This Just In! Shooting Sports Is Back On!

This Just In!  Shooting Sports Event Is On!

Shooting Sports Event
Saturday, October 15, 2022
1 – 4pm
Cedar Point Scout Camp
$10 per youth/adults attend at no cost

Cub Scouts, work to complete the requirements for earning the Shooting Sports Award for your rank (Lions shoot for fun!).  At this awesome event we will on safety, skills and history for three shooting sports disciplines; Archery, BB Gun and Sling Shot.  Due to National BSA policy those youth in Kindergarten will shoot Nerf guns instead of BB Guns.  They will shoot actual sling shot and archery equipment.

Open to all BSA registered Cub Scouts and their friends, however, all shooters must be at least in kindergarten.  All shooters must be accompanied by a parent.  Cost to shoot is $10 per youth.

All persons must have a Health Form A/B submitted to be on property.  All shooters must have a signed consent form as well.

Shooters should bring their own water bottles and snacks.  Dress for the weather as this event will be held rain or shine.

Registration is open until Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Questions please contact Brenda Bachenberg at 507-236-6945 or or Jay Striemer at 507-236-0679 or

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22


Click here to register for the Shooting Sports Event

Range Officer Training

Range Officer Training
Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Cedar Point Scout Camp
Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Norseland Scout Camp

8am – Noon
No cost to attend but you must register

Range Officers are needed with Twin Valley Council!

To a Cub Scout, BB Guns, Archery and Sling Shots are their best memories of Scouting.  The ranges are always the most popular areas at an event.

In order for Twin Valley Council to offer BB Gun, Archery or Sling Shot ranges, we need to have trained Range Officers at each range.  This is where you come in.  Won’t you be part of this team?  

This training will be offered twice in October.  Once at Cedar Point Scout Camp located in Fairmont and again at Norseland Scout Camp located near St. Peter.  Both sessions are in the morning beginning at 8am.  We will discuss the safety aspects and teaching techniques needed to run a safe and fun range.

Please plan ahead with your coffee/water bottle, and dress for the weather as this class will be held rain or shine, both indoors and out.

All participants must bring a Health Form A/B to the training.

Range Officer training is valid for two years, so if your need your training updated, this is a perfect time to do so.

There is no cost for this event but you must register.  Registration for the Cedar Point location closes Thursday, October 13, 2022.  Registration is open until Sunday, October 23, 2022 for the Norseland location.

Questions for the Cedar Point location please contact Brenda Bachenberg at 507-236-6945 or or Jay Striemer at 507-236-0679 or

Questions on the Norseland location please contact Becky Sandquist at 507-387-0293 or

The next opportunity for this training is May 13, 2023 at Cedar Point Scout Camp

Click here to register for Range Officer Training

Wilderness First Aid Training

Wilderness First Aid Training
Norseland Scout Camp
Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16, 2022
10:30am Saturday – 5pm Sunday
$130 per person; must be 14 years of age or older
Class is limited to 16 participants

This Wilderness First Aid course teaches participants the assessment of, and treatment given to an ill or injured person in the backcountry.  In this type of setting access to a hospital or clinic, as well as emergency transport may be delayed for hours or even days.

For Scouting, being prepared often means being ready to render first aid.  As units go farther into the backcountry, some additional training is needed.  Wilderness First Aid is the next step up from basic first aid and is required for all backcountry outings.

This is also a great training for all Scouts (age 14 and up), Scout Leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and those who work in outdoor settings including camp staff members.

American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Training

Each participant must have current American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid training and must submit a copy of their American Red Cross certificate.  This certificate must show certificate ID number and date completed.

A certificate copy should be submitted prior to class by emailing them to Course Instructor Chris Sandquist at

For those without Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Training, we are offering this course Saturday morning, October 15th, prior to the Wilderness First Aid course.  This class will begin at 8am and is an additional $60 fee.  This is a blended class; meaning you will complete part online and part in person. 

You will be asked to register for this class during the Wilderness First Aid registration.

