Saturday, March 24, 2018

2018 Founders Hall Induction Ceremony
   We want to make sure you know about our Founders Hall induction celebration to be held in April, 2018. We would be delighted if you would join us!

Where: North Star Museum of Boy Scouting & Girl Scouting

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 (10:00am - 2:00pm)

Award Recipients:
    - The Honorable Wilhelmina “Mimi” Wright
    - River Valleys Girl Scout Heritage Group 
    - Gary Gorman

Advance Tickets $50; at the Door $60

RSVP by April 18 to or call 651-748-2880 

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Updated Adult Youth Protection Training - Mandatory Training

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this one-hour online training. The prior version of BSA’s Youth Protection trainings will no longer be available. The updated training replaces all other Youth Protection trainings and is required for all BSA programs.

By October 1, 2018, ALL new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. The new training reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth. 

Mandatory Training Modules:  

  • Overview and Policies 
  • Sexual Abuse 
  • Bullying

Recommended Training Modules: 

  • Neglect
  • Physical Abuse
  • Exposure to Violence
  •  Emotional Abuse

Taking the Training:
 Visit and login if you are an existing member, or create a new account if you are new and about to register with the BSA. Once on, click on the Youth Protection icon, add the Mandatory Training to your learning plan, click on the My Learning tab and select the training from your plan.

Once the training is complete, existing member’s training records will automatically be updated with the certification. All new to Scouting wishing to register must print their certificate and submit it with their application to the council service center.

Printing Training Completion Certificate:
The training certificate will only be available for printing after completing the three required training modules and passing the test which completes the Youth Protection Training. It may take an hour or so for your training certificate to become available. It will be found by logging back on to and selecting the menu button in the upper left corner and clicking on My Dashboard. The certificate can be opened for printing by clicking the print icon on the right side.

After clicking the print icon, the certificate opens as a pdf that can be printed and/or saved.

Questions or technical issues contact Member Care at (972-580-2489) or

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Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner

You are cordially invited to attend our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

Help us to celebrate the success Great Rivers District has enjoyed throughout 2017!  Take some time to recognize and honor our Class of 2017 Eagle Scouts and our outstanding Scouting volunteers, including our Distinguished Unit Scouters, District Award of Merit recipients, and our Great Rivers Spirit of Scouting Award recipients.

Great Rivers District Award of Merit Nomination Form 2017.docx

The Great Rivers Distinguished Unit Scouter Award.docx

Join us on Thursday, April 26th at 6:00pm At Guardian Angels Catholic Church - Lower Level Peter O’Neill Fellowship Hall

8260  - 4th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128

Event Registration Link:

All Scouts, Scouters, Family and Spouses are welcome!

Cost of event is $18

Class of 2017 Eagles—Free!


Relive the exhilaration of racing a Pinewood Derby car!


$5 per entry

Don’t have a car to race?  Don’t have time to make one?

You can sponsor an experienced PWD car for $5

Standard District Pinewood Derby rules apply.


Relive the exhilaration of racing a Pinewood Derby car!


$5 per entry

Don’t have a car to race?  Don’t have time to make one?

You can sponsor an experienced PWD car for $5

Standard District Pinewood Derby rules apply.


Contact Jenny Veith with questions

651.343.9860 or

Register online at the Great Rivers website—


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When: April 17 & 24, 2018 | 6-9 pm

Cost: $3.50

Where: Guardian Angels Church - 8260 4th St. N. Oakdale, MN

Please register by 04.10.18 so instructors can be secured.

If registering after that date, contact De Granstrom, GRD Training

Chair at 651-485-4796 or

Youth Protection - 5:00 PM on April 17th

April 17th AND April 24th:

Scoutmaster (SM) & Asst SM

6 - 8:30 pm AND 6 - 8 pm

April 17th:

Troop/Pack Committee

6 - 8:30 pm

Cub Master(CM) & ACM Specific

6 - 9 pm

Den Leader

6 - 8:30 pm

April 24th:

MB Counselor

6 - 7:30 pm

Charter Org Rep

6 - 7 pm

Den Chief

6 – 9 pm

   (Courses may change.)

Brought to you by your Great Rivers District Training Committee. Child care 

will be provided for children who are toilet trained. Please contact De Granstrom

to make arrangements.

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Scouting 101 - STAFF

When: May 18, 6:00pm to May 20, 12:00pm

Where: Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp, Upper Activity Field by Valley View

For informational purposes only, for Scouts and adult leaders who have signed up as Staff for the Scouting 101 event.  

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Great Rivers District Pinewood Derby 2018

Cub Scouts start your engines! Join us for the Great Rivers District Pinewood Derby, hosted this year by Pack 005! 

Event details below, and further details available in the PDF Flyer. Event online registration link coming soon!


Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 am (check-in) 
12:00 – 1:30 pm (race!)
Location: St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School – Gym 
(East side of building – entrance next to flag pole) 
4125 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury Race
Entry Fee: $7.00 per Scout car entry,
$5.00 per adult or sibling car entry   
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Scouting 101 - Bears and Webeolos

Cost: $30 per Scout, $10 per adult/leader

Where: Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp,  Upper Activity Field (“Knight Shelter”) 186 Andersen Scout Camp Rd, Houlton, WI 54082

When: May 19th, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm

An invitation for Great Rivers District Webelos and Bear Scouts!

Join us on Saturday, May 19 for a day of Scouting fun

A fun opportunity to practice and learn valuable Scouting skills in a safe environment, helping to prepare Scouts for their first camping experience with a Troop.  

Register here:

For questions or more details, contact Jenny Veith - 
651.343.9860 or

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Scouting for Food 2018

Great Rivers Distinguished Unit Scouter Award
Take a moment to recognize and show your appreciation for distinguished Scouters in your unit.  

Distinguished Unit Scouters will be recognized at the Great Rivers District Dinner on Thurs, April 26 along with other Scouters for their dedication to Scouting.  Please join us as we celebrate Scouters awarded for the District Award of Merit, Spirit of Scouting and Silver Beaver awards.  

"Remind me of this with every decision: Generations will reap what I sow.  I can pass on a curse or a blessing to those I will never know." 

~ Sara Groves, "Generations"

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Eagle Expo Announcement
Who: Life Scouts, Star Scouts, Parents, Eagle Coaches, Scout Leaders
What: Northern Star Council’s Advancement Committee brings you the latest and greatest info re: Eagle Rank
When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
            7:00-8:30 pm (signing-in begins at 6:45)
Where: North Presbyterian Church - 2675 E.  HWY 36 in North Saint Paul
Why: To learn about the Life-to-Eagle Process: How to find A Project, Planning, Developing, showing Leadership, Fundraising, carrying out Work Days, the Final Report read more ...

District Award of Merit
    • The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by councils.
    • The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.
    • Submit Nominations to Ben Coder in the Saint Paul Council Office by April 5, 2018.
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Commissioners Meeting

All Commissioners are encouraged to attend! Prior to Roundtable, they're held at the Church of Latter Day Saints - Oakdale.

  • April 5, 2018 | 6:00pm – 6:50pm

March Roundtable 2018:


March Roundtable will feature the following in the Cub Leader Breakouts:

Theme: Loyal

Cubmasters: Cubs in the Future

Pack Administration: YPT: Two Deep Leadership and No 1:1 contact, How to put on a good Scouting for Food drive

We meet at the LDS Church located at 2140 Hadley Ave in Oakdale on the first Thursday of every month during the school year. We start at 7:00 PM with breakouts for the Boy Scout Leaders and Cub Leaders and General Announcements at 8:00.

WHAT IS ROUNDTABLE?  The objective of roundtable is to provide leaders with program ideas; information on policy and events; and training opportunities. It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Scout leaders. By attending roundtable we hope that your experience will inspire, motivate, and enable you to provide a stronger program for your Scouts.


                                           ROUNDTABLE PLAN FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR


April’s Roundtable will feature the following:

6:30 - 7:00 PM

Cub Scout Breakouts

*Breakouts will end early to accommodate the Fireside Chat

  • Theme: Friendly
  • Cubmasters: Treasure Hunters
  • Pack Administration: Finishing up Ranks - What to do when your Pack is behind, May Picnic
  • Den Leaders: How to plan and organize to save time

7:00 - 7:40 PM

General Assembly


7:40 - 8:30 PM

Fireside Chat with Council Representatives  

Learn more about Council and District Objectives and up coming changes.



  • Colleen Brazier (Deputy Scout Executive)
  • Bob Thielen (Assistant Director of Field Service)
  • Nancy Nelson (Board Member)
  • Alan Bernick (Past Council President)


  • Opening Remarks
  • Who we are & why we are her
  • Council and District Objectives
  • Strategic Plan 2018 Big Rocks 
  • Discussion

May’s Roundtable – No breakouts.  Instead we will be offering outdoor cooking demos.


Grey Wolf - National Youth Leadership Training
  • Grey Wolf is a one-week program held in June and July, it replicates the first three weeks of typical unit operations, including patrol leader's council meetings, troop/crew meetings, patrol meetings, and planning for a big event. Becoming a better leader is the theme, but many aspects apply to daily life.

Need an OA identification number?
Come to round table to get your OA numbers and for answers about coming OA events and conclave !! 

Great Rivers District Upcoming Training Days

2018 Training Dates
Super Training - April 17 & 24, 2018 | 6:00-9:00pm
Outdoor Leadership Skills - May 19-20, 2018
Super Training - November 13 & 20, 2018 | 6:00-9:00pm read more ...

New District URL redirects to the Great Rivers District website


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