Lakes District


Serving Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Grant & Traverse counties in Minnesota.

District 4 Leadership

District Chair Adrian Panther (720) 308-4567
District Commissioner Michael Denke (320) 491-8381
District Executive Brenda Thomson (320) 760-5605
Field Director (East Team) Thomas Huether (406) 780-0690


Eagle Scout Process Contacts:

Eagle Project Approvals - Tim Gehring (320) 760-7273

Eagle Scout Board of Review Scheduling - Mike Henning (320) 491-9095

Local Mailing Address

Northern Lights Council, BSA
P.O. Box 1131
Alexandria, MN 56308

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Monthly Meetings

District Committee

  • 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm
  • St. Mary's Scout House, 420 Irving St, Alexandria

Roundtable for Cub Scout & Scouts BSA Leaders

  • 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm
  • St. Mary's Scout House, 420 Irving St, Alexandria

Commissioner Staff Meeting

  • The Sunday after the monthly Council Commissioner meeting at 7:00 pm
  • via Go to Meeting

Go to Meeting connection information: computer accessor (Toll Free): (866) 899-4679, access code 374-457-573.



Become a Youth Protection Training Champion

Registered Scout leaders that have an unexpired YPT certificate can become a certified YPT Champion by completing an additional training course conducted by our Council YPT Champion, John Bisbee.

The course is conducted online using a video conferencing platform.

By completing this additional course, YPT Champions may then conduct in-person training sessions for other leaders. After completion of the training, participants will receive:

  • A Certified YPT Champion certificate
  • A special yellow square knot loop to wear on your uniform (signifying that you are a YPT Champion)
  • A flash drive containing the materials and videos needed to conduct the in-person training

Two training sessions have been conducted in 2020 and additional sessions will be posted here as they are scheduled.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Thursday, October 15 @ 8:00 pm (central) via Go to Meeting
  • Sunday, October 25 @ 8:00 pm (central) via Go to Meeting


Register and we will send you the Go to Meeting connection information the day before the meeting.


Order of the Arrow - Chapter 4

Are your scouts looking for the next thing in their scouting path? Order of the Arrow is a great way to get more involved in scouting and community service. Greater Leadership opportunities exist, more opportunities for growth, greater ability to travel, and a better way to create friendships throughout the Council. For more information contact, Chapter Advisor Brian Ramey.


New District Executive

It is our pleasure to announce that Brenda Thomson has been selected as the District Executive for Lakes district, effective March 16, 2020.

Brenda’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.

Brenda is a graduate of Southwest MN State University and has most recently worked for Runestone Learning Center and Alexandria United Methodist Church. Brenda has also been involved in Scouting in the Lakes district for the past 17 years, serving as a Cub Scout leader, Scouts BSA leader and Order of the Arrow Advisor.

Please join us in congratulating Brenda as works with Lakes district volunteers to grow the Scouting programs across the area. 

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