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Scout Leader Forum

Scout Leader  Forum
Saturday, October 15, 2022
1-5pm
Messiah Lutheran Church, North Mankato
No Cost

Plans are underway for our next great Leader Forum!

If you have a topic you would like discussed please contact Council staff and share!  We’ll do our best to get it on the list!

  • Canoe Trips to Remember a Lifetime
    • Troop 89 and Troop 24 have taken a canoe trip down the Minnesota River from Redwood Falls to Mankato. They will share with you the highlights of the trip, what to expect, how to prepare, and other helpful tips to help your troop plan a similar trip in the future.
  • Cold Weather Camping Program Basics for Troops
    • Outdoor camping in Minnesota from October to April entails outdoor temperatures which can be at or below freezing. These temperatures are daunting for many scouts and leaders both for activities during the day as well as overnights. Learn the basics of cold weather camping, from gear choices to simple campout plans to integrate winter camping in the normal fabric of your troop’s program and weekend camps. 
  • Life to Eagle Seminar – You’re Almost There!
    • You’re so close! Now what? This class will help prepare Life Scouts to become Eagle Scouts. It will cover specific rank requirements, the Eagle workbook, project approval process and the Eagle Board of Review. This is a great class for Star and Life Scouts and their parents. It’s a great class for Scoutmaster and Troop Advancement Chairs. It’s a great class for those new to the Life to Eagle process or those needing a refresher. It’s just a great class!
  • Developing a Meaningful Troop High Adventure Program
    • Meaningful high adventure programs benefit troops via retention and leadership development of older scouts. A ground level breakdown of how to develop an impactful high adventure program for your troop. For troops who have an interest in retaining older scouts and developing a program which motivates scouts to develop their scout and leadership skills.
  • It’s A Race To The Finish Line!  Successful Pinewood Derby Races
    • The “why” of Pinewood Derby needs little explanation. You do it because it’s the perfect combination of cars, competition and character-building fun. But as for the “how”, we’ve got you covered. This class will talk about different ways to execute the “how” in your Pinewood Derby.
  • Field Trips, Campouts, Adventures and more!  Outings That Will Leave Your Cubs Wanting More!
    • Outings and visits are an important part of a quality Cub Scout program. The leadership team in your pack is encouraged to offer at least one outing 3-4 times per year. But what do you need to know in order to plan this outing? Where do you go? How do you pay for it? May questions arise when you begin talking about outings – let us talk you through the steps. Remember “outing” is part of scouting!
  • Happy Birthday Scouting – Planning Your Blue & Gold
    • Blue and Gold Banquets are a tradition in Cub Scout packs. They are a celebration of the birthday of Scouting. It is designed to be a time of celebration and fun. The key to any good party is in planning the details. Just about anything goes with Blue and Gold Banquets so let’s start thinking outside the box! Let’s get creative with a theme, activities, program etc.! Let’s work together to create some awesome Blue and Gold events for our Cubs!
  • Website Navigation & Scoutbook Ease
    • This is a two for one class! Part of the session will be learning how to navigate the Twin Valley Council website. Have specific questions? Have suggestions? Now is the time for discussion!
      The other part of the session will be Basic Scoutbook. You’ll learn how to set up Scoutbook for your unit, how to track a Scouts progress and generate reports. We will also be able to answer questions and give you tips and secrets
  • Re-Chartering 2022
    • Recharter season is just around the corner. Earlier this year as a matter of fact. This is a great class for those working on the recharter for the first time but its also the perfect refresher course.
  • The Million Dollar Question – How To Get Parent Participation
    • It’s the million dollar question. How do you get parents more involved. If only we knew the perfect answer. Some units are very successful with this, others struggle. Every unit needs a strong team. During this class we’ll discuss how to begin the process of building this team and expanding it to include all parents in your unit.

Registration closes Sunday, October 9, 2022.

Wilderness First Aid Training

Wilderness First Aid Training
Norseland Scout Camp
Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16, 2022
10:30am Saturday – 5pm Sunday
$130 per person; must be 14 years of age or older
Class is limited to 16 participants

This Wilderness First Aid course teaches participants the assessment of, and treatment given to an ill or injured person in the backcountry.  In this type of setting access to a hospital or clinic, as well as emergency transport may be delayed for hours or even days.

For Scouting, being prepared often means being ready to render first aid.  As units go farther into the backcountry, some additional training is needed.  Wilderness First Aid is the next step up from basic first aid and is required for all backcountry outings.

This is also a great training for all Scouts (age 14 and up), Scout Leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and those who work in outdoor settings including camp staff members.

American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Training

Each participant must have current American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric 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 csandquist.law@gmail.com.

For those without Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Training, we are offering this course Saturday morning, October 15th, prior to the Wilderness First Aid course.  This class will begin 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.

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 and Saturday breakfast.

Beginning at 8am Saturday morning in the Igloo Lodge, the CPR/AED/First Aid training will begin.  Please ready to start at 8am so the class can be completed by 10am.  

