Pumpkin Pi Run!

3 Causes-1 Race-4 Miles! 
It’s Pi ~ Pumpkin Pi that is!

Come out in support of the Twin Valley Council, Salvation Army and Echo Food Shelf at the First Annual Pumpkin Pi Run!

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It’s Time To Acknowledge Our Outstanding Volunteers

Acknowledge your favorite Scouter!

Scouting volunteers are the lifeblood of the Scouting program.  Without the 655 registered volunteers in the Twin Valley Council we could not serve the over 1,800 youth in the Scouting program.  Many of these volunteers give much more than the “hour a week” to ensure a quality Scouting program.  Without these volunteers units would not exist, our camps would not function, and activities would be left unplanned.

2020 has been and exceptionally challenging year due to COVID-19, but the Scouting program has not stopped!  Thanks to countless volunteers Scouting adjusted and overcame these challenges.  Help us recognize some of these volunteers by nominating someone today for one of these awards.

Silver Beaver: 

The Silver Beaver is the highest award a council can give a Scouting volunteer.  It is given for outstanding service to youth in Scouting at the council, district, and unit level in addition to other volunteerism in their community.  The council is allocated giving two of these awards annually.  Applications are due by December 31, 2020.
Silver Beaver Application 

District Award of Merit: 

The District Award of Merit is the highest award a district can give a Scouting volunteer.  It is given for outstanding service to youth at the district and unit level.  Each neighborhood can award one of these awards annually.  Applications are due by January 31, 2021.
District Award of Merit Application

“Of the Year” Awards: 

These are special Twin Valley Council awards that recognizes a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair/Committee Member, Rookie, and Overall “Volunteer of the Year”.  Applications are due by January 31, 2021.
Of The Year Awards
 

All applications can be sent to Ray Brauer at ray.brauer@scouting.com.  Applications are reviewed by a selection committee and winners will be announce spring of 2021.

 

Important Popcorn Dates

Important Popcorn Dates

The following is a list of important dates to remember for Popcorn 2020.  Check back frequently for additions!

  • Saturday, August 22, 2020              Popcorn Kickoff
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020             Popcorn Orders due for Show ‘n Deliver
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020      Popcorn distribution to units from distribution site
  • Saturday, September 19, 2020       Popcorn sale begins
  • Monday, September 21, 2020        2nd opportunity to order product
  • Friday, October 2, 2020                   Popcorn pickup; product ordered September 21st; Center for scouting
  • Monday, October 5, 2020                3rd opportunity to order product
  • Friday, October 16, 2020                 Popcorn pickup; product ordered October 5th; Center for Scouting 
  • Sunday, October 25, 2020               Popcorn sale ends
  • Monday, November 2, 2020            Final popcorn orders due
  • Friday, November 20, 2020             Popcorn distribution to units from distribution sites
  • Friday, December 11, 2020             Popcorn checks cashed

It’s Time for the Norseland Nightmare! Cub Scout Halloween Event

It’s Time for the Norseland Nightmare!
Cub Scout Halloween Event
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Norseland Scout Camp
2:30 pm – 5:30pm
$20 per Cub Scout

It’s Time for the Norseland Nightmare ~ Where Your Dreams Come Alive!
All Cub Scouts are welcome to join in the fun as we walk the “Haunted Trail” through Norseland Scout Camp.  You never know what you’ll encounter along the way.  Perhaps it will be an arts and craft station, a game with a ghoul, or a place to dip your fingers in slime.  Be Prepared for things that  go bump in the night!  It’s the Norseland Nightmare ~ Where Your Dreams Come Alive!

Please know all programming is designed for those in grades K-5.  Cub Scouts are encourage to wear their Halloween costumes and must wear a Covid-19 face mask.  Adults should plan on accompanying their Scout through the Haunted Trail while wearing their Covid-19 face mask.

Haunted Shoot
For additional fun, Cub Scouts can participate in the “Haunted Shooting Sports” event.  From 1-2:30pm Cub Scouts will have target practice (bb gun and archery) shooting those Halloween Haunts we all are familiar with!  The Haunted Shoot is limited to 20 Cub Scouts and will cost an additional $5. You can sign up for the Haunted Shoot at the same time you register for Norseland Nightmare.  

Covid-19
All attendees must wear a face mask (a covid-19 not halloween style mask) and youth must be accompanied by an adult.  Each activity will meet the MDH safety standards.  Due to the need for controlled group sizes, this event is for BSA registered Cub Scout only.  

Important Documents to bring with to event can be found on the registration page

Model Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist
Release_of_Liability 2020

Registration is open until Sunday, October 18, 2020
Click here to register – It’s a Spooktacular Event!

Questions please contact Liz Paul at 507-387-3123 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org

 

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Event

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Event
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Cedar Point Scout Camp
9am – noon with optional open shoot until 1pm
$15 per Cub Scout; limited to 36 Cub Scouts

To a Cub Scout, BB Guns, Archery and Sling Shots are the “best things ever”!

At this event, Cub Scouts learn proper shooting techniques; including eye dominance, shooting shoulder, breathing, sight alignment, trigger squeeze and follow through.  They will learn the importance of safety gear such as glasses, arm guards, and finger tables.  And they will have an amazing time working on their skills while target shooting.

While this course focuses on proper techniques they will have ample time to shoot bb guns, archery and sling shots.  For those wanting more, there will be an open shoot until 1 p.m.

Lion Cubs (those in kindergarten) will practice their shooting skills at the BB gun range using Nerf Guns.  Lion Cubs will shoot real arrows at the archery station, and participate in the sling shot station.

