Reminder: District Committee Meeting March 15, 2018

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As previously announced, the District Committee Meeting’s time and location has changed. The committee will now be meeting the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Zionsville Town Hall (more information here).

That means that for the March Committee Meeting, we will be meeting Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm. (Commissioners met last Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Luke’s Lodge on the new schedule.)

See you there!Zville town hall photo


Scouting for Food: March 12 – April 9, 2018

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Please complete the Unit Commitment Form  [<== linked here] by March 12, 2018!

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. In partnership with Kroger and the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Scouts collect approximately 75,000 pounds of food through door-to-door collection or pre-packaged grocery bags in participating central Indiana Kroger stores. This campaign generally occurs between the months of March and April.  Units can pick the time that best fits their calendar during this time frame and can submit for the participation patch at any time with the link provided.  Participation in Kroger Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.

Our North Star Community Service Chair and contact for Scouting for Food is Mike Faulk (

See the LINKS below for online forms and key documents:



How close can we get to 100% participation this year?  In 2017 only two North Star units participated in Scouting for Food.  Let’s see if we can get more units to participate in this effort to reduce hunger close to home.  Looking forward to a great Scouting for Food campaign with our District!

Cub Scout Recruitment 2018

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It’s that time of year again!  Let’s start thinking about how we can grow our units to their full potential.  Does this include inviting girls into our units?  Does this include recruiting from multiple schools or starting new units in some areas?  Your District Executive, Jessica Hofman would like to start having these conversations with you, as well as start developing a membership plan for the Fall.  Please schedule a time with Jessica over the next two months to sit down and dive into membership logistics before back to school season sneaks up on us.

What: Membership Planning Meeting

Who:  Cub Packs!  Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/unit membership coordinator

Where:  At a committee meeting, over lunch, or whenever is convenient! 

When:  At a convenient time before May

How to Schedule: Email Jessica at


What: Spring Recruitment Planning

Who:  Cub Packs!  Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/Unit Membership Coordinator

Where:  Let’s develop a plan! 

When:  Before Summer, let’s get new youth to camp!

How to Schedule: Email Jessica at

North Star is actively searching for those that share Jessica’s passion for growing Scouting.  If you’d like to join the membership team for the North Star District and help out at a District level with membership planning and execution, please reach out!

Training Leaders

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District Executive Jessica Hofman offers additional encouragement for our required revised Youth Protection Training (supplemental information found elsewhere on this site), as well as a tip for Key 3 Leaders:

“Every Scout deserves a trained leader”. It is a saying that rings true for your Scouts. New in the past month is an updated Youth Protection Training.  ALL REGISTERED ADULTS NEED UPDATED YPT BY 10/1/18.  Being trained in your position is important as well!  As a Key 3 leader of your unit, you are able to pull training reports to see who in your unit has taken trainings online or in person through your my.scouting account.

Online Training

What: All Trainings Available Online


How: Create an account, and have each leader take the training that is for their respective position in addition to youth protection training


A big Congratulations goes out to our district as a whole.  We are the number one district in percent of direct contact leaders trained.  Thank you for all your hard work, and continuing to provide quality Scouting programming to the youth of Northwest Marion County and Zionsville!

Friends of Scouting 2018- November 2017-June 2018

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Did you know that 20% of the council budget comes from a fundraiser called Friends of Scouting?  It costs $175 to send one Scout through our program for one year at an organization level.  Our council supports 12 districts across 26 counties, providing scouting to over 34,000 Scouts.

Friends of Scouting is an important direct support campaign that helps fund our council’s camp properties, camp assistance, registration assistance, uniform assistance and more.  Pledges can be paid in lump sums, or on a quarterly or monthly basis.  Has your unit held a Friends of Scouting presentation to show your support?

What: Friends of Scouting

Where: Presentations scheduled on a unit to unit basis

When: November 2017- June 2018

How to Pledge: At your presentation, by calling Jessica Hofman at 317-813-7123, or emailing


Congratulations to the following units who have exceeded their Friends of Scouting goals for 2018 and are recognized for their efforts with free rank advancements for the next year!

