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 2018 NED Activities Calendar (PDF).
The 2019 calendar will continue to be updated as the latest information becomes available. This can help your unit with their own plans for 2019. Our district committee has released the PDF 2019 NED Activities calendar.
One planning tool that all units should use when planning a unit 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.
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 Spring Camporee at Belzer Scout Camp, Indianapolis - April 26-28, 2019
Our 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 for this Northeast District Activity, click on NED 2019 Spring Camporee.
2018-2019 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. 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.
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.
New Eagle Scout (Press) Releases
Please fill out this fillable PDF Eagle Scout release form and attach it to an email to Karrie Schlegel 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.
Firecrafter Ember + OA WAP Chapter Meeting Venue (new 2018)
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.
Starting in 2017, the Ember is publishing a quarterly (PDF) newsletter which can be downloaded by clicking on the following link(s):
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 - 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. 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.