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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 80.79 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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Coin Collecting Merit Badge and Show

Hello Fellow Scouts and Scouters, 

I trust your Scouting Year is going well and I hope I can add to that by offering the following opportunity. 

The MOON Coin Show is coming up the weekend of October 10th & 11th. They are sponsoring a Coin Collecting Merit Badge Class and I've been asked to organize and teach it. I'm excited to invite you, your Troop or any Scouters you may know that might be interested in attending. 

The show and class are at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. The class is on Saturday, October 10th. Check in is from 8:00-8:30am and the class starts at 8:30am. We will be done between 11:30am-Noon. 

If you intend to complete this in one day, you'll need to complete requirements 6-9. 

There are some coins you'll need to collect in order to complete the class. The show starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. You will have an opportunity during this session to visit the show. Please bring money if you need coins to complete your requirements. You will leave with a 2015 Kennedy Half dollar so keep that in mind while working on your requirements.  

I have individual Merit Badge Books and "Coin Collecting Merit Badge Coin Folders" also for each attendee. 

Registration Is Required 

To Register Visit https://www.facebook.com/mooncoinshow and click on click on "Merit Badge Register” located at the top.

When registering I need:

1. Each scouts name and Troop # 

2. An emergency contact and phone # for each scout for the day of the class. 

Registration is limited.  

Bring your own worksheets and pencil the day of the class. (complete as much as you can.) www.meritbadge.com

If all goes as planned you should be able to complete this Merit Badge that day. 

The fee is $5. Please make out and send your checks to: George Ross 4023 Hubbard Ave N Robbinsdale, MN 55422. Please email me geokatll@aol.com with any questions or call 763-242-1591 

If you need a Merit Badge Book before class please let me know.                                           

Your in Scouting! 

George Ross 

P.S. There is also a Free,Yes free Youth Auction on Sunday, October 11th you won't want to miss.  Ages 7-14. Free to all participants. Starts at 11am.Register early!  

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

University of Scouting - Oct 24th - Osseo High School

University of Scouting - October 24, 2015 - Osseo High School

The Northern Star Council’s University of Scouting is one of the LARGEST one day supplemental training programs available anywhere. It will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 8:00AM - 4:30PM at Osseo High School. map

The University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on opportunity to network with other Scouters, and is truly a learning adventure. This one-day supplemental training event is designed for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout adult leaders, AND Boy Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout youth leaders, regardless of experience.

You can choose from over 120 courses with an emphasis on programs, skills, and resources that will help you deliver a high quality program to our Scouting youth. New Leader and Position Specific training will also be offered. New this year is the Youth Leadership College. This new college provides leadership training courses for all Boy Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout aged youth in a variety of areas. From Running Great Patrol Leader Councils (PLC) to Troop and Crew Trek Planning, your youth leaders are bound to find classes that fit their interests. In addition, a vendor midway will be available offering exciting program resources, materials, and ideas.

If you have general questions, ideas for classes or are interested in teaching at the University of Scouting please contact the University of Scouting Chancellor at: uofscouting@gmail.com.

If you have questions about the University of Scouting Midway, contact the Midway Coordinator at: uofscoutingmidway@gmail.com.


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