OA Fall Conclave

Order of the Arrow Fall Conclave
Friday, September 24 -Sunday, September 26, 2021
Norseland Scout Camp

The Order of the Arrow is the honor society within the Boy Scouts of America.  It recognizes those scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, by such recognition, causes other scouters to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant similar recognition.

Ordeal Candidates
Ordeal candidates need to be at Norseland by 6pm, ready with everything they need for their Ordeal. Please bring appropriate clothing for the expected weather.  You will also need work clothes, your uniform, and a clean change of clothes along with your personal items.  Also on your list to bring is face mask, rain gear, sleeping bag, ground cloth, and bug repellant. 

Vigil Candidates
Vigil Candidate need to be at Norseland by 6pm, ready to do to their Vigil ceremony.  Please bring appropriate clothing for the weekend, including work clothes, your uniform, along with your personal items.

All Members
Check in starts at 5pm on Friday.  Please arrive ready for the weekend.  It will be filled with great memories and service.  You should bring the appropriate clothing for the expected weather.  You will also need work clothes, your uniform, and a clean change of clothes along with your personal and camping items.  Also on your list to bring is a face mask, rain gear, sleeping bag, tent, ground cloth and bug repellant.

This is a tent camping event only.

We will be having games and activities throughout the weekend, a service project on Saturday, and LEC on Saturday afternoon.  Meals included are 3 on Saturday and Sunday breakfast.  Please eat before you arrive on Friday.

Registration Fee:
OA Members (current Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil members): $20 with a $5 discount if registered by September 19, 2021.
Ordeal candidates: $40 with a $5 discount if registered before September 19, 2021.
Vigil candidates:  $25 with a $5 discount if registered before September 19, 2021
 
Questions please contact Paul Taylor with questions; 507-381-1173 or pt1173@gmail.com

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Cuyuna Week 5 Specialty Camps!

Cuyuna Summer Camp 2021

August 1-7, 2021    Specialty Week – it’s new, it’s exciting and it’s just for you!

We are excited to announce new camp opportunities for Cuyuna 2021!  Wilderness Camp, Fishing Week and Mountain Biking Adventure.  All three adventures are a week long and designed to give Scouts a more challenging week doing something they love.  Due to the nature of these camps, the cost is different than traditional Cuyuna weeks and second week of camp pricing does not apply.  With the Specialty Camps, troops do not need to participate as a group.  Individual Scouts are encouraged to register.  Leadership for each week is provided.  

Wilderness Camp
You’ve been part of Scouting for how many years?  You’ve tied how many knots?  You’ve camped how many times?  It’s time to test what you’ve learned.

You’re allowed to bring the following ten items:  Tarp, Knife, Firestarter (that is not matches or a lighter), Water Bottle, Cooking Pot, Paracord, First Aid Kit, Blanket, Fishing hooks and line, and a Folding Saw.

You need to survive in the wilderness for one week.  You will build and sleep in your own shelter.  Catch your own food and live off the land.  It’s time to test your skills.  Do you have what it takes to survive?

$240 per Scout.  This experience is limited to 15 Scouts.

Fishing Week
Is fishing your passion?  Is it the thrill of not knowing what you’ll reel in?  The strategy of finding that perfect spot to cast your lure?  This week is for you.  You’ll take a fishing trip on all three of Camp Cuyuna’s beautiful lakes:  Pickerel, Command and Goodrich.  Take part in a day fly fishing trip on a local stream or lake.  If there are four or more people, you can do a Walleye fishing charter on Cross Lake.  Participate in a traditional fish fry.  And end the week earning your “Complete Angler Award” by earning your Fishing, Fly Fishing and Fish and Wildlife merit badges.

$270 per Scout ($430 with Walleye Fishing Charter trip).  This experience is limited to 12 Scouts.

Mountain Biking Adventure Week      Canceled
If riding the trails, jumping fallen logs and enjoying the view of the backwoods interests you, then check out the Mountain Biking Adventure week.  Spend the week mountain biking through the Cuyuna Recreation Area and other biking trails in the area such as Grand Rapids, Chism and Spirit Mountain.  Helmets are required and you can either bring your own bike or rent one.  Due to the extreme nature of this week, a special “shake down” event will be held in May/June at Mount Kato.

