Saturday, February 24, 2018

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.  

For questions or more details, contact Jenny Veith - 
651.343.9860 or j3nnyv31th@hotmail.com

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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   
Lunch concessions will be available read more ...

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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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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Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
The Klondike Derby is a day-long, winter outdoor racing adventure that builds comradery and friendship. Based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush, Scouts spend the morning participating in Scouting-focused station activities, where they will test their Scoutcraft skills. 

After lunch, each Patrol races their Scout-built Klondike sleds (or sledges) on a set course through the snow. One Scout is seated in the sled, the others push or pull the sled to make it go. 

Boy Scouts have been participating in these Klondike Derbies since 1949. This Great Rivers District activity has been a winter favorite for many years. Join the fun on Saturday, January 27th, 2018! 

If your Troop doesn't have a sled, you can purchase skis and instructions from Great Rivers to make one for $10. The sled is easy to make, sturdy, light-weight and can be easily stored in a small space. 

Please email Jenny Veith at j3nnyv31th@hotmail.com or call at 651.343.9860 to find out how to reserve your pair!

Here is the registration link:

Re: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
Jenny Veith
to peter@hilpisch.net, me
2 hours ago
Details
Stephen, please see below...

Thanks, Peter
It's been a long day.  
Thanks for humoring me...  ðŸ˜Š
((Smacking my forehead))

Regards,
Jenny

"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"

On Jan 4, 2018, at 3:56 PM, "peter@hilpisch.net" <peter@hilpisch.net> wrote:

His email is on the Great Rivers district Contacts page.  otterfoster@gmail.com
 
Peter
 
--------- Original Message ---------
Subject: Fw: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
From: "Jenny Veith" <j3nnyv31th@hotmail.com>
Date: 1/4/18 3:31 pm
To: "peter Hilpisch" <peter@hilpisch.net>

 

Peter - 
I lost my copy of Stephen's new email...  Can you please fwd this to him asap?  
Here is the link:

 
I'd like this link put up on the Dist  website home page, as well as a link from the calendar.  Please also add a link to the Leader Packet.  (attached)  
Please also include the following text as part of the intro/promo:
 
The Klondike Derby is a day-long, winter outdoor racing adventure that builds comradery and friendship.   Based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush, Scouts spend the morning participating in Scouting-focused station activities, where they will test their Scoutcraft skills. 

After lunch, each Patrol races their Scout-built Klondike sleds (or sledges) on a set course through the snow.  One Scout is seated in the sled, the others push or pull the sled to make it go. 

Re: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
Jenny Veith
to peter@hilpisch.net, me
2 hours ago
Details
Stephen, please see below...

Thanks, Peter
It's been a long day.  
Thanks for humoring me...  ðŸ˜Š
((Smacking my forehead))

Regards,
Jenny

"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"

On Jan 4, 2018, at 3:56 PM, "peter@hilpisch.net" <peter@hilpisch.net> wrote:

His email is on the Great Rivers district Contacts page.  otterfoster@gmail.com
 
Peter
 
--------- Original Message ---------
Subject: Fw: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
From: "Jenny Veith" <j3nnyv31th@hotmail.com>
Date: 1/4/18 3:31 pm
To: "peter Hilpisch" <peter@hilpisch.net>

 

Peter - 
I lost my copy of Stephen's new email...  Can you please fwd this to him asap?  
Here is the link:

 
I'd like this link put up on the Dist  website home page, as well as a link from the calendar.  Please also add a link to the Leader Packet.  (attached)  
Please also include the following text as part of the intro/promo:
 
The Klondike Derby is a day-long, winter outdoor racing adventure that builds comradery and friendship.   Based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush, Scouts spend the morning participating in Scouting-focused station activities, where they will test their Scoutcraft skills. 

After lunch, each Patrol races their Scout-built Klondike sleds (or sledges) on a set course through the snow.  One Scout is seated in the sled, the others push or pull the sled to make it go. 

Re: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
Jenny Veith
to peter@hilpisch.net, me
2 hours ago
Details
Stephen, please see below...

Thanks, Peter
It's been a long day.  
Thanks for humoring me...  ðŸ˜Š
((Smacking my forehead))

Regards,
Jenny

"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"

On Jan 4, 2018, at 3:56 PM, "peter@hilpisch.net" <peter@hilpisch.net> wrote:

His email is on the Great Rivers district Contacts page.  otterfoster@gmail.com
 
Peter
 
--------- Original Message ---------
Subject: Fw: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
From: "Jenny Veith" <j3nnyv31th@hotmail.com>
Date: 1/4/18 3:31 pm
To: "peter Hilpisch" <peter@hilpisch.net>

 

Peter - 
I lost my copy of Stephen's new email...  Can you please fwd this to him asap?  
Here is the link:

 
I'd like this link put up on the Dist  website home page, as well as a link from the calendar.  Please also add a link to the Leader Packet.  (attached)  
Please also include the following text as part of the intro/promo:
 
The Klondike Derby is a day-long, winter outdoor racing adventure that builds comradery and friendship.   Based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush, Scouts spend the morning participating in Scouting-focused station activities, where they will test their Scoutcraft skills. 

After lunch, each Patrol races their Scout-built Klondike sleds (or sledges) on a set course through the snow.  One Scout is seated in the sled, the others push or pull the sled to make it go. 

Boy Scouts have been participating in these Klondike Derbies since 1949.  This Great Rivers District activity has been a winter favorite for many years.  Join the fun on Saturday, January 27th, 2018!

Re: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
Jenny Veith
to peter@hilpisch.net, me
2 hours ago
Details
Stephen, please see below...

Thanks, Peter
It's been a long day.  
Thanks for humoring me...  ðŸ˜Š
((Smacking my forehead))

Regards,
Jenny

"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"

On Jan 4, 2018, at 3:56 PM, "peter@hilpisch.net" <peter@hilpisch.net> wrote:

His email is on the Great Rivers district Contacts page.  otterfoster@gmail.com
 
Peter
 
--------- Original Message ---------
Subject: Fw: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
From: "Jenny Veith" <j3nnyv31th@hotmail.com>
Date: 1/4/18 3:31 pm
To: "peter Hilpisch" <peter@hilpisch.net>

 

Peter - 
I lost my copy of Stephen's new email...  Can you please fwd this to him asap?  
Here is the link:

 
I'd like this link put up on the Dist  website home page, as well as a link from the calendar.  Please also add a link to the Leader Packet.  (attached)  
Please also include the following text as part of the intro/promo:
 
The Klondike Derby is a day-long, winter outdoor racing adventure that builds comradery and friendship.   Based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush, Scouts spend the morning participating in Scouting-focused station activities, where they will test their Scoutcraft skills. 

