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 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.

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.

 

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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