Serving Otter Tail, Wilkin, Grant and Richland counties in Minnesota and North Dakota.
District Top Leaders
|District Vice-Chairman (Program)||Mark DeMartelaere||(218) 671-0588|
|District Commissioner||Mike Guck||(218) 849-2124|
|Asst. District Commissioner (West)||Teresa Pearson||(701) 640-7218|
|Asst. District Commissioner (East)||Mark DeMartelaere||(218) 736-7226|
|District Executive||Melissa Halda||(218) 252-8706|
|Director of Field Service||Darin Steindl||(218) 979-4653 cell|
Oxcart Trails District, Boy Scouts of America
P.O. Box 1007
Fergus Falls, MN 56538
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.
New District Executive - Missy Halda
We are pleased to announce that Melissa “Missy” Halda has been selected as the District Executive for Oxcart Trails district, effective November 1, 2019.
Missy’s primary responsibility will be fulfilling the mission of Scouting through leadership and guidance of district operations, including; volunteer engagement, membership recruitment, community and family fundraising, new unit sales, fiscal management of activity budgets and program support in the Oxcart Trails district.
Missy is a graduate of Bemidji State University and has served as Camp Director for the Scouts BSA summer camp at Camp Wilderness the past three summers. She will continue serving as Camp Director again this year.
Please join us in congratulating Missy as she begins working with you to grow the Scouting programs across the area.
Charter Renewal Turn- in Party
6:00 PM on January 16, 2020 at Augustana Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls
We ask every unit to have a representative attend to turn in the completed unit Charter Renewal packet.
Annually, every Scout Unit must renew the memberships of their youth and adult members for the upcoming charter year. In the Oxcart Trails District, most of our unit charters expire on February 28.
The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that registration fees are increasing in 2020. The new registration fees have been updated in the online charter renewal system. However, since the Northern Lights Council will be subsidizing the fees this year due to the timing of the national council decision, when you log in to the system - ignore the fees online. Instead, use the new charter fee worksheets below.
Charter Fee worksheet (excel)
Charter Fee worksheet (pdf)
Webelos to Scout Transition
This time of year is an exciting time of year for many of our Arrow of Light Scouts. Not only are they completing their final Achievements in Cub Scouts, but the Arrow of Light Scouts are looking forward to their future years in Scouting. Mark Sundberg our District Webelos to Scout Transition Chair, has been working with the Scouts who are currently AOL and what their plans are after they have completed Cub Scouts. Many scouts are planning on crossing over to Scouts BSA, and we are excited to have them be apart of the older youth program! Make sure to have their transfer applications completed if they are crossing over to a troop, and turned in as soon as you can! Not only is this a great time for AOL scouts to crossover, but it is an excellent time to invite others to your Troop! Here are some excellent resources to help out with creating a Troop Open House!
Open House Form for Troops - This form will let us know when you plan on having your open house. Just fill it out and and Lindsay will get flyers to the school!
Council Resources - This has great information for anyone who wants more information on the Webelos to Scout Transition Process
Oxcart Trails Youth Protection Champions
|Jessica Gibble||New York Mills||(218) 402-0348|
|Jeffrey Krosch||New York Mills||((218) 639-3684|
|Jaime Brause||Fergus Falls, MN||(218) 205-4851|
|Stephen Herdan||Pelican Rapids, MN||(218) 671-0761|
|Gordy Przbylski||Perham, MN||
|Ben Smith||Underwood, MN||(218) 791-7353|
|Teresa Pearson||Breckenridge, MN||(701) 640-7218|
|Tammy Miller||Colfax,ND||(701) 741-4355|
|Mark DeMartelaere||Fergus Falls, MN||(218) 671-0588|
|Mike Guck||Battle Lake, MN||(218) 849-2124|
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.
Monthly District Calendar
Oxcart Trails District Committee
|SBSA Roundtable Commissioner||Mike Guck||(218) 849-2124|
|Product Sales Chair||Ben Smith||(218) 791-7353|
|Webelos to Scout Transition||Mark Sundberg||(218) 731-5942|
|Membership||Wally Senyk||(218) 770-4598|
|Day Camp (Camp Director)||Jaime Brause||(218) 205-4851|
|Day Camp (Program Director)||Jessica Gibble||(218) 402-0348|
|Cub Scout Leader Training||Jessica Gibble||(218) 402-0348|
|Scouts BSA Leader Training||Dave Pederson||(320) 808-1056|
|Youth Protection Champion||Mike Guck||(218) 849-2124|
|Order of the Arrow||Doug Hansen||(701) 541-0300|
|Scouting for Food||Dick Barsness||(218) 205-1901|
|Klondike Derby 2020||Mike Partain||(218) 731-5675|
|Fall Camporee 2019||Ryan Hansen||(218) 770-7505|
|Spring Camporee 2019||Mark DeMartelaere||(218) 736-7226|
|Cub Scout Advancements||Teresa Pearson||(701) 640-7218|
|Scouts BSA Advancements||Mark DeMartelaere||(218) 736-7226|
|District Recognition Banquet||Mark DeMartelaere||(218) 736-7226|
|Eagle Projects/Boards of Review||Ivan Maas||(701) 899-1087|
Family Friends of Scouting Presentation Scheduling
During the start of the year, 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 meetings. The district will have a presenter attend and talk to the parents for about 8-10 minutes about how the council supports the local unit. Parents are then given the opportunity to make a financial pledge to the Friends of Scouting campaign.
Please contact Missy Halda to schedule your presentation.
|Pack & Date||Troop & Date|
|Pack 306||Troop 305|
|Pack 307- 2/23/2020||Troop 307- 2/23/2020|
|Pack 309||Troop 309|
|Pack 312 - 2/10/2020||Troop 313 2/15/2020|
|Pack 313- 2/15/2020||Troop 318- 2/15/2020|
|Pack 318||Troop 321- 2/23/2020|
|Pack 321||Troop 325- 2/23/2020|
|Pack 325- 2/23/2020||Troop 346- 2/23/2020|
|Pack 336 - 2/23/2020||Troop 357- 2/2/2020|
|Pack 350||Troop 397|
|Pack 352- 2/17/2020|
Update your BeAScout pin today, so families can find you
Today’s parents can do it all online. With a few taps on their tablet, they can buy school supplies, sign up for soccer or hire a babysitter.And, more and more these days, they’re finding out about Scouting online, too. Today’s parents want, and expect, to learn more about the BSA through a simple-to-use, nicely designed website.
BeAScout.org is that website. It is the first thing many prospective Scouting families see about the BSA, and it tells them what Scouting is, why it’s a good fit for their family and where they can find a Cub Scout pack, Scouts BSA troop, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship near them.
That last part — the where — is where you come in. It’s time to update your unit’s listing on BeAScout.org, and I’ll tell you why.You see, when moms and dads visit BeAScout.org, they can enter their ZIP code to find all the Scout units near them.
These results show up as pins, with each representing a pack, troop, crew or ship nearby. If your unit is represented by one of those pins, you want that prospective Scout parent to have a direct line of communication to you. That way you can tell them all about how awesome Pack 123 is or what makes Troop 456 so great.
There’s just one problem: some units haven’t updated their pins, meaning there’s an extra obstacle between you and a new member of your unit.But don’t worry. Updating your pin is easy, and it’s well worth your time.
Updating your BeAScout.org pin is simple, and it’s a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Cubmaster or meeting time, for example. Access to update your pin is available to all unit leaders, including committee members in a unit.
To update your pin: