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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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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation — offered this Oct 19th

Northern Star Scouting is offering BALOO training for Cub Scout leaders from all districts this fall! NOTE: Training will no longer be offered at University of Scouting, because the new BALOO program requires an overnight camping trip. When: Saturday, October 19,  2019 9 AM through Sunday, October 20, 2019 11 AM Cost: $30 per person…

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader Training @ Univ of Scouting

An Internationally Recognized Achievement Founded in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth development award with over a million-youth participating in over 140 countries. It is now available to ALL youth aged 14 to 24. The Award is an exciting self-development program focusing on creating global…

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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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Univ of Scouting – Saturday, October 26 – Great for New AND Experienced Leaders!

Are you a New Leader, looking for information on how to run your first meeting or event? Maybe you’re already a Leader, but moved to a new role and are looking for tips and tricks? Or you’re an Experienced Leader, but want to learn something new to help your Scouts be successful? University of Scouting…

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NEW ‘Webelos Experience in the Woods’

REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE! This brand new opportunity  is for 4th and 5th graders to learn what Scouts BSA is all about, meet other Scouts from 6 districts, do things that Cub Scouts cannot, and have fun. The event is scheduled for Nov 1-3 at Stearns Scout Camp. Over the weekend, Webelos Scouts will form patrols…

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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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District Membership Status 2019

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

District Membership Status 2019 – What can you do to move the Thermometers Higher? It’s Time to Plan for Unit Recruitment It’s that time of year for packs, troops, crews, and teams to plan for unit recruitment. Each unit needs to reach out into the community and invite new youth members and adult leaders to…

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Are you hosting a Peer Recruiting Event this fall?

By Vicki Jurek | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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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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Alpha Phi Omega Merit Badge University @ University of Minnesota

By Lake Minnetonka District BSA | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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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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Holiday cards for heroes: A service project for our service members

By Bryan Wendell | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

While most American kids are busy deciding which Halloween costume to wear this year — Stranger Things or Star Wars? — the Scouts in the BSA’s Western Los Angeles County Council have flipped their calendars forward by two months. Yes, they’re already working on holiday cards. But there’s a good reason for this extra-early start…

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Here’s a simple way of setting up a dining fly in an open field

By Bryan Wendell | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

A dining fly is one of the first structures you should put up at camp. But what if you’re in an area away from trees, how do you secure one? For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing some camp hacks that the BSA’s national camping subcommittee has shared with us. This week’s tip…

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Can you hear me now? It’s time for the Jamboree-on-the-Air, Jamboree-on-the-Internet

By Bryan Wendell | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The largest Scouting event in the world is set for this weekend: the Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet. In 2017, more than 1.5 million Scouts and leaders in more than 160 countries participated. This year marks the 62nd rendition of the radio event and 23rd Internet event, held concurrently Oct. 18-20. These events, hosted every third weekend…

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2019 Cub Scout Spooky-Ree Campout – Oct 11-13 @ Stearns Scout Camp

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

Program Highlights The popular Spooky-Trail is a fun opportunity to have some spooky fun with your pack. Bring your costume and be ready for a spooky-good time. Coming New in 2019! Ride along cowboys, at Camp Stearns we’ll have ponies and we’re keeping Trunk or Treat! And, for the first time ever, Spooky-Ree is expanding…

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UPDATES COMING TO MOBILE ARCHERY EQUIPMENT RENTAL

By Northern Star Council | August 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Since 2017, Northern Star Scouting has operated five inflatable archery sets that units can check out for promoting recruitment at community events. Starting September 1st, 2019, some changes will be coming to the policies for the use of this equipment in an effort to improve user experience upkeep of the equipment:   A nominal fee…

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Hiking brought volunteer closer to her son; then the same happened with her daughter

By Bryan Wendell | October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The years weren’t getting shorter, but Ginger Fearey’s children seemed to be growing up faster and faster. Thankfully, the adult volunteer from Grapevine, Texas, found one place where time seemed to slow down. Whenever she went hiking with her son and Troop 7 — in postcard-perfect places like Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming and beyond — she…

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Rechecks of criminal backgrounds explained

By Bryan Wendell | October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

You might have seen an email announcing that the Boy Scouts of America will be performing periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds of all volunteers. Without dedicated volunteers, Scouting wouldn’t be the great, life-changing program it is today. You help make Scouting happen. You can also help make Scouting a safe place for our Scouts. The…

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From literal poster child for the BSA to Eagle Scout: 11 years, countless memories

By Bryan Wendell | October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jonathan Andersen never let a little fame get to his head. But he did let it serve as extra motivation along his Scouting trail. Jonathan and his dad, Bruce, were photographed together in 2008 for a Boy Scouts of America recruiting campaign. More than a decade later, Jonathan is now an Eagle Scout. “The first…

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Man earns Eagle Scout rank at age 39, showing how Scouting opens doors

By Bryan Wendell | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

David Taylor pauses during his 2012 Philmont trek. Nathan Flowers and David Taylor began their Scouting careers together more than a quarter-century ago. They were in the same Cub Scout pack and then moved together into Troop 475 of Florence, S.C. Flowers earned Eagle in 1997, and David was there at his court of honor.…

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