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Welcome To Northern Lights Council!

In September 2000, the Edmonton and Northern Alberta Regions, together with parts of Central Alberta, came together as the Northern Lights Region. The territory now extending from the British Columbia border to the west to the Saskatchewan border in the east, and in the north including the Northwest Territories and in the south extending to about 20 kilometres south of Red Deer.

Now, one of the largest council territories in Canada, our Council include cities such as Edmonton, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray and Yellowknife--as well as dozens of small communities and rural centres.


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With every new member, with every camp and every community service project, Scouts Canada makes one simple promise to Canadian youth, parents and society:

Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Scouts is the start of something great. It starts with Scouts.

Council News

Group Name
Northern Lights Council Necker Contest
Location (City, Province )
Scouter Contact Name
Willa Holmes
Proposed Date
June 24, 2024
Project/Activity Description

Northern Lights Council is looking for a new necker design. Contact our CYC Willa to get more details

The Grizzly Den Competition

More info on Grizzly Den and Application Form

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Happenings around Council

Wilderness First Aid Instructors in NLC

The NLC CK3 has been contacted by our Better Programs Staff and a Scouter in Chinook Council who are interested in training WFA Instructors. They have put forth an initiative to train 2 individuals in Southern Alberta and ideally would like to train 2 individuals in Northern Alberta.
The course length goes over 2 weekends, and it does require an individual to maintain their instructor status by teaching 2 courses throughout the year. This initiative, if successful, would provide Scouters and Venturers greater accessibility to take the WFA course and go on more and bigger adventures. There is also the option for these 2 individuals to become SFA instructors as well.
We are looking to see if there are any Scouters in NLC that might be interested in this opportunity, that is partnered with Scouts Canada's Better Programs initiative.
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, please contact James or Shelley 

Camp Skills Development Weekend

September 27-29th, 2024

There will be a weekend camp skills development weekend September 27-29th at Scoutland Scout Camp. More information will follow in future newsletters

Anybody who would like to help develop Scouters Skills for the weekend please contact Dave Betts

Reminder - No Smoking/Vaping

Just a friendly reminder that Scouters are not to smoke or vape in front of youth. This is part of our Code of Conduct for all Scouters. There have been recent events in which Scouters have been seen doing so and this is in direct violation of code of conduct. Please remind your fellow Scouters of this and to view the full Code of Conduct, please click HERE

Safety Corner

Can Beavers Canoe?

Since we are at the start of canoeing season here in NLC, we've had some questions about watercraft and swimming standards. Below are a few questions we have received, along with direction and links for more information. Please note that Scouts Canada's standards must be followed regardless of differing standards that specific camps or waterfronts may have.
Can we put Beaver Scouts in canoes?
Yes, provided the appropriate training and risk management strategies are in place and effective. See Swimming Standards for a detailed description of perimeters. 
If we’re planning on only canoeing with Beavers wearing life jackets at all times – are we able to canoe without additional controls described in the swimming standards?
No. As stated in the Swimming Standards it is applicable to all aquatic and / or swimming-activities. Aquatic / Swimming activities include, but are not limited to: swimming, paddling, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, boating and sailing. For Beavers to canoe they must meet or exceed the swimming standards in addition to the Watercraft Standards.
Does this mean that only Packs, Troops, Companies, and Crews may participate in swimming and aquatic activities at pools and waterfronts not supervised by certified lifeguards? i.e. Beavers can canoe in areas only with supervised lifeguards?
Yes. Only Packs, Troops, Companies, and Crews may participate in swimming and aquatic activities at pools and waterfronts not supervised by certified lifeguards. Beavers may only participate in swimming and aquatic activities at waterfronts with supervised lifeguards. This is irrespective of whether there is planned swimming (with canoeing for example) or the youth are all wearing life jackets. At all times the Swimming Standards for Beavers must be maintained.
We don’t have any ability to meet the aquatic and swimming standards for Beavers to canoe where we are – what should we do?
There are many exciting adventures for the younger youth to look forward to in Cub Scouts and older sections. Perhaps have them simulate canoeing in a weekly meeting, Beavers love to be creative and imaginative, demonstrate a simple forward stroke. Practice a scenario when a canoe overturns and they swim to shore. Let them determine their simulated aquatic adventure.


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