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Make sure you’ve renewed your Youth Protection training – many leaders training expires this fall!

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. The BSA has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. All parents and caregivers should understand that our leaders are to abide…

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NORTHERN STAR UNIFORM EXCHANGE IS THERE FOR YOU

If you’re looking to purchase, donate, or receive a good condition, used uniform, we can help. The goal of the Northern Star Uniform Exchange is to see that every Scout has a uniform. If you can’t afford our donation suggestions, please let us know and we’ll take care of you! PURCHASE UNIFORMS at discounted prices…

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Unit Restart Guide is here!

Have your Scouts been ‘on pause’ since the beginning of the pandemic?  Is your Pack  or Troop struggling to figure out how to restart this fall? The new Unit Restart Guide is here to help!  The guide can help navigate the challenges of Covid-19 for your Packs and Troops. You’ll find ideas and options for…

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Cub Scout Fall Recruitment

“Some days it feels like I have run out of the energy needed to keep things going virtually!” Perhaps you share this sentiment expressed by one of our pack leaders. It has been a challenging season. You deserve a huge “Thank You!” for all your efforts to hold things together. As we approach the traditional…

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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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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes: Time extensions for…

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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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Centennial Quality 2007-2010
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Cub Scout Fall Recruitment

By Jim Bollback | July 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Cub Scout Fall Recruitment

“Some days it feels like I have run out of the energy needed to keep things going virtually!” Perhaps you share this sentiment expressed by one of our pack leaders. It has been a challenging season. You deserve a huge “Thank You!” for all your efforts to hold things together. As we approach the traditional…

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Spice Up Your Camp Meals With These 8 Essential Spices

By Boys Life Magazine | October 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Take a look in your camp kitchen box. Do you see any spices? No? Well, put them on the shopping list. Spices add flavor to your food, transforming bland dishes into delicious meals. Just be careful not to overdo it — follow your recipes. Here are a few spices to use on your next campout:…

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Unit Restart Guide is here!

By Northern Star Council | August 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Unit Restart Guide is here!

Have your Scouts been ‘on pause’ since the beginning of the pandemic?  Is your Pack  or Troop struggling to figure out how to restart this fall? The new Unit Restart Guide is here to help!  The guide can help navigate the challenges of Covid-19 for your Packs and Troops. You’ll find ideas and options for…

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Bow Saw or Folding Saw? Which Camp Saw Should You Get?

By Boys Life Magazine | October 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

A camp saw can be a handy tool for cutting firewood or clearing a trail of fallen timber. Folding and bow saws are the most popular types. Which one should you get? You might want to have one of each, because they both have their advantages. Bow saws usually feature thinner blades, which allow them…

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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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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

By Bryan Wendell | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes: Time extensions for…

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Every year, thousands of organizations lose money — Are your Unit’s financials in shape?

By Nick Pedersen | October 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every year, thousands of non-profit organizations lose money thru disorganized finances, borrowing by volunteers and/or just simple embezzlement and theft. Watch the newspapers for a few months. You will start seeing the incidents. Protect your organization by adopting some of the below suggestions. Why does this happen? Volunteers are focused on fulfilling a need and…

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Recommend a Durable Tent That’s Easy to Set Up

By Boys Life Magazine | October 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q: I don’t have a tent, and we might need to camp a lot. Do you have some good recommendations? — Jiale, Dublin, California A: Hopefully, you’ll be camping a lot, and for that I recommend getting a tent that’s durable and easy to set up, and comes with a few helpful features. Tents range…

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2021-2022 preview: Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base at Summit Bechtel Reserve

By Bryan Wendell | October 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Skateboarding, whitewater rafting, shooting sports, rock climbing — you can do it all at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Scouts can select world-class action sports or take a trek in and around the majestic New River Gorge National River. The 2022 year will prove to be…

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New Annual Registration/Renewal Coming This Fall

By Northern Star Council | June 1, 2020 | Comments Off on New Annual Registration/Renewal Coming This Fall

Dear Northern Star Scouting Family, We hope you and the other families in your group are staying safe and well in these challenging times. All of us are learning to do things in new and different ways, and we’ll continue to do so in the months ahead. We are writing today to share the final…

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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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2021-2022 preview: Northern Tier National High Adventure

By Bryan Wendell | October 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nearly 100 years ago, Scouts made their first treks into the wilderness on the Minnesota-Canada border. You can register for special Northern Tier High Adventure treks in 2022, celebrating the Minnesota base’s 100th anniversary. Canoeing and fishing is a major part of the Northern Tier National High Adventure program during the summer, while Scouts can…

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2021-2022 preview: Florida National High Adventure Sea Base

By Bryan Wendell | October 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ahoy! Adventures await at the Sea Base. Sea Base, stationed in the Florida Keys, operates 19 different programs in the Bahamas, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys and U.S. Virgin Islands. Scouts can choose to camp, paddle, sail, scuba-dive or participate in multi-adventure or a STEM adventure. You can select a specialized program that interests your Scouts, whether they’re…

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2021-2022 preview: National High Adventure Sea Base

By Bryan Wendell | October 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ahoy! Adventures await at the Sea Base. Sea Base, stationed in the Florida Keys, operates 19 different programs in the Bahamas, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys and U.S. Virgin Islands. Scouts can choose to camp, paddle, sail, scuba-dive or participate in multi-adventure or a STEM adventure. You can select a specialized program that interests your Scouts, whether they’re…

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New high-adventure base ‘Find Your Adventure’ portal launches

By Bryan Wendell | October 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The BSA’s Outdoor Adventures team is gearing up to welcome Scouts and Scouters to high-adventure bases for the 2021-2022 seasons. To help you manage registering for these life-changing experiences, you can log on to a new Find Your Adventure info portal. Registration for 2022 opens during the last week of October at Philmont Scout Ranch,…

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