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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, Oct. 10th, 7:00pm

Perry Meridian Middle School Cafeteria
202 W. Meridian School Rd, Indpls. 46217

All Pathfinder District Scouters and Scouting families are welcome & encouraged to attend!

In This Edition of The Pathfinder eNewsletter:

Updates to the Guide to Safe Scouting Effective 10/01/2019

The Scouting program incorporates common activities such as swimming, climbing, cycling, archery, and snowboarding that, depending on the details, may include both real and perceived risks to participants. Those risks are managed by BSA policies, procedures, and guidelines that set limits and incorporate specific features such as safety equipment or qualified supervision. Guidance is provided by, but not limited to, the Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting ActivitiesSafe Swim DefenseSafety AfloatClimb On SafelyBelay On, and the BSA Shooting Sports program.

BSA has released an updated listing of prohibited activities in Scouting, effective October 1, 2019, which is available for review here. All Scouters and Scout families should review these guidelines as soon as possible, to ensure your Unit's activities are aligned with these updated guidelines. Please review Prohibited Activities FAQ’s if you have any questions.
Prohibited Activities in Scouting Updates

District Camporee Updates

At the recent Pathfinder District Committee meeting, a decision was made to cancel the Fall Camporee for 2019. This decision was not made lightly, as we understand the importance of Fall outdoor programming in retention of returning Scouts and welcoming of new Scouts. However, the collapse of the originally-proposed Sectional Camporee combined with the lack of a host Troop, Crew or Ship for a District Camporee led to this decision.

If you are interested in alternatives for a Fall Camporee experience, take a look at the following options for your Scouts and see if one may be a good fit for you:
  • NMLRA Scout Camporee - October 4-6, 2019, Walter Cline Range, 6219 East State Road 62, Versailles, IN 47042; more information may be found here.
  • Peterloon Camporee 2019 - October 4-6, 2019, Camp Friedlander, 581 Ibold Rd, Loveland, OH 45140; more information and registration may be found here. (This event is open to both Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA youth! Registration closes 09/16/19 at 11:59pm, so register soon!)
We do have several Pathfinder District Camporees in the works for 2020 in the winter, spring and fall. The dates and information are:
  • Winter Camporee - January 24-26, 2020 @ Camp Kikthaweund - Hosted by Troop 263
  • Spring Camporee - April 24-26, 2020 @ Camp Bear Creek - Seeking a host Troop, Crew or Ship!
  • Fall Camporee - September 25-27, 2020 @ Ransburg Scout Reservation - Tentatively hosted by Troop 245 or Troop 264 (TBD)
If your Troop, Crew of Ship is interested in hosting the Spring Camporee in April, please contact Garod Cavanaugh at garodcavanaugh@gmail.com as soon as possible. Thank you!

Boy Scouts of America FunRun
@ Camp Belzer, October 12th

Mark your calendars for the first ever Boy Scouts of America Inflatable FunRun at Camp Belzer on October 12, 2019! Runners, walkers, kids and adults are welcomed to bounce their way to the finish line. Registration for this event is $25 and $5 of each registration will be donated back to our Council. Click here to register!

All event activities will be held at Camp Belzer and the course for the FunRun will use the trail system. Bring the family for a day of fun and enjoy the great scenery at Camp Belzer.

If the FunRun isn't your thing, join us at the FunZone from 10am-4pm. The FunZone includes interactive inflatables and, starting at 12pm, Camp Belzer will also offer archery, BB Guns, fire-starting activities, STEM activities, outdoor skill games and more! There is something for the whole family! Only $10 admission per child to the FunZone and $5 of each admission will be donated back to Crossroads of America Council.

Food trucks and Kona Ice will be on-site for the event to take care of all your food and drink needs!
Register Here

You’ve registered for Scouting, you’ve attended your first pack meeting. Now it’s time to join us at Cub Scout Fun Day for a day of adventure to see what being a Cub Scout is all about at camp! Activities include Archery, BB Guns, Outdoor Skills, STEM, Sports and much more!  

Join us at Cub Scout Fun Day at one the following locations and dates by registering at one of the following links:

The Lange Challenge: We Need Your Help!

Would your Unit like an additional $100,000 in funding? Of course it would!

Well, Crossroads of America Council has just that opportunity - $100,000 to use for camp improvements and program enhancements for OUR Scouts' benefit! The catch? To receive the money, we as a Council must achieve certain bechmarks for camping and rank advancement in our Units. For rank advancement, we need Cub Scout Packs to have 62% of registered Scouts earn rank advancement during the calendar year, and for Scouts BSA Troops we need 50% registered Scouts earn rank advancement.

How can you help? Simple: make sure ALL of your rank advancements have been submitted to Crossroads of America Council before December 31, 2019! Whether submitted via Internet Advancement, Scoutbook or the paper Advancement Report at the Scout Shop, recording all rank advancements earned in 2019 before the end of 2019 - even if the Court of Honor itself will not be until January or February 2020 - will help us earn this funding.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Upcoming Training Opportunities for Scouters & Scouts:


2019 University of Scouting: Every Scout deserves a trained leader. The University of Scouting, the premier training event in the council, is one of the easiest ways for adult volunteers to achieve this goal. This single-day training event is designed to supplement any leader’s training. Any Scout leader may attend. 
- Information & Registration: https://www.crossroadsbsa.org/university-of-scouting/ 

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO): IOLS is required training for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Crew Advisers! Pack and Webelos Den overnighters require at least one leader who has completed BALOO.
- Information & Registration: https://scoutingevent.com/160-2019IOLS 

Merit Badge Counselor Position-Specific Training: All Merit Badge Counselors need to complete this position-specific training, either online or in person. There are four in-person training opportunities left in 2019!
- Information & Registration: https://www.scoutingevent.com/160-mbctraining19
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