Wilderness First Aid Training

All participants are welcome to arrive Friday evening and tent camp at no additional cost.  All meals and supplies are the responsibility of the participant for Friday night and Saturday breakfast.

Beginning at 8am Saturday morning in the Igloo Lodge, the CPR/AED/First Aid training will begin.  Please ready to start at 8am so the class can be completed by 10am.  

For those not participating in the CPR/AED/First Aid training, you should be ready to begin the Wilderness First Aid at 10:30am Saturday morning.

Wilderness First Aid Training runs from 10:30am Saturday and will conclude at 5pm Sunday.  You must complete all 18 hours of this training on order to be certified.

Again, participants are welcome to camp Saturday night at no additional charge.  You are responsible for your own evening snacks, beverages (no alcohol) and supplies.

Sunday morning everyone should be ready to go by 9am.  

On Saturday lunch and dinner are provided.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided Sunday.

This course is limited to 16 participants.  All participants must have a Health Form parts A/B.  Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22

Registration is open until Saturday, October 7, 2022

Questions contact Chris Sandquist at 507-327-5149 or


Scout Leader Forum

Scout Leader  Forum
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Messiah Lutheran Church, North Mankato
No Cost

Plans are underway for our next great Leader Forum!

If you have a topic you would like discussed please contact Council staff and share!  We’ll do our best to get it on the list!

  • Canoe Trips to Remember a Lifetime
    • Troop 89 and Troop 24 have taken a canoe trip down the Minnesota River from Redwood Falls to Mankato. They will share with you the highlights of the trip, what to expect, how to prepare, and other helpful tips to help your troop plan a similar trip in the future.
  • Cold Weather Camping Program Basics for Troops
    • Outdoor camping in Minnesota from October to April entails outdoor temperatures which can be at or below freezing. These temperatures are daunting for many scouts and leaders both for activities during the day as well as overnights. Learn the basics of cold weather camping, from gear choices to simple campout plans to integrate winter camping in the normal fabric of your troop’s program and weekend camps. 
  • Life to Eagle Seminar – You’re Almost There!
    • You’re so close! Now what? This class will help prepare Life Scouts to become Eagle Scouts. It will cover specific rank requirements, the Eagle workbook, project approval process and the Eagle Board of Review. This is a great class for Star and Life Scouts and their parents. It’s a great class for Scoutmaster and Troop Advancement Chairs. It’s a great class for those new to the Life to Eagle process or those needing a refresher. It’s just a great class!
  • Developing a Meaningful Troop High Adventure Program
    • Meaningful high adventure programs benefit troops via retention and leadership development of older scouts. A ground level breakdown of how to develop an impactful high adventure program for your troop. For troops who have an interest in retaining older scouts and developing a program which motivates scouts to develop their scout and leadership skills.
  • It’s A Race To The Finish Line!  Successful Pinewood Derby Races
    • The “why” of Pinewood Derby needs little explanation. You do it because it’s the perfect combination of cars, competition and character-building fun. But as for the “how”, we’ve got you covered. This class will talk about different ways to execute the “how” in your Pinewood Derby.
  • Field Trips, Campouts, Adventures and more!  Outings That Will Leave Your Cubs Wanting More!
    • Outings and visits are an important part of a quality Cub Scout program. The leadership team in your pack is encouraged to offer at least one outing 3-4 times per year. But what do you need to know in order to plan this outing? Where do you go? How do you pay for it? May questions arise when you begin talking about outings – let us talk you through the steps. Remember “outing” is part of scouting!
  • Happy Birthday Scouting – Planning Your Blue & Gold
    • Blue and Gold Banquets are a tradition in Cub Scout packs. They are a celebration of the birthday of Scouting. It is designed to be a time of celebration and fun. The key to any good party is in planning the details. Just about anything goes with Blue and Gold Banquets so let’s start thinking outside the box! Let’s get creative with a theme, activities, program etc.! Let’s work together to create some awesome Blue and Gold events for our Cubs!
  • Website Navigation & Scoutbook Ease
    • This is a two for one class! Part of the session will be learning how to navigate the Twin Valley Council website. Have specific questions? Have suggestions? Now is the time for discussion!
      The other part of the session will be Basic Scoutbook. You’ll learn how to set up Scoutbook for your unit, how to track a Scouts progress and generate reports. We will also be able to answer questions and give you tips and secrets
  • Re-Chartering 2022
    • Recharter season is just around the corner. Earlier this year as a matter of fact. This is a great class for those working on the recharter for the first time but its also the perfect refresher course.
  • The Million Dollar Question – How To Get Parent Participation
    • It’s the million dollar question. How do you get parents more involved. If only we knew the perfect answer. Some units are very successful with this, others struggle. Every unit needs a strong team. During this class we’ll discuss how to begin the process of building this team and expanding it to include all parents in your unit.

