Oxcart Trails District

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

District 3 Top Leaders

District Chairman Rod Scheel  
District Vice-Chairman (Program) Mark DeMartelaere (218) 671-0588
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

Summer Camp Season is soon upon us!

With Summer Camp Season just a few months away, it's a great time to remind everyone to get Your Camp Physical season completed! If any Scouting event lasts for more than 72 hours you need to take the proper Annual Health and Medical Record form to your doctor. You can find all of the information you need here

Webelos to Scout Transition

This time of year is an exciting time of year for many of our Arrow of Light Scouts. Not only are they completing their final Achievements in Cub Scouts, but the Arrow of Light Scouts are looking forward to their future years in Scouting. Mark Sundberg our District Webelos to Scout Transition Chair, has been working with the Scouts who are currently AOL and what their plans are after they have completed Cub Scouts. Many scouts are planning on crossing over to Scouts BSA, and we are excited to have them be apart of the older youth program! Make sure to have their transfer applications completed if they are crossing over to a troop, and turned in as soon as you can! Not only is this a great time for AOL scouts to crossover, but it is an excellent time to invite others to your Troop! Here are some excellent resources to help out with creating a Troop Open House!

Open House Form for Troops - This form will let us know when you plan on having your open house. Just fill it out and and Lindsay will get flyers to the school!

Council Resources - This has great information for anyone who wants more information on the Webelos to Scout Transition Process

Spring Camporee

Oxcart Trails Arrow of Light ceremony will be held at the Spring Camporee May 3, 4, & 5.  All Arrow of Lights are encouraged to attend this one of a kind event. This marks an end of their Cub Scouting and the beginning of the fun and adventure of Scouts BSA. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouts, and the only badge they may wear from Cub Scouts on their BSA Scout uniform. Many of the Arrow of Light may have already bridged over to Scouts BSA, but we encourage every AOL to attend this very special time, even the AOL that have not or will not be joining a Troop.  This ceremony is only for AOL or 5th graders that have graduated from their pack. We ask that no younger Cub Scouts, or 4th grade Webelos attend this ceremony. We want them to see it for the first time when they cross over to Scouts BSA. The cost for this event is $12 per person. The event will be held at Dayton Hollow. Be sure to Register by April, 28, 2019!. If you have any questions, contact Mark DeMartelaere or at (218) 671-0588. Registration and all other information for the event can be found here

Spring Recruitment

We are excited to invite new Cub Scouts into the program year-round! Now is the time to start inviting new Cub Scouts into the program, so they can get ready to join your pack on your adventures at Summer Camp or Day Camp! Just like at Fall Recruitment time, there are so many great resources that you can use to help to make sure your pack has a successful Spring Recruitment! 

  • The first step to take is to make sure you have a great summer program! Our District Roundtable in April will focus on Program Planning, which will help make sure that the pack has a great Summertime Activities! There are some great resources on our District Roundtable Page!
  • Fill out the Pack Open House Form and let us know when you want to have your Pack Open House! We will create fliers and distribute them to the schools, hang up posters, and even put yard signs in the snow! 
  • Visit the National Resource page on the Cub Scout Program to get more information! Let us know what you you find! 

June Day Camp

Oxcart Trails Day camp is gearing up and will be an amazing time! We will have BB guns, Archery, crafts, and all sorts of adventures to start your summer right. Registration is NOW OPEN. Fees for day camp are $38 per Scout before April 15, 2019. After April 15 it will be $45 per scout. Your Cub Scout will come home with a great day of memories, plus a lot of stuff to remember the day. Registration comes with a T-shirt and a Patch! Check out the Flyer and share it with all of your friends!

Questions? Contact Jaime Brause or (218) 205-4851 or Jessica Gibble or (218) 402-0348

Register here

Pack Day Camp Coordinators

Northern Lights Council Day Camps are closer than you think!  Even though we have record snowfalls, summer will be here before you know! It is a great time to plan to have a Pack Day Camp Coordinator. A Day ,Camp Coordinator is someone who will help encourage their pack register for day camp, make sure all the Health Forms are filled out, and help their pack promote Day Camp! 

Pack Day Camp coordinators will be invited to participate in a webinar prior to the date of the Day Camp. Please let us know who your packs coordinator is by completing the Pack Day Camp Coordinator Form.

Summertime Pack Award

The National Summertime pack award is a great way to get your pack moving, and active in the summer! Many packs already participate in the Summertime Pack award, but it is a great way to get more involvement from your Scouts in a summertime program, which is a great time to be a Cub Scout! The requirements are simple. They are: 

The pack can qualify for the certificate and streamer by planning and conducting three pack activities—one each in June, July, and August. 

  • June Idea - Day Camp (June 15, 2019)
  • July Idea - Picnic for the Pack
  • August Idea - Scout Day at the Redhawks (August 3, 2019)

Dens with an average attendance of at least half their members at the three summer pack events are eligible for a colorful den participation ribbon. Scouts who participate in all three pack events are eligible to receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin, which they can wear on the right pocket flap of their uniform.

