Reminder to District Chairs: Semi-annual Operations Meeting in October

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Council Operations Meeting October 2015

Tuesday October 20, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Event Details
The purpose of this meeting is to gather key volunteers from all district in the council to recognize success stories, review the state of the council and learn about council initiatives that impact your role in the district and Scouting in general.  The Council Operations meeting will consist of a general session followed by breakout sessions for

  1. Membership,
  2. Public Relations/Marketing,
  3. Program,
  4. Training,
  5. Activities/Civic Service,
  6. Camping,
  7. Advancement, and
  8. Commissioners.

A light meal will be served beginning at 6:30 pm, with the program to begin at 7:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing you on October 20th!


This Thursday: Roundtable and Chartered Org Rep Training

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District Commissioner Jeff Heck encourages all units to send adult leaders to Roundtable. Former Cubmaster for Pack 105 and current Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 358 Tom Sugar will be leading a discussion on Cub recruitment.

Cub Scout logoTom was instrumental in recruiting in Pack 105 when it started a few years ago. Tom put a heavy dose of outdoor experiences into his Cub programming. As a result, he used the outdoor experiences as part of the Pack’s marketing.

Come be a part of the conversation about Cub and Scout recruiting. Learn how to tell your story about what you do in a way that is interesting and persuasive to both boys and parents.

After the 6:30 p.m. general session for open conversations, Tom will start with his discussions.Chartered Organization Representative patch

Also, Chartered Organization Representative Training (#D72) will be held after the general session. (Estimated start time 7:00 p.m.) This training is required for all Chartered Org. Reps. Please makes sure that your Chartered Org Rep is aware of this session and either has plans to attend or has contacted the District Commissioner to let the Commissioner Service know your Chartered Org Rep’s availability for another training session.

Chartered Org Reps have not been actively participating in the North Star District for the last few years. Our theory is that part of this low participation is that our units and the District have not made a concerted effort to train them on what the position’s responsibilities are. This training will help to begin remedying this problem.

The Chartered Org Rep is supposed to supervise all scouting activities for the chartered organization. The Chartered Org Rep is sometimes jokingly referred to as the Chief Scouting Officer of the Chartered Organization. The Rep should be supervising the units and actively participating in appointing a unit chair. The Rep should be attending District Committee meetings as the Chartered Organization’s representative to District and to Council.

Please help us encourage our Chartered Org Reps know how important training is for the health of your unit and your chartered organization.trained patch

STEM Scouts Expanding . . . to our Backyard

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Patrick Sterrett, our Crossroads of America Council Scout Executive, spoke to the College of Commissioner Science at Belzer’s Activity Center on June 6, 2015.  He covered a variety of topics, but one of them had a direct impact on our local council: the introduction of a pilot program for STEM Scouts.STEM Scout Logo

Patrick described the traditional scouting program as “outdoor scouts.” To reach more youth, BSA and our Council are piloting a new “indoor scouts,” called “STEM Scouts.” Patrick reports that the Council is excited to be a part of this project. It has required the acquisition of a Vortex lab.

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Saturday’s “Ideal Year of Scouting”

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Saturday is the annual training for “Ideal Year of Scouting.” Assistant Director of Field Services Darin Stendl reported at Roundtable last night that this is designed as an “open house.” This means that you can show up at the time that is convenient for you.  There will be training sessions all morning and vendor booths available. These vendors will be happy to discuss what opportunities they have your youth.

The event takes place at Golden Burke Scout Service Center from 9 AM to 1 PM this Saturday.

This program is ideal for unit leaders, committee members, and the Patrol Leaders’ Council.  Every unit should send a representative!

For more information, see the Crossroads of America Council website. 

District Leadership Conference Announced

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Mark Maucere of Pack 105, Troop 358, and Crew 358 has announced that, on Monday 4, 2015 at 7 pm, Troop 358 and its chartered organization St Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in Zionsville hosting an open forum on leadership in the North Star District.  The meeting will be in the St Robert’s Room (northwest corner of Wetzel Hall). See event list for location info and RSVP (“ticketing” is for calendaring. RSVP requested in form of “ticket” but not required to attend). District Chairman Steve James and District Commissioner Jeff Heck will be in attendance.
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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!