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BSA Certified Angler Instructor Course

Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
John Woodhall II’s private property
Spicer, MN

“Having attended BSA training at John’s facility, his program set a new bar for how to properly teach fishing skills.  While my class was comprised of seasoned anglers, not only would the course have been appropriate for people with less experience, but all attendees came away with increased knowledge and appreciation of all aspects of the art.  The curriculum was well designed.  The outdoor facilities were exceptional.  And the host/instructors incredibly helpful from first aid to the fly tying/gear to tactics, this was the most educational and fun outdoor class that i have taken.”  Matthew Arnett.

Join in the fun on August 23-25, 2019, on the private property of John Woodhall III’s near Spicer, MN.  The class begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and continues through Sunday morning.  This is a BSA Nationally recognized training course and all participants will receive their training certificate and patch.

This course is designed for those who are willing to actively help and promote fishing in their Council, District or within their Unit.  The Chief Instructor and host is John Woodhall III, Area 1 fishing advocate and Section Director for National Camp School first year camper and outdoor skills program.

Some of the topics covered at this training include 

  • Fishing and the BSA
  • Review of basic fishing skills
  • Learning the art of Fly
  • Fishing casting
  • Fly tying, knots and equipment
  • Background on Merit Badge Programs for Fishing and Fly Fishing
  • The Complete Angler Award for Scouts BSA
  • Fishing topics for Troops, Crews and Pack
  • Fishing promotions and activities

Cost for this event is:

$35 basic fee which includes certificate, patch, bait, materials and food for the weekend
$55 fee includes everything in basic fee plus a set of fly tying tools in a wooden box
$110 fee includes everything mentioned above plus a Fly rod with reel and line.
There will be a cracker barrel on Friday evening, three meals provided on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

You will be fishing on private ponds owned and stocked by John Woodhall III located between New London and Hawick, MN, just off of Highway 23.     Catch and release will be practiced except for fish kept for the fish fry on Sunday morning.  Row bots and canoes will be available but bring your own life jacket and fishing equipment of your choice.  Fly rods will be provided.  There are no docks on ponds so bring rubber boots or “Be Prepared” get to get your feet wet.  Also, there are no landings or ramps for larger boats.  Since these are gravel pit ponds, they drop off quickly in places and there is good shore fishing.  Fish species include northern, bass, crappie, sunfish, trout and walleye.  Minnesota Fishing License required.  Fly Fishing equipment and fly tying tools and supplies will be provided.  

This weekend will be rustic camping.  Please bring your own tent, sleeping bag with cot or mattress, plus whatever else you would like for your campout.  Clothing should be appropriate for early fall and wearing of the BSA uniform is optional.  Please bring a solar shower or plan to swim.  An outhouse is available as well as a solar shower shelter. 

There will be outdoor cooking all weekend.  Meetings will be held in a canopy tent.  Generator supplied power for lights and power point presentations.  There will be water available for washing and drinking. 

To sign up for your spot, please send payment made payable to John Woodhall III to 9571 NE Highway 23  Spicer, MN  56288.  For questions please call John at 320-894-3700 or email


Commissioner Conference

“Helping Units Better Serve Youth”

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Morson Ario VFW Post Mankato
$5 per person

Helping Units Better Serve Youth” will be the topic at the Commissioner Conference in September.

There will be great discussions and learning sessions such as

  • Recruiting and mentoring Lion/Tiger/Wolf Den Leaders
  • Promoting Cub Camp
  • Helping units develop an annual program plan and budget
  • Webelos to Scout transition
  • Helping Packs prepare for School Night
  • On-time charter renewal
  • Unit Health Assessments

Also on the agenda for the day is the detailed assessment of a unit each commissioner is asked to complete yearly.  More specifically, you’ll be looking at a few key factors such as are leaders trained and do they have a succession plan?  Does the unit have an annual program and budget?  Does the unit have a summer camping program? And does the unit have missing age groups of Scouts?

Cost to attend this event is only $5 (to cover lunch) and registration will be open until September 7, 2019.

For questions please contact Tim Adams.

University of Scouting

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Northern Star Council

Be on the lookout for more details about the University of Scouting at Northern Star Council.  This is a great place to receive some incredible training!

The date is October 26, 2019!

Details to come!

Den Chief Training Now Online

The new online Den Chief Training is now available for Scouts who are registered in troops, crews and ships.

The new online course identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks and describes the den chief’s relationship with supporting den leaders and how it relates to the den chief’s activities with the den.

At the end of the online training module, den chiefs can print their certificate of completion signifying they are trained for their position and fulfilling a requirement toward their Den Chief Service Award.

The training is available at or by clicking here.

Leadership Training

One of the keys to a successful Scouting experience for young people, second only to the selection of the right person for each responsibility, is trained volunteer leadership. Leadership training provides adult leaders with fundamental information about the aims and methods of the movement, as well as specifics about their particular roles in Scouting.

For this reason, the Twin Valley Council is committed to provide top quality training opportunities for leaders, parents and Scouts at the district and council levels. Through these efforts, the delivery of a better and quality Scouting program can be provided to our entire youth membership.

Adults are welcome to attend any training opportunity regardless of location.  There are no district boundaries; all are welcome!  Please look through the upcoming dates and mark your calendar today!

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