Council News

Report to Governor Nomination Due December 28

Every February the Northern Lights Council has the privilege to present the annual Report to the Governor.  To make this program a success we reach out to local Scout leaders from across the council to nominate their very best Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Explorers to lead the program, that is sponsored by the Bismarck Rotary Club.  This is a great opportunity for Scouts to gather in the Capitol City of Bismarck and update our North Dakota Governor on everything that is happening in our Boy Scout Council.  After the program; all Scouts, family members and leaders will have the opportunity to take part in a special guided tour of the North Dakota state Capitol.  Submit your nominations form today

Posted: 2018-11-20
Silver Beaver Nomination Due January 6, 2019

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award the Council bestow upon a registered volunteer Scouter in recognition of distinguished service to the Council and its youth Nominations will not only be judged on their outstanding volunteer service at the Council level, but their overall service to youth.  BSA Official Silver Beaver Nomination Form must be received no later than Friday, January 6, 2019.   Click here to download nomination form.

Posted: 2018-11-19

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 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

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 about March 1st.  Be sure you are one of the Scouts who have the opportunity to experience this mountain top experience.

Cub Scout Leader-Specific Trainings scheduled across the Council 

To help new leaders run den and pack meetings, we encourage participating in one of the training sessions offered in the council this fall - either in person or online.

Cub Scout Leader Training page

Fall 2018 Training Schedule

Online training is also available on

Charter Renewal Process Begins in October

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 becomes available on October 1,
2018 (Nov 1 & Dec 1 for some districts).

At the October Roundtables (Nov & Dec for some districts) – a packet of instructions and other forms that are useful to complete charter renewal will be distributed. Each district will have help sessions for those unit leaders that are
new to the charter renewal process.

But even before the online system opens, there are a few things your pack or troop can do now to prepare (and will help you finish charter renewal quicker):

  • Have all applications for new youth and adults turned in before October 1. Doing this will save time because you won’t have to manually enter them in the online charter renewal system.
  • Have all adults that will be renewing complete the new required Youth Protection Training by October 1. If all the leaders have not completed the new training, it will cause a delay in renewing the unit charter.
  • Start collecting any fees that your unit requires before October 1. This can be time consuming, so start early.

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.

Scoutbook Free Starting January 1, 2019

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.

New Scoutbook accounts will not be able to be created until January 1, 2019.


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