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The importance of Adult Leader Training

Baden Powell said: "Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster's own personal example."

We encourage our scouts to learn scoutcraft and advance through the ranks, but we are better equipped to help them if we are trained ourselves. Adult Leader Training is a course recommended for every adult participating in the Scouting BSA program. This course teaches how a youth-led troop is run and what we, as adults can do to help them on their scouting journey. We teach the aims and methods of scouting. Methods of leadership are also discussed, when is best to be a coach and when is best to be a mentor. The goal of this course is to give you the tools to provide you scouts the best program possible.

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills is the continuation of the Adult Leader Training. This is a campout where we demonstrate and explain best practices for successful camping. The course covers the basics of camping and outdoor scoutcraft: orienteering, pioneering, cooking, first aid, wood tools, fire building, proper campsite set ups and leave no trace. This course covers requirements of scouts in Trail to First Class. We model the BSA campout experience from Flag raising to Scout’s Own Service.

Together the two courses will give you the designation of “Trained Adult Leader” We encourage everyone to take this course. Not only will you learn from our staff, but you also learn from the participants in other units.

Training Checkup

Scouts deserve trained leaders and some training is required. Every registered adult must have current Youth Protection Training. This training is good for two years and may be obtained online. In addition front line leaders must be position trained. Don't delay get trained. You can check your training record online and obtain training online in addition to live training opportunities within Northern Trail. Go to and log into to your account, if you don't have an account then set one up. Questions to Lester Cox:

Aviator Camp-out on October 5-6, 2019 at Camp Wisdom

Cub Scout families are cordially invited to attend the Aviator Camp-out on October 5-6, 2019 at Camp Wisdom.
Families should plan to arrive Saturday morning to set up camp and join in on the activities. Camping is not required but is highly encouraged in order to enjoy our campfire program and the camping experience.

Meals, included in your fee, are Saturday lunch and dinner as well as Sunday breakfast.
Events fees are as follows: youth are $25 and all Adults are $15.

For questions concerning the event, please email the Event Chair, Don Birdsong at: or Michael Garcia:

Webelos Archery and BB Gun Activity Pins

Troop 778 is sponsoring this activity. Weekend October 25-27, 2017 at Camp Constantin. If your unit is interested in completing the requirements for Webelos Archery and BB Gun Activities this is the activity for you. If you are interested, please contact Jim McKnight at

Backcountry Advanced Training

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 camp-out adventure. The course features information and instruction detailing trek preparation, crew dynamics, and techniques of backpacking - hiking, camping, and preparing meals on the trail. Read more and register.

School Night For Scouting

This is the time of year that we focus on recruiting. Our scouts grow up and move on to adulthood and it's critical that new scouts come in to replace them. With new scouts come new parents and from these new parents a new generations of leaders. To keep delivering the promise of scouting we must recruit! School rallies are now being scheduled and every unit will need to help with the new recruits. If you have questions, please contact Jorge Salazar (214)-738-3418.

Philmont Fall Training, Ride Share

If you are going to Philmont for the fall Training Week, Sept 14-21 and would like to find others who would like to share the ride. Contact Mike Reisinger,, 972-907-8949

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

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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