God and Family Religious Award

God and Family Religious Award

God & Family Religious Award
Thursdays in January (4, 11, 18 and 25)
Hilltop United Methodist Church
Open to all 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Scouts
$24 per Scout

All Webelos, Arrow of Light and 6th grade Scouts BSA, of any denomination, are welcome to attend with an adult.  Youth will be completing the protestant God and Family religious award.  Cost for this event is $24 per Scout/Adult pair which covers all materials, certificate, religious knot and a pizza party as part of the course.  

Class is open to 20 youth.

Registration is open until Monday, December 11, 2023, so don’t delay!

Questions, please contact Roger Bergquist at 507-340-8441 or rogerandmariya@gmail.com

Click here to register for God and Family Class

Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit Nominations Due

Nominations for Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit 

It’s that time of year again to nominate a worthy candidate to receive recognition for all they do for Scouting.  We have several award categories that you can nominate someone for:

  1.  Twin Valley Council “Of the Year” Awards for Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair/Member, Rookie of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.  These nominations are due January 31, 2024.
  2. District Award of Merit:  The Highest Award a Neighborhood can give an adult volunteer.  Each Neighborhood is allowed 1 recipient.  Nominations are due January 31, 2024.
  3. Silver Beaver Award:  The Highest Award Twin Valley Council can bestow upon an adult volunteer.  We will be allowed to present one Silver Beaver in 2024 as a Council.  Nominations are due by December 31, 2023.

Nomination forms can be sent to the Center for Scouting or emailed to Ray Brauer at ray.brauer@scouting.org.

Council Annual Dinner Volunteer Recognition Nomination Form
District Award of Merit Nomination Form
Silver Beaver Nomination Form
Silver Beaver listing

Center for Scouting Holiday Hours

In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Center for Scouting will be following this schedule.

Friday, December 22nd – Monday, December 25th we will be closed.

Regular hours of 8:30-5pm on December 26th & December 27th

Thursday, December 28th – Monday, January 1st we will be closed for yearend inventory and the New Year holiday.

We will resume regular hours beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  Monday – Thursday 8:30am-5pm and Fridays 1-5pm.

We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!


Year of Service

Year of Service Project 

September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024
Your Place, Your Time, Your Activity

Twin Valley Council has set a goal to complete 25,000 hours of community service for this Scouting year.

Each time your Scout, your family, your den or your Pack, completes service to our communities please record your hours.

If you have photos of what you did, please send them in an email to Shelley.corry@scouting.org so we can share with other units.

25,000 hours is a lofty goal but not only are we committed to reaching it, but also passing it! 

Year of Service FAQ

Click here to record your service hours

Camp Cuyuna Needs Our Help

Camp Cuyuna Needs Our Help
October 19-22, 2023

As you know, we have a LOT of tree work and clean up at Camp Cuyuna yet to do.  The damage camp from the two major storms last summer and a hard winter.  Please mark your calendar and consider helping out MEA Weekend.  We need to continue our camp cleanup efforts in orders to be ready for the 2024 camping season.  Food and lodging will be provided all weekend.  Can’t come for all four days?  No problem!  Come only the days you can and are available.

Please RSVP your availability to Ray at the Center for Scouting.

  • The cabins have been reserved.  Please let us know if you need room in one of them. 
  • There is also room in the staff cabins and tree houses.
  • If you prefer to bring your RV/tent, we can certainly reserve a site in family camp at no charge.
  • We would need to know which meals you will be joining so we can get the proper amount of food.
  • If you are chainsaw trained, we would REALLY appreciate your help!  If your training has expired, Ranger Tom can re-certify you that weekend.  Let us know if you need this recertification.
  • Don’t want to use a chainsaw?  Again, no problem!  We need help hauling brush, burning brush, chipping, splitting and more.

Please say you can help us out.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Questions or to confirm your spot, please contact Ray Brauer at ray.brauer@scouting.org or call 507-387-0295

Chopping Through Cuyuna – OA Section Conclave

Wahpekute Lodge To Host Section Conclave 2023

Section Conclave 2023 “Chopping Through Cuyuna”
September 29 – October 1, 2023
Cuyuna Scout Camp
$45 per person 

The Section Conclave “Chopping Through Cuyuna” will be held at Cuyuna Scout Camp!  You won’t want to miss this event!

Cost for this weekend event is $45 per person if registered by September 18, 2023. After that date registration is $55 per person.

As details are planned for the Lumberjack themed weekend, they will be posted.


A bus will be headed to Cuyuna.  Details on departure and return times yet to be determined.  Cost will be $15 per person with a limit of 36.  Choose the bus option during registration.