After lunch, each Patrol races their Scout-built Klondike sleds (or sledges) on a set course through the snow.  One Scout is seated in the sled, the others push or pull the sled to make it go. 

Boy Scouts have been participating in these Klondike Derbies since 1949.  This Great Rivers District activity has been a winter favorite for many years.  Join the fun on Saturday, January 27th, 2018!

Re: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
Jenny Veith
to peter@hilpisch.net, me
2 hours ago
Details
Stephen, please see below...

Thanks, Peter
It's been a long day.  
Thanks for humoring me...  ðŸ˜Š
((Smacking my forehead))

Regards,
Jenny

"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"

On Jan 4, 2018, at 3:56 PM, "peter@hilpisch.net" <peter@hilpisch.net> wrote:

His email is on the Great Rivers district Contacts page.  otterfoster@gmail.com
 
Peter
 
--------- Original Message ---------
Subject: Fw: Great Rivers District Klondike Derby
From: "Jenny Veith" <j3nnyv31th@hotmail.com>
Date: 1/4/18 3:31 pm
To: "peter Hilpisch" <peter@hilpisch.net>

 

Peter - 
I lost my copy of Stephen's new email...  Can you please fwd this to him asap?  
Here is the link:

 
I'd like this link put up on the Dist  website home page, as well as a link from the calendar.  Please also add a link to the Leader Packet.  (attached)  
Please also include the following text as part of the intro/promo:
 
The Klondike Derby is a day-long, winter outdoor racing adventure that builds comradery and friendship.   Based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush, Scouts spend the morning participating in Scouting-focused station activities, where they will test their Scoutcraft skills. 

After lunch, each Patrol races their Scout-built Klondike sleds (or sledges) on a set course through the snow.  One Scout is seated in the sled, the others push or pull the sled to make it go. 

Boy Scouts have been participating in these Klondike Derbies since 1949.  This Great Rivers District activity has been a winter favorite for many years.  Join the fun on Saturday, January 27th, 201

 

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
 

February Roundtable 2018:

 


February’s Roundtable will feature the following in the Cub Leader Breakouts:

Cubmasters: Trustworthy – Cub Scout Investigators

Pack Administration: Girls in Cub Scouts - What you need to know to make it happen.

Den Leaders: Put the outing in Scouting

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


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

Cubmasters: Loyal – Cubs in the Future

Pack Administration: Trustworthy - Scouting for Food, Open Issues

Den Leaders: Cooking with Cub Scouts

 

April’s Roundtable will feature the following in the Cub Leader Breakouts:

Cubmasters: Friendly – Treasure Hunters

Pack Administration: Loyal - Finishing up Ranks - What to do when your Pack is behind, May Picnic

Den Leaders: How to plan and organize to save time

 

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

 

Grey Wolf - National Youth Leadership Training
  • http://www.northernstarbsa.org/about-grey-wolf-youth-leader-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 !! 

District Annual Program KICK-OFF
Come and gather with other Scouters and see what’s new in the district for the coming year. 

  • Where:  LDS park just behind the LDS Church, 2140 Hadley Ave, Oakdale, MN
  • When:  August 24th ... Rain or shine !!!
  • Time:  6:30pm for ice cream treats and social.  7:00pm announcements
  • Flyer:  Click HERE
Let’s make the year the best ever! 

Great Rivers District’s May Roundtable Picnic

This is our annual outdoor cooking event.  All are welcome to come show off their skills and passion for outdoor cooking!

·Where - We will be at the LDS Park just across the parking lot from the LDS Church where we usually have Roundtable.

·When – The first Thursday of the month, May 4th

·Time - Hot coals will be available if needed at 5:30, grace and grazing start at 6:30 and announcements at 7:00.

·Don’t forget to bring your Scout Bucks! There will be a silent auction with bidding on items using your Scout Bucks.  If you have any items to share, please bring them for the auction.

·Set-up - Weather permitting we ask that you cook downwind of the pavilion where other cook tables will be set up.

·Don’t forget - This is a rain or shine event so please remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.

                                            And as always “Be Prepared and Do Your Best!”

for more details please click the following link: May 2017 Cookout.docx

 

District Dinner !!!!!

Highlights of the evening include recognition and presentations of

  • 2016 Eagle Scouts
  • District Award of Merit honorees
  • Distinguished unit scouter
  • Spirit of scouting district service award

Details

  • Date:  Tuesday April 18, 2017
    • 6:00pm - 6:30pm - Gather, socialize and PWD check-in
    • 6:30pm Races and dinner
    • 7:30pm Recognition program
  • Location:  Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 4th St. North, Oakdale, MN 55128
  • Cost:  $12 per person in advance before 4/11/17.  $15 at door.
  • Register - CLICK HERE
  • Event flyer - CLICK HERE

SPECIAL !!!!!! - Extreme Pinewood Derby ... CLICK HERE !!

 

Super Training Day

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017

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

Cost:           $7.50/person • Lunch included
                   Half Day Sessions •  $3.50/person

Please register by 3.24.17 so instructors can be secured.

If registering after that date, please contact De Granstrom at 651-485-4796 or granstrom@q.com to confirm your course has an instructor.

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.

To register go to:     https://www.scoutingevent.com/250-grsupertrainingday2017

 

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills
  • When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 (8am - 6pm) Check-in: 7:30am
  • Cost: $15/person - Lunch Included 
  • Where: Fred C. Andersen Camp - Shelter II
  • Register: CLICK HERE ... Please register by 5.5.17.
  • Flyer:  CLICK HERE

If registering after that date, contact De Granstrom at 651-485-4796 or granstrom@g.com to confirm space availability.

Brought to you by your Great Rivers District Training Committee. Registration web link to come as soon as it's available.

