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Summer of Service Award

April 1 – October 31, 2021

Join Scouting families across the country in a spirited Summer of Service! As we have throughout our history, Scouting families are answering the call to work together in service of the greater good. From public health drives, to caring for the environment, to assisting neighbors in need, Scouts have always been a force for positivity and goodness in our communities. Now more than ever, our world needs that Scouting spirit once again. Let’s step up! Together, we can answer the call to make a positive impact in our neighborhoods and communities. Join us today, with projects big or small, in a Summer of Service!

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 4, 2021.  After this date, you may still participate but shirt sizes will be limited.

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

Pumpkin Pi Flyer

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