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Great Plains District

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

Upcoming Roundtable Themes:

August: Fall Program Launch, Fall Recruiting 101, Committee Meetings 101, Scouts Popcorn Sales Training. The Scout Popcorn Sales Training will begin at 6:30 pm at the Williston Area Recreation Center (The ARC) with Scouts having pool time afterwards until 8:30 pm Roundtable for adults will follow after the Popcorn orientation.

September:     Cub Scouts Pow Wow Den Leader Specific Training, 

                         Scouts BSA, Venturing & Exploring How to sign up more scouts!


October:          Cub Scouts: Cubmaster Specific Training,

                         All Units: Committee Specific Training

                         Winter Programming and Planning

November:      Youth Protection Certification Renewal

                         Safe Swim Defense Training/Renewals

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.

Popcorn Academy

When:      August 13th

Time:       6:30 P.M. CDT

Where:     Williston ARC 

              822 18th St E, Williston, ND
              701.572.WARC (9272)

Cost: $10.00 per scout* or sibling to enjoy the waterpark

* The 1st 3 scout fees of (total of $30) will be refunded to the unit account following the Popcorn Academy

All Scouts are invited to the ARC on August 13th for the Scout Popcorn Orientation and kickoff celebration. There will be a short course on the new ordering systems and policies for Trails End Popcorn. After the course the scouts are invited to enjoy the waterpark until 8:30 pm. Late arrivals will still have to take the course before swimming. The ARC closes at 9:00 p.m.


Marie Kondo Your Scout Closet

Now that the new school year is upon us, last years Lions are now Tigers, Tigers to Wolf, Wolf to Bear, Bear to Webelos, Webelos to Arrow of Light, Arrow of Light to Scouts BSA, and High School Seniors have long since graduated from youth membership to adult leaders, consider going through your Scout closet. Look for equipment and especially uniforms or uniform parts you or your scout has outgrown. Speak with your Cubmaster/Scoutmaster about donating to the unit hand-me-down uniform supply closet. We want to make sure every scout has a uniform. If your unit does not have any more room for uniform part donations speak with our District Executive about what to do. 

Scout Leaders if you have ‘antique’ uniforms over 20 years old that you want to clear out of your closet or are you a looking to collect antique uniform parts speak with Great Plains DE Carleton Borden, he will help put you two in contact with each other. 

Local Uniform Supply 

Want to buy your new uniform/uniform parts and want to support local?  

Our Northern Lights Council has a National Supply Division Scout Shop at the Fargo Scout Center, and the Northern Lights Council operates a smaller Scout Store at the Bismarck Scout Center. These are both great local places to get your uniform and uniform parts. If you are not going to Fargo or Bismarck anytime soon but want to see and feel the uniform before you purchase our district has a local Scout Distributor in Williston. For those who do not know in the Great Plains District “All Seasons Sport About” in Williston is our Local Scout Supply Distributor. 

If your unit wants to have uniforms (on consignment) available on Fall Roundup night for new scouts to try on and perhaps purchase speak with Our District Executive Carleton Borden before July 15 to coordinate which Scout supplier source would be a best option for your unit. 

Western Spring Camporee 

Scouts from Scouts BSA Troop for Boys 1316 & 1368 Williston

The Western Spring Camporee at Heart Butte Scout Reservation was a great success with over 219 Scouts and Scout Leaders in attendance. Scouts BSA Troop for Boys 1316 & 1368 both of Williston were representing the Great Plains at this great event. Our Scouts had a great time and brought home many great memories. If you want to help with next Spring's Camporee talk to our Activities Chair Tim Bishop. He will be leading our side of the Camporee planning for 2020.

How do I make my Pack Stronger in September?

There are five ways to strengthen your Cub Scouts Pack program. 

  1. Have your Cub Scouts attend Cub Resident Camp at Big 4 July 19th - 20th hang out with our DE's wife and their youngest son. 
  2. Do Fun simple Pack events in July and August – like a day at the park or picnic or movie day or go to a sports game as a group. Earn your Summer Camp Pack Award. 
  3. Select a New Member Recruiting Chair for your Pack, have them work with your Elementary Schools to lock in the August/September Recruitment Nights for your Pack. Let our DE Carleton Borden, know the date and what supplies you need. 
  4. Have leaders attend the BALOO / OWLS Training at Big 4 on July 27th starting at 7:30 AM CDT goto: https://scoutingevent.com/?OrgKey=BSA429&calendarID=182355​ 
  5. Have the Pack Committee meet over the summer to plan the 2019-2020 calendar. Publish that calendar for all families in the unit to know. Make sure those calendars are given out at the first meeting in the Fall. Also let our DE Carleton Borden know your calendar. Plan on recruiting all kids in your elementary school Kindergarten through fifth grade. Our largest growth in 2018 came from Packs that recruited boys and girls from K-5. And had their Lion program ready to grow. 

