On the Calendar
Scouting for Food
A great big thank you to all that served our community collecting much needed food for the Network of Community Ministries Food Pantry.
At last count, the pantry had received 15,276 lbs of food to help feed our neighbors in need. Northern Trail District collected 12,025 items and logged 1,299 Service hours.
While 15,000 lbs sounds like a large amount of food, Wendy at Network Ministries tells me it goes very quickly. Therefore, if you were unable to help this year, please put SFF on your calendars for next February, and lets do even better! And please help spread the word to units that you know of that did not participate this year.
Thanks again to each of you for all you do to make our community a better place every day.
SFF Chair NTD
Cub Scout Round Table, March 14, 2019, 7:00PM
Cub Scout Round Table Topic, Retention: How do we keep youth and parents coming back to our Pack? Join us on Thursday, March 14th for an exchange of ideas, tips and resources to keep youth and parents engaged and excited about your Pack and the scouting program. Round table is an excellent way to network and hear how other units solve problems and find resources. Join us at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Room 230. Map We will also start discussing Twilight Camp and why you and your Cubs should go!!
Scouts BSA Round Table, March 14, 2019, 7:00PM
The Scouts BSA Roundtable will welcome new scouters and focus on the amazing opportunities in Scouts. Come meet other leaders and learn how to make your unit more successful.
SM/ASM Leader Specific Training Wednesday March 20 and Wednesday March 27, 2019
Scoutmaster/Assistant Specific training is a two-evening course which will expand on and clarify your understanding of the Scout program. The course addresses how and, most importantly, why Scouting works and will help you to insure the success of your scouts in your unit. This course is for all Unit Leaders, including Parents and Committee members. More information and sign-up
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills April 6-7, 2019
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training is a companion course to Scoutmaster/Assistant Specific. This is a hands-on campout where you participate as your scout would in the actual planning and execution of a scout campout while advancing towards the rank of First Class. You will learn by doing at the direction of our experienced leadership team. Expect to learn a lot while having a very enjoyable experience. Advance registration and preparation is required. More information and signup
BALOO Training, April 6-7, 2019
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation training is an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Participants will camp overnight and learn by doing. More information and sign-up.
Camp Cards are an easy way for scouts to earn money for camp and raise money for your unit. In addition, they help fund council activities. If you missed the kick-off session, all is not lost, please contact the Northern Trail Camp Card chair is Dave Hapeman, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information
Camporee, March 22-24, 2019
Camporee is a great opportunity to have some fun, see other units in action, meet other unit leaders and visit a great Circle Ten Camp.
Unit registration is now available on-line.
This year’s theme is Civil War - East vs. West. Camporee is a chance for all the Troops in the district to come together and compete for best Troop and best Patrol, slightly different from years past we will also have an overall winning side (of camp). It’s a chance for you and your Troop/Patrol to come together and hone your scouting skills to go for the win, having a lot of fun in the process. More information
Camporee staff needed, please sign-up on-line and attend planning meetings.
Summer Camp Plans
Unit leaders, please take the time to let our district Camping chair know your plans for summer camp. This information is vital for planning. It's time to conduct the annual Summer Camp Survey. We've made it easy with a simple on-line survey. It will only take a minute.
Survey available in email only.
Philmont Trek Slots
Philmont crew needs scouts and adults for a Philmont trek, July 12-24. The adults need to be at least 18; does anyone know of a scout now in college that want to go to Philmont this summer, partial financial assistants is available. Contact Mike Reisinger, email@example.com.
More Philmont slots: Troop 435 has a Philmont Trek going 7/6-7/18/2019 with openings. Anyone interested in joining the crew can contact Bob Burke at 214-384-2284. Rjburke1@gmail.com
Twilight Camp Registration Now Open, June 3-7, 2019
Join us for a week of fun as we explore the world of adventures. Twilight Camp is the perfect way to start your summer time fun. Earn Cub Scout achievements, have tons of fun with your den, and meet new Scouting friends!
This is a Twilight Camp" which means that all activities occur between 4:00PM and 8:30PM. No need to take a full day of vacation. Most can adjust their work schedule to accommodate the activity.
