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  News Blast November 30, 2015 


 Council Wide Announcements & Calendar 

Attention All Scouts - Looking to Fund an Outdoor Conservation, Eagle, or Hornaday Project?

Consider applying for funding through Tread Lightly!'s 25 for 25 program. The national nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! has launched an initiative funding 25 Restoration for Recreation projects to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  Hurry - Application deadline is 5 PM December 1st, 2015, and projects must be completed by June 2016.  Access details here

2016 Camp Expo 
Cary Camp December 6, 2015

Come and join us as we release 2016 camping information!

We will gather at 2 PM and program will be from 2:15 to 4 PM.
We will review all of our camping programs:  Boy Scout Resident Camp at Camp Buffalo, Cub & Webelos Resident Adventure Camp, New Cub & Webelos Camping Weekends, Family Camping opportunities, and Day Camps council-wide.

This event is open to Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Committee Chairs, Leaders, Senior Patrol Leaders, Parents, or anyone involved with your camping program. Register by December 4, 2015 via CampMaster.

Remember:  Recharter Deadline is November 30th and Recharter Fees are Due December 4th!

Rechartering on time is critical. It is required for Journey to Excellence. It is also required for units to continue registration without interruption.

Your leaders will not be covered by BSA insurance as long as you are not rechartered, and no rank advancements will be entered. So, it is important that charters be turned in on time and without defects. Make sure all your leaders have completed Youth Protection and you have included the $3 insurance fee per person.

If you experience any problems during the Recharter process, please contact Laura Stanifer at 765-452-8253; she will be happy to help you with this process. The link to Recharter is on our Council website, and Laura can provide you with your unit's access code..

Advancement Reporting

Leaders, we need your help -- please take time to verify that your unit advancements are up to date. You may do this by contacting Laura Stanifer, Council Registrar, at the Hingst Service Center, or you may contact Chas Triplett, Council Program Director.

Please submit Advancement Reports on what your Scouts have done this summer and fall, at unit events and Resident Camps, Day Camps, Camporee, Fall into Scouting, Meet the Troops, and University of Scouting. There were many Cub Scouts recruited this fall that should have earned their Bobcat by now; please verify that you have turned in advancement reports for them.

If you purchase advancements out of council, please submit an Advancement Report to the Hingst Service Center. This will help keep your records up to date.

We are here to serve you as you are serving the youth in your units. If you need help with anything, please feel free to contact us.

Lincoln Citizen Day - February  2016

Cub Scouts
Day Event with optional overnight camping 
February 21-22, 2016 
Honeywell Memorial Community Center
Wabash, Indiana  (Packs who elect to camp overnight will stay in the Scout Cabin Saturday night.)  


$5.00 per Person
Sunday's Activities will include scavenger hunt/hike, several hands-on advancement activities, program with flag ceremony, and parade. Scouts, dens or units may enter a patch contest for this event.  Official patch entry form must be used for patch contest. It will be available on council website.

Access additional details and schedule for the Lincoln Citizen Day for Cub Scouts here. 

Register via CampMaster website by February 12, 2016.

Attention Boy Scouts & Troops:

We are looking for Boy Scouts & Troops to help with our New Cub event in Wabash. The former Lincoln Pilgrimage event has been restructured to become an exciting hands-on Cub Scout event titled "Lincoln Citizen Day for Cub Scouts". We need Scouts to be Masters of Ceremonies, run hands-on stations, and help with the flag ceremony. We are offering merit badge opportunities also. Troops can come, the older Scouts can help with the event while younger or other Scouts can pick up merit badges (Scouting Heritage, American Culture, American Heritage, or Citizenship in the Nation). If you are interested in participating contact Chas Triplett, Council Program Director. 

Boy Scout Resident Camp 2016 at Camp Buffalo

Don't delay - Get your Quick Claim Deeds turned in for 2016!

Camp Buffalo Campsite Reservations for Boy Scout Resident Camp

2016 Quick Claim Deed - Boy Scout Resident Camp at Camp Buffalo

Popcorn Wrap Up from Sherry Brady

I have completed the list of Scouts that qualified for the Spin to Win party which will be held Saturday, December 5th at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana; be watching for your invitation.

