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Pumpkin Pi Fun Run – 3 Great Causes, 1 Race, 4 miles!

Pumpkin Pi Fun Run
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Mount Kato parking lot
8am – Noon

Come out in support of the Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts, Salvation Army and Echo Food Shelf at the inaugural Pumpkin Pi Family Fun Run!  This event will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, beginning with an 8am check-in; Fun Run at 9am.

To kick off your holiday spirit Twin Valley Council will be collecting non-perishable food for the Echo Food Shelf as well as new or gently used winter clothing for the Salvation Army.  All donations can be brought to the parking lot at Mount Kato the day of the run, or to Twin Valley Council Center for Scouting located at 810 Madison Avenue in Mankato, prior to the event.

The course will begin at Mount Kato (20461 State Highway 66 in Mankato) and you’ll run along the beautiful Red Jacket Trail and Indian Lake Road for approximately 4 miles.  

All registered Scouting families have the opportunity to participate in this great event for a special reduced price of $30, plus a donation of non-perishable food or used winter clothing.  Children between the ages of 5-11 may participate for $15.  Strollers with tots are welcome as well!  Non-Scouting participants are $40 per person.

Price includes a long-sleeved performance t-shirt for the adults and a short sleeved cotton t-shirt for those ages 5-11.

Registration is open until November 20, 2021. 

Questions please contact Jennifer Echevarria at 387-0294 or jennifer.echevarria@scouting.org.

Pumpkin Pi Flyer


Pumpkin Pi Fun Run made possible by the generous sponsorship of Profinium   

Base Camp 2021

Base Camp 2021
Saturday, December 4 – Sunday, December 5, 2021
7:30pm – 9am
Base Camp 6202 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN  55111
$35 per youth; $10 per adult

Located on the grounds of Fort Snelling, Base Camp is an incredible venue offering archery, climbing walls, indoor ropes course (grade 7 and up) and so much more!

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, Twin Valley will be heading to Base Camp for an all night adventure.  Check in begins at 7:30pm and troops are responsible for their own transportations.  Two deep leadership requirements apply.  Once check in is complete Scouts can participate in a variety of activities:

High Ropes – For grades 7 and up, the ropes courses are designed to challenge participants through a wide variety of elements. Individuals can take personal risks and conquer their fears through over a dozen
different ascents, descents, and traverses of our indoor course. 

Rock Climbing – A signature experience at Base Camp is climbing the 30-foot, indoor rock wall. The 16 belayed routes accurately replicate the natural features found in the St. Croix River bluffs near Taylors Falls. All
safety equipment and facilitation is provided by the trained staff. Team climbing allows all members of a group to participate simultaneously – while pair of climbers ascend the wall together, their group members will manage their safety as the belay team from the ground.

Archery – In any weather, Base Camp’s 15-yard, indoor archery range is ready to help first timers or seasoned veterans hone their skills in this activity of physical control and mental concentration.  Staff provide all of the equipment, instruction, and coaching to safely enjoy this unique and challenging program. 

Games – Open game area include awesome games such as Four Square, GaGaball Pit and Basketball.

Troops, this is the perfect event for inviting the 5th grade Arrow of Light Scouts.  Due to Base Camp policy Cub Scouts must be in grade 5 to attend this event.

At midnight, there will be a late night pizza snack and movie, plus quiet time.  Breakfast will be served at 7am and you will be on your way home by 9am on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

Cost to attend this night of fun is $35 per Scout and $10 per adult.  Each person on site must have a completed Health Form A&B, the two Covid 19 forms and Base Camp waiver form, all found below.

Registration is open until November 24, 2021.  This event does not offer a late registration, but substitution can be made.  Please contact Shelley at the Scout Office for substitutions.

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

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Kiwanis Holiday Lights


Kiwanis Holiday Lights
November 26 – December 31, 2021
Sibley Park, Mankato

Kiwanis Holiday Lights is a wonderful tradition in the Mankato area.  Welcoming viewers from across the state, this event is a success due to the many volunteers working together.

Paul Taylor, Order of the Arrow Advisor is asking for assistance as part of the Twin Valley Council commitment for the Holiday Lights.  He is looking for a pack or troop (or any combination) who would be willing to put together a float for the parade, help in decorating the Scouting Christmas tree and to sign up for working a shift.

 If interested please contact Paul Taylor at pt1173@gmail.com 

Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit and “Of the Year” Awards

Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit and Of The Year Awards
Due end of year 2021

Scouting volunteers are the lifeblood of the Scouting program.  Without the  559 registered volunteers in the Twin Valley Council we could not serve the over 1,188 youth in the Scouting program.  Many of these volunteers give much more than the “hour a week” to ensure a quality Scouting program.  Without these volunteers units would not exist, our camps would not function, and activities would be left unplanned.

Help us recognize some of these volunteers by nominating someone today for one of these awards.

Silver Beaver:  The Silver Beaver is the highest award a council can give a Scouting volunteer.  It is given for outstanding service to youth in Scouting at the council, district, and unit level in addition to other volunteerism in their community.  The council is allocated two of these awards annually.

