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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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Save the Date!! April 17th will be the Spring University of Scouting (Virtual Event)

The Spring University of Scouting event will be Virtual this year. More details are coming soon! ONE OF THE LARGEST TRAINING EVENTS ANYWHERE The University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on opportunity to network and learn with over 500 Scouters. This one-day supplemental training event was created for all Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and…

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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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Grey Wolf NYLT 2021 Participant Nomination – Due March 1st — don’t Delay

Grey Wolf is our council’s National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). The course is designed around a model troop/crew’s month. The unit is led by a youth staff trained to provide counseling and mentoring Adult leadership is present, but the unit is run by the well-trained youth staff Youth completing the course return to their units…

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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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Here are some Great Tips for Building your Pinewood Derby Car (using Science!)

1. Max out your Pinewood Derby car’s weight at 5 ounces and make sure the heaviest part is about 1 inch in front of the rear axle. This is the most important step. Science shows if you do this correctly, you will beat a Pinewood Derby car built exactly the same — except with the weight…

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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

Journey To Excellence

copy-of-ca2j391k-2Gold Award 2011-2012, 2016-2019
Centennial Quality 2007-2010
Silver Award 2016
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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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2021 WEBELOS WOODS – Coming this May!

By Northern Star Council | February 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

STAY IN THE LOOP BY TAKING OUR PRE-EVENT SURVEY WHAT IS 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…

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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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Congratulations to the District M Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipients

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | February 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

2021 EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Eagle Scout Scholarships—Each year up to twenty four $1,000 Scholarships and one $2,000 scholarship are awarded to graduating high school seniors in Northern Star Council. Each year, between 20 and 25 Eagle Scouts are selected to receive scholarships. Awarded annually and reviewed by committee, the process is rigorous and competitive.…

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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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Price Increases for Awards and Uniforms

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | February 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Unit leaders – we have some good news and some bad news. We’ve heard this information on several online Scouting groups, so wanted to share with our District M folks. Bad news? BSA’s national supply division is raising prices for some awards and uniform pieces. Good news? The prices don’t go into effect until March…

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

By Northern Star Council | February 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

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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OA Member – Complete you Brotherhood at one of the two upcoming Virtual Events – Registration closes tomorrow for the March Event!!

By Stu Smith | February 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

JMQ Virtual Constellation Brotherhood Ceremony Events On Saturday March 6th and Saturday April 17th, the JMQ Constellation of the Totanhan Nakaha Lodge will host virtual Brotherhood Induction Ceremonies.  These ceremony events are for Ordeal members that have served as an Arrowmen for a minimum of 6 months.  Traditionally, the Brotherhood ceremony is offered as a feature of the Fall an Spring Induction Conclave, but…

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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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Recognize your great Den Leader today!!

By Donna Larson | February 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Do you have a Tiger Leader, Den Leader or Webelo leader you want to recognize?  New to District M, each month, we are going to recognize deserving leaders at our Virtual Round tables held the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Lets recognize our Den Leaders who have dedicated so much to your pack this past…

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Noah Harris, Harvard’s student body president, is an Eagle Scout

By Bryan Wendell | February 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

A leader then and now: Noah Harris as an Eagle Scout and at Harvard. (Courtesy of Noah Harris) With a budget of half a million dollars and responsibility for nearly 7,000 undergraduates, Noah Harris has come a long way since he was elected patrol leader in Troop 90 of Hattiesburg, Miss. But Harris says he…

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The colorful connection between the BSA and Dennis the Menace

By Bryan Wendell | February 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Illustrations courtesy of Ronald Ferdinand Scouts shouldn’t be menaces to their neighbors, but according to one cartoon, one got into his fair share of trouble. The “Dennis the Menace” comic debuted in March 1951. Since then, the mischievous 5-year-old that cartoonist Hank Ketcham created has been featured in 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries as well…

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2020 merit badge rankings: A list rewritten by the pandemic

By Bryan Wendell | February 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Scouts found safe ways to camp in 2020, helping the Camping merit badge remain in the top 10. But all that time spent at home with families helped a new merit badge become No. 1. (BSA file photo) The pandemic didn’t stop Scouts from earning merit badges in 2020, but it did cause a dramatic…

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