KEEGAN SMITH BECOMES OUR FIRST RECIPIENT Keegan Smith of Troop 3283 of Wayzata became the Council’s first recipient of the BSA’s Distinguished Conservation Service Award after passing his Board of Review on Nov. 19, 2021.  The BSA created the DCSA in November 2019 as a replacement for the William T. Hornaday conservation service awards. In…

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Each year up to $40,000 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, 2021 and closing January 15, 2022. 2022 EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFICATIONS Applicant earned their Eagle Scout Award with…

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Take note of these 11 key changes in the 2021 Guide to Advancement

In Scouting, it’s said that feedback is a gift. It’s also a critical component of the Guide to Advancement, the BSA’s official trail map to the mechanics of advancement in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts. Feedback from volunteers from across the country was incorporated into the new and improved 2021 Guide to…

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Proposed Eagle Scout Required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed

The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the Eagle-required…

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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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Recognize Leaders with Training Awards today

Dear Scouters, The scouting program has many opportunities for leaders to get recognized for the service they are providing to your Troop or Pack.   The process to get this recognition is not difficult.  By attending key training events and a tenure of service in a volunteer role along with completion of an application, leaders in…

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