Scouts BSA Activities

Klondike 2021

Survival of the Scoutest
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Norseland Scout Camp
8am – 3pm
$25 per Scout; $5 per adult

While your Scout patrol is on an Alaskan adventure through the back country, your chartered plane suffers engine trouble and is forced to land suddenly.  Do you have what it takes to survive?  Do you have what it takes to work together, to use your Scout skills to make it to the rendezvous point safe and sound?

Test your teamwork, survival skills, first aid skills and more in a wilderness adventure designed to challenge even our “seasoned” oldest Scouts.  You’ll battle the elements, your memory of lessons learned, and the basic need to survive.  This will be a battle only the “Scoutest” of Scouts will win.

This event is structured as a full outdoor event.  Everyone attending should dress for the elements.  Use your Scout knowledge about fabric, layers, etc. Those who are not dressed properly will not survive and your patrol will be down a member.

For this events Scouts will be placed into patrols of no more than 15 people; with a minimum of 2 adults per patrol.  If you have fewer than 5 Scouts you will likely be paired with another patrol.  Arrow of Light Scouts (grade 5) are encouraged to participate with Troops during this event. 

Everyone will need to list the name of the patrol they wish to participate with.  Please be creative when selecting your patrol name.  This name will be required information during registration.

A full list of needed supplies will be communicated to unit leaders once finalized.  It will include a Klondike sled.

Registration fee includes a custom Klondike winter hat.

Social distancing, masks and Covid-19 safety guidelines will be followed.  Lunch will be provided.

Questions please contact Liz Paul at 651-216-4735 or

VFW Scout of the Year Program

VFW Scout of the Year Program
Applications due March 1, 2021

Annually, the Veterans of foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States award three individuals who are:  Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank.

  • $5,000 1st place National scholarship
  • $3,000 2nd place National scholarship
  • $1,000 3rd place National scholarship
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible for this award, candidates must

    • Be the recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award
    • Be a registered & active member of a Scouts BSA Troop, Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship at the time the above award was received.
    • Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting and community.
    • Prior national Scout of the Year winners are ineligible.
    • There is no minimum age requirement for applicants as long as all other eligibility criteria has been met.
    • The maximum age requirement of applicants is 18 years old.  If an applicant reaches their 18th birthday during the nomination year, they remain eligible as long as they are still in high school at the time of the submission deadline.  
    • A Scout may enter through only one VFW Post.
    There is a four tier process for award
    • Complete application and submit to your nearest VFW Post.  Applications are reviewed and one is selected to be forwarded on to the VFW District committee.  Some Posts offer local scholarships.
    • Applications selected by local Posts are reviewed by the VFW District committee and one is selected to forward on to the VFW State committee.  Some districts offer district scholarships.
    • Applications selected by VFW Districts are reviewed by the VFW State committee and scholarships are given out in the amounts of $1,000, $500 and $300.  One is application is selected to be forwarded on to the VFW National committee.
    • Applications selected by each state are reviewed by the VFW National committee and scholarships are given out in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000.
    Scouts interested in applying should complete the application and submit to their nearest VFW Post by March 1, 2021.
    For more information and to apply, please use this link

    For questions please contact Scott Wiechmann at 507-396-3394 or

    Cuyuna Summer Camp 2021

    2021 Camp Dates
    June 18-20, 2021     Order of the Arrow Spring Conclave and Ordeal Induction weekend
    June 27-30, 2021     Northwoods Webelos Camp
    June 30-July 3, 2021 Cuyuna Family Experience
    July 4-10, 2021        Week 1 Cuyuna Summer Camp
    July 11-17, 2021      Week 2 Cuyuna Summer Camp
    July 18-24, 2021     Week 3 Cuyuna Summer Camp
    July 25-31, 2021     Week 4 Cuyuna Summer Camp
    August 1-7, 2021    Specialty Week – it’s new, it’s exciting and it’s just for you!

    Click here to verify 2021 site reservation

    Due to the unknown’s caused by Covid-19, we have created two different program plans for summer camp 2021.  The first is a “Traditional” camp format where Scouts choose the merit badges and activities they wish to take.  The second format being the “Pod” format if still required due to Covid-19.

    As of this posting, we do not know which option we are able to run based on CDC guidelines and the State of Minnesota requirements.  Unfortunately, we most likely will not know until late spring, possibly even after the early bird deadline.

    We will continue to communicate updates the best we can with information as we receive it.  Our goal is to provide a fun, educational, and safe program for your Scout no matter what format we must run.

    Thank you for your understanding and for bringing your troop to summer camp 2021 at Cuyuna.

