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 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 $35 per Scout before May 30th, 2019. After May 30th 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


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. 

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!


Fall Camporee

Oxcart Trails is proud to promote the 2019 Fall Camporee! This event is for Scouts BSA members from both Oxcart Trails District and Lakes District, being held on September 20-22 at Chippewa Park near Brandon, MN. With a multi-district event like this, participants will be able to teach, bond, and compete with more members to create a better program!

Although the itinerary of the weekend has some similar aspects to previous camporees, there are many parts of it that are newly-redesigned to make it a more memorable and worthwhile event for units in the area. Some of the events will be modeled after the Camp Wilderness summer program, such as the evening campfires, a Dutch oven cook off, and the presence of counselors from Camp Wilderness who will teach engaging merit badges such as Exploration, Wilderness Survival, and many others! Around 5-8 merit badge choices can be expected in the morning on Saturday. One of these badges is planned to be Aviation with a trip to the airport for rides in their Young Eagles planes!

The rest of Saturday will bring competitions between troops, open canoeing between the lakes, fishing, and other training cells on leadership development to give Scouts a taste for future trainings, such as NYLT. A Cub Scout Day Pass will also be offered, which will include two meals, open program opportunities around the camp, and the evening show/movie! Cub Scouts will get the chance to get around outdoors and visit with troops! The goal of the camporee is to promote youth-led units and high quality program! Questions can be directed to Ryan Hansen at (218) 770-7505 . 

If You Go:

Date: September 20-22, 2019

Where: Chippewa Park: 9461 County Hwy 108 NW, Brandon, MN

Scouts BSA Weekend Cost (Scouts and Adults): $15

Cub Scout Day Pass (Cubs and Parents): $10

 


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

(317)-946-7007

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

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 with this document.


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

Popcorn Sale

Popcorn - Unit Key Leader Briefings

Units can earn an extra 2% commission by participating in one of the briefings in June. To qualify for the 2% extra commission at least two (2) leaders from the unit must attend - 1. the Unit Popcorn Kernel (coordinator) and 2. either the Committee Chair, Cubmaster or Scoutmaster.

All briefings start at 7:00 pm local time.

Click on the date to register to attend the briefing on that date and location.

Posted: 2019-05-01
Cub Scout Join Events

Youth in grades (K-4) and parents - come join us at any of the following recruitment events! 

Girls: Pack 306

May 16, 2019 5:30- 7:30 PM

Elks Point, 20971 Elks Point Rd, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

We will be doing some Spring Clean up and have some snacks for you to enjoy! 

Boys: Pack 312

May 20, 2019 6:00 PM

Prairie Wetlands Learning Center 602 Minnesota State Hwy 210 East, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

Come learn about the Scouting program! 

Boys: Pack 304

May 23, 2019  5:00 - 6:00 PM

Bring your bikes as we are having our annual pack Bike Ride!

19151 County Hwy 29 to join in on the bike ride, or at Dalton City Park

 

For more information, contact Lindsay Aune at (701) 799-6753 or by email

Posted: 2019-04-29
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Posted: 2019-03-18

 

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

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