Norseland Needs Assistance With Wood Replenishment


Are you Chainsaw Certified?  If so, we could use your help with cutting fallen trees.  This project can be done at your convenience.  Please contact Carl Gessner at [Click for member’s page] for more details. 

Once the trees have been cut, we will also be looking for a troop or OA members to split and stack the wood into both woodshed’s.  Again, please contact Carl for more details.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Personnel Announcement: Twin Valley Council Announces New Professional to Staff

Please join us in welcoming Erik Karre to the Twin Valley Council professional staff as a District Director beginning February 16, 2018.  Erik has 14 years experience as a professional Scouter beginning his career with the Overland Trails Council headquartered in Grand Isle, NE, where he served as a District Executive and Senior District Executive.  He then moved to the Jayhawk Area Council headquartered in Topeka, KS where he has been serving as a District Director since 2015.

Erik will be moving to Fairmont, MN, where he will directly serve the units in the Cedar Valley District and also give staff leadership to the Western Prairie District Executive, Grant Diedrich.  Erik is an Eagle Scout, a graduate from Leadership Kearny, is active in Rotary being named Rotarian of the Year in 2008 from district 5630 and earning the Rotary Governor’s Award in 2012 for his work as Chair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  He has a degree in theatre from Hastings College.

Denise Zernechel has been serving the Cedar Valley District since May 2017 as the District Executive.  She will now be serving the River Stone District beginning February 16, 2018.  Denise is a Mankato native serving over 40 years in the newspaper business before changing careers into the Boy Scouts.  Denise is also active in Rotary where she serves as the Executive Secretary for the Greater Mankato Rotary Club.

Please welcome Erik and Denise into their new roles.

Program for Older Girls Information

Dear Boy Scouts Troop Leaders and Board Members:

As you know, the National Executive Board announced last October that girls could join Cub Scouting starting in the fall of 2018 and the Boy Scout program starting in 2019.  Attached is some additional information as it pertains to the older girls program.  The start date will be February 1, 2019…..just 11 months from now! (more…)

Re-Chartering Log-in Information

Re-Chartering:  The unit key 3 (Unit Leader, Committee Chair, Charter Representative) will receive the attached letter from national in an email around October 1 with your unit’s log in information.  If you do not get this email and need your access code, please contact Janelle Cedergren at the Scout Office [Click for member’s page].  Some key items to keep in mind for this year.

  • All registered leaders must take the new YPT prior to being re-chartered (discussed above).
  • You can completely complete your re-charter on-line now including electronic signatures and on-line payment.  If you take advantage of this option, nothing has to be brought to the office and your re-charter will be processed immediately after the 1st of the year.
  • Please note that the registration fees for national is $33 and insurance fees from the Twin Valley Council is $3 for a total of $36 per person.  This is a $1.75 increase from last year.

Scoutbook is Free!


Scoutbook is Free! – In case you have not heard, starting 1-1-2019 Scoutbook will be free for all units!  This is a great program for tracking individual youth advancement, sending out meeting reminders, and allowing parents/youth/and leaders all to see what a Scout needs to do to complete their next rank.  This program also links directly with ScoutNet so no more doubling up on reports.  Click here for more information. 

Youth Protection Guidelines Change

Dear Scouting Friends:

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. These comprehensive policies were considered groundbreaking when they were developed and soon became the standard used by other organizations for safeguarding youth. But when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve. (more…)