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
Director of Field Service Darin Steindl (218) 979-4653


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 Thursday of the month at 6:30 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.


Twilight Camp 2020

We had a great turnout at our Twilight Camp on July 15th at Runestone Park. Eleven youth, eight parents and ten staff members had a great time at Twilight Camp. Activities included bows and arrows, BB Guns, a craft box, an egg drop, firebuilding and joke telling.


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 Announced

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. 

District Recognition Dinner

Thank you to everyone that attend the dinner on March 12 at Crooked Willow! Many deserving volunteers were presented with special recognition.

The top awards presented were:

  • Carl Johnson Award - Jebb Garrison
  • District Award of Merit - Mike Henning and Mike Morton (pictured below)

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.

Schedule a presentation for your pack or troop today!

Thank you to the units that have already scheduled their presentation!

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