Alumni Achievement Award

 

 

If you would like to nominate someone for the Alumni Achievement Award, download the form, fill it out and mail it to the committee chair person:

Ron Schneider
817 South 36th Street
Moorhead, MN 56560
(H) 218-236-5072
Email schneidsrk@gmail.com

Alumni Award Nomination Form

 

The Association has developed the Alumni Achievement Award to recognize those for outstanding service and contributions to the Northern Lights Council Camps over an extended period of time.

Each year, nominations are solicited through the Aurora and are available from the Alumni Achievement committee chair or other officers of The Association. Anyone can make a nomination by completing the Nomination For Alumni Achievement Award form and sending it to the Alumni Achievement Award Chair by June 15th of each year.

Previous recipients of the award are as follows:

Bev Segerholm (1996):
Bev served as the Council Administrative assistant for summer camp operations from 1976 to 2001. For several years, she was the main person to develop all of the promotional materials for the camps. She put in countless hours working behind the scenes in the council office progressing summer camp operations. She was a fried to all unit leaders and worked with them to make it possible for every Scout that wanted to go to camp to have that opportunity.

Ernie Harlow (1999):
Ernie retired from his full time job and took up a new voluntary career working on maintaining camp equipment. Ernie served as a Scout leader throughout most of his life. Much of the quartermaster equipment and tent maintenance performed over the years was a direct result of Ernie’s efforts. Ernie passed away on March 26, 2004 at the age of 79.

Ron Jackson (1999):
Ron’s primary passion was for the camp telephone and communication systems. Ron maintained the system every spring and would resolve problems as they came up throughout the year. Ron served on many committees that progressed the efforts of Camp Wilderness. He inspired many behind-the-scenes people to take initiative and get involved with the camps.

Phil Schorn (2000):
Originally from the out-of-council, Phil came to Camp Wilderness as a full-time Ranger. Phil served as ranger from November 1990 to November 2000. Phil not only served the position of Ranger maintaining and improving the camp facilities, but he also served as one who made people feel welcome at camp. Phil’s natural way of interacting with people made him an ambassador for camp.

Mike Melby (2001):
Mike has an undying love for service. One of the many roles that Mike has served over the years is his role in the Fall Fellowship. He organizes and coordinates the work of hundreds of volunteers on an annual basis. He has also secured many equipment and dollar donations to the scouting program.

Al Czeczok (2002):
Al is the Scoutmaster of the Park Rapids troop, and owns a small construction company that is often called upon for work around camp. Projects such as COPE course construction, warning siren installation, sledding hill lighting, and dozens of other projects are the kinds of projects undertaken by Al and his company. Often these projects are donated to the camp, and projects that are billed are often done for the cost of fuel for equipment used.

Ron Schneider (2002):
Throughout the late 80’s, the 90’s and still today, Ron has served a vital role in setting the vision for the future of the Northern Lights Camps. His dedication to seeing that the vision was transformed into dollars and into equipment, facilities and program will be unmatched for years to come.

Wally Heinle (2002):
Wally served as a volunteer second ranger for Metigoshe Scout Reservation. He performed the majority of the work in re-modeling the commissary into a dining hall and spend countless hours doing behind the scenes activities to make the scouting program better for the scouts. Wally died in 2003 the summer after receiving the Alumni Achievement Award.

Steve Shark (2004):
Steve has served scouting for more than 36 years in several councils. His responsibilities have ranged from Vice District Chairman-Camping to Scoutmaster, to Scouting for Food Chair. Over his scouting career, Steve served as an advocate for the Northern Lights Camps by providing equipment essential for a summer camp. Steve solicited funding from many companies as an active fundraiser for the supplies. When funding was not available, Steve found a way – sometimes funding the equipment himself. Steve continues to serve the youth of today.

Tom Hall (2005):
Tom has been virtually “on Call” for Camp Wilderness. Over the past 30 years, he has helped with literally hundreds of projects ranging from electrical work, construction, as a notary, and as the camp’s locksmith. Tom has literally re-keyed the entire camp o more than one occasion and is always willing to help out with just a simple phone call. Tom has served as a Scoutmaster for over 28 years and has over thirty-six eagle scouts. Tom always has a positive attitude and input towards the program.

Leo Ehrmantraut (2005):
Leo has directed the restoration of Heart Butte Scout Reservation. His efforts have ranged from installation of metal roof on the main lodge to roofing shelters, replacing the water distribution system, to replacing the well, installation of a shower building, fire rings, toilet rebuilding, picnic table restoration and toilet vaults. He has taken the camp from what was to a vibrant and alive camp which is used for area scouting events such as Junior Achievement training, wood badge, camporees, cub scout outings, and conclaves.

