Be Prepared – for the SAT and ACT

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BSA giving away $350 SAT/ACT programs

In alliance with Scouts BSA, eKnowledge and the SAT/ACT Donation Project are giving Scout families (past and present) $350 SAT and ACT test prep programs for just the cost of providing the programs (under $20).  The fee covers everything, including materials, shipping, student support, and streaming. You may request your programs online at this eKnowledge BSA site (<== link here).

Already, over 4,500 scouting families have benefited from the SAT/ACT Donation Project. The mission of this project is to help Scouts be prepared for the SAT or ACT.

For more information please check out the BSA Info Center, eKnowledge site here

Best of luck on the exams!


Don’t Forget! Roundtable this Thurs 5/10

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This week’s Roundtable topics are:

  1. Cub Scouts: “Recruiting… Youth AND Adults” ;
  2. Boy Scouts: “Ideal Year of Scouting / Supporting Cub Packs at Summer Camp.”


See last week’s post for more details.

Program’s New Name: Scouts BSA (corrected)

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Boy Scouts will become “Scouts BSA.” The organization’s name will remain same. That was what former Crossroads of America Council Executive Patrick Sterrett advocated for as he moved to Number 2 in the BSA. It looks like his recommendation held true.

Here is the AP version.

Here is Scouting Wire’s more detailed version. This includes information on “Scout Me In” recruitment campaign.

Here is Bryan on Scouting with yet more details.

UPDATED 5/3/18: Here is local council’s press release: Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder – Roundtable next Thursday, May 10

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The roundtables topics next Thursday will be:

  1. Cub Scouts: “Recruiting… Boys AND Adults” ;
  2. Boy Scouts: “Ideal Year of Scouting / Supporting Cub Packs at Summer Camp.”

The Roundtables will take place next Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the northeast corner of the campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Patch

Please forward this information to your Den Leaders, Committee members, and Assistant Scoutmasters. They are an important part of the Roundtables’ target audience.

Remember, attending roundtables is a key requirement to earn the Scouter’s Key for both Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders.

Open Berths for Sea Base with Crew 408

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From Greg Hoyes:

North Star Venture Crew 408 in Zionsville has 2 crews going to FSB Out Island (MUNSON) on June 29th to July 5th (travel from June 27th to July 8th).  One of the crews is filled with our fellow Boy Scout Troop and the 2nd Crew is all Crew 408 members.  We do have 2 open spots in our Venture Crew and looking to fill them, with either Venture or Boy Scout members.

If the interested parties are male, the adult leadership is covered and if they are female, one of them must be over 21 to cover the required female leadership.  This would be good for a mother/daughter  or sister/older sister trip.

We have the travel all covered and would depart the morning of June 27th and will be returning on July 8th.  We are planning some sightseeing stops for the return trip but have not finalized those details yet.  The cost is estimated at $1240 for Out Island, travel (gas and lodging) and 2 crew shirts.  I can be flexible in accommodating payment arrangements for someone that wants to go but can’t write that check today.

If you have anybody interested, please have them contact me and we can discuss other details.

On the Adventure

Greg Hoyes

Crew 408 Committee Chair

Congratulations to new OA Brotherhood members!

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Order of the Arrow – Lowaneu Allanque Chapter congratulates the following ten Scouts and Adults that earned the OA Brotherhood status at the 2018 Spring Camporee:2018SpringCamporeeBrotherhood

David Bradley, Troop 804

Michael (Alex) Bricker, Troop 358

Griffin Burke, Troop 358

Billy Busse, Troop 358

Bobby (Robert) Corridan, Troop 804

Jared Dennemann, Troop 804

David Gusman, Troop 358

Jack Keller, Troop 358

Ivan Miller, Troop 514

Peter Shrote, Troop 804

Need Service Hours? Volunteer Opportunity in Hendricks County!

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This was passed along to us from Sarah Wolf, Park Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation:

[UPDATE as of April 26:  The area of greatest need would be help with parking; this would be best to do with mature Scouts + parents.

The sign-up site is here:  Sign-up Genius for McCloud Park Anniversary .

Thanks for considering!]


We have URGENT volunteer needs on Saturday, May 5 for McCloud Nature Park’s 15th Anniversary!  Some of the opportunities would be perfect for scouts to do with their parents’ or Scout Leaders’ supervision.  See the links below for more information and to sign up to volunteer.McCloud

McCloud Nature Park 15th Anniversary Celebration Announcement

Hendricks County Volunteer Sign-Up page

We appreciate any help in spreading the word on this – Thanks!!!!


Sarah Wolf

Park Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator

765-676-5437 McCloud Nature Park (Tuesday-Saturday)

317-718-6188 Parks department office (Monday-Friday)

McCloud Nature Park Physical Address: 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem, IN 46165

Weather Hotline: 317-718-6111 for information on programs impacted by possible weather

Camping Scholarships (“Camperships”) available!

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On behalf of North Star District Camping Chair Paul Kovach:

Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and Unit Committee Chairs:

Finances should never be a reason for a Scout not to attend camp.  Crossroads of America Council offers a Campership program where recipients can be awarded up to 50% of the early summer camp fee in exchange for performing an age-appropriate service project.

Please encourage families in your units to take advantage of Camperships.  Significant funds are still available to scouts that want to attend summer camp but whose families may have some financial hardship.  Campership applications will be considered until funds are exhausted, on a first come first served basis.

The links below will bring you to the appropriate camp page and to the Campership application:


Thanks and Yours in Scouts,

Paul Kovach

North Star District Camping Chair

Troop 358 Welcomes You to the 6th Annual Hog Roast & Silent Auction

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Come one come all to the 6th annual Troop 358 Hog Roast and Silent Auction!

Date:  Saturday May 5

Time:  5 – 8 pm

Location:  St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church – Parish Hall, 1870 W. Oak Street, Zionsville INHog Roast Pig

In addition to the amazing food and plethora of auction items, there will be a Pig Toss (Corn Hole) competition and District challenge for prizes.  Fun for the whole family!

A $25 family ticket covers 6 family members; individual tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child.  For more information and to purchase tickets please use this link:  Troop 358 Hog Roast Tickets .  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  Keep the Hog Roast Flyer on the fridge as a reminder, and pass it along to family & friends as well.

You won’t want to miss it, hope to see you there!