Northern Trail District

Overdue Re-Charters

We still have several units which have not completed their re-charters. This is a serious problem. Your scouts cannot advance or use the council facilities. Our District Executive will be available to assist with unit re-charters and youth/adult applications. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to him.
Chad Caudle | District Executive P 214-902-6743 | C 806-548-0575

Camp Card Sales

Time is running out to get signed up for Camp Cards. Camp card are very easy to sell and a scout can easily earn his way to camp. However you can't sell the cards if you don't sign up in advance.
Sign-up today to reserve your cards: Camp Card Signup. Please note, our very own Scout Shop is one of the discounts this year so make sure you order at least enough cards for every family in your Pack/Troop/Crew.

New to Camp Cards or not sure how to discuss this risk free fundraiser to your scouts and parents, then please contact Deborah DiStasi, 469-235-2920, for assistance.

Our kickoff meeting is Thursday, Feb. 9th, 7 pm, at Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, Shelton Meeting Room, 8525 Audelia Road in Dallas. Please order your cards by January 31st.

Friends of Scouting

Every unit should have a FOS presentation scheduled for an upcoming Blue and Gold or Court of Honor.

Our scouting program is funded with a number of sources and a major portion comes from you. Without your support the program cannot function!

We need to get units scheduled for presentations and we still need a few presenters.

Contact our Our district executive, Chad Caudle to schedule your presentation. Chad may be reached at: 214-902-6743 | C 806-548-0575

Wood Badge Reunion Saturday February 4, 2017 5:30PM, Camp Wisdom

Register online:

Scouting for Food Saturday February 4 & 11, 2017

The Scouting for Food bags are now available, Pick them up on the porch at 926 Wedgewood Way in Richardson. Please take only what you expect to use! We have enough bags, but only if they are distributed properly. Last year we ran out of bags before all units got them. Informational handouts to go with the bags are also available.

Distribute the bags in your assigned areas on Saturday February 4th and pick them up on Saturday February 11th.

Scouting for food is a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the values of the scout program. Food pantries in the area depend of the scouts to help restock their shelves after the holidays. Keep in mind that we have more areas to cover than we have scouts, so without your participation, available food won't be collected. Get signed up and put it on your unit calendar. More information and area maps here. Questions to Hunter Miller

Cub Roundtable – Twilight Camp Overview & Planning

Join us Thursday, February 9 at the Cub Scout Roundtable for fun-filled evening of everything Twilight Camp! This year’s theme is “Bug Hunters” and we need YOU to make our day camp successful! If you are a parent and/or Cub Scout leader and plan on having your scouts attend Twilight Camp in June, then you MUST attend this meeting. We want your ideas and suggestions to help make Twilight Camp the highlight of your child’s summer.
Here are a few of things we will discuss:

See you at Roundtable!

Boy Scout Roundtable / Venturing Forum

Because Boy Scout Roundtable fell on Valentine's day it has been combined with the Venturing Forum on February 9th at 7:00PM

Topic: "Getting out of the camping rut."

Get your troop out of its "year after year", "same old thing" rut. Make camping an adventure again. Discover new and interesting locations for camping, and tell other Scouters your favorite places to camp.

Roundtable - Broadening your knowledge of scouting.
First United Methodist Church of Richardson's Education Building
Central Expressway's southbound frontage road between Arapaho Road and Belt Line Road.
Everyone is invited.

Camporee, Weekend March 24-26, 2017 Camp James Ray

Hello Scouters, this year’s Camporee will be packed with many fun activities and team building challenges. In addition to Six Troop Competitive stations, we will be hosting several minor events that come with their own prizes. These events include: Scout Master/Delegate Dutch Oven Chili cook off: This one has always been around, we look forward to seeing each Scoutmaster’s own take on how a proper chili should be made. Scout Masters will need to deliver to the dining hall between 3:30 to 3:45, tasting will begin at 3:45. Continue reading.

On the Calendar

Training, Get signed up today!

Back Country Advanced Training, Begins, Wednesday February 16th, 2017

Attention Philmont Crews - BAT is an interactive adventure designed for Scouters and more seasoned Scouts & Venturers who are preparing to enjoy a high-adventure trek and for those interested in organizing backcountry activities for their unit. The Spring offering welcomes Adult Leaders, Senior Youth Leaders, Venturers as well as entire crews looking to prepare for High Adventure treks. Advanced registration required. More information and registration.

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, Wednesday March 22th, 2017

This course for adult leaders in Boy Scout units. Leaders who work directly with boys in a unit should attend. This course will teach you about organization, operation, outdoor program and role of the adult leader in a troop. The class meets 2 times. Registration now available More information

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills, Weekend April 8-9th, 2017

Learn by doing. Participate in an actual Boy Scout weekend campout. You will learn firsthand how a Boy Scout Troop operates in the field. Great fun and informative. This course is taught in conjunction with the 2 classroom sessions offered a few weeks earlier. It's is strongly recommended that you participate in both. Advance preparation and signup required. Registration now available. More information

Wilderness First Aid Classes for 2017

This is the 16 hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases.

2017 courses: Feb 24-26, Mar 31 – Apr 2, Apr 28-30, May 19-21, Jun 2-4

Pictures from Awards Banquet

The pictures from the recent awards banquet may be found here. Thanks to Scott Thompson who took the pictures.

Here are some additional photos. We will put a pdf of the program on the website next week.

Your District Resource: Unit Commissioners

Every Unit in Northern Trail has a district resource who is responsible for helping make you successful. Regardless of need, the Unit Commissioners can facilitate a resolution. You can find out who your UC is on the Northern Trail web site at

If you need more assistance, contact the district commissioner Joe Tavares., 214-675-4378.

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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