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  News Blast January 27, 2016  
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Trading Post News

The New 13th Edition Boy Scout Handbooks have arrived and are available at the Kokomo and Cary Camp Trading Posts! They are $14.99 for regular bound copies and $19.99 for coil-bound copies.
Come in and pick yours up today! These handbooks contain lots of new and updated materials. 

Dremel Derby Day at Lowes for PWD

On February 6th, at the Lowes store in Kokomo, all Cub Scouts are welcome to attend Dremel Derby Day, where a Lowes employee will demonstrate how to build a Derby car and will also go over race details. If you plan to attend, please call to let either Jeff Stevens or Adam Wrightsman know, at 765-453-1000.


Order of the Arrow Day of Service March 5

Come join Takachsin Lodge and give cheerful service. We are going to have a fun and exciting day tearing down the pool house at Cary Camp. Any Lodge Member or whole units are invited to come and camp Friday night or just come Saturday. Lunch on Saturday will be provided.

Units wanting to camp need to submit a camp usage form to the Hingst Service Center. There will be no charge. Participants will need gloves and boots and should dress for the weather.


University of Scouting - Spring Semester  

Saturday, March 19, 2016   9 AM - 4 PM

Kelly Center, Indiana University Kokomo  
2300 S Washington Street, Kokomo

Cost:  $12.50  (Lunch Included)
Preregistration is Required - No Walk-Ins.
Register via CampMaster after February 10th
Access event flyer which includes Merit Badge Classes offered.
Adult training also to be offered - details to be released mid-February.

Wilderness First Aid Trainings

Sagamore Council
Cary Camp- Lafayette, Indiana
April 15-17, 2016

$125 Per Person
Class Limit:  10 Participants
Register via CampMaster after Feb. 10, 2016

Crossroads of America Council
Ransburg Scout Reservation, Indianapolis

March 18 & 19, 2016
April 15 & 16, 2016
Limited Class Size
Register at Crossroads of America Council website

Hoosier Trails Council
Maumee Scout Reservation, Norman, Indiana
March 11-13, 2016
Limited Class Size
Register via Hoosier Trails Council website

National Youth Leadership Training 

Camp Kikthawenund -  
March 18-20 and  April 8-10, 2016
(6 Day Training Course)

Camp Red Wing - Muncie, Indiana
June 12-18, 2016  or  July 10-16, 2016
(Week-long training courses)

This course is for Boy Scouts and Venturers who currently hold a key leadership role in their unit or who the unit leader feels has the potential to hold a key leader position in the future. Each participant must have the approval of his leader, must be 13 years of age as of the first day of the course, and must be a First Class Scout. A BSA physical is required, just like for summer camp.

Access NYLT Fact Sheet for Muncie course location.
Access NYLT Brochure pertaining to both locations.   
Camperships are available and are due by May 1st. 
For more info. contact Chas Triplett by email or at 800-844-0537.

January Marketing Minute

We are sure enjoying the opportunity to share your unit's successes on our Facebook page. So far in 2016 we've shared about new Eagle Scouts, a unit's "Bop to the Top" climb in downtown Indianapolis as part of their training for an upcoming high adventure trip, and we have even had a few of our Eagle Scout alums share their stories about how important it was to them to become an Eagle Scout. Want to share your unit's stories? Send them to us at! We'd love to include your news, and who knows...the national office could pick up on the story as well!  (It's happened!)

With all of the upcoming Pinewood Derbies and Blue & Gold banquets and Crossover ceremonies, our inbox should be overflowing!!  Show your Scouting Spirit and let us #ShareSagamoreSuccess!! 
Unit Service Hours Reporting

Have Your Unit's Service Hours Been Reported this Month? If not, access the link below, and Sagamore Council will do it for you!

Click on this link and provide:
   1)  your unit number,
   2)  the number of individuals who participated, and
   3)  a brief description of the service project. 

If your unit is not participating in service projects, click here to access service project suggestions and explore the advantages of doing so.  


 Council Wide Announcements & Calendar 

Lincoln Citizenship Day - February 21

Day Event Feb. 21 with Optional Overnight Camping Feb. 20
Honeywell Memorial Community Center - Wabash, Indiana
Cost:  $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.

Access Patch Contest entry form here.
Access additional details and schedule for the Lincoln Citizen Day event. 

