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The North Cascades District serves Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan Counties and Whidbey Island.

Functions of the District

Scroll down the page to learn more about these important functions of the district here in North Cascades District

District Operations Handbook                                                                “The District” : How the District Carries Out the Mission 

Membership – New Units and Membership Growth

Program – Training, Activites, Camping, Advancement Committees

Finance – Friends of Scouting, Good Scout Breakfast Events, Popcorn

Unit Service – Commissioner Corp and Unit Service Meetings

Key District Leadership

  • District Chair: Derrick Bovenkamp, (360) 220-2934,
  • District Commissioner: Jim Rhodes, (360) 734-8246,
  • District Director: Sven Gilkey, (360) 632-6999,
  • District Executive: Blake Jones, (360) 310-8522,

Commissioner Staff Meetings and District Executive Committee Meetings  are held the third and fourth Thursdays of the month respectively starting at 6PM at the Washington Federal Savings branch in Burlington off of Fairhaven. 


Membership is at the heart of the mission of the Boy Scouts of America and the District Membership Committee is here to help your pack with your efforts to get out in the community and recruit youth to the Scouting program. CLICK HERE for membership resources available from the Mount Backer Council.

Membership Committee Guidebook

2018 North Cascades Membership: 2005 youth


Raising the dollars to get the tools that we need to train leaders and recruit new scouts is an essential function of the district. In North Cascades the Finance team works to conduct the annual Family Friends of Scouting Campaign, the Popcorn sale each fall and a community Friends of Scouting Good Scout Breakfast in Whatcom and Skagit Counties as well as on Whidbey Island.

Finance Committee Guidebook   Guides to Unit Money Earning  

2019 Friends of Scouting Goal: $115,250

Unit Service – Commissioner Corps

District Commissioner: Jim Rhodes     Email:

Unit Service is the primary responsibly of the Commissioner Corps lead by our District Commissioner who works with unit commissioners that regularly visit unit and help guide and coach unit leadership to have the most successful program possible. The Journey to Excellence scorecard for your unit is a great way to gage the strength of your unit and areas that a unit commissioner could help. Commissioner also help with the annual re-charter process and helping your unit identify and fill gaps in unit leadership.

Commissioner Manuals and Resources



The Program committee is made up the subcommittees of Activites. Camping, Training and Advancement. Working to provide special programs such as camporee and Day Camp as well as day to day support through Merit Badge Counselors and unit leader training the Program Committee works to provide the needed support to unit leaders to have programs that reinforce the methods of Scouting and the growth of the movement.

Activities and Civic Service

It’s important to remember that while much of Scouting happens at the unit level Scouting is about much more then the unit, it is a global movement where youth across our community and around the world grow together in character, leadership and citizenship. The Activities Committee works to provide scouts the opportunity to expedite the adventure of Scouting with other scouts from across the District through fun events such as camporee and service projects like Scouting for Food.

Activities Committee Guidebook

CAMPOREE : An annual event where Scout BSA Troops from across North Cascades are invited for a weekend of camping and skill based activities. How to Plan a Camporee Guide

WEBELOS-REE: Run by the Scout BSA troops of North Cascades Webelos-Ree is about giving Webelos the chance to taste the adventure that waits for them after crossover. 


Chair: Tony Finfrock

The Boy Scouts of America in it’s over 100 years of program knows a few things about why youth join Scouting and whey they STAY in Scouting. A youth is 70% more likely to stay in Scouting if they attend a major Scout Camp program each summer. This may mean Scout Resident Camp for Scout BSA troops or Cub Day Camp for Cub Scouts. These programs offer a mountain top program for most scouts each year that helps keep them excited for Scouting. For that reason the North Cascades Camping Committee works to ensure that every scout is invited to a camp adventure each summer.

Camping Committee Guidebook

DAY CAMP: 4-5 day program offered for Scouts going into the 1st grade through 5th grade (Tiger – Webelos)

Fire Mountain Scout Resident Camp: Scout BSA troops are invited to attend a week of adventure at Fire Mountain Scout Camp a primmer camp of the Boy Scouts of America.


Every scout deserves a trained leader and it is the goal of the training committee to help every leader find the training they need to have the best possible program for their Scouts. Most of the training leaders need to get their “Trained” tab can be found at My.Scouting including Youth Protection Training which must be completed in the Mount Baker Council EVERY 365 days to stay current.

Click HERE to find out what constitutes a trained leader.

Training Committee Guidebook

INTRO TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS) : Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops in order to be considered “trained”.

BASIC ADULT LEADER OUTDOOR ORIENTATION  (BALOO)This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.


The District Advancement committee is responsible for the implementing and facilitating of advancement and processing the special of awards and recognitions to both youth and adult volunteers in the district. This includes organizing the local Eagle Boards, addressing advancement issues in packs and troops, and recognizing volunteers who have been identified by their peers for appreciation and praise.

Guide to Advancement 

District Award of Merit: The District Award of Merit is the highest honor the district may present to a adult volunteer for service to Scouting in the North Cascades District. Nomminations are made annually and a number recipients selected based on the number of units in the district. CLICK HERE for a nomination form.

Eagle Boards: Eagle boards are conducted across the district with boards being convened in Bellingham, Burlington. and Oak Harbor most months of the year. Scouts may work with any of our three Eagle Board Coordinators to facilitate achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout.

Bellingham – Konrad Kocsis:

Burlington – Lary Smallwood:

Oak Harbor – Bob Taylor: