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The Level Up Challenge for Troops

Level Up Challenge
Monday, March 1 – Monday, May 31, 2021

What does the plan in your unit look like for spring and summer?  To encourage units to have a stellar spring and summer program, units are encouraged to “Level Up” their game this spring.  Here are the ways each unit can earn points.  The more things you do, the more points you can earn.  This promotion runs March 1 – May 31, 2021.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Scouts BSA Troops earn point by
  • Having a public Facebook page (groups are ok, but do not count for points) – 2 points
  • Having 50% of Scouts BSA in your troop advance at least 1 rank (September 2020-May 31, 2021) – 3 point
  • Scheduling and hold a Troop Open House to invite new non-Scouts to participate – 3 points
  • Having at least 1 Scout participate in the Flower Sale – 1 point
  • Participating in Scouting for Food – 2 points
  • Holding a Troop Court of Honor (virtual or in person) – 3 points
  • Holding a Scouts BSA Summer Camp Promotion at a Troop meeting – 2 points
  • Holding a Troop Campout (March – May) 2 points
  • Participating in the Spring Camp-o-ree “The Campalorian” – 1 point
  • Scheduling at least one summertime outdoor activity outside of summer camp (June-August) – 1 point

As units accomplish one of the items, email your District Executive or provide the details at their monthly neighborhood meeting.  Updates will be provided at each neighborhood meeting on how each unit doing.  Each unit will also be provided a game board to track things within their unit.

So what are the points for?

The Troop with the most points wins the prize.  If there is a tie, the winner will be drawn from a hat.

Scout BSA Troop Prize – FREE campsite at either Norseland or Cedar Point.  The campsite is for use in 2021.

Questions please contact your District Executive

Level Up Challenge – Troop Edition

2021 Scout BSA Individual Recruitment Incentive

Scout BSA Individual Recruitment Incentive
Monday, March 1 – Sunday, July 4, 2021

The best way to grow Scouting is for Scouts to share with their friends the cool stuff that happens in their unit.  Maybe your best memory is from summer camp, maybe it’s rock climbing or maybe it’s earning merit badges.  Whatever it is, we want you to share your experiences with your friends.

Here’s your chance to receive your week at Cuyuna Summer Camp for FREE (additional fees for merit badges, etc. not included).  Or, you can choose one of the specialty weeks happening this summer.   Recruit 2 new Scouts to join any troop within Twin Valley Council and then those 2 new Scouts join the fun at Cuyuna Summer Camp/Specialty Week in 2021.  This happens and your week is paid.

So, talk to your friends! Invite two of them to join you on a week long fishing experience at Cuyuna during specialty camp week.   Find two friends and the 3 challenge yourselves to survive the week of Wilderness Camp.  Or simply invite 2 of your buddies to spend a week at Cuyuna Summer Camp to experience all that Scouting has to offer.  Since the goal for this incentive is to recruit those not currently part of the program, Arrow of Light Scouts crossing over do not qualify for this incentive.

Every adventure is more fun when you share it with friends!

Recruitment Flyer

 

Scouts BSA Spring Camp-o-Ree

“The Camp-a-lorian; Scouting Is The Way”
Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2, 2021
Cedar Point AND Norseland Scout Camps
$15 per Scout and $5 per adult

After the fall of the great Empire, the “Campalorian” emerges and displays skills known only to a select few. Traveling alone through the outer edges of the galaxy relying only on the skills of those who came before, Campalorian realizes new skills must be acquired along the way.

Adventure begins Friday, April 30th, at both Cedar Point and Norseland.  Participants should arrive after supper and set up camp within their pod.  Campalorians should get to know those around them (their pod) and practice camping methods; establish a fire, maybe make a dessert or an evening snack.  But mostly, Campalorians should always “Be Prepared” for what other adventures may overtake them.  “It is the Scouting Way”

After breakfast on Saturday, Padawans will begin to learn the new skills of a Campalorian by participating in a chosen class.

The planet of Norseland, located on the northern edge of our galaxy, will offer

Campalorain Skills – this class is for those who have yet to travel to the outer edges of the galaxy (Scouts who have not been to summer camp).

Pioneering – Pandawans will develop knot and lashing skills to build something that will become part of the Norseland landscape.

Orienteering – Padawans will become one with the land and sharpen navigation or orienteering skills to discover long lost paths and treasures.

Campalorian Master (Eagle Scout) required merit badge of Citizenship in the Nation

The planet of Cedar Point, located on the southern edge of our galaxy, will offer

Forestry – Padawans will learn about the trees of the forest moon on the planet of Cedar Point.

Leave No Trace – for those Padawans wishing to learn ways of the force and become one with nature.

Nuclear Science – Blue milk?  Fuel cells? Power converters?  Padawans must learn alternative science forms.

Animal Science – Learn more about the Porgs, Ewoks, Tauntauns, and other animals of your home galaxy.  

The afternoon will find all Campalorians providing service to the camp and following dinner, attending chapel.     “It is the Scouting Way”.

 

 

Order of the Arrow Call-out

In the evening each pod/camp will provide a friendship fire with current members of the Order of the Arrow.  A call-out ceremony for those newly elected to the Order of the Arrow will also be part of the evening activities.

In the morning, following breakfast, campers will pack up and head out!

All activities throughout the weekend will be socially distanced, masked and will follow current CDC Covid guidelines.

Troops are welcome to have Scouts at both locations. Proper leadership is provided by the unit; 2 deep leadership is required.

Due to Covid rules, all food and cooking is provided by troops.  This is the perfect time to practice patrol method cooking to be used at summer camp.

