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									                     Northern                                                                                         NORTHERN LIGHTS COUNCIL

                                                                                                                   PRESIDENT           Doug Restemayer
                                                                                                                   COMMISSIONER        Michael Lewis
                                                                                                                   SCOUT EXECUTIVE     Mark G. Holtz

                                                                                                                       Northern Lights Council,
                                                                                                                       Boy Scouts of America
                                                                                                                      November/December 2010

  Family is and always will be important to Scouting. National
Family Week honors the connections that strengthen families.
                                                                               NOTICE OF COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING
Celebrated for more than 30 years, National Family Week is held              The Annual Meeting of the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts
the week of Thanksgiving, which will be November 21-27 this year.          of America, Inc., will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 26,
It provides everyone opportunities to honor the connections that           2011 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo, North Dakota. The
support and strengthen families, connections both within families          purpose of the meeting is to elect Officers and Board Members for
and between families and their communities.                                the 2011 Scouting year, and to hear reports from the Council
                                                                           Operating Committees.
  Strong families are at the center of strong communities. That’s            Nominations for board membership positions must be submitted
why the theme this year for National Family Week is Civic                  to the Council Nominating Committee in writing no later than
Engagement. Children live better lives when their families are
                                                                           January 14, 2011.
strong. Families are strong when they live in communities that
connect them to networks of support, and to tangible benefits
including economic self sufficiency, reliable child catre, dependable             Please send to:
transportation, affordable housing, accessible health care, and great                    Gail Haggerty
school systems. Everyone has a role in making families successful.                       Northern Lights Council, BSA
                                                                                         Council Nominating Committee Chair
  Who are the special people and organizations that help your                            301 7th Street South
family? Perhaps it’s a grandmother or neighbor who watches the                           Fargo, ND 58103
kids during the workweek, a placement center that helped you find
a new job, a community leader who helped get a new park built in             Those eligible to vote include:         Chartered Organization
your neighborhood, or elected officials who advocate family-
                                                                           Representatives registered and currently representing a Chartered
friendly policies.
                                                                           Organization within the Council’s geographical boundaries, and
  Efforts are being coordinated nationwide by the Alliance for             registered duly elected Council Members-at-Large. No voting by
Children and Families, an organization of hundreds of nonprofit            proxy as indicated in the Council Bylaws.
organizations dedicated to strengthening and serving children,
families, and communities.                                                 Mark G. Holtz
                                                                           Corporate Secretary/Scout Executive
 The following are easy ways to celebrate National Family Week
with your family:
                                                                            COUNCIL ANNUAL RECOGNITION BANQUET
  •    Extend your family. Plan a “family supper” with neighbors             The Council Annual Recognition Banquet is held annually to
       or help in a neighborhood improvement effort. Write a thank-you     recognize the volunteers of the Northern Lights Council. The
       note to someone who has been especially helpful to you.             highlight is the presentation of the Silver Beaver Awards, the highest
  •    Adopt a military family. Send a note to a person in the
                                                                           recognition presented on the Council level. For a schedule of the
       service and lend your support to his or her family.
  •    Select an issue that’s important to your family and work with       day please see page 2.
       local officials to help make changes.
  •    Lend support to National Family Week activities.                                               February 26, 2011
  •    Plan your own National Family Week event.                                                     Ramada Plaza Suites
                                                                                                     Fargo, North Dakota
 Everyone has a role to play in making families successful. For
more information, tips and a listing of local events, visit                  Mark your calendar and plan now to attend. Reservations are                                                required. For more information contact the Fargo Scout Office toll
                                                                           free at 877-293-5011 or visit the Council’s website at

                                                                           COUNCIL CALENDAR
                                                                           November 2010
                                                                           9     – Session 1 Popcorn Arrives: Districts will be contacted
                                                                           13    – Session 2 Popcorn Sales end
       The               Table of Contents                                 17
                                                                                 – Executive Staff Meeting
                                                                                 – Session 2 Popcorn Orders due by 1pm at Fargo Service Center
                          Page 2
                         Page 2        Council Annual Training Policies
                                       Youth ProtectionMeeting Schedule
 Northern                                                                  19    – Executive Board Meeting
                         Page 3        Matt Executive Butler Scholarship
                                       Scout and JoAnn Column              25-26 – Thanksgiving, Offices Closed
      Lights              Page 3       Commissioner Comments
                                       Scout Executive Column              29    – Session 1 Popcorn Money Less Commission Due in Fargo
                         Page 4        Commissioner Comments
                                       Capitol Centennial Celebration
      Council            Page 5
                          Page 4       Report to the Governor
                                       Report        Governor              December 2010
                         Page 6        Words to for Food – Fall Roundup
                                       Scouting Live By 2011               1     – Session 2 Popcorn Arrives: Districts will be contacted
wishes you
wishes you                Page 5       Guide toRechartering
                                       Internet Safe Scouting
                                                                           3-5   – Winter Camp at Camp Wilderness
                                                                           10-12 – Winter Camp at Camp Wilderness
                         Page 7        Exploring News Policies
a safe and
a safe and
                                       Youth Protection
                                                                           15    – Executive Staff Meeting
                         Page 8-9 7
                          Page 6 -     Endowment
                                       Endowment                           17    – Executive Committee Meeting
      happy              Page 10-12
                          Page 8       Popcorn 2010
                                       ArrowPower 2011                     17-19 – Winter Camp at Camp Wilderness
                         Page 13       BSA 100th Anniversary
                                       2011 World Jamboree                 22    – Session 2 Popcorn Money Less Commission Due in Fargo
      holiday            Page 14-15    Camping                             24-27 – Christmas, Offices Closed
                          Page 9       Camp Activities                     28-31 – Winter Camp at Camp Wilderness
      season!            Page 16-23
                          Page 10-15
                                       District News
                                       District News                       31    – Happy New Year!
NORTHERN HILITES - 2                                                                                                         NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010

The Silver Beaver Award was established in                                                                      Scouters or council employees within five
1931 and is presented for distinguished service                                                                years of their leaving employment with the
to young people within a local Boy Scout                                                                     BSA. Nominations cannot be made for
Council. It is the highest award which may be                                                               posthumous awards.
presented by a local Boy Scout Council. A
recipient must be a registered adult member of the                                                      NOMINATING PROCEDURES
Boy Scouts of America. The Northern Lights Council                                                    Any individual may submit a nomination form. If
salutes the commitment and hard work of these                                                        you wish to use a computer to develop your
Scouters.                                                                                           nomination, the format of the Northern Lights Council
                                                                                                  Silver Beaver Nomination Form must be used! Each
GENERAL INFORMATION                                                                             person wishing to nominate a certain Scouter must submit
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award the Northern                                      their own individual form, rather than (1) multiple
Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America can bestow upon a                                      signatures on the form, or (2) reproducing one nomination
volunteer Scouter in recognition of distinguished service to                                form with different nominating persons names, addresses; the
youth within the council’s service area. Nominees will not                                purpose of this is to obtain as much information as possible
only be judged on their outstanding volunteer service with the                           about the nominee. All nominations for the Silver Beaver Award
BSA, but their overall service to youth within our council. The                        are confidential. To avoid possible disappointment, please do not
actual recipients will be selected by a committee comprised of                       advise your nominee of your action on his or her behalf.
previously selected Silver Beaver recipients who are registered
Scouters in our council. Final approval of the committee’s                            The nomination form must be RECEIVED NO LATER THAN
selection will be by the National Court of Honor. This
year’s awards will be presented at the council’s annual                                                NOVEMBER 12, 2010
banquet on Saturday, February 26th at the Ramada Plaza                                                 Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America
Suites in Fargo, ND.                                                                                   Silver Beaver Selection Committee
                                                                                                       301 7th Street South
ELIGIBILITY                                                                                            Fargo, ND 58103
Any registered volunteer Scouter who resides within the boundaries of
Northern Lights Council, and who is at least 21 years of age, at the time of Silver Beaver nomination forms are available at any Scout Service Center or
nomination. Nominations will not be considered for former professional online at

    Annual Meeting and Banquet                                                       MATT & JOANN BUTLER
     Saturday February 26, 2011                                                      YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
        Schedule of the Day                                                         SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Tentative schedule for the day:
                                                                             The Matt & JoAnn Butler Youth Development Scholarship Program recognizes the
 9:00 am       Registration                                                  importance of comprehensive youth development and the value of continued
 9:30 am       Scouter’s Religious Association Meeting                       participation in the Scouting program through the Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire
11:00 am       Wood Badge Luncheon                                           USA, and the Boy Scouts of America. The Matt & JoAnn Butler Youth Development
                                                                             Scholarship Committee will annually select recipients to receive $2,000 scholarships
12:30 pm       Committee Meetings
                                                                             to be used for post high school education.
                  • Commissioner
                  • Camping                                                  To obtain a scholarship application contact any local Scout Service Center or at
                  • Administration                                 
                  • Training
 2:00 pm       Council Annual Meeting                                        REQUIREMENTS
 3:00 pm       Heritage Society, James E. West, Founder’s Circle,
               1910 Society Member Reception                                 ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
 3:30 pm       Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet
                                                                             Be currently registered with the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America;
                                                                             Northern Star Camp Fire USA; Dakota Horizons Council, Girl Scouts (Northwest
Mark your calendars! For more information visit our website at
                                                                             and Northeast Districts only). Submit application no later than 5:00 p.m. on                                                       December 10, 2010 to:

                                                                                      Matt & JoAnn Butler Youth Development Scholarship Committee
                                                                                                     Northern Lights Council/BSA
                                                                                                             301 7th Street
                                                                                                         Fargo, ND 58103-1884

                                                                               Be a graduating high school senior entering college, university or post high school
                                                                             technical school in the year the scholarship is awarded. Scholarships are awarded only
                                                                             to those applicants who graduate from high school in the calendar year in which
                                                                             scholarships are presented. A certified diploma indicating graduation must be
                                                                             submitted if selected to receive scholarship.
                                                                               Provide a transcript of high school grades covering six semesters only. The transcript
                                                                             need not be “official”.
                                                                               Submit a photocopy of ACT and/or SAT score unless score is included on

       Northern HiLites                                                      transcript.
                                                                               Have demonstrated leadership ability in your organization and a strong record of
                                                                             participation in activities outside of your organization. Provide a statement by the
    NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010                                                   applicant clearly stating why he believes he/she needs financial aid, signed by the
                                                                             applicant and countersigned by the parent.
      Northern Lights Council,                                                 Provide one signed recommendation letter from a volunteer leader who knows the
                                                                             applicant personally. This is the only endorsement required. Endorsements from
   301 S. 7th St., Fargo, ND 58103                                           teachers, counselors, etc. should not be included.
                                                                               Attach a brief statement of up to 150 words entitled, “What receiving this Youth
         Volume 13, Issue 6                                                  Development Scholarship would mean to me.”
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010                                                                                                                                    NORTHERN HILITES - 3

A Message From                                                                               Commissioner’s Comments
Your Scout                                                                                   We are rapidly approaching the time of year when retention
                                                                                           and rechartering become the focus of our commissioner staff.
                                                                                           Unit retention is something all commissioners puzzle over.

Executive                                                                                  Why do some units recharter easily every year? Why do other
                                                                                           units struggle to recharter? Is there anything commissioners
                                                                                           can do to make unit retention easy for all units?
   The third Thursday of every September in our Northern                                     Of course, the key to unit retention is youth retention, one
Lights Council is an exciting day. School Night, Night to                                  youth at a time. That comes as no surprise to anyone. But what
                                                                                           does come as a surprise is the amount of control unit leadership has
Join Scouting, Round-Up…whatever you call it, the event is
                                                                                           over youth retention. A few years ago the National Council conducted
the same. It’s our annual campaign to recruit new Cub-aged boys into the Scouting
                                                                                           two research projects. The first was focused on why Cub Scouts leave the program, and the
program.                                                                                   second was focused on Boy Scout retention. The results were remarkably similar. The
   A week prior to “School Night” my daughter sent me a text “How much to join             percentages listed reflect the percentage of boys who left Scouting who said the factor was a
Scouts?” I replied “$15.” She came back “per month”, I replied “per year”. It went         major reason for leaving. When working with a unit with dwindling membership, the unit
on from there. Finally I called her (imagine that) and said “why all the questions about   commissioner should analyze the situation. Why are the youth leaving? Boring meetings?
Cub Scouts?” I have a granddaughter. I then got the story. Her girlfriend’s son            Not enough outdoor program? Cost? This may not be easy to determine at first glance, and
brought home a flier about Cub Scouts and he wanted in. Seems he wasn’t so                 certainly different boys will have different reasons. But consulting with the committee chair
interested in athletics and was a tad shy. This Cub Scout thing seemed pretty cool to      and unit leader combined with observations should reveal an area or two that can be
him. I was getting a bit more interested on how this whole thing was coming together.      improved upon within the unit. Then it is a simple matter of working with unit leadership
You see, I get the reports on our recruitment - 1,461 new Cub Scouts, but this was a       to decide upon strategies to improve those areas.
chance to follow one family as they signed up for Cub Scouts.
   The “texts” started again. “how much are dues?” “it depends” I responded, “how          Factors in the Hands of Pack Leadership
                                                                                           Boring meetings 44% • Poor/disorganized leadership 43%
much is the uniform?” “about $25 for the shirt” my fat fingers responded, “do the
                                                                                           Not enough outdoors 22% • Not enough challenge 19%
parents have to stay at the recruitment meeting?” “call if you want more information”
was my response. I was starting to see how someone can burn through 1,000+ texts           Factors in the Hands of Troop Leadership
per month!                                                                                 Boring meetings 56% • Disorganized troop 24% • Didn’t like other guys 18%
   Fast forward the conversation to this past Sunday when my daughter handed me her        Not challenging enough 15% • Leaders too strict 14% • Bullying in troop 13%
phone and said “look at this”. The photo was of her friend’s son in his brand new Cub      Costs too much 11% • Not interested in camping 10%
Scout shirt, neckerchief and cap. A big smile on his face told the whole story. My
daughter said he has been to two meetings and can’t wait for the next!                        Rechartering is now done on-line and most units are familiar with the process. The
   Yesterday I attended an Eagle Scout ceremony. Very impressive. At the conclusion        commissioner still has an important role in making sure the units have started the process as
of a very emotional ceremony, a PowerPoint of the Scout’s “Scouting career” was            early as possible. Having discussion about the recharter process will remind unit leaders of
shown. Photos from the past, including the fun he had in Cub Scouts drew a few             the tasks and can facilitate making sure things such as getting the appropriate signatures are
chuckles and I’m sure, a ton of memories for parents and Scout leaders. Standing in        not left to the last moment. The unit should review the unit rosters to make sure all the unit
front of us was an impressive, articulate young man…eleven years earlier, a brand new      members are listed and make decisions about members that will be retained or dropped
                                                                                           during the process. Any youth soncsidered for a drop should be contacted to attempt to
Cub Scout. The new Eagle Scout confidently recited the Scout Oath to reaffirm his
                                                                                           retain them. Consider then working the unit leadership to schedule a recharter meeting with
commitment to Scouting’s principles – “On my honor, I’ll do my best. . . . . . . . .
                                                                                           all the necessary individuals and completed everything at one time so the recharter is fully
physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. I go into the detail I do         ready to be submitted.
because this story is about retention. We have the greatest affect on youth when they         Lastly for this month, commissioners should be reviewing the 2010 quality unit goals with
are fully engaged for five or more years. That’s our challenge. We lose too many Cubs      the unit leaders so they can work to complete and close out their goals for early submission
and Scouts due to a lack of planned program, trained leaders and competing interests.      for the 2010 awards. We are just now receiving the information for the 2011 program which
I recently returned from a Scout Executive meeting in Chicago. As I checked into the       will be called the “Journey to Excellence”. Information about the program and the available
hotel, I was given a coffee mug with the following inscription:                            webinars to introduce it will be available shortly. The new program will add new focus on
                                                                                           leader training.
                                                                                              From the Council level, to all of our volunteers, and for our Scouts, I want to extend my
             A well planned program, delivered by a trained leader,                        thanks and appreciation for all your efforts for our youth during the centennial year. They
                with a strong outdoor program, supported by                                deserve so much and each of you give so willingly. We can never measure the true value of
               a good commissioner attracts and retains youth.                             your efforts and support. Thank You.

