What to consider when restarting meetings in person and/or outings

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In-Person Unit Activities

♦ Q: Should we hold in-person Scouting meetings, outings, or activities?

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings be conducted only within the guidelines outlined by your state and local health department and other local officials, as well as under the direction of your local BSA council and chartered organization. This applies to youth and adults.

Units need to consider:

  1.  State Guidelines
  2.  County and / or local guidelines that may be MORE restrictive (as is the case in Marion County).
  3. Council Guidelines Reopening-Unit-Meetings-and-Activities (2)
  4. Chartered Organization Guidelines
  5. Units Committee Guidelines
  6. Parents Guidelines
  7. The Guide to Safe Scouting

It’s a long list.  These are complicated times.  Be safe and keep on scouting.



District Committee Meetings and Roundtable Dates 2020

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Mark you calendars and “be prepared.”

District Committee Meetings and Roundtable Meeting dates will remain the same even with the merger with Del-Mi District.

District Committee Meetings: 1st Thursday of each Month – 7 pm.  Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3.

Roundtable Meetings: 2nd Thursday.  These will be by videoconferencing with a quarterly face-to-face tbd.  7 pm.  Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.

Zionsville Units – send pictures, please :-)

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Calling all Zionsville Units!

Zionsville Scouts BSA Units,

This year we will have our 5th Annual Mayor’s Breakfast FOS Fundraiser.  However, due to the pandemic, health concerns, and restrictions we will be changing the format a bit.
We are asking each Unit to send in 5-10 pictures of your scouts – scouting last year.  Pictures from before and during the pandemic welcome.  We would like to give a picture of both how active our Zionsville scouts are as well as how resilient we were to continue providing the scout program.  Pictures from during the pandemic could include Cubs with their Activity Boxes, Camping at Home, Zoom Meetings, and more.
These pictures will be put onto a video that will include a message from a Council representative for FOS as well as a message from our Mayor, Emily Styon.
We are planning for a combination event of a socially distanced meet and greet and an online donation campaign. September 17, 2020 Lions Park at 8:00 am.
Thank you in advance for helping us put together this program. Friends of Scouting is an important fundraiser to support our scouts, camps, and the BSA program.  Pictures are due August 17 for inclusion in the video.  Please send the pictures to Sharla Merrick sharla.r.merrick@gmail.com.
FOS Mayor’s Breakfast Committee
Laura Gunderman, Chad Pittman, Sharla Merrick, Mike Snider, Adam Hugh, and Emily Styron

North Star Virtual Roundtable – August 13

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Image-VirtualMeetingTips-Redbooth-c5zmkWe will have a virtual Roundtable on Thursday August 13 at 7:00pm.

Thursday Night’s Roundtable

Primary Focus:  The Crazy Fall Season! We will touch on Recruiting, Popcorn, Meetings, Activities.


Reconnect with our returning District Director, Eddie Stahl and meet his district partner, Liv Fairchild


Time: Aug 13, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time

Please RSVP to Jenny Beyer,NS District Commissioner,  for zoom information jenny.beyer.52@gmail.com

Social Distancing Drive Through CoH – NS T69

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North Star’s Troop 69 had  to get creative.

Their originally scheduled socially distanced CoH was delayed due to thunderstorms.  Unfortunately, it was also raining on their rain date!  No worries!  The Leadership Team and the PLC just moved onto Plan C (be prepared!) and hosted their first ever Drive Through CoH.

Cub Scout Join Nights

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Pack Leaders:

While many of us await our Join Night dates being scheduled through the school systems, I would encourage your unit to get an early jump start on your social media presence and communication. We have a number of Packs who have already begun receiving applications through our new online registration platform this month.

Below is an example of what our very own Pack 72 Cubmaster posted on his Nextdoor App neighborhood. He also sent the same message to the Facebook parent group of the school recruits from.

Please note Tucker’s mention of fees at the bottom of his post. We still have a few days to capitalize on families saving $21.00 by registering this week as opposed to next! By his posts earlier this week, Pack 72 has already added 4 new Scouts!!


Leaders in Carmel, Noblesville, and Westfield will be getting information shortly about material distribution.

Leaders in private school or charter school situations, please keep me in the loop. I have reached out to your Principal, but if you have already planned dates or recruiting efforts, we need to know so that we can get your materials ready as soon as possible.

Lastly, CAC has established a new text-to-join capability for getting families engaged and registered. Please promote the below message in all of your unit communications and recruiting efforts as we move through the Fall.

“Text JOIN to 317-813-7125”

Feel free to try it yourself so you can see the benefit and simplicity of using this new tool for recruiting. Quite frankly, this text-to-join feature might be a great way to get families to fill out applications on the night of your join night. You will need to track the parent name and follow up, but we get the application on our end immediately, so we will be able to send you all of the applications collected online thereafter your join night concludes for your approval and recording.

All for now. I know there are still many questions. I appreciate your patience. Feel free to send any recruiting or membership related questions over when you have them. Each Pack needs a plan to be able to onboard new families, especially in the climate we are in this Fall. Let me know how I can help you.

Eddie Stahl | District Director — Del-Mi & North Star Districts

2020 Good Turn for Nature Service Opportunity

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2020 Good Turn for Nature

September 26 to October 25

at a participating park, nature center, or natural area.

Packs, Troops and Crews can find more information and complete commitment forms online atwww.crossroadsbsa.org/activities/community/

The Good Turn for Nature (GTN)
council service initiative aims to engage
Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturers
directly in acts of conservation.
Scouts participate in outdoor activities
at multiple sites across central Indiana,
learning about the importance of
caring for nature.
Identified conservation projects may
• invasive species removal
• trail maintenance
• citizen science projects
• trash pick-up
• weed cutting
• planting trees
• and much more

GTN 3 fold flyer

Troop 269 – meet in person (with social distancing)

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On July 27, Troop 269 had their first in person Troop meeting since the end of March.  The Troop has been having regular virtual meetings during this time – but this was the first in person.  The meeting was held out in the church parking lot, everyone had to wear a mask, bring a lawn chair, Scouts of the same family grouped together, and everyone else at least six foot separation.

The Scouts had a good time and they did LEAVE NO TRACE – by using socially distance activities, discussion and skits.

Unified dates for School District Cub Scout Recruitment Nights Requested

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ALL:  Our District Director, Eddie Stahl, is looking to set up one night per school district for the Cub Scout join nights.   For example: All of Washington Township elementary schools would be on the same night.  All of Zionsivlle Community Schools would be on another night.

 If your unit has a recruiting day/night planned and secured, please verify the date with  Eddie Stahl Eddie.Stahl@scouting.org Materials will be created for your specific date.