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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 80.59 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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Electronic Hang Files (think Pendaflex folders) contain flyers and information handed out at Roundtable or made available via the Web Site.
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Need a Range Officer, find one here

Do you need help finding qualified range personnel? You can use the council's Range Locator service that may be able to find range personnel for your planned activity. Use the Range Locator.

For more information on the shooting sports options in council camps, go to http://www.northernstarbsa.org/ActivitiesCivicService/Local/ShootingSports.aspx

School Night for Scouting 2015
Although School Night for Scouting is on September 17th, there are plenty of opportunities for you to promote Scouting in your community. Resources may be checked out from the Council so that you can promote your Pack. Forms and information can be found here on the campaign website: http://www.northernstarbsa.org/JoinScouting/Recruit.aspx. The unit order form for promotions can be found here: Order Form .
Cub Scout packs across the entire State of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have their fall recruitment on one night this year, Thursday, September 17, from 7PM until 8PM, at all elementary schools. All of our marketing and promotional materials will have this date and time on it.
All NEW Cub Scouts will receive a model rocket to be launched at a future pack outing! Packs will have the ability to purchase a rocket for returning Cubs Scouts as well.
NEW! The following materials will be available through your District Executive: door hangers, bookmarks, 2 ½” stickers, wristbands, Boys’ Life mini-magazines, half sheet recruiting fliers, and large vinyl banners (one per district available). All of these items will be great for packs to use for school open houses and other community events during the months of August and September. Materials will be available at the September Roundtable or upon request through our District Executive Mike Gabiou (mgabiou@northernstarbsa.org).
The website created to support this campaign, www.RocketintoScouting.org will be updated regularly with best methods of recruiting youth and parents, support materials, plans for fall pack activities with model rockets as a theme, complete lists, examples of support materials, and more.
For more details on materials or the School Night for Scouting recruitment campaign, contact our District Executive, Mike Gabiou

Represent Scouting at the Minnesota State Fair

We need hundreds of energetic volunteers to work at the Adventure Summit!

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.
Work a shift for Scouting, and in return we'll give you a ticket to the fair!



Launch your rockets from School Night for Scouting!
Make sure that your Pack’s fall plans include one of Northern Star Council’s Blast Off Day Camps. Launch your rockets you receive at School Night for Scouting. Blast Off will have fun for the whole family. Scouts, adults, and siblings are all invited to participate. Events may include hay rides, pontoon rides, archery, crafts, climbing, fall treats, and much more. This is a great opportunity to bring your brand new recruits to a great activity within a month of registration.
Blast Off will be held at the following locations and dates:
Date(s) Location(s):
October 3-4 Kiwanis (Marine on St. Croix) and Stearns (South Haven, MN)
October 10-11 Kiwanis and Phillippo (Cannon Falls, MN)
October 17-18 Kiwanis and Base Camp (Fort Snelling, MN)
October 24-25 Kiwanis and Rum River (Anoka, MN)
 Registration and forms will be posted on GoScouting.org and fliers will be handed out at all Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Resident Camps this summer. Registration opens on August 15.

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). 

2015 Guide to Advancement
The 2015 Guide to Advancement was issued by National a few weeks ago and is now available online. Every unit leader and Advancement Chair should have a copy. The guide is loaded with answers to advancement-related questions. To check out the searchable online guide and see what changes are included in this version, copy and paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/GuideToAdvancement.aspx
To download and print the 100-page Guide, head to http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf . The Guide to Advancement 2015 should also be available in the Scout Shop and is available on the district website.


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