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Cub Scout Activities

Year of Service Project

September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024
Your Place, Your Time, Your Activity

Twin Valley Council has set a goal to complete 25,000 hours of community service for this Scouting year.

Each time your Scout, your family, your den or your Pack, completes service to our communities please record your hours.

If you have photos of what you did, please send them in an email to Shelley.corry@scouting.org so we can share with other units.

25,000 hours is a lofty goal but not only are we committed to reaching it, but also passing it!

To record your service hours please click the button below.

Year of Service FAQ

Holiday Baskets for Elderly
Clearing Fire Hydrants of Snow
Scouting for Food

The Great Penguin Race

Penguins of Norseland Mission Accepted!
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Norseland Scout Camp
12:30 – 4pm
$20 per Scouts and Friends   Adults free

The penguins are back for another adventure at Norseland Scout Camp!  This year the Penguins of Norseland are on a Mission! 

You’ll be performing tasks to help you train for your mission.  Agility Training and Wild Winter Experiments to train your brain.  All Penguins accepting the mission needs to learn the Art of Distraction and have good marksmanship.  Once you’ve completed training, you’ll move on to The Art of Escape!

Come prepared for the weather as you’ll be both indoors and outdoors.  This means hats, mittens/glove, snow pants, scarves, boots, and extra socks in case your get wet!  

Check in at the event begins at 12:30pm with activities wrapping up around 4pm.  And don’t worry, if there is no snow, Plan B will go into play!  Be Prepared!

Every person on property needs to have a Health Form parts AB submitted at the event.

This is a great event and fun way to break up the winter!  Plus, you can bring a friend along to share in the fun!  Friend must be accompanied by their parent and must also register.

Registration is open until Monday, February 19, 2024.

Questions, please contact Becky Sandquist at 507-387-0293 or rebecca.sandquist@scouting.org.

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Volunteer Opportunity & Candlelight Hike 

Volunteer Opportunity & Candlelight Hike
Minneopa State Park
Saturday, February 24, 2024
5-8pm
No Cost

Discover the beaty of Minneopa Stat Park at night with a candlelight hike following the Minneopa Creek River Valley.  The trails will be lit with hundreds of candle luminaries as well as the full moon to create a magical winter wonderland that takes you through some of the most scenic natural areas the park has to offer!  The self-guided main loop is approximately 1 mile long and mostly flat.  Weather and snow permitting, there may be additional illuminated trails to explore the state park at night.

Warm up and enjoy friends and family at two campfire locations spread out over the hiking loop and enjoy free hot chocolate provided by the Friends of Minneopa.  There will also be a park naturalist program with activities and night games that are appropriate for families and people of all ages.

To join, please meet at the Group Camp Picnic Area next to the campgrounds anytime between 5 and 8 pm.  Staff ask visitors to carpool to save space for parking, since it is limited.  This program is free to attend but requires a valid Minnesota Vehicle Permit.  These may be purchased online or at the park office.  So, get outside and enjoy Minneopa State Park!

Call for Volunteers

Minneopa State Park is looking for volunteers to assist with the Candlelight Hike Event of February 24, 2024.  This year we will be putting out almost 500 candle luminaries and need help setting them up as well as directing parking traffic during the event.  Please email kelsey.m.moe@state.mn.us to volunteer.

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food
Saturday, March 9, 2024; Post it note drop off
Saturday, March 16, 2024; Food pick up

Be part of the biggest community service project of the year!

For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been an active participant is helping communities.  In 1917-1918 Scouts collected nutshells and peach pits that were eventually used in the production of gas masks.  In the 1930’s Scouts collected clothing, household furnishing and food as aid to families during the depression.  And in the 1940’s it was aluminum as part of the war effort.  Whatever the need, Boy Scouts of America is there.

In March, Twin Valley Council Scouts will have the opportunity to once again help our communities by participating in Scouting for Food.

Scouting for Food is a National Good Turn of the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1988, over 200 million pounds of food has been gathered, making this the single largest food collection effort in the history of the United States. Local food banks and relief agencies within the communities distribute the food. Not only does Scouting for Food help feed the hungry of our communities, but it also teaches our Scouts that hunger is a problem. Millions of people go hungry every day. By participating in Scouting for Food, a Scout realizes there is a problem and he or she can help be a part of the solution. Scouting For Food provides a great service to our communities.

Twin Valley Council 2024 Scouting for Food Campaign will begin by distributing post-it notes to homes in your community. Distribution of notices will be March 9th.  Food pickup will be the following weekend on March 16th.  We ask that all units coordinate with their families to make this project a huge success.

Thank you in advance for helping with this incredible project.  Together we do make a difference.

