Virtual Summer Camps All Over

Check out the available virtual summer camp  opportunities. If you still have a few merit badges you’d like to check out or want to spend some time on-line with scouts from other councils, check out the offerings.  Scouts sign up on their own, but, as usual, contact your Scoutmaster before starting any merit badges. The different camps have different deadlines, different schedules, different mixes of required on-line sessions vs. work at your own pace, available badges, provided physical resources and costs.

Northern Star Council Virtual Merit Badges

Check TeamSnap for courses offered by Troop 330 counselors.

District M (formerly Lake Minnetonka District) is offering virtual merit badge sessions. Check out the list here.

 Scoutmaster Bucky will also be offering summer sessions.
You sign up on your own and work with the counselor via virtual meeting sessions, but don’t forget to drop a note to your Scoutmaster to let him/her know.

SeaBase Planning Meeting on May 26

The troops’ meetings on Tuesday May 26 will focus on information and planning for the Summer 2021 SeaBase adventure. All scouts going should attend.

Fishing Fun

Both troops will be meeting informally at local fishing holes this summer, please signup if you are interested on TeamSnap. Locations are TBD based on the group size.

Scouts are Searching for Merit Badge Counselors

With all the scouts working from home, they have been looking at merit badges they can complete while maintaining social distancing.

In order to facilitate their progress, the troop is looking for adults willing to become merit badge counselors.  You must first complete Youth Protection Training which is done completely on line and valid for two years.  Then you offer to share your knowledge, hobbies, work skills and passions with the scouts.  Please contact Mr. Louwagie to register.

The troop will reimburse each counselor for the purchase of a merit badge pamphlet for each of their badges. These books provide extensive details on how the scouts complete each of the requirements and can be purchased for under $5 at the Scout Shop The troop has a library of books for the scouts to borrow while working on a badge.  There are also workbooks available on-line.

There are over 135 different merit badges, the troop would love to expand our base.

 

Troop Meetings and Events are Virtual!

Troop 5330 and Troop 3330 are meeting on-line. Tuesdays will be troop meetings with Thursdays devoted to merit badge sessions.

Please refer to TeamSnap and check your email for directions on how to join our invite only sessions.

Summer 2021 Adventures

We won the lottery and have a spot at Seabase for the fist week of August 2021. You must be 13 years old by then, meet height/weight requirements and pass the swim test. You can get more information on the camp at the Seabase web site. We are sending three crews and all spots are filled. Contact Mr. Jesse to be placed on the waiting list.

The BSA National Jamboree is July 21 – 30 in 2021.  Details on the facilities  and program are available at the Jamboree Web Site. Scout participants must be at least 12 and not 18 during those dates and met height/weight requirements.  Neither troop sends a full group, scouts sign up individually to join a troop within the Northern Star Contingent.  You then request to be placed with other members from our troop. The Northern Star Troops will do some touring before or after the actual Jamboree. You will have a couple of meetings and a few campouts with your Jambo Troop before you go so you will get the chance to meet your patrol before you leave.  These are included in the full cost which also includes activity t-shirts and other items. Please contact Mrs. Olmsted or the scouts who have gone in the past.

Summer Camp 2020 - Both Troops on July 25 - August 1

Both troops will be going to Camp Wilderness the week of Jul7 25 to August 1.  Each troop will have their own site with the girls joining in with girls from other troops to form a contingent.  We will be going to the headwaters of the Mississippi in Lake Itasca State Park on Saturday before camp for a fun little mini-adventure.

Now that the dates have changed, please contact Mrs. Christensen and update TeamSnap with your availability.

Scouts will need physician signed health form to attend as camp is more than 72 hours.  Your tetanus must be current to attend camp.

Scout Parents -- Troop Committee Needs You!

We are in need of a secretary and a merit badge coordinator.  Additionally, we would like to start transitioning for other positions.  The Troop Committee meets on the first Sunday after the first Tuesday (PLC night) each month during the school year. None of these jobs requires attending all the Tuesday night meetings or any of the overnights, though adults are always welcome to attend.

We are also looking for additional adult human females to join as an Assistant Scout Master to attend meetings and events with Troop 5330 when Mrs. Olmsted is unavailable.  Please contact one of us if you are interested.

Anyone experienced sportsmen or sportswomen who would be willing to become BSA Range Officer certified? The scouts enjoy spending time on the rifle and bow range. To use the ranges at scout camps, we need to have a range officer. The troop will pay any costs associated with the training sessions.