Happy Scouting! Due to the COVID-19 challenges, we have opted to convert Trail Signs newsletter to an online format, instead of a hardcopy that was mailed, quarterly. We have shifted to a publication that will be issued six times a year and should be more timely and easier to connect to additional resources. I hope that you enjoy and benefit from this newsletter and it helps us to have some great Scouting adventures in the coming months! Glen R. Steenberger, Scout Executive
TIMELY SCOUTING NEWS
Awards Gala & Silver Beaver Awardees
May 2
Hoosier Trails Council will be hosting our annual Leader Recognition Gala to recognize adult leaders for outstanding service to units and the Council. This is the time where we recognize the Silver Beaver award recipients, our highest award, along with many other awards. We will also be congratulating our 2020 Eagle Scouts for their outstanding accomplishments. Please do not miss this opportunity to come celebrate and recognize our fellow leaders for great achievement.

Congratulations to the 2021 Class of Silver Beavers, which is the highest award that the council can bestow upon a volunteer: Dr. Sarah Freese, Stephanie Shaw, Josh Shaw, Jeff Wuslich and Tony Zizak.

Pre-Registration is strongly encouraged to ensure that everyone has a meal choice. Save time and hassle by using our online registration system through www.HoosierTrailsBSA.org and select the event from the online calendar.
Spring Popcorn Sale in Time to Build Scout Accounts
Warm weather is approaching and we know Scouts are ready to get outside and away from screens. Scouts like to have fun and we are committed to do our part to help you make that happen this spring! It was a challenging time to sell popcorn last fall and this may be an issue for your bank account. Hoosier Trails Council is working with Trails End to help your unit bounce back and your Scouts raise funds for these incredible outdoor activities. Several Cub Scout activities are coming up and we hope that you will pass this message on to your families so they are ready. We have worked hard to make all of our activities as safe and risk free as possible. Each event has specific details, on our calendar, about what we have planned and how you can join in the fun. We also have some good information about summer camp at Maumee Scout Reservation or on our website at www.HoosierMaumee.org. Registrations are open and space is limited but we still have room for you – come check us out!

Trails end is ready to help your Scouts raise the money they need to participate in all these events. They have made it very easy and hassle free by using your favorite devise and selling on line using the Trails End App. This is fast, the sipping is direct, and you are able to earn points for your Amazon gift card. You will also receive a 30% commission to your unit that will help fill your bank account and send more Scouts to camp. We even have some product that can be sold door-to-door or at a storefront. Many locations have opened back up for this type of selling and we are able to order some product for you.

Online selling is open right now and we are encouraging your unit to sell until April 30th to give you plenty of time to raise money for outdoor adventures. Please click on this link and register your unit to sell popcorn today and don’t forget to check out our Popcorn Page for all the details and to see the new products.  
American Heroes Monthly Donation
We're thrilled to announce the new American Heroes Monthly Donation feature, which enables Online Direct Consumers to purchase a monthly recurring donation of $5 or more. You can raise more money while supporting our first responders, active-duty military, and veterans.
Retention Convention Online in 2021
Now is the time to start thinking about your program for the upcoming Scouting season just a few short months away. Hoosier Trails Council would like to help you get things kicked off at a great event designed to give you the materials you need and the support you want. We will be going over all of the new programs available for all Scouting units, new ways to support your members and leaders, tips on recruiting, and much more. This is a great way to start your year and its fun too.

