Northern Trail District

Twilight Camp 2018, June 4-8, 2018

The last day for the early registration price for Twilight Camp is Tomorrow April 30th. Register NOW to save $20. Get signed up today for Twilight Camp! Go to the Northern Trail District Website and signup today.

Your scouts will have a blast and learn more than they realize. Camp will be held at Breckinridge Park. The theme this year is Passport to Adventure. Look for activities based on Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base and the Summit. Make plans to attend. Early registration deadline is April 30th. Register early, save money and avoid last minute aggravation. Details, Registration and Contact Information. Check out the Twilight Camp Facebook page.

Boy Scout Roundtable Tuesday, May 8th 7:00PM

Our May 8th Boy Scout Roundtable subject is Radio Merit Badge and Jamboree on the Air. The 2017 devastating storms in the Caribbean Islands left people in the remote areas without communications. Ham radio operators were placed in these areas. They became the only source of information about the people who did or did not survived as well as being the only connection for emergency help. Find out more about the purpose of Ham Radio and how interested Scouts and Scouters can learn more about becoming an amateur radio operator. Our guest speaker will be from either the Plano Amateur Radio Klub or the Richardson Wireless Klub. We are expecting an informative and entertaining presentation. Please join us. First United Methodist Church, Map Education Building Room 230.

Face To Face & Twilight Camp Walking Den Leader Training

Learn about Twilight Camp and get the needed training for participation. Choice of 3 opportunities to attend; Tuesday, Thursday May 3, Tuesday May 8 and Thursday May 17 at 7 PM - 9. First United Methodist Church, Room 205, Richardson Map
Education Building, 2nd floor, Campus Map
503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas.

Youth Protection Training

Both the Boy Scouts of American and the State of Texas are committed to protecting our youth. As adult scouters we must be in full compliance with both groups. New requirements from National means that all registered adult scouters must take the updated on-line training by October 1, 2018. Please see the Quick Facts for more detailed information.

This does not replace F2F, but is in addition to F2F if that is the only training you receive for YPT. As you know, F2F is required for any long-term camp (more than 72 hours).

Hazardous Weather Training

Scouting is committed to safety and weather safety is of particular importance in our area. Effective April 30th, 2018, new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. This includes, Cubmasters, Den Leader Webelos Den Leaders, Scoutmasters, LDS leaders of 11-year olds, Crew Advisors, Ship Skippers and Post Advisors

This is the NEW training, numbered SCO_800. You will no longer be considered Trained if you have not completed this training before May 1. It is also a requirement for all camp staff as part of the NCAP standards SQ-402.

To take the course go to and log-in to your account. Create an account if you don’t already have one.

Click on the "BSA LEARN CENTER" icon to reach the training site. Under "EXPANDED LEARNING" click on "PROGRAM SAFETY." Click on "Program Safety" and then select "Hazardous Weather Training."

Face to Face YPT Training

The council has F2F programs the month of April on Wednesday evenings. Register on Campmaster:, scroll down and look for the courses.

Forestry, Soil & Water Conservation, Weather and Geology Merit Badges

Clements Scout Ranch will offer opportunities to work on the Forestry, Soil & Water Conservation, Weather and Geology merit badges on Saturday, May 12. Planned activities include:

Cost: $20, includes a provided lunch
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday, May 12, 2018. More information

Circle Ten Xperience 2018 (CTX2)!

As of today, 151 units and almost 7,000 participants have registered for CTX! GREAT NEWS! But only 9 of those units are from Northern Trail. Could be better news…. Don't let Northern Trail miss all the fun? Right now you can still grab primo camping spots. What are you waiting for?

Have you seen the new Registration Incentives (prizes!!)? Check out this link to find out more! And if you are interested in staffing CTX2, go to CAMPMASTER and register today. We can’t wait to have you as part of the team!

