Scouts BSA Activities

Klondike ’23 Curse of the Wendigo

Klondike ’23 Curse of the Wendigo
Saturday, February 4, 2023
7am – 5pm
Norseland Scout Camp
$25 per Scout and $5 per Adult

“Curse of Wendigo”

GOLD!  For centuries people have come to the Klondike in search of these shiny rocks that have the power to turn ordinary men and women into kings and emperors.  This almost supernatural metal never corrodes and yet it completely corrupts souls. 

The folklore of the Native Americans tells of something else that lives in these frozen woods.  A curse that hangs over these trees and lakes.  The Wendigo hunt these woods, eating anything they can.  They can find no rest, and no food can satisfy them.  They are the incarnation of winter, the embodiment of hunger, and the personification of selfishness.

To get the gold you will have to overcome challenges using your Scouting skills:  pioneering, knot tying, orienteering, use of GPS, fire making, first aid, marksmanship, cooking and winter survival.

If you come here, you will be challenged by nature itself.  What will you find in these woods?  Will it be fame, glory and treasure?  Will you leave with nothing but your life?  Or will you stay here forever bearing the curse of the Wendigo?


Klondike is an event for Troops and Arrow of Light Scouts (grade 5).

This event is held outdoors so dress for the weather.  Klondike teams will receive points for having everyone dressed in layers with mittens, hats, and proper footwear.

Klondike teams will bring their own food and prepare their own meal.  Teams will receive points for preparing a hot, appetizing, balanced and filling meal.

Klondike is a one-day event.  If your unit would like to camp overnight for an additional fee, reach out to David Kosmatka.

Each Klondike team is responsible for their own sled.  You must indicate how many sleds you will be using at the event during the registration process.  Below please find the list of supplies needed for the day.

Each person at Norseland must provide a completed Health Form A/B to be on property.

Registration is open until Friday, January 27, 2023.

Questions, please contact David Kosmatka at

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22
Klondike Flier
Klondike sled packet_v3

Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday
Sunday, February 5, 2023

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day. An organization can adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.

Talk to your church to see how you can participate in Scout Sunday 2023.

Ice Fishing Event

Adventure Awaits Just Below the Surface!
Ice Fishing Event
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Edgewater Park Pavilion, Albert Lea
10am – 2pm
No cost 

Adventure Awaits Just Below the Surface at this ice fishing event!  The fun begins at 10am on Saturday, February 11, 2023, in Albert Lea.  Meet at the Edgewater Park Pavilion ready for a day of fun.  Dress warm!  Remember it may be cold, but you do not need to be!  Each person should bring their own fishing gear including bait, *fishing license, snacks, water and chair (optional). 

This is an event designed for fun and is not a contest.  Families are able to come and go as they please.  Hot Cocoa and Coffee will be provided along with a warming tent.  If you need a fishing pole, please indicate so while registering.

This event is open to those Scouting families in Faribault, Freeborn and Mower counties.  There is no cost to anyone thanks to the sponsorship of VFW Post 1216 in Austin.

Every person on site needs to provide a Health Form parts A/B at time of check in.

Registration is open until Monday, February 6, 2023.  In case of inclement weather, event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

*Those participants age16 and younger do not need a MN Fishing License as long as they are accompanied by a parent who has one.

Questions, please contact Justin Hutchinson at

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22 
Ice Fishing Event updated

Scout Night with the Mavericks

Scout Night with the Mavericks Men’s Hockey
Friday, February 24, 2023
Mankato Civic Center
Door open at 6pm
$11 per person; limited to 100 people
Scout uniform encouraged

It’s Scout Night with the Mavericks!

Join us on February 24, 2023, for a fast skating, puck flying, player hustling fun night of men’s hockey.  Doors open at 6pm at the Mankato Civic Center (1 Civic Center Plaza) in Mankato.

Everyone is encouraged (strongly) to wear their Scout uniform as Scouts will all sit in special section.  We’ll also be featured on the video board!  Get ready to smile!

Tickets are discounted for our Scouts families to $11 per person but we are limited to 100 tickets.  After those 100, the prices are back to $18 but you can still sit in the Scouting section.