Roger Smart/The American Legion East Grand Forks Post 157 (2006):
Roger Smart and The American Legion East Grand Forks Post 157 were recognized as receiving the Alumni Achievement award during the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Camp Wilderness. Roger Smart has been a part of the Northern Lights Council Camps for many decades and his countless hours of behind the scenes activities have been the foundation of many projects of camp including the new Cub Camp facilities. The American Legion of East Grand Forks has been a silent partner in several projects and programs that directly affect the Scouts of camp.

Les Herbranson (2007):
Les is a man with a variety of helpful skills that he has quietly contributed to Camp Wilderness since 1957. Les has worked on buildings and equipment from one end of camp to the other, during events such as work weekends, fall fellowships, OA conclaves, Summer Commissioner, Winter Campmaster, and troop events (213, 214, 232). Les also brought back to life some video footage of camp from the 1940. In fact given Les's longevity of service, he may have more hours in as a volunteer, than anyone in the history of camp.

Phil Blomquist (2008):
In total, Phil served 18 years as ranger of the camp. Phil managed activities in camp year round. He prepared buildings for troops in the winter, plowed roads, and welcomed troops and other organizations for spring and fall activities. In the 18 years that Phil was at Metigoshe, the camp was maintained to perfection. Every building, road, and campsite was in perfect condition even during hard times in the council when money was not available. Phil found a way to gather materials and maintain a high standard. Both directly and indirectly, Phil Blomquist affected the lives of every scout, scouter, volunteer, or visitor to Metigoshe Scout Reservation during his time as ranger. Today, Phil continues to provide valuable historical information regarding staff members and a vital part of the history of the Northern Lights Camp.

Art Heinze (2008):
Art's dedication and unwavering support of Camp Wilderness has been an inspiration to Scouts, camp staffs and unit leaders over many years. Art is always willing to take on difficult projects without hesitation. When not lending a hand in other ways, Art can be found in the dining hall or at campfire entertaining scouts and scouters with his harmonica. Art is an inspirational person. He is one whose actions are contagious, and we are all better because of him.

Chris Soper (2009):
For over 20 years, Chris has been integral to the operation and support of Camp Wilderness. His contributions started as a scout and later served in several capacities on camp staffs. Chris has fervently supported the camp financially. Chris's name can be found in several areas of camp. There are other places that it should be found, but he did not want it that way. Despite living in Kansas, Chris manages to come up to camp to serve for a full week every summer and he has done so for years, serving as a role model for staff and scouts alike. Chris was presented his award up at Camp Wilderness on July 2, 2009.

Moe Logging (2010):
For more than a decade, Moe Logging has supported the progression of new programs throughout camp. The impacts of Moe Logging can be seen from the moment one enters camp. Moe Logging has spent hours over many seasons grading the main cap road prior to summer camp. The Cub Scout sledding hill and the cross country ski trail system were cleared by Moe Logging. Moe Logging cleared the new campfire ring and the new main road to the waterfront and North end of camp. The Log Pavilion logs were cut and transported logs thanks to Moe Logging. Moe Logging has also helped with program log demonstrations during the Wilderness Romp.

Herb Seaver (2010):
Herb Seaver has been in Scouting for over 40 years. Herb has started and supervised many projects at Camp Wilderness. Some of these include the roof of the dining hall pavilion, the rebuilding of the waterfront staircase, remodeling of several cabins and the construction of several campsite shelters. In addition, Herb was very involved in the Silver Beaver cabin project. Camp Wilderness is a better place because of Herb's efforts.

Chad Swenson (2011):
For nearly 35 years, Chad has been impacting the Northern Lights Camps in a positive way. Chad works in all aspects of betterment for the Camps. From being a long time staff member, to pounding nails, to fundraising, Chad has been involved in it all. Chad is a visionary who inspires himself and others to make constant improvements to the camps. Chad is one of the few in the Council who have worked at Heart Butte, Metigoshe and Wilderness.

Fisher Family (2011):
For many years, the fisher family has served the Northern Lights Council Camps in many ways. Jim and Bev Fisher raised three Eagle Scouts, all of who served on summer camp staff in various positions from Commissioner Aide to Camp Director. All of them left a lasting mark on hundreds of Scouts, Scouters, and visitors to the Northern Lights Camps. The family has supported the Thief River Boy Scout program on many levels from direct troop leadership and participation, to indirect support of district activities and events. Beyond Scouting, the Fisher family has touched the life of their community. The Fisher family and Fisher Electric reach out to the community of Thief River falls in ways too numerous to describe. There are few buildings on the grounds of Camp Wilderness that has not been touched by the Fisher family in some way. Fisher Electric has donated numerous amounts of labor and materials to support projects at camp.