                                                                                           Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey
That about says it, doesn’t it!
                                                                                           Sincerely yours in Scouting,
  As we approach 2011, the Centennial Quality Unit program will be replaced with a         Michael Lewis
new program entitled “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence”. A number of Webinars for          Council Commssioner
district and unit volunteers will be offered throughout the remainder of 2010 to give
you information on the program. You can sign up to participate in the Webinars at
  As this is the November-December issue of the HiLites, I close by expressing my
                                                                                                                EAGLE SCOUTS
sincere thanks to each and every registered volunteer in our Northern Lights Council.                     By District and Unit Number
You change lives, and you are making a difference.
                                                                                            District 1
                                                                                            John Labuhn              Troop 147        Oakes American Legion                           Oakes
Happy Thanksgiving.                                                                         Seth Burkle              Troop 163        Trinity Lutheran Mens Group                Jamestown
                                                                                            John Baumgartner         Troop 560        Rotary International                         Litchville
Most sincerely,
                                                                                            District 3
                                                                                            Adrion Jennen            Troop 312        Knights of Columbus                       Fergus Falls
Mark G. Holtz                                                                               John Glesne              Troop 325        Geo Bergam Post #489 AM Legion            Underwood
Scout Executive                                                                             Jason Umlauf             Troop 325        Geo Bergam Post #489 Am Legion            Fergus Falls
                                                                                            Matthew Mortenson        Troop 352        Eagles Club Aerie 2749                     Wahpeton
                                                                                            Mitchel Lacher           Troop 357        Abercrombie Sportsmen Club                  Christine

                             Farewell All                                                   District 4
                                                                                            Logan Hanson             Crew 2407        Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum            Alexandria
  As I write this article I cannot help but reflect on the past nine years of my career     Joshua Hedstrom          Troop 412        Calvary Lutheran Church                    Alexandria
with the Northern Lights Council. I have met and worked with some of the most               District 5
extraordinary people a person will ever get a chance to meet.                               Aaron Nelson             Troop 624        Grace Lutheran Church                             Ada
  I have accepted the Assistant Director of Development position with the Northern          Jacob Anderson           Troop 624        Grace Lutheran Church                             Ada
                                                                                            Matthew Babler           Troop 624        Grace Lutheran Church                           Borup
Star Council (Twin Cities area) and started my new assignment on October 18.                Andrew Nelson            Troop 635        Valley Christian Church                    Moorhead
  Although I am in a different Council, I will never forget my time in the Northern         Brander Halver           Troop 646        Detroit Lakes Rotary Noon Club           Detroit Lakes
Lights Council. I learned so much from all of you. In fact, I even learned how to
                                                                                            District 10
change a diaper because of one roundtable (Thank you Jerry).                                Brandon Friez            Troop 1058       American Legion Post #71                         Mott
  I appreciate all you have done for Scouting. You have all made a positive impact
on the life of a child!
                                                                                            District 11
                                                                                            Kyler Held               Troop 425        Congregational United Church of Christ         Minot
                                                                                            District 13
Trent Gerads                                                                                Christopher Koppinger    Troop 1073       Fraternal Order of Eagles #2237              Bismarck
                                                                                            Grayson Erling           Troop 1123       Faith Lutheran Church                        Bismarck
Field Director
NORTHERN HILITES - 4                                                                                                                                     NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010

   2011 Report to the Governor                                                                                              Scouting for Food
                                                                                                                              March 19, 2011 – March 26, 2011
Each year the Northern Lights Council has the privilege to present the annual
Report to the Governor during Scouting Anniversary week. In order to make
                                                                                                                As our fall weather slowly disappears there are many families that start to
this program a success we reach out to local Scout leaders across the council to
                                                                                                              worry about how they are going to make it through the winter and pay their
nominate their very best Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts to lead
                                                                                                              heating bills through the bitter cold months. To do a good turn daily is a
the program. This is a great opportunity for our Scouts to gather in the
                                                                                                              slogan we instill into each one of your youth that participate in Scouting and
Capitol City and to update our North Dakota Governor on everything that is
                                                                                                              to make a difference in the life of others in something Scouting teaches. The
happening in our Boy Scout Council. The Scouts will have the opportunity
                                                                                                              Northern Lights Council annual Scouting for Food drive is one way in which
to talk one on one with the Governor and get their picture taken with him.
                                                                                                              we can make a large impact on a very serious problem occurring in each one
                                                                                                              of our local communities. Starting March 19–26, 2011 Scouts are encouraged
After the program all Scouts, family members and leaders will have the
                                                                                                              to take part in the Scouting for Food campaign.
opportunity to take part in an inside guided tour of the North Dakota State
                                                                                                                Each year the Northern Lights Council collects nearly 100,000 lbs of food
Capitol led by Justice Dale Sandstrom. Scouts will have the opportunity to
                                                                                                              for local food pantries during our annual Scouting for Food drive. To see the
meet Eagle Scouts, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Tax Commissioner
                                                                                                              difference that our Scouts can make in just one short week is truly astonishing.
Cory Fong, and Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark. Your Scout will
                                                                                                              Thank you for your unit’s participating in this very important community
also have the opportunity to meet the Supreme Court Justices and other
                                                                                                              service project. If you have questions please visit our website at or
dignitaries in the Capitol. This is truly one tour you don’t want to miss.
                                                                                                              call our local Council office at 1-877-293-5011.
                                                                                                                Watch for more details in the next HiLites as we will announce our special
Please take the time to fill out the nomination form below to offer an
                                                                                                              2011 Honorary Spokesperson for this year’s Scouting for Food campaign.
outstanding Scout that you know the opportunity of a lifetime. More
information on this exciting event can be found on our website at

                     Report to the Governor
                       Nomination Form
During Scout Anniversary Week in February, 2011, the Northern Lights
Council will make a report on the status of Scouting to the Governor of North
Dakota. This event is sponsored by the Bismarck Rotary Club and will be held
in Bismarck, North Dakota.

A very important part of this report is the participation of 2 Cub Scouts, 2 Boy                                      Pack Growth Incentive
Scouts and 2 Venturers/Explorers from North Dakota. These Scouts have                                             Pinewood Derby Car Kits at Cost
different roles during the report, such as giving the invocation, the Pledge of
                                                                                   Cub Scout Packs with more registered
Allegiance, introducing the Governor, etc. It is a truly meaningful experience
                                                                                 Cub Scouts on November 30, 2010
for all the Scouts who participate.
                                                                                 than they had registered on December
                                                                                 31, 2009 may order Official Pinewood
Should a Scout be chosen to participate in the report, he/she and his/her
                                                                                 Derby Car Kits for only $2.25 each
parents and unit leader will be expected to be in Bismarck from 10:00 AM
                                                                                 (save $1.74 on each kit)
until mid-afternoon on the day of the report. The Scout will also be expected
                                                                                   Qualifying packs may order one car
to be in full uniform.
                                                                                 kit at the reduced price for every
                                                                                 registered Cub Scout. Completed
To nominate a Scout to be part of this report, please complete the nomination
                                                                                 membership applications must be turned into to the Fargo Service Center by
form and return by FRIDAY - DECEMBER 31, 2010 TO:
                                                                                 November 30, 2010.
                            Northern Lights Council - BSA
                                                                                   For more information contact your local District executive or visit the
                            Attn: Report to the Governor
                                                                                 Council website at
                            1720 Burnt Boat Dr Ste 103
                            Bismarck ND 58503

           You can also download a nomination form at
                                                                        Bismarck ND 58503                                     WWW.NLCBSA.ORG
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                                                                                                                    The Northern Lights Council is dedicated to serving all of our
                                          (Please complete all information)                                       members and charter partners. This new website is designed to give
  SCOUT’S: NAME______________________________________________________________AGE_________                         you the most up to date information and materials to help you offer
                                                                                                                  the best Scouting program around. Currently the website offers:
                                                                                                                  calendar information, contact information, unit information, training
            CITY/ST/ZIP___________________________________________ PHONE #__________________                      information, district Information and it will be growing each day.
  UNIT TYPE & #______________ RANK______________ CHARTER ORGANIZATION__________________
                                                                                                                    To get the most out of the new Northern Lights Council website be
                                                                                                                  sure to create your MyCouncil membership. You simply need to
  PARENT’S NAMES_________________________________________________________________________                         click the link to “Join” at the upper right hand corner of the homepage
  UNIT LEADER’S: NAME_____________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                  to create your personal login.
                                                                                                                    Your membership allows you to receive electronic communications
                   ADDRESS_________________________________________________________________                       from the Council in the form of emails and e-newsletters. You can
                   CITY/ST/ZIP/PHONE #_______________________________________________________                     specify your involvement and choose the type of communications you
                                                                                                                  want to receive.
  NOMINATED BY: NAME_____________________________________________________________________


NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010                                                                                                                    NORTHERN HILITES - 5

  INTERNET RECHARTERING                                                                          Important Changes to
                                                                                               the Boy Scouts of America’s
Charter renewal or “Rechartering” is one of the most
important events in the year. Chartered organizations                                       Youth Protection Training Policies
are granted charter status by the Boy Scouts of America.                                  Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA. To increase awareness of this
This year there are some new ReChartering                                                 societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already
requirements. All registered Scouters must be Youth                                       exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several
                                                                                          important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.
Protection Trained, or registration will not be renewed.
                                                                                          Effective June 1, 2010:
Internet Rechartering is a Web-based method for units to renew their charters from          • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers,
any online location. Units will love this new method; it’s easy, convenient, and               regardless of their position.
accurate because you enter the information yourself!                                        • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before
                                                                                               submitting an application for registration. The certificate of
Here’s how it works: the Council has an Internet Rechartering page with instructions           completion for this training must be submitted at the time the
and a link to the software. The unit receives its charter renewal packet as usual, only        application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
now the packet includes information for Internet Rechartering, including an access          • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a
code especially for the unit. The unit selects an adult to complete the online process.        volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time
This renewal processor uses the access code to log onto the Internet Rechartering              of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
Web site, selecting to start the process with current ScoutNET data or data from
                                                                                          To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the
unit-management software. At any time, the renewal processor can suspend the              following steps:
electronic rechartering process and return later to the last completed screen.
                                                                                            • If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two
The system lets you enter new members, renew current members, and update                      years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to
information for any registrant. When completed, the new unit roster is submitted              have your member ID number. The number can be found on your
to ScoutNET and a Unit Charter Renewal Report Package is printed. This package                Boy Scouts of America membership card.
includes the unit charter application. Acquire the signatures for the application and       • If you do not know your member ID number, contact the Fargo
send it, the rest of the package, any new youth and adult applications, and all fees to       Service Center.
the council.                                                                                • A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID
                                                                                              number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in
                                                                                              to MyScouting and create an account. From the MyScouting portal,
There’s also a link to a tutorial and help section. Check it out at —
                                                                                              click on E-Training and take the Youth Protection training. Upon
we think you’ll like the design. All BSA policies are enforced throughout the system,         completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or
so what you enter is sure to meet all requirements.                                           submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
                                                                                            • If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input
Five easy steps to successful Internet Rechartering                                           your member ID number, please log on to the Training section of
                                                                                              MyScouting and input your member ID so the training will be linked
Complete your charter renewals before the end of 2010. Make the time to collect the           to your records.
information necessary to complete the process online, then collect the appropriate          • If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years
signatures on the recharter hard copy. Internet Rechartering allows you to work at            but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure
                                                                                              your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification
home, on your time and with accuracy since you are entering the information. To
                                                                                              that your Youth Protection training records are accurate. Finally, please
help you get going, follow these five easy steps to successful Internet Rechartering.         share these important changes with other Scouters.

   1. Please use the printed instruction sheet inside the packet as a worksheet and       To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of
      make sure that all youth and adults are registered by doing a membership            America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s
      audit.                                                                              Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to
   2. Go to the web and visit or to start the 
      online recharter process.
   3. Please follow the instruction sheet included in the packet to assist you in the     Thank you for your commitment to our nation’s young people and to
      recharter process.                                                                  Scouting.
   4. Print your charter draft roster before submitting.
   5. Get your roster signed. Each unit charter will need to have the signatures of
      the Executive Officer and the unit leader. The unit leader is the Cubmaster,
                                                                                          Centennial Quality Unit Award
      Scoutmaster, Venture Crew leader or Varsity Coach.                                      to be Replaced in 2011
PLEASE NOTE: In order to process your charter, all registered adults need to              As 2010 comes to a close, so does the
complete youth protection training. This includes Cubmasters, Scoutmasters,               Centennial Quality Unit Award. This
Committee Members, Committee Chairs, Chartered, Organization Representatives,             award served as a mechanism to
Venture Leaders, Post Advisors and all Assistants. To complete this training, log-on      recognize top achieving units during
to                                                                     the build-up to our Centennial
                                                                                          Celebration year. The Boy Scouts of
For questions and help, contact your local District Executive or the Council Registrar    America is now introducing its successor
                                                                                          called “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence.”
toll free at 877-293-5011.
                                                                                          As with any new initiative, the importance of timely communication and
                                                                                          training is crucial to proper implementation, and we need your help to
                                                                                          accomplish this goal.

