President’s Day Closure

The Twin Valley Council will be closed Monday, February 20, 2023, in observance of President’s Day. 
We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

Regular Hours are Monday – Thursday  8:30am – 5pm and Friday 1-5pm. 

The Great Penguin Race “Search for the Yeti”

The Great Penguin Race 2023 “Search for the Yeti”


The Great Penguin Race 2023 “Search for the Yeti”
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Norseland Scout Camp
Noon – 5pm
$20 per Cub Scout   Adults attend free

A long time ago, on the top of Mount Norseland, lived an old wise Yeti who befriended the Penguin tribes of the area.  The Yeti liked to bury treasures around Mount Norseland.  As a symbol of friendship, Yeti gave each of the tribes a puzzle piece explaining that in order to find his buried treasure, the tribes must assemble the puzzle and solve the riddle.  Sadly, before the tribes could come together to assemble the puzzle, a great fire consumed the lands, and all was lost.  Recently, archeologists have discovered the puzzle piece that belonged to the Yeti.  Now it is up to you.  You are tasked with assembling as tribes to search for the remaining puzzle pieces, assemble it and solve the riddle.  This will lead you to the buried treasure.  The Great Penguin Race is on!

It’s the Great Penguin Race!  This is a great afternoon of outside winter fun and a Kodak moment for families!  Scouts will travel between stations experiencing sledding, snowshoeing, games, crafts and more all while they “Search for the Yeti” puzzle pieces.  Will they find them?  Can they solve the riddle?

Check in begins at noon. Please have a warm lunch before arriving.  All should bring their water bottle.

Everyone (including adults) should dress for the Minnesota winter as you will be outdoors most of the time.  Those not in proper winter attire will be observing and not participating.  Proper attire includes multiple layers of clothing (shirts and socks), winter coat, hat, mittens/gloves, scarf and snow boots.  Remember – the weather is cold, but you don’t have to be!  

Scouts are welcome to invite a friend as well.  Friends also cost $20 and must attend with their parent or guardian.

All people on Norseland property must complete a Health Form parts A/B.

Registration is open until Wednesday, February 15, 2023.  

Questions, please contact Becky Sandquist at 507-995-2946 or

Click here to register for the Great Penguin Race


Ice Fishing Event

Ice Fishing Event

Adventure Awaits Just Below the Surface!
Ice Fishing Event
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Edgewater Park Pavilion, Albert Lea
10am – 2pm
No cost 

Adventure Awaits Just Below the Surface at this ice fishing event!  The fun begins at 10am on Saturday, February 11, 2023, in Albert Lea.  Meet at the Edgewater Park Pavilion ready for a day of fun.  Dress warm!  Remember it may be cold, but you do not need to be!  Each person should bring their own fishing gear including bait, *fishing license, snacks, water and chair (optional). 

This is an event designed for fun and is not a contest.  Families are able to come and go as they please.  Hot Cocoa and Coffee will be provided along with a warming tent.  If you need a fishing pole, please indicate so while registering.

This event is open to those Scouting families in Faribault, Freeborn and Mower counties.  There is no cost to anyone thanks to the sponsorship of VFW Post 1216 in Austin.

Every person on site needs to provide a Health Form parts A/B at time of check in.

Registration is open until Monday, February 6, 2023.  In case of inclement weather, event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

*Those participants age16 and younger do not need a MN Fishing License as long as they are accompanied by a parent who has one.

Questions, please contact Justin Hutchinson at

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22 
Ice Fishing Event updated

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Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday
Sunday, February 5, 2023

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day. An organization can adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.

Talk to your church to see how you can participate in Scout Sunday 2023.

Klondike ’23 Curse of the Wendigo

Klondike ’23 Curse of the Wendigo
Saturday, February 4, 2023
7am – 5pm
Norseland Scout Camp
$25 per Scout and $5 per Adult

“Curse of Wendigo”

GOLD!  For centuries people have come to the Klondike in search of these shiny rocks that have the power to turn ordinary men and women into kings and emperors.  This almost supernatural metal never corrodes and yet it completely corrupts souls. 

The folklore of the Native Americans tells of something else that lives in these frozen woods.  A curse that hangs over these trees and lakes.  The Wendigo hunt these woods, eating anything they can.  They can find no rest, and no food can satisfy them.  They are the incarnation of winter, the embodiment of hunger, and the personification of selfishness.

