Camp Kikthawenund (Frankton)
  • Week-Long Course June 14-20 Camp Red Wing (Muncie)
  • September 11-13 & 25-27 (Must attend both weekends) Camp Kikthawenund (Frankton)

Scholarship applications are available: Application must be received by March 1st (Spring course)

Mark D. Van Matre NYLT Scholarship

Eagle Board of Review Report – February 2020

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in February 2020.

Graham W. Troop 514, Graham’s project was improving the drainage at St Vincent DePaul’s garden.
Liam K. Troop 180 , Liam’s project was taking down and rebuilding garden beds at St Richard’s Episcopal School.
Peter C. Troop 18, Peter’s project was to clear an area for a bench and free library for Munsee Circle
Alex R. Troop 343, Alex’s project was extending the fencing at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Woodrow M. Troop 174, Woodrow’s project was the improvement by adding outdoor play equipment at St Luke’s Preshool.
Dylan D. Troop 514. Dylan’s project was building a new shelter for the STEM Connection.
Congratulations Scouts!

Check out Bryan On Scouting for information about Scouting

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.


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Scouting for Food – April 18,19

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North Star Scouting for Food – April 18/19, 2020

Scouting for Food is a national Boy Scouts of America community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in local communities. Crossroads of America Council participates in this annual spring food collection program with all proceeds staying in Central Indiana.  Participation in Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.

Once again, Crossroads of America Council and Kroger will be joining forces on this effort.  Units will be able to ask to seek food donations at Kroger stores starting on March 21st thru April 25th. Units will have to make contact with the manager of the store they would like to cover to make arrangements. Other then April 25th all food collected at Kroger will have to be taken by the units to the food bank of their choice. Kroger will also have four locations that food can be dropped off only on Saturday April 25th. Those four locations have not yet been determined.

More information available at the  Roundtable and as it becomes available. ScoutFood2020

 

Roundtable – 7 pm – Cubs/Scoutbook – Scouts BSA/Spring Camporee – March 12, 2020

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Roundtable Roundtable, St. Luke’s, 3/12/20 7pm.

Join us in one of these roundtable sessions.

Cub Scouts: Scoutbook – Find out how  your Pack can use this FREE software to track your Pack’s progress and more!
Scouts BSA: Spring Camporee :
The Spring Central Section Camporee will be hosted by the North Star District at Ransburg April 24-26.
Scout Olympics is the theme in keeping with the Olympic year 2020.
Adult Scouters are needed from each troop to plan and run the Camporee for the 500 scouts expected to attend. The Camporee Committee will meet monthly during the NS Roundtable on the 2nd Thursday of the month (first meeting Jan. 9th).  Scouters are needed to help with logistics, communications, program events, first aid, and other areas.  Please indicate your interest to support this Camporee to Paul Kovach 
Roundtable at St. Luke’s has moved!  We are still at St. Luke’s (100 W 86th Street) but you now can find us in room N101/102.    Very easy to find – just enter through Door 6 or Door 7 and it is right there!  St Lukes Map 10-17

Del Mi Merit Badge University – March 13/14

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2020 Del-Mi Merit Badge University  

The Merit Badge University is open to any registered Scout or Venturer working towards Scout rank advancement.  Tiger, Cub, and Webelos Scouts are not eligible to participate (even if they will be crossing over into a troop later this year after the merit badge university). The youth must be a registered scout.

Trying to Edit Previous Registration? Click “Look-Up Registration” in far upper right-hand corner of your screen. Log-in using your registration number and email address to make edits. Do NOT make a new registration.

 

  • Pre-requisites are required for many badges.
  • Online registration fee is $6 per Scout per session. Individual courses may have additional equipment or material fees.
  • Three sessions are available. Some merit badge classes span across 2 sessions.
    • Session 1: Friday evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
    • Session 2: Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
    • Session 3: Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch is available from Noon to 1 p.m. at a cost of $7 per person.

There are over 1,300 Merit Badge slots open and available for Scouts. If your first choice is not available, there are plenty of other options.

Den Chief Training – Den Chief Training is available on Saturday during the two Saturday sessions. Both Sessions are required for completion of the course.

Adult Only Training- NEW!  Troop Committee Challenge, Merit Badge Counselor Training and BSA Adult Awards/Recognition Sessions will be offered at no cost to anyone over 18 years of age. Please register for these opportunities.

