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Twin Valley Council BSA

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

The Twin Valley Council, BSA serves youth in 15 counties in Southern Minnesota.

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On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.  Within the Twin Valley Council, over 1,000 youth and 550 adults take this pledge weekly.  These Scouts and leaders not only say these words, they learn how to practice and live up to them in their daily lives.

Scouting is impactful because it puts youth in real life situations that they must overcome.  Planning for a campout a Scout must work with their patrol to plan a program, plan a menu, plan a budget, plan a duty roster, and work together as a team.  They must also collect and manage money, care for equipment, and communicate with each other.  Scouts are having fun in the outdoors, but they are also learning skills that help them lead.  These leadership skills give Scouts a leg up as an adult as they enter the workforce, start a family, or enter their chosen vocations.  In today’s technologically based society, these soft skills are being lost, but are still in great demand in the workplace.  Scouting gives youth a step up when they enter the workplace by already having these skills.

Scouting helps youth experience a world beyond their phone, computer or video game.  It puts them in situations that are new and unfamiliar and guides them through the process of problem solving, leading others, team work and accomplishing goals.  When people think of Scouting, they think of camping and the outdoors.  Although that is a major part of our program, it is not the only part.  The top 10 merit badges earned in the Twin Valley Council include Citizenship in the Nation, First Aid, Astronomy, Aviation, Wood Carving, Archery, Forestry, Camping, Family Life, and Environmental Science.  This diverse area of interest shows the depth of experiences that Scouting offers to youth.

We have all read articles about how youth need to spend more time outdoors with positive adult role models.  How they need to spend less time online and more time socializing with friends.  Scouting provides that opportunity.

The entire family is now able to participate together in Cub Scouting and family Scouting programs, life changing programs.  Girls can join Scouting, work toward the rank of Eagle Scout, and experience the same leadership development program that has helped shape five generations of leaders! 

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Camps

The Council operates three outstanding Scouting camps;  Cedar Point, Norseland and Cuyuna Scout Camp.

Cedar Point Scout Camp

With woods and water, Cedar Point is a great place for Scouts to experience all that nature and Scouting offers. Camp for a day or for a week.

Norseland Scout Camp

Norseland features water and winding trails, with open space for tenting and activities such as the new Orienteering Games Course.

Cuyuna Scout Camp

Cuyuna Scout Camp offers a back to basics approach to the patrol method including having the patrols cook most of their meals. Resident Camp (summer camp) is offered each summer during the months of June, July, and August. Cuyuna Scout Camp offers a chance for seclusion at a 684 acre facility that is not overdeveloped.

Cuyuna Family Camp

Cuyuna Family Camp offers a chance for seclusion at a facility that isn’t over developed. It is located on Lake Pickerel in a heavily wooded area approximately 30 miles north of Brainerd and four miles north of Cross lake. The 684 acres the camp boasts beautiful wooded areas and is known for its birch and pine trees. Cuyuna is strictly for families of Scouts so you can expect all campers to observe the Scout Oath and Law in their camping practices.

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Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives. The skills they learn in Scouting help them overcome obstacles and challenges with courage and character throughout their lives.

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