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Eagle Expo
  • All Life Ranked Scouts, Star Ranked Scouts, Scout Leaders, Eagle Coaches and Parents are invited to attend
  • What: Northern Star Council's Advancement Committee brings you the latest and greatest info re: Eagle Rank. You'll learn about the Life-to-Eagle Process: How to find a Project, Planning, Developing, showing Leadership, Fundraising, carrying out Work Days, the Final Report.
  • When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:00-8:30pm (signing-in begins at 6:45pm)
  • Where: North Presbyterian Church - 2675 E. HWY 36
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Merit Badge University
  • Presented by: Alpha Phi Omega – Gamma Psi
  • When:  Saturday, April 8th , 2017   8am-4pm
  • Registration:  Click here
  • Flyer:  Click here
 

District Pinewood Derby
  • Date: Saturday, April 1st
  • Time:  11am Weigh-In    12noon race starts 
  • Where:  Lutheran Church of Peace, 47 Century Ave S, Maplewood, MN 55119
  • Cost:  $6 for online registration (until March 25th).  $7 at the door - Walk-ins are welcome!

Please come prepared. No workshop will be available.  Concessions will be available to purchase.  Hosted by Pack 9471.

Click these for the ... RULES ... FLYER ... INFO PACKET.

Registration https://www.scoutingevent.com/250-gr2017pwd

 

the Great Rivers Distiguished Unit Scouter Award
 -This award recognizes unit level scouters who have performed distinguished service to the youth through their unit activities over a sustained period of time. Each chartered unit of the Great Rivers District may receive one “Distinguished Unit Level Scouter Award” per year for candidates who meet certain qualifications.

 -The deadline for submission of the nomination form is at the April 6th Roundtable meeting. The Great Rivers Distinguished Unit Scouter Awards will be awarded at the District Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 18.

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Great Rivers District Lock-In Flyer

 Friday, April 7 to Saturday, April 8
Maplewood Middle School - 2410 Holloway Ave. E, Maplewood, MN 55019
Registration: 8:30PM
Registration Fee for youth and adults: $20/online pre-registration $25/on-site
Webelos: Aquanaut and First Responder Adventures
Boy Scouts: First Aid Requirements for the Tenderfoot and Second Class Rank
Ventures: Come and have fun!

Registration: https://www.scoutingevent.com/250-gr2017lockin

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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 ...

Klondike Derby 2017
  • Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2017
  • Time: Registration starts at 8:45 -- Event starts at 9:00
  • Location: Fred C. Andersen - Upper Area
  • Entry Fee: $15 per Scout, $7 per adult

Test Your Mettle! Show Your Skills! Brave the Elements! Demonstrate Your Character!   Arrrrg! The Klondike Derby be a fun winter sled race, driven by Scouts and powered by Scouts! It’s a one-day event of Scouting fun that is a mixture of competitive spirit and outdoor fellowship. 

It is recommended that each Scout Patrol make and bring a Klondike Derby sled. Plastic sleds/toboggans can be used for the station portion of the event. However, to participate in the race at the end of the event, the Scout Patrol must have a built Klondike Derby sled.  (Numerous easy-to-build and cool sled plans are available online)   Patrols can contain up to 8 Scouts each. Parrots are optional! And don’t forget to bring a Patrol Cheer!

Remember -- This is an outdoor event! Please dress for the expected weather!   Scouts must be prepared to stay out in the cold weather all day. A dry change of mittens or gloves is highly recommended for everyone who plans to attend.   

A warm lunch will be provided, and is included in the cost of the event. 

Hosted By Troop 9196, Winner of the 2016 Klondike Derby!

Detailed Leader Packet will be posted in January.

CLICK HERE for the event flyer

Klondike Derby Registration Link:  https://www.scoutingevent.com/250-gr2017klondikederby

 

New District URL GreatRiversBSA.org

www.greatriversbsa.org redirects to the Great Rivers District website

 

Scout-O-Rama
  • When:  September 24, 2016 9am to 12pm
  • Where:  
    • St .Paul -  Duluth and Case Rec Center, 1020 Duluth. 
    • North St. PaulNorth Star Scouting Museum 
    • Woodbury - Edgewater Park
    • Stillwater - Washington Square Park
  • Flyer: CLICK HERE for a flyer

GO TO OUR FACEBOOK SITE

Come to the nearest FREE event.  Scouting Expo for the whole family!!!!!   Come learn about scouting:  Cooking Demos.  Camping displays.  Fire starting.  First Aid.  Pinewood Derby Racing.  Rain Gutter Regatta.  Scout Crafts.  Gotta Earn'em All !

 

Register for OA chapter conclave

Remember to register for this Fall's OA chapter conclave.  Remind your scouts.  See you there !!!!

http://oa.nsbsa.org/ChapterConclaves.aspx 

Kudos to scouts marching in the Woodbury Days Parade
 

District annual program KICKOFF
  • WHAT:  Program Kickoff
  • WHEN:  August 18th.   6:30pm treats.  7pm Announcements.
  • WHERE:  Park behind LDS church.  2140 Hadley Ave, Oakdale, MN
  • FLYER:  CLICK HERE for the program flyer.

Come and gather with other Scouters and see what’s new in the district for the coming year.  On August 18th rain or shine.  New location this year!  We’ll be in the park just behind the LDS Church at 2140 Hadley Ave, Oakdale.  Meet at 6:30 for ice cream treats.  With announcements at 7:

DON’T MISS the GREAT RIVERS DISTRICT’S ANNUAL PROGRAM KICK OFF

 

Great Rivers Popcorn Sales

On February 4th at the Great Rivers District Roundtable, District Committee Chairman, Dr. Mike Westfall and District Popcorn Chairman, Rocky Vandal, teamed up to present awards to some of the top popcorn selling scouts in our District for 2015.  Great job well done by Webelos Scout, Todd F, Cub Scouts, Riley A., and Ryan B. and Star Boy Scout, Dylan U.

 

                                                                                                               

 

Each of the scouts sold over $2000.00 in popcorn and some sold over $3500.00 in 2015.  Popcorn works!

 

5 scouts earned college scholarships that accrue interest quarterly for selling over $2500.00.  Now that they qualified for the scholarships, every year they sell popcorn, regardless of how much they sell, a portion of that money gets added to the original scholarship.

 

In 2015, our district sold over $236,000 in popcorn, pretzels and home town hero donations.  That calculates to over $84,000 in commission paid directly to the selling units. 