Del-Mi Scout Gear Swap 2020  – First Del-Mi Gear swap, anyone can drop off Scout Gear in good condition and anyone that needs Scout Gear can peruse what is there and take, free of charge, anything that is of value to your Scout or Unit.  It is just that simple.  See flyer on the right.

How to Help

As always, we will need the support of adult volunteers and parents to make this the best possible experience for your Scouts. We are looking for adults who wish to donate their time to serve as merit badge counselors, lunch support and hall monitors to assure the boys are in the right classrooms. Contact Laura R. (lkr@isbits.com) if you are interested in assisting. 

Partial Merit Badges

The purpose of Del-Mi District’s Merit Badge University is to help Scouts along the advancement trail by allowing them to get a good start on a merit badge. The program is NOT designed for Scouts to earn every merit badge in each class they sign up for. Scouts that do not complete all of the requirements for a particular merit badge at the Merit Badge University will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back at their unit. The merit badge counselor instructing the badge at the Merit Badge University may not be available to finish counseling the Scout. If there is an error in the catalog concerning Merit Badge requirements then National BSA Merit Badge requirements are followed and cannot be changed.

The Merit Badge University is open to any registered Scout or Venturer working towards Scout rank advancement.  Tiger, Cub, and Webelos Scouts are not eligible to participate (even if they will be crossing over into a troop later this year after the merit badge university). The youth must be a registered scout.

Trying to Edit Previous Registration? Click “Look-Up Registration” in far upper right-hand corner of your screen. Log-in using your registration number and email address to make edits. Do NOT make a new registration.

 

  • Pre-requisites are required for many badges.
  • Online registration fee is $6 per Scout per session. Individual courses may have additional equipment or material fees.
  • Three sessions are available. Some merit badge classes span across 2 sessions.
    • Session 1: Friday evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
    • Session 2: Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
    • Session 3: Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch is available from Noon to 1 p.m. at a cost of $7 per person.

There are over 1,300 Merit Badge slots open and available for Scouts. If your first choice is not available, there are plenty of other options.

Den Chief Training – Den Chief Training is available on Saturday during the two Saturday sessions. Both Sessions are required for completion of the course.

Adult Only Training- NEW!  Troop Committee Challenge, Merit Badge Counselor Training and BSA Adult Awards/Recognition Sessions will be offered at no cost to anyone over 18 years of age. Please register for these opportunities.

Del-Mi Scout Gear Swap 2020  – First Del-Mi Gear swap, anyone can drop off Scout Gear in good condition and anyone that needs Scout Gear can peruse what is there and take, free of charge, anything that is of value to your Scout or Unit.  It is just that simple.  See flyer on the right.

How to Help

As always, we will need the support of adult volunteers and parents to make this the best possible experience for your Scouts. We are looking for adults who wish to donate their time to serve as merit badge counselors, lunch support and hall monitors to assure the boys are in the right classrooms. Contact Laura R. (lkr@isbits.com) if you are interested in assisting. 

Partial Merit Badges

The purpose of Del-Mi District’s Merit Badge University is to help Scouts along the advancement trail by allowing them to get a good start on a merit badge. The program is NOT designed for Scouts to earn every merit badge in each class they sign up for. Scouts that do not complete all of the requirements for a particular merit badge at the Merit Badge University will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back at their unit. The merit badge counselor instructing the badge at the Merit Badge University may not be available to finish counseling the Scout. If there is an error in the catalog concerning Merit Badge requirements then National BSA Merit Badge requirements are followed and cannot be changed.

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ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Camp Scholarship

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ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Camp Scholarship

David James “DJ” PreeceMemorial Scholarship to the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp

2020 Camp dates are confirmed!  June 21 – 27, 2020

Scholarship application deadline is 11 PM EDT May 3rd, 2020.

For any boy or girl that has completed the 5th or 6th grade in the preceding school year.


About DJ Preece and the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp

DJ Preece, passed away unexpectedly and suddenly following a brief 24 hour illness on September 12th, 2015.  He was 12 years old. This scholarship is intended to afford the opportunity to other students to experience what DJ emphatically stated to be the time of his life – a week at the Indiana Conservation Officer Organization (ICOO) Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp.

