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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

Journey To Excellence

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Centennial Quality 2007-2010
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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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2021 FALL POPCORN SALE

By Northern Star Council | July 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Be a part of the #1 popcorn sale in the country! Northern Star Scouting’s plan to help your unit have ONE fundraiser this year. Our trained popcorn staff and volunteers will help your unit plan and execute the best and most efficient fundraiser your unit has ever had. Last year Scouts earned over $600,000 for…

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

By Nick Pedersen | July 21, 2021 | 0 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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Remembering Kent Clayburn, devoted advocate for international Scouting

By Bryan Wendell | July 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Kent Clayburn, a devoted Scouter whose visionary leadership as the BSA’s international commissioner established valuable connections around the world, died on July 20 after a seven-year battle with cancer. Clayburn, an Eagle Scout, spent more than 50 years in service of Scouting — much of it while representing the Boy Scouts of America on the…

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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 | 0 Comments

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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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE BEST TRAINING EVENT OF THE YEAR!

By Northern Star Council | July 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

2021 FALL UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING This year’s Fall University of Scouting is scheduled to take place IN-PERSON  on Saturday, October 30, 2021. This years event will be held at Saint Paul College and will surely be one of the can’t miss events of the Scouting year. Additional information on the University of Scouting can be found by…

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Use this new recruitment kit to help spread the word about Scouting

By Bryan Wendell | July 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

After last year, many families are looking to get out of the house. What better way for them to do that than through Scouting, the worldwide movement that has introduced young people to adventure, character development, and leadership skills for more than a century? You can help families escape the indoors by showing them the…

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Dragonflies Are Incredibly Agile Fliers and Amazing Hunters

By Boys Life Magazine | July 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

[embedded content] Long before dinosaurs appeared on Earth, huge one-pound bugs with wings nearly 2.5 feet wide dominated the skies. A swarm of those dragonflies might have carried off your tent. Dragonflies still look much the same today, but they got quite a bit smaller over the course of 250 to 300 million years. Today,…

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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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Eagle Scout project still stands after devastating California fire

By Bryan Wendell | July 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

In 2018, the Camp Fire destroyed more than 150,000 acres in northern California, making it one of the deadliest and costliest wildfires in U.S. history. A few of the more than 18,000 buildings destroyed in the conflagration belonged to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Paradise, Calif. The sole surviving structure on the property…

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

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | July 26, 2021 | 2 Comments

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

By Northern Star Council | July 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Space is still available for Fall Wood Badge! Only 24 spots remain.  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,…

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5 ways to take better pictures outdoors (No. 5: Attend an incredible photo workshop at Philmont!)

By Bryan Wendell | July 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

All photos by Moose Peterson Moose Peterson With wild critters, unspoiled mountain views and historic buildings everywhere you look, it’s hard to take a bad photo at Philmont Scout Ranch. Taking a truly great photo, though? That requires more than simply opening the camera app and tapping your screen. Moose Peterson knows the landscape of…

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