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News Blast September 2, 2015


 Council Wide Announcements & Calendar 

Sagamore Council 

Scout Service Center & Trading Post 
Will Be Closed
Monday, September 7, 2015 
in observance of Labor Day

We will re-open at 9 AM on Tuesday, September 8th. 


Soles 4 Souls - Recycle your old shoes!
Collection date: September 12, 2015

The Sagamore Council is proud to announce that we will be participating in a COUNCIL WIDE Service Project! Collect shoes as a unit or individually in your communities and bring them to the District Welcome to Scouting event on September 12th. Our goal is to collect 5,000 pairs and help change 5,000 lives. Individuals can earn a patch and service hours for collecting 25 or more pairs of shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls! Click here for more information about this program, including a form to track your unit donations and an order form for special patches.

Fall Into Scouting
Weekend of September 11-12, 2015

To welcome new Scouts who joined this fall, each District is hosting a Fall Into Scouting event in September. Dates and fees are listed below. Registration is by Unit on CampMaster. Please join us as we kick off a great new year!

North Star District
Overnight campout - Friday & Saturday
September 11-12th at Camp Buffalo
Cost is $18 per person

Peshewa District
Overnight campout - Saturday & Sunday
September 12-13 at Bass & Bucks, Wabash
Early bird fee is $10 through September 4th
Late registration fee is $15

Wabash Valley District
Saturday - September 12 at Cary Camp
Cost is $12 per person

Popcorn Kick-Off is Next Week!

North Star District
Tuesday, September 8th
Camp Buffalo at 7:30 PM

Peshewa District
Wednesday, September 9th
Greentown Fairgrounds at 7:00 PM

Wabash Valley District
Thursday, September 10th
Cary Camp at 7:00 PM

Your unit will pick up their show and sell popcorn order following your unit kick-off, so please let Sherry know if you plan on attending another district's kick off. We will need to ensure your popcorn order is placed on the correct distribution semi.

"Fill It Up" Incentive
If any Scout "Fills Up" an entire Take Order form, submit a copy of it to the Council office and the Scout will receive a Firetek Rocket at the Cub Haunted Weekend in October. If you are not present at the event, arrangements will be made to have your appropriate District Executive deliver. What fun will the boys have shooting these rockets!  

Sagamore Council Fall Camporee
Fair Oaks Farms Adventure

September 25 - 27, 2015
Cost: $18.50 

This is a Camporee you will not want to miss! We will be camping both nights, plus we will be doing the Dairy Adventure, Dairy Tour, Hog Adventure, Hog Tour, Ropes, Private tours of the Digester System, Natural Gas System, and Orchard (not normally seen by the public). We will be featuring highlights of the Animal Science & Farm Mechanics Merit Badges.Cost for this event is $18.50. (This is a bargain; regular price not including the private tours is $30.00.) Register now for this event on CampMaster. Click here for more information.

Cub Scout Shoot-Out at Cary Camp
Saturday, September 26, 2015
AM or PM Session
Cost: $5.00

Cub Scout leaders should sign their youth up today for the Cub Scout Shoot-Out event at Cary Camp! Held on September 26th, this two-part event is designed to be a streamlined shooting experience for youth! Youth and families can register for either the morning or afternoon course. It is important to arrive on time, as a late arrival means less time shooting!  Registration is done as a unit, but due to limited capacity is NOT automatically confirmed. Once a unit is confirmed we ask that they do NOT adjust numbers to help ensure a fair process for all kids involved. More information and registration is available on CampMaster!

Flag Retirement Ceremony - Kokomo
Friday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM
Troop 523 will be hosting a Flag Retirement Ceremony during Kokomo's October First Friday event on Friday, October 2nd, 2015, from 6:00 - 6:30 PM in downtown Kokomo (corner of Sycamore and Buckeye).
After the Ceremony, we will take a moment to honor our Police Department, FBI, Fire Department, EMS, and the four main branches of the Military.

