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.

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

Imposter changes the course of history. Follow me at Erin at Health Nut News for more stories like this.

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.

Can you answer this Jeopardy question?
01/16/2019

Can you answer this Jeopardy question?

Springbrook Nature Center
01/15/2019

Springbrook Nature Center

Our thanks go out to Josh Toombs of Boy Scout Troop 90 in St. Paul for completing his Eagle Scout project here at Springbrook Nature Center. Josh built a wonderful bow rack for our archery program and will be back in the spring to work on an archery range near our maintenance garage.

01/04/2019
Tournament of Roses Scout Troops

Tournament of Roses Scout Troops

Unseen on TV, flag ceremony performed by Tournament Troop 2019. We thank scouts and their families for their time and energy. You are now part of the proud history of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Troop 2019 - you are now dismissed.

What a fun Merit Badge class today at the museum!
12/30/2018

What a fun Merit Badge class today at the museum!

Successful Cooking MB class today. It was a great day. Awesome scouts! Thanks for help from husband and for the museum for hosting.

The winners of the derby are...Lorena Palm, Tom Welna and Adam Seifert! Thank you to all those that came out and had fun...
11/18/2018

The winners of the derby are...Lorena Palm, Tom Welna and Adam Seifert! Thank you to all those that came out and had fun!

Happening now - who will win the fastest car at Derby Night?
11/18/2018

Happening now - who will win the fastest car at Derby Night?

Help Zachary and more youth like him! Give to the Max Day is here! Donate to the museumhttps://www.givemn.org/organizati...
11/15/2018

Help Zachary and more youth like him! Give to the Max Day is here! Donate to the museum

https://www.givemn.org/organization/North-Star-Museum-Of-Boy-Scouting-And-Girl-Scouting

In Zachary’s own words:

I’m a 10th grade Boy Scout. I’ve taken two workshops at the museum, the Genealogy and Rifle merit badges. I liked how they got right down to business, and helped keep me on task, we did things at a good pace, and I completed the merit badge in good amount of time. It was very efficient, and my mom says the cost was great. The people were very nice and helpful and knew what they were doing. There was work I had to do ahead of time to prepare, but it was worth it and easy to understand with the worksheets. It was fun to meet scouts from other troops as well. During the Genealogy badge I had the opportunity to be on Twin Cities. I liked the opportunity to talk about how great Boy Scouts is, how it teaches me skills and helps prepare me for later in life. It was fun to see myself on TV. Its cool how the museum tells about Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts from their start and through history. I look forward to taking more merit badge workshops!

Thank you!
Zachary English (pictured below)

11/12/2018

Huge thank you to Old National Bank, Carpenters Small Engine and our Board of Directors for making Derby Night Possible! Come join us this Saturday to help thank them in person!

11/11/2018

Wondering what you can see at our silent auction? Come find out on November 17 and a huge thank you to the Guthrie for their contribution!

11/09/2018
City of North St. Paul

Construction around our Museum - but you can still access our building

Why all the detours?
On October 15, 2018 Xcel Energy was doing extensive work replacing the gas mains at the intersections of Seppala Blvd and Margaret St, as well as 7th Ave and Margaret St (to be completed by Nov 5). A water main was struck during the original project which caused some soil displacement in that intersection. They are fixing the roadway to ensure that the foundation of that intersection is sound before winter season fully hits. This is scheduled to last until November 16. Sorry for all the inconvenience!

11/08/2018

Thank you to the Landmark Center for their gift to Derby Night on November 17! Come join us to see what you could win from the Landmark Center

11/07/2018

Thank you to the Minnesota Lynx for their wonderful gift to our silent auction at Derby Night! Buy your tickets today to find out what you can win from the Lynx! All proceeds support museum programs

Stop in to visit us after you recycle your pumpkin
11/01/2018

Stop in to visit us after you recycle your pumpkin

Pumpkin Drop in 12th Year
Recycle your pumpkins October 31 through November 5.
The City is once again collecting pumpkins as part of the annual pumpkin drop event. Residents are able to recycle their pumpkins after Halloween and provide feed for local farmers rather than burying them in landfills. The event continues to grow with an all-time record of 9,160 lbs dropped off in 2017, up from 5,000 lbs in 2016. Drop off your pumpkins 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) answered 24/7.

Rotary Club of North St Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale
10/22/2018
Rotary Club of North St Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale

Rotary Club of North St Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale

Our Rotary club and Community Service team donated to the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting & Girl Scouting. Thanks to Claudia N. for continuing to support our club and foundation.
Read more at https://nstpmo.org/2PgiHBh
#community #rotary #girlscouting #boyscouting #futureleaders

MPR News
10/14/2018
MPR News

MPR News

Sakshi Satpathy, 16, babysat and walked dogs to finance her films on child marriage and trafficking. She's won the Girl Scouts' top honor — and Amnesty International and CARE have screened her works.

Thank you Chief for taking such good care of the Museum
10/01/2018

Thank you Chief for taking such good care of the Museum

Congrats to Chief Lauth for his 13 year anniversary as Chief of Police and his 29.5 years with the NSPPD.

Exhibit from Chicago area
09/15/2018

Exhibit from Chicago area

Come join us today and every Saturday 1-3:00 until the end of October! Today’s highlight.....
The Boy Scout display !

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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 - 16:00

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(651) 748-2880

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