$270 per Scout; additional $200-$250 if renting bike.  This experience is limited to 8 Scouts.

Whichever specialty camp you choose, you are sure to test your abilities, experience something you’ve never done before at Cuyuna and will have the time of your life!

Click Here To Register Specialty Week at Camp

Twilight Camp for Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Twilight Camp
Two Locations:  Lyle, or North Mankato, MN
See below for location dates
6-8 pm 
$30 per Scout; Adults attend at no cost

Two locations ~ Three nights ~ Three Times the Fun!

This camp is open to every BSA registered Cub Scout!  Twilight Camp is designed to introduce families to Cub Scout Summer Camp and Outdoor Adventures without having to spend the night!

Enjoy an evening of games, crafts and adventures as we explore the wilds of Minnesota!  At the end of the night, head home and prepare to come back the next evening for more excitement!  Twilight Camp is three consecutive evenings.

Each Cub Scout will earn a minimum of one required AND one elective rank adventure all while having fun outdoors with their Cub Scout friends.

Covid-19 rules will apply and we encourage all Cub Scout parents to join their Scout during the camp.

 Lyle Park                                                                  Spring Lake Park 
 Lyle, MN                                                                  North Mankato
 M,T,W, July 19-21, 2021                                          M,T,W, July 26-28, 2021
6-8pm                                                                      6-8pm                                                                    

Registration is open until 
July 11, 2021 for Lyle location
July 18, 2021 for North Mankato location

Questions please contact Liz Paul at elizabeth.paul@scouting.org or 507-387-3123

Click Here to register for Twilight Camp!

 

Cub Scout Resident Camp

Cub Scout Resident Camp
Saturday, August 14 – Sunday, August 15, 2021
Cedar Point Scout Camp
8am Saturday – 3pm Sunday
$60 per Scout and $40 per Adult

Pack you bag and tent and head to Cedar Point Scout Camp near Fairmont for a weekend full of fun and activities!  It’s Resident Camp and we’ll be heading “Into The Woods” with our adventure.

This overnight camp is held at Cedar Point Scout Camp located near Fairmont, MN at begins at 8am on Saturday morning.  It’s a full day of fun including day time stations and a campfire program at night.  Following breakfast on Sunday, you will have more activities and will be heading home by 3pm.

Scouts and their parent will spend the day heading “Into The Woods”  of Minnesota!  Some of the fun includes:  NOVA module “Into The Wild”, a visit from the RAD Zoo, Animal Tracking, Astronomy, making Ice Cream and Shooting Sports.  This is just a short list of all the things you will do at Resident Camp.

This camp is open to all Cub Scouts and their siblings.  Cost for Cub Scouts is $60 per Scout.  Each Cub Scout must have an adult attend with them and the adult fee is $40.   Siblings are $40 each and please keep in mind their age will determine which activities they can participate in.

Registration closes August 11, 2021.

Current CDC regulations will apply to this event including the wearing of masks and social distancing.  Every person at camp, adult and youth, must complete a health form, portions A & B, a Covid prescreen form and Covid release form.

Questions please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-3123 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org

Click Here to Register for Resident Camp

 

Powder Horn Training – Two Great Opportunities!

Powder Horn – Two Opportunities!
Powder Horn Training                                                         Powder Horn Training
Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25, 2021                                July 30 – August 1, 2021
Parker Scout Camp, Nisswa, MN                                        Camp Cedar, Fremont, NE
$150 per person                                                                 $225 per person (July 1 deadline)
Space limited to 32 adults; 16 youth

The Powder Horn course is a hands-on program designed to help introduce and give youth and adult leaders the contacts and tools necessary for outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature.  The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities.

Session options may include:  Outdoor Ethics, Expedition planning, Backpacking, Shooting Sports, Emergency Preparedness, Conservation, Weather, Geocaching, Orienteering, Sailing, Watercraft, SCUBA, Wilderness First Aid & Survival, and more.  Both locations offer similar sessions but not identical.  If there is something specific you are interested in, please see event details.

This course is designed for Youth Leaders, age 14 or older;  New or Experienced Adult Leaders, to increase their awareness of outdoor program opportunities; Unit Commissioners, provide new resources to units served; Cub Scout Leaders, looking for ideas and getting ready to transition to a Troop/Crew; any other registered Adults that may have been sitting on the sidelines.

