The Council Office in Kokomo will be closed

on Monday, July 4th in observation of Memorial Day.   

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  News Blast - June 25, 2016  


 Council Wide Announcements & Calendar 

There is Still Time to Register
for Cub Scout Day Camps!
(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. If you need assistance, call the office at 765-452-8253.

Summer & Fall Cub Scout Overnight Camps!
Adventure Camp - June 29 at Cary Camp - Register by Pack

Webelos Weekend Camp
- July 15-17 at Camp Buffalo - Register by Pack
Cubs & Webelos Family Camp - August 5-7 at Cary Camp
- Register by Individual

Cub Haunted Weekend Family Camp
- October 21-22 or October 22-23 at Cary Camp.  Register & Arrive by Unit
 Register and find additional info. for these camps at CampMaster website.  Questions?  Call 765-452-8253 or 800-844-0537.

Sporting Clay Benefit Shoot
Saturday, August 27th
Izaak Walton League, Kokomo

Come join the fun on the ranges to help support Scouting programs for the 5,885 youth served annually in 16 north central Indiana counties. We are seeking additional corporate sponsors, prize donors, shooting teams, and individual supporters for this event.

Registration will open at 8:15 AM with shooting from 9:30 to noon. An auction of fine items as well as a bucket auction will take place following lunch.

Access event registration form, schedule, participation and sponsorship fee information.  If you have questions, call Sagamore Council at 765-452-8253.

Supportive Unions Prepare Pupils for Elementary  School

Urgent! Volunteers Needed!!
Help sort, pack, and organize schools supplies, screen families, serve refreshments, help with set up & tear down.

Where:  Local UAW 685 - Kokomo
Dates:  July 5 - July 8, 2016
Times:  10am - noon or 1pm - 5pm

Local unions in partnership with the Salvation Army, Chrysler and United Way are helping Howard County students start school with needed school supplies.  To help please click on the link below. For more information call 765-457-4357 or email

Marketing Minute

Be sure to share some of your day camp, adventure camp, or summer camp photos with us on Facebook, via Twitter, or if not with us, in your local newspapers! Tell your stories about summer camp and be sure to thank any sponsors and/or your community who helped get your unit to camp. Had those same people not bought popcorn, would you be there?

Let's get geared up for our August recruitment night on the 25th. Our boys and Venturing-aged girls won't have the opportunity to join unless they are asked. Invite your neighbors and friends today!

Wood Badge Courses

Have you ever thought about taking Wood Badge? Now is the time to act upon that thought. Courses are being offered at our neighboring councils in LaSalle and Crossroads. However they must have enough people (30) signed up 30 days BEFORE the course in order to get the green light to hold the course! You cannot wait until the last minute. Make your commitment now, and Be Prepared to have the time of your life!  Note: you must attend both weekends in order to complete the training.

Wings of Freedom Tour is Coming 
to Purdue University Airport in August

Four of the most famous WWII bomber and fighter aircraft will be visiting the Purdue University Airport as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour from August 8-10, 2016.  Walk-through tours of restored aircraft on display ($12 for adults and children over 12 and $6 for children 12 years old and younger) will be offered as well as ultimate flight experiences in various aircraft.  See printable flyer (link below) to find specific times for the event and additional details.

Cub Scout Fall Sign-Up Night August 25th

ALL Cub Scout Leaders should have August 25th circled on their calendars! From 6:30 - 8 pm all elementary schools across Sagamore Council will host an opportunity for new families to join Cub Scouts. Units should be expecting communication from their Field Staff or District Membership Chairs on issues like reservations, boy talk scheduling, and other logistical items. Units are also reminded that on this night parents are expecting to receive a pack calendar, contact sheet for their leaders, and information about the financial commitment for Scouting.

Sagamore Council has purchased rockets to be used as a promotional item for all new Scouts who sign up on August 25th, parent orientation guides, yard signs, school fliers, posters, and other items to help promote the upcoming membership sign up night. Packs should prepare by making sure a pack calendar, contact sheet, and financial commitment information will be ready to give to families as we deliver the Scouting Program to thousands of new across the Sagamore Council!