                                                                                          During November, the Boy Scouts of America is a series of webinars. The
                                                                                          “council series” of webinars is intended to introduce council level volunteers
                                                                                          and staff to the council criteria. The “district and unit series” of webinars
                                                                                          is intended for district level staff and volunteers as well as unit level
                                                                                          volunteers to introduce them to the district and unit level criteria.

                                                                                          The Northern Lights Council encourages everyone to participate in one of
                                                                                          the webinars. For a complete listing of the schedule of webinars offered
                                                                                          visit If you have questions or need additional information
                                                                                          contact your local District executive or the Council Service Center closest
                                                                                          to you.

                                                                                          Do not miss out on this great new district and unit recognition program.
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 Development Director: Connie J. Koehmstedt                                             (701) 293-5011or Toll Free 1-877-293-5011 E-mail

          TYPES OF YEAR-END                                                                               James E. West/Baden Powell
         CHARITABLE PLANNING                                                                                Fellowship Honor Roll
  Cash and Investments may be the most common forms of charitable year-end                                    Greg Alverson7                                     David Mueller
giving, but they are just two of the many resources from which you may choose to give.                     Frank E. Anderson                          Charles Emard Thompson Munski*
                                                                                                               Anonymous                                      Douglas C. Munski
Here are some other options.                                                                                   Anonymous                                         Laura Munksi
  Charitable Income Plans: You can receive a tax deduction and start getting income                            Anonymous                                       Debra L. Nelson
three months later by making a year end gift to fund a gift annuity, pooled income fund                        Anonymous                                     Debra L. Nelson - B
gift, charitable unitrust or annuity trust.                                                                   Myron Barnes                                      Mark R. Nisbet
                                                                                                               Kyle Becker                                   Jack and Velma Olin
  Life Insurance: There are many types of insurance gifts, but many people simply                              Ryan Benz*                                          Mal Olson
contribute paid-up policies they no longer need, or transfer new policies to the Council                     Donovan Benzie                                    Richard P. Olson
and continue to send the premium payments. They can make a splendid tax-                                     Joseph T. Burns                                    Dave Ouradnik
deductible gift to further the lifelong values of Scouting.                                             Roger and Judy Buscher3                              Jim & Sonja Ozbun
                                                                                                             David J. Butler                                    Peter C. Paulson
  Retirement Plan Designations: Naming the Council eventual beneficiary of an                                  Aaron Cofell                                     Duane Peightal
IRA, or splitting current IRA’s into two parts: a charitable IRA and a family IRA.                            Adrian Cofell                                   Roger E. Persinger
  Life Estates: Where you continue to live and use your home or vacation property                             Neil B. Cofell                                  Robert W. Peterson
                                                                                                        Kirk and Stephanie Dean                                  Leon Pherson
for life, but receive an immediate income tax deduction for naming the Council as the
                                                                                                        James and Millie Deibert                               Lyle W. Plambeck
succeeding owner.                                                                                             Breck Dokken                                  Stephen W. Plambeck
  There are about as many ways to give as there are things to give. As always, you                         Leo J. Ehrmantraut                                 Sheila R. Remboldt
should discuss all gift and tax matters with your personal financial advisors and family                    Douglas Emerson                                   Earl H. Restemayer
                                                                                                       Richard and Karen Espeland                           Douglas K. Restemayer
to make sure you get the maximum benefits from your gifts and planning.                                      Steven Espeland                                  David A. Robinson
                                                                                                           Gary A. Farnsworth                            Megan Malmberg Rudnick
                                                                                                          Susan D. Farnsworth                                   Lloyd Sampson
                                                                                                          Richard V. Farnsworth                                 Lloyd Sampson
                                                                                                              John S. Feick                                   Dale V. Sandstrom
                                                                                                             Dr. David Fihn                                     Harold Schafer*
                                                                                                             Shirley M. Fihn                                   Gregory Schaible
                                                                                                              Mark B. Foss4                                    Roberta Schaible
                                                                                                             Clyde Frank – B                                  Robert R. Schaible*
                                                                                                                Trent Gerads                                       Rod Scheel2
                                                                                                                Jack Golden                                      David F. Senn
                                                                                                             Dann Greenwood                                        Steve Shark
                                                                                                              Gary D. Haynie                                     Robin Shoberg
                                                                                                        Les and Barb Herbranson                                 Audrey Smerud
                                                                                                                  Sam Hill5                                   Richard D. Spratt6
                                                                                                             Manley Hillesland                                  Gertrude Solum
                                                                                                                Barry Hogan                                      Beulah Stach*
                                                                                                           Kimberly Holmberg                                    Edward R. Stern
                                                                                                               Mark G. Holtz                                      Jack Stewart*
                                                                                                            Duane L. Jacobson                                  Andrea Stomberg
                                                                                                            Janet Herold James                                 Dr. Robert Szczys
                                                                                                             Edward L. Janzen                                       Tim Tello
                                                                                                                 Paul Jensen                              Dr. Thomas R. Templeton
                                                                                                        Carl and Wilma Johnson                                 Noral Thompson
                                                                                                              Shawn Johnston                                     Warren Tobin
                                                                                                            James A. Jorgenson                                   Kristy Vadnois
                                                                                                               J. Paul Klinger                               Kenneth F. Vertin, Jr.
                                                                                                           Richard W. Kloubec                            Dr. Lee and Deanna Vickers
                                                                                                         Connie J. Koehmstedt                                  David Vinchattle
                                                                                                        David and Dawn Kugler                                  Mark O. Voxland
                                                                                                              Rodney Kuntz*                               Robert and Susan Wefald1
                                                                                                           Theodore Landburg                                Dick and Marge Witz
                                                                                                              Craig L. Larson                                 Mark Zimmerman
                                                                                                        Bryan Alexander Leggate
                                                                                                         Ken and Eloise Leggate                        * In Memory
                                                                                                            Kristopher Leggate
                                             t                                                                Ben Lenzen, Jr.*                         1 In Memory of Norvin Ovrom
   James E. West Fellowship is in Reach                                                                      Michael C. Lewis
                                                                                                          Dr. Kermit Lidstrom                          2 In Memory of Martin John Foy,
Did you know that you can make a pledge to become a James E. West Fellow and make                          Richard A. Lien, Jr.                          Honorary Eagle Scout
installment payments with a check or by using your MasterCard or Visa? Now the James E.                Gus and Dorothy Lightfoot
                                                                                                         Arthur and Grace Link                         3 In Memory of Peter Buscher
West Fellowship Award is within every Scouter’s reach. Just complete the form below and
                                                                                                                   Al Lund
return it to the Northern Lights Council Service Center, 301 S 7th St., Fargo, ND 58103.                         Chet. Lund                            4 In Memory of Arne Arneson,
Questions may be directed to Connie Koehmstedt toll free at 1-877-293-5011.                                   R. G. Lyngstad                             Former Scoutmaster
                                                                                                                David Maier                              of Troop 102, Fergus Falls, MN
                         James E. West Fellowship Application                                          Mark and Bobbie Malmberg
     $1000 paid by cash or securities.                                                                      Mark Malmberg II                           5 In Memory of Former Scoutmaster
                                                                                                           Marvin Malmberg*                              of Troop 59 Valley City, ND
     Make payable to the Northern Lights Council.
                                                                                                            Merrick Malmberg
                                                                                                              Larry Maslowski                          6 In Honor of Eagle Scout Kevin R.
     PLEDGE. Please bill me $ _________ per             month       quarter                                 Robert A. Mattern                            Spratt
     Until pledge is paid in full.                       Total Pledge Amount____________.              Dennis and Joanne McCarl
                                                                                                           John P. McCarty II*                         7 In Honor of Eagle Scout Scott A.
     Credit Card Authorization:                                                                            John P. McCarty II*                           Alverson
                                                                                                          James R. McLaughlin
     I authorize the Council to charge my credit card
                                                                                                                                                      B - Central Region Bronze Fellow
                                                          $1000 full payment
                                                          $83.34 per month for 12 months       The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national recognition bestowed on all individuals who
  ______________________________                           $42.67 per month for 24 months   donate at least $1,000 to the Northern Lights Council’s Endowment Fund. This amount must be in
  Print name as it appears on credit card                                                   addition to your annual Friends of Scouting contribution.
                                                                                               The James E. West (named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America)
                                                          Visa      Master Card             Fellows are recognized in several ways. Their name is added to a plaque kept in the Council service
                                                                                            center. James E. West Fellows also receive a knot to wear on their uniform and a beautiful certificate
  Credit Card Number                                    _____________                       and pin.
                                                        Expiration Date                        A person may give $1,000 and become a James E. West Fellow, or give money in honor of
  ______________________________                                                            someone else and have him or her named a James E. West Fellow. Organizations may also contribute
  Signature                                             _____________                       an award in honor of someone – a Scoutmaster, an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council
                                                        Date                                President, District Chairman, or in memory of a departed loved one, business associate, or special
All contributions and bequests, which are made to the Northern Lights                          The principles taught in the Scout Oath and Law have not changed since 1910. They will remain
Council Endowment Fund, along with gains from their investment                              true for future generations. The James E. West Fellowship is a great way to help Scouting’s future in
transactions, will be permanently restricted and invested in perpetuity.
                                                                                            the Northern Lights Council. To learn more about the James E. West Fellowship or making a gift
                                                                                            to the Council’s Endowment Fund, please contact Connie Koehmstedt at the Fargo Service Center.
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Development Director: Connie J. Koehmstedt                                     (701) 293-5011or Toll Free 1-877-293-5011 E-mail

                Join the Club                                                            What is the Northern Lights Council
                                                                                                  Heritage Society?
  Become ‘One of the Proud                                                           The Council Heritage Society recognizes those individuals and organizations
          Fellows’                                                                   who believe in preserving the tradition and values of Scouting and
                                                                                     perpetuating Scouting for future generations.

  An integral part of the Northern Lights Council’s strategic plan is                 Scouting’s Heritage Society is a group of special men and women who have
to expand the Council’s Endowment Fund to ensure our future financial stability. made a commitment to Scouting as part of their Estate plan or have made an
With a goal to have $10 million in the Endowment Fund by 2015, Scoutings future                                    outright gift to the Endowment Fund of the
has to be addressed due to the changing dynamics in funding our values-based                                       Northern Lights Council.
programs. To help accomplish the goal, the Council continues its promotion of the
James E. West Fellowship.                                                                                          Gifts can take many forms, cash and securities,
  James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America,                                  life insurance policies and deferred gift
and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship                                    commitments. For more information about the
award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to the                              Council’s Endowment program and the Heritage
Northern Lights Council Endowment Fund.                                                                            Society, contact the Boy Scout office at 701-293-
  This gift must be in addition to - and not replace or diminish - the donor’s annual                              5011 or E-mail Connie Koehmstedt at
Friends of Scouting support. Many individuals and corporations 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                                You can make a difference. Become a member of
special individual.                                                                   the Heritage Society today. Let us know.
  In support of the Council’s endowment gifts, the Central Region of the Boy
Scouts of America has introduced NEW special recognition levels for James E. West
gifts between the entry-level $1,000 James West Fellowship and the $25,000 1910
Society membership. For the purpose of the James West Fellowship program, an
individuals’ endowment gifts will be totaled over their lifetime.

                                                                                                           The 1910 Society
    James E. West
                                                                                     To qualify for this prestigious recognition, an individual, company or
    $1,000 gift in cash or marketable securities to the Endowment Fund
                                                                                     organization must donate a minimum of $25,000 or more to the
    Bronze West Award                                                                Northern Lights Council's Endowment Fund. Pledges are acceptable, but
    $2,500 gift in cash or marketable securities to the Endowment Fund               must be honored within five years of the date of the pledge. Recognition
                                                                                     will be given for gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, and trusts, and other assets
    Silver West Award                                                                that can easily be converted to cash.
    $5,000 gift in cash or marketable securities to the Endowment Fund
                                                                                     The recognition for the 1910 Society members include a leather bound
    Gold West Award
                                                                                     edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, distinctive lapel pin, and parchment
    $10,000 gift in cash or marketable securities to the Endowment Fund
                                                                                     certificate. While the revenue goes to the Council, the recognition comes
    Platinum West Award                                                              from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 1910 Society
    $15,000 gift in cash or marketable securities to the Endowment Fund              Members automatically become members of the Northern Lights Council
                                                                                     Heritage Society.
    Diamond West Award
    $20,000 gift in cash or marketable securities to the Endowment Fund

How will you know that your gift will last in perpetuity?
  The Northern Lights Council has a volunteer Investment Committee that
provides oversight to the Endowment Fund. This committee makes certain that only       A Tribute to a Friend or Loved One
the earnings from all endowment gifts are used. In 2009, earnings from the
endowment fund make up nearly 6% of the Northern Lights Council operating
                                                                                                 Northern Lights Council Memorial/Tribute Fund
budget. A gift to the Council’s Endowment Fund is a great way to make an
everlasting gift and to assist the council in replacing lost or reduced United Way   Words too often inadequately express the sentiment we feel at the death of a
revenue!                                                                             friend or loved one or the joy we feel when a friend is honored with special
                                                                                     recognition. No finer tribute can be paid than to encourage a boy to live the
                                                                                     life of a Scout and thus perpetuate the high principles you admire in your

     MEMORIAL/TRIBUTE FUND                                                                               A contribution to the Northern Lights Council
                                                                                                         Memorial/Tribute Fund is the perfect tribute.
                                                                                                         Contributions and bequests that are made to the
                                                                                                         Endowment Fund, along with gains from their investment
 Recent Gifts to the Northern Lights Council                                                             transactions will be permanently restricted and invested in
 Memorial/Tribute Fund to Benefit Scouting                                              A LASTING WAY TO
                                                                                       REMEMBER SOMEONE perpetuity.
                                                                                        YOU CARE ABOUT

  In memory of Mike Hauser . . . . . Les and Barb Herbranson                         In Memory of_______________________ Honored for______________________

                                                                                     Send Acknowledgment to ______________________________________________
  In memory of Roger Peters . . . . .Yvonne Peters and family –
                                     Brian, Susie, & Matthew Peters,                 Address ____________________________________________________________
                                     Amy, Kevin & Kenton Glovich
                                                                                     City/State/ZIP ______________________________________________________
  In memory of Don Carlson . . . . .Les & Barb Herbranson,
                                                                                     Donor’s Name_______________________________________________________
                                    Steve Shark, Donald & Bernice
                                    Wadeson, Tom Hall,                               Donor’s Address _____________________________________________________
                                    John & Carol Bemis, Arnie &
                                    Mary Realtors, E. or P. Orson,                   City/State/ZIP ______________________________________________________
                                    Paul Orson, Staff of Jefferson                                       Make checks payable to Northern Lights Council, BSA
                                    Elementary School.                                 Mail to: Memorial/Tribute Fund, Northern Lights Council, 301 So. 7th Street, Fargo, ND 58103
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                                                                                                      World Scout Jamboree
                                                                                                    Be a part of Simply Scouting, the 2011 World Scout Jamboree on the fields of
                                                                                                 Rinkaby, not far from the town of Kristianstad, in the province of Skane, southern
                                                                                                 Sweden. Hosted by The Swedish Guide and Scout Council, the 22nd World Scout
                                                                                                 Jamboree will run from July 27-August 7, 2011. The purpose of the event is to bring
                                                                                                 together Boy Scouts, Venturers, leaders, and staff to share international friendship and
                                                                                                 adventures for personal growth and development.
                                                                                                    The upcoming World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden, promises to be one of
                                                                                                 the best ever. With 40,000 Scouts expected to attend from six continents and more
                                                                                                 than 114 countries, it’s going to be a world-class event, one you can be a part of it you
                                                                                                 start planning now.
                                                                                                    At Rinkaby, you will get to live and learn with fellow Scouts and leaders from around
                                                                                                 the world. You’ll be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent, but you’ll soon
                                                                                                 venture out to mingle with tens of thousands for two weeks of activities and adventure.
                                                                                                 That’s right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale.

