Photos by Payson Merkel, Christina Lewison and Matthew Steinbach.
For years, Scouts have been able to receive a moviemaking merit badge, and Webelos Elective Adventure, by learning about and creating their own video. It was just a matter of time before a dad/den leader came along to turn it all on its head.
Jason Steinbach, a long-time den leader and director/producer, learned of the merit badge when his oldest son entered the Webelo program. It was no surprise that this dad would see this project taken to the “next level”. During their first meeting, Jason and the fourth grade Webelos discussed ideas for a legitimate short film. Jason took those ideas home and a few weeks later produced the initial script for the movie.
The script received overwhelmingly positive responses from kids and adults alike, leading Jason to meet with the Northern Star Council BSA. Committees immediately recognized that the script embodied BSA values and had the potential to attract many kids interested in media production. The project would allow members to have real-world experiences, while developing leadership, teamwork, physical/mental fitness and a spirit of service, helping them grow into adults of good character. As a result, the project was awarded an Innovation Fund Grant.
No Place For Fear is a dramatic short film that employs vivid storytelling, solid character development and embodies Scout values. Entering production in August 2019, behind the scenes videos and posts will allow the public to follow along with the production. The movie is scheduled to be published on major video platforms, with subtitling in major languages, in November 2019.
The Northern Star Council BSA leads youth to be healthy, contributing citizens and leaders in their families, communities, and the world. It serves more than 54,000 young people, from Kindergarten to age 20, in twenty-one counties across central Minnesota and four western Wisconsin counties, led by 11,500 volunteers.