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February Roundtable – WHAT TO EXPECT – February 6, 2020 – 7:00PM – Minnetonka Community Center

Please join us for a great Roundtable on how we as leaders: Work with technology, teach our Scouts how to safely use tech, and discuss how we can work with our youth and parents to use technology appropriately. Cub Scout Leaders, Scouts BSA Leaders, and Venturing Advisors should all plan on attending for these three…

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Totanhan Nakaha Lodge (Order of the Arrow) Winter Banquet

Totanhan Nakaha Lodge Winter Banquet Thank you for your dedication! Join us for our annual Winter Banquet where we honor the accomplishments of our dedicated brothers in the Order of the Arrow. We will be recognizing last year’s chapter chiefs and outgoing lodge and chapter advisers. We also are recognizing our four Founders Awards recipients…

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Sign-up now for Fall Wood Badge!

Fall 2020 Wood Badge Sign up now for the  2020 Fall Wood Badge Course being held at Stearns Scout Camp on September 11-13 and October 3-4, 2020.  You must attend both weekends.  The Course Orientation is August 12, 2020.  Please plan  to attend. Cost is $250 with a $100 deposit required.  The balance is due by July 1,…

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Fort Snelling Veteran’s Cemetery Service Project – Sat, Feb 1st @ 9am – sponsored by the OA

We will help clean up the Veteran’s Cemetery by removing old Christmas wreathes etc., and piling them along the roads for pickup. Helping to care for this very important place, which belongs to all of us and all our community, is one of the most satisfying projects we have ever been part of! Cub Scouts,…

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SCOUTING BLITZ WITH THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS BEING RESCHEDULED to 2021

Notice!The Scouting Blitz with the Minnesota Vikings is being rescheduled, and will be held in 2021. The Scouting Blitz with the Minnesota Vikings is a full-family Scouting event that will occur over the course of one day at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center (TCO Performance Center), featuring interactive exhibits, activities for all ages, and…

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2020 Pinewood Derby Rules Released

The Pinewood Derby Rules for 2020 should be used by anyone who participates in the Lake Minnetonka District Pinewood Derby Finals or in the Council Pinewood Derby Finals. And finally, remember the No. 1 rule of a Pinewood Derby is that it’s supposed to be fun. While you should always strive to do your best, don’t…

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2020 GREY WOLF NYLT

GREY WOLF – 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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Northern Star Scouting’s Units First initiative – New District Map

Northern Star Scouting’s Units First initiative took another step forward after several months of planning and input from Scouters across our districts and council committees. On December 18 the Board of Directors approved an initial map of public School Districts contained within the 25 counties of Northern Star, changing the boundaries and the names of all of…

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There’s an updated Annual Health and Medical Record to use for 2020

Every few years, the BSA updates its Annual Health and Medical Record after consulting with health care professionals, Scout executives, council and camp health officers and other experts to ensure it is up-to-date and helpful. This was one of those years, meaning a new form is available for everyone to use for 2020. Your AHMR…

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Polar Cub Registration Now Open!

Think camp is just for the summer? Think again! Polar Cubs is one of the largest Cub Scout Day Camp programs in the country and it’s happening at a camp near you. This single day program is filled with classic winter activities as well as some unique Scouting adventures. Don’t miss your chance to be…

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Leader Training 101 — Where do I get the Training to be successful?

Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader — A common saying, but why do we say that? Training in Scouts, just like in life, provides the education, skills, and practical experience in order to be successful in your role in Scouting. In order to Be Prepared for your role as a leader, whether it’s your first time,…

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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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Bright idea: How a ‘good conduct candle’ can improve den meeting behavior

By Bryan Wendell | January 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Imagine if those weekly meetings at your office had a “good conduct candle.” Blake’s texting and missed a question from the boss? Candle goes out. Rhonda brought her breakfast? Bye-bye, flame. Peter forgot the PowerPoint? Poof. But if the candle burns all the way down, it’s reward time. Everyone! Gets! Ergonomic keyboard trays! OK, so…

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Unit Rechartering Information for 2020 – Charters due by Dec 31st!