Silver Beaver Application
Silver Beaver listing

District Award of Merit:  The District Award of Merit is the highest award a district (neighborhood) can give a Scouting volunteer.  It is given for outstanding service to youth at the district (neighborhood) and unit level.  Each neighborhood can award one of these awards annually.

District Award of Merit Application

“Of the Year” Awards:  These are special Twin Valley Council awards that recognizes a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair/Committee Member, Rookie, and Overall “Volunteer of the Year”.

Of The Year Application

Silver Beaver nominations are due by the end of the year (12-31-2021).
District Award of Merit and “Of the Year” nominations are due January 31, 2022. 

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

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

Escape To Unknown Lands – Spring Camp-o-ree 2022

Escape to Unknown Lands
Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15, 2022
Norseland Scout Camp
 

Good Afternoon Travelers!  Troop 24 International Travel Agency would like to thank you for choosing us to plan your next exciting “Escape To Unknown Lands”.  We have booked you on Twin Valley Council International Airlines flight 51322, departing Friday, May 13, 2022,  at 5pm and returning Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 10am.  We are currently working on the itinerary and would like to know which countries you would like to visit.  We look forward to planning your “Escape to Unknown Lands”.  Check back periodically for more information and thank you again for choosing Troop 24 International Travel Agency.

Every great trip begins with planning.  Deciding where to go, what to do, where to stay, what to eat…. oh the things that need to be planned!  And this is where your troop can be of help.

Escape to Unknown Lands is the theme for Spring Camp-o-ree 2022.  Your host, Troop 24 (also known as Troop 24 International Travel Agency) is asking each troop to choose a country from the registration below.  Once selected, your troop should begin to plan how to represent this country at camp-o-ree.  It could be food, dance, craft, costumes… or all of this.  Go above and beyond and create a gateway for your site representing the country of your choice.  Plan for all the travelers to visit your country’s tourist site and keep things interactive.  Think outside the box – if you choose the country of China maybe a Chinese Dragon from papier-mâché is in your plans!  Ireland may find you dancing a jig!  This event will be as much fun as you put into your country. 

Countries are first come first served!  But wait…. there’s more.  Be the troop who chooses Australia and you’ll be the “troop from down under” which will offer you a special camp site.  Crikey Mate that sounds bewdy bonzer!

Country selection is due by December 31, 2021.

Questions please contact your travel agent
Heidi Nelson 
Troop 24 International Travel Agency
mom23nelson@gmail.com

 

Jamboree 2023

Jamboree 2023
July 16-August 5, 2023
Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, Glen Jean, WV
$3,000 per youth (subject to change)

Twin Valley Council is excited to announce the next National Jamboree will take place at the Summit in West Virginia on July 19-28, 2023.  We anticipate the Twin Valley Council contingent to leave Mankato on July 16/17, 2023 and return on August 4/5, 2023.  It is our plan to travel directly to the Jamboree then do a Washington D.C. tour after the Jamboree before returning home. 

Exact details of the trip along with transportation arrangements and cost have not yet been secured, but we are anticipating the cost of the Jamboree trip to be approximately $3,000 per person.  Depending on final costs of travel, lodging, food, touring and including the actual fee charged by the jamboree, we do not anticipate the final cost to increase or decrease by more than $200-$300 from our initial estimate of $3,000 total.  It is our hope to have this information solidified if not by the end of 2021, by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

We are anticipating a contingent made of 36 male Scout BSA members and 8 female Scout BSA members, along with 3 male adult leaders, 2 female adult leaders and one 18-20 year old youth leader.

Confirmed Jamboree Leadership as of today include:

Shawn Pomeroy – Contingent Leader, TVC Board Member, Scoutmaster for Troop 85 in Waseca.
Michael Krediet – Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 29 in North Mankato and Charter Rep for Pack 12 in Mankato
Jay Striemer – Scoutmaster Troop 69 in Sherburn, Camp School trained
Becky Sandquist – Scoutmaster Troop 8 in Mankato, Camp Cuyuna staff, Camp School trained.  
We are still in need of one additional female leader (over 21) and youth leader (18-20).  If you are interested in interviewing for either of these positions you can contact Shawn Pomeroy at pomeroy.shawn@gmail.com.

The 2023 National Jamboree is open to any Scout BSA youth ages 12-18 at the time of the Jamboree.  We are waiting for information from the National BSA on the policy of participants ages 18-20 years of age.  It is our understanding that 18-20 year old’s will be able to participate as “adult participants”.  We will provide more details as they become available.

If you are interested in attending we are accepting deposits on a first come first serve basis until the Jamboree contingent if full.  We will then start a waitlist.  Deposits and fees will be refundable until December 31, 2021.  After that time, will only be refundable if another Scout from the waitlist fills your Scouts place.

Reservations deposit    $100
December 31, 2021      $500
March 31, 2022             $500
June 30, 2022               $500
September 30, 2022     $500
December 31, 2022      $500
March 31, 2023            $400 or remainder of total contingent fee.

We will also be scheduling  unit Jamboree promotions starting in early 2022 once additional details are known.  

Questions can be directed to Shawn Pomeroy at pomeroy.shawn@gmail.com.