Muscatatuck District

Proudly serving the youth and families of Bartholemew, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties.

District Key 3 Leadership

District Chairman: Dale Harden

District Commissioner: Marissa Souza

Field Director: Jon Ocheltree, 812.325.6831

District Executive: Scott Mytyk, 812.336.6809

District News 

District Fall Hike

Come “take a hike” with our District Fall Hike this year and add the 2020 District Hike boots to your patch blanket.

This year’s event will be a little different than years past. This year, there is no central location. Register on the Hoosier Trails website and then pick your favorite hiking location on October 24th. Visit your favorite state park, hike the trail through town or even go explore a new area. Whichever you choose, just get outside and enjoy the fall weather.


Hoosier Trails 5k Run/Walk

The sixth 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.

The race organizers believe this event presents a unique opportunity for Scouters and community members to participate in a healthy, fun, and safe outdoor activity that promotes Scouting ideals. That means we’re busy planning another signature event complete with the amazing patch, performance shirt, hot cider, drone footage, door prizes, awards, and terrible jokes that make this event unique.

In order to ensure a safe event, we will expect participants to wear masks, except during the race, and to practice social distancing at all times. If state or Hoosier Trails Council guidelines require us to cancel, entry fees will be non-refundable and donated to the Council; and instructions will be provided for participants to acquire their patch and shirt.

Registration is available at hoosiertrails5k.org


Adopt-A-School

A Scout is Helpful. What better way to show the community how helpful Scouts are than by providing service to your local school. The schools have allowed us to talk to students, send flyers home and this year they’ve shown the videos we’ve put together. It’s time to return the favor.

Service to your school doesn’t necessarily have to be a big project. Take some time on a Saturday and pick up trash on the grounds or ask if some flowers need planted. Reach out to the principal and find out the schools needs and follow state and local guidelines concerning social distancing.

More information about adopting a school can be found at https://www.scouting.org/adopt-a-school/


Fall is Join Cub Scouts Season

Fall is the prime time to recruit Cub Scouts. In our ever changing world, word of mouth recruiting is going to be more important than ever for this year’s campaign.

Last year the units that showed the greatest growth were areas where they got the word out in their communities. The talks in the schools with flyers are important but that’s only half the plan. 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 peer to peer recruitment? Many units are chartered by a church, have you asked if you can put something in the Sunday bulletin? Have you reached out to the local newspaper or radio station?

We all know kids have more fun when there is a good-sized group, and a den of 2 can be lonely. So, if a couple adults from each unit spend an hour hitting the street and place (10) yard signs in high visibility locations your pack will grow. In addition to the traditional recruitment efforts the council has invested in resources to assist you in your local recruitment efforts. Custom pencils promoting Scouting are available for any community events or open houses that take place.

Make sure you’ve watched the virtual Join Scout Night Training and let’s all join together this fall for a short and successful fall recruitment and offer the great outdoors to the boys and girls of our district.


Scouting At Home

As our world is turned upside down with social distancing and self-isolation, Scouting is the perfect activity to counter the boredom of being stuck at home. Most Cub Scout adventures can be completed as close as your own backyard and many troops around the country have hosted virtual campouts where the Scouts are camping in their yards and check in through virtual means. The Hoosier Trails website has a page dedicated exclusively to Scouting at home activities and Cub Scout elective adventures.


Recruit A Friend

Scouting from home could be the perfect opportunity for Scouts to earn a Recruiter strip for their uniform. Ask a friend to join the adventure by going to the Hoosier Trails Council web site to check out the Cub Scout adventures and 30-day challenges for Scouts BSA. Friends and parents can all participate together through video conference or do the activities solo at home. When stay-at-home advisories end, bring your friend to the first meeting to officially join Scouts.


Join Scout Night Training

A successful fall membership campaign always begins at the Join Scouts Night Training. Traditionally, this event has been held in June at the 1st United Methodist Church at North Vernon. This year will be a little different as we move online. Keep an eye on your e-mail and the Hoosier Trails Council web site for more information. Fall recruitment is primarily focused on Cub Scouts but what does a Cub Scout become? Yes, a Scout and what better way to help the pack that feeds into your troop but to join in the excitement and fun of Cub Scout recruiting. As we move into this fall recruitment, youth are going to be ready to get out after weathering the COVID-19 storm at home. This will be the time to bring in new Cub Scouts as well as older youth who are tired of being at home. We will discuss the community marketing approach and the important 7 points of contact to make it a successful fall. The county “join weeks” will be scheduled as it was last year and we will need to enlist the help of volunteers to assist with the school talks; volunteers to spend 2 hours prior to the join week in your county to get the word out in your community; and where needed, help support us at the schools on the official county wide join night and open houses. Last year we had an amazing team of adults and youth talking to the youth in the schools so with that success we want to build on utilizing the youth in our troops to interact with the Cub Scouts. Attendance at the Join Scouts Night Training is required for all units to qualify for Platinum JTE in 2020 so please make special plans to send at least one representative from your unit to attend this training and capitalize on the recruitment theme this year.

Join Scout Night Training

A successful fall membership campaign always begins at the Join Scouts Night Training. Traditionally, this event has been held in June at the 1st United Methodist Church at North Vernon. This year will be a little different as we move online. Keep an eye on your e-mail and the Hoosier Trails Council web site for more information. Fall recruitment is primarily focused on Cub Scouts but what does a Cub Scout become? Yes, a Scout and what better way to help the pack that feeds into your troop but to join in the excitement and fun of Cub Scout recruiting. As we move into this fall recruitment, youth are going to be ready to get out after weathering the COVID-19 storm at home. This will be the time to bring in new Cub Scouts as well as older youth who are tired of being at home. We will discuss the community marketing approach and the important 7 points of contact to make it a successful fall. The county “join weeks” will be scheduled as it was last year and we will need to enlist the help of volunteers to assist with the school talks; volunteers to spend 2 hours prior to the join week in your county to get the word out in your community; and where needed, help support us at the schools on the official county wide join night and open houses. Last year we had an amazing team of adults and youth talking to the youth in the schools so with that success we want to build on utilizing the youth in our troops to interact with the Cub Scouts. Attendance at the Join Scouts Night Training is required for all units to qualify for Platinum JTE in 2020 so please make special plans to send at least one representative from your unit to attend this training and capitalize on the recruitment theme this year.

District Bulletin Board

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Troop 549 has about 4 old Baker tents plus an old dinning fly to sale. Tents are in a troop wooden box with poles and ropes.  Price is negotiable