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.
The Crossroads of America Council has released this policy notice regarding COVID-19 (Council webpage)
The Crossroads of America Council has released the following instructions and applications for Candidates for Eagle Scout rank:
- Request an Eagle Scout Time Extension Due to COVID-19 (Expires Sept.2020)
- Electronic Instructions for Eagle Service Project Proposals
- Electronic Instructions for Eagle Rank Applications and Workbooks
The Silver Beaver Award, the highest award that a council can bestow upon an Adult Volunteer Leader, will be given at the Council Awards Dinner in late June. Please nominate your favorite leader using the fillable PDF form on the Council’s Awards page. Deadline has been extended to April 17th, 2020.
The Central Section Fall Camporee at Ransburg Scout Reservation is scheduled for the October 23-25 weekend.
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.
Golden-Burke Scout Center
Join fellow Northeast District unit representatives at the Northeast District “Virtual” Scouting Roundtables at 7pm, Wednesday, August 12th. Our Northeast District unit commissioners meet at 6pm on the same night.
Firecrafter Ember & OA Chapter Virtual 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.
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.
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.
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 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. 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. Please consult the 2020-2021 NED Eagle Project Approval Process & EBOR schedule.
Amateur Radio Scouting
Camp Belzer – WD9BS 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.