Refreshing our Brand for Scouting Today
Updated Logo to be paired with Northern Star Scouting
It has been nearly thirteen years since our Minneapolis and Saint
Paul area councils combined to become Northern Star. With our
upcoming move to the Leadership Center, as well as the expansion of programs
for girls, our Marketing Committee has actively explored council
To reflect the changes, the committee recommended and the board
approved adopting an updated compass/star logo for both Base Camp and
for Northern Star as shown. Further, the words “Northern Star Scouting”
will become our tradename for everyday use, although we will still be
Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America for legal purposes.
This updated tradename is consistent with what we are using for the
Base Camp Campus and both buildings (Leadership Center and Teambuilding
Center). “Northern Star Scouting” is more inclusive and says who we are
without referring to a specific gender, as well as avoids confusion
over what we mean by “council” (there are many types of councils).
Our updated logo was selected over the other two options –
continuing with the original Northern Star logo or using the National
BSA Logo. The original Northern Star appears a bit dated and the fresh
look compass/star incorporating the Fleur-de-lis signals that we’re
continuing to provide direction, working for a bright new future of
Which Logos and Where?
We are using the National BSA logo in some of our exterior signage
to indicate that Base Camp is also our Scouting headquarters and would
continue to use it as we are now, including at the bottom of our
letterhead and on the back of our business cards, to demonstrate we are
part of the national organization.
A further change is that we will update our URL from the current
“NorthernStarBSA.org” to the simpler “NorthernStar.org.” This will be
used for our website and email addresses, appearing on publications,
business cards, letterhead, etc. with our tradename “Northern Star
Scouting”, so not having Scouting in the URL itself would be OK. We
also own NorthernStarScouting.org, which we will redirect to
NorthernStar.org, but believe it is too long a web address and email to
type on an everyday basis or fit well in links for publications.
Using NorthernStar.org also supports our growing programs for
members and nonmembers. We are Northern Star Scouting, Northern Star
Exploring, Northern Star Juvenile Diversion, Northern Star Base Camp (a
shorthand way of identifying our more formal name of Base Camp -
Northern Star Scouting) and more. To illustrate, just as General Mills
doesn’t use a product in its overall URL, but rather has their brands
under their name, this is the approach we want to take with Northern
These changes will go into effect on July 15, just prior to the
opening of the Leadership Center on July 23. Full implementation will
take some time as patches and materials are retired and new ones are
created. The public Leadership Center Grand Opening will be on
Saturday, September 15.