Council News

Scouting At Home Resources

These are uncertain times and we know that families are seeking some sense of normalcy in their lives.  Scouting can help to fill this gap!  A new webpage has been developed to assist Scouts in continuing to work on Scouting advancements, while sequestered at home.  We have also compiled a group of youth online resources to help families through these trying times.  Additional resources will be added frequently, so we encourage adding checking this page to your daily routine. 

Coronavirus Precautions

Council re-opening plan outlined here. - Posted 7-10-2020

Restart Scouting Safely During COVID-19 - Posted 8-31-2002

Virtual 5K for Scouting (September 13 - 26 Competition Window)

Hoosier Trails Council invites you to join us for a Virtual 5K to promote health and the outdoors and support the life changing programs of the BSA. This is a great opportunity to get out with your families, friends, or your entire unit to “Pound the Ground”! This event will be self-paced allowing you to participate at your convenience and create your own trail to the finish line. Please be sure to take pictures along the trail and send them to Kevin Trojan to earn entries to some really great prizes. We will have “shotgun” start on Sunday, September 13th at 7:00 am via Facebook and a dash to the finish line on Saturday, September 26th at 11:59 pm. We will also be checking in on your progress several times to encourage you along the way!

Register today here!

  • Youth or Adult Runner—$5.00 to jog/run
  • Youth or Adult Walker—$7.00 to walk and enjoy the outdoors, sweat free
  • Youth or Adult Costumed Participant—$10.00 this option comes with perks!
  • (enjoy this event with the option to run or walk in a Scout appropriate cos-tume of your choosing. A photo of you in your costume will be marketed through social medial for the world to see and admire for your bravery and dedication. We will vote on best costume and a fabulous prize will be given to the winner.)

A commemorative medal will be available for purchase for an extra $5.00 to wear around your neck to prove to your family and friends that YOU are a champion and can “Pound the Ground” with the best of them!

Visit our Pound the Ground 5K Trading Post 

2020 LOCKDOWN SCOUTING AWARD - Download Info Page

Adult Scouters:

1.  Complete YPT2 Training in 2020

2.  In a Class B or Field Uniform go on a 2-mile hike

3. In a Class B or Field Uniform do a good turn (check on a neighbor, get their groceries…)

4. In a Class B or Field Uniform do a community service project (pick up trash on your street….)

5. In a Class B or Field Uniform practice a Scout Skill (set up a tent, practice your knot tying, make a Dutch Oven meal with your family….)

As a special incentive if you are or have completed your position specific training you will receive the patch with a gold border. 

Youth Scouts:  As a special recognition, youth Scouts who complete the above requirements except in place of requirement 1 (YPT2 training) must go on a backyard campout with your family, participate in the council virtual camporee, or another council’s virtual program activity.

To be eligible for this prestigious and extremely limited-edition patch you must submit your photos or documentation to Jon Ocheltree

Platinum Journey to Excellence

We are happy to announce the 2019 Platinum Journey to Excellence achievers and the 2020 program standards and recognitions. Click here to view the list. Congratulations to these outstanding units that went above and beyond to provide excellent programing for their youth!  

Trail Signs

The August - September newsletter: you can access it now online!

Major Gifts Initiative

We have added content to our MGI webpage, including site plans, project spec sheets, building drawings, an MGI newsletter and more.  Check it out.  Scout units can participate in the investments in our camps, an Adopt a Campsite option has been made available, through which a Scout unit or individual can commit to a gift of support, payable over three years.  Special recognition will be posted in the campsite.  Presently four such shelters are being installed at MSR.  Get more details on this opportunity.

Order of the Arrow Dues

Brothers in the OA can now pay their 2020 Lodge Dues conveniently here to remain in good standing in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.

Join Scouts Recruitment Training

This year JSRT is virtual only, but we have collected the views of many awesome HTC Scouters that share their thoughts on how your unit's marketing efforts can be successful this fall.  Check out the video on this page

Sanitizer Sale Support Scouting

Be Prepared! For limited time, the council will be offering Scout units the opportunity to sell hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and raise programming support for your Scout unit.  As society transitions from being sequestered, companies, churches, schools, families are going to be seeking this product.  A Scout is Clean, a Scout is Helpful, a Scout is Prepared!

  • No Risk to Unit
  • $30/gallon compared to $45-70 online
  • Take Orders & Fulfilled within the Week
  •  Use Unit’s Connections to sell in bulk
  •  $7.50 unit commission, Sell 100 Gallons, earn Unit profit of $750

Register your unit to sell by emailing:

Download Unit Promo Page

Download Credit Card Reader Checkout

Sale Info Promo for Customers

MSDS Product Sheet

MSR Cub Scout Fun Fest - Register for this Event Now!

The MSR Cub Scout Fun Fest will be hosted on Saturday, September 19th at Maumee Scout Reservation. This event is open to registered Cub Scouts and their Cub Scout age siblings. This event is especially great for boys and girls who just joined the program.

 Activities will include BB Shooting, Archery, Sling Shots, Sponge Toss, Rubber Band Shoots, Bottle Rockets, Atlatl, Dueling Trees, Fishing (bring your own fishing rod or use ours - we have free bait) and more. Bring your family digital camera for a special Camera Shoot Scavenger Hunt.

Pre-Registration is required for this event as we have a maximum capacity that must be observed. We are not able to allow walk-in participants at this event.

Hoosier Trails Gear is Here!

That's right HTC raving fans, you can show your Scouting pride by ordering your Hoosier Trails gear from this site.

Check out our branded merch site here!


  • The Hoosier Trails Council has rejoined Trail's End Popcorn.
  • The Scout Councils within Indiana have unified so that all Popcorn Sales  are the same.
  • COVID-19 precautions will change how we conduct sales.
  • Sale timing restrictions have been lifted to be more flexible for units to be successful.
  • Unit commission structure has changed. 
  • Prize program has changed.
  • Product line-up is different and matches online offerings.
  • Trails End Sales App and Credit Card Readers, bring expanded resources to the sale.
  • Trainings and Council Kickoff moved to online.


  1. Register Your Unit to Sell Here
  2. View Popcorn Video message on this page.
  3. Sign-up for an Orientation Webinar Here (Text WEBINAR to 62771)
  4. Help Your Scouts to Download the APP (Text APP to 62771)
  5. Prepare to begin sales July 1st.
  6. Visit the Council's Popcorn Page for more information.