Registration is open until Friday, February 10, 2023.  You can register through the website, via text or the QR code.

Questions, please contact Jennifer Echevarria at 507-387-0294 or

You can use the QR to order tickets or text MAVSCOUTS2023 to 4144

Men’s Hockey Mavericks

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food
Saturday, March 11, 2023; Post it note drop off
Saturday, March 18, 2023; Food pick up

Be part of the biggest community service project of the year!

For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been an active participant is helping communities.  In 1917-1918 Scouts collected nutshells and peach pits that were eventually used in the production of gas masks.  In the 1930’s Scouts collected clothing, household furnishing and food as aid to families during the depression.  And in the 1940’s it was aluminum as part of the war effort.  Whatever the need, Boy Scouts of America is there.

In March, Twin Valley Council Scouts will have the opportunity to once again help our communities by participating in Scouting for Food.

Scouting for Food is a National Good Turn of the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1988, over 200 million pounds of food has been gathered, making this the single largest food collection effort in the history of the United States. Local food banks and relief agencies within the communities distribute the food. Not only does Scouting for Food help feed the hungry of our communities, but it also teaches our Scouts that hunger is a problem. Millions of people go hungry every day. By participating in Scouting for Food, a Scout realizes there is a problem and he or she can help be a part of the solution. Scouting For Food provides a great service to our communities.

Twin Valley Council 2023 Scouting for Food Campaign will begin by distributing post-it notes to homes in your community. Distribution of notices will be March 11th.  Food pickup will be the following weekend on March 18th.  We ask that all units coordinate with their families to make this project a huge success.

Thank you in advance for helping with this incredible project.  Together we do make a difference.

Beginning at Neighborhood meetings, units can pick up their post-it notes for distribution on March 11, 2023.

Following food pick up on March 18, 2023, all units need to report the total pounds of food collected and number of people who helped, youth and adults.  For Mankato units, you do not need to report poundage, just participation.

Click here to report SFF pounds and participation.

Railroad Merit Badge Camporee

Railroad Merit Badge Camporee
Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2023
Boone, IA
$40 per person

Mid-Iowa Council presents its Railroad Merit Badge Camporee as their council-wide Spring Camporee for 2023!  This event will provide a program similar to the Railroad Merit Badge Program presented at the National Jamboree over the last 20+ years.  Several of the program staff have served at National events in the past and have been part of Mid-Iowa’s events as well.  This council has provided this program over the past 20 years.

The Railroad Merit Badge Camporee is open to any Scout BSA unit in any Council or neighborhood that would like to attend.  Events in the past have exceeded 1,000 Scouts and this event will be open to the first 1050 Scouts who register.  Registration cost is $40 per person and units must provide the proper leadership.

As part of this events program, each participant will take a ride on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad.  This will take you over the highest inter-urban bridge in the world (according to the Guinness Book of Records).  Scouts will rotate through program stations where professional railroaders, model railroaders, and other provide the instruction on the various parts of the Railroad Merit Badge.

Scouts in participating units that have earned the Railroading merit badge are still encouraged to attend; they will assist at a program station while their unit is going through the program and ride the train with their unit.  Please indicate you have earned this badge when you register.

Lunch is provided on Saturday, as well as a religious service, campfire and other items.

Patches and T-shirts will be available as part of the event.  One patch is provided per participant.  Shirts will be available by advanced order only.  Shirts are $15 ($17 for 2X and 3X).  Shirt information is part of the registration process.

Questions, please contact Tim Williams 641-780-7098 or or you may contact Whit Johnson 815-342-0301 or


Camp Norseland Work Day

Camp Norseland Work Day
Saturday, May 6, 2023
8:30am – 5pm

Join us at Camp Norseland on Saturday, May 6, 2023, to fix/replace siding and soffit on the Fireside Lodge plus other camp improvement projects.

If you are interested in helping with this project, please register so we have an appropriate expectation of who will be there.

All youth must be 15 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult.

Questions can be directed to Ray Brauer at or 507-387-3123.

