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…)

Norseland Needs Assistance With Wood Replenishment


Are you Chainsaw Certified?  If so, we could use your help with cutting fallen trees.  This project can be done at your convenience.  Please contact Carl Gessner at [Click for member’s page] for more details. 

Once the trees have been cut, we will also be looking for a troop or OA members to split and stack the wood into both woodshed’s.  Again, please contact Carl for more details.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Personnel Announcement: Twin Valley Council Announces New Professional to Staff

Please join us in welcoming Erik Karre to the Twin Valley Council professional staff as a District Director beginning February 16, 2018.  Erik has 14 years experience as a professional Scouter beginning his career with the Overland Trails Council headquartered in Grand Isle, NE, where he served as a District Executive and Senior District Executive.  He then moved to the Jayhawk Area Council headquartered in Topeka, KS where he has been serving as a District Director since 2015.

Erik will be moving to Fairmont, MN, where he will directly serve the units in the Cedar Valley District and also give staff leadership to the Western Prairie District Executive, Grant Diedrich.  Erik is an Eagle Scout, a graduate from Leadership Kearny, is active in Rotary being named Rotarian of the Year in 2008 from district 5630 and earning the Rotary Governor’s Award in 2012 for his work as Chair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  He has a degree in theatre from Hastings College.

Denise Zernechel has been serving the Cedar Valley District since May 2017 as the District Executive.  She will now be serving the River Stone District beginning February 16, 2018.  Denise is a Mankato native serving over 40 years in the newspaper business before changing careers into the Boy Scouts.  Denise is also active in Rotary where she serves as the Executive Secretary for the Greater Mankato Rotary Club.

Please welcome Erik and Denise into their new roles.

Program for Older Girls Information

Dear Boy Scouts Troop Leaders and Board Members:

As you know, the National Executive Board announced last October that girls could join Cub Scouting starting in the fall of 2018 and the Boy Scout program starting in 2019.  Attached is some additional information as it pertains to the older girls program.  The start date will be February 1, 2019…..just 11 months from now! (more…)

Re-Chartering Log-in Information

Re-Chartering:  The unit key 3 (Unit Leader, Committee Chair, Charter Representative) will receive the attached letter from national in an email around October 1 with your unit’s log in information.  If you do not get this email and need your access code, please contact Janelle Cedergren at the Scout Office [Click for member’s page].  Some key items to keep in mind for this year.

  • All registered leaders must take the new YPT prior to being re-chartered (discussed above).
  • You can completely complete your re-charter on-line now including electronic signatures and on-line payment.  If you take advantage of this option, nothing has to be brought to the office and your re-charter will be processed immediately after the 1st of the year.
  • Please note that the registration fees for national is $33 and insurance fees from the Twin Valley Council is $3 for a total of $36 per person.  This is a $1.75 increase from last year.