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Updated (3/16/21) COVID Guidelines for Packs, Troops, and Crews from Northern Star Scouting

03/16/21 Based on the Governor’s announcement last week, Northern Star Scouting has updated the unit COVID Guidelines with the following: Volunteer led unit meetings/gatherings/campouts – Units must continue to follow COVID safety guidelines found in the ‘Unit COVID Safety Guidebook”. We have combined group size limits from private social gatherings and youth sports guidelines to increase…

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2021 SPRING UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

At the Spring 2021 University of Scouting our classes are online only.  We are offering a great selection of workshops with top notch instructors to help you on your Scouting journey.  Many of our classes feature Q&A sessions or panels, allowing you to interact with the experts you want to learn from, as well as your fellow Scouters. Scroll…

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Important Notice for Scoutbook Users – Unregistered Leaders will be removed on April 12th

UPDATED: The timing has been updated to April 12th for removal of existing leaders Effective March 15, 2021, Scoutbook’s leader invite process will perform a check for a BSA issued MemberID and active BSA registration when being invited to connect with the unit roster. Prior to April 12, unit leaders should check their rosters in…

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2021 SPRING BALOO COURSE NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION – BALOO Trained Leader is required for any Pack camping

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) TRAINED LEADERS PUT THE OUTING IN SCOUTING ​​Attention all Cub Leaders looking to get outside Camping with your pack! We have a BALOO training scheduled for May 22-23, 2021. A BALOO trained leader is a requirement for a Pack or Den to facilitate their own camping activities and covers topics…

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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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Sign-up now for the Winter-Spring Wood Badge – the premiere training for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing Leaders – weekend of April 30th and May 22nd

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, the short form of the purpose is, the purpose of Wood Badge is…

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Celebrate our Silver Beavers, including our District Commissioner / Coach – Nick Fasching

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF OUR 2021 SILVER BEAVER RECIPIENT CLASS COME SUPPORT OUR NEW COLONY OF SILVER BEAVERS The Council Recognition Event is a yearly event to honor the wonderful vol­unteers whose efforts make Scouting happen. At the event, we will recognize the Silver Beaver Award recipients for the year, as well…

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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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Spring Scoutmaster/Asst Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training – IN JUST ONE WEEKEND!! April 24 – 25, 2021

Northern Star Scouting is hosting another exciting Outdoor Leadership training session. 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 a fantastic introduction for parents or other adults to learn about Scouts, BSA and…

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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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2020 TO 2021 WEBELOS TRANSITION

As the weather turns cooler, Troops and Webelos should start thinking ‘Crossover’! Troops should be reaching out to their local packs to invite Webelos (4th AND 5th graders) to visit or join them for an activity. Second-year Webelos leaders should be thinking about finishing up Arrow of Light requirements and start planning crossover ceremonies. Over…

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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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2020 TO 2021 WEBELOS TRANSITION

By Northern Star Council | March 15, 2020 | Comments Off on 2020 TO 2021 WEBELOS TRANSITION

As the weather turns cooler, Troops and Webelos should start thinking ‘Crossover’! Troops should be reaching out to their local packs to invite Webelos (4th AND 5th graders) to visit or join them for an activity. Second-year Webelos leaders should be thinking about finishing up Arrow of Light requirements and start planning crossover ceremonies. Over…

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New River Gorge, just minutes from the Summit, becomes our 63rd national park

By Bryan Wendell | April 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

The New River Gorge Bridge (BSA photo by Randy Piland) The New River Gorge in West Virginia, a wild and wonderful adventure playground conveniently located in the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s backyard, has officially become our country’s 63rd national park. That’s great news for the Summit, which already takes full advantage of its proximity to this…

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Support Youth Information Access Bill

By Northern Star Council | March 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Support Youth Information Access Bill

Dear Northern Star Scouting Volunteer,                                                                            We are currently working to pass a legislative bill that would allow youth organizations, such as ourselves, to distribute paper fliers in the schools and we need your help in a grassroots campaign for support of the bill.  We are at a critical time and are asking for your…

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Five things young people can do after becoming Eagle Scouts

By Bryan Wendell | April 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Venturers enjoy a bicycling trip in 2017. (Photo by Walter P. Calahan/BSA) After an Eagle Scout court of honor, with all the air-fives exchanged and all the red, white and blue cupcakes reduced to crumbs, it might feel like the end of a young person’s character-building journey. But for many newly minted Eagle Scouts, their…

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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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Congrats to District M’s District Award of Merit Recipients – Kevin Dietz and Jeff Jurek!