Two options for this in-person training will be held on May 11th (Eastside) and May 13th (Westside). Details are being finalized on the location, but please mark your calendar to save the date.
Council Annual Business Meeting Notice
The Annual Meeting of the Hoosier Trails Council will be April 20 2021 via Zoom. Chartered Organization Representatives and members of the Executive Board are invited to this important meeting, and interested parties will be sent a link to the meeting. If you would like to receive the link or have a nomination for the Board of the Council, or have a resolution for the committee to consider, send that with support materials in writing to:
Hoosier Trails Council, BSA
Nomination Committee or Resolutions Committee
5625 East State Road 46, Bloomington, IN 47401
 
Any questions about this process should be sent to gsteenberger@bsamail.org, Scout Executive.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Deam Wilderness & Pate Hollow Weed Wrangle 2021

Are you concerned for the health of our forests? Keep them green by helping Hoosier National Forest and Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS.org)

We will show you how with easy ways to identify and control invasive plants not native to our forests. No previous knowledge required, just bring your interest in learning. Our trained experts will guide you on trails to target areas for pulling plants. Joining our team will give you the opportunity to Work on your Merit Badge – Plant Sciences, build up your resume for a future career and support our environment!

When?
Mid late April and early May to find emerging garlic mustard populations on the Hays, Grubb Ridge and Pate Hollow Trails. June to September to pull Japanese stiltgrass on Hays, Grubb Ridge and Pate Hollow Trails.
What you need to know.
All trails are south of Bloomington off of Hwy 446. Moderate hikes with some 30 -60 minute hikes to target areas. Weed Wrangle duration 3-4 hours. The Hays Trail trailhead is located on Hays Road. Grubb Ridge Trail trailhead is located at Blackwell Horse Camp, Tower Ridge Road Deam Wilderness Pate Hollow trailhead is located directly behind the Paynetown State Recreation Office. Pate Hollow
 
All event days will require helpers to wear masks and social distance on trails and in target areas. Dress appropriate with long pants and closed toe footwear. Bring your own water bottle and snacks. Group size will be limited to 10 people. Children are welcome, and those under the age of (18) must be accompanied by an adult. Site safety awareness includes protection against ticks, and other insects.

What comes next?
Show your interest to join one, or more Weed Wrangle days as an individual, or group. Indicate your time frame of participation. Need a week day for your group? Contact Gillian Field gfield104@gmail.com Or simply sign up here now! https://signup.com/go/ZmYbYBr
UPCOMING SCOUTING ADVENTURES
Cub Scout STEM-O-Ree
April 10
Calling all Cub Scouts! The Hoosier Trails Council will host its annual STEM-O-Ree on April 10th at Maumee Scout Reservation. Due to health guidelines and location restrictions, we have opted to move this activity to the springtime and in an outdoor location to keep families as safe as possible and who doesn’t want to spend a day at MSR! Cubs of all ages and siblings can enjoy a full day of activities learning about computers, physics, engineering, mathematics, robotics, art, and much more. This event is great for the entire family and inexpensive, so you can’t go wrong. Come and gain lots of new ideas for activities and experiments that you can take back to your Pack. Register today and look for more information at your Roundtable meetings.
 
Cub Scout Fish-O-Ree
May 8
Join us for the Cub Scout Fish-O-Ree! This day-long event is designed for Scouts, friends, and their families. Scouts are invited to attend this activity and bring a fishing pole (we provide worms) to learn the fundamentals of fishing, have fun, enjoy fellowship, and meet new friends. We will have many fishing related game and activity stations close by for some fun while your bait is in the water. You may participate in any of the exciting stations at your leisure. Bring a sack lunch or we will provide a hotdog lunch free of charge. Register today and look for more information at your Roundtable meetings.
Scouting At Home:
We know its hard come up with ideas for your Scouts to advance in rank and still make it fun to participate in meetings and activities, especially when you are not able to be face-to-face. Hoosier Trails Council would like to help you make Scouting an adventure all year round. We have developed a Scouting at Home page full of advancement, activities, and ideas from all over the country. This is a great resource for families who are not able to attend in-person meetings or who may miss a meeting because of a scheduling conflict or vacation. You can direct them to all the tools they need to keep up with your unit and not fall behind in advancement. We will also host additional Virtual Merit Badge days and rank advancement assistance towards the end of the year for Scouts BSA members who were not able to join us at Maumee Meets Online. Please visit this page often and see the many ways you can enrich your Scout’s program with a few clicks of the mouse. 
Scouters, summer camp is coming and we are gearing up for some great times at Maumee Scout Reservation! We have campsite reservations live and a full menu of merit badges and programs available – we just need you to register today and reserve your spot as space is limited this year. We are excited to get back to camp but we do need you to go to our MSR web page for a list of changes and considerations that are vital in your unit’s planning process. Along with a robust list of great merit badges and evening activity, we will host the fourth year of our Mountaineer Challenge – The Hiveranno. This is a great program that tests your skills as a Scout and gives you an idea of what life was like back in the day. It is open to adult leaders and Scouts that are First Class and above. More facility and campsite improvements have been made and we are waiting to host your adventure of a lifetime. We missed seeing you last year but that is going to change. Please reserve your week today and join us for a much-awaited summer camp experience!
 
