Saturday, April 25, 2015

Minnesota State Fair Volunteers - Registration Open

Registration is open.

It's time to start thinking about the Minnesota State Fair! Need an excuse to head out, eat pronto pups, and get some corn-on-the-cob for a side dish? Come to the fair and volunteer at the Boy Scout Adventure Summit booth!

Northern Star Council will once again be sharing the fun and excitement of Scouting at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. We will be calling on volunteers to help run our Adventure Summit activity.


District Roundtable - May 7

May roundtable is our annual Outdoor Cooking Pot Luck and Leader Recognition Program.

All Great Rivers District leaders and their families are invited to our May program to show off the their outdoor cooking skills and see who's earning the big awards in our district this year.

Mark your calendar for May 7th and join us in the LDS park just behind the church where we normally meet for roundtable.  Cooking starts at 5:00 pm, grazing at 6:00 pm, and the awards program at 7:00 pm.  Recognition and awards include:

  • 2014 Eagle Class
  • Distinguished Unit Scouter Awards
  • District Award of Merit
  • Carl Kaeppel Unit Service Award

Spring Camporee - May 8-10

Kiwanis Scout Camp, 15987 St. Croix Trail N, Marine, MN

Archery, wall climbing, games, and even more fun activities will all be available at this year's Spring Camporee. So, come join the fun! Click here for more details.


OA Spring Cleanup - May 8-9

Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp, 186 Andersen Scout Camp Rd, Houlton, WI

Great Rivers Chapter of the Order of the Arrow is pleased to co-sponsor the Annual Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp clean up May 8-9. If you have Scouts or Scouters who need service opportunities, please encourage them to attend this event. Sign up will be through the OA website. Additionally, if you have candidates for Ordeal who were unable to make any of the Fall Conclaves, encourage them to attend this Ordeal opportunity. Click here for more details.


Popcorn Fundraising - before May 10

Looking for that fun, once-a-year, low risk fundraiser to fund your unit’s scouting program and events for the entire year? Your pack, troop or crew can finance the unit’s program for the entire year off of just one fundraising program.

Over $83,000 was raised at the unit level of Great Rivers units just from selling popcorn in the fall of 2014. The selling season is only about 5 weeks long so you have more time for Scouting fun! Join the fun along with more than 40 units selling in Great Rivers. This gives your unit local expertise and help.

This year, we have Hmong and Spanish speakers and flyers available. This is so we can tailor your unit’s kickoff and training events specifically to fit your unit’s needs.

This year the sale starts 5:00 PM CST on September 18 and runs through Oct 25, and now would be the perfect time to bring it up to your units’ planning committee.

If you are a brand new unit willing to give popcorn a try for the very first time, please contact our District Popcorn Chair before May 10th.

For all units, please forward your unit’s Popcorn Kernel’s phone and email to our District Popcorn Chair at your earliest convenience to keep informed on training opportunities and up to date information.

Our Great (GREAT!) Rivers District Popcorn Chair is Rocky Vandal. He can be contacted at (preferred) or cell/text at 651-788-1154.


Ripley Rendezvous - May 15-17

Registration is now open for the event on May 15-17, 2015, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, MN. Join Scouts and Venturers from the US and Canada for a fun and challenging weekend!

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This is an area-wide event put on by the Central Minnesota Council.

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Webelos Adventure Days - June, July, August various weekdays

Phillippo Scout Reservation and Stearns Scout Camp

Webelos Adventure Days is all about activity pins and advancement. Both Webelos I and Webelos II should earn two activity pins for each day they attend. There will also be free time to explore camp. Click here for more details.


Gathering of Eagles Dinner and Alumni Event - June 11

TCF Bank Stadium, DQ Club Room, 420 SE 23rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN - starts at 6:45 PM, VIP reception at 6 PM

Registration is now open for the 2015 Gathering of Eagles to be held on Thursday, June 11.

Calling all Eagle Scouts, Scouters, friends and family!  This annual reunion will feature Matt Limegrover (U of MN Assistant Head Coarch) as the keynote speaker, recognition of our newest Eagle Scouts, along with those who have been awarded Eagle Scout scholarships.


Tiger Den Days - July, August Various Fridays

Kiwanis Scout Camp, Stearns Scout Reservation

This day camp is specifically designed for our youngest campers to spend an awesome day at camp with their den adults, too. Click here for details.


Great Rivers District Roundtable

Please come to our Roundtable for new ideas and learn what's new in the District. Bring someone that has never attended before and they will receive a Great Rivers District patch and you will too for bringing them.

Roundtable meets on the first Thursday of the month, September through May.  Please follow THIS LINK for directions.

  • 7:00 – Breakouts
  • 8:00 – Announcements
  • 8:30 – Midway

Cub Scout Program Changes

On June 1st, the new Cub Scout program starts.   Use the below links to learn more.  Watch for announcements about training at coming roundtables and at the April University of Scouting.

Learn more about these changes at the Cub Scout Leader Breakout session during the District Roundtable meeting on April 9. Or you can attend several courses at "University of Scouting" on April 18th.

Handbooks and Leader Guides are scheduled to be available in all Scout Shops in early May.


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