God & Family Religious Award Classes

God & Family Religious Award
Thursday’s in February
Hilltop United Methodist Church
Open to all 4th and 5th Grade Scouts
$24 per Scout/Adult pair

Are you curious to know what God, your family and pizza have in common?  Or why is a pizza party part of the curriculum of the God & Family Award?  

Join Roger Bergquist and Jeff Adams on three Thursday nights in February (February 10, 17, and 24) at Hilltop United Methodist Church Mankato (108 south Manitou Drive) between 6-8pm and you will learn the answer to these mysterious questions.

Pastor Jeff will lead the group of Webelos/AOL’s through the God & Family series.  This is a protestant series, but any faith is welcome to attend.  At the end of the session, those who complete the series will receive their religious knot.  Remember, religious knots can be worn on the uniform through adulthood!

Cost to attend this event is $24 per Scout/Adult pair and each Scout must attend with an adult.

Registration is open until February 3, 2022 and class size is limited to 14 youth.

Questions please contact Roger Bergquist at 507-340-8441 or rogerandmariya@gmail.com

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Great Penguin Race New Date!

The Great Penguin Race 2022 “Penguin Winter Olympics”
Saturday, March 5, 2022 (PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE)
Norseland Scout Camp
$25 per Cub Scout; Adults attend free of charge

We will be following the CDC guidelines for masks at this event.  All persons should plan on wearing a mask while indoors at this event.

It’s time for the annual Great Penguin Race!  This year we are off to the Winter Olympics and our Penguins will be participating in all sorts of winter sports and games!  Who will e our golf medal penguins?

Each year all Cub Scouts are invited to the Great Penguin Race to be held at Norseland Scout Camp on Saturday, March 5, 2022.  Cubs should plan for a winter day outside in the snow. 

Each Scout must have an adult attend with them.  Everyone should dress in proper winter attire as most of our activities are outside.  This includes but is not limited to:  coat, snow pants, boots, mittens or gloves, hat and scarf.

Check-in at Norseland begins at 12:30pm.  Everyone on property must have a Class AB medical form to stay.  Some of the events include curling, Bobsledding Cub Scout style, Slalom Skiing, Penguin Luge, crafts, hot chocolate and more!

This event is a lot of fun for our Cubs, so be sure to register early.  Registration closes Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Questions please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-0293 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org.

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Spring Flower Sale

Spring Flower Sale
February 26 – March 19, 2022

Important Dates

January 31, 2022          Information to Twin Valley from Gerten’s
February 11, 2022         Information to Units from Twin Valley
February 26, 2022         Sale begins
March 19, 2022             Sale ends
March 21, 2022             Unit orders due to Twin Valley

Delivery scheduled for May 13, 2022


The Oregon Trail – Klondike Derby 2022

Klondike 2022 “The Oregon Trail”
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Cedar Point Scout Camp
8am – 4pm
$30 per youth; $5 per adult

Does your “family” have what it takes to brave the wilds and navigate the “Oregon Trail” to get your wagon (aka sled) to Oregon City, Oregon?  Will the weather be on your side?  Will you choose the right path?  Will anyone die of dysentery?

Join us as we transform Cedar Point Camp into the an interactive experience full of fun and adventure.  Together we’ll travel the trail, foraging for food, fording the rivers, and facing first aid challenges to reach the west coast without losing anyone.  Do you have what it takes to be an early settler of the west?

Klondike 2022 is open to Scouts BSA and 5th grade AOls.  There will be a unique AOL trek for all AOL participants. 

This event is held outdoors so plan to dress foe the weather – cold weather gear is required for all participation.  Cold weather gear includes coat, hat, mitten/gloves, boots, scarf and multiple layers of clothes.

The Oregon Trail event is one day.  If your unit would like to camp overnight for an additional fee, please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-0293 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org.

Cost to attend this event is $30 per youth and $5 for adults.  The fee includes all meals on Saturday and program materials.  All persons on property must have an AB Health Form.

Registration is open until Wednesday, February 2, 2022.  After this date you may still attend but must contact Liz Paul to register.

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Metalwork – Blacksmithing Merit Badge Offered

Metalwork – Blacksmith option
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Mankato Maker Space
$95 per youth

No matter what kind of metalwork interests you, the projects you can complete as you work on this merit badge make it one of the most hands-on badges you can earn.

On Saturday, January 29, 2022, you have the opportunity to work on the Blacksmithing option of the metalwork merit badge.  This class is being held at Mankato Maker Space (1700 3rd Avenue in Mankato) from 11-6.

Scouts should bring a sack lunch and water bottle(s).  Due to the nature of this class, it is limited to 6 participants.  Please use the waitlist if instructed, as another class may be a possibility.

Registration closes Wednesday, January 16, 2022.

Questions about this event can be directed to Liz Paul at 507-387-0293 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org.   

