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 Todd Medd (701) 446-7697  
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


Jason Benson is an Eagle Scout and tenured Committee Chair for Troop 279, chartered by Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo, ND. Jason has been a strong proponent in the success of Troop 279 and continues to ensure that the scouts find success. In addition, Jason serves as the Institutional Head and Charter Representative for Pack 234 in West Fargo and has held various District Level positions. Jason has been awarded the Tiger Cub Den Leader Award, Cubmaster Award, Den Leader Award, Den Leader Training Award, Boy Scout Leader's Training Award, and the District Award of Merit. Thank you Jason, for your dedication to scouting!  

Nominated by George Vinson. 


Jeremy Murray, a Life Scout in Troop 637 (Moorhead, Trinity Lutheran Church) was recently recognized by Moorhead Chief of Police Shannon Monroe for extraordinary honesty. Jeremy was walking to school in early February when he found a bank bag belonging to Jay’s Smokin’ BBQ, stuffed with over $500 in cash.Jeremy then worked with his mother to get the bag to Moorhead Police, where the bag was then returned to the owner of the restaurant. Read the full article here

Credits, Ethan Mickelson, Northern Sky District Public Relations Chair


Does your pack plan to/go on a camping trip this summer? BALOO is for you! Leaders and parents who take this course will find themselves better prepared to plan and facilitate outdoor pack, den and even overnight events. At this training, you’ll learn how to make camping activities and outings fun. You’ll discover how to keep your Cub Scouts safe and entertained. Successful experiences in the outdoors make Cub Scouts — and their parents — more likely to keep coming back. When? Saturday, May 18th at MSUM Science Center @ Buffalo River State Park. Register Here


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 4 pm on April 14 at El Zagal Shrine in North Fargo. Visit the registration page for more information. Rules are also posted on the registration page. Questions? Contact our event chairman, Jon Larson.


Mark your calendars – all troops are invited! The annual Spring Camporee is taking place at the Fargo Air Museum on April 26-28. This year will feature another STEM project where scouts will have an opportunity to design, build, and program an RC car! Scouts will also have an opportunity to complete the Robotics Merit Badge. Registration is live! Questions? Contact Our event chairman, Korgen Halver


Preparation for next year is already beginning! Why so soon? If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. Sports and extracurricular activities are already beginning to publish calendars for 2019-2020, so let’s set our dates too! Youth begin contacting the scout office early in the summer about joining scouts and it’s great to give them your calendar, so they can plan for scouting before school begins! 

Leaders in Packs and Troops are invited to attend and partake in everything the seminar has to offer. The following sessions will be offered.

7:00-7:15: General Announcements
7:15-7:40: Calendar development choosing activities
7:45-8:00 and 8:00-8:15; Pick two sessions to attend, each runs for 15 minutes

  • Recruiting Volunteers/New Volunteer On-boarding – 0-60​
  • Scoutbook
  • Holding Effective Committee Meetings
  • Budgeting
  • Pack/Troop Relationships

All Units will be equipped to build a calendar with their scouts and parent leadership. If your unit anticipates needing help, please reach out to your commissioner or talk with Brett or Kevin. Calendars are due 5/31. What we’re looking for is meeting dates and major outings. Specifics are not required (would be welcomed!). 

Additional program planning resources are found here!


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

Scouts BSA – Opportunities all over the place! Try the Spring Camporee in Fargo in April, Merit Badge Weekend, Visit the Ripley Rendezvous at Camp Ripley in May, or visit Merit Badge Weekend/Resident Camp opportunities at Camp Wilderness! For more information or assistance with Camp Wilderness, contact Shelby at 701-293-5011.

Cub Scouts – Visit our June 1st Day Camp in Casselton, ND! Don’t forget about Scout Day with the Fargo RedHawks in August. Check out Cub
Scout resident camp at Camp Wilderness


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


Get updates faster! The Northern Sky District is on Facebook @ Send your information to us on things that your Troop is doing in the community to let everyone know how much fun your boys are having in Scouting. We will also work to keep current on district events, reminders, pictures and more!


Spring 2019 (March, April, May)

Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

Fall News 2018 (September, October, November)

APRIL 2019
4 Roundtable
11 Eagle Board of Reviews
14 District Pinewood Derby (El Zagal Shrine)
18 OA Chapter Meeting
18 Commissioner Meeting
26-28 Spring Camporee (Fargo Air Museum)

MAY 2019
2 Roundtable
9 Eagle Board of Reviews
18 BALOO Training (Buffalo River State Park)
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

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Posted: 2019-03-18
Richard McCartney Named Scout Executive of the Northern Lights Council

Richard McCartney has been named Scout Executive of the Northern Lights Council,  Boy Scouts of America, effective April 1, 2019.

Rich began his Scouting career as District Executive at the Genesee Council in Batavia, NY.  He moved on to become a Senior District Executive, District Director, Field Director, and Assistant Director of Field Service with the Otetiana Council, Rochester, NY. He was promoted to Director of Support Services of the Denver Area Council, Denver, CO.  In 2005 he was selected as Scout Executive of the Moraine Trails Council, Butler, PA. In 2009 he became Scout Executive of the Greater Yosemite Council in Modesto, CA where he served until February 2017, when he began his current position as Area Director for Area 6 of the Western Region.

Rich is an Eagle Scout who enjoys cooking, exercise, hunting, fishing, backpacking, and music. Rich and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Raymond 22 and Ian 17. 

"I am looking forward to joining the Northern Lights Council, Rich McCartney said.  This is an outstanding Boy Scout Council because of the great work of thousands of volunteers and parents, enhanced by a talented team of executive and support staff.  Our focus will be to continue to deliver character and leadership rich programs based on the mission of Scouting to prepare young people to make moral and ethical decisions in their lifetimes, by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law”.  

Please join us in congratulating Rich as he joins us in delivering quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities we serve.

Posted: 2019-02-28

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Fargo, ND 58103
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