News Blast October 30, 2015
Council Wide Announcements & Calendar
You can always tell about your Scouting story and try to recruit new youth no matter what time of the year is is. With the approach of Halloween, don't forget to use your candy as a recruiting tool. How? (No, don't drive around the neighborhood in your van offering candy to kids - that's frowned upon, ha-ha!)
Instead, as the ghosts, goblins, pirates, super heros, and other characters knock on your door, give them your goody and have one of these fine recruiting labels stuck to your snack or gift! You will find them here
titled "Candy Labels".
We've had a busy fall with lots of events. From the new Scout rocket launches at each district's Welcome to Scouting event to the fall camporee at the Fair Oaks Farm to the Cub Haunted Weekend, your unit should have plenty to share about their experiences. Don't forget to send that photo and paragraph to your local newspaper! A picture IS worth a thousand words, so make sure your unit is "speaking" loudly to its community.
NOTICE TO ALL MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS:
If you have received a letter stating that D76: Merit Badge Counselor Orientation is required, you may ignore this. D76 Merit Badge Counselor Orientation has been postponed online until the start of 2016.
All that is required at this point for Merit Badge Counselors to renew registration membership is Youth Protection Training.
|Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills & Scoutmaster Specifics Training
November 20 - 22, 2015 at Cary Camp
This is a complete training for Scoutmasters and Assistants. It will run from 5 PM Friday to 3 PM Sunday and will also include Webelos Leaders OWLS. Cost is $30, and a minimum enrollment of 12 is needed. Register via CampMaster by midnight on November 15, 2015.
University of Scouting, Fall Semester
Beering Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana
Saturday, November 14, 2015 9 AM - 4 PM
Register at CampMaster
website. Lunch will be provided.
No "At the Door" registrations will be accepted.
Cost: $12.50 if registered and paid by November 2, 2015
$20.00 if registered after November 2nd
Registration deadline is November 9, 2015
This event will include merit badge classes for youth as well as training classes for adult leaders.Merit Badge Classes
: Cooking*, Engineering, Communications*, Nuclear Science, Electronics, Veterinary Medicine, Citizen in the World*, Environmental Science*, Animal Science, & Farm Mechanics
Each Merit Badge Class is being offered in both morning and afternoon. Scouts may select two Merit Badge Classes.
Note: Merit Badge Classes with an asterisk next to the class name will be partially completed at the event.Access Schedule of Adult Leader Classes
.Printable Flyer for University of Scouting Fall Semester 2015
Christmas Has Arrived at the Kokomo Trading Post!
New Christmas items have arrived for you to add to your Boy Scout collection! New Items include:OA 100th Anniversary Nutcracker 2015 Scoutmaster NutcrackerNutcracker Mug SetBSA Ornaments
2015 additions to the Lighted Scouting Village Collection:
Villa Philmont, Resident Camp Tents, and a Philmont Trek Accessory
Hurry in and check these out! Village Collection pieces are going fast!
Soles 4 Souls Service Project Extension
Sagamore Council has extended the Council-wide Soles 4 Souls
service project. You may collect shoes as a unit or individually throughout the fall! Drop them off at the following collection sites:
Scout Service Center - Kokomo
Cary Camp - Lafayette
Camp Buffalo - Monticello
Individuals can earn a patch and service hours for collecting 25 or more pairs of shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls
! Our Council's goal is to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes. All shoes should be paired by either rubber band or laces and delivered in trash bags.
for more information about this program, including a form to track your unit donations and an order form units may use to order patches.
Cary Camp Trading Post Hours
The hours of operation for the Trading Post at Cary Camp are below. However, please call before coming to the Cary Trading Post to confirm that Adam will be there. Call Adam at 567-644-1087. Some evenings he may be away from camp attending a unit event to provide a "mobile trading post."
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM + Event Specific Hours
Sundays: Closed Except tor Specific Council/District Events
Cary Trading Post Will Be Closed on the dates below:
November 6-8, 2015 (Tentative)
November 13, 2015
November 25-29, 2015 (Thanksgiving)Printable Reference Sheet - Cary Camp Trading Post Hours
Eleventh Annual Veterans Parade
November 6th - 1:00 PM in Marion
This parade/celebration will be held at the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) in Marion. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has A Story."
Attendance along the parade route is encouraged to publicly honor our veterans. Scouts may also pay special tribute to Veterans and their service to our country by entering a float, vehicle, or special talent in the parade. Following the parade there will be an opportunity to visit with Veterans in the Community Living Center and Recreation Therapy.
Staging for the parade will begin at noon. To RSVP concerning participation in the parade or access more information contact Wendy Ashley at 765-674-3321, ext. 73114.
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).
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.
Unit Leaders, Please Note:
Financial Help for Needy Scouts forms will not be approved unless they are filled out completely. This means that the section listing the "Scout's Efforts to Provide and Support the Unit" MUST be filled out, also.
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.
