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Annual Unit Recharter FAQ – Units can now pay for Adult Leaders at the time of Charter!

Q. Can Units pay the fees for the adult leaders (only) at the time of recharter vs having to have the leaders pay and then get reimbursed? A. Yes — This has changed based on feedback from the units. Multiple leaders have said their Unit pays for Adult Leaders — and asked for an easy…

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Annual Unit Recharter Process — Now through Oct 15th

Units should now be working on their Charter Renewal! Complete your Unit Recharter in 3 EASY STEPS! Each Committee Chair and Unit Leader (Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Skipper/Advisor) should be receiving a weekly email each Friday that includes 1.) a report that details all Youth and Adults who paid that week  2.) Your Unit Membership Charter Report. Each Committee…

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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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Free Facebook Geofencing for our units this fall!

The BSA will be providing Facebook Geofencing capabilities for our units this fall. If you have a specific event that you want to promote, please send the name of the event, your unit number, and the date, time, and location of the event to our District Executive, Jim Bollback (jbollback@northernstarbsa.org). You need to allow about…

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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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Summer Recruitment tip: NextDoor & Adventure is Calling

Several Packs have reported success using NextDoor to promote Pack events, fundraisers and recruitment!  Help your community know about the great things going on in Cub Scouting! Visit our online training videos to learn more about this hyper-local social media platform.    AdventureisCalling.org is Northern Star’s online registration platform.  This July, find your Pack and make…

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Turn Almost Anything Into a Recruitment Event!

Be sure to download the latest Turn Almost Anything into a Recruitment Event booklet, created just for the Packs and Troops in District M. This handout of best practices, tools, and tips is a great resource throughout the year for leaders, both new and old, to build recruiting into your events.  

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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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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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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 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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Unsung Hero: She calmly comforted the victim of a motorcycle accident

By Bryan Wendell | September 23, 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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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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Cancer, a tornado and a pandemic: Scouts endure along the trail to Eagle

By Bryan Wendell | September 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cade Womack, Alex Young, JP Baughman and Cade Taylor of Troop 50’s Biohazard patrol. Youth who earn the highest ranks Scouting has to offer deserve praise for achieving their goals, but the bigger prize comes from the skills they gain and experiences they have along the way — the leadership, the know-how and the camaraderie.…

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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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How to Build a Cooking Tripod

By Boys Life Magazine | September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The tripod is the most simple freestanding pioneering structure. It is most often used to raise items off the ground. A well-built tripod can safely suspend a pot over a cooking fire. WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A TRIPOD 3 hiking staffs (Item No. 1443 at scoutshop.org) for tripod legs 10-foot lashing rope (or 20…

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Father, son complete Eagle projects at same animal shelter 20 years apart

By Bryan Wendell | September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ethan Garner (left) and his dad, Michael, sit on the benches that Michael built for his Eagle project 20 years ago. This year, Ethan renovated those benches and built a new A-frame agility ramp. Some Scouts find Eagle project ideas by talking to community leaders, asking their teachers or searching online. All Ethan Garner had…

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Recruiting Theme: Little Free Library

By Northern Star Council | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

A great idea from District L: put some JoinCubs.Org bookmarks in every Little Free Library in your area! LFLs are like leave-a-penny / take-a-penny cups, but for Books!  There’s a world-wide map of ‘official’ locations here.  What a great fit for our promotional bookmarks! If you need some bookmarks, let your DE know and we’ll…

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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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Engaging Our Networks for the Fall Recruitment Campaign

By Boy Scouts of America National | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Article Submitted by Scot Fuller, Director of Field Service, Longhorn Council Back in June, the Longhorn Council held a focus group targeting our highest performing units when it comes to recruitment. One general theme came out of this meeting: it takes the entire Scouting unit and their network engaging the families in their community to…

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Scouting Show and Tell: Longtime leaders

By Bryan Wendell | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pictured from left, Joey Catarineau, Brian Van Bower, Bob Moore, Tom Williams, Paul Skaggs and Cubbedge Phillips. Scouts succeed thanks to the tireless efforts of adults who step up to lead and guide. Some of those adult leaders volunteer for decades, like Cubbedge Phillips. Troop 1 of Miami, Fla., formed in 1935; Phillips joined in…

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In face shield service project, clear proof that when things are bad, Scouts step up

By Bryan Wendell | September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Left: Life Scout Holden Sanderson holds completed face shields. Right: Tenderfoot Mark Chang delivers face shields to a local hospital. Sometimes a simple suggestion is all it takes. When Troop 378 Senior Patrol Leader Enzo Ishihara’s leaders told him about an opportunity to construct and distribute 3D-printed face shields for first responders and essential workers in…

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2020 POPCORN SALE UPDATE

By Northern Star Council | September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

September 1, 2020 update: Current and new popcorn chairs, if you missed one of the live Q&A webinars in August, you can watch a training video below! <iframe width=”818″ height=”485″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/K0KUVGchzi8″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe> Our team is planning the fall sale to make sure Scouts, parents and customers feel comfortable about…

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