To get the gold you will have to overcome challenges using your Scouting skills:  pioneering, knot tying, orienteering, use of GPS, fire making, first aid, marksmanship, cooking and winter survival.

If you come here, you will be challenged by nature itself.  What will you find in these woods?  Will it be fame, glory and treasure?  Will you leave with nothing but your life?  Or will you stay here forever bearing the curse of the Wendigo?


Klondike is an event for Troops and Arrow of Light Scouts (grade 5).

This event is held outdoors so dress for the weather.  Klondike teams will receive points for having everyone dressed in layers with mittens, hats, and proper footwear.

Klondike teams will bring their own food and prepare their own meal.  Teams will receive points for preparing a hot, appetizing, balanced and filling meal.

Klondike is a one-day event.  If your unit would like to camp overnight for an additional fee, reach out to David Kosmatka.

Each Klondike team is responsible for their own sled.  You must indicate how many sleds you will be using at the event during the registration process.  Below please find the list of supplies needed for the day.

Each person at Norseland must provide a completed Health Form A/B to be on property.

Registration is open until Friday, January 27, 2023.

Questions, please contact David Kosmatka at

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22
Klondike Flier
Klondike sled packet_v3

Click here to register for Klondike ’23

Wood Badge Training

Wood Badge Training

Woodbadge Training
Kiwanis Scout Camp located at Marine on St. Croix
January 27-29, 2023 AND February 25-26, 2023
$310 per person

Wood Badge is a lot of things. It is a premier training course for all registered Scout leaders. Yes, all. Cub Scout leaders, Scouts BSA leaders, Venturing leaders, and Sea Scouting leaders. It teaches Scouters the skills and methods of Scouting while being the embodiment of the Scouting spirit. Wood Badge uses the uniqueness of Scouting, the patrol method to deliver a practical course built around the operation of a troop and it’s patrols. Careful planning and strict attention to detail support this program to engage leaders to learn while having fun playing Scouting related games. This design helps to create “a mountaintop experience” for Wood Badge participants.

Wood Badge is composed of 3 parts; a theoretical part, learning about the aims and methods of Scouting; a practical part, the out-doors experience; the ticket, 5 goals that are self-created to help strengthen your role as a Scouting leader. Parts 1 and 2 are carried out simultaneously together over the two course weekends followed by the application of the ticket. Upon completion of the ticket, participants are presented a certificate, a neckerchief, leather woggle, and their Wood Badge Beads.

In addition to the new skills a Scouter receives while attending Wood Badge, there is great fellowship that takes place while also learning about the Wood Badge traditions that have been shared world-wide since 1919.

One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath. ~Lord Robert Baden Powell (1919)

This course is hosted by Northern Star Council and registration will be through them.  Twin Valley Council is offering three scholarships for this course.  If interested in one of the scholarships, please contact Ray Brauer at 507-387-0295 or

Questions about Wood Badge can be directed to Mariya Bergquist at 507-514-2380 or


OA Winter Conclave

OA Winter Conclave
Saturday, January 21- Sunday, January 22, 2023
Loyola High School, Mankato
$30 per member; Golden Ticket accepted

January will be here before we know it, so it’s time to make plans to attend Winter Conclave 2023!

This fun filled weekend begins will check-in at Noon at Loyola High School.  There will be time for conversation, settling in and games before we head out to Pizza Ranch around 3-3:30pm.  As tradition dictates, we will cheer on our Mavericks at the hockey game before heading back to Loyola for an evening of activities.

Cost for this event is $30 per member; those with the Golden Ticket attend at no additional cost.

Each participant must have a BSA Health Form A/B with them.

Registration is open until Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

Questions please contact Paul Taylor.

1910 Club Popcorn Celebration

1910 Club Celebration 

1910 Club Celebration
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Wow!Zone in Mankato
Free event for Club Members

Make your $1,910 popcorn goal to become part of the 1910 Club!  

It’s simple!  Have a total popcorn sale of $1,910 and you become a member.  To tabulate your sales, combine on line, site sales, draggin’ wagon and take order.  As long as the total is $1,910 you’re a member.

We’ll celebrate your success on Sunday, December 11th at the Wow!Zone in Mankato (2030 Adams Street).  From 4-6pm join us as we have pizza, bowl a game, make a hole in one and play in the arcade.

There is no cost to attend this celebration and each youth can bring one adult with them.

Registration is open until Sunday, December 4, 2022.  

Questions please contact Shelley at the Center for Scouting; 387-3123 or

Click here to register for the 1910 Club Celebration