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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 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

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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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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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Unit Restart Guide is here!

By Northern Star Council | August 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

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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Recruiting is in full swing for Packs and Troops!

By Jim Bollback | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Did you know that District M has the largest youth membership in Northern Star Council? Our youth membership currently stands at 2166! Our goal is to have 2500 youth enrolled by June 30, 2021. This is larger than some BSA Councils.   There is no question that these are challenging days for all our packs…

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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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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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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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INTRODUCING CUB CONNECTIONS

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

NEW VIDEOS FOR DEN MEETINGS   Northern Star Scouting has a new, virtual resource that will be coming soon to help keep families engaged with Scouting. Even if that Scouting has to be done at a distance. Starting at the end of September, Northern Star will have Den Meeting videos for each rank on a…

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All 5 members of Webelos den earn Eagle, but each takes away something unique

By Bryan Wendell | September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The fantastic five in May 2013 (above), and the group reenacting that same photo in January 2020. From left: Tyler Bush, Lane Schaddelee, Colin Brown, Remy Reed and Jeffery Graan. Ask five Eagle Scouts what they’ll take from their Scouting experience, and you’ll get five uniquely inspiring answers: Overcoming hailstorms and wrong turns at Philmont…

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EPA, Boy Scouts of America Announce Collaboration on Environmental Education Award Program and Special Award

By BSA Internal Communications | September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

EPA Administrator Wheeler and National Capital Area Council, BSA Scout Executive Craig Poland sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the Boy Scouts Memorial in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON (August 17, 2020) – Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) CEO and President Roger C. Mosby signed a Memorandum…

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‘CBS Evening News’ profiles Scout’s quest to join Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts

By Bryan Wendell | September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Victoria sits on the bench she and her volunteers built for her Eagle Scout service project. Life Scout Victoria Rader didn’t set out to make national headlines. But some news is just too good not to share. In a piece calling her a “Trailblazing Scout,” Victoria was featured on the Sept. 9 episode of the CBS…

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