Who We Are: Approach and Outcomes
What is the Northern Star Way?
Our council is both old and new. How is that possible? We were built on the foundation of the
former Minneapolis and St. Paul councils that were founded in 1910.
Northern Star was created in 2005, as the best way to collaborate and more
effectively serve our community. Both legacy councils share a
history of innovation and focus on the young people of today and
This approach is clear with our new programs, including the
nation's first Scouting offering for kindergartners (Lion Cubs), first
urban program center (Base Camp), and first online new member
registration system (adventureiscalling.org). It's also reflected in
our strategic plan which addresses three pressing issues: meeting diverse family
needs, improving the volunteer experience, and reinforcing our role in
leadership development for those inside and outside of Scouting.
Our unique vision of striving to be a positive influence on
all young people makes us a resource for the entire community and
welcoming to anyone can help further our mission.
Measurement is also part of our culture. We rely on our own research and
third parties to ensure we're always working toward our mission goals.
Measures and Results
Outcomes Research - Outside research that supports the benefits of Scouting in the lives of youth. Both a summary and the full report can be found on this page.
Public Opinion Research - Perceptions of Scouting over time
- University of Minnesota, Minnesota Center for Survey Research Summary
Consolidation Scorecard – Snapshot measures at the time of merger and ten years later
|Northern Star Council
(12% market share)
(10.1% market share)
|Fundraising & Administration as % of Total Costs
|Camps and Property
|Youth Member Retention
(10.6% market share)
(7.7% market share)