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Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Cuyuna

Camp Cuyuna the Premier Patrol Method Camp

Week 1 – June 30 – July 6, 2019
Week 2 – July 7 – July 13, 2019
Week 3 – July 14 – July 20, 2019
Week 4 – July 21 – July 27, 2019
Week 5 – July 28 – August 3, 2019

Twin Valley Council’s Boy Scout Summer Camp nestled in the woods near Crosslake, MN.

Cuyuna Scout Camp is located in scenic North Central Minnesota. The camp is on 680 acres north of Brainerd and just outside of Crosslake. There are 5 beautiful lakes that border on the camp and one, Russel Lake, is fully within camp boundaries. It is not unheard of to see eagles, and loons are a common occurrence. The camp has 13 developed campsites which are designed for a group to operate under the patrol method. The camp boasts a beautiful wooded area and is known for its birch and pine trees.

Camp Cuyuna is a Nationally Accredited resident camp operated by the Twin Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“Cuyuna is a camp you’ll remember for a lifetime”

 

See below the Older Scout Boundary Waters Canoe Trip that happens the same week as your unit is at Cuyuna Summer Camp!

Boundary Water Trip – An Older Scout Program

Sunday-Friday of your summer camp week

Twin Valley Council and Northern Tier High Adventure have teamed together to create an exciting opportunity for Scouts this summer in conjunction with your week at Camp Cuyuna.  A 5-day Boundary Waters Trip!  Each week there will be a trip to the Northern Tier High Adventure Base near Ely, MN.

Scouts will travel to Camp Cuyuna with their troop on Sunday arriving by a designated time.  We will then transport those headed to Ely from Camp Cuyuna to the Northern Tier High Adventure Base where they’ll spend the next five days on a canoe trek in the Boundary Waters.  On Friday, all will arrive back at Northern Tier base camp and travel back to Camp Cuyuna in time for the closing campfire and to head back home with their troop on Saturday.

Space is limited on this adventure.  Each week a “crew” of 8 people will head out for their adventure.  This will include 2 adult leaders.  The crew of 8 will consist of youth and adults from all units at camp that particular week.  In weeks when crew is not large enough or adult volunteers are not available, we will work with Northern Tier to pair our youth with another Council’s contingent.

Adults – this is the perfect time to experience a short trek within the Boundary Waters with a seasoned ranger.  Experiencing the trek, the canoes, the equipment and gaining valuable knowledge first hand will aid in planning such a troop event.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

The cost of this trip is $475 with $100 deposit due at registration and $375 due by May 1, 2019.    Please note, you will be registering through Northern Tier, not the Twin Valley Council site.  

Youth Requirements

  • Be a registered member in Scouts BSA or Venturing.
  • Must be at least 14 years old OR have completed the 8th grade and be 13 years old by the time of arrival.
  • Be classified as a “swimmer” prior to arrival.
  • Must have a current (within 12 months) complete Northern Tier Health and Medical Form (this is different than the normal medical form used for Cuyuna)
  • Must fall below the maximum (295 pound) allowed weight for participation and it is strongly recommended that no participant weigh less than 100 pounds.

Adult Requirements:

  • Be a registered member in Scouts BSA or Venturing
  • Must be at least 21 years or older
  • Be classified as a “swimmer” prior to arrival.
  • Must have a current (within 12 months) complete Northern Tier Health and Medical Form (this is different than the normal medical form used for Cuyuna)
  • Must fall below the maximum (295 pound) allowed weight for participation and it is strongly recommended that no participant weigh less than 100 pounds
  • Must have CPR training that is current (one adult per crew)
  • Must have Wilderness First Aid training (one adult per crew)
  • Must have Safe Swim and Safety Afloat training
  • Must have Hazardous Weather training
  • Must have current Youth Protection training
    Registration is per individual and is open by using the link above.  

**Each week we will be looking for adult help with transporting youth the Ely, MN.  If you are will to assist please contact Camp Director Steve Knuth at 507-525-3149

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  

Save A Lake – Unique Service Project Opportunity

Little Rock Lake, Rice, MN
Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2019 OR
Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Little Rock Lake is a distressed lake and is in need of help.  We have all heard about lakes that turn toxic and can become harmful to wildlife, pets, and humans.  Little Rock Lake near Rice, MN, is such a lake.  Minnesota DNR in conjunction with the Central Minnesota Council of the BSA, the Benton Soil Water Conservation District and The Little Rock Lake Association are planning a huge lake saving effort spanning over two weekends.

