Northern Trail District

Unit Advancement Chair

One of the Methods of scouting is Advancement. The advancement chair is vital to this effort as he or she is tasked with encouraging scouts to advance, helps create the opportunities for advancement. In addition, the advancement chair is responsible for record keeping and properly submitting the correct forms to the council service center and secures the badges and certificates. This is an important position and it is critical that this person be detail oriented and reliable. The advancement chair or proxy provides a report at every unit committee meeting.

On the Calendar

Scouts BSA Roundtable

Earning the Eagle badge involves a lot of steps and the final hurdle is the successful approval, planning and execution of the Eagle project. The August roundtable will focus on this process and give you the tools to advise Eagle candidates in your unit. 7:00 Thursday August 8, 2019, First United Methodist Church. Education Building Map

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is advanced leadership training for adults which is applicable both in and out of scouting. Here is a promotional video which describes the program. Now is the time get your Wood Badge Beads. More information here

BSA Parents

Have you heard of the newly formed organization BSA Parents?
BSA Parents is a 501c(4) not-for-profit that was started by parents of Scouts and friends of the BSA. We started this organization to help tell the stories of Scouts and the important role Scouting plays in our communities and in our country. BSA Parents is made up of parents of Scouts and friends of the BSA. Anyone who believes in our mission and wants to help and/or share their story can do so here at

The mission of BSA Parents is to recruit, inform and amplify voices of those who believe:

The Boy Scouts of America serves an invaluable purpose in building character and instilling values in America’s youth, and shaping the leaders of tomorrow. As parents, family members and friends of the BSA, pledge your support for this organization and the value that it brings to communities.

Where can I get more information and get more involved? If you haven’t already, be sure to take the pledge and share your Scouting stories. For more information on activities or how you can help promote the importance of Scouting in your areas, please visit

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.

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:

Have Something for the Newsletter or Website?

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.

Don't keep the newsletter to yourself! Everyone in your unit should be receiving the newsletter and be aware of the website. Signup is easy, just send them to: Newsletter Signup

More on the website.

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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