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  News Blast - April 27, 2016  


 Council Wide Announcements & Calendar 

Wilderness First Aid Course

It's hard to believe but it's that time of year again when Scouts and Scouters of all ages will be heading off to the backwoods and waterways looking for high adventure.  As we all know BSA requires that a few individuals be trained and certified in Wilderness First Aid.  The weekend of April 15 a total of 8 scouts & scouters completed a Sagamore Council sponsored Wilderness First Aid course at Cary camp in Lafayette.  The group consisted of individuals from Lafayette, Fowler, Bunker Hill, and North Manchester, Indiana.  The course ran 16 hours in length and covered everything from scene size up, patient assessment, bandaging & splinting. It then continued on with both medical and trauma related topics.  The highlight of Saturday afternoon was an on sight scene landing by a STAT Flight helicopter crew.  The Stat Flight crew was able to spend a couple of hours answering all types of questions ranging from their individual training to what information they need from a ground rescue crew when they call for assistance.

Sagamore Council has the ability to conduct this training course on an as needed basis.  If there are still any groups getting ready to head out for high adventures in the next couple of months and are deficient in this training, please contact Chas Triplett at the Sagamore Council office in Kokomo.

The course director and primary instructor is Darrell Clase.  Darrell is the Director of Tippecanoe County Emergency Medical Services and also Council Commissioner for Sagamore Council.

Cub Scout Overnight Camps!
(Several during summer months & 1 in October)

Adventure Camp - Cary Camp - Register by Pack
Webelos Weekend Camp - Camp Buffalo - Register by Pack
Parent & Pal Overnight Camp - Camp Buffalo - Register by Individual
Cubs & Webelos Family Camp - Cary Camp - Register by Individual
Cub Haunted Weekend Family Camp - Cary Camp
  - Register & Arrive by Unit
Access dates and fee information here (printable flyer).
Register and find additional info. for these camps at CampMaster website soon.

Registration Opening Soon
for 2016 Cub Scout Day Camps

Six Locations & Dates Scheduled!
(Early Bird Fee Deadlines Are 2 Weeks Prior to Camp Dates)
Access Dates, Locations & Fee Info. here.

Register by pack for Cub Day Camps via CampMaster reservation website.  Registration should be open by May 6th.

Packs - Register Now for Cub Scout Adventure Camp!

Go to CampMaster website to access registration information for Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Cary Camp!!  Registration is by unit.

Access the Adventure Camp Parent and Leaders Guide

Access Printable Adventure Camp Flyer

Boy Scout Summer Resident Camp

The Early Bird fee deadline requires full payment of fees for each youth by Friday, May 15, 2016. Early Bird fee is $240; regular fee is $260.

The Early Bird fee per adult is $75.00 if paid in full by Friday, May 15, 2016. If the entire balance is not paid until after May 15, 2016, a late fee will be applied increasing the total cost to $100.00.

Payments by either credit card or e-check may be made on-line via CampMaster

CampMaster Event Registration Assistance

Have you noticed that our updated version of CampMaster has a "Help" button that gives access to helpful instructions and tutorials?  Feel free to check these out!  Topics include creating a CampMaster account, registering for events, making payments, and more. Please note that for events that require registration "by unit," a designated unit leader must create the reservation, add participants, and update the reservation as needed. Call the office at 765-800-844-0537 or 765-452-8253 for additional assistance with CampMaster if needed.   

Council Text Alert Program Available to All

Scouts, parents and volunteers may subscribe to receive text alert messages via their cell phones from Sagamore Council. Individuals who subscribe to this free service will stay informed about weather-related event information, last minute updates to event details, and occasionally, important Scouting program reminders. Whatever texting plan each individual has on his or her phone will apply.

To Subscribe:

Text SAGAMORE to the 84483 to receive alerts from  Boy Scouts of America, Sagamore Council.

Text PESHEWA to 84483 to receive Peshewa District alerts from Boy Scouts of America, Sagamore Council.

Text NORTHSTAR to 84483 to receive North Star District alerts from Boy Scouts of America, Sagamore Council.

Text WABASHVALLEY to 84483 to receive Wabash Valley alerts from Boy Scouts of America, Sagamore Council.


Campership Application  Deadline is Fast Approaching - May 1st! 

