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Spring University of Scouting

Spring University of Scouting
Northern Star Council
Saturday, April 17, 2021

The University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on opportunity to network and learn with over 500 Scouters. This one-day supplemental training event was created for all Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout leaders, plus Scouts BSA, Venturing, or Sea Scout youth regardless of experience.  Be the best leader you can be – attend the next University of Scouting!

Choose from over 100 courses with an emphasis on programs, skills, and resources to deliver high quality opportunities to the Scouting youth. New leader and position specific training is offered, making this a great way to get all your leaders trained. A vendor midway offers lots of exciting program resources, materials, and ideas for you to browse. The Scout Shop will also have a store open at the event.

Three colleges are devoted to the major Scouting programs – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing.
The General College offers classes of interest to Scouters across all programs.
The Youth Leadership College (YLC) offers classes for youth who are interested in expanding their leadership skills.

Questions about the University of Scouting, have ideas for classes, or interested in teaching? Contact the Chancellor at

Outdoor Leader Training Combo Weekend

Outdoor Leader Training Combo Weekend
Scoutmaster/Asst Scoutmaster Specific & IOLS Training
Saturday, April 24 – Sunday, April 25, 2021
Fred C Andersen Scout Camp, Houlton, WI
$40 per person

Northern Star Council is hosting another exciting Outdoor Leadership training session this spring.  This council’s courses always fill quickly, so please sign up early!  Don’t miss this excellent training opportunity!  In addition to fulfilling the training requirements for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmaster, this course is a fantastic introduction for parents and other adults to learn about Scout BSA and how Troops function in a fun, fast paced and hands-on environment!  Participants in our spring training weekend complete both the Scoutmaster/ASM Position Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills courses.  Please click the link below for more details and to register. 


Wood Badge

Wood Badge
Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2, 2021
Rum River Scout Camp in Ramsey, MN
$250 per person

Northern Star Council has openings in their Wood Badge session for spring 2021.  If you are interested please view the details and registration link below.  Also, please check with Ray Brauer about the limited availability of Wood Badge scholarships.


Wilderness First Aid Instructor Training Course

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Training Course
Friday, May 14, 2021
Norseland Scout Camp
8:30 am – 9:30 pm
$70 per person
Limited to 6 adults

Finding someone to teach a Wilderness First Aid course is quite challenging.  Twin Valley Council will be offering a course to those interested in becoming a certified CPR/AED, First Aid and Wilderness First Aid instructor. Those interested should mark their calendar for training to be held on Friday, May 14, 2021.

When completed, the participants of the course will be able to conduct their own CPR/AED and First Aid classes. After taking a short online course they can bridge over to become a Wilderness First Aid Instructor. 

Those interested in this course must be certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid.  This is a blended course which means the train the trainer portion can be taken prior to being certified in CPR or Wilderness First Aid.  You can take all three courses this weekend as if needed.

The in person portion of this training will take 12 hours.  Class begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 9:30 p.m.  You are welcome to spend the night camping at Norseland for no additional fee.  Furnish your own gear.  Your fee will cover lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

This class is limited to six adults and you  must be 16 years of age or older.

Questions please contact Alex Osterberg at or 920-507-2319.

Weekend Schedule

  • Friday, May 14, 2021       Instructor class        8:30am – 9:30pm
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021  CPR/AED class        8:30am – 9:30am
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021  Wilderness 1st Aid  9:30am – 8:30pm
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021    Wilderness 1st Aid   9am – 5pm


CPR/AED Certification Class & Wilderness First Aid Training

CPR/AED Certification Class; $25 &
Wilderness First Aid Training; $105

Saturday/Sunday, May 15-16, 2021
Norseland Scout Camp

CPR/AED Certification

Those interested in becoming First Aid & CPR/AED certified should plan to attend the class beginning Saturday, May 15, 2021.  Class is from  8:30 – 9:30a.m. at Norseland Scout Camp.

CPR/AED certification is required for First Aid and Wilderness First Aid trainings.

This will be a blended class where a portion of the training will be completed online.  The in person portion of the class will take about 1 hour.  Cost to attend this course is $25 and class size is limited to 15 people.

If you are current on your CPR/AED certification you need not to repeat this portion of the training before attending Wilderness First Aid.




Wilderness First Aid Training

This class is available to interested persons age 14 years or older and will begin immediately following the CPR/AED training on Saturday, May 15, 2021.  Class size is limited to 20 people.

