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Scout Day with the RedHawks

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Baseball Game and Clinic

This year’s Scout Day with the RedHawks will be held on Saturday, August 3 as we watch our very own FM RedHawks take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Newman Outdoor Field. The baseball clinics will consist of RedHawks team members running stations on Pitching, Fielding, and Hitting. Bring your glove! Sorry parents, school age youth only on the field!

Schedule for the day:

  • Check in for baseball clinics begin at 11 am .
  • Two baseball clinics will be run at 11:15 and 12:15
  • Each baseball clinic will be followed by an Autograph Session with the RedHawks! (tentatively)
  • Your group will be assigned to one of each of the clinics as you arrive.
  • While your group isn’t participating in the baseball clinic – you will get a chance to tour the stadium, press box and museum.
  • This year all participants will be asked to temporarily leave the stadium by 2 pm for game setup. Gates open up again at 5:00 pm. The game starts at 6:00 pm.

Make this a family outing or bring your entire Den, Pack, Troop or Crew to the RedHawks game. All youth members (Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing) and their families are invited to enjoy an afternoon and evening of baseball with the RedHawks. Package cost is $10 for a General Admission or you can upgrade to Reserved Seating for $15. Cost includes ticket to the game, a RedHawks Scout Day Patch, clinic with RedHawks players for the boys, and a food voucher redeemable for a hot dog, chips, and drink. Family Camping overnight on the field costs an additional $3.

Sign up online - registration is open until July 26!

Family Campout after the Game at Newman Field

Youth members can camp out on the field after the game with your family. The RedHawks staff will show a movie on the media board.

  • After the game everyone will exit the stadium.
  • Families that are staying overnight can get their tents, sleeping bags, snacks, etc from their vehicles and then will be allowed back into the stadium.
  • A continental breakfast of juice and donuts will be served by the RedHawks staff in the morning.
  • Cost for camping adventure is an additional $3 per person. All BSA rules for camping must be followed during this campout including leadership requirements.

Sign up online - registration is open until July 26!

2019 Silver Beavers

At the Council Recognition Luncheon on April 6, the outstanding volunteers shown above were presented with the Silver Beaver award - the highest award a council may bestow on adult volunteers.

Pictured above (left to right): Charles Votova, Michael Guck, Diane Smith, Perry Vogel, Daniel Link and Keith Domke.

Congratulations to these great volunteers!

Scouts ... Don't miss the 2019 World Jamboree

The 2019 World Jamboree will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico and will be held at the Summit in West Virginia on July 21-August 2 2019.  The United States has only hosted one other World Jamboree in 1967 in Idaho.  This one is only a few hours from your home.  How can you compare a National Jamboree and a World Jamboree?  The answer is, You Can't. 

A World Jamboree is about meeting people from other countries and learning about them and their cultures.  There are dinner exchanges and an opportunity to go around to visit Troops from other countries and sample their food and activities.  Your Troop will be camped next to Troops from other countries.  Whereas, the activities in most Jamborees are limited, the 2019 World Jamboree will also have all of the activities available at the Summit.  There has never been another Jamboree like this one and probably will not be another like it in the future. 

The Central Region, Area 1 has been allotted 6 units with one being a coed Venturing Troop.  There are a limited number of openings available, so sign up today at

Youth must be 14 and not yet 18 years old by July 21, 2019.  The cost is $2500.00.  There will be some scholarship money available with information on this available around March 1.  Be sure you are one of the Scouts who have the opportunity to experience this mountain top experience.

Latest Cub Scout Leader Guides now available in print or digital formats

Cub Scout leaders, you can now grab the latest edition of the Cub Scout Leader Book and rank-specific Den Leader Guides in print or digital formats.

You can get a copy at the Fargo Scout Shop or your local Scout Shop, at or on the Amazon Kindle store. If you choose the digital download from Amazon, your copy will be accessible on any device linked to your Amazon account. That includes your laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android device, Amazon Kindle reader or Amazon Kindle Fire.

The books, newly updated for 2018, are aligned with the current requirements for Cub Scout adventure loops and pins. You’ll find detailed meeting plans for each adventure, including games, ceremonies and helpful tips to make your meeting run smoothly.