Access Cub Scout Campership Application

Access Boy Scout Campership Application

All applications must be filled out completely, signed by both a parent a unit leader, and submitted to the Council by May 1, 2016*.

*Campership applications turned in after the May 1st due date will be considered only as long as there are unallocated funds remaining in the council campership fund.
Camp Cards

Camp Card monies were due Friday, April 22nd unless you checked out your camp cards after the initial sale kicked off. The unsold cards or $10 per card should be turned in. The full payment amount is to be paid to the Council, and then Council will deduct your unit payment leaving the unit's 40% commission available in their unit account to pay for camping expenses!

If you didn't participate and would still like to sell camp cards, complete the unit commitment form with the quantity of cards your unit would like to check out, and Sherry will be in contact with you directly!
No Risk  -  No Out of Pocket Expense
Sell a card that pays for itself! 
Sell your Camp Cards today!  Only $10 with 40% commission going back to the unit to support the unit's fees for camping experiences in 2016.  Contact Sherry to participate!

Access printable information sheet about camp cards including the list of businesses that are participating this year.

Kokomo Distinguished Citizen Dinner May 19

Sagamore Council Board Members and community leaders select a local community leader to honor annually for his or her extraordinary community efforts and contributions.  This year, join us in honoring Marilyn Skinner at our Kokomo Distinguished Citizen Dinner on May 19, 2016 at the Elite Banquet and Conference Center in Kokomo.  We will be gathering at 6:00 and having dinner at 6:30 PM. Make your reservation by calling the Council office at 765-452-8253.
Popcorn Sale Information

It's never too early to start planning your unit finances! Popcorn is the fundraiser that has the price points that enable a unit to support an entire year of Scouting. Please find the commission structure for the upcoming sale along with a commission workbook to track your unit progress towards achieving the 40% commission available.

Complete the commitment form to let the Council know who to communicate with concerning important popcorn sale details!

If your unit needs extra financing to support your camping activities and camp cards are not an option, you may check out some 2015 popcorn inventory to sell.  This is another way to earn additional funds to supplement your unit's finances.

Popcorn Commission Worksheet
Popcorn Commitment Form
2016 Popcorn Commission Structure

Salute the Scouts 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.  
Tour and Activity Plans

The tour and activity plan is an excellent tool that should be included in preparation for all activities. The link below contains up-to-date information and guidelines for accessing and utilizing this tool. If you have questions, contact the Scout Service Center at 765-452-8253.

Access detailed information about BSA Tour and Activity Plans

Scouting for Food 2016   
This year the date for Scouting for Food is being left up to units. You can have your food drive when it best fits into your calendar and benefits most the food bank your unit supports. We need each unit to fill out a request form for bags and stickers. Once your unit has completed their food drive it is very important that you turn in the Scouting for Food report. The sponsor of this program wants to know how many Scouts and Scouters participate, the amount of time they give, and the amount of food collected. Whether your unit has its food drive in the spring, summer, or fall, what matters is that we as Scouts are serving those who need assistance.

Kokomo units are requested to coordinate their food drives with the postal carriers and United Way in May. Scroll down to Peshewa section of this email to see details and contact information.

Unit Commitment Form for Scouting for Food 2016

Food Collection Reporting Form for Scouting for Food 2016


2016 Gutwein Motor Golf Tournament golf5.jpg  
To Support Scouting

When:   May 7, 2016
Where:  Pine View Golf Course,
                Monticello, Indiana  
Access details here.    Access printable brochure here.



2017 National Jamboree
July 19-28, 2017 at the BSA Summit  Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia

Access 2017 National Jamboree Information

Adult Leader Application 2017 National Jamboree


Reporting Unit Service Project Hours

It is easy to report your unit's service hours.  Simply:
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 service projects.

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 for 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!



