Northern Lights Council

Welcome to the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has provided a comprehensive youth development program for communities across America.  The Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America, provides a time-tested, comprehensive youth development program that emphasizes personal growth, self-reliance, positive decision-making, and respect for others and the environment.  The Northern Lights Council extracts quality volunteer mentors in communities throughout its territory and trains them in youth development and Scouting principles.  The Northern Lights Council was incorporated in 1974 because of a merger of four Boy Scout Councils in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.  The Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America is chartered by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America to administer programs of the Boys Scouts of America.

The purpose of the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America is to help shape and mold the development of our community’s youth.  Our goal is to promote and administer Scouting to all young men and women throughout the Council and to develop these young people through this program which stresses citizenship training, character development, and physical and mental fitness.

The Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America is a United Way Agency and serves more than 10,000 youth across the State of North Dakota, 18 counties in northwestern Minnesota and 2 counties each in South Dakota and Montana. 

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America, to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law

A Scout is

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Helpful
  • Friendly
  • Courteous
  • Kind
  • Obedient
  • Cheerful
  • Thrifty
  • Brave
  • Clean
  • Reverent

Vision Statement

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future, Scouting will continue to:

  • Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
  • Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
  • Train young people in citizenship, service and leadership;
  • Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

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4200 19th Ave South
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 293-5011