Eagle Life Statement

Are you, or someone you know, preparing for your Eagle Scout Board of Review? One of the trickiest requirements is what's commonly referred to as the Eagle Life Statement.  This requirement results in a wide variety of letters as you can imagine! Volunteers in charge of advancement on the district and council levels, along with staff, have developed a set of guidelines to help you produce the best possible letter. It reads as a rubric for a paper, a familiar item for many boys in school that should be relatable. The Letter Of Ambition Guidelines are available here.

2017 National Jamboree Band Seeks Members

The National Scout Jamboree Band is now forming and is looking for Scout musicians. The staff band plays at ceremonies, events, concerts, arena shows, and entertains the many thousands of Scouts and visitors to the 19th National Jamboree July 19 - 28, 2017  at the Summit in West Virginia. Repertoire includes popular and patriotic music, marches, and pep band tunes. Scout/musicians who can double on set, guitar, bass and keyboard are needed for the 16 piece jazz band and Tower of Power style rock band.  Scouts need to play at a high school level or better. All registered Scouts, male or female Explorers and Venture Scouts ages 16 - 25 may apply.  Adults (26 and up) may apply, however initial preference will go to youth staff. Cost is a bargain at $425 for youth staff.

For information about the band and how to apply, please visit or email the director George.Pinchock.

Message from Sherry Brady

I've enjoyed the first few weeks of camp and having the opportunity to meet some of the leaders there representing units!  As Jacob and I stop at your camp sites or day camps, take the opportunity to talk with us about any issues your unit may be having - retention, recruitment, advancements/achievements, leadership training and recruiting, service hours, program & budget planning or fundraising. 

It's our job to support units and provide guidance to those who have questions.  Let's all work together to provide the youth we serve the best Scouting program!
We look forward to seeing you around the camps this summer.  If you would like a meeting outside of camp with your committee or group of adult volunteers, contact either Sherry or Jacob to schedule a unit visit.

Sherry Brady,
Jacob Walls, - 765-452-8253


Popcorn is just right around the corner, so to ensure we know your unit is participating in the popcorn sale, get your unit commitment form turned in to the office with your designated unit kernel identified. If you don't know who your kernel is going to be, please list the unit leader and update once you recruit your kernel. That way we can ensure that you get all sale and commission information as well as reminders for the upcoming sale.

It's not too early to begin preparing; please start to complete your commission structure workbook so that you're ahead of the September 15th deadline which is close on the heels of state-wide recruitment!   

You can email me at or call 765-480-4630. 

Leaders - Your Scout Families Need Your Help 

If your units attend camp or offer high adventure programs like the upcoming 2017 National Jamboree, then there is a need for funds involved.  How many of your families have financial struggles or would like their Scout to learn the concept of earning his own way to camp?  Product sales and fundraising is what they need!  Support your Council fundraiser and offer your families the opportunity to build their finances in order to provide these opportunities for their Scouts to experience adventure in the great outdoors while learning life and leadership skills that they will take with them into the future!  

Do it together - offer to set up a booth for your unit at a community festival or farmers market (always obtain approval and appropriate authorization). You could then:
    Educate your community on Scouting and what it has to offer
    Offer a game
    Use as a recruitment opportunity
    Sell camp cards or excess 2015 popcorn inventory.

Arrange to set up a booth at the Mall or at Marsh grocery and sell camp cards as already prospective buyers are entering. Many will support you and use their Marsh snap-off cards immediately, creating a win-win situation for both parties.
As the weather is warming up, approach race tracks and sports events to see if they'll allow you to sell excess 2015 popcorn inventory.  Don't burn your families out on selling popcorn outside of the normal sale period, but maybe offer one or two activities where several Scouts who have expressed a financial need/hardship a chance to earn their own way with product sales.

If your unit is interested in selling camp cards or 2015 popcorn inventory, contact Sherry at or 765-452-8253.

CampMaster Event Registration Tips

For both Boy Scout and Cub Scout summer camps, you will need to specify the t-shirt size with each participant's information. This is different from in the past when you only needed to specify how many you needed of each size.  How to Specify T-Shirt Sizes for Camps in CampMaster.

Keep in mind that you must increase your commitment number(s) before you can enter additional participants. Fees are calculated using the commitment numbers for your reservation.