Pack 18, Troop 18, Troop 56, Troop 514

CORRECTION – Del-Mi MB University to be held THIS weekend

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Please pass the word – the Del-Mi Merit Badge University will be held this weekend (March 9 & 10).  If you caught an earlier communication showing this to be May 9 & 10, that was supposed to be March not May!

Del-Mi District is hosting its annual Merit Badge University, this weekend, March 9th and 10th at Carmel High School. Over 500 Merit Badge slots are available for Scouts to take Merit Badges ranging from Swimming to Nuclear Science.

What: Del-Mi Merit Badge University

Where: Carmel High School (520 E. Main Street, Carmel) – Door 13

When: 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.

Register & More Info:

Cost: $6 per session, plus $6 for lunch

 Questions? Contact Laura Rushinsky at

Order of the Arrow Updates

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Updates as provided by Lowaneu Allanque Chapter of OA Advisor Mark Pishon:

Time to Pay 2018 Dues – The Link is

Jaccos Towne Lodge Update – The Lodge has asked chapters develop Brotherhood programs and ceremonies for District Camporees.  This will make it very convenient for those going for Brotherhood

OA Unit Elections – All units will be conducting OA Elections before March 15th.  Please email election results to Mark Pishon at The candidate cost to attend an OA Ordeal should not be a reason anymore for not joint Order of the Arrow.  Our lodge has established a scholarship committee for candidates to confidentially petition for financial help.  Please ask your unit Scoutmaster if there are concerns with candidates that might need assistance.

The lodge has designed a brand new lodge website so check it out at:


Please welcome new Arrowmen.  New brothers check this link out:


Jaccos Towne Lodge Spring Fellowship – March 16 to 18, 2018.
Our annual Lodge Spring Fellowship will take place March 16 to 18 at Camp Krietenstein.  This is a really fun weekend for all units to attend.  You do NOT need to be in OA and your unit will receive service hours.   The theme is TV Game Shows. Bring your best “A Game” and card skills.  Here is the link for registration:

“Coffee Chat” to learn about service in a Unit Commissioner Role – March 10

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District Commissioner Stephen Heath is inviting folks interested in learning more about serving the District to a “Coffee Chat” on Saturday March 10, 8am at Starbucks (96th and Meridian).

The role involves meeting with units, sharing ideas, help where needed, and communicating their needs up to the District Committee.  Those in the Commissioner role have to have relevant experience in scouting, and a desire to meet with units on a bi-monthly basis.

We also need people to help coordinate and lead elements of the Monthly Roundtables. This may be as simple as ensuring we have a crock pot of food, and/or leading a discussion.

The Unit Commissioner role is open to

  • Leaders from all Cub, Boy Scout, and Venture Units;
  • Eagle Scouts in the area not (yet) affiliated with a unit;
  • Former leaders;
  • Really involved parents who never bought the khaki shirt.

The intent of the Coffee Chat is to explain the commissioner role, our organization, answer questions about either the role itself or any questions you or your teams might have regarding serving in the operational side of the district.

Please pass the word!

If this date will not work out please contact Stephen Heath for more information.

Thank you for considering and for passing this information along to your Units.

NS District Pinewood Derby – March 24th

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Reminder:  The North Star District PINEWOOD DERBY will be taking place on Saturday March 24th at the American Legion Post #3, 6379 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220.  Registration opens at 9am with racing action getting underway at 9:30am.

All Cubs are welcome, but each pack’s top 4 finishers and each pack’s “Best of Show” are entered in the District Derby automatically and free of charge.

Boy Scout troops that would like to assist Packs in running their Derbies can contact District Pinewood Derby Coordinator Bill Buchalter.


Please see the NS District PWD Flier 2018 flyer attached.  Hope to see you there!

Summer Camp Sign Up Season

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Summer camp starts in just about 90 days. Is your unit signed up? Do you have a scout who wants to go but can’t go the same week as your pack or troop?

There are promotional materials that you can use with your unit. You can use a YouTube Video (Cub Day Camp or Adventure Camp). You can request a presentation team to come in and help promote summer camp. You can print out Commitment Cards to hand out at a meeting with deposit information included.

You will need a current health form (same form for all levels of scouting), so get those appointments scheduled now before the doctors’ offices get swamped.