DJ was small in stature at 4 foot 3 inches tall, but he made up for it by living to enjoy everything he did, and by trying to make sure others did the same.  He did not do things to be the best – he did them to experience doing them. Along the way, he learned and enjoyed many things and made many people smile. One of the ICOO camp counselors wrote the following about DJ:

“I only got to be around DJ for a week but it was a week I will never forget thanks to him. By getting to see how DJ acted and how kind- hearted he was, I could tell that I was not the only one that enjoys being around him. DJ would always walk out of the tent in a good attitude and always came out smiling.

During the camp I would have never thought that a kid would ever get to me and change me, but I was wrong. As soon as I arrived home I told my parents about the camp and told them stories. The more and more stories I told, I figured out a common theme, which is that they all had to do with DJ. I was in shock when I heard the news [of his passing] and did not know what to say. Therefore, I decided to tell the people who were closest to him about my time with the most outgoing, kindhearted, and well-rounded person I was blessed to meet. I promise you that DJ may be gone but he will never be forgotten in my heart and many others.”

More about DJ Preece and his life can be found online on a memorial Facebook page here and via the Facebook link at the top of this page.

Detailed information about the camp can be found online here.

You can see more about the Karl E. Kelley Camp at the camp Facebook page here.

Many parents who have sent their child to the camp have stated their child came back changed – for the better.

Camp Dates for 2020 – June 21st through June 27th.

The camp begins on Sunday, June 21st and ends with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27th.

Campers are required to spend the entire time at the camp, including overnight. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.

IMPORTANT!!

If you cannot attend during any portion of the camp, please do not apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship Application Eligibility

Application for this scholarship is open to any boy or girl that has completed the 5th or 6th grade in the preceding school year who completes and submits an application on or before the submission deadline.

Application Deadline 

Applications must be received by the foundation administrator no later than 11 PM EDT May 3rd, 2020.

What the Scholarship Covers for the Recipient

This scholarship covers the camp fee for a single recipient ONLY. What is included by the ICOO camp in this fee is detailed on the camp web site here.

PLEASE NOTE: The web site listed above has a link for a Camper Application – PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THE FORMS PROVIDED BY THIS LINK UNLESS YOU ARE NOTIFIED YOU ARE THE SELECTED SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTTHE CAMPER APPLICATION IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP NOR IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR THE CAMP.

What the Scholarship DOES NOT Cover or Provide

This scholarship does not cover or provide anything not expressly stated as being covered or provided by the scholarship in the “What the Scholarship Covers for the Recipient” section above.

The camp fee is paid by the scholarship fund directly to the camp. No monies are or will be provided to the scholarship recipient or other party for any purpose. 

Transportation to and from the camp is not provided by the scholarship and is the responsibility of the recipient.

Scholarship is Non-Transferable

The scholarship is non-transferable by the recipient. If the scholarship recipient cannot attend the camp, they are required to notify the administrator of the foundation at administrator@iamdjfoundation.org as soon as they are aware they cannot attend and before the start of the camp. The administrator will then offer the opportunity to an alternate attendee selected by the foundation.

Liability and Obligations

The scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece has no obligation to and/or liability for events, situations, actions, or outcomes beyond reserving a camper position, paying the camp fee, and selecting an individual who meets the requirements set forth by the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp (the camp), to offer the opportunity to attend the camp. The scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece is/are not liable for the failure of any ISP to deliver a scholarship application or for the failure of any Internet connection or email program to deliver an electronic version of the scholarship application.

Under no circumstances shall the scholarship and/or the foundation and/or the family of David James Preece have any obligation to and/or liability for events, situations, actions, or outcomes resulting from, or surrounding the act of participating in any role, capacity or function, the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp by any person at any time.

It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient and their legal guardian(s) to complete the ICOO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp camper application and agree to and abide by any requirements or rules attached to that application. 

Recipient Selection

Submitting this scholarship application does not guarantee the applicant receipt of the scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship is selected solely by the foundation.  No other entity or person are involved in the selection process. Applicant grade level may be validated by the foundation. The recipient selection and any alternate recipient selection made by the foundation is final. Scholarship awards may be refused but not challenged.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used, in this order of importance, to select the scholarship recipient:

1.       Entire application received on or before the deadline

2.       Application completed in its entirety

3.       Presently enrolled in the 5th or 6th grade

4.       The completeness of applicant answers to questions on the application form

5.       The quality of applicant answers to questions on the application form

2020 North Star Pinewood Derby

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NS District PWD Flier 2020Pinewood Derby Season is upon us again! This year’s North Star District Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, March 21st. If you have any questions about the district derby, or if your pack needs any help running your derby, please contact Bill Buchalter, the District’s Derby Coordinator, at: wbbuch1@comcast.net, or 317-509-0767.