                                                                                                   If you are a Boy Scout or Venturer who will be between the ages of 14 and 17 on
                                                                                                 July 27, 2011, — that is, specifically born between July 25, 1993, and July 27, 1997
                                                                                                 — you may be qualified for one of the coolest Scouting events you’ll ever attend.
                                                                                                   As an adult leader among the BSA contingent, you can be an essential part of one of
                                                                                                 the most exciting and significant Scouting events you’ll ever attend.
                                                                                                   Fee will be determined by Boy Scouts of America based upon World Scout Jamboree
                                                                                                 registration, equipment, tour and transportation costs.
                                                                                                 [Currently estimated at $3,750]

                                                                                                 Staff members 18—25 years old
                                                                                                 The cost of the basic package plan is $1,750 (plus a non-refundable application fee of $10).

                                                                                                 Staff members over 26 years old
                                                                                                 The cost of the basic package plan is $1,950 (plus a non-refundable application fee of $10).

                                                                                                 The basic package includes all meals, accident and sickness insurance, and regional and
                                                                                                 national office administrative/program support. The cost does not include airfare.

                                                                                                               OKPIK Programs
                                                                                                 OKPIK WEEKENDS: THE MOST POPULAR OKPIK PROGRAM!!!
                                                                                                 Camp in the frozen backcountry. Experience the traditional methods of winter travel:
                                                                                                 Snowshoe, Dog Sled, and Cross Country Skiing. Enjoy ice fishing and winter games
                     ORTHER TIER HIGH ADVE TURE                                                  while you learn how to thrive in extreme weather.

                         2012 U IT SIG -UP PROCEDURE                                             CABIN STAY:
                                                                                                 Perfect for younger Scouts. Similar to the OKPIK Weekend in activities, however,
                                                                                                 Scouts and Leaders will stay in heated cabins.
 Important points and tips to ensure a smooth crew reservation:
                                                                                                 SKI TREK:
 1. Call our reservation number on April 1, 2011, between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.                Scouts and Leaders journey at least 10 miles from base by cross country skis, pulling
    Central time. If the line is busy, please keep trying. The phone lines usually quiet down    their gear in sleds, and camping 2 nights in different remote camps. Previous winter
    in the afternoon. We will not fill during the first day!                                     camping experience is strongly suggested.
                                                                                                 SNOWSHOE TREK:
 2. We do not accept fax or e-mail reservations for several reasons:
                                                                                                 Scouts and Leaders journey at least 7 miles from base by snowshoes, pulling their gear
      • Occasionally faxes and e-mails do not transmit correctly. You might think you
                                                                                                 in sleds, and camping 2 nights in different remote camps. Previous winter camping
         have made a reservation that we have no record.
                                                                                                 experience is strongly suggested.
      • Secondly, it is very important to talk to you directly. Then we can answer your
         questions and give you a verbal confirmation that the dates you have requested are      MUSHER CAMP:
         available or help you make changes if your original dates are not available.            Crew’s will learn how to train, care for, harness, and run sled dogs. Take a team on
                                                                                                 wilderness day trips and help teach other Scouts about dog sledding. This is an
 3. Be prepared with the following information when you call:                                    excellent program to prepare your group for a dog sledding expedition next year!
       • Which base you wish to attend (Charles L. Sommers in Ely, MN; Donald Rogert in          Musher Camp treks must be at least 3 days in length.
          Atikokan, Ontario; or Northern Expeditions in Bissett, Manitoba)
       • How many crews you will be sending (see brochure for details)                           DOG SLEDDING EXPEDITIONS:
       • Several choices of arrival dates                                                        Experience the excitement of a dog sled trek into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
       • Trip length preferred (6 to 10 days)                                                    Wilderness. Your crew will dog sled/ski along to a beautiful, remote campsite. From
                                                                                                 there you can ice fish, build shelters, take day treks, and learn to care for and drive the
 4. When you call in, your crew(s) will be assigned a crew number and letter                     dog sled team. Previous OKPIK or winter camping experience is strongly
                                                                                                 recommended! Dog Sledding Treks must be 3 days in length.
 5. After you have made a reservation with us over the phone, you must fill out the
    reservation form (with your Scout Executive’s signature) and mail the form to us with a      WEBELOS OKPIK WEEKEND (WOW!):
    $300.00 per crew deposit. The deposit is non-transferable and non-refundable.                Any 1st or 2nd Year Webelos can participate; however, EACH Webelos MUST have
                                                                                                 an adult partner. Webelos will get introduced to winter camping by: sledding, snow
 6. If we do not receive the reservation form and deposit within three weeks, your reservation   shoeing, and winter hiking. Webelos and adult partners will sleep in heated cabins.
    is subject to cancellation or another crew might be assigned your choice of date.
                                                                                                 HOLIDAY STAY:
                                                                                                 Just after Christmas and into the New Year is a great time for more extended winter
                            Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases                          adventures! Crews arrive on the afternoon of December 27 and depart on the morning
                                           P.O. Box 509                                          of January 1 (unless your group opts for additional days).
                                          Ely, M 55731
                                          (218) 365-4811                                         COLD WEATHER CAMPING TRAINING:
                                        Fax: (218) 365-3112
                                      E-mail :                                    The official Boy Scouts of America course for individual leaders and older youth. The
                                    Web page :                                     emphasis of the training is on how to develop and run a cold weather camping program
                                                                                                 for your Unit, District, or Council.
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Camping… Camping…Camping…Camping…Camping…Camping
   Winter Camping at Camp Wilderness                                                           Merit Badge Weekend –
  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Exploring Posts, and Venture Crews can attend                         December 3-5, 2010
Camp Wilderness all winter long! Heated cabins, skis, snowshoes, and sleds           We will be offering one last merit badge weekend for Scouts to earn 1 of the
are waiting for you this winter.                                                     100th Anniversary merit badges. What could be better than earning a merit
  Each of the cabins are heated and have electricity. They also have mattresses      badge in the great outdoors of Camp Wilderness! The cost for this weekend
for you to sleep on, but you need to bring your sleeping bags. Showers and           is $35 per Scout and $30 per Adult. This includes housing, 4 meals, and
bathrooms are centrally located for your connivance.                                 program materials. We will also offer the new Wilderness First Aid class (14
  A variety of cabins are available for your unit at a reasonable price. This is a   yrs – Adult)—there is an additional fee of $30 for this class.
sure way to cure your cabin fever this winter! Scout groups or individual
families can sign-up for a weekend or over Christmas break. Cabins are filling       Classes being offered are:
up fast so register today!
                                                                                          Signalar      Tracking      Carpentry       Wilderness First Aid
Food service is available each weekend of winter camp.
                                                                                     Signup by completing the registration form for weekend events found on
Hurry and sign-up for winter camp by calling the Fargo Service Center at             our website ( and mail to the
877-293-5011.                                                                        Fargo Service Center. Space is limited for each class so sign up early!
WILDERNESS ROMP is Saturday, February 12th and is $9.00 per person

POLAR CUB DAY is Saturday, March 12th and is $9.00 per person
                                                                                       Scouting is Outdoor Adventure!
                                                                                        Camping is Scouting’s Outdoor Classroom!
                        Tiger Cub Camp                                               When you are a Scout, we know that you expect the outdoor adventure that
Tiger Cub Camp is April 15-17, 2011, and is for 1st grade boys and their             Scouting offers. For you, that can mean having fun with your friends,
parents and is held at the Butler Wilderness Outpost located at Camp                 learning new skills, doing things you have never done before and challenging
Wilderness near Park Rapids, Minnesota. It is one of the first opportunities         yourself.
for a parent and son to enjoy an outdoor overnight camping experience
together – in a tent or staying in one of the corner Wilderness Towers. While        You can experience the best of Scouting at each one of the Council’s Camps:
we encourage Packs and Dens to sign up as a group, we do accept individual
reservations. For more information please go to                                           Cub Scout Day Camp
                                                                                            Tiger Cub Camp
                                                                                           Cub Resident Camp
                                                                                              Webelos Camp
                    Cub Resident Camp                                                       Boy Scout Camp
Cub Resident Camp is for graduates of the 1st and 2nd grade and is a 3 day/2                 Venturing Camp
night theme based program of exciting and adventurous activities that will               and many more camping
make lifetime memories. Cub Resident Camp is held at the Butler Wilderness                    opportunities
Outpost located at Camp Wilderness. Visit our website for more information
                                                                                     Whatever you decide, we’ll help you find your way and deliver the promise                                              of the outdoor Scouting adventure.

                                                                                     Did you know . . .
                Webelos Resident Camp                                                  • 98% of all youth who join Scouting want to go camping.
Webelos Resident Camp is for graduates of the 3rd and 4th grade and is 4
days and 3 nights of thrilling and adventurous activities that keep campers            • 94% of Scouts who attend camp have an enjoyable experience.
excited for months after the closing campfire. This camp is held at the Butler
Wilderness Outpost located at Camp Wilderness and at Heart Butte Camp by               • 86% of Scouts who attend camp try something they had never tried
Glen Ullin, ND. For more information check out our website                               before.
                                                                                       • 90% of Scouts who attend camp are able to learn and test new skills and
              Boy Scout Summer Camp
Spend a week in the north woods of Minnesota. Enjoy the sounds of nature               • 81% of parents of Scouts who attend camp say the camp experience
in the land of 10,000 lakes. Fun and adventure are waiting for you at Boy                resulted in a positive change in their sons.
Scout Summer Camp at Camp Wilderness. Visit our website for more
information and to view the Troop sign-up chart                                        • 96% of parents of campers would recommend summer camp to others.                                              How do I sign up for camp?
                                                                                       1. Fill out a registration form
                                                                                       2. Sign-up for camp by one of the following ways:
                  Camping Reservations                                                       By Troop
                                                                                             By Pack
  The Northern Lights Council has a form for groups to use when signing up                   By Den
for events during year at the different council camps. This form must be filled              By Scout or Parent
out for your group to attend camp. To attend Heart Butte Camp, contact the
Bismarck Office at (701) 223-7204. To attend Big Four Camp, contact the              Sign up today for camp by
Minot Office at (701) 839-2260. To attend Camp Wilderness or Brantner                calling the Scout office toll
Camp, contact the Fargo Office at (701) 293-5011. You do not need this               free at 877-293-5011 and
form if you are signed up for a council sponsored event.                             experience the adventure.

This form must be filled out at least 30 days prior to your arrival at these
camps, so plan your events ahead of time. With this form, we can make sure
that the camp is ready for your group to attend!!
  NORTHERN HILITES - 10                                                                                                                                                  NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010

