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 cell|
|Director of Field Service||Darin Steindl||(218) 979-4653 cell|
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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Roundtable for Cub Scout & Scouts BSA Leaders
Commissioner Staff Meeting
Go to Meeting connection information: computer access, or (Toll Free): (866) 899-4679, access code 374-457-573.
Day Camp 2020 (actually Twilight Camp)
June 16 -18, 2020 Rescheduled to July 14-16 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
Kensington Runestone Park
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm each day
We know that the weekends are busy in the summer - so we are doing something new this year! We are conducting Day Camp during the week and later in the day (twilight).
Packs can choose how many days for your Scouts to attend (1, 2 or all 3 days). We hope that your pack has a Camp Coordinator to help with scheduling drivers to carpool to camp and making sure enough adults attend camp with the Scouts. See the information below.
When Scouts attend camp all three days - they will have more time to do the highlight activities (bb guns and archery), make a better craft project and have the chance to participate in a campfire program.
5:00 pm - check in
5:30 pm - activities begin
9:20 pm - closing ceremony
9:30 pm - on the road back home
Parents that work during the day don't have to use entire vacation days to attend camp with their Scout - just leave early from work for a few days.
Note - all participants (youth and adults) will need to turn in a health history form prior to camp.
Does your pack have a Day Camp Coordinator?
To help communicate camp information and coordinate the registration of youth, we ask for each pack to have a Pack Day Camp Coordinator. The coordinators will be invited to participate in a webinar prior to the date of the Day Camp.
Please let us know who your pack coordinator is by completing the Pack Day Camp Coordinator Form.
Free Camp Promotion Placemats for Blue & Gold Banquets
The council is making available free placemats for packs to use during their Blue & Gold Banquet. Download a sample here.
To order placemats for your pack, submit your order online here. Please allow 2-3 business days for printing and extra time if they need to be delivered.
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.
Spring Product Sale
The spring sale is held to help Scouts earn money to help pay for Day Camp, Cub Resident Camp, Scouts BSA Summer Camp, and High Adventure trips.
New for 2020!
Based on results of a survey of volunteers conducted after last year's spring sale, the Northern Lights Council will be partnering with World's Finest Chocolate in 2020.
Special note - Please visit the Spring Sale page for more information related to the current COVID-19 situation.
Use the sign up button below to let us know your unit will be participating.
Orders will be due by noon on April 9. Get your unit signed up now so your sale coordinator receives information prior to the order deadlines.
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:
BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
March 28, 2020 Canceled
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Kensington Runestone Park
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this training event has been canceled. People that had registered online will have their credit card credited for the amount paid. Thank you for your understanding.
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.
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.
Thank you to the units that have already scheduled their presentation!
|Pack & Presentation Date||Troop & Presentation Date|
|Pack 345||Troop 412 - 1/27/20|
|Pack 410||Troop 418 - 4/2/20|
|Pack 416 - postponed||Troop 419|
|Pack 418 - 4/2/20||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 - 4/27/20||Troop 491 - 4/27/20|
|Pack 475||Troop 496|
|Pack 496 - postponed|