 

In 2015, we crossed over the 50% mark of selling units in our district.  54% of our units went to selling popcorn in 2015 and your unit can join the party in 2016.  Popcorn works!

 

Popcorn can and is working well for several units as their once a year fund raiser.  Some use it as a supplement to their existing fundraiser.  Either way works.

 

Contact our 2015 District Popcorn Chair, Rocky Vandal for details.  He has a team ready and willing to support your unit for a successful sales event.

 

Rocky can be reached at Rockyagain@msn.com or 651-788-1154 (text preferred or voice mail).

 

 

On February 4th at the Great Rivers District Roundtable, District Committee Chairman, Dr. Mike Westfall presented 2nd Class Boy Scout, Robbie S. from Troop 188 an award for being the top seller in the top selling troop for 2015.  One of the incentives for being the top seller in the troop was the top selling scout gets to sit in the large red chair at every troop meeting and every troop outing for an entire year.  The big red chair they get to sit in is the one pictured on the photo below.

 

 

Troop 188 is a success story in the making.  About a year and a half ago, it almost folded, but the leadership team pulled together, turned it around and it has doubled in size.

 

2015 was also the troop’s first time selling popcorn.  In the past, they were concerned about competing with the pack but in 2015, they found a better solution where both units can benefit.  Instead of competing, they teamed up with the pack and sold popcorn together.  Collectively, they sold over $21,000.00 in popcorn.  This calculates to over $7500.00 in commission to be split between the pack and the troop.

 

Contact our 2015 District Popcorn Chair, Rocky Vandal for details.  He has a team ready and willing to support your unit for a successful sales event.

 

Rocky can be reached at Rockyagain@msn.com or 651-788-1154 (text preferred or voice mail).

 

Polar Cubs promotional video

CLICK HERE to see the Polar Cubs promotional video.

 

Klondike Derby
  • When:  January 30th 2016, 9am - 3pm
  • Where:  Fred C Andersen
  • Theme:  Yukon-Do-It Olympics
  • Activities:  Gold Diggers, 2 man saw, Tug-o-war, fire, yukon ski race, emergency shelters, etc.
  • Entry Fee: - $17.50 per scout,  $8.00 adult and staff
  • Registration link: https://scoutingevent.com/?gr2016klondikederby 
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Super Training Day
  • Where:  Guardian Angels Church, 8260 4th St. N, Oakdale, MN
  • When:  Saturday, November 14, 20159:00 am to 3:00 pm 
  • Cost:  $7.50 per leader  (Lunch to be served)
  • What: 
    • Scoutmaster (SM) Specific  -  9:00-2:30
    • Assistant SM Specfic 9:00-2:30
    • Eagle Mentor/Eagle Coach  -  9:00-12:30
    • Youth Protection  -  12:30-1:15 (NO CHARGE)

CLICK HERE to register.   Any questions, please contact:  Dave Peters 651-307-4259 or sharpelbow@gmx.com 

 

Recharter training

All Unit Charter Renewals are due at the district November roundtable.   CLICK HERE for the recharter training materials.

 

Eagle Expo - Tuesday, Oct 27
  • 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, October 27, 2015, 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 
  • Plus! The Eagle Application, what to expect at your Eagle Board of Review, and, Eagle Court of Honor Ideas

CLICK HERE for flyer

 

District Award of Merit Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Great Rivers District Award of Merit 2015.  Click here for an overview of this award.

Submit nominations to Cheng Lee in the Saint Paul Council Office by March 20, 2015.

 

Tim Anders, Great Rivers DE, Is Moving On
 

Oct 10-12 - Fall District Camporee
What:  Great Rivers District 2014 Fall Camporee
When:  Friday October 10–Sunday October 12
Theme: “A Day in the Life of a Boy Scout”
Where:  Phillippo Scout Reservation

Leader Info:  CLICK HERE

Register:  https://scoutingevent.com?grfallcamporee2014

The day will be filled with a variety of Scout Skills, that can be used toward rank advancement requirements as well as stations geared toward certain merit badge requirements.  It is not the intent of this year’s Camporee for the Scouts to complete a full merit badge, but rather to provide stations to introduce a scout to certain merit badges.  The Scout can then determine if they would like pursue completion of any of the merit badges.  Each Scoutmaster will determine if the Scout has completed the rank advancement requirement to their satisfaction.  If you have questions on the event you can contact Sue Gurrola (651) 295-5292 or by email at sue.gurrola@state.mn.us


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Eagle Expo - October 21st
Who:  Life and 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, October 21, 2014   7:00 - 8:30pm 
                 (sign-in begins at 6:45pm)
Where:  North Presbyterian Church

Church is located at 2675 Highway 36 East, North St. Paul.   From Hwy 36 or I-694, turn onto Century Ave (Hwy 120).  Turn west onto 16th Ave.  Then, turn on Charles St and on 14th Ave.  Church is at end of Street.

Come to to learn about the Life-to-Eagle process.  How to find a project.  Planning.  Developing.  Showing Leadership.  Fundraising.  Carrying out work days.  Creating the final report.

Plus!  The Eagle Application, what to expect at your Eagle Board of Review, and, Eagle Court of Honor Ideas.
 

Den Chief Training - Sept 20th
Who:  Boy Scouts & Den Leaders
When:  Saturday, Sept., 20 8:30-noon. 
Where:  Guardian Angels, 8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128
Cost:  Adult Leaders - free, Scouts $15 - Fee covers Den Chief Handbook & snacks

Questions?  Contact David Peters, sharpelbow@gmx.com 

Three ways to register ... Email sharpelbow@gmx.com or online http://training.northernstarbsa.org/default.aspx

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Request for help with Disc Golf Tournament

Northern Lights District is looking for volunteers to help with a Disc Golf Tournament at 5 different courses. If all the hours are filled, Rum River BSA camp in Anoka will get its own 18 hole course - approximately a $10,000 value. Full details and sign up instructions are at the link below.

Your resident disc golf enthusiast says three of the five courses are relatively close - Oakwood, The Valley and Kaposia are the courses I'd recommend for service - Kaposia being the most popular and Oakwood the furthest of the close courses. The hours they're looking to fill are 8-noon and 2-6 pm July 22, 23, 24 & 25.  Volunteers who do a double (morning and afternoon shifts) will get lunch and all volunteers receive a T-shirt.
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School Night for Scouting

This September 18th is a special state wide scout recruiting night.  Learn more about it with the attached presentation from the "School Night For Scouting" training.