Campership payments are being processed and entered in CampMaster, but in a few instances we are unable to enter them because we are missing information required by  CampMaster. If you do not see your unit's camperships reflected in CampMaster, please call the office at 765-452-8253 or 800-844-0537. Once the camperships have been entered you may check your balance and make your final payment. Payments can be made on-line via credit cards or e-checks. This makes it convenient for you to make your payments on time.


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.

Unit Commitment Form for Scouting for Food 2016

Food Collection Reporting Form for Scouting for Food 2016


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

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!

Subscribe to Council Text Alert Program

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.


                JULY 2016

3 - 9

Boy Scout Summer Camp Week #4 at Camp Buffalo

Council Office Closed in Observation of  
          Independence Day

Cub Scout Day Camp Orientation Meeting
 at Grissom Air Museum

Digital Finance Committee Meeting
Program Committee Meeting - Kokomo
12 - 15
Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp Buffalo
12 - 14
Cub Scout Day Camp at Grissom Air Museum
15 - 17
Webelos Weekend at Camp Buffalo
Cub Scout Day Camp Orientation Meeting
  at Cary Camp

26 - 29
Cub Scout Day Camp at Cary Camp
Cub Scout Day Camp at Gas City

             AUGUST 2016

5 - 7
Cub & Webelos Family Camp at Cary Camp
Executive Board Meeting at Cary Camp - 6:30 PM

12 - 14
OA Fall Ordeal at Camp Buffalo - 6 PM
Council-Wide Fall Recruitment Night - "Blast Into Scouting" - All Elementary Schools - 6:30 - 8 PM

Popcorn Show & Sell Orders Due
Sporting Clays Shoot - Izaak Walton League - 8 AM

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 


Wabash Valley Eagle Board of Reviews:
The next Eagle Board of Review will be Tuesday, July 5th. If you have a Scout who is ready for his Board of Review, he needs to have his paperwork turned in to Kokomo with everything completed by Monday, June 27th!

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.

Cary Day Camp Parent Meeting Sunday, July 24th

All parents who have youth attending Day Camp should plan on joining the Camp Director and Program Director on Sunday, July 24th at 4pm at the Cary Camp Dining Hall. Check in for this meeting will begin at 3pm to allow units to turn in physicals. At this meeting units will receive their pack t-shirts, be able to verify the roster of those attending camp, turn in health forms, and make any last minute payments. The Day Camp Staff will then lead those in attendance through the schedule, explaining what will be happening at each station during Day Camp. They will prepare those in attendance with information about check in, youth protection requirements, swim checks, and much more! We look forward to seeing you.

2016-2017 Calendar and Program Information

If you haven't had the chance to take a look at the District Information Page on the Sagamore Council Website, there is plenty of information on the calendar for the upcoming year of Scouting already available! Program information, dates, deadlines, and more are already available on this website. We hope that it is a helpful resource as you plan your upcoming calendar and look towards the next big adventure in Scouting!

August 25th Cub Scout Sign Up Night Preparation:

Cub Leaders, this year's fall recruiting night will be the same format as last year, the one night sign up night throughout the District. As we look forward to this on Thursday August 25th we ask that you and your committees put together the following materials over the summer for incoming Scouts and parents: 
  • Pack Contact Sheet
  • Pack Calendar
  • Give an idea of ideal year of Scouting cost
  • Plan a Parent Orientation Meeting following the sign up night to better share the program and your Pack expectations.

If you have any questions about how or why to put any of these materials together contact Dylan or Mitchell.  Please send this information to Dylan and Mitchell as well so that throughout the year when new Scouts and their parents ask us questions about your Pack we will be able to answer them. Our contacts are: and



Cub Adventure Camp and Day Camp:

We are still looking to fill a few more staff positions at both Adventure and Day Camp, so if you or a Boy Scout you know are interested in volunteering to help us put on a great camp for the Cubs in our District and Council please contact the appropriate person below:

Adventure Camp June 26th to July 2nd
   Joy Biggs:

Day Camp July 25th to 29th
   Ann Harding:

Loren Randall Joins District Committee

The Wabash Valley District Committee is proud to announce that Loren Randall has joined the District Committee as the Membership Chairperson. Loren will be helping the district organize the annual membership recruitment, guiding new unit startups, and assisting units who need help gaining and retaining members. The District Committee is made up of volunteer Scouters and community members to help support the functions of the BSA in the Wabash Valley District.

