Lake Agassiz District

Serving youth through community organizations in Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, Traill, Nelson, Ramsey, Towner & Cavalier counties in Northeast North Dakota and now serving youth in Polk, Marshall, Red Lake, Pennington, Kittson, and Roseau Counties of Northwestern Minnesota

District 8 Leadership

District Chairman Mark Nelson (218) 779-3329
District Commissioner Thomas Henderson (701) 775-6741
Asst. District Commissioner East Cameron Carlson (218) 686-9174
Asst. District Commissioner West Steve Shark (701) 866-2121
District Director Thomas Huether (406) 780-0690 cell
District Executive Lane Schirado (701) 552-0379 cell
Director of Field Service Darin Steindl (218) 979-4653 cell


Grand Forks Service Center
Northern Lights Council
Boy Scouts of America                     
1701 Cherry Street                           
Grand Forks, ND 58201                   

Office Hours
Please contact Thomas Huether or Lane Schirdao to schedule an appointment.  




New District Executive

It is my pleasure to announce that Lane Schirado has been selected as the District Executive for Lake Agassiz district, effective October 1, 2019.

Lane’s primary responsibility will be fulfilling the mission of Scouting through volunteer engagement, membership recruitment, community and family fundraising, new unit sales, fiscal management of activity budgets and program support in the central portion of the district.

Lane is a graduate of University of North Dakota, majoring in Industrial Technology. He is an Eagle Scout from Moorhead, MN, has worked on Camp Staff as Aquatics Director and enjoys hockey.

Please join me in congratulating Lane as he works with Thomas Huether, and the Lake Agassiz district volunteers to grow the Scouting programs across the area.

Please bare with us as we work to restructure the duties that will be assigned to Lane upon his start date. We are looking to trying something new.

Membership Growth Incentive

As you may recall we set out an incentive to help units that achieve membership growth. I would like to give a quick update as to where we sit. We have 15 units that have achieved growth and will receive free pinewood derby cars for packs or Free Merit Badge Books for troops:

Congratulations to these units that have 5 or more members than the end of 2018 last year:

Pack 3001 - Cubmaster Kasey Barboa and all parents!
Pack 3019 - Cubmaster Mike and his pack in Thompson!
Pack 3025 - Cubmaster Darrell and his pack in Larimore!
Pack 3026 - Cubmaster Steve and his pack in Emerado!
Pack 3028 - Cubmaster Courtney and her Pack Devils Lake!
Pack 3082 - Committee Chair Kari and her Pack in Cando!
Pack 3089 - Pack Leaders Nicole, Kelly, Pam and Kelsey in Erskine!
Pack 3101 - Dean and Charter Rep Roger Sjulson in Fosston!
Pack 3116 - Cubmaster Courtney and her pack in Grand Forks!
Pack 3143 - Cubmaster Toni and her Pack in Minto!
Pack 4145 - Cubmaster Michelle and her Pack in Greenbush
Troop 41 - Scoutmaster Brian and his Troop in Crookston!
Troop 130B - Perry Vogel and his Troop in Grand Forks!
Troop 130G - Kyle Larson and his Troop in Grand Forks!
Troop 151 - David Pederson and his troop in Warroad!

These units are close to achieving +5 growth:

Pack 3002 - 4 more youth
Pack 3050 - 3 more youth
Pack 3056 - 5 more youth
Pack 3037 - 9 more youth
Pack 3044 - 9 more youth
Pack 3059 - 9 more youth
Troop 0037 - 2 more youth
Troop 0050 - 5 more youth
Troop 0056 - 5 more youth
Troop 0059 - 3 more youth

If you would like to work on getting the free pinewood derby cars or merit badge books please contact Lane or Thomas. We are more then happy to help.

All apps must be in and posted by November 15 to qualify.

District Newsletter

Spring 2019 (March, April, May)

Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

Fall 2018 (September, October, November)

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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Upcoming Events

October 2019
11-13               Camp Wilderness Webelos Weekend

14                    Columbus Day-All BSA Offices Closed

19                    Order of the Arrow National Webinar

22                    Council Commissioner Meeting

23                    Council Staff Meeting

24                    Council Camping Meeting

24                    Council Training Meeting

25                    Popcorn Sales End

25-27               OA Lodge Leadership Development

30                    Final Popcorn orders Due by 1:00 pm


November 2019

7                      Unit Support Team Meeting w/ Guest Scout Executive Rich McCartney

11                    Veterans Day All BSA Offices Closed

14                    Popcorn Distribution in Thief River

14                    Recharter’s Due for Eastern Units

15                    Popcorn distribution in Grand Forks

15                    Recharter’s Due for Western Units

November 2019 Continued

20                    Council Staff meeting

21                    Council Camping Meeting

23                    Northern Sky Merit Badge University

26                    Council Commissioner Meeting

27                    Council Advancement Meeting

28                    Offices Closed (Thanksgiving)

29                    Offices Closed


December 2019

1                      2019 Order of the Arrow Dues

5                      Unit Support Team Meeting @ 6:00 pm

10                    Direct Contact Leader Training @ 6:00 pm

10                    Thief River Falls Fire Side Chat (Friends of Scouting) @ 7:00 pm

12                    Direct Contact Leader Training @ 6:00 pm

12                    Grand Forks Fire Side Chat (Friends of Scouting) @ 7:00 pm

13                    Final Popcorn Payment Due by 1:00 pm

17                    Council Commissioner Meeting

18                    Council Staff Meeting

19                    Council Training Meeting

24                    Offices Closed (Christmas Eve)

25                    Offices Closed (Christmas Day)

26                    Camping Committee Meeting


January 2019

1                      Offices Closed (New Year’s Day)

3-5                   2019-2020 Camp Wilderness Winter Camp Event

7-9                   Staff Planning Conference

9                      Direct Contact Leaders Training @ 6:00 pm

9                      Roseau Fireside Chat @ 7:00 pm

10-12               2019-2020 Camp Wilderness Winter Camp Event

11-12               Scout Night with the Fighting Hawks

15                    FOS Campaign Kick-Off meeting (GTM)

16                    Council Training Meeting

17-19               2019-2020 Camp Wilderness Winter Camp Event

20                    Offices Closed (MLK Day)

21                    Council Commissioner Meeting

23                    Council Camping Committee Meeting

24-26               2019-2020 Camp Wilderness Winter Camp Event


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