One of the missions of the Sons of Norway is the preservation of Norwegian culture and heritage. The programs, annual events, and resources listed below help encourage and educate our members in learning about Norwegian traditions and sharing the enthusiasm for friluftsliv (outdoor life/outdoor recreation). No matter your age or ability, there’s sure to be something to interest you!

Cultural Skills Medals

There are many areas in which to earn Cultural Skills Medals:

Traditional Norwegian Cooking
Norwegian & Norwegian-American Literature
Collecting Norwegian & North American Stamps
Rosemaling
Genealogy
Knitting
Norwegian Language & Culture

Hardanger Embroidery
Figure Carving
Weaving
Ornamental Woodcarving
Chip Carving
Music & Musicians of Norway
Norwegian Folk Dancing

Figure Carving, Folk Dancing, Handknitting, Hardanger Embroidery and Collecting Norwegian and North American Stamps are also offered for the younger set through the Youth Cultural Skills Program.

You can get detailed information about what is involved by visiting the Sons of Norway website or reading this. If you’d like to form a group and work on earning a Cultural Skills Medal in any of the areas, contact the Cultural Committee, which coordinates the formation of groups.

Family & Youth Program

Details coming soon.

Norwegian Language Class

The details of the ten-week fall session are still being figured out. For additional information, please feel free to contact course instructor Luana Marie Jøsvold, M.A., Scandinavian Languages and Literature.

An Advanced Level class is currently in session. Here are the details.

‘Tusen takk’ to all the brave souls who participate.

Learn more and practice your skills on the Sons of Norway website.

Sports Medals

If you like to exercise, you can participate in the Third District Walking Contest. Record your steps with a Fitbit, smartphone, or pedometer. Each month, report them to Karen Lein. These miles can also be used to earn a Walking Medal. There are also medals in: Biking, Skiing, Swimming, and Other Sports. See Karen Lein for these too.

Learn more from the Sons of Norway.


Annual Events

Annual events include the following: Installation, Potlock Supper, 17.mai, Bus Trip to Brooklyn Parade, Member Initiation, Welcome Back Supper, Scandinavian Fair, Jultrefest for Folk, and Jultrefest for Barn.

Here are the events planned for the near future:

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Scholarships

Norumbega Lodge No. 3-506 has an annual scholarship program which provides financial support for post-secondary education. Children and grandchildren of current Lodge members are invited to apply in their final year of high school, or during their undergraduate years. Scholarships are not applicable to graduate or advanced degree work.

To apply, an interested student must submit the following:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Official Transcript from their current or most recent institution of study
  3. At least two (2) recommendations from non-relatives
  4. An essay describing how he/she plans to use future education and the scholarship award to achieve career goals

Completed applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2018. Here is the a printable version of the Application Instructions and a List of FAQ’s about the Scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded in $500 increments, with a maximum of two (2) increments, or $1,000, to any single scholarship recipient. The scholarships are typically awarded at the June Lodge meeting.

If you have questions about the Lodge Scholarships which are not answered in the documents available here, please contact Anika Gregg, Scholarship Committee Chair.


Resources

Sons of Norway

Sons of Norway. For information about Sons of Norway, as well as links to other Lodges and a host of interesting sites.

Third District. Features complete information about Third District.

Land of the Vikings (LOV). The 3rd District’s resort in northeast Pennsylvania.

Sons of Norway Foundation. “The Sons of Norway Foundation awards scholarships and grants to promote heritage and culture of Norway, and provide assistance to our members, lodges and their communities.” – Mission Statement

Scandinavian Charitable Society of Greater Boston

The Scandinavian Charitable Society of Greater Boston. “Our mission is to provide affordable housing and assistance to elders and to support cultural enrichment and community connections.”

Scandinavian Living Center. “The Scandinavian Living Center was created to emulate the best in the Scandinavian model of older adult living.”

Scandinavian Cultural Center. Scandinavian cultural events at the Scandinavian Living Center or nearby.

Scandinavian Library at the Scandinavian Living Center. Latest information about hours and services.

Monthly free nordic film series schedule. Films are shown in the Nordic Hall at the Scandinavian Living Center (SLC). Admission, refreshments, and parking are free, although donations are welcome. The SLC is handicapped accessible.

Other Organizations

Scandinavian East Coast Museum. Museum founded in 1996 to document the Scandinavians who settled along the East Coast of the United States. They have a large collection of artifacts and archives, presently stored at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brooklyn.

On-line news of Norway. Norwegian events, politics, economy, culture, education, travel, visas, and passports. Published by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in the United States of America.

ODIN. The Norwegian Government website.

New England Regional Ski For Light. Non-profit organization to promote the physical fitness of visually and mobility impaired adults in an environment where “we can’t” is replaced with “we can”.