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Please note that starting today we are under a weather advisory for the next few days. If you have any non-essential travel, please consider postponing until the weather improves.

Safety is our first priority and we want to make sure everyone is safe. We have a lot of groups on the road starting tomorrow (with the PD day in EPSB), and we want you all to arrive (and return) safely from your awesome adventures!

If you feel that it is safer to postpone your trip, we support you. If you are still committing to your trip, Be Prepared and know we are here for you, too!

If you do need to travel, please make sure you have a charged phone, extra blanket, warm clothes, snacks and other winter driving essentials. It is also strongly encouraged that you let someone know when you leave and when you have safely arrived at your destination. Check out the graphic below for more Winter Driving Tips.

Also, if you are outside, please watch yourself, your youth and fellow Scouters for signs of Frostbite and Hypothermia. Although Scouts Canada does not have a formal guideline on when to cancel meetings, our recommendation is that groups follow their local school board's recommendation on when activities should be moved indoors. For example, Edmonton Public School Board recommends that when temperatures (along with the windchill) drop below -23 degrees Celsius, that activities be moved inside.

When Scouting in these chilly temperatures, please make sure to plan accordingly. Skin can freeze within minutes when temperatures drop to these levels, and the youth can be affected at different rates than Scouters. Please adjust your plans to ensure everyone has a safe, fun adventure!

Take it easy this weekend, stay warm, and see you all back next week!

Welcome to Northern Lights Council

Discover skills, friendships & adventures you just won’t find anywhere else.

The Northern Lights Council serves Northwest Territories and Alberta, as far south as 20km south of Red Deer, carrying out Scouts Canada’s mission of developing well-rounded youth prepared to make the world a better place. Our programs provide significant value, run year-round, and offer adventures that Scouts remember for a lifetime!

We support Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts, and Rover Scouts all following our Canadian Path throughout one of the largest council territories in Canada. With included cities such as Edmonton, St. Albert, Grande Prairie, and Yellowknife--as well as dozens of small communities and rural centres--we’re proud to offer members an exciting diversity of experiences, including our on-the-lake camp, Camp Woods!

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With programs for boys and girls, aged 5 to 26, Scouts is built on a tradition of adventure, cooperation, generosity, and fun! Scouting makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and young adults. Providing youth-led opportunities, members determine what areas they would like to grow in as they achieve new “firsts” and develop into global citizens. With a versatile array of program areas to focus on, Scouting welcomes youth with diverse interests and goals.

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Scouts Canada would like to sincerely, thank the Alberta Tourism and Recreation Division for its support through the Operation Grants program. The program has and continues to provide resources that support members, volunteers and staff in both Chinook and Northern Lights this year and for many previous years. Thank you so much for the support.

Doug Smith
Operations Manager, Prairies Service Centre - Calgary

Northern Lights Council Boundaries

Northern Lights Council encompasses central and northern Alberta, 20 kilometres south of Red Deer and as far north to include Northwest Territories. Included in our service area are the cities of Edmonton, St. Albert, Grande Prairie, and Yellowknife.

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Open House - A Huge Success

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Scouts Canada is a coed youth development program that is run by volunteers who inspire adventures and experiences that create lasting memories.

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Camps in the NLC

There are a number of camps within the Northern Lights Council territory including Camp Woods.