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Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Have fun designing and building your racing cars over the summer. You are invited to participate in the James J. Hill Days Coaster Cart Derby. Don’t miss this family event using Gravity propelled vehicles. The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce Coaster Cart Derby is intended solely as an enjoyment event for youth (6 to 14 year…

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Continuing the Friends of Scouting Campaign!

THANK YOU to all of our Friends, Families, and Units for your continued work to connect with potential donors and asking them to support Scouting! Fundraising is all about the relationship with a donor!  Developing a trusting relationship with your donor is as important as the asking conversation. Since the beginning of June, both Pack 3283 and…

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Look inside the emails the BSA sends new Cub Scout and Scouts BSA families

When welcoming a new family to your pack or troop, nothing beats a personal phone call, email or text message from you. But when welcoming tens of thousands of new Scouting families into our movement, a series of helpful and cheerful emails from the BSA comes in a close second. Last year, the BSA launched…

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Cub Scout Parent Orientation Guide now available!

You have the Scouts – so what do you do with the parents? The parent orientation is a vital step in the recruiting process and should take place after your back-to-school night, your unit’s recruitment event, and School Night for Scouting.  Parent orientations serve as the opportunity to provide an introduction into Scouting and your…

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August Roundtable – WHAT TO EXPECT – ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Aug 1, 2019 – 7:00PM – Parker’s Lake Shelter

I Scream, You Scream, We ALL Scream for ICE CREAM!! We have a fun Ice Cream Social to kick-off the 2019-2020 Roundtable season. If you haven’t been to roundtable, or are not sure why you should come, please stop by, have some fun, learn about fall recruiting, and enjoy some ice cream. Be sure to…

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Have you completed your Pack Annual Plan yet?

Excellent Cub Scout packs know that a great program doesn’t just happen: packs must take the time to plan and organize for the year ahead. Planning helps prevent conflict and last-minute problems, and ensures a safe, successful program. Pack Annual Planning meetings ideally take place in May, June, or July to ensure that everyone is…

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Explore Base Camp at Pre-K Days this Summer!

Base Camp Pre-K Days Fun and active programs for youth ages 2-5 and an adult. Activities include: free play, circle time, games, story and a craft.  All sessions run from 9 am to 12:00 noon. $10 per child each day or $32 if you sign up for all four days at once; no cost for adults. Monday,…

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Day Camp Program for new Tiger Scouts!

Tiger Day Camp is the perfect introduction to Summer Camp for our youngest campers entering 1st Grade this fall! Spend a full day exploring camp and all of the awesome activities it has to offer. You can look forward to swimming, archery, bb guns, nature hike, bounce pillow and much more! ADVANCEMENT This program is…

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See what you missed at Roundtable!

June’s Roundtable was focused on First Aid training for Adults, Scouts, and Cub Scouts! Several leaders saw how First Aid can be taught to their youth through role-playing and games (with a  purpose). If you missed out and want to see how you could use games and role-playing, check out: https://www.programresources.org/first-aid-skill-activities/ Our Cub Scouts and…

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Lake Minnetonka Setting the Pace

Lake Minnetonka is setting the pace with seven Scouts BSA troops for girls started since February 1 of this year. Congratulations to Troop 5174 (Chaska), Troop 5283 (Wayzata), Troop 5330 (Chanhassen), Troop 5424 (Excelsior), Troop 5570 (Plymouth), Troop 5571 (Mound), and Troop 5589 (Victoria)! More than 50 girls are currently registered in these troops which…

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Soar toward a new STEM Nova Award with iFLY

Your Scouts can take flight and earn a cool new STEM Nova Award, thanks to a collaboration between iFLY and the Boy Scouts of America. iFLY indoor skydiving gives Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA members, Sea Scouts and Venturers a chance to fly high while working on the “Up and Away” STEM Nova Award. They’ll focus…

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2019 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR – JOIN OUR ADVENTURE SUMMIT – FREE TICKETS!

JOIN OUR ADVENTURE SUMMIT REPRESENT SCOUTING AND VOLUNTEER WITH US AT THE FAIR! The Minnesota State Fair is always a blast and a great way to end the summer! Of course, one of the best activities at the fair is our very own Adventure Summit In order for the Adventure Summit to run smoothly, we…

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Scoutmaster/Asst Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training – Sep 21 – 22, 2019

Scoutmaster/ Assistant Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training IN JUST ONE WEEKEND!!! Northern Star Scouting and Lake Minnetonka District are hosting another exciting Outdoor Leadership training session Sept 21 & 22, 2019. 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…

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Welcome to the official website of Lake Minnetonka District. Since 2007, our volunteer web team has offered this site as a resource to those individuals involved in the Scouting program. Welcome Message

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District Membership Status 2019

By Vicki Jurek | May 5, 2019 | Comments Off on District Membership Status 2019

District Membership Status 2019 – What can you do to move the Thermometers Higher? It’s Time to Plan for Unit Recruitment It’s that time of year for packs, troops, crews, and teams to plan for unit recruitment. Each unit needs to reach out into the community and invite new youth members and adult leaders to…

