ACT Conference for OA Members

ACT Conference

ACT Conference
Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2024
Cedar Point Scout Camp
$25 per person

The Adapt, Collaborate and Thrive Conference is a national training being hosted by Section G11 on March 22 – March 24, 2024, at Cedar Point Scout Camp near Fairmont, MN.  

The purpose of this training is to take the lodge’s current plan and Adapt it through Collaboration with other lodges to help obtain the Performance Measurement Program (PMP) level of Thrive.

Cost is $25 for the weekend and includes 4 meals, 2 cracker barrels, and indoor lodging.  Participants should provide personal sleeping gear as there are no bunks.

Questions, please contact Paul Taylor at

Click here to register

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food
Saturday, March 9, 2024; Post it note drop off
Saturday, March 16, 2024; Food pick up

Be part of the biggest community service project of the year!

For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been an active participant is helping communities.  In 1917-1918 Scouts collected nutshells and peach pits that were eventually used in the production of gas masks.  In the 1930’s Scouts collected clothing, household furnishing and food as aid to families during the depression.  And in the 1940’s it was aluminum as part of the war effort.  Whatever the need, Boy Scouts of America is there.

In March, Twin Valley Council Scouts will have the opportunity to once again help our communities by participating in Scouting for Food.

Scouting for Food is a National Good Turn of the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1988, over 200 million pounds of food has been gathered, making this the single largest food collection effort in the history of the United States. Local food banks and relief agencies within the communities distribute the food. Not only does Scouting for Food help feed the hungry of our communities, but it also teaches our Scouts that hunger is a problem. Millions of people go hungry every day. By participating in Scouting for Food, a Scout realizes there is a problem and he or she can help be a part of the solution. Scouting For Food provides a great service to our communities.

Twin Valley Council 2024 Scouting for Food Campaign will begin by distributing post-it notes to homes in your community. Distribution of notices will be March 9th.  Food pickup will be the following weekend on March 16th.  We ask that all units coordinate with their families to make this project a huge success.

Thank you in advance for helping with this incredible project.  Together we do make a difference.

Program Plan and Budgeting for Units

Program Plan and Budgeting for Units

Program Plan and Budgeting for Units
March Neighborhood Topic
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 – Mankato and Austin areas
Thursday, March 14, 2024 – Fairmont area

Having an annual program plan and unit budget is vital to ensuring a fun and exciting program year that both attracts and retains new youth.  This Neighborhood Meeting will guide you through the steps and gives you the tools to develop your units annual program plan, budget and how to communicate that plan to your families.

Some units do a fabulous job with planning and budgeting.  To these units we say, don’t miss this meeting!  We need your knowledge as it’s important to share with other units.  Help them with new ideas, new ways to approach the process, or just be another pair of helping hands.

Units are welcome to attend any of the locations or dates:

Tuesday, March 5, 2024; 6:30pm
Messiah Lutheran Church
1706 Lee Blvd in North Mankato

Tuesday, March 5, 2024; 6:30pm
St John’s Lutheran Church
1200 13th Ave NW in Austin
Thursday, March 14, 2024; 6:30pm
Grace Lutheran Church
300 South Grant Street in Fairmont

Registration is not needed!  Please bring as many of your leaders/parents as you wish!

If you have questions, please contact your District Executive

Neighborhood Meeting Topic Flyer

OA Brotherhood Bash

OA Brotherhood Bash

OA Brotherhood Bash
Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2024
Cedar Point Scout Camp near Fairmont, MN
2pm Saturday – 9am Sunday
$12 per person ($15 CASH per person at the door)

The 11th annual Brotherhood Bash, hosted by the Cedar River Chapter, is Saturday/Sunday, March 2-3, 2024.  Our chapter hosts an LEC meeting each year during the Bash.

This event will be held at Cedar Point Scout Camp.  There will be lots of fun, food and activities planned.  And best of all – it’s not expensive!  Plus, this is the “Bring a Friend” event of the year!  Know someone who is a registered Scout BSA but not yet in OA?  Invite them along!

Early registration is not required, BUT it is cheaper than at the door and it’s helpful for planning purposes.  Early registration is $12 per person.  At the door cost is $15 and must be in cash.

This event is open to all current OA members in Wahpekute Lodge and a friend.

Tentative Schedule of events
Saturday, March 2nd
     2pm Registration Check-in and Gathering Activities
     5pm LEC and Dinner
     7-8pm Service Project
     8-11pm Board and non-electronic games, movies
     11-Midnight Cracker Barrel – Open games and movies
     Midnight – Quiet time, Open games and movies 
Sunday, March 3rd
     7am Wake Up
     7:15am Breakfast
     7:30-8:30 Clean up, Pack up and head home

     Dinner – Taco and Nachos
     Cracker Barrel – Meat, crackers, cheese, chips, salsa and soda
     Breakfast – Cereal, pastries, fruit, juice, milk

You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages.  A kitchen with stove, microwave, and refrigerator is available.