Of his Scouting life, Loren says  "I've had the good fortune to be involved with a bunch of Scouts that have taken me to hike the Knobstone Trail in SE Indiana, backpacked Isle Royale in Lake Superior, a sailing/snorkeling/fishing adventure at Sea Base, and one of the highlights of my life -- a Philmont Trek." When not Scouting, Loren works at Kirby Risk Corporation. He enjoys cooking, sports and music. From time to time you'll find him playing with his band, The Infringements.

Keith Screen Joins District Committee

The Wabash Valley District Committee is proud to announce that Keith Screen has joined the District Committee as the Advancement Chairperson. Keith will be helping units by passing along information about the advancement program, approving Merit Badge Counselor applications, and answering questions about advancement that units may have. The District Committee is made up of volunteer Scouters and community members to help support the functions of the BSA in the Wabash Valley District.

Keith has been a Scouter for five years. He is married and has two children; Bradley, a Boy Scout, and Abby, A Venturing Crew Member. He enjoys camping and hiking. As a family the Screens enjoy exploring the National Parks. Keith is also an avid comic collector.
Attention Plastic Model Car Builders!
WANTED: Plastic model builders of all ages and skill levels.  The Lafayette Miniature Car Club is once again hosting a model car contest in the Lafayette area.  When: Saturday August 20, 2016, Where: Community Reformed Church at 18th St and Iroquois (Lafayette, IN), Time: 9AM~3PM.  We will have 14 contest categories (including two youth classes for novice and junior) and 10 "Best Of..." awards.  Not wanting to enter any models?  Come check out what others have built and learn new tips and techniques from other modelers.  Numerous vendors will be selling models kits, die cast cars, books, old build ups, and modeling supplies.  We are also planning to have a large quantity of raffle prizes. Food for sale provided by the church's youth group.

Lafayette Miniature Car Club Contest Flyer    


 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 


Join Scout Night Training July 20th

There will be a Join Scout Night Training on July 20th at Christian Life Church in Greentown, IN, 1009 Holiday Dr, Greentown, IN 46936 at 6:30 PM.

This is the training/meeting where EVERY Cub Scout pack in Peshewa needs to have someone in attendance. This is the meeting where materials for School nights will be distributed and handed to Scout Leaders. This is where the plan for the fall will be presented to the packs. Please confirm your pack's attendance with Peshewa District's Membership Chairmen Cara Retz at

Energizing your Summer with Day Camp   

Peshewa still has two day camps left this summer for Cub Scouts to attend. Our Gas City Day Camp is a one-day day camp that will have fishing in the morning and stations in the afternoon. All Day Camps will run from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. In order to get signed up for Day Camp, unit leaders have to register participants online at  CampMaster.  Please inform your unit leader that you want to get signed up for Day Camp.

Grissom Air Museum, Peru:  9AM - 3:30 PM on July 12-14 
(Tuesday - Thursday). For the Grissom Air Museum Camp we will have a Parent/Leader Meeting on July 11 at 4:00 PM at the Museum.

Pioneer Faith Church, Gas City:  9 AM - 3:30 PM on Saturday, July 30th.     

District Training

Peshewa District has trainings for Cub Leaders scheduled from now through October. 
On August 10th at 6:00 PM before Roundtable at Howard County 4-H Fairgrounds there will be a training on Recruiting 101. This training will relate to recruiting adult volunteers into your Cub Pack. This will be the same format as the new Cub Scout program. It will go over ways to recruit volunteer leaders -- how the process works. Units with success will share in a forum for all Cub Scout leaders about how they go about finding their adults.  

Leader Specifics Training for Cub Scouts will be:
   September 24th at Welcome to Scouting in Wabash.
   October 5 in Marion 
   October 15 at the Kokomo Scout Office 
   October 25 in Peru

More information on these trainings is available on the website under the Peshewa District program kickoff packet. For more information, contact Chris Snyder at

Gearing up for Fall Recruitment.  

