Northern Trail District

Association with Adults

One of the methods of scouting which is often overlooked is the association with adults. Adults are role models and scouts pay attention to how the adults around them conduct themselves. A scoutmaster or other adult leader is in a position not only to listen and offer encouragement, but function as a mentor.

Association with adults is not just the scoutmaster or crew advisor. It includes other adult leaders who are in the program. Assistant scout masters, merit badge counselors and other active parents. In truth scouts with parents who are active as volunteers get more out of the program and stay in the program. Rarely have I attended an eagle board of review where the scout parents were not involved in the program in some capacity. Your association with other adults in the program will help you be a better parent.

Silver Beavers and 2016 Eagles

Several Northern Trail scouters attended the Circle Ten Awards banquet last Thursday evening. Two scouters were recognized which many of us were there to see. Joe Tavares our current District Commissioner and Kip Lankenau who was very active in Northern Trail a few years ago. He was reorganized into the Blackland Prairie district. Congratulations to them both! The council also recognized scouts who earned their Eagle rank during 2016.

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.

Jewish Religious Emblems Workshop, Sunday April 23, 2017

Scouts should take advantage of this great opportunity to earn their age appropriate religious emblems by participating on this workshop. Typically the younger Scouts can earn their emblems in one two-hour workshop while the older Scouts can fulfill the vast majority of the requirements in this one session. More information

Parent-N-Pal, Western Days April 28-30, 2017

Parent-N-Pal is an action-packed weekend camping experience for a Cub Scout and his parent/partner. This is a weekend of camping at a real Scout camp, doing fun activities like shooting sports such as BB guns and archery, games, horseback riding, and more! It is the perfect outdoor experience for all Cub Scouts. Sign up and come join the FUN for the weekend. All meals and program are provided for you. Please bring your own tents, sleeping bag, personal gear and camp chairs! Check out for a flyer and more information and to sign up.

Tour Permits No Longer Required

For many of us getting tour permit filed in time for an activity presented a bit of a challenge. Effective immediately these are no longer required.

This does change the need to carefully plan your activity and comply with all policies and procedures. Instead of focusing on forms the idea is to focus on the actual planning of the activity.

More information:

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

Boy Scout roundtable will focus on Scout Spirit, what it is and how to cultivate it in your unit. 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!

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: All sessions full except for June 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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