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 

Join Scout Night Training

A successful fall membership campaign begins at the Join Scouts Night Training event on Tuesday, June 4th at the 1st United Methodist Church in Columbus at 7:00 pm. Fall recruitment is primarily focused on Cub Scouts but what does a Cub Scout become? Yes, a Boy Scout and what better way to help the pack that feeds into your troop but to join in the excitement and fun of Cub Scout recruiting.  Last year we welcomed Family Scouting in many of our Cub Scout Packs, and earlier this year we opened the older scout program to all genders in Scout BSA.  This this an important change in recruitment and we must be ready to give all the new families the greatest program on Earth.  At the Join Scouts Night Training we will have on hand: posters, application, and yard signs for all the units and their communities.  We will discuss the community marketing approach and the important 7 points of contact to make it a successful fall. The county “join weeks” will be scheduled as it was last year and we will need to enlist the help of volunteers to assist with the school talks; volunteers to spend 2 hours prior to the join week in your county to get the word out in your community; and where needed, help support us at the schools on the official county wide join night and open houses. Last year we had an amazing team of adults and youth talking to the boys in the schools so with that success we want to build on utilizing the youth in our troops to interact with the Cub Scouts.  Attendance at the Join Scouts Night Training is required for all units to qualify for Platinum JTE in 2019 so please make special plans to send at least one representative from your unit to attend this training and capitalize on the recruitment theme this year.

 Adult Leader Recruitment Training

This year we are adding an adult training on what would be on the July Roundtable date of July 9th If we normally held a monthly meeting.  This one-hour training and discussion session on how best to recruit parents into leadership positions in your Cub Scout Pack.  Every year we are able to recruit several great leaders to hold committee positions or den leader positions in each Pack, but more hands make lighter work.  During this event we will discuss the easiest way for you to add the needed parents to accept leadership responsibilities in your unit.  The tale of, “It’s only one hour a week” is not the way to get committed long term volunteers but cutting the pie into smaller pieces would help.  In recruiting volunteers there are some major “do’s” and “don’t’s” that will be discussed all they way down the list of how best to ask, who to ask, and how to set up a room even in the worst of scenarios.  If you need help in volunteer recruitment make sure to attend this optional training, but also feel free to enlist the assistance of your Unit Commissioner, seasoned Scoutmaster, or district serving executive.

 East Side Fall Hike  

Come “take a hike” at our District Fall Hike this year. It will be held at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison. Clifty has a lot to offer in trails of various lengths and anything from easy to very rugged. The date of the hike is October 26, 2019 with a start time for the hike beginning at 9:00am in the Poplar grove area and running through 2:00pm. We will have a few other activities for you to see and do. These will include the nature center at Clifty as well as compass activities, first aid activities and some Indian lore.  Here is a little trivia about the park.  Clifty Falls State Park came into existence October 27, 1920 through the citizens of Madison giving the land for a park. Today the park covers around 1400 acres, is home to several water falls, trails, camp grounds as well as Clifty Inn which overlooks Madison and the Ohio River Valley. “Come join us and  “take a hike” through Clifty Falls. If you are looking for a recruiting idea this fall the hike would be a great way to get folks out and see what scouting does.

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Click here to post on the district bulletin board.

Troop 549 has about 4 old Baker tents plus an old dinning fly to sale. Tents are in a troop wooden box with poles and ropes.  Price is negotiable