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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 SILVER BEAVER CLASS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SILVER BEAVERS! The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a national dis­tinguished service award. It’s the highest level of recognition that a local council can give to a volunteer. Recipients are registered Scouters who have made a significant impact on the lives of youth through service given to Scouting…

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Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training May 7-8, 2022

Scoutmaster/ Assistant Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training – IN JUST ONE WEEKEND!!! Northern Star Scouting is hosting another exciting Outdoor Leadership training session May 7-8, 2022. Our courses always fill up quickly, so please sign up early and don’t miss this excellent training opportunity. In addition to fulfilling the training requirements for Scoutmasters & Assistant Scoutmasters, this course is…

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2022 Spring BALOO Training

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 program planning, meal preparation and food safety, camping gear selection, water safety,  and campfire program planning, and you’ll get hands on experience with group games, skits and songs, and traditional Scouting…

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2022 Leave No Trace Trainer Course – Online May 4, AND In Person May 7-8, 2022

The Leave No Trace Trainer helps minimize impact on the land by teaching members the principles of Leave No Trace and improving Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision-making skills.  Participants in the two-day Trainer Course learn Leave No Trace skills and ethics as well as techniques for educating others about these low impact practices. Trainer Courses typically…

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2022 TOTANHAN NAKAHA LODGE SPRING FELLOWSHIP AND RECOGNITION

On Sunday April 24th TNL lodge is hosting the spring event to bring the membership together for fellowship and to recognize those who have served the lodge. The event will be held at Base Camp Team Building Center.  The evening will begin at 5:30pm with various booths set up around the building for Scouts to…

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NORTHERN STAR’S FIRST DISTINGUISHED CONSERVATION SERVICE AWARD – Keegan Smith from District M

KEEGAN SMITH BECOMES OUR FIRST RECIPIENT Keegan Smith of Troop 3283 of Wayzata became the Council’s first recipient of the BSA’s Distinguished Conservation Service Award after passing his Board of Review on Nov. 19, 2021.  The BSA created the DCSA in November 2019 as a replacement for the William T. Hornaday conservation service awards. In…

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2022 COUNCIL RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

COME SUPPORT OUR NEW COLONY OF SILVER BEAVERS Welcome Back In-Person! We are happy to announce that an in-person Council Recognition Luncheon will be held on March 19, 2022 at the TeamBuilding Center. An optional fellowship will begin at 11AM, with the formal program to begin at 12PM.  As in years past, the event will…

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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

Journey To Excellence

copy-of-ca2j391k-2Gold Award 2011-2012, 2016-2019
Centennial Quality 2007-2010
Silver Award 2016
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NORTHERN STAR’S FIRST DISTINGUISHED CONSERVATION SERVICE AWARD – Keegan Smith from District M

By Northern Star Council | February 14, 2022 | Comments Off on NORTHERN STAR’S FIRST DISTINGUISHED CONSERVATION SERVICE AWARD – Keegan Smith from District M

KEEGAN SMITH BECOMES OUR FIRST RECIPIENT Keegan Smith of Troop 3283 of Wayzata became the Council’s first recipient of the BSA’s Distinguished Conservation Service Award after passing his Board of Review on Nov. 19, 2021.  The BSA created the DCSA in November 2019 as a replacement for the William T. Hornaday conservation service awards. In…

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Join us for the District BBQ on June 12th – Please RSVP!

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | May 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

We hope to see you all at our District M BBQ held on June 12, from 12pm to 5pm, at Lake Rebecca. This is a great time for Scouters from all the Packs, Troops, and Crews in District M to get together for a fun afternoon. Come celebrate with us! Families are welcome to attend.…

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2022 COUNCIL RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

By Northern Star Council | January 25, 2022 | Comments Off on 2022 COUNCIL RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

COME SUPPORT OUR NEW COLONY OF SILVER BEAVERS Welcome Back In-Person! We are happy to announce that an in-person Council Recognition Luncheon will be held on March 19, 2022 at the TeamBuilding Center. An optional fellowship will begin at 11AM, with the formal program to begin at 12PM.  As in years past, the event will…

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Council Planning Calendar 2022-2023 Released!

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | May 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Check out the Northern Star Scouting Planning Calendar for 2022-2023 — a great tool for your Unit’s Annual Planning Process  

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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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Unit Annual Planning Tips!

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | May 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

It’s May – which for many of our units, means it’s time to plan out the next great year of Scouting!!  Here are 10 tips to help make next year your best year ever: 1) Plan to attend the District M Recruiting Kick-off this coming Saturday, May 21st at the American Legion Post 580 in Chanhassen.…

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How to take and share the best photos of your Scouts this summer … and beyond

By Bryan Wendell | May 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Wherever you go with your Scouts this summer, whatever you do, you already have one of the most powerful tools you need to spread the joy of Scouting: your smartphone. “People always ask me, ‘What’s the best camera?’ ” says professional BSA photographer Michael Roytek. “The best camera is the camera you have on you.”…

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Acoustic Music Camp is just the latest fun offering at Philmont Training Center

By Bryan Wendell | May 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

The only thing better than sitting around a campfire with a group of Scouts is sitting around a campfire with a group of Scouts with a guitar. This summer, the Philmont Training Center is offering its Acoustic Music Camp from July 3-7. The program is open to all interested youth and adults — not just…

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2022 Re-Certification for BSA Range Masters – BB & Archery

By Northern Star Council | January 25, 2022 | Comments Off on 2022 Re-Certification for BSA Range Masters – BB & Archery

Register for BB Gun & Archery Range Master Safety Recertification Training.  Pre-registration required – limited to 25 individuals.   What: Recertification for BSA Range Masters – BB & Archery When: Saturday, March 26 Time:   9:00 am – Noon Where: Online – logging on instructions to follow   Fee: $15  – includes card and updating your credentials in the system. Who:  …

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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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Take a Look at 6 of Nature’s Rarest Events

By Boys Life Magazine | April 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Nature is full of surprises, many of which are so rare that only a small number of people have ever witnessed them. Here are six examples of nature at its rarest. CORPSE FLOWER BLOOMS Looking and smelling like something straight out of a horror movie, the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is so named because it…

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Watch Out for These 5 Stinging Caterpillars

By Boys Life Magazine | April 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

IO (2 to 3 inches long, green with pink and white stripes down either side): The biggest of the caterpillar bad boys, this one has tufts of hair sticking up all over it. Small, slow, cute and fuzzy doesn’t always mean harmless. Caterpillars lurk in trees, shrubs and fields throughout the country. They hang from…

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How to Buy a Good Camping Air Mat or Sleeping Pad

By Boys Life Magazine | April 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Click here for the Gear Guy’s sleeping bag buying guide Find expert tips to help you get a good night’s sleep You might not think your sleeping pad or air mattress is important until you spend a miserable night on a bad one. Follow these buying tips and grab a top pick. SLEEPING PAD BUYING…

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Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering 2022 – Aviation Merit Badge Day Saturday, May 21st

By Northern Star Council | April 19, 2022 | Comments Off on Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering 2022 – Aviation Merit Badge Day Saturday, May 21st

Annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering Aviation Merit Badge Day Sponsored by the Minnesota Pilots Association Event Date/ Time/ Location: Date: Saturday, May 21st Time: 8:00AM-4:00PM Location: Buffalo Municipal Airport 1305 County Rd 134 NE Buffalo, MN 55313 Event Costs: Registration for youth participants is $10.  Thank you to the Minnesota Pilots Association for offering this opportunity to…

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