Northern Trail District

Upcoming Events & Required Actions

Cub-a-Palooza a Big Success

Over 700 people participated in Cub-a-Palooza on Saturday and had a great time. Pictures coming soon! Thanks to everyone who helped make it a success.

Adult Recognition

This is the time of the year we think about who in Northern Trail should be recognized for their scouting efforts; this can be at the unit and/or district and council level.

At the unit level we have the Y.E.S.-Your Extraordinary Service Award, each unit can nominate 2 adults and 1 more for every additional 50 youth in the unit. Adults activity at district level- OA and District Committee can be nominated as well. The unit determines who receives the award.

The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by the district at their annual dinner. This person could have chaired one event or/and been involved in many scouting activities. A district committee selects the awardees from the nominations.

The Robert E. Little Award is a district award for long service to scouting. The district selects one person each year.

Additional information along with nomination forms for these three awards are found at Additional supporting information can be included for the District Award of Merit and Robert E. Little awards. The deadline for each of these is Dec 1, 2016

The Silver Beaver is a the highest council award for scouters. The district gathers the nominations and forwards them to council. These scouters have made significant contributions to the scouting movement over a number of years. Additional information and forms are found at Additional supporting information can be added. The deadline is Nov 1, 2016.

Re-Charter Time is Coming

It is time to re-charter your unit. Every adult must have a current Youth Protection card. Either the on-line version or the face-to-face version. Face-to-face is required for some activities like Twilight Camp and Summer Camp. Leaders must have specific training for their position. Avoid the rush, start working re-charter now! Re-charter Checklist

Fall Training, Get signed up today!

Want your child to be successful in scouts? Improve the odds, get trained and you will have the tools to facilitate success.

Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training begins Wednesday October 12, This course is for adult leaders and parents in Boy Scout units. Leaders who work directly with boys in a unit should attend. This course will teach you about organization, operation, outdoor program and role of the adult leader in a troop.

Day of Training, Saturday, October 15, 2016

Why sit in front of a computer screen for hours? Come to Day of Training and get all the training required AND connect/network with other adult leaders. AND, get answers to your training questions from the experts!

BALOO Training October 22, 2016, Learn how to plan and execute a safe and fun cub outdoor activity. Register online. Sign-in: 8:30am, class starts 9:00am, ends 2:30pm. Lunch included with course.

Backcountry Advanced Training Thursday, October 20th, Thursday October 27 and weekend of November 4-6, 2016, Philmont bound? This is the course for you! Adults and older scouts.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills October 28-30, 2016, Learn how insure a safe and successful Boy Scout outdoor program. Learn by doing and have a ton of fun at the same time. For Adult Leaders and parents.

Fall Oak Leaf

Oak Leaf will be held the weekend of November 12 and 13th.

Oak Leaf is a junior leader experience designed to supplement Troop level training and prepare Scouts for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).

Oak Leaf is highly recommended by Circle 10 as preparation for NYLT.

Webpage here. Registration for participants and staff now available.

The Popcorn Game Is On!

The deadline for turning in completed sales forms this year is Friday, October 14. Your Scout can earn up to 28% of his total popcorn sales revenue, money which can be used to fund his Scouting activities throughout the year. With a brand new product from CAMP MASTERS and the chance to win great prizes, excitement about popcorn sales is hopefully running high within your unit. For more information about our new popcorn vendor, visit

As an added bonus, customers can support both Scouting AND the military through a $25 or $40 Military Donation. What a great opportunity to show our military how much we appreciate their service. If you have any questions about popcorn sales, you are welcome to call Patti or Trey Otte, Northern Trail District Popcorn Kernels. Here’s to a great year of popcorn sales! Patti - 214.405.4718; Trey 214.402.4718;

Leader Appreciation Luncheon at Camp Wisdom!, October 8th

Sign up today for the Leader Appreciation Lunch October 8th at Camp Wisdom. We had just over 100 people attend last year to explore over 30 booths of program features within Circle Ten and our four outstanding area camps.

Each unit should choose two people to attend this luncheon in their honor. Suggested attendees are decision makers in the unit’s program. BALOO Trained adults, Cub Masters, Scout Master, Advisors, Skippers, Outdoor Committee Members, Senior Patrol Leaders, Crew Presidents, Boatswains, or any other leader that can use the information and needs to meet the people involved in all of these programs.

This is sure to be another great event. Lunch is provided by the Order of the Arrow Bistro and a small token of appreciation for all the program planning these folks do will be given out as well. More information including a registration link to come. Questions – contact Kim Huff (

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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