FLICKERTAIL DISTRICT #1                                                                                        Centennial Quality Unit
                                                                                                                  During November, take time to review your unit’s goals, and to
Serving Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Steele, Barnes, Stutsman, Lamoure, Ransom, Dickey and Sargent Counties.          evaluate where you are on reaching your goals for 2010. If you
District Chairman, Jay Pickrel ..........................701-952-2100                                          have not yet met your goals, make plans to reach them. Dust
District Commissioner, Vacant                                                                                  off your Centennial Quality Unit award form if necessary.
District Executive, Steven Fischer......................701-659-0714   Starting in November your unit leaders will be meeting
                                                                                                               with your District Executive to see if as a unit you are on
NOVEMBER                                                                                                       track to meet your goals and on track to receiving you
4     District Committee Meeting                                                                               Centennial Quality Unit Award. Ask for a copy of the one
9     In-person District Roundtable (Jamestown Atonement Lutheran)                                             submitted if you need one and remember that more attention to
12    Session 1 Popcorn Delivery/Pickup in Jamestown                                                           your goals will always make it more likely that you achieve them.
13    Session 2 popcorn sales ends
17    Session 2 popcorn orders due by 1:00pm                                                                   Online Cub Scout Training
25-26 Thanksgiving – Offices Closed Thursday and Friday                                                           Are you a new Cub Scout Leader and don’t know where to start? You are in luck because the BSA has
29    Session 1 popcorn money less commission due in Fargo                                                     just made all Cub Scout Leader training available to you online and with the new school year and scouting
                                                                                                               season under way there are a lot of new boys and an equal amount of new parents to the scouting
DECEMBER                                                                                                       program. To ensure that all parents and adult leaders are given the best chance to have a successful year
2     District Committee Meeting                                                                               the Boy Scouts of America have recently made all Cub Scout leader-specific training available to you
14    District Roundtable Webinar                                                                              online. This includes courses made specifically for Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committe Chairpersons as
22    Session 2 popcorn money less commission due in Fargo                                                     well as for all assistant leaders in the Pack or Den. So, if you are a new leader or even a current leader who
24-27 Christmas – Offices Closed Friday and Monday                                                             wants to dust up on their skills and understanding of the program, this is the perfect way to do it from
                                                                                                               the comfort of your own home. Check out the “MyScouting” tab on for step-by-step
Fall Recruitment for Cub Scouts                                                                                instructions to log in and to start your training today.
   Congratulations to all of the Pack who had a successful fall recruitment night in September. As a
District we were able to recruit 77 new boys into cub scouts and an additional 21 more with new units          Online Roundtables are a Success!
starting back up the first week of October. Last year we had 117 total new youth in the month of                  Starting in June the Flickertail District has starting conducting monthly online roundtable meetings
September but with four less packs and with three units still to have their recruitment nights I am            using webinars and the response has been great! The decision to start having these meetings online was
confident that we will have a better fall than in previous years. Special congratulations to Pack 165 of       due to low attendance at our in-person roundtable due primarily to the long distance travel that most of
LaMoure who increased membership from 22 to 36 boys, a staggering 64%, due to their very successful            our units would have to fit into their very busy schedules. To make it easier for all units in the district to
School Night for Scouting.                                                                                     have their voices heard and to be well informed about District and Council events we have been able to
   With that let us remember that even though school has already started and your Packs are already            use technology to bridge that distance gap and have had great success. Within just a short time we have
meeting, there is still the opportunity to recruit. Make sure that you are sending out your flyers to the      been able to have many new leaders attend and participate in our roundtable discussions. Because of the
schools inviting boys and their families to come and check out your Pack meetings. Also, having your boys      success that we are already seeing, we will continue to use this new technology as an effective tool for
invite a friend to you meeting so they can get their Recruiter Patch is a great incentive for the boys and     communications here in the Flickertail District. All volunteers are encouraged to participate in these
helps promote scouting. Please contact Steven Fischer with questions at                   roundtables and so please contact your unit leaders for information on how you can take part in these
Popcorn is in Full Swing
   The Trails End Popcorn Sale is now underway and if you                                                      Roundtables are conducted via webinar the following months:
haven’t already make sure you are having your Popcorn                                                          January, March, April, June, September, October, and December
Kickoffs at your Pack meetings and that you are handing out
all of the materials to your scouts. Make sure your unit                                                       Four times per year, Roundtable will be held in person at Atonement Lutheran Church in Jamestown
chair turns in the order and money on time and consult                                                         (1009 12th Ave. NE) at 7:00pm. In person Roundtable meeting will be held the months of:
your info packet for guidance if needed. If you plan to                                                        February, May, August, and November
come to the Jamestown site for popcorn pickup, make sure                                                       No Roundtable meetings in July.
you come to Jamestown Implement on Friday November
12th. This is the same site as last year and if special                                                        Great Winter Opportunity for Troops and Crews
arrangements need to be made please contact our District                                                          Are you having a hard time finding outdoor activities for you Troop or Crew for this winter? Helen
Popcorn Kernel Cindy Gilge.                                                                                    Corlew runs the Red Willow Bible Camp near Binford, Nd and with her my sled dogs offer dog sledding
   While our young men are out there selling please keeps these tips in                                        experiences with hands on learning. RWBC also allows camping (year round) to all troops who would be
mind to ensure a successful popcorn sale for your unit…                                                        interested in snowshoeing, cross country skiing and dog sledding at the camp. Not only would this be a
                                                                                                               great life experience for your young men but also a great opportunity to work on many merit badges
  •   Always wear your Uniform. Everybody loves to support a Scout in uniform.                                 including Dog Care, Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Orienteering, and many more. For more information
  •   Always sell in pairs or with an adult.                                                                   please check out the camps website at
  •   Tell your customers WHY you are selling.
  •   Never enter anyone’s house                                                                               ARTICLES FOR DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
  •   Know your product                                                                                          If you have Scouting news that you feel would be good for the District Newsletter (this column),
  •   Know the dates you will be delivering your popcorn                                                       submissions can be sent to Articles must be received by the 3rd of the month to be
  •   Statistics show that 3 out of 5 houses buy popcorn when asked                                            considered for the following month’s publication. Articles may or may not be published depending on
  •   Remember to say THANK YOU!!!                                                                             available space.

OXCART TRAILS DISTRICT #3                                                                                      FALL ROUND UP
                                                                                                                  The Cub Scout fall round up is completed. If your unit did not have a good turnout please consider a
Serving Grant, Otter Tail, Richland, and Wilkin counties in Minnesota and North Dakota.                        second event or inviting new boys to your October Pack meeting. It is not too late to have those new boys
District Chairman, John Schmidt ..........................218-736-7123                                         join. Contact Doug Hansen the district membership chair at 701 541 0300 or me at 320 808 5096 to
District Commissioner, Tom Weiss ........................739-5842                                              order fliers for your school or church.
District Executive, Jim Stratton ....cell: 320-808-5096 ....home: 320-834-3728
                                                                                                               POPCORN SALE
NOVEMBER                                                                                                          We are encouraging all units both
4 District Committee meeting 6:30 PM Augustana Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.                                Cub and Boy Scouts to sell popcorn
4 District Round table 7:30 PM Augustana Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.                                      this year. It is a great way for boys to
13 Second session sale ends orders due by the 17th.                                                            help pay for the program they will
13 Popcorn pick up at Thiele Technologies Fergus Falls or Minn-Dak Farmers Coop Wahpeton.                      receive this coming year.
   Contact Tara Nadgwick 218 739 1075 for time.                                                                   Be sure to let Tara Nadgwick know
                                                                                                               who your unit contact person is and
DECEMBER                                                                                                       that you will be selling this year. Her
2 Popcorn pick up Fargo for second session sellers.                                                            number is 218 739 1075.
3-5 Boy Scout Leader training Runestone Park.
7 District committee meeting 6:30 Augustana Lutheran church Fergus Falls.                                      FALL CAMPOREE
7 District Round table 7:30 Augustana Lutheran church Fergus Falls.                                              The fall camp was hosted by Troop
                                                                                                               313 from Pelican Rapids.
TRAINING ONCE AGAIN                                                                                              It was September 24-26. The location of this year’s camp was very fitting for our theme. We were in
   All registered adults will have to have youth protection training before they can be registered. This       the middle of a wilderness as the theme was Wilderness Survival. Everyone had a great fall camp. Thank
includes charter renewal next February so let’s be proactive and get your training up to date. It is as easy   you to Jeff and his Troop they did a great job.
as going on line to the web site and to get it done.
   Fast start and many other training opportunities are available at the following internet link:              Please schedule the spring camp into your Troop calendar. Please take the time to do it now so you will be ready
when you need it. There is new on line Cub Scout training for leader specific position as well. Now you        FALL CUB SCOUT FUN DAY
can get the information and expertise from your own home so check it out. Your unit commissioner will            We will be having a fall fun day for the Cub Scouts on October 9th. The location will be Chahinkapa
have the training video and test if you choose to do the youth protection training in house as a group. It     Park in Wahpeton. It is a great time to have your new Cub Scouts come out and shoot bb guns, archery
will also be offered at the round tables in September, October, November, December, and January.               and the climbing tower as well. We told them they could do these things at our round up so don’t wait
Any questions, please give Cindie Van Tassel a call at 218-643-4374                                            until next summer before we deliver on the promise.

VENTURE and EXPLORER TRAINING                                                                                  NEW UNIT SEARCH
  This is a different requirement for venture and explorer leaders. Go to and look for the         We are starting up a Venture Crew at the Breckenridge High School. It consists of the Senior and Junior
Venture tab. The training takes about 20 min.                                                                  classes. Our focus will be on Leadership and community involvement.
  For Explorers go to and scroll to the bottom of the home page, click on the youth      If anyone in the District knows of an organization looking for a program that helps teach the values and
protections section.                                                                                           leadership that the Boys Scouts strive to develop in young people please tell them about the Scouting
                                                                                                               Program and then call me so I can follow up with a friendly visit. The more units we have in the district
CUB SCOUT FUN DAY                                                                                              the better chance all of the boys will have the chance to be a Scout. With everyone’s help we can make it
  Thank you to all that helped at the fall fun day in Wahpeton. We had 65 boys with their parents at the       happen.
Chahinkapa Park. Everyone enjoyed the climbing tower, archery, earning their JR shooting patch in the             Let’s all work to make sure all of the boys and girls in the Oxcart Trails district get the opportunity to
BB guns, sling shots, and water bottle rockets. The weather was beautiful.                                     be involved in a Pack, Troop, or Venture Crew.
                                                                                                               Let me know if you have any ideas for new units in the Oxcart District.
   NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010                                                                                                                                                 NORTHERN HILITES - 11

LAKES DISTRICT #4                                                                                            CUB SCOUT LEADER TRAINING
                                                                                                             TRAINING ONCE AGAIN
Serving the Minnesota counties of Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse.
District Chairman, Dave Pedersen………..320 763 7681……
                                                                                                                All registered adults will have to have youth protection training before they can be
District Commissioner, Margie Bodde…..320 762 2506……                                     registered. This includes charter renewal next February so let’s be proactive and get your
District Executive, Jim Stratton…………….320 808 5096 cell…320 834 3728 home                                    training up to date. It is as easy as going on line to the web site and to get it done.
e-mail:                                                                                 Fast start and many other training opportunities are available at the following internet link:
                                                                                                    Please take the time to do it now so you
OCTOBER                                                                                                      will be ready when you need it. There is new on line Cub Scout training for leader specific
21   Second session sale begins                                                                              position as well. Now you can get the information and expertise from your own home so check
28   Popcorn orders due in to Fargo.                                                                         it out. Your unit commissioner will have the training video and test if you choose to do the
                                                                                                             youth protection training in house as a group. It will also be offered at the round tables in
NOVEMER                                                                                                      September, October, November, December, and January.
9    District committee meeting 6:30 Calvary Lutheran church Alexandria.                                        Any questions, Call Donna Pedersen our District Training Chairman to schedule training.
9    District Round table 7:30 Calvary Lutheran church Alexandria.                                           320 815 2729.
13   Second session sale ends orders due by the 17th.                                                           All of your program helps will be in the form of advancement specific activities and the new
13   Popcorn pick up at Alexandria Extrusion. Contact Chrisi Calvert for time.                               books were part of your fall round up packets.

DECEMBER                                                                                                     VENTURE and EXPLORER TRAINING
2    Popcorn pick up Fargo for second session sellers.                                                         This is a different requirement for venture and explorer leaders. Go to and
3-5  Boy Scout Leader training Runestone Park.                                                               look for the Venture tab. The training takes about 20 min.
7    District committee meeting 6:30 Calvary Lutheran church Alexandria.                                     For Explorers go to and scroll to the bottom of the home page, click on the
7    District Round table 7:30 Calvary Lutheran church Alexandria.                                           youth protections section.

NEW COUNCIL WEB PAGE                                                                                         FALL ROUND UP
  The new council web page has been completed and has a direct link to the Lakes District                      The Cub Scout fall round up is completed. If your unit did not have a good turnout please
informational site. The link tab is located on the right hand side of the home page. Events and              consider a second event or inviting new boys to your October Pack meeting. It is not too late
information are listed there for upcoming district events.                                                   to have those new boys join. Contact me at 320 808 5096 to order fliers for your school or
For those units that would like a web site on the council page please contact the Fargo office               church.
and they will direct you to someone that can help. I sent out a link to a Web training being
offered to help you set up your page.                                                                        POPCORN SALE
                                                                                                                We are encouraging all units both Cub and Boy Scouts to sell popcorn this year. It is a great
NEW UNIT ORGANIZATION                                                                                        way for boys to help pay for the program they will receive this coming year.
   There will be a new Pack 420 at Zion Lutheran church in Alexandria by the end of October.                 It is time to have some fun and make some money for your Packs program again. Be sure to let
We have 9 boys and 7 dads signed up. Wish them well and I know they will be a great Pack.                    Christi Calvert know who your unit contact person is and that you will be selling this year. Her
If anyone in the District knows of an organization looking for a program that helps teach the                number is 320 859 4475.
values and leadership that the Boys Scouts strive to develop in young people please tell them
about the Scouting Program and then call me so I can follow up with a friendly visit. The more               FALL CUB SCOUT FUN DAY
units we have in the district the better chance all of the boys will have the chance to be a Scout.            We will be having a fall fun day for the Cub Scouts on October 10th. The location will be
With everyone’s help we can make it happen.                                                                  Kensington Runestone Park. It is a great time to have your new Cub Scouts come out and shoot
   Let’s all work to make sure all of the boys and girls in the Lakes district get the opportunity           bb guns, archery and climb the tower as well. We told them they could do these things at our
to be involved in a Pack, Troop, or Venture Crew.                                                            round up so don’t wait until next summer before we deliver on the promise.

Let me know if you have any ideas for new units in the Lakes District.

  Runestone county park was the site of the Lakes district fall fun day. We had over 60 boys
and their parents come and have fun. Thank you to all of the parents and leaders that helped
make this a fun event for the boys.

