Northern Trail District

Youth Protection Training Important Update

It is official, the current 2018 Online Youth Protection Training meets state requirements and has been approved by the State of Texas.

If you have completed the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course on or after March 13, 2018, you no longer need to take a classroom-facilitated version of the course to attend a licensed camp (camps of four or more days).

If you have not taken the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course, you must do so by October 1, 2018. or you won’t be able to re-charter with your unit.

If you have a valid Face-to-Face card, it will be accepted for Twilight Camp and Summer Camp this year.

Questions can be emailed to

So take the time to complete this course and get it out of the way for the fall. While you are at it, take the Hazardous Weather Training. Before you start, here are some tips which will make the process a little easier. YPT Training Tips Go to log-in and take the courses.

Twilight Camp 2018, June 4-8, 2018

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. Register as soon as possible to avoid the last minute rush. Details, Registration and Contact Information. Check out the Twilight Camp Facebook page.

Twilight Camp Walking Den Leader Training

Learn about Twilight Camp. Choice of 2 opportunities to attend; 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.

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 Plano Amateur Radio Klub. We are expecting an informative and entertaining presentation. Please join us. First United Methodist Church, Map Education Building Room 230.

Cub Scout Roundtable Tuesday, May 10th 7:00PM

What is Roundtable? Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at the unit level. The objectives of roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas; information on policy and events; and training opportunities. It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Scout leaders. When skillfully executed, the roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.

Recruiting should be a year round activity. We will focus on different methods of recruiting for both youth and adults, help set up a plan for recruiting and how do we measure our recruiting activities. All this and more will be discussed at Cub Scout Round table on Thursday, May 10th at 7 p.m. in Room 227 at the First United Methodist Church of Richardson, 2nd floor of the Education building, Campus Map 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson. Map

Chapter Cookout at Heights Park 7:30pm - Tuesday, May 8th, 2017

It's sort of become a tradition that we always hold a cookout at the end of the school year. This year, we will keep with that tradition, since we will go on hiatus over the summer and not meet again until the beginning of the next school year. We will serve hamburgers and hot dogs at the meeting, which will be free to all Arapaho Chapter members, who are current on their OA lodge dues. If you have not renewed your dues for 2018, you may do so at the lodge website here. We hope to see you all at the meeting in Heights Park. Map

Merit Badge Counselors Needed

Unavailable Merit Badges ...

Every scout deserves the opportunity to earn any Merit Badge. However, our District has NO counselors registered for these 15 merit badges, so our scouts have to go outside our area to earn these badges.

Journalism Oceanography
Moviemaking Pioneering
Pottery Plant Science
Rowing Programming
Search and Rescue Soil & Water Conservation
Signs, Signals and Codes Theater
Snow Sports Truck Transportation
Veterinary Medicine  

YOU can help by becoming a Merit Badge Counselor!

Click here for more information about Merit Badge requirements and how to become a Merit Badge Counselor. There is no fee to register as a Merit Badge Counselor. You can serve primarily scouts from your troop, but we ask that you be open to counseling any scout in the district.

If you think you are a counselor for one of these badges, your registration has expired; Please contact us to re-register.
For questions or to register, please contact
Jim Trombla
Bob Faulkner

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."

Circle Ten Xperience 2018 (CTX2)!

Northern Trail is still under represented at CTX! 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

Even if you can only help for one or two days, your help is 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

This Friday, May 11th is the last day for units to settle their account and turn in any unsold Camp Cards to the Circle Ten Council to receive 50% commission. DO NOT WAIT! Later dates will reduce your commission rate.
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.

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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