Boundary Waters

The Boundary Waters District serves the majority of St. Louis County.  Major cities are Ely, Hibbing, and Virginia.

District Events

District Leadership

Brad Olson – Scout Executive 

Brad started off in Scouting at the age of 5 when he joined Tiger Cubs. He worked his way through Cub Scouts and earned his Arrow of Light Award. At age 10, he joined Troop 229. In 1992, he earned the Eagle Scout Award. Brad was elected to the Order of the Arrow in 1990. He is a past Lodge Chief and is a Vigil Member.

Brad worked at Camp Wilderness in Park Rapids for 25 years. He started as a Counselor in Training in 1991, worked on the Waterfront from 1992-1996, Program Director from 1997-1999, Camp Director from 2000-2004, and the Reservation Director from 2005-2015.

Brad has a bachelor degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University. While at NDSU, Brad was involved in numerous organizations. His most notable was being elected Student Body President in 1999.

Brad is currently the Scout Executive for the Voyageurs Area Council. He has been a professional Scouter since 2000; Camping Executive, 2000-2004; Senior Camping Executive, 2004-2006; Program Director, 2006-2015; District Director, 2015-2022; and Scout Executive 2022-Present.

Erica Bauer - District Executive

Erica, once a youth member in the Girls Scouts of America, recently switched gears to working for the BSA! She grew up in the beautiful Washburn County in Wisconsin, and was raised with the love for out-of-doors exploring! During the summer you can find her hiking, kayaking, swimming, rockhounding, bonding in nature through yoga, and tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.  During the winter, snowshoeing treks with her family (husband and daughter) and doggos (Murtaugh, German Shepherd & Letty Lou, Pitbull) are her absolute favorite!

Erica Bauer, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Superior, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies, with a multi-focus in Ethical Leadership within Criminal Justice, Paralegalism, and Mediation systems. As the newly hired District Executive for Arrowhead and Boundary Waters, you’ll catch her checking in with Scouts and their Leaders, and making sure program resources are distributed for all Scouting Events!

  Terry Tilton – District Chair

Mara Spaeth – District Commissioner