DRAFT Sunday August 26, 2018

Northern Trail District


We say over and over again that "Scouts Deserve Trained Leaders." Training is essential to implement a safe and enjoyable program. In addition to the primary goals, leaders who are trained can deliver the promise of scouting with less effort. Training is a great way to understand scouting leadership roles before making the commitment to take on a leadership position. Send those parents who are resisting volunteering to training with no strings attached! More on why training.

Youth Protection Training This means you!

New more comprehensive training is now in place and unless you've taken the new course, your card is out of date! 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. Take the course at my.scouting.org. Here are some YPT Training Tips to make the process a little easier. Questions can be emailed to 571CircleTenTraining@scouting.org. Don't wait until the last minute to get this done. You won't be able to re-charter unless the adults in your unit have up-to-date training. The whole process can be completed in about an hour. Allocate the time now and get it out of the way! More information

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. More information

Live Training Opportunities

Day of Training, Saturday October 27, 2018

With the new leaders coming on board this fall, we are planning a day of training for these new Cub Scout Leaders. More information will be available soon.

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. Classroom sessions Thursday 10/11/18 & Thursday 10/18/18. Campout Campout, Friday 10/26-28,2018. 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 will be held in November 2018 and several courses in 2019. Actual dates and more information will be available soon. Contact: Mike Reisinger, mj1234r@sbcglobal.net 972-907-8949.

School Night for Scouting

All indications are that this is going to be a great year for scout recruiting. We have better access to the schools than ever before and we are now recruiting girls. Adding girls to the mix will make it possible for many families to participate who found it difficult because of busy schedules. This makes it a true family activity and this is going to really help. Continue reading


Thank you to everyone who attended the popcorn kickoff.

If you missed the kickoff, please contact Tim McConville, District Popcorn Chair, at tmcconville@cmamanagement.com to register your unit and to arrange to get the needed materials.

The best source for up to date information and training tools is: https://circleten.ihubapp.org/c/popcorn/feed.

The next big date coming up is August 27th. This is the deadline for initial Show and Sell orders.

Popcorn sales is a great way for scouts in all divisions to earn money to cover unit dues, uniforms and summer camp expenses. The public believes in scouting and they want to help by purchasing popcorn. With just a little effort, scouts can earn money and help support the council at the same time. Attention Popcorn Kernels! The sale not only builds leadership and confidence but it allows a Scout to learn the value of earning their own way.

Remember to sign up your unit in the Trails End System. The link to sign up and/or sign in is here.


Webelos Woods, Trevor Rees-Jones 9/28-30/2018

Webelos Woods this year will allow Webelos to camp independently; and, do not have to be attached to a Boy Scout Troop in order to participate. Dens may attend and camp on their own, each as a separate unit, preparing their own meals in the same way as Scout Troops. Continue reading

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

The Gathering is coming soon!
Saturday September 22, Camp Trevor Reese Jones
More information

Circle Ten Xperience 2018 (CTX2)!

Coming November 9-12, 2018 Texas Motor Speedway. Time to get signed up and join the fun. Volunteers needed. Online trading post is open. The window of opportunity to purchase a staff hat closes 9/15/2018. Continue reading.

Camporee, March 22-24, 2019

We have a firm date and location for the spring Camporee. Be sure and save the date and plan to attend.

Where: Camp Constantin Map
When: March 22-24, 2019
Campsites: Total of 14 campsites reserved.
Facilities: Rifle Range, Shotgun Range, Archery Range, Health Lodge, Dining Hall, and Kitchen reserved.

More information coming soon.

Scout BSA, Girls' Program, Information Session

Beginning February 1, 2019 Girls can form and join a BSA troop and become Eagle Scouts. Troop 890 is offering an information session on August 24, 2018 at 7:00PM to gauge interest in a creating a girl troop. Location: Lake Highlands United Methodist Church 9015 Plano Rd, Dallas, TX 75238. Map A flyer with more information may be found here

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: c10shootingsports.org.

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 MiltonCatalinaSr@twc.com

Family Scouting: Top 10 Questions ... Answered

Introduction of girls into the program, answers to questions here

University of Scouting, Saturday January 5,2019

Save the date. University of Scouting is a smorgasbord of learning opportunities. There is something for everyone. Scouts deserve trained leaders and it will make your job easier too! It will be held at Southern Methodist University. More information will be available soon.

Wood Badge

Have you been considering taking Wood Badge but procrastinating signing up? Perhaps now is the time! Go to www.circleten.org/wood-badge to see what courses are available.

On the Calendar

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More on the website. northerntrail.circleten.org

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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