Northern Trail District

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

This introduction to Scouts BSA is for Webelos I and II, Cub Leaders, Scouts BSA 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 is a weekend of fun outdoor activities with the intent of providing opportunities for advancement and to aid with the Webelos-to-Scout transition. Webelos and their adult partner will get an interactive preview of the Boy Scouting program through a series of fun-filled activities accentuating the scouting experience.
Contact Jorge Salazar for questions. Jorge.Salazar@scouting.org Registration is now available.More information and registration.

Unit Re-charter Time

The annual re-charter process is under way. This process is not difficult, but there are a lot of details to consider. If you are the unit chair, now is the time to pull together the information you need to complete the process. Everyone else needs to support the process by completing the needed paperwork, submitting your fees and completing your youth protection training. Unit leaders should collect Background Check forms from every adult even ones who are primary elsewhere. This includes youth participants 18 years and older. Please don’t wait until the last minute! Don't forget, membership fees have increased. More information and forms.

National Membership Fees are Going Up

Due to increased costs, fees are going up. You can find more informations here. Keep in mind that everything is more expensive these days, but scouting continues to be a great value. Unit key-3's should expect to hear from your unit commissioner about the fee increase.

Registration Fee Assistance

The council has come up with a plan to help families with the fee increase. more information may be found here.

Popcorn Sales Can Help!

In support of our units and families that may need additional time to raise funds to pay for the newly announced BSA fees, Circle Ten Council is offering an opportunity for units to continue selling popcorn beyond the original October 28th completion date OR for units not currently participating to SIGN UP and start selling until December 2nd!

What does this mean? More information here. Contact Tim McConville tdmcconville@gmail.com if you have questions.

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 8:00am 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

Oak Leaf Staff Needed for the Boy Troop

Scouts or adults who can serve as staff members for the upcoming Oak Leaf course are needed. Scout staff must have completed Oak Leaf Training in the past and be at least First Class. Register on-line here.
If interested, please contact the course director, Steve Bloberger at steve_bloberger@icloud.com.

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 HY18@sbcglobal.net

Wilderness First Aid classes for 2019 & 2020

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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, mj1234r@sbcglobal.net 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.

Website Changes Coming

As most of you have noticed, the council website has moved to a new platform and system. We continue to operate on the old platform, but will need to move to the new platform. Like moving into to a new house, this is an opportunity to do some clean-up and eliminate things which are no longer needed. We can also add missing items as well.

The communications team is looking for suggestions to help with this process. We have two fundamental goals, the first goal is make everyone aware of opportunities for scouts in the district with timely announcements of upcoming events and news items of interest to the scouting community in Northern Trail. The second goal is to create an on-line presence where the community can go and quickly find information about the same events and news in addition to finding contact information for district volunteers. Please take a moment and let us know what you think is important and what we should keep and what we should let go. As always ideas on how we can be more effective are always welcome. Contact us at webmaster@ntrail.org

Website Problems

If you find a bad link, please let us know so we can fix it. webmaster@ntrail.org.

Have Something for the Newsletter or Website?

Our newsletter and website reach 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. webmaster@ntrail.org

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

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. northerntrail.circleten.org

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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