Northern Trail District

Why I Became a Commissioner

By: Hank Voegtle, Assistant District Commissioner

On Friday nights in Miami, Florida, Boy Scout Troop 344 held its meetings. In 1967, the troop committee had just selected its third Scoutmaster, Mr. D. The new Scoutmaster had impressive credentials-military service in World War II, college on the GI Bill, including graduate degrees, and was a professor at a local college. He had even been a scout as a youth. Perhaps the only negative was that the Scoutmaster candidate had been stateside for most of the war, while the members of the committee had been deployed overseas. However, this was somewhat offset by his having been a drill instructor. The new Scoutmaster eased into his role. While we scouts had some formation organization under our prior Scoutmasters, that was limited to spacing commands- “Dress Right, DRESS,” and “Cover, Recover.” The new Scoutmaster accepted this at first. Then we attended a district camporee and our movement there was the typical disorganization of adolescent males. The Scoutmaster was embarrassed by our behavior, even though we properly aligned ourselves as we reached each station..... Continue reading.

Philmont Scout Ranch Closed for 2018 Season 7/5/18

(From the Philmont website) After careful consideration of the situation and available options, the difficult but prudent decision has been made that the Philmont backcountry will remain closed for treks and individual programs for the remainder of the 2018 summer season. This means that the following programs scheduled for this summer are canceled: 7- and 12-day treks; and individual backcountry programs, including Rayado, ROCS, Trail Crew, STEM and Ranch Hands. More information.

Youth Protection Training

We now have only one approved Youth Protection Certificate and everyone will have to have the new card by October 1st. To protect not only our youth, but adult volunteers as well, this course has been updated to clearly define how we implement the program. For Summer camp this year, a valid Face-to-Face YPT card will be acceptable, but will be invalid after October 1st 2018. If you need an approved card for Summer Camp, take the course at Here are some YPT Training Tips to make the process a little easier.

Now is a great time to get needed training completed and out of the way. Hazardous Weather Training is required for front line leaders. There are a world of on-line training courses available on A great example is the driving safety course. Even with more than fifty years of driving, I learned a few good tips watching this class. Remember you can't re-charter your unit unless every adult has the undated YPT training certificate. Avoid the rush, get it done now.

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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 program has a two year expiration.

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."

Advanced Training

The Northern Trail Training team will offer a number of live training opportunities in the fall including BALOO which is outdoor leader orientation for Cub Scout leaders, BAT, which is a comprehensive back-country advanced training course, Adult Leader Specific training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. For Boy Scouts, Oak Leaf will be offered as well. Check the calendar for dates and times and more information will be added to the website and calendar as planning progresses.

Popcorn Kickoff

The Northern Trail Popcorn Kickoff on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 7:00 p.m. at Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, 8525 Audelia Rd, Dallas. Map This kickoff will provide training as well all the materials units will need to begin their sale. Popcorn Hub Feed

Scouting units run on popcorn...and hike and camp and swim, too. The sale not only builds leadership and confidence but it allows a Scout to learn the value of earning their own way.

Questions: Tim McConville, District Popcorn Chair

Calling all Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Explorers

A day of Venturing and socializing! Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The program for this year is still developing, but the event will be at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp. More information here.

Circle Ten Xperience 2018 (CTX2)!

CTX2's participant registrations are nearing the 9,000 mark! Over 200 units have already added the BIGGEST EVENT to their calendars! What are you waiting for? If it’s more information, we’ve got you covered!

NEW CHANNEL COMING TO CTX channel! ASK ME ABOUT CTX2! will be appearing soon! If you’ve got questions, we’ve got your answers! Is your unit registered? Are you aware of the benefits of registering early?

Other Recognitions:
  • Unit with the highest percentage of members registered by close of online registration - Back stage passes to meet the band.
  • Unit with most people registered at close of online registration - Preferred seating at the Big Show.
  • District with the highest percentage participation of units - A campership for a Scout from their district to Summer Camp.
  • 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! The Admin Team could use help with Registration and the Trading Post.

    CTX2 Online Trading Post Is Now Open!

    The time has come...visit the CTX2 Online Trading Post today and purchase your swag!
    To access the store, please go here. Your best opportunity to get all the CTX2 memorabilia you crave is to preorder it here. There are no guaranties that all online items will be available at CTX2 in November. There are three collections to shop from: Featured Patches, Participant Products, and Staff Products. The Staff Products are limited to persons serving on the Event Staff and that section is password protected.

    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,

    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.

    On the Calendar

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    Yours in Scouting,

    John Slaughter
    Northern Trail Communications Committee

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