"El Sol" district was created thanks to the collaborative effort of the Northern Star Council and the vision of seven key community leaders in the Hispanic community of the Twin Cities.
In 1937, the first Spanish-speaking Boy Scout Troop in Minnesota was founded. Troop 99, chartered by Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, served the Latino youth in the West Side of Saint Paul, and it was active until 1942.
The second Spanish-speaking Boy Scout Troop in Minnesota serving the Latino community was started in 1982.Troop 9228 was also based in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul and sought to actively emphasize the Scouts' Hispanic heritage and roots, blending them into the traditional Scouting curriculum. Troop 9228 has been championed by Scoutmaster and current El Sol district Commissioner Gary Gorman, who continues to lead the troop to the present day with unparalleled energy!
In October 2006, El Sol's operating district committee was formed. The "founding fathers" of the district all had a common vision and purpose: to positively transform the lives of Hispanic youth, to instill in them the solid values of Scouting, and to give them the opportunity to have fun in a healthy way.
Since June 2007, El Sol has experienced tremendous youth membership growth and program development with having served more than 450 youth, aged 6 to 20. For this reason, El Sol has been recognized as the Boy Scout District with the second highest growth rate among 81 Boy Scout Councils in the Midwest region of the United States.