2010 was an exciting year for Scouting, not only in the Northern Lights Council, but for the entire organization!

 It was great to be part of the 100th Anniversary of the BSA!  It seems as though we just celebrated the Diamond Jubilee (75 years)!  My how time flies.

During February, the anniversary month of the BSA, we held a stakeholders luncheon in Fargo to provide an update on Scouting.  Instead of one keynote speaker, we asked three prominent Eagle Scouts in our Council to reflect on the importance of Scouting in their lives.  D.C. Coston, Vice President Agriculture & University Extension at NDSU; Drew Wrigley, our new Lt. Governor; and Tony Clark, ND Public Service Commissioner did an exceptional job as you would expect.  The luncheon set the stage for a solid Centennial year.  Our Council President Doug Restemayer also announced lead gifts for our Center for Scouting Capital Campaign.

After two years of planning, nearly 3,000 Scouts and leaders gathered on the ND Capitol grounds the first week of June for a Centennial Celebration that will be a lifelong memory for all the volunteers and Scouts who attended.  It was a perfect weekend weather wise and a perfect event due to the strong leadership of Co-chairs Tim Tello and Larry Maslowski.  North Dakota’s statewide leadership fully participated including Senator Elect John and Mikey Hoeven.  A stage show featuring Giovanni Livera and a Laser Lights show capped off our celebration.

The summer was just starting!  Camp Wilderness served 1,625 Boy Scouts (an 8% increase), and 601 Cubs and Webelos attended the Butler Cub Camp!  In July, 120 Scouts and leaders headed to the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.  The Planning Committee did great with Mark Zimmerman as Chair, and our 3 Jamboree Scoutmaster’s Craig Gandrud, Wayne Hermann and Tom Henderson were terrific. With promise of enhanced technology at this year’s Jamboree, I was amazed as I watched the Shining Light Across America show live from the Jamboree on my home computer screen!

Our fall recruitment went well in September with 967 new 1st grade boys and 879 Cub Scouts signing up for an adventure of a lifetime!  We are thrilled about the possibilities for these new Cub Scouts.

On November 19, our Council President publicly announced our $4.0 million Center for Scouting Campaign at the new Jon L.Wanzek Center for Scouting site on 42nd Street & 19th Avenue South in Fargo.  With winds blowing 25-30 mph, dressing in layers was a really good idea.  At $2.8 million or 70% of goal, we had a positive message to share.  A new headquarters and regional hub for all of Scouting in the Northern Lights Council will soon be a reality!

As we close out 2010 and the first Century of Scouting, I reflect on all of those that have participated in Scouting over the past 100 years.   We leave a solid foundation of service, character and citizenship.  In the new year 2011, we begin our 2nd century of service and will continue to instill the traditional values found in the Scout Oath and Law into youth throughout our Council’s territory.

Thank you for your partnership.  Have a safe and wonderful Holiday. 

Season’s Greetings from the staff of the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Mark G. Holtz
Scout Executive

2 thoughts on “2010…A Year In Review

  1. Gary G Hanson, SE Retired
    December 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    To Mark, BSA Staff and Volunteers,

    Well done. You show others how to get the job done. We need many more individual such as you to help our youth prepare to take their place in leading our country. I wish I was 30 years younger… I could join your staff.

  2. Bob Mersereau, Director Office of the Chief Scout Executive
    December 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Nice summation of 2010, Mark. Congrats to the entire Northern Lights Council team on effective use of the BSA100th anniversary to tell the Scouting stories in the communities you serve. Well done!