Annual District Dinner (and cake contest) - Friday, February 23, 2018 

The annual Pioneer District Dinner takes place at Camp Belzer and everyone is invited!   This is our opportunity to recognize units, scouts and leaders for their outstanding contributions to Pioneer District in 2017.  

Where: Camp Belzer Training Center.  Doors Open at 6:00; Dinner at 6:30;  Program Begins at 7:15

CostUnit Leaders (SM, CM, or Adviser) are FREE!!   Single Tickets are $15.00 cash or check. 

Where can you get tickets?

  • Come to Pioneer District’s Roundtable on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Cumberland United Methodist Church.  We will sell them there!
  • Email Gerald Frazier or call him at (317) 777-4354 with your name and the number of tickets you would like to buy.  Gerald can invoice you and you can then mail him a check.  Please m arrangements to order your tickets no later than January 31st so that we can provide the final count to the caterer.  
  • Unit Leaders (Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, or Advisor), email Gerald Frazier at - your ticket is free! 
  • Buy tickets at the door the night of the dinner.  (but please email Gerald Frazier in advance to let him know you are coming so that we have enough food!)

How do volunteers receive awards? 

There are several opportunities for recognition. Here is a summary and some resources for you to carry out this recognition. 

Training Awards

There are several levels of training awards for all levels of training.  Your District Training Chairman is Ken Ulrich and his email is  He is your primary source for training questions.  

District Awards

There are awards that we give out to only Pioneer District Leaders and units.   The first three awards are nominated by unit committees.  Click the name of the award to access the nomination form.  Submit completed forms to Joe Wehrheim at Roundtable or email to by January 31, 2018.

Outstanding Service to Scouting - this is an award for that person behind the scenes that helps out when needed.  This person is a key member of your unit that you can count on.  This award is generally for the newer adults that have taken key roles in your unit.  You can recognize them with this award. 

Pioneer District Share of Stock - This award is designed for that person who has been a key leader in your unit and has demonstrated a willingness to do above and beyond what their position requires.  This leader stands out and you can acknowledge that with an official stock certificate from the Pioneer District.

(NEW) Outstanding Unit Community Service Project One of the most important aspects of the Scouting program is community service.  This year we are introducing a new District award  to recognize the tremendous work that our units do for the community.   The Outstanding Unit Community Service Project Award will be presented to the unit that has demonstrated exemplary community service during the previous year.   

District Award of Merit - This is the highest award the District can give.  This award is for the leader that not only serves his unit effectively, but volunteers at the District level as well.  This leader has experience, longevity, and is well known and respected by his or her peers. 

Veteran AwardsAs your leaders recharter each year, they can begin earning Veteran pins.  We have leaders with over 50 years of experience in our District. 

Silver Beaver

This is the highest award the Council can give to a Scouting leader.  This award is submitted directly to the Council and is due by September 30th each year.  This is for the volunteer who has extraordinary dedication to Scouting and its principles.  

District Dinner Cake Contest

It's time for a cake contest!  Pioneer District units are invited to bring a decorated cake to the dinner.   The only requirement it that the cake must be decorated in some sort of Scouting related theme.  Your cake must be brought to Camp Belzer no later than 6:15 pm.    Cakes will be judged between 6:30 and 7:15 with first, second and third place prizes being awarded at the end of the dinner.  Winners will each receive a VISA cash card.  First prize will be $100, second prize $50 and third prize $25.  In addition, the winning cakes will be auctioned off during the dinner and the proceeds donated to the Districts deserving Scout fund which is used to help Scouts who need help with the purchase of uniforms. 


Have you been to a roundtable lately? If not, you need to find out what you are missing!  Roundtables are monthly gatherings of leaders and other adult volunteers in Pioneer District where important information is shared and new skills are learned.  All roundtables take place at Cumberland United Methodist Church at 219 N. Muessing St., Indianapolis, Ind., 46229 at 7 pm.  The 2018 Roundtable schedule and breakout session topics are:

  • February 8 - Chartered Organizations: Who Owns Your Unit (Troop/Crew) / Cub Scout Investigators (Pack)
  • March 8 - Advancement: Why We Do It (Troop/Crew) / Cubs in the Future (Pack)
  • April 12 - Ideal Year of Scouting (Troop/Crew) / Treasure Hunters (Pack)
  • May 10 - Membership Kickoff  (Troop/Crew) / Wheel Into Summer (Pack)
  • June - No meeting
  • July 12 - Membership Pickup (Troop / Crew) / Destination Parks (Pack)
  • August 9 - Popcorn Training Kickoff
  • September 13 - Recharter & New Leader Training
  • October 11 - Webelos to Scout Transition
  • November 8 - Who Pays for Scouting
  • December 13 - Open Meeting & Snacks

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