Oxcart Trails District

Serving Otter Tail, Wilkin, Grant and Richland counties in Minnesota and North Dakota.

District Top Leaders

District Chairman    
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

 

Mailing Address:

Oxcart Trails District, Boy Scouts of America
P.O. Box 1007
Fergus Falls, MN 56538


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.


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

(317)-946-7007

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.

Download the event information flier

Register to Attend


Monthly District Calendar

Calendar - click above or scroll to bottom of page

 

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 304  
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  
Pack 355  
Pack 357  

 


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:

  1. Go to My.Scouting.org
  2. In the drop-down menu, go to Legacy Web Tools and select BeAScout.​
  3. Choose “unit” (rather than council) under “Unit Pin Mode” to update the pin with your contact info.
  4. Be sure to set pin status to “active.” If they want the “Apply Now” button on the pin, set “Apply Status” to “active.”
  5. Note that it may take a few hours, or up to overnight, for the updated information to show up.
  6. For Cub Scout packs: You’ll also want to go to Organization Manager and identify your pack’s gender: all-boy, all-girl or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens. Under Organization Manager, find the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. The default is Boys Dens, but you can change that. Be sure to enter an effective date or it will not update the pin.

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