Cuyuna Family Experience

Cuyuna Family Experience
Wednesday, June 21 – Saturday, June 24, 2023
Cuyuna Scout Camp, Cross Lake, MN
$75 per person

There are not many places you can go on a family vacation for $75 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 too good to be true” is actually true!  It’s called Cuyuna Family Experience.

Your experience begins Wednesday, June 21, 2023, with your family arriving at camp between 1-5:30pm.  Please eat lunch 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 in a round robin format of events such as climbing/rappelling, fire building, campfire cooking, and crafts.  Following a tasty lunch, head to the swimming beach for water fun, and to the ranges (age limits do apply) for shooting and archery.  After dinner it’s time for chapel and the campfire.

Friday brings a day full of different activities.  STEM programs are happening at the Nature Center and COPE will be at the Climbing Tower.  After lunch try your hand a crafts; basketry, leatherwork or carving followed by time at the waterfront for swimming or boating.  Following dinner on Friday night, you’ll enjoy friendship fires and maybe a treat or two!

Saturday morning enjoy breakfast, break camp, check-out and head for home by 10am.

If you are not one who enjoys sleeping in a tent, bring your RV or 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 $95 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, 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 the age of 18 to shoot firearms or BB Guns.  Unfortunately, those under age 6 cannot shoot BB Guns but will experience the archery range without restriction.

Price for this adventure (if registered by May 20, 2023) is $75 per person and includes 8 meals, camping (tent or camper) and all program/supplies.  Enjoy swimming boating, rifle/bb gun shooting, archery range, STEM programs, learn Scoutcraft skills, basketry, leatherwork, fishing, human foosball, gaga ball and more!  After May 20, 2023, the price is $90 per person.  

Items to bring:

Cot/Sleeping Pad

Sleeping bag or blankets
Swim wear and towels.
Swim shoes are recommended
Personal Toiletries
Change of clothes
Hiking boots or closed toes shoes (be sure they are comfortable as there is much walking)
Bug Repellant
Fishing Gear (optional)
Water Bottle is a must!

Registration is open until Saturday, May 20, 2023, for the early bird rate and registration officially closes on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

If you wish to reserve a cabin, please reserve early as they fill quickly.  Here is the link to reserve a Cabin.

For RV or Camper sites, please contact Shelley at the Center for Scouting at 507-387-3123 or

Questions about the event please contact Lisa Boomgarden at 507-317-7411 or

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22
Cuyuna Family Experience


NEW FOR 2023!  Scouts BSA All Girl Week

Scouts BSA All Girl Week
July 2-8, 2023, for Full Week Option
July 5-8, 2023, for Half Week Option
Cuyuna Scout Camp, Cross Lake
$330 or $165 (Full or half week cost)

This is going to be a great experience!  All girl summer camp!  What a perfect opportunity to give all girl troops a chance to network and create friendships with other all girl troops across region.  Watch for more details for this summer camping option that is not offered at other camps!

How is Camp Cuyuna Different Than Other Camps?
  • “Build Your Own Adventure Day” will be held on July 4th this year to allow troops to plan their own adventures both on and off camp property.  There are many options for “Build Your Own Adventure Day” and one great way is to enjoy the fireworks in Brainerd!
  • Cuyuna offers block scheduling of merit badges.  Scouts sign up for a morning and/or afternoon class.  This will allow those troops doing the 1/2-week option to earn at least 2 merit badges.
  • Patrol Method Cooking.  Patrols working together to prepare meals utilizing the patrol method for an entire week (or half week) really brings the group together as a team.  It also enhances the leadership experience for your junior leadership.  We provide the food – you provide the chefs!

If paid by May 5, 2023, the full week option will cost $330. After May 5, 2023, the cost will be $360.  For the half week, if paid by May 5, 2023, cost is $180.  After May 5, 2023, it changes to $180.  Registration opens soon.

If you are interested in participating in the amazing opportunity, we suggest booking your site as soon as possible.  To reserve your site please contact Shelley at 507-387-3123 or  Site fee is $100 and non-refundable.

Questions can be directed to Ray Brauer at

Camp Cuyuna All Girls Week Flyer – 2023