As always, welcome to camp!.
Order of the Arrow

This event is dedicated to all the Scouts and Scouters who were elected into the Order of the Arrow during the 2020 timeframe. We were unable to operate this event after summer camp, like in the past, and we are dedicated to giving you an opportunity to participate in your Ordeal before summer camp. 

In order to become a full-fledged member of our Lodge, you must complete your induction in the Order of the Arrow. The purpose of the induction is to gain a greater understanding of the Scout Oath and Law, and the principles of the Order of the Arrow. The induction will be explained to you in full at the Ordeal Weekend. 

This year, we will have two Ordeal sessions available for you to choose from:



If you cannot do your induction into the OA at the Ordeal Weekend, you will have one more opportunity to do so at the Brotherhood Weekend in May of 2021.

You will need to bring work clothes, your sleeping bag, a ground cloth, flashlight, water bottle, work gloves, your Scout uniform and other personal gear. All food will be furnished. We will be doing service projects at camp as well as having some fun and fellowship to strengthen our OA brotherhood bonds. Leave cell phones and all electronics at home, as they are not permitted during the Ordeal. Please bring your Annual BSA Health & Medical Record form with you. 
FUNDING AWESOME SCOUTING ADVENTURES
Friends of Scouting (FOS)
Its that time of the year when you’ll start hearing the phrase “Friends of Scouting” at unit meetings and district roundtables.
 
What is Friends of Scouting? What does it mean to be a Friend of Scouting? And why should you consider becoming one?
 
First, the basics: Friends of Scouting is our council’s annual giving campaign, which represents the council’s largest source of income. The Friends of Scouting campaign begins in November and ends in May. During the campaign, a volunteer will visit your pack meeting or troop court of honor to explain the campaign and make an appeal for your support. You’ll be asked to make a tax-deductible pledge to our local council. Thanks to our donors that are helping to build strong youth programming!

Donors that support FOS at the one-Scout cost level of $166 or more will receive a commemorative thank you coin that is shown above. We have made it very simple for you to make a contribution, text "2021htcfos" to (844) 615-4269 and you will receive a reply text that will allow you to contribute via your phone.
Scouting License Plates
These plates can be used as standard vehicle registration plates for passenger cars, recreational vehicles and trucks weighing less than 11,000 pounds. This is not a vanity plate, so special numbers or messages cannot be accommodated. Your plate selection is good until your next registration renewal.  When you purchase an Indiana Boy Scout license plate, you indicate your personal support of Scouting and add financially to the Hoosier Trails Council Endowment.
How can you participate? When you renew your plates, an additional fee is added on to your basic renewal fees, and that money is contributed to the Hoosier Trails Council endowment fund.