Any Troops or individual Scouts that need to participate in a Flag Ceremony (or need service hours) should be on location at 5:30 PM.  Look for Ed Bragg; he will be wearing a Scout uniform. All participating individuals will receive a card after the ceremony to give to their Scout Leader for proof of participation. For more information, call Ed Bragg at 765-513-4273.

Meet The Troops Weekend
October 16-18 at Cary Camp

All Boy Scout Troops and Webelos are invited to Cary Camp the weekend of October 16th to 18th for a new type of campout! This campout will offer troops the ability to show off what Boy Scouts is all about to the Webelos by demonstrating various skills and talking about how their troop works. Webelos will have the chance to meet many troops and discover which troop they might want to cross over into. Both Webelos and Boy Scouts will be able to complete rank advancement requirements while there! Registration will include GOOD meals for the weekend, a patch, and a camping experience! Look for the leaders guide and registration to be open on CampMaster in early September.

Scout Night with the Indiana Pacers  
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Order Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2015

Cost: ticket prices start at $13.10


You are invited to participate in our fantastic Scout Night with the Indiana Pacers! By purchasing tickets for the game through this offer, you will also:

  • Be able to shoot a free throw on the main court after the game
  • Receive a FREE Scout Night patch
  • Purchase a Scout Value Pack ($26.00 or $47.45 ticket) that includes a FREE hot dog, chips, small Pepsi product, and Pacers gift
  • Be a part of a SPECIAL MEET & GREET with a Pacers player after the post-game free throw on the court

There are three ticket options available; check out the flyer for more information. To order tickets, either complete this form and mail it with payment to the address on the form, OR visit this site (Password: Scouts).


Other Upcoming Council Events


There are many fun filled events coming up this fall. Please mark your calendars and watch for emails blasts of the event flyers.


October 23-24, 2015 - Cub Haunted Weekend Session 1


October 24-25, 2015 - Cub Haunted Weekend Session 2


November 14, 2015 - University of Scouting, Fall Semester   

Camp Work Days


There are several projects to be done at our Camps, and the Property Committee has set 2 work days for this fall. These are open to anyone--Scout, Scouter or any volunteer who loves Scouting. You can come for the day or your Unit can come and camp for the weekend. The dates are:


*Cary Camp Work-Day Saturday, September 19th - 8 AM to 4 PM


*Camp Buffalo Work-Day Saturday, October 3rd -  8 AM to 4 PM


Lunch will be provided at both workdays. Contact Mark Hildebrandt, Sagamore Council Property Chair with any questions. Units planning on camping overnight,  contact Chas Triplett

Marketing Minute

This issue's marketing minute focuses on marketing your events.  Now that you've recruited these new Scouts to #BuildAnAdventure, make sure they KNOW about the upcoming adventures!  Communication is key, folks, and we cannot assume these new Scouting families will know everything about everything, especially the 'lingo' that we all use.  Let's be honest - did you know what YPT meant the first time you saw it?  (It's Youth Protection Training, in case you need a reminder.)

As you read in this issue, you'll see that we have the Launch/Fall Into Scouting events on September 12, with our council-wide service project, Soles 4 Souls.  Please "market" these events to your new Scouting families and make sure they understand both the fun and impact they will have on their child's life by attending these events and doing the service project.

One final note - be sure to take photos and post them on your Facebook walls and submit to your local newspapers!  Let's tell Scouting's story this year and show our communities just how we #BuildAnAdventure!

Rechartering Begins Soon

Our window of opportunity for rechartering will open on October 1, 2015.  You will receive your access code from our Registrar, Laura Stanifer, by that time.  If you do not receive your access code via e-mail by October 1st, please contact your District Executive.

Tour and Activity Plans

Tour and Activity plans are very important.  They ensure that proper planning has been done for any adventures that your unit is preparing to undertake.  We are here to support your adventures!

