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September 2010



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Northern Lights District September / October 2010

Welcome to our New District Committee Members

A huge THANK YOU to those that have served on the district committee for so many years.

We will miss you!

Those that vacated their roles include Brett Kerr, Randy Reverman, Dave Lunzer, Don Peterson, Ron Murphy and Mike Larson.

Those joining us include:

  • District Chairman Ken Rassmussen
  • Family FOS Brodie Pedersen
  • Membership Chair Leigh McDowell
  • Advancement Chair Debi Heyn
  • Camping Promotions Chair Jeff Johnson
  • Cub Camping Greg Fackler
  • Activities Chair Vidal Guzman
  • Popcorn Chair: Nikelle Morris
  • Nominating Committee Chair: Dave Purdham

Are you looking for a new challenge? Is your son aging out of Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts and you want to remain active in the program? Come and join a district committee and put your training, skills and resources to work. The district committee helps units provide programs to their youth. Help make a difference to the 2,000+ youth in the Northern Lights District. An hour of your time can mean a life changing event for hundreds of youth. Interested? Contact Andrea Pengra at apengra@nsbsa.org or 763-231-7226. Positions are open on every committee, camping, activities, advancement, etc. Or, come to the next district meeting on Aug 31st, 7 PM In the Crystal Police Community Room in Crystal Shopping Center.

EMaii List

Don't forget, the district has an E mail list you can sign up for to keep abreast of things happening at the District Level. Look for camporee announcements, roundtable times and topics, Pinewood derby dates. Just some of the information you can receive by just signing up. Go to http://northernlights,nsbsa.org/ for more information. And also Friend us at Northern lights District on Facebook

Order of the Arrow

All Order of the Arrow members are invited to attend the Northern Lights Chapter Fall Conclave at Rum River Scout Camp Sept 24th to 26th. Invi­tations have been mailed. If you did not receive one, please contact Doug Farmer 763-424-6424. And, make sure to reserve the night of Friday November 12th for our annual Fall Fellowship lock-in. This year, we will be at the new Council Base Camp. It should be a great time. See you atl both events!

What's more fun that a barrell of Monkeys

A bunch of Cub Scouts racing in cardboard box race cars! On July 28th the Northern Lights District held its annual summer picnic and Cubannapolis. 150 Cub Scouts, family members and Boy Scouts enjoyed a beautiful summer evening of bottle rockets, water balloons and cardboard box races. The box cars would rival any Pinewood derby cars you have seen and the boys get to wear and drive these cars! The night was topped offwith ice cream and root beer floats! Go to www.northernlights.nsbsa.org for pictures of the races. A big thank you to the boys and adults of Troops 542 and 575 for making the evening possible.

Award of the Month: National Outdoor Achievement Award

Now when a Scout excels in outdoor participation, there are new awards to show for it! This program, conceived by the National Camping Task Force of the BSA, includes a series of five badges designed to recognize a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who has exemplary knowledge and experi­ence in performing high-level outdoor activities. The aw~d consists of five emblem segments positioned around the perimeter of a beautiful center emblem. All are embroidered in full color. The segments represent five areas of emphasis: Riding, Hiking, Camping, Aquatics, and Adventure, with rigorous requirements to earn each segment.

Did You know?

The first organized Pinewood Derby race was held on May 15, 1953 In Manhat­tan Beach, CA. Since that time, the derby has grown to become the most popular activity in the Cub Scout program.

From 1972 to 1974 the words Eagle Scout and Boy Scouts of America were removed from the Eagle Badge in an attempt to make the badge more modern looking. It was widely unpopular and many Scouts sought older versions of the Eagle Badge or had their own made to look like the 1971 version

At the Scouts'first rally, at Crystal Palace in 1909, Baden-Powell was faced with a small group of girls, representing hundreds of others, who insisted they wanted to be Scouts too. In 1910, he formed the Girl Guides, asking his sister Agnes to look after the new organization. A few years later his wife Olave became involved and, in 1918, was appointed Chief Guide