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Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training — December 11-12, 2021

Scoutmaster/ Assistant Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training – IN JUST ONE WEEKEND!!! Northern Star Scouting is hosting another exciting Outdoor Leadership training session December 11-12, 2021. 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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2021 TOTANHAN NAKAHA LODGE FALL FELLOWSHIP

In just 13 days, we will be gathering for a fellowship and recognition event at Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington. Prices go up after the 12th, so you need to sign up now to save $10.   Where: Great Wolf Lodge (1700 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425) When: Sunday November 21st 2-7PM – Water park. 4-5:30PM…

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2021 MILLION DOLLAR DAY FOR SCOUTING

Gather your co-workers, friends and family for an event not to be missed!  We’re going to raise $1 Million to support Scouting – all in one day!  It’s Million Dollar Day! The inspiring program, excellent fellowship, community recognitions and your financial support will ensure youth in Scouting have fun, transformational experiences for years to come.…

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Accessing your Weekly Membership/Recharter Reports – How-To Guide

Last week, Unit Committee Chairs and Unit Leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmaster, Advisors) should have received an email regarding accessing their unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting Year (copied below). Trusted users can log into Scouting Events at any time to view your unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. Some unit leaders have followed up…

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New Incentive for New AND Returning Cub Scouts this Fall!

All new AND returning cub scouts who register by September 30th will receive a fishing pole! New Scouts will also receive a water bottle, T-Shirt, and a fall day camp pass.   Expect to see fishing featured in our cub recruitment campaign this year!

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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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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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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE UNIT RETENTION?

By Jeff Pastir | September 13, 2021 | Comments Off on WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE UNIT RETENTION?

As we transition from virtual Scouting to in-person activities, we asked a few veteran Scouters if they had any tricks for fostering unit retention. Tops on their list was “keep it simple, make it fun.” How, you make ask? Advancement is one key element, and when it’s fun the Scouts are barely aware advancement is…

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Eagle project brings comfort and warmth to teens who experienced a school shooting

By Bryan Wendell | January 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

What Anna Fineberg remembers most is how scared she was.  Everything changed on that Thursday in 2019 when Anna’s California high school experienced a school shooting. Two of her classmates were killed. “I was scared of my school,” she says. “As a honor student and varsity athlete, my school was a safe place. In 48…

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Accessing your Weekly Membership/Recharter Reports – How-To Guide

By Nick Pedersen | July 21, 2021 | 2 Comments

Last week, Unit Committee Chairs and Unit Leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmaster, Advisors) should have received an email regarding accessing their unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting Year (copied below). Trusted users can log into Scouting Events at any time to view your unit’s current membership report for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. Some unit leaders have followed up…

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Illustrator of Scout Life’s ‘Gus’ cartoon has died; his last drawing will melt your heart

By Bryan Wendell | January 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Orlando Busino, longtime contributor to Boys’ Life and, later, Scout Life, has died. He was 95. Busino was the artist who created ‘Gus,’ the lovable large white dog who first graced the pages of Boys’ Life in January 1970 and was featured in almost every issue since. The last ‘Gus’ cartoon will appear in the…

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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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Cub Scout Recruitment Materials — Handouts, Social Media tools, Fishing Pole Unboxing, and more!

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | July 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Cub Scout Recruitment Materials — Handouts, Social Media tools, Fishing Pole Unboxing, and more!

Northern Star Council has created several great images and videos that you can use to promote your Facebook, NextDoor, Twitter, or on your website! Request free Bookmarks, Table Toppers, Posters, and Yard Signs   Social Media Kit – Images created or Facebook, Twitter, and Next Door!   Cub Scout Promotion Video (35 sec)    …

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Cleanup hitter: Scout combines passions for baseball, service into single project

By Bryan Wendell | January 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

During baseball season, Roger Williams Park practically vibrates. The public park in Providence, R.I., draws youth baseball players from across the area for inning after inning of friendly but fierce competition. It’s not just the kids who show up. Parents and grandparents, second cousins and great uncles surround the fields, loudly cheering for their favorite…

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District M January 20 Virtual Roundtable

By District M - Northern Star Scouting | January 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Hello District M Leadership,   Please join in for the upcoming Virtual District M Roundtable scheduled for next Thursday, January 20 at 7PM. We will be discussing Webelos Crossover as well as Order of the Arrow.  Use the link below to join the discussion. Looking forward to seeing you there!   Thursday, January 20, 2022–…

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High-Adventure Week: Summit Bechtel Reserve for 2022-2023

By Bryan Wendell | January 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you want high adventure, you can find it at the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base and the James C. Justice National Scout Camp in West Virginia. At James C. Justice National Scout Camp, Scouts can enjoy climbing, aquatics, fishing, shooting sports, cycling, skateboarding and working on almost 50 merit…

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2022 SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS NEEDED

By Northern Star Council | August 4, 2021 | Comments Off on 2022 SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS NEEDED

The Silver Beaver is a national award presented by the local council; it is the highest honor a local council may bestow upon a volunteer. The award is limited to adults 21 years of age or older. The award consists of a certificate, a formal Silver Beaver emblem on a ribbon, and a square knot…

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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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Scouts can follow one explorer’s quest to conquer the world’s tallest peaks in record time

By Bryan Wendell | January 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you subscribe to Netflix, you might’ve seen a tease to the documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible. It chronicles Nimsdai Purja, a Nepal-born mountaineer who conquered 14 mountains of 26,000 feet – that includes the tallest three in the world: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga. That record feat previously belonged to Korean climber Kim Chang-ho,…

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LIFE TO EAGLE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON COUNCIL WEBSITE

By Northern Star Council | January 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

Attention Scouts BSA! Are you a Scout starting to think about the next steps on your journey to Eagle Scout? An Eagle Coach looking for resources to work with the Scouts in your Troop?   There are numerous Life to Eagle resources on our Council’s Website. From project planning tools and resources to the Eagle…

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2023 NATIONAL SCOUT JAMBOREE DATES ANNOUNCED

By Northern Star Council | January 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

JOIN US FOR THE SCOUTING ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! On September 29th the Boy Scouts of America announced that the next National Scout Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia July 19-28, 2023.  More than just a gathering of Scouts, the Jamboree will provide High Adventure programming, a chance to meet Scouts…

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Fort Snelling Cemetery Service Project scheduled for February 5th

By Stu Smith | January 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

Fort Snelling Veterans Cemetery Service Project is again scheduled for the first Saturday in February (FEB 5th) 9-12 noon. Please register online at:   Started by the legacy Kaposia Chapter of the Totanhan Nakaha Lodge, the annual Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Wreath Clean-up is one of the largest service projects undertaken in Northern Star Scouting each…

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