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Roundtable

Starting on September 6, Roundtable will have a new location. We are moving to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Broadway and Country Rd. 81. Gathering will start at 7:00 PM. The program will kick-off with announcements at 7:30 and will end around 9:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you at our new home on the first Thursday of the month.

Sleeping Bags needed for the Homeless

Over 1,000 people are served by the Salvation Army Citadel location in Minneapolis each day. I am Jamie Chapman from Troop 84 in Maple Grove. My eagle project is to collect new or moderately used sleeping bags for the homeless. If you have any sleeping bags that you would like to donate I will be collecting the sleeping bags at the Northern Lights District Roundtable in September, October, and November. They will be distributed by the Salvation Army at a time when they are needed the most, when it starts getting cold in Minnesota. The sooner I am able to get them collect the better but I will be taking them until the November Roundtable. If you are not able to get to roundtable or you are at a different district please e-mail me at scoutingskaters@yahoo.com to make other arrangements.

Eagle Preview

To all Star and Life Scouts, their parents, and leaders are invited to attend the Eagle Preview meeting on Tuesday, Oct 16th at the Minneapolis Stake Center. The address of the Stake Center is 2801 Douglas Drive in Crystal. Other questions may be directed towards Joyce Wilson @ 612-521-0629.

The Advancement Committee, led by Joyce Wilson, will be explaining the necessary steps required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Included in this meeting will be information on the Eagle Board of review, Eagle application and related paperwork. The session will also cover Eagle Court of Honor and how to make it a special event. This meeting meets the requirements for a troop to earn the Advancement Honor Award.

Training

Northern Lights would like to remind our new adults and existing adults that have changed positions. Training is available through the district training staff, call Bea Murphy for any questions that you may have at (763) 533-2610. We also encourage you to take advantage of your monthly Roundtables held on the first Thursday of the month from September through May.

All leaders that are not trained must attend, New Leaders Essentials training, before moving on to the specific training for their position. This training will be on October 4th at roundtable. It is imperative that you get the best training possible. Contact Dave Johnson at (763) 533-1819 for more information. After attending the New Leaders Essential training, you can continue you education by attending the Cub Scout Specific Training. This training will be held on October 18th at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Broadway and Country Rd. 81. Registration starts at 6:30PM and Training will go from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. For more information please contact Leif Klang at (612) 749-2043.

Continuous training for Boy Scout leaders will be as follows: October 3, October 10, and October 17. On October 24 we will be hosting Boy Scout Committee Training. All the indoor Session will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church off of 42 avenue and Highway 100. On the weekend of October 26-28 for the outdoor skills portion of the training will take place at Rum River Scout camp. When you complete all of these dates, you will be considered a fully trained leader. Fully trained leaders in all of our programs are the key to keeping lasting smiles on boy’s faces.

Scouting wants you…and Your Friends

The Boy Scouts of America invites you and your child’s friends to become part of one of America’s leading values driven organizations. The Scouting program is a valuable resource that can help families accomplish worthy goals while strengthening relationships within the family. September 10 will kick off our Fall Youth Round-up. During this two week campaign we are asking all of our Cub Scout Packs to host a Round-up at there local Elementary School. We are looking forward to a successful start to our program year be recruiting many new members to your local units.

We are also asking all of Cub Scouts in all of our packs to wear there Scout Shirt to school on September 10th to help kick off this year’s campaign. We believe this will help show just how many people are apart of a Cub Scouts program. Also, we are encouraging all of Cub Scout Leaders to wear their uniform and have lunch with their Cub Scout at their local Elementary.

Scouting combines fun with educational activities and life-long values. It also assists parents in helping their children strengthen character, develop good citizenship and enhance both mental and physical fitness. In addition, the program provides young people with positive peer groups and tools to shape their future. In Scouting, youth learn ideals like honesty, bravery, and respect. These values help them make constructive decisions throughout their life times and give them the confidence they need to grow and develop. Scouting teaches youth what is right by encouraging them to reflect on lessons learned through Scouting activities.

So remember… invite your child to bring along his friends to the next meeting.

Order of the Arrow Conclave

Arrowmen! Don't miss this year's conclave. A new conclave format should be interesting to all. We promise a good day of service to Rum River Camp, and lots of fellowship activities at night and Sunday Morning. Saturday night we will get to know more about the OA and our fellow members, and Sunday morning we will have a chance to make our own piece of regalia. Leaders, please call your candidates and stress the importance of attending the conclave. For more information, call Ken Skoglund 763-493-2614 klskog@comcast.net. The chapter conclave will be September 14-16 at Rum River Scout Camp.

Thank you!

Summer Day Camps are completed and once again it was memorable. The district would like to say Thank You to Cindy Taylor, Mike and Rachel Muntean, and to the rest of all the great volunteers who made camp a success this past summer. All of the camps had full attendance with great participation. If you haven’t had a chance to come to a day camp, make sure to sign up next year as they get better year in and year out. All of the boys had a great time and we received many thanks for our services.

Fall Camporee Reminder

The Northern Lights district will be having their fall camporee on September 28-30 . More information will be handed out at roundtable. Questions, please call Dave Braun our Activities Chairman at (763) 533-5943.

Pictures Needed

I encourage units of Northern Lights to shares pictures of activities or great articles and send them to your District Executive, Johnny Allen Jr at jallen@northernstarbsa.org. Or, you can mail them at 5300 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55422; att: the Northern Lights District Executive We want to share your projects with the rest of the Northern Lights District.