After traveling thousands of miles over my first 100 days as the new Scout Executive of the Northern Lights Council, I can testify that I have seen great excitement about Scouting across our territory!  As we proceed in 2013, we have a full agenda ahead of us.  2013 has brought us an increase in the Friends of Scouting campaign and new Scouting units to deliver the program to even more kids.  We are also increasing our marketing efforts in the social media arena (check out our Facebook page at Northern Lights Council and Twitter feed at @nlcbsa) and through radio, TV and print.

Today, I am excited for our Friends of Scouting Prepared for Life 2.0 Leadership luncheon on Wednesday, March 20th at 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM at the Fargo Air Museum at 1609 19th Avenue North.   A special thanks goes to our luncheon sponsors Xcel Energy and the Dakota Medical Foundation and our table tosts that include: American Crystal Sugar, Bremer Banks, Choice Financial, D-S Beverages, Forum Communications, Foss Architecture, Gate City Bank, Hornbachers, Nilles Law Firm, Scheels, Smithco, Swanson Health, and Wells Fargo.

We have a special speaker at the luncheon as well as some energetic youth who will share their Scouting story.  The keynote speaker will be Maj. James Cusic III, who has served for more than 22 years in the Air Force and has traveled the world and taken part in countless training and real-world missions.  Cusic was in his Pentagon office Sept. 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the building. He is credited with saving the lives of three people and supporting two others until they could be evacuated.

The awards Cusic has received for his heroic actions include the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Certificate of Merit from the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, which has only been awarded 277 times since 1938.

The Friends of Scouting leadership luncheon is an opportunity to raise community awareness of the positive impact of the Boy Scouts of America, Northern Lights Council,  and gives individuals an opportunity to make an investment in Scouting.  The luncheon serves as a vehicle to present an update on the Scouting program and is the community kick-off of the annual Friends of Scouting fund drive. At the luncheon, each attendee will be asked to make a pledge of financial support.

For more information and to make reservations for the luncheon, call (701) 293-5011.

As always, I would like to thank you all for your support!  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter@NLCBSA .

Travis Christopher
Scout Executive/CEO

Scouting builds:  leadership, character, achievement, service to others and appreciation for the outdoors.  Were you involved in Scouting?  Let us know.  We want to hear from you.  Reconnect and Reengage in Scouting at www.BSAAlumni.org.  Find out more about Scouting in the Northern Lights Council at www.NLCBSA.org

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