Northern Trail District

Unit Inventory

Thanks to those who have submitted their unit rosters. Unfortunately, we are short rosters for several units. The purpose of the roster submission is so we can check them against the official rosters at the council. This is helpful in finding boys that the unit believes to be registered, but they are not. Each unit should send their roster to Chad Caudle at as soon as possible. A simple list of names of the scouts in your unit is all that is needed. Chad will check them against the official records and let the units know if there are any discrepancies. More information

Adult Recognition, Time is Running Out!

One (1) more week to get Silver Beaver nominations in; Nov 28 is the final deadline. Robert E. Little, District Award of Merit and Y.E.S. nominations have until Dec 1. See Adult Recognition | Northern Trail or contact

District Awards Banquet

Save the date. We will recognize outstanding adult volunteers at our annual dinner to be held on January 19th at the Richardson Civic Center. Details on the program and ticket sales will be available soon. Questions to Marjie Price

Friends of Scouting Presenters & Dates Needed

Scouting depends on volunteers to function and the critical task of raising operating funds is no exception. If you have a passion for scouting and are willing to help present the case for supporting scouting in our community, we need your help. Please contact the FOS family chair: Brad Newberry

Unit leaders, please send Brad Newberry an email and let him know when a presenter can come to your Blue and Gold or Court of Honor and make a FOS presentatation.

Get Started on your Re-Charter Today

Every unit must re-charter each year. On time re-charters are much easier than dealing with an expired charter. Start early and it's not overwhelming, wait until the last minute and it's very hard on everyone! Help is available, your unit commissioner can assist with the process. If you are not directly responsible for the re-charter process you can help. Every adult must have a current youth protection training card. Everyone needs to pay their membership fees. Don't wait, get started now! Re-charter Checklist

On the Calendar

Your District Resource: Unit Commissioners

Every Unit in Northern Trail has a district resource who is responsible for helping make you successful. Regardless of need, the Unit Commissioners can facilitate a resolution. Do you need an interpretation of the Guide to Safe Scouting? Do you have a Scout in need of financial assistance in order to stay in Scouting? How about help with your Recharter? Regardless of the need, you have a Unit Commissioner at the other end of the phone who will jump into action. Hopefully, that person has been touching base with you over the course of the year. You can find out who