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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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Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges

posted with permission from the Look Wider Still blog: https://lookwiderstill.home.blog/2020/03/15/cub-scout-activities-adventuring-from-home-rank-challenges/?fbclid=IwAR2v4vhvrDZsSvJAQmCza7JVwxdobPuGLIqh5rdInk_-qt-VAcU_oMObbYU 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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2020 SPRING UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING CANCELLATION NOTICE

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: https://my.scouting.org/. 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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BEING RESCHEDULED – 2020 COUNCIL RECOGNITION DINNER

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 8.0.1.6), 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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District Membership Status 2019

By Vicki Jurek | August 31, 2019 | Comments Off on District Membership Status 2019

Let’s Keep the Membership Growing! Lake Minnetonka has welcomed 20 more Scouts to the program over last year! Why is Membership Growth Important? Membership Growth simply shows that we’re sharing the values of Scouting with more young people and their families. The skills taught in weekly meetings or earned on campouts stay with Scouts forever.…

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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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University of Scouting Spring 2020 – Saturday, April 18 @ St Paul College

By Nira Rajan | February 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

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 Sea Scout leaders, plus Scouts BSA, Venturing, or Sea Scout youth regardless of experience. The University of Scouting takes place on a Saturday…

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April’s Den Meeting – Adventure Bingo!

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

Den Leaders – Looking for what to do with your Den? Have your Cub Scouts complete the activities with the help of a parent or family member. Be sure to take pictures as you go! When you get a BINGO, the parent for the Scout can email the pictures for the activities and finished BINGO…

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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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Recruitment Materials Request Form

By Vicki Jurek | June 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Recruitment Materials Request Form

 Recruitment Materials Request Form Additional Information School Night for Scouting 2019 Recruitment Guide and Resources Fall Recruitment Materials and Recrcuitment Training Video Recruitment Materials   Do you have an upcoming summertime pack event, fourth of July parade, or community festival where you could use promotional items to help with new Scout recruitment?  If so, good news!  Northern…

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30 Day Nova Challenge

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

The Boy Scouts of America developed the STEM Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are…

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Calling all Merit Badge Counselors!

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

We need you to teach Merit Badges online. Go to http://www.northernstar.org/scouting-from-home, and click on the, “Online Scouting Classes,” tab. Then click on the, “Submit Your Virtual Merit Badge Class,” button. The council can help with registration, and let me know if you need help with using online video meetings. I’ll show you how.

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Summer Camp COVID-19 Update

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

COVID-19 Update 3/23/20 As you know, all of our camps and ‘in-person’ Scouting operations were suspended when Minnesota and Wisconsin closed schools and extra-curricular activities. We’re eagerly looking forward to when we can resume normal operations. At this point we continue to plan accordingly for the successful opening and operation of our camps this summer…

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

By Nira Rajan | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

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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Scoutmaster/Asst Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training – April 25-26, 2020

By Nira Rajan | February 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Scoutmaster/ Assistant Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training – IN JUST ONE WEEKEND!!! Northern Star Scouting is hosting another exciting Outdoor Leadership training session April 25-26, 2020. 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…

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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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Six recruiting secrets from a Scouts BSA troop that doubled in size in the past year

By Bryan Wendell | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Scouts BSA Troop 223 now has more than 50 members. Mike Lanning says the secret to recruiting Scouts boils down to three simple words: invite, invite, invite. What if every Scouting family invited one other family to join their Scouting adventure? Even if just a quarter of those invited families joined, we’d have half a…

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By Odin’s beard! Thor-themed Pinewood Derby car appears in Thor comic

By Bryan Wendell | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

James Dus, a member of Cub Scout Pack 350 in Evansville, Indiana, has always been a fan of Thor, the Marvel Comics character who has shot into the public consciousness with his appearance in the most recent series of Marvel movies. (The actor who plays Thor in the MCU has an interesting connection to Scouting…

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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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