District Meeting Dates 2020

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Please mark your calendars for the NSD Committee Mtg. (1st  Thursday of the month)  7:00-9:00 pm     Room 204 of Zionsville Town Hall,   1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville 46077.

[Feb.6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug.6, Sep.3, Oct.1, Nov.5, and Dec.3]

Updated Annual Health Form!

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There’s an updated Annual Health and Medical Record to use for 2020

Every few years, the BSA updates its Annual Health and Medical Record after consulting with health care professionals, Scout executives, council and camp health officers and other experts to ensure it is up-to-date and helpful.

This was one of those years, meaning a new form is available for everyone to use for 2020. Your AHMR is valid through the end of the 12th month after the date it was administered by your medical provider. For example, if you got your physical on Nov. 3, 2019, it’s valid until Nov. 30, 2020.

Next year will be a transition year, so you can use either the old or new form, but everyone in all Scouting programs must use the updated AHMR form starting Jan. 1, 2021. The old form will be obsolete at that date. So, the BSA recommends using the new form on your next physical exam or if you’re a new participant in 2020.

Since at least the 1930s, the BSA has required the use of standardized health and medical information. The last time this form was updated was in 2014. The changes made this year were minor, such as some conditions listed in the health history section.

You can download the new form here. The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for Scouts and adult leaders who want to go on Scouting events, campouts and high-adventure trips. Note that there are different parts to the AHMR:

  • Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
  • Part B is general information and a health history.
  • Part C is your pre-participation physical exam completed by a certified and licensed health care provider.

Which part must be completed?

  • For all Scouting events: Part A and B. Give the completed forms to your unit leader. This applies to all participants for all activities, day camps, local tours and weekend camping trips less than 72 hours.
  • For events or camps: Part A, B and C. A pre-participation physical is needed for resident, tour, or trek camps or for a Scouting event of more than 72 hours, such as Wood Badge and NYLT. The exam needs to be completed by a certified and licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner or physician assistant. If your camp has provided you with any supplemental risk information, or if your plans include attending one of the four national high-adventure bases, share the venue’s risk advisory with your medical provider when you are having your physical exam.
  • For high-adventure trips: Part A, B and C. Plus, each of the four national high-adventure bases (Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve) has provided a supplemental risk advisory that explains in greater detail some of the risks inherent in that program. Please review these as some Scouts or leaders may not be physically or mentally able to handle the trek. Others arrive at a high-adventure base without discussing that base’s risk factors with their health care provider, meaning they have missing info at check-in that can slow down the process.

How do I fill it out?

Please review and complete the AHMR fully and carefully. If you have any questions how to review it, read this BSA Safety Moment or look at these frequently asked questions. Remember, these completed forms must be secure, so they are not to be digitized, scanned, emailed or stored electronically by unit leaders.

Advancement Reporting

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CALLING ALL UNITS!

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR ADVANCEMENT REPORTS!

Reminder: Advancement Reports should be turned in to the office on a regular basis.  The preferred timeline is monthly.  We recognize that this can be difficult for some Units.

However, we are making a plea for all Advancements for the year 2019 be turned in by Dec. 31.  This will help with our District records, keeping your Scout’s Advancements on track, and the Lange Challenge.

The Lange Challenge

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2019 Lange report formK3’s were recently sent a packet with a letter about the Lange challenge, JTE, and Scout Advancement. To summarize:

What is the “Lange Challenge?”  This is a very generous challenge grant that our Council receives with our help.  It is a program that honors the memory of Alexander “Skip” Lange and his belief that an active Scout is likely to stay in Scouting and earn their Eagle Scout Award.

In order to qualify for the grant we need Units to:

1.) Send in your 2019  weekend camping experiences conducted this year, as well as those your PLC anticipates conducting between now and December 31, 2019.  The goal is that 65% or more of our Troops are participating in 8 or more short term weekend experiences through out the course of the year. Send your camping outing list via email to camping@crossroadsbsa.org.

