Oxcart Trails District

Serving Otter Tail, Wilkin, Grant and Richland counties in Minnesota and North Dakota.

District Leadership

District Chairman Mark DeMartelaere (218) 736-7226
District Vice-Chairman Missy Hermes (218) 770-3160
District Vice-Chairman (Program) Mark Sundberg (218) 731-5942
District Commissioner Mike Guck (218) 849-2124
Asst. District Commissioner (West) Teresa Pearson (701) 640-7218
Asst. District Commissioner (East) Mark DeMartelaere (218) 736-7226
District Executive Lindsay Aune

(701) 799-6753 cell

Director of Field Service Darin Steindl (701) 499-0646


Mailing Address:

Oxcart Trails District, Boy Scouts of America
P.O. Box 1007
Fergus Falls, MN 56538

Klondike Derby

UPDATE: The Klondike Derby has been postponed until February 16th, 2019. Please contact Mike Guck at 218-849-2124 with any questions.  The safety of our Scouts is critical when it comes to outdoor activity. Thank you for your patience and we will see you on February 16th! 

February 16, 2019 is the date for the Klondike Derby!  We will again be at Moccasin valley, which is 7 miles off of County Highway 1! Make sure your Klondike Sleds are ready to go, and your Boy Scout Skills re prepared! Troop 307 from Battle Lake are hosting, and they are excited to host the event! Arrow of Light scouts are invited to come and watch for the day. We will be doing these exciting scouting activities: Scout survival skills, troop building activities, a hike, and other fun activities! Make sure you pack your own and other snacks you may want to enjoy! And as always, you will be able to warm up with some Hot Chocolate during our award ceremony! Don't forget to register! Supplies you need can be found at the registration page! You should be getting an invitation to your mailbox soon! Can't wait to see you there!  

District Newsletter

Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

Fall 2018 (September, October, November)

News / Current Events

Unit Charter Renewal and Youth Protection Training

As we begin the annual Unit Charter Renewal Campaign, it is important to note that current Youth Protection Training will be required for all leader renewals at the time the online charter renewal is completed. What this means is, if a unit has a leader that is not current in Youth Protection Training, the unit will not be able to finish the online charter renewal.

The new Youth Protection Training (completed after March 1, 2018) is required for each registered leader - the online system will not allow submittal until all leaders are certified in Youth Protection Training (YPT). This means that no charters will be renewed unless all leader who will be on the charter have completed Youth Protection Training (YPT). We are still offering YPT for those who might want to do the in person training instead of the online training. You can find the list of Certified Youth Protection Champions either through your Unit commissioner, District Commissioner Mike Guck,  or here

Select an adult leader from the unit to be the Charter Renewal Processor for the unit. This could be the Committee Chair, or another adult who is willing to help out! 

Get complete, new applications, including all required parts and signatures, for any new youth or adult members. All adult applications must include the signed Disclosure/Authorization form and must also include proof of completed Youth Protection Training. 

All charters must be turned in by January 23, 2019 at the District Charter Turn in Party at Augustana Lutheran Church from 5:00 - 6:30 pm!  

Family Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting is an important part of the of the year for the Northern Lights Council. with the money that is raised during this campaign, we can continue to improve many of our camping opportunities and other programs that the Northern Lights Council has to offer. The funds to to support our efforts to improve the health of all the units in our council. Many of you have already scheduled your unit presentation, but if you have not, please do so. Please contact Lindsay Aune (701) 799-6753 to schedule your presentation, or go here. Please consider supporting Friends of Scouting this year. 

District Recognition Banquet 

We are delighted to have Mark DeMartelaere planning an amazing banquet at Grace United Methodist Church on February 7, 2019. It's sure to be an amazing evening, as the past two years with Mark at the helm have proven to be spectacular. Dave Iverson will serve a meal of smoked Pork. Please be sure to get your nomination forms from Mark DeMartelaere, or here and returned to him no later than January 15, 2019. Please do not be afraid to share your nomination with the person you are nominating! We want them to be present to receive their award, as it is a great honor to be recognized for their years of service to Scouting, and to the District. Registration is required for this event. To register, please click here

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application.  Go to my.scouting.org to take the training, or contact any one of our Youth Protection Champions. Youth Protection Champions are certified Youth Protection trainers that have taken the training, and are committed to helping every unit reach 100% Youth Protection Trained! To become a Certified Youth Protection Trainer, click here, view the presentation, then contact Darin Steindl with your name and mailing address - you will be sent the training materials so that you can conduct face to face training sessions for other leaders. 

Oxcart Trails Youth Protection Champions

Jessica Gibble New York Mills (218) 402-0348
Jeffrey Krosch New York Mills ((218) 639-3684
Jaime Brause Fergus Falls, MN (218) 205-4851
Stephen Herdan Pelican Rapids, MN (218) 671-0761
Gordy Przbylski Perham, MN


Ben Smith Underwood, MN (218) 791-7353
Teresa Pearson Breckenridge, MN (701) 640-7218
Tammy Miller Colfax,ND (701) 741-4355
Lindsay Aune Fergus Falls, MN (701) 799-6753
Mark DeMartelaere Fergus Falls, MN (218) 671-0588
Mike Guck Battle Lake, MN (218) 849-2124

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