Scout Leaders New Additional Online Resources

TroopLeader.org 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

ProgramResources.org 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 Summer Day Camp

Cub Scouts at D 14 Cub Day Camp 2019

June 15, 2019 at Lewis & Clark State Park (South Shelter)

On June 15 th 52 of the 57 registered Scouts and 32 Adult leaders converged on Lewis & Clark State Park for our Annual Cub Scout Day Camp. Fun times were had by all and the weather was absolutely perfect for Camp until 2:45 pm. Many thanks to Troop 1357 Stanley and Kier Jackson for her tireless work putting the event together. Many parents and Scouts commented that they had such a great time and cannot wait to go to camp again.

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.

Cub Scout Fun Day (Fall 2019)

October 5, 2019 

Location TBD 

The deadline for early bird registration will be Sunday, September 22, 2019. 

Schedule for the Fun Day 

8:00 am - Check in opens  

9:00 am - Opening ceremony  

...Fun Stuff...

4:00 pm - Closing ceremony  

4:30 pm - departure  

Please let us know if you and your unit is interested in volunteering at the Fall Cub Fun Day for the Great Plains District 

2020 Great Plains District Races? 

Cub Scouts, would you be interested in participating in a District-wide Pinewood Derby Race? This would be around the Home & Garden Show April 2020 timeframe.

Scouts BSA members, do you miss the thrill of racing your family-built Pinewood Derby car? Would you like to see your car fly down the track? We are surveying interest in having a District Blast Car race for our Scouts BSA Troops during December/January. What is Blast Car? Blastcar is a CO2 powered race car for Scouts BSA Troop scouts. A Blast Car is different from a Cub Scout pinewood derby car because a Blastcar is powered by a CO2 cartridge that blasts the car out of the starting gate, while a pinewood derby car is gravity powered. Blastcars are available at https://www.scoutshop.org/events/scouts-bsa.html 

Please let Great Plains District Program Chair Tim Bishop know if you will be volunteering to help run these events. We need to know by the September Roundtable to make them go or no go.


Great Plains 2019 Fall Camporee

Join in on a weekend of adventure in celebration of Scouting. 

Hosted by Williston Scouts BSA Troop for Boys 1316. 

The 2019 Fall Camporee is open to all registered Scouts BSA Scouts, Sea Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, Scout Leaders and Scout Parents 

Arrow of Light Dens and their Den Leaders are invited register and to come on Saturday to experience the day at Camporee with the Great Plains Scouts BSA Troops. 

When: September 13-15 2019 

Where:Lewis & Clark State Park, 4904 119th Road NW, Epping, ND 58843 

Cost: $30 per scout or adult ($20 for Webelos/Arrow of Light)

           There is a $5 discout for registering early. There will be a $5 surcharge for registering with less than 5 days before the event or at the event.

Registration is now open https://scoutingevent.com/429-29841

Don’t miss the fun and excitement of the 2019 Fall Camporee, which will be held September 13-15, 2019 at Lewis & Clark State Park in Epping ND. Our program will be jam-packed with challenging activities, camp fires and most of all, excellent adventures. Parents and visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend the Fall Camporee. 

Questions: contact Rita Squillace, Fall Camporee Coordinator Chair (510) 672-7770 or Misty Falcon.

Cancellation policy: Refunds for registered individuals not attending the event ay be given if the Great Plains District is notified in writing two weeks before the event except for medical reasons. Refunds for cancellations due to medical reasons will require a doctor’s note and be transmitted to the Great Plains District through your Scoutmaster/Cubmaster. 

Klondike 2020

Where: Plentywood Montana

When: TBD

Relive the Days of the Gold Rush at Klondike Derby in February 2020. 

The 2020 Klondike Governors will be Phil Howard (Scouts BSA Troop 1283 Plentywood & Gordon Leibrand (Scouts BSA Troop 1298 Scobey) and they will be looking for a few good City (station) Mayors (Station chairs)! 

The Klondike Derby is the premiere outdoors winter event in the Great Plains District, Northern Lights Council for Scouts BSA Troops, Explorer Posts, and Arrow of Light Webelos.  In this event, patrols go on a trek through the many cities of the Klondike to compete in a variety of Scouting Skills competitions. 

To sign up or volunteer speak with Phil Howard 

Additional information including equipment lists, health information, and other rules and regulations will come out at the October Roundtable. 

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2019 Membership Growth Incentive

Our goal, as always, is to increase the number of young men and young women that we serve through our life-changing program.  We do transform our communities and have a powerful positive impact on the future!

To encourage unit leadership to pursue membership growth in all packs and troops this fall we are offering the following incentive:

  1. Existing Packs and Troops that achieve growth of + 5 or more youth members over their December 31, 2018, registered members will be given a voucher for one Pinewood Derby car (Packs) or 1 Merit Badge Pamphlet (Troops) for each registered youth member as of the deadline date of November 15, 2019. 
  2. New Packs or new Troops chartered after February 1, 2019, that achieve 10 or more youth members will be given a voucher for one Pinewood Derby car (Packs) or 1 Merit Badge Pamphlet (Troops) for each registered youth member as of the deadline date of November 15, 2019.
  3. All membership must be turned in, processed, and paid for no later than November 15, 2019, to count towards the incentive. 

For more details and to determine your membership goal speak with your District Executive.

Posted: 2019-07-01
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