Registration is open until Friday, September 22, 2023.

Questions please contact Chris Nelson at ccnelson2005@gmail.com

Click here to register for Conclave

Click here to register for the bus

OA Fall Conclave

OA Fall Conclave

Wahpekute Lodge Fall Conclave
Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17
Norseland Scout Camp
Prices vary based on honor

Fall Conclave 2023 is coming faster than we think!  It is the weekend of September 15-17, 2023, held at Norseland Scout Camp.

OA Members should arrive Friday evening with check in beginning at 5pm.  Please arrive ready for the weekend.  It will be filled with many memories and service.  Appropriate clothing for the weather should be a priority.  This includes work clothes, your field uniform, and a clean change of clothes.  You should also pack your personal and camping gear, including tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, rain gear and most importantly bug spray!

This is a camping only event.  Each person on site must have a Health Form parts A/B

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

Ordeal Candidates

Ordeal candidates need to be at Norseland by 6pm Friday evening.  You should be ready with everything needed for your Ordeal.  Please bring appropriate clothing for the expected weather.  You will also need work clothes, your field uniform, and a clean change of clothes along with your personal items.  Also on your list should be rain gear, sleeping bag, ground cloth and bug spray.

Brotherhood Candidates

Brotherhood candidates need to be at Norseland no later than 7pm Friday evening.  Please “Be Prepared” to do your Brotherhood conversion.  You should bring with you appropriate clothing for the weather, including work clothes, your field uniform, and all of your personal items.

Vigil Candidates

Vigil candidates need to be at Norseland by 6pm Friday evening ready to do your Vigil ceremony.  Please bring appropriate clothing for the weekend’s weather, including work clothes, and field uniform.  You should also bring your personal gear.

Registration Fees

OA Members:  Cost is $25 with a $5 discount if registered by Monday, September 11, 2023

Ordeal Candidates:  Cost is $45 with a $5 discount if registered by Monday, September 11, 2023

Brother Candidates:  Cost is $40 with a $5 discount if registered by Monday, September 11, 2023

Vigil Candidates:  Cost is $30 with a $5 discount if registered by Monday, September 11, 2023

Registration is open until Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

Questions please contact Paul Taylor at 507-381-1173 or pt1173@gmail.com.

Click here for OA Conclave registration

Fall Camp-o-Ree “Star Warz”

Fall Camp-o-ree Happening Soon

Fall Camp-o-ree 
Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10, 2023
Cedar Point Scout Camp 
6pm Friday – 9am Sunday 
$30 per person

Who said Scout skills are only used during daylight hours?

Scouts are going to be celebrating Star Warz.  Not the Jedi Knight style but rather galactic style.  It’s a glow-in-the-dark, throughout the night, social celebration of Scouthood.

When you’re dealing with the stars and planets, when do you need to be out?  That’s right – at night – all night!  Scouts will be doing activities following the Friday night campfire.  Activities will last until approximately 3am and some of them (but not all) include Glow in the Dark Sling Shots, Nighttime Exploration Hikes, and Stargazing.  Friday night will also feature a movie that was an astronomical success!   After a late start Saturday morning, the afternoon will be spent socializing and celebrating the comradery of Scouting.  There will be games galore, maybe some tournaments, and aquatic events.  After an evening meal (troops should plan on skits – something new, something exciting, something galactic themed?!), there will be a social campfire and more movies.

There is a possibility of merit badges for Saturday. The merit badges in question are Crime Prevention, Finger Printing and Traffic Safety.  There will not be a sign up for these merit badges so Scoutmaster should “Be Prepared” by having blue cards or Scoutbook on your phone.

All meals will be provided.  Please eat before arriving at camp Friday around 5:30pm. Your Scouts may want to take a nap too! There will be a late-night snack provided on Friday. 

Saturday you’ll be treated to late morning brunch, supper and a cracker barrel Saturday evening.  If you are an early riser you would need to furnish your own breakfast.

Units will be on their way home Sunday morning by 9am.

All persons on property must have a Health Form parts A/B.  All adults camping must be BSA registered complete with Youth Protection training.

Effective September 1, 2023.  All adults staying overnight in connection with a Scouting activity must be currently registered in an adult fee required position as listed or as an adult program participant.  A Merit Badge Counselor does not meet this requirement.

Cost for this event is $30 per person and registration is open until Sunday, September 3, 2023.


Questions, please contact Jay Striemer at jay.striemer@nuway-kandh.com or 507-236-0679.

Click here to register for the Fall Camporee