Welcome to the Rolling Hills District web page. Rolling Hills is the first Quality District of the Northern Star Council. Rolling hills serves communities in Scott, Rice, and Le Sueur Counties in Minnesota.
This website depends on Scouters for feedback and content, so if you if you would like to contribute to the website, please contact the webmaster using the feedback page.
|Final Rolling Hills District Dinner Registration Open!|
It is that time of the year where we collect nominations for the awards our district gives at the yearly District Dinner on May 11. The awards are:
District Hot Spark Award - nomination form here.
District Charter Partner of the Year Award - nomination form here.
District Award of Merit - nomination form here.
All three forms are due back by April 13. Don't delay!
|Fishing Derby Cancelled!|
We apologize for any inconvenience but due to unseasonably warm weather this year causing early thawing on Lake Mazaska, we unfortunately need to cancel our annual Ice Fishing Derby this year after consulting with both the Tri Lakes Sportman’s Club and the sheriff’s department. We look forward to colder weather and fishing opportunities next year!
To all Rolling Hills/Prairie Lakes district and unit leaders,
As we move ahead with the Scouting expansion into one district, we are planning a district retreat on February 4, 2017, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN. This is a non-uniform event. Lunch will be potluck.
8:00 – Gathering & set-up with coffee & donuts
8:30 – Introductions
9:00 – Developing a Vision for the new district
10:00 – Break (multi-voting on district names to reduce the list to 3)
10:15 – Small group discussions
11:00 – Break-out reports
11:45 – Lunch set-up
12:00 – Lunch (final vote on district name)
12:45 – Review district calendar for 2017 – 18 program year
1:15 – District Volunteer Recruiting
1:45 – District Recognition
2:15 – Wrap-up – Key 5
3:00 – Reconvene at local establishment for fellowship and beverages
Messiah Lutheran Church
16725 Highview Avenue
Troy, Rose, George
|Pack 306 has been busy!|
On December 11th, Cub Scout Pack 306 (Divine Mercy) visited at Divine Mercy Church with Deacon Newell McGee to discuss the subject of vocations and also about the significance of the sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent.
On December 8th, Cory Caron and Shane Pemrick, Cub Scout Pack 306 (Divine Mercy) were recognized and awarded, by the Rolling Hills District, the ‘Scouters Training Award’.
The award recognizes tenure in a leader-position, position-training, participation, and performance of adult leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.
Are you looking for a fun winter adventure with your unit? Would you like your Webelos to meet local Boy Scouts? Would you like your Boy Scouts to get to meet new Webelos who could join your unit? Then you should join us at our Klondike Derby on February 17-19! This event is open to Boy Scouts and Webelos from Chief Black Dog, Prairie Lakes, and Rolling Hills. Together we’re going to have a great time.
For more information, click here
To register online, click here
|OA Ice Fishing Derby Scheduled!|
The annual Order of the Arrow Ice Fishing Derby has been scheduled! You can find the details here.
You can register here.
|Name Our Expanded District|
With the merger of Rolling Hills and Prairie Lakes, it's time to come up with a new name. All of the details are spelled out in this PDF attached below.
RHPL Name Flyer.pdf
|Local Boy Scouts make year-long commitment to maintain Rice County Veterans Memorial |
The task is for Troop 306 to take patrol shifts doing landscaping to the area in front of the memorial at the courthouse.
In October, they edged the area, cleaned up the rocks and pulled weeds.
The first shift was completed by a section of Troop 306 called Cobra Patrol.
The monthly shifts will continue through a year-long commitment Troop 306 made to the Veterans Memorial.
The Veterans Memorial Committee has been around since 2007.
For years, the members would keep up the site on their own.
With their numbers dwindling of late, the committee decided it needed some able-bodied people to help out.
“We’ve had a good standing relationship with the veterans in Faribault and Rice County,” said Troop 306 Assistant Scoutmaster Al Shuda.
“They’ve asked scouts to participate in all kinds of ceremonies and service. It’s been a long standing relationship.”
|Expansion in Scouting|
As you may know, our Council is feeling the impact of two significant decisions: Twin Cities United Way’s eliminating our funding and changes in the Federal Fair Labor Standards, which take effect on December 1, 2016. In response to these changes, the Council commissioned a Task Force to formulate a plan for Council staffing.
Throughout all the effort, everyone has viewed the challenge as an opportunity to improve how staff and volunteers work together to deliver Scouting to the youth and families in our communities. In developing a plan, the Task Force focused on what is ultimately best for the youth, recognized the district as core to providing unit support, and studied how best to utilize professional staff.
The plan changes the roles and expectations of our district-serving professionals. Through these changes, we see some very positive possibilities. More information about these changes will be available at the November Roundtable.
As part of the Task Force analysis, the team recognized that Rolling Hills serves ~1000 youth in just over 30 units and Prairie Lakes serves ~1900 youth in just over 40 units. As such, our two districts are considered relatively small even geographically when compared with other districts serving upwards of 3000 youth in over 70 units.
Volunteers from both districts have met together to discuss expanding Scouting by allowing Rolling Hills and Prairie Lakes to join together as one district. We see the opportunity as a positive to offer programs with more volunteers to share the load.
A small transition team has been formed to help identify the strengths each district has to offer, layout a framework and develop a timeline. At this time, we don’t expect any program changes for the remainder of 2016. In the first half of 2017, we’ll have opportunity to join together with some of our existing activities.
If you have questions about the changes or feedback to help the transition process, please feel free to contact us with PL-RH-Key5 email group or the transition team with PL-RH-Expansion email group. More information will be available on the district websites soon.
We look forward to working with each of you as we transition to our new expanded district.
Thanks for all you do and continue to do for the youth you serve.
Troy Billings Scott Pelava
Prairie Lakes District Chair Rolling Hills Activities Chair
Rose Buntjer-Little George Strickland
Rolling Hills District Commissioner Prairie Lakes District Commissioner
|Scouts provide service at the Traveling Wall event, Sept 1st thru 5th|
To all members of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and their parents/leaders, from throughout the entire Rolling Hills District, and those who may have come from other Districts.
On behalf of the “Traveling Wall” committee (Faribault), regarding the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, I (Al Shuda) and the other members of the committee would like to send out a very sincere “Thank You” for volunteering your time and effort in assisting with “parking detail”, and other duties such as picking up trash and watering the necessary plants/flowers, and attending the opening ceremony, at the Traveling Wall event in Faribault during the weekend (Sept 1st - 5th ).
Many, in attendance and members of the committee, commented about how well behaved the Scouts were and the great job they did. Several expressed how thankful they were for the support from the Scouts in attendance!
The driver, who drives nationwide with the Traveling Wall, said that the event in Faribault was the ‘best run’ (coordinated) and best attended “Traveling Wall event” he’s been at yet.
He has been doing it for nine years all over the nation! That says something pretty spectacular !!
Again, thank you for supporting our veterans – those who gave the ultimate sacrifice over the years in battle - as well as those veterans who served and were fortunate to be able to return to their families.
On behalf of the Faribault Traveling Wall committee --
Al Shuda (Pack 306 & Troop 306)
Jeff Mason (Pack 310 & Troop 306)
Jessica Keeley (Pack 310)
|Congrats on District Award of Merit|
A big congratulations to Jeannette Wilson and Al Shuda. They both received this year's District Award of Merit for their outstanding contributions to their units and the district.
Special Needs Scouts
Do you have a Cub Scout or Boy Scout with special needs? Find out what tools are available to you within Northern Star Council. Also find out what the awards and advancement policies are for special needs scouts. Click on the link below to be taken Northern Star Council's section on special needs scouts.
Special Needs Scouts