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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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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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12/18/20 COVID-19 Updated Guidance

Earlier this week the State of Minnesota announced changes to the current restrictions placed on gatherings and activities. We have looked at all of the changes, including that families may socialize with other households with limitations, and youth sports can start practicing in the new year. As a result, starting January 4, 2021, as long…

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A new “On Demand” Life to Eagle Preview is now available all Scouts and Scouters online. In the past, this presentation would have only taken place in-person, in various locations throughout the council. Now, your Scouts can gain access to important resources as well as the necessary insight to make the Life to Eagle process as…

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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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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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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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Points in history: Three things to know about why Scouts use the fleur-de-lis

By Bryan Wendell | January 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

A cast-iron fence is topped with fleurs-de-lis in downtown Monroe, La. Photo by Dakota-Miller/iStock/Getty Images It’s worn by kings and queens, Pelicans and Saints, and Scouts and Scouters. It’s found atop iron fence posts at private homes and famous landmarks, including London’s Buckingham Palace. And, perhaps most important of all, it has its own emoji:…

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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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Ten Pennsylvania Scouts complete Eagle projects during the pandemic

By Bryan Wendell | January 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Photos courtesy of Bob Trejo Completing an Eagle Scout project is hard — completing one during a pandemic is even harder, but it can be done, as proven by 10 Scouts in Troop 98 of Whitpain Township, Pa. Summer camp was cancelled as was the troop’s two-week backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch, so 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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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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Paul Dye, Eagle Scout and NASA’s longest-serving flight director, shares how Scouting ‘truly shaped who I am’

By Bryan Wendell | January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of Paul Dye If you strolled the hallways of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in the 1990s, you would’ve heard men and women talking about the Mission Control, the Mir space station and the space shuttle Atlantis. You also would’ve heard them talking about Scouting. “It was pretty common knowledge that a lot of…

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By Northern Star Council | January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR COVID-19 PROTOCOLS Started by the legacy Kaposia Chapter of the Totanhan Nakaha Lodge, the annual Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Wreath Clean-up is one of the largest service projects undertaken in Northern Star Scouting each year. Held the first Saturday in February (this year, Saturday February 6, 2021), the project consists of removing…

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Proposed Eagle Scout Required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed

By Boy Scouts of America National | January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the Eagle-required…

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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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Congratulate your Eagle Scout in an upcoming special edition of Scout Life

By Bryan Wendell | January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Photos by Michael Roytek, Dan Bryant This year will mark the first year young women will have earned the highest rank in the Scouts BSA program, the Eagle Scout Award. Those who have completed their Eagle boards of review from Oct. 1, 2020, to Feb. 8, 2021, will be recognized as the inaugural class of…

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5 Quick Questions with: Three Oregon siblings who will soon be Eagle Scouts

By Bryan Wendell | January 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

From left: Evelyn, Elisabeth and Aiden Becker Like all Scouting volunteers, Amanda Becker has a dozen different roles. But her proudest doesn’t come with a badge of office, and it won’t earn her a square knot. The volunteer from the Cascade Pacific Council in Oregon is her family’s Eagle Encourager. She encouraged her three teenagers…

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Boys’ Life is now Scout Life — new name, same great magazine

By Bryan Wendell | January 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Your Scout found a surprise when his or her latest issue of Boys’ Life arrived: a special collector’s edition revealing the new name of the Boy Scouts of America’s premiere youth publication. Scout Life represents all of the magazine’s readers, providing the same great content enjoyed over the past 110 years. In the January-February 2021…

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How a Klondike Derby helped two Scouts perform a headline-making ice rescue

By Bryan Wendell | January 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

Drew Scalice (left) and Kieran Foley At a district-level Klondike Derby, the wintry mix of activities is meant to be fun, encourage teamwork and foster a little friendly competition between troops. But, as we learned last month, those same activities can also teach practical skills necessary to save someone’s life. Last month, five New Jersey…

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