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Register Now! – District M Leaders Ice Cream Social on August 19th @ 7pm

District M will be hosting an in-person Ice Cream Social and District Update on August 19 at Victoria Lions Park. All leaders – den leaders, unit committee members, comm chairs, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor or any other adult leader in the District are invited to attend. Leaders, feel free to bring your kids. Thursday, August 19,…

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Accessing your Weekly Membership/Recharter Reports – How-To Guide

Last week, Unit Committee Chairs and Unit Leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmaster, Advisors) should have received an email regarding accessing their unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting Year (copied below). Trusted users can log into Scouting Events at any time to view your unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. Some unit leaders have followed up…

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Cub Scout Recruitment Materials — Handouts, Social Media tools, Fishing Pole Unboxing, and more!

Northern Star Council has created several great images and videos that you can use to promote your Facebook, NextDoor, Twitter, or on your website! Request free Bookmarks, Table Toppers, Posters, and Yard Signs   Social Media Kit – Images created or Facebook, Twitter, and Next Door!   Cub Scout Promotion Video (35 sec)    …

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Northern Star Scouting Fall Camporee Series

Camporee Series Overview Join your fellow Troops and Crews from across Northern Star Scouting for a weekend of Scout skills, and fellowship during our two Fall Camporee weekends. Fall Camporees are an excellent opportunity for your unit to demonstrate proficiency in Scout skills and teamwork. Each Fall Camporee event is open to all Northern Star Scouts BSA…

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2021 Pack Recruitment Guidebook Now Available!!

Cub Scouters and Membership Team members – it’s time to start thinking about RECRUITMENT!   We’ve got a GREAT BIG campaign planned called Catch the Fun!  This year, EVERY CUB SCOUT will get a fishing pole!   That’s right! New AND Returning Cubs will get their own Zebco fishing pole!   See the attached guide on ideas…

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Updated COVID Guidance for Units

05/07/21   Effective today, we will follow state of Minnesota guidance for most settings that no longer requires face coverings, social distancing or limitations on groups sizes (below 500) for outdoor Scout outings, meetings and weekend campouts.  However, we continue to recommend that you follow social distancing, smaller group sizes and use of face coverings when social…

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New Incentive for New AND Returning Cub Scouts this Fall!

All new AND returning cub scouts who register by September 30th will receive a fishing pole! New Scouts will also receive a water bottle, T-Shirt, and a fall day camp pass.   Expect to see fishing featured in our cub recruitment campaign this year!

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PICK-UP PROGRAM AND RECRUITING MATERIALS AT CURBSIDE KICK-OFFS AUGUST 5th!

AUGUST “CURBSIDE KICK-OFFS”!! AND CORE UNIT CHARTER CHECK-OFF Every pack, troop and crew should be making plans to attend their district “Curbside Kick-Off!” on August 5. This is the place for Scouting leaders to pick up the program and recruiting materials needed for the coming year. All locations are from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. District M,…

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2021 Webelos Woods

Webelos Woods is a program designed for Webelos, enabling them to discover first-hand the excitement and fun of the Scouts BSA program. Built around the concept of a Scouts BSA campout, Webelos Woods is staffed by Scouts BSA members that provide the resources and skills to participating Webelos Dens and their parents. Throughout the weekend, Webelos and…

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Congratulations to the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts!!

Eagle Scouts have been leading positive change in their communities for more than a century. That tradition continues with the historic inaugural class of Female Eagle Scouts. “Eagle Scout is a designation widely valued by universities, employers, and other respected institutions around the world, and we are honored to celebrate the hundreds of incredible young women…

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A NEW PERFORMANCE AWARD SYSTEM COMING THIS YEAR – Journey to Unit Excellence

In 2021 Northern Star Council is introducing a new program to replace Journey 2.0. The new program, Journey to Unit Excellence (JTUE), keeps many of the same elements of Journey 2.0 but is designed to help you and the leadership of your unit focus on what you can do to deliver the best possible scouting…

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Cub Leaders – Plan meetings that cover multiple ranks!

Den Leaders – are you working with Dens of different ranks? Looking to plan what advancement to work on? Pack Leaders – looking for themes for your next Pack meeting that covers multiple ranks? Check out this cool chart from the Atlanta Area Council that shows what themes can be used for meetings that apply…

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Welcome to District M

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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2021 Pack Recruitment Guidebook Now Available!!

By Nick Pedersen | June 14, 2021 | Comments Off on 2021 Pack Recruitment Guidebook Now Available!!