Renew Plates Online: Currently, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers Online Registration for your vehicle. Once you create an account, you can choose your specialized license plate. It's fast, easy and best of all - no standing in line! 
The Boy Scouts of America is the recipient of all proceeds from the sale of vehicles donated to One Car One Difference® and specifically designated by the donor to support the BSA. With your help, Scouting will continue providing youth the opportunity to try new things, give service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. Use the form on the right side of the page to donate your vehicle, and help us ensure the future of America's youth.
Support the Hoosier Trails Council in Non-traditional Ways

Presently, the Hoosier Trails Council is working towards fulfilling our 2021 Friends of Scouting need to fund our life-changing programs. Here are some ways that your family can support Scouting that you may not have thought of:
 

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ADULT & YOUTH TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Advanced Leadership Training:
Leadership in your unit continuously changes and grow from year to year and it is important to arm your new leaders with the great knowledge, techniques, discipline, and strong habits that exist in some of our most noted leaders. The Wood Badge course centers upon the concepts of servant leadership and leaving a legacy. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on “how to.” The skills come alive during the week as the patrol completes a patrol project based upon what they have learned. It is all put on by experienced adult leaders with the most up-to-date resources that are provided by the BSA. If you are looking for a great opportunity for your adult leaders to learn some advanced leadership skills, this is the training they will need. Registration is open for the course and you can sign up today
Wood Badge Training 2021 Promo Video
Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Training
March 19-21
This event is open to any Scout (at least 14 years old) or Scout leader who is proficient in basic first aid skills AND holds a current certification in American Red Cross CPR with AED or the equivalent. 
This course is designed to teach skills necessary for providing care to victims of illness or injury in a setting where professional help is delayed. The successful completion of the course is dependent on a working and confident knowledge of basic first aid skills. Time does not permit the teaching of these basic skills during the advanced course. 

Whether you are a Scout, an outdoor enthusiast or you work in a remote environment, our Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course gives you the skills you need to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. Please join us in the beautiful setting of Maumee Scout Reservation for a weekend of great training. You will need to bring a tent and equipment for overnight camping. For more information, please visit our registration page.


BALOO and IOLST Training
May 21-22
Each year, Hoosier Trails Council offers two trainings that are designed to instruct leaders on providing great outdoor experiences for Scouts of all ages. Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is for all Cub Scout parents that plan to camp with their Cubs. Completion of this course qualifies the participants for the 2-Deep Leadership that are required on Cub campouts! BALOO is a two-day course designed to teach Pack parents and new Cub Scouts leaders, with minimal camping experience, how to plan and carry out an entry-level outdoor experience for the pack. You will gain increased confidence and a willingness to plan a pack campout. For more information and to register for BALOO training, visit our page.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Training (IOLST) is a hands-on program that gives adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Imagine having hands-on knowledge of setting up a campsite, pitching a tent, hiking, outdoor cooking—all the skills necessary to see the Outdoor program of the Boy Scouts of America come to life. The skills sessions presented in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills closely follow the Scouts BSA Handbook and are meant to serve as an adult training outline. By using these skills sessions in conjunction with the handbook, trainers can be sure new leaders are proficient in the basic outdoor skills through First Class rank. Each skills session references specific chapters in the handbook. Hands-on participation makes the best learning tool, so participants should leave the training experience knowing they can show their Scouts how to accomplish outdoor skills while fulfilling rank requirements. For more information and to register for IOLST training, visit our page.


Update Your Youth Protection Training:
With fall membership season just around the corner, it is not too early to schedule your unit Youth Protection Training plan. Each year, any new adult that joins your unit as a leader must go through and understand Scouting’s Youth Protection Guidelines. Recruitment time is the best opportunity each year that you will have to encourage your new parents to take this course online or in person. Scheduling this training up front will also put you in a good position for your unit recharter deadlines. Youth Protection Training is the best course around for sharing Scouting’s barriers to abuse and keeping our young people safe.