                     MAY 2016
Camp Buffalo Clean Up Day
Shooting Sports Instructor Course - Camp Buffalo
Finance Committee Meeting - Kokomo
Program Committee Meeting - Cary Camp
OA Spring Ordeal - Cary Camp
Purdue  Baseball Game "Salute the Scouts"
Final Payments Due for BS Summer Camp at Camp Buffalo
Distinguished Citizen Dinner - Kokomo
Office and Camps Closed in Observance of Memorial Day


                     JUNE 2016
Cub Scout Day Camp - Kokomo
Boy Scout Summer Camp Week #1 - Camp Buffalo
Executive Board Meeting - Camp Buffalo
Boy Scout Summer Camp Week #2 - Camp Buffalo
Cub Scout Day Camp - Rensselaer
Parent & Pal Overnight Camp - Camp Buffalo
26 - July 2

Boy Scout Summer Camp Week #3 - Camp Buffalo
29 - July 2
Cub Adventure Camp - 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.)   



 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 


Spring Camporee:

The 2016 Wabash Valley Spring Camporee will be held at Cary Camp on May 6-8. Registration is live on CampMaster! Check in will begin at 6 PM on Friday evening, and a Saturday check-in that will begin at 7AM for those not staying overnight on Friday. Come compete in fun and challenging events as your troop vies for the Traveling Golden Skillet!  Early Bird Registration is May 1st with a cost of $15 and includes a patch; all registrations after May 1st will be $15 and will not include a patch!

ScoutAbout 5k/10k: Add a description

The ScoutAbout 5k/10k is live, and the website is up and running!  Go to to register!

The event is on May 28th and Check-In will be at the Purdue West Shopping Center at 7 AM!  Race starts at 8 AM. Participants registered before May 18th will receive the ScoutAbout patch, running bib, and t-shirt! Registrations after the 18th will not be guaranteed those items; there will be a limited number of t-shirts for sale on the day of the race. Early registration for the 5k is $20, late registration is $25. Early registration for the 10k is $30 and late registration is $35.

Cary Camp Trading Post Spring Hours:

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
9:00 AM - Noon
The Trading Post will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Weekend.
Closing details will be posted on the Wabash Valley District Facebook Page prior to being closed. Follow the District Page at:!

Thursday May 5th will be the last open day before our Trading Post Manager leaves for Summer Break. Hours after that date will be by appointment only with the Cary Camp Caretakers. Information is available on the Cary Camp Website.

Wabash Valley Eagle Board of Reviews:

The June Eagle Board of Review will be on June 7th. If you have a Scout who is ready for his Board of Review, he needs to have his paperwork turned in to the office in Kokomo with everything completed by Tuesday, May 31st because the office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th.

Please also see the Guidelines for Eagle Life Statement here.

Eagle Project Guidelines

Life Scouts should contact Chad Sprinkles, the District Life to Eagle Coordinator, at for Eagle Project approvals. He is available at Roundtable, which is the second Tuesday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lafayette at 7 PM.

 Wabash Valley District Eagle Scout: 
Drew Harrison
Troop 303


 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 Calendar

  11       District Program Kickoff, 4-H Fairgrounds, 7:00 PM
20-22    Peshewa Spring Camporee
  25      District Committee Meeting
  30      Scouting Office / Trading Post Closed

   8     Roundtable at Howard County 4H Fairgrounds, 7:00 PM
  22    Peshewa District Committee Meeting 6:30 PM

  11     Leaders/Parent Meeting 4:00 PM Grissom Air Museum 
12-14  Day Camp Grissom Air Museum 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  27     District Committee Meeting - 6:30 PM
  30    Gas City Day Camp - Pioneer Faith Church 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 

Pinewood Derby

Peshewa District wants to thank everyone who came and made the Pinewood Derby such a success this year. The results for our District Cub Scout Race are below:

1st   Derrick of Cub Scout Pack 3513
2nd  Jessi of cub Scout Pack 3513
3rd   Liam of Cub Scout Pack 3522

Best of Show:  Michael of Pack 3522

Kokomo Area Scouts Urged to Stamp Out Hunger
by Helping with Howard County Food Drive

We are partnering with the United Way, US Postal Service, National Association of  Letter Carriers, and AFL-CIO  to help fill our local food pantries in Howard County. The hours you help with this food drive can go towards your Scouting for Food hours. Volunteers are needed to drop off reminder cards and donation bags during the week of May 7 - 13.  If you would like to help with this activity please call 2-1-1 or 765-868-4133 or you may email  All materials for the canvass will be available for pick up at the 211 office, 210 W. Walnut, Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. For additional volunteer opportunities on Saturday May 14th, the day of pick-up, contact Vivian at 2-1-1 or 765-868-4133.  This is an opportunity for Scout groups, families, individuals, church groups, student organizations, businesses, and workplace teams.

