Sunday, April 19, 2015

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.


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 - April 6 Registration Opens

Registration opens on April 6.

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 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.


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 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!

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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

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