Serving youth through community organizations in Cass, Clay, Traill, Becker, Mahnomen and Norman counties in North Dakota and Minnesota.
District 5 Leadership
|District Chairman||Todd Medd||(701) 446-7697|
|District Commissioner||Jefri Jones||(701) 373-1420|
|Sr. District Director||Kevin Mehrer||(701) 499-0645||C (701) 833-9919|
|District Executive||Brett Drevlow||(701) 499-0659||C (218) 688-0972|
|District Executive||Shaun Grover||(701) 293-5011||C (701) 367-7965|
SCOUT IN THE NEWS
Jeremy Murray, a Life Scout in Troop 637 (Moorhead, Trinity Lutheran Church) was recently recognized by Moorhead Chief of Police Shannon Monroe for extraordinary honesty. Jeremy was walking to school in early February when he found a bank bag belonging to Jay’s Smokin’ BBQ, stuffed with over $500 in cash.Jeremy then worked with his mother to get the bag to Moorhead Police, where the bag was then returned to the owner of the restaurant. Read the full article here!
SCOUTER OF THE MONTH
Dan Wall is an Eagle Scout who spent 5 years as a den leader and the last two years as a Scoutmaster for Troop 230, chartered by the American Legion in Harwood, ND. Dan has taken a troop that had been inactive for nearly 10 years and changed it to a very young and vibrant troop. He has managed to turn things around and the scouts have seen many successes and advancements. He is very passionate and conscientious about having the best intentions for improving the values and life experiences for the boys and is a true asset to the Harwood community. He has truly been a great leader for the scouts and has many years to follow! Nominated by Anne Gossett and Chris Gourde
FEMALE SCOUTS BSA JOIN NIGHT!
We’ve already got two Female Scouts BSA troops on the books with another expected in Fargo! An open house will be held for all girls interested in joining a Scouts BSA Troop on Tuesday, March 26 from 5-7 pm at the Center for Scouting. Prospective Scouts can learn about the program, participate in activities, and sign up for a troop. Questions? Contact Family Scouting Assistant District Commissioner Kathryn Hinds.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD
Sign up your unit for Scouting for Food! Service is a fundamental pillar of scouting and again in 2019 we have an opportunity to do some real good for our communities! Throughout the year there are many families that worry about how they are going to make ends meet and keep food on their table. “Do a good turn daily” is a slogan we instill into each one of our youth that participates in Scouting. Service also teaches scouts how they can make a difference in the lives of others. The Northern Lights Council’s annual Scouting for Food drive is one way in which we can make a large impact on a very serious problem occurring in each one of our local communities.
Every year the Northern Lights Council collects nearly 100,000 lbs. of food for local food pantries during our annual Scouting for Food drive. We want you to participate too! Contact Brett or Kevin at 701-293-5011 for information on how to get involved.
DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY
The District Pinewood Derby is an annual event held for cub scouts to compete for the district trophy! This year, the top scout in each den is invited to race in addition to the top the scouts overall in the pack’s race. Cost is $8 per scout, and the race will be held at 4 pm on April 14 at El Zagal Shrine in North Fargo. Visit the registration page for more information. Rules are also posted on the registration page. Questions? Contact our event chairman, Jon Larson.
Mark your calendars – all troops are invited! The annual Spring Camporee is taking place at the Fargo Air Museum on April 26-28. This year will feature another STEM project where scouts will have an opportunity to design, build, and program an RC car! Scouts will also have an opportunity to complete the Robotics Merit Badge. Registration is live! Questions? Contact Our event chairman, Korgen Halver.
PROGRAM PLANNING SEMINAR
Preparation for next year is already beginning! Why so soon? If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. Sports and extracurricular activities are already beginning to publish calendars for 2019-2020, so let’s set our dates too! Youth begin contacting the scout office early in the summer about joining scouts and it’s great to give them your calendar, so they can plan for scouting before school begins!
Leaders in Packs and Troops are invited to attend and partake in everything the seminar has to offer. The following sessions will be offered.
7:00-7:15: General Announcements
7:15-7:40: Calendar development choosing activities
7:45-8:00 and 8:00-8:15; Pick two sessions to attend, each runs for 15 minutes
All Units will be equipped to build a calendar with their scouts and parent leadership. If your unit anticipates needing help, please reach out to your commissioner or talk with Brett or Kevin. Calendars are due 5/31. What we’re looking for is meeting dates and major outings. Specifics are not required (would be welcomed!).
Additional program planning resources are found here!
SPRING JERKY SALE
After a long comment period, we’ve made some significant changes to our spring sale to make life easier for you! The product will be one box with a variety of jerky products. This is a great opportunity for new scouts to build up funds for uniforms, camp, and other expenses. This is also great if your unit may be in need of a fundraiser or missed the boat on popcorn sales. For more information or how to sign up, contact Brett or Kevin at 701-293-5011. For a full Sales guide, check the Northern Lights Council website: www.nlcbsa.org/springsale
PUTTING THE “OUTING” IN SCOUTING
The snow might still be on the ground – but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for your summer camping trips!
Scouts BSA – Opportunities all over the place! Try the Spring Camporee in Fargo in April, Merit Badge Weekend, Visit the Ripley Rendezvous at Camp Ripley in May, or visit Merit Badge Weekend/Resident Camp opportunities at Camp Wilderness! For more information or assistance with Camp Wilderness, contact Shelby at 701-293-5011.
Cub Scouts – We have all our Day camp Dates set! June 1, Casselton ND. Don’t forget about Scout Day with the Fargo RedHawks in August. Check out Cub
Scout resident camp at Camp Wilderness!
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. Further, greater leadership opportunities exist, creating more opportunities for growth and travel! For more information, contact Seth Murray.
NORTHERN SKY DISTRICT IS ON FACEBOOK
Get updates faster! The Northern Sky District is on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/NorthernSkyDistrict. Send your information to us on things that your Troop is doing in the community to let everyone know how much fun your boys are having in Scouting. We will also work to keep current on district events, reminders, pictures and more!
14 Eagle Board of Reviews
14 OA Chapter Meeting
16/23 Scouting for Food
21 Commissioner Meeting
11 Eagle Board of Reviews
14 District Pinewood Derby
18 OA Chapter Meeting
18 Commissioner Meeting
26-28 Spring Camporee
9 Eagle Board of Reviews
16 Order of the Arrow Chapter 5 Meeting
16 Commissioner Meeting
31 Pack Calendars Due
1 Cub Scout Day Camp (Casselton)
13 Eagle Board of Reviews
21 Commissioner Meeting