Center for Scouting Holiday Hours

Center for Scouting Holiday Hours

November 1-24, 2021     Regular hours (M-F 8:30am-5pm)
November 25-26, 2021   Closed for Thanksgiving
November 29-30, 2021   Regular hours (M-F 8:30am-5pm)

December 1-22, 2021     Regular hours (M-F 8:30am-5pm)
December 23-24, 2021   Closed for Christmas 
December 27-28, 2021   Regular hours (M-F 8:30am-5pm)
December 29-30, 2021   Closed for Year End Inventory
December 31, 2021        Closed for New Year’s Eve

Regular hours resume Monday, January 3, 2022 (M-F 8:30am-5pm)

Happy Holidays everyone!

Scouts BSA National Jamboree 2023

Jamboree 2023
July 16 – August 5, 2023
Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve
Glen Jean, WV  25846
$3,000 per youth; approximate cost

Twin Valley Council is excited to announce that the next National Jamboree will take place at the Summit in West Virginia on July 19-28, 2023.  We anticipate the Twin Valley Council Contingent to leave Mankato either on July 16/17, 2023 and return on August 4/5, 2023.  It is our plan to travel directly to the Jamboree then do a Washington D.C. tour after the Jamboree before returning home.

Exact details of the trip along with transportation arrangements and cost have not yet been secured, but we are anticipating the cost of the Jamboree trip to be approximately $3,000 per person.  Depending on final costs of travel, lodging, food, touring and including the actual fee charged by the jamboree, however we do not anticipate the final cost to increase or decrease by more than $200-$300 from our initial estimate of $3,000 total.  It is our hope to have this information solidified if not by the end of 2021, by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

We are anticipating a contingent made of 36 males Scout BSA members and 8 female Scout BSA members, along with 3 male adult leaders, 2 female adult leaders and one 18-20 year old youth leader.

Confirmed Jamboree Leadership as of today include:

Shawn Pomeroy – Contingent Leader, TVC Board Member, Scoutmaster for Troop 85 in Waseca.
Michael Krediet – Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 29 in North Mankato and Charter Rep for Pack 12 in Mankato
Jay Striemer – Scoutmaster Troop 69 in Sherburn, Camp School trained
Becky Sandquist – Scoutmaster Troop 8 in Mankato, Camp Cuyuna staff, Camp School trained.  
We are still in need of one additional female leader (over 21) and youth leader (18-20).  If you are interested in interviewing for either of these positions you can contact Shawn Pomeroy at pomeroy.shawn@gmail.com.

The 2023 National Jamboree is open to any Scout BSA youth ages 12-18 at the time of the Jamboree.  We are waiting for information from the National BSA on the policy of participants ages 18-20 years of age.  It is our understanding that 18-20 year old’s will be able to participate as “adult participants”.  We will provide more details as they become available.

If you are interested in attending we are accepting deposits on a first come first serve basis until the Jamboree contingent if full.  We will then start a waitlist.  Deposits and fees will be refundable until December 31, 2021.  After that time, will only be refundable if another Scout from the waitlist fills your Scouts place.

Reservations deposit    $100
December 31, 2021      $500
March 31, 2022             $500
June 30, 2022               $500
September 30, 2022     $500
December 31, 2022      $500
March 31, 2023            $400 or remainder of total contingent fee

We will also be scheduling in unit Jamboree promotions starting in early 2022 once additional details are known.  

Questions can be directed to Shawn Pomeroy at pomeroy.shawn@gmail.com.

To register for Jamboree 2023 click here

Nominate a Scouting Volunteer

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

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

Base Camp 2021

Base Camp 2021
Saturday, December 4 – Sunday, December 5, 2021
7:30pm – 9am
Base Camp 6202 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN  55111
$35 per youth; $10 per adult

Located on the grounds of Fort Snelling, Base Camp is an incredible venue offering archery, climbing walls, indoor ropes course (grade 7 and up) and so much more!

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, Twin Valley will be heading to Base Camp for an all night adventure.  Check in begins at 7:30pm and troops are responsible for their own transportations.  Two deep leadership requirements apply.  Once check in is complete Scouts can participate in a variety of activities:

High Ropes – For grades 7 and up, the ropes courses are designed to challenge participants through a wide variety of elements. Individuals can take personal risks and conquer their fears through over a dozen
different ascents, descents, and traverses of our indoor course. 

Rock Climbing – A signature experience at Base Camp is climbing the 30-foot, indoor rock wall. The 16 belayed routes accurately replicate the natural features found in the St. Croix River bluffs near Taylors Falls. All
safety equipment and facilitation is provided by the trained staff. Team climbing allows all members of a group to participate simultaneously – while pair of climbers ascend the wall together, their group members will manage their safety as the belay team from the ground.

Archery – In any weather, Base Camp’s 15-yard, indoor archery range is ready to help first timers or seasoned veterans hone their skills in this activity of physical control and mental concentration.  Staff provide all of the equipment, instruction, and coaching to safely enjoy this unique and challenging program. 

Games – Open game area include awesome games such as Four Square, GaGaball Pit and Basketball.

Troops, this is the perfect event for inviting the 5th grade Arrow of Light Scouts.  Due to Base Camp policy Cub Scouts must be in grade 5 to attend this event.

