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) 214-9860|
|Unit Support Executive|
|Asst. 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
Change of Date for August District Committee/Commissioners Meeting. It will be August 11 instead of August 4.
Special Leaders Popcorn Kickoff Meeting
August 4, 7:00 pm at the Williston Scout Office. (310 Airport Rd, Suite 800)
Upcoming Roundtable Themes:
July 14: Bakken Center, 310 Airport Rd, Outside next to building (or indoors if raining)
August 6: Council-wide Online & Bakken Center, 310 Airport Rd, Suite 800
(This is a different date from our usual meeting date as found in the Program Planner)
The Conference Room (Suite 800) has been reserved for every 1st Tuesday of the month for Roundtables live gathering. If you feel comfortable please come and gather together for our meetings.
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 Carleton Borden if you are interested.
Family Friends of Scouting Presentation Scheduling
During the first few months of each year (usually Jan/Feb/Mar), we ask packs and troops to allow a Family Friends of Scouting presentation to be scheduled during the Blue and Gold Banquet, Court of Honor or other pack/troop meeting. The district will have a presenter attend and talk to the parents for about 8-10 minutes about how the council supports the local pack. Parents are then given the opportunity to make a financial pledge to the Friends of Scouting campaign. This is not a high-pressure sales pitch.
With the Current Covid-19 restrictions any unit that was unable to have its Friends of Scouting Presentation the district would like to schedule a virtual presentation to your unit and have them electronically make their gift to the district. Text "Family2020" to 41444
September 4-6, Big 4 Scout Camp, Minot
The Great Plains District will be working with the Tomahawk District in regards to the Fall 2020 Camporee. More information will be up soon.
Cub Scout Summer Day Camps
We will be offering as series of 1 day Cub Field Days throughout the Great Plains District.
Both events will run from 9 am to 3 pm (Central) / 8 am to 2 pm (mountain)
In order to limit any kind of COVID transmission we want to encourage families to only go to the closer Cub Day Camp. We are asking our Montana units: Scobey 4208/Daniels County, Plentywood 4282/Sheridan County, Culbertson 4293/Roosevelt County Montana and our Northwestern most Dakota Pack: Crosby 4338/Divide County please consider Plentywood as your Cub Day Camp location.
For our other North Dakota Packs: Watford City 4382/McKenzie County, Stanley 4357/Mountrail County, & Epping 4333, Tioga 4350, Williston 4368, 4371, 4378/Williams County please register for our Epping camp location.
August 22 at Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Culbertson, Montana
12:00 Noon registration opens,
Event: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mountain Time
Have a post school opening smaller Cub camp.
Cub Scout Leader Training
On August 15, 2020 starting at 9:00 am (central) we will be having an in person Cub Scout Basic Training for Parents, Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committee Chairs, Charter Representatives & Committee Members on the basics on being a trained leader in your local Cub Scout Pack. Cost will cover any leader handbooks you will need and lunch. Registration for the day long class will be online by May.
8:55 am Flag Ceremony. 9:00 am Youth Protection Training (required of all Leaders), 10:15 am Committee Member / Committee Chair Training, 11:30 am Hazardous Weather Training (required of all Leaders), 12:30 pm Lunch Break, 1:30 pm Cubmaster Basic Training, 3:00 pm closing ceremony
If you cannot make it in person: Please join us live or from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click Here You can also dial in using your phone. (646) 749-3117 - Access Code: 609-862-109
Scouts BSA Leader Training / Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
The Great Plains will be offering a live in person class of Scout Leader Basic Training on September 12-13 2020 in Stanley North Dakota. This class will be a great opportunity for Scoutmasters, Parents, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Members, Charter Representatives, & Committee Chairs to learn the basics of leading a quality Scout Troop. Registration will be online when the Merit Badge Midway October courses open up later this summer. Cost will include lunch and the leader handbook for your level of training if available.
You can always take the courses earlier by going to my.scouting.org and click on the training portal.
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 Carleton know and we will make the training/resources available to you to continue your great leadership in the Great Plains
Next In-Person Youth Protection Training is August 15, 2020 - 9:00 am at the Bakken Center (Williston Field Office), 310 Airport Rd, Williston, ND.
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.
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.