Scouts BSA Activities

Scout BSA Troop Lock-In Event

Saturday, November 2, 2019 7 p.m. – Sunday, November 3, 2019 9a.m.
YMCA Mankato
$15 per person
Friends attend FREE!

Twin Valley Council presents…

Scouts BSA “Bring a Friend” Lock In!

Join troops from around the Council in a Lock-in specially designed to support Troop recruitment.  Bring a new Scout prospect to learn more about Scouting as we go swimming, learn Scoutcraft, play games, watch movies, and enjoy some friendly troop competition. 

This event is open to all AOL’s and Scouts BSA.  Cost is $15 per person (adult and youth).  All Scouts are encouraged to bring a friend.  All guests of the troop will be free of charge!  Guests should register with a troop.

Registration for this event is open until Thursday, October 31, 2019.

For more information contact Alex Hutchens at or 507-469-4670


Fireside Chats; Cedar Valley and Western Prairie Districts

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Potluck Event
3 Different Locations!

  • Cedar Point Scout Camp  125 200th Avenue  Fairmont, MN
    meeting led by Jeremy Gaul, Steve Knuth and Kevin Cole
  • Hayward Lutheran Church  200 Main Street  Hayward, MN 
    meeting led by Tom Rekstein, Lisa Boomgarden and Frank Samlaska
  • Trinity Lutheran Church  217 Brackenridge Street SW  Sleepy Eye, MN​
    meeting led by Brian Maciej, Paul Taylor and Gary Lager

By definition, a fireside chat “is an informal, yet structured, conversation between a moderator and guests”.  Please join us on Thursday, November 7, 2019, for an “informal, yet structured, conversation” about Scouting, Twin Valley Council, Cedar Valley or Western Prairie Districts and your unit.  

Nothing is more informal than conversation around a dinner table.  A potluck dinner will begin our conversation (please bring a dish to share, your own table service and beverage) at 6:30 p.m.  We’ll spend the next 90 minutes eating, laughing, and talking about how we can make Scouting strong in our communities.

Please join us.  We are asking you register for this event.  Registration is open until Tuesday, November 5, 2019.


Scout Night With The Austin Bruins

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Riverside Arena, Austin, MN
Puck Drops at 7:05 p.m.
$8 per youth and $11 per adult

Scout Night at the Bruins has become an annual tradition!  This event is open to everyone (family members and friends) so pack up the family and head over to Austin for this great event.  

All Scouts will receive an event patch with ticket purchase!

Pregame festivities include Scouts singing the National anthem and leading the color guard; be sure to be in full uniform if you wish to participate in this opening ceremony.

Intermission time will find Scouts being selected to compete in various intermission fun!

After the game skate with the members of the hockey team and get autographs!  Scouts should bring their own skates otherwise rentals will be available for an additional fee during registration.

Remember this is a family event so bring everyone!

Registration is open until Friday, November 15, 2019.

Questions please contact Bill Hart at 507-440-8937


Base Camp

Saturday, December 7th – Sunday, December 8, 2019
7:30 p.m. Saturday – 9 a.m. Sunday
Base Camp St. Paul, MN
$35 per youth and $10 per adult

Base Camp is located on the grounds of Fort Snelling and in an incredible venue offering archery, climbing walls, indoor ropes course and so much more!

Each year Twin Valley Council hold a lock-in event at Base Camp that is open to all Scouts BSA, Venture Crews, and Arrow of Light Scouts.

The event is held Saturday, December 7th with check-in beginning at 7:30 p.m. Activities run from 8 p.m. until midnight.  At 12:30 a.m. there is a movie and time to sleep.  Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. and you’ll be heading home by 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 8th.

There will be a late night pizza snack and breakfast provided.  Youth will also receive a patch.

Cost to attend this event is $35 per youth and $10 per adult.  Each person in attendance must have a Health Form parts A & B and all youth must have a parent signed participation waiver.

Registration is open until November 24, 2019.  After this date registration cannot be accepted due to Base Camp policy, we can however make substitutions.

Questions please contact Event Coordinator Lisa Boomgarden


Breakfast With A Cause

Sunday, December 8, 2019
WowZone, Mankato
8 a.m. – Noon

Twin Valley Council will be hosting “Breakfast With A Cause” on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 8 a.m. – Noon.  We are hoping you will join us at the WowZone in Mankato for a wonderful breakfast buffet filled with scrumptious eggs, potatoes, bacon/sausage and more!

What an easy way to help your Council?  Simply purchase a breakfast buffet, enjoy the food, and portion of the proceeds comes back to Twin Valley Council.  It’s that simple!

Plus that same day – those Scouts who sell $1,500 or more of popcorn during the 2019 sale will attend the WowZone Event that afternoon.  

So put Sunday, December 8, 2019, on your calender and make $1,500 your 2019 popcorn goal!  We’d love to fill the WowZone with Scouts!

Reserve Your Site At Cuyuna 2020

Welcome to the new Cuyuna Camp reservation process!

We are excited to offer this fantastic new system of registering for your 2020 Cuyuna site.

With this being a new process for all of us, it is extremely important that you read and follow the instructions below.

Camp Matrix.  It shows you which campsites are available.  More importantly this year, it shows you how many attendees and/or units are allowed per site.  In 2020 you may find your unit sharing a site with another unit.  You will see the Camp Matrix once you click the “reserve your site button”.

