|Silver Beaver Class of 2018|
The Northern Lights Council Silver Beaver Selection Committee is proud to announce the 2018 class of Silver Beaver Award Recipients:
The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service.
This year's recipients will be recognized alongside other award recipients at the Northern Light Council Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, April 6th at the Center for Scouting in Fargo. Please join us in thanking these great volunteers for there service by attending. Registration and information is available at: https://scoutingevent.com/429-25948
|Camp Grafton Merit Badge Weekend|
The annual merit badge weekend at Camp Grafton gives each youth the opportunity to experience life at the base and to work on a merit badge. All Scouts BSA youth are invited to join us on the weekend of April 26-28th at Camp Grafton. Event Registration must be completed online at https://scoutingevent.com/429-25961 The cost is Youth - $50 Adults - $40 Registration opens on Monday, Feb. 4th at noon and closes at midnight on Wednesday, April 24, however it typically fills in the first week or so.
Scouts can earn the following merit badges:
Please review the calendar or flyer to get full details and to register: https://scoutingevent.com/429-25961
|Contact: Paul Zent, 701-426-9912|
|Scouting for Food March 16 - 23, 2019|
Scouting for Food is the largest community service food drive in our area involving Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers and Explorers.
Your unit should participate in the Council's Scouting for Food community service project. Let your community know about this service project that helps restock the shelves of your local community food banks. Let's all work together across the Council and make this year’s effort even more successful than last year’s and collect more than 85,000 pounds of food across the Northern Lights Council!
Tips for a successful Scouting for Food:
Thank you for your unit’s participation in this very important community service project. If you have questions contact your local District Scouting for Food Coordinator or District Executive.
Help Scouts Attend Camp this Summer through the Spring Product Sale
The spring sale held in March and April is designed to help Scouts earn money to help pay for Day Camp, Cub Resident Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, and High Adventure trips. Jack Links has improved their packaging to include the iconic Scout brand and a variety of products sure to please anyone. Remember, Scouts are not selling Jack Links, they are asking the community to invest in their development – and Jack Links snacks are a delicious “Thank You” for helping your Scouts earn their way to camp!
IMPROVEMENTS, CHANGES, PRICE
NEW – RETURN POLICY! The Northern Lights Council will be able to accept returned product up to 10% of a unit’s total order. Order the quantity that you know your unit will be able to sell. Plan ahead and check with your District Executive and find out how much you ordered and sold last year.
NEW – PACKAGING!! The Jack Links product will be packaged with the BSA brand and each box will contain 5 items: (1) 1.25 oz. Original Beef Jerky, (1) 1 oz. Original Tender Bites, (1) 1 oz. Teriyaki Tender Bites and (2) 0.5 oz. Original Beef Sticks.Each box is the approximate size of a Scout handbook and will feature the BSA logo!
NEW – PRICING!!! Each Jack Links box will retail for $15 earning a $5 commission for each box sold! Each case contains 8 boxes for a $40 commission for each case sold!
Visit the Spring Product Sale page for more details!
Units Can Qualify to Receive Free Rank Insignia in 2019
The Northern Lights Council is pleased to offer Packs and Troops the opportunity to earn free rank insignia throughout 2019. Qualifying units will receive free rank insignia each time a Scout advances in rank. This offer is made possible by the annual Friends of Scouting campaign and council product sale. To qualify for free rank insignias a unit must meet each of the following requirements:
The following units have qualified for 2019 (additional units may qualify once they have attained their Friends of Scouting goal):
We thank these units for their support of the Northern Lights Council!
Scoutbook is now Free!
Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail. Click here for more information or visit our Scoutbook page.
Unit Charter Renewal Happening Now
Annually, every unit must renew the memberships of their youth and adults. Most of these memberships expire on December 31, 2018 (in some districts, the expiration date is at the end of January or February).
Instead of having everyone complete a new membership application, the BSA has an online charter renewal system that is used to renew active members and drop inactive members. This online system is available now.
Before going online, here are a few things your pack or troop can do to prepare (and will help you finish charter renewal quicker):
The completed paperwork will be due at least 30 days prior to the expiration date for the unit. This allows time for fixing defects and processing the paperwork prior to expiration.
To log in to the online charter renewal system or to download copies of the charter renewal packet contents, go to the Charter Renewal page.
Details on Scouts BSA Uniform and Handbook
You’ve been asking for details about these new items, and today, we’ve got answers to share.
