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Scout Expo 2008, “Life Skills;”

Northern Lights District Brookdale Shopping Center February 23rd Why an Expo?

  • The Expo is IMPORTANT to our Northern Lights District, to our units and to the youth we serve and hope to serve.
  • Think of the Expo as a trade show. The Expo will tell the public what scouting values are, how those values relate to our youth, and how they will be relevant to scouts throughout their lives. The Expo will be a show that demonstrates the best of scouting.
  • Scouting is a program that promotes a core set of values defined in the Scout Oath and Law. These values become guideposts for the scout to make effective and moral decisions throughout their lives.
  • Scouting skills help youth handle the challenges of life, to be creative in approaching tasks, and to make sound decisions when faced with the myriad of choices offered by today’s society.
  • The Expo will aid in recruitment;
  • The Expo will be informative;
  • The Expo will increase community awareness and understanding;
  • The Expo will generate excitement;
  • The Expo will link us to existing resources and create new resources.
  • Much of the work has been done, but we want the Expo to reflect YOUR ideas and be responsive to YOUR needs.
  • Unit representatives from each unit are needed to help us complete the planning and to support The Expo.
  • There are three planning / information meetings scheduled.

If you are interested in participating or helping with The Expo, call Dave Braun, District Activities Chairman, at 612-237-0904 or e-mail at dave@dbraun99.com

WANTED Northern Lights-Para-Professional

This person must be 21 or older and we will be hiring them to work in our district for 20 hrs per week. Their job would be to help us start new units and provide some program to units. If anyone knows of someone that might be a good fit for this job: College students, Eagle Scouts, those looking for parttime work, etc. Please let me know ASAP Thanks Andrea 763-231-7226

Come and give us a try!

Roundtables - Roundtables are for all Adult Leaders in Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops. They are held the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 7217 West Broadway, just south of Cub Foods and Target in Brooklyn Park. Roundtables are a monthly training session for leaders to help them in running a quality program. Every pack and troop should have at least one representative come to these meetings to get ideas and share ideas with other leaders. This is also a great time for the leaders to get the information on events that are happening on a district level.

What the scout law means to me:

John Wayne

TRUSTWORTHY - The badge of honesty. Having it lets you look at any man in the eye. Lacking it he won’t look back. Keep this one at the top of your list.

LOYAL - The very word is life itself, for without loyalty we have no love of person or country

HELPFUL - Part sharing, part caring. By helping each other, we help ourselves, not to mention mankind. Be always full of help -- the dying man’s last words.

FRIENDLY - Brotherhood is part of that word. You can take it in a lot of directions - and do - but make sure and start with brotherhood.

COURTEOUS - Allow each person his human dignity which means a lot more than saying, “yes ma’am” and “thank you sir”. It reflects an attitude that later in life you wish you had honored more... earlier in life. Save yourself that problem. Do it now.

KIND - This one word would stop wars and erase hatreds. But its like your bicycle, its just no good unless you get out and use it.

OBEDIENT - Starts at home. Practice it in your family. Enlarge it in your friends. Share it with humanity.

CHEERFUL - Anyone can put on a happy face when the going is good. The secret is to wear it as a mask for your problems. It might surprise you how many others do the same thing.

THRIFTY - Means a lot more than putting pennies away, and it is the opposite of cheap. Common sense covers it just about as well as anything.

BRAVE - You don’t have to fight to be brave. Millions of good, fine, decent folks show more bravery than heavyweight champs just by getting out of bed every morning, going out to do a good day’s work and living the best life they know how against the law of odds.

CLEAN- Soap and waters help a lot on the outside. But it is the inside that counts and don’t ever forget it.

REVERENT - Believe in anything that you want to believe in, but keep God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful experience. Without Him, you are just biding time.