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Cub Scout Fall Recruitment

“Some days it feels like I have run out of the energy needed to keep things going virtually!” Perhaps you share this sentiment expressed by one of our pack leaders. It has been a challenging season. You deserve a huge “Thank You!” for all your efforts to hold things together. As we approach the traditional…

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A Guide to Virtual Cub Scouting!

Is your unit working through how to meet during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Are you struggling with keeping you boys and girls involved in Cub Scouting over the summer? A Guide to Virtual Cub Scouting, a booklet developed by our District, can be downloaded here: A Guide to Virtual Cub Scouting.  This does not contain all…

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Summer Recruitment tip: NextDoor & Adventure is Calling

Several Packs have reported success using NextDoor to promote Pack events, fundraisers and recruitment!  Help your community know about the great things going on in Cub Scouting! Visit our online training videos to learn more about this hyper-local social media platform.    AdventureisCalling.org is Northern Star’s online registration platform.  This July, find your Pack and make…

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Eagle Preview Meeting – VIRTUAL MEETING – August 5 – 7:00PM

Note: This will be a virtual meeting. Be sure to register to receive the Zoom meeting link. Please join the Council Advancement Committee  for our Eagle Scout Preview meeting on August 5th at 7pm. This meeting is designed to provide Life Scouts, their parents, and their adult leader with the most current information necessary for…

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Bring-A-Friend events are one of the best ways to recruit!

Recruitment time for Scouts can be a stressful time for leaders trying to either gain more youth into your unit. Many of the promotions involved flyers to send into the schools, or postings in the community. Some have had success with school fairs or other events in the community, but that often requires a school…

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YES! YOUR PACK CAN STILL EARN THE NATIONAL SUMMERTIME PACK AWARD THIS YEAR!

By Jamie Niss Dunn Summertime pack programming during #Scouting@Home will require some creativity this year. Here are some ideas and opportunities for your Cub Scouts that will help them have a great summer and to earn the National Summertime Pack Award: One way to approach summer events would be to plan events which could be…

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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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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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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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Cub Scout Fall Recruitment

By Jim Bollback | July 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Some days it feels like I have run out of the energy needed to keep things going virtually!” Perhaps you share this sentiment expressed by one of our pack leaders. It has been a challenging season. You deserve a huge “Thank You!” for all your efforts to hold things together. As we approach the traditional…

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Download these planning resources for your next Scouting year

By Bryan Wendell | August 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

This year has been hectic, to say the least — disrupted schedules, cancelled campouts and constant adjustments have become the norm. Any resource to help you keep track of changes and plan accordingly would be welcomed. Say no more. Boys’ Life magazine offers free downloadable calendars, notebooks and charts to help you Be Prepared and…

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Turn Almost Anything Into a Recruitment Event!

By Jim Bollback | June 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Turn Almost Anything Into a Recruitment Event!

Be sure to download the latest Turn Almost Anything into a Recruitment Event booklet, created just for the Packs and Troops in District M. This handout of best practices, tools, and tips is a great resource throughout the year for leaders, both new and old, to build recruiting into your events.  

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Family Fun Fest – What is it? When is it? How can you win?

By Bryan Wendell | August 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Get ready this Saturday for the most fun event you and your Scouting family can attend from home. Introducing Family Fun Fest – where you get to join Scouts across the nation in building a Pinewood Derby car, putting together a model rocket, learning how to draw something new, listening to some really cool guest…

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Youth Protection Begins with YOU!

By Jim Bollback | March 3, 2020 | Comments Off on 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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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

By Bryan Wendell | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on 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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Time Extensions for Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster Awards Due to COVID-19

By Northern Star Council | August 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Normally granted only in rare circumstances, the BSA and its local councils will allow extensions for Life Scouts needing more time to finish their Eagle Scout requirements. The authority for councils to grant this extension is effective immediately and continues through Sept. 30, 2020. Extensions are also available for Venturers needing to finish Summit Award…

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! MINECRAFT CAMP! Come join the fun at Camp Pinewood on Sept. 12

By Northern Star Council | August 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! MINECRAFT CAMP! Come join the fun at Camp Pinewood on Sept. 12, where we have even more fun attractions at our virtual Scout camp. https://scoutingevent.com/250-fallvirtualminecraftcamporee Register NOW! Last time this event filled up in less than a day. NEW AT CAMP: – Waterslide! – Action Archery! – Climbing Wall! – Railcar…

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Twin Cities Live visits Northern Star Scouting Camp!

By Northern Star Council | August 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

At the start of our 7th week of offering day camps to our community we were visited by Twin Cities Live.  Over the summer you’ve heard us note that camps are essential because our kids need relationship building, connections, leadership experiences and a tie to the outdoors.  You also know that our council’s vision is…

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Eagle Preview Meeting – VIRTUAL MEETING – August 5 – 7:00PM

By Charlie Jones | June 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Eagle Preview Meeting – VIRTUAL MEETING – August 5 – 7:00PM

Note: This will be a virtual meeting. Be sure to register to receive the Zoom meeting link. Please join the Council Advancement Committee  for our Eagle Scout Preview meeting on August 5th at 7pm. This meeting is designed to provide Life Scouts, their parents, and their adult leader with the most current information necessary for…

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Bring-A-Friend events are one of the best ways to recruit!

By Nick Pedersen | June 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Bring-A-Friend events are one of the best ways to recruit!

Recruitment time for Scouts can be a stressful time for leaders trying to either gain more youth into your unit. Many of the promotions involved flyers to send into the schools, or postings in the community. Some have had success with school fairs or other events in the community, but that often requires a school…

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Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA helps make Scouts, Venturers more competitive in the world

By Bryan Wendell | August 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Earning the Eagle Scout Award or Venturing Summit Award opens doors. The awards are a proven launchpad in the United States, sending a young man or young woman on a rewarding career path. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award brings similar résumé-building clout to young people — only on a global scale. A new national partnership…

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Venturer’s conservation project involves worldwide effort to pick up 1 million pieces of trash

By Bryan Wendell | August 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

During a pandemic, Scouts have had to get creative to continue their adventures and service. Sometimes, the changes transformed their plans into something much greater than they conceived. John-Aaron Bozanic, an Eagle Scout and current Venturer with Crew 774 in Laguna Woods, Calif., was working on a conservation project when the COVID-19 virus began spreading across…

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School, sports, Scouts — here’s how this pro baseball player and Eagle Scout did it all

By Bryan Wendell | August 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Weekends in the Munsch household flew by like a 90 mph fastball. On Saturdays, Jason Munsch, who at age 11 pitched a no-hitter in a Little League All-Star Game, played baseball. After the final out, Dona and Keith Munsch drove their son to meet his fellow Scouts wherever Troop 566 was camping that weekend. And…

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Inside Momentum Launch, the Order of the Arrow’s largest-ever virtual event

By Bryan Wendell | July 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

It has become the most overused word of the pandemic: pivot. As in: “When Synergy 2.0: The Business Jargon Conference was canceled, organizers pivoted to a digital-first experience.” But as Scouts, we’ve been pivoting since long before that was a buzzword. When Scouts run into problems, we pivot. We find a bold and innovative workaround…

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