Camping

Scouts BSA Activities

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.

TWIN VALLEY COUNCIL DETAILS

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

YOUTH PARTICIPANTS 

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

PRICING AND REGISTRATION

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 pomeroy.shawn@gmail.com

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.

For our Cub Scouts, the ranges will be open for BB Gun and Archery, have your face painted, try your skill at all types of yard games, *run the obstacle course, *attempt the monkey bridge, fly a drone, check out the cement truck, or just have fun! 

Scouts, BSA should bring their swimsuit and towel as the waterfront will offer canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Also for the older Scouts will be tomahawk throwing, climbing tower, yard games, lashing station, and robotics.

*Please note – some activities are age/height/ability sensitive.  Activities are accurate at time of this posting and are subject to change.

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
    •  
  • 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.

 

Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Class

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Fairmont Trap Club, Granada, MN
8 a.m. – Noon
$30 per Scout
Limited to 15 Scouts BSA 

Join us on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Fairmont Trap Club (913 280th Avenue in Granada, MN) for a morning of learning about and practicing with a shotgun.

Class begins promptly at 8 a.m. and will conclude by noon.  Scouts should bring their own shotgun (one will be provided at no additional cost if needed), their MN Firearms Safety certificate/card and water.  If you would like to purchase more shells they will be available on site for $7/box of 25 shells.

Cost to attend this merit badge class is $30 per Scout and includes instruction materials, one box of shells and targets.

Please note:  All Scouts must have completed their MN Firearms Safety course.  If needed, dates of upcoming classes can be found at this link.

This class is designed to help Scouts work towards earning the merit badge; completion of the merit badge is not guaranteed.

This class is limited to 15 Scouts BSA; age 11 and up.

Please contact Rich Wolf with questions.

 

Zom-Bo-Ree Fall Camp-o-Ree

Friday, September 27, 2019 – Sunday, September 29, 2019
Norseland Scout Camp
$15 per Scout; Early Bird rate

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Norseland Scout Camp becomes infected with Zombies.  Remember, you don’t need to outrun the Zombies, you just need to outrun your friends!

Unit check in begins Friday night at 5:30 p.m.  Saturday morning the Zombies Return at 9 a.m.

Events of the day include Archery, BB Gun, Knife & Tomahawk throwing, Sniper Egg Shoot, Lost Scouts Make Good Food, Zombie Jokes & Scout Ears, Zombie Games, Brain Bash, Brain Toss, I Spy Zombie, Zombie Treasure Hunt and Survival Fire Building.  It’s a full day of events – will you survive the invasion of the Zombies?

Also part of the event will be the Movie Making Merit Badge.  Space is limited to 20 Scouts for the class and preference will be given to the First Class Scouts and above.  Please indicate your interest during the registration process.  Scouts in the movie making merit badge class need to bring a recording device of some type; phone, camera, etc. fully charged and ready to use.

This event is a great opportunity for units to work on cooking skills as meals for the event are not provided.  Please plan accordingly.

Scouts should bring a set of old clothes that can be torn, painted and have make-up applied to them.  

Early Bird Cost to attend this event is $15 per Scout with adults attending at no cost.  September 17, 2019, fee changes to $20.  Registration closes September 22, 2019.  After this date you may still attend but you must register through Jim Pingel.

This event is open to all Scouts BSA, Venturing Crews and Arrow of Light Scouts (grade 5).

Questions please contact Jim Pingel.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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!