Scouting is one of the safest youth programs available!
Congratulations, Recent Eagle Scouts
Joshua Thurn Tait - Troop 148
Jacoby Charles Ward - Troop 585
Jayce Alexander Abraham - Troop 552
Sydney Rosyln Anderson - Troop 1148
Sophie Giselle Kent - Troop 1231
Laura Duro - Troop 1557
Samual Robert William Cain - Troop 557
Lukas Josef Hoehn - Troop 557
Caden James Wininger - Troop 472
Braydon Henry Carr - Troop 518
Laura Ladeira Duro - Troop 1557
Nickolas James Hardin - Troop 193
Sean Michael Mannix - Troop 717
Spencer Allyn Shaum - Troop 637
Ty Allen Wesley - Troop 193
Nathan Keith Brackee - Troop 148
Samuel Joseph Dixon - Troop 100
Tyson Jacob Gregory - Troop 148
Joseph Louis Lorenzo - Troop 457
Kaden Shay-Daniel Miller - Troop 457
Kieran M. Millson-Draude - Troop 646
Elijah Vincent Plasse - Troop 522
Alexander David Wissmann - Troop 555
Noah Benjamin Bridges - Troop 119
Braidan Lee Fletcher - Troop 541
Cyrus William McComas - Troop 605
Chase Alan Sears - Troop 348
Thomas Sterling Brooks - Troop 193
COMMISSIONER SERVICE
Council Commissioner’s Farewell

This will be the last Trail Signs article I write as the Hoosier Trails Council Commissioner. I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all Scouters, volunteers and members of the HTC Council staff for their support. 

I also offer my most sincere gratitude to all Scouters who serve as a Commissioners in HTC. I commend you for the extraordinary work you do, every day, by dedicating your time, talents and your vast Scouting experiences, all in an effort to assist Scout unit leader create quality Scout programs that are fun and safe for our youth. I am proud of our unit Commissioners because they have proven themselves to be professional representatives for HTC, and in doing so, they were essential in fulfilling the spirit of Scouting. 

Though these past two years seemed to have gone by quickly during my tenure, I am especially grateful for getting to know many of our unit leaders and to listen carefully to important issues that concerned them. It was most rewarding for me to meet unit leaders and our Scout youth, wherever they were, whether it was at your unit location, during a Summer Camp cycle at Maumee, attending one of the Cub-O-Ree fun events, or at the annual Winter Rendezvous.  Wherever you were, I pride myself in spending quality time with you and being attentive to your concerns. 

This message would not be complete without mentioning how COVID-19 severely impacted much of our regular Scouting programs in HTC. However, despite all the hardships and challenges we faced during this pandemic, I was also impressed by how many of our Packs, Troops and Crews leaders were able to improvised their operations and did not let COVID stop them from conducting Scouts unit meetings or functions. In person unit meetings, virtual events and programs, merit badge advancements, high adventure training, outdoor camping and hiking activities, are all examples of how Scout unit leaders proved to be undaunted by COVID. And, they did so while adhering to the health and safety protocols directed by our professional health officials for keeping our membership safe. “You guys are Awesome!”

Effective April 20th, John Rombach will become the new Hoosier Trails Council Commissioner. When John officially takes over the responsibility of this important position, he will formally introduce himself to you. Ahead of John assuming his new role in this position though, I will tell you that he come to us with vast knowledge and experience in Scouting. John is also highly skilled in Commissioner Service and is very friendly and personable - you are going to enjoy working with him.

I will continue serving the Commissioner Corps at the Council level with my primary focus being to recruit new unit Commissioners in our East and West Districts. For some time now, we have been operating with a severe shortage of Commissioners to assist our Scout unit, so it is my hope to grow our numbers in an effort to better serve HTC.   

I will put forth my best efforts in search of former adult Scouters who were leaders of Venture Crews, Troops or Packs and encourage their return to serve Scouting as a Commissioner. 

I am requesting the support of all Scouters in my search for new Commissioners, so, I am asking for your help, as well. If you know of any adult Scouter, currently in your units and who may be looking for an opportunity of a new challenge in Scouting, being a unit Commissioner may be an ideal position for them to serve. Please provide me with their name, email address, and phone number, if the individual approves it to be shared, and I will immediately reach out to contact them.

Please contact me at: LindseyASmith614@gmail.com

It was my pleasure serving you as the Council Commissioner these past two years and, again, I sincerely thank you all for your support. 

Continue to stay healthy and safe and I look forward to seeing you on the Trail.