Happy New Year! Scoutbook is now free for Scouts and Scout units

Fellow Scouters, 2019 is off to a great start. Scoutbook, the Boy Scouts of America’s online tool for managing and tracking Scouting advancement, is now completely, totally, 100 percent free. The change became official today — Jan. 1, 2019. Longtime users know how Scoutbook makes it easy (and fun!) for Scouts, parents and leaders to track…

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Merit Badge Counselors List Available for Download

The Merit Badge Counselors list for the Western Region of Northern Star Council, including Lake Minnetonka District, was updated November 1st. This list is ready for download on the district website at / Program/ Advancement/ Boy Scouts/ Merit Badge Counselors List,  direct link. Please follow the directions to obtain your password. Thank you. Charlie Jones Advancement Chairman

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Lake Minnetonka District Cub Scout Ice Fishing Derby and Hot Chocolate – Bring Your Family and non-Scout Friends – Register Now!

1st Annual Lake Minnetonka District Cub Scout Ice Fishing Derby and Hot Chocolate Bring Your Family and non-Scout Friends! Feb 16, 2019 Lake Independence Far West Side of Lake Enter from Baker Park Ramp Fishing 10AM – 1PM  Weigh-In 1:15PM Saturday, February 16, 2019 Invite your family and Non-Scout Friends! Come join your fellow Cub…

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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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