Northern Lights Alumni Association

Our Purpose:  To provide a means for alumni of the Northern Lights Council and Camps to maintain affiliation with each other and to maintain the Spirit, Traditions, and Memories of the Northern Lights Council and Camps (past and present).  To contribute to the continued maintenance and development of the Council Camps’ physical and human resources with the Camps/Council.

Member Site – allow access to more information, etc…

If you need your password to access the member site click here

Northern Lights Alumni Association is teaming up with the Northern Lights Eagle Scout Association to help each other  connect Alum of the Northern Lights Council – Check out the site and update your contact information.  Thanks

Are you interested in what happens at Camp or with the Council?

The Northern Lights Alumni Association is the answer. 

To find out what’s happening or upcoming projects. 


Being a member of the Association means you will receive the Aurora our newsletters from the Association to keep up with other fellow members and the camp. The money raised by the Association goes to projects like the trailer for the Ranger, high speed internet connection at camp, human foosball at the Cub Camp, basketball court, and funding & building Cabin 3. We are currently raising money for the Steve Werpy Staff Scholarship Fund that helps by retaining camp staff. The History Center at Camp Wilderness also benefits from our members in helping with staffing, maintaining the center, and funding.

Our goal is to maintain the spirit, traditions, and memories of the Northern Lights Council Camps both past and present; to provide a means for alumni of the Northern Lights Council Camps to maintain affiliation with each other and with the Camps; and to contribute to the continued maintenance and development of the Camp’s physical and human resources.

Membership in the Association is open to all past and current camp staff members, campers, or anyone who has interest in the Northern Lights Council.  Our primary focus is on Camp Wilderness, Heart Butte and Big Four.

Association Events:

Alumni Calendar  or  Council News / Council Calendar / Online Calendar

Annual Open House at Camp Wilderness Click for additional details

  • Friday of every year during Reunion Week (which ever week the 4th of July lands)
  • Open invitation to families of the camp staff to see camp

Reunion Week at Camp Wilderness Click for additional details

  • 4th of July (which ever week the 4th of July lands)
  • Chance to enjoy the weekend (Or the full week!) of summer camp
  • Must have completed Physical Form if staying overnight & current BSA Membership
  • Must follow all camp rules

Fall Fellowship Click for additional details

  • Fellowship, Winterizing Camp, Small Projects, and Camp Master Training
  • Assisting the with Fall Festival
  • Enjoying the Fall Colors

Holiday Party  Click for additional details

  • Staff, Alumni & Families
  • Fellowship and Good Times

Welcoming Staff / Staff Week  Click for additional details

  • Previously called Spring Gathering
  • Welcome Staff to Camp and Fellowship
  • Mentoring & Assisting Program/Service Areas

Local Socials Click for additional details

  • Fellowship and Food
  • Fargo Social — First Tuesday of each month at a local restaurant from 6:30-8 pm at Sickies Garage on 45th St. (check our Facebook page)
  • Grand Forks — Check Facebook for the next event
  • Duluth — Check Facebook for the next event

Camp Reunions Click for additional details

Celebrating the Camp’s Anniversary for Metigoshe, Wabaunaquat, Heart Butte, Big 4, and Camp Wilderness.

Association Merchandise

Photos, Videos, Songs, Maps, etc...

Camp Commissioners Needed
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Membership Information

To view Alumni Membership Lists
and Camp Staff Rosters use the Member Site

Officers, Board Members, & Committee Chairs

Officers include President, Secretary (President Elect), Past President, Council Liaison, and three Board Members

Click on committee for additional details

Support Camp Wilderness & the Association

Camperships – Help Send a Scout to Camp

Summer Camp is the highlight of every Scouts year. Sleeping under the stars, swimming and canoeing at the lake, hiking through the woods, making friends and campfires at night make memories that will last a lifetime! But many Scouts cannot afford the cost of camp, but you can help with a gift to our campership fund. All our Scouts are expected to earn at least 50% of their way to camp, so a campership gift of $150 will support one Scout, $300 will support two Scouts, and $500 will support three Scouts, one Webelos resident camp experience and one Cub Scout day camp experience. Last year the Northern Lights Council invested nearly $6,000 to support the campership program because of donors like you. Thank you for your gift! 

