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Pinewood Derby, Feb. 7., 2pm weigh in. 5:30 race start

Pack Meeting
Feb. 17th Blue & Gold
Woodbury Baptist Church 6:20-7:30pm
see calendar entry for RSVP & details



Den leader knot

Posted on Jan 23 2015 - 9:20am

As a den leader, without even knowing the requirements you're probably doing 85-90% to earn the award. The knot award program does a few things, my favorite is it shows the boys that scout awards are not just for boys thereby elevating the program from "just a kiddy thing." Another great aspect of the knot program is it details the "stretch areas" the program hopes each leader will strive for. Arguably the toughest requirement is attending four District Roundtables or one University of Scouting.
Roundtables are primarily held the first Thursday of the month but occasionally are delayed a week to avoid holiday conflicts. Roundtable dates are posted on the Pack calendar. 
University of Scoutings happen twice a year. Once in the fall and once in the spring. The next University of Scouting is April 18. These bi-annual trainings are full day events with hundreds of classes ranging from fun and whimsical things to do with the den to the most serious and role specific required courses. Personally, I recommend taking the required stuff online or locally and taking the fun and whimsical stuff at UoS.
Bottom line, if you've not been to a Roundtable this scouting season it's too late to squeeze in four before the end of the year so plan on attending the April 18th event. Pen it in your calendar and watch for details around the end of Feb for course offerings etc.
For what it's worth, you can still go to the remaining Roundtables for fun, education and to count towards some of the longer tenure positions, but May's roundtable (a cookout) lacks specific aspects to officially be a qualifying Roundtable for adult leader award purposes. 

Watch the New Program Webcast again and again! (or for the first time)

Posted on Jan 23 2015 - 8:59am

The new program officially begins June 1, 2015 but the best units plan ahead. Some key dates,
end of March - new cub leader specific training materials are released
May 1 - New scout hand books available - hard copies at Scout shops or digital versions on Amazon
June 1 - The new simpler, more fun program officially begins.

Polar Campers - Health Form required for youth AND adult

Posted on Jan 21 2015 - 11:52am

Attached to this post. Can also be found by logging in, clicking "Files" and scrolling down til you see "Health Form - Less than 72 hours." If you filled one out at Fall Pack Family Camp, we should already have one on file for you.

Pinewood Derby details

Posted on Jan 20 2015 - 9:15pm

Feb 7th, Woodbury Baptist Church
2pm weigh in
5:30pm race start
Official rules attached
Bring cash for pizza by the slice
Also, we're really hoping to collect all your completed Friends of Scouting cards at this event.

E-blast on a Friday? This must be important!

Posted on Jan 16 2015 - 8:54am

The Cub Scout program will soon undergo its most significant change since the introduction of the current Webelos almost 50 years ago. This change affects all ranks.
Tomorrow Den Leaders are asked to tune into the webcast by following the link above for the 9:30 am central or 4:30pm central offerings.
Cubmasters and committee members are asked to access the webcast for either the 8am or 3pm central presentations.
To ease fears, know the trainings for positions are not changing. What is changing is the advancement portion of scouting. Changes include rank specific required belt loops for all ranks and the Arrow of Light program will no longer require earning the Webelos rank which will allow 5th grade boys entering Cub Scouts the possibility of entering Boy Scouts with their den in February if they don't meet the age requirement of Boy Scouting. FYI - to become a Boy Scout one must be a boy who is either at least 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.

4 Upcoming Range Master Training dates

Posted on Jan 16 2015 - 8:15am

 The Pack needs three or more of you to get trained as range masters so we can continue to safely offer BB gun and archery experience to our members. This training is normally quite rare so please take advantage of one these offerings and sign up now. One side benefit is once your a card carrying trained range master you'll be qualified to open the range of your kid's choice during free time at summer camp. 
Feb 7 - Beaverbrook Sportsmen’s Club, East Bethel, MN
April 26 - Philippo - Cannon Falls
May 2 - Stearns - Annandale
May 16 - Kiwanis - Marine
June 13 - Rum River - Ramsey
To sign up, click on the “Northern Star Council” link on the upper right hand corner of the Pack’s home page, then click “Training Overview,” then just below the header “Upcoming Events” click “see all upcoming events.” Scroll down to find the date that works for you. Note: For sign up, you may need to know our Pack number is officially 9513 and in the unlikely case your asked for a Council Number it is 250. Details of the events above also depicted below.

Event: BSA Archery and BB Gun Range Master

Start Date: Saturday February 07, 2015 8:00 AM
End Date: Saturday February 07, 2015 6:00 PM


BSA Archery Range Master
Eighteen years of age or older and trained by a National Camping School shooting sports director or USA Archery/NFAA Level archery instructor to set up and operate a safe archery range for a Cub Scout or Boy Scout archery program according to BSA standards located in the National Shooting Sports Manual, Section V “Cub Scout Shooting Sports.” Archery training must be renewed every two years, and this person must have a current Training Course Certificate, No. 33767.