Camp Card Fundraiser

Our Camp Card Fundraiser is a great way to fund your unit's way to camp in 2016!  If your unit did not participate last year, please be ready to reconsider at your kick-offs in February. I will be coming to speak about the camp cards and will hopefully have all vendors in place and paper samples for you to review. We have secured Marsh for our $5 snap off this year which will add more value to our cards. North Star District, I haven't left you out -- I will try very diligently to offer a separate card to your District that will have some smaller vendors more applicable to your areas. I hope I can count on you to review the samples before you make a determination not to participate.

I know we all just finished the popcorn sale and are fund-raised out, but believe it or not the spring months will be here before you know it. I would like all units to think about who your camp card chairman will be in 2016. I will be sending out a commitment form in next month's e-blast, so be prepared to submit your unit representative's name.

Shopping for Christmas Gifts?

Don't forget, Pinewood Derby cars make great Christmas gifts for your Cub Scout pack. We have gift boxed editions available for a limited time!  Hurry in!

Kokomo Trading Post
Cary Camp Trading Post

Eagle Scout License Plates

Boy Scout Troops, if you would like Indiana to offer Eagle Scout license plates, please download this form and have the Eagles in your unit sign the petition. Once you have collected the signatures in your unit, send it to the address on the bottom of the form.

Philmont Scout Ranch News

Work at Philmont this summer!
If you'll be 18 years old by summer 2016, now is the time to apply for a Philmont staff position. You have the opportunity to be considered from over 1,100 positions.  Internships are available! 
Apply for Work at Philmont

Enjoy a vacation for the whole family at the Philmont Training Center!  Engage in one of over 80 world-class conferences while your whole family enjoys PTC's selection of age-specific program activities. When sitting down for meals throughout the week family members may recall activities such as horseback riding, day hikes, the raft-lodge, dancing and much more!
Register for Summer 2016 - Philmont Training Center

Philmont Museum Expansion Brick Paver Program 
Buy a Brick, Build a Legacy!  Ever wanted to leave your mark on Philmont? Commemorate your trek? Honor your Advisor? Perhaps you'd just like to give a little back and help the next generation of Scouts?  100% of proceeds go towards the upcoming Philmont Museum expansion.
Buy a Brick!

Cary Camp Trading Post Hours

The hours of operation for the Trading Post at Cary Camp are below.  However, please call Adam at 567-644-1087 before coming to the Cary Trading Post to confirm that Adam will be there. Some evenings he may be away from Cary 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
Printable Reference Sheet - Cary Camp Trading Post Hours

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 has been turned in to the office.  


 2016 Application for Financial Assistance for Needy Scouts   


General information about Applications for Financial Assistance for Needy Scouts.    


Announcing the 2017 National Jamboree!

Dates:  July 19-28, 2017


The National Jamboree is the Boy Scouts of America's premier event held every four years with the next event being July 19-28, 2017 at the BSA Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley, West Virginia.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Scouts unlike any other camping experience, featuring mountain biking, zip lining, white water rafting, climbing, top quality stage shows, and much more.

Sagamore Council has committed to send one Boy Scout Troop to the Jamboree, consisting of 36 Boy Scouts and 4 adult leaders. The contingent will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scouts must be a registered member of a troop, have earned First Class Rank, be 12 years old before the first day of the Jamboree but not have turned 18 before the last day of the Jamboree. The deadline for registration is January 20, 2016.

Cost for the Sagamore Council contingent to the National Jamboree is $1,600 ($320 deposit plus four quarterly payments in 2016) and includes Jamboree participation, transportation, food, required pre-Jamboree meetings and campout, Council T-shirt, Council Jamboree Shoulder Strips, patches to trade, and more. All leaders and youth member participants are required to travel together in a contingent provided Charter Bus.

Download National Jamboree 2017 Fact Sheet for more information.



