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August 2013



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Cubannapolis 2013

It was a perfect evening for the 2013 Northern Lights District picnic and Cubannapolis races on July 31st. After a scavenger hunt and some water games, Cub Scouts from across the district fired up their box cars at Central Park raceway. While there were several crashes there were no serious injuries to any of the racers. This year had some of the coolest designed cars ever! To cool down the racers and the pit crew’s, root beer floats were enjoyed by everyone. A big thank you goes out to the adults and boys from troop’s 72, 542, 575 and the Zeman’s for putting on another great Cubannaplois! For more race pictures go to www.northernlights.nsbsa.org.      

Email List

Have you been getting email notifications of events, roundtables, training? If not, be sure to sign up for the Northern Lights Email list. Go to www.northernlights.nsbsa.org, find the Join Now button on the left side and become part of our distribution list. Don’t miss another roundtable or scouting event.

Fall Camporee

Yes, it is that time of year. The scouting season gets into full swing starting with the Fall Camporee.  Join us on Sept 27th at Rum River Scout Camp for an exciting weekend of activities topped off by an awesome campfire. Watch the Northern Lights Web Site for more information including sign up locations, theme and activity descriptions.

Fall Recruiting

We are constantly looking to replenishing our membership. As Cub Scouts become Boy Scouts, Boy Scouts become Venturers and Explorers; we need to offer the same skills and training they received to a whole new generation of scouts.  Think of all the life lessons, skill sets and leadership opportunities you have provided over the years. Every youth in our area should have the same chance to live and learn, just as the older scouts did. Fall is the big push for join Cub Scouts. Make sure your unit is ready to recruit from the community. If you need help in planning, or ideas on making a recruiting evening go well, don’t be afraid to ask. Our Membership Chair, Brian Jones and his team, are available to assist you in putting on a great recruitment program. Just ask. Brian can be reached at (763) 537-7682 or bnlent02@comcast.net.

OA Fall Conclave

ll OA members should plan on attending the 2013 Fall Conclave at Rum River Scout Camp on Sept 20th. We have a lot of candidates elected in the spring and now is the time to welcome them into our brotherhood. If you were elect4ed last year and have your Ordeal Honor, we invite you to return and seal your membership by becoming a Brotherhood Member. If you are already Brotherhood or Vigil, we would like to see you come and welcome all new candidates and Order of the Arrow members.  See you at the Conclave!

Eagle Projects

Looking for an Eagle Project? Wonder what has been done in the past? We keep a list of past Eagle programs done in the district on our district web site. Use these to help get ideas for how you can serve the community through your Eagle Program. Go to the district web site, under Advancement, Recent Eagle Projects. http://northernlights.nsbsa.org/Advancement/RecentEagleProjects.aspx

Training, Training,Training

You’ve heard it before; every boy deserves a trained leader. Starting in September and into October we offer live Cub Scout and Boy Scout training. Check the Northern Lights Web Site under Training for dates and times. Also watch for fliers in an email a few weeks before each course.

Life to Eagle

Have a scout needing to learn the process for obtaining the Eagle Rank? Reserve the night of October 15th for the Eagle Preview meeting. The Eagle process will be explained and questions answered. Find out now what the process is, don’t be surprised at the last minute.

Looking for retired Scout Leaders

Have you recently stepped down from a scouting position? Maybe your child has gone to college and you don’t feel as involved as you used to? Think of all of the knowledge you have gained over the years. Think of who that knowledge can benefit. The Northern Lights District Committee is looking for you! If you thought you made a difference in your unit, imagine what a difference you can make in all the Northern Lights Units (almost 100 in total). We are looking for skills and knowledge in Camping, Training, and Activities, Development (Popcorn and Friends of Scouting) and many others. For more information contact Chris Sandburg at (763)417-0887 or cksandberg.scouting@centurylink.net. He is anxious to hear from you.

Webelos Experience

Finally, don’t forget to register for Webelos Experience. Our district has a big part in this activity and we would like to see every Webelos group in the district attend. For more information, check out the council web site or the Webelos Experience section in this navigator.