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

November Roundtable - Note Date and Location Change

Tuesday, November 5 is election day and we want everyone to get out and vote. For this reason, we are moving the District Committee Meeting and Roundtable to Tuesday, November 12 and will be holding the meetings at 1813 Genes Road SE, Alexandria at Adrian Panther's "Man-Cave".

In November, it is important that every unit have someone in attendance to pick up the charter renewal paperwork.

District Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 12

6:30 PM

1813 Genes Road SE, Alexandria, MN 56308



Tuesday, November 12

7:30 PM

1813 Genes Road SE, Alexandria, MN 56308


The District Committee Meeting and Roundtable will not be held at Calvary Lutheran Church in November.

Monthly Leader Meetings

District Committee

  • 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas St in Alexandria. 

Adult Leader Roundtables

  • 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas St in Alexandria.

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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Scouts BSA Leader & Outdoor Skills Training

Friday, November 22 - Saturday, November 23, 2019

Runestone County Park, 8965 County RD 103 SW, Kensington, MN

Every Scout deserves a trained Leader!

This course will provide volunteers with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Scouts BSA troops. Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for those positions.

Start time - 6 pm on Friday, End time - 6 pm on Saturday

Area for sleeping and meals provided. Cost is $15 per person.

For more information, contact David Pedersen at (320) 808-1056. Register now online or download the paper registration form.

Open Houses

Open houses can be an effective way to recruit new Scouts into your unit, especially in the spring when outdoor activities are on the horizon! There are great opportunities for all of our Scouts! From our Great Day Camps, to our Camporee, Resident Camp at Butler Outpost, or Camp Wilderness!

Here are some great ways to do that!

  • Select a date, and set up a Display for the Troop or Pack
  • Make a presentation to the Students to spark their interest, and allow them to participate in hands on activities as much as possible.
  • Extend an invitation to attend an open house with their parents. Provide information that is relevant to the upcoming events and activities. 

If your unit would like to do a Open House

Troops fill out this form

Packs fill out this form

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.

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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Posted: 2019-03-18

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