This is a full in-person hands-on course that takes 16 hours.  All portions must be completed in order to become certified. Class will end on Sunday, May 16, 2021 around 5pm. 

Each participant must be CPR/AED certified.  Those in need of that certification can take the class offered immediately prior to the start of Wilderness First Aid Training.  

Those wishing to camp are welcome to do so at no additional cost.  Please furnish your own gear.  Lunch and dinner on Saturday, plus breakfast and lunch on Sunday are furnished.

Questions please contact Alex Osterberg at 920-570-2319 or

Weekend Schedule

  • Friday, May 14, 2021       Instructor class        8:30am – 9:30pm
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021  CPR/AED class        8:30am – 9:30am
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021  Wilderness 1st Aid  9:30am – 8:30pm
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021    Wilderness 1st Aid   9am – 5pm



Introduction to Camping

Saturday, May 22 – Sunday, May 23, 2021
Cedar Point Scout Camp
$35 per person

This training is the best training available for Cub Scout parents or leaders!  It is perfect for adults new to Scouting, adults new to camping with Cub Scouts, or anyone who wants to build their confidence in the outdoors.

Introduction to Camping (Baloo)  will help you gain the skills needed to confidently venture into the great outdoors with your Cub Scout(s). Camping is the “outing” in Scouting so learn the skills needed to hold an awesome campout or outdoor adventure.  It will also give you knowledge to help your own family choose camping gear, learn outdoor helpful hints and make family camping a breeze!

The course has an online and an in person component.  The online component must be completed prior to the in person component.  The online training modules are now available at in the BSA Learning Center.

The in person portion of the course is an overnight training scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021 through Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Cedar Point Scout Camp located near Fairmont, MN.  Check in begins at 8am with the course beginning promptly at 9am.  Saturday lunch and dinner, and breakfast on Sunday will be provided.  You will be on your way home by 1pm on Sunday.

Registration is open until Tuesday, May 18, 2021.  After this date you may still attend but must register through Alex Osterberg.

What you will learn:
  • How to have a campfire
    • Building a fire
    • Campfire program
  • Basic campfire cooking
    • Meal planning
    • Sanitation
  • Aquatics
    • Games and program
    • Water safety for Cub Scouts
  • Basic Knots
  • First Aid
    • What to bring in a First Aid kit
  • Knife Safety for Cub Scouts
  • Outdoor Programs
    • Leading nature hikes
    • Camping gear:  What to pack for Cub Scouts
    • Group Games
  • Duty to God
    • Ideas for teaching the Scout Law:  A Scout is Reverent
    • Inter-faith worship
  • Using GPS
    • Teaching Cub Scout geocashing
What to Bring:
  • Face Mask
  • Tent
    • Can be provided by request
  • Bedding
    • Sleeping bag or blanket
    • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Weather appropriate clothing
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Jacket or raincoat
  • Water Bottle
  • Eating Kit
    • Silverware
    • Cup
    • Plate
  • Camping Chair (optional)
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Flashlight

Registration is open until Tuesday, May 18, 2021.  After this date you may still attend but must register through Alex Osterberg. 


BSA Certified Anger Instructor Course

CAI Course
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13, 2021
Friday 7pm – Sunday morning
115th Street NE Gate number 22054 –
Private Property near New London, MN
$40 – $115 depending on option chosen
Youth age 15+ and Adults
Class is limited to 24 people

This is a BSA nationally recognized training course, with participants receiving a training certificate and patch.  People who attend this course are willing to actively help and promote fishing in their council, neighborhood and unit.  Youth who are 15 or older are eligible to become a Certified Angler Instructor (CAI).  

The chief instructor and host for this course is John Woodhall III, Area fishing advocate and Section Director for National Camp School first year camper and outdoor skills programs.  Bob Sousa, the author of the Fly Fishing Merit Badge book will be on staff.  Other instructors include members of the BSA fishing sub-committee coming from Florida, Virginia and Rhode Island.  Twin Valley Council Scout Executive Ray Brauer will also be on staff.

