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July 2013

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Every July, the sound of race car engines fill the air. That’s right, it is time for CubAnnappolis. That once a year time when kids can be creative and parents can be supportive. Only a few weeks till the greatest race of the year!


Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 31st - Be there!

Don't miss this great summer opportunity for your Cub Scouts. 

Join us at Central Park in Brooklyn Park for the 2013 Cubannapolis. This is a great time to let the boys be creative in making a car from a cardboard box and "race" it around a race track.  You and your family form the pit crew, he is the driver.

Come early and join us for a picnic.  Games and Picnic at 6pm. Hot Dogs, chips and kool aid are available for a very reasonable price. The races start at 7pm. Afterwards, relax with Root Beer and Ice Cream Floats.

Best of all - the Games, Races and Root Beer Floats are Free!!

Many thanks to Leif Klang, Gene Stobbs, Troops 542 and 575 plus many others for putting on this real fun event.

See you at Central Park! Save room for the Ice Cream! For more information, check out the website at northernlights.nsbsa.org.

District Plan Of Operation for 2013. 

The Northern Lights District Committee has adopted a Plan of Operation to guide us for the upcoming program year.  The District's Mission is:

  • To provide opportunities that enrich the program of all the Packs, Troops, Teams, and Crews in the District through quality activities, events, and training that are fun, challenging, and safe, and that go above and beyond the resources of an individual Unit; to secure adequate fundraising for those opportunities; and, to serve as an example of good planning, scheduling, and leadership for our Units.

The Committee has also worked to fold in overall goals from the Council’s Strategic Plan:

  • To increase membership, improve program quality, help all Units to succeed, market Scouting beyond current members, leverage the District’s website for better communication, meet fundraising goals, and develop leadership and inspiration especially in younger Scouters in the District.

As we plan and carry out District activities, we will be guided by our Mission and goals, working to make all our Units strong for all our youth! Check here for the complete plan of action

Roundtable in August.

This year, we are replacing out Corn Feed with a normal August Roundtable. Ice Cream sundaes will be available to cool your palette, and plenty of training, information, socializing will be going on. We wanted to not miss any opportunity to get you going for the fall scouting year and recruiting season. Make sure you put August 7th on your calendar for Roundtable and Sundaes.

Promote your Unit

DO you have pictures of fun scouting events? DO you have a fundraiser coming up? DO you want to let people know what is happening in your pack, troop, team or crew? We are always looking for items for the Northern Lights Web Page. Send information, flyers, pictures to Doug Farmer, Webmaster, at NorthernLightsBSA@comcast.net. We will at least get your fundraiser event on the district calendar and your pictures on the web page. We are always looking for ways to highlight the great things Northern Lights units are doing in our community.

Welcome new Northern Lights District Executive Michael Gabiou

Michael Gabiou joined Northern Star Council in 2011 as a District Exective in North Start. Previously, Michael has worked with various non profits and political organizations within Minnesota.

Michael and his wife Chelsie live in the midway neighborhood of St. Paul. When not at a scouting event you can find them both out canoeing or sking on the weekends.

Who is your Unit Commissioner and what does he/she do?

Just about every unit in the district has a unit commissioner assigned. Do you know yours? Check out the Commissioners Service menu on the Northern Lights Web Site (northernlights.nsbsa.org). Select Unit Commissioner Assignments to find your commissioner. Your Unit Commissioner is there to make your job as easy as possible They function as a conduit to District / Council operations and have a vast knowledge of scouting, just waiting for you to tap into. Take advantage of the Unit Commissioner program to give your unit a boost. For more information, contact Dave Sitler, District Commissioner at dmsitler@msn.com (612) 245-8085.