If anyone is willing to bring their own gaming system, TV, projector, or DVD player it would be great.  We will need some of you to help with this.  

Cedar River OA members please share some of the duties of hosting.

Registration is open until Tuesday, February 27, 2024.  After this date you may still attend but must pay the $15 cash at the door.

Questions, please contact Beth Clymer at or 507-822-0457

Click here to register for Brotherhood Bash

Winter Eagle Scout Merit Badge Meetings

Winter Eagle Merit Badge Program

Winter Eagle Merit Badge Program
Saturdays in January, February and March
Center for Scouting in Mankato
9am – Noon
Twin Valley Council’s First Class Scouts BSA

In lieu of a large, single date “Merit Badge Midway” event, Great Bend Neighborhood is excited to announce multiple, Saturday morning, Eagle Scout required, merit badge meetings.  These will be merit badges not offered at Cuyuna Summer Camp.

While the Great Bend Neighborhood is hosting the merit badge meetings, these merit badges are offered to all Twin Valley Council First Class Scouts BSA.

All merit badge meetings will be held at the Center for Scouting (810 Madison Avenue in Mankato) beginning promptly at 9am and lasting until noon.  No food will be provided.  Scouts should bring their refillable water bottle.

Scout Participation Requirements

These merit badge meetings will be an interactive discussion of the materials in the merit badge pamphlet and the required merit badge activities.  The merit badge meeting is not a passive “lecture” or “class”. For these meetings to be successful, participants must adhere to the following requirements.

  • Scout should, at the time they sign up via the website, be at least First-Class rank.
  • Scout must acquire and read the merit badge pamphlet for each merit badge signed up for prior to the merit badge meeting.
  • If the troop or family does not have the merit badge pamphlet, the Scout or troop may need to purchase one for the participating Scout’s use.
  • Scouts who have not read, in advance, the merit badge pamphlet, Scout should not show up for the merit badge meeting.
  • Scouts shall complete all pre-requisite activities for the merit badge in advance of the meeting.  See pre-requisite list below).  The exceptions are for the 12 week-long activities required by the Family Life, Personal Fitness and Personal Management merit badges which should be started but need not be complete by time of the merit badge meeting.
  • The Family Life, Personal Fitness and Personal Management merit badge participants will complete their requirements by the final two Check In/Completion meetings in May (TBD).
Merit Badge Selection and Pre-requisites

Please click here to find merit badge pre-requisites.


Click to register for the meetings



God and Family Religious Award

God and Family Religious Award

God & Family Religious Award
Thursdays in January (4, 11, 18 and 25)
Hilltop United Methodist Church
Open to all 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Scouts
$24 per Scout

All Webelos, Arrow of Light and 6th grade Scouts BSA, of any denomination, are welcome to attend with an adult.  Youth will be completing the protestant God and Family religious award.  Cost for this event is $24 per Scout/Adult pair which covers all materials, certificate, religious knot and a pizza party as part of the course.  

Class is open to 20 youth.

Registration is open until Monday, December 11, 2023, so don’t delay!

Questions, please contact Roger Bergquist at 507-340-8441 or

Click here to register for God and Family Class

Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit Nominations Due

Nominations for Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit 

It’s that time of year again to nominate a worthy candidate to receive recognition for all they do for Scouting.  We have several award categories that you can nominate someone for:

  1.  Twin Valley Council “Of the Year” Awards for Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair/Member, Rookie of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.  These nominations are due January 31, 2024.
  2. District Award of Merit:  The Highest Award a Neighborhood can give an adult volunteer.  Each Neighborhood is allowed 1 recipient.  Nominations are due January 31, 2024.
  3. Silver Beaver Award:  The Highest Award Twin Valley Council can bestow upon an adult volunteer.  We will be allowed to present one Silver Beaver in 2024 as a Council.  Nominations are due by December 31, 2023.

Nomination forms can be sent to the Center for Scouting or emailed to Ray Brauer at

Council Annual Dinner Volunteer Recognition Nomination Form
District Award of Merit Nomination Form
Silver Beaver Nomination Form
Silver Beaver listing

Center for Scouting Holiday Hours

In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Center for Scouting will be following this schedule.

Friday, December 22nd – Monday, December 25th we will be closed.

Regular hours of 8:30-5pm on December 26th & December 27th

Thursday, December 28th – Monday, January 1st we will be closed for yearend inventory and the New Year holiday.

We will resume regular hours beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  Monday – Thursday 8:30am-5pm and Fridays 1-5pm.

We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!