2015 Camp Opportunities:
(Registration is via CampMaster website.)

Cub Haunted Weekend

Session 1:
October 23 & 24, 2015
Cary Camp
Session 2:
October 24 & 25, 2015
Cary Camp


           SEPTEMBER 2015
Property Committee Meeting - 6 PM - Cary Camp
LABOR DAY - Trading Post & Hingst Service Center Closed

Soles 4 Souls Service Project Collection
Popcorn Sales Begin
Finance Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM - Hingst Service Center
Program Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM - Cary Camp
Marketing Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM - Cary Camp
Cary Camp Work Day - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM - Hingst Service Center
Commissioners Meeting - 6:00 PM - Cary Camp
Fall Camporee @ Fair Oaks Dairy Farm
Cub Scout Shoot-Out

           OCTOBER 2015
Camp Buffalo Work Day - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Feast of the Hunters' Moon
Property Committee Meeting - 6:00 PM
Show & Sell Popcorn Inventory Return
Webelos Meet the Troops Weekend
Executive Board Meeting - 6:30 PM - Camp Buffalo
"Fill It Up" popcorn forms due to Scout Office
Popcorn Unit Orders due online by 5:00 PM
Cub Haunted Weekend - Session 1
Cub Haunted Weekend - Session2
Commissioners Meeting - 6:00 PM - Cary Camp



View Full Council Google Calendar


(The Council Google calendar includes both council and district events, meetings and roundtables in addition to Council events.)   


Applications for Financial Assistance

for Needy Scouts


Applications for Financial Assistance with membership registration fees for Needy Scouts should be filled out, signed by both parent and leader, and submitted to the council.  Scouts who request assistance for a uniform shirt will not be awarded this until they have received their first rank and this information as been turned in to the office. 



General information about Applications for Financial Assistance for Needy Scouts.    



 Wabash Valley District Announcements



Wabash Valley District Contacts:


    District Team Lead - Dylan Melling  765-639-4398

    District Executive - Mitchell Ahnert  765-469-3197 

    District Commissioner - Dirk Hilt  765-418-6278

    District Chairman - Mike Boebinger  217-313-7688  


Wabash Valley serves Benton, Carroll, Tippecanoe,

Warren & Northern Fountain Counties 


Fall into Scouting
Remember that Fall into Scouting is right around the corner! As your new Cub Scouts are joining, please encourage their attendance on September 12th at Cary Camp! This will be a fantastic time for them to experience the fun of Cub Scouts, and to have the promises of BB's archery, games, rockets, and more fulfilled! Early Bird Registration ends on September 9th. For $12.00 participants will receive a lunch and dinner throughout the day! Registration is now available via CampMaster.

Nominations being accepted
The Wabash Valley District is now accepting nominations for Scouters who you think belong on the District Committee. The only requirement is that a person be willing to help; we can help place you in a spot that would match your passions! If interested, please contact District Chair Mike Boebinger at

Wabash Valley District Eagle Scouts
                 Anson Call                          Team 2391
                 Kian Toman                        Troop 338
                 Andrew McCarthy-Brown    Troop 338


 Peshewa District Announcements



 Peshewa District Contacts: 


     District Team Lead - Daniel Carbaugh - 765-480-3716

     District Executive - Chris Crow - 757-952-4341 

     District Commissioner - Don Harper - 765-860-4474

     District Chairman - Nick Pate  


Peshewa District serves Blackford, Grant, Howard, Miami 

 and Wabash Counties 


Blast into Scouting at Welcome to Scouting
Mark your calendar for our Welcome to Scouting campout on September 12th-13th at Bass & Bucks in Wabash! The new Scouts will also be able to shoot off the rockets they received on recruitment night, so be sure to let them know about this event.This family camping overnight will include many exciting events including BB's, archery, sling shots, rocket launches, campfire, and a night hike. Check-in begins at 2:30 PM on Saturday. We will provide dinner Saturday evening and Sunday morning breakfast.

Early bird fee - $10 through September 4th
Registration fee - $15 after September 4th

Registration is online at CampMaster. For more details on the weekend, please contact Daniel Carbaugh at the Scout Office.

Popcorn Kickoff
Don't forget--our Popcorn Kickoff for the Peshewa District will be September 9th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Howard County 4H Fairgrounds. Make sure your Popcorn Kernel is there to get all the information. See you then!  

