Hoosier Hills District

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

District Key 3 Leadership

District Chairman:  Jeff Heidlage, 812.569.6442

District Commissioner:  Bob Mattingly, 513.477.8680

District Executive:  Jules Erwin, 812.336.6809

Spring is the Thing in the Hoosier Hills District!

Folks, we're lucky to be in the BEAUTIFUL Hoosier Hills District! We have great people, great kiddos, and seriously great opportunities for putting the "outing" in Scouting! Every times I drive through our fair five counties--Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, Jefferson, and Dearborn--I am struck anew with the many awesome outdoor spaces we have for taking our kids outside. 

As we move into the first hints of spring, I urge you take advantage of some of these really cool outdoor spaces with your units. Here's just my quick list below. If you have something to add, please email me at jules.erwin@scouting.org so I can update our list!

Ohio County

Denver Siekmam Park, Turner Park, Plum Street Park, River Front Park, Shiner Community Park, Bear Branch Park

Switzerland County

Jennings Park, Markland Dam Park, Patriot Memorial Park, Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, Splinter Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area

Dearborn County

County Farm Park, Rullman Wildlife Refuge, Guilford Covered Bridge Park, Bright Meadows Community Park, Gladys Russell Park

Ripley County

VERSAILLES STATE PARK!!! Wow! 

Jefferson County 

They've got CLIFTY FALLS STATE PARK!! But also about a million municipal parks. 

Our Family Friends of Scouting Campaign is Happening Now

Hoosier Trails Council is set to kick off the 2017 Friends of Scouting campaign and we are eager for your support and help. As part of this effort, our beautiful Hoosier Hills District will be coordinating a Family Friends of Scouting campaign to raise the money needed in order to invest in our youth and their bright futures.

If you are reading this, I know that you find Scouting to be a truly worthwhile experience for our boys, as well as the girls served by our Venturing and Exploring programs. The principles that Scouting teaches are as relevant today as they were when the Boy Scouts began over one hundred years ago. The youth we serve grow to be better leaders, more confident and forthright adults, and environmentally concerned and aware citizens.

If you believe that investing in youth through Scouting is an important part of helping to grow a population of people that stand for what is good and what is right in the world, then please join us in our efforts to support the Friends of Scouting campaign.

We are currently working to schedule Family Friends of Scouting campaigns for each unit in our district. Our 2017 Family Friends of Scouting coordinator, Emily Preston, will be working with units to find the best time to schedule a presentation for your unit. Typically, we hope to do these very short presentations during a Court of Honor or a Blue and Gold Banquet. If you know the dates for these events, please work with Emily to schedule these presentations. You can reach her at derekandemily7(at)gmail.com.

Roundtable; Where Leadership Comes to Play

Have you been to a Roundtable yet? I mean, sure, it’s a bit of drive for some of us. And oh geez, a Thursday night! But, hey, it’s a great way to kick off your weekend and recharge. A room of friendly faces and an ever-improving slate of programs, practices, and trainings really make the Hoosier Hills District Roundtable a great way to spend a couple hours. Carpool with your friends and use the time to plan activities and even just further the aims of fellowship with your buddies. Don’t miss out! It’s the second Thursday of each month.

At our February Roundtable, we'll have special guest, Kevin Trojan, to fill us in on what's new, what to expect, and what to get excited for at summer camp this year at Maumee. Slots for camp are filling up fast, so be sure to reserve yours ASAP! He'll also be meeting with our Cub Scout leaders to share upcoming Cub Scout specific events and activities. You won't want to miss this night!

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