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October 2009

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May October

Welcome to the October 2009 issue of the Northern Star Council eNavigator

On this page, you will find content related to Northern Lights District events and activities highlighted in the eNavigator.

This months items are:

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Murder..Scout Style at Rum River

On Sept 25-27th over 400 scouts had a chance to be CSI investigators in a Northern Lights CSI/ Law Enforcement Camporee..

During the day scouts visited a crime scene and then worked through 6 crime labs piecing together clues to solve the mystery. They were also able to interact with members from the S.W.A.T team, state patrol and members from Blaine and Anoka P.D.

At the end of the day scouts served subpoenas to their suspect with the help of the Minnesota state patrol.

The suspect was apprehended thanks to the great sleuthing of our scout troops.

A huge Thank you to all the volunteers that made this Possible

Attention all Scout Leaders

In 2009, New Leaders Essentials training has been replaced with “This Is Scouting” If you have already taken New Leaders Essentials training you do not have to take This Is Scouting. Although you may want to take it to refresh your memory! As it was with New Leaders Essentials, new leaders will have to take This Is Scouting only once. This Is Scouting is a 45 minute online course that should be taken right after a new leader joins Scouting. The course is an introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these are met in each of the Scouting programs.

The requirements for all adult Scout Leaders to be fully trained are:

This Is Scouting – online training taken once

Fast Start training for your position – Online training taken each time you change positions

Youth Protection training – Online training updated every two years

Position Specific training – in person training taken each time change positions

Note: The Northern Lights district Boy Scout Leader training covers the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and all troop committee positions. The Chartered Organization Representative is not a member of the committee so it is not covered in the committee training. A separate Chartered Organization Representative training course is provided by our council.


Attention all Cub Scout Leaders

In 2009, the Cub Scout Leader Training format has changed for all new Cub Scout Leaders.

Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training is now made up of three parts. All new leaders must attend all 3 parts to fulfill requirement #4 stated above. Parts 1 &2 need to be taken only once during the tenure of a Cub Scout Leader. Part 3 is taken each time a leader changes their position. Leaders that have completed New Leaders Essentials in the old format do not need to take parts 1 & 2.

Part 1. Introduction to Cub Scouts. It’s a 45 minute introduction to the Cub Scout organization and the essential elements of the Cub Scout program.

Part 2. How We Have Fun. It’s a 45 minute session on how Cub Scouts have fun in the den and the pack

Part 3. Position Specific Training. This is a 1-1/2 to 2 hour session that gets down to the nuts and bolts for each individual Cub Scout position and how to be a great Cub Scout Leader!

Part 1 & 2 will be held Oct 1stPart 3 will be held Oct 8th

7:30-9:006:30 registration 7pm start

Where: LDS Church

4700 Edinbrook Terrace

7217 Broadway Ave. N.

Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Cost $2.00Cost $3.00


OA Fall Conclave 2009

The annual Order or the Arrow fall conclave for the Northern Lights Chapter of the Totanhan Nakaka lodge was held on Sept 11, 12 and 13, 2009 at Rum River Scout Camp. Over 180 Arrowmen attended and we welcomed 65 new members to our brotherhood. Also, 34 members seals their membership by becoming Brotherhood members.

Being an organization of cheerful service, we took on many projects at camp. During Saturday, our work parties contributed 768 hours of service to the camp. That is equivalent to 1/3 of a full time ranger. Thanks to all the members who helped improved Rum River Scout Camp for our district and many others.

One of the major projects was a new activity field north of Colbert lodge. This new field will provide space to hold events without the need to shift activities to site 1 or 2. A major undertaking, but well worth it in the end.

We also elected new officers and would like to congratulate all our new youth officers, especially Matt from Troop 542, out new chapter chief.

We hope to see all OA Members at the upcoming Fall Fellowship in November, Maplewood Community Center.