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June 5th - School night for scouting training

What:  Ignite the fun.  Rocket into Scouting!
Where:  LDS Church, Oakdale <-- See roundtable info page

Who:  Pack leaders
Time:  7:00pm

Training will include: details on the ROCKET theme and associated incentives, planning for September 18 to be the ONE NIGHT for ALL UNITS in the STATE OF MINNESOTA to conduct a RECRUITMENT RALLY, experiencing a FAST registration process, the agenda and tips for the follow up New Parent Meeting, the process and responsibilities that Northern Star Council will be handling (including a statewide marketing campaign), the role that unit leader will need to play in marketing in their area, an exciting on-line registration system used to support our units in recruitment.  

 

SAVE THE DATE - Sept 20th - Cubanapolis
Who: All Scouts and potential scouts in the Great Rivers District. 
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 (noon)
Where: Oakdale Nature Preserve (Large Picnic Shelter next to the Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave N)

What is a Cubanapolis? 

  • Cubanapolis is a fun event for Cub Scouts!
  • Scouts will build their own “car” out of cardboard
  • The “car” must be worn in the race so get a box big enough to cut holes in top and side for head and arms to fit through.  Make sure the box is not too big for the Scout. Boys need to be able to run while carrying the box.  See attached plans.  
  • Scouts can decorate their “car” however they wish
  • This is an opportunity to have fun with your Scout!

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District Recognition Dinner - April 10th
  • If you still want to go, email sdegel@comcast.net ASAP.   Online sign-up is closed.  But numbers can still be adjusted.
  • Theme ... "Legends of Scouting"
  • CLICK HERE for the flyer
  • When and where...  Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Guardian Angels Church, 8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN
  • Check-in 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:30 pm
  • Cost ... $22.00 per person ... 2013 Class of Eagle Scouts are FREE
  • Meal.... South of the Boarder! ... Beef Taco & Enchiladas ...  Vegetarian Refried Beans, Mexican Rice ... Salad, Dessert Cake & Ice Cream
  • Questions please contact Co-Chairs
  • Scott Degel at 651-776-7317 or sdegel@comcast.net
  • or Jim Fitch at 651-770-8836 or jfitch5860@aol.com
 

Super Training Day --- March 22nd

Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Charted Org Rep, & Den Chief

  • 9-4:30  Scoutmaster (SM) Specific
  • 9-4:30  Assistant SM Specific
  • 9-2:30  Troop Committee
  • 9-12  Cub Master (CM) Specific
  • 9-12  Asst CM Specific
  • 9-12  Committee Chair
  • 9-12  Den Leader Specific
  • 9-2:30  Den Chief (for Scouts) 
  • 9-2:30  Chartered Org. Rep 
  • 12:30-1:15  Youth Protection (FREE)  
 

Pinewood Derby - Friday April 4th
  • CLICK HERE for the event flyer and more info
  • CLICK HERE for the updated 2014 rules, building tips and local construction clinics.
  • DATE:  Friday April 4th
  • CHECK-IN:    5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • RACE START:  6:45PM
  • AWARDS:    8:15pm plan
  • COST:  $6 per car
  • WHERE:  Woodbury High School Varsity Gym, 2665 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN
 

District - Lock-In
  • CLICK HERE for more info
  • When:  Friday March 7th 9:30pm to March 8th 6:00am
  • Activities: 10:30 PM – 6:00 AM
  • Webelos: Aquanaut and Readyman activity pins
  • Boy Scouts: First aid requirements for the Tenderfoot and Second Class ranks Aquatics requirements for the Second Class and First Class ranks
  • Boy Scouts:  BSA Swim Test
  • Boy Scouts:  Fingerprinting merit badge
  • Ventures: Come and have fun
 

Boy Scout leader summer camp orientation

Boy Scout leaders are invited to a summer camp leader orientation on March 1st at 9:00am at Base Camp.   Contact Randy Greenly for more information.

 

Klondike Derby - February 1st

Scouts Wanted! Pack up your Sleds, its Klondike time!

Host Troop 9005 would like all Great Rivers Troops to join the winter fun of a sled race with Scout made sleds, driven by Scouts and powered by Scouts.  The Klondike Derby is a one day event based upon the knowledge and mastery of scout skills and the Patrol’s ability to apply those skills to the challenge at hand.  Each patrol will pull their sled with a passenger to several towns (skill stations) for Patrol competitions. 

  • Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
  • Time: Check-In/Registration 9:00
  • Location: Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp - Upper Level Activity Field
  • Entry Fee: $12 per scout and $5 per adult - (Covers facility rental, awards, and hot beverages)
It is recommended that each Scout Patrol make and bring a Klondike Derby sled.  Plastic Sleds/toboggans can be used for the station portion of the event.  However, to participate in the race at the end of the event, the scout patrol must have a Klondike Derby sled. (Sled plans are available online)

 

This is an outdoor event!  Dress for the expected weather!   Scouts must be prepared to stay out in the cold weather all day.

Estimated schedule:

  • 9:00 – 9:30 am Check-in
  • 9:30 am Opening and Events
  • 2:30 pm Klondike Sled Race
Each participant is asked to bring 1 can of (non-cream) soup for the lunch of Booya soup.  Participants may choose to bring additional lunch items.

 

For any questions contact Host Scoutmaster David Benke at djmbenke@comcast.net or (651) 357-2051 or Sue Gurrola at gurfam@tcq.net or (651) 295-5292 cell

 

Nominations due March 6th

District Award of Merit - ... PDF form ... DOC form ... The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.  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.

Distinguished Unit Scouter - ... PDF form ...   DOC form ... The award is intended to recognize unit level scouters who have performed distinguished service to youth through THEIR unit activities over a sustained period of time. 

2014 Scouting for food results

While results are still being tabulated, the April Scouting for Food district wide drives so far report over 40,000 pounds collected and $1800 in monetary contributions.  Scouting for Food drives are done throughout the year, with Scouts collecting food donated by individuals and left by the front doors of their homes for pick-up. Tens of thousands of pounds of food and thousands of dollars in donations are collected each year through these drives and distributed to food shelves across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Great Rivers --> Our district totals are an estimated 8,055 pounds collected and distributed to five different food shelves around the district and over 1100 service hours performed.  

