Values Event 2019

Twin Valley Council LogoThursday, March 21, 2019. You’re Invited to attend the  Annual Mankato Values Event sponsored by Blethen Berens, to help us celebrate the volunteerism of: 
Phil KeithahnDuane Rader,John Roise, and Kiwanis Holiday Lights (more…)

Eagle Scout Extention

Scouts BSA – Eagle Scout Extension Request Process

My.Scouting is now updated to align with Scouts BSA troop offerings. Please consult this step-by-step guide to find how to request an Eagle Scout extension for eligible Scouts, ages 16-18 that joined on or after 2/1/2019.

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OA Brotherhood Bash

It’s time for the 8th Annual Brotherhood Bash!

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Sunday, March 3, 2019
Oakland Lutheran Church near Hayward, MN
(22042 850th Ave Albert Lea)
2 p.m. – 9 a.m.
$8 per person

It’s time to get together for the 8th Annual Brotherhood Bash.  This year’s event is hosted by the Cedar Valley Chapter and will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Sunday, March 3, 2019.  Location is the Oakland Lutheran Church in Hayward, MN.  The LEC meeting will also be held at this time.

There will be lots of fun, food, and activities for everyone.  And best of all, it’s a BRING A FRIEND EVENT!.  If you know someone who is a BSA registered Scout, but is not in OA yet, please invite them to join the fun!

OA members should plan to arrive at the church beginning at 2 p.m.  There will be gathering activities.  The LEC meeting and dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Following dinner there will be a service project followed by board games and non-electronic games and movies.  Games include Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros etc.  Cracker Barrel and open games/movies end the evening.  Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and you’ll be headed home after clean up (around 9 a.m.)

Scouts should bring their own cot, sleeping gear, personal gear etc.  You may also bring your own snacks and beverages.  A kitchen with stove, microwave and refrigerator is available. 

If anyone is willing to bring their own Wii, TV, projector, DVD player, and board games to add to our equipment, please let us know.  We need some of you to help with this!

Registration is $8 per person if your register on line.  At the door the cost is $12 per person. If you are only attending the LEC, there is no cost.

Registration is open until February 26, 2019.  After that date you may still attend but will need to pay the $12 at the door.

Click here to register

Cuyuna Summer Camp Kickoff

Cuyuna Summer Camp Kickoff
Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Center for Scouting and Video/Phone Conferencing
We’re kicking off summer camp in a whole new way!

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‘Trained’ Leader Designation to Require Hazardous Weather Training

Effective April 30, new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. And here is one story about why this is so important.

Imagine as a leader with a group of excited Scouts you arrive at a council camp for a camporee on a rainy Friday afternoon. Saturday morning is filled with the sounds of Scouts participating in the scheduled activities, only to have the weather turn blustery with sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts up to 48 mph. The trees of the heavily forested area start swaying madly back and forth.

As a leader, what would you do? Would you continue with the camporee or evacuate the camp? (more…)

Age Appropriate Guidelines For Camping With Lions

The Guide to Safe Scouting online version is the most current, accurate resource for BSA policies. Staff and volunteers should bookmark this site for quick reference. 

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities and Camping Guidelines for Lions

The addition of Lions in the Cub Scout program is now reflected in the most recent updates to The Guide to Safe Scouting.

Program Guidelines for Lions

  • Lions may not attend summer day camp or resident camp. The Lion program is designed to start in the fall or when school starts.  Early recruitment of Lions before they are in Kindergarten is not allowed such as a spring pre-kindergarten recruitment.
  • Lions may attend council-organized Family Camps, Pack Overnighters, Lock-ins and Family Camping.
  • Lions must have a parent, legal guardian, or an adult partner who was approved by the parent on the youth application, attend all Scouting events and activities, including meetings with them.
  • Lions may participate in archery and slingshots as part of a council-organized shooting sports program. Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos may also participate in BB Guns as part of a safe council-organized shooting sports program.
  • The full list of age-appropriate activities can be found on Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.

Yours in Scouting

Raymond W Brauer, Scout Executive

Cabela’s To Offer Merit Badge Classes

BSA and Cabela’s team up to offer merit badge classes.

Merit Badges give Scouts the chance to explore new horizons that in the future may help them take up a hobby or better yet, find a passion that might turn into a career for them.

During September, Scout month, Boys Scouts of America and Cabela’s have teamed up to offer three different merit badges.  These classes will give Scouts a start on their choice of Fishing, Rifle Shooting or Fish & Wildlife.

All classes are free of charge but you must register.  Class sizes are limited to ten Scouts per class.  To register please contact Amber  (507) 446-5814.  (more…)