NORTHERN SKY DISTRICT ## 5                                                                                     Please let us know what you would like to see on our web site. We want to fill
                                                                                                             with as much information as possible to aid you in your program.
Serving youth through community organizations in Cass, Traiil, Clay, Becker, Mahnomen and Norman counties
in North Dakota and Minnesota.
                                                                                                               To get the most out of the new Northern Lights Council website be sure to create your
District Chairman ..............Al Erickson 293-2427                            MyCouncil membership. To do so, simply click the link to “Join” at the upper right hand
District Commissioner ......Norma Osten 235-8270                                   corner of the homepage.
District Executive ..............Brandon Mayer 293-5011                                      Your membership allows you to receive electronic communications from the council in the
District Executive ..............Cory Holen 293-5011                                       form of emails and e-newsletters. You can specify your involvement and choose the type of
                                                                                                             communications you want to receive so that you get information that is both relevant and
NOVEMBER                                                                   District Committee Members
4    Commissioner Meeting                                                Webelos to Scout Transition Chair
4    Roundtable – Recharting                                              Darla Dockter 701-232-6167
                                                                                  CUB SCOUT LEADER TRAINING
11   Eagle Scout Board of Reviews                                                                               The Boy Scouts of America require that all leaders must be trained. What makes a trained
                                                                          Eagle Scout Advancement Chair
18   District Committee Meeting                                               Jon Lowry 701-793-3755         leader? A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained
                                                                                                             leader emblem when he or she has completed the following training courses and the specific
DECEMBER                                                                        Popcorn Chair
                                                                                                             training for the position:
2                                                                         Sandy Mayer
     Commissioner Meeting to turn in Recharters and still earn Quality Unit & free rank218-233-9586
                     30 Last day                                                        patches
                                                                                   • Fast Start Training
2    Roundtable- Recharting Due                                                                                 • Youth Protection Training
                                                                       Cub Scout Leader Training Chair
9    Eagle Scout Board of Reviews                                         Kathryn Hinds 701-239-8297            • This is Scouting
16   District Committee Mtg.                                       
                                                                                                                • Position Specific Training (Cubmaster, Den Leader, Committee Chair, etc.)
30   Last day to turn in Recharters and still earn                 Order of the Arrow Chapter Adviser        Your training can be completed online at You must create an account.
     Quality Unit & free rank patches                                   Shawn Johnston 701-200-1121
                                                                                                             After you complete your training please print off the certificates and give them to your
                                                                                                             Committee Chairman or Pack Trainer.
ROUNDTABLE!!                                                                                                 Pack Growth Incentive - Pinewood Derby Car Kits at Cost
When: Thursday, November 4, 2010 and Thursday, December 2, 2010                                                Cub Scout Packs with more registered Cub Scouts on November 30, 2010 than they had
Where: LDS Church of Fargo • 2502 17th Ave S • Fargo, ND 58103                                               registered on December 31, 2009 may order Official Pinewood Derby Car Kits for only $2.25
Time: 7:00PM                                                                                                 each (save $1.74 on each kit). Qualifying packs my order one car kit at the reduced price for
                                                                                                             every registered Cub Scout. Completed membership applications must be turned into to the
This is not just for Unit leaders, it is for everyone! Make plans to attend today.                           Fargo Service Center by November 30, 2010.
NEW NORTHERN LIGHTS COUNCIL WEBSITE                                                                          PROMOTE YOUR PACK
   Go Visit and check out our new                                                               Promoting your Pack is important to recognize your Scouts and leaders and to let others
website. The Northern Lights Council is                                                                      know what you are doing. Ways to promote your Scout unit:
dedicated to serving all of our members and                                                                  1. Take digital pictures and put in your newsletter to parents and your school;
charter partners. This new website is being                                                                  2. Send in an article with a picture to your elementary school newspaper to let them know
designed to give you the most up to date                                                                        what their students are doing;
information and materials to help you offer the                                                              3. Invite your Charter Organization Representative or someone from the school or your
best Scouting program around.                                                                                   teachers to an awards ceremony, Blue & Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby Race, etc.
   Currently this website offers: calendar                                                                      Recognize them as a guest and thank them for attending. Maybe a den could send them an
information, contact information, unit information,                                                             invitation.
training information, district Information and it                                                            4. Ask your school principal if your Webelos could raise the flag one day a week or for one
will be growing each day. Please bear with us as                                                                week.
we add new content and update areas which may                                                                5. Do a good turn for someone or an organization or business, ie: local food bank, help your
currently appear blank. In the near future, event                                                               city park department with Christmas decorations, etc.
registration, commissioner information and advancement                                                       Note: when sending in articles conclude the article with your pack number, who sponsors your
opportunities will be added.                                                                                 pack; and a contact person and phone number.
   NORTHERN HILITES - 12                                                                                                                                          NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010
FIFTH GRADE WEBELOS LEADERS                                                                              Questions? Call District Popcorn Kernel Sandy Meyer at 218-233-9586 or or call
Have you scheduled a troop(s) to visit?                                                                  the Scout office at 293-5011 or toll free at 877-293-5011.
Have you contacted a troop to attend one Boy Scout-oriented activity?                                      • Session one begins October 1 and ends October 24
District Webelos Transition Chair Darla Dockter 701-232-6167 or the                      • Session one orders due October 28 by 1 pm
                                                                                                           • Session one money is due November 29
Scout Office 701-293-5011 can help you locate a troop(s) to contact to help schedule these
                                                                                                           • Session two popcorn begins October 21 and ends November 13
requirements. Planning helps your Webelos Scouts earn their Arrow of Light Award.                          • Session two orders due November 17 by 1 pm
                                                                                                           • Session two money due December 22
   Troops should be inviting fifth grade Webelos and other fifth and sixth grade boys to an Open         RECRUITING PARENTS
House event to promote your troop. District Webelos District Transition Chair Darla Dockter                 Download Steps to Recruiting on the district web page. These are successful steps for Scout units,
701-232-6167 can send you names of sixth grade boys who did not cross                  church groups, service clubs, etc. People volunteer because: 1) they are asked; 2) they are convinced there
over to a troop. Our district had over 100 boys who did not cross over last spring. Many schools         is a need; and 3) they believe they can make a difference. Learn successful steps to make it easier for a
will provide you with a list of fifth and sixth grade boys to call and to send post card. The BSA        parent to say yes, I can help.
also has an OPEN HOUSE planning guide to help troop committees.
                                                                                                         FALL ROUNDUP SUCCESS                                     Fall Roundup was a great success in 2010. In September 362 new boys signed up for Cubscouts. We
                                                                                                         would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with back to school nights, sign up nights, and boy talks.
UNIT COMMISSIONERS – HELP UNITS                                                                          Without the support of the volunteers this would not have been possible. Thank you for giving these boys
  Over 15 more leaders are need to serve as Unit Commissioners. If you know anyone who has               the opportunity to join Scouting.
Scouting experience that might like to help units thrive and succeed, please contact Norma
Osten, Northern Sky District Commissioner at or Brandon or Cory at the Scout Service Center.             CHRISTMAS A TIME TO BE THANKFUL
Commissioners serve a very important role by offering support and resources to ensure each Scout has a      Packs and troops are asked to remember others during the holiday season. Your den or pack or troop
quality Scouting experience.                                                                             may want to send a Christmas card or holiday card to: your Charter Partner Organization, to your school
                                                                                                         principal, the custodian who locks up the building after your meetings or a leader who helps your Scout
POPCORN SALES ARE POPPING                                                                                unit. Before the holiday season, your Scouts may want to make Christmas tree decorations then take them
Session One sales are underway. Your unit has two sessions to choose from. Sales tips:                   to a local retirement or nursing home and visit with residents.
  • 80% of previous customers will purchase again, use last year’s sales sheets;
  • three out of five houses will buy popcorn;
  • make a list of people to visit at their house;
  • contact your Charter Partner organization and ask to make a presentation to sell popcorn,
     some may not have bought yet and all will learn how popcorn helps their pack and Scouts;
  • wear your Scout uniform;
  • be polite and say thank you:
  • let your customers know why you are selling, ie: earn a prize, help pay for camp, etc.;
  • if ok, ask a parent to take an order form to work to put in break room;

LAKE AGASSIZ DISTRICT #8                                                                                 UND GAMES
                                                                                                         Fighting Sioux Athletics and Northern Lights Council Boy Scouts
District Chairman ......................Ernest Anderson ..........795-0264
District Commissioner................Bill Vacek ....................780-8830
District Director ........................Myron Barnes ..............775-3189                            Saturday-Nov. 6 Football vs. UC Davis 12:00 P.M. $10.00 Adult $8.00 Youth
                                                                                                         Scouts get into Canad Inn Water Park postgame for $5! Just tell them you are a Scout.
2     District Meeting and Commissioners Meeting, 6:00 P.M. Holy Family Catholic,                        Saturday- Dec. 18 Men’s Hockey vs. US Under 18 7:07 P.M. $17.00 Adult $17.00 Youth
      Grand Fork.                                                                                        Saturday- Jan. 29 Basketball vs. Houston Baptist 1:00 P.M. $5.00 Adult $4.00 Youth
5     Devils Lake Roundtable 7:00 PM St. Olaf ’s Lutheran Church, Devils Lake
11    Veterans Day                                                                                       Send payment to: Heather Reardon
11    Grand Forks Roundtable, 7:00 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church Grand Forks                                           Ralph Engelstad Arena
11    Order of the Arrow meeting 7:00 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks                                       1 Ralph Engelstad Arena Dr.
17    Popcorn arrives and distributed to units, Coca Cola Grand Forks (subject to change)                                 Grand Forks, ND 58203
13    Session II Sales End
17    Session II Orders Due by 1:00 P.M. To Fargo Office                                                 Tickets are subject to availability.
25-26 Thanksgiving -Offices Closed
29    Popcorn Money Less Commission Due in Fargo Session I                                               FESTIVAL OF TREES
                                                                                                            The Listen Center has 4 1/2 foot and 6 foot trees to
DECEMBER                                                                                                 decorate. As always they furnish the trees and lights and
3          Popcorn Drop and Pickup Coca Cola Grand Forks (Subject to change)                             your pack or den provide decorations and tree skirts
2          Devils Lake Roundtable 7:00 P.M. St. Olaf ’s Lutheran Church, Devils Lake                     (Optional) and have a great time decorating for a
7          District Meeting, 6:00 P. M. Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks                         wonderful cause. The Listen Center will have the
9          Grand Forks Roundtable, 7:00 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church Grand Forks                     trees to decorate on Sunday, November 21 1-6 p.m.,
9          Order of the Arrow meeting 7:00 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Fork                  Monday and Tuesday November 22 and 23th 10am-
24-25 & 27 Christmas Offices Closed                                                                      8pm. The trees will be on display from November
22         Session II popcorn money due                                                                  26th to December 5th at the Sears Hallway to the
31         New Year’s Eve                                                                                Columbia Mall. The trees will be given to families
                                                                                                         in need so they too can have a blessed Christmas
SCHOOL NIGHT FOR SCOUTING                                                                                season. Please call Denae Boushee at 746-7840
   Bobby Dusso, Lake Agassiz District Roundup Chairman, thanks the many volunteers in                    (L.I.S.T.E.N. Center) to reserve your tree.
making this year’s Roundup successful. Units reported that 130 new Scouts were recruited
Thursday, September 16, 2010. The Lake Agassiz District School Night goal was 200 new                    NEED IDEAS TO RECRUIT NEW YOUTH INTO YOUR PACK OR TROOP
Scouts. Many thanks to all volunteers who helped make this a successful Roundup and the                  CONTACT MYRON AT 775-3189
hard work that went into recruiting Scouts. This year again we were able to access Grand Forks             To help meet the challenge of recruiting new youth into Scouting let Myron Barnes know
Schools Open Houses and all principles were glad that we were present at their open houses.              that you are interested in developing a recruiting plan in your unit. It might take a little time
Make sure you thank your school principle for their support. Many went out of their way to               but it will help recruit boys into Scouting. With limited access in Grand Forks we need to try
help us be successful. If you recruited two Scouts or forty-four Scouts you helped us towards            different recruitment methods to see what works. We are ready to try some different marketing
our goal.                                                                                                techniques in recruiting youth. What does it take, commitment to reach youth with limited
   Thanks for a job well done unit leaders. Many thanks to the School Night Steering                     school access, through brain storming recruiting ideas. Several of these can be set up with your
committee and volunteers who so positively took up this year’s challenge. It renewed my                  next unit meeting. Some schools PTO‘s have school carnivals which would be a great place to
commitment to Scouting to see that even though we got word just before meet the teacher night            have a booth with games and extra to recruit youth. Or if you have great ideas don’t be afraid
all the Grand Forks units got their dates of their school nights into us before the Kid’s                of bringing it up.
Connection guideline. People stood up to the challenge of recruiting boys into Scouting by
calling parents that showed interest in having their sons join Cub Scouting at their Open                THANK YOU’S
Houses. Several outlying areas this year had tables set up at their meet the teacher nights or           Thank you Bobby Dusso and your steering committee for a great roundup effort and New
open houses and had very positive feedback from the school administration and parents. We                Scout Campout October 1
still have opportunities to recruit new boys into Scouting before year ends. We have a list of all
the boys in the Grand Forks Schools and their phone numbers. We will be working with units               Thank you Teresa Letexier for a great Popcorn Kick-off, the best yet.
in inviting them by letters and calling and talking to their parents. Cities outside of Grand
Forks can reflyer your school and invite boys to join by having an exciting activity or pack             What a great September, many thanks to all the volunteers who made this month great. Myron
meeting. If you have a great event coming up in your pack or troop let us know about it so we
can invite boys to join in all the fun. Let us know when your next pack meeting is and we will           Thank you Laura Munski and your steering committee for a great Lawn Social, and a great
work with you on your recruiting efforts.                                                                Lawn Social it was.

NEW CUB SCOUT CAMPOUT                                                                                    Thank you Troop 1 St. Michaels Catholic Church for a great Fall Camporee
   On October 1 the Lake Agassiz District had their second annual New Cub Scout Camp out
at Lincoln Park, Grand Forks. Over 25 new cub scouts and their families participated in this             Thank you Dave Cook for Cub Scout Leader Training.
great event. About 50 scouts and family member stayed over and slept in a tent. For many
new scouts this was their first time camping outside. They were treated with hot dogs, chips,            SCOUT APPLICATIONS
water, soda, desert for supper, and rolls, orange juice, and milk for breakfast. The scouts got to         Make sure all your Scouts are registered. Every Scout that sells popcorn should be
shoot water rockets, make a tool box, make rope, and attended an evening campfire.                       registered. Scouts must be registered to receive awards also. If you want to check our
                                                                                                         records with yours call Myron Barnes at the Grand Forks Scout Office. We will be
   NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010                                                                                                                                                         NORTHERN HILITES - 13
checking all advancement forms to see that all Scouts are registered. Remember your                                  BOY SCOUT ROUNDTABLES
Webelos must have a filled out Boy Scout Application to receive the Arrow of Light award.                               All Scoutmasters, their Assistant Scoutmasters and committee members are encouraged to
                                                                                                                     attend roundtables. At the October roundtable we covered Shooting Sports and setting up a
ALL REGISTERED ADULTS MUST TAKE YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING                                                            camp promotion in your troop please let us know when your troop/webelos camp promotion
REMINDER: All registered adults, must complete Youth Protection Training                                             will be. Each month we take a topic on Scouting and help you so you can bring it back to
You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection                               your troop. If you want something special to be covered at roundtable please contact Myron
Training.                                                                                                            Barnes at 775-3189 and he will relay it to Don Schempp the Boy Scout Roundtable
To take Youth Protection training go to and create an account.
                                                                                                                     DISTRICT MEETING AND COMMISSIONER MEETING
From the portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training.                            The November District Meeting will be Tuesday, November 2, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Holy
                                                                                                                     Family Catholic Church. District Meetings are for all District Personnel, Chartering
Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer                                Organization Representatives, and interested Scouters.
application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local
council.                                                                                                             POPCORN SALES -A POPPING GOOD TIME-IT TASTES GREAT!
                                                                                                                     ALL SESSION II POPCORN MUST BE CALLED IN BY 1:00 NOVEMBER 17
When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which                               (pop pop pop) Session I Popcorn units, your popcorn is scheduled to arrive on November 18
includes your member ID number. After you receive you membership card, log back into                                 at Coca Cola in Grand Forks (pop pop pop pop). We will mail your Popcorn Chairman the, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your Member ID                                time of the pick-up and they have to contact Teresa Letexier the Lake Agassiz District Popcorn
number. This will link your Youth Protection records, and any other training, in MyScouting                          Kernel 701-741-8087 and let her know what time you want to pick up your Popcorn. (pop,
to your BSA membership.                                                                                              pop, pop, pop, pop,) We need all Popcorn picked up on November 17(subject to change)
                                                                                                                     because Coke needs the space. Popcorn pick-up is a popping lot of fun. Session II Popcorn is
CUB AND SCOUT LEADER ROUNDTABLE (November Theme: Citizenship)                                                        schedule to be distributed Friday, December 3, 2010 at Coca Cola. We will mail your popcorn
   Core Value for November theme is citizenship. Contributing service and showing                                    chairman the time of the pick-up.
responsibility to local, state, and national communities. Citizenship is an obligation we all share
as Cub Scouts and leaders. One of the key components of being a god citizen is helping others.
(December Theme: Respect)—Showing regard for the worth of someone or something. Cub
Scouts will show respect and appreciation for everyone who helps with the pack. They will be
courteous and show good manners at den and pack meetings.
   Cub Scouts learn about the spirit of Scouting and the meaning of the season by performing
a Good Turn for someone. Prepare an outing to work in the Grand Forks Mission, make
decorations for a nursing home, or sing carols for the people who live there or have a Pack
meeting at the nursing home. The opportunities to do a good turn are endless. Decorate a
tree for the LISTEN CENTER in Grand Forks. Have your boys present a family in need with
a Christmas gift or gifts and have them become stars to light up someone life. This would be a
good month for your pack to view the Youth Protection DVD for boys and their parents “It
Happened to Me. Other great things to do in December go sledding as a Cub Scout Pack, go
Skating as a Cub Scout Pack. Start enjoying the outdoors.

