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July 2009



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Race fans come to Brooklyn park


by Leif Klang


Did you make the Northern Lights District's Cub Scout social event of 2009? 200 Cub Scouts and family members and Boy Scouts did! I'm talking about the Northern Lights District picnic and Cubannapolis races held on July 29 at Brooklyn Park International Speedway. First we fired some water balloons from huge sling shots, blasted off some bottle rockets, and ate some tasty hot dogs. Then we had some very competitive and at times, funny card board box races. Although the races were filled with many crashes we had no casualties or injuries. Just some dirty shoes and faces. We finished the night with some delicious root beer and orange floats. A big thanks to Troops 542 and 575 for helping to make this a huge success. See you on July 28, 2010 for next year's picnic and Cubannapolis races!

If you have a "Brag" story about the great things your unit is doing send a story and a pic and we will highlight you and your unit in the next Navigator!

Knot of the Month

Distinguished Commissioner Service Award


Description: silver on silver knot on red background with silver border.

 

Award Requirements:

The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is intended to recognize commissioners who provide quality service. Each council decides how to certify eligibility and keep records. There is no national application form for this award.

 

  • Be a currently active council, assis­tant council, district, assistant district, or unit commissioner
  • Complete training as outlined by the local council, including earning the Commissioner's Key
  • Serve as an active commissioner for five consecutive years and be currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Recharter at least 90 percent of the units in your area of service for a mini­mum of the past two consecutive years
  • Assist units so that more than 60 percent of the units in your area of ser­vice achieve-the National Quality Unit Award for a minimum of the past two consecutive years

Requirements for Roundtable/Huddle Commissioners:

  • Complete training as outlined by the local council, including earning the Commissioner's Key
  • Serve as an active commissioner for five consecutive years and be currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Conduct at least nine roundtables! huddles per year for the past two consecutive years

Did You Know?


Brass Belt Loops Were Used in Advancement

Skill awards, brass belt loops with painted designs, were a part of the advancement program for Tenderfoot through First Class from 1972 until 1989. Today like in the past, camp­ing, for example, is part of Tender­foot, Second Class and First Class~ During the time of the skill awards, you completed a skill award as a requirement or as an elective for a certain rank. Once completed for the specific rank, you did not have to deal with the subject area again.

There were 12 skill awards. They were: Camping, Citizenship, Communications, Community Living, Conservation, Cooking, Environment, Family Living, First Aid, Hiking, Physical Fitness and Swimming.

To complete. Tenderfoot, a scout had to complete the Citizenship skill award and any other. To com­plete Second Glass, a scout had to complete the Hiking and First Aid skill awards and any other for a total of 5. To complete First Class, a scout had to complete the Camping and Cooking skill awards and any other for a total of 8.

For those who collect variations, the earliest First Aid skill awards had a red cross. The later ones has a green cross.