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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

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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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February District Roundtable Replay available

By Nick Pedersen | February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you were unable to attend the February District Virtual Roundtable last evening, we missed you! Here is the link to the 37-minute recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VZiRezrb2X_Bts-PnSTp24iWAAAacSRl/view?usp=sharing   Items covered include Congratulation Jeff Jurek (Troop 3477) and Kevin Dietz (District M Commissioner/Coach team) on being recognized as District Award of Merit from District M Heard from 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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Updated Turn Almost Anything in a Recruitment Event

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Unit Leaders  — At the February Roundtable, Robert McNeill shared with all of us the updated Turn Almost Anything into a Recruitment Event. He shared ideas and potential ways of growing new members for your unit through community involvement.   Be sure to check out the new booklet, updated for 2021   Turn Almost Anything…

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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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Important Order of the Arrow Updates for District M

By Stu Smith | February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Scouts BSA Troops and Venture Crews —  Please make sure to check out the upcoming actions and events for the Order of the Arrow. Make sure the Youth in your unit know about the upcoming opportunities   Schedule your unit elections – email Chapter Chief & Chapter Adviser if you cannot find your registration email.…

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Congratulations to the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts!!

By Nick Pedersen | February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

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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NBC Nightly News Features Members of Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts

By Boy Scouts of America National | February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

On its February 17 broadcast, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt featured 17 young women from the Baltimore area who have all become Eagle Scouts as part of the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren talked with several of the girls about the experience of earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.…

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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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Important Notice for Scoutbook Users – Unregistered Leaders will be removed on March 1st

By Nick Pedersen | February 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Leaders – hopefully you’ve seen the notice when you log into Scoutbook about an important change to who can access Pack, Den, Troop or Patrol records. We recommend reviewing the Unit Roster in Scoutbook to see if any leaders have the yellow triangle next to their name. These leaders will need to be registered or,…

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Let’s give an Emmy to this pack’s broadcast-quality virtual Pinewood Derby race

By Bryan Wendell | February 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

The starting line, seen in a screenshot from the race video. (Courtesy of Chris Simpkins) Chris Simpkins (Photo courtesy of the Simpkins family) At one point during the depths of pandemic-prompted boredom, Chris Simpkins and his family found themselves watching marbles roll down a track. Like the millions who have experienced Jelle’s Marble Runs on…

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2021 Spring Popcorn Sale – March 26 – April 30 (online can star selling now)

By Northern Star Council | February 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Northern Star Scouting and Trail’s End are partnering to offer a NEW Spring Popcorn sale to units and Scouts. Units can do any combination of Online Direct, Take Order and Show and Deliver sales types—whatever works best for the unit. All Scouts can earn Amazon Gift card prizes for their sales. Plus some bonus prizes…

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

By Northern Star Council | February 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

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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