Northern Trail District

Twilight Camp Staff Needed

Staffing Twilight Camp is a rewarding and fun activity. There are opportunities and need for Youth and Adults to staff at Twilight Camp; especially in craft areas for Wolf and Webelos. Archery Range Master and Staff. Contact for staff information: Marti Ruser 469-223-1218 Please this link to register. No one may staff without registering in CampMaster. Select Adult Participant and then choose Adult Staff. All staff who are 14 or older must fill out the Adult In State Compliance Form and have either the online YPT (taken on or after March 13, 2018) or Face to Face YPT certification.

Even if you can only help for one or two days, your help is needed. Any help will be appreciated. Sign up now and get your choice of days and classes you want.

Junior Staff Members

Twilight Camp can use the help of all volunteers who have completed the fifth grade and are willing to help staff. Service hours will be recorded and can be used for scout advancement or school. If you have a youth who would like to staff, please register using this link. No one may staff without registering in CampMaster. Select Youth Participant and then choose Youth Staff.

All staff who are 14 or older must fill out the Adult In State Compliance Form and have either the online YPT (taken on or after March 13, 2018) or Face to Face YPT certification. If you have questions, please contact the program director. Junior helpers under 14 only need the medical Form.

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. One opportunity left to attend; 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 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.

Camp Cards

If you still have any leftover cards or camp card money, please bring them to either council office ASAP.
May 13—Unit Commission reduced to 35%
May 31—Unit Commission reduced to 25%
Thank you for all of your hard work camp card chairs - you made 2018 a great selling year!
Deborah DiStasi,, 972-644-4225

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. The weather training program has been updated so even if you took this in the past you will need to take it again. As of 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. More details

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!

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,

Texas A&M Eagle Scouts Invent Workplace Safety Device

Contratulations to Hayden Meeks, Troop 81 Eagle Scout who was part of a team which were recognized for this invention. 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

We are coming to the end of the 2018 Friends of Scouting Fund Raising Campaign. Thanks to everyone who has contributed both financially and by helping get the word out about the need.

If you have been meaning to pledge your support, it's not too late. 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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