maureen-aakre-fall-2018Maureen Aakre – Youth Director – District #1

I am currently the Youth Director for SON Lodge Elvidal 509, where I am a Charter Member through my parents. I was also a Charter member of the Arctic Viking 117 Lodge in Fairbanks, Alaska.

As an educator, I have lived and traveled throughout the world. During an extended visit in Norway, I researched stories of Sol and Mani, the Christianization of Norway, and Saint Sunnove, my namesake, for my PhD. I am the daughter of a mixed marriage, as my mother’s family is Valdres and my father’s family is Sunnmore. I live on my family’s 120 year old farm in Central Minnesota with frequent visits from my Indigenous Dakota grandson and family. For exercise I remodel and flip buildings, read Nordic noir for fun, and am an aspiring wood carver.

You can find me at

The First District youth goals are to:

  • Share youth activities with First District Lodges
  • Provide fun as well as practical information for youth
  • Provide information for Lodge Youth Directors to find ideas and share programs.

Youth Activities and Materials

The District is interested in encouraging and supporting lodges that provide youth social and cultural experiences. If your lodge is interested in sponsoring a youth group or youth event, please let me know so I can assist.

If your lodge would like to provide activities for small groups of youth at lodge meetings, we can also help.  I can get information for you on a variety of youth activities, including crafts, lessons, and simple activities.

Please see the Viking magazine for suggestions for youth ideas.

 Youth Opportunities

Oslo International Summer School: Located in Norway, this six-week intensive program, June to August, is designed to explore the Norwegian language and heritage through a rigorous academic program that is supplemented by field trips and activities designed to immerse participants in Norwegian culture. Two $1500 scholarships are awarded by the Foundation annually.  For more information contact, Sons of Norway, 1455 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408. Or, e-mail them at

Skogfjorden: The Norwegian Language Village, located in Bemidji, Minnesota, is one of the many Language Villages sponsored by Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. One, two and four-week programs are offered throughout the summer for youngsters ranging in age from 7 to 18.  Information available shortly

Masse Moro:  This Norwegian Cultural and Heritage camp consists of two weeks of activities in July.  District Five owns and operates this camp.

Scholarships: There are many scholarships available for youth interested in increasing their knowledge of Nordic languages and heritage. Contact your local lodge and/or the District Youth Director for further information.

For additional information about scholarships, check the District Scholarship webpage.

We are always looking for new ideas on ways to involve our young people. Please feel free to contact me with ideas, comments or questions