Participants Qualifications include:

  • Must be registered with the BSA
  • Adults must be trained in their position
  • Youth must be over age 14 and completed unit’s version of leadership training (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Ships or Crews)
  • Previous attendance at NYLT is recommended for youth as well
  • All participants must complete Youth Protection, Hazardous Weather, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense and Climb on Safely.  These are online classes that must be done prior to Powder Horn
  • All participants must meet the physical requirements contained in the Annual Health and Medical Records.  Parts A, B & C are needed (which requires Dr. signature)  Health Form 2021 Parts A, B, C

To register for this event Click Here

Cuyuna Family Experience

Cuyuna Family Experience
June 30 – July 3, 2021
Cuyuna Scout Camp Cross Lake, MN
$65 per person

There aren’t many places you can go on a family vacation for $65 per person; have your food provided, your entertainment provided, and view some of the prettiest outdoors in the state.  This is one time something that “sounds to good to be true” is actually true!  It’s called the Cuyuna Family Experience.

Your experience begins Wednesday, June 30, 2021, with your family arriving at camp between 1-5:30pm.  Please eat before arriving at camp.  Dinner is served at 6pm followed by a campfire program.

Wake up Thursday morning to breakfast prepared for you.  Your morning will be spent climbing and rappelling at the tower,  learning about fire building & campfire cooking and activities at Scoutcraft.   Following a tasty lunch, head to the swimming and boating activities followed by the Rifle/BB Gun (age restrictions apply) and Archery ranges.  In the evening enjoy some down time, test your luck with a fishing lure or play a great match of beach volleyball.

Friday brings an entire new list of things to do.  Following breakfast, you will work on S.T.E.M. programs at the Nature area and then build your confidence with COPE initiative games.  We’ll serve you lunch, then send you off to learn basketry, leatherworking and carving skills.  When you’re done with that head over to the beach for more swimming or boating.  After your camp supper enjoy free time or participate life size Chess, Foosball or GaGa Ball at the Cuyuna Outdoor Arcade.

Saturday morning, July 3, 2021,  we’ll send you on your way home after breaking camp and feeding you.

If you are not one who enjoys sleeping in a tent, bring your RV or popup camper and stay at family camp for no additional cost!  Another option would be to rent one of our 4 cabins at family camp for an additional $75 per night.  Just bring your own towels and bedding.

The Cuyuna Family Experience is fun for the entire family.  The experience is designed for family members to enjoy camp and do activities together.  For Aquatic activities, a swim test is required.  For the Shooting Range activities, those ages 6-11 will shoot BB Guns and those over age 11 can shoot .22’s.  Parents must give written permission for children under age 18 to shoot firearms or BB Guns.  Unfortunately, those under age 6 cannot shoot BB Guns but will experience the archery range without limitations.

To reserve your spot at family camp for your RV or camper, please contact Shelley at the Center for Scouting at 507-387-3123 or shelley.corry@scouting.org.  Space is limited so reserve your spot early.  

With only 4 cabins, please make your reservations early by clicking here.

All CDC regulations will be followed including face masks and social distancing.  All persons at camp must have a Health Form, parts A & B, a Covid release form and pre screening form submitted at check in.

Items to bring
  • Tent/RV/Camper
  • Cot/Sleeping Pad/Sleeping Bag or Blankets
  • Swim Wear and Towel
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Change of Clothes
  • Boots or Closed Toes Shoes
  • Sunscreen and Bug Repellent
  • Fishing Gear (optional)
  • Water Bottle
  • Class A & B Health Form 
  • Face mask
  • Covid Pre Screen form and Release form.

Registration opens January 18, 2021.  Due to the popularity of cabins, you may want to reserve those in advance to registering for Cuyuna Family Experience.

Registration closes June 27, 2021

Click Here To Register For Cuyuna Family Experience

Scout Night With The Mankato MoonDogs

Scout Night With The Mankato MoonDogs
Friday, June 25 – Saturday, June 26, 2021
5:30 pm Friday – 10am Saturday
$20 per person

It’s time for our annual Scout Night with Mankato MoonDogs!  After missing last year due to Covid, everyone is anxious to get back in the stands to cheer on their favorite team – the Mankato MoonDogs!

