Hoosier Hills District

Proudly serving the youth and families of Dearborn, Jefferson, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties.

District Key 3 Leadership

District Chairman:  Marc Cerniglia, 860.212.2284

District Commissioner:  Bob Mattingly, 812.438.3182

District Executive:  Jules Erwin, 812.336.6809

Tami Bolling, a new Cub Scout in Pack 693!


A note from Jules:

The fall season is fading. All the brightness of the changing leaves, the fresh notebooks and newly sharpened pencils in school, the cheers of kids at youth sports, and the crackle of a campfire…they’re turning into just memories as we move towards snow days and slushy streets.

It’s almost like the autumn just takes one big shuddering last yawn and then settles into a wintery slumber for a few months. A big sleepy winter sounds probably pretty lovely to all of us human creatures, as well, especially after such a busy back-to-school season.

I want to say thank you for all your efforts this fall with Cub Scout recruitment. For every one of you awesome adult leaders who hand-lettered signs to post around town, who spread the word at community and sporting events, who met with me to pick up and turn in apps in parking lots and on doorsteps, who have answered countless questions about Cub Scouting from new parents, who painstakingly prepared meeting activities and welcome packets, who were able to take a new Cub Scout on their first outing…my winter cap is off to you! YOU ARE AMAZING. You keep Scouting alive and exciting for our boys and girls!

I also want to say thank you to those of you who were so incredibly instrumental in popcorn sales this fall. The millions of calculations and phone calls you had to make, the arrangements for Show and Sells, the ceaseless loading and unloading of cases from cars, the constant search for more caramel corn, the hours and hours spent on weekends standing at tables or dragging a wagon around…you deserve an ice cream! THANK YOU SO MUCH. You are helping to make things more accessible for your unit and your kids.

Finally, I want to say thank you to everyone else. This District has some long time volunteers and leaders and it is fantastic. From our beloved Geezer Patrol who are always working hard on projects at Louis to our seasoned Scout experts who are always ready to step in and help out the newbies; from the folks that show the extra effort to volunteer on the District level and keep things moving to the parents that may not be registered, but still show up to help out. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. We see you. We appreciate you more than you know.

Let’s jump into the winter with our snow boots on and keep the spirit of Scouting warm in the Hills. If you find yourself ever asking “Why, again, do I do ALL this???” Well, get to the next meeting or outing as fast as you can, take one good look at a kid laughing and having fun or learning a new skill, file that mental picture away, and pat yourself on the back for being one of those adults who helps kids know that they are cool and worth spending time with. You’re amazing.


January 26 will see the return of our annual Hoosier Hills Merit Badge Day. Details as to location are still being worked out at the time of publication, but will be posted shortly. Cost per Scout will be $10 and will include a patch. We’ll also be hosting some adult leader trainings at the same event this year! Plan to bring a sack lunch to eat during break time. If you are willing to present a merit badge or adult training, please let us know!


Hoosier Hills will be hosting a spring camporee at Camp Louis Ernst on April 12-14, 2019. The theme for our event will be Indian Lore. Details such as cost and activities will be available by February. Our camporee captain is Bob Getz with Troop 721. We are looking for activity leaders and helpers at this time, as well. We are very excited to bring a District camporee back to the Hills!

If you would like more information, please get in touch with Jules Erwin at jules.erwin@scouting.org or call up to the Council Office at 812 336 6809.


The Hoosier Trails Council is no longer issuing paper recharter packets. On September 17, National sent out emails to every unit that included recharter information and access codes. Please search your email if you did not notice and see this. A couple of notes:

  1. If you haven’t seen this email and still need an access code, please contact Jules.
  2. Nothing has changed in the recharter system…all paperwork is the same. You can find all the forms you need online on the Council website.
  3. Remember that all adults must have completed the updated Youth Protection Training.
  4. When you first sign in to recharter, you MUST sign in as a new user. You can only use the “returning user” login once you have initially signed in.
  5. You MUST turn in a paper copy to the Council.


Our traditional popcorn sales have finished up, but the Council is offering a special opportunity for your Scouts to earn more for their units and accounts. This sale is on an individual basis—no need for Popcorn Kernel involvement!! Please read the attached flyer and the details below:

• The Holiday Sale will go from November 16 to December 10.

• Scouts can directly submit their order to Council by completing a popcorn order form. Your District Executive can bring forms as needed. Orders are due by December 10, 2018. Send your completed order form to Glen Steenberger.

• Scouts can download the order form here: Holiday Sale Order form or contact Glen Steenberger or your District Executive.

• Orders will be delivered mid-December. Dates and times will be communicated through email with the families that sell. Please make sure to include your name and Scout unit on your email order submission.

• When orders are processed, participants will receive an email summarizing their order and stating bonus prizes that were earned, sharing the commission that will be paid to their Scouting unit (37%), and show the amount due to the Council.

• Payment is due to the Council by December 28, 2018.

• Commissions earned will go to the local Scouting unit.

This is a great way for kiddos that want to sell more and earn more. Many kids only need a little more in sales to bump them up to the next prize level or possibly earn the scholarship, as well!! This is also an AMAZING opportunity for any units that missed out on the sale this fall. Please, take advantage of another round of money-earning for your unit!


The Bloomington Scout Shop is providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items. This help will be done through The Holiday Giving Tree program starting November 17 and running through December 20, 2018.

The Holiday Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. A Holiday Giving Tree (similar to an Angel Tree) will be set up at the Scout Shop with Holiday Giving cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the uniform items that they need. There will also be a space for other items they may want…such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scout supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child.

We will keep the name of the individual(s) confidential. Only the store staff will have access to the Scout’s name and your contact information. A code will be issued that will match a card in the safe that will have your contact information, so as the donations are collected store staff will contact you so arrangements for pickup can be made.

We need your assistance to make this project a success. Please fill out the attached form and return to the store by November 16, 2018 for every Scout who would benefit from donations.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the store staff by email: Kevin.Goldman @scouting.org. Thank you in advance for your assistance. With leaders like you, this program will greatly benefit our Scouting community.


Just a reminder that National published a new Youth Protection Training in February of 2018. If you have not taken this new training, you will be dropped at recharter time. Some folks have been having trouble getting their software to load. If anyone needs an in-person training, please let Jules know! We can knock it out in two hours and get as many adults as need it to get together to do so. You can take the training online as well at my.scouting.org.