Northeast District Youth Programs
For further information on youth programs, see the council's youth programs page.
For information on the Scouting activities in the Northeast District download our PDF 2017 NED Activities Calendar. The calendar will continue to be updated as the latest information becomes available. This can help your unit with their own plans for 2017. Our district committee has released the initial PDF 2018 NED Activities calendar. The 2018 activities calendar will be updated as events become "set in stone".
One planning form that all units should fill out when planning an activity that involves traveling any distance away from their normal meeting place is the BSA Tour and Activity Plan. This is an essential resource for those troops/crews which are attending a summer camp or high adventure out-of-council. It will tell you whether you have a sufficient number of trained (First Aid, CPR/AED, lifeguard, canoe, kayak, etc) personnel attending the outing to ensure a safe event.
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.
Firecrafter Ember News
The Chank-Tun-Un-Gi Ember meets regularly at Belzer Scout Camp in unison with the OA WAP Chapter on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month. Starting in 2017, the Ember is publishing a quarterly (PDF) newsletter which can be downloaded by clicking on the following link(s):
2017 Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park
Once again, the DNR interpreters will host a Merit Badge Sunday (1-4pm) each month for BOY SCOUTS at the Visitor Center of FHSP. Cost is $10 per merit badge which is payable at the park entrance. Pre-registration by Friday before each merit badge is required with a minimum class size of 10 Scouts, maximum 30 Scouts. This is NOT a drop-off program. Parent/guardian must remain with their Scout at all times. Click here for PDF schedule of the Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park.
Eagle Scout Final Ascent Checklist (for Service Projects and Board of Review)
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 2017-2018 Eagle Scout Final Ascent Checklist for valuable step-by-step information (with links) on the Eagle Scout advancement process.
New Eagle Scout (Press) Releases
Please fill out this fillable PDF Eagle Scout release form and attach it to an email to Cara Wagner along with a high-resolution photo of the Eagle Scout in uniform or at his Eagle Project site. Nothing gives the council, district, and troop more "bragging rights" than to have one of their own Eagle Scouts shown in a favorable light in the newspapers/media. The printed form and photograph can also be mailed to Cara at Crossroads of America Council, 7125 Fall Creek Road North, Indianapolis, IN 46256.
Boy Scout Program Changes (troops) effective January 1, 2016
Effective January 1, 2016, there will be changes to the Boy Scout advancement program for each rank. View and/or download the PDF comparison chart for all Boy Scut Ranks from the National BSA Council website.
Order of the Arrow WAP Ceremonial Team Reservation Form
Our WAP Chapter of the Order of the Arrow has prepared this PDF Fillable Ceremonial Team Reservation Request Form to be used for requesting a ceremonial team for unit Blue & Gold/Arrow of Light or Eagle Court of Honor ceremonies. The previous website has been discontinued. Please fill out the form, provided all necessary info (date, time, location, type ceremony, contact info, etc.) and email the form to WAPceremonial@comcast.net
Cub Scout Program Changes (packs)
The Cub Scout program will be evolving in the 2015-2016 program year. Review program updates for the most up-to-date resources, including pack meeting plans. New den leader guides and the new Cub Scout handbooks are available for purchase from the Scout Shop at the Golden-Burke Scout Service Center. Direct any directions to Gary Duncan, Northeast District Program updates chair.
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.
Amateur Radio Scouting at Camp Belzer - WD9BSA - Now VENTURING CREW 173
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. 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).