Lakes District

Serving Minnesota Counties of Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Grant & Traverse

District 4 Leadership

District Chair Adrian Panther (720) 308-4567
District Commissioner Michael Denke (320) 491-8381
District Executive Michael Schatz (507) 254-7301 cell
Director of Field Service Darin Steindl (701) 499-0646

Monthly Leader Meetings

District Committee - 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. 

Adult Leader Roundtables - 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria.


Eagle Scout Process Contacts:

Eagle Project Approvals - Tim Gehring (320) 760-7273

Eagle Scout Board of Review Scheduling - Mike Henning (320) 491-9095


Local Mailing Address

Northern Lights Council, BSA
P.O. Box 1131
Alexandria, MN 56308

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Open Houses

Open houses can be an effective way to recruit new Scouts into your unit, especially in the spring when outdoor activities are on the horizon! There are great opportunities for all of our Scouts! From our Great Day Camps, to our Camporee, Resident Camp at Butler Outpost, or Camp Wilderness!

Here are some great ways to do that!

  • Select a date, and set up a Display for the Troop or Pack
  • Make a presentation to the Students to spark their interest, and allow them to participate in hands on activities as much as possible.
  • Extend an invitation to attend an open house with their parents. Provide information that is relevant to the upcoming events and activities. 

If your unit would like to do a Open House

Troops fill out this form

Packs fill out this form


Spring Product Sale

We are excited to announce improvements to the Jack Links variety beef snack product sale. The spring sale is set up to help Scouts earn money to pay for Day Camp, Cub Resident Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, and High Adventure trips. The features of this sale are: 

NEW – RETURN POLICY! (Up to 10% of Product Returns!!)
NEW – PACKAGING
NEW – PRICING!!!

HOW MANY CASES DO I NEED TO SELL TO ATTEND CAMP
(Based on paying for camp after May 1.  Actual cost may be less)

Day Camp • Sell just one case of beef snacks!  Camp is 100% paid!   
Cub Resident Camp at Butler Wilderness Outpost • Sell four cases of beef snacks! Camp is 100% paid!    
Cub Resident Camp at Heart Butte or Big 4 • Sell three cases of beef snacks for Heart Butte or 2 Cases for Big 4!   Camp is 100% paid with a little left over for the trading post!
Boy Scout Summer Camp • Sell 8 cases of beef snacks!  Camp is 100% paid!

Jack Links approached the Northern Lights Council and has offered better logistical support, superior packaging, and an appealing assortment of delicious beef snacks! Orders will be due on Monday, February 18 to arrive for the March Roundtable and Monday, March 18 to arrive for the April Roundtable.


Order of the Arrow

Are your scouts looking for the next thing in their scouting path? Order of the Arrow is a great way to get more involved in scouting and community service. Greater Leadership opportunities exist, more opportunities for growth, greater ability to travel, and a better way to create friendships throughout the Council. For more information contact, Chapter Advisor Brian Ramey

District Newsletter

Spring 2019 (March, April, May)

Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

Fall 2018 (September, October, November)

Internet Advancement 2.0

The new tool to quickly input advancement data, Internet Advancement 2.0 (previously known as Scoutbook Lite) is now live.

This free solution replaces the previous Internet Advancement platform, which will be retired (for all programs except Exploring) on June 10, 2019. Internet Advancement 2.0 will feature a clean, new user interface and will be optimized to whatever device you use: desktop, tablet or smartphone. Internet Advancement 2.0 will offer optimized functions for everything found in the current Internet Advancement platform and can be accessed by Unit Key 3 users,  Unit Key 3 delegate users and Unit Advancement Chairs.

End users will access Internet Advancement 2.0 via one of the following locations using their my.Scouting credentials:

•             Scoutbook.scouting.org

•             From the Legacy Tools menu in my.Scouting.org

•             A link in Scoutbook.com

•             From the current Internet Advancement Platform

After initial release, the BSA IT team will continue to add additional features on a regular basis.  Updates and new features will be communicated as they are delivered.

Visit http://help.scoutbook.com for answers to commonly asked questions.

Posted: 2019-05-24
Popcorn Sale

Popcorn - Unit Key Leader Briefings

Units can earn an extra 2% commission by participating in one of the briefings in June. To qualify for the 2% extra commission at least two (2) leaders from the unit must attend - 1. the Unit Popcorn Kernel (coordinator) and 2. either the Committee Chair, Cubmaster or Scoutmaster.

All briefings start at 7:00 pm local time.

Click on the date to register to attend the briefing on that date and location.

Posted: 2019-05-01
Amazon Smile Gives Back to Northern Lights Council

Support the Northern Lights Council When You Shop on Amazon

Smile.amazon.com is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Designate the Northern Lights Council as your charity, and your purchase will help the council with no cost to you!

Posted: 2019-03-18

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