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 

Lenni Lenape News

Has your unit gone on an awesome adventure this summer or have a Scout or volunteer that deserves some special recognition?  How about an idea for an activity that was a hit with your unit and you want to share it with another Cub Scout Pack?  Share your stories, ideas, experiences, accomplishments, and pictures with the Lenni Lenape District.  Our Marketing and Communications Chairman Marissa Souza wants to hear about your adventures, ideas, and Scouters and publish them in the Lenni Lenape News.  Your unit or Scouts deserve the recognition and in turn the other units will benefit from your tips and experiences. Contact Marissa at the same email as the past:  lennilenapenews@gmail.com to submit your articles.

East Side Retention Convention

The annual Hoosier Trails East side retention convention will once again be held at the 1st United Methodist Church in North Vernon on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm.  This annual gathering of the Lenni Lenape and Hoosier Hills unit leaders will give you the opportunity to network with other leaders, share you experiences, and have your questions answered regarding program planning, council and district events, and training opportunities, and the importance of advancement. At this year’s Retention Convention There will be a number of booths to visit prior to the training sessions.  We will have the popcorn table, the Wine-A-Ree table, the 5k Table, and the Bartholomew County Fair table just to name a few. Remember to put this important event in your unit calendar and I hope to see all the greatness that constitutes Lenni in attendance.

Join Scout Night Training

Lenni Lenape continues to shine in membership so let’s keep it up leaders. It all begins at the Join Scouts Night Training event on Tuesday, June 5th at the 1st United Methodist Church in Columbus. 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.  This year we are welcoming Family Scouting in the majority of our Cub Scout Packs.  This this an important change in recruitment and we must be ready to give 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.  Make special plans to send a representative or two from your unit to attend this training and capitalize on the recruitment theme this year. 

New District Volunteers

Over the past few months we have a few volunteers to welcome who have agreed to serve at the district level.  Julie Hadley left a big hole as the District Advancement Chair when she moved up to the council level and Kelly Lemley has agreed to take her place as the Advancement Chair.  Lenni has great units and Scouts, and we know they are advancing but Kelly will be calling on you if for some reason your advancement fails to get entered.  Virginia Moats has agreed to join Darren Green’s team as the training chair (something Virginia knows a little about as we know).  Marissa Souza has taken over for Dave Jones as the past Marketing Chairman and who has moved in to support Rajesh as the new District Vice Chair.  Lastly, please join me in thanking Brian Eckelman for his leadership for the past 3 years as the District Commissioner.  Blake Hudman has stepped in this position and currently getting his feet under him and rallying the Unit Commissioners to help during the fall recruitment season and helping units where they need help.