Lenni Lenape District

Proudly serving the youth and families of Bartholomew, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings Counties.

District Key 3 Leadership

District Chairman: Rajesh Thyagarajan

District Commissioner: Blake Hudman, 812.552.3190

District Director: Jon Ocheltree, 812.325.6831

District News 

Tenth Annual Wine-A-Ree

It is hard to believe it has been a decade since the volunteers of Lenni Lenape started the council’s largest single fundraising event. The tenth annual Wine-A-Ree wine, beer and spirits tasting festival will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at The Commons in Columbus, IN.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  Unlimited tastings and a commemorative wine or beer glass are included in the price of the ticket.  The VIP tasting hour will be from noon to 1 pm.  VIP tickets are $45 and are limited.  VIP guests will receive a special gift.

Tickets are available at the Viewpoint Bookstore in Columbus, Jackson County Visitors Center and This Old Guitar Store in Seymour, Village Lights Bookstore in Madison, and Levenstein’s in Greensburg, as well as through the council website at www.hoosiertrailsbsa.org

The event will include a silent auction with many interesting items up for bid.

Vendors this year include Bear Wallow Distillery, Best Vineyards and Spirits, Butler Winery, Cardinal Spirits, Cedar Creek Brew Company, Cedar Creek Winery, Chateau de Pique Winery and Brewery, Chateau Thomas Winery, Ertel Cellars Winery, Hard Truth Distilling, Holtkamp Winery, Huckleberry Hill  Winery, Mallow Run Winery, Quaff On Brewing, and Winzerwald Winery.  Returning again this year is de Tours of Indiana Wines.  Food from First Class Catering will be available for purchase. 

All proceeds benefit Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, which serves over 6,000 young people in 18 counties of south central Indiana.

For more information, call Jon Ocheltree at 800-844-6809.  Visit the Wine-A-Ree Facebook event page or our Community site on Facebook.


Lenni Lenape District Training

Lenni Lenape will be holding another in person adult leader trainings this fall.  Courses offered will be both Pack and Troop Committee training, Cubmaster Specific, and the new Youth Protection Training.  The Cubmaster and Committee trainings will begin at 9:00 and be completed by 12:00 then, everyone will be able to take the Youth Protection which will last until 1:30. All adult leaders are urged to attend either the committee training or the Cubmaster training to better understand those roles in the unit, but you may elect to attend just the new Youth Protection Training at 12:00. If you have not heard, all adult volunteers are required to take the new youth Protection in order to maintain registration with the Boy Scouts of America, even if your youth protection was not due to expire this year.  The new training is much more comprehensive and makes us as adults more aware of the policies that must be enforced and what to be aware of both inside and outside our weekly meetings and activities. Both trainings will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 3330 30th St., Columbus on October 27th.  Registration is live on line through the council calendar and is required but there will be no cost associated with the events.  If there is not sufficient registration for these training they will be cancelled.  Every Scout deserves a trained leader and these trainings will allow you to provide the ideal program or assist the current leadership in doing so.  Schedule this half day of training for your leaders, get your questions answered from a group of excellent district volunteers, and put the program in action.


Hoosier Trails 5k Run/Walk

The third annual Hoosier Trails 5K will be held on Saturday, November 10th at Ceraland Park in Columbus, Indiana.  It is our mission to encourage personal growth among area youth by promoting physical fitness and outdoor adventure.

There is simply no better place to develop character and personal fitness than in the company of a small group of intrepid souls on a high adventure outing.  High adventure works because it draws upon familiar Scouting values and puts them to the test.  Preparation and physical fitness are not merely outcomes, they are part of the cost of admission.  The Hoosier Trails 5K was conceived to help smooth your road to adventure by emphasizing the importance of physical fitness, sharing trip information between Scout units, and promoting teamwork.

As always, every entrant will receive a custom patch, and members of the same Scout unit will be formed into teams.  New this year, we are offering an adventure-ready long sleeve tech shirt, ideal for keeping the sun and bugs off during warm months and keeping the heat in when it's cooler outside.  Awards will again be given to the top three individual Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing Scouts, and male and female Scouters.  Better yet, the top team will leave with a lightweight Tundra Tarp from Cooke Custom Sewing, guaranteed to keep rain from dampening your next high adventure outing.

Register online today at hoosiertrails5k.org, and we'll see you there! 


Lenni Lenape Winter Event

The Lenni Lenape District will hold our annual winter event again this year on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at beautiful Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  20 degrees to 75 degrees PNS always comes through with snow and an enjoyable day.  This is a different style of event than we are used to registering for.  Payment must be made to them for the lift tickets and equipment from a unit account as a group in order to receive the discount.  Registration still needs to be done for every attendee online at www.hoosiertrailsbsa.org in order to attend the event.  It is a minimal charge to cover the council’s cost in hosting an event.  Last year there was some confusion and registrations were not complete.  So, register, suit up, cross your fingers for plenty of snow and have a great winter event.


Lenni Lenape Pinewood Derby

It’s not too soon to plan your race calendar and let’s get racing! Be sure to give your Cub Scouts the opportunity for greatness by being crowned the 2019 Lenni Lenape Pinewood Derby Champion in his or her age class. The Lenni Lenape District Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Center, 4850 West Goeller Road in Columbus.  The awesome committee who brought you the district race last year are hard at work planning for this year’s event.  There is a small chance that there may be a change in location and I have been instructed to not let the cat out of the bag because it will be the best derby in 20 years if they can pull it off.  Look for announcements to come out and the location when you register online.


Lenni Lenape Merit Badge Day

The annual Lenni Lenape Merit Badge Day will be held Saturday, February 23rd. The Location for this year’s great event will be the same as last year, The Jennings County Middle School, 820 W. Walnut Street, North Vernon. Sessions will run from 9:00 – 3:55 as in the past and please plan to arrive with enough time to check in and start on time.  This year we will offer more than 15 merit badges including, Photography, Disabilities Awareness, Environmental Science, Engineering, Personal Management and many more.  This is a great event put on by the Lenni Lenape Program Committee offers a great start for new Scouts to begin the trail to Eagle and also allows the older Scouts to earn additional Merit Badges of interest. Adult trainings will also be offered including but not limited to a class on the dos and don’ts of the Board of Review process, and Leader specific training.  Stay tuned for more information to come out soon regarding the Merit Badges and courses being offered this year.