Northern Trail District

Northern Trail District and Unit Leaders and Members,
Just a few more weeks to go for School Night for Scouting. We are close to making our NT 600 Goal! Be sure and participate at your school. Continue reading and view schedule.

Popcorn Key Dates

Please contact Tim McConville, District Popcorn Chair, at for assistance. The best source for up to date information and training tools is:


Webelos Woods Recap

Webelos Woods was a great success. Thanks to everyone who participated and staffed this event. A recap of the activities may be found here.

AT&T Stadium Scout Sleepover

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00am continue reading.

Jamboree-On-The-Air October 19-21, 2018

Jamboree-On-The-Air (J.O.T.A.) is a great day of fun for everyone. Flyer with lots of detailed information about the activity. This year it will be at Camp Wisdom, October 19-21. Camp for the weekend, or just visit for the day, it's a great way for your unit to have a fun, informative and entertaining activity, and it is free.
For more details, visit: or Contact your Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner James Wells at for more information.

Circle Ten Xperience 2018 (CTX2)! Nov 9-12th

NO NEED TO PANIC about CTX registration! We know Packs are having landmark recruiting success, and we want EVERYONE to have the opportunity to attend this great event. We also understand it's a lot of work to get new families "on board," the paperwork done, inform them about events and collect payments. Here's what you need to know in a nutshell: Continue reading.

SMU Scout Night NOV 16

SMU vs Memphis: Scout Night Campout at SMU Football Game Gerald J. Ford Stadium, 5800 Ownby Dr Dallas, Texas 75205 Friday, November 16, 8:00pm. Attend the game and participate in a campout ON THE FIELD after the game! More information

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.

Twilight Camp, June 3-7, 2019

Help Wanted: Planning for next summer's Twilight Camp is well under way. There are several significant positions that need to be filled. For more information, please contact Hank Voegtle at 214-769-5040 or


Roundtables This coming Thursday, 10/11/18, 7:00PM. First United Methodist Church Richardson Education Building, Room 230. Map

Come to Round table, Cub, Scout or Venturing - bring back valuable ideas and information which will help your unit. Every unit should send someone each month.

The October Roundtable will be a joint activity and dedicated to the annual re-charter activity.

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

Train-O-Ree This coming Saturday, October 13, 2018

These FREE courses are intended to provide Cubmasters and den leaders with the information and tools they need to successfully fulfill their responsibility in the Cub Scout pack. Camp Wisdom Leadership Center Continue reading

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

This coming weekend, please sign up immediately as advanced preparation is required. “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

This coming weekend, please sign up immediately as advanced preparation is required. 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

Training begins this coming Thursday! Please sign up today. 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

Day of Training Saturday November 3, 2018

Training for Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing Leaders. Check out the details and signup here. Location The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 421 Custer Rd. Richardson, TX Map Leaders send others in your unit to training!

Wilderness First Aid Class

Venturing Crew 138 has made arrangements for a Wilderness and Remote First Aid course to be held April 6, and 7, 2019 in the Mesquite, Texas area. The actual location has not yet been determined. This course is conducted by American Red Cross Trainer Eric Kidder. For more information, please contact Clark Allen at

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

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:

Adult Recognition

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 may be found here.

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! The next available course is: Wood Badge 128 - Camp Wisdom January 25-27, 2019 and February 8-10, 2019 Should this course not work for you, please visit to see all available courses.

On the Calendar

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Our newsletter and website reaches a very large audience in Northern Trail. If there is something scouting related which needs to be on the website or the newsletter, please don't keep it to yourself, let us know.

If we need to fix a broken link or have incorrect information, please take a moment and let us know.

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More on the website.

Several years of past newsletters may be found here.

Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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