By Donna Larson | February 28, 2021 | 1 Comment

District M is very pleased to recognize two very deserving leaders with the District Award of Merit award recognition. They will be recognized at the Council Recognition Virtual Event on Saturday, March 20th. Kevin Dietz:  Kevin joined District M from Crow River legacy District.  He has served as a volunteer in many different positions, including…

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District Virtual Roundtable April 15th – 7:00 PM

By Jim Bollback | April 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Main Topic: Planning a Fall Invite Event for Your Unit (Packs and Troops)   District Commissioners Unit Leader Recognitions Order of the Arrow Updates Arrow of Light Transition And more . . . . .   Don’t Forget!! Do you have a Cubmaster or a Scoutmaster you want to recognize? New to District M, each month, we…

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Use your head and protect it while driving ATVs

By Bryan Wendell | April 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

The right fit A poorly fitted helmet won’t provide the best protection. You’ll want the helmet to fit snugly on your head, and not shift when you move your head. You shouldn’t be able to easily squeeze a finger between the helmet and your forehead. Wiggling the helmet with your hands should wiggle your cheeks…

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Eagle Scout with Down syndrome enjoys every minute of journey toward program’s highest rank

By Bryan Wendell | April 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Tim Burns enjoyed rock climbing in January 2019. (All photos courtesy of Ben Burns) It’s been 11 years since Tim Burns first spotted the Eagle Scout badge in his Scout Handbook. He knew he wanted it — though, like most new Scouts, he didn’t fully understand all the hard work it would take to get…

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Celebrate our Silver Beavers, including our District Commissioner / Coach – Nick Fasching

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | February 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Celebrate our Silver Beavers, including our District Commissioner / Coach – Nick Fasching

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF OUR 2021 SILVER BEAVER RECIPIENT CLASS COME SUPPORT OUR NEW COLONY OF SILVER BEAVERS The Council Recognition Event is a yearly event to honor the wonderful vol­unteers whose efforts make Scouting happen. At the event, we will recognize the Silver Beaver Award recipients for the year, as well…

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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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Congratulations to Eagle Scouts Ellie and Kiersten Lawrance in Troop 5283!

By Nick Pedersen | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sisters Ellie and Kiersten Lawrance recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Wayzata Girls Troop 283, making them among the first girls to earn the rank since the 111-year-old Boy Scouts of America, now called Scouts BSA, began allowing girls into the youth organization in February 2019. The sisters joined fellow Girls Troop 283…

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2021 SCOUT SWIMMING SKILLS OPPORTUNITY – Saturday April 10th, 17th or 24th, 2021.

By Northern Star Council | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

For years, the legacy Three Rivers District ran a successful Swim Program to assist Scouts in working on aquatics related advancements, and helped Scouts build skills and confidence in the water.  We are happy to announce that the volunteer team that offered this program in the past has been able to develop a version that meets…

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Kick off Spring with a Bike Rodeo! Great way to engage your Scouts and recruit new Scouts!

By Nick Pedersen | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

With many of our units working through how to re-energize their Pack and find new ways to recruit, why not kick-off spring with a fun, safety minded activity for the community! Consider a Bike Rodeo as an option to bring the Pack together for a fun group activity that can be done outside while maintaining…

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Prepare for a successful summer of camping at this free OA event open to all

By Bryan Wendell | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

We’re not fully back in the woods just yet, but momentum is building toward a return to normal Scouting adventures. This month, the Order of the Arrow wants to help you and your Scouts continue that momentum, recommit yourself to the joys of camping and prepare for a successful summer season in the outdoors. At…

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