Northern Trail District


Thank you to everyone who attended the popcorn kickoff.

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

The best source for up to date information and training tools is:

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.

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


CTX Help Needed

Join us on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm as we build and construct activities for the Cub Scout Midway at Circle Ten Xperience to be held on Saturday, November 10. Your cheerful service will DEFINITELY be appreciated! Scouts, Leaders, Parents, and Siblings are all welcome…we will put you to work! Continue reading

Calling all Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Explorers

The Gathering is almost here!
Saturday September 22, Camp Trevor Reese Jones
More information

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

Webelos Woods is district-organized event that culminates in a weekend of fun outdoor activities with the intent of providing opportunities for advancement and to aid with the Webelos-to-Scout transition. Webelos and their adult partner will get an interactive preview of the Scouting program through a series of fun-filled activities accentuating the scouting experience. Continue reading

Northern Trail to Adventure

Saturday October 6th. Join us for a fun-filled weekend at Northern Trail to Adventure with activities for the entire family! Sometimes, it is easy for Cub Scouts to become tired and want to quit while out on a hike. But looking forward to seeing what is “over the horizon” keeps them going. Register on CampMaster, Read more

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.



Come to Round table - any one of them that will help your unit. Cub Scout Round Table offers a great variety of programs, games, and advancement ideas that can help your Pack move forward. Boy Scout Round Table offers a variety of guest speakers that provide valuable information on running a program in your troop or invite that guest speaker to your troop meeting as a program. Venturing Round Table offers all sorts of ideas and plans for offering high adventure to the youth in Venturing.

If you can't attend, ask someone in your unit to attend. Switch out who attends. Maybe one person wants to attend all. Just come and get free training once a month! Thurday 9/13/18, 7:00PM, First United Methodist Church, Education Building RM230 Map

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 Here are some YPT Training Tips to make the process a little easier. Questions can be emailed to 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

Dates for November of this year and 2019 are now in place. This is the 16 hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases.

Contact: Mike Reisinger, 972-907-8949.

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

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:

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

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 to see what courses are available.

On the Calendar

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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