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 

August is Join Cub Scouts Season

August is the prime time to recruit Cub Scouts.  With the record recruitment Lenni had last year, we know that we can attract boys to the greatest youth organization in the world.  Again this year we are using the unified message across the council, and this year it is, “Camping with Cub Scouts”.  For every new Scout the joins on the county wide join night they will get a free pass to the Cub Scout Shoot-E-Ree for the entire family.  It doesn’t end there though, for all units that complete their annual planning meeting with the District Director, have an annual plan and budget, and meet their membership goal will get to choose from some valuable camping equipment to use when they take all those new Cub Scouts camping.  The first county this year will be Bartholomew Counties on Thursday, August 10th.  Jennings County will be the following Thursday, August 17th; Jackson County will be Thursday, August 24th; and clean-up will be Decatur County on Thursday, August 31st. Last year the counties that showed the greatest growth were areas where the units got the word out.  The talks in the schools with flyers are important but that’s only half the plan.  Have you scheduled your table at the school’s open house? Do you have your yard signs posted or asked local businesses if they will put the join night on their billboard or a poster in the window?  How about parent to parent and pier to pier recruitment?  Many units are chartered by a church, have you asked if you can put something in the Sunday bulletin?  We all know kids have more fun when there is a good sized group and a den of 2 can be lonely. So if several adults spend an hour hitting the street and get the word out, your pack will grow and become a platinum unit.

Hoosier Trails 5k Run/Walk

The third annual Hoosier Trails 5K will be held on Saturday, November 11 at Ceraland Park in Columbus, Indiana.  It is our mission to encourage personal growth among area youth by promoting physical fitness and outdoor adventure.

There is simply no better place to develop character and personal fitness than in the company of a small group of intrepid souls on a high adventure outing.  High adventure works because it draws upon familiar Scouting values, and puts them to the test.  Preparation and physical fitness are not merely outcomes, they are part of the cost of admission.  The Hoosier Trails 5K was conceived to help smooth your road to adventure by emphasizing the importance of physical fitness, sharing trip information between Scout units, and promoting teamwork.

As always, every entrant will receive a custom patch, and members of the same Scout unit will be formed into teams.  New this year, we are offering an adventure-ready long sleeve tech shirt, ideal for keeping the sun and bugs off during warm months, and keeping the heat in when it's cooler outside.  Awards will again be given to the top three individual Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing Scouts, and male and female Scouters.  Better yet, the top team will leave with a lightweight Tundra Tarp from Cooke Custom Sewing, guaranteed to keep rain from dampening your next high adventure outing.

Register online today at hoosiertrails5k.org and we'll see you there!

Ninth Annual Wine-A-Ree

The ninth annual Wine-A-Ree wine, beer and spirits tasting festival will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 1 to 6 pm at The Commons in Columbus, IN.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  Unlimited tastings and a commemorative wine or beer glass are included in the price of the ticket.  New this year will be a VIP tasting hour from noon to 1 pm.  VIP tickets are $45 and are limited.  They are available only in advance on-line.  VIP guests will receive a special gift. Tickets are available at the Viewpoint Bookstore in Columbus, Jackson County Visitors Center and This Old Guitar Store in Seymour, Village Lights Bookstore in Madison, and Levenstein’s in Greensburg, as well as through the council website at www.hoosiertrailsbsa.org.  The event will include a silent auction with many interesting items up for bid including a John Mellencamp signed guitar courtesy of This Old Guitar Store in Seymour and tours from de Tours of Indiana Wines. Vendors this year include Bear Wallow Distillery, Best Vineyards and Spirits, Butler Winery, Cardinal Spirits, Cedar Creek Brew Company, Cedar Creek Winery, Chateau Thomas Winery, Ertel Cellars Winery, First Miracle Winery, Hard Truth Distilling, Harmony Winery, Holtkamp Winery, Huber Winery and Spirits, Mallow Run Winery, Quaff On Brewing, Salt Creek Brewery, Simmons Winery and 450 North Brewing, and Winzerwald Winery.  Returning again this year is de Tours of Indiana Wines.  Food from First Class Catering will be available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, which serves over 6,000 young people in 18 counties of south central Indiana.

For more information, call Jon Ocheltree at 800-844-6809.  Visit the Wine-A-Ree Facebook event page or our Community site on Facebook.

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.

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.

District Bulletin Board