Northern Trail District

Roundtables This Week

Roundtables are for all parents and scout leaders. This is a great place to get information and ideas to help your scout get the most out of the scout program. Check it out!

Boy Scout Roundtable Tuesday September 12th, 7:00PM

Boy Scout Roundtable discussion in September will feature "an answer to every question you have about advancement." This open forum is designed for your unit's Advancement Chairperson, any leader in your unit who has questions about advancement and all parents of Boy Scouts. It will be conducted by our District Committee Advancement Chairman, Bob Faulkner.

Your take away will be up-to-date advancement information and resources for getting answers to future questions.

Advancement is one of the most important factors to having a successful Troop. Through advancement, our boys learn how to set goals, how to systematically achieve them and then publicly receive the reward of Advancement for completing their goals.

Advancement keeps scouts focused, if they don't advance they will drift away. Keep your Troop strong. Ensure each boy achieves advancement. Attend this important meeting.

Cub Scout Roundtable Thursday September 14th, 7:00PM

Cub scout cooking is going to be fun and we get to eat when we are done!! There are quite a few requirements that are required for Cub Scout advancement. Come join us at roundtable on September 14th at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Richardson 503 N. Central Expressway room 212 in the education building. Just think how fortunate you are as a Cub Scout leader to have monthly training and great resources available to you!

Cub-A-Palooza October 7-8, 2017 Camp Wisdom

Join us for a fun adventure at Cub-A-Palooza with activities for the entire family! The force is strong, so come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and compete for the best costume!

Accomplish rank achievements while you have fun with your pack and family. We’ll have activities all day and a carnival in the evening. If you are a Bear Den leader, plan and run a carnival game to accomplish an adventure.

Bring a tent and spend the night under the stars! More information and registration.

School Night for Scouting Planning Meeting -- Thursday September 14, 6:30PM FUMC

All School Night for Scouting (SNFS) dates will be set on Wed. Sept. 13.

Thursday, September 14th at 6:30 PM there will be a meeting held at the First United Methodist Church in Room 235 (or nearby) in the Education Building to discuss recruiting strategies and training. Dates for each Pack's SNFS will be given as well. It is important that all Pack Cubmasters attend. Any questions please contact our District Executive, Chad Caudle or Ken Niederer. Recruiting is critical to the success of your unit. With new scouts come new parents and some of them will become the leaders you need today.

District committee Training Workshop, East Central Service Area - Saturday, November 4, 2017

All current and incoming District Committee Members are required to attend this training workshop. Regardless of your "trained" status, please plan to attend one of the 6 Service Area trainings being held over the next 6 months. Registration in CampMaster now open. More information

Boy Scout Leader Specific / Outdoor Leader Training -- October 4,11

Registration is now available. Boy Scout Leader Specific is a two evening course which will expand on and clarify your understanding of the scout program. The course addresses how and why it works and will help you to insure the success of scouts in your unit. This course is for all adults including parents, committee members and front line leaders. This class meets on two Wednesday evenings, October 4th and October 11th.

The companion course, "Outdoor Leader Specific Training" is a hands on experience where you participate as your scout would in the actual planning and execution of a scout campout. You will learn by doing at the direction of an experienced leadership team. Expect to learn a lot and have a very enjoyable weekend experience. Advance registration and preparation is required. The event will be held Saturday-Sunday October 21-22 at Camp Wisdom. More information and registration.

Staff needed, please contact Steve Bloberger if you can help. Staffing is rewarding and fun!

Backcountry Advanced Training

Philmont bound? BAT is a two evening course and campout which will equip both adults and scouts with the knowledge and skill needed for a successful backcountry experience. Information and registration for Backcountry Advanced Training now available. Classes are October 12th and 19th. Campout is the weekend of October 27-29, 2017. More information and registration.

Day of Training

The key to success in all of the scout programs is training. A day of training is scheduled for Saturday October 14th at First United Methodist Church in Richardson. Details and registration now available. Offerings include Life to Eagle, Merit Badge Counselor, Chartered Organization Representative, Face to Face youth protection, Cubmaster Specific, Pack/Troop committee member training and Den Leader Specific Training. Be sure and save the date for a great day of training. More information and registration.

Oak Leaf Training

This training is for scouts First Class and above who are in or will be in leadership positions in their troop. Due to a schedule conflict, the dates have changed and will held the weekend of November 11 and 12th. Registration will be available soon on CampMaster. More information

2017 Northern Trail Video Contest

Hollywood has the Oscars®, Cannes has the Palme d’Or, Berlin has the Golden Bear and Northern Trail has the Camera d’Kaki? Camera d’Kaki? The Camera d’Kaki is the prize for the winner of the Peoples’ Choice winner of the 2017 Northern Trail Video Contest. The 2017 Northern Trail Video Contest is an opportunity to create either (1) a 30 to 60 second public service announcement or (2) a 3- to 5-minute mini documentary that could be used for recruiting Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts or Venturers. (The video may help fulfill the requirements for the Webelos Moviemaking elective or the Moviemaking Merit Badge.)

Any Northern Trail unit (Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Team, or Venture Crew) or any registered Boy Scout or Venturer in a unit in a Northern Trail District unit. The video can be created by an individual scout or a unit, but not more than one video may be submitted per unit. Except for Packs, one youth must be designated lead producer/director for the video. The video must be made in 2017. Entries must be submitted/uploaded between October 1 and November 1, 2017. If your unit would like more information, please contact Hank Voegtle at or 214-769-5040. More information

Philmont 2018 and 2019 Expeditions

Slots available for 2018 and lottery will open in October for 2019. More information

Popcorn Signup

If you have not signed up to sell PopCorn in the fall, please do so today. Sign-ups are being done through the CampMaster online reservation system. Only those designated in CampMaster as a leader will be able to sign the unit up. If you are not designated as a leader, but you want to sign the unit up, please use the form found below. You can return it via email or fax to 214-902-6789.

Sign up using CampMaster here.
Or fill out this form and submit via fax or mail.

For more information, check out the council PopCorn Webpage.
District Popcorn Kernel: Patti Otte

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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