Loss of Tenderfoot Scout at Troop 804

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 UPDATE: 9/23/15:
Apologies for tardy update. Friday’s funeral was a spectacular affair. The enormous sanctuary of Zionsville United Methodist Church was nearly standing-room only attendance. The scouts showed up in large numbers from many different levels of including troops, packs, district, and even Council, in the person of Council Scout Executive Patrick Sterrett.
DJ’s patrol completed a couple of requirements posthumously on DJ’s behalf, allowing Troop 804 to award DJ his Second and First Class ranks, posthumously, too.
Even more impressively, at the request of Troop 804 Scoutmaster Greg Hoyes and the recommendation of the Crossroads of America Council, the National Court of Honor awarded DJ Preece the rather new Spirit of the Eagle Award. This award is reserved for scouts who lost their lives before being able to complete the Eagle Award but throughout their scouting career exhibited the characteristics of being worthy of the Eagle Award. This is high praise for a 12-year old.
The pastor in his homily did an exceptional job of explaining and showing through videos why DJ was worthy of such an award. DJ’s enthusiasm for life, compassion for people, and hard work in following his passions gleamed through all messages.

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Changes in District Rechartering

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Over the past several years, Rechartering has been confused and chaotic in our District.

This year the District Commissioner is working to avoid this problem. The plan is wholly different than what North Star has done in the past. It requires charters to be prepared and turned in on specific dates on October 8th, 14th, and 15th. Each unit is scheduled for a specific date, time, and location for charter turn-in.

Many details about the process and expectations are listed on the district webpage for rechartering. Please make sure that your Committee Chair reviews this page as soon as possible, so that your unit is ready on time for its rechartering turn-in date.

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Popcorn pickup Friday, Sept 18

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Remember, this Friday, popcorn will be available for pick up and use in show-and-sale.

We are ending the second week of the “Popcorn Take Order Sales Blitz”! Encourage your Scouts to try to make the $350 goal in the next few days to earn the iTunes gift card. Remind your parents that they must submit a copy of their Scout’s sales sheet by 5pm on 9/21/15. See the following link for more details.Popcorn 2015 logo

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Another Rocket Launch . . . in Zionsville

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Did you miss Saturday, September 12th’s Rocket Launch? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

There will be another Rocket Launch this Saturday, September 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road, Zionsville, IN 46077. (Rain date September 26th.)

Please RSVP here so that we can plan accordingly.

This will be hosted by Packs 358 and 105.

AdventureMake sure your Cubs get to launch their rockets!!

Launch Day!!!

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Here are some of the pictures we’ve seen so far.


New Cub Training: Hints and Tricks

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ScoutingU landing pageBSA has finally made the new Cub Training system available online. I have completed the first third of the Den Leader Training. From this limited experience, I have learned a lot about the new system.

Different System

The new training system is wholly different than our old system. It relies on a third-party vendor that provides online training systems which is branded as ScoutingU. This means that you have to login to the new system, even if you are already logged into to my.scouting.org. The ScoutingU website has its own quirks and navigational issues. Its flow is terrible. You have to read the instructions extremely carefully, because it is not at all like either the old system or most any other operating system that you have used.

Please note that the vendor does not appear to have access to your “Trained” record in ScoutNet (as viewed in my.scouting.org or myscouting.scouting.org). It can only report whether you have “Completed” or are “Incomplete” on the vendor’s training modules. Please check with my.scouting.org for your training records’ status.

If you are having technical difficulties accessing the new training site, read the comments section below for updates and tips for troubleshooting.

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New Eagles from September 9th District Boards of Review

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Jerry Simon, chair of the Eagle Boards of Review, has reported to the District that the following scouts have passed their Eagle Boards of Review on September 9, 2015:

  1. Calvin Bruce T-343
  2. Daniel Salima T- 269
  3. Eric Hofer T- 514
  4. Nicholas Leverenz  T- 514

Congratulations to North Star District’s newest Eagles!

St Monica’s Fire

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Our chartered organization St. Monica’s Catholic Church had a fire. Initial reports are that it suffered $400,000 damage to the area around its Narthex.

District Commissioner Jeff Heck has spoken to their Chartered Organization Representative Chuck Meers for Pack 514 and Troop 514. Chuck reports no immediate needs for his units, but he acknowledges that this is subject to change as rebuilding begins. The units meet in an out-building, so they did not take a direct hit from the fire.

In the meantime, please keep these loyal scouters and their fellow parishioners in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE 9/9/2015 11:55 am: 

A statement from Archbishop Joseph Tobin:

You probably have already heard about the fire at St. Monica Church early this morning. 

· There was a serious fire at St. Monica Church early on the morning of September 9, 2015. The first alarm was sounded about 3:30 AM. Fathers Todd Goodson and Martín Rodriguez as well as Michelle Boyd (school principal) and Barbara Bacon (business manager), rushed to the scene.

· There were no injuries.

· The narthex of the church is destroyed. While there is no fire or water damage to the worship space, the church proper was filled with smoke and there is probably some damage. The school and other buildings were not damaged.

· The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

· Classes have been cancelled for today but Mass was celebrated at 8:00 AM in the gym.

· Please pray for the parish of St. Monica. 

Thank you.


District Rocket Launch this Saturday, September 12th

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Sharla Merrick, our Cub Roundtable Commissioner, led a discussion last Thursday about this Saturday’s District Rocket Launch. Here is what she reports from that conversation:

WHERE: Camp Belzer, 6102 N Boy Scout Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46226.
TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Open House. Come when you can.)
We need personnel to man the following activities for the whole time or shifts (contact Jeff Heck):
  1. Firecrafter: fire demo,Adventure
  2. Troops: cooking,
  3. Provided: Archery and BB gun shooting.
This event is a Pack event. This means that the Pack must either provide 2-deep leadership for the boys unaccompanied by parents or that a parent must accompany the Cub Scout. Put simply neither Council or District is set up to handle unaccompanied Cub Scouts.
Watch this blog post for updates.

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.