Support & Fund Raising Programs

Support the Council

Friends of Scouting
    • Click here to donate and become a Friend of Scouting
Memorials & Tributes
    • Anyone can remember a loved one or celebrate an achievement, while also supporting Scouting. More info
Camp Wilderness
    • Bricks: Show your passion for Scouting by having a brick with your name located on the pavilion by the dining hall. More info
    • Amazon Wishlist 2023. Click here to view our wishlist for programs this year!
Special Events
    • Corporate Pinewood Derby (Bismarck) – December 14, 2023
      • An evening event at Schwan Buick GMC in Mandan. Local businesses compete in a traditional pinewood derby race using a car that their company has designed. Includes dinner, drinks, and a lot of fun. Sponsorship levels: $250, $500, and $1,000
    • Sporting Clays Fun Shoot (Bismarck) – July 27, 2023
      • Afternoon event at Capital City Sporting Clays near Bismarck. Supports program delivery expenses in the Bismarck area. Sponsorships include team of four and recognition at event commensurate with gift. Sponsorship levels: $500, $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000.
    • Western ND Golf Classic (Minot) – August 28, 2023
      • Morning event at Vardon Golf Club. Supports program delivery in the Minot, Dickinson, and Williston areas. Sponsorships include teams of four with carts and recognition commensurate with gift. Sponsorship levels: $600, $1,000, $2,000, and $3,000.
    • Hometown Heroes Gala (Fargo) – October 12, 2023
      • Evening event at the Delta Marriott to honor nominees from the community who have veteran status and volunteer in the community, as well as a corporate entity and citizen that does great work in our community. Sponsorship includes a table of eight and recognition commensurate with gift. Sponsorship levels: $1,250, $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000.

Support Our Scouts & Units

Financial Assistance Programs for Scouts

    • Assistance is available to help Scouts pay their National BSA registration fees, uniforms and even to attend camp in the summer! More info
James E. West Fellowship Award

A gift to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund, qualifies for membership as a James E. West fellow. The gift must be in addition to—and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. A minimum gift of $1000 in cash or marketable securities qualifies for the Bronze level membership.


Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond member levels. For example, 5 years of giving at the Bronze level would qualify for Silver level membership.


Individuals and corporations may make these gifts either on behalf of someone else—such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary—or in memory of a special individual. The award is presented with a certificate, a lapel pin, and a square knot to wear on the uniform.

Second Century Society

Since the centennial of the BSA in 2010, the Second Century Society has recognized members donors who make deferred or outright gifts greater than $25,000 to support the operational, capital and endowment needs of Scouting. While every member has a different way they express their vision for Scouting’s future, they have a common goal… insuring all youth continue to experience Scouting in its Second Century and beyond.


Download the Major Gifts Recognition pamphlet

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society is our Council’s way of recognizing those who have made deferred gifts to the Endowment Fund.  A Heritage Society member of the Northern Lights Council is anyone who informs the Council that he or she has made provisions in his or her will or another estate plan for a gift.

You may have already made provisions for the Northern Lights Council in your estate plan but have not informed us of your gift.  If you have made a gift to the Northern Lights Council and not informed us about it, we ask that you contact us at (701) 293-5011.