Northern Trail District

What, How and Why

A few weeks ago we included John McCollum's updated blog post about the "Why" of scouting and it was well received. I thought I might update my earlier blog he referenced on the WHAT, the HOW and the WHY of the Boy Scout program.

Several years ago I saw a video on leadership and the presenter talked about success and he proposed that for most of us in thinking about a problem we start with what then proceed to how and then finally get to why. The what of course is the goal or end product and the how is the method and finally the why is the motivation.

His point was that to be successful we should start with why and then get to the how and what.

I suspect that in scouts we too often look at the what and how, long before we worry about the why.

As leaders and parents we do use a bit of deception in that we entice our children to get involved in scouts because of the how. The scouts see the fun, challenge and a chance to be with friends. Telling a young child that they need to participate in scouts because we want them to become a good citizen, is probably not going sell the program nearly as well as the opportunity to have some fun. Continue reading.

Live Training Opportunities

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, BALOO

BALOO training is an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.

BSA requires that at least one adult on a Pack overnighter be BALOO trained. Webelos Den Leaders camping as a den must be BALOO trained.

Who should attend -- Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Interest Adult Leaders More information

SM/ASM Leader Specific Training

"Scoutmaster/Assistant Specific" training is a two evening course which will expand on and clarify your understanding of the Scout program. The course addresses how and, most importantly, why Scouting works and will help you to insure the success of your scouts in your unit. This course is for all Unit Leaders, including Parents and Committee members. This class meets on two Wednesday evenings - Sept 26, 2018 & Oct 3, 2018 More information

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

“Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills” training is a companion course to Scoutmaster/Assistant Specific. This is a hands-on campout where you participate as your scout would in the actual planning and execution of a scout campout while advancing towards the rank of First Class. You will learn by doing at the direction of our experienced leadership team. Expect to learn a lot while having a very enjoyable experience. Advance registration and preparation is required. The event will be held the weekend of October 13, 2018 & October 14, 2018 at Camp Wisdom. Map. More information

Backcountry Advanced Training, BAT

BAT is an interactive course designed for those Individuals and Units who are preparing for a high-adventure trek and for those interested in organizing first time backcountry activities for their Unit.

The course is titled “Leave the Trailer Behind!” and is directed towards Individuals and Units that want to introduce more backpacking to their annual program. This is a great opportunity as a Unit activity for new or seasoned backpackers or to prepare for future backpacking treks.

Two classroom sessions are followed by a weekend backpacking campout adventure. The course features information and instruction detailing trek preparation, crew dynamics, and techniques of backpacking - hiking, camping, and preparing meals on the trail. Classroom sessions, Thursday October 11 & Thursday October 18, 2018, Campout, Friday October 26, 2018 thru Sunday October 28, 2018. More information

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.

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-Line Training Opportunities

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."

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. Questions can be emailed to


Oak Leaf November 17-18, 2018

Note date change! Oak Leaf is a junior leader experience designed to supplement Troop level training and prepare Scouts for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).

It is for Boy Scout youth, First Class Rank or above who will be serving in a leadership capacity within their Troop. Minimum age is 12 years old at time of course. More information

Calling all Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Explorers

A day of Venturing and socializing! Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shooting Sports - Pistol / Shotgun, Climbing Tower, Horseback Riding, Swimming and more. The event will be held at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp. More information here.


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

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.

    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,

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    John Slaughter
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