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Popcorn Training for Adults

Popcorn Training for Adults
Neighborhood meeting in August

Popcorn training for Unit Popcorn Kernels and any other adults interested will be held at the Neighborhood Meetings in August.  Kernels are welcome to attend any districts meeting, so please choose the date that works best for you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
     Cedar Valley Neighborhood Meeting:  Austin Labor Center (316 4th Avenue NE) in Austin beginning at 6:30pm
     Great Bend Neighborhood Meeting:  Center for Scouting in Mankato beginning at 6:30pm; Zoom option will be available
     Southern Trails Neighborhood Meeting:  Austin Labor Center (316 4th Avenue NE) in Austin beginning at 6:30pm

Thursday, August 4, 2022
     River Valley Neighborhood Meeting:  First Lutheran Church dining room (1114 W Traverse Road) St. Peter beginning at 7pm

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
     Buffalo Prairie Neighborhood Meeting:  7-8pm

Thursday,  August 11, 2022
     North Star Neighborhood Meeting:  Cedar Point Scout Camp in Fairmont beginning at 6:30pm
     Gneiss Neighborhood Meeting:  6:30-7:30pm

This training is required to advance on the Popcorn Commission Climb.

Questions please contact Beth Clymer at

Registration is needed for this event and is open until Sunday, July 31, 2022.


ScoutingU Releases Updated Safe Swim Defense Training

In collaboration with the BSA National Aquatics Subcommittee, ScoutingU has released an updated version of “Safe Swim Defense” online training that is also mobile compatible. Since the inception of Scouting, learning to swim and engaging in aquatics activities have been core to the program. Safe Swim Defense training is required for any BSA unit who will participate in swimming activities. This online training ensures that adult leaders are prepared to facilitate safe swimming programs by reviewing the eight points of Safe Swim Defense. To access the updated training, log onto and search the catalog in the BSA Learn Center for “Safe Swim Defense.” For additional information regarding BSA aquatics programs, please refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting and the BSA’s Aquatics Supervision Guide.  


  1. Does Safe Swim Defense training have to be renewed?
    Yes, adults supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years.  

  2. Do I need to take the new version of Safe Swim Defense training if my current training is not expired?
    No, you can complete the updated version of Safe Swim Defense when your current certification expires. 

  3. Is Safe Swim Defense training available to take in person?
    A. No, Safe Swim Defense is only available online. It is also mobile compatible.