Northern Trail District

New Leaders and Parents

Are you a NEW scout parent, Den Leader or Cubmaster? Is your NEW Cub Scout SOOO excited about joining Cub Scouts and you are wondering: “What have I gotten into?” Would you like to get a jump start on this "Cub Master", "Den Leader" or Scout Parent thing? Would it be worth 1.5 hours on a Saturday afternoon? Scouting is fun, rewarding and will enhance the quality time with your child. Don't be afraid, lend a hand, scouting depends on volunteers like you.

Scouting is a well-developed program and there are aims and methods which are key to making it work. If you understand the program and have a plan it's much easier. You will have better success, your scouts will have fun, benefit from the program and you will be much more efficient with the time invested. The key is training, don't reinvent the wheel! You will be with others who have similar questions and learn about resources that will help you get through the entire year, actually all the way to Webelos. Training is Saturday afternoon November 3rd. More information and registration.

Troop and Venturing Leaders - We know that there a lot of new things going on in BSA at the Cub Level. Let’s get prepared for this and NEXT year when we will feel the change. Merit Badge Counselor, Troop Committee Challenge and Chartered Org Rep Training will be held Saturday morning November 3rd. Signup today, get trained, organized and ready to Lead!

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!

More Training

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New more comprehensive training is now in place and unless you've taken the new course, your card is out of date!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 must have to have the new card. 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 Re-charter time is coming soon and the process can't be completed until 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. All 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

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

Oak Leaf Course in Blackland Prairie District.

November 17 & 18th, 2018 @ Camp Wisdom, Blackland Prairie has an Oak Leaf Training session and Northern Trail Scouters may attend. Oak Leaf is for any young scout who has earned their 1st Class rank. This training will help you understand the patrol method and ensure scout skills for success. As the first leadership training course for scout, it is a pre-requisite for National Youth Leadership Training which teaches leadership and team building skills to be a successful Patrol Leader. Taught by older Scouts, attendees will learn through doing tasks in the EDGE method and the stages of group development. $35 per scout. YOUTH STAFF is needed to lead! Contact Theresa Kaualoku More information click here.

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.

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:

Powder Horn April 5-7,2019 and April 12-14,2019

Powder Horn is a High Adventure Program Resource Course - It's 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

School Night For Scouting

Northern Trail District and Unit Leaders and Members,
Thanks to everyone who helped recruit these new scouts. We are way up from prior years. Details available soon.

Roundtables FUMC, 7:00 Thursday November 8, 2018

The Scouts, Cubscouts and Venturing Roundtable for November will be combined. The topic will be Adult Recognition. Come and explore various ways to recognize adult volunteers.

Volunteers are important! Volunteers are appreciated. Do we ever tell them that though? It's a proven fact that people appreciated being recognized for their efforts. This is the time of year for official recognition at the unit, district and council levels. The what's, where's, when's and how to submit nominations for the various awards will be discussed. Roundtable will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday November 8th at 7:00PM, in the Education building, Room 230. Map


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

Today is the last day to sign up on-line. Get signed up Now! 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 November 16th

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

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:

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

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 and nomination forms 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

Have Something for the Newsletter or Website?

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.

Don't keep the newsletter to yourself! Everyone in your unit should be receiving the newsletter and be aware of the website. Signup is easy, just send them to: Newsletter Signup

More on the website.

Looking for something in a recent newsletter? Several years of past newsletters may be found here.

Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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