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2023 Winter Powder Horn 

Powder Horn Training
Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5, 2023
Parker Scout Camp Nisswa, MN
$150 Early Bird rate until December 1, 2022
Space is limited to 25 adults and 10 youth

Central Minnesota Council is proud to coordinate a Powderhorn Training.  

The Powder Horn course is a hand on program designed to help introduce and give leaders the contacts and tools necessary for outdoor and/or high adventure activities of a fun and more challenging nature.

Some session options may include expedition planning, skiing, backpacking, curling, emergency preparedness, ice fishing, orienteering, search & rescue, Wilderness First Aid and Survival, Shooting Sports and much more!

Cost for the training is $150 per person if registered by December 1, 2022.  After that date the fee will become $175.

This class is limited to 25 adults and 10 youth leaders.

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Wilderness First Aid Training

Wilderness First Aid Training
Norseland Scout Camp
Saturday, April 29, 2023 – Sunday, April 30, 2023
Wilderness First Aid 10:30am Saturday – 5pm Sunday
CPR/AED/FA add on-: 8am Saturday – 10am Saturday
$130 per person
$60 per person for add-on CPR/AED/FA
Class is limited to 16 participants
Must be 14 years of age or older to attend
Classes are limited to 16 participants

This Wilderness First Aid course teaches participants the skills necessary to assess, stabilize and treat injured or ill persons in backcountry conditions.  For Scouting, being prepared includes being ready to render first aid.  As units go farther into the backcountry, additional training is needed to compensate for settings where access to hospitals or clinics and even emergency transport can be delayed for hours or even days. Wilderness First Aid is the next step up from basic first aid and is required for all unit backcountry outings. This is also a great training for all Scouts (age 14 and up), Scout Leaders, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and those who work in outdoor settings including camp staff members.

PRE-REQUISITE:  American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Training

Each participant must have current American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED/First Aid training and must submit a copy of their American Red Cross certificate.  This certificate must show certificate ID number and date completed.

A certificate copy should be submitted prior to class by emailing them to Course Instructor Chris Sandquist at

For those without Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Training, we are offering this course Saturday morning, (April 29, 2023), from 8am – 10am prior to the Wilderness First Aid course.  This class will begin sharply at 8am and is an additional $60 fee.  This is a blended class; meaning you will complete part online and part in person.  You will be asked to register for this class during the Wilderness First Aid registration. 

Shortly after registration, you will receive an email from the American Red Cross to create (or log into) an account on their website, and you can then begin the on-line portion of the class.  This on-line portion must be complete before April 29, 2023, or you will not be able to participate in the hands-on instruction portion of the class.

Wilderness First Aid Training

All participants are welcome to arrive Friday evening and tent camp at no additional cost.  All meals and supplies are the responsibility of the participant for Friday night as is Saturday breakfast.

For those not participating in the CPR/AED/First Aid training, you should be ready to begin the Wilderness First Aid at 10:30am Saturday morning.

Wilderness First Aid Training runs from 10:30 am Saturday to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You must complete all 18 hours of this training on order to be certified.

Again, participants are welcome to camp Saturday night at Norseland for no additional charge.  You are responsible for your own evening snacks, beverages (no alcohol) and supplies.

On Saturday, lunch and dinner are provided.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided Sunday.

This course is limited to 16 participants.  All participants must have a BSA Health Form parts A/B with them.   

Registration is open until Friday, April 21, 2023.

Questions contact Chris Sandquist at 507-327-5149 or

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills
Friday, May 5 – Saturday, May 6, 2023
Friday, 6pm – Saturday, 6pm
Norseland Scout Camp
$40 per person

Join us for the in-person outdoor skills training needed by all scoutmasters and assistant scoutmasters to, in combination with the on-line training, be fully “Trained” in their position.  The course will follow and expand upon the Boy Scouts of America national curriculum. 

Friday, May 5, 2023, at 6:00 pm and Saturday May 6, 2023, at Camp Norseland.  Cost is $40 which includes 3 meals on Saturday, program materials and camping fees.

