Council News


Retention Convention Resources

This year's Ren Con is in the books and it was awesome to see so many unit leaders heavy engaged in the beginning plans of their Ideal Year of Scouting.  We know that because of the resulting awesome adventures, Scouts will stay involved.  A DVD of resources was provided to every Scout unit and Commissioner, which contained tremendous resources, including your own copy of Youth Protection Training.  Some of the resources are linked here:

These are just some of the tools on the resource DVD, to make arrangements to get yours, contact Kevin Trojan, Council Program Director.   Units will need their Scoutbook access code, which is labeled upon your personalized disk.  Plan your work, work your plan!


Join Scouts Recruitment Training

The Camping with Cub Scouts program is a special campaign designed to make your recruitment efforts as exciting as a Cub Scout’s first night under a blanket of a million stars.  With a focus on the fun, learning and adventure of the great outdoors that is at the core of Scouting, this program invites families in your community to experience the adventures that only Scouting can offer.    Our fall recruitment campaign will focus on a community based marketing strategy and on having a successful join night at every elementary school.   Join Scouts Recruitment Training is designed to help all Scouting units to effectively market to and recruit new Scouts.  Tons of resources and know-how are shared and you don't want to miss it.  There are several up-coming opportunities:


Happy Mother's Day!

I am not an eloquent writer, but I wanted to share this picture with you.  Last night, Pack 536 from North Vernon, Indiana held their graduation ceremony where my older son moved from Webelos towards the Arrow of Light rank and my younger son went from a Tiger Scout to a Wolf Scout.  In the picture shows these two precocious balls of energy with me (I am the now Wolf Den Leader), their father/my husband (Eagle Scout and Webelos Den Leader), and my father in law (Scoutmaster of Troop 541).  I am so thankful to have married into a Scouting family (even my father in law's father was a Scoutmaster).  I have always loved the outdoors, but was raised in a house of women without much exposure to the world of Scouting.  Now our schedule revolves around den meetings, pack meetings, district and council level meetings, camp outs, canoeing, traveling to Philmont Training Center and more.  I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Because of Scouting I have learned to be a better leader in my job as a high school biology teacher, be more compassionate to the children in our community, and most importantly be a better mom to my future Eagle Scouts.  They each love Scouts for different reasons.  The older loves to build fires, sharpen sticks, fish, and shoot guns.  The younger loves the uniforms, performing campfire songs and skits, and leading flag ceremonies.  We weave the Scout law into many activities we do as a family (funny story down below).  We apply Leave No Trace principles every time we go outside and have now integrated them into the house to make sure they are picking up after themselves.

What I am saying is that I could not be the mother I am today to my sons without Scouting.  Thank you! 

Stephanie Shaw

PS - After fighting with each other, the younger son apologized to his older brother by citing how he broke different parts of the Scout Law.  It was precious!

Webmaster's note:  Stephanie is the new chair of the 2018 Training EXPO and her husband Josh is the new Council Properties Committee Chair


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.


Major Gifts Initiative News

We are pleased to report that funding has been secured to build the Ellison Scoutcraft Program Area, the Marchant Ecology Lodge, Baye Endowment for Maumee, the Foster Model Campsite, the Meenach CLE Gateway renovation, and the Jacobs Administrative Area.  Plans are presently being refined on these projects and impact is targeted to be realized by summer of 2017.   To date we have raised $507,500!