More Information on Camperships & Financial Assistance

Support a Camperships

Staff Scholarship Fund

A gift to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund, qualifies for membership as a James E. West fellow. The gift must be in addition to—and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. A minimum gift of $1000 in cash or marketable securities qualifies for the Bronze level membership. Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond member levels. For example, 5 years of giving at the Bronze level would qualify for Silver level membership.

Individuals and corporations may make these gifts either on behalf of someone else—such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary—or in memory of a special individual. The award is presented with a certificate, a lapel pin, and a square knot to wear on the uniform.

Since the centennial of the BSA in 2010, the Second Century Society has recognized members donors who make deferred or outright gifts greater than $25,000 to support the operational, capital and endowment needs of Scouting. While every member has a different way they express their vision for Scouting’s future, they have a common goal… insuring all youth continue to experience Scouting in its Second Century and beyond.

Download the Major Gifts Recognition pamphlet

The Heritage Society is our Council’s way of recognizing those who have made deferred gifts to the Endowment Fund.  A Heritage Society member of the Northern Lights Council is anyone who informs the Council that he or she has made provisions in his or her will or another estate plan for a gift.

You may have already made provisions for the Northern Lights Council in your estate plan but have not informed us of your gift.  If you have made a gift to the Northern Lights Council and not informed us about it, we ask that you contact our Sr. Development Director, Dale Musgrave, at the Center for Scouting at 877-293-5011.


This is the annual giving campaign of the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Through Friends of Scouting businesses, families and individuals develop tomorrow’s leaders by investing in the youth of our community.  The annual Friends of Scouting campaign provides a critical portion of the funds needed to deliver the best Scouting programs and activities!

Friends of Scouting (FOS)

Just as Lewis and Clark found a path through wild country that secured the northwest passage, Northern Lights Council Pathfinders are a…

Become a Patchfinder

National Alumni Associations

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Our focus at the History Center is telling the story of the Northern Lights Council and the camps within—not only by honoring all we have today, but also by remembering where we came from. Our present-day council is the result of the evolution of four councils, four lodges, and many camps.

The Northern Lights History Center’s collections are comprised of various artifacts donated by friends of Scouting. We rely on these donations from people like you to preserve and display the history of the council and its camps. Help us uphold the story of the Northern Lights Council by donating items or by joining the History Committee.

Gifts to the Northern Lights Council for the History Center are deductible from taxable income in accordance with the provisions of Federal income tax law. However, the History Committee or Council employees cannot, in their official capacity, give appraisals for the purpose of establishing the tax deductible value of donated items. Evaluations must be secured by the donor at his/her expense. The donor receives no goods or services in consideration of this gift.           

   Our Needs       CampsCouncils/Lodges


(when, why, who, how, etc…)

Camp Wilderness

Missouri Valley Council


Camp Wabaunaquat

Great Plains

Area Council


Metigoshe Scout Reservation

Lake Agassiz Council


Heart Butte Scout Reservation

Red River Valley Council

Newspaper Clippings

Camp Shawondasse

Chatoka Lodge

Guide BooksBig 4 Scout CampThunderbird Lodge
Stories & Anecdotes

Camp Spanish Point

Chan-o-wapi Lodge

Working at the History Center

Camp Kiwanis/ Wood Lake

Minniduta Lodge

Helping with Research

Camp Chandawag/ Oak Island

Pa-Hin Lodge

Cataloging and storing items

Camp Chatoka

Northern Lights Council
Building DisplaysWhat did we miss?

Park Region Council

Contact the History Committee for more information on how you can help

email Bob Rezac or  701-261-7597

email Chad Swenson  or 701-388-2494