Roundtable Plans Fall Camporee

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Stu Bowes, Camporee Chair and Assistant District Commissioner, led a conversation at the September Roundtable to plan the Fall Camporee. He reports that the Fall Camporee will take place Friday, October 9, 2015 through Sunday morning, September 11, 2015 at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 7725 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Camping on athletic fields at purple pin's location
Camping on athletic fields at purple pin’s location

The theme will be “Zombie Apocalypse.” The topic will be Emergency Preparedness. This will give us a wonderful chance to be able to mix the Halloween season’s goofiness with serious skills training and practice.

The cost will be $5 per person.

Security gates will be open most of the weekend. Using the 75th Street entrance is usually the easiest and least confusing approach.

Camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


After the Roundtable meeting the following items still need to be completed. Troops are asked to contribute information about the following items to Stu:

  1. competition station plans (please ask your PLC to contribute ideas; senior scouts running stations is a wonderful way to intrigue senior scouts about camporees);
  2. Number of scouts and adults attending;
  3. Every troop to plan a campfire skit;
  4. You will be required to use a fire pan because only above-ground fires are allowed.

Fall Camporee patchWe also need volunteers to do the following:

  1. Troops or honorary society (i.e., Firecrafter Ember or OA Chapter) for flag raising and lowering;
  2. Troop or honorary society to lead campfire;
  3. Troop or honorary society to lead “Scouts Own”;
  4. Troop to perform bathroom cleanup on Sunday.

Also needed police officer or fireman with vehicle for Zombie Apocalypse skit at flag raising ceremony. Please contact Stu Bowes if you can help. Some of our IMPD officer-scouters will be otherwise occupied with professional or troop duties.


Support your After-School Packs and Troops

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For our traditional scout units, we have received this request for support from our sister After-School Program units at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Please share this with your unit or your own clergy:
Dear Central Indiana Chaplains:

Pack at Northminster Presbyterian
Pack at Northminster Presbyterian
Please- Help us get scouts  “on the bus”
Crossroads of America has a growing “After school Program” in many IPS Schools
This is an outreach and diversity focused  mission to serve the undeserved and help build future leaders and scouting programs in the community.
Andrew Bowman, Kristin Pace and I are asking each of to to appeal to your congregations to find people and transportation to help get scouts to after school programs in the Indy area
Clear Vision: You have a church bus..  you have a driver..  you pick up scouts at schools and take them to after-school events and bring them back to school after the event.
This is an excellent use of church bus and church member time in a short focused  “mission”
It also exposes your church and your members to scouting programs.
Why?  The parents of these scouts are not able because they are working.
Why?  IPS is not budgeted to do so.
Why?  Because we are called to serve our community and scouting
Why? Keeps scouting  and your church visible in the schools and in the comunity
 Will you please help?
Josh Hill
Stevenson Joshua Hill
317-695-8115 Mobile

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Cub Leader Training

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Don’t forget to get your new leaders trained online at or with in-person classes from Council and its Districts as listed at the new Council Training Hub website.trained patch This training is required for Rechartering. 

If you run a training session, please add it to the new Council Training website.

Popcorn Sales begin this week

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Don’t forget that door-to-door sales begin Friday, September 4, 2015!

Storefront sales begin September 19th.

For more information visit the Council popcorn page.

White Stag 2016

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NYLT_4kHave you ever wished that you could send your patrol leaders to a leadership training course?

Well, you can!

White Stag is the National Youth Leadership Training Course. Crossroads of America will be offering the training in 2016 twice.

The first session will be June 15-29, 2016. The second session will be July 10-16, 2016.

If you are serious about getting your troop’s leadership improved, you need to be talking to your scouts about it now. Schools are beginning to recruit for their summer activities already. If NYLT is part of your vision, you need to be having your scouts thinking about it now.

If you are a NYLT graduate, you can also look at serving on staff. June staff sign up is here.

Request for Silver Beaver Nominations

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Silver Beaver award and knot.

In 1931, the BSA introduced the Silver Beaver award as the council-level distinguished service award. Recipients are registered scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

The Council has opened nominations for this award for council-wide recognition at the University of Scouting in January 2016. All nominations are due to council by September 30, 2015.

Presentation can be scheduled for different times and events.

If you have a scouter in your unit who you believe is worthy of this high recognition, you can download the nomination form from the Council’s website. For a flyer that you can print out and circulate to your unit committee, click here.

National Parks have free admission opportunities

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Two major programs are starting to encourage more youth visits to National Parks. First is the Open Outdoors for Youth.

The National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids Initiative introduces and exposes kids — all kids — to experiential, outdoor experiences that promote physical and emotional health, civic engagement and long-term appreciation for nature. Using the spectacular and unparalleled resources of our nation’s more than 400 national parks, the program’s goal is to connect more children to their culture and heritage, enhance hands-on learning opportunities and deepen connections to the natural world.

Through focused programming in and out of parks, Open Outdoors for Kids addresses:

  • ACCESS: Providing transportation, programming and free entry to the parks for children and teachers to experience hands-on, immersive learning.
  • RELEVANCY: Connecting kids and families to the parks through programs that make people’s lives better. We establish emotional relevancy of the parks through cultural programs and encourage active, healthy lifestyles through recreational and restoration activities.
  • EDUCATION: Establish “in-park” opportunities for children to learn in our national parks, the world’s largest outdoor classrooms. Unmatched as learning environments and living laboratories, national parks offer children, families and teachers a unique gateway to experience nature, history and culture, to learn about biodiversity and the environment, and to engage with each other in the great outdoors.

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Looking for Position of Responsibility? How about OA Rep?

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One of the most common concerns that I hear is that a troop needs more positions of responsibility. What do those include?

The Boy Scout Eagle Requirements state,

OA Rep Patch

4. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility. List only those positions served after your Life board of review date.

Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.

Varsity Scout team. Captain, cocaptain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow team representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.

Venturing crew/ship. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, guide, boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.

Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community.

(Underlining added for emphasis.) So it would be reasonable to expect that each troop in North Star District should have an OA Representative attend our Chapter meetings on the first Sunday of each month.  (See the District website for upcoming meeting times and locations.)

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YPT Optimal Expiration Date

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As we head into rechartering season, opening October 1st, the Commissioner’s Staff is going to work hard at making this process as quick and painless as possible.

DistrictCommissionerIn order to allow this goal to be accomplished, we need the cooperation of our volunteers. One of the logistical nightmares for our unit chairs is to assure that each of the scouters registered is properly trained in Youth Protection Training.

BSA puts the requirements this way:

BSA Policy is: 

Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer does not meet the BSA’s Youth Protection training requirement at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered. 

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to

This begs the question, “When is rechartering done?”

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Report from back-to-school night

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AdventureThank you to all of our volunteers who actively worked to support our back-to-school night efforts last night. The volunteerism and effort were noticeable, particularly from some of our Boy Scout troops that did not have an immediate benefit from the effort.

We have a handful of units that still have not completed their recruitment and turned in numbers.

Unfortunately we are still 100 new scouts below our target at this moment.

This bad news is tempered with the list of possible scouts that were generated in our marketing efforts leasing up to last night. We had identified families who would be interested in scouts. We have a lot of leads on these particular scouts we could still recruit.

District still is optimistic that we can make our target for new recruits this season. It will require more effort.