ROUGHRIDER DISTRICT #10                                                                                              DISTRICT CHRISTMAS PARTY
                                                                                                                        The Roughrider District will hold its annual Christmas
Roughrider District website:
District Chairman, Alan Fehr ................................483-4849
                                                                                                                     Party on December 16th at the Elks, Conference, starting at
District Commissioner, Jim Fahy     6:30 pm. More information will be coming but please plan on
Sr. District Executive, Bill Anderson ......................580-2925      attending this fun event.
                                                                                                                        This event is for any unit leaders, members of the Roughrider
NOVEMBER                                                                                                             Roundup Committee, District Committee members, or Unit
4     District Committee Meeting                                                                                     Commissioners. We will be doing a gift exchange and have hors
12-13 Session 1 Popcorn Pickup                                                                                       d’ouvres. Most importantly, it will a great time of fun and fellowship.
30    Roundtable                                                                                                     Cost is seven dollars.
30    Commissioners Meeting
29    Popcorn Payments Due to Fargo Office
25-26 Thanksgiving Office Closed                                                                                     DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT
                                                                                                                       District Chair Alan Fehr announces that the Annual Business Meeting and Election of
DECEMBER                                                                                                             members for the Roughrider District is set for: Thursday, January 6th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the
9      Charter Turn-In Party                                                                                         Dickinson Chamber of Commerce, 314 3rd Ave W. Dickinson, ND. All District Members,
16     District Christmas Party                                                                                      District Committee Members, Executive Board Members and Charter Partner Representatives
24-26 Christmas Offices Closed                                                                                       are eligible to vote and welcome to attend.
No Roundtable
                                                                                                                     WEBELOS CROSSOVER
JANUARY                                                                                                                New Boy Scouts are essential to maintaining the troop’s health. New Scouts bring energy
1    New Year’s Day- Office Closed                                                                                   and enthusiasm to the Troop program. The first step to insure your Troop has new Scouts
6    District Annual Meeting/                                                                                        every year is to appoint an assistant Scoutmaster or Troop committee member to serve as the
     Friends of Scouting Kickoff                                                                                     Troop membership chair. This person will develop and implement a year-round growth plan
14?  Community Center Lock-In                                                                                        that includes all the methods of recruitment.
TBA  Klondike Derby
25   Roundtable                                                                                                      There are three methods of recruiting new Scouts into troops:
25   Commissioners Meeting                                                                                                    • Graduate Webelos Scouts into a Boy Scout troop.
                                                                                                                              • Host a troop open house.
NEW DISTRICT COMMISSIONER                                                                                                     • Encourage boy-to-boy recruiting.
  Due to a job transfer Robin Shoberg will no longer be able to serve as District Commissioner.
We are excited to announce that Jim Fahy has agreed to take over the District Commissioner                             Getting boys to cross over into Boy Scouts is not an easy task. However, it is much easier if
role. Thank you Robin for your service to Scouting in this role and I know Jim will also do a                        the Webelos have had a chance to meet some of the Boy Scouts, attend activities with the Troop,
great job.                                                                                                           and understand the program. Also, the Boy Scouts of America National office has provided each
                                                                                                                     Troop with A Year-Round Guide to Boy Scout Recruiting. This guide explains the steps
Jim can be reached at 483-6548 (hm) or 590-2569 (cell). Jim e-mail is                                necessary for both Troops and Packs to ensure a great Webelos transition.
                                                                                                                       Please contact your local Pack(s) this month and invite Webelos II to a Troop meeting or
UNIT CHARTER RENEWALS DUE AT PARTY                                                                                   activity.
  Each Scouting unit renews its youth and adult membership, as well as its charter each year by
December 31st. To assist each Unit with its Charter Renewal process, the Roughrider District                         DISTRICT ADVANCEMENT
will host a Charter Renewal Party. (December 9th, location TBA)We ask that Unit Leaders plan                           Cub Packs need to complete the BSA Advancement Form to order Advancements from the
on attending and bring their Charter papers with them to finalize. Remember all unit leaders                         Bismarck Scout Office. This insures a record of youth Advancements can be maintained. Units
must have taken Youth Protection training in the last 2 years. Please bring Youth Protection                         that participate in Friends of Scouting can receive free “Rank Advancements” if they complete
certificates when you turn in your unit charter. Also, please plan on turning in your Centennial                     and turn in the form. Advancement forms are available at Todd Otto is the
Award Worksheet, if you have not done so already.                                                                    District Advancement Chair. Advancement includes the “Life to Eagle Scout” Process, Troop,
                                                                                                                     Pack and Venture Advancement, Requirements, and Recognition. For assistance with
Food and beverages will be served, and assistance with on-line chartering will be available.                         Advancement contact Todd at (701) 483-9422 or email

  If you are unable to attend please make arrangements with Bill Anderson or Jim Fahy (483-                          BOY SCOUT/VENTURE SCOUT LOCK-IN
6548)to turn-in your charter prior to the charter party.                                                                Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, and 2nd Year Webelos are invited to the 4th annual all night
                                                                                                                     lock-in at the Dickinson Community Center. This event will begin at 10 pm Friday, January
                                                                                                                     14th and end at 7 am Saturday, January 15th. There will be swimming, climbing wall, athletic
                                                                                                                     courts, pizza, snacks, games, movies and even a couple of merit badges to enjoy. Please plan on
                                                                                                                     attending this fun event . Join-in at the Lock-in!!!
   NORTHERN HILITES - 14                                                                                                                                                               NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010
UNIT NEWS ITEMS                                                                                                                       We are pleased to announce that this training is now online for Cub Scout leaders. This
   Do you have something news worthy happening in your pack, troop, or crew? The                                                   training can be accessed through the following website:
Roughrider District would like to encourage all units to share specific items of interest with the                       
district. This can be related to unit activities, outings, or just good ideas. This information will
allow us to spread good program ideas to other units throughout our district.                                                      IMPORTANT LINKS
   If you have photos of your Scouts doing something fun, please email them to Bill for next                                       Roughrider District Website:
months Northern Sky Hi-Lites!                                                                                                      Northern Lights Council Website:
                                                                                                                                   Internet Advancement:
WHERE DO YOU GET HELP, SUPPORT AND CONTACT INFORMATION?                                                                            Mission Family (earn a patch for your son):
  The District Web Page of course! Go to, then click on districts, then                                             Boys Life (Great Site):
Roughrider and you will have the information you need. To post news items, accomplishments,                                        Scout Stuff (The Scout Store)
activities, or any other information you would like to share with the District, contact Dann                                       MacScouter (Resources for units and leaders)
Greenwood at (701) 483-8589 or There is even a place to post your
unit’s pictures!                                                                                                                   DISTRICT EXECUTIVE INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                   Bill Anderson
VOLUNTEER LEADER TRAINING                                                                                                          Northern Lights Council, BSA
  Do you have trained leaders presenting the Cub Scout and Boy Scout Program to your youth?                                        P.O. Box 1061
Training is essential to a Quality Unit and the effective delivery of the Scouting Program to the                                  Dickinson, ND 58602
youth. Training is what allows the adult leaders of your unit the best opportunity to deliver the                                  (710) 483-2488
best possible program to our youth.                                                                                      

TOMAHAWK DISTRICT #11                                                                                                                If you have any questions about the Popcorn sale please contact
                                                                                                                                   our district Popcorn Kernel, Craig Ellsworth at 385-4081 or
Chairman.......................................................John MacMartin ......701-839-5645
Commissioner................................................Jeff Schmidt .............852-4388
                                                                                                                                   Parker Cochell at 839-2260. Popcorn sale forms and
District Executive...........................................Parker Cochell..........839-2260                                      additional information are available at our council’s website,
Minot Office..................................................fax 839-3053............E-mail Address

NOVEMBER                                                                                                                           Silver Beaver Nominations – Due November 12, 2010
4    Commissioner Meeting, Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, 6:00 PM                                                                    Nominate and outstanding Scouter for the Silver Beaver
4    Roundtable, Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, 7:00 PM                                                                           Award. The Silver Beaver Award, presented annually upon the action
18   District Committee, Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, 7:00 PM                                                                   of a Council Executive Board, is the highest award that a council can present to a volunteer.
                                                                                                                                   This award is for outstanding service to youth at the council level or for outstanding longtime
DECEMBER                                                                                                                           service to youth by a registered Scouter residing within the Northern Lights Council. There are
2    Commissioner Meeting, Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, 6:00 PM                                                                 many deserving volunteers in the Tomahawk district, be sure to nominate one!
2    Roundtable, Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, 7:00 PM                                                                           To nominate an outstanding Scouter for this prestigious award download and complete the
30   District Committee, Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, 7:00 PM                                                                   “2010 Silver Beaver Nomination” form and submit it to the Northern Lights Council.
                                                                                                                                   Nominations forms are available at and are now being accepted for the
New District Executive                                                                                                             Silver Beaver Class of 2010. Nomination forms are due no later than November 12, 2010. The
   Please welcome Parker Cochell as the new Tomahawk District Executive. Parker began his                                          2010 Silver Beaver Awards will be presented at the Council Annual Meeting and Banquet on
new position on October 15th. He is an Eagle Scout and former camp staff member with a                                             February 26, 2011.
strong Scouting background. Look for Parker at the November Roundtable meeting or give
him a call and introduce yourself. Parker can be reached at the Minot office at 701-839-2260                                       The New Year is Coming Fast
or by email at                                                                                                   It is hard to believe that 2011 is just around
                                                                                                                                   the corner. Among other things that means
School Night for Scouting – Congratulations!                                                                                       that charter renewal time is just around the
   The 2010 School Night for Scouting was a great success in the Tomahawk district. This past                                      corner. As your unit prepares for charter
September 126 new Cub Scouts and their families joined packs in our district. Way to go! That                                      renewal please turn in all applications for
is 26% more than last September. Thank you to all those pack volunteers and leaders that put                                       youth and adults. Remember that adults will
so much effort into a great fall recruiting effort.                                                                                need to have completed youth protection
   It’s not too late for boys to join Cub Scouts. There are still boys that want to join your pack.                                training within the past two years in order to
Encourage your Cub Scouts to invite a friend to a pack activity or den meeting. Visit our                                          remain on your unit’s charter. Now is the time to
website for more ideas to grow your Cub Scout pack.                                                                 ensure that every adult leader has completed Youth
Roundtable                                                                                                                         Protection Training. The online course can be
   Roundtable is our district’s monthly gathering of Scouting leaders. It’s a great way to meet                                    accessed from our council website and takes about
leaders from other units and share ideas, learn new things and find out what’s going on in our                                     40 minutes to complete.
district and council. Leaders new and old will not want ot miss out. Roundtable is the 1st                                            The coming of a new year also means that our Friends of
Thursday of each month at Bethany Lutheran Church, 215 3rd Ave SE, Minot at 7:00 PM.                                               Scouting campaign is just around the corner. The Northern
Theme ideas are covered and a good time is had by all. Plan to join us for fellowship and fun!                                     Lights Council could not successfully serve the youth of North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana
                                                                                                                                   and Scout Dakota without the generous contributions of our volunteers, parents and all other
Popcorn Sale                                                                                                                       friends of Scouting. As we prepare to launch or 2011 campaign please know how much your
  The 2010 Popcorn Sale is well underway. How many of your Scouts have qualified for the                                           unit’s support of Friends of Scouting means to thousands of families throughout our council.
$600 Club? Remember that all orders are due to the Fargo office no later than 1:00pm on                                            We ask each unit to schedule a Friends of Scouting presentation for a Pack Meeting, Court of
Wednesday, November 17th. Who is going to be the top selling Scout in the Tomahawk                                                 Honor, or other meeting prior to March 31, 2011. Thank you for your support in this effort.
District? The top selling unit?