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 10:30am Saturday and will conclude at 5pm Sunday.  You must complete all 18 hours of this training on order to be certified.

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

Sunday morning everyone should be ready to go by 9am.  

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

This course is limited to 16 participants.  All participants must have a Health Form parts A/B.  Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22

Registration is open until Saturday, October 7, 2022

Questions contact Chris Sandquist at 507-327-5149 or csandquist.law@gmail.com

Range Officer Training for Cub Scouts

Range Officer Training
Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Cedar Point Scout Camp
Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Norseland Scout Camp

8am – Noon
No cost to attend but you must register

Range Officers are needed with Twin Valley Council!

To a Cub Scout, BB Guns, Archery and Sling Shots are their best memories of Scouting.  The ranges are always the most popular areas at an event.

In order for Twin Valley Council to offer BB Gun, Archery or Sling Shot ranges, we need to have trained Range Officers at each range.  This is where you come in.  Won’t you be part of this team?  

This training will be offered twice in October.  Once at Cedar Point Scout Camp located in Fairmont and again at Norseland Scout Camp located near St. Peter.  Both sessions are in the morning beginning at 8am.  We will discuss the safety aspects and teaching techniques needed to run a safe and fun range.

Please plan ahead with your coffee/water bottle, and dress for the weather as this class will be held rain or shine, both indoors and out.

All participants must bring a Health Form A/B to the training.

Range Officer training is valid for two years, so if your need your training updated, this is a perfect time to do so.

There is no cost for this event but you must register.  Registration for the Cedar Point location closes Thursday, October 13, 2022.  Registration is open until Sunday, October 23, 2022 for the Norseland location.

Questions for the Cedar Point location please contact Brenda Bachenberg at 507-236-6945 or b_b27@yahoo.com or Jay Striemer at 507-236-0679 or jstriemer@nuwaycoop.com.

Questions on the Norseland location please contact Becky Sandquist at 507-387-0293 or rebecca.sandquist@scouting.org

The next opportunity for this training is May 13, 2023 at Cedar Point Scout Camp

Den Chief Training

Den Chief Training
Saturday, October 29, 2022

Norseland Scout Camp
10am – 5pm
$20 per person

Den Chiefs are extremely valuable youth leadership positions!

Den Chiefs

  • Assist Den Leaders in delivering a great program
  • Serve as role models to Cub Scouts
  • Learn important leadership skills
  • Area billboard for your troop

Scout who are interested in serving as a Den Chief are encouraged to take this training.

Check in for this event begins at 9:45am in the main lodge.  Training is from 10am – Noon when we break for lunch.

Scouts should bring their own bag lunch and beverage.  There will be microwave and refrigeration for use.  After lunch Scouts will be teamed up with assisting a den a the Norseland Nightmare from 1-5pm.  This will give practice to what has been learned and fulfill one of the training requirements towards the Den Chief Award.  Dress code for the day is field uniform (class A).

Cost for this training is $20 per Scout and includes the Den Chief Handbook, Den Chief cords and the Den Chief shoulder emblem for their uniform.

Questions please contact Becky Sandquist at 507-387-0293 or rebecca.sandquist@scouting.org

Wood Badge Training

Woodbadge Training
Kiwanis Scout Camp located at Marine on St. Croix
January 27-29, 2023 AND February 25-26, 2023
$310 per person

Wood Badge is a lot of things. It is a premier training course for all registered Scout leaders. Yes, all. Cub Scout leaders, Scouts BSA leaders, Venturing leaders, and Sea Scouting leaders. It teaches Scouters the skills and methods of Scouting while being the embodiment of the Scouting spirit. Wood Badge uses the uniqueness of Scouting, the patrol method to deliver a practical course built around the operation of a troop and it’s patrols. Careful planning and strict attention to detail support this program to engage leaders to learn while having fun playing Scouting related games. This design helps to create “a mountaintop experience” for Wood Badge participants.

Wood Badge is composed of 3 parts; a theoretical part, learning about the aims and methods of Scouting; a practical part, the out-doors experience; the ticket, 5 goals that are self-created to help strengthen your role as a Scouting leader. Parts 1 and 2 are carried out simultaneously together over the two course weekends followed by the application of the ticket. Upon completion of the ticket, participants are presented a certificate, a neckerchief, leather woggle, and their Wood Badge Beads.

In addition to the new skills a Scouter receives while attending Wood Badge, there is great fellowship that takes place while also learning about the Wood Badge traditions that have been shared world-wide since 1919.

One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath. ~Lord Robert Baden Powell (1919)

This course is hosted by Northern Star Council and registration will be through them.  Twin Valley Council is offering three scholarships for this course.  If interested in one of the scholarships please contact Ray Brauer at 507-387-0295 or ray.brauer@scouting.org

Questions about Wood Badge can be directed to Mariya Bergquist at 507-514-2380 or rmbergquist4@gmail.com