2015 Application for Financial Assistance for Needy Scouts
General information about Applications for Financial Assistance for Needy Scouts.
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!
| NOVEMBER 2015|
|3||Property Committee Meeting - Camp Buffalo - 7 PM|
|7||Webelos Activity Badge Midway Hosted by North Star District - Camp Buffalo - 9 AM - 4:30 PM|
|9||Finance Committee Meeting - Kokomo - 7 PM|
|9||Program Committee Meeting - Cary Camp - 7 PM|
|10||Property Committee Meeting - Camp Buffalo - 6 PM|
|11||Office & Camps Closed for Veterans Day|
|14||University of Scouting - Purdue University - 8 AM|
|16||Executive Committee Meeting - Kokomo - 7 PM|
|20-22||OA Fall Fellowship - Camp Buffalo |
|21||Scout Night with Indiana Pacers|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
|22||OA Lodge Meeting - Camp Buffalo|
|24||Commissioner Meeting - Cary Camp|
|26-27||Office & Camps Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday|
|30||Recharter Paperwork Due to Council|
| DECEMBER 2015|
|1||Property Committee Meeting 7 PM|
|4||Unit Recharter Payments for Units Due to Council|
|4||Popcorn Payments, Prizes Orders, Incentive, Scholarships Due to Council by 5 PM|
|6||Council Camp Programs Expo - Cary Camp 4 PM|
|6||OA Lodge Meeting - Grissom Air Museum|
|12||OA Winter Banquet - Crosswinds UMC, Logansport|
|14||Executive Board Meeting - Cary Camp - 6:30 PM|
|22||Commissioner Meeting - Cary Camp - 6 PM|
|24-25||Office and Camps Closed for Christmas Holiday|
View Full Council Google Calendar
(The Council Google calendar includes both council and district events, meetings and roundtables in addition to Council events.)
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
2015 Family Investment in Character Campaign
Did your unit enjoy a visit to Cary Camp this year or experience having someone at the Service Center answer the phone? Did you access a Scouting website or receive support for your unit's programming? Did a youth receive a scholarship, campership, or other assistance? If so, then your unit benefited from some of the many programs offered by Sagamore Council for support! These programs and many more are supported by funds donated by individual families and community members. It is expected that all units allow a presentation so that families on their own can decide if they would be willing to support programs like this. Previously known as Friends of Scouting, the campaign is being renamed Investment in Character to better represent what the program is achieving. Unit leaders should contact Mike Silver to schedule a presentation date now.
Unit Service Hours
Have your service hours been submitted to be tracked for your Journey to Excellence? Submitting them is easy and is a critical part of tracking our success as a council. You can submit service hours through the www.sagamorebsa.org website. You can enter hours that were completed any time within the last calendar year. When turning in your signed charter, please turn in your Journey to Excellence Scorecard which can be found here.
District Awards NominationsDo you know of an outstanding Scouter who has helped make the program fantastic this year? Nominate him or her for an award! Every unit can select one leader per 30 boys registered for a "Spark Plug" award. Other awards include the Outstanding Cub Scout Leader, Outstanding Boy Scout Leader, Outstanding Venturing Leader, District Award of Merit, Hall of Fame, and the Hank Boze Award for Boy Scouts. Award forms are on the District Page on the council website.
District Award ReceptionThe 2015 District Award Reception will be held at St. Andrews in West Lafayette on December 3rd at 7pm. This awards reception will be where award winners receive their awards, and serve as a good social gathering for Scouters. Registration is $15 per unit, regardless of how many people will be attending. We do ask that each unit provide a shareable dessert per 5 attendees, so that people may truly enjoy the night! If you have any questions, please Email Mitchell Ahnert for more information, or get registered today on CampMaster.
Nominations Being AcceptedThe Wabash Valley District is now accepting nominations for Scouters who you think belong on the District Committee. The only requirement going in is that a person be willing to help, we can help place you in a spot that would match your passions! If interested, please email District Chair Mike Boebinger.
Please make sure to attend November Roundtable on November 12th at Trinity United Methodist Church at 7 pm!
District Cubmaster & Scoutmaster Email List*Cub Scout Leaders and Boy Scout Leaders can be added to an email list connecting all of the Scouters in our District. If you would like to be added and kept up to date on events, information, dates etc. email Jeff Rattray.
District Award Nomination Forms**District Award Nomination Forms will be released on October 1st and will be available for download at www.Sagamorebsa.org and will be emailed out to Unit Leaders. Nominations are due by 5PM on October 30th. Email to Mitchell Ahnert or give to Mitchell or Dylan in person.
Scoutmaster Specific Training
There will be a Scoutmaster Specific Training opportunity at Cary Camp November 20-22. Introduction of Outdoor Leadership Skills will be offered as well. This course will fulfill all of the training requirements that a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster needs to be considered trained! This weekend will go over the best methods to lead a troop with, ways to teach youth skills in the outdoors, how to improve youth leadership, and more! Please email Ann Harding if you would like to attend.