Peshewa District Eagle Scouts
                    Joshua Pate   Troop 519                  


 North Star District Announcements



 North Star District Contacts: 


     District Executive - Jason Revord - 765-418-7381 

     District Commissioner - Tressa Bowman 

     District Chairman -  Tony Schroeder    


North Star District serves Cass, Fulton, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski & White Counties 


Welcome to Scouting
The North Star Welcome to Scouting 2015 will be held at Camp Buffalo on September 11th-12th. This year's theme is Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)! This will be a family camping overnight filled with top secret fun. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will include:
          -Skills Training (Obstacle Course with a "laser" maze)
          -Weapons Training (Archery)
          -Target Practice (BB guns)
          -Investigator ID
          -Crime Scene Processing
          -Rocket Building

Check-in will open at 6:00 PM on Friday. Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 8:00 AM, and the day will conclude with a rocket launch at 6:30 PM. Meals will be served on Saturday. Cost is $18. Registration is on CampMaster.

Next Roundtable
The October Roundtable will be held on October 10th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Camp Buffalo. We will hand out information on rechartering, but the main portion of the day will be a training fair. We will have trainings running from Unit Committee trainings, Den Deader and Cubmaster Specifics, Youth Protection, and even Safe Swim. At previous Roundtables we gave out a packet that detailed the training needs of each unit, so please review your list and invite all members listed as "untrained" to attend (with the exception of those needing scoutmaster specifics or introduction to outdoor leadership trainings as they require more time than the roundtable is allotted). For the boys we will be opening up the shooting ranges during Roundtable. Sign-up for specific classes will soon be available on CampMaster. We will break for lunch, so pack your lunch and plan to join us for the day.


 Takachsin Lodge - Order of the Arrow



Order of the Arrow Takachsin Lodge Contacts:


    Lodge Chief - Lucas Bowman

    Lodge Advisor - Steve Bowman

    Staff Advisor - Chas Triplett  


Welcome New Members

Takachsin Lodge would like to congratulate our three newest Vigil Members: Vicki Triplett, Nathan Demein, and Steve Bowman. We would also like to welcome the 38 new Members and congratulate the 18 Members that achieved Brotherhood at the Fall Ordeal.
Upcoming OA Events:

OA Fall Fun Fellowship is November 20-22th at Camp Buffalo. This event is open to all members. This is a totally FUN weekend!!!! This year's theme is Jedi Knight of the Sash. That's right, the Lodge has added a Star Wars twist to our Knights of the Sash event of two years ago. You will not want to miss out on this one, so mark your calendars now!  





New Trainings


There is a new Den Leader Training. The new Den Leader Training is code number C42. This training covers Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders. The old Den Leader Trainings C41 and C61 will no longer be accepted.

This fall a new Merit Badge Counselor Training will be released online. This will be a required training. Current Merit Badge Counselors will need to pick it up, and once it is released, new counselors will not be approved without it.


Adult Counselor Training for Catholic Religious Emblems

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Continental Breakfast / Registration 8:30 AM
Training Program 9 AM - 11:30 AM; Evaluations 11:30 - Noon

Access registration form here or contact Marcia Eckstein via email or phone (765-457-4747) for more information.  Deadline for registration is 5 PM Tuesday, September 8th.


Training Contacts:


    North Star District Training Chair - Sam Rance    

    North Star District Outdoor Leader Skills - Scott Grandstaff 

    North Star District Youth Protection - Mike Richardson 


    Peshewa District Training Chair - Randy Rusch 


    Wabash Valley District Training Chair - Ann Harding 


    Council Training Chair -  Denise Chauret


    Council Training Staff Advisor - Chas Triplett    


Service Hours 

If your unit has done service hours this past year and you have not logged them on please contact Chas Triplett with your information. We know all units do service; it is very important that we log these hours. We are willing to help you with this if you don't want to do it on your own. 



Tributes / Memorial Contributions



In Memory of: Jim Hoover



John & Arlene Balvich
Kara Fishburn
Philip McGraw
Gail K. Mitchell
Ron & Vicki Robinson
Carol Simmons Family

Allen & Patricia Toben
Doug & Kathy Wilcox
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Woolley and Family
Bill & Peg 



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