2017 Council Gala
Annually the Hoosier Trails Council gathers to honor what makes us great, tremendous leaders, Eagle Scouts and the Scouting Spirit. This festivity includes recognizing leaders that have contributed themselves to the success of council operations, recognizing Eagle Scouts from 2016, awarding the Platinum Journey to Excellence units, NESA gathering and presenting the council's highest adult honor, the Silver Beaver Award. This year's event is April 9th, learn more and register for this celebration.
Character Connections 1st Quarter
Our community-focused quarterly newsletter, Character Connections, is being printed and mailed now; however, you have access to it right here. This edition covers some good stuff, including updates on the Major Gifts Initiative building projects, and our 2017 Silver Beaver recipients.
We would like to welcome Rod Kates to the Hoosier Trails professional team, as he is now the White River Trails District Executive. Rod brings a lot of Scouting experience to this role and is working to get to know the people in his district and to learn the job. Please help us to make Rod to feel like part of our Scouting family. Sherrie Shuler, Associate Executive in the Wapehani District has submitted her resignation and will end her time with us at the end of March. We thank Sherrie for her service and wish her well.
Order of the Arrow Dues
Brothers in the OA can now pay their 2017 Lodge Dues conveniently here to remain in good standing in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.
2017 Platinum Journey to Excellence
The Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America is striving to provide quality, meaningful programs to the young people in our area, to aid them in achieving their full potential in life. It is understood that the true benefit of the Scouting movement comes directly from our Scouting units and if we are to improve the standard of our programs, units will make the difference.
In 2017, we will honor those units that go above and beyond the call of duty for the young people they serve. These special units will be designated as Platinum Level Journey to Excellence Units and will lead the way for the rest of the Council. This special recognition will not come easy, but will bring worthy praise and tools to continue to build and strengthen the unit. View the 2016 achieving units and set your sites on the 2017 objectives.
February - April Trail Signs
This quarter's council newsletter is now available here.
Boy Scout Summer Camp News
Maumee Scout Reservation is committed to meeting the needs of BSA members, both youth and adult, by providing challenging programs, engaging education and life-changing experiences in an incredible outdoor setting where the values of the Boy Scouts of America excel. An exuberant, friendly and experienced staff awaits the opportunity to facilitate fantastic adventures in the summer of 2017!
Mountain Man Rendezvous - Journey back in time to Fort Erie and “sharpen” your inner Mountain Man skills. Challenges of buck-skinner skills, old-world refreshments and entertainment, awaits.
Provisional Scouts/2nd Week - Scouts who are unable to attend camp with their troop may come to sessions 4 or 5 and be a part of a staff led troop. Campers who want to return for a second week of camp can do so for 1/2 price!
Mountaineer Challenge - A three year camp challenge will be started that tests Scout skills, Ridge Runner, Voyageur, and Mountaineer. Hiveranno is a potential honor for those returning a forth year to lead Fort Erie. Aimed to develop leadership, focuses on service to others and fun! Learn more about this adventure.
Major Gifts Initiative News
2016 ended with exciting movement on our Major Gifts Initiative. We are pleased to report that funding has been secured to build the Ellison Scoutcraft Program Area and the Marchant Ecology Lodge. Plans are presently being refined on these projects and impact is targeted to be realized by summer of 2017. To date we have raised $485,500!
The 2017 Friends of Scouting Campaign is underway. This effort produces the largest funding source annually that supports the life-changing programs of the Hoosier Trails Council.