What do you get when you combine the great outdoors, close to 3,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their leaders and families? The party of the Century! And, wow – what a party it was! The Northern Lights Council celebrated 100 years of Scouting on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck over the weekend of June 4-6.

Two years in the planning, this centennial event brought Scouts and leaders and their families to Bismarck from across North Dakota as well as parts of Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. This once-in-a-lifetime event was a true testament to Scouting in Action . . . camping on the Capitol grounds, endless Scout activities, a Merit Badge Midway that encircled the Capitol Mall, a Citizenship theme that included Scouts participating in mock legislative sessions and Supreme Court closing arguments , service projects . . . and much, much more including an unbelievable closing show on Saturday evening.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of hundreds of Scout volunteers this celebration was spectacular in every way. Thank you to Governor John and Mikey Hoeven, the ND State Branches of Government, the ND State Historical Society, Adj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk and the North Dakota National Guard, the Red Cross and to all the companies, organizations and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this Scouting celebration a reality.

Special thanks goes to our sponsors for helping make this a successful celebration for Scouting in the Northern Lights Council:

Silver Eagle Sponsor – Scheels, MDU Resources Group, Baker Boy, AT&T, Pepsi, BNSF, Forum Communications Printing, Eye Center of the Dakotas

Eagle Scout Sponsor – Dacotah Paper Company

Eagle Sponsor – Starion Financial, Midcontinent Communications, D-S Beverages, Inc.,
Gate City Bank

Youth and adults alike were excited and enthusiastic about participating in our celebration. When asked what was your favorite part -answers included – “the camping,” “the laser show,” “the food,” and “just being here and being part of Scouting’s 100th celebration.”

This was indeed a unique and memorable experience for all of us in the Northern Lights Council and we will be sharing it with you over the course of the next couple of weeks . . . pictures, letters and articles will be posted on our Blog . . . check back often.

If you were at the Capitol Celebration, let us know . . . we would like to hear from you. Were you involved in Scouting as a youth or adult leader?  If you would like a copy of the Northern Lights Council’s commemorative Centennial Celebration program book, please visit one of our Scout offices across the Council.  We will also have a commemorative photo DVD available in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting in the Northern Lights Council and for the future leaders of our Country.

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