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 form that all units should fill out and submit to Crossroads of America Council when planning an activity that involves traveling any distance away from their normal meeting place is the BSA Tour and Activity Plan. This is essential if you are attending a summer camp or high adventure out-of-council.
2017 Eagle Scout Service Project - Help!
Robie Bruner of Troop 276, Northeast District, is looking for helpers with his Eagle Service Project: "The Riley 500". The project (PDF Flyer) calls for helpful Scouts making new or donating their gently-used Pinewood Derby cars for the young patients of Riley Hospital to use in putting on their own "Riley 500" (aka Pinewood Derby) in early May. Approximately sixty-eight (68) BSA-compliant pinewood derby cars are needed for the event. The deadline for the cars (construction or donation) is April 15 (34th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland).
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 NE District Pinewood Derby - Saturday, April 8
Ed Martin Honda at 770 North Shadeland Ave has again agreed to host the 2017 NE District Pinewood Derby (PDF FLYER). Pack leadership should download and familiarize their units with these 2017 NED Pinewood Derby rules and guidelines, the use of which will keep the Derby running smoothly. Unit competitions should be run according to the same guidelines so that there will be no "surprises" sprung on the competitors at the NE District Pinewood Derby in April. To register your unit, please go to our convenient on-line NED PWD Registration site. DO YOUR BEST at all times, and we wish all units and competitors the best of luck with the design, construction, and racing of their cars. We will see you at the Derby!
NED Spring Camporee - STEM - April 21-23, 2017
Your District Committee is already working on the NED Spring Camporee, April 21-23, 2017, at Summit Lake State Park, New Castle, Ind. We have themed the Camporee as "STEM" and we will be determining the program. More information and unit registration is at: NED Spring Camporee Interested? Come to NED Roundtables on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and make your ideas known.
Duty to God Retreat - June 9-10, 2017
Methodist Scouting Ministry Specialist "Wild" Bill Jensen will lead a youth retreat at Gateway Community Church in Oaklandon during which our Scouting Youth may earn their age-appropriate religious program award (God & Me, God & Family, God & Church, or God & Life). The two older programs (God & Church and God & Life) have prerequisites which must be fulfilled to complete the award requirements. Download this PDF Duty To God Retreat flyer for program and registration information.
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
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) in October, and the ARRL Field Day in June. Download the WD9BSA flyer and schedule 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).