Saturday, March 28, 2015

World Scout Jamboree - March 31 Deadline
The 23rd World Scout Jamboree event is being held in Japan from July 28 - August 8, 2015.  The last chance to sign-up is March 31.  Click here for more information. 

Grey Wolf Nominations - April 1 Deadline

Grey Wolf is Northern Star Council’s home of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Youth attending Grey Wolf will find themselves in a welcoming environment, firmly rooted in the Scout Oath and Law, focused on helping each individual develop his or her leadership potential.

The Grey Wolf staff is already working diligently to prepare an excellent program for the summer of 2015. Senior youth and adult staff members have been meeting since November, with the first full staff development session recently completed at the start of January. Northern Star Council will offer four Grey Wolf courses in the summer of 2015; all will be held at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp:

  • June 14 – 20
  • June 21 – 27
  • July 5 – 11
  • July 12-18

This year’s nomination deadline is April 1, 2015. It is very important that all Grey Wolf nominations be approved by either the Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor and be submitted no later than this date. Units and youth selected to attend will receive confirmation letters. It is then the responsibility of the youth, his/her parents, and/or the unit to submit payment, medical forms, and other necessary documents as indicated in the confirmation letter by May 1, 2015.


U of MN Merit Badge Day - April 4th
Eleven merit badges taught by those majoring in the fields.

CLICK HERE for more information 

District Roundtable - April 9

Roundtable will be on the second Tuesday of the month due to the holiday!

Cub Scout Leader breakout session will cover the upcoming changes to the Cub program (see details in separate announcement below).

I'm sure you've heard about these changes, but do you know all of the details?  The breakout session will have a guest speaker, Katie Dettmann of Prairie Lakes District, to help explain these details.  Katie and her husband, Justin, have attended the Philmont Training Center during the past 2 summers and have learned all about the new program.  They are considered expert resources on the subject for the Northern Star Council and we are fortunate to have Katie as a guest presenter.


District Volunteers

The district is looking for several volunteers to help with Cub Scout advancement and activities.. If you're interesting in helping with activities, please contact Sue Gurrola at 651-739-4132 or  To learn more about advancement, please contact Dave Jungkunz at 651-777-4282 or


District Pinewood Derby - April 17

Royal Oaks Elementary in Woodbury, 7335 Steepleview Road, Woodbury, MN 55125.  Hosted by Pack 559.

The 2015 District Derby Race is being held on April 17 from 6 - 9 PM.  Registration is from 6:15 - 6:55 PM and races by rank will be from 7 - 9 PM.  See flyer for more details.

The 2015 Council Derby Race will be held on Saturday, June 6 at Base Camp.  Clink here for the council rules. 

The format has changed to a friendlier style. There are WARNING boxes and boxes with useful INFO. The main changes are: car clearance, use of washers, and who may race at the Northern Star Council Pinewood Derby Championship.


University of Scouting - April 18

Lakeville South High School, 21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, MN - 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Register for University of Scouting to attend training, training, and more training.  It's a great place to learn new skills, exchange ideas, and meet new people.  Click here for more details.


Eagle Expo - April 21

For Life Scouts, Star Scouts, Parents, Eagle Coaches, and Scout Leaders.  The Eagle Expo is a good place to learn more about the Life-to-Eagle process.  Some of the topics that will be covered are How to find A Project, Planning, Developing, showing Leadership, carrying out Work Days, and the Final Report. 

More details will be available soon...


District Roundtable - May 7

May roundtable is our annual Outdoor Cooking Pot Luck and Leader Recognition Program.

All Great Rivers District leaders and their families are invited to our May program to show off the their outdoor cooking skills and see who's earning the big awards in our district this year.

Mark your calendar for May 7th and join us in the LDS park just behind the church where we normally meet for roundtable.  Cooking starts at 5:00 pm, grazing at 6:00 pm, and the awards program at 7:00 pm.  Recognition and awards include:

  • 2014 Eagle Class
  • Distinguished Unit Scouter Awards
  • District Award of Merit
  • Carl Kaeppel Unit Service Award

Ripley Rendezvous - May 15-17

Registration is now open for the event on May 15-17, 2015, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, MN. Join Scouts and Venturers from the US and Canada for a fun and challenging weekend!

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This is an area-wide event put on by the Central Minnesota Council.

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Gathering of Eagles Dinner and Alumni Event - June 11

TCF Bank Stadium, DQ Club Room, 420 SE 23rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN - starts at 6:45 PM, VIP reception at 6 PM

Registration is now open for the 2015 Gathering of Eagles to be held on Thursday, June 11.

Calling all Eagle Scouts, Scouters, friends and family!  This annual reunion will feature Matt Limegrover (U of MN Assistant Head Coarch) as the keynote speaker, recognition of our newest Eagle Scouts, along with those who have been awarded Eagle Scout scholarships.


Great Rivers District Roundtable

Please come to our Roundtable for new ideas and learn what's new in the District. Bring someone that has never attended before and they will receive a Great Rivers District patch and you will too for bringing them.

Roundtable meets on the first Thursday of the month, September through May.  Please follow THIS LINK for directions.

  • 7:00 – Breakouts
  • 8:00 – Announcements
  • 8:30 – Midway

Cub Scout Program Changes

On June 1st, the new Cub Scout program starts.   Use the below links to learn more.  Watch for announcements about training at coming roundtables and at the April University of Scouting.

Learn more about these changes at the Cub Scout Leader Breakout session during the District Roundtable meeting on April 9. Or you can attend several courses at "University of Scouting" on April 18th.

Handbooks and Leader Guides are scheduled to be available in all Scout Shops in early May.


Attention all Cub Scout Leaders!

There are changes coming this summer for the Cub Scout program.

This will be the most significant change since the introduction of the current Webelos program in 1967.

There will be a webcast on January 17th if you would like to learn more and we will be offering more information at the upcoming roundtables for the rest of this school year.  Follow this link for information about the webcast:


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