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October 2008

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From Michelle Pritchard, District Executive:

On Monday, August 18, on what was probably the hottest day of the year, about 95 Cub Scouts and almost half that many adults gathered at Rum River Scout Camp for an annual event now known as Cub Activity Day. Because the temperature reached 93 degrees (even the bugs stayed in the shade), Andrea and I spent the majority of our time filling water coolers, but the 23 volunteers helping with stations witnessed much more. Our theme, ‘Knights of the Roundtable’, was rather appealing for the boys. Catapults were assembled and tennis balls launched; Scouts were jousting on horses (well, the wooden kind); ice cream in a bag was made and eaten; the obstacle course was besieged and overcome; slingshots and boy-made cannons were fi red; shields and helmets were constructed; there were even some rousing games of Surprise Volleyball and Kickball. But inevitably, when the Scouts were asked what their favorite activity was, the answer always seems to be the same: ARCHERY AND BB-GUNS! This is, of course, what Activity Day is all about: great fun for Cub Scouts. Thank you to each of you who helped plan the event, run a station, led a group of Scouts, or just made sure your son was there for the fun. I would especially like to thank Mike & Rachel Muntean for all of their hard work this year. Their dedication to the Cub Scout program is truly inspirational. I am already looking forward to next year with loads of excitement… now if only we can keep on Mother Nature’s good side! If you’d like to help plan next year’s Activity Day, please contact Michelle via e-mail at mpritchard@orthernstarbsa.org or telephone at (763) 231-7227.

Northern Lights Welcomes a New District Chairman

George Abide, after serving as District Chairman for three years, has completed his tenure. While we will miss his warmth and encouragement at our district meetings, George will continue to be a positive infl uence on our youth at the unit level. n his stead, Bret Kerr has graciously accepted the role. Bret comes to us after serving a year as a Wolf den leader with his son’s pack. He also has a 10-year-old daughter, and a 6 year-old son looking forward to being a Tiger next year. Bret has spent the last 14 years working with Target, most recently as the manager of the Super Target in Monticello. He is currently working on his ticket items for Wood Badge, and is very excited to be a strong leader for our district. Welcome aboard, Bret!

Support the troops – with snacks!

There are lots of ways to show support of the men and women serving in the U.S. military: magnetic ribbons on our vehicles, sending cards and letters, contributing to care packages sent by family members and organizations. Here’s one more way: with your $25 cash donation we can buy popcorn to send to soldiers and their families around the world. If your pack, troop or crew is unsure of committing to selling popcorn, we urge you to consider offering this to your Scouts as an option to fundraise. Not only does it provide some fabulous treats for our servicemen and women, your Scouts will earn the same percentage of sales as selling the product itself. It’s a win-win scenario! For more information on the Military Option, visit http://www.trails-end.com/TEPublic/families/Military.asp.