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Additional Youth Awards - Northern Star Council Diversity Award

    

The Diversity Award was created by the Northern Star Council Diversity Committee to strengthen inclusiveness and create cultural awareness and understanding. There are four different levels of awards:
                          Cub Scouts and Webelos
                          Boy Scouts under age 14
                          Boy Scouts age 14 and older, and Venturers
                          Adult Scouters


The award is a temporary patch which may be worn on the right pocket of a Scout uniform. Each patch has a different look to reflect the level earned.

The symbol on the patch is the mythical Sankofa bird. It teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated.

Parents interested in addressing and discussing the subject of Diversity with their children, but don't know where to start or how to approach it should check out the "Respecting Diversity: A Parent's Guide to Approaching the Issues of Diversity" published by the National Crime Prevention Council and distributed by the Diversity Committee of the Northern Star Council of the BSA.

 

Northern Star Council Diversity Award


  

Requirements

 

Cub Scouts - (Tigers, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos)
 
  1. Complete the Academic Language and Culture Belt Loop and Pin
     

  2. Attend a cultural event or faith service (other than one of your own)

    • American Indian Pow Wow

    • Chinese New Year Celebration

    • Cinco De Mayo Celebration

    • Demera (Ethiopian)

    • Hmong New Year or Soccer Festival

    • Irish Cultural Festival

    • Juneteenth

    • Kwanzaa

    • La Familia

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

    • Multicultural Festival of Nations

    • Oktoberfest

    • Rondo Days

    • Santa Lucia Celebration

    • Syttende Mai

    • other?
       

  3. Visit a cultural or faith center
     

  1. Journal your activities and your reactions while earning the award
     

  2. Summarize what you learned and submit it with the award application

 

Adult Scouts

Utilize the Twin Cities Multicultural Organization Contact List to assist in developing a worthwhile and informative diversity experience for Scouts earning this award.
 
  1. Ancestry - Learn about your own genealogy building a family tree going back three to four generations to share with the unit with whom you are working.
     

  2. Help the young persons in your unit (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Venturers) earn the diversity award. At least one half of the unit must earn the award. Journal or blog your activities on Northern Star Councilís web site
     

  3. Journal your activities and your reactions while earning the award
     

  4. Summarize what you learned and submit it with the award application
     

Download the Northern Star Council Diversity Award Requirements here.

 

Download the Northern Star Council Diversity Award Application here.