District Consolidation Announcement - Download Initial Plan Here
The Hoosier Trails Council, BSA would like to share plans to consolidate the Hoosier Hills and Lenni Lenape Districts into a newly formed service area. Exploration of council restructuring began early in 2019 and was carefully reviewed by the Council Executive Committee in March and a refined plan was discussed and approved unanimously by the Council Executive Board at last week’s Council Annual Business Meeting. A Consolidation Task Force has studied the opportunities and risks of restructuring the district boundaries within the council and based upon present staffing resources have opted to move to a three-district approach. The Wapehani and White River Trails Districts will remain unchanged at this time, so that we may focus upon consolidating the existing Hoosier Hills and Lenni Lenape Districts into a new service area:
“As a former chair of the Nominating Committee and as the current Finance Chair for the Hoosier Hills District, I concur that we need to make a significant, structural change. We have serious leadership challenges in the current district configuration, and more importantly, I look forward to re-imagined and expanded district programming.” – Lake Lambert
“As the Council Commissioner and former Lenni Lenape District Chair, I support the recommendation for the district restructuring. This will strengthen our ability to address the challenges that we face and will ultimately enable us to better serve the youth in the eastern part of the Council. While change can be difficult, I am confident that leaders in the new district will manage this with the Scouts’ best interests in mind. ” – Mark Wilson
We would like to address questions that you may have, receive feedback, and hear your thoughts on how we can best serve the families of southeastern Indiana, through Scouting. In order to accomplish this, we are offering three Town Hall style meetings that all Scouters are invited to attend:
Maumee Scout Reservation Receives $1 Million Grant for Severe Weather Shelter
Officials from the Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America announced today that the organization has received a mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through Jackson County, Indiana for $1,015,896.03 for the construction of a tornado and severe weather shelter at Maumee Scout Reservation, located in the heart of the Hoosier National Forest near Norman, Indiana.
The severe weather shelter, or “safe room”, will be constructed as part of the planned Fellowship Hall at Maumee Scout Reservation. The $4 million Fellowship Hall facility will include, along with the severe weather shelter, a dining area for up to 360 people, food preparation and storage areas, housing accommodations for kitchen staff, the camp’s Trading Post, and visitor restroom facilities.
According to Hoosier Trails Council Scout Executive Glen Steenberger, safety of Scouts and campers at Maumee Scout Reservation is of paramount importance. “We invested in a severe weather alert siren in 2015, and it has been invaluable in giving campers and staff advance warning to seek shelter,” Steenberger said. “Maumee Scout Reservation is planted squarely in Indiana’s “Tornado Alley,” and this grant will go a long way toward helping us provide the safest possible place to shelter in the inevitable event of a tornado, straight-line winds, severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and any other hazardous weather conditions.”
The severe weather shelter will provide emergency shelter for Boy Scouts, adult leaders, camp staff, and other users of the property year ‘round. More than 6,000 program participants visit Maumee Scout Reservation annually.
The FEMA Mitigation grant is a significant contribution to the Hoosier Trails Council’s major gifts initiative, launched in 2017. The goal of the initiative is to raise $6 million to support capital construction projects and their endowments, including the new Fellowship Hall, an expanded and upgraded Health Lodge, and improvements to Maumee Scout Reservation’s aquatics, Scoutcraft, shooting sports, and camping areas.
Steenberger said, “There is nothing like time at camp to build character and self-confidence, and to create lifelong friendships. Gifts to the Hoosier Trails Council are investments in both youth, and our local communities.”
For more information about the Hoosier Trails Council, its Major Gifts Initiative, or the Maumee Scout Reservation, contact Glen Steenberger at 812.336.6809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Platinum Journey to Excellence
We are happy to announce the 2018 Platinum Journey to Excellence achievers and the 2019 program standards and recognitions. Check it out!
2019 Wood Badge Course
May-Jul Trail Signs Now Available
The latest edition of our printed newsletter is at press and will soon reach your mailbox; however, get a sneak peek by clicking here.
Major Gifts Initiative
We have added content to our MGI webpage, including site plans, project spec sheets, building drawings, an MGI newsletter and more. Check it out. Scout units can participate in the investments in our camps, an Adopt a Campsite option has been made available, through which a Scout unit or individual can commit to a gift of support, payable over three years. Special recognition will be posted in the campsite. Presently four such shelters are being installed at MSR. Get more details on this opportunity.
Order of the Arrow Dues
Brothers in the OA can now pay their 2019 Lodge Dues conveniently here to remain in good standing in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.