Northeast District | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Northeast District of Crossroads of America Council

The Northeast District of Crossroads of America Council serves 37 Scouting units located within the following counties in central Indiana: northeast Marion and western Hancock counties. These units have more than 1,400 members that are supported by 529 unit and district volunteers.

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Latest News

Below is the latest news for our District.

Firecrafter Ember + Order of the Arrow WAP Chapter Meetings

The Firecrafter organization Chank-Tun-Un-Gi Ember now meets regularly at the Golden-Burke Scout Center in unison with the Order of the Arrow WAP Chapter on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month. The Ember meets at 6pm, and the Chapter at 7:15pm with fellowship between meetings.

Northeast District Units

Do you need more information on joining one of our Northeast District Units (pack, troop, crew or ship)? Contact information on our units can be found in the PDFs found under Forms & Resources.

Last revised June 2, 2018.

Spring Camporee

Ransburg Scout Reservation – April 26-28, 2019

Our 2019 Northeast District Spring Camporee, hosted by Troop 276 of Castleton United Methodist Church, will be held at Ransburg Scout Reservation over the April 26-28, 2019 weekend.

For informational flyer and on-line registration for this Northeast District Activity, click on NED 2019 Spring Camporee.

Roundtables

Golden-Burke Scout Center – March 13, 2019

Join fellow Northeast District unit representatives at the next Scouting Roundtables beginning at 7pm. Our Northeast District unit commissioners meet at 6pm on the same night. 

District Dinner Award Nominations

Due by February 1, 2019

All NED units should recognize their adult leaders who have given so much time and effort into the success of their units. Please click on the appropriate PDF form below for each of the major awards given at the annual adult recognition dinner in February:

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

Please use these forms to nominate your unit and leader(s) for the recognition that they richly deserve. NED Adult Award Nominations are due by the January 2019 NED Roundtables at Golden-Burke Scout Center.

In addition to these awards, please consider your adult leader for the Northeast District Award of Merit, and don’t forget to recommend your leader for one of the many Crossroads of America Council awards.

Silver Beaver Nominations

Due by March 31, 2019

Crossroads of America Council has decided to move the recognition cycle for the highest award a Council can give to an adult volunteer. The cycle for 2019 starts immediately and closes on March 31, 2019, so that the award can be given at the Council Awards ceremony in June 2019. Please download the fillable nomination form from the Council Silver Beaver award page.

When multiple adults wish to nominate the same adult volunteer (and you know you do!), please submit one nomination form with all pertinent information, and multiple “Letters of Recommendation” rather than multiple nomination forms. Please cover all aspects of the nominee’s adult career:  Scouting youth, Non-Scouting youth, Community, Social, Religious, etc. Our Council registrar’s office is willing and able to provide the training, tenure, awards, and Scouting experience information.

Possible Eagle Scout Service Project(s)

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 (attached). This is a potential Eagle project for a Scout.

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

2018-2019 Eagle Scout Final Ascent Checklist

Please contact Northeast District Advancement Chair, Jim Imel at (317) 823-8103 to schedule your Eagle Scout Service Project proposal final review and approval. Please consult this PDF 2018-2019 NED Eagle Project Approval Process & EBOR schedule. Eagle Scout Boards of Review occur at 4 p.m., on the first Sunday of each month (except January and July) at the Golden-Burke Scout Center. Eagle Scout service project proposals must be scheduled and submitted for District final review and approval before roundtables on the second Wednesday of each month at the training center of Camp Belzer. Contact Jim Imel directly during the months when roundtables are not held.

New Life Scouts should download this PDF 2018-2019 Eagle Scout Final Ascent Checklist for valuable step-by-step information (with links) on the Eagle Scout advancement process.

Unit Swimming Opportunities

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 Scouts BSA 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.

Fundraising Opportunities

Indianapolis Speedrome has two fundraising opportunities available for packs/troops/crews and/or their adult leaders. Concession stand work is for ADULTS with an alcoholic beverage license and their hourly wage will be deposited directly to their troop/crew account. Post-race clean up work is for any age Scout or Scouter, with Scouts getting service hour credit and Scouters hourly wage deposited directly to pack/troop/crew account. The basic explanation and contact information is on this PDF Speedrome flyer.

Since this is a non-BSA fundraising activity, the unit MUST submit a BSA fundraising application to Crossroads of America Council for approval.

Amateur Radio Scouting

Camp Belzer – WD9BSA

Venturing Crew 173, the Bert Johnson Memorial Scout Amateur (Ham) Radio Station (WD9BSA) is open for general operation between 1pm and 7pm on the second Saturday of each month (September through June).  Scouts of all ages are welcome.  Download our newsletters (9/01/2017 & 9/20/2017) which lay out many discussion points for the monthly meetings, and for future operations and contests.  Any Scouts visiting the station may operate the station under the supervision of our licensed HAM operators, and try to contact other amateur radio operators (HAMS) around the world.  Two big HAM events are held at Camp Belzer annually: the International Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) over the third weekend in October, and the ARRL Field Day weekend in June (PDF).  Download the WD9BSA flyer and 2017-18 schedule (PDF) for more information and important dates, and visit the station in the basement of the training center at Camp Belzer (accessed under the west porch). Download the WD9BSA newsletter #1 of July 2017.

American Legion Flag Education

Webelos (first year/4th grade) only

The Indiana Division of the American Legion has been offering a Flag Education & Testing Program annually in November to 4th graders of all Indiana schools (public or private).  Two $1,000 prizes are awarded annually, but the testing (20 questions with an essay) must be done at school.  Encourage your first year Webelos to participate if available through their schools.

Download this flyer explaining the Flag Education Program and containing the local American Legion contact post information.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

Our District boasts a variety of events throughout the year. To learn more about events happening around the Council, click here to view the Council’s calendar.

Leadership

Our District is currently supported by the following people; however, new volunteers are always welcome! Please contact our District Executive to find out how you can become involved at the District level.

Key 3

District Chair

District Commissioner

District Executive

Program Team

Vice-Chair of Program

Camping Chair

Advancement Chair

Eagle Advancement Coordinator

Activities Chair

Training Chair

Service Chair

500 Festival Parade Chair

Order of the Arrow Advisor

Firecrafter Advisor

District Chaplain

Membership Team

Vice-Chair of Membership

Membership Team

Nominating Team

Communications Team

Vice-Chair of Communications

Webmaster

Development Team

Vice-Chair of Development

Friends of Scouting Chair

Popcorn Kernel Advisor

Jessica Jarrett

Popcorn Kernel Team

Unit Commissioners

District Commissioner

Unit Commissioner

Unit Commissioner

Unit Commissioner

Unit Commissioner

Unit Commissioner

Members at Large

Member-at-Large

Member-at-Large

Member-at-Large

Member-at-Large

Member-at-Large

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