Earn Your Solar Eclipse Emblem

Solar Eclipse Event
Monday, April 8, 2024

A celestial phenomenon is about to grace the skies once again, captivating the hearts of Scouts across the nation.  On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cast its shadow, offering a unique spectacle that won’t be seen again until 2044.  In the spirit of exploration and learning, Scouts have the opportunity to earn the coveted 2024 Solar Eclipse Emblem, a glowing testament to their curiosity and dedication.  Let’s embark on a journey to discover how Scouts can prepare for and commemorate this extraordinary event.

How to Earn Your 2024 Solar Eclipse Emblem
  • Locate the Perfect Viewing Site.  The first step in earning the 2024 Solar Eclipse Emblem is to find an ideal location for witnessing the celestial event. Scouts are encouraged to use modern technology, searching online for “eclipse viewing” along with the name of their city or town. Local events and gatherings dedicated to the solar eclipse provide a communal experience, fostering a sense of unity among Scouts.
  • Study the Path and Timings: NASA serves as the go-to resource for precise information about the eclipse’s path and timings. Scouts can visit the NASA website to get detailed insights into when and where the eclipse will be most visible. Armed with this knowledge, Scouts can plan their viewing experience down to the minute, ensuring they don’t miss a moment of this rare phenomenon.
  • Safety First: Just as in 2017, safety remains a top priority. Scouts must be well-versed in the proper techniques for viewing a solar eclipse without harming their eyes. Directly looking at the sun is a no-go, and NASA provides valuable guidance on safe viewing practices. Armed with this knowledge, Scouts can enjoy the eclipse without compromising their vision.
  • Reflect and Share: A crucial aspect of the 2024 Solar Eclipse Emblem journey is reflection and sharing. After the eclipse, Scouts are encouraged to discuss their experiences within their groups. What did they see, and how did it make them feel? This not only deepens their understanding of the celestial event but also strengthens the bonds within the Scouting community.

When you have completed the requirements, please contact Shelley and she will place your order for an emblem.  Emblem cost is $3.99 per emblem.  And the best part – is they glow in the dark!

Sundaes on Sunday!

Sundaes on Sunday!  Volunteer Recognition
Sunday, April 28, 2024
3:30pm
Spring Lake Park Warming House
Event is free but registration is required

Join us on Sunday, April 28th as we celebrate you – our outstanding volunteers!  And what says celebration more than ice cream sundaes and Scouting fellowship!

This event will be held at the Spring Lake Park Warming House in lower North Mankato beginning at 3:30pm.  We’ll have a short program announcing Twin Valley Council’s 2023 outstanding volunteers which include “Of the Year” recipients, District Award of Merit recipients and of course our Silver Beaver.

Following the short program, we’ll enjoy a full ice cream sundae bar complete with toppings galore!

There is no cost to attend this event, but you must register – we don’t want to run out of ice cream!

Registration is open until Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

See you at the celebration!

Silver Beaver
2023

Duane Rader

District Award of Merit
Buffalo Prairie Neighborhood  
Amy Ostgarden

District Award of Merit
Cedar River Neighborhood  
Jeremy Johnson

Cub Scout Shooting Sports

Cub Scouts Shooting Sports
Saturday, May 4, 2024, Norseland
Saturday, May 11, 2024, Cedar Point
1-4pm at either location
$15 per Cub Scout or Friend

Get it while the getting’s good!  With the change in the Cub Scout program beginning in June, this Shooting Sports Event is the last chance to earn the current emblem and pins!  Don’t miss out!

To a Cub Scout, shooting BB Gun, Arrows and Sling Shot are the best things ever.  It’s the reason some even join Scouting!

At this event, your Scouts will learn some history about the sport, will be taught safety and proper handling of the BB Guns, Bows/Arrows and Sling Shots, and will learn the proper shooting stances and finger placements.  Then they will have ample time to practice target shooting.

Every Cub Scouts must have a parent with them (one parent per family) and even though the adults are free they still must register.  Each shooter must also have a Parent Permission Form submitted.

Everything is more fun with a friend – so why not bring them along?  This is the perfect time to invite your best buddy!  Cost for them is $15, they must be accompanied by a parent and currently be in grades K-5.  What a fun way to spend Saturday morning.

This event is the same program regardless of location so please choose the date and location that works best for your schedule.

Questions please contact Becky Sandquist at 507-387-0293 or rebecca.sandquist@scouting.org

Registration is open until Sunday, April 28, 2024, for the Norseland location and until Sunday, May 5, 2024, for the Cedar Point location.

**Note:  Due to BSA policy, there will be limitation to areas Lion Cubs will be participating in.

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