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 Commissioner||Leland Tong||(701) 580-2021|
|Unit Support Executive||Audrey LaFave||(906) 291-0920|
|Director of Field Service||Rob Gilkerson||(701) 223-7204|
Great Plains Scout Office - 310 Airport Road, Suite 1050
Mailing Address - PO Box 4011, Williston, ND 58802-4011
New Unit Service Executive
Audrey LaFave has been selected as the Unit Service Executive for Great Plains district, effective September 1, 2020.
Audrey’s primary responsibility will be fulfilling the mission of Scouting through volunteer engagement, membership recruitment, unit support and growth, fiscal management of activity budgets, and program support in the district.
Audrey is a graduate of Michigan State University, majoring in Communication and Public Relations. She has been living in Williston for the last few years to be close to family.
Please join me in congratulating Audrey as she works with Rob Gilkerson, and the Great Plains district volunteers to grow the Scouting programs across the area.
Virtual Day Camp / Summer Camp
October 3, 2020
Many of our Scouts were not able to attend Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Adventure Camp or Scouts BSA Summer Camp this year. So we are planning this virtual event to gives Scouts from around the council a chance to get outdoors and do some fun activities.
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.
Klondike Derby 2021
February 6 - 7, 2021
We are looking for a Troop or Troops who would like to host the next Klondike Derby. This great outdoor Scout skills event is a fun and a looked forward to event by Scouts and Scouter alike. Please consider it and speak with Tim Bishop or Audrey LaFave if you are interested.
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)
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.
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.