Ron Elliot (2012):
Ron is one of the Northern Light Council’s most active adult scouters. He is the Troop Committee Chairman for Troop 130 (Grand Forks) and is active in the troops camping programs. At the District level, Ron is always active in District Program planning and attends nearly all of the scout functions of the District. He is part of the District Training team and has been the Chairman for training sessions at both the District level and the Council level. He is evolved with the District Roundtable training sessions for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. His participation in the District scout recruiting events leads to a vibrant Cub Scout program throughout the District. He has been active in nearly all the coordinated work weekends at Camp Wilderness and enjoys the Fellowship weekends in the late fall. One program that is closest to Ron’s heart is the Council Religious Program. Each year, Ron volunteers to be a Chaplain for Camp Wilderness at both the Butler Outpost Cub Camp and Camp Wilderness Boy Scout camps. Ron is truly a valued asset for the Scouting Program.

Norm Vanderpan (2013):
Norm is an ardent supporter of projects and program at Camp Wilderness. He has been a Cub Master, a District Committee member, a Unit Commissioner in the Lake Agassiz District as well as at camp during the summer camping sessions. He has been a team member for the renovation crews for several cabins at Camp Wilderness which includes the Silver Beaver Lodge. He was also instrumental in the construction of several shelters in the camp sites and the construction of the new rifle range. Norm has been a Cub Master, District Committee Camping Committee member, Unit Commissioner, District Roundtable Staff, District Advancement Committee member and a District Contingent Scoutmaster for a Philmont Scout Ranch Trek. Norm has also been recognized with a Webelos Training Award Knot, the Cub and Boy Scout Training Knot and the Silver Beaver Award.

Jeff Brown (2014):
Jeff has been involved in Camp Wilderness since he joined Dilworth Troop 652 in the late 1960's. Jeff is an: Eagle Scout, OA member, member of the council's Properties Committee and served as chairman of the Alumni Association. "Since his retirement, he has more time to donate to Camp Wilderness. You may find Jeff helping with registration for an event, washing dishes or emptying garbage cans, teaching a DNR firearms safety class or whatever job can use his help. He is quick to spot where help is needed, and quick to pitch in.

Simonson Lumber and Hardware (2014):
Simonson of Grand Forks, ND has donated materials to Scout projects since 1977. The initial donations were for patrol boxes, table and benches for the 1977 National Jamboree. Since that time, they have donated to numerous projects to include: pinewood derby tracks, Cub Day Camp projects, Wood Badge, Eagle projects, Camp Wilderness carpet ball tables, and the list goes on and on. "Thank you to Simonson Lumber and Hardware Company for 37 years of donations. This helped dozens of Scouts to enjoy their Scouting experience.

Darryl Wehner (2015):
Darryl became a volunteer Scouting in 1995 when his son went to Camp Wilderness. He has missed very few summer camps, even though his son has grown up and himself become a Scouter. He is always willing to work on numerous projects throughout camp. He has served on the National Jamboree staff numerous times. He served as ASM for Troop 1032. Closer to his home, he has spent countless days at Heart Butte Camp as a trainer and volunteer.  Darryl has built many of the shelters and buildings  at the camp, although is favorite project is the water well and water distribution system.  Were it not for Darryl and other volunteers like him, Heart Butte Scout Camp would only be a memory now.

Darrell “Krafty” Kraft (2015):
Krafty has been a huge supporter of Scouting throughout the council and has left a lasting impression on many of the camps. He is a volunteer for Troop 416 as a ASM and SM for over 15 years. He has crafted many beautiful signs for the council’s camps and for National Jamborees.  His dedication to working the council’s camps was never more evident than during the floods, in the Minot area, in 2011. In spite of his own home being overtaken by the flood, Krafty diligently oversaw Big 4 Camp and was able to assist with the recovery and rebuilding process.  He is the “go to” guy at Big 4 as the volunteer Ranger.

Chris Soper Chris Soper:
For over 20 years, Chris has been integral to the operation and support of Camp Wilderness. His contributions started as a scout and later served in several capacities on camp staffs. Chris has fervently supported the camp financially. Chris's name can be found in several areas of camp. There are other places that it should be found, but he did not want it that way. Despite living in Kansas, Chris manages to come up to camp to serve for a full week every summer and he has done so for years, serving as a role model for staff and scouts alike. Chris was presented his award up at Camp Wilderness on July 2, 2009.

 

Chris Soper (2009)
Chris Soper
Chris Soper (2009):
For over 20 years, Chris has been integral to the operation and support of Camp Wilderness. His contributions started as a scout and later served in several capacities on camp staffs. Chris has fervently supported the camp financially. Chris's name can be found in several areas of camp. There are other places that it should be found, but he did not want it that way. Despite living in Kansas, Chris manages to come up to camp to serve for a full week every summer and he has done so for years, serving as a role model for staff and scouts alike. Chris was presented his award up at Camp Wilderness on July 2, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

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