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.
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.
(click on event for additional details or Calendar Summary)
- 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
- 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
- Fellowship, Winterizing Camp, Small Projects, and Camp Master Training
Christmas Party (Staff and Association)
- Fellowship and fun at Zorbaz and Camp Wilderness
Welcoming Staff / Staff Week (previously called Spring Gathering)
- Welcome Staff to Camp and Fellowship
Local Socials — Fellowship and Food
- Fargo Social — First Tuesday of each month at a local restaurant from 7-9 pm (check our Facebook page for this month’s location)
- Grand Forks — Check Facebook for the next event
- Duluth — Check Facebook for the next event
Camp Reunions — Celebrating the Camp’s Anniversary for Metigoshe, Wabaunaquat, Heart Butte, Big 4, and Camp Wilderness.
Photos, Videos, Songs, Maps, etc...
Aurora - Association Newsletter
Alumni Achievement Award
Dr. Steve Werpy Staff Scholarship Fund
Support Camp Wilderness & the Association
Grow our Operating Budget
Donate to our Current Project
Grow the Staff Scholarship Fund
List of Projects
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.
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.
- Sporting Clays Fun Shoot, Bismarck – July 28, 2022
- Golf Outing, Minot – August 2022
- Good Scout Awards Luncheon, Fargo – September 22, 2021 (more info below)
- 35th Annual Grand Forks Lawn Social, Grand Forks – September 30, 2021.
- Heroes & Leaders Gala, Delta Hotel, Fargo – November 18, 2021 (click here to nominate a hero)
National Alumni Associations
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Check out our YouTube Channel for many more videos
Our focus 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.
(when, why, who, how, etc…)
Missouri Valley Council
Metigoshe Scout Reservation
Lake Agassiz Council
Heart Butte Scout Reservation
Red River Valley Council
|Guide Books||Big 4 Scout Camp||Thunderbird Lodge|
|Stories & Anecdotes|
Camp Spanish Point
Working at the History Center
Camp Kiwanis/ Wood Lake
|Helping with Research|
Camp Chandawag/ Oak Island
Cataloging and storing items
|Northern Lights Council|
|Building Displays||What 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