Saturday, October 22, 2016



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.

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Expansion in Scouting
Posted 10/17/2016

Dear Scouters,


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.


In Scouting,


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
Posted 09/27/2016

Thank you

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
Posted 05/14/2016

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.

Rolling Hills Makes Gold in Journey to Excellence!
Posted 02/04/2016

Congratulations to all of you in Rolling Hills District in achieving Gold at the district level for Journey to Excellence.  

Happy New Year!
Posted 01/02/2016

Since Northern Star Council launched a newly redesigned and refreshed website on New Year's Eve, Rolling Hills has released an improved website.  It is easier to read, simpler in layout and number of pages, and has old and redundant content removed to make it easier to find things.  Let us know what you think using the feedback page!

Scouting Works!
Posted 12/22/2015

The National Office released the results of a study performed by Tuft's University that showed how scouting really works.  Here's a quick summary of the results.

The full study is available here.

Roundtable on Thursday, December 10!
Posted 12/07/2015

Don't forget that this Thursday is the last roundtable for 2015!

Here's some information about the content:  Roundtable Flyer

OA Fishing Derby Announcement
Posted 11/12/2015

 The Rolling Hills Fishing Derby sponsored by Order of the Arrow is gearing up!  Learn more by viewing the flyer here.  Online registration will be coming soon!


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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


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