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OA – Lodge Leadership Development this December!

Are you a leader in your Troop? Interested in being a leader in the OA? Already a leader and looking for training? Are you wanting to learn more about the OA and your role? This is the training for you! Join us at the Lodge Leadership Development session this December. We have a lot of…

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BASE CAMP OPEN CLIMB

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED, FIRST TUESDAY EVERY MONTH! Grab your friends and drop into Base Camp for open climbing sessions! Try all 16 challenging routes of our one-of-a-kind, indoor climbing wall, ranging in height from 26 to 32 feet. Each one accurately replicates the natural features found among the St. Croix River Bluffs near Taylors Falls!…

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BE COOL, COME TO WINTER CAMP! Registration is Now Open!!

CAMPING ON THE NEXT LEVEL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION SNOW BASE NORTH WIND Introductory Program: Teaching youth how to stay warm. Spend the day outside playing games and developing winter camping skills. Participants sleep inside both nights. (Recommended for 5th and 6th graders)  Snow Huskies $67 Experience $62 Next Level: Participants Sleep outside testingtheir skills constructing winter…

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Polar Cub Registration Now Open!

Think camp is just for the summer? Think again! Polar Cubs is one of the largest Cub Scout Day Camp programs in the country and it’s happening at a camp near you. This single day program is filled with classic winter activities as well as some unique Scouting adventures. Don’t miss your chance to be…

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2020 SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS DUE

NOMINATE A WORTHY VOLUNTEER The Silver Beaver is a national award presented by the local council; it is the highest honor a local council may bestow upon a volunteer. The award is limited to adults 21 years of age or older. The award consists of a certificate, a formal Silver Beaver emblem on a ribbon,…

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Join us at the Million Dollar Day for Scouting – Dec 11th (St Paul) or Dec 12th (Ft Snelling)

Please join us for a great morning event, celebrating Scouting in our community! We’ll hear from some great speakers, recognize some Scouts receiving a Lifesaving or Meritorious Action award, and show our support for Scouting in our Community! Our Annual Million Dollar Day for Scouting is the official kickoff for the Friends of Scouting Campaign…

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Unit Leaders – Submit Your Camping Contact Information

The Council Camping Committee is in need of information from each Pack and Troop in all districts of the council. In order to better serve the Cub Scout Packs and Scouts BSA Troops of the council in regards to camping opportunities and programs, we need to identify the person(s) in your unit who are the…

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Northern Star Scouting Announcement on National BSA Membership Fees

To: All Northern Star Scouting Volunteers From: John Andrews, Scout Executive At the suggestion of Council President Kari Bjorhus, and with the unanimous support of the members of the Board of Directors at their October meeting, Northern Star Scouting asks all packs, troops, crews, ships and posts to recharter by December 31. All current and…

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College of Commissioner Service 2019

Northern Star Council College of Commissioner Service November 16, 2019 St. Paul College 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul 55102 The College of Commissioner Science is an annual training event focused on developing the skills useful to a unit, roundtable, or administrative commissioner. The college provides of up to date information on the newest programs and materials, helps…

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Are you hosting a Peer Recruiting Event this fall?

One of the best ways to recruit new Scouts is ‘peer-to-peer’. When a Scout brings a friend to a scouting event (e.g., pack or den meeting, troop campout, lock-in, pinewood derby, field trip, etc), they both have fun! It’s a fantastic introduction to Scouts for the youth and their parents. Cub Scouts — Which of…

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Alpha Phi Omega Merit Badge University @ University of Minnesota

The MBU this Fall will be held on Saturday, November 16th at Folwell Hall from 8:00am-4:15pm on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus (more information in a confirmation email once you register). The day will be split into two sessions with a break for a provided lunch. The cost for the whole day is…

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Three new resources to make Cub Scout leaders stand up and do a cheer

An awesome array of new resources for Cub Scout leaders is designed to help you welcome new families to your pack, learn more about the Cub Scout program and recruit new leaders. Regularly refreshing resources is just one way the BSA has your back as you deliver an amazing program to your Cub Scouts. Here’s what’s…

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Leader Training 101 — Where do I get the Training to be successful?

Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader — A common saying, but why do we say that? Training in Scouts, just like in life, provides the education, skills, and practical experience in order to be successful in your role in Scouting. In order to Be Prepared for your role as a leader, whether it’s your first time,…

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How The Boy Scouts of America Keeps Kids Safe Today

This article was contributed by Michael Johnson, National Youth Protection Director for the Boy Scouts of America. Recent media reports have highlighted claims of abuse against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). As Director of Youth Protection here at the BSA, I share the same concerns as anyone seeing these stories, and I have the…

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Cub Scout Parent Orientation Guide now available!

You have the Scouts – so what do you do with the parents? The parent orientation is a vital step in the recruiting process and should take place after your back-to-school night, your unit’s recruitment event, and School Night for Scouting.  Parent orientations serve as the opportunity to provide an introduction into Scouting and your…

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Welcome to the official website of Lake Minnetonka District. Since 2007, our volunteer web team has offered this site as a resource to those individuals involved in the Scouting program. Welcome Message

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District Membership Status 2019

By Vicki Jurek | August 31, 2019 | Comments Off on District Membership Status 2019

Let’s Keep the Membership Growing! Lake Minnetonka has welcomed 20 more Scouts to the program over last year! Why is Membership Growth Important? Membership Growth simply shows that we’re sharing the values of Scouting with more young people and their families. The skills taught in weekly meetings or earned on campouts stay with Scouts forever.…

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When is Scout Sunday 2020? What about Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah?

