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Immediate Philmont Opportunity

Urgent need for an adult leader for a Philmont trek leaving July 5 and returning July 18. All expenses paid. The candidate must be Philmont ready!

Troop 435 has multiple slots open in their crew, and this would be a great opportunity for a young adult scout over 21 or a parent and son to experience one of Scouting’s greatest adventures.

If you are interested, please contact Mr. Burke at or call 214-384-2284.

Making a Difference

As volunteers we often become discouraged because what we are doing does not seem as effective as it could be. Sometimes this is due to lack of time, help, money or even the interest of the scouts.

In 1998 I organized a spring break high adventure backpacking trip to Big Bend National Park. This trip required a lot of advanced planning. There was a lot of interest from many of the parents, but lukewarm interest from the scouts in the unit. As the time came near to make a commitment, many of the scouts dropped out because they had other things to do during spring break.

In the end we had only 6 scouts and 4 dads participate in the event. At the time I was very disappointed and discouraged, I had hoped for 10 or 12 scouts given the size of our unit. I knew what the boys did not know, that this trip would be a great adventure and they would be changed by the experience.

Well, I was wrong to be discouraged, the scouts who participated had a great time and were changed by the experience. The scouts came home and told their adventure to their fellow scouts who were then very disappointed that they had not participated. The the scouts who missed out were motivated to participate in future events. Years later one of the dads who was not on the trip told me that this trip made the difference between his son staying in scouts. This boy continued in scouts and made Eagle. In fact, 5 of the 6 boys who participated made it to Eagle. It turned out that on the contrary the trip was an outstanding success which made a profound impact on not only the participants, but the boys who had not come.

It’s important to recognize that as volunteers, we are making a difference to the scouts we encounter. It is well worth the effort!

Website Issues

We are still finding and fixing broken links. There are clearly more to be found. If you encounter a broken link, please take the time to send a message to the webmaster so he can get it fixed. Include the URL of the page that the link is located on and the specific link needing fixing. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

NASCAR Race November 3, 2019

Tickets Specially Priced for Scout Families!

Are your unit members aware that through our association with TMS for Circle Ten Xperience we can purchase tickets to races for $10 per person? What a great opportunity for family and Scout unit fun!!

The one event left this year with the $10 ticket special is the NASCAR race on November 3rd. Encourage your unit members to enjoy the excitement. Please "click here" for a flier to share.

powder hornPowder Horn November 1-3, 2019 and November 22-24, 2019

Powder Horn is a High Adventure Program Resource Course - Its purpose is to expose participants to many outdoor/high adventure activities. Participants are also exposed to the resources necessary to operate a successful High Adventure Program. Continue Reading

Youth Protection Training now available in both English and Spanish

On-line youth protection training may be found at You will need to create an account to take the training. All adults must have training to be registered scouters. Don't delay, make sure everyone in your unit has current youth protection training. This training must be taken every two years.

Wood Badge

Now is the time to make a New Year's resolution to get your Wood Badge Beads. This is advanced leadership training which will help you in and out of scouting. Here is a brand-new brochure which describes the program: Check out available courses here:

Wilderness First Aid classes


This is the 16-hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases. Courses will be offered in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020. More information will be available soon.

Contact: Mike Reisinger, 972-907-8949.

Range Safety Officer Certification

If you are interested in becoming an NRA Certified Instructor or Range Safety Officer to run shooting sports, the council holds instructor courses on a regular basis. More information:

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Our newsletter and website reach a very large audience in Northern Trail. If there is something scouting related which needs to be on the website or the newsletter, please don't keep it to yourself, let us know.

If we need to fix a broken link or have incorrect information, please take a moment and let us know.

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Looking for something in a recent newsletter? Several years of past newsletters may be found here.

Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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