Wabash Valley District Eagle Scouts
John Folkers Troop 335
Jeremiah Kemp Troop 316
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
Peshewa District Dinner
This year's Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Howard County 4-H Fairgrounds in Greentown. Gathering will begin at 6:00 PM, and the dinner will be at 6:30 PM. The program will include the District Annual Election and award presentations honoring volunteers in the Peshewa District. The fee for this year's event is $10.00 per person and is open to all volunteers and their spouses.
Pre-registration is required by Monday, December 9, 2015. Fee for the program includes volunteer awards and the main course. Additional details will be available soon.
Reminder about Recharter Dates
This fall recharter opens on October 1st and all charters are due to the council office by November 30th. Payments are due the same time as popcorn payments on December 5th. There is no grace period anymore so if your unit isn't rechartered by January 1st, there are serious consequences for not doing so. Make sure you get started early and stay on top of it. If you need help or have questions, talk to Daniel or Chris.
Schedule Your INVESTMENT IN SCOUTING Presentation!
Please be sure to schedule your Investment in Scouting presentation this month. To continue receiving the level of service you do from the Sagamore Council, we need to have a more successful fundraising year than ever before. Call Daniel or Chris at 765-452-8253, or send an email to Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org with the date of your Pack's Blue & Gold Banquet or your Troop's Court of Honor. To assist the fundraising season kickoff, you may also schedule a presentation for next year at your November or December unit meeting.
Eagle Board and Project Approval Changes
For Peshewa, Jerry Price has stepped away from Eagle Boards. We want to thank Jerry for his service in providing quality Eagle Boards here in the District. Going forward have been operationally changes to how Eagle Boards and process will work going forward in the Peshewa District.
For Eagle Project approval, Scouts who have an Eagle project ready to obtain project approval should bring their project to Roundtable where they can meet with the Project approver. Scouts will have to make the presentation there and get any questions answered at that time.
Once Scouts finish their project, they should submit their Eagle Packet to the Council office for Verification. To go in a particular month's board, Scouts have to have all materials needed turned in the Monday a week before the Eagle Board.
There are two Eagle Boards in the Peshewa District. The Kokomo Eagle Board will meet on the Second Tuesday of the month. Scouts will be contacted to confirm their Eagle Board. All Kokomo Eagle Boards will be held at Indiana University Kokomo Board and chaired by Dr. Giesecke. The Kokomo Board will cover Howard and Miami County.
In Marion, They will follow the same process for Eagle Project approval. For Eagle Boards they will be scheduled as needed and will be hosted in Marion. Scouts in Wabash and Grant County will participate in the
Marion Eagle Board.
Those having questions and needing guidance on the whole process should contact Daniel Carbaugh
at the Scout office.
Peshewa District Eagle Scouts
Quinnton Miller Troop 528
Alex Surber 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
Webelos Activity Badge Midway Nov. 7th
It's still not too late to sign up for the Webelos Midway at Camp Buffalo from 9 AM to 5 PM on November 7th. Registration is just ten dollars per Scout (if registered by October 30th) and there will be classes for both the old and the new program. This is a good opportunity to earn a lot of advancement in a short period of time so sign up on CampMaster
today! If you have questions, contact Josh Lane
by email or at 574-870-7436.
North Star District Eagle Scouts
Jacob Lytle Troop 221
Jerome Wyrobek III Troop 167
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
Lodge Members~the 2015 Fall Fun Fellowship is November 20-22 at Camp Buffalo. This is an all FUN weekend event!!!! Come get your Root Beer floats at the Mos Isley Cantina. Show off your skills at the Jedi Got Talent show, join in the Storm Trooper Karaoke, or Star Wars Trivia. See how you do at the Storm Trooper Shooting Range, Sarlacc Pit Challenge, or Blaster Ball. Learn how to build your own Light Saber or Join the Empire/Rebellion in the Battle for Camp Hoth. This is going to be a great weekend. Register on CampMaster soon. Event patches are free for the first 100 members registered before November 16th ($5 after the preregistration deadline).
"Rekindle the Fire" to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow at a very special Rededication Lodge Ceremony. This will be held Saturday at the Fall Fun Fellowship. Special gifts will be given out to all participants. Add to the fire of Fellowship and Rekindle the fire. If you are signed up for the Fall Fun Fellowship then you are already signed up for the Rededication. Don't miss out on this event.
Next Lodge meeting will be held at the Fall Fun Fellowship.
Mark your Calendars!!!! The Takachsin Lodge Winter Awards Banquet and officer elections will be held December 12, 2015 at Crosswinds United Methodist Church located (616 North State Road 25, Logansport, IN 46947). We have some unbelievable items to be auctioned off this year. Fellowship will start at 10:00 am followed by Officer Elections, Auction, Banquet and Awards. This event is open to all so bring your family and friends. See Camp Master for more details.
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
If your unit has done service hours this past year and you have not logged them on myscouting.org 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