Don’t forget to enter your service hours on the JTE website. 

The returns reflect the food collected on April 26th by the Chief Black Dog, Dan Patch, Great Rivers and Northwest Districts. Scouts distributed door hangers promoting the drive the previous week and returned to pick up the items that Saturday morning.

These drives help feed individuals and families in need and teach the Scouts a core scouting value, helping others.


 

February Roundtable

Please join us for February’s roundtable.

Bring a friend and they will earn a free Great Rivers District patch and just for bringing them you will too.

As always we will have a breakout for Cub Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders and Venturing Advisers.

The Cub Scout Leader Breakout will cover Service Projects (Core Value for March - Compassion). Receive some great ideas about service projects in the area.

The Boy Scout Leader Breakout will be a round table discussion continuing on with " Scouts and electronic communication".  Good and Bad.

See you there.

 

Cub Leader Training - October 1st in Woodbury
All your leader specific needs.  All scouts deserve a trained leader.  Come one, come all to the Great Rivers Cub Scout Super Training.

  • Tues., October 1st, 2013  6:00pm to 9pm
  • Woodbury Baptist Church, 6695 Upper Afton Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125
  • Leader training in:
    • THIS IS SCOUTING
    • TIGER LEADER TRAINING
    • WOLF/BEAR LEADER TRAINING
    • WEBELOS LEADER TRAINING
    • CUBMASTER/COMMITTEE SPECIFIC TRAINING
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Invite for Council Pinewood Race
For those advancing to the council Pinewood derby race, CLICK HERE for the invite for the race. 

District Cookout and Recognition

Great Rivers District 3rd Annual Event Combining Volunteer Recognition and Outdoor Cooking!

  • When:  Thursday, May 9th, 2013, one week after the May Roundtable.
  • Who: Great Rivers District Scouters and their families
  • What: A combination of outdoor cooking demonstrations by District Scouters and a recognition program for the great accomplishments by many of the Scouters in the District.  We will also recognize the Eagle Scout Class of 2012. 
  • Awards will include:
    • Distinguished Unit Scouter
    • District Award of Merit
    • Carl Kaeple District Service Award
    • Partners for Youth Award. 
  • Where: Tartan Park Pavilion #1 up on top of the hill.
  • Time
    • Cooking starts any time after 5:00
    • Social Hour and grazing:  6:00 – 7:00
    • Recognition Program:  7:00 – 8:00
  • Cost: FREE!  However, we do encourage you to show off your outdoor cooking skills or bring a little something to share.  In addition, it would be helpful if you would be generous enough to buy a few raffle tickets to help cover the costs of this event.  Items to be raffled will be on display on the Great Rivers District website.
  • Don’t forget your scout bucks!!!  There will be a silent-auction to spend all of your Scout Bucks that you have earned over the year
  • CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Community Service Award

Service is a part of the Journey to Excellence program.  The Council Community Service Award is a new award offered by Northern Star Council.  The purpose of the Council Community Service Award is twofold:

  • To promote character-building and citizenship in Scouts and Scouters who realize their responsibility to service their city, state and nation, both individually and through group effort; and
  • To recognize Scout and Scouters who provide certain levels of community service measured by hours performed in such service.

This Award is for all Scouts and Scouters at all levels, and honors cumulative service.  It is not expected to be a “one and done” award.  Requirements for earning the new Community Service Award Patch and ordering procedures are included on this link.  

 

Klondike Derby 2015 - Feb 7

Registration is now open for the event on February 7, 2015, at Fred C. Anderson near Houlton, WI.

Pack up your sleds, it's Klondike time!  Sled race with scout made sleds, driven by scouts, and powered by scouts.  Each patrol will pull their sled with a passenger to several towns (skill stations) for patrol competitions.  It's is a one day event of Scouting fun.

For questions, contact Sue Gurrola at sue.gurrola@state.mn.us or (651) 295-5292 cell.

 

Introduction to Woodworking Merit Badge - Feb 15

Boy Scouts age 13 years and older are invited to attend an "Introduction to Woodworking" merit badge class (limited to 8 boys).

Registration: Call Mr. Barrett @ 651-731-9043 (between 9 AM and 9 PM).

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Time: 1 – 3PM
Where: Rockler Woodworking & Hardware Store
1872 Beam Avenue, Maplewood, MN
Cost: $10 (Cash) Note* materials cost to complete merit badge could be $10 and up, 6 projects to complete

Be Prepared with the following:

  • Read the requirements before class
  • Bring merit badge book
  • Bring signed merit badge card
  • Bring a signed Totin’ Chip card, if completed
  • Dress for a dusty work area; no scout uniform

Eye, ear, and breathing protection will be provided.

 

Nov 14th - Silver Beaver Nominations due

CLICK HERE for the application to nominate one of your fellow scouters for the Silver Beaver award.

 

District Lock-In at Oxford Community Center - Feb 27

Registration is now open for the event on February 27, 2015, at Oxford Community Center in St. Paul, MN.

Units are required to furnish adult supervision and leadership throughout the Lock-in. Webelos dens are encouraged to attend with their future troop. Health forms are required for all participants. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag and appropriate clothes/swimwear for classes chosen.

Program Features

Webelos Aquanaut and Readyman activity pins
Boy Scouts First aid requirements for the Tenderfoot and Second Class ranks; Aquatics requirements for the Second Class and First Class ranks; BSA Swin Test; Fingerprinting merit badge
Ventures Come and have fun

 

For questions, contact Craig Moeckly at (651) 762-7693.

 

Nov 15 - JTE 2.0 and Unit Rechartering

The Journey To Excellence 2.0 (JTE2) is a series of guideposts intended to guide your program planning and delivery.  To learn more, click here.

An important step in your journey to deliver the best possible program is to recharter on-time (on or before 11/15/2014) so that all your members are registered and your unit insurance is renewed.  Contact your unit commissioner if you have questions.

