Northern Trail District

Failure by Design!

Having things go wrong is a powerful learning experience. A scout unit is designed to be boy led. One quickly recognizes that putting an 11 to 17 year old in charge of an activity will be problematic. This in fact is by design! As adult leaders we are there to advise, monitor and intervene when the situation warrants, but many times the best approach is to allow scouts to fail! Yes, fail! Many times as adults we feel compelled to jump in, assert control, organize and point out obvious errors. In most cases we need to stand on the sidelines and watch. Sometimes we do need to ask questions and prod a bit, but leadership is about dealing with the consequences of actions or inactions. A poorly planned meeting or campout may result in some problems, but the experience of dealing with these problems will enlighten your scouts much more than having someone else deal with the problems. If scouts plan a meal on their own and then see the adults eating a great meal while they are eating beans, it will make an impression. As adults it can be very difficult to allow our scouts to fail, but if we protect them from every problem, they will fail to learn how to deal with failures and how to turn them into a success.

As an adult leader, keep in mind that one of the methods of the program is allowing scouts to lead. When they lead they will learn from their failures. Don't deny them this powerful opportunity.

Oak Leaf Training, Weekend April 8-9, 2017 Camp Wisdom

There is still time to sign up for Oak Leaf Training. Oak Leaf is designed to train scouts in leadership positions and scouts who are or will hold these positions in the future. This training is designed to supplement Troop level training and prepare Scouts for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).

This course is for Boy Scout youth, First Class Rank or above. Minimum age is 12 years old at time of course. More information and signup may be found on the website here.

Questions to Jose Torres

Venturing Rendezvous

Venturing Rendezvous is a weekend of fun activities for co-ed youth ages 14 to 21 - including, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
Dates: Friday, March 31, 2017 – Sunday, April 2, 2017. Come for the day Saturday or camp for the weekend. Location: Camp Wisdom ‐ 6400 W. Redbird Lane, Dallas, TX Theme: Pirate Holiday (Aarrgh!) including a round robin camporee style event. Price: $30 Early Bird / $40 Day of Event. Lunch and Dinner Saturday are included. T-shirts available for an extra (nominal) cost at registration. More information and leader's guide may be found here. Units can register at

Circle Ten Council Annual Recognition Banquet, April 6, 2017

Are you a unit leader with 2016 Eagle Scouts? Did your Scout receive his Eagle rank in 2016? If so, please plan to join us for the Circle Ten Council Annual Recognition Banquet on April 6, 2017 at the Irving Convention Center. We also have 22 deserving adult volunteers receiving the Silver Beaver Award, and as well as many others being recognized for their contributions to Circle Ten Council. Follow the link to an informational flyer that will give you more details. This is the time to register on CampMaster so please help us get the word out by sharing this link and flyer with those you know! Registration Link

Richardson Trash Bash - April 15 - Community Service

The City of Richardson’s Annual Trash Bash event is held in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful and is open to anyone wishing to help clean up the community. This is a wonderful community service project for your pack, troop or crew.

On Saturday, April 15, you will go to your designated street, park, and/or area to fill trash bags with litter and recyclables. After collecting litter and recyclables, return filled bags to the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center at 411 W. Arapaho Rd., where refuse will be collected or they may be left at the clean up location near trash cans. At 11am, attend the Trash Bash After Party, which will include photo opportunities for participants and door prize drawing. Food and refreshments will be served from 11:00 to 12:00 pm

Register online at For more information, contact the Health Department at (972) 744-4076.

Camp Card Sales

Don't forget, May 12 is the last day for units to settle your account at the Scout offices and turn in unsold Camp Cards to receive the full 50% commission into your unit account. Need help motivating or anything else, please feel free to contact Deborah DiStasi,, 469-235-2920. More information on the council website:

Twilight Camp June 5-9, 2017

Calling All Bug Hunters!

Join us for a week of fun adventures as we explore the world of creepy crawly bugs. 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! Registration now available.

We are looking for Boy Scouts to volunteer as Junior Staff at Twilight Camp June 5 - 9, 2017 at Breckenridge Park. It's a great opportunity to earn service hours. Signup here:

Printable Flyer     --     Twilight Camp Web Page     --     Twilight Camp Facebook Page

On the Calendar

Boy Scout Roundtable / Venturing Forum, Tuesday April 11, 7:00PM

Join us on Tuesday, April 11th, 7:00 PM, at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson.

Cub Scout Roundtable, Thursday April 13, 7:00PM

Every scout leader needs recognition. Join the April Cub Scout Roundtable on Thursday, April 13, to learn about Cub Scout leader awards and recognitions. The roundtable meets at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson in room 211. The program topic will be how to officially recognize cub scout leaders for their service and their contributions to scouting.

Here are a few of the things to be discussed: Cub Scout leader awards, religious awards, other awards, and recognitions. Come to the April roundtable to learn "how to" recognize your leaders. Also, as bonus for attending roundtable, learn more about BALOO training set for Saturday, April 22. The meeting begins at 7pm and will last one hour. See you at roundtable!

Training, Get signed up today!

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

BALOO Training, Saturday April 22, 2017.

BALOO (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.

BSA requires that at least one adult on a Pack overnighter be BALOO trained. Webelos Den Leaders camping as a den must be BALOO trained.

Who should attend -- Cub Masters, Assistant Cub Masters, Den Leaders, Interested Adult Leaders. 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. Contact: Contact Mike Reisinger at to register.

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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