At midnight, there will be a late night pizza snack and movie, plus quiet time.  Breakfast will be served at 7am and you will be on your way home by 9am on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

Cost to attend this night of fun is $35 per Scout and $10 per adult.  Each person on site must have a completed Health Form A&B, the two Covid 19 forms and Base Camp waiver form, all found below.

Registration is open until November 24, 2021.  This event does not offer a late registration, but substitution can be made.  Please contact Shelley at the Scout Office for substitutions.

For questions please contact Lisa Vasquez at 262-893-3474 or vasquezl12505@gmail.com

Click here to register for Base Camp

Pumpkin Pi Run – 3 Causes, 1 Race, 4 Miles

Pumpkin Pi Fun Run – 3 Great Causes, 1 Race, 4 miles!
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 and tots are welcome as well!  Non-Scouting participants are $40 per person with ages 5-11 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.

Scout families click here to register for Pumpkin Pi Run

Non Scouting families click here to register for Pumpkin Pi Rn

 

Norseland Nightmare – Where Your Dreams Come Alive!

Norseland Nightmare ~ Where Your Dreams Come Alive
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Norseland Scout Camp
1-5pm
$20 per youth; Adults attend at no cost

It’s one of the fastest growing events for Cub Scouts!  Norseland Nightmare ~ Where Your Dreams Come To Life!

Grab your Halloween costume and join us for an afternoon of Halloween Fun!  Saturday, October 30, 2021, is the date; 1-5pm is the time and Norseland Scout Camp is the place!

The afternoon will have Spooky Shooting Sports, Ghastly Games (insert spooky music here), A Haunted Hike – if you dare, Creepy Crafts, Terrifying Treats and more!

We encourage all Scouts to wear their Halloween costumes!  This is a great afternoon of fun!  

All Scouts must be accompanied by an adult for this event, one adult per family.  Scouts who participate in the Spooky Shooting Sports must have a signed Parent Consent Form.  Please note that Lion Cubs will be at the BB Gun range using Nerf Guns due to BSA policy.

All people on Norseland property must complete the following – youth and ADULTS

Health For Parts A & B
Release_of_Liability-2020 (1)
Model-Pre-Event-Medical-Screen-Checklist-Signature

Cub-Scout-Shooting-Sports-Permission-Slip

Questions please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-0293 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org

Click Here to register for this great event!

OA Section Conclave “Settlers of Watertown”

Section C1A Conclave
Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 3, 2021
Midwest Bible Camp
Watertown, SD  57201

Join other OA members for a weekend of brotherhood, fellowship and fun.  Friday October 1 – Sunday October 3rd in Watertown, South Dakota!

This is shaping up to be an amazing weekend.  Celebrate the “Settlers of Watertown” through field games such as Ultimate Frisbee or Hacky Sack.  Or maybe the Board Game contest will more to your liking.

Join the epic search for the lost medallion of Watertown.  And let’s not forget the talent competition.  Any of these events are sure to entertain the group!

On top of all this there is the Brotherhood Bash, COC, a 5K run, election of officers, and of course the shows!

Early bird registration is open until September 24, 2021.  Early Bird cost is $55.  After September 24, cost will be $65.

Questions please contact Paul Taylor at pt1173@gmail.com or 380-1173.

Click here to register for Section Conclave

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Event

Cub Scout Shooting Sports
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Cedar Point Scout Camp, Fairmont
9am – Noon
$15 per Scout; Adults attend at no cost

To a young Cub Scout, one of the “Best Things Ever” is shooting a BB Gun, Arrows at a target, or learning to use a Sling Shot.

Join us Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 9am-Noon as we set up the target and teach our Cub Scouts all about BB Guns, Archery and Sling Shots.  The event will be held at the Cedar Point Scout Camp located just south of Fairmont.  Cost to attend this morning event is $15 per Scout.  Adults attend at no cost. 

All Cub Scouts are encouraged to invite a friend in grade K-5.  Each friend will also need to bring their parent.

BB Guns – In our BB Gun rotation Cubs will learn

  • Proper BB Gun safety
  • Demonstrate their skill at target shooting
  • We will work with them learning proper shooting techniques
  • Cub Scouts will work towards improving their skill
  • Please note Lion Cubs will practice their skills using Nerf Guns due to BSA policy

Archery – The Archery rotation will offer

  • Proper Archery safety rules and whistle commands
  • Learning how to apply arm guards, finger tables and quivers
  • Demonstrate how to effectively shoot an arrow including how to stand, nock an arrow, griping the bow, and the aim and release of arrow

Sling Shot – Slings Shot use is new to most Cub Scouts. 

  • This rotations Teaches proper shooting techniques including sight alignment, breathing and follow through
  • Demonstrating the proper way to shoot a sling shot
  • Learn about different types of ammunitions’ and targets for sling shot use

All Scouts must have a signed Parent consent form in order to shoot.
Cub-Scout-Shooting-Sports-Permission-Slip
All persons on site must complete parts A & B of a Health Form – this means youth and adult
Health For Parts A & B
All persons on site must complete two Covid required forms – this means youth and adult.
Release_of_Liability-2020 (1)
Model-Pre-Event-Medical-Screen-Checklist-Signature
Face masks are optional for this event.  We will be outdoors at all times.

Registration for this event is open until Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Shooting Sports Flyer

Questions please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-0293 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org

Click here to register for Shooting Sports