Registration closes Sunday, October 9, 2022.

Click here to register for the Leader Forum

Registration closes Sunday, October 9, 2022.


Jamboree Participant and Parent Meeting

Jamboree Meeting Scheduled 

Jamboree Meeting for all Participants
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Mankato Masonic Lodge 
9am – 1pm

All participants are asked to attend the first official meeting for Jamboree 2023.

This meeting will be held at the Mankato Masonic Lodge (309 South 2nd Street) in downtown Mankato.

Dress code for the day in Field Uniform (class A) for participants.

Participants and parents should arrive at 9am for check-in and to receive the appropriate handouts prior to the meeting.

Parents will be allowed time following the meeting for questions and then will be dismissed.  Youth participants will remain and we will begin forming patrols and filling leadership roles.  We will also determine several of the points of interest we will visit on our tour.

Parents should plan to arrive back at the Masonic Lodge at 12:30pm.  The entire group will be ready to leave by 1pm.  There will not be a meal provided at this event.  Please bring your own water bottle and snack if necessary.

White attendance is not mandatory, it is strongly encourage that each participant attend.  Anyone unable to attend must make arrangements to receive the materials being handed out and will remain responsible for understanding and complying with any information or deadlines discussed.

Anyone wishing to bring a guest who is interested in attending the Jamboree with our contingent but has not registered must contact Shelley at the office (507-387-3123) to submit the guest name.  The guest and parent may participate in the opening informational session and may participate in portions of the remaining activities as appropriate.

Questions please contact Shawn Pomeroy at

Guardian of the Gateway! Section Conclave 2022

Guardian of the Gateway!  Section Conclave 2022
September 30 – October 2, 2022
Camp Ripley, Little Falls, MN
$60 per person (Early Bird rate)

Section Conclave is Section G11 Order of the Arrow’s premier brotherhood and fellowship event and is one of the largest events the Order has to offer.

This year will be Section G11’s first conclave, and we intend to make it one for the history books. We have the honor of hosting conclave at the active Camp Ripley Minnesota National Guard Base where there will be a multitude of activities. From decommissioned tanks to rifle shooting to climbing to gaga ball – there’s something here for everyone

Registration for this event is $60 per person until September 16, 2022.  After that date price is $65 per person.

All OA members are encouraged to attend this great event.  Registration is handled through this website and closes September 18, 2022.

Questions please contact Paul Taylor at 507-381-1173 or

Click here to register for the Section Conclave

Scouting Palooza! Fall Camp-o-ree 2022

Scouting Palooza Fall Camp-o-ree
Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 2022
5:30 pm Friday – 9 am Sunday
Norseland Scout Camp & South Central College
$18 per Scout    $13 per Adult
Webelos (grade 4), Arrow of Light Scouts (grade 5) and all Scouts BSA are invited

It’s time to kick off a new season of Scouting with a Scouting Palooza event!

Friday Night
The fun begins Friday night.  Please eat before you arrive at Camp Norseland any time after 5:30pm.  You will have time to set up your campsite before the movie and cracker barrel begin at 8pm.  Activity uniform is dress code for Friday night.

