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Cub Scout Pack 211 celebrated their annual Campfire Advancement Ceremony on May 17th 20 2011 at Rush Creek Campsite in Elm Creek Park Reserve. At the event the boys enjoyed roasting marshmallows and and making smores, launching water bottle rockets built by the WEBELOS den and Rank advancement. To cap off the ceremony, the boys participated in a very special US Flag retirement Ceremony to honor old and worn out US Flags. During the Retirement Ceremony special guest Staff Sergeant Cessor-Culver USMC paid tribute by playing TAPS on his bugle. "We hold this ceremony once a year to help the boys learn what the US Flag stands for. It is more than just a piece of cloth; it is the very fabric of our nation." said Cubmaster Marc Valeri. For details on the Retirement Ceremony, please feel ftee to contact Pack 211 at www.pack2ll.scoutlander.com

Journey to Excellence replaces Quality Unit Award for 2011

"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's new council performance rec­ognition program designed tQ encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

Each unit type has a separate goal sheet.

Pack http://northernlights.nsbsa.org/HangFiles/20II-03-Marchl/JTE_pack.pdf  

Troop http://northernlights.nsbsa.org/HangFiles/20l1-03-March/JTE_Troop.pdf

 Team http://northernlights.nsbsa.org/HangFiles/20II-03-March/JTE_Team.pdf

 Crew http://northernlights.nsbsa.org/HangFiles/20II-03-March/JTE_Crew.pdf


Enter Your JTE Service Hours Online at New Site

You can enter your service hours online at: www.scouting.org/awards/journeytoexcellence

Under the "Service Projects" area of the screen, you can find the link to log your hours, information for first-time users, ideas and tips for a successful service project, and sample reports that can be pulled by your council administrator. To enter your service hours click on "Service hours website." Choose "New User Click Here," or enter your existing username and passwortd.

Volunteers with a MyScouting account also can reach the Journey to Excellence service hours website by clicking on the Journey to Excellence Information link on the left side of the screen in the "Council Tools" section. Once there click the link they will be directed to www.scouting>.org/awards/ journeytoexcellence and can follow the same procedures as listed above.

If your unit needs a unit ID number to log on to the JTE site, please contact your District Executive or Joyce at 763-231-7265 or jzeman@nsbsa.org.



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 Cub Scout Adventure Now Begins with Lion Cubs

The Cub Scout adventure in Northern Star Council now begins with the Lion Cub program! As the only council in the Boy Scouts of America offering this unique pilot, the Lion Cub program provides exciting indoor and outdoor activities spe­cifically designed for kindergarten boys 'and an adult partner. Adult partners are there to support and guide, and allow tile new Cub Scoufto discover the activities and adventures under adult supervision. A Lion Cub learns by doing these things himself. As he learns and grows;" the relationship with their adult partner grows as well. At the conclusion of kindergarten year, the Lion Cub will graduate into the Tiger Cub program and continue on their journey through Cub Scouting.

Northern Star Council has seen the results of this program and this Fall, the Lion Cub pilot will become a more integral part ofthe Scouting program. As part of a pack, Lion Cubs will be able to participate in pack meetings, fundrais­ing efforts, campipg programs, Pinewood Derby, and any other activity that the pack is participates in.

What is your pack doing to be ready for the new lions?