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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 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


Unit Leadership Forums

District Round Table – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3

Round table topics are determined by the unit leaders and can include anything you have an interest in seeking help with or sharing success stories/best practices. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at Cornerstone First Baptist Church, but you can attend virtually at http://www.gotomeet.me/nlcbsa/GreatPlains. Go to the home page to sign up for the 7 p.m. council round table, which covers a different topic of interest to unit leadership each month.


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.


Winter Water Carnival

January 16, 2021 – 9 AM-3 PM CT – Williston ARC (822 18th St E, Williston, ND)

Cub Scouts are invited to the annual Winter Water Carnival at the Williston Area Recreation Center Saturday, Jan. 16. Lions through Arrow of Light are all able to complete an adventure at this all-day water park event. Attendance is $15 in advance or $20 at the door per Scout, plus $5 for each accompanying adult.

Non-Cub Scout Siblings can attend for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Siblings will not get any advancement pins/belt loops and are not guaranteed to get a patch. Registration coming soon!



Klondike Derby 2021

February 6 - 7, 2021

We are working with the Tomahawk District to offer this event at Big Four Scout Camp in Minot. Look for registration and more details coming soon!







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.


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.

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