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Time is running out to reserve your seat at our Annual District Award banquet. Come join your scouting peers and help us recognize the amazing volunteers that make our scouting program one of the best in the country!   More information.
Plan to participate in this worthwhile activity. Contact Greg Lewis at to participate.
This is a Risk Free Unit Sales project where all Scouts can earn their way to Camp, Philmont, other activities or simply support unit program or supply needs. Each Camp Card will sell for only $5.00 to the general public and will have multiple food, service and entertainment discounts for the customer to use throughout the year. The participating unit will keep 50% commission for each Camp Card sold! Click here for more information on Camp Card Sales.

Happy New Year and here's to a great year of Scouting! Thanks to all adults who have set aside time and will set aside time to get the training specific to their current unit role. It does make a difference! Also I appreciate everyone's patience as we bring training records up to date. The good news is we are in control of keeping the record straight. Every unit should have a designated Training Coordinator who will enter adult training into Continue Reading

Camporee March 20-22, 2015. Schedule a information session for your next troop meeting today. Please contact for questions regarding Camporee 2015.

Please let us know when your next Court of honor or Blue and Gold banquet will be held. A volunteer presenter would like to take a few minutes to explain how scouting is funded. Make your reservation here and someone will contact you to confirm.

Training Opportunities

Backcountry Advanced Training, Classroom Meets twice, 2/12/2015 and 2/19/2015.
This course for adult leaders in Boy Scout units. Leaders who work directly with boys in a unit should attend. The class meets 3 times, March 18, 25 and April 1.
ECSI Wilderness The is the course designed by Philmont and is accepted by all BSA High Adventures Bases. For more information and application see Mike Reisinger, 972-907-8949
Oak Leaf is a junior leader experience designed to supplement Troop level training and prepare Scouts for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).
Camp James Ray, April 10-12, 2015 and April 24-26, 2015
Boy Scout IOLS -- Introduction Outdoor Leader Skills Training. Learn by participating in a scout campout. IOLS and Leaders Specific Training for Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster are both required in order for Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster to be "TRAINED"
ECSI Wilderness The is the course designed by Philmont and is accepted by all BSA High Adventures Bases. For more information and application see Mike Reisinger, 972-907-8949


Due to some cancelations, Troop 570 has a number of slots available for a Sea Base Trek.

For more information contact: 

Todd Spraggins
Kelly Brannum

If you missed the webcasts about the changes in the program, take a look at the recording. You will need to move forward to about the 18th minute as they have 17 minutes where they just show the header.

As Chuck Holden pointed out in a recent blog, volunteer labor is essential to the success of many critical programs in our community. Northern Trail is no different. There are several positions which need to be filled. Don't assume that someone else will do it. Lend a hand today!
Do not bring a dish, just bring yourself and enjoy the excitement of Wood Badge and the company of your friends. Dinner will be Bar-b-que. Please register via Campmaster on Circle Ten’s website to help us get an accurate head count but you may also pay at the door.
Here is an opportunity to meet with the Council President, Commissioner and Scout Executive at one of our five upcoming fireside chats. You will be able to give feedback on items that are important to you and items that will impact our upcoming 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Some of the topics will include camp improvements, adult leader training, unit and council finances, impacting more youth in our communities and whatever else may be on your mind. For Northern Trail the most convenient date is February 11th at Lover's Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas.

Online Scouting Resources

Need some ideas for a scouting event?  Check out Google, Bing etc.  Use good judgment, not all the material  is appropriate, but there is a world of information out there on the web. 

Scouting Blog

Yesterday I attended the University of Scouting as a participant. I always learn something new and this time was no exception. The staff and instructors did a great job and the facility is first rate. Continue reading.
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