Saturday morning enjoy breakfast, provided by the unit, at your campsite.  Around 7:30am all Scouts (Webelos, AOL’s and Scouts BSA), will travel to South Central College located in upper North Mankato (1920 Lee Blvd).  Units are responsible for transporting Scouts to the school.  If you need assistance, please contact Lisa Vasquez with your information so carpooling can be set up.

Check in begins at 8am at South Central College with merit badge classes running from 9am-Noon and 1-4pm.  Some merit badge classes will be a full day, while others are half days. 

For Webelos and AOL’s, your adventures also run from 9am-Noon and 1-4 pm at South Central.  You will be choosing one adventure in the morning and one for the afternoon.   

During merit badge classes and Webelos/AOL adventures we are asking adults to act as two deep leadership in each room.

Lunch will be provided at South Central for all.  Lunch will be divided into two shifts: Noon-12:30pm and 12:30-1pm.  While one shift is eating, the other will be receiving a tour of the campus.

At 4pm everyone will travel back to Norseland for some free time.  A camp wide meal will be served in the meadow area at 6pm followed by chapel at 7:15pm.  A camp wide fire begins at 7:45 followed by friendship fires.  Each unit is asked to provide a treat during friendship fire time. 

Each person is asked to bring their own mess kit for dinner on Saturday night.  Also on Saturday night, each unit is asked to have a skit and/or song prepared for the camp wide fire.

Dress code Saturday, until after camp wide fire, is Field Uniform.

Merit Badge Options
Merit Badges will be offered either as a full day or half days.  Each merit badge class, unless otherwise stated, is open to 15 Scouts.  A waitlist for each class will be available.  If a Scout is placed on the waitlist, they should also register for a class during that time slot.  If a spot opens in the waitlisted class, an adjustment to their schedule can be made.

Please note:  Merit Badges will not be 100% completed during camporee.
Each merit badge class, unless otherwise stated, is open to 15 Scouts. 

Full day options include
     Citizenship in Society; limited to10 Scouts
     Personal Management
     Personal Fitness

Morning classes half day   9am-Noon
     Welding; additional $25, Limited to 10 Scouts
     Public Speaking
     Healthcare Professionals
     Farm Mechanics
     Graphic Arts
     Chemistry; additional $5 
     Digital Technology

Afternoon classes half day    1-4pm
   Architecture/Landscape Architecture
   Art; additional $5
   Automotive Maintenance; additional $5, Limited to 10 Scouts
   Plant Science
   Public Health

Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts
While the older Scouts are working on merit badges, Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts will be working on different adventures.

In the morning Webelos/AOL’s can choose between “Build a Better World” or “Game Design”.  The afternoon gives the choices of “Engineer” or “Aware and Care”.  Please select your adventure during the registration process.

Webelos/AOL’s will also be asked during registration, if they will be camping with a troop or as part of the Webelos/AOL’s “troop”.  Either option is fine.

What to Bring
Each participant is responsible for
     Tenting gear (Webelos/AOL’s please contact Lisa if you are in need of tent)
     Cot and sleeping bag
     Change of clothes
     Personal hygiene items
     Closed to shoes
     Rain gear (if applicable)
     Field Uniform
     Activity Uniform
     Mess Kit
     Water Bottle
     Bug Spray 
     Completed merit badge pre-requisites if required by counselor
     Prepared Skit or Song (as a group)
     Health Form parts AB  Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22

Sunday Morning
Everyone is welcome to head home once their site is cleaned.  Final checkout time is 9am.

Final Notes
Cost for this event is $18 per Scout (plus additional merit badge fees when applicable) and $13 for adults.
Meals provided Friday night cracker barrel, Saturday lunch and dinner.
All participants need a Health Form parts A/B

The first 150 people (adults and youth) to register for this event will receive a free gift!
Registration date stamped through Black Pug determines recipients 

Registration is open until Sunday, September 5, 2022.  After this date you may still attend but must register through Lisa. 

Questions please contact Lisa Vasquez at 262-893-3474 or   

Many thanks to South Central for assisting with this event.  Your hospitality is greatly appreciated.

Click here to register for Scouting Palooza!