White River Trails District
Proudly serving the youth and families of Greene, Daviess, Lawrence, Martin, and Orange Counties.
White River Trails Welcomes its Newest Member - Pack 342
Pack 342 is chartered with Erie United Methodist Church in Bedford, IN., and will serve the youth in Heltonville and Shawswick elementary schools. The Pack has several motivated adult leaders and have already begun holding meetings! Much thanks goes to Erie UMC and its leadership to help form the Pack and give of their support to see Scouting back on the east side of Bedford!
THERE IS STILL POPCORN LEFT OVER FROM THE CAMPAIGN. IF THERE ARE ANY BOYS IN YOUR UNIT THAT WOULD LIKE TO SALE POPCORN FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS, PLEASE CONTACT ME (ROD)! THE UNIT WILL RECEIVE APPROX. 33% OF EACH SALE.
Year in Review!
I stepped into my current position in March 2017. Since then, I have had the privilege of experiencing much training (I mean “much” to the fullest), meeting and working with many wonderful and passionate Scouters in and outside of the district, and driving more miles in nine months than the previous five years combined, or so it seems. However, as I reflect on the happenings and results of 2017, I am amazed at the significant accomplishments in the district. For starters, the district celebrated recruiting more boys in August than the previous year. Join Scouts Nights were a success! Secondly, due to the hard work of unit leaders continuing to recruit throughout the Fall, plus, adding three new units - Cub Scout Pack 342 in the Heltonville area, Troop 385 in Paoli, and a Scout Reach program at Needmore Elementary - the district exceeded last year’s membership total in mid-December. Another major accomplishment achieved by the district was not only reaching the Popcorn Campaign goal, but, due to a unified effort by motivated and hard-working Scouts, families, and unit leadership teams, the goal was surpassed by more than $12,000. Finally, I have come to understand there are units that face difficulties from time-to-time that threatens the stability of the unit. I am happy to report that there were two units in Greene County that have rebounded and are either doing well or on their way back to becoming stable once again. As I ponder the accomplishments of last year, my thoughts turn toward the many loyal and passionate volunteers that made it all happen. What a great year! - Rod Kates
What Lies Ahead!
For the next three months, the district programming looks awesome when you consider the upcoming events on the calendar. First, the Winter Camporee is right around the corner in February. With Communications as the theme, Scouts will have the opportunity to start the Eagle required merit badge by completing more than half of the requirements over the weekend. In March, the District Recognition Dinner and Fireside Chat is for recognizing volunteers and rewarding them for their hard work. Although the due date for submitting nominations for the Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit is past, I am asking for names of those you believe should be recognized for their hard work over the course of last year. If you know of someone that has gone above and beyond in your Pack or Troop, please submit them to me in an email. Following that event is the Merit Badge Fair, where, boys have an opportunity to select from many different merit badge courses being offered. And don’t forget the district’s Spring Camporee, which, is scheduled for the end of April. The weekend will surely offer lots of fun and opportunities for boys to learn new skills, etc. Mixed in and around these awesome activities are the behind the scenes workings of the District Management Team and Roundtables, which, are always positive and encouraging. I would even go as far as to say very essential to offering help and guidance with the challenges of Scouting. The future for White River Trails District is looking bright!
District Bulletin Board
Thank you to all units that have completed their recharter process. For those still working on theirs, if you need help, please call the Council (812-336-6809).