 

Nov 15 - Super Training Day

Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN

CLICK HERE to register.   $7.50 per leader.  Lunch to be served.  Any questions, please contact:  Dave Peters at 651-307-4259 or  sharpelbow@gmx.com 

  •  9:00 -  4:30 - Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster Specific
  •  9:00 -  2:30 - Troop Committee
  •  9:00 - 12:00 - Cubmaster and Asst. Cubmaster Specific
  •  9:00 - 12:00 - Pack Committee / Committee Chair
  •  9:00 - 12:00 - Den Leader Specific  
  •  9:00 -  2:30 - Chartered Organization Representative 
  •  9:00 -  4:00 - Venture Leader Specific
  • 12:30 -  1:15 - Youth Protection  -   NO CHARGE
 

Nov 21 - OA Fall Fellowship

Maple Grove Community Center -- Nov 21 8 PM - Nov 22 6 AM

This fall get ready for the most spectacular, amazing, incredible, event of the year. An action packed night filled with swimming, pizza, broom ball, magic, video games, movies, games, most importantly brotherhood. Come in a costume or just street clothes either way, here everyone is a hero.

Register --> https://scoutingevent.com/?oafallfellowshipnov2014

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Jan 10 - OA 100th Anniversary Winter Banquet

Base Camp, 201 Bloomington Rd, Fort Snelling, MN

Open to All

Join us to celebrate the Order of the Arrow's Centennial Anniversary and our Lodge’s Servant Leaders.  Our featured guest speakers are: John Andrews and Brian Halloran.  Register here.

 

Super Training Day - March 21

Guardian Angel Church, 8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN from 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Registration is open for Super Training Day on March 21.  Training is available for:

  • Scoumaster Specific
  • Asst. Scoumaster Specific
  • Troop Committee
  • Venture Leader Specific
  • Charter Org. Rep.
  • Committee Chair
  • Youth Protection

If you are not yet considered trained for your position, please plan to attend this event.

 

World Scout Jamboree - March 31 Deadline
The 23rd World Scout Jamboree event is being held in Japan from July 28 - August 8, 2015.  The last chance to sign-up is March 31.  Click here for more information. 

Grey Wolf Nominations - April 1 Deadline

Grey Wolf is Northern Star Council’s home of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Youth attending Grey Wolf will find themselves in a welcoming environment, firmly rooted in the Scout Oath and Law, focused on helping each individual develop his or her leadership potential.

The Grey Wolf staff is already working diligently to prepare an excellent program for the summer of 2015. Senior youth and adult staff members have been meeting since November, with the first full staff development session recently completed at the start of January. Northern Star Council will offer four Grey Wolf courses in the summer of 2015; all will be held at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp:

  • June 14 – 20
  • June 21 – 27
  • July 5 – 11
  • July 12-18

This year’s nomination deadline is April 1, 2015. It is very important that all Grey Wolf nominations be approved by either the Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor and be submitted no later than this date. Units and youth selected to attend will receive confirmation letters. It is then the responsibility of the youth, his/her parents, and/or the unit to submit payment, medical forms, and other necessary documents as indicated in the confirmation letter by May 1, 2015.

 

U of MN Merit Badge Day - April 4th
Eleven merit badges taught by those majoring in the fields.







CLICK HERE for more information 

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.

 

Distinguished Unit Scouter Award - April 9 Nominations Due

Distinguished Unit Scouter Award - DOC form ... This award is intended to recognize unit level scouters who have performed distinguished service to youth through THEIR unit activities over a sustained period of time. The awards will be presented at the May Potluck Cook-off Recognition event at the May 7ty Roundtable.

 

District Roundtable - April 9

Roundtable will be on the second Tuesday of the month due to the holiday!

Cub Scout Leader breakout session will cover the upcoming changes to the Cub program (see details in separate announcement below).

I'm sure you've heard about these changes, but do you know all of the details?  The breakout session will have a guest speaker, Katie Dettmann of Prairie Lakes District, to help explain these details.  Katie and her husband, Justin, have attended the Philmont Training Center during the past 2 summers and have learned all about the new program.  They are considered expert resources on the subject for the Northern Star Council and we are fortunate to have Katie as a guest presenter.

 

District Volunteers

The district is looking for several volunteers to help with Cub Scout advancement and activities.. If you're interesting in helping with activities, please contact Sue Gurrola at 651-739-4132 or sue.gurrola@state.mn.us.  To learn more about advancement, please contact Dave Jungkunz at 651-777-4282 or mmmpc654@isd.net.

 

School Night for Scouting Training - April 16 or 18

Presbyterian Church of the Way, 3382 Lexington Ave N, Shoreview, MN -- April 16, 7 - 8:30 PM

University of Scouting - Lakeville South High School, 21135 Lacquard Ave, Lakeville, MN -- April 18, 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Rocket Into Scouting is back! We had so much success with the rocket themed School Night for Scouting last year, we're giving it another go but with some slights twists to make it even better. This year's School Night for Scouting will be held September 17, 2015. There will be plenty more announcements to come about Rocket Into Scouting II, but first up is some training to ensure that we do as well as possible. School Night for Scouting Training will be held at this year's University of Scouting.

The Northern Star Council’s University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on, experience-laden opportunity to network with other Scouters, and it truly a learning adventure for new or experienced Scouters. There is a full catalog of classes to take. You’ll find courses that are engaging and meaningful no matter what part of Scouting you are involved in.

School Night for Scouting is only the beginning in identifying all of the many changes to the plans and support materials for recruiting youth and adults. This new class at the University of Scouting is for ALL leaders: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. The course will be offered at each 50 minute session.

 

District Pinewood Derby - April 17

Royal Oaks Elementary in Woodbury, 7335 Steepleview Road, Woodbury, MN 55125.  Hosted by Pack 559.

The 2015 District Derby Race is being held on April 17 from 6 - 9 PM.  Registration is from 6:15 - 6:55 PM and races by rank will be from 7 - 9 PM.  See flyer for more details.

The 2015 Council Derby Race will be held on Saturday, June 6 at Base Camp.  Clink here for the council rules. 

The format has changed to a friendlier style. There are WARNING boxes and boxes with useful INFO. The main changes are: car clearance, use of washers, and who may race at the Northern Star Council Pinewood Derby Championship.

 

University of Scouting - April 18

Lakeville South High School, 21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, MN - 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Register for University of Scouting to attend training, training, and more training.  It's a great place to learn new skills, exchange ideas, and meet new people.  Click here for more details.