Cub Scouters and Membership Team members – it’s time to start thinking about RECRUITMENT!   We’ve got a GREAT BIG campaign planned called Catch the Fun!  This year, EVERY CUB SCOUT will get a fishing pole!   That’s right! New AND Returning Cubs will get their own Zebco fishing pole!   See the attached guide on ideas…

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What I’ve Learned: A Q&A with the leaders of a 111-year-old Scouts BSA troop in Rhode Island

By Bryan Wendell | September 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Photo courtesy of Mike Hogan (second from left) and Brad Orleck (second from right). After working together at Yawgoog Scout Reservation, Mike Hogan and Brad Orleck reunited to lead First Providence Troop, a 111-year-old unit that now serves a mix of working-class and immigrant families in Providence, R.I. Hogan has been Scoutmaster for 11 years;…

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Accessing your Weekly Membership/Recharter Reports – How-To Guide

By Nick Pedersen | July 21, 2021 | 2 Comments

Last week, Unit Committee Chairs and Unit Leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmaster, Advisors) should have received an email regarding accessing their unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting Year (copied below). Trusted users can log into Scouting Events at any time to view your unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. Some unit leaders have followed up…

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Order of the Arrow Section Conclave – Settlers of Watertown — Oct 1-3 in Watertown, SD

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Section Conclave, where 7 Lodges in the Upper Midwest come together, is from October 1-3 at a campsite about 3 and a half hours west on the border of South Dakota and Minnesota. Join us for a fun weekend of brotherhood and fellowship — including the Settler of Catan tournament (and possibly some life-sized…

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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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Cub Scout Recruitment Materials — Handouts, Social Media tools, Fishing Pole Unboxing, and more!

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | July 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Cub Scout Recruitment Materials — Handouts, Social Media tools, Fishing Pole Unboxing, and more!

Northern Star Council has created several great images and videos that you can use to promote your Facebook, NextDoor, Twitter, or on your website! Request free Bookmarks, Table Toppers, Posters, and Yard Signs   Social Media Kit – Images created or Facebook, Twitter, and Next Door!   Cub Scout Promotion Video (35 sec)    …

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Order of the Arrow Chapter M Conclave this weekend!

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

My name is Oliver J. and I am Chapter Chief for District M. I am a Life Scout and Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 477 in Plymouth. I have been in the Order of the Arrow for 2 years. I like giving back to the community and meeting other scouts from other troops. I am…

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Twin brothers from Tennessee travel 1,100 miles to complete their Eagle projects

By Bryan Wendell | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Andrew (left) and Matthew Schramkowski stand inside the completed community center. Andrew and his helpers installed the floors, and Matthew and his team did the walls. (All photos courtesy of Paul Schramkowski) When Scouts put their hearts and minds into getting something done, no distance is too great — not even 1,100 miles. For proof,…

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Can BSA youth members discuss Scouting in private digital groups?

By Bryan Wendell | September 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Photo by Getty Images/Istockphoto (3) A Venturing crew Advisor was doing her job – working with the crew’s youth leaders to help ensure the success, safety and personal growth for all members — when she heard the Venturers mention something that caught her ear. It seems they had recently taken to a popular online gaming…

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PICK-UP PROGRAM AND RECRUITING MATERIALS AT CURBSIDE KICK-OFFS AUGUST 5th!

By Northern Star Council | May 3, 2021 | Comments Off on PICK-UP PROGRAM AND RECRUITING MATERIALS AT CURBSIDE KICK-OFFS AUGUST 5th!

AUGUST “CURBSIDE KICK-OFFS”!! AND CORE UNIT CHARTER CHECK-OFF Every pack, troop and crew should be making plans to attend their district “Curbside Kick-Off!” on August 5. This is the place for Scouting leaders to pick up the program and recruiting materials needed for the coming year. All locations are from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. District M,…

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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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September District Virtual Roundtable

By Jim Bollback | September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

  JOIN US THIS THURSDAY!   District Virtual Roundtable Thursday, September 16 – 7:00 pm     Feature Topic: Getting the Most Out of Scoutbook with special guest Colleen Galloway Fall Recruitment Success Stories Order of the Arrow Update Fall Camping  

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University of Scouting Fall 2021 – Saturday, October 31st

By Northern Star Council | September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

WHO: New Adult Leaders who need to take position specific training. Position Trained Adult Leaders who want to improve their Scouting knowledge and skills. Scouts BSA and Venturing Youth who want to improve their Scouting and Leadership Skills. WHAT: Choose from over 100 courses in the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, General, and Youth Leadership Colleges. We…

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EXPERIENCE JOTA/JOTI 2021 ON OCTOBER 16

By Northern Star Council | September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Come to the Museum on Saturday, October 16, 2021 and you can participate in the largest Scouting events in the world. These simultaneous events are called JOTA (Jamboree-on-the-Air) and JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet). The events run all day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Groups, units, and individuals are welcome. JOTA uses amateur radio to link…

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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE UNIT RETENTION?

By Jeff Pastir | September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

As we transition from virtual Scouting to in-person activities, we asked a few veteran Scouters if they had any tricks for fostering unit retention. Tops on their list was “keep it simple, make it fun.” How, you make ask? Advancement is one key element, and when it’s fun the Scouts are barely aware advancement is…

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