Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Minnesota State Fair Volunteers - Registration Open

Registration is open.

It's time to start thinking about the Minnesota State Fair! Need an excuse to head out, eat pronto pups, and get some corn-on-the-cob for a side dish? Come to the fair and volunteer at the Boy Scout Adventure Summit booth!

Northern Star Council will once again be sharing the fun and excitement of Scouting at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. We will be calling on volunteers to help run our Adventure Summit activity.


Cubanapolis - July 29

Oakdale Nature Center, 4444 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale, MN -- 6:30 pm

Cubanapolis (or Cubanapolis 400) is a fun derby where Cub Scouts put on boxes that look like cars and race each other (by running). A Cubanapolis is a boy powered car made out of cardboard that the boys will race in. The Cub Scouts will race by ranks. Each Cub Scout will need a partner for the race. Parents or other family members are encouraged to partner with their son to be their “pit crew”.

CLICK HERE for more information


Webelos Adventure Days - June, July, August various weekdays

Phillippo Scout Reservation and Stearns Scout Camp

Webelos Adventure Days is all about activity pins and advancement. Both Webelos I and Webelos II should earn two activity pins for each day they attend. There will also be free time to explore camp. Click here for more details.


Tiger Den Days - July, August Various Fridays

Kiwanis Scout Camp, Stearns Scout Reservation

This day camp is specifically designed for our youngest campers to spend an awesome day at camp with their den adults, too. Click here for details.


Super Saturday Popcorn Training - Aug 1, 8

Mall of America on Aug 1, New Hope Cinema Grill on Aug 8

Send your unit popcorn/fundraising chair to popcorn training. For new/experienced unit popcorn chairs, there will be different sessions for both. Register here.


District Annual Program Kickoff - Aug 20

When:    August 20th at 6:30 pm  

Where:  Oakdale's Richard Walton Park

              1584 Hadley Ave, Oakdale, MN  

               CLICK HERE for a map .... just behind the police station

Rain or shile !!!   Come and gather with other Scouters and see what’s new in the district for the coming year.     6:30pm for ice cream treats.     7:00pm announcements and information.

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JTE (Journey To Excellence) - Aug 31 deadline

JTE Guideposts 1 and 2 need to be submitted to your Unit Commissioner or the Great Rivers District Commissioner, Mike Fratto by August 31st.

Each unit needs to submit: program calendar, budget plans, and communication plan. See link to help get is done.


Popcorn Fundraising - sale starts Sept 18

2015 Popcorn sale start on Sept. 18 at 5:00 PM. Looking for that fun, once-a-year, low risk fundraiser to fund your unit’s scouting program and events for the entire year? Packs, troops, and Crews are signing up throughout the Council to sell popcorn.

Over $83,000 was raised at the unit level of Great Rivers units just from selling popcorn in the fall of 2014. The selling season is only about 5 weeks long so you have more time for Scouting fun! Join the fun along with more than 40 units selling in Great Rivers.

For 2015, we have Hmong and Spanish speakers along with trilingual sales flyers available so you can tailor your unit’s kickoff and training events specifically to fit your unit’s needs.

Now would be the perfect time to bring it up to your unit's planning committee. Popcorn sales can also supplement a successful fundraiser.

Our Great (GREAT!) Rivers District Popcorn Chair is Rocky Vandal. He can be contacted at Rockyagain@msn.com (preferred) or cell/text at 651-788-1154. He will be glad to provide resources for a successful popcorn fundraiser event.


District Camporee - Oct 9-11 - Mining in Society

Free C. Anderson Scout Reservation, upper level

Our district fall camporee is based on the new Mining and Society merit badge.  Watch for more exciting information to come.


Cub Scout Program Changes

The new Cub Scout program started on June 1.  To learn more, come to roundtable this fall or use the links below.

Handbooks and Leader Guides are available now in all Scout Shops.


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