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New Annual Registration/Renewal Coming This Fall

Dear Northern Star Scouting Family, We hope you and the other families in your group are staying safe and well in these challenging times. All of us are learning to do things in new and different ways, and we’ll continue to do so in the months ahead. We are writing today to share the final…

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A SPECIAL SCOUT EXECUTIVE’S MINUTE

BY JOHN ANDREWS There are needless and tragic deaths that occur across America every day. George Floyd’s death, and the arrest of a law enforcement officer on charges of his murder is the newest, and perhaps most powerful national symbol of this terrible reality to date. We mourn this, and through Scouting’s values and curriculum…

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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes: Time extensions for…

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Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges

posted with permission from the Look Wider Still blog: https://lookwiderstill.home.blog/2020/03/15/cub-scout-activities-adventuring-from-home-rank-challenges/?fbclid=IwAR2v4vhvrDZsSvJAQmCza7JVwxdobPuGLIqh5rdInk_-qt-VAcU_oMObbYU My Pack is issuing Rank Challenges to help our Scouts stay involved and entertained over this prolonged period of self-quarantine and social distancing. As an addition to my post about Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete at Home, which includes an extensive look at how Scouts can…

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Scouting Show & Tell: Scouting remotely

With the concerns of COVID-19 spreading, units are cancelling campouts and in-person meetings, but that doesn’t mean Scouting stops. Bob Trejo, Scoutmaster of Troop 98 of Whitpain Township, Pa., shared with us how about 60 Scouts in his troop met virtually recently. The troop used Webex; a free account also allowed them to record the…

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How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing

The board of review, like most aspects of Scouting, works best in person. But sometimes, for a number of legitimate reasons, that’s not an option. That’s why, as outlined in the Guide to Advancement (section 8.0.1.6), the BSA allows units to conduct boards of review by teleconferencing, using tools like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom. Even…

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Youth Protection Begins with YOU!

  The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. One aspect is having our leaders trained in youth protection. The new YPT curriculum was introduced February 1, 2018 and is good for two years. That means that over the next weeks most…

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Welcome to the official website of District M of Northern Star Council. Since 2007, our volunteer web team has offered this site as a resource to those individuals involved in the Scouting program. This site was originally built as part of Lake Minnetonka District, which was restructured in 2020 as part of the Units First initiative in the Council. Welcome Message

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Northern Star Council – Scouting from Home

By Northern Star Council | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Scouts, Families and Leaders, We are living in unprecedented times! As our communities learn to deal with the daily changes brought on by the COVID-19 virus, Scouting remains committed to our key mission: to be a positive influence for 100% of the families in the communities we serve. Scouting is still happening! While in-person…

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New Annual Registration/Renewal Coming This Fall

By Northern Star Council | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Northern Star Scouting Family, We hope you and the other families in your group are staying safe and well in these challenging times. All of us are learning to do things in new and different ways, and we’ll continue to do so in the months ahead. We are writing today to share the final…

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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

By Bryan Wendell | March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes: Time extensions for…

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We Are Bringing Camp To Your Neighborhood! Pop Up! Cub Scout Summer Day Camp

By Northern Star Council | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

This summer, camp is coming to your neighborhood. Pop-up camps: Week-Long day camp opportunities throughout Northern Star available to all Cub Scouts! SOME ACTIVITIES YOU’LL DO WHO CAN ATTEND Pop Up Cub Summer Day Camp is available to ALL Cub Scouts. DO PARENTS HAVE TO ATTEND? No, this program does not require parents to attend.…

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Get ready for Webelos Transition!

By Vicki Jurek | January 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Are you ready for Webelos Transition?  Webelos to Scout transition is everyone’s responsibility — Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Parents, Commissioners and the District Committee. All must work together to ensure that Webelos and their parents know all the great fun and adventure in store for them when they become Scouts BSA. Webelos is not the…

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Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

By Bryan Wendell | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

In times of crisis, Scouts find a way to adapt. We’re hearing from Scouts and leaders across the country who have found creative ways to keep on Scouting even while practicing social distancing (staying home and remaining at least 6 feet from others if you must go out). Today we wanted to share another way…

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A SPECIAL SCOUT EXECUTIVE’S MINUTE

By Northern Star Council | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

BY JOHN ANDREWS There are needless and tragic deaths that occur across America every day. George Floyd’s death, and the arrest of a law enforcement officer on charges of his murder is the newest, and perhaps most powerful national symbol of this terrible reality to date. We mourn this, and through Scouting’s values and curriculum…

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Virtual merit badges from Northern Star Council – Updated as of 6/01!

By Northern Star Council | June 1, 2020 | 6 Comments

Below is a list of upcoming Virtual Merit Badge opportunities for Scouts as of Monday, June 1st. Please check-out Scouting from Home under the virtual classes and events for the most up-to-date information. It is the responsibility of the scout to inform their Scoutmaster their intent to begin a virtual merit badge and prepare as…

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Recruiting Tips In the Time of Coronavirus (and After)

By Boy Scouts of America National | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Article Submitted by Lauren Howery Family Scouting Executive Last Frontier Council, Oklahoma City Recruiting is an integral part of our service to the youth and units in our communities and can have its difficulties during a normal year, let alone during a pandemic. As Unit Serving Executives face an uncertain future of what recruiting may…

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Fun projects for kids that you can do from home

By Bryan Wendell | March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

As public places, including many parks and campgrounds, are closing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you might be left scratching your head on what you and your kids can do. Plenty! As we’ve highlighted this week, Scouts can still meet virtually and serve others. They can also go on nature hikes around your…

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Take the 30 Day Cub Scout Challenge! Keep your Cub Scout skills sharp while at home.

By Lake Minnetonka District BSA | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

As our communities are practicing caution and social distancing during this time, the Hawkeye Area Council’s new Program Director, Sam Mensinger has developed a 30 day challenge for each Cub Scout rank. Use this time at home to keep your scout’s skills sharp!

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Northern Star Scout Shops opening June 2nd

By Northern Star Council | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Twin Cities Scout Shops and Base Camp Customer Service Desk for Drop-offs/Pick-ups will open within safety guidelines on Tuesday, June 2. The Base Camp Customer Service Desk will be open from 8 AM – 5 PM The Base Camp Scout Shop will be open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM and…

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Meet Tyler Grey, Venturing’s top youth leader for 2020-2021

By Bryan Wendell | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Youth-led isn’t just for Venturing crews. It applies to the entire Venturing program, as well. Tyler Grey, an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, has been named the 2020-2021 National Venturing Officers’ Association President. His term as the Venturing program’s top youth leader begins today — June 1, 2020.…

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Life Scout performs lifesaving CPR on brother with illness linked to COVID-19

By Bryan Wendell | May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

It wasn’t just knowing the proper technique that allowed Tyron Hardowar to perform lifesaving CPR on his younger brother, Jayden. It was something else he learned in Scouting, too. “It takes courage and the 10th point of the Scout Law: being brave,” Tyron tells Bryan on Scouting. “If there’s any emotions and thoughts building up,…

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Scoutbook introduces a faster way to track your Scout’s progress

By Bryan Wendell | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recording service hours and camping nights just got easier. The Scoutbook team has introduced Activity Logs. Scoutbook, the Boy Scouts of America’s online tool for tracking Scouting advancement, is continuously improving, adding more features to help you save time, stay connected and enhance your Scouting experience. With this update, unit leaders can easily add multiple…

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