Northern Lights Alumni Association

Are you interested in what happens at Camp Wilderness, Heart Butte, Big 4 or with the Northern Lights Council?

Looking to stay connected? 

The Northern Lights Alumni Association is the answer.

Our goal is to maintain the memories, spirit and traditions of the Northern Lights Council Camps both past and present; to provide a means for alumni of the Northern Lights Council Camps to maintain affiliation with each other and with the Camps; and to contribute to the continued maintenance and development of the Camp's physical and human resources.

Membership in the Association is open to all past and current camp staff members, campers, or anyone who has interest in the Northern Lights Council.  With our primary focus on Camp Wilderness, Heart Butte and Big Four.

Being a member of the Association means you will receive 6 newsletters from the Association to keep up with other fellow members and the camp. The money raised by the Association goes to projects like the trailer for the Ranger, high speed internet connection at camp, human foosball at the Cub Camp, basketball court, and funding & building Cabin 3. We are currently raising money for the Steve Werpy Staff Scholarship Fund that helps by retaining camp staff. The History Center at Camp Wilderness also benefits from our members in helping with staffing, maintaining the center, and funding.

 E-mail the Assocation  


Our events include :

Annual Open House at Camp Wilderness

  • Friday of every year during Reunion Week (which ever week the 4th of July lands)
  • Open invitation to families of the camp staff to see camp

Reunion Week at Camp Wilderness

  • 4th of July (which ever week the 4th of July lands)
  • Chance to enjoy the weekend (Or the full week!) of summer camp
  • Must have completed Physical Form if over 72 hours
  • Must follow all camp rules

Fall Fellowship

  • Fellowship, Winterizing Camp, Small Projects, and Camp Master Training

Christmas Party (Staff and Alumni)

  • Fellowship and fun at Zorbaz and Camp Wilderness

Welcoming Staff during Staff Week (Spring Gathering) - 

  • Welcome Staff to Camp and Fellowship

Local Socials — Fellowship and Food

  • Fargo Social — First Tuesday of each month at a local restaurant from 7-9 pm (check our Facebook page for this month's location)
  • Grand Forks — Check Facebook for the next event
  • Duluth — Check Facebook for the next event

Camp Reunions -- Celebrating the Camp's Anniversary for Metigoshe, Wabaunaquat, Heart Butte, Big 4, and Camp Wilderness.


Virtual History Trail for Camp Wilderness

(View info, interesting tidbit, & pictures of campsites, buildings, and more)

Contact the History Committee for more information on how you can help.

Bob Rezac 701-261-7597

Chad Swenson 701-388-2494




For more Camping and Council Wide Events visit

Staff Lists Updated

Update to the Staff Rosters has been made thanks to many people who have stopped through camp over the past few years and helped us update the roster.

view Staff Lists 

WANTED - Staff Photos

We are trying to collect staff photos from all camps for every year. We have many, but are still searching to complete the set. Please take a look at the list of needed photos.

Wilderness: 46, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 96, 98, 99, 01, 02, 03, 04

Metigoshe: 59, 61, 62, 71, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, and 85.

Wabaunaquat: 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86

Heart Butte: All Years

If you can help, please contact Steve Lyman.

Camp Wilderness History Center

We are looking for your help!

Our focus is telling the story of the Northern Lights Council and the camps within—not only by honoring all we have today, but also by remembering where we came from. Our present-day council is the result of the evolution of four councils, four lodges, and many camps.

The Northern Lights History Center’s collections are comprised of various artifacts donated by friends of Scouting. We rely on these donations from people like you to preserve and display the history of the council and its camps. Help us uphold the story of the Northern Lights Council by donating items or by joining the History Committee.

Donation Form

Gifts to the Northern Lights Council for the History Center are deductible from taxable income in accordance with the provisions of Federal income tax law. However, the History Committee or Council employees cannot, in their official capacity, give appraisals for the purpose of establishing the tax deductible value of donated items. Evaluations must be secured by the donor at his/her expense. The donor receives no goods or services in consideration of this gift.           

   Our Needs        Camps Councils/Lodges


(when, why, who, how, etc...)

Camp Wilderness

Missouri Valley Council


Camp Wabaunaquat

Great Plains

Area Council


Metigoshe Scout Reservation

Lake Agassiz Council


Heart Butte Scout Reservation

Red River Valley Council

Newspaper Clippings

Camp Shawondasse

Chatoka Lodge

Guide Books Big 4 Scout Camp Thunderbird Lodge
Stories & Anecdotes

Camp Spanish Point

Chan-o-wapi Lodge

Working at the

History Center

Camp Kiwanis/ Wood Lake

ï‚· Minniduta Lodge

Helping with Research

Camp Chandawag/ Oak Island

Pa-Hin Lodge

Cataloging and

storing items

Camp Chatoka

Northern Lights Council
Building Displays What did we miss?

Park Region Council

Contact the History Committee for more information on how you can help

Bob Rezac 701-261-7597

Chad Swenson 701-388-2494