Northern Trail District

Adult Recognition

Today is November 5th and we are woefully behind with adult award nominations. All of us are aware of adults in our units who go well beyond the call of duty to make the program a success. Their countless volunteer hours must be acknowledged. An award may not sound like much, but it is important and it lets these individuals know that their efforts are appreciated.

The time required to fill out a nomination for a Y.E.S. award can be measured in minutes, while the other awards can take a bit longer. The process is not complicated, you just need to identify the individuals and then complete the nomination form. Everything you need to know can be found here:

Questions: contact the Awards and Recognition Chair Dr. Harry Yankuner,

Please stop what you are doing and submit a nomination today!

District Awards Banquet

Mark your calendar, the awards banquet will be held Thursday evening January 18, 2018 at the Royal Oaks Country Club. We are excited about the guest speaker and hope to make the announcement shortly. Please plan to attend and recognize fellow scouters who have made outstanding contributions to the program.

Commissioner / District Committee Meetings Tuesday November 7, 2017 FUMC

The commissioner staff meeting will be held at 6:30PM followed by the District Committee meeting immediately following the Business Meeting at 7:30PM. The meetings will be held on the second floor of the education building. First United Methodist Church Map

Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:30PM FUMC

Every year in the fall, Northern Trail holds an Annual Business meeting. This is an important meeting where all members and Chartered Organization Reps are asked to come and vote on next year's District leadership and members at large. Questions to Chad Caudle

Cub Scout Roundtable Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00PM FUMC

Cub Scout Roundtable Den and Pack Behavior and Discipline. Now that we have recruited new scouts and our dens and packs have grown in number, how do we avoid the "herding cats" mentality? We want everyone to feel welcome and want to come back to our den and pack meetings while creating a fun and safe environment for the scouts. Meet other leaders to hear their success stories at our next Cub Scout Roundtable on Thursday, November 9th at 7PM at the First United Methodist Church of Richardson in the Education Building Room 227. Everyone is invited.

Boy Scout Roundtable/Venturing Forum Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:00PM FUMC

Lights - Action - Camera - Roll Tape! It's all about video production this month at your Boy Scout Roundtable. Everyone is invited whether you are in Cubs, Boys, Venturing, S.T.E.M., Sea Scouts, or Explorers. There will be viable information we can all use to teach our boys and girls video production and for Scouters to use video to help recruit new members. Your take away will be basic knowledge of how to produce a video on equipment you probably already have.

Our presenters are Hank Voegtle, director of our Video Contest, and Lloyd Watson, retired producer for ABC Television documentaries and ABC Sports. He has great knowledge and great stories to share and will give us pointers for doing our very own (hopefully award-winning) videos using our smartphone cameras and basic video editing programs.

Northern Trail Video Contest

The Northern Trail Video Contest-NOW is the time to be uploading your entries. For uploading information units need to submit their entries, including talent releases to Hank Voegtle at or contact him at 214-769-5040. Application Form. Talent Release Form.

Shooting Sports Training, November 11, 2018

Shooting Sports training for BB Guns and Archery is being offered on Saturday, November 11, 2018 at Camp Wisdom. More information. This is a great opportunity to have trainers for BB Gun and Archery for your district events such as Day/Twilight Camp or Cuboree.

University of Scouting, Saturday, January 6, 2018

The University of Scouting offers a wide range of unique adult leader training courses for Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, Venturing Leaders, Varsity Leaders and Ship Leaders.

Cost: $30 per participant before December 10, 2017
$45 per participant after December 10, 2017 at the door
Online registration closes Midnight December 10, 2017

The University of Scouting offers a wide range of unique adult leader training courses for Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, Venturing Leaders, Varsity Leaders and Ship Leaders.

More information and course catalog
Register on line

For more information contact the University of Scouting Chancellor at:

Oak Leaf Training

Time is running out, get signed up today. Waiting until the last minute puts a burden on the volunteer event planners. This training is for scouts First Class and above who are in or will be in leadership positions in their troop. The course will held the weekend of November 11 and 12th. Registration now available on CampMaster. More information

Northern Tier Opportunity

Two vacancies with Troop 81, June 12-18, 2018. Contact Carlos Aramayo, cell# 214-282-8718 if interested for more information.

Wilderness First Aid classes for 2017 & 2018

This is the 16 hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases. Read more.

Twilight Camp 2018

We now have a firm date for Twilight Camp 2018. June 4-8, 2018. It will be held at Breckinridge Park. The theme this year is Passport to Adventure. Look for activities based on Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base and the Summit. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. Watch the website and the Twilight Camp Facebook page for updates.

Philmont 2019 Trek Registration now OPEN

New Sea Scout Ship

Sea Scout Ship is forming at the White Rock Boat Club. For more information contact Adam Tunks at

On the Calendar

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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