Northern Trail District

Getting Help

Last week I touched on one of the most challenging problems, getting others to help with your unit. Getting in front of your group and making a blanket appeal rarely works very well. The best strategy is to identify specific quantifiable tasks you that need doing. Examples might be providing snacks for a court of honor or hosting a work session for pinewood derby cars. Open ended or poorly defined tasks are difficult to sell, because the volunteer just does not know what’s involved and is fearful of failing to meet expectations. Once you have identified tasks, consider who might be well matched to each of them. Then make individual requests for help. If the answer is no, keep asking! Persistence pays off. If the person you ask can’t help, then ask them to help recruit someone who can help. It’s hard to both ask for help and in many cases let go of a task that you want to do yourself, but trying to do it all, is a recipe for poor results and burnout.

Not in a leadership position? Consider the fact that the ones who are leading your group need help, but may be hesitant to ask. Your help is needed and with more involvement your unit will be healthier and your scout will see that the program is important to you and is much more likely to continue in the program.

A good leader is always encouraging others to join in the fun thus enabling the success of others and allowing individuals to grow into leadership. "Many Hands make light work" — John Heywood

Program Preview Thursday May 18th 7:00PM, FUMC

Mark your calendar and plan to attend program preview. The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson. This event replaces the May Roundtables.

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.

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

Early Bird Signup ends April 30th. More information

Twilight Camp would not be possible without parents and grandparents who volunteer to help with the event. These Walking Den Leaders attend camp and walk with the scouts from station to station. It's not difficult and it's fun. You only need to be present during camp each day from 4pm until 8pm. If you can't come every day you can come part of the time. The challenge for the organizers is to have enough den leaders each day. Training, including Face to Face Youth Protection for walking den leaders, will be held in May. The dates are May 4, 18, and 25 from 7pm to 9 pm in Room 205 at First United Methodist Church in Richardson (503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080). All questions will be answered! Please bring your completed Medical forms A & B to the training. You may also mail your completed forms to:

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

Training, Get signed up today!

Youth Protection Face-To-Face Training Required

Did you know that the State of Texas requires current Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training for every adult attending day camp, twilight camp, or summer resident camp? So, if you are planning on attending any of these camp opportunities this summer, you need this Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training ... the online Youth Protection Training isn't enough.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bobby Lyle Billy Gamble Scouting Center – 5600 US Hwy 75 S, Fairview, TX 75069
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Murchison Scouting Center – 8605 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235
Register on-line

Walking Den Leader Training and Youth Protection Face-To-Face Training

Training, including Face to Face Youth Protection for walking den leaders will be held in May. The dates are May 4, 18, and 25 from 7pm to 9 pm in Room 205 at First United Methodist Church in Richardson (503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080).

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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