Northern Trail District

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School Night for Scouting

Get all the answers and keys to success at the August Roundtable: Thursday August 9th at 7:00PM. Location: First United Methodist Church, Richardson. Map

School Rally Schedule may be found: here.

We have many logistical, communication, and coordination actions to plan for and review with all of our leaders and volunteers. We will start the communication of the School Night activities and responsibilities at the August 9th Roundtable.

NOTE: District Committee meeting Starts at 6:30PM

Combined Commissioner Staff and District Committee Meetings, Tuesday August 7th. 6:30PM FUMC

This will be a combined meeting starting at 6:30PM. The primary purpose is for Council School Night for Scouting Planning and Training. This is a very important meeting, so please plan to attend.


Cub Scout Round table! Thursday August 9th. 7:00PM

Free? Free Training? OMG! Sign me up! Come join us the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. for Cub Scout Round Table! Get there and hear all the announcements for the district, meet other people in your same situation and learn how to improve your Cub Scout program. August will help guide us into introducing girls into the Cub Scout program, recruiting boys and girls and the Lion program! All kinds of exciting changes happening with Cub Scouts. Oh my, Lions, Tigers, Bears (Wolves and Webelos!). There is no place like Home (Packs)! Thursday August 9th. 7:00PM, First United Methodist Church, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX. Map

OA Meeting Tuesday August 21th. 7:00PM

Our first OA meeting is on August 21st, at Heights park, at 7pm. After that, we will go back to being on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30, at FUMCR, Room 230A of the Education Building.

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 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, More information, Unit Registration and Tentative schedule.

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 Kickoff

Popcorn Hub Feed

Attention Popcorn Kernels! Please mark your calendar to attend the Popcorn Kickoff on Tuesday August 14, 2018 at 7PM at Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, 8525 Audelia Rd, Dallas, TX 75238 Map. This kickoff will provide training as well all the materials your unit will need to begin your sale.

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 over the 9,400 mark! Over 220+ 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!

The first edition of GUIDE YOUR XPERIENCE is now available for leaders and participants alike. Similar to a traditional leader's guide, the GUIDE will provide information you and your families need to know about the event. This edition of the GUIDE has exciting details about the planned program (WHAT TO DO), details for taking advantage of trading post pre-orders (SHOPPING), and answers to questions about facilities (PLAN YOUR VISIT). As the event draws near, the GUIDE will be updated with details on finalizing your reservation, campsite assignments, wrist-band pick-ups, arrival instructions, maps and activity schedules.

How do you get the GUIDE YOUR XPERIENCE? Join the Circle Ten Council Hub

Once you've joined, be sure to select (subscribe) to the CTX2 GUIDE YOUR XPEREINCE channel. The GUIDE YOUR XPERIENCE is designed for participants, too, so everyone attending the event should be on the HUB. Please share this within your unit.

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.

    Philmont Opportunity 2019

    Troop 777 at Saint Joseph’s has a 12 day trek to Philmont 2019 that can be transferred to another unit by paying the $500 deposit made by their unit. The trek is in July. First round of payments due to Philmont by October 1st is $435/person. The group purchasing this trek needs to come up with a minimum of 7 participants in order to secure this trek. Contact: Milton J. Catalina, 469-955-4209

    Live Training Opportunities

    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

    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. Weekend of October 13-14, 2018

    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, Interested Adult Leaders 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 2018-2019

    This is the 16 hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases.

    A course may be held in November 2018 if there is sufficient interest, otherwise they will begin in January 2019. 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

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    John Slaughter
    Northern Trail Communications Committee

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