    “Traditional Camp Format”

    Due to the success of the Scouts BSA Daytime Summer Adventures in 2020, the Scouts BSA Camping Committee of Twin Valley Council, has changed the format of camp for 2021.  Instead of a Scout signing up for a merit badge that they take at the same time every day, we have gone to 100% block scheduling where a Scout signs up for a merit badge all morning, all afternoon, or in some cases all day.  We have also set Wednesday up as a “Build Your Adventure” day.  On this day, troops/patrols can plan their own program either on camp property or off camp property.  All program areas will be open and offering opportunities for Scouts.  This new format allows units to better be able to customize camp for their own needs.

    “Build Your Adventure Wednesday” will be days designed for units to create the adventure their troop desires with flexible opportunities both in camp or out of camp.

    The “In Camp” opportunities include open boating, open swimming, climbing/rappelling, High COPE Course, conservation projects, frisbee golf, fishing, fly fishing, Inter-Troop Arcade Tournaments, open shooting, etc.  “Out of Camp” opportunities include trips to Crosslake and the Brainard Lakes area which offer a host of high adventure and unit based activities your troop may wish to participate in (all at an additional cost).  Some activities include zip lining, mountain biking, river tubing, horseback riding, go-carts, Paul Bunyan amusement park, wildlife park or the arboretum.  Please see Leader Guide for cost and locations of such activities.

    Shooting at Riffle Range“Pod Camp Format”

    The Pod Camp Format is another successful way to execute summer camp.  In the Pod Method, Scouts are placed in a specific Pod and you spend the week within your Pod.  Pods are made up of one or more units based on size.  The Pod format has Scouts spending the day working on various skills based on a daily theme.  This is a replacement for selecting individual merit badges to complete.  Daily themes are:  Nature, Scoutcraft, Waterfront, Climbing/Shooting Sports and Handicraft.  Various degrees of difficulty are included in activities to encompass all skill levels.  This format also allows for units to develop their own specific programming inside each Pod for units wishing to lead programming under their own leadership.


    New for 2021 – Week 5 Specialty Camp

    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

    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)

    Mountain Biking Adventure Week

    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

    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!



    Key Contacts
    • Twin Valley Council Center for Scouting     507-387-3123    
    • Shelley Corry, Twin Valley Council                507-387-3123 or
    • Ray Brauer, Scout Executive                          507-514-3922 or
    • Steve Knuth, Camp Director                          507-525-3149 or
    • Tom Stober; Cuyuna Camp Ranger              507-387-0299 or


    Camp Fees 

    Cuyuna Summer Camp offers various options for camp fees.

    • Super Saver rate is for Twin Valley Council units only and is based on popcorn 2020 sales.  It is due by May 7, 2021.
    • Early Bird rate is for any unit attending Cuyuna Summer Camp who does not qualify for the Super Saver rate and is due by May 7, 2021.
    • Regular price for camp begins May 8, 2021.
    • We offer a 2nd week of camp discount if registered by May 7, 2021.
    • Leaders may attend all week or individual days.
    • Our week 5 Specialty Week has a fee designed just for this spectacular week.
    • There is camp site fee of $100.
    • Camperships are available and designed to assist those youth who otherwise could not afford camp.  See “Important Forms” below for application.
    • For quick review and printout of the  2021 cuyuna camp fees


    Important Forms

    Health Form 2021 Parts A, B, C  Everyone at camp, youth and adult, must have a medical form regardless of length of time spent at camp.  Parts A and B are to be completed annually for every BSA member and includes a health history and list of medications taken.  Part C is to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed health care professional.

    Medication Card  List of all prescription medication that is brought to camp.

    Authorization for Minor to Handle Firearms and Archery  State law requires this form to be filled out in order to participate in any program at the rifle range, shotgun range, BB gun range or archery range.

    Unit Swim Classification Record  The swim classification of individuals participating in a Scouts BSA activity is a key element of Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.  The swim classification test is renewed annually.  Although this test can be completed upon your arrival at camp, it may be more useful and time saving to conduct prior to your arrival.

    Unit Equipment Checklist   This is a list of equipment each troop should bring with them to camp.

    Campership Application   The campership application is designed to help those youth get to camp who otherwise could not afford the experience.  A Scout should first try to “pay their own way” through participating in popcorn sales and other troop fundraisers, however, we don’t want money to be a reason  a youth does not attend camp.  A limited number of camperships are available to help these youth.  This form should be submitted by April 15, 2021, and your unit will be informed prior to the May 7, 2021, early bird deadline on the amount of the campership.  Camperships are NOT transferable to another Scout.

    Power Point Presentation Link  A training was held on January 9, 2021, introducing the changes and plans for camp 2021.   And the Script for the Power Point presentation


    Cuyuna registration will open January 18, 2021!