The covers have been simplified and color-coded to match the Cub Scout handbooks used by the boys or girls in your den. If you’re in Tigers, for example, get the orange Den Leader Guide to match the orange Tiger Cub Scout Handbook. Get the red book for Wolf, blue for Bear and green for Webelos.

2019 Membership Growth Incentive

Our goal, as always, is to increase the number of young men and young women that we serve through our life-changing program.  We do transform our communities and have a powerful positive impact on the future!

To encourage unit leadership to pursue membership growth in all packs and troops this fall we are offering the following incentive:

  1. Existing Packs and Troops that achieve growth of + 5 or more youth members over their December 31, 2018, registered members will be given a voucher for one Pinewood Derby car (Packs) or 1 Merit Badge Pamphlet (Troops) for each registered youth member as of the deadline date of November 15, 2019. 
  2. New Packs or new Troops chartered after February 1, 2019, that achieve 10 or more youth members will be given a voucher for one Pinewood Derby car (Packs) or 1 Merit Badge Pamphlet (Troops) for each registered youth member as of the deadline date of November 15, 2019.
  3. All membership must be turned in, processed, and paid for no later than November 15, 2019, to count towards the incentive. 

For more details and to determine your membership goal speak with your District Executive.

Posted: 2019-07-01
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:


•             From the Legacy Tools menu in

•             A link in

•             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 for answers to commonly asked questions.

Posted: 2019-05-24
Training for Scouts BSA Youth

Does your troop teach Leadership Skills or maybe struggle with how to do it?  Look no further than the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILTS)! The purpose of the ILST course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role.  

This course is intended to help Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. ILST is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of ILST is a prerequisite for Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE).

View the Course Instructions

Download Troop Position Description Cards

Posted: 2019-03-29
Amazon Smile Gives Back to Northern Lights Council

Support the Northern Lights Council When You Shop on Amazon is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as 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

Units Can Qualify to Receive Free Rank Insignia in 2019

The Northern Lights Council is pleased to offer Packs and Troops the opportunity to earn free rank insignia through March 31, 2020. Qualifying units will receive free rank insignia each time a Scout advances in rank.  This offer is made possible by the annual Friends of Scouting campaign and council product sale.  To qualify for free rank insignias a unit must meet each of the following requirements:

Participate in Popcorn Sale – the unit must have participated in the council sponsored Trail’s End Popcorn sale in 2018 with a minimum of $500 in total sales.
Journey to Excellence – Units must have achieved at least “Bronze” level recognition in Scouting's Journey to Excellence in 2018. The Journey to Excellence unit scorecard must be completed, signed and submitted.
On-time Charter Renewal – To be considered “on-time” the charter renewal paperwork must be turned in by the announced deadlines for the district the unit is in.
Friends of Scouting – Unit must attain 2019 Friends of Scouting goal. Presentations should be held between November 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The minimum goal is determined by: Number of registered youths listed on charter renewal paperwork x $40

The following units have qualified to receive free rank advancements through March 31, 2020 (additional units may qualify once they have attained their Friends of Scouting goal):

  1. Oxcart Trails District 3 - Pack 307
  2. Oxcart Trails District 3 - Pack 312
  3. Oxcart Trails District 3 - Pack 325
  4. Oxcart Trails District 3 - Troop 307
  5. Lakes District 4 - Pack 416
  6. Lakes District 4 - Pack 426
  7. Lakes District 4 - Troop 412
  8. Lakes District 4 - Troop 423
  9. Lakes District 4 - Troop 426
  10. Northern Sky District 5 - Pack 232
  11. Northern Sky District 5 - Pack 234
  12. Northern Sky District 5 - Pack 279
  13. Northern Sky District 5 - Pack 299
  14. Northern Sky District 5 - Pack 624
  15. Northern Sky District 5 - Pack 641
  16. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 203
  17. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 213
  18. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 214
  19. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 215
  20. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 222
  21. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 229
  22. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 241
  23. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 244
  24. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 246
  25. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 276
  26. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 637
  27. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 644
  28. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 1
  29. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 13
  30. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 19
  31. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 34
  32. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 116
  33. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 162
  34. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Troop 37
  35. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Troop 41
  36. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Troop 130
  37. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Troop 151
  38. Roughrider District 10 - Pack 38
  39. Roughrider District 10 - Pack 59
  40. Roughrider District 10 - Pack 112
  41. Roughrider District 10 - Troop 32
  42. Tomahawk District 10 - Pack 412
  43. Tomahawk District 11 - Troop 411
  44. Tomahawk District 11 - Troop 425
  45. Tomahawk District 11 - Troop 433
  46. Frontier Trails District 13 - Pack 100
  47. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 2
  48. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 54
  49. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 73
  50. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 123
  51. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 326
  52. Great Plains District 14 - Troop 316
  53. Great Plains District 14 - Troop 368

