Report Child Abuse & Neglect

Did the Incident happen during a Boy Scouts of America Program?

The Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America, recognizes the need for child protection throughout its entire program through Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Varsity Scouts, Explorers and also for the young people involved in Camp Staffs and other activities of the Council.


The Boy Scouts requires immediate notification of the Scout Executive whenever information about possible child abuse in the Boy Scout program is uncovered, the following procedure is to be followed:

  1. Notify the Northern Lights Council Scout Executive or Director of Field Service by calling the Council’s Youth Protection Hotline. 


  1. The child protection authorities will be notified by the Scout Executive or Director of Field Service with the proper information pertaining to the reported incident and what transpired or caused the incident.
  1. Notify the Council Scout Executive in writing about the incident being specific, i.e., what, when, where, why, how, time and place. Be very specific - in no case should you or anyone make any accusations one way or the other about the incident. Professional people will be contacted who will handle the whole investigation and procedure. 

Did the Incident happen outside a Boy Scouts of America Program?

Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to child abuses or acts of child abuse should report this information to the child protection authorities in the State Department of Human Services or should contact the authorities in the county social services offices.


  • If a child is in immediate risk of harm, contact your local law enforcement agency or dial 911

North Dakota - County Social Services

Minnesota - Department of Human Services

South Dakota - Protective Services

Montana - Department of Public Health and Human Services

Thank you for your concern and help for the child protection procedure of the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America. 

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