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Latest Cub Scout Leader Guides now available in print or digital formats

Cub Scout leaders, you can now grab the latest edition of the Cub Scout Leader Book and rank-specific Den Leader Guides in print or digital formats.

You can get a copy at the Fargo Scout Shop or your local Scout Shop, at or on the Amazon Kindle store. If you choose the digital download from Amazon, your copy will be accessible on any device linked to your Amazon account. That includes your laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android device, Amazon Kindle reader or Amazon Kindle Fire.

The books, newly updated for 2018, are aligned with the current requirements for Cub Scout adventure loops and pins. You’ll find detailed meeting plans for each adventure, including games, ceremonies and helpful tips to make your meeting run smoothly.

The covers have been simplified and color-coded to match the Cub Scout handbooks used by the boys or girls in your den. If you’re in Tigers, for example, get the orange Den Leader Guide to match the orange Tiger Cub Scout Handbook. Get the red book for Wolf, blue for Bear and green for Webelos.

Field Staff Positions Open

The Northern Lights Council currently has three open field staff positions in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks. For more information about these positions, visit the Job Openings page.

Disaster Relief

Doing a good turn and lending a helping hand is at the heart of Scouting. In fact, our ability to work together to support our communities during difficult times is what makes Scouts and Scouters extraordinary. Here are a few ways you can make an immediate impact to support disaster relief efforts:

Help a neighborhood Scouting Unit

Other councils/packs/troops looking to support Scouting units in need can purchase new items so that they can resume activities as soon as possible. Contact information will be provided so you can reach out directly to the affected Scouting units and arrange for shipment/delivery of goods.

To help a unit, click here

Other Ways to Help

To provide immediate support for food and shelter needs in the area, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and the BSA encourage you to donate directly to the American Red Cross and/or Salvation Army:

American Red Cross

Donate online or
Call 1-800-RED CROSS

Salvation Army

Donate online or
Donate by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or, 
Donate via mail to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta GA 30301

We thank you for your continued support of the Boy Scouts of America and for helping the Scouting Family through these troubling times.

NESA Eagle Scout scholarship deadline is Oct. 31, 2018

Becoming an Eagle Scout is its own reward. Earning a college scholarship because you’re an Eagle Scout? That’s like a reward on top of a reward.

The National Eagle Scout Association will award nearly $700,000 in scholarships to more than 150 Eagle Scouts based on their academic performance, Scouting background, college plans and financial need. The window for the latest round of National Eagle Scout Association scholarships closes  on Oct. 31, 2018.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail on July 15, 2019, and money will be disbursed to these deserving Eagle Scouts in fall 2019. These scholarships reward the best of the best, and they are extremely competitive. About 3 percent of the expected 5,000 applicants will receive a scholarship.

If you’re an Eagle Scout between your senior year of high school and junior year of college, you’ll want to apply and give yourself a chance at earning some cash for college.

Read on for more details, and be sure to consult this list of FAQs if you still have questions.

Boy Scouts ... Don't miss the 2019 World Jamboree

The 2019 World Jamboree will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico and will be held at the Summit in West Virginia on July 21-August 2 2019.  The United States has only hosted one other World Jamboree in 1967 in Idaho.  This one is only a few hours from your home.  How can you compare a National Jamboree and a World Jamboree?  The answer is, You Can't. 

A World Jamboree is about meeting people from other countries and learning about them and their cultures.  There are dinner exchanges and an opportunity to go around to visit Troops from other countries and sample their food and activities.  Your Troop will be camped next to Troops from other countries.  Whereas, the activities in most Jamborees are limited, the 2019 World Jamboree will also have all of the activities available at the Summit.  There has never been another Jamboree like this one and probably will not be another like it in the future. 

The Central Region, Area 1 has been allotted 6 units with one being a coed Venturing Troop.  At this time there are only 126 openings left, so sign up today at

Youth must be 14 and not yet 18 years old by July 21, 2019.  The cost is $2500.00.  There will be some scholarship money available with information on this available about March 1st.  Be sure you are one of the Scouts who have the opportunity to experience this mountain top experience.

Youth Protection Training

The Northern Lights Council will be conducting Youth Protection Training via video conference (Go to Meeting) in September and October. As previously announced, a NEW Youth Protection Training course is required for all registered leaders before they will be able to renew their BSA membership later this year. The current Youth Protection Training certificate (from the old course) expired on September 30, 2018.

Download the Youth Protection Flyer for dates and times of upcoming training sessions for people that want to become certified to conduct the new Youth Protection Training or just to complete the training for yourself.

Cub Scout Leader-Specific Trainings scheduled across the Council 

To help new leaders run den and pack meetings, we encourage participating in one of the training sessions offered in the council this fall - either in person or online.

Cub Scout Leader Training page

Fall 2018 Training Schedule

Online training is also available on

Charter Renewal Process Begins in October

Annually, every unit must renew the memberships of their youth and adults. Most of these memberships expire on December 31, 2018 (in some districts, the expiration date is at the end of January or February).

Instead of having everyone complete a new membership application, the BSA has an online charter renewal system that is used to renew active members and drop inactive members. This online system becomes available on October 1,
2018 (Nov 1 & Dec 1 for some districts).

At the October Roundtables (Nov & Dec for some districts) – a packet of instructions and other forms that are useful to complete charter renewal will be distributed. Each district will have help sessions for those unit leaders that are
new to the charter renewal process.

But even before the online system opens, there are a few things your pack or troop can do now to prepare (and will help you finish charter renewal quicker):

  • Have all applications for new youth and adults turned in before October 1. Doing this will save time because you won’t have to manually enter them in the online charter renewal system.
  • Have all adults that will be renewing complete the new required Youth Protection Training by October 1. If all the leaders have not completed the new training, it will cause a delay in renewing the unit charter.
  • Start collecting any fees that your unit requires before October 1. This can be time consuming, so start early.

The completed paperwork will be due at least 30 days prior to the expiration date for the unit. This allows time for fixing defects and processing the paperwork prior to expiration.

To log in to the online charter renewal system or to download copies of the charter renewal packet contents, go to the Charter Renewal page.

Cub Scout Fall Day Camps

There is still time to join us at a Fall Day Camp! Each day camp is organized by trained, talented and enthusiastic volunteers whose goal is to make the day full of fun and memories. Day Camp introduces young cubs and their parents to an outdoor learning experience. Day Camp is a day of activities done in a round-robin style and is attended by Cub Scouts in 1st through 5th grade. Cub Scouts visit several activities to spark their imagination and challenge them. Games, sports and skill activities may consist of archery, BB gun target shooting, nature, crafts and much more.

Cub Scout Day Camp Schedule

Scoutbook Free Starting January 1, 2019

Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail. Click here for more information.


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