Northern Sky District

Serving youth through community organizations in Cass, Clay, Traill, Becker, Mahnomen and Norman counties in North Dakota and Minnesota.

District 5 Leadership

District Chairman Trent Gerads    
District Commissioner Jefri Jones (701) 373-1420  
Sr. District Director Kevin Mehrer (701) 499-0645 C (701) 833-9919
District Executive Brett Drevlow (701) 499-0659 C (218) 688-0972
District Executive Shaun Grover (701) 293-5011 C (701) 367-7965


After a landmark year in 2017, success was continued in 2018 for the Northern Sky District as we ended the year with a Gold level ranking in Journey to Excellence, leading the council again! Thank you – to all our great volunteers! The District cannot earn this award without everyone doing their part!

Some high-points were: 114% Cub Scout Camping – due to a great growth in Day camps and consistent attendance at resident camps. We also led with high marks in membership – 8.2%, and percentage of trained leaders – 68%! At the unit level, the gold ranking is reserved only the top 10% of districts across the Nation (where more than half of the packs and troops in the Northern Sky District qualified). 


Sign up your unit for Scouting for Food! Service is a fundamental pillar of scouting and again in 2019 we have an opportunity to do some real good for our communities! Throughout the year there are many families that worry about how they are going to make ends meet and keep food on their table. “Do a good turn daily” is a slogan we instill into each one of our youth that participates in Scouting. Service also teaches scouts how they can make a difference in the lives of others. TheNorthern Lights Council’s annual Scouting for Food drive is one way in which we can make a large impact on a very serious problem occurring in each one of our local communities.

Every year the Northern Lights Council collects nearly 100,000 lbs. of food for local food pantries during our annual Scouting for Food drive. We want you to participate too! Contact Brett or Kevin at 701-293-5011 for information on how to get involved. Also – Don’t forget to have someone from your unit attend roundtable, where you can sign up on March 7th at the Center for Scouting!


The District Pinewood Derby is an annual event held for cub scouts to compete for the district trophy! This year, the top scout in each den is invited to race in addition to the top the scouts overall in the pack’s race. Cost is $8 per scout, and the race will be held at 4pm on April 14th at El Zagal Shrine in North Fargo. Rules and registration can be found at For more information, contact Brett at 701-293-5011.


Mark your calendars – all troops are invited! The annual Spring Camporee is taking place at the Fargo Air Museum from April 26th-28th. This year will feature another STEM project, with the Robotics Merit Badge taking place as a part of the program. Information and registration can be found at Remember – camporees exist to help lighten the load for troop leaders. Sign up your scouts today!


Does your pack or troop have a tough time getting things planned? Are there new members or members on the committee that need training or assistance? Attend the annual program planning seminar at the April Roundtable (April 4th from 7-8:30 at the Center for Scouting)! Several sessions will take place and you will have the option to pick and choose what you want to learn more about. This is a great way to engage more parents – ask them to attend and visit two sessions – they just might help out! Bring new leaders in – they’ll get a better sense of the big picture and all of the things that take place in planning including budgeting, calendar development, activity ideas, succession planning, camping…and so much more.


After a long comment period, we’ve made some significant changes to our spring sale to make life easier for you! The product will be one box with a variety of jerky products. This is a great opportunity for new scouts to build up funds for uniforms, camp, and other expenses. This is also great if your unit may be in need of a fundraiser or missed the boat on popcorn sales. For more information or how to sign up, contact Brett or Kevin at 701-293-5011. For a full Sales guide, check the Northern Lights Council website: 


The snow might still be on the ground – but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for your summer camping trips!

 Boy Scouts – the dates for the Spring Camporee is set! So mark your calendars for April: 26-28 at the Fargo Air Museum. This year again, we will have a STEM theme! Registration can be found at

Is your pack/troop signed up for resident camp at Camp Wilderness?  Sign up before the good campsites are all taken! For more information or assistance, contact Shelby at 701-293-5011.

 Cub Scouts – We have all our Day camp Dates set! June 1st, Casselton ND. Don’t forget about Scout Day with the Fargo RedHawks in August. Stay tuned for the date! Plan to spend the night on the field after the game - it counts as a camping night!


Are your scouts looking for the next thing in their scouting path? Order of the Arrow is a great way to get more involved in scouting and community service. Further, greater leadership opportunities exist, creating more opportunities for growth and travel! For more information, contact Seth Murray at


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Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

Fall News 2018 (September, October, November)

7 Roundtable
14 Eagle Board of Reviews
21 Commissioner Meeting
21 OA Chapter Meeting
23 District Recognition Dinner

MARCH 2019
7 Roundtable
14 Eagle Board of Reviews
14 OA Chapter Meeting
16/23 Scouting for Food
21 Commissioner Meeting

APRIL 2019
4 Roundtable
11 Eagle Board of Reviews
14 District Pinewood Derby
18 OA Chapter Meeting
18 Commissioner Meeting
26-28 Spring Camporee

MAY 2019
2 Roundtable
9 Eagle Board of Reviews
16 Order of the Arrow Chapter 5 Meeting
16 Commissioner Meeting
31 Pack Calendars Due

JUNE 2019
1 Cub Scout Day Camp (Casselton)
13 Eagle Board of Reviews
21 Commissioner Meeting

News / Current Events

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  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:

Merit Badge       Participation Limit
Plumbing 14
Home Repairs 14
Orienteering 14
Cooking 24
Fire safety 14

Please review the calendar or flyer to get full details and to register: 

Contact: Paul Zent, 701-426-9912
Posted: 2019-01-31
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.

Posted: 2019-01-23

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Fargo, ND 58103
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