Access printable flyer about the Letter Carriers Food Drive

Survive the Wild in a Blast to the Past
(Peshewa Spring Camporee)

The Peshewa District will be holding its Annual Spring Camporee at the old Sagamore Council camp of Camp Crossland (now known as the Deniston Resource area). This camporee will be May 20-22. The theme is Wilderness Survival. Activities include fire building, signaling, building shelters, wilderness survival cooking and much more. This event will cost $15.00 a person. Meals are to be provided by your troop/patrol. Please sign up on CampMaster. Everyone that completed early registration by May 14th will receive a patch. Anyone signed up after that date will have an opportunity to buy a patch for $5.00 until we run out of patches. Events will have two different levels, one for younger Scouts (Scout through First Class) and a higher difficulty level for older Scouts (Star through Eagle).

Peshewa Photo Contest Theme for May

The theme for Peshewa's Photo Contest for the month of May is Community Service. Take pictures of your Cub Scout and/or Boy Scout participating in a community service activity. (Examples: Scouting for Food or a local clothing drive activity). Snap pictures of Scout working hard while also having fun!  All photos must be submitted by the end of May. The photos can be submitted by posting them to the Facebook page with your name and unit number with #PeshewaMemories. You can also email your photo to or you can mail it to P.O. Box 865, Kokomo IN 46903. Be sure to leave your name and unit number so we know who to give credit to. If you have any questions, email Chris Crow or call 765-452-8253.


Cub Scout Day Camps

For all our day camps, Scouts will need closed toed shoes, no flip flops or sandals. Units will be required to have one adult for every four Scouts, and a minimum of 2 adults (for two deep leadership). Units that are having trouble finding adults need to contact Susan Livings (574) 344-3103. Campership applications for those who can't afford the full fee for Day Camp are due to the Council by May 1st. 

Cub Scout Day Camp - Kokomo


Saturday, June 11th, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Center Road Church of Christ, 899 West 300 South, Kokomo IN 46902
One day of fun and advancement for Cub Scouts. Early Bird Fee is $15 (Min. 2 weeks prior to camp) or $25 Regular Fee (Less than 2 weeks prior to June 11th)

Cub Day Camp - Grissom Air Museum 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
Grissom Air Museum
Three days of fun and advancement for Cub Scouts!
Early Bird Fee is $50 (Paid 2 weeks prior to event) or $75 Regular Fee. Register via CampMaster website. Annual Health Form Parts A & B required. 
  Cub Day Camp - Gas City 

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Gas City, Indiana Pioneer Faith Evangelical Church, 3805 S 500 E  
One day of fun and advancement for Cub Scouts! 
$15 Early Bird Fee (Min. 2 weeks prior to July 30th or $25 Regular Fee (Less than 2 weeks prior to July 30th)


 North Star District Announcements



 North Star District Contacts: 


     District Executive - Jason Revord - 765-418-7381 

     District Commissioner - Michael Carbaugh     

     District Chairman -  Tony Schroeder    


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


North Star District News from Jason Revord:

The 2016 Gutwein Friends of Scouting Golf Outing is still accepting new teams, so come join us for a day of fun in the sun May 7th at Pine View Golf Course in lovely Monticello, Indiana.  The cost for a team of four is $200, and single players will also be accepted for $50 per person.  Registration begins at noon, and tee off will begin around 1:00 PM.  There will be various door prizes and rewards for the top teams.  If you are a far better shot than I am you could win a brand new car or a fabulous vacation getaway for making a hole in 1!  All proceeds will go to help fund your local Scouting programs.  Registration is available on CampMaster. I hope to see you there!

