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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. Materials to…

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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 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 | 0 Comments

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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Tying knots: Summit Bechtel Reserve now hosts weddings, too

By Bryan Wendell | June 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of Katelyn Workman Photography From zoos and museums to airplane hangars and alpaca farms, couples looking for wedding venues have a world of out-of-the-box options. But a new destination for nuptials is promising something you won’t find anywhere else: adventure and elegance in an unforgettable setting. The Summit Bechtel Reserve, the BSA’s high-adventure haven…

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Support Youth Information Access Bill

By Northern Star Council | March 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Support Youth Information Access Bill

Dear Northern Star Scouting Volunteer,                                                                            We are currently working to pass a legislative bill that would allow youth organizations, such as ourselves, to distribute paper fliers in the schools and we need your help in a grassroots campaign for support of the bill.  We are at a critical time and are asking for your…

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Save the Date – Ice Cream Social on August 19th

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | June 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

District M will be hosting an in-person Ice Cream Social and District Update on August 19 at Victoria Lions Park.  

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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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New Incentive for New AND Returning Cub Scouts this Fall!

By Northern Star Council | May 3, 2021 | Comments Off on 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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Chaska Pack 301 holds Community Bike Rodeo

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | June 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Chaska Pack 301 hosted a community Bike Rodeo on May 23rd. Open to all kids in the community, the Pack partnered with Officer Julie from the Chaska Police Dept, the Chaska-Chan-Eden Prairie Mountain Bike team, and Michael’s Cycles in downtown Chaska to run different stations where kids practiced bike control, speed and stopping, learned how…

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EIGHT Scouts Earn Eagle Scout Rank – VICTORIA, MN

By Jim Bollback | June 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, June 6, the honor of the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle, was awarded to EIGHT Scouts from Scouts BSA Troop 589 in Victoria, MN.   Tommy Klinger, age 19 of Victoria, MN (planned Eagle celebration in August of 2021), achieved the rank of Eagle on May 12, 2020. For his Eagle…

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What is a micron and why should you care when filtering water?

By Bryan Wendell | June 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

On long backcountry treks, you’ll want a hydration plan other than to lug around multiple gallons of water. When you encounter a freshwater source, such as a river or a lake, you have a few options to make that water potable: boil, filter or treat with tablets. You’ll want to treat the water, no matter…

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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. Materials to…

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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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BSA 2021 National Annual Meeting Fireside Chat: Membership Growth

By Boy Scouts of America National | June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

As part of the 2021 BSA National Annual Meeting, the organization held multiple Fireside Chat virtual meetings on a handful of key topics. These included Safety, Membership Growth, Female Board Leadership, and Governance. Membership Growth was the topic for the second of those meetings. Membership Growth Like many organizations, Scouting faced challenges in growing its…

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Not-so-buried treasure: ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ revealed that Indy is a Life Scout

By Bryan Wendell | June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

River Phoenix plays Life Scout Indiana Jones in 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection A dozen Scouts on horseback meander through the Utah desert. “Dismount!” their Scoutmaster calls. The Scouts do as asked and then scatter to explore their surroundings. Two of the Scouts, one named Herman and another named Indiana…

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BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation – Aug 28-29

By Northern Star Council | June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

  BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation   Who: Cub Scout leaders in charge of the pack’s outdoor experiences What: BALOO training covers topics from health and safety, to the logistics of planning and running a successful camping trip for your pack.  You’ll learn about meal preparation, camping, cooking (including hands-on Dutch oven cooking), camping gear selection, water safety, and campfire program…

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2021 Fall Wood Badge – Sept 10-12 and Oct 2-3

By Northern Star Council | June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Purpose of Wood Badge The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. When we accomplish the mission of Scouting, we do it in the units. Therefore, the short form of the purpose is, the purpose of Wood Badge is…

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