2023 Fort Snelling National Cemetery Service Project

Started by the legacy Kaposia Chapter of the Totanhan Nakaha Lodge, the annual Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Wreath Clean-up is one of the largest service projects undertaken in Northern Star Scouting each year. Held the first Saturday in February ( this year, Saturday February 4, 2023), the project consists of removing wreaths and holiday decorations from memorials on the grounds of the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Although led by the Totanhan Nakaha Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, the event is open to Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers, and the public.     


Event will run from 9AM to 12PM on Saturday February 4th, 2023.


Register by individuals or by group using the registration button below.  Enter the number of youth or adult participants, and ensure to provide an email addresses for any adults that should receive pre-event instructions (especially if coordinating a larger group of volunteers on behalf of a Scout unit or other volunteer organization).  

More Information and Event Registration

Annual Health and Medical Records are required for all Scouting participants. Participating units should ensure that members have parts A and B of the Annual Health and Medical Record. Forms will be retained by participants or units.  

Event Staff Help Need:  

During the registration process you will be prompted whether or not you have any volunteers that may be able to assist in specialist roles during the event. We are always looking for individuals that are able to serve as members of the dumpster teams, and drivers (transporting wreaths to dumpster areas with personal vehicles or open top trailers).

If you have access to a truck or open top trailer, please consider bringing them to the event to assist with hauling wreaths to the dumpster locations on-site.   


Fort Snelling National Cemetery is adjacent to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport at 7601 34th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55450.  Instructions for gate arrival and work assignments will be sent to registrant contacts ahead of the event.  Close to 1,000 volunteers are expected to attend, so please ensure that you follow the arrival instructions that will be sent out prior to the event.   


In order to provide updates to participants ahead of the event, as well as assist in designating arrival gates, we are asking that all participants pre-register for the event. Once arriving on-site, you will receive your assigned working area for the event - please stay at your assigned area until the wreathes you have collected are picked-up.  As the morning progresses you can call in to a number to receive a further section assignment. An email will be sent to the registration contact the week of the event with final details.

Contact us

Bruce Paulson

Lodge Service Adviser

Ben Coder

STEM-Activities Director
2023 Fort Snelling National Cemetery Service Project

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