2.) Check your advancement records against the form sent in the mail.  Submit any changes to advancement@crossroadsbsa.org.   Continue to submit advancements as normal going forward.

3.) JTE – Please fill out the JTE Scorecard for 2019 and turn in with your recharter paperwork.

 

 

 

APPROVE APPLICATIONS ON My.Scouting Mobile App

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Approve Applications on My.Scouting Mobile App!

National 08/27/2019

Unit Leaders can now approve online applications in the Mobile app. Download the latest MyScouting app update at Google Play Store or the App Store. A previous release allowed leaders to take action on leads in the Mobile app.

Summer Camp 2020 – looking ahead

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Ransburg Summer Camp – 2020 Registration

  • Registering Your Troop for 2020

    Registration for each week of the Summer 2020 season will open during the corresponding Summer 2019 week, on Thursdays at 7pm. Troops in camp who would like to schedule time to walk the new campsite plan are encouraged to do so on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and as needed for the remainder of the week.  A 2020 selection worksheet will be available at Ransburg and Kreitenstein for those units in camp.  For the troops not on site this summer but planning to join us for summer 2020, our team is happy to facilitate a discussion of specific considerations and preferences your troop.

  • Registration for Week 3 opens today Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7pm EST.

Cub Scout Camps – 2020

Cub Scout camp will be very different in 2020.  North Star Units should look at the image of the flyer and start planning for the 2020 summer.  Will your Unit go on multiple weeks so parents can attend different camps?  Will you divide and have dens go the week that works best for them?

More information is expected soon.  This is just a heads up on things to come 🙂

flyer available here Camp-2020-Brochure

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IOLS Baloo Training

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Remember IOLS training is REQUIRED for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, and BALOO is required for for Cubscouts to conduct their own outdoor / camping program(s).
IOLS and BALOO training will be offered to adults attending SUMMER CAMP with their UNITS.
TURNING IN TRAINING –  IOLS/BALOO training done at camp.  Please retain your certificate from camp and send a copy of it to Kevin Neese so he can log your training into the data base.  The camp does not do that for you.
Other training dates that the Council is offering:
August 3-4, 2019
November  (will be the same dates as University of Scouting)
December 14-15, 2019
Here is the LINK to SIGN-UP for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training and BALOO Training   https://scoutingevent.com/160-2019IOLS

Adult Training Reminders

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As we all know – training is an important part of Scouting.  Unfortunately, sometimes our training records can be hard to track.

Reminders: 1.) Anyone taking Classes (especially at summer camp) get a certificate and / or card and / or written documentation of the class completion.  Theoretically, all adults attending Summer Camp should be registered and thus have an ID # – but as we know, a lot of times the training sheets get lost and or don’t get recorded.

2.) Put your BSA id on any classroom training paperwork.  If you cannot find your card your BSA id is located on your YPT certificate and your my.scouting account.

 

Service Hours for St. Vincent House

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St. Vincent House strives to create a home-away-from-home for St. Vincent patient families from around the state of Indiana and beyond. Many of our patients come from long distances for treatment and stay for extended periods of time. One way our scouts can volunteer is.
Magnificent Meal Makers
  • Serve Breakfast (8:30 am to 9:30 am) or Dinner (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm) for the families. You will select recipes, bring food supplies, prepare meal for 30 guests
Please visit the St. Vincent House website for more information and to sign up https://give.stvincent.org/volunteerstvhouse