All Packs are to meet with their commissioner or District Executive in Peshewa to go over calendar, budget, and leadership needs for the next school year. If your pack isn't scheduled yet, contact Daniel Carbaugh at or 765-480-3716. 

Eagle Boards and Eagle Projects

For the Peshewa District, the following individuals do project approvals:

Gary wood covers Grant and Wabash Counties

Kathy Gohmann Covers Wabash County

Lee White will be covering Howard and Miami Counties
Kathy and Gary are available when needed for project approval. Lee will be at every Roundtable to do Eagle Scout Project approval. All Scouts will be expected to do a face to face meeting for their project approval.
Once Scouts have their approval, then they complete their project, workbook, and other requirements. Then they turn the materials in to the office. When it's completed, the District will set up the Board for the Scouts.

Howard and Miami Counties Eagle Board is on the second Tuesday of a month at IU Kokomo, and the Board will be chaired by Dr. Giesecke. There are times when the date will vary slightly, based on the chancellor's schedule.
Grant and Wabash County Boards will be scheduled as needed, and President of Ivy tech in Marion, Dr. Huskey will chair the Eagle boards for this area. This Eagle Board will be scheduled as needed when Scouts are ready for their Eagle Boards.


All Cub Scout recruitments this fall will be on August 25th in conjunction with our promotions campaign. Each pack will need to have their pack leadership available to help on the 25th at their local elementary school to sign families up. This will be a sign-up night with packs doing an orientation the week following the sign-up for their pack, as a new parent orientation. There will be a free rocket kit incentive for scouts that sign up on the 25th. They will be able to shoot the rockets off at the Welcome to Scouting event on September 24th at Bass N Bucks.

In order to be ready for this fall, each pack will need to have a calendar and budget prepared for August 25th. All packs will need to have this completed. If you have a planning session scheduled or have calendar and budget prepared, please let Daniel know. Packs that don't' have those will be contacted and work set out to make each pack have calendar for the school year on August 25th for new families.


Popcorn Kick-Off for Peshewa District will be September 7th at the Howard County 4-H Fairgrounds at 7:00 PM. All Units need to have their popcorn kernel present at this meeting. Once your unit has it's popcorn kernel selected for this fall, please let Sherry, Daniel, or Cara know right away.


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.

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)

 Peshewa District Eagle Scout: 
Caleb Staker
Troop 501


 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:

Come on out to our next District Committee meeting to be held at Camp Buffalo July 30th at 7:30 PM Eastern. Join the dialogue as we finish our plans for the August roundtable. 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. The Committee will discuss 2016's District Journey to Excellence, new unit prospects, and strengthening our Commissioner team. There is so much to discuss, and we hope to hear from you!



 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

There will be no LEC meeting in July as we will be busy at summer camp.

Summer Camp
The OA will be conducting call outs every week during summer camp at Camp Buffalo. This ceremony will be included with the opening campfire on Sunday evenings. We are grateful to be a part of summer camp and look forward to meeting all the new candidates. This also means there will be plenty of OA members around during camp weeks if you have any questions regarding OA, elections, events, etc.

Fall Ordeal

The Fall Ordeal is scheduled for August 12-14th at Camp Buffalo and planning has begun for the meals, games and projects. We are excited to see how many new candidates and brotherhood we will receive. This 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. If you are willing to be an elangomat, please email Steve Bowman at 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 the brotherhood information you need under "Forms". Please plan to join us for a great weekend at Camp Buffalo.

2017 National Jamboree

One of the purposes of the Order of the Arrow is to "Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout's experience". Takachsin Lodge feels that to support this purpose we should do this in Scouting's biggest venue of all - the National Jamboree! Takachsin Lodge will pay $100 of the registration fee for the first fifteen (15) Takachsin Lodge youth who register to go with the Sagamore Council contingent to the 2017 National Jamboree. So lodge members get signed up early and take advantage of this great offer!  (OA youth is < 21 and must be current on their dues/paid members).

2016 Membership Dues

Membersjip 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 and may not participate in OA events. Inactive members may restore their active membership by paying the dues for the current year.





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     



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 
     July 10-16, 2016 
Camp Red Wing - Muncie, Indiana 

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 Brochure For more Chas Triplett
by email or at 800-844-0537. 

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