VOYAGEUR TRAILS DISTRICT #12                                                                                                       CUB SCOUT ROUNDTABLES – Join the fun
                                                                                                                                     Lots of fun and learning at October Roundtable – leaders made neckerchief slides, made
Serving youth through community organizations in Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington,                                            edible faces with English muffins, cream cheese & veggies, learned an opening & closing
Red Lake and Polk counties in northwest Minnesota                                                                                  ceremony and a Bobcat ceremony. More to come at future Roundtables – Programs you can
                                                                                                                                   use at den & pack meetings.
District Chairman—vacant
District Commissioner—John Erickson ........................218-281-5296
District Executive—Bob ..................cell 701-793-8156        NEW COUNCIL WEB SITE & DISTRICT PAGE
District Advancement Chair—Fred McCullough ............................218-964-5101                     Have you been on the new district page? leaders may
District Popcorn Chair—Beth ..............218-681-1180              also want to check out the Lake Agassiz District page since both districts share some activities,
District School Night Chair—Mendi Fisher ......................218-465-4080               training courses, etc. Let parents know about the new council web site. Want to know about
Chapter Order of the Arrow Adviser—Kim Tunheim ......Kim                                                       Winter Camp at Camp Wilderness? Information in on the camping page.
Cub Scout Training Chai—Kim Tunheim ......................218-681-8378

                                                                                                                                   RECRUITER PATCHES AVAILABLE FOR CUB SCOUTS
                                                                                                                                      The district will provide a BSA recruiter strip and a My Best Friend is a Scout patch for each
4    Roundtable – Zion Lutheran Church (New location this month)
                                                                                                                                   new application turned in during October & November. Encourage your Scouts to invite a
11   Popcorn delivery & Pick up in Thief River Falls, Roseau & Warroad (see article)
                                                                                                                                   friend to a den or pack meeting and give him a cheer for attending.
16   District Committee & Commissioner mtg 7:00PM
                                                                                                                                   SCHOOL NIGHT TO JOIN SCOUTING A SUCCESS
                                                                                                                                      Voyageur Trails packs recruited 20 more Cub Scouts in September than last year, but don’t
 2   Roundtable
                                                                                                                                   stop now! Follow up on boys that could not attend or left a phone message. Invite them to a
14   District committee & Commissioner mtg 7:00PM
                                                                                                                                   meeting, introduce them to their den and give them the Bobcat requirements. Give them a
15   All ReCharters are due (all leaders must be Youth Protection Trained to register)
                                                                                                                                   cheer for attending and thinking about joining. If your pack wants some help in recruiting
18   Scout Night at Sioux Hockey vs US under 18 team (see district web page)
                                                                                                                                   leaders and boys, please call or e-mail Bob Blaeuer
28   Splasher’s South Sea for Boy Scouts & CubScouts (see district web page)
                                                                                                                                   RECRUITING LEADERS
                                                                                                                                     The number one reason people volunteer? 1) They are asked to help. Other reasons include:
This is not just for Unit leaders, it is for all leaders!
                                                                                                                                   2) they understand that there is a need; and 3) they believe they can help (they have a job
Thursday, November 4 Cub Scout theme is respect &
                                                                                                                                   description, can take training or get help from a former leader, etc.). Every parent needs to
Recharter training for all units.
                                                                                                                                   help, at least a little. The BSA has recruiting tools, Selecting Quality Leaders (Boy Scout) and
Thursday, December 2 Cub Scout theme is positive attitude.
                                                                                                                                   Selecting Cub Scout Leadership Contact
                                                                                                                                   the Scout Service Center for a copy or download a copy.
  NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010                                                                                                                                                                               NORTHERN HILITES - 15
GOLD RUSH A FUN DAY FOR ALL                                                                                                              DISTRICT E-MAIL LIST
  Air cannons, bb-guns, archery, working on trucks and                                                                                     Are you on the district e-mail list???? Get information quick, e-mail
bicycles, water rockets, crafts, water balloon toss and fire                                                                             and ask to be added. Let us know your unit number or where you are registered.
building. Both new and old Cub Scouts had things to do, many
Webelos completed most of the Handyman Activity Badge.                                                                                   FALL CAMPOREE – Wet but fun at St. Mike’s campground.
Thanks you to Keith Moen, Roy & Mendi Fisher, Vicki Duden,                                                                                 The fall camporee started out wet Friday evening, but only got better & drier. The tree colors
Linda Bergh, Cathy Nesvold, Mike & Roberta Baumann, Cory                                                                                 were at their height for a beautiful weekend. Troops 56 – Roseau, Troop 89 – Win-E-Mac,
Gustafson and the Boy Scouts from Troop 57 – Thief River Falls                                                                           Troop 41 – Crookston, Troop 59 – Thief River Falls, Troop 52 – Red Lake Falls attended and
& Troop 52 – Red Lake Falls. Thank you Beth Fortier for                                                                                  worked on the historic merit badges. Eleven Webelos attended and completed most of the
making dinner. Seventy-five Cub Scouts attended and with staff                                                                           Outdoorsman Activity Badge. Thank you for Venture Crew 52 for staffing the Webelos
& pack leaders over 100 attended.                                                                                                        Activities and thank you to all the leaders for bringing their Scout to the camporee.

FRONTIER TRAILS DISTRICT #13                                                                                                               Please help your son invite his friends to join by sharing with other parents the value of the
                                                                                                                                         Scouting program. When you son’s friend joins Scouting he will receive a Cub Scout Recruiter
**serving Bismarck-Mandan and 12 surrounding counties
District Chairman……….Chuck Erling…391-7955……
                                                                                                                                         patch. Thank you for choosing Scouting for your son. The time he spends is Scouting will help
District Commissioner…..Karen Williams…258-5791……                                                                 him grow into the best adult he can be.
District Executive……….Cory Wrolstad…223-7204………
                                                                                                                                         FRONTIER TRAILS DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING
NOVEMBER                                                                   JANUARY                                                          The Annual Meeting of the Frontier Trails District will be held on February 1 at 5:10 PM at
2   District Meeting                                                       4     District Committee Meeting                              Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect committee
11  Session 1 Popcorn Pickup                                               13    Roundtable                                              members for the 2011 Scouting year.
11  Webelos Roundtable                                                     21-23 Boy Scout Winter Camp Out                                  Nominations for the District Committee may be submitted in writing by January 7 to
17  Session 2 Popcorn Orders Due                                           22    Cub Scout Ski Day at Huff Hills                         Nominating Committee Chair, 1720 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 103, Bismarck, ND 58503.
                                                                                                                                         Those eligible to vote include Chartered Organization Representatives currently registered and
DECEMBER                                                                                                                                 serving units in the Frontier Trails District and current registered elected members of the
7   District Committee Meeting                                                                                                           District Committee. No voting by proxy as indicated in the bylaws of the organization.
3   Session two Popcorn Pick Up Bismarck
18  Dakota Wizards Basketball Game                                                                                                       FRONTIER TRAILS DISTRICT CELEBRATES FALL RECRUITMENT SUCCESS
                                                                                                                                           “Words to Live by” was the theme for the fall recruitment event. With yard signs, radio
FREE DAKOTA WIZARDS BASKETBALL GAME TICKETS                                                                                              and tv ads and a great team of volunteers conducting boy talks and hosting school open houses,
   The Northern Lights Council and the Dakota Wizards Basketball team will recognize all top                                             Frontier Trails District signed up over 265 Cub Scouts on September 16. Welcome to all the
popcorn sellers with a free ticket to the Saturday, December 18th game. The NBA development                                              new Cubs and parents to the Scouting family and congratulations to all the volunteers for a job
league promises some exciting basketball.                                                                                                well done.
   All Scouts who sell $750 or more popcorn will be issued a free ticket and will be recognized
during half time down on the floor. They will be part of the high-five tunnel to welcome players                                         WEBELOS WOODS HIGHLIGHTS THE OUTING IN SCOUTING
onto the court. The Dakota Wizards will also have special recognition for the top popcorn                                                  80 “+” Webelos along with their Moms and Dads enjoyed the splendid weekend weather for
salesmen, including an autographed basketball.                                                                                           the October 1-2 outing at Eagle’s Park north of Bismarck. Arikara Chapter, Pahin Lodge,
   The entire Pack or Troop may purchase reduced price tickets to help cheer for their top                                               Order of the Arrow, under the leadership of Josh Gudvangen, hosted a fun filled Saturday of
Popcorn sellers and the Dakota Wizards. This will be a great night for all Scouts. All promotion                                         activities conducted by the Scout Troops of the District; fed everyone some great camp chow
details have been mailed to Unit Popcorn Chairs.                                                                                         and ended the program with a rousing campfire on Saturday night. Webelos had the
                                                                                                                                         opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with their friends and parents as well as work on
See you at the Wizards on December 18th!                                                                                                 advancement requirements. A great weekend for everyone involved!

BOY SCOUTS & WEBELOS MARK YOUR CALENDAR                                                                                                  WEBELO II’S TO BE SPECIAL GUESTS AT NOVEMBER ROUNDTABLE
  Mark your calendars now for a brand new event in the Frontier Trails District. On January                                                If the Webelos of your Pack had a fun time at the recent Webelos Woods, the November
21-23 plan to attend the 2nd AnnualThrills, Chills & Spills Camporee. Boys will be able to                                               roundtable is the perfect follow up to that event. Scheduled for Thursday, November 11, with
participate in skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, sledding, broom ball & logger ball tournaments                                         opening ceremonies at 7:00 p.m., this is a special evening for Webelos and their parents. Boy
under the lights, ZERO HERO, and much more. Registration materials have been handed out                                                  Scout troops will be on hand with displays and information about their troops. This is a great
and can be found on our website at                                                                                   opportunity to visit one on one with the troop’s youth and adult leadership. The monthly
                                                                                                                                         roundtable is held at Faith Lutheran Church, located at 1402 east Ave C. Mark your calendar
CUB SCOUTS GET READY FOR THE HILLS!                                                                                                      and remind Webelos and parents to make plans to attend.
   Cub Scouts & Families are encouraged to join the District at Huff Hills Ski Resort on January
22nd. Boys and families will have the opportunity to learn how to ski with free lessons. This                                            FRONTIER TRAILS DISTRICT REACHES FOS GOALS
is an event you won’t want to miss if you love the winter and outdoors. Event material has been                                             A big Scouting salute to FOS chair Fred Parks, family and community campaign presenters
handed out and can also be found at                                                                                  and special volunteers who diligently worked to assure Frontier Trails District once again
                                                                                                                                         achieved its Friends of Scouting finance goal. Thanks to each of you the youth of our area are
HELP YOUR SON ASK A FRIEND TO JOIN!                                                                                                      assured of a quality program and the opportunity to participate. A special note of appreciation
   Studies have shown that boys tend to gravitate towards participating in activities that their                                         to Brad Ballweber for his extra effort to bringing the district across the finish line!
friends participate in. We believe that your son is more likely to stay in Scouting, and get the
full benefits of a proven program, if his friends are in it with him!                                                                    FRONTIER TRAILS DISTRICT WEBSITE IS A MUST SEE SITE
What are those benefits again?                                                                                                             Frontier Trails District Cub Packs, Scout Troops and Venture Crews are busy all year around.
Learn new things • Develop new skills • Develop a sense of belonging                                                                     With the council newsletter on a bimonthly publication schedule, the reporting of many of the
Enjoy a “safe haven” for activities • Learn citizenship, character, and fitness                                                          events and activities do not always make the next issue of the Hi-Lites. Scouting families are
Develop leadership skills • Develop self-confidence as he earns badges                                                                   encouraged to check out the Frontier Trails District Website at: and keep
Spending “quality time” with family and leaders • And, YES, he will have a lot of fun too!                                               up to date with the happenings in our great district. At the start of a new year this website will
                                                                                                                                         be moving over to

GREAT PLAINS DISTRICT #14                                                                                                                begin October 21 and end Nov 13. It’s not much time and it might already be half over!
                                                                                                                                         Encourage your scouts and fellow leaders to sell popcorn so that your pack or troops program
District Commissioner . . . . Kevin Hammer. . . . . 701-572-6416 . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                                                                                                         will have the FUNds they need. Call the Minot Scout Office at 701-839-2260 or your District
District Executive . . . . . . . . Steven Lowe . . . . . . . 701-223-7204 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Minot Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 701-839-2260 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Executive at 701-39-8143 for more information.
                                                                                                                                         FALL ROUND-UP
8    District Meeting
                                                                                                                                           Is not over yet! As a district we had 80 new boys join the Scouting movement. Continue to
13   Popcorn Sale ends
                                                                                                                                         encourage everyone to join scouting. Have the boys invite their friends to Pack and Den
15   Roundtable @ Williston
                                                                                                                                         meetings or other activities.
                                                                                                                                         CUB SCOUT FALL FUN DAY
3    Popcorn Delivery
                                                                                                                                           Thank you to everyone who made the Fall Fun Day at Spring Lake Park a success! The parents
4    District Meeting
                                                                                                                                         and new cub masters who made the activities possible and fun deserve this public
13   Roundtable @ Williston
                                                                                                                                         acknowledgement and congratulations for their work and dedication to the scouting program.
14   Roundtable @ Plentywood
                                                                                                                                         68 youth attended the event.
                                                                                                                                         TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
  The mission of the Boy Scout roundtable is to provide quality resources, knowledge, and
                                                                                                                                           No matter what role you fill in the Boy Scout program we have training available for you!
skills to unit leaders to enable and motivate them to deliver an outstanding program to their
                                                                                                                                         Some training such as Youth Protection is available online at and other training
Scout troops. Roundtables focus on program highlights for upcoming months, and it is a great
                                                                                                                                         events are offered in person. Contact the Jim Starika for details about getting your adult leaders
place and time to ask questions from fellow Scouting Volunteers. Everyone is invited to
                                                                                                                                         fully trained 701-774-8505.
Roundtable! Leaders, Assistants, Leader Prospects, Interested Parents, and OA members. Every
2nd Monday of the month in the Williston Faith United Methodist Church @ 7:30pm.
                                                                                                                                         YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING
                                                                                                                                           Youth Protection is available online at If you have not already done so please
                                                                                                                                         complete the training and mail/fax/email/hand deliver a copy of the certificate to the Minot
  The Popcorn Sale is an easy unit money-earning project. With the take order process, no
                                                                                                                                         Office or your District Exective.
upfront money is needed and there is no unsold product or risk. The Session 2 Popcorn Sales
                             Boy Scout Night with the Fargo Force!
                                  Boy Scout Night with the Fargo Force!
                                      Saturday, January 22nd
                                 Saturday, January 22nd

                                                                  7:05 PM
                                                           Urban Plains Center
                                                              7:05 PM
                                                         5225 31st Ave S Fargo, ND
                                                  Urban Plains Center
                                             5225 withst Ave S hockey, great food,
                                             Enjoy time31 friends, great Fargo, NDskating
                                             and a movie after the game, a badge and a chance to stay
                                             overnight at the Urban Plains Center!
                          Enjoy time with friends, great hockey, great food, skating
                                    All for $15! Register Today! Space is limited!
                          and a movie after the game, a badge and a chance to stay
                                  For more information please
                          overnight at the Urban Plains Center! visit our website at
                             All for $15! Register Today! Space is limited!
                           For more information please visit our website at

    Fargo, ND


                                To a valued volunteer:
FARGO, ND 58103

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