Scouting in North Dakota

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Scouting in North Dakota has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.


Early history (1910-1950)

Recent history (1950-1990)

Boy Scouts in North Dakota was organized into 4 councils from ?? until 1974. The four Councils (and their headquarters) were:

• Red River Valley Council - Fargo
• Lake Agassiz Council - Grand Forks
• Missouri Valley Council - Bismarck
• Great Plains Council - Minot

Beginning in 1974, the four Councils merged into a single Council, Northern Lights Council. In 1976, the four Order of the Arrow Lodges began combining into a single OA Lodge, Pa-Hin Lodge which began operating as a single Lodge in 1977.

Scouting in North Dakota today

Northern Lights Council

All of North Dakota is in the Northern Lights Council (NLC), formed in 1974 when several councils (Red River Valley Council - Fargo, Lake Agassiz Council - Grand Forks, Missouri Valley Council - Bismarck, and Great Plains Council - Dickinson) were merged into one.

As of 2006, Northern Lights Council serves all of North Dakota, and parts of South Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and northeast Montana.

  • Flickertail District
  • Frontier Trails District
  • Great Plains District
  • Lake Agassiz District
  • Lakes District
  • Northern Sky District
  • Oxcart Trails District
  • Roughrider District
  • Tomahawk District
  • Voyageur Trails District

Camp Wilderness
Northern Lights Council is home to Camp Wilderness, which is located in Northern Minnesota on Bad Axe Lake, located near Emmaville, Minnesota just north of Park Rapids. Founded by Herman Stern and some other businessmen in the region in 1946, Camp Wilderness is a 2,400-acre (10 km2) camp. On August 18, 2006, the camp celebrated its 60th Anniversary by opening the Butler Wilderness Outpost, a Cub Scout camp for the scouts to attend. Camp Wilderness is, in area, the largest Boy Scout camp owned and operated by an area Scouting Council, although the National Council owns the much-larger Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico, and the slightly larger Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base, also located in Minnesota.

Pa-Hin Lodge #27

Pa-Hin Lodge 27 is the local lodge of the Order of the Arrow for the Northern Lights Council. The Pa-Hin Lodge was chartered in 1976 and serves Boy Scouts in the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota.

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