Latest Information and Policies regarding COVID-19
The Boy Scouts of America has updated the Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities Safety Policy. Please click on this link to read this important update.
Philmont Scout Ranch has cancelled all remaining programs for the summer of 2020 in compliance with the State of New Mexico COVID-19 guidelines. See the Philmont website for further information.
The Crossroads of America Council has released this policy notice regarding COVID-19 (Council webpage)
Unit Online Recharters
Now is the perfect time to check out this BSA help page explaining the online unit registration (rechartering) which begins October 1st. Following their recommendations will help ease the “last minute” panic that happens every year at rechartering time.
The Central Section Spring Camporee is scheduled to be VIRTUAL for the April 23-25 weekend. Information & Registration (click here)
New Annual Dues
Effective 1 Aug 2020, the annual membership fee for NEW youth in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts will increase to $66, plus a one-time membership fee of $25. The fees for NEW adult leaders and youth in Exploring will increase to $42. The new fee structure will effect renewing units and volunteers beginning 1 October. Boys’ Life remains $12. Click on this BSA PDF Infographic for guidance.
Friends of Scouting
The annual “Friends of Scouting” season has kicked off with the Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting on Thursday, December 12. Unit presentations are being scheduled now on the CAC FOS Page.
Join fellow Fall Creek District unit representatives at the Fall Creek District “Virtual” Scouting Roundtables at 7pm, on the second Thursday of every month. Once we can meet in person safely again, District Roundtables will take place in Golden Burke Scout Center again.
Firecrafter Ember & OA Chapter Virtual Meetings
The Firecrafter organization Netami Tentay 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. OA Section 6CA Conclave has been postponed.
Fall Creek District Units
Do you need more information on joining one of our Fall Creek District Units (pack, troop, crew or ship)? Contact information on our units can be found in the PDFs found under Forms & Resources.
Unit Swimming Opportunities
Lawrence North High School through Lawrence Swim Team
The Lawrence High School swim team has offered to work with units in Fall Creek 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.
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.
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.
Eagle Scout Checklist
Once you attain the rank of Life Scout, please download the 2020-2021 FCD Eagle Project Approval Process & EBOR schedule for details on the local Eagle Scout Project proposal approvals and final board of review procedures. You will need to secure your own Eagle Advisor (usually within your home unit) and start the planning of your project on the official Eagle Scout Project Workbook available at: https://www. crossroadsbsa.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement/trail-to-eagle/
Once you have your proposal prepared and secure the signatures of your Unit Leader, Unit Committee, and the benefitting organization partner, please email Fall Creek District Eagle Co-Chair, Joe Wehrheim, or call at 317-891-2301 to schedule a project review.
Once all requirements are completed and you are ready for an Eagle Board of Review, please email Fall Creek District Eagle Co-Chair Jim Imel or call at (317) 823-8103 to schedule your Eagle Scout Board of Review.
Eagle Scout Boards of Review occur at 4 p.m., on the first or second Sundays of each month at the Golden-Burke Scout Center.
- Electronic Instructions for Eagle Service Project Proposals
- Electronic Instructions for Eagle Rank Applications and Workbooks