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The Northern Lights Council

Welcome to the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Our Council delivers Scouting to more than 15,360 members and 4,050 registered volunteers throughout the entire State of North Dakota, eighteen counties in northwest Minnesota and two counties each in South Dakota and Montana.  The Northern Lights Council is the second largest Council geographically of the more than 300 BSA Councils in the United States. 

The Northern Lights Council has a long and proud history of serving youth with a quality Scouting program.  Thousands of youth have experienced the fun of Scouting in the great outdoors while learning critical life skills including physical fitness, self-reliance, teamwork and respect for others.

Download the 2015 Report to Investors' Adobe Portable Document Format [3 MB]

Download the 2014 Report to Investors' Adobe Portable Document Format [5 MB]

Download the 2013 Northern Lights Council Annual Report Adobe Portable Document Format [4 MB]

Download the 2011-2015 Northern Lights Council Strategic Plan.pdf

Youth Protection

Youth Protection beings with YOU

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our members. Youth protection is of paramount importance and requires sustained vigilance. To cultivate a safe environment, the BSA continues to develop and enhance its youth protection efforts as everyone continues to learn more about the dangers and challenges facing youth. 

The BSA has established a multi-tiered youth protection approach focused on volunteer screening, education and training for everyone in the program, and clear policies to protection youth.  You can download a copy of the BSA Youth Protection Infographic here: Youth Protection Infographic.pdf

The BSA educates and empowers youth members to be an active part of their safety by teaching the “three R’s” of Youth Protection:

  • Recognize situations that place a youth at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
  • Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation. 
  • Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps protect other children.

 The BSA has established clear policies to help ensure Scouting is a safe place for all of our members:  Mandadory Reporting Policies; External LinkLeader Selection PoliciesExternal Link; Mandatory Youth Protection Training for Adult VolunteersExternal Link; Barriers to AbuseExternal Link and Digital Privacy.  For more information on the BSA Youth Protection policies click hereExternal Link.

Council Youth Protection Reporting Policy: 2015 NLCBSA Reporting Policy for Suspected Child Abuse in Scouting.pdf

Required Training

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered. 

 

Guide to Safe Scouting 

The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare members of the Boy Scouts of America to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through 100 years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures. 

All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America policies and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting provides an overview of Scouting policies and procedures rather than comprehensive, standalone documentation. For some items, the policy statements are complete. Unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities.

In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.

View the online version here: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspxExternal Link

 

Resources for Reporting an Incident

Guide to Safe ScoutingExternal Link defines an incident, tells why it’s important to report the incident, and includes writing tips for your descriptive report.

Incident Descriptions and Definitions, Reporting Instructions 
From a near miss to a catastrophic incident, this handout will help you define what happened and understand all reporting requirements.

Incident Information Report 
This form is used to report all injuries, illnesses, and incidents during Scouting activities or on council-owned properties that require the intervention of a medical provider beyond basic Scout-rendered first aid.

Near Miss Incident Information Report 
Use this form to report near misses in programs such as COPE and climbing activities. A near miss does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so

 

 

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