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A selection of the latest news, notes, announcements and information for Scout families, volunteers and leaders throughout Pathfinder District! Please share this information with your Units & anyone else you who may find it valuable!

Next Pathfinder District Roundtable Meeting:

Thursday, February 13th, 7:00pm

Location: Perry Meridian Middle School Cafeteria, 202 W Meridian School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46217
All Pathfinder District Scouters and Scouting families are welcome & encouraged to attend!

In This Edition of The Pathfinder eNewsletter:

Pathfinder District Commissioner Service Needs Your Help!

Pathfinder District is in need of additional adult volunteers to serve as Unit Commissioners!
 
Unit Commissioners maintain contact with their assigned Units to provide resources, encouragement and help to their Units. Commissioners enter information into an online system called Commissioner Tools to ensure that the District is aware of any Units that need extra help to succeed. 
 
Many hands make light work! Even if you can only serve one or two Units, we would truly appreciate your help. Commissioners meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm, immediately before Roundtable to allow Commissioners an additional opportunity to connect with their Units.
 
If you are interested in learning more about commissioner service, please contact the Pathfinder District Commissioner, Marshelle Dawkins Broadwell.  You may also read about commissioner service at https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/.
Contact Marshelle Broadwell

Register SOON for the 2020 Pathfinder Adult Award and Recognition Dinner!

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 6:00pm
Elk's Lodge No. 1818
56 E. Jefferson Street, Franklin, IN 46131

Please make plans to join us for our annual Pathfinder District Volunteer Recognition and Award Dinner. This event will honor the many volunteers that graciously give their time and skills to lead or assist our great program in Scouting.

Tickets are $20 person and include dinner and event admission. ALL Pathfinder District Scouters, Scouts and family members are welcome to attend!
2020 Pathfinder Adult Award and Recognition Dinner

Ladies Leap Into Scouts BSA Lock-In Event 

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00pm until 7:30am Sunday
Epic Climbing and Fitness
1931 Stout Field W Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46241

Check out this exciting event – just for the ladies in Scouts BSA! This will be their chance to get a Leap into Scouting and earn a fun Merit Badge all for $25.

This event is open to all currently-registered female Scouts BSA members. Plus, they may bring a friend(s) that night, and those friends can join Scouts BSA on the spot by completing their application and paying the membership fee**!

Do you know of any ladies 11-17 years old who might want to attend, or who should join Scouts BSA? More importantly, do your SCOUTS know any ladies like that? Be sure to send this information to them ASAP!

We're also in search of current Venturing Crew ladies (sorry guys) that are able to help volunteer to meet and greet, and help with belaying for the event. Pizza will be provided. If not all of the 50 slots are not filled with the female Scouts BSA members, female Crew members will be allowed an opportunity to climb all night for $25 as well! (Not guaranteed, but we'll see.)

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jenny Weber at weberjen77@yahoo.com.

(**Membership fee is in addition to event fee.)
Ladies Leap Party Lock-In Event

Join us for the CAC Interfaith Interactions Seminar!

Sunday, February 23, 2020 – 2:00-4:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
615 W. 43rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

This event is for Scouts in Leadership, Adult Leaders & Community Guests (free event, bring a friend)!

- CUB SCOUT LEADERS & CHAPLAINS
- RELIGIOUS EMBLEM COORD​INATORS
- SCOUTS BSA LEADERS
- SPLs & CHAPLAIN AIDES
- VENTURE CREW LEADERS
- VENTURE CREW OFFICERS
- Those interested in other Faith traditions to reach out to neighbors, friends, or their community!

Scouts & Leaders of all faith backgrounds should plan to attend.

This educational opportunity will enlighten youth and adult leaders regarding the various faith traditions of the Scouts in our Council with whom you will interact either within your own Unit (Pack/Troop/Crew/Team), and/or at various Public, District and Council Events. All Pack, Troop, Crew and Team Leadership are welcome. And you are encouraged to invite those in your community who seek to better understand a faith person in their neighborhood.

Speakers may include experts on the following faith traditions: Buddhist; Islam; Judaism; Roman Catholic; Sikh; Hindu; Baha’i; Protestant; or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They will provide information on their faith history and beliefs, as well as, answer questions that may address how best to interact respectfully with those within that faith.