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Former Sea Explorer recounts her groundbreaking voyage around the world

By Bryan Wendell | July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dawn Riley grew up on the water. Her family regularly sailed on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, where she developed her love for sailboat racing. In high school, she joined Sea Explorer Ship 147, which met at a racing club in Harrison Charter Township, Mich., the North Star Sail Club. “They gave us the key to…

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Congrats to our Units on achieving FOS Goals

By Sally Jensen | June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The numbers are in – as of June 7, 12 of Lake Minnetonka’s units have achieved their Friends of Scouting goals for this year! 10 of those have not only achieved their goal, but passed their stretch goal! Thank you for all of the follow-up and work with your units to achieve these targets. Congrats…

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Check out this massive, incredibly detailed Lego replica of a Scout summer camp

By Bryan Wendell | July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

In every way but one, it’s your typical Boy Scouts of America camp. There’s the archery range where an instructor helps young people aim for the bull’s-eye. There’s the climbing tower with Scouts scaling all four sides. There are the Scouts roasting marshmallows for s’mores. And yes, there are even the port-a-potties. But there’s that…

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Have you completed your Pack Annual Plan yet?

By Nick Fasching | June 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Excellent Cub Scout packs know that a great program doesn’t just happen: packs must take the time to plan and organize for the year ahead. Planning helps prevent conflict and last-minute problems, and ensures a safe, successful program. Pack Annual Planning meetings ideally take place in May, June, or July to ensure that everyone is…

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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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Why this new Scouts BSA member is attending four weeks of camp this summer

By Bryan Wendell | July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Call it hitting the ground running, or call it making up for lost time. Call it whatever you want, but I’m officially calling it the Best Summer Ever. Liz Harder is a First Class Scout in Troop 1885 of Omaha, Neb., part of the Mid-America Council. And in her first summer as a member of…

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Scouts compete at Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

By Bryan Wendell | July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Star Scout Skyler Ruth of Troop 27 in Pierre, S.D., credits Scouting and competing on a BB gun shooting team to keeping him focused and disciplined in all aspects of his life. He can now credit both for helping him become a national champion. Skyler, teammate and Eagle Scout Griffin Gates and fellow members of…

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Ross Perot, longtime supporter of Scouting, passes away at age 89

By Bryan Wendell | July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Henry Ross Perot passed away Tuesday, media coverage primarily highlighted his business endeavors that made him a billionaire and his two campaigns for the presidency in the 1990s. But Perot’s legacy to the general public was shaped during his childhood, specifically in Scouting. Growing up in Texarkana, Texas, from the age of 6 through…

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Soar toward a new STEM Nova Award with iFLY

By Bryan Wendell | June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Your Scouts can take flight and earn a cool new STEM Nova Award, thanks to a collaboration between iFLY and the Boy Scouts of America. iFLY indoor skydiving gives Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA members, Sea Scouts and Venturers a chance to fly high while working on the “Up and Away” STEM Nova Award. They’ll focus…

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13 Scouters to receive 2019 Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s top honor for volunteers

By Bryan Wendell | May 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

They’ve led giant corporations and highly ranked universities. They’ve skied at the North and South poles and chased eclipses around the world. They’ve volunteered with music education programs and at their places of worship. Impressive stuff, but there’s something even more remarkable on the résumés of the 13 men and women receiving the Silver Buffalo…

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Philmont Recovery Update: 1 Year Since the Ute Park Fire

By Scouting Wire | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Scouts from around the world have already started to arrive for their Philmont adventure this summer! More than 24,000 participants will get to experience all that the Philmont Scout Ranch has to offer this year — making 2019 the biggest season yet! What makes that even more remarkable is that just one year ago, the…

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NEW ‘Webelos Experience in the Woods’

By Vicki Jurek | July 8, 2019 | 2 Comments

REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE! This brand new opportunity  is for 4th and 5th graders to learn what Scouts BSA is all about, meet other Scouts from 6 districts, do things that Cub Scouts cannot, and have fun. The event is scheduled for Nov 1-3 at Stearns Scout Camp. Over the weekend, Webelos Scouts will form patrols…

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Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

By Mike Lawrance | July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Have fun designing and building your racing cars over the summer. You are invited to participate in the James J. Hill Days Coaster Cart Derby. Don’t miss this family event using Gravity propelled vehicles. The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce Coaster Cart Derby is intended solely as an enjoyment event for youth (6 to 14 year…

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A first-timer’s guide to camping with the whole family

By Scouting Magazine | July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

A loud thwap! echoes among towering hardwoods. Helen Olsson stands with her husband, Jeff, at a sizzling cook stove, on which dinner is only a few minutes from being ready. At the sound of another thwap!, the duo decides to investigate. The couple’s three kids, ages 11 to 16, were charged with pre-dinner entertainment —…

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