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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Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges

posted with permission from the Look Wider Still blog: My Pack is issuing Rank Challenges to help our Scouts stay involved and entertained over this prolonged period of self-quarantine and social distancing. As an addition to my post about Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete at Home, which includes an extensive look at how Scouts can…

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Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) coming April 3 – 5

Scouting from home with JOTI-Special Edition this 3-5 april 2020!   Part of Scouting’s great success over the past 113 years has been its enduring ability to adapt and respond to the changing needs of communities at every level. Young people in many countries today face challenges at home and in their local communities due…

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The Spring University of Scouting scheduled for April 18, 2020 has now been cancelled due to MNSCU restrictions through May 1, based on Covid-19 virus CDC and MDH recommendations. All registrations for the event will be refunded. Basic Leader Training and Youth Protection Training can be taken online at: In addition, we are looking…

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Scouting Show & Tell: Scouting remotely

With the concerns of COVID-19 spreading, units are cancelling campouts and in-person meetings, but that doesn’t mean Scouting stops. Bob Trejo, Scoutmaster of Troop 98 of Whitpain Township, Pa., shared with us how about 60 Scouts in his troop met virtually recently. The troop used Webex; a free account also allowed them to record the…

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As per the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations for large gatherings, the Council Recognition Dinner scheduled for March 21 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.   The Council Recognition Dinner is a yearly event to honor the wonderful volunteers whose efforts make Scouting happen. At the event, we have a…

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How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing

The board of review, like most aspects of Scouting, works best in person. But sometimes, for a number of legitimate reasons, that’s not an option. That’s why, as outlined in the Guide to Advancement (section, the BSA allows units to conduct boards of review by teleconferencing, using tools like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom. Even…

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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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BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) for Cub Leaders – May 30-31

BALOO training is adult Cub Scout leader training for leading pack camping trips. All Cub Scout packs must have at least one BALOO trained leader on pack camping trips. Having two trained leaders gives you backup coverage in case of unexpected illness or schedule changes. Sign up for BALOO training with a friend and let…

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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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Northern Star Council – Scouting from Home

By Northern Star Council | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dear Scouts, Families and Leaders, We are living in unprecedented times! As our communities learn to deal with the daily changes brought on by the COVID-19 virus, Scouting remains committed to our key mission: to be a positive influence for 100% of the families in the communities we serve. Scouting is still happening! While in-person…

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Eagle Scout Board of Review, Projects, and Merit Badges

By Jim Bollback | April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many of you have been asking about the challenge of nearly-Eagle scouts who are facing impending 18th birthdays. Below are directions from our Council Advancement Team. I have also attached a document just released by the BSA relating to virtual EBORs. Please note under Item 1 below the reference to contacting Dave Arola ( if…

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

By Bryan Wendell | March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

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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Unsung Hero: 9-year-old Cub Scout calmly calls 911 after sister’s injury

By Bryan Wendell | April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

This is Unsung Heroes, a Bryan on Scouting blog series celebrating under-reported acts of Scouting heroism. These are stories that don’t make national headlines — but should. That’s doubly true in this world that can always use more good news. Read the latest story below, and find instructions for sharing your own Unsung Heroes story at the…

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Get ready for Webelos Transition!

By Vicki Jurek | January 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Are you ready for Webelos Transition?  Webelos to Scout transition is everyone’s responsibility — Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Parents, Commissioners and the District Committee. All must work together to ensure that Webelos and their parents know all the great fun and adventure in store for them when they become Scouts BSA. Webelos is not the…

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Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

By Bryan Wendell | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

In times of crisis, Scouts find a way to adapt. We’re hearing from Scouts and leaders across the country who have found creative ways to keep on Scouting even while practicing social distancing (staying home and remaining at least 6 feet from others if you must go out). Today we wanted to share another way…

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How are your Units keeping connected with your Scouts?

By Lake Minnetonka District BSA | April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Thank you, everyone, for hanging in there during these unprecedented, unpredictable, and frustrating days! You have been doing a great job keeping things going in your unit. Kudos to those who have gone all-virtual with great results. We’re looking for you to share the great ideas from your Pack, Troop or Crew to stay connected…

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Jamboree on the Internet: Special Edition arrives at exactly the right time

By Bryan Wendell | April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

The JOTI virtual campsite shows some of the activities Scouts can enjoy from April 3–5, 2020. Self-isolation can feel pretty lonely. But this weekend will bring a welcome reminder that as Scouts, we’re never truly alone. From April 3–5, join a special edition of Jamboree on the Internet, a digital event designed to help Scouts…

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BSA announces Campfire in a Box*, a campsite entertainment kit coming in 2023

By Bryan Wendell | April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Most of you are carrying out your Scouting adventures and fun Scouting activities at home — with help from the resources on the BSA Scouting at Home site. While we know it may be a little while before you’re able to go back to sitting around a campfire with your troop, pack, crew, or ship,…

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Fun projects for kids that you can do from home

By Bryan Wendell | March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

As public places, including many parks and campgrounds, are closing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you might be left scratching your head on what you and your kids can do. Plenty! As we’ve highlighted this week, Scouts can still meet virtually and serve others. They can also go on nature hikes around your…

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Take the 30 Day Cub Scout Challenge! Keep your Cub Scout skills sharp while at home.

By Lake Minnetonka District BSA | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

As our communities are practicing caution and social distancing during this time, the Hawkeye Area Council’s new Program Director, Sam Mensinger has developed a 30 day challenge for each Cub Scout rank. Use this time at home to keep your scout’s skills sharp!

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Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

By Lake Minnetonka District BSA | March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Posted from National Association of School Psychologists Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools, places of public gathering, and nonessential businesses are closed, and parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to the new normal. This includes trying…

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Captain of USNS Mercy, the hospital ship docked in Los Angeles, is an Eagle Scout

By Bryan Wendell | March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Leadership, service and the ability to respond quickly to complex situations. Those traits, which young people sharpen in Scouting, stay with you for life. For the latest high-profile example, look to the USNS Mercy, the Navy hospital ship stationed in Los Angeles to help the COVID-19 fight. Capt. John Rotruck, who commands the ship’s 800 Navy…

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How the Scouting community can donate medical gear to hospitals in COVID-19 fight

By Bryan Wendell | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the first World War, Scouts helped collect black walnut wood needed to make airplane propellers. In World War II, they scoured attics, basements and garages for “rubber, small iron and steel scrap, light metals and other materials needed for the war effort,” according to the July 1942 issue of Scouting magazine. And now, in…

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Scouting Tech: Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings

By Lake Minnetonka District BSA | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cubmaster Rebekah, of Look Wider Still, wrote an informative piece about Scouting online. (source) We’re navigating some seriously uncharted territory right now, trying to find ways to maintain some normalcy and keep the kids from physically turning into the Fortnite character they’re obsessively playing. It’s been pleasantly surprising to witness the outpouring of knowledge and…

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