How to register multiple youth from your unit:

Lincoln Citizenship Day is set up on CampMaster as an individual registration with payment required. If you have a unit that wants to pay for everyone at once, they can call the office. Once Debbie has their credit card info for their unit account payment for the number of people they are bringing, she will give them a promo code. They will need to go into Campmaster and register the people, at the end they will enter the code instead of payment. Once they do, they need to check the box saying unit leader is paying at the office. If they check the other box it will require payment before accepting the reservation.
Register via CampMaster website by February 12, 2016.

2016 Silver Beaver Award Nominations

Please nominate Silver Beaver candidates by February 28, 2016. You may download the Nomination form here.
Camp Cards Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon 

Access details about the upcoming Camp Card Sale here!

Access Unit Camp Card Commitment Form

If you have questions, contact Sherry Brady.

Unit Visits Available - Message from Sherry Brady

As part of my new role with Sagamore Council as the Unit Finance/Support Director, I'm available for unit visits. I can help you establish a program plan and budget, evaluate your recruitment process, provide resources to evaluate your families, answer questions about tour plans, insurance needs, adult leadership, training, and service hours, as well as establish a fundraising model to name some examples.

If your unit would like to take advantage of a unit visit or if yours is a new unit and has a group of leaders who just want to have a Q&A session, I can help.  I may not have all the answers, but I'll be a great resource and will research your questions if I'm unable to answer them during our unit visit.

If interested, email me at or call me at 765-480-4630.

Boy Scout Resident Camp 2016 at Camp Buffalo

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

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

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!

Announcing the 2017 National Jamboree!

Dates:  July 19-28, 2017


Access National Jamboree 2017 Fact Sheet for more information.




                 FEBRUARY 2016
Order of the Arrow Lodge Meeting - 2 PM
Executive Board Meeting at Cary Camp - 6:30 PM
Camp Card Presentation at Trinity United Methodist Church
Office Closed - President's Day
Cub Scout Citizenship Day - Wabash - 1:30 PM
Due Date - BS Summer Camp $100 Deposit
Silver Beaver Nominations Due to Council


                 MARCH 2016
Order of the Arrow Lodge Meeting - 4 PM
Camp Card Sale Begins
Finance Committee Meeting - Kokomo
Marketing Committee Meeting
Program Committee Meeting - Cary Camp
University of Scouting - IUK, Kokomo
Office Closed - Good Friday


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 


District Pinewood Derby April 16

The District Pinewood Derby will be held April 16th, 2016 at the Tippecanoe Mall. There are up to 3 spots available per Unit to sign up their best races for with 3 different races scheduled at 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM and the Championship race will be at 12 PM. Cub Leaders, registration is open on Campmaster.

For those adults that want to carve up a piece of wood and compete with their own car there will be an open race for anyone to enter! Registration for that race will be open soon on Campmaster. There will also be registration for the Open Race during the Championship Race at 12 PM and the race will start around 1 PM.

2016 Spring Camporee: The Goofball Olympics

Spring Camporee will be held May 6-8 at Cary Camp. Registration is open on Campmaster.  Click here to access description of events from Troop 321. These games have one objective - to have fun!

Next Roundtable February 11th - 7 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church in Downtown Lafayette

Eagle Board of Review:

March Eagle Boards will be on March 1st, and the turn-in deadline will be February 22nd.

Purdue Baseball:

We will be partnering with Purdue Athletics again this Spring. Circle May 14th on your calendars for the Salute the Scouts Baseball Game. Activities will include a Pre-Game Talk from a Purdue Athletics Representative, Scouts in uniform being on the field during the National Anthem, and an opportunity to run the bases after the game (weather permitting). Attendees will also receive a patch. Look for more registration materials and links to be live in February.

Stew Schreckengast Recognition:

We would like to make a correction to last month's announcement of District Award Winners. Stew Schreckengast was also inducted to the Tecumseh District Hall of Fame. Stew's efforts in many roles in Scouting including District Chairman and Council Board Member have been impactful over a great number of years. We are thankful for his service!

Family ICC Campaign:

Unit Leaders please get your preferred Family ICC presentation dates to Mike Silver at

Scout About 5K-10K:

Scouters should have the Scout About 5k/10k saved on their calendars for May 28th in West Lafayette! This event helps raise community awareness of Scouting programs, and it is a great chance for those Scouts working on their requirements for rank to have a run! The whole family is invited out to participate. Look for more information coming out soon! 

