Information For Parents New To Scouting

Answers To New Parent Questions

Welcome to Northern Star Scouting!

We are a community of kids and adults focused on fun, adventure, learning, leadership, nature, and the outdoors. Gaining new experiences, helping others, holding high ideals and treating everyone with respect and kindness are common threads that bind us. We have members who joined just today and many who have been involved for decades.

Here are some resources to help you quickly make the most of your family’s Scouting experience and journey.

New Youth Members

Cub Scouts Grades K – 5

2021 Welcome To Cub Scouts Booklet (PDF) – A quick overview including how Scouting, works, definitions of key terms, explanation of typical meetings, other council resources, upcoming camps, details on additional ways to connect online as well as locations & hours of our local Scout Shops. 

Welcome to Cub Scouts Booklet

Video - Scout Talk | What is Cub Scouts?| Boy Scouts of America – A short (3:41) video that answer common questions, details awards and how to earn them and illustrates this “game with a purpose”.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De1JbT6Vglg

Program Catalog - See our 2021-2022 Program Catalog for a list of council sponsored camps, activities and events by season

Scouts BSA Grades 6 – 12

Welcome to Scouts BSA Booklet (PDF) – A summary of what it means to be a “Scout”, outcomes of participation, what troops and patrols do, camping opportunities, Scout Shop locations & hours, ways to connect digitally and overview of council program offerings and operations.

Welcome to Scouts BSA Booklet

Program Catalog - See our 2021-2022 Program Catalog for a list of council sponsored camps, activities and events by season

Venturing Ages 13 – 21

Welcome to the Adventures of Venturing (PDF) – An overview of this co-ed program and offerings for adventures & activities, leadership personal growth and service including awards, types of crews, council events and Scout Shop locations and hours.

Welcome to Adventures of Venturing Booklet

Program Catalog - See our 2021-2022 Program Catalog for a list of council sponsored camps, activities and events by season

New Leaders

Welcome!

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to become a Scouting leader! We’re thrilled to have you on board and we’re looking forward to getting to know you! You will find many rewarding moments, working and playing with the Scouts in your den, pack, troop or crew! Your time and energy help create a successful program for these youth. And even though you signed up to help the youth, you will find that you will also gain new skills and new friends while Scouting!

We have a saying: “Every Scout deserves a trained leader.” You’ve already taken the first step by completing the necessary paperwork and Youth Protection Training. Next, we’d like to provide you with the resources to help you gain a deeper understanding of the BSA’s program as well as the nuts and bolts of your volunteer position.

Check out the videos and materials found here for your role in Scouting.

All leaders can benefit from the information in our Planning Calendar and Resource Guide:

Planning Calendar and Resource Guide

Plus see our 2021-2022 Program Catalog for a list of council sponsored camps, activities and events by season

Scouts BSA

Visit our Training Website and use our “Find a Training Course” tool to see both online and in-persons courses for your scouting role.

http://www.northernstar.org/for-members/training

or directly to Find a Course here: https://apps.northernstar.org/training/default.aspx

Check out this special National BSA website full of resources for troop leaders:

https://troopleader.scouting.org/

Venturing

Visit our Training Website and use our “Find a Training Course” tool to see both online and in-persons courses for your scouting role.

http://www.northernstar.org/for-members/training

or directly to Find a Course here: https://apps.northernstar.org/training/default.aspx

Contact us

Customer Service and Registration

612-261-2300
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Information For Parents New To Scouting