This annual event is the perfect way to spend a quality family night.  For your $20’s you will receive a tailgate meal/get together, grandstand ticket, overnight camping, late night movie and breakfast!  This event is the same price if you attend a portion of the fun or all, so grab your gear and join in!

The night begins at 5:30pm with check-in and tailgate party.  Enjoy your typical  tailgate food:  pulled pork, hot dogs, chips.  Please bring you own beverage if you would like something other than water.  

 Following the National Anthem, where the Scouts are lined up on the base line, the Mankato MoonDogs host the Thunder Bay Border Cats.  First pitch is at 7:05pm.

If you’ve never been to a MoonDogs game, they are lots of fun and filled with crowd antics along the way.

Following the game you will pitch your tent and enjoy great activities, like S’mores and a late night movie.

A light breakfast is served in the morning and you’ll be heading home by 10am.

All Covid 19 regulations will be enforced including mask wearing.  Each person at this event, adult and youth, are required to complete a Health Form parts A/B, a Covid release form and Covid Pre-check form.

This event is open to the entire family – share the fun!

Registration is open until June 20, 2021.

Questions please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-3123 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org

Click Here to register for this great event!

Scouts BSA Daytime Summer Adventures 2021

Daytime Summer Adventures 2021
Happening in June
Many options from which to choose
Space is limited so register early

Back by popular demand!  The Daytime Summer Adventures are returning for 2021!  

Twin Valley Council is excited to offer at least 7 different merit badge adventures.  Each session is self contained and Scouts should be able to complete most if not all of the requirements.  Each merit badge has specific details so be sure to read carefully; each merit badge requires a separate registration.

Pottery Merit Badge
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Mankato Makerspace   1700 3rd Avenue in Mankato
11am – 5pm
$75 per Scout; Class is limited to 6 Scouts

Sink your hands into clay and learn more about this fascinating art that is part craft and part science.  Counselor Dustin Swiers will lead you through a full day of hands-on learning.  Cost to attend this merit badge session is $75 and covers your clay and other materials needed.

Scouts must complete requirements #3, #6 and #8 prior to attending this class.  Scouts also need to bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.

All current Covid directives will be followed including the wearing of masks and social  distancing.  Scouts and adults attending must wear facemask.  

Scouts should bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks.

Railroading Merit Badge
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Center for Scouting in Mankato
8am – 6pm
$50 per Scout; Class is limited to 20 Scouts

At the turn of the 19th century, travel over land in the United States was slower than it had been in ancient Rome.  And look how far we’ve come! 

Scout who sign up for this Railroading merit badge will meet at the Center for Scouting at 8am.  From there you will travel to the Twin Cities metro area for a ride on the Osceola, WI train and a trip through history at the Jackson Street Roundhouse Museum in St. Paul.  You’ll arrive back at the Center for Scouting at 6pm.  Cost to attend this great outing is $50 per Scout, which includes your travel, train ride and private tour of the museum.

There are no pre-requisites for this merit badge but Scout must bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.

All current Covid directives will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing.  Scouts attending must wear a facemask.

Scouts should bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

Aviation Merit Badge
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Mankato Airport  3030 North Airport Road  Mankato
8:45am – Noon
$25 per Scout; Class is limited to 30 Scouts

Flying!  For most of history, people have dreamed of flying, imagining how it would feel to soar through the sky like an eagle!  This merit badge adventure will give you that opportunity!  Scouts will spend the morning examining flight and then enjoying an airplane ride!  Cost to attend this uplifting merit badge class is $25 per Scout which includes any needed materials for class.  Your flight is provided by the EAA at no cost.

There are no pre-requisites for this merit badge but Scout must bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.  All Scouts are also required to have a signed BSA Parent Permission Form for the flight and the Young Eagle Consent Form.

Flying parent consent form
Young Eagle form

All current Covid directives will be followed.

Landscape Architecture Merit Badge
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Cedar Point Scout Camp  Fairmont
9am – 4pm
$25 per Scout; Class is limited to 20 Scouts

Your earliest experience as a landscape architect was probably in a  sandbox, where you poured water into a moat around a castle you built using an overturned pail.  At this merit badge class, you’ll take that same idea, build on it to develop a more mature landscape creation.  Cost for this class is $25 per Scout which included all needed materials.

