The Northern Lakes District Serves the counties of Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, Beltrami, Itasca and portions of Aikin, Cass, Hubbard and Clearwater. Major cities are Bemidji, Baudette, International Falls, and Grand Rapids.
Michelle Bedford – District Executive
Growing up with an artist for a Mom and a chemist for a Dad, I appreciate both the beauty and intricacy of nature. I was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia and only recently moved to the Bemidji area– it’s safe to say I love it here! Some of my happiest memories have been times when my family was road tripping, camping, and hiking all throughout the US and Canada. My parents fell in love while backpacking in Wyoming, so outdoor adventuring has always been a vital aspect of our family life.
I had trouble pinning down a major in College because I have a wide array of passions and interests, but I landed on a Humanities major and truly enjoyed learning about people and different cultures. My junior year I interned at a local farmer’s market, then took a semester off and went to Peru for 6 weeks by myself where I got to volunteer in a local school and go backpacking on the weekends!
I consider myself an eternal student of life and dive head into new learning opportunities. I am currently working on a 365-day Spanish learning streak. In the past year I’ve taken three different dreamwork courses, started skateboarding, and am hoping to become a great lake surfer! Since moving to Bemidji I have also started x-country skiing and can be found barreling down hills because I haven’t quite figured out steering or stopping yet.
I feel most alive when I get to be working in a team environment, collaborating, enjoying the wild beauty of the outdoors, painting, reading, or sipping on my sister’s homemade chai tea with my little doggy on my lap.
I am thrilled to be a part of Scouting and was surprised to learn that my Grandma’s brother is an Eagle Scout!