Health forms Parts A & B, Covid release forms and Symptom form are all required

Questions please contact Lisa Vasquez at 262-893-3474 or vasquezl12505@gmail.com

 

Health Form 2021 Parts A, B, C

Model Pre-Event Medical Screen Checklist Signature

Release_of_Liability 2020

 

Virtual Merit Badges Offered By National Constitution Center

Virtual Merit Badges
American Heritage, Citizenship in the Nation, and Law
April 22, 24 and 25
$10 per Scout

The National Constitution Center is thrilled to offer Virtual Scout Days for Scouts nationwide! Scouts of all levels can participate in special, LIVE virtual programs, including museum tours, panel discussions, trivia games, and more! All of our programming is specifically designed for Scouts and customized to help them achieve select requirements for merit badges. National Constitution Center educators, who are registered merit badge counselors, will be available the weeks after the event to approve blue cards. Mark your calendars for our spring 2021 programs!

American Heritage Session
Thursday, April 22, 6pm

Scouts will explore our nation’s history with special programs, including our popular Road to Freedom show, which explores events leading up to the Civil War, plus a special panel discussion with historians, museum professionals, and others who have made their careers in American heritage.

Citizenship in the Nation
Saturday, April 24, 2:30pm

Scouts will explore the meaning of citizenship at educational and interactive programs, including a trivia game and LIVE tours of the National Constitution Center and Independence National Historical Park.

Law Session
Sunday, April 25, 1pm

All Rise! Scouts will explore the American legal system with a panel discussion featuring legal experts and law enforcement officers. Scouts can participate in this fun and interactive courtroom program, and play the parts of attorneys, witnesses, and even the jury.

More details about these classes can be found by Clicking here

Twin Valley Council Award Dinner


Twin Valley Council Award Dinner
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Spring Lake Park Shelter #1 North Mankato
Festivities begin at 4pm
$20 per person; youth or adult

It’s that time of year again!  Time to honor so well deserving Volunteers of Twin Valley Council.  This year’s event is a little bit different as we are hosting it at Spring Lake Park in lower North Mankato.  We will be at Shelter #1 which is off of Webster Avenue.  

Festivities begin at 4 pm with a Fishing Derby!  Fish at Spring Lake between 4-5pm.  Register each fish you catch, the person with the longest fish wins the prize!  There is an adult division and a youth division.  Prize for each division is 2 Swim Passes to the the Water Park in North Mankato!

Fellowship time begins at 5pm with dinner served at 5:30pm.  As you register for this event, you will select your dinner choice.  Since we have a picnic atmosphere, your dinner choice will be a Club Sandwich or a Caesar Salad (vegetarian). Beverage will also be provided.

The Award Show will begin at 6pm as we recognize and say thank you to those who help make Twin Valley Council what it is.

2021’s Honorees Include

  • Silver Beaver Recipients:  Dawn Selly and Jim Neubauer
  • District Award of Merit
    • Cedar River Neighborhood – Jeff Zadow
    • Gneiss Neighborhood – Amanda Keppers
    • River Valley Neighborhood – Ben Malloy
  • Committee Chair of the Year:  Jeannie Liebl
  • Scoutmaster of the Year:  Ted Kruger, Troop 113
  • Cubmaster of the Year:  Jeremy Johnson, Pack 113
  • Volunteer of the Year:  Arvid Dittrich, Norseland Properties Committee
  • Rookie of the Year:  Jeff Kagermeier, Troop 4 and Pack 98

Registration is open until Sunday, May 9, 2021.

 

It’s Scout Night With The 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

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 in 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.

 

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  Health Form 2021 Parts A, B, C

Due to the popularity of cabins, you may want to reserve those in advance to registering for Cuyuna Family Experience.

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.  This experience is limited to 15 Scouts.

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).  This experience is limited to 12 Scouts.

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.  This experience is limited to 8 Scouts.

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!

Do not wait to register for the Specialty Weeks.  Not only is space limited but we will determine if there is enough interest to move forward.

 

Key Contacts
  • Twin Valley Council Center for Scouting     507-387-3123    
  • Shelley Corry, Twin Valley Council                507-387-3123 or shelley.corry@scouting.org
  • Ray Brauer, Scout Executive                          507-514-3922 or ray.brauer@scouting.org
  • Steve Knuth, Camp Director                          507-525-3149 or sknuth2003@yahoo.co
  • Tom Stober; Cuyuna Camp Ranger              507-387-0299 or tom.stober@scouting.org

 

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

2021 Leader’s Guide   All  you need to know about summer camp 2021 and then some!

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

 

Environmental Protection Agency Awards

EPA Award
February 1 – December 31, 2021

To commemorate the agency’s 50th anniversary last year, the Boy Scouts of America and EPA signed a memorandum of understanding to create a special award, encouraging those in the Scouts BSA program to strive to protect the environment. The award, which features a patch, requires Scouts to earn environmental and community health-focused merit badges and participate in a service project.

How to earn it


The award is designed to teach Scouts about their world and encourage them to explore and preserve it.  To earn the 50th Anniversary Environmental Protection Agency award, Scouts must earn four merit badges: the Public Health merit badge and one from each of three following groups.

Animal study group:

  • Animal Science
  • Bird Study
  • Insect Study
  • Mammal Study
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study

Outdoor activity group:

  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fly-Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Gardening
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Whitewater
  • Wilderness Survival

Earth sciences group:

  • Energy
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Nature
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Weather

If your Scout has already earned these merit badges, they can count toward the Environmental Protection Agency award.

In addition to the merit badges, Scouts must also participate in an environmental or public health community service project totaling at least six hours, as part of an approved Scouting program. The project could be anything from picking up litter to organizing a public health awareness initiative.

Here is the EPA Award requirements and application