By Bryan Wendell | December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes to the Scout Law, last is certainly not least. Being “reverent” is a year-round part of a Scout’s life, but there’s one time each year when the connection between Scouting and faith takes on even more significance. It’s Scout Sunday, held every February. The annual celebration gives Scouts a highly visible way to…

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Unit Rechartering Information for 2020 – Charters due by Dec 31st!

By Nick Fasching | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

The deadline for turning in your Packet Completed is December 31st, 2019. UNITS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE RECHARTER BY DECEMBER 31ST WILL NEED TO PAY THE INCREASE BSA NATIONAL FEES of $60 (youth) or $36 (Adult), so please be sure to complete your recharter before December 31st. RECHARTER TURN-IN NIGHT: We have a second turn…

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Drive-thru donations: How Scouts made it super convenient for people to donate food

By Bryan Wendell | December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Think of it as a drive-thru in reverse. Instead of picking up, say, a chicken sandwich and waffle fries at the drive-thru, a bunch of Los Angeles area drivers left behind canned items for a good cause. The eighth annual Food Drive-Thru, held last month, was staffed by Scouts and Venturers from the Western Los…

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Leader Training 101 — Where do I get the Training to be successful?

By Nira Rajan | September 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader — A common saying, but why do we say that? Training in Scouts, just like in life, provides the education, skills, and practical experience in order to be successful in your role in Scouting. In order to Be Prepared for your role as a leader, whether it’s your first time,…

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Recruitment Materials Request Form

By Vicki Jurek | June 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Recruitment Materials Request Form

 Recruitment Materials Request Form Additional Information School Night for Scouting 2019 Recruitment Guide and Resources Fall Recruitment Materials and Recrcuitment Training Video Recruitment Materials   Do you have an upcoming summertime pack event, fourth of July parade, or community festival where you could use promotional items to help with new Scout recruitment?  If so, good news!  Northern…

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Two Scouts cycle from Arizona to Montana

By Bryan Wendell | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you cycle 1,500 miles, you’re bound to run into a few problems. “I had five flat tires — my tire exploded once,” Star Scout John McBroom says. “I had a couple of crashes.” But that didn’t stop John or Eagle Scout Akhil Long, both 16-year-old Scouts with Troop 4010 of Clarksvillle, Ind., who completed…

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Have your Scouts earned a Rank Advancement or Merit Badge? Be sure to Record and Recognize them!

By Charlie Jones | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are your Scouts working on Advancement in your Troop? Have they completed their rank or merit badge requirement? Be sure to record their achievement and recognize their accomplishment today! Advancement is one of the methods that deliver on the Aims of Scouting. Advancement is about what Scouts are now able to learn and to do,…

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Have your New Cub Scouts earned their Bobcat Rank? Be sure to Record and Recognize them!

By Charlie Jones | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Learning the Cub Scout Bobcat requirements is the first step that new Cub Scouts must take to earn their rank badge. The Cub Scout Bobcat requirements are the first ones completed by all new Cub Scouts (except Lions) so that they can earn that Bobcat badge before working on anything else. The Bobcat requirements can be…

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Northern Star Scouting Announcement on National BSA Membership Fees

By Northern Star Council | October 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

To: All Northern Star Scouting Volunteers From: John Andrews, Scout Executive At the suggestion of Council President Kari Bjorhus, and with the unanimous support of the members of the Board of Directors at their October meeting, Northern Star Scouting asks all packs, troops, crews, ships and posts to recharter by December 31. All current and…

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ACTION REQUIRED Background Check Disclosures and Authorization & FAQs

By Nick Pedersen | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

To Our Volunteer Leaders in Lake Minnetonka District Earlier this week, every registered Adult Leader in the Boy Scouts of America should have received an email message, or will receive an email message, from the National BSA Email, boyscoutsofamerica@email.scouting.org (You may view the online version of the message). We need your assistance to complete, collect,…

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Already an Eagle Scout, he chose to do another big project, this time for the pups

By Bryan Wendell | December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

An Eagle Scout project is an extreme act of service. It requires meticulous planning, servant leadership and a professional juggler’s ability to multitask. Most young people wouldn’t embark on such a difficult endeavor. Nicolas Salazar isn’t most young people. The 15-year-old Eagle Scout from Troop 400 of Pace, Fla., part of the Gulf Coast Council,…

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Spring 2020 BB Gun & Archery Rangemaster Training

By Northern Star Council | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports (including Cub Scout archery, BB guns, wrist rockets/slingshots, catapults or rockets) to be supervised by a BSA certified range master. Get trained so you can run your Scouting Unit’s ranges at our Council Camps!  Pre-registration required – limited to 20 individuals per class. “Archery and bb gun shooting are…

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WINTER DISCOVERY DAY CAMP

By Northern Star Council | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE DURING WINTER BREAK! Base Camp has the cure for all cases of cabin fever and hibernation this winter! Join us for three thrilling days of Winter Discovery Day Camp, where our fun staff will keep bodies and brains from freezing up with exciting activities in our spacious and…

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GO ON A LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE AT BASE CAMP

By Northern Star Council | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

TROOP AND CREW DISCOUNT IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH! Step into Base Camp’s brand new Leadership Lab – a creative and dynamic learning space designed with the development of young leaders in mind. During our Leadership Adventure program, learners will spend time discovering their own style of leadership by taking our unique self-assessment. We will…

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