December 2014 Newsletter

Compass Point



Dear Scouter,

The Holiday Season is upon us, the popcorn fundschool's about to take their winter break, and  Circle Ten's Winter Camp will soon be upon us. It's time to get out that cold weather camping gear and get it ready for the short period of time we get to use that gear in this area. 

Regards, North Star District 

North Star DIstrict Awards

At the District Dinner on January 30th, 2015 we will recognize our 2014 Eagle Scouts as well as adults in our district. If an there is an adult or Scouter in your pack, troop, crew, or team that you think should be recognized, please submit a nomination for Northern Lights, Akela, Polaris or the District Award of Merit. You will find the paperwork on our website

Criteria for each award is listed on the website as well as a link to download the form. Nominations must be made on the appropriate form and submitted to Ron Fink by midnight on December 12, 2014 – no exceptions. Forms may be brought to roundtable on Thursday, December 11 and turned in.

Please email if you have any questions concerning the awards. A list of prior award recipients for the Akela, Polaris and District Award of Merit are on the website.

University of Scouting

The University of Scouting is an adult leader’s learning adventure! It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where you choose the sessions you wish to take. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers and professionals who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts.

University of Scouting is on Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 7:00am until 5:00pm. Opening ceremonies at 8:00am with the first class beginning at 8:30am. The last class ends at 5:00pm.  The day's schedule was extended to accommodate the extra time between classes and expanding lunch to a full hour. See the Course Catalog on the course website, for additional schedule details prior to registration and scheduling classes. 

Registration is done online via Campmaster and the cost for University of Scouting is $30.00 until December 29th,. After that only walkup registration will be available the day of the event and the cost will be $40. 

More information


This year's popcorn sale is almost complete. The deadline for paying the council is December 12, 2014 in order to receive the maximum unit commission on the sales.  

Unit Annual Chartering Process

For about 2/3 of our North Star Units February is charter renewal time. Every Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and Crew Advisor as well as committee chairs should have received a letter from Circle Ten with their recharter codes along with a letter explaining some changes that will be taking place for next year. 

The Internet recharter program will be open for use starting Monday, December 1st, 2014. Note the code is not the same as the one that is used for Internet Advancement. Please pass this code on to the Scouter that will be handling the annual renewing of the charter. Click here for the Internet Recharter tool. Our district commission be at our joint roundtable on December 11th if you have any questions. If you have any questions you can contact him via email.





In This Issue:

Joint Cub Scout & Boy Scout Roundtable 


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Cub Scout Roundtable 


Upcoming Themes

Come meet the new Cub Scout roundtable co-commissioners, and hear what they have planned for the remainder of the year. 


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Boy Scout Roundtable


Upcoming Themes



Key Upcoming Dates
Dec 11 Roundtable

District Top Trainer Leader Status

Currently we are at 48%. click on Unit Trainingunder the Training section then select your unit type (PackTroopTeam or Crew) to see if your unit's Top Leader is trained or not.  If they are not, you will also see what training they need to take to become trained. 

Remember, to be a "Trained Leader," an adult volunteer needs to have successfully completed all the training as proscribed by National. If you are not sure that you are a Trained Top Unit Leader, a list of the required training can be found at here.  Also remember that training certifications have to be renewed at least every 2 years. The drop this month is due to unit leaders training certifications expiring.

District High Adventure Page




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