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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 Leadership

District Chairman    
District Commissioner Leland Tong (701) 580-2021
Unit Serving Executive Audrey LaFave (906) 291-0920
Director of Field Service Rob Gilkerson (701) 223-7204


Great Plains Scout Office - 310 Airport Road, Suite 1050 (open by appointment only)



Merit Badge Midway

Great Plains District presents - Spring Merit Badge Midway in Williston ND

March 27, 2021

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Early Bird $10 per scout register by 3/20/21

Regular Price $15 per scout

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Misty Falcon

Carleton Borden 








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Order Free Placemats for Blue & Gold Banquet

The council is making available free placemats for Packs to use during the Blue & Gold Banquet. The placemats have information about camp opportunities for Cub Scouts in 2021.



BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

February 27, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (central) Stanley Youth Building, Reservoir Rd, Stanley ND (on Google it appears as Boat Launch)

Registration Opening Soon

BALOO is the introductory training Cub Scout leaders must complete before taking Cub Scouts on an overnight camping trip. Recent updates to this two-part course make the content more impactful, useful and convenient. 

Who should take BALOO?

The BSA requires that you have at least one BALOO - trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event. We strongly recommend 2 in the pack at any time. That includes pack camping and Webelos den overnighters. A BALOO trained leader should be at any overnighter regardless of whether it is a pack, district or council event. Having at least one BALOO trained adult will make your Cub Scouts’ camping experience as awesome as it can be.

How do I complete BALOO training?

BALOO consists of two components: online and hands-on. You’ll need to complete both in order to qualify as a “Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and receive the BALOO recognition patch.

  • Online component: The online portion of BALOO is available 24/7 on the BSA Learn Center. Just log in to My.Scouting.org to begin. The goal of the online portion is to make the best use of time to allow leaders to experience as much as possible during the practical hands-on training.
  • Practical, hands-on component: This 1-day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

September 12-13 2020 & February 27-28, 2021

February 27, 2021 (Address on Google is Stanley Boat Launch: Reservoir Rd, Stanley ND)

This is THE outdoor leader training for Scouts BSA Troop Leaders. Specifically, this hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a boy-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting programs. Hands on participation is the best learning tool, and this course models the techniques used by effective Scoutmasters, Advisors, and other adult leaders in the Scouting program. Attendees will see and experience various aspects of how Scouting works while playing the role of Scouts in a troop. This is course #S11, a required course for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to earn their “Trained” status.

Council Recognition Luncheon

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Council Recognition Luncheon will be held in-person at the Capital Credit Union Scout Center in Bismarck and the Wanzek Center for Scouting in Fargo. The luncheon will start at Noon for those in attendance.

The program will be broadcast using Go to Webinar and is scheduled to run from 12:25 – 1:00 pm (central). Those that can’t attend in person can watch the broadcast on Go to Webinar.

Since the Recognition Luncheon was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, we will be presenting Silver Beaver Awards to those volunteers selected in 2020 in addition to those selected in 2021. The 2020 recipients have already been notified with this information.

  • To attend the luncheon in-person in either Bismarck or Fargo - Register Here
  • To participate in the webinar if you can't attend in-person - Register Here



Youth Protection Training

Having an unexpired Youth Protection Training certificate is required for all registered leaders before they will be able to renew their BSA membership. Youth Protection Training is good for two years. This training is available online through My.Scouting.org.

Youth Protection Champions: Your registration as Youth Protection Trainers has expired. If you would like to renew your status as a Champion of Youth Protection in the Great Plains let Misty or Audrey know and we will make the training/resources available to you to continue your great leadership in the Great Plains 

Does your unit want a Youth Protection Training but not sure about your internet access? Schedule with our District Youth Protection Champions to schedule a time and place.


Merit Badge Counselor Registration

For information about registering to teach a merit badge or to renew as a Merit Badge Counselor, visit the Advancement web page.

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