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September 2011

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How we change a life

By Mike Ballew

Every fall I am especially reminded of the look in a young boy's face as he signs up to be a Scout. We all have seen that face, full of excitement and anticipation sparked by promises of adventure. So our first step to making a difference in a boy's life is to enroll them as member.

Boys stay in our program because they are engaged in enjoyable activities. Theseare fun activities designed by trained leaders to make specific opportunities happen to improve a boy's character. Fun is a method, not a goal. As youth stay in our program longer, we help ensure they will apply Scouting skills and values to decisions they will face throughout their lives.

There is one more requirement, however, before we can make a lasting change in our children, As parents, mentors, friends and citizens, we must inspire our children with our actions. Children are very good at seeing if we practice what we preach, play by the rules, and keep our promises. As a parent, I have found myself challenged to live the life I expect my child to live.

So, as our recruiting season begins, I think I will look a little deeper in that young boy's face, I am sure my inspiration can be found behind those twinkling eyes.


Adult Trainings

With the fall brings new leaders and new parents. There are several opportunities to get trained in Northern Lights District. Remember training is now required. Youth protection and Cub Scout Part 1,2,and 3.

Cub Scout Leaders and Parents:

Online at myscouting.org

OR In-person: Part 1&2 Oct. 4 and Part 3 Oct. 2011

Boy Scouts sessions:

Indoor: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19,20 11,6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Redeemer.Lutheran Church; 4201 Regent Ave N; Robbinsdale

Outdoor: Oct. 22-23 , 7:30 AM (Sat) - 12:00 PM (Sun)

(Rum River Scout Camp)

Cost for the ENTIRE PROGRAM: ONLY $25

Questions or more info:
Contact Joel Ostgaard (763-533-0595)

Register via email toronaldc_mur@msn.com

Happenings in Northern Lights

Our scouts have had a busy summer...

Cubannapolis 2011

Race fans and Cub Scouts came out on a beautiful summer night on July 27th for the Northern Lights District picnic and Cubannapolis races. There were hot dogs to be eaten and bottle rockets blasted off. There were some awesome cardboard race cars powered by speed demon Cub Scouts. Those that weren't drenched with a water balloon could cool off with a frosty root beer float. Big thanks to troops 575 & 542 for making this another great event. If you missed the fun this year enter July 25th in your smart phone for next year's event.

Flag Ceremony

14 Scouts from Troop 299 participated in a flag ceremony presenting the American, Canadian, Minnesota State flag and the scout flag at the International Melaleuca convention at the Mpls Convention Center. There were approximately 8,000 people in attendance at the 3 day event. Part ofthe ceremony was dedicated to honoring teachers, by the students and the scouts.