Latest Event Updates

New Adult Application

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Effective March 1, 2015, BSA has issued a new Adult Application. It is now required for all Venturers age 18-21, too.

There are also need background questions.

Adult Application graphicYou can download the form here and use it instead of the triplicate version.

The form you submit to the Council Registrar must have an original ink signature. No electronic transmissions or signatures are accepted.

A new application submission must be made for each new position an adult undertakes. Multiple registrations in units and district are accepted. So a scouter can be registered in a Cub Pack, a Scout Troop, and North Star District simultaneously.

How do we improve our Trained status for our unit?

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The Journey to Excellence Award encourages 100% Trained status among the Scouters in each unit. For many established units, some of the Scouters have been involved for decades with varying levels of active participation with the youth.

Obviously all registered scouters must have a current Youth Protection Training. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

However, for scouters who wish to remain registered with a unit but do not wish to pursue the training requirements of their assistant unit leader (e.g., Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, or Assistant Crew Advisor), a new registration option exists. This will be important at Rechartering because untrained persons will not be Rechartered.

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Upcoming Roundtable: Who Should Attend?

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On Thursday, May 7th, the district will hold its next Roundtable.  Click the link to provide an optional RSVP, which is requested.

The topic will be the “Ideal Year in Scouting,” presented by Darin Stendl from the Council office, and our future district executive’s supervisor. This is an important topic for Cub Packs and Scout Troops who hold their annual planning during school’s summer break or in August after classes start.

The Ideal Year in Scouting is way to help your scouts plan for the coming year while helping your adult leaders understand how they can support the scout choices. This covers many issues from programming ideas to financing outings.

So who should attend?

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What does a “Scout Banana” teach a Scoutmaster?

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Clarke Green runs an impressive blog and podcast at scoutmastercg.com. He makes learning to be a scouter fun and addictive. His 30 years as a scoutmaster come through in every posting.

In an older podcast (Episode 174), he talks with a newly minted scoutmaster running a brand new troop. The scoutmaster recites some of his lessons learned in the field. The most fascinating part was his story about the Scout Banana. Listen to hear his lesson.

What did you learn?

For Cubmasters, this is an invaluable podcast to learn what awaits your Webelos. It demonstrates why scouting works.

Why did I receive a Self-Assessment email?

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As any veteran scouter can attest, the BSA has had a program encouraging unit health and growth for years. Until 2009, the program was called the Unit Excellence Award. From 2010 to 2013, the program was called the Centennial Award. Since 2014, the award is now called the Journey to Excellence Award. All of these have used different measurements to assess the health of pack, troops, and crews, while maintaining similar goals.

For the first two years of the Journey to Excellence, the program has been completely voluntary and incentivized by discounts on various products, such as pinewood derby cars, when specific goals were met.

For 2016 rechartering, this will change. Now the Journey to Excellence Award Report will be a required part of the rechartering packet. That does not mean that units are required to pursue the award. It just means that the units must disclose their statistics at the end of this charter period.

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Request for Meeting Information

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The District is attempting to gather accurate information about your units. We have put together a survey to obtain meeting information.

Please click here to begin.

In order to avoid duplication of effort, we recommend that the Unit Committee Chair either provide the information or delegate someone to answer the survey.

Preparing for Homesickness

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I often listen to Clark Green’s Scoutmaster Podcast and read his blog at www.scoutmastercg.com. In several episodes and posts, he returns to the question of “how to deal with homesickness.”

In episode 171, for example, he talks at length about the importance of encouraging the young scout’s parents to be actively involved in discussions with the scout. The discussions should focus on what the scout can expect at summer camp. Clark also talks about  the problems phone calls home from camp create. He underlines this point with research, suggesting that short times away from home are hurt by phone calls home. To avoid these problems, Clark recommends an agreed plan for written correspondence home often but no calls for short to several-week long trips. Clark also describes the importance of mementoes from home to create some familiarity in strange surroundings, such as stuffed animals or favorite items.

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Stu announces dates for Camporees

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In his wrap-up message for the Spring 2015 Camporee, Camporee Chair Stu Bowes announced the dates for the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 Camporees.

The 2015 Fall Camporee will be held at the Blind School from Friday, October 9 through Sunday morning, October 11, 2015.

The 2016 Winter Camporee is scheduled for January 22-24.

RSVPs can be made on the Events page.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next Camporee!

2015 Spring Camporee memories

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Below are a few pictures from the very rainy 2015 Spring Camporee held from April 24- 26, 2015 at Camp Cullom in Frankfort, Indiana.

Friday night with Troop 18

Saturday morning with Troop 343:

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Camporee campsites and competitions

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Campsite Assignments 

1- Shelter House/Playground (#2+3)              T343
2- Field Across from playground (T6)            T18 
3- Field Across from playground (T7)            T35
4- Nuthatch (will be used for OA Call Out and Saturday Night Campfire)
5- Outback (#19)                                T73
6- Sugar Maple Ridge (#21)                      T69
7- Cottontail (#22)                             T804
8- Sassafras Grove (#24)                        T358
9- Hill Top (#28)                               T586 
10- Blue Bird Meadow (#31)                      T269Camp Cullom map of camp ground


 Patrol Competitions 

T343 – Lost & Found (compass)
T358 – Fire Building
T69  – Wilderness Basketball
T586 – Into The Wild
T804 – Knotty Survival Relay
T18  – Wilderness Shelter Building
T73  – Wilderness Rescue Relay
T269 – Hypothermia Challenge
Stu  – Are You Smarter Than Your Scoutmaster?