We thank these units for their support of the Northern Lights Council!

Report to the State 2019

The Report to the State was held on Wednesday, February 13 at the Elks Club in Bismarck. The annual event has been sponsored by the Bismarck Rotary Club starting in 1922 (this being the 97th year). Youth members from different Northern Lights Council programs - Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Exploring give a report outlining what happened in Scouting during the previous year. The official report is presented to the Governor during the Rotary Club meeting and other legislators during a tour of the capital. Thank you to the Rotary Club, all of the participants including Governor Bergum, Gen. Dorhmann and our youth members. Special thank you to Dale Sandstrom for chairing the event again this year.

Video of the Report to the State (part 1)

Video of the Report to the State (part 2)

Details on Scouts BSA Uniform and Handbook

Their here!

You’ve been asking for details about these new items, and today, we’ve got answers to share.

But first, a quick note to leaders and Scouts in existing all-boy troops: your uniforms and handbooks won’t need to be replaced. You’re good to go.

For leaders of new Scouts BSA troops, as well as new Scouts BSA members — boy or girl — keep reading for the latest info.

Scouts BSA uniforms: Your questions answered!

When will the new Scouts BSA uniforms be available?

Scouts BSA launched Feb. 1, and uniform parts are available now at nationally operated Scout shops. Uniform parts include the roll-up pantsgirl’s short-sleeve shirt and more uniform items available in sizes for women and girls.

We recommend you contact the Fargo Scout Shop to confirm availability before making a trip.

What’s new or different about the Scouts BSA uniform?

The Scouts BSA uniform shirt comes in sizes and cuts for women and girls. New uniform pants for women and girls can be rolled up at the leg to be worn as capri pants. Women and girls can also purchase the current, switchback-style uniform pants that zip off at the knee. The new shirt is tan and features a BSA fleur-de-lis emblem and the letters “BSA” in red over the right pocket. The existing inventory of tan shirts, with “BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA” in red over the right pocket, will be available until they’re all sold out.

Can I still wear previous-generation uniform pieces?

Yes. With BSA uniforms, the rule is: once official, always official.

Can I mix and match old and new uniform pieces?

Yes. For example, you could wear the new tan Scouts BSA uniform shirt with previous-generation green uniform pants.

Scouts BSA Handbook: Your questions answered!

When will the new Scouts BSA Handbook be available?

The Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls is now available. We recommend you contact the Fargo Scout Shop to confirm availability before making a trip.

The Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys will be shipped to Scout shops this summer as current inventory decreases. Boys can continue using the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, which remains available at Scout shops and online.

Why are there two different handbooks?

The volunteer-led board of directors wanted to ensure Scouts can see themselves represented accurately in the pages, and having two handbooks was the most effective way to do that.

The photos reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member. In other words, boys will see images of other boys in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys; girls will see images of other girls in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.

Is the content the same between the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls?

Yes, the content, requirements and page numbers are exactly the same. All that’s different is the photos.

What did and didn't change from the Boy Scout Handbook to the Scouts BSA Handbooks?

What didn't change:

  • Requirements
  • Program elements

What did change:

  • Images, which reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member
  • The program name — Boy Scouts becomes Scouts BSA
  • Youth Protection guidelines, which are regularly updated to keep young people safe
  • Minor grammar and formatting fixes to the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook

Can a Scout continue to use the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook?

Absolutely. But be aware that rules and requirements can be updated, so always look for the latest requirements online or in Scoutbook.

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