Hoosier Hills District

Proudly serving the youth and families of Dearborn, Jefferson, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties.

District Key 3 Leadership

District Chairman:  Marc Cerniglia, 860.212.2284

District Commissioner:  Bob Mattingly, 812.438.3182

District Executive:  Jules Erwin, 812.336.6809

Summer Fun Challenge in the Sun O’er the Hoosier Hills!

Dust off the flip flops and get ready for a great summer! The Hoosier Hills District has some wonderfully adventurous and active troops, packs, crews, and posts. This summer we’re issuing you a photo challenge. Take pictures of your adventures and submit them for a chance to win a picnic for your Scouts. Runners up will receive a Hoosier Trails water bottle to stay hydrated on their next adventure.

Here are the guidelines:

Pictures must be taken by a youth member.
Pictures must be taken during an official Scout activity, such as a campout or hike.
At least one official Scout item must be visible in the picture.
All pictures must be taken during the months of May, June, or July.
Submissions are due via email to jules.erwin@scouting.org by July 31st.
By submitting a picture, you grant permission to be included in the District and/or Council marketing materials.

Get out there and show us your stuff. We want to see what our Scouts are doing! 

Congratulations to our District Award Winners!

Early this spring, we had our annual chance to honor the volunteers who serve our beautiful Hoosier Hills District with humor, grace, and hard work for our Scouts. The Johnson Family provided a delicious main course and salad, the Summer Camp program picked up an excellent cake for us, and just as we do with so many other things, we all pitched in the rest of the food! It was an evening where we get to look back at the year and give thanks to each other for helping out and being part of this awesome team. We also hosted the Council Key 3 for a Fireside Chat. Thank you to them for being part of our evening! Also an enormous thank you to Mike Macku for making this all possible…and making the PDFs fillable!!

Here's the folks you can pat on the back when you see them around the District:

Commissioner of the Year; Mike Kramer

Cubber of the Year; Derek Preston

Cubmaster of the Year; Jason Jackson

Den Leader of the Year; Sarah McMullen

Scouter of the Year; Dave Sonksen

Scoutmaster of the Year; George Beiderhake

Spirit of Scouting Award; Emily Preston, Derek Preston, and RJ Brown

Spouse of the Year; Shawna Uhlmansiek

Inconspicuous Award; Bob Dixon

Gene & Mary Kinnett Grant; Troop 604

District Award of Merit; Dale Harden, Brandon Johnson

Family FOS Presentations

We've been working our way through your units to bring your families a good Friends of Scouting presentation. So far, we have six units that have already exceeded their fundraising goals! Congratulations!! If you have not scheduled your presentation yet with Jules, please do so. Ideally, we want to share the story of where our fundraising goes with as many parents and adults as possible. Blue & Gold Banquets and Courts of Honor are great venues for this short presentation. It also gives us a chance to explain and answer questions about what we do with the money we raise and how critical it is to keep Scouting supported in our District.

New Sharing Space for Units!

Look to the right of this web page, and you'll see a bulletin board for our District. This posting board is available to everyone in the District. Looking for ideas for a Blue and Gold Banquet, or have a great one to share? Post it and share it! Have a couple spaces open on a Venture Crew outing? Let the District know! Questions, ideas, gear tips, and more are all awesome things for our bulletin board. Make use of our new communication tool!

District Bulletin Board


Click here to post on the district bulletin board.

Do you have a talent for teaching outdoor-focused merit badges? We could use your help in planning the 2018 Hoosier Hills District Merit Badge Day on April 14th at Camp Louis Ernst. Contact Jules to lend a hand!