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This is a companion communication piece to our website www.HoosierTrailsBSA.org . There are a lot of exciting things happening in Scouting and this resource will help keep you in the loop and prepare you for some awesome Scouting adventures!
Scoutbook Youth Advancement Sync
Calling all unit leaders—the Scoutbook Youth Advancement sync is officially underway!
All Scouting units with active Scoutbook subscriptions have recently been invited to complete the Scoutbook Youth Advancement Sync with ScoutNet. The Scoutbook Unit Admins have been notified and given instructions on how to activate this sync by December 31, 2017.

This sync will allow units to approve advancement in Scoutbook, which can then automatically sync with the BSA national database. Scoutbook users will no longer need to access Internet Advancement to track and report their unit advancement.

Starting January 1, 2018, units with active Scoutbook subscriptions will only be able to approve advancements for Scouts who are in the advancement sync. If you have not activated your unit and/or Scouts within your unit, you will not be able to approve advancements for that Scout(s).

Note that as a unit activates the sync, the unit can un-approve Scouts who have not yet been registered (entered into ScoutNet or My.Scouting) and continue the sync for the rest of the unit. Once registration is complete for the outstanding Scouts, the unit can then approve them and they will then be included.

Check out the user guide for more.

If you have any questions about the Scoutbook Youth Advancement Sync or if your Scouting unit has not received the sync instructions, please email Scoutbooksync@gmail.com .
Family Scouting Update
Get a Head-Start on Family Scouting Using Existing Methods, Resources
Although girls will not be officially welcomed into Cub Scouts until 2018, we know Scouting is a year-round activity. To be ready for next year's recruiting, there are plenty of steps your council can take now to get a head-start on your Family Scouting program. For starters, keep it simple — use the existing resources and methods that are already at your disposal:

  • The FAQ and Fact Sheet on Scouting Newsroom are great resources. 
Major Gifts Initiative News
As you may be aware, the council is working to make millions of dollars of investments in our properties.  To help keep our progress in front of you a webpage has been developed to share all current plans for each new asset, check it out today.
Boy Scout Summer Camp @ MSR
2018 Summer Camp Registration and Merit Badge Sign-ups are now live!
Don't miss out on a summer full of fun and excitement! Longtime Favorites such as Welding, Sailing, Discover Scuba, and COVERT are coming back! We are also reintroducing Photography, Electricity, Moviemaking, Painting, and Rowing Merit Badges to our lineup! Some brand new merit badges we are offering this year include Engineering, Gardening, Animal Science!  The Mountaineer Challenge program will be back for its second year and will be offering Ridge Runner and the new Voyageur challenge, now open all day! We are looking forward to providing your unit and scouts a top-notch program and a week full of memorable experiences!  We can't wait to see you! As always, welcome to camp.   Sites are already filling up, register your troop today.
Winter Rendezvous 2018
January 19th - January 21st
Maumee Scout Reservation

Join us for the 24th Annual Wapehani Winter Rendezvous at beautiful Maumee Scout Reservation. All of your favorites will be returning, as well as that annual new twist! And don't forget the food, fun, and fellowship that makes the Winter Rendezvous such a memorable and long-standing Wapehani District tradition. We're looking forward to yet another fantastic Rendezvous Feast prepared by Art Collins and his merry team of volunteers, and who could forget that amazing sourdough bread?!
 
Registration is open now, so sign up your pack, troop, or crew today! Whether this is your first Rendezvous or you're a seasoned veteran, you DON'T want to miss out on this year's exciting event. We'll see YOU there!
Training EXPO
The Hoosier Trails Council Training EXPO will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, at the Brown County Intermediate School.

Over 40 sessions will be offered for every level of adult leader. Look for registration to open in early 2018 at www.HoosierTrailsBSA.org.
Order of the Arrow Winter Feast
The 2017 year will be highlighted at this great event. We encourage all members to attend and recognize our past officers as we welcome our new 2018 Lodge Executive Committee. A great dinner will be served and special awards will be presented to distinguished members for all their hard work and service. Please do not miss out on this great opportunity!
Menu: Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, Desert, Drinks