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  News Blast October 30, 2015 


 Council Wide Announcements & Calendar 

Marketing Minute

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.


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

Saturday, November 14, 2015 9 AM - 4 PM

Beering Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana

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


     Popcorn Sale Information

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 Nutcracker
Nutcracker Mug Set
BSA 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.

Click here 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

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
Property Committee Meeting - Camp Buffalo - 7 PM
Webelos Activity Badge Midway Hosted by North Star District - Camp Buffalo - 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Finance Committee Meeting - Kokomo - 7 PM
Program Committee Meeting - Cary Camp - 7 PM
Property Committee Meeting - Camp Buffalo - 6 PM
Office & Camps Closed for Veterans Day
University of Scouting - Purdue University - 8 AM
Executive Committee Meeting - Kokomo - 7 PM
Popcorn Distribution
OA Fall Fellowship - Camp Buffalo
Scout Night with Indiana Pacers
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis


OA Lodge Meeting - Camp Buffalo
Commissioner Meeting - Cary Camp
Office & Camps Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Recharter Paperwork Due to Council

           DECEMBER 2015
Property Committee Meeting 7 PM
Unit Recharter Payments for Units Due to Council
Popcorn Payments, Prizes Orders, Incentive, Scholarships Due to Council by 5 PM

Council Camp Programs Expo - Cary Camp 4 PM
OA Lodge Meeting - Grissom Air Museum
OA Winter Banquet - Crosswinds UMC, Logansport
Executive Board Meeting - Cary Camp - 6:30 PM
Commissioner Meeting - Cary Camp - 6 PM
Office and Camps Closed for Christmas Holiday



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(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 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  Nominations

Do 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  Reception

The 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 Accepted

The 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.

November Roundtable

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 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 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.





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. 



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