Council News

Wapehani & White River Trails Consolidation

Challenges resulting from COVID-19 have prompted the council to consider consolidating its western territory into one new service area.  The original plan is accessible here.  Two Zoom Town Hall Meetings are being offered for interested parties to discuss the plan and to provide feedback and suggestions, which will be offered on November 11th at 6:30 pm and November 18th at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested in participating in either of these discussion groups, please contact Glen Steenberger to ask for the Zoom meeting connection link.

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 9-21-2020

Trail Signs

The October - November newsletter: you can access it now online!

Hoosier Trails 5k Run/Walk

The fourth annual Hoosier Trails 5K will be held on Saturday, November 14th 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. Awards will again be given to the top three male and female Cub Scouts, male and female Scouts and male and female community members. The top three teams will receive customized flag totems and one lucky team will be randomly drawn for a Lodge outdoor cooking table.

Go to to for more information and to register for the race.

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!  

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..

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

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.