           DECEMBER 2015
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 2 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


           JANUARY 2016
Office and Camps Closed - New Year's Day
8 - 9
OA Lodge Leadership Development - Cary Camp
Finance Committee Meeting - Kokomo - 7 PM
Program Committee Meeting - Cary Camp - 7 PM
Office Closed - Martin Luther King Day
Executive Board Meeting - Camp Buffalo - 6:30 PM
22 - 24
Winter Klondike at Mississinewa



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 via email or at 765-479-1479 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 Award  Reception

The 2015 District Award Reception will be held at St. Andrews in West Lafayette on December 3rd at 7pm. This reception will be where award winners receive their recognition and is 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.

December Roundtable

Please make sure to attend December Roundtable on December 10th 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.


 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

Howard County 4-H Fairgrounds
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 -  6:30 PM

The Peshewa District Dinner will include an auction, District Annual Election and award presentations honoring volunteers in the Peshewa District. The cost is $10 - Be sure to register through CampMaster. Registration for the dinner closes on Dec 7th.

Art Anderson Bowl-A-Thon

Where:  Heritage Lanes in Kokomo
             at 1:00 PM with Check-in at 12:00PM

When:   Sunday Jan 10, 2016

The 3rd annual Bowl-A-Thon, all proceeds will fund the Art Anderson Scholarship to help send youth to summer camp. $20 gets you three games with shows. This year we have a tournament team with cash prizes. Fee is $35 to register for the tournament; there will be door prizes and both a live and silent auction at the event.

Quick Reminders

Popcorn/Card Readers

Don't forget popcorn money is due to the council by Dec. 4th. Also, if anyone still has card reader out, you need to get them back to the office by Dec 4 or you will be charged $50 dollars for the card reader.


Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.
Unit commissioners will focus on the following four primary areas:
Supporting unit growth through the Journey to Excellence.
Contacting units and capturing their strengths and needs in

Commissioner Tools

Linking unit needs to district operating committee resources.
Supporting timely charter renewal.

Eagle Board Approver

Gary Wood of Marion has accepted being the Eagle Project Approver for Grant and Wabash Counties. Any Scout in these areas that is ready to begin the process with their Eagle Project should contact Gary. All presentations of Eagle Projects are to be completed by the youth to Gary with no Scoutmasters or parents making the proposal on the Scout's behalf. You can reach Gary at (765) 661-8021 or

Peshewa District Eagle Scouts
          Noah Puckett                  Troop 519

          James Wolfe                   Troop 404           


 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 



 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  


The Takachsin Lodge Winter Awards Banquet and officer elections will be held December 12, 2015 at Crosswinds United Methodist Church located at 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 CampMaster for more details.

2015 OA Winter Banquet Printable Flyer





Training Contacts:


    North Star District Training Chair - Vacant    

    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: Terry Beasy

Andy Esser
Benjamin and Allison Laurent
Benjamin and Jessica Hinman
Betty Duncan
BOSAR Consultants LLC - Brian & Denise Bosar & Randy & Alice Kastello
Brad and Shirley Hartz
Byron and Karen Tiede
Candlewood Suites: Kasas City Airport
Claude, Pat, Matthew, & Jennifer Reynolds
Craig and Tracy Clerkin
Dale and Ginny Van Meter
Garry and Linda Weybright
George and Dotte Peters - The Ice Cream Shoppe
Girtz Family
Harold and Doris Calhoun
Heath and Jackie Hook
Hull & Associates, Inc.
James and Bette Davis
James and Halina Leibrand
Jim and Carol Stradling
Joe Pala
Julie Bancroft & Brian Peace
Larry and Nancy Owens
Louis and Margo Marocco
Lyle and Dianna Tribbett
M. Joyce Tribbett
Mary Gailing
Michael and Teresa Rutsch
Mike and Patsy Anderson
Norman and Mary Lou Kesling
Paul Evanatz
Phyllis Onken
Purdue College of Engineering
Rob Cawthorn
Ryan and Lauren Layce Family & Ron Roth Jr.
Steven and Joy Cosgray
Teague and Mary Weybright
The Watson Family
Troop 530 - Phil Drake, Scoutmaster
Wayne & Marilyn Berkshire & Family
Willie Mote Auto Parts Inc.

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