Great Plains District

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Serving the Northwest North Dakota counties of Burke, Mountrail, McKenzie, Williams and Divide.  Also serving the Northeast Montana counties of Sheridan, Daniels and a portion of Roosevelt.

District 14 Leadership

District Chairman Tim Horab (701) 774-3156
District Commissioner Kevin Hammer (701) 572-6416
District Executive Carleton Borden (701) 566-0231
Asst. Director of Field Service Rob Gilkerson (701) 223-7204


News and Current Events

Northern Lights Council Annual Meeting

Please note the corrected Time. We had listed the wrong time for the meeting. It has been corrected!

Friday February 15th, 2019 8:00 a.m. Central Time

All Chartered Organization Representatives for the Great Plains District are invited to a satellite location in Williston to virtually attend the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America, Annual Meeting that will be held at the same time in Fargo, N.D.

The Great Plains District satellite location will be at the Board Room at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton located at 1515 14th Street West, Williston, ND 58801. Space is limited so please let Tim Horab or Carleton Borden know if you are attending. If you are unable to get to Williston but would like to virtually attend the overall meeting, speak with Carleton Borden so that he can report which Chartered Organizations are represented from our district as well as he can give you the access codes to log in from your community.

Scouting for Food / Fill-a-Canoe March 23

Please make sure to set up a Canoe (or a box that looks like a boat) in front of your local grocery store (check with them ahead of time) on March 23rd, to collect for your local Food Bank during the Scouting For Food Drive. Units can also direct food donations to go to the Williston Branch of Gate City Bank. Please report to Great Plains DE Carleton Borden 701-566-0231 at the end of the day on how much your location donated.


How do I make my Troop Stronger in September?

There are five ways to strengthen your Scouts BSA Troop program.

1) Bridge the Arrow of Light Cub Scouts... When? NOW!

2) Get your Troop to the Great Plains Merit Badge Midway March 30th, at Williston State College… Information will be at the District Roundtable.

3) Sign up for the Western Districts Spring Camporee. Competition between Scouts has been found to strengthen unit cohesion and advancement.

4) Have a Recruitment Night for New Scouts in April, and make sure they sign up to go to camp with your Troop this summer. Scouts who go to camp are more likely to stay involved in Scouting in the Fall. Talk to DE Carleton Borden, he has flyers available to give you to promote your Scouts BSA Troop.

5) Start a Parallel Scouts BSA Troop for Girls. We already have girls in Great Plains Cub Scout Packs and when they reach fifth grade they are looking to continue in the Boy Scouts of America program. We are seeing great growth in communities that have established Cub Scouts Dens for Boy and Girls. Nationwide we are already seeing great growth in Charter Organizations that have unit programming for the entire family from kindergarten to college.

Webelos to Scout Transition

By now many of the Arrow of Light Cub Scouts should have begun bridging into on of our Scout BSA Troops. Ask your friendly neighborhood District Executive Carleton Borden for the list of fifth grade Arrow of Lights who have not yet bridged from their Cub Scout Packs to the Scouts BSA Troops. Make sure you invite them and their parents to an April meeting. These are youths who already love Scouting. They just need to be invited to continue the journey of a lifetime.

Scout Leaders New Additional Online Resources provides useful information and practical ideas to help make it easier for youth and adult troop leaders to present Scout meetings that are fun with positive outcomes. Included on the webpage are links to: Program Features / Planning / Training / Outings / General Troop Information / Recruiting New Members Program Resources are designed to serve as a planning tool for troop leaders. Its aim is to provide resources that contribute to making parts of the meeting more meaningful, engaging, and fun. Included on this webpage are links to: Scout Meeting Activities / Ceremonies / Leaders Minutes

Cub Scout Day Camp

June 15, 2019 at Mountrail South Complex, Stanley ND

This is a new date from what was listed in the 2018-2019 Northern Lights Council Program Calendar. More information will be available at the District Roundtable.

Spring Camporee (Western Districts)

May 31-June 2, 2019 at the Heart Butte Scout Reservation, Elgin, ND 58533

Great Plains District will oversee unit check out on Sunday. Please have your troop sign up to help on Sunday June 2, 9:00 – 11:00 am Break Camp/Check out/ Head Home.

More information will be at District Roundtable

Explorer Post 282

The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a few new Law Enforcement Explorers


Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders like you. Together, we equip young people with character, leadership and life skills that can be used both today and in their future careers.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Businesses and community organizations initiate a career-specific Exploring post or club by matching their people and organizational resources to the career interests of youth in the community. The result is a program of interactive activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. Want to learn more about Exploring? Go to the website

Interested in starting an Explorer Post near you? Speak with Great Plains DE Carleton Borden 701-566-0231

Youth Protection Training

The Great Plains District Northern Lights Council will come out to conduct Youth Protection Training to units that do not have reliable internet service in their community. As previously announced, a NEW Youth Protection Training course is required for all registered leaders before they will be able to renew their BSA membership. The Youth Protection Training certificate is good for two years.

Download the Youth Protection Training Flyer for dates and times of upcoming training sessions for people that want to become certified to conduct the new Youth Protection Training or just to complete the training for yourself.

Do you want to go to Philmont for training?

Have you signed up to attend the Philmont Training Center this summer? Conferences are filling up quickly. Sign up today to ensure you get a spot in the conference you want or the week of Philmont Family Adventure that fits your schedule!

Special LDS Philmont Training VISION 2020

Come to Vision 2020, a unique opportunity for Latter-day Saint families and Scouting leaders to continue Scouting! Join us at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico for a week of training and family fun! Learn how to find a new charter organization, start a Scouting unit, organize a committee, recruit youth, train leaders, raise funds, develop an annual plan, and continue Scouting with energy, increased knowledge, and optimism. And, enjoy the trademark family events of Philmont: spouse activities, children age groups, youth mountain trek, family hiking, western night, children's parade, family dancing, campfires, and so much more! Experience a memorable family vacation that will jumpstart your new Scouting legacy in 2020! Dates: Saturday, June 15 - Saturday, June 22, 2019 Bring the whole family for a unique and exciting Philmont experience! Click on the link below to register: Vision2020ANewPhilmontOpportunityForLDSFamilies.aspx

Watch This Video:  Attend the Vision 2020 Conference - a unique opportunity for Latter-day Saints families and Scouting leaders

Update your BeAScout pin today, so future Scouting families can find your Units

BeAScout.Org is a powerful tool to help parents find your unit. But, it only works if they are able to get the right information about your Unit.  First impressions are everything, so it is important to keep your BeAScout pin up-to date. Find out how to update your BeAScout pin here.


District Newsletter

Spring 2019 (March, April, May)

Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

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:

  • Mark Scouting for Food Dates on your Unit's Calendar 
    Saturday, March 16 - Door Hanger Distribution Day
    Saturday, March 23 – Scouting for Food Collection Day
  •  Register your Unit to participate by completing:  Scouting for Food Unit Registration Form. 
  •  Identify one or more adults in your Scout unit who will coordinate your unit’s participation in Scouting for Food.
  • Attend your district Roundtable to pick up Scouting for Food door hangers.
  • Record your Scouting for Food community service hours here. Scouting for Food is a service project that helps your unit meet is goals for Journey to Excellence.
  • Have fun!  Take pictures. The Scouting for Food community service project is the perfect opportunity to let your community know about your unit.  Leave a unit flyer or thank you note with the door hangers, take pictures and submit them to your local newspaper.

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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