Campership financial aid is available for all eligible scouts. Inability to pay is no reason for a scout to miss summer camp. Speak with your unit chair to assist with this process.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

Cub Scouts

Camp Belzer Day Camp. Camp Belzer is here in Indianapolis, hidden behind Lawrence Central High School and across Fall Creek and its namesake boulevard from the Scout Center. This makes Camp Belzer a great place for a day camp. For some families it is a hop, skip, and jump away from Washington Township. For others it takes more thought, but is do-able.

It is available from June 11, 2018 to July 21, 2018. You can register your pack here. (Please make sure that you have one parent in charge of this process to avoid confusion or duplication of effort.) You can get more information on the Camp’s website.

This year is Camp Belzer’s Centennial, so you don’t want to miss the celebration! They will kickoffwith a Firecrafter Kick Off with Indiana First Lady Janet Holcomb. They will have a Beler Staff Reunion on June 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm. They will have a July 4th celebration open to the public.

This is highly recommended for Tiger through Bear Cub Scouts (based on the badge they will pursue in September 2018). A Webelos option is available, too.

Camp Kikthawenund’s Adventure Camp. Adventure Camp is an overnight camp held at Camp Kikthawenund in Frankton, Indiana (north of Noblesville by 15 minutes). Adventure Camp supports and utilizes the aims and methods of Scouting as an integral part of the camp program. Adventure Camp will provide an opportunity for Wolf, Bear Webelos, and Arrow of Light Scouts to go camping at the region’s premier Cub Scout Camp. No Tag-a-long program. The eleven different sessions begin on June 10, 2018 and end on July 21, 2018. This is a 3-night/4-day program with overnight camping expected. This is highly recommended for Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts.

Other District Day Camps. Some of our neighboring districts offer day camps. The one that might have the most potential is Sugar Creek District at Camp Cullom in Frankfort, IN the week of June 25th. If you talk real sweetly to our District Executive Jessica Hofman, she might be able to persuade her former district to allow you to participate. If there is interest in holding our own District Day Camp in the future, contact Jessica about your thoughts.

Boy Scouts

A quick overview is available on the Council website.

Camp Belzer Day Camp. Yes, Belzer has programming for Boy Scouts, too. There is a Baden Powell program that focuses on merit badge classes and Dan Beard program that focuses on completing First Class Rank. This is a great way for individual boy scouts to complete some of their required merit badges for First Class and Eagle done so that they can truly dive into the elective merit badges with their troop at Camp Ransburg or wherever else the troop goes.

Camp Ransburg. Troops can sign up and have the parents pay the camp directly and schedule the merit badge classes online. This is a week-long resident camp with the troop on Lake Monroe. If an individual scout cannot go with his troop or wants to do additional weeks, we can work with that scout to have him participate with another troop. North Star troops have been very cooperative with this “contingent scout” method of camping.

Camp Krietenstein. In Center Point, IN, near Terre Haute, Krietenstein offers a more intimate summer camp setting for scouts. It is similar to Ransburg in allowing troop options and contingent scout options.

National Youth Leadership Training (“NYLT”). Formerly known in our council as “White Stag,” NYLT is a program for youth in a troop to prepare for senior leadership in their home troop. It is “Wood Badge for Youth.” The participants spend a week in the summer (or weekends during the school year’s Spring and Fall Sessions) participating in a temporary troop. They experience each role in the life of a troop. At least two troops in the District require this training to an Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Troop 358 and Troop 56 (beginning this year). Talk to their scoutmasters about the impact of this training on their experience in managing the troop. The brochure is available here.

Camp Staff

For older scouts, you can even work at summer camp. You won’t get rich, but you will have an enriching experience. Apply now!

High Adventure

If your troop is not participating in High Adventure or you cannot make your schedule coincide, an individual scout or small sub-group of scouts can participate in High Adventure through individual programs, Order of the Arrow Programs, or as a “contingent crew member” joining another under-sized contingent from somewhere else in the country. Learn more at the individual high adventure base websites about all the options available. It’s not too late! Yes, camperships are available here, too, although travel costs are usually excluded. (Talk to us to learn how scouts overcome these problems!)