Northern Trail District

On the Calendar

Day of Training Saturday October 12th.

Scouts deserve trained leaders. Training makes all the difference. You may think you understand the program, but scouting is a unique activity and is not about entertainment. Scouting is about character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. This is accomplished through the methods of scouting which are proven to be effective. Want to know more? Come to a "Day of Training" this coming Saturday, October 12th.

What: Training for Scouts BSA, Cub Scout leaders and committee members.
Where: The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany Map
Who: Adult Leaders and Parents
More details and registration here.

School Night for Scouting

The schedule may be found here.

We still have a few rallies left to do. Please ensure you are following up with those that attended but did not fill out an application that evening.

Don’t forget online applications, there are many units with applications awaiting Unit Leader acceptance. Adults can only be accepted by the COR. If you have any questions please reach out to our DE Jorge Salazar at

Watch the newsletter and website for updates. Plan on participating and help grow scouting in our district. Our goal is to recruit 650 new scouts!

Oak Leaf Training 11/16-17/2019

What: Oak Leaf is a junior leader experience designed to supplement Troop level training and prepare Scouts for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).
When: November 16-17, 2019 Arrive at 8:00 November 16th, Dismiss at 11:30am November 17, 2019
Where: Camp Wisdom
Who: Scouts, both boys and girls, There will be a girl troop and a boy troop.
Requirements: Minimum age 12 at time of course. Boys must be first class and above, however girls with approval, may have this requirement waved for this session.
Registration now available. More information

Popcorn Sales

Hope everyone is having fun with their Scouts selling popcorn.

More information on the iHub Popcorn Page. Contact Tim McConville if you have questions.

Webelos Archery and BB Gun Activity Pins

Troop 778 is sponsoring this activity. Weekend October 25-27, 2017 at Camp Constantin. Wolves and Bear cub scouts are welcome as well. However, they should have a parent or guardian with them for this trip. No Tigers or Lions for this activity.
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 More information here.

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.

Webelos Woods, 11/8/2019 - 11/10/2019

This introduction to Scouts BSA is for Webelos I and II, Cub Leaders, Scouts BAS units and Leaders. It will be held at Camp James Ray on Lake Texoma. about 70) miles North from Richardson)
Webelos Woods is a great time for Webelos 1 & 2 to earn some Adventures toward their Arrow of Light Award.
This year’s event is to be held on November, 8-10, 2019.
It is encouraged that Webelos Dens begin Camping with a scout Troop of their choice, as a means to determine which Troop To Cross-Over. This year’s format is different, and will allow Den Leaders to sign-up their Dens for the Adventures of their choice. It is recommended that Dens schedule in advance, or at check-in on Friday night. Each Den is encouraged to have a scout from their Host Troop to serve as a guide, and help the Den negotiate the day’s events. This Den Guide should be present at the time of scheduling. Ms. Vickie Fierova will be available to help recruit Den Guides and help in scheduling, as will Ms. Curly Top Welch. And Ms Barbra Richter will help with Registration. More information.

Adult Recognition Deadlines approaching!

Silver Beaver Deadline: November 22, 2019

Scouting is possible only because of the tireless work of countless volunteers. You will find these volunteers in your unit, organizing events, helping with activities and working directly with the youth. They are the parents, committee members, Den Leaders, Scout Leaders and Venturing Advisers. Beyond the unit at the district level are volunteers who mentor unit leaders as unit commissioners. District volunteers also work to offer training and district activities. Other volunteers work to help start new units and recruit new scouts. Then there are those who work on the critical task of raising the need funds for council operations. At the council level, volunteers serve in many of the same capacities but at a larger scale.

It is fitting that we recognize these volunteers at all levels and a mechanism is in place to do just that. At the unit level we have the Y.E.S. award which recognizes volunteers in individual units. At the district level we have the District Award of Merit and the Robert E. Little Award. Finally at the council level we have the Silver Beaver Award. Nominations come from the scouting community and that means you. Please take a minute and review the awards and consider someone you know who should be recognized. More information and nomination forms may be found here. Questions to: Dr. Harry Yankuner

Wilderness First Aid classes for 2019 & 2020


This is the 16-hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases. These classes fill quickly so sign up today to be ready for the summer.

Contact: Mike Reisinger, 972-907-8949.

University of Scouting January 4, 2020

You can join us for a full day of Scout training on Jan. 4, 2020, at SMU in Dallas. There is something for everyone. Register by November 24, 2019 and save some money.

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. (Corrected link)

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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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