Twilight Camp Adult Staff Needed

Staff needed to manage the Water Buffalo and Ice, someone with a trailer or a truck to pick up ice and fill up the water buffalo at night. Also, needed is someone fill up the water jugs and distribute them during camp. The water jugs are quite heavy. Volunteers are needed to help with the BB gun range, Wood Shop, Gaga Ball, Sling Shot, Scout Skills and Sports. Any help will be appreciated. Sign up now and get your choice of days and classes you want. Volunteering at Twilight Camp is a rewarding experience. Contact Marti Ruser at 469-223-1218 or

Wilderness First Aid classes for 2018

This is the 16 hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases.

All scheduled classes for this spring are full. A course may be held in November 2018 if there is sufficient interest, otherwise they will begin in January 2019. Other opportunities may be found here. Contact: Mike Reisinger, 972-907-8949.

Webelos Woods, Trevor Rees-Jones 9/28-30/2018

Here is a great opportunity to get help up and coming Boy Scouts get a great launch into the Boy Scout program. Troops are needed to help staff this event. If you are interested in staffing, please attend the planning meeting in FUMC-R, room 225, 7-8:30 pm May 16, June 20, July 25, Aug. 15 and Sept. 12. The theme for Webelos Woods is “Scout Skills”. Scout Troops are encouraged to volunteer for STAFF in the following areas: Compass, First Aid (making kits), Knife & Axe (safe use and cleaning), Dutch Oven Cooking, First Aid bandage ( using neckerchief), Tug- a-war, String Burning, Campsite inspections, and other events TBD. Remember the idea is to have experienced scouts STAFF these areas and not Adults. Cost for event has been set at $10.00 for Cub and Cub Adult. Cubs and Scout Troops provide their own food. To volunteer for a venue Contact either:
Jim McKnight,
Dr. H. Linn,

Camp Cards

There are still time slots available to sell camp cards! Please check Camp Master and have fun earning money for your scout adventures. Do not forget, all money and left over camp cards are due to the Council office by Friday, May 11th.
Deborah DiStasi,, 972-644-4225

Philmont Slots

Troop 718 has openings for a Philmont Trek this summer. Dates of trek are 7/1 to 7/13. Cost is $1050. Transportation included. We have 2 adults trained in WFA. So if you have some scouts that want to go to Philmont and don't have enough adult leaders that can go, let us know. Contact or Aaron Howell, Scoutmaster Troop 718

Boy Scout Troop 770 has a few openings for Philmont. June 11 through June 26. Do you have any older boys who would like to go. Cost $1300 per boy. Payment plan can be worked out. Contact Mike Richards at for details.

Those called out at Camporee

If you were called out at Camporee you are eligible for the May Ordeal. Please read this page before moving to Registration: Candidate Information They can also go to the chapter website and sign up for the Chapter newsletter.

Adult Adventure Weekend at the Summit, June 20-24, 2018

Brought to you by The National Jamboree & BSA Outdoor Adventures Teams. To All Adult Volunteers, Unit Leaders, and BSA Staff – THANK YOU – for helping youth experience the grand Adventure that is Scouting! No matter the location – Troop Meetings, Service Projects, Council Camps, National Jamboree, High Adventure Bases – youth are developing skills, confidence, and character in Scouting because of YOU! Read more.

Wood Badge

Have you been considering taking Wood Badge but procrastinating signing up? Perhaps now is the time! Go to to see what courses are available.

Friends of Scouting

Finish Strong! We are coming to the end of the 2018 Friends of Scouting Fund Raising Campaign. Through the hard work of many volunteers we are doing well, but we have more to do. Friends of Scouting is a Council wide fund drive which contributes more than 30% of Circle Ten's budget. You can give a check made out to Circle Ten Council to your unit Chairman or Leader and they will pass it on to Council. Alternatively you can contribute online at - Just make sure to include in the note field "FOS, Northern Trail along with your unit number. Northern Trail Scouters have always recognized the value of scouting by contributing to the Friends of Scouting. Any amount will help! Let’s keep the tradition going. A volunteer will contact you in the next few weeks if we have not heard from you. Don't put it off any longer, if you've already made a pledge this year, Thank You.

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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