Attendees will be camping outside overnight on Friday, May 5th as part of the training and are invited to stay overnight Saturday May 6th upon conclusion of the class if they wish.  Attendees should have supper on their own prior to their arrival on Friday.

Primary Instructors for the course are current & former scoutmasters Chris Sandquist (Troop 76), Tony Dittrich (Troop 25), and Doug Boomgarden (Troop 89).

Attendees should plan to bring a personal tent to use Friday night together with their personal gear, including personal mess kits.  Each participant must have with them a BSA Health Form A/B. 

Questions, please contact Chris Sandquist at 507-327-5149 or

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22

BALOO Training

BALOO Training “Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation”

Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7, 2023
Norseland Scout Camp
$40 per person

This training is the best training for any adult in Cub Scouting; it’s really that simple.

“Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation” or BALOO, will help you gain the skills needed to confidently venture into the great outdoors with your Cub Scouts.  Camping is the “outing” in Scouting and learning the skills needed to hold awesome campouts is a must.

Check in begins at 9am on Saturday, May 6th, at Norseland Scout Camp.  Over the next 24 hours you will learn about

  • Aquatics and Cub Scouts
  • Basic Knots
  • Campfire Programs
  • Campout Planning
  • Campsite Selection
  • Cooking & Sanitation
  • Duty to God
  • First Aid
  • Gear Selection
  • GPS with Cub Scouts
  • Health and Safety
  • Knife Safety
  • Large Group Games
  • Nature and Hiking
  • Outdoor Ceremonies
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Stoves, Lanterns and Fires
  • And How To Have Fun!

All participants will take part in a camp overnight Saturday as part of this training. 

Everyone on Norseland property must complete a Health Form A/B.

This training works in conjunction with the online module.  Participants of BALOO must complete the pre-requisite training found in the catalog on your page under the BSA Learn Center.

Registration is open until Monday, April 24, 2023.

Questions, please contact David Kosmatka at or 618-922-3687.

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22
Baloo flyer 2023 updated

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 2023

Gamehaven Scout Reservation
Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14, 2023
$250 per Scout

Registered Scouts who have attained First Class rank and are 13 years old by July 9, 2023, or have finished 8th Grade are invited to this training. They should have mastered First Class camping skills and be ready to be away from home for a week to engage with the course.

  • Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for troops (ILST) within the troop is strongly recommended

  • Scoutmaster permission/signature is required. 

  • Female Scouts are welcome! At least three female staff will be present at all times and appropriate accommodations are made for female participants. 

  • We welcome Scouts from Gamehaven Council and beyond! 

REGISTRATION FEE:  $250/Scout.  It is strongly encouraged that troops cover 50% ($125) of a Scout’s fees, as the skills taught will benefit the troop for years to come.   

Thanks to a grant from the Mankato Masonic Lodge #12, we have scholarships that will pay $125 of the $250 registration fee for the first 8 participants to this event or Adult Wood Badge training.   Please contact Ray Brauer if interested in the scholarship 507-387-3123 or


  • NYLT is different.  We don’t work on merit badges or rank advancement. There isn’t a swimming beach, climbing tower, or shooting range. We spend the days working on and interacting as a Troop and Patrol, learning how to be better Scouts and people. The youth who we train come away as better leaders both in Scouting and their lives. 

“If you can see it, You can be it!”


  • Additional course info will be emailed to participants roughly one month prior to the course and will also be posted on the Council NYLT website. 

More information below:

 NYLT transforms the lives of the youth who attend, turning leaders of others into dynamic leaders of leaders, creating the leaders of tomorrow that today so desperately demands.

This is done through an intensive course where youth teach youth leadership lessons and skills of leadership covering 14 core modules, including communication, goal-setting, conflict resolution, and leading change. 

It is a training course that models the ideal unit where each day is a week in the life of a unit. Youth see youth modeling the leadership tools they are teaching, and the participants get to practice and hone the skills they are learning. 

Questions?  Contact Course Director Ronda Marshall at 507-252-5282   

SM guide to NYLT