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Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship

American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year nomination window is from November 1st to March 1st, annually. Nomination packets must be received by each applicant’s respective American Legion department (state) headquarters no later than March 1st. Then each respective American Legion Department (state) Selection Committee will…

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Recognizing Conservation – BSA Unveils Distinguished Conservation Service Award

For more than a century, the BSA has encouraged and honored conservation work with an award that recognizes youth, adults and organizations who have demonstrated tremendous effort and commitment to the environment. This award, which until now had been known as the William T. Hornaday Award, is being discontinued, and the new BSA Distinguished Conservation…

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Make sure you’ve renewed your Youth Protection training – many leaders training expires this fall!

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. The BSA has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. All parents and caregivers should understand that our leaders are to abide…

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Update: Moving Some Churchill Recommendations Forward

As part of the ongoing process to identify how to optimize the Boy Scouts of America for success in the future, the National Executive Committee (NEC) recently asked the National Management Team to facilitate the evaluation of the 26 primary proposed recommendations that resulted from the Churchill Project. In addition to receiving survey input from…

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2021 NORTHERN STAR SCOUTING EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 15TH

Each year $25,000 in scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in Northern Star Scouting. Endowed scholarships include Camp Staff, Technical School, Southeast Asian Scout and more. Applications are available online starting November 1, 2020 and close January 15, 2021. 2021 EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFICATIONS Applicant earned their Eagle Scout Award with Northern Star…

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NEW PROGRAM CATALOG

A UNIT PROGRAM PARTNER – ONE FOR EACH FAMILY For our new Scouting year, we have a new tool!  Copies of a 16-page, full color 2020-2021 Program Catalog for ALL your member households can be picked up at the August Program Kick-Offs. They contain brief descriptions, identified by season and Scouting program, of the major…

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UPDATE ON NATIONAL BSA RESTRUCTURING COMMUNICATIONS

A MESSAGE TO NORTHERN STAR SCOUTING VOLUNTEERS You may have received or may soon receive a legal notice from Omni Agent Solutions and the National Council, Boy Scouts of America regarding the national organization’s Chapter Eleven bankruptcy. This is a requirement of the bankruptcy code as part of the process of reorganizing. Over the coming…

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ARE SUMMER OUTINGS OK?

Many of you have questions about how to conduct outings within BSA guidelines during the pandemic. As you plan, first check out Scout Unit Trip Planning Tips to ensure you are meeting basic Scouting guidelines.  Second, please check for regular updates to the Council’s COVID-19 page. Look for the brown tab labeled Unit Meetings, Activities & Outings. Q:…

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