Come one, come all to the Super District Dinner/Program Kickoff/Membership Kickoff on May 21st at the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello.  With so much going on, this is an event you're not going to want to miss, and the best part is that this event is going to be entirely FREE!  That is correct -- this event is going to be generously sponsored by the Sagamore Council Membership Committee and will include a pulled pork dinner with green beans and a dessert.  Information will be handed out for all of the next Scouting year's events and the chair for each district committee will have a booth ready to discuss your unit needs in all areas from membership, training, camping, advancement and popcorn/finance. Units will receive help setting up an Ideal Year of Scouting calendar.  In the course of a couple hours your unit could be well on the way to earning full popcorn commission.  After dinner there will be an awards ceremony to honor some volunteers who have really distinguished themselves in their service during the past year.  Although all adults are welcome to attend, please register on CampMaster by May 17th to reserve a meal.  

 North Star District Eagle Scout: 
James Wunderlich
Troop 152


 Takachsin Lodge - Order of the Arrow



Order of the Arrow Takachsin Lodge Contacts:


    Lodge Chief - Nathan DeMien

    Lodge Advisor - Steve Bowman 

    Staff Advisor - Chas Triplett  



Access 2016 OA Takachsin Lodge Calendar


Lodge Updates

Go check out our updated website  Our webmaster, Vicki Triplett, has done a really nice job on our website. It has new information on it and should be the first place you look when you want to know what is going on in Takachsin Lodge.

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.

Next LEC Meeting

Next LEC meeting will be held at the Spring Ordeal May 15th at Cary Camp.

Spring Ordeal

Come join the Fun! Spring Ordeal is May 13-16 at Cary Camp. This weekend is NOT just for ordeal candidates but for our whole lodge. We are the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service but we have a lot of fun and fellowship along the way. We need people for ceremonies, elangomats and cooks, and general members to assist where needed. Please email Steve Bowman at if you would like to help out in any of the roles above. If you are an ordeal member, you can seal your bonds into the Order of the Arrow by taking your brotherhood. There will be classes offered to assist you in passing the things you need to know for brotherhood. If you go to you will find under forms, the brotherhood information. So this weekend is NOT just for ordeal candidates and those going for brotherhood but for all lodge members.

Membership Dues

Members if you have not yet paid your 2016 dues yet 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 January 31 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 Honor

You must have your Dues paid before the Spring Ordeal for consideration of Vigil Honor. Vigil Honor Inductions will be held only at the Fall Ordeal so get your dues paid and make sure to attend the Fall Ordeal to be considered.





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 -  Chris Snyder    


    Wabash Valley District Training Chair - Ann Harding 


    Council Training Chair -  Denise Chauret 


    Council Training Staff Advisor - Chas Triplett     





Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Instructor Course


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Camp Buffalo Indoor Shooting Range
9400 Boy Scout Road, Monticello IN

$5.00  (Covers cost of printing book)
What to Bring:
Sack Lunch & Water  Bottle.  Dress for the weather - Class B uniform recommended

Registration Deadline:  April 29, 2016




Online Youth Protection Training Info.


To provide the safest possible environment for Scouts and Scouting volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America requires Youth Protection Training for all adults registered with the Boy Scouts of America.  Youth Protection Training needs to be renewed every two years. It is easy to access and complete this training online - see link below.

Access Youth Protection Online Training Info.




Wood Badge 2016 Courses:



Crossroads of America Council  

Course #: C6-160-16-2  


Weekend #1       August 20-22          Ransburg Scout Reservation 

Weekend #2       September 17-19     Red Wing Scout Group 


Cost:  $260  (Includes 6 days of training)

A $50 deposit is due with application.

Early Bird price $235 if received before July 1, 2016.

Fee includes camp fees, meals, course materials and Wood Badge recognition items.



Contact: Stan Jewula, Course Director, via email or at 317-296-4035.


Access more course details here. 



LaSalle Council

Course #: C6-165-16


Weekend #1       September 16-18      Camp Tamarack 

Weekend #2       Oct. 7-9                   Camp Topenebee


Cost:  $245  (Includes 6 days of training)

Early Bird price is $220 if paid in full before July 1, 2016.

Fee includes camp fees, meals, course materials and Wood Badge recognition items.



Contact Ed Witte, Course Director, via email or at 219-616-6252.   


Access more course details here.  



Access Sagamore Council Wood Badge Scholarship Application   



National Youth Leadership Training 

Camp Red Wing - Muncie, Indiana 
June 12-18, 2016  or  July 10-16, 2016

This week-long 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 Camperships are available and are due by May 1st. For more Chas Triplett by email or at 800-844-0537. 

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