A Scout is Reverent, that is, he respects other faith traditions than his own. This one afternoon of interaction is the best way to "Be Prepared" to interact with those of a faith with whom you may not be familiar.

There is no cost to attend and no registration required; this event is hosted by the Crossroads of America BSA Chaplain Corps! For more information, contact Kimdra Montgomery at kimdramontgomery@gmail.com.
CAC Interfaith Interactions Seminar 2020 Flyer
Check out this Summer Camp 2020 Presentation Training Video from Crossroads of America Council for ideas in how to present Camp information to your Units!

Summer Camp 2020 Unit Promotional Resources Now Available!

Looking for some resources to assist in presenting the exciting opportunities of Summer Camp 2020 to your Scouts, families and Units? Here are some tools to help! In addition to the video above:
  • Camp Presentation Request Form – ask for a member of the CAC Team to visit your Unit and help present Summer Camp 2020 information at the link HERE.
  • Blue & Gold Placemats Request Form – request a set of placemats for your Pack's Blue & Gold Banquet to promote Summer Camp 2020 HERE!
  • CAC 2020 Campership Application Form – don't let money stand in the way of a Scout being able to attend Summer Camp! Scouts and families in need of financial support for Summer Camp 2020 should complete the Campership Application Form at the link HERE.
Summer Camp 2020 Presentation Request Form
Blue & Gold Placemat Request Form
2020 CAC Campership Application Form

Explore the Combination of Scouting and Music at the CAC Scout Band Open House!

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 2:00pm

St. Lawrence Catholic School Cafeteria
6950 East 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226

The Crossroads of America Scout Band will have its annual Open House at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at St. Lawrence Catholic School in the Cafeteria.
  
If you play a band instrument (woodwind, brass, and percussion) we invite you to join us and be a part of the fun we have planned for 2020! Scouts, Scouters and Scout parents are all welcome to attend! Your musical ability can be anywhere from beginner to "pro" — we have them all in the band. If you are new to your instrument, this is a great place to strengthen your musical ability and work in some practice time for the week!
 
Any Scouts BSA-aged youth (11-18 years old); Venturing, Sea Scouts or Exploring member (14-21 years old); or Scouter (adult leader) are eligible to be a member of the band. Siblings and parents who also play an instrument but are not registered in Scouting may also join the band’s Venturing Crew 559 and enjoy the extra opportunity to share their musical talents.
 
Join us as we celebrate our 103rd YEAR OF CONTINUOUS OPERATION in Central Indiana! All YOU have to do to be a part of this great organization is show up Sunday, February 2!
 
If you can’t join us on the 2nd, be sure and visit any Sunday at the same time and location (except Sunday, February 16th when we will be performing our annual Scouting Anniversary concert). Dress is casual — but don’t forget your instrument.
 
If you have any questions, call Patty Smith at 317-509-5482 or check out our website at www.scoutband.org.

CAC Scout Band Web Site

Make plans now to join us for a day of service at the 2020 IPL 500 Festival Parade!

Saturday, May 23rd, 8am – 3:30pm

Crossroads of America Council and its Scouting Units have volunteered their services to the Indy 500 Festival Parade ever since its inception in 1957, and 2020 - the 63rd anniversary of the parade - will be no different! In 2019, over 600 Scouts and Scouters from the Council participated in the event, and we're hoping for more this year!

Pathfinder District now has a 500 Festival Parade District Coordinator in place – Shea Wynn! If you're able and interested in helping, please contact Shea Wynn at shearex@outlook.com as soon as possible.

Units will be expected to complete the following tasks on parade day: 

  • set-up folding chairs in your assigned area;
  • mark seat numbers for those chairs according to the provided seating chart;
  • assist the public with tickets in finding their seats;
  • following the parade, tear down and re-stack the chairs for pick-up after the parade; and
  • designate someone not to leave until your Troop has your patches and our count is turned in.

Each Scout and Scouter will receive a patch from the Indy 500 Festival Committee and the Troop will receive a certificate of appreciation from the CAC Parade Committee. Plus, you get to watch the parade for free!

500 Festival Parade Service Flyer
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