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What's Going on at the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting?

A Great Destination for Scout Groups

We welcome Scouting groups of all sizes, and can help your Scouts understand the origins of Scouting in the United States and the World. We are welcoming more Webelos Scouts to the museum to work on their Looking Back, Looking Forward Arrow of Light elective! Call 651-748-2880 or email dfoss@nssm.org to begin planning your visit. In addition we have more a lot of other merit badge workshops and more coming, but, if you have a specific class you need, just let us know.

Our state-of-the-art Pinewood Derby track is available for your Pack or District to use for your annual derby event. We have a “Pit Crew” ready to see to the details to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch. Call the museum at 651-748-2880 or email dfoss@nssm.org to reserve your Derby date.

Our next major exhibit, Camping, will open in 3 phases during 2018. The first phase of the exhibit will open the weekend of March 16-17. Be on the lookout for more details at the museum’s website: www.nssm.org or like us on Facebook for instant updates!

Those of you who are museum insiders know that we have been holding the Founders Hall inductions in November annually since 2010. We have changed this event to an every-other-year celebration, and moved it to April. Our next Founders Hall induction is scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, April 28. Put this on your calendar now if you want to help us honor individuals, organizations, or businesses that have made a difference in Scouting. Will one of your Scout Masters be inducted? Check it out to find out!

Have you ever wondered how the North Star Museum provides all of these programs and tours to groups like yours? We have a corps of docents (museum teachers), who are trained to give tours and educate on the exhibits and activities. We are recruiting a new class of docents to begin FREE training in early March. If you are interested, call 651-748-2880 or email dfoss@nssm.org

February 8 is now recognized as the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America, and it is now 108 years old. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Scouting during this anniversary month, or any time, the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting is the place for you to visit. In addition to exhibits that tell stories of Scouts at work, both in this Council, and in this region, we present the opportunity for younger Scouts to learn some outdoor skills in a fun and entertaining way in our hands-on exhibit, Adventures in CampCraft.

To celebrate this anniversary we should all take a moment to think about Baden-Powell, and what he created.

Robert Baden-Powell described Scouting early on thusly: “To you and me Scouting is a game, also—--but it is more than game of fun. To us, it is a game with a purpose—--the purpose of helping boys to become men by training them for citizenship.” (He also said, “If a man cannot make his point to keen boys in ten minutes, he ought to be shot!”, so there’s that.) You all know what that game has become, and work daily to ensure that it continues. And, as things change for the BSA, the museum will be paying attention, and collecting to document the significant changes that are upcoming.

Find more information: www.nssm.org, Facebook or betterst yet - come see us in person at: 2640 7th Ave E, North Saint Paul, MN 55109.

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