 

Eagle Expo - April 21

For Life Scouts, Star Scouts, Parents, Eagle Coaches, and Scout Leaders.  The Eagle Expo is a good place to learn more about the Life-to-Eagle process.  Some of the topics that will be covered are How to find A Project, Planning, Developing, showing Leadership, carrying out Work Days, and the Final Report. 

More details will be available soon...

 

Scouting For Food - April 25

The Districtwide Service project of Scouting for Food will be held on Saturday, April 25. Units can signup for neighborhoods to be covered and obtain door hanger’s at roundtable on April 9. If they are unable to attend, you can contact Sue Gurrola at sue.gurrola@state.mn.us to coordinate you unit's service project.

 

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.

 

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!

Follow us on:  facebook   twitter

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

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Super Cub Leader Training Day - May 21

Woodbury Baptist Church, 6995 Upper Afton Rd, Woodbury, MN -- 6:30 - 9 pm, $10/person

To register, please send email to Dave Peters and include the following information: Name, Unit Number, BSA ID# (if you have one), and type of training you're seeking.

Please register by May 14 so instructors can be secured and enough new leader handbooks are available.

Contact Dave Peters at 651-307-4259 or email if you have any questions. Click here for more info.

New Cub Scout Program

  • 6:30-7  Youth Protection
  • 7-9  Cub Master, Asst Cub Master, Committee Chair, Pack Committee
  • 7-9  Den Leader Specific (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear)
  • 7-9  Webelos Leader Specific
 

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.

 

Cubanapolis - July 29

Oakdale Nature Center, 4444 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale, MN -- 6:30 pm

Cubanapolis (or Cubanapolis 400) is a fun derby where Cub Scouts put on boxes that look like cars and race each other (by running). A Cubanapolis is a boy powered car made out of cardboard that the boys will race in. The Cub Scouts will race by ranks. Each Cub Scout will need a partner for the race. Parents or other family members are encouraged to partner with their son to be their “pit crew”.

CLICK HERE for more information

 

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.

 

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.

 

Super Saturday Popcorn Training - Aug 1, 8

Mall of America on Aug 1, New Hope Cinema Grill on Aug 8

Send your unit popcorn/fundraising chair to popcorn training. For new/experienced unit popcorn chairs, there will be different sessions for both. Register here.

 

District Annual Program Kickoff - Aug 20
When: August 20th at 6:30 pm
Where: Oakdale's Richard Walton Park
1584 Hadley Ave, Oakdale, MN

CLICK HERE for a map .... just behind the police station

Rain or shine !!!   Come and gather with other Scouters and see what’s new in the district for the coming year.     6:30pm for ice cream treats.     7:00pm announcements and information.

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JTE (Journey To Excellence) - Aug 31 deadline

JTE Guideposts 1 and 2 need to be submitted to your Unit Commissioner or the Great Rivers District Commissioner, Mike Fratto by August 31st.

Each unit needs to submit: program calendar, budget plans, and communication plan. See link to help get is done.

 

Popcorn Fundraising - sale starts Sept 18

2015 Popcorn sale starts on Sept. 18 at 5:00 PM. Looking for that fun, once-a-year, low risk fundraiser to fund your unit’s scouting program and events for the entire year? Packs, troops, and Crews are signing up throughout the Council to sell popcorn.

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.

For 2015, we have Hmong and Spanish speakers along with trilingual sales flyers available so you can tailor your unit’s kickoff and training events specifically to fit your unit’s needs.

Now would be the perfect time to bring it up to your unit's planning committee. Popcorn sales can also supplement a successful fundraiser.

Our Great (GREAT!) Rivers District Popcorn Chair is Rocky Vandal. He can be contacted at Rockyagain@msn.com (preferred) or cell/text at 651-788-1154. He will be glad to provide resources for a successful popcorn fundraiser event.

 

District Camporee - Oct 9-11 - Mining in Society

Fred C. Andersen Scout Reservation (upper level), near Houlton, WI

CLICK HERE to register.

CLICK HERE for flyer.

Mining has been an important part of our nation since the 19th century. Today, the industry employs 3 million Americans, directly and indirectly, and is a major contributor to the global mining landscape. This merit badge covers the history of mining, explores the status of mining in the 21st century, introduces Scouts to modern mining careers, and explores the all-important topic of mining safety.

Merit Badge stations will be hosted by volunteers including professional exploration, environmental and mining geologists and engineers, and they are planning to bring with them drill rigs and exploration equipment. Scouts have the opportunity to complete the new Mining in Society merit badge at the camporee if they participate in all the day’s events. To receive credit, each Scout should print out the merit badge worksheet and bring it to the camporee. Each Scoutmaster will determine if the Scout has completed the rank advancement requirement to their satisfaction. ***JUST ADDED – We have determined we can also offer the Geology Merit Badge during the same time frame. It is not an either/or option but rather the Scouts can earn BOTH merit badges.***

Troops are welcome to invite 2nd year Webelos to come camping with your Troop. There will not be a separate Webelos program offered at the Fall Camporee; however, Webelos attendance should fulfill all or a majority of the geologist activity badge and also fulfill requirements toward the Arrow of Light Award. If you have questions on the event you can contact Sue Gurrola (651) 295-5292 or by email at "sue.gurrola@gmail.com".

We also encourage units to participate in the second annual Scrumdiddlyumptious Traveling cooking contest trophy. Each year the camporee will have a cuisine challenge of a themed dish. This year’s key ingredient for the cook off dish will be Chocolate. The entry can be any dish including any type of Chocolate. All Units are encouraged to submit at least one entry. Troop 9005, winner of the 2014 Scrumdiddlyumptious Traveling Award, will be the hosts and judges for this year’s event. The unit with the winning dish will take home the traveling trophy until next year’s Camporee.

 

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
 

Attention all Cub Scout Leaders!

There are changes coming this summer for the Cub Scout program.

This will be the most significant change since the introduction of the current Webelos program in 1967.

There will be a webcast on January 17th if you would like to learn more and we will be offering more information at the upcoming roundtables for the rest of this school year.  Follow this link for information about the webcast:

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx

 

Cub Scout Program Changes

The new Cub Scout program started on June 1.  To learn more, come to roundtable this fall or use the links below.

Handbooks and Leader Guides are available now in all Scout Shops.

 

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