Northeast 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 this 2018 Northeast District Activities Calendar (PDF). 

Most of NED activities have been scheduled and will aid units in planning their 2019 activities calendar.  The district committee has released this initial PDF 2019 NED Activities Calendar.

Scout Night with IUPUI Jaguars - 1pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Bring your unit to a special Scout Night with IUPUI Jaguars basketball (vs Youngstown State Penguins) at 1pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019.  Click on this PDF Information document for complete ticketing information, then click on this Ticket Order Form to get tickets for your unit.

New Youth Protection (for all programs) on-line course

Boy Scouts of America has released a new unified Youth Protection Course, and Crossroads of America has committed to getting all of its adult leaders re-certified by May 1, 2018.  The new course consists of 3 instructional units plus a final test.  This new Infographic explains how BSA Is committed to the protection of the youth under its care and how it accomplishes its commitment.  Please follow this link to take the new Youth Protection Training course.

Coming in February 2019 - Scouts BSA

Read more about the new programs that are planned with the advent of SCOUTS BSA in February 2019.  Check out the National Council's information page for Scouts BSA by clicking on this Scouts BSA linkBe Prepared for fun & adventure!

2019 Silver Beaver Nominations now open - new due date March 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.

2019 Northeast District Roundtables now at Golden-Burke Scout Center - 2nd Wednesday of the month

The District Committee will hold annual Northeast District committee elections followed by pitch-in dessert at 7pm on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 in the Golden-Burke Scout Center.  

Join fellow Northeast District unit representatives at the next Scouting Roundtables beginning at 7 pm, on January 9, 2019, in the Golden-Burke Scout Center.  Our Northeast District unit commissioners meet at 6 pm on the same night. 

2019 Duty to God Retreat at Gateway CC - Jan 18-19

Chaplain "Wild Bill" Jensen is planning to conduct the 3rd annual Duty to God retreat for Scouts of all age groups at Gateway Community Church on Friday, Jan 18, and Saturday, Jan 19, 2019.  Thank God for a generous benefactor who has given of his time, talent, and treasure to underwrite this retreat (i.e. no cost to participants).  Put this event into your unit calendars, and spread the Word through this downloadable PDF D2G Retreat flyer

2019 NED Adult Leader Recognition - February 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

2019 Spring Camporee at Belzer Scout Camp - April 26-28

Our 2019 Northeast District Spring Camporee, hosted by Troop 276 of Castleton United Methodist Church, will be held at Belzer Scout Camp over the April 26-28, 2019 weekend.  For informational flyer and on-line registration, click on NED 2019 Spring Camporee

Northeast District Unit Contacts (June 2, 2018 Revision)

Do you need more information on joining one of 37 Northeast District units (pack, troop, crew or ship)?  View the latest contact Information:

2018 Mini Blessings Child Care Ministries service opportunity

Mini Blessings Child Care Ministries is looking for help with playground upgrades and maintenance. They are located at 5664 Cato Dr near Lawrence Central HS and are willing to provide all materials. If interested, contact Joyce Woodson at 317-546-6464.

2018 Reach for Youth (RFY) community service opportunity (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.

2018 Active Grace community service opportunity (see also

I hope your troops are having an excellent year! I wanted to reach out to you about a service opportunity to help individuals right here in central Indiana. 

Active Grace is an Indiana non-profit organization serving families in need. Their "Path to Success" program focuses on transitional housing, spiritual development, food relief, education, and job skills training. The program has already placed several families into homes of their own and we look forward to continually serving veterans and families in need.

We are currently housing 15 families and veterans and are looking to expand to 24 in the next few months. Many of our residents come to us feeling forgotten and without hope. We are able to give them a hand up, not just a hand out, with a weekly church service held on-site, spiritual development, and job skills and training as we aim to lead people forward in their lives and towards Christ. 

The  "Path to Success" program is hosted at a 42-acre property known as Camp Camby, which is located about 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, Camp Camby is a smoke free, drug free, and alcohol-free solace dedicated impacting veterans and families in transition from crisis. 

The 42-acre operation has a variety of needs from volunteer staffing to facility upkeep. We would love for your troop to come out to Camp Camby this spring to volunteer and visit with the residents. 

As a part of Christ’s body, we get to be His hands and feet of love. Through our shared efforts, we pray our residents and the many others touched through Active Grace will see Jesus more clearly.  Please let me know if this is of interest to you and your troop. More information on the cause is available at as well. 


Travis Baugh

2018 Brookdale Castleton community service opportunity (

I am in need of a raised garden bed for our terrace in our community and I was wondering if there were any scouts working on their merit badges/ranks that could help build this for me?  Just let me know!

Thanks so much,

Destiny Stephens
Director of Resident Programs
Brookdale Castleton (BU 00839)
8480 Craig Street  |  Indianapolis  |  IN  46250
Main 317-991-1069 ext 125|  Mobile 317-749-8396  |  Fax 317-845-5794 

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

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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

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.



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