Popcorn Kernel Training Information

Popcorn Kernel Training 2021

It’s that time of year again!  Time to kickoff our popcorn season for 2021.

This year our adult training, Popcorn Kernels and anyone else who wants to learn, will be held at your Neighborhood meeting in August.  At these meetings we will discuss what is new for 2021, the product line up, and walk you through the steps of how to run a successful sale.  A member of the Council Popcorn Committee will be leading the training and answering your questions.

Youth training will be held at Expo 2021, on September 11, 2021.  More details can be found on the Expo page.

Remember adult training at the Neighborhood meeting is a Level 1 requirement for your commission climb.  
“Popcorn Kernel (or designee) attends your Neighborhood’s popcorn kickoff.  It is also acceptable to attend another Neighborhood’s kickoff if the date works better with your schedule.  Unit encourages and has at least 1 youth come by the popcorn booth at Expo.”

Our Council will be having training beginning August 3rd.  The listing is below.  You are welcome to attend any of the locations or via Zoom, and you may attend as often as you like.  You must register so we are certain to give you credit on your Commission Climb.

Tuesday, August 3rd                                                                                            
Cedar River & Southern Trails Neighborhoods                                                      
6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                  
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin
In person option only 

Great Bend Neighborhood
6:30 p.m.
Center for Scouting in Mankato
In person and Zoom options                                                                                              

Thursday, August 5th                                                                                         
North Star Neighborhood                                                                                      
6:30 p.m.                                                                                                               
Cedar Point Scout Camp                                                                                          
In person and Zoom option   

River Valley Neighborhood
7 p.m.
Norseland Scout Camp
In person option only                                                                                                                                

Tuesday, August 10th                                                                                              
Buffalo Prairie Neighborhood                                             
7 p.m.                                                                                                               
Scout Building at the Waseca Fairgrounds                                                            
In person option only                                                                                            

Thursday, August 12th
Gneiss Neighborhood
6:30 p.m
Pizza Ranch in New Ulm
In person option only

Trails End Popcorn Training

Beginning in June, Trail’s-End is offering training webinars.  All webinars are free but you must register.  We strongly encourage you to attend one of the trainings before attending the Twin Valley Popcorn Kernel Training.

Trails End New Kernel Training
An introduction to the world of popcorn for all those who are new to the position.

  • Learn in depth about the Unit Leader Portal and the Trails-End app
  • Get tips and best practices from seasoned Kernels
  • Training lasts about 45 minutes
  • Begins June 16th offered at various times and dates

Trails End Returning Kernel Training
Should be labeled as “Updates” vs. “Training” as that’s really what it is!

  • Find out what’s new on the Unit Leader Portal and Trails-End app.
  • Get tips and best practices from seasoned Kernels
  • Training lasts about 30 minutes
  • Begins June 17th offered at various times and dates

All webinars are free to attend but you must register.

Click here to register for Popcorn Kernel Training from Trails End

Click here to register for your neighborhood Popcorn Kernel training

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
Release_of_Liability 2020
Model Pre-Event Medical Screen Checklist Signature

11th Annual OA Golf Tournament

11th Annual Golf Classic
Friday, June 4, 2021
Noon Lunch 1pm Shotgun start
$360 per team of 4 or $90 single entry

It’s the event many people wait for all year!  The Order of the Arrow Golf Classic!

This year the Golf Classic will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Shoreland Country Club in St. Peter, MN.

The event begins at noon with lunch in the Club House.  The Shotgun Start is at 1pm.  After a full round of golf and challenge holes, head back to the Club House where dinner will be served.

Cost for this day of fun is $360 for a team of 4 or single entries are $90.  This fee included all challenge holes, your round of golf and meals.

There are also Sponsorship opportunities available for your business. 

Please contact Paul Taylor at pt1173@gmail.com or 507-381-1173 with any questions.

Race you to the golf carts! 

Click Here to Register for the OA Golf Classic

 

 

Northwoods Webelos Camp

Northwoods Webelos Camp
June 27-30, 2021
Cuyuna Scout Camp, Cross Lake, MN
$140 per Scout; $75 per adult
Camp is open to BSA registered Cub Scout going into grades 4/5 school year 2021-2022

Let’s test the skills you have learned in Cub Scouts thus far at Northwoods Webelos Camp!

Any BSA registered Cub Scout who will be entering grades 4/5 fall 2021 is invited to attend this incredible camp experience.  This is the camp where the skills learned in Cub Scouting are put to the test, fine tuned and then expanded upon.  It is typically the Cub Scouts first experience as to what excitement awaits them in Scouts BSA.   

Held at Cuyuna Scout Camp located in Cross Lake, MN, this camp is five days, four nights of living in the great outdoors.  Cub Scouts will have the opportunity to earn two Webelos Adventure Pins, have a splashing great time at the waterfront, test their skills at the climbing wall, make crafts and experience the BB Gun and Archery shooting range the “big kids” use.

During the registration process Cubs Scouts need to choose which Webelos Adventure Pins they wish to work on

  • Monday they can choose between Camper/Outdoorsman, Webelos Walkabout or Stronger, Faster, Higher
  • Tuesday’s options are Cast Iron Chef, Into the Woods/Into the Wild, Castaway or Adventures in Science

This camp begins Sunday, June 27, 2021, with arrival between 1-3pm.  Families should eat lunch before arriving at camp.  Camp concludes on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, following breakfast and breaking camp. 

Cost to attend this camp is $140 for youth and $75 for adults and shirts for both youth and adults can be purchased at the trading post for $15 while supplies last.

At a minimum each Pack must provide two deep leadership.  If your Pack brings both male and female Scouts, at least one leader must be female.

Registration deadline is June 20, 2021.

Click Here To Register for Northwoods Webelos Camp