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 

Lenni Fall Recruitment

Lenni Volunteers, below you will see this year’s flyer that will be distributed in the schools.  This year we have ordered 50,000 flyers, and 1000 new yard signs.  In addition to the standard recruitment supplies we have ordered 11,000 custom pencils due in before July 4th, 20 custom vinyl banners with the Join night date, 40,000 stickers with the join night and time, and 20,000 bookmarks for use in the open houses and community libraries. 

This will be a very exciting year for membership growth in the district.  We will need community teams to get together and canvas the local businesses with yard signs and posters the Saturday or Sunday before we talk in the schools.  Out Marketing Chair will be pushing out everything on social media and through the papers and radio but can use some help.  Remember the 7 points of contact and schedule you table at the open houses as that is a critical touch we can make on the families. Together let’s work hard for the month of August and have our celebration at the September Roundtable and then off to a great year of program.  If anyone has a well-spoken youth that would like to talk to the kids in the schools with me please send me their name.  In the past this has been very successful in reaching the kids.

If you need help recruiting adults, please contact me and I or a very capable volunteer will attend your parent orientation meeting and help you get the leadership you need and the kids deserve.

Have a great summer and I will be contacting you to set up our annual unit visit.


Fall Recruitment Resources

2018 Lenni Lenape Community Marketing Plan

2018 Unit Fall Membership Goals

2018 Flyer for Fall Recruitment 

2018 Sticker Design

2018 Bookmark with Logos


Lenni Lenape District Training

Lenni Lenape will be holding two in person adult leader trainings this fall.  Courses offered will be both Pack and Troop Committee training, Cubmaster Specific, and the new Youth Protection Training.  The Cubmaster and Committee trainings will begin at 9:00 and be completed by 12:00 then, everyone will be able to take the Youth Protection which will last until 1:30.

All adult leaders are urged to attend either the committee training or the Cubmaster training to better understand those roles in the unit, but you may elect to attend just the new Youth Protection Training at 12:00. If you have not heard, all adult volunteers are required to take the new youth Protection in order to maintain registration with the Boy Scouts of America, even if your youth protection was not due to expire this year.  The new training is much more comprehensive and makes us as adults more aware of the policies that must be enforced and what to be aware of both inside and outside our weekly meetings and activities. Both trainings will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 4850 West Goeller Road, Columbus on September 29th and October 27th.  

There will be registration online through the council calendar but there will be no cost associated with the events.  Every Scout deserves a trained leader and these trainings will allow you to provide the ideal program or assist the current leadership in doing so.  Schedule these trainings for your leaders, get your questions answered from a group of excellent district leaders, and put the program in action.


Hoosier Trails 5k Run/Walk

The third annual Hoosier Trails 5K will be held on Saturday, November 10th 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! 


Tenth Annual Wine-A-Ree

It is hard to believe it has been a decade since the volunteers of Lenni Lenape started the council’s largest single fundraising event. The tenth annual Wine-A-Ree wine, beer and spirits tasting festival will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 1:00 to 6:00 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.  The VIP tasting hour will be from noon to 1 pm.  VIP tickets are $45 and are limited.  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.

Vendors this year include Bear Wallow Distillery, Best Vineyards and Spirits, Butler Winery, Cardinal Spirits, Cedar Creek Brew Company, Cedar Creek Winery, Chateau de Pique Winery and Brewery, Chateau Thomas Winery, Ertel Cellars Winery, Hard Truth Distilling, Holtkamp Winery, Huckleberry Hill  Winery, Mallow Run Winery, Quaff On 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.