Thursday, August 27, 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.


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 (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. Anderson Scout Reservation, upper level

Our district fall camporee is based on the new Mining and Society merit badge.  Watch for more exciting information to come.


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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