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!

District Eagle Report June 2017

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Jerry Simon, District Eagle Board Coordinator, reports that the following scouts passed their Eagle Boards of Review on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.June 2017 Eagles

Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts!Eagle pin

At the halfway point in 2017 that gives us 24 Eagle Scouts. In 2016 we had 49 Eagle Scouts. If recollection serves, we had 53 in 2015.

Firecrafter Report: weeks 1 and 2

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I apologize for not delivering last week’s report from Sox.

Here’s a fire crafter report for both weeks.

Week 1


Week 2

Foodie Friday for Troop 804

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Come out and support troop 804 in their fundraising efforts through this great event. Zionsville Foodie Friday at the Zionsville American Legion Post.

Cub Scout Roundtable Thursday

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School is ending and the summer is here!

Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner PatchAnd we know what that means: Summer Camp!

Whether you’re taking your boys to Belzer or Camp K… whether it’s your first year or you’re a seasoned pro… join us this Thursday evening, 7:00 PM, at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on the campus ofSt. Luke’s Methodist Church, 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260) for the North Star District Cub Scout Roundtable.

We’ll be discussing both Summer Camps, and what you as a leader should know and expect.

If you are new, come learn some of the ins and outs.

If you are a veteran, come and share the tips and tricks that you’ve learned over the years with other leaders.Canoeing at Belzer

We hope to see many of you there!

REMINDER: Roundtable Thursday

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Reminder that Roundtable for all Packs, Troops, and Crews will be at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church.

We will meet in general session first.

Then Bill Buchalter will meet with the Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Pack Committee Chairs.

Jeff will meet with the troop and crew leaders.

Bobwhite Blather: “For Best Results, Ask Better Questions”

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UPDATE 6/2/17: I had several people tell me at District Committee’s meeting last night that the link did not work. Here is the link to the full article again, just in case bobwhiteblather.com/for-best-results-ask-better-questions


My favorite quote is

What’s interesting about this process is that asking open-ended, thought-provoking questions can, not only guide others to find solutions, but it can change their way of thinking. It is in this change – it’s called neuroplasticity – where we find leadership developing. As leaders develop, their ways of thinking change. They look at challenges differently. They find new ways to look at issues, and their minds open up to the process of problem-solving and engaging others in moving toward a common goal. Executive coach Mary Jo Asmus details the three-step process that happens when you ask insightful – not instructional – questions.

REMINDER: District Meetings Thursday

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A quick reminder about our District Committee meeting Thursday at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, Room 401 (furthest from elevator).

Also the District Commissioner meeting will be Thursday at 6:00 pm in Room 405 (nearest elevator, if I got the numbers wrong).

Lessons from Memorial Day: Eagle Project Ideas

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One of the lessons we learned from the Memorial Day grave dressings is that our cemetaries in North Star need a lot of tender loving care. I took some photos of Fall Creek Cemetary at just eat of the 4000 block of Keystone at Millersville Rd. (Unfortunately, I don’t have my camera with me to post the photo. I will try to post it here later.)

The fencing and edging looked like something out of Scooby Doo.

There are reportedly a number of Pioneer Cemetaries in the District that need some clean up.

While Eagle Projects cannot involve maintenance like mowing, they can beautify and restore weathered older facilities. Troop 343 recently had an example of that.

Also in placing Memorial Flags at the cemetaries, we saw how many veterans were not getting flags placed at their graves. Our mission Saturday was to place flags at past members of the American Legion. Not all veterans are members of the American Legion. That means that many were skipped, even though their gravestones clearly identify their unit of service and often the war in which they served.

This lends an opportunity to an Eagle Candidate to help assure that we can better serve these late veterans and their families. I don’t know what Crown Hill has on record about the veterans buried there. I have asked for better maps from them. Hopefully we will find out at the District Committee meeting tomorrow when Crown Hill’s staff might visit us.

Think about Eagle Projects for all of these cemetaries in our District. There are plenty of opportunities for lasting effects from our Eagles.