Cary Camp Trading Post Hours for 2016

Tentative Trading Post hours for next year will be:

     Mon./Wed./Fri.     6 PM - 8 PM

     Saturday              9 AM to 12 PM

*More hours may be added depending on Adam's school schedule.


 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 


Friends of Scouting is Changing to Investment in Character

We are changing the name of Friends of Scouting to Investment in Character. Nothing really changes but the name. It is still the same process. If you have not set up a date to do the Investment in Character Presentation at a unit meeting, please do so with Chris or Daniel.          


If you still have outstanding issues on your charter, please complete them ASAP. Feel free to call Daniel or Chris if there are any issues you need help with.

New Exploring Post in Kokomo

For any youth from ages 14 - 18 who has an interest in the career field of radio, we have a new Exploring post in Kokomo at WWKI Radio that meets on Wednesdays at 6 PM. The program will be 4 to 6 weeks long. Contact Daniel for more info.

Lincoln Citizenship Day Event


The Peshewa District is holding its Roundtable on the second Wednesday of each month. Roundtable is held at the Howard County 4-H Fairgrounds at 7 PM in the block building/Lions Club building, and any leader is welcome to attend. Roundable starts at 7 PM and finishes between 8 and 8:30 in the evening.

Eagle Project Approver for Wabash and Grant Counties.

Scouts who need an Eagle Scout project approved in Grant or Wabash Counties are to Contact Gary Wood. Gary will work with Scouts in those counties on approving Eagle Scout projects. Scouts can still come to Roundtable nights to get projects approved as well. Gary can be reached at 765-661-8021 or  


 Peshewa District Eagle Scout: 


          Eric Chauret     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 


Come on out to our next District Committee Meeting at Camp Buffalo January 28th at 7:30 PM Eastern. Join the dialogue as we finish our plans for 2016 Roundtables or maybe you have an idea for our Cub Scout Adventure Day May 9th or the Boy Scout Spring Camporee April 22-24.

If you have an idea to make any of our programs better we want to hear from you. If you don't have any ideas now, then please come sit in on a meeting and you may be surprised by just how many ideas you have to offer. We will also begin to discuss our plans for the district dinner which is about to undergo major changes. The committee will discuss 2015's District Journey to Excellence, new unit propects, and strengthening our Commissioner team. There is so much to discuss, and we hope to hear from you!




 North Star District Eagle Scouts: 


              William Spitznogle        Troop 2


              Corbin Scheffer             Troop 229    




 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  



Access 2016 Takachsin Lodge Calendar 


Lodge Updates

If you have not been getting email updates from the lodge we may not have the correct email listed for you. Please email Steve Bowman at to update your contact information.
Membership Dues

Members if you have not yet paid your 2016 dues, now is the time to do so. Membership is $12 and can be paid at the council office, at any OA event or on Campmaster.

Members who do not pay their dues by January31 may be placed on the inactive file and their names removed from the mailing list.Members on the inactive list may not wear on their uniform any identification or insignia for Takachsin Lodge #173. Inactive members may restore their active membership by paying the dues for the current year.
Vigil Honors

You must have your Dues paid before the Spring Ordeal to be eligible for Vigil Honors. Vigil Honors are held only at the Fall Ordeal so get your dues paid and make sure to attend the Fall Ordeal.   

The LEC has some proposed changes to the Takachsin Lodge Bylaw. These proposed changes have been emailed out to the membership and can be viewed on the web site:
These changes will be voted on at our next big lodge meeting on March 5th. The March 5th meeting will be held at 4:00 PM at the Cary Camp Teepee by the pool.
Service Project
A special service project will be held on March 4-6 at Cary Camp. This major service project will be the removal of the old shower house by the pool. This project is open to all Scouts, families, and friends. Troops are welcome to come tent camp for free on this weekend. Come stay the weekend or or just come Saturday for the fun. The lodge will be providing lunch on Saturday for everyone helping on this project.





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    



Tributes / Memorial Contributions


     In Memory of:  Terry Beasy

      Seneca Resources Corporation   

     In Memory of:  Jim Hoover 
      Nancy Studer
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