But first, a quick note to leaders and Scouts in existing all-boy troops: your uniforms and handbooks won’t need to be replaced. You’re good to go.
For leaders of new Scouts BSA troops, as well as new Scouts BSA members — boy or girl — keep reading for the latest info.
Scouts BSA uniforms: Your questions answered!
When will the new Scouts BSA uniforms be available?
Scouts BSA launched Feb. 1, and uniform parts are available now at nationally operated Scout shops. Uniform parts include the roll-up pants, girl’s short-sleeve shirt and more uniform items available in sizes for women and girls.
We recommend you contact the Fargo Scout Shop to confirm availability before making a trip.
What’s new or different about the Scouts BSA uniform?
The Scouts BSA uniform shirt comes in sizes and cuts for women and girls. New uniform pants for women and girls can be rolled up at the leg to be worn as capri pants. Women and girls can also purchase the current, switchback-style uniform pants that zip off at the knee. The new shirt is tan and features a BSA fleur-de-lis emblem and the letters “BSA” in red over the right pocket. The existing inventory of tan shirts, with “BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA” in red over the right pocket, will be available until they’re all sold out.
Can I still wear previous-generation uniform pieces?
Yes. With BSA uniforms, the rule is: once official, always official.
Can I mix and match old and new uniform pieces?
Yes. For example, you could wear the new tan Scouts BSA uniform shirt with previous-generation green uniform pants.
Scouts BSA Handbook: Your questions answered!
When will the new Scouts BSA Handbook be available?
The Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls is now available. We recommend you contact the Fargo Scout Shop to confirm availability before making a trip.
The Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys will be shipped to Scout shops this summer as current inventory decreases. Boys can continue using the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, which remains available at Scout shops and online.
Why are there two different handbooks?
The volunteer-led board of directors wanted to ensure Scouts can see themselves represented accurately in the pages, and having two handbooks was the most effective way to do that.
The photos reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member. In other words, boys will see images of other boys in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys; girls will see images of other girls in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.
Is the content the same between the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls?
Yes, the content, requirements and page numbers are exactly the same. All that’s different is the photos.
What did and didn't change from the Boy Scout Handbook to the Scouts BSA Handbooks?
What didn't change:
What did change:
Can a Scout continue to use the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook?
Latest Cub Scout Leader Guides now available in print or digital formats
Cub Scout leaders, you can now grab the latest edition of the Cub Scout Leader Book and rank-specific Den Leader Guides in print or digital formats.
You can get a copy at the Fargo Scout Shop or your local Scout Shop, at scoutshop.org or on the Amazon Kindle store. If you choose the digital download from Amazon, your copy will be accessible on any device linked to your Amazon account. That includes your laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android device, Amazon Kindle reader or Amazon Kindle Fire.
The books, newly updated for 2018, are aligned with the current requirements for Cub Scout adventure loops and pins. You’ll find detailed meeting plans for each adventure, including games, ceremonies and helpful tips to make your meeting run smoothly.
The covers have been simplified and color-coded to match the Cub Scout handbooks used by the boys or girls in your den. If you’re in Tigers, for example, get the orange Den Leader Guide to match the orange Tiger Cub Scout Handbook. Get the red book for Wolf, blue for Bear and green for Webelos.
Scouts ... Don't miss the 2019 World Jamboree
The 2019 World Jamboree will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico and will be held at the Summit in West Virginia on July 21-August 2 2019. The United States has only hosted one other World Jamboree in 1967 in Idaho. This one is only a few hours from your home. How can you compare a National Jamboree and a World Jamboree? The answer is, You Can't.
A World Jamboree is about meeting people from other countries and learning about them and their cultures. There are dinner exchanges and an opportunity to go around to visit Troops from other countries and sample their food and activities. Your Troop will be camped next to Troops from other countries. Whereas, the activities in most Jamborees are limited, the 2019 World Jamboree will also have all of the activities available at the Summit. There has never been another Jamboree like this one and probably will not be another like it in the future.
The Central Region, Area 1 has been allotted 6 units with one being a coed Venturing Troop. At this time there are only 126 openings left, so sign up today at www.2019wsj.org
Youth must be 14 and not yet 18 years old by July 21, 2019. The cost is $2500.00. There will be some scholarship money available with information on this available around March 1. Be sure you are one of the Scouts who have the opportunity to experience this mountain top experience.