There are no pre-requisites for this merit badge but Scout must bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.

All current Covid directives will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing.  Scouts and adults attending must wear a facemask.

Scouts should bring a lunch, snacks and drink.

Skating Merit Badge – Ice Skating Option
Friday, June 18, 2021
All Seasons Arena  Mankato
10am – 1pm
$30 per Scout; Class is limited to 10 Scouts

If you have an enjoyment for ice skating, this merit badge session is the perfect way to dig into a favorite even more.  Cost for this merit badge is $30 per Scout and includes skate rental and ice time.

There are no pre-requisites for this merit badge but Scout must bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.

All current Covid directives will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing.  Scouts and adults attending must wear a facemask.

Scouts should bring a lunch, snacks and drink.

Water Sports Merit Badge
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Bass Lake near Winnebago
9am – 6pm
$50 per Scout; Class is limited to 6 Scouts

We live in the land of 10,000 lakes!  Let’s get out and enjoy them.  With this merit badge class you’ll spend the day at the lake learning various aspects of water sports.  Cost for this class is $50 which includes materials needed, your lunch and use of aquatic equipment.

Meet at the public landing of Bass Lake located near Winnebago.   Your hosts for the day, Brian and Kathy Ehlert, will meet you there and you’ll be on your way to a day on the water.

In case of inclement weather this event will be held Thursday, June 24, 2021; same place same time.
Thursday, August 5 2021 will be date for a skills check off day if needed because Scout did not pass skill on June 23rd.  August 6th is back up day for skills check due to inclement weather.

There are pre-requisites  for this merit badge; Requirement 1a,b and c, requirement 2 a,b, and c and requirement 3.  Instructors will briefly go over these pre-requisites.  Scouts must have their merit badge worksheet with them and the answers to these must be filled in.  Scout must bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.

In order to save time and provide proper equipment all participants should “Be Prepared” to indicate height, weight and shoe size during registration process.

All current Covid directives will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing. 

Lunch is provided for Scouts.

 

Animal Science Merit Badge – Swine option
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Christensen Farms Research Farm 2  13069 320th Avenue Comfrey, MN  56019
1 – 4:30pm
$25 per Scout; Class is limited 10 Scouts

This is not your typical day on the farm.  Scouts will spend the afternoon touring one of the largest swine operations in southern Minnesota.  There are a few unusual details with this merit badge session so please read carefully.

Upon arrival at the Christensen Farms Research Farm, all Scouts will be required to shower before entering the facility (Parents will not be allowed to enter the touring area as we are not able to accommodate that many people through the shower in process.)  Everything required to do so will be provided by the Research Farm.  Shower stalls are individual (not locker room style).

After shower in process, Scouts will be provided Research Farm specific clothing (including undergarments).  Clothing and boot sizes will be necessary to list during registration.  Gender identify will also be collected during registration so we can understand an underwear/bra preference.

All personal items such as phones, jewelry, etc. will not be allowed into the Research Farm due to bio-security.  Please leave as much as possible home or with your parents in waiting area.

Scouts can have no contact with hogs for a minimum of 3 days/2nights prior to this tour.  There are pre-requisites for this class; requirements #1, 2, and 3 and Scout must bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.

All current Covid directives will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing.  Scouts and adults attending must wear a facemask.

Plumbing Merit Badge
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Norseland Scout Camp
8am – 2pm
$40 per Scout; Class is limited to 8 Scouts

It’s amazing to think how knowing a few basic plumbing techniques could keep you out of hot water!  This session will teach you some basic but needed plumbing skills.  Cost for this class is $40 and is limited to 8 Scouts.

There are no pre-requisites for this class but Scout must bring with to class a blue card with all the appropriate information completed.

All current Covid directives will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing.  Scouts and adults attending must wear a facemask.

Scouts should bring a lunch, snacks and drink.

Questions about these events please contact Liz Paul at elizabeth.paul@scouting.org or 507-387-3123.

Registration closes one week before the event.

Click here to register for any of the merit badges

Health For Parts A & B
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Model Pre-Event Medical Screen Checklist Signature