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Cub Scout Activities

Pumpkin Pi Fun Run – 3 Great Causes, 1 Race, 4 miles!

Pumpkin Pi Fun Run
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Mount Kato parking lot
8am – Noon

Come out in support of the Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts, Salvation Army and Echo Food Shelf at the inaugural Pumpkin Pi Family Fun Run!  This event will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, beginning with an 8am check-in; Fun Run at 9am.

To kick off your holiday spirit Twin Valley Council will be collecting non-perishable food for the Echo Food Shelf as well as new or gently used winter clothing for the Salvation Army.  All donations can be brought to the parking lot at Mount Kato the day of the run, or to Twin Valley Council Center for Scouting located at 810 Madison Avenue in Mankato prior to the race.

The course will begin at Mount Kato (20461 State Highway 66 in Mankato) and you’ll run along the beautiful Red Jacket Trail and Indian Lake Road for approximately 4 miles.  

All registered Scouting families have the opportunity to participate in this great event for a special reduced price of $30, plus a donation of non-perishable food or used winter clothing.  Children between the ages of 5-11 may participate for $15.  Strollers tots are welcome as well!  Non-Scouting participants are $40 per person with ages 5-11 fee being $15.

Price includes a long-sleeved performance t-shirt for the adults and a short sleeved cotton t-shirt for those ages 4-12.

Registration is open until November 20, 2021.  

Questions please contact Jennifer Echevarria at 387-0294 or jennifer.echevarria@scouting.org.

Pumpkin Pi Flyer

Pumpkin Pi Fun Run made possible by the generous sponsorship of Profinium

Arrow of Light Scout Parent Meeting

Arrow of Light Scout Parent Meeting
Sunday, December 12, 2021
7 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Remember when your Scout first joined Scouting and you had no understanding of how this Scouting program operated?  Where do I go, what do I need to buy, do I have to volunteer?  Those were just some of the questions rolling around in your brain.

And now, just when you thought you knew what you were doing, your Arrow of Light Scout in getting ready to transition into Scouts BSA.  Are you finding those same questions are rolling back into your brain?  What’s a merit badge?  What do you mean Eagle Scout?  

In an effort to help transition without the questions, stress and confusion, Twin Valley Council will be hosting a special Arrow of Light Parent Meeting on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 7p.m. in the comfort of your own home via Zoom.  

The presentation portion of this meeting will take about 30 minutes and we will stay online until we get your questions answered.

Some of the topics we will discuss are

  • How is Scouts BSA different from Cub Scouting?
  • What is the difference between a den and a patrol?
  • How does leadership change?
  • How does my involvement as a parent change?
  • What is the merit badge program?
  • What can I expect at Scouts BSA summer camp at Camp Cuyuna?

Click here for zoom link

Questions please contact your District Executive or Ray Brauer at ray.brauer@scouting.org

Kiwanis Holiday Lights

Kiwanis Holiday Lights
November 26 – December 31, 2021
Sibley Park, Mankato

Kiwanis Holiday Lights is a wonderful tradition in the Mankato area.  Welcoming viewers from across the state, this event is a success due to the many volunteers working together.

Paul Taylor, Order of the Arrow Advisor is asking for assistance as part of the Twin Valley Council commitment for the Holiday Lights.  He is looking for a pack or troop (or any combination) who would be willing to put together a float for the parade, help in decorating the Scouting Christmas tree and to sign up for working a shift.

 If interested please contact Paul Taylor at pt1173@gmail.com 

Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit and “Of the Year” Awards

Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit and Of The Year Awards
Due end of year 2021

Scouting volunteers are the lifeblood of the Scouting program.  Without the  559 registered volunteers in the Twin Valley Council we could not serve the over 1,188 youth in the Scouting program.  Many of these volunteers give much more than the “hour a week” to ensure a quality Scouting program.  Without these volunteers units would not exist, our camps would not function, and activities would be left unplanned.

Help us recognize some of these volunteers by nominating someone today for one of these awards.

Silver Beaver:  The Silver Beaver is the highest award a council can give a Scouting volunteer.  It is given for outstanding service to youth in Scouting at the council, district, and unit level in addition to other volunteerism in their community.  The council is allocated two of these awards annually.

Silver Beaver Application
Silver Beaver listing

District Award of Merit:  The District Award of Merit is the highest award a district (neighborhood) can give a Scouting volunteer.  It is given for outstanding service to youth at the district (neighborhood) and unit level.  Each neighborhood can award one of these awards annually.

District Award of Merit Application

“Of the Year” Awards:  These are special Twin Valley Council awards that recognizes a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair/Committee Member, Rookie, and Overall “Volunteer of the Year”.

Of The Year Application

Silver Beaver nominations are due by the end of the year (12-31-2021).
District Award of Merit and “Of the Year” nominations are due January 31, 2022. 

Completed nominations can be sent to the Center for Scouting or emailed to Ray Brauer at ray.brauer@scouting.org

Kid Venture

Ney Nature Center
Sunday, November 28, 2021
1-4pm
Youth ages 8-11
$8 per youth

In this exploratory, youth-guided program, participants will decide as a group the activity of the day. With the support of our naturalists, youth will have the opportunity to explore the pond, head down into the ravine, track critters in the woods, and get up close and personal with prairie plants. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared for a variety of activities (getting wet and muddy, for example). A snack will be provided; please let New Nature Center know if your youth has any dietary restrictions. Please bring a water bottle and backpack if you have one. Ages 8-11.

This program is for youth only. We invite their adults to enjoy a walk around the nature center or drop off their child.

Select Cub Scout Electives To Be Retired

Every year, Cub Scout Adventures are reviewed to identify trends and determine interests of our youth, den leaders, and Cub Scout families.  In our ongoing efforts to keep the Cub Scouting Adventure program relevant to today’s families, Cub Scout elective Adventures are reviewed for both content and popularity.  The most recent review has identified 19 elective Adventures that do not meet the standards of youth and den leaders engagement, with the lowermost being earned by less than 3% of eligible youth.  They will be retired effective May 31, 2022.  The retiring of these adventures allows Cub Scouting to be more agile as we make continuous improvements to the program.

We know that some families may want one last chance to earn these Adventures. Some den leaders may have already made plans for the upcoming program year.  To help with transition, these Adventures will be available until the end of the 2021-2022 program year.

The elective Adventures to be retired are as follows:

                                  

Tiger Adventures                                                                                    Wolf Adventures
     Family Stories  #619922                                                                       Collections & Hobbies  #619940
     Earning Your Stripes  #619925                                                            Grow Something  #619944
     Tiger Tales  #619930                                                                            Hometown Heroes  #619947
     Tiger Theater  #619931                                                                        Motor Away  #619950

                     

Bear Adventures                                                                                    Webelos/AOL Adventures
     Beat of the Drum  #619958                                                                  Looking Back, Looking Forward  #619978
     World of Sound  #619960                                                                     Maestro   #619979
     Make It Move  #619963                                                                         Project Family   #619997
     Robotics  #619968                                                                                 Build My Own Hero  #619992
                                                                                                                        Adventures In Science #619989
                                                                                                                        Fix It  #619975
                                                                                                                        Movie Making  #619982

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