District News

This is the place for the most up-to-date information regarding district news, upcoming events and deadlines. Bookmark this page so that you and other leaders can stay current. Download the PDF 2017 Northeast District Activities Calendar.  Most of NED and council activities have been scheduled and will aid units in planning a 2017 activities calendar.  The district committee has released an initial PDF 2018 NED Activities Calendar.  The 2018 calendar will be updated as events are determined.

One form that all units should complete when planning an activity that involves traveling any distance away from their normal meeting place, is the BSA Tour and Activity Plan.  This is an essential resource for those troops/crews who are attending summer camp or taking a high adventure out-of-council.  It will tell you whether you have sufficient number of trained (First Aid, CPR, AED, lifeguard, canoe, kayak, etc.) personnel attending the outing to ensure a safe event.

2017 Northeast District Roundtables - 2nd Wednesday of the month

Join fellow Northeast District unit representatives at the next Scouting roundtables beginning at 7pm, on October 11, 2017, in the Training Center of Camp Belzer.

2017 Northeast District Fall Camporee at Camp Kikthawenund - Oct 27-29

On-line registration is now open for units wishing to attend the NED Fall Camporee at Camp Kikthawenund (Frankton IN) over the Oct 27-29 weekend.  Please click on this information & registration link to register your unit for this annual event.  The NED Fall Camporee Packet (in PDF) is also downloadable.  The theme for the camporee is "Webelos to Scout" and will focus on activities set up by each Scout troop to recruit eligible Webelos to their units in the Spring.  Don't just wait for them to find you - get out there and recruit them!

2018 Northeast District Adult Leader Recognition Dinner

All NED units should recognize their adult leaders who have given so much time and effort into the success of their units.  To aid in this endeavor, NED has created on-line recognition nomination (Google) forms for each of the major awards given at the annual awards dinner in February:

Golden Spike, Pack of the Year, Crew/Ship/Team of the Year, Troop of the Year, and Unit Leader of the Year

Please use these on-line forms to nominate your unit and leader(s) for the recognition that they richly deserve.  In addition to these awards, please consider your adult leader for the Northeast District Award of Merit, or one of the many Crossroads of America Council awards.

2017 Community Service Opportunities (also see the Council Community Service page)

Attention Life Scouts (looking for an Eagle Service Project) & other Scouts looking to give back to the community: 

Reach for Youth (RFY), a United Way not-for-profit, provides counseling and other intervention services for at-risk youth that are just starting to get into minor trouble with the hope that, with appropriate services, we can get them straightened out before they start getting into more serious trouble.  RFY provides services mostly in Marion and Johnson Counties, but is also active in Hamilton and Morgan Counties. RFY gets referrals from area high school guidance departments, Juvenile Court, and other sources.

One of RFY’s signature programs is Teen Court for low-level offenders (shoplifting, truancy, etc.).  Local attorneys volunteer as judges, and peer teens serve as jurors, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.  Teen Court’s track record on recidivism is about half of the traditional criminal justice system as cases and consequences are decided by an offender’s peers.  Typical consequences are restitution, a written apology to the victim, service on a future RFY Teen Court, etc.

Reach for Youth has recently had some renovations at its main office at 3505 N. Washington Blvd as a result of some water damage and is interested in getting the railings and judge’s bench refinished in its Teen Courtroom.  The contact at RFY for more information is Kendee Kolp.  This is a potential Eagle project for a Scout.

Anybody interested in this should contact Ms. Kolp directly for more information.

2017 Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park

Once again, the DNR interpreters will host a Merit Badge Sunday (1-4pm), each month for Boy Scouts at the Visitor Center of Fort Harrison State Park.  Cost is $10 per merit badge which is payable at the park entrance.  Pre-registration is required the Friday before each merit badge, with a minimum class size of 10 Scouts and maximum class size of 30 Scouts.  This is NOT a drop-off program.  Parents or guardians must remain with their Scout at all times. Continue reading for a PDF schedule of the Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park.

Northeast District Monthly Gazette

Latest news on changes from National BSA, Crossroads of America Council, as well as BIG IDEAS from our units!  Download issues of the NED Monthly Gazette

2015 2016 2017 
May January January
June February February
July March March
August April April
September May May
October June June 
November July July 
December August ​August

For an index of articles by category (advancement, communication, community service, district leadership, Firecrafter, Order of the Arrow, outdoor activities, etc), view or download this PDF NED Monthly Gazette index.

Northeast District Unit Contacts (August 2017 rev)

Do you need more information on joining one of 40 Northeast District units (pack, troop or team, crew or ship)?  View contact Information for:

Order of the Arrow Ceremonial Team Reservation Request

The Order of the Arrow chapter ceremonial team is taking requests for the Blue & Gold, Arrow of Light Ceremony, or Eagle Court of Honor via this Order of the Arrow Ceremonial Team Request PDF fillable form.  The previous online request has been temporarily discontinued.  Fill the form with the necessary ceremony information (date, time, location, unit, etc.) and email it to WAPceremonial@comcast.net

Unit swimming opportunities at Lawrence North High School through Lawrence Swim Team

The Lawrence High School swim team has offered to work with units in Northeast District to provide swimming opportunities to Boy Scout units for merit badges or swimmer test at the Lawrence North High School Natatorium.  Please consult this offer from the Lawrence swim coach to see if this would benefit your unit.

2017-18 Training Opportunities

Looking ahead, there are a number of leadership learning opportunities that address the needs of Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout leaders and Venturing Crew advisors, as well as our youth. The National Wood Badge training course is the BSA's ultimate leadership training for adults, and is offered twice (Spring or Fall) each year.  The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the BSA's ultimate leadership training for youth and will be offered as a 7-day session in June and over two 3-day weekends in September.  Voyageur canoe training is offered over two weekends in April/May and over a 3-day weekend in September.  Please review the table below for highlighted training, click on the link provided to learn more and/or register for each course.  We will strive to post the 2018 course dates ASAP so that you can update your training calendars and "Be Prepared".





(once per month) 1 hr./$5

Merit Badge Counselor

online registration

Golden-Burke Scout Center
(once per month) 3 hr./$10

First Aid Certification

online registration

Golden-Burke Scout Center
(once per month) 3 hr./$10

CPR/AED Certification

online registration

Golden-Burke Scout Center

September 8-10 & 29,30, October 1, 2017

Two, 3-day weekends

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

(CAC NYLT webpage)

Camp Belzer


7125 Fall Creek Road North
Indianapolis, IN 46256
(317) 813-7125

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