During this course, you will receive instruction on

  • Fishing and the BSA
  • Review of basic fishing skills to be taught including
    • fly casting
    • fly tying
    • knits
    • equipment
    • background on the Fishing and Fly Fishing merit badge program
    • Complete Angler Award for Scouts BSA
    • fishing topics for Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts
    • fishing promotions and activities

This course is hosted on private property which is where you will be camping and fishing.  The property is located between New London and Hawick, MN just off of Highway 23.  We will be cooking outside and meetings will be held in a canopy tent.  Generator supplied power for lights and power point presentations.  Tables and chairs provided.  You will be tent camping, please let the host know if you need tents provided.  An outhouse or porta pots are available along with water for washing and drinking.  You will be fishing on Mr Woodhall’s stocked ponds.  Catch and release only except for a fish fry Sunday morning.  row boats and canoes will be available but bring your own life jacket.  No docks on ponds so bring rubber boots.  No landing 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 Pike, Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Trout and Walleye.  Minnesota Fishing License in required.  Fly fishing equipment and fly tying gear and supplies will be provided.  This will be held rain or shine.

What to bring

  • tent
  • appropriate clothing for weather
  • sleeping bag
  • cot or mattress
  • BSA uniform is  optional
  • solar shower or swim (your choice)
  • water bottle
  • life jacket (if you plan to boar or canoe)
  • fishing equipment of your choice
  • rubber boots (only if boating)
  • Minnesota Fishing License
  • an other items you would like for your camping experience

Cost for this event has different options

Class is limited to 24 people

  • $40 Option 1 – Includes course, patch, certificate, bait, meals and materials
  • $60 Option 2 – includes everything is option 1 plus a set of fly tying tools in a wooden box
  • $95 Option 3 – includes everything in option 1 plus a fly rod and reel with line
    • Temple Fork Outfitters (makers of the rod and reel) are having difficulty getting these.  Supply is limited to register early
  • $115 Option 4 – include everything listed in options 1, 2, and 3.

Also available at the course is Bob Sousa’s book “24 Greatest Flies”.  This book normally retails for $25 but is being offered to participants for $15.  Bob is one of the instructors as well.

To reserve your spot for this event, please send payment to John A Woodhall III     9571 NE Highway 23     Spicer, MN  56288 
For questions please call 320-894-3700 or email  Please note registration address is different from event address.

Powder Horn 

Powder Horn Training
Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25, 2021
Parker Scout Camp, Nisswa, MN
$150 per person
Space limited to 32 adults; 16 youth

The Powder Horn course is a hands-on program designed to help introduce and give youth and adult leaders the contacts and tools necessary for outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature.  The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities.

Please note this is not a certification event.

Session options may include:  Expedition planning, Backpacking, Shooting Sports, Emergency Preparedness, Geocaching, Orienteering, Sailing, Watercraft, SCUBA, Wilderness First Aid & Survival, and a few more.

This course is designed for Youth Leaders, age 14 or older;  New or Experienced Adult Leaders, to increase their awareness of outdoor program opportunities; Unit Commissioners, provide new resources to units served; Cub Scout Leaders, looking for ideas and getting ready to transition to a Troop/Crew; any other registered Adults that may have been sitting on the sidelines.

Participants Qualifications include:

  • Must be registered with the BSA
  • Adults must be trained in their position
  • Youth must be over age 14 and completed unit’s version of leadership training (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Ships or Crews)
  • Previous attendance at NYLT is recommended for youth as well
  • All participants must complete Youth Protection, Hazardous Weather, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense and Climb on Safely.  These are online classes that must be done prior to Powder Horn
  • All participants must meet the physical requirements contained in the Annual Health and Medical Records.  Parts A, B & C are needed (which requires Dr. signature)  Health Form 2021 Parts A, B, C

Cost for this course is $150 per person and you should register on-line via the link below.  Space is limited to 32 adults and 16 youth.

Questions please contact Holly Carlson at 218-330-9422 or

Cub Scout Leader Training

We’re here to help you develop the skills you need so that your time as a Cub Scout volunteer is easier, more effective, and more fun! A trained leader is better prepared to make Cub Scouting all it can be.

STEP 1: Youth Protection Training
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers and must be completed every 2 years.
To learn more about Youth Protection Training Click Here

STEP 2: Log In to Your My.Scouting Account
Youth Protection and other valuable online training courses can be accessed through

STEP 3: Position-Specific Training
In the BSA Learning Center, select your position and a learning plan will be created for you. The plan includes modules that are designed to allow you to complete them at your own pace.

Leaders who complete Youth Protection Training and Position-Specific Training earn the right to wear the Trained patch on the left sleeve of their uniform, beneath the patch representing the position for which they are trained.