Exciting Training Opportunities Coming Soon!

Leave NO Trace Training Course

​Reduce outdoor impacts on campouts and high adventure treks with the Leave No Trace Training Course. Protect the environment and experiences of others. Learn to teach minimum-impact recreation and bring to your pack, troop or crew!

Registration $45 - This course is for BSA registered adults and youth at least age 14 by start of course. This training supports the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, Outdoor Ethics Guide position, merit badges and Outdoor Ethics awards.

It prepares Order of the Arrow members and Wood Badge, IOLS, and BALLOO instructors to present Leave No Trace principles.

Course Info: Zoom session on Tuesday 7/11,  7:00pm-9:30pm. 

Friday 7/14 arrive Phillippo Scout camp 6:00pm to Saturday 7/15 at 7:00pm

Plan to be outdoors Saturday, regardless of weather! Call 612-261-2303  to register or [email protected] with questions.


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About university of scouting

The University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on opportunity to network and learn with hundreds of Scouters. This one-day supplemental training event was created for all Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout leaders, plus Scouts BSA, Venturing, or Sea Scout youth regardless of experience. The University of Scouting takes place on a Saturday in April and October. Be the best leader you can be - attend the next University of Scouting!

​​There are classes for everyone at the 2023 Spring University of Scouting. Bring your friends and gain insight from fellow Scouters that will be sure to help you get the most from your Scouting involvement and help you to be most effective in your role.


About University of Scouting


Want to be the ultimate trained leader?

Wood Badge is a lot of things. It is a premier training course for all registered Scout leaders. Yes, all. Cub Scout leaders, Scouts BSA leaders, Venturing leaders, and Sea Scouting leaders. It teaches Scouters the skills and methods of Scouting while being the embodiment of the Scouting spirit. Wood Badge uses the uniqueness of Scouting, the patrol method to deliver a practical course built around the operation of a troop and it’s patrols. Careful planning and strict attention to detail support this program to engage leaders to learn while having fun playing Scouting related games. This design helps to create “a mountaintop experience” for Wood Badge participants.

Wood Badge is composed of 3 parts; a theoretical part, learning about the aims and methods of Scouting; a practical part, the out-doors experience; the ticket, 5 goals that are self-created to help strengthen your role as a Scouting leader. Parts 1 and 2 are carried out simultaneously together over the two course weekends followed by the application of the ticket. Upon completion of the ticket, participants are presented a certificate, a neckerchief, leather woggle, and their Wood Badge Beads.

In addition to the new skills a Scouter receives while attending Wood Badge, there is great fellowship that takes place while also learning about the Wood Badge traditions that have been shared world-wide since 1919.

One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath. ~Lord Robert Baden Powell (1919)

The next Wood Badge course will be held at Stearns Scout Camp  September 8-10 & October 7-8, 2023.

To register or for more information visit:

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We all know that being trained in whatever you do helps to ensure that you are more successful. These courses will show you how to leverage available resources and make the best use of your time. The Northern Star Scouting Training Team has outstanding trainers ready to get you fully up to speed through some great opportunities.


Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Basic & Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

In addition to fulfilling the training requirements for Scoutmasters & Assistant Scoutmasters, this course is a fantastic introduction for parents or other adults to learn about Scouts BSA and how Troops function in a fun, fast paced, & hands-on environment! 

Participants will be required to stay overnight as part of the training. Participants must supply their own personal tents and camping items. Fee for the event covers training materials, facility fees and meals for the weekend. For additional information and to register visit:

The next IOLS Training course will be held at Stearns Scout Camp  on September 23-24, 2023.

The Winter IOLS Training course will be held at Phillippo Scout Camp on December 9-10, 2023.

  Register for Fall IOLS Training     Register for Winter IOLS Training

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader outdoor orientation)

BALOO is a weekend training that includes a single overnight designed to provide an introduction to the necessary outdoor skills needed to facilitate a fun, safe and exciting camping event for your Cub Scout Pack or Den.

BALOO training covers topics from health and safety to the logistics of planning and running a successful camping trip for your pack. You’ll learn about program planning, meal preparation and food safety, camping gear selection, water safety, and campfire program planning, and you’ll get hands on experience with group games, skits and songs, and traditional Scouting skills like pocketknife use and safety, map and compass, knot tying, hiking, and first aid.  

The next BALOO Training will be on September 30 - October 1, 2023 at Rum River Scout Camp.

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Dave Arola

Training and Advancement Director

Michelle Pitheon

Field Assistant