North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting

North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting is the only museum devoted to collecting, preserving, sharing, and interpreting the history and significance of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in the upper Midwest.
Founded in 1976, the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting is a private non-profit organization with excellent working relationships with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils. We work hard to serve the Scouting public, and welcome anyone who has had an experience in Girl Scouting or Boy Scouting.
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01/16/2020

With the winter storm coming, the museum will be closed Friday Jan 17 and Saturday Jan 18. We hope to see you another day.

12/28/2019

Merit Badge Workshops
The weather turned bad, as we know, early this morning. If you decided not to come because of the weather, we are working with counselors on alternative dates or you can receive a refund.

Regarding Monday's workshops the weather is iffy at the moment. Use your best judgement, we will work at posting early Monday morning if we are cancelling the class.

City of North St. Paul
12/11/2019

City of North St. Paul

Treats, Holiday Crafts, Santa, Trolley Rides and more. This Saturday starting at 9AM in downtown North St Paul along 7th Avenue.

Remember it is Give to the Max day in Minnesota.  Remember the museum.  Here is the link address https://www.givemn.org/...
11/14/2019
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Remember it is Give to the Max day in Minnesota. Remember the museum. Here is the link address https://www.givemn.org/organization/North-Star-Museum-Of-Boy-Scouting-And-Girl-Scouting copay and paste it into your browser. Thank you for your support

Be a Part of Our Story in 2019The adventures of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are told and retold around campfires across Minnesota. Thousands of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have connected with the past, shared their day’s adventure, and dreamt about the future through...

11/11/2019

Thank you to the many Museum members and supporters who have served.

Tomorrow !!!Saturday !!!!November 2 from 1:00 to 4 pm We are offering a special "build a derby car" event. We can help y...
11/01/2019

Tomorrow !!!

Saturday !!!!

November 2 from 1:00 to 4 pm

We are offering a special "build a derby car" event. We can help you design or build your car for Derby Night. Bring your derby car kit or we have kits available for sale. We have tools and skills to share with you to create a WINNER!

You are invited to Derby Night at the Museum. Here is the link to make your reservation for fun, games, and a great time. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-pinewood-derby-night-at-the-north-star-museum-tickets-75052683597

11/01/2019
City of North St. Paul

At the Museum this week

Got pumpkins?
Recycle your pumpkins and provide feed for local farmers, rather than burying them in landfills. Drop off your used pumpkins from November 1-5 at the trailer parked in front of the Scout Museum at 2640 7th Avenue. For more recycling tips go to RamseyRecycles.com or (651) 633-EASY (3279).

10/24/2019

The museum will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 26th. The museum will be participating in the University of Scouting Saturday.

If you are interested in volunteering at the museum you can either post here or call or email the museum.

Our entrance of the Museum when it was the Ramsey County Library Thank you North St Paul Historical Society
10/08/2019

Our entrance of the Museum when it was the Ramsey County Library

Thank you North St Paul Historical Society

Another view of our museum when it was the Ramsey County library of North St Paulthank you to the North St Paul Historic...
10/08/2019

Another view of our museum when it was the Ramsey County library of North St Paul

thank you to the North St Paul Historical Society

Did you know that our museum was once the Ramsey County Library in North St Paul
10/08/2019

Did you know that our museum was once the Ramsey County Library in North St Paul

Annual MeetingThe North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting will hold its annual Sunday September 15 at 2:00 a...
09/05/2019
2019 Annual Board Meeting

Annual Meeting
The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting will hold its annual Sunday September 15 at 2:00 at the museum. Election of Board members, reports on past year and plans for the future. Light refreshments and the game will be available. This event is free. To register go to https://nssm.regfox.com/2019-annual-board-meeting

Hope to see you there.

Online registration for 2019 Annual Board Meeting.

08/27/2019

The museum will be closed Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the holiday

Washington County Library
08/11/2019

Washington County Library

Stop by Lake Elmo Library this month to share someone who inspires you! As part of their aMUSE Journey project, sixth graders from Girl Scout Troop 56493 created a banner for display at the library. They shared some of their inspirations and want to hear from others too.

