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Does helping fellow Scouts count for service requirements?

When someone needs help, Scouts are there to jump in and serve. That’s what Scouts do, even when it’s their fellow Scouts who are in need. Service plays an integral part in rank advancement, so when Scouts help each other out, the question sometimes comes up: Can helping another Scouting unit count for service hours…

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Eagle Scouts among this year’s NFL draft class

David Montgomery credits what he learned in Scouting with leading him to this year’s NFL draft. Last week, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears. “To become an Eagle Scout was an experience I needed for me in my life that brought me here to this point and also influenced my mindset and the way…

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Merit Badge Counselors List Available for Download: Updated Apr 19, 2019

The Merit Badge Counselors list for the Western Region of Northern Star Council, including Lake Minnetonka District, was updated April 19, 2019. This list is ready for download on the district website at www.lmdbsa.org / Program/ Advancement/ Boy Scouts/ Merit Badge Counselors List,  direct link. Please follow the directions to obtain your password. Thank you. Charlie Jones Advancement…

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2019 GREY WOLF 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 ready to lead and more excited for Scouting. A one-week…

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How to complete requirement 4B of Scouting Heritage merit badge

When Scouting Heritage merit badge debuted in 2010, Scouts completing requirement 4B were asked to “write or visit the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.” Now that the museum has officially opened at its new home at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the procedure for completing this requirement has changed. Scouts still have the option…

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Youth elections aren’t immune to drama

Many youth leaders in Scouts, Venturing and Sea Scouts are chosen by their peers. It’s a great exercise in civics. However, like with any election, one side can be left disappointed with the results.  Let’s examine this scenario: Star Scout Adam and First Class Scout Timothy are running for patrol leader. Adam is the current…

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