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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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

District Newsletter

Spring 2019 (March, April, May)

Winter 2018-2019 (December, January, February)

Fall 2018 (September, October, November)

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Designate the Northern Lights Council as your charity, and your purchase will help the council with no cost to you!

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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