Congratulations to our neighbors
07/17/2019

Congratulations to our neighbors

Host Paul Anderson visits with American Legion Post 39 Commander Tom Burns and Public Relations Manager Ken Giannini. Post 39 will be celebrating 100 years since their inception. The show will air next week. Tune in!

Girl Scouts
07/17/2019

Girl Scouts

This is the full picture: 42 NEW Girl Scout badges for girls ages 5–18—preparing them to close the gender gap and make a difference in:
✅cybersecurity
✅citizen science
✅coding
✅outdoor high adventure
✅space science

07/04/2019

The Fourth of July is here, that means lake visits, fireworks, family reunions, and food and fun. The museum staff understands that you want to do all those things. We invite you to visit us after the weekend of the fourth. We look forward to seeing you. In the meantime the museum will be closed Thursday through Saturday to let you enjoy your Fourth of July celebrations. See you after the Fourth.

The Fabulous Fifties
07/03/2019

The Fabulous Fifties

Girl Scouts River Valleys
06/12/2019

Girl Scouts River Valleys

Camping has always been on Troop 17251's agenda ever since they were Daisies. The girls have grown to love spending time together in nature. They discovered that often when troops don’t go camping, it’s because they lack the skills and outdoor knowledge—so they were moved to change that!

For their Bronze Award project, they coordinated and led a camping trip (mini encampment) for seven other Girl Scout troops and taught skills like tenting, fire safety, fire cooking, and hiking. Through this leadership experience, Troop 17251 learned how to work together as a troop, and pivot teaching and communication styles to reflect how other girls learned best. Way to share your outdoor knowledge and become leaders in your community!

More photos from the Call to History event at the museum on Saturday, April 27th. Our speaker Noorain Khan spoke about t...
04/30/2019

More photos from the Call to History event at the museum on Saturday, April 27th. Our speaker Noorain Khan spoke about the Gold Award of Girl Scouting and its impact on her. Our Interim Executive Director Kurt Leichtle spoke about “What is a museum”

On Saturday the first Call to History 2019 the attendees were inspired by the speaker, Noorain Khan.
04/29/2019

On Saturday the first Call to History 2019 the attendees were inspired by the speaker, Noorain Khan.

Stop on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 10-3 or Saturday from 10-4 to view this display and any more!
04/28/2019

Stop on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 10-3 or Saturday from 10-4 to view this display and any more!

A new display for Mary Eva Johnson, a St. Paul Girl Scout for over 60 years.

See John Andrews open this time capsule at Call to History on Tuesday April 30th 11:30 to 1:00. To register call 1 651 7...
04/17/2019

See John Andrews open this time capsule at Call to History on Tuesday April 30th 11:30 to 1:00. To register call 1 651 748 2880. Or look in earlier message for online link.

Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center
04/17/2019

Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center

Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center Birdhouse Trail Project -

On Sunday April 7th, nine members of Stillwater Valley Girl Scout Troop 56493 and three members of Lake Elmo Cub Scout Pack 224 installed a dozen birdhouses at the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center in Lake Elmo's Sunfish Lake Park. Then the Girl Scouts assembled for a group picture with Happy the Bluebird! The Scouts had previously assembled the birdhouses at the nature center, and each Scout signed a house using a woodburning tool. So the houses are named Bellah, Braedyn, Cacelia, Hallie, Hans, Heidi, Isaac, Lucy, Maya, Sarah, Sienna and Violet. These scouting groups are guided by Stacey and Bill Stoffregen. Funding for the birdhouse kits was provided by the Thrivent Action Team Program, to whom we are grateful.

The next step is to set up a bird census program to check the houses weekly and determine which birds are using each house, and how successful they are at nesting. Already the chickadees have been spotted furnishing the Bellah house. For more information please visit www.sminc-lake-elmo.org

Congratulations on a great project
04/12/2019

Congratulations on a great project

Grace Newman and Teri Schifsky, seventh graders at Mahtomedi Middle School, recently organized and facilitated a Mental Wellness month for their peers.

The project was in the works for a year and served as the focus of their Girl Scout Silver Award. The students partnered with NAMI Minnesota and the Youth Service Bureau. The students’ month-long project focused on three main themes: make it okay, what is normal versus when you need to ask for help, and how to be mentally well.