Unit leaders, parents and Scouts ages 10 and up are urged to help save this distressed lake.  With Scouts leading the way, the results will be massive and extremely impactful.  Please strongly consider participating with your Scouts in this major service project.

Camping costs are being donated by Benton County and meals are provided by the Little Rock Lake Association.  Meals include Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch.

To join in and participate please register by clicking the button below.

Questions can be directed to Wade Bastian at wade.bastian@scouting.org or 320-251-3930

 

2019 Popcorn Fest


Saturday, August 24, 2019
Cedar Point Scout Camp
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Popcorn Committee for Twin Valley Council is very excited to announce Popcorn Fest 2019!  Popcorn Fest is our new and improved training and the committee is hoping you’ll find it a fun filled event!

Popcorn Fest will held at Cedar Point Scout Camp located near Fairmont, MN, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

The first 90 minutes of the day will be spent learning all about the NEW Trail’s End popcorn app, and the NEW Trail’s End prize program.   We’ll talk popcorn sales tips and strategy and have time for conversations with fellow Popcorn Kernels and other adults.

The ranges will be open for BB Gun and Archery, *take a bounce in the Bounce House, have your face painted, try your skill at all types of yard games, *throw a tomahawk, *run the obstacle course, *attempt the monkey bridge, fly a drone, *build a robot or just have fun! 

Scouts, BSA should bring their swimsuit and towel as the waterfront will offer canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards! 

*Please note – some activities are age/height/ability sensitive.

Roasting a hot dog over the fire, making a S’more, playing a yard game or having your face painted.  Whatever you choose, it will be a fun time!  

   

As mentioned, for lunch grab a hot dog or two.  If you’d like a soda/tea/etc. please bring one along otherwise, we’ll have water available.  

Popcorn Fest wraps up at 2 p.m.  At this time you are welcome to wander Cedar Point Scout Camp (at your own risk) or head into Fairmont for some shopping.  

In the evening it’s Scout Night At The Raceway!  What Scout doesn’t want to sleep by the racetrack?  This event is happening at the Fairmont Raceway.  Your Scout will attend the races free of charge and adults will receive reduced priced tickets of $6 each.  You do need to register for this event separately so please see the button below.

Are you a $1,500 Club Member? 

All Club Members (those who sold $1,500 or more in popcorn during the 2018 sale) will receive an awesome $1,500 Club Sweatshirt sporting our new Club logo!  However, you must register by July 12th AND attend the event to be eligible to receive the sweatshirt.

2019 Commission Climb.  

Unit who attend the Popcorn Training Camp with their Popcorn Kernel and at least one youth will have an additional 2% commission added to their base level.

As an added bonus, units who  have 10% of their youth who are on their BSA unit roster July 31, 2019, attend the Training Camp on August 24, 2019, along with the Unit Popcorn Kernel (minimum of 2 Scouts) will receive an additional 3% commission.  

For example, if your units has 25 Scouts on the roster July 31, 2019, your unit would need 3 Scouts (10% of 25 is 2.5 rounded up to 3) and the Popcorn Kernel.  Another example,  if your unit has 9 Scouts on the roster July 31, 2019, your unit would need 2 Scouts (10% of 9 is .9 rounded up to 1 but there is a 2 youth minimum requirement) and the Popcorn Kernel.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:30 a.m. Check-in begins
  • 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Popcorn Training
  • 10:30 – 2 p.m.  Popcorn Fest!
  • 2 – 5 p.m.  Families are on their own
  • 5 p.m. Door open for Scout Night At The Fairmont Raceway!

 

Scout Night At The Fairmont Raceway

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Fairmont Raceway
Doors open at 5 p.m.
$6 per person; 12 and under free

Join us for a full night of dirt track racing!  It’s Scout Night At The Fairmont Raceway!  

Twin Valley Council is excited to team up with the Fairmont Raceway to bring you this event on a great night; it’s the Raceway’s Annual Ultimate Kids Night!  This means there will be several chances to win some great prizes for the younger kids, including bikes!  The grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. The Hot Laps start at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.  Prize giveaways are before the races begin so it is important to arrive a little early on kid’s night.  Watch the Fairmont Raceway website for details about the giveaways.

What kid doesn’t want to camp at the raceway?  The area on the north side of the track (behind turn 4) is reserved for Scout camping.  Arrive early and pitch your tent before the races.  After the races is fine as well, but you’ll setting up in the dark!

