Home | Council Home | Search | Contacts | About US | Provide Feedback |
AdminWednesday October 18, 2017
Skip Navigation Links
Activities and EventsExpand Activities and Events
AdvancementExpand Advancement
Camping Corner
Commissioner ServiceExpand Commissioner Service
ContactsExpand Contacts
DistrictExpand District
EMail ListExpand EMail List
Journey to ExcellenceExpand Journey to Excellence
Online Rechartering
Order of the ArrowExpand Order of the Arrow
Patch GalleryExpand Patch Gallery
Photo GalleryExpand Photo Gallery
ProgramsExpand Programs
RecruitingExpand Recruiting
Religious AwardsExpand Religious Awards
ResourcesExpand Resources
RoundtableExpand Roundtable
Scouter RecognitionExpand Scouter Recognition
Support ScoutingExpand Support Scouting
TrainingExpand Training
--- Useful Links ---
Change of Position Form
Council Event Signup
The Language of Scouting
TLAs Explained

Follow us on Facebook

Get your news via EMail

Join the Northern Lights District E mail list, click on the button below

Click here for our E mail Policy

merit badges
November 2011

Return to Navigator Articles List

The Five to One Rule

We all have a memory of a time when we were criticized. Do you remember a time when you were praised? I bet the negative comments stick in your mind.

A blog post by Bob Sutton, a management professor at Stanford University, points out that negative interactions are far more powerful than positive ones. Careful academic studies show that there must be five positive interactions for each negative one or the relationship will fail. Five to One is a lot, and that is just to break even!

How often do we do this with our Scouts? Do we notice five well-tied knots for each mistake? Do the Patrol Leaders comment on well-washed dishes and not just the dirty ones?

How about the Scouts who leave the troop, have they been told how well they are doing? If it wasn't five to one, it should not be a surprise that the relationship with the troop failed.

So make this your Good Turn for a few days, five to one, with every one you meet, and no fake compliments. Look for true good things in every person.

District Awards

Do you have an outstanding leader? Someone who is critical for your pack, troop, team, or crew'! Someone that does great things but doesn't get great credit for their good deeds? Nominate unit leaders for District Awards of Merit or other district leader Awards!

They will be recognized at our Annual District Dinner. For more Information contact Andrea at apengra@nsbsa.org

Membership Inventories

At this time please email a copy of your current roster to apengra@nsbsa.org so that your records can be verified before entering Rechartering. Thank you for helping us to help you!

December roundtable

Due to the holiday display at the LDS church in Brooklyn Park on our scheduled roundtable night, we will be moving the event to a new venue. Watch for details as to new location.

2012 Klondike Derby

Get ready as Scoutmaster Jed Dotterer and Troop 582 take us all on a journey through Alaska travelling throughout the towns to experience a winter adventure. Experience some. of old Alaska with log sawing events, panning for gold and of course the Klondike sled race. This years Klondike will be held at Prairie Park in Otsego. This will be one the do not miss Events of 2012 for more information or to learn how you can help contact Jed Dotterer atj 2bsa@yahoo.com

JTE 2011

Remember to look at your JTE 2011 requirements! How is your unit doing so far? Is your unit Bronze, Silver or Gold!?

For questions contact your unit commissioner or Andrea.

Pirates of Rum River

Several ships of pirates overtook Rum River Scout Camp on September 23-25th.

Patrols built their own ships to travel around camp and participated in activities such as knot tying with their pirate hooks on, shooting the cannons, and of course a hunt for the lost treasure of Rum River. At the end Troop 610 used their pirate skills to find the key to open the treasure at the closing campfire.

Special thanks to Don Peterson, Steve Anderson, Rosalinda Sitler, Dan McDowell, Chip Caldwell. Craig Lewis. Leif Klang and Michelle Pritchard. Also a special thanks to all the patrols and troops and volunteers that helped make this event possible. Arghh!