Twilight Camp Staff Needed, June 3-7, 2019
Adult volunteers needed to staff Twilight Camp. There are many opportunities to help with Twilight Camp. The scouts are excited and look forward to every minute. In addition, this year there will be more scouts due to the presence of girls.
This event depends entirely on the work of volunteers. Right now, we need volunteers in all areas to step up to the plate to make this event the best possible. This is a rewarding activity and you will enjoy your time on staff. Even if you can only help one evening, your contribution will be invaluable.
If you are able to help and or know someone who would be a great staff person, please email their name and contact information to Hank Voegtle at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be kept confidential!
Wood Badge WB-129 March 24-31, 2019 and April 12-14, 2019
The spring Wood Badge Course, WB-129, is coming soon! Will be held at Camp Wisdom during the always beautiful Texas springtime. Come get trained and help us celebrate 100 years of Wood Badge. The course will be held over two weekends: March 24-31 and April 12-14. This is your opportunity to learn about Delivering the Promise to our youth and, just maybe, carry over some leadership skills into your workplace. As if you need any more incentive, the SPL for Wood Badge 129 is our very own District Chair, Steve Bloberger. Joe Tavares will be in the mix, as well, as a Troop Guide. George Lankford is the course director mentor. More information and sign-up process. Questions to Joe Tavares email@example.com.
Circle Ten Council Annual Recognition Banquet – March 28, 2019
Congratulations to all the Northern Trail Scouts who earned their Eagle Scout rank in 2018! What a wonderful accomplishment! Parents, are you aware that Circle Ten Council honors all the previous year's Eagle Scouts at the annual banquet, and that their attendance is complimentary, for them and their Scoutmaster? When they receive their invitation in the mail, please RSVP on CampMaster and make plans to attend. 2018 Eagles will be included with the whole Bobby B. Lyle 2018 Class of Eagles in a group photo that will hang in the Murchison Scouting Center, receive a signed certificate from Senator Royce West, and a special commemorative Council Strip Patch. Eagles must attend to receive the patch.
In addition, 24 deserving Scouters will be recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, as well as many other deserving Scouts and Scouters for their efforts and dedication. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Council! Tickets now available on CampMaster. Register here More information and a flier here.
Friends of Scouting (FOS)
Scouting needs youth, volunteers and funding. Without all of these elements, the program cannot function. Funding for programs, camps and professional staff come from the local community. A very large fraction of this funding comes from families in scouting. We must communicate this important message to scouting parents across the district. Unit Leaders your help is needed, please make room at your next court of honor or Blue and Gold for a volunteer to make the case for supporting scouting in our community. Contact Marie. Baert firstname.lastname@example.org to make the arrangements.
Powder Horn April 5-7, 2019 and April 12-14, 2019
Powder Horn is a High Adventure Program Resource Course - Its purpose is to expose participants to many outdoor/high adventure activities. Participants are also exposed to the resources necessary to operate a successful High Adventure Program. Continue Reading
Adult and youth leadership training is a priority in Circle Ten Council. Our own George Lankford is the chair of this committee. Here is a listing of some of the opportunities for leadership development: More information.
Now is the time to make a New Year's resolution to get your Wood Badge Beads. This is advanced leadership training which will help you in and out of scouting. Here is a brand-new brochure which describes the program: Check out available courses here: www.circleten.org/wood-badge.
This is the 16-hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases.
Contact: Mike Reisinger, email@example.com 972-907-8949.
Range Safety Officer Certification
If you are interested in becoming an NRA Certified Instructor or Range Safety Officer to run shooting sports, the council holds instructor courses on a regular basis. More information: c10shootingsports.org.
Have Something for the Newsletter or Website?
Our newsletter and website reach a very large audience in Northern Trail. If there is something scouting related which needs to be on the website or the newsletter, please don't keep it to yourself, let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
If we need to fix a broken link or have incorrect information, please take a moment and let us know. email@example.com
Don't keep the newsletter to yourself! Everyone in your unit should be receiving the newsletter and be aware of the website. Signup is easy, just send them to: Newsletter Signup
More on the website. northerntrail.circleten.org
Looking for something in a recent newsletter? Several years of past newsletters may be found here.
Yours in Scouting,
Northern Trail Communications Committee