Council News


Cub Scout Fish-O-Ree

Calling all Cub Scouts! The Hoosier Trails Council is hosting The Cub Scout Fish-O-Ree! It is a day-long event for Scouts and potential Scouts and their families. Scouts are invited to attend this activity and bring a fishing pole 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. Just sign up for one of the 4 scheduled fishing time slots and enjoy a day on the lake. Outside of your designated fishing time, you may participate in any of the exciting stations at your leisure. You may stay as long as you want and play as many games as you choose. Weekend camping be available upon reservation through the Council Service Center. This event fills up fast and is sure to bring outdoor adventure to your Scouts. Please remember to pack a sack lunch or enjoy some of the great food that will be prepared by our Order of the Arrow Lodge. Register Here


Retention Convention

A planned fun-filled program is the key to Scouting Success and the Retention Convention will provide you with the tools to plan a great program.  Any and all adult volunteers are welcome to attend the 2017 Retention Convention.  There are two dates and locations for your convenience.  You can attend either one:

  • Retention Convention East (North Vernon), Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm,  240 West Poplar St. North Vernon 4235 W 3rd St., Bloomington
  • Retention Convention West (Bloomington), Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 pm, First United Methodist Church Church of Jesus Christ of LDS Stake Center

Key Features include:

A variety of vendors with exciting programs that you can use to supplement your unit program,  A resource CD with everything you will need to plan your annual program, Information on program planning and budgeting, Discussion with other unit leaders, Information on the rollout of Scout Book, and A presentation on the new “Camping with Cub Scouts” fall recruitment plan.

Make sure you are there so you don’t miss out!


Trail Signs May - July Edition

Our printed newsletter will be reaching mailboxes soon; however, it is available to you right now here.  Great articles about up-coming events, changes, tips, deals, and more!


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.  


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.


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!