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May 2009

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Merit Badge Madness

On Saturday, March 414, close to 260 Boy Scouts from 25 troops in the Northern Lights District participated in Merit Badge Madness. The Latter Day Saints church in Crystal played host to many of the Scouts, hover there were also 9 remote locations the boys visited to participate in merit badge sessions.


We'd like to thank the following places for allowing the Boy Scouts to come learn about a wide variety of lifelong skill: Crystal Airport, Crystal City Hall, Crystal LDS Church, Crystal Police Store, French Park Nature Center, Golden Valley Stamp and Coin, House of Hope Church, Rockford Library and Toyota City.

Thank you to Dave Lunzer, the NL District advancement chair, for all his work throughout the year on advancements, Karl Mathias and Larry Heyn for making so many of the arrangements, the volunteers who helped out from the LDS church, and the 20 merit badge counselors who gave up a Saturday to educate our youth. Your dedicated is noted and appreciated!

Upcoming Events

Cub Activity Day Monday June 22

Join us for a Dinosaur Dig at Corcoran Community Park. It will be a fun day digging for dinosaurs, fossil crafts and of course, Archery & BB Guns, plus a whole lot more.

Cubannapolis Wednesday July 29

Gentlemen, start your engines! Grab an empty box and turn it into a race car, then bring your pit crew (that means your family) and join us for a picnic and our annual Cubannapolis at River Park in Brooklyn Park. Bring your own picnic fare, or a little spending money for hot dogs and chips. Root Beer floats will be provided. Registration information can be found by clicking here.

Did you know?

Service stars were introduced in 1923. When introduced, they had no numbers on them. It was the background color that determined years of service until the change in 1946 when the background color indicated program. The packs were felt, not plastic like today's. The follow color combinations were used:

  • 1 year - gold star on green 1923 - 1946
  • 3 years - gold star on gray 1932 - 1936
  • 5 years - silver star on red 1923 - 1931
  • 5 years - gold star on red 1932 - 1946
  • 10 years - gold star on purple 1932 - 1946

Service stripes were used before service starts from 1913 until 1924. They were worn on the right sleeve. Wide stripes were used until 1920 when narrow stripes were introduced. A green service strip for 1 years, red stripes for 3 years and beginning in 1921, a gold strip for 5 years. Currently, adults and youth may wear one numbers service star reflecting the highest year in each program. (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing or the old Exploring program and adult service). Each program has a color backing corresponding to that program and the youth or adult wears the highest tenured year pin in the program as follows:

  • Orange for Tiger Cub YOUTH
  • Yellow for Cub Scout YOUTH
  • Green for Boy Scout YOUTH
  • Brown for Varsity Scout YOUTH
  • Red for Venturing/Sea Scouting/Exploring YOUTH
  • Light Blue for ALL ADULT service, REGARDLESS OF PROGRAM (either as a volunteer or professional)

Knot of the Month


International Scouter Award

Description: Purple and White knots, tan background with a purple border.

Award Requirements:

Complete any requirements (visit http://www.goscouting.org for details on specific requirements), from at least three of the follow categories:

  • Giving leadership to international Scouting
  • Giving leadership to international events held in the United States
  • Giving leadership to international events help in other countries
  • Educating self and others
  • Giving support to international Scouting

If you have a "Brag" story about the great things your unit is doing, send a story and a picture, and we will highlight it in the next navigator.