Northern Trail District

On the Calendar

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills April 6-7, 2019

This coming weekend, you must sign-up immediately to participate. 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

Oak Leaf – April 6-7, 2019

This coming weekend, you must sign-up immediately to participate. Registration deadline is tomorrow, April 1st. Oak Leaf is a junior leader experience designed to supplement Troop level training and prepare Scouts for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).

It is for Scouts BSA, boys, First Class Rank or above who will be serving in a leadership capacity within their Troop. Minimum age is 12 years old at time of course. The course will be held at Camp Wisdom. More information and registration.

BALOO Training, April 6-7, 2019

This coming weekend, you must sign-up immediately to participate. 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

We are in full swing of Camp Card Sales. If your unit has still not signed up please contact our District Executive, Jorge Salazar, ASAP. Do you need more cards to sell? Additional cards can be picked up by your Unit Camp Card Chair from both the Fairview Office and Harry Hines Office from the Registration Desk. Money from the sale can also be turned in to the registration desk. If you need more cards and cannot make it out to either office, contact our Camp Card Chair, Dave Hapeman,, or our District Executive, Jorge Salazar Don’t forget last day to turn in money and unsold cards is May 17th. More information

Twilight Camp Staff Needed, June 3-7, 2019

Twilight Camp needs your help!!! Unlike resident camps, Twilight Camp relies on volunteers to staff the camp. Camp has three phases; set-up, camp and takedown. We need volunteers for each phase. During camp we need leaders for Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos activities. Can’t devote the whole week? We can still use your help. Sign up and let us know what days you can’t make it or what area you would like to staff. We will work to accommodate all request, but staff assignments are subject to change for camp needs. This is a great opportunity for youth service hours. Any youth Scouts BSA age (10-17) can register as Staff and will be a Junior Helper. This is a “Twilight Camp" which means that all activities occur between 4:00PM and 8:30PM. No need to take a full day off from work, most can adjust their work schedule to accommodate the activity.

Could Twilight Camp be cancelled? Without your assistance as a volunteer, it could be. To register please click the link below. Please contact Hank Voegtle at or 214-769-5040 if you have any questions.

Twilight Camp Registration Open

Join us for a week of fun as we dive under the sea. 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!

Only 37 days until the early bird price ends!!! May 1st at midnight (evening of April 30th) prices go from $65 to $85 for Cub Scouts. To register please click the link below.

Please contact Hank Voegtle at or 214-769-5040 if you have any questions.

FBI Dallas 2019 Teen Academy

The Teen Academy is a one day overview of the FBI for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The day will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm. Topics have traditionally included presentations in Counterterrorism, Cyber-Internet Safety, and Drugs in addition to demonstrations in Evidence Response Team (ERT), Crisis Negotiation, Bomb Tech program, and SWAT. The Applicant Recruiting process will be featured during the lunch break (topics subject to change). Space is limited you must apply. Read more

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,

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.

Roundtable, New Schedule

To better serve district needs, Venturing, Scouting and Cub Scout Roundtables Roundtables will meet once a quarter going forward. The next roundtables for all three will be May 9th. Stay tuned for the topics to be discussed.

There was a great roundtable discussion regarding retention at the March Rountables. Thanks to all who participated and added to the discussion.

powder hornPowder Horn November 1-3, 2019 and November 22-24, 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

Wood Badge

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:

Wilderness First Aid classes for 2019 All Dates FULL


This is the 16-hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases. Only the May 31-Jun 2 session has openings. Sign up today if you need this class for the coming summer camps.

Contact: Mike Reisinger, 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:

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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