By Nick Fasching | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

The deadline for turning in your Packet Completed is December 31st, 2019. UNITS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE RECHARTER BY DECEMBER 31ST WILL NEED TO PAY THE INCREASE BSA NATIONAL FEES of $60 (youth) or $36 (Adult), so please be sure to complete your recharter before December 31st. RECHARTER TURN-IN NIGHT: We have a second turn…

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5 Quick Questions with: Brian White, Eagle Scout and restaurant entrepreneur

By Bryan Wendell | January 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, a merit badge will spark a future career path for a Scout. For Brian White, it was a leadership outing. White, who earned the Eagle Scout Award with Troop 299 of Dublin, Ohio, in 2004, owns a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Six years ago, the business began as a food cart on a college…

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Leader Training 101 — Where do I get the Training to be successful?

By Nira Rajan | September 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader — A common saying, but why do we say that? Training in Scouts, just like in life, provides the education, skills, and practical experience in order to be successful in your role in Scouting. In order to Be Prepared for your role as a leader, whether it’s your first time,…

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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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2020 Order of the Arrow national officers elected; here’s who represents your region

By Bryan Wendell | January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

From left: Northeast Region Chief Conor Power, Southern Region Chief Seth Greiling, National Vice Chief Noah Smith, National Chief Zachary Schonfeld, Central Region Chief Patrick McInerney and Western Region Chief Gavin Cho Zachary Schonfeld, an Eagle Scout from Virginia, has been elected by his peers to serve as National Chief of the Order of the…

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February Roundtable – WHAT TO EXPECT – February 6, 2020 – 7:00PM – Minnetonka Community Center

By Tina Ramacier | January 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Please join us for a great Roundtable on how we as leaders: Work with technology, teach our Scouts how to safely use tech, and discuss how we can work with our youth and parents to use technology appropriately. Cub Scout Leaders, Scouts BSA Leaders, and Venturing Advisors should all plan on attending for these three…

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Totanhan Nakaha Lodge (Order of the Arrow) Winter Banquet

By Nick Pedersen | January 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Totanhan Nakaha Lodge Winter Banquet Thank you for your dedication! Join us for our annual Winter Banquet where we honor the accomplishments of our dedicated brothers in the Order of the Arrow. We will be recognizing last year’s chapter chiefs and outgoing lodge and chapter advisers. We also are recognizing our four Founders Awards recipients…

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Northern Star Scouting Announcement on National BSA Membership Fees

By Northern Star Council | October 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

To: All Northern Star Scouting Volunteers From: John Andrews, Scout Executive At the suggestion of Council President Kari Bjorhus, and with the unanimous support of the members of the Board of Directors at their October meeting, Northern Star Scouting asks all packs, troops, crews, ships and posts to recharter by December 31. All current and…

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ACTION REQUIRED Background Check Disclosures and Authorization & FAQs

By Nick Pedersen | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

To Our Volunteer Leaders in Lake Minnetonka District Earlier this week, every registered Adult Leader in the Boy Scouts of America should have received an email message, or will receive an email message, from the National BSA Email, boyscoutsofamerica@email.scouting.org (You may view the online version of the message). We need your assistance to complete, collect,…

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‘We got this’: Mother-son duo first on scene of horrific highway accident

By Bryan Wendell | January 13, 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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A year in the life of Troop 5109, one of the first Scouts BSA troops for girls

By Bryan Wendell | January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Madison Burrell uses these adjectives to describe her time at the wet and windy West Point Camporee: “tiring, scary, wet, muddy, crusty and painful.” Hardly a ringing endorsement, right? But then read what Madison says next: “I hope I’ll get to make more memories like this.” For Madison’s mom, Troop 5109 Scoutmaster Christine Burrell, that’s…

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Sign-up now for Fall Wood Badge!

By Nira Rajan | January 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Fall 2020 Wood Badge Sign up now for the  2020 Fall Wood Badge Course being held at Stearns Scout Camp on September 11-13 and October 3-4, 2020.  You must attend both weekends.  The Course Orientation is August 12, 2020.  Please plan  to attend. Cost is $250 with a $100 deposit required.  The balance is due by July 1,…

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January 15th is the Deadline for Applications for the Northern Star Scouting Eagle Scout Scholarship

By Nick Pedersen | January 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Northern Star Scouting Eagle Scout Scholarship 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. Online Applications open Oct 15 and close Jan 15 of the following year. A partial list of eligibility requirements are: Applicant was registered in…

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