The project included videos, poster displays, and locker Post-It notes. In addition to the information shared during school hours, the students hosted yoga and mindfulness classes at the Washington County Library, built a display at the library about mental wellness, and hosted two after-school classes focused on “Happiness” and Chillaxing.”

The project was part of their Girl Scouts River Valleys Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8) can earn. The project needs to meet the following guidelines: addresses a community issue or meets a community need in a sustainable way, independent project (not just supportive of another project), allows the girls to display active leadership, and is a minimum of 50 hours work per girl. The students will submit a report to the Girl Scout Council for approval of their award.

The students were recognized for their achievement by Principal Mike Neubeck and the Mahtomedi School Board on March 28, 2019.

Congratulations to Grace and Teri on their recognition! We are grateful for their leadership in our community!

04/11/2019

The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting is closed today due to weather and road conditions.

A new display for Mary Eva Johnson, a St. Paul Girl Scout for over 60 years.
04/03/2019

A new display for Mary Eva Johnson, a St. Paul Girl Scout for over 60 years.

American Experience | PBS
03/13/2019

American Experience | PBS

Girls Scouting in the United States began on March 12, 1912. Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low gathered eighteen girls in Savannah, Georgia for the first Girl Guide troop meeting.

She telephoned her cousin, announcing, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" (Photo: 1943, The Library of Congress)

03/06/2019
Erin at Health Nut News

Erin at Health Nut News

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02/28/2019

The exhibits committee has met and set out tasks for this year. Here is a sneak preview of what will change in the museum floor. In June we will open an addition to the camping exhibit on Winter Camping. June seemed a good time to remember winter rather than as we clear the every other day new snow. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts saw no issues with camping in the winter. Come see how and why they camped. Also, if you have pictures or winter camping based artifacts that you think might be useful contact Kurt Leichtle at the museum. Next up in November will be The Home Front during World War I and II. One centerpiece will be the WWI Liberty Bond Medallion which the St. Paul Council earned for selling the most bonds. It has been in storage for a while and wants to tell its story again. Did you know that the Boy Scouts issued as official walking harrow and plow. This is your chance to see it. Just was with selling bonds both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts tended victory gardens. We have some pictures but more would be interesting. Do you have stories about the Home Front let us know. Of course, let's nor forget recycling from metal and paper in both wars but also collecting fruit pits and nut shells to process for WWI gas masks. Stay turned here for the precise opening dates.

Leo's Grill & Malt Shop
02/23/2019

Leo's Grill & Malt Shop

Girl Scout Cookie Malts! For every GSC Malt or Shake purchased Leo’s will donate $1 to the Angel Fund of Stillwater Area Public Schools. This is the fund that buys students lunch if their account gets low.
#DeliciousDonation
Thin Mint, Tagalong or Carmel deLites (Samoa).... 😋
A big thank you to our excellent cookie salesgirl Anella Rosckes of Lake Elmo Elementary 4th grade troop for keeping us well stocked.

01/31/2019
WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota

Thank you for your service

Fort Snelling National Cemetery is the fourth-busiest national cemetery in the nation. In 40 years, the rifle squad and color guard have never missed a funeral. On a historically cold day in Minnesota, they paid their respects at seven military services.

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2640 7th Ave E
North Saint Paul, MN
55109-3103

General information

The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m.-3p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, and open for tours by appointment on weekday evenings and Saturday.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(651) 748-2880

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Give to the Max Day!
Fun 21+ event at the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in North St. Paul! It's the museum's annual fundraiser. Very cool seeing all the old GS uniforms and such.
October Merit Badge Workshops are now posted on http://www.nssm.org/merit-badge-workshops.html Don't miss out on these great classes!
Just a reminder to register for A Call to History! Don't miss your chance to hear from Noorain Khan, Secretary to the Board of Directors of the GIrl Scouts of the USA, on April 27. Or, hear from John Andrews, CEO of Northern Star Scouting, on April 30. Contact the Museum at 651-748-2880 to reserve your spot today!
Congratulations to our local high school for their successful service project
Update on an earlier post
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1964 BSA Troop 162, Community Methodist Church, Columbia Heights,Minnesota. Bill DeCoursey, Sr., Scoutmaster.
1968 BSA Wood Badge Leader Training _ Beaver Patrol - Fifty years ago.