Lakes District

Serving Minnesota Counties of Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Grant & Traverse

District 4 Leadership

District Chair Adrian Panther (720) 308-4567
District Commissioner Michael Denke (320) 491-8381
District Executive Michael Schatz (507) 254-7301 cell
Director of Field Service Darin Steindl (701) 499-0646

Monthly Leader Meetings

District Committee - 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. 

Adult Leader Roundtables - 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria.

Eagle Scout Process Contacts:

Eagle Project Approvals - Tim Gehring (320) 760-7273

Eagle Scout Board of Review Scheduling - Mike Henning (320) 491-9095

Local Mailing Address

Northern Lights Council, BSA
P.O. Box 1131
Alexandria, MN 56308

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District Recognition Dinner

We are delighted to be having out District Recognition Dinner at the Corral Saloon and Eatery on March 7, 2019. It's sure to be an amazing evening. Please be sure to get your nomination forms from Michael Schatz. You can nominate Scouters for the Lakes District Awards  or the District Award of Merit. Nominations are due no later then February 28, 2019. It is a great honor to be recognized for their years of service and commitment to Scouting and the District. Registration is required for this event.

Open Houses

Open houses can be an effective way to recruit new Scouts into your unit, especially in the spring when outdoor activities are on the horizon! There are great opportunities for all of our Scouts! From our Great Day Camps, to our Camporee, Resident Camp at Butler Outpost, or Camp Wilderness!

Here are some great ways to do that!

  • Select a date, and set up a Display for the Troop or Pack
  • Make a presentation to the Students to spark their interest, and allow them to participate in hands on activities as much as possible.
  • Extend an invitation to attend an open house with their parents. Provide information that is relevant to the upcoming events and activities. 

If your unit would like to do a Open House

Troops fill out this form

Packs fill out this form

Spring Product Sale

We are excited to announce improvements to the Jack Links variety beef snack product sale. The spring sale is set up to help Scouts earn money to pay for Day Camp, Cub Resident Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, and High Adventure trips. The features of this sale are: 

NEW – RETURN POLICY! (Up to 10% of Product Returns!!)

(Based on paying for camp after May 1.  Actual cost may be less)

Day Camp • Sell just one case of beef snacks!  Camp is 100% paid!   
Cub Resident Camp at Butler Wilderness Outpost • Sell four cases of beef snacks! Camp is 100% paid!    
Cub Resident Camp at Heart Butte or Big 4 • Sell three cases of beef snacks for Heart Butte or 2 Cases for Big 4!   Camp is 100% paid with a little left over for the trading post!
Boy Scout Summer Camp • Sell 8 cases of beef snacks!  Camp is 100% paid!

Jack Links approached the Northern Lights Council and has offered better logistical support, superior packaging, and an appealing assortment of delicious beef snacks! Orders will be due on Monday, February 18 to arrive for the March Roundtable and Monday, March 18 to arrive for the April Roundtable.

Order of the Arrow

Are your scouts looking for the next thing in their scouting path? Order of the Arrow is a great way to get more involved in scouting and community service. Greater Leadership opportunities exist, more opportunities for growth, greater ability to travel, and a better way to create friendships throughout the Council. For more information contact, Chapter Advisor Brian Ramey

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  to take the Training. to take the Training.

Update your BeAScout pin today, so future Scouting families can find your Units

BeAScout.Org is a powerful tool to help parents find your unit. But, it only works if they are able to get the right information about your Unit.  First impressions are everything, so it is important to keep your BeAScout pin up-to date. Find out how to update your BeAScout pin.

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Camp Grafton Merit Badge Weekend

The annual merit badge weekend at Camp Grafton gives each youth the opportunity to experience life at the base and to work on a merit badge. All Scouts BSA youth are invited to join us on the weekend of April 26-28th at Camp Grafton. Event Registration must be completed online at  The cost is Youth - $50 Adults - $40 Registration opens on Monday, Feb. 4th at noon and closes at midnight on Wednesday, April 24, however it typically fills in the first week or so.

Scouts can earn the following merit badges:

Merit Badge       Participation Limit
Plumbing 14
Home Repairs 14
Orienteering 14
Cooking 24
Fire safety 14

Please review the calendar or flyer to get full details and to register: 

Contact: Paul Zent, 701-426-9912
Posted: 2019-01-31
Scouting for Food March 16 - 23, 2019

Scouting for Food is the largest community service food drive in our area involving Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers and Explorers.

Your unit should participate in the Council's Scouting for Food community service project.  Let your community know about this service project that helps restock the shelves of your local community food banks.  Let's all work together across the Council and make this year’s effort even more successful than last year’s and collect  more than 85,000 pounds of food across the Northern Lights Council!

Tips for a successful Scouting for Food:

Thank you for your unit’s participation in this very important community service project.  If you have questions contact your local District Scouting for Food Coordinator or District Executive.

Posted: 2019-01-23

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