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Leader Resource Forum

Leader Resource Forum
Saturday, January 8, 2022
9am – Noon
Prairie Winds Middle School, Mankato, MN

We will be following the CDC guideline regarding facemasks.  All persons at this event should plan to wear a facemask while indoors.

Join us for a morning of fellowship, training and ideas on Saturday, January 8, 2022 in Mankato.  This Leader Resource Forum will feature a gathering time including a light breakfast, coffee and Council announcements.  Attendees will then have an opportunity to attend three 45 minute sessions of their choice on topics related to Cub Scouts or Scouts BSA.

Topics featured include (list is still developing so check back often)

Cub Scouts:

  • How to get more parents to volunteer
  • Fun Blue and Gold Banquets
  • 101 Pack Meeting Ideas
  • Lions, Tigers and Bears – Herding Wild Animals
  • Cubs with Disabilities
  • Incorporating STEM/NOVA into Cub Scouts
  • Fun Cub Campouts

Scouts BSA

  • Working with Scouts with Invisible Illness
  • Teaching Introduction to Scout Leadership Training
  • How to plan a High Adventure Trip
  • Train the Trainer – Citizenship in Society
  • Winter Camping
  • Unit Finance Best Practices
  • Troop Policies and Procedures

There is no cost to attend this forum but registration is required to help us plan our rooms/materials for each session.  

For questions or more information please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-0293 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org.

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OA Winter Conclave

OA Winter Conclave
Saturday, January 8 – Sunday, January 9, 2022
Loyola High School, Mankato
Noon check in
$30 per member; Golden Ticket accepted

January will be here before we know it, so it’s time to make plans to attend Winter Conclave 2022.

This fun filled weekend begins will check-in at Noon at Loyola High School.  There will be time for conversation, settling in and games before we head out to Pizza Ranch around 3-3:30pm.  As tradition dictates, we will cheer on our Mavericks at the hockey game before heading back to Loyola for an evening of activities.

Cost for this event is $30 per member; those with the Golden Ticket attend at no additional cost.

Questions please contact Paul Taylor.

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Scouts BSA National Jamboree 2023

Jamboree 2023
July 16 – August 5, 2023
Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve
Glen Jean, WV  25846
$3,000 per youth; approximate cost

Twin Valley Council is excited to announce that the next National Jamboree will take place at the Summit in West Virginia on July 19-28, 2023.  We anticipate the Twin Valley Council Contingent to leave Mankato either on July 16/17, 2023 and return on August 4/5, 2023.  It is our plan to travel directly to the Jamboree then do a Washington D.C. tour after the Jamboree before returning home.

Exact details of the trip along with transportation arrangements and cost have not yet been secured, but we are anticipating the cost of the Jamboree trip to be approximately $3,000 per person.  Depending on final costs of travel, lodging, food, touring and including the actual fee charged by the jamboree, however we do not anticipate the final cost to increase or decrease by more than $200-$300 from our initial estimate of $3,000 total.  It is our hope to have this information solidified if not by the end of 2021, by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

We are anticipating a contingent made of 36 males Scout BSA members and 8 female Scout BSA members, along with 3 male adult leaders, 2 female adult leaders and one 18-20 year old youth leader.

Confirmed Jamboree Leadership as of today include:

Shawn Pomeroy – Contingent Leader, TVC Board Member, Scoutmaster for Troop 85 in Waseca.
Michael Krediet – Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 29 in North Mankato and Charter Rep for Pack 12 in Mankato
Jay Striemer – Scoutmaster Troop 69 in Sherburn, Camp School trained
Becky Sandquist – Scoutmaster Troop 8 in Mankato, Camp Cuyuna staff, Camp School trained.  
We are still in need of one additional female leader (over 21) and youth leader (18-20).  If you are interested in interviewing for either of these positions you can contact Shawn Pomeroy at pomeroy.shawn@gmail.com.

The 2023 National Jamboree is open to any Scout BSA youth ages 12-18 at the time of the Jamboree.  We are waiting for information from the National BSA on the policy of participants ages 18-20 years of age.  It is our understanding that 18-20 year old’s will be able to participate as “adult participants”.  We will provide more details as they become available.

If you are interested in attending we are accepting deposits on a first come first serve basis until the Jamboree contingent if full.  We will then start a waitlist.  Deposits and fees will be refundable until December 31, 2021.  After that time, will only be refundable if another Scout from the waitlist fills your Scouts place.

Reservations deposit    $100
December 31, 2021      $500
March 31, 2022             $500
June 30, 2022               $500
September 30, 2022     $500
December 31, 2022      $500
March 31, 2023            $400 or remainder of total contingent fee

We will also be scheduling in unit Jamboree promotions starting in early 2022 once additional details are known.  

Questions can be directed to Shawn Pomeroy at pomeroy.shawn@gmail.com.

To register for Jamboree 2023 click here