Merit Badge Counselor List and Procedures

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North Star has finished updating it’s Merit Badge Counselor list!  Kevin Neese, our Training Vice Chair, has sent all Key 3’s the updated list.  Please share with Scouts and families through your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chair as requested but do not put out on websites, etc.
Moving forward.  New procedures for Merit Badge Counselors.
  • Adding a new Merit Badge Counselor.  Fill out BSA Adult application.  Attach YPT.  Attach Merit Badge selections. Attach MBC training certificate.  TURN IN TO KEVIN NEESE.  He will then get the required District Signatures and turn in to Council when all paperwork in complete.
  • Adding and Deleting Merit Badges for an existing MBC.  Send add/delete requests to Kevin Neese.  He will process the requests.
  • 10 Merit Badge “rule” has been discontinued.  Any current MBC who would like to add Merit Badges to their redacted list needs to send Add list to Kevin.
A Merit Badge Counselor is: A trained adult, registered by and accountable to the Council and the District; they are an independent guide, instructor and / or coach for the Merit Badge(s) that they counsel.  A Counselors duty is to be satisfied that each Scout who comes to you as a counselor meets all the requirements for the merit badge you are counseling them on.  You are a coach, a guide, giving them positive reinforcement in the subject matter.  You are not to change the requirements or add additional requirements – you are there to help them over the different hurdles of the requirements.  Thus, helping the Scout to gain a deeper awareness of the subject matter of the Merit Badge.
As a Merit Badge Counselor, you are the coach, guide, and / or instructor – but you MUST allow the Scout to do the work themselves.
The last and MOST important duty of a Merit Badge Counselor is to follow Youth Protection Requirements.
A Scouts (and their parents / legal guardians) duties to a Merit Badge Counselor:
 Number one (1) remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER, they are donating their time, talents, and experience – so a Scout is Courteous.  A Merit Badge Counselor may need to say NO to your request to counsel them on a Merit Badge (there are only 24 hours in a day).
Again, remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER.  Some Merit Badges have cost associated with them (materials, entrance fees, rentals).  Don’t ask the Counselor to donate money and resources so that you can complete the Merit Badge requirements (unless the Counselor offers).
YOU are RESPONISBLE for completing the requirements, for doing the work, for being on time.   YOU are responsible for providing the signed Application to the Merit Badge to the Counselor.  You are also responsible in helping the Merit Badge Counselor maintain Youth Protection Requirements.  If contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by email, make sure to include a parent(s) and / or a leader on all emails.  If you are contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by phone, remember that you will need an Adult third party on the call to maintain Youth Protection Requirements.  Remember, it is very likely that the Merit Badge Counselor will need you to bring an Adult with you to face-to-face meeting so that Youth Protection Requirements are met.

Voyageur Scholarships

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Voyageur Canoe Training Adult Scholarship

What is Voyageur Canoe Training?  Why should an adult or youth take the training?  The Voyageur Canoe Training program prepares adults to take the Voyageur program back to troop and other youth groups to prepare for and conduct safe canoe outings including High Adventure trips.  The focus is teaching how to have FUN SAFELY while canoeing.  More information about the Voyageur program can be found here

Don & Diane Claffey have established the Claffey Voyageur Scholarship Fund to provide ongoing support to this program.  Scholarships in the amount of $50.00 will be awarded for each Voyageur adult training class starting with the Spring 2019 class.  The applicant must be a currently registered adult leader of a unit in the Crossroads of America Council, BSA.  To qualify for the scholarship they should have a financial need to attend adult Voyageur training.  Additionally, their unit should be planning to conduct both unit training and outings centered on canoeing and/or kayaking within the next two years.  The scholarship must be used within twelve months of the date the winner receives notification by the Voyageur Course Director, or the scholarship will be forfeited.  Other details are contained in the scholarship application Voyageur Adult Scholarship Form Fillable – 0419

A similar scholarship is planned for the Youth Voyageur Training (announcement pending).

 

Direct Contact Leader Training

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As we start we move towards summer I want to remind you about the council policy of requiring all Direct Contact Leaders to be trained for their respective leadership positions.  This policy will affect all Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders this year including new leaders that join with their Scout this spring.
Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders must be trained for their respective positions by December 31, 2019, to be registered for their positions in 2020.  Starting January 1, 2020 Scouts BSA Leaders who assume Direct Contact positions must complete position specific training by December 31 of that year.
To read the full required training policy click here.
All required training is available online at my.scouting.org with exception to Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) required for Scouts BSA.
Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster Training
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training
  • Council provided training June 8-9 (Sat-Sun), Aug. 3-4 (Sat-Sun), Dec. 14-15 (Sat-Sun).  Click here to register for the Council provided IOLS training.
  • University of Scouting on Saturday, November 9
  • May be available at district camporees
For a list of other upcoming classroom trainings, check the Crossroads of America Council website at www.crossroadsbsa.org.  For Frequently Asked Questions about Direct Contact Leader training please click here.
Trained leaders lead to better unit program, better unit programs allow us to change more life’s and impact more communities.  Thank you for getting trained and all you do for Scouting.
Yours in Scouting,
Natalie Maenhout
Council Training Chair