It  truly is an easy way to get activity from your Scouts in the summer, and many packs have done so! If you have any questions regarding this or any other activities, please contact Mark DeMartelaere.

How do I make my Troop Stronger in the Fall?

There are five ways to strengthen your Scouts BSA Troop program.

1) Bridge the Arrow of Light Cub Scouts... When? NOW!

2) Get your Troop ready to go to Summer Resident Camp! All of the information for summer resident camp at Camp Wilderness can b

3) Sign up for the Spring Camporee. Competition between Scouts has been found to strengthen unit cohesion and advancement.

4) Have a Recruitment Night for New Scouts in April, and make sure they sign up to go to camp with your Troop this summer. Scouts who go to camp are more likely to stay involved in Scouting in the Fall. Talk to DE Lindsay Aune, she has flyers available to give you to promote your Scouts BSA Troop.

5) Start a Parallel Scouts BSA Troop for Girls. We have girls in Cub Scouts all over Oxcart Trails, and when they reach fifth grade they will be looking forward to continuing the great programming that we offer in Scouts BSA. We are seeing great growth in communities that have established Cub Scouts Dens for Boy and Girls. Nationwide we are already seeing great growth in Charter Organizations that have unit programming for the entire family from kindergarten to college.

Open Houses 

Open houses can be an effective way to recruit new Scouts into your pack or troop, especially in the spring when outdoor activities are on the horizon! There are many great opportunities for all of our Scouts! From our great Day Camps or Cub Scout Resident Camp, or Resident Camp for Scouts BSA! 

Here are some great ways to do that! 

  • Select a date, and set up a rally and troop or Pack Displays at your Meetings! 
  • Make a presentation to the K-6th grade students to spark their interest, and allow them to participate in an hands-on activity as much as possible.
  • Extend an invitation to attend an open house with their parents. The Council will provide the materials like the Fall Recruitment, just make sure to fill out the survey's so the information can get out when you want it to.

Tip: The open house should be a short, lively program with an explanation of the activities and a calendar of future events. Invite the parents, as well as the new Scout, to become a part of your unit! 

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. 

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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Monthly District Calendar

District Newsletters:

Spring 2019 (March, April, May)

Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

Fall 2018 (September, October, November)

Calendar - click above or scroll to bottom of page


Oxcart Trails District Committee

CS Roundtable Commissioner Jessica Gibble (218) 402-0348
SBSA Roundtable Commissioner Mike Guck (218) 849-2124
Product Sales Chair Ben Smith (218) 791-7353
Webelos to Scout Transition  Mark Sundberg (218) 731-5942
Membership Wally Senyk (218) 770-4598
Day Camp (Camp Director) Jaime Brause (218) 205-4851
Day Camp (Program Director) Jessica Gibble (218) 402-0348
Cub Scout Leader Training Jessica Gibble (218) 402-0348
Scouts  BSA Leader Training Dave Pederson (320) 808-1056
Youth Protection Champion Mike Guck (218) 849-2124
Order of the Arrow Doug Hansen (701) 541-0300
Scouting for Food Dick Barsness (218) 205-1901
Klondike Derby 2019 Mike Guck (218) 849-2124
Fall Camporee 2019 Ryan Hansen (218) 770-7505
Spring Camporee 2019 Mark DeMartelaere (218) 736-7226
Cub Scout Advancements Teresa Pearson (701) 640-7218
Scouts BSA Advancements Mark DeMartelaere (218) 736-7226
District Recognition Banquet Mark DeMartelaere (218) 736-7226

Eagle Projects/Board of Review

Ivan Maas (701) 899-1087
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Posted: 2019-03-18
Richard McCartney Named Scout Executive of the Northern Lights Council

Richard McCartney has been named Scout Executive of the Northern Lights Council,  Boy Scouts of America, effective April 1, 2019.

Rich began his Scouting career as District Executive at the Genesee Council in Batavia, NY.  He moved on to become a Senior District Executive, District Director, Field Director, and Assistant Director of Field Service with the Otetiana Council, Rochester, NY. He was promoted to Director of Support Services of the Denver Area Council, Denver, CO.  In 2005 he was selected as Scout Executive of the Moraine Trails Council, Butler, PA. In 2009 he became Scout Executive of the Greater Yosemite Council in Modesto, CA where he served until February 2017, when he began his current position as Area Director for Area 6 of the Western Region.

Rich is an Eagle Scout who enjoys cooking, exercise, hunting, fishing, backpacking, and music. Rich and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Raymond 22 and Ian 17. 

"I am looking forward to joining the Northern Lights Council, Rich McCartney said.  This is an outstanding Boy Scout Council because of the great work of thousands of volunteers and parents, enhanced by a talented team of executive and support staff.  Our focus will be to continue to deliver character and leadership rich programs based on the mission of Scouting to prepare young people to make moral and ethical decisions in their lifetimes, by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law”.  

Please join us in congratulating Rich as he joins us in delivering quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities we serve.

Posted: 2019-02-28

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