Wabash Valley District

Wabash Valley District Contacts:

District Team Lead –   765-639-4398

District Commissioner –   765-418-6278

District Chairman –   217-313-7688

Wabash Valley serves Benton, Carroll, Tippecanoe, Warren & Northern Fountain Counties

 Training

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Roundtable Update

Roundtable, the monthly training for unit leaders, has moved into the main church building at Trinity United Methodist Church. The main session will occur in very large basement of the church. Cub Scout leaders will normally stay downstairs, while Boy Scouts will move upstairs to the Parlor room. Roundtable occurs on the 2nd Thursday of every month, and it is a critical part of keeping your unit on track. From helping guide you and your den leaders on how to plan the program year to Boy Scout winter camping, topics are designed to help your unit succeed!

 

Cary Trading Post Update

As a reminder, Adam is not in the Cary Camp Trading Post during the summer months while Purdue is on break. The trading post is managed by appointment. To make one, please call Joy Biggs at the main Cary Camp phone number (765) 447-1990. If she does not answer, please leave a message. As always, Scouts should “Be Prepared” – so try to make this call with as much advance notice as possible.

2017 Journey to Excellence Scorecard

Has your unit taken a look at the 2017 Journey to Excellence Scorecard yet? The scorecard is a great resource for a unit as you plan out a great year. The scorecards are available here.

New Eagle Scouts:

Drew Johnson, Troop 338

Matthew LaBeau, Troop 144

Johnathan Simpson, Troop 144

 

Roundtable

Please be sure that your unit is sending at least one representative to Roundtable each month. Roundtable is the best tool for units to utilize to learn about upcoming events, get help with projects they are working on, and see what tools are available to assist in their current endeavors. The full schedule of roundtables can be found on the Sagamore Council Calendar.

Check Out the 2016 – 2018 Council Support Incentive Program!

2016-18 Council Support Incentive Announcement

Council Support Incentive Program Verification Form 2016

Council Support Incentive Program Verification Form 2017

Council Support Incentive Program Verification Form 2018

2017 Family Investment in Character Campaign

Did your unit enjoy a visit to Cary Camp this year or experience having someone at the Service Center answer the phone? Did you access a Scouting website or receive support for your unit’s programming? Did a youth receive a scholarship, campership, or other assistance?  If so, then your unit benefited from some of the many programs offered by Sagamore Council for support! These programs and many more are supported by funds donated by individual families and community members. It is expected that all units allow a presentation so that families on the own can decide if they would be willing to support programs like this. Unit leaders will be receiving communications over the next few weeks to confirm dates. Remember that the ideal time for these presentations would be Blue and Golds or Courts of Honor.

Eagle Project Guidelines

Life Scouts should email , the District Life to Eagle Coordinator, for Eagle Project approvals.  He is available at Roundtable, which is the second Tuesday of every month at:

Trinity United Methodist Church in Lafayette at 7 PM.
Access Eagle Project Guidelines

Access Guidelines to Eagle Life Statement

Service Hours

It is important that all service hours performed by Scouts this year are recorded properly. Service hours can be submitted in several ways, the easiest being via the Sagamore Council website – click on “Submit Service Hours” button on the home page. .

 

Court of Honor / Blue and Gold Dates

Leaders – Have you submitted your Blue and Gold or Court of Honor dates yet? These are the best opportunities to have your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation, as we know that it is when the most of your parents will be present. Family Friends of Scouting is a critical part of our council support initiative and is a key element in your unit earning free camping, rank advancement, and more!  Making a contribution  to Scouting ensures the success of the program and helps sustain Scouting for the future. Please send your dates to .

 

SCOUTStrong Journey to Excellence Element

Several units have asked about the section on Journey to Excellence concerning the SCOUTStrong element. This program is designed to help Scouts get active and promote healthy eating. It’s a challenge designed for the whole family, not just the Scout! Unit leaders can find information on implementing the program here, and a lot more information can be found here.

 

Unit Commissioner Call-Out

Do you know of an experienced Scouter who has grown past the point of attending week to week meetings, but still loves the program? Maybe their kid has moved on to college, and working the unit level doesn’t make sense for them anymore? If you know someone who understands the program and is a great advisor, they might make a great Unit Commissioner! A Unit Commissioner serves as a link between the district and the units and helps maintain the health of our units! Wabash Valley District is currently interested in seeing who YOU think might fit this type of role. The district requires a crew of about 20 dedicated individuals serving our units, and we have a selectenumber of openings. If you have an idea of someone who might fit this role, feel free to send an email.

My.Scouting.Org

Scout leaders, have you had a chance to log into my.scouting.org yet? This is a different portal than myscouting.org, but it uses the same username and password. Within here you can find training records for all of your leaders, organize your rosters, and more! There will be more features being released as more people begin using it, but it is certainly worth your time to long on today!

Problems logging into My.Scouting.org? Contact the National Office and ask for tech support for My.Scouting at 972-580-2489.

Once completed you will have access to unit, district and council tools.

 

District Committee Meetings

Beginning in February the District Committee meetings are at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Lafayette. The address is 404 N. 6th St., Lafayette IN 47901. Remember that all Scouters are invited to the committee meeting, and that all chartered organization representatives have a vote in District matters.

Turning in New Applications

As we begin wrapping up Join Scouting Nights, we would like to stress the importance of turning in new applications quickly.  All units should retain the “Unit Copy” of the application when it is submitted, but it is critical that the applications be submitted as quickly as possible. Turning in the completed application ensures that the member is covered by BSA insurance and will also make likfe easier once rechartering approaches. Units should be sure to check that all applications are fully completed before turning in applications to help save time. Guide for Checking for Common Defects on Youth Applications Guide for Checking for Common Defects on Adult Applications

Youth Protection

Remember that as we prepare to start recruiting new leaders it is critical that Youth Protection Training be completed BEFORE the application is turned in and they start interacting with the Scouts. The safety of our  youth is always our number one concern, and completion of Youth Protection Training is  an important step in making sure that all leaders are on the same page. Parents should also be involved in this process! There are materials for families to review with their youth in all of the Scouting rank books. We also encourage parents to complete Youth Protection Training so that they are fully familiar with what policies and procedures are in place. These trainings can be completed 24/7 online at my.scouting.org, Individuals who are interested in  performing training for their entire unit may contact to learn more.

Wabash Valley District Facebook Page

Have you liked the Wabash Valley Facebook Page? Updates are posted often, and it is an excellent way to receive information from the District! The page is titled “Wabash Valley District- Sagamore Council BSA” and the actual link is www.facebook.com/LafayetteScouting We’d love to see more members of the Wabash Valley District on this page to increase our communication!