Reserving Your Site. 

  • Click the green button for the week you are requesting.
  • Click “continue as a guest”
  • You will be asked to estimate the number of youth and adults attending Cuyuna 2020.  Even though this is an estimate, it is important to make it realistic.  Make the estimate too high to block another unit from sharing the site, and you’ll need to pay for those reserved sites come registration time.  Make it too low, and the site may be overfilled.
  • Click the green $100 fee button
  • Sign in as a guest by entering your name and email
  • On the next screen it will show you a red “Update Information” button; click it
  • Select your unit number and enter your phone number
  • In the campsite preference box, you will see the max number of participants per site.
  • Select your choice.
  • Click save
  • Click the red “Book Registration” button
  • Enter your payment information and complete your transactions

Couple of items to note:

The $100 Pre-Registration Deposit is the terminology of the site and not Twin Valley Council.  The $100 collected during this transaction is a site fee and is not applied toward your participant registration fees for 2020.  This is no different than it ever has been.  This fee is refundable until March 1, 2020.  Sites are reserved only with full $100 payment.

The most important detail of this process.  Registering for summer camp is now a several step event.  It is imperative that units save the email received when selecting your site.  This email contains your registration number which will give you the access needed to enter participant names, make payments, select merit badges, etc. next May.  Please save the email.

Units, both in Twin Valley Council and out of council, who are enjoying summer camp at Cuyuna in 2019 may choose their site beginning Monday, June 24, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Units not camping with us, both in Twin Valley and out of council, must wait until August 15, 2019, to register.

As always, if you have questions or issues please call Shelley  

2021 National Jamboree…”Face The Challenge”

National Jamboree 2021
Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia
July 2021 

In July 2021,  Scouts will be asked to rise to the occasion and “Face the Challenge” by joining in Scouting’s next grand adventure, the 2021 National Jamboree. 

This is a gathering time for nearly 40,000 Scouts and Scouters showcasing everything that is great about Boy Scouts of America. Held every four years at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in southern West Virginia, the National Jamboree provides an amazing opportunity for participants and visitors alike to experience the best Scouting has to offer.  Adventures include one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world class skate park, ATV offerings, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, shooting sports, all types of aquatics including white water rafting, stadium shows, and much, much more.  The National Jamboree began in 1937 when 27,000 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Memorial.  2021 will be the 19th National Jamboree.


For each National Jamboree, Twin Valley Council puts together a contingent to represent Scouting from Southern Minnesota. Our contingents have consisted of one to two units of Scouts from throughout the units that our council serves.  Each contingent has consisted of 36 youth and 4 adult leaders with the exception of the 2017 half contingent which consists of 18 youth and 2 adult leaders. 

The 2021 Twin Valley Council Contingent is scheduled to consist of one male troop, and depending on interest and final Jamboree Contingent rules, one female troop.

The Twin Valley Council 2021 Jamboree adventure will consist of a 20-21 day trip which will include many intensive days of touring and 10 days at the National Jamboree.  This will take place the last half of July 2021.  Specific dates and details have not been announced by the Jamboree yet.

Besides actual Jamboree costs, there will be other costs related to this event.  Twin Valley Council works very hard to keep the cost down to a minimum while still providing a once in a lifetime experience for all attendees.  Some additional costs included in the council fee are:

  • Bus transportation to and from the Summit in West Virginia
  • Lodging fees during the tour portion of our adventure
  • Meals during the tour portion of the adventure
  • Jamboree training, meetings and other events
  • Jamboree gear including troop/crew specific gear (flags, unit and contingent patches (including extra sets for trading), a jamboree hat, unit t-shirts, daypack, duffel bag and various other items)
  • Admission to all tour locations


The National Jamboree is open to all who are in good standing with the council and local troop/crew on a first-come first-serve basis.  Qualifications to attend the National Jamboree include:

  • Registered member of a Scout Troop and has completed 6th grade or will be at least 12 years old, but has not yet reached their 18th birthday, by the end of the Jamboree and is at least a First Class Scout –OR-
  • Registered member of a Venture Crew
  • lives and abide by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Abide by the Council’s Jamboree Code of Conduct

Each youth participant will be placed into an appropriate troop/contingent and will be put within a patrol within that troop/contingent.  Each Contingent member will be expected to participate in and have the following:

  • Troop meetings prior to the Jamboree
  • Attend all contingent meetings
  • Attend an overnight pre-jamboree training encampment
  • Have completed a detailed National Jamboree Medical form and physical by a licensed physician after July 2020 but prior to July 2021
  • Have fees paid in accordance with the fee schedule established by the Twin Valley Council
  • Have all fees paid in full no later than March 1, 2021


As of July 2019, pricing for the 2021 Twin Valley Council Contingent has not yet been confirmed. The estimated Jamboree cost including the Jamboree and the touring portion is $2,200 to $2,500 (this is only an estimate and is subject to change after National announces the 2021 costs, and tour details are developed). 

The contingent fees include: National Jamboree fee, fees noted above and other costs that may arise.  Out of pocket expenses may include, but not limited to, additional uniforms, patches for trading at the National Jamboree and spending money.

Youth registration will open August 1, 2019 and will require a $100 deposit.  This deposit is refundable until March 1, 2020.

For more information please contact Shawn Pomeroy  at