Lakes District

Serving Minnesota Counties of Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Grant & Traverse

District 4 Leadership

District Chair Adrian Panther (720) 308-4567
District Commissioner Michael Denke (320) 491-8381
District Executive    
Director of Field Service Darin Steindl (218) 979-4653 cell

Monthly Meetings

District Committee

  • 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm

Roundtable for Cub Scout & Scouts BSA Leaders

  • 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm

Until Calvary Lutheran Church is done with remodeling, these meetings will be held at the Scout House across the street in the parking lot North of St. Mary's Catholic Church (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.

Klondike Derby
Important Announcement - if your troop was planning to participate in the Oxcart Trails District Klondike Derby this weekend, it has been postponed until February 15 due to the expected extreme cold weather this weekend. If you have questions, please contact Mike Partain at (218) 731-5676.

Registration for the event has been re-opened for troops to sign up.

Scout Night with the Fargo Force
If your Scouts like hockey, join the fun on January 17 at Scheel’s Arena in Fargo to watch the USHL Fargo Force take on the Des Moines Buccaneers. There are different ticket packages available including an “overnight” package that includes a ticket to the game, food and drink voucher, patch, ice skating after the game and campout in the arena.
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District Executive Search Continues

If you need assistance, please continue to reach out to the Director of Field Service, Darin Steindl. Candidates are being interviewed and we will fill the position as soon as possible.

We had recently hired a district executive, but she decided that it wasn't a good fit for her.

Cub Scout Winter Adventure Day

Bundle up, bring your sleds and join us on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Runestone Park near Kensington for a day of winter fun!

There will be games, crafts, sledding and food!

Check in between 8:35 am and 9:00 am. Activities will run from 9 am to 3 pm. Parking is limited, so we ask packs to coordinate carpooling and registration.

Download the event information flier

Register to Attend

District Recognition Dinner

Mark your calendar for the annual District Recognition Dinner that will be held on Thursday, March 12 at Crooked Willow in Osakis. This is the time when make time to thank the volunteers that make Scouting happen in the Lakes district and in the Scout units. Dinner, fellowship and the presentation of awards will highlight the evening.

Registration will open in February.

Nominate a Deserving Scouter in your Area

We have hundreds of excellent volunteers in the Lake district. This is your chance to help recognize someone that has helped you and the Scouts in your area have an excellent experience.

  • Take a few minutes to complete one of the nomination forms below
  • Submit the form no later than February 4, 2020
  • If the person you nominated is selected, you will be notified.

District Award of Merit Nomination form

Nomination form for other district awards

Order of the Arrow

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.

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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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!

Scheduled Presentations

Pack & Presentation Date Troop & Presentation Date
Pack 345 Troop 412 - 1/27/20
Pack 410 Troop 418
Pack 416 - 3/17/20 Troop 419
Pack 418 - 3/26/20 Troop 423 - 2/20/20
Pack 423 - 2/20/20 Troop 426 - 2/10/20
Pack 426 - 4/28/20 Troop 440
Pack 445 Troop 467
Pack 467 Troop 472
Pack 472 Troop 485
Pack 473 Troop 491 - 4/27/20
Pack 475 Troop 496 - 2/10/20
Pack 485  
Pack 496 - 3/29/20  
Winner of the gift card was  
Johnnita Luthi!  


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