This event is limited to 36 Cub Scouts.  Please use the waitlist feature if needed.  We will do everything we can to get those on the waitlist participating in the event.

All participants must have a signed Parent Consent form submitted at check in.

Covid-19 Requirement
All people on camp property must wear a face mask and youth must be accompanied by an adult.  Each activity will meet the MDH safety standards.  Due to the need for controlled group sizes, this event is for BSA registered Cub Scouts only.  All persons on property must complete a Release of Liability form.

Important Forms
Cub Scout Shooting Sports Permission Slip
Model Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist
Release_of_Liability 2020

Registration is open until October 7, 2020

Click Here to register for this great event!

Questions please contact Liz Paul aat 507-387-3123 or elizabeth.paul@scouting.org

Life to Eagle Seminar

Life to Eagle Seminar – Online
Sunday, September 13, 2020
8-9 p.m.
Zoom Meeting at your house!
No cost to attend but you must register

Please join Mr. Tim Adams on Sunday, September 13, 2020, from 8-9 p.m. via Zoom for a seminar on how to prepare to become an Eagle Scout.

During this seminar you will learn the first steps in the Eagle Scout process.  You will learn about the requirements of your project, the purpose of the project and tips on how to plan and execute the project.  This seminar will cover the current Life to Eagle workbook and how to prepare for the Eagle Scout Board of Review. Also included for the adults are details on how to help your Scouts obtain this elite rank.

This seminar is for those Scouts who are motivated to become Eagle Scouts regardless of your current rank (being a Life Scout is not a requirement of the seminar).  This seminar is also good for those adults who need a refresher course and tips on how to make the process run smoothly within their Troop. 

There is no cost to attend this event but you must register.  Registration is currently open and ends on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

The Zoom link will be emailed out to all registered participants on the day of the event.

Questions please contact Tim Adams

Click Here to register

Cubmaster and Pack Committee Chair Training

Cubmaster and Pack Committee Chair Training
Saturday, September 12, 2020
1-4pm
Spring Lake Park, shelter #2, North Mankato

Whether you are a new Pack leader or one with experience, thank you for all you do to make your program successful.  We have a training coming up in September and we’d like you to join us.  Let us help you make your job easier!

Last spring was a challenge and the kickoff for this fall will be as well.  We’d like to get together and talk about how we can make Scouting work during this time. 

During this time we’ll discuss plans for this fall and the virtual resources being made available, and we’ll break into groups to go over position specific training. The focus of this session is to not only have a training for your specific position but to also have an open discussion about best practices for this fall.  

Training will be held from 1-4pm in shelter #2 at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato.  In case of inclement weather the training will be held at the Center for Scouting in Mankato.

Please bring a completed Covid-19 release of liability form. 

There is no cost to attend this informative event.

Registration will be open through Wednesday, September 9, 2020.  

Questions please contact David Kosmatka at dkosmatka@gmail.com

Click Here to register

OA Fall Conclave

OA Fall Conclave
Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13, 2020
Norseland Scout Camp

The Order of the Arrow is the Brotherhood of Honor within the Boy Scouts of America.  It recognizes those scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, by such recognition, causes other scouts to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant similar recognition.

Covid-19
The OA staff have worked to ensure the OA Conclave conforms to the CDC guidelines.  We will use Covid-19 practices that will include but not be limited to the following

  • Face masks will be worn by all persons on Norseland Scout Camp property.  Participants should plan to bring at least 1 mask with them (preferably multiple for the weekend).
  • Pre-medical screening will take place once you arrive at camp.  Those with a temperature will be sent home along with all others in your vehicle
    If you have any symptoms prior to conclave, please stay home.
  • All persons on Norseland property will need to sign a Liability Release form.
  • Model Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist
  • Release of Liability

 

Ordeal Candidates
Those who have been elected in the OA, will begin their Ordeal on Friday, September 11, 2020, at Norseland Scout Camp during the fall Conclave.  

Ordeal candidates should arrive at Norseland at 5p.m. on Friday, September 11th.  Eat before you arrive. Please bring appropriate clothing for the expected weather.  You will also need work clothes and gloves, your uniform, and a clean change of clothes along with your personal items.  Also on your list to bring is rain gear, tent, sleeping bag, ground cloth, face masks and bug repellent.  

Cost for your Ordeal is $35 (if registered by September 6, 2020) and includes:  OA dues for 2020, OA sash, OA handbook, patches, meals for Saturday & Sunday. If you register after September 6, 2020, cost is $40. There will also be a trading post open for misc. purchases if you wish to bring additional money.

Brotherhood
Thank you for your continued faithful service your fellowman.  Your Brotherhood ceremony will happen during the fall Conclave the weekend of September 11 – 13, 2020, at Norseland Scout Camp.  Arrival at Norseland should be 5 p.m. and eat before you arrive please.

Cost for your Brotherhood is $30 and includes the Conclave and your new sash and meals on Saturday & Sunday.  If you register after September 6, 2020, cost is $35.

Order of the Arrow Members T
he Conclave is a time of great fellowship.  Please arrive at Norseland by 6pm on Friday, September 11th.  Everyone will be camping in designated sites so please plan accordingly.  Cost for conclave is $15 and includes 3 meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast.  If you register after September 6, 2020, cost is $20.  Please eat before you arrive.

Questions please contact Paul Taylor at 507-381-1173 or pt1173@gmail.com

Click Here to register