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Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives. The skills they learn in Scouting help them overcome obstacles and challenges with courage and character throughout their lives.

Scouting Builds Positive Character

Current and former Scouts have always felt that Scouting has made a difference in their lives, and now a study done by Tufts University has found that Scouting does in fact have measurable, positive impact in the character development of young people.

"After three years, Scouts reported significant increases in cheerfulness, helpfulness, kindness, obedience, trustworthiness, and hopeful future exception," said Dr. Richard M. Lerner, who led the study at Tufts University. "In our control group of non-Scouts, there were no significant increases, and in some cases (e.g., religious reverence) there was an observed decrease, which was quite striking."

More information about the Tufts University study can be found hereExternal Link. You can also download a copy of the Northern Lights Council's Parent Orientation Guide that explains more about the Cub Scout programs here locally.


Cub Scouts Boys Ages 7-10

Boy Scouts Boys Ages 11-17

Venturing Young Men & Women Ages 14-20

Volunteers Men & Women Ages 18+

I'm Ready To Join

To join Scouting, first you need to determine which unit (Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop) you want your son to be involved with. To do that, you can contact the Fargo Service Center to find out which units are in your area or you can visit BeaScout.orgExternal Link.

Attend Sign Up Meeting

In late August or early September, most units will conduct a Fall Sign Up meeting. The Sign up meetings are a great way for you to meet the leaders of Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scouts Troops serving your area and to learn about what Scouting can offer. Scout units typically host recruitment events at your local school, church, or civic center in the fall and in the spring. Click on the area where you live below and you will be shown which units have a Sign Up meeting scheduled.

Flickertail District (Jamestown/Valley City area)

Oxcart Trails District (Fergus Falls/Wahpeton area)

Lakes District (Alexandria area)

Northern Sky District (Fargo/Moorhead/Detroit Lakes area)

Lake Agassiz District (Grand Forks/Devils Lake area)

Roughrider District (Dickinson area)

Tomahawk District (Minot area)

Voyageur Trails District (Thief River Falls/Crookston area)

Frontier Trails District (Bismarck/Mandan area)

Great Plains (Williston/Plentywood area)

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