Before the races be part of the National Anthem and check out the race cars on display in the grandstand area.

Immediately following the races everything from autographs, tours of the pit areas, chat with the drivers and get another chance to check out the race cars! 

     

In the morning grab a doughnut and head for home by 10 a.m.

All Scouts (any age) and youth under age 12 will attend free of charge.  Adults and youth age 13 and older are $6 each ($12 at the door). 

Everyone must register through the twinvalleybsa.org website to receive this special pricing.   

 

Questions please contact
Jay Striemer at 507-236-0679 or jstriemer@yourstarnet.net

 

Cabela’s Owatonna To Host Merit Badge Classes

Various Dates in September
6 – 8 p.m.
Cabela’s Owatonna, MN

BSA is once again excited to work with Cabela’s Owatonna on merit badge classes.  Each class being offered this year is designed to help Scouts work toward earning the merit badge; completion of the merit badge is not guaranteed.  Each class is inclusive and requires one time attendance.  There is no cost to attend these classes but they do fill up quickly so register early!  Merit badge classes run from 6-8 p.m.

2019 Merit Badge classes are:

  • Fishing – to be held on the following dates
    • Tuesday, September 3, 2019
    • Thursday, September 12, 2019
    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Rifle Shooting – to be held on the following dates
    • Wednesday, September 4, 2019
    • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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  • Fish and Wildlife Management
    • Thursday, September 5, 2019
    • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    • Thursday, September 26, 2019

Registration can be completed by clicking the button below.

 

St. George Rides Again!


Catholic Fall Camp Event
October 4-6, 2019
Camp Decorah, Holmen, WI

A Diocesan-wide event for Scouts BSA and Venturers.

Join Scouts from all over the diocese for LaCrosse Catholic Committee on Scouting’s first ever diocese-wide camp.

St. George Rides Again!

Come experience programs and activities that you can’t always find on unit outings or even summer camp.  There will be fun opportunities for all Scouts, creative competitions with amazing prizes.  You’ll be introduced to Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII, have a campfire, cracker barrel, movie, games and a Saints Talent Show!

More information will be sent to your unit leaders in the coming months.  A leader’s guide is available upon request.  A medical form will be required.

For more information about this first time event please contact Cindy Sjolander at 608-783-4911 or email catholicscoutslacrossediocese@gmail.com

Northern Tier During MEA Weekend

“A Mini High Adventure Trip”

October 17-20, 2019
Northern Tier Base Camp, Ely, MN
$150 per person plus transportation

This mini high adventure happens during MEA Weekend at the Northern Tier High Adventure base in Ely, MN.  For only $150 per person plus transportation, you will have a mini wilderness high adventure on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area!  

We will leave Mankato on October 17, 2019, and arrive at base camp in time for dinner.  After spending the night in the cabins and a great breakfast, we hit the water the morning of the 18th and continue our adventure until arriving back at base camp on October 20th to turn in our gear, have lunch, then depart for home.  The transportation arrangements to Northern Tier base camp, including methods of transportation and times, will be determined once we know who is interested in attending.

The $150 base price of this adventure includes food (9 meals), your canoe, safety gear, crew equipment and staff guide.  There is an additional cost for transportation. Each participant is also responsible for their own personal gear.

Typically, Northern Tier has a limit of 14 years of age to be eligible on a trek.  Since this is a mini trek, Scouts and Venturers of all ages may attend as long the meet the following requirements

  • Classified as swimmer on the BSA swim test
  • Have a current Class A,B, and C health form
  • Weigh between 100 and 295 pounds

There will be an orientation on Saturday, August 24, 2019, beginning at 1 p.m. at Cedar Point Scout Camp.  

Registration is open until September 1, 2019.

Personal Gear Needed

  • Boots (full ankle support, rugged sole, not water proof or hip boots/muck style boots that come up past the calf)
  • Camp Shoes
  • Rain Gear
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Socks (synthetic or wool, no cotton)
  • Underwear (quick dry)
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Clean/dry clothes
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Waterproof Sack
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camp Towel
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Mess Kit
  • Water Bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Whistle
  • Lip Balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal Medications
  • Small Pocket Knife
  • Small Compass
  • Camera (optional)
  • Fishing Equipment (optional)
  • Long Underwear (optional)
  • Journal (optional)

What NOT to bring

  • Canoe Chairs that clip or strap to canoes
  • Electronic Music
  • Electronic Games
  • Video Devices

Questions please contact Ray Brauer