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2015 Family Friends of Scouting Campaign

As we kick off this year's Friends of Scouting campaign, look back at all of the wonderful activities your son or daughter were able to do because of scouting and your support. Help make this year's campaign a success. As of today, we are 82.47 percent of the way towards our Family Friends of Scouting goal.

This number reflects only the Family portion of the Northern Lights District Friends of Scouting goal. There is also a community goal where we ask local businesses to help support scouting. The community goal is not reflected here. If you know of some contacts in the community we can approach for support, please contact Chip Chapin (612)963-0049, our Friends of Scouting chairman

Curious on where your unit stands on their individual goal? If you are a registered user of the Unit Toolbox, you can see where you stand by accessing the Unit Toolbox.

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On LIne "How To" for Cub Scout Training on the My.Scouting web site

BSA has implementing a new training management system that is attached to the my.scouting.org site (not myscouting.org). This new training management system will slowly replace all of the existing online training. As of this writing, the new training management system is only for Cub Scout leader training.

Here is a document to help cub scout leaders navigate the new online training system.  We have had questions or have heard of volunteer frustrations with the site.  Feel free to share this document with all volunteers, particularly anyone who is working with Cub Scouting. 

For the JTE training deadline, leaders should complete as many modules as are available for their position OR attend an in-person session.  Many options for in-person training are available this including University of Scouting.  More information is available on the council training website: http://training.northernstarbsa.org/default.aspx.   

For complete instructions, click this link

Upcoming Wood Badge Courses

Wood Badge is the premier training for adult leaders in all Scouting programs and provides experiences with team development and leadership. The course is structured to include some classroom instruction, but is primarily activity based. Activities include patrol and troop games, problem-solving challenges and fun!

Participants see the patrol method in action by following a typical path from being a Cub Scout to Boy Scout and finally as a Venturer. They will interact with a patrol by cooking, camping and working together. The fall course will be held at Stearns Scout Camp for both weekends.
Wood Badge provides leadership tools for leaders in their professional, personal and volunteer lives. It provides strong Scouting values and a framework for an ideal troop. It recharges leaders and sparks new ideas and friendships through connections outside of individual units and across the council.
Participants will work a ticket as part of the Wood Badge program that offers opportunities to practice service to self and others. The tickets are developed with support from the course staff and need to be completed within 18 months. The recognition for this accomplishment include the Wood Badge neckerchief, woggle and beads.
The cost to attend Wood Badge is $250. Many Scouting units or employers will cover all or part of the cost. As with all Council Scouting events, there are scholarship funds available for individuals who may need assistance.
Next two courses
Fall Course at Stearns Scout Camp - Friday-Sunday: September 25-27 and October 16-18, 2015
Winter Course at Kiwanis Scout Camp - Friday-Sunday: January 29-31 and February 26-28, 2016.
If you have questions, please contact Joyce Zeman at jzeman@nsbsa.org or Dave Arola at darola@nsbsa.org

National Jamboree 2017

Are you interested in an experience of a lifetime? The 2017 National Jamboree will be here before you know it, July 19 to July 28, 2017 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, Mt Hope, West Virgina.  

Registration has been activated for this monumental event. Get the process started by visiting the National Jamboree website.
More information will be coming soon, so stay tuned

New Cub Scout Program Is Here!
Exciting changes are coming to the Cub Scouting program that will make it simpler to execute for unit leaders and more fun for boys!
As you may have heard, the new Cub Scout program launched June 1st. This new program is more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to implement for unit leaders. To ensure your unit is ready to make the transition, we've prepared a variety of documents below. Additionally, you can visit Scouting.org for more information.
New Cub Scout books and Den Leader materials have already hit the shelves of the Scout Shop! Stop-in for your copy today. For those looking for a more electronic option, all of the new publications are available as e-publications (via Amazon). 

From the Web Master

This site is always being worked on. Please email me at Doug Farmer (763)424-6424 if there are any changes in those items, if you have any content you would like to see on any of the pages listed, or any new pages you would like to see added. I hope this site becomes a resource for all scouts and scouters. To accomplish that, I need help from everyone in the district. District leaders, Unit leaders and scouts themselves. Any item you wish to see on this site, please forward to me. Also, send me Unit information, leader information, Unit web sites to link to, any photos, with events, captions etc. Send the information to  Doug Farmer (763)424-6424 Thanks