New Northern Star Communications

The Council Communications Committee has been hard at work with new tools and channels to provide leaders and families with timely information to enhance youth members’ Scouting experiences.

The goal is to tailor them for your role in Scouting, customizable for your preferences, as well as interactive, so you can suggest content! This is a great way for committees, units and leaders to share best practices and opportunities for others.

You can submit content directly to the Communications Committee via web forms right on our “Connect” and “Stuff to Do” pages

Here is an overview (more details found on our website “Connect” page)

EMAIL

eNavigator​ - Sent on the first day of each month to all Scouting households. Everyone receives the “General Council News” section, plus 1 – 3 of these additional sections based on your Scouting registration(s):

  • Cub Scouting
  • Scouts BSA/Venturing
  • Exploring
Join eNavigator List

Northern Starlight Series: Messages tailored for Scouting volunteers by program, emailed monthly on the following schedule:

  • Cub Leaders – Friday of the 1st week of each month
  • Scouts BSA/Venturing Leaders – Friday of the 2nd week of each month
  • District/Council Volunteers – Friday of the 3rd week of each month

Coming soon is a “Family” Edition as well to be sent quarterly

You’ll also soon be able to customize your email preferences, changing them from the default settings right on our website or by clicking the “Update Your Profile” link at the top of the emails.

POWERFUL CALENDARS

​We have multiple calendars that you can subscribe to and receive instant updates in your own app(s)! They are powered by Google Calendar, and here are four you can subscribe to today: Calendar Page

  • Northern Star Council Calendar
  • Cub Scout Focused Calendar
  • Scouts BSA and Venturing Focused Calendar
  • Exploring Focused Calendar

​​LIVE VIDEO

Monthly “Scout Chats” have become the new council-wide roundtables, held from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month. View past Scout Chats here: https://northernstar.brand.live/monthly-scout-chats

These are supplemented by other online videos for program support and training found on our Scouting At Home Page under the “Videos” Tab: https://www.northernstar.org/scouting-from-home

FACEBOOK GROUPS

These groups are run and moderated by volunteer leaders like you! Their entire purpose is to share ideas for running meetings, advancement, cool projects, etc. They’ve also been a excellent source of ideas to keep safely members engaged during the pandemic

Cub Scouts Facebook Group 

Scouts BSA Facebook Group

​​SMS TEXT MESSAGING

​​​We've been approved by all the major carriers for our own custom 5-digit text code! You can now text the word “Scout” to Scout (72688) and be added to our text database. If your number exists in our BSA records it will be combined with your Scouting role to allow for micro targeted texted information. If you’re not linked, we will ask for more information to get you into the correct groups. You'll also be able to manually opt-in or out to receive more or fewer text messages.

WEBSITE​​

​Our website continues to ​be the central hub of all our communications, where you can find the stories, preference options, and latest news!

PRINTED COMMUNICATIONS​​​

Still an important channel! We send a print version of the Navigator newsletter 4 times per year (August/November/February/May) to all registered leaders and a special Family Edition in February to all Scouting Households.

Our printed Calendar and Resource Guide is still being made as is the new Program Catalog distributed in August as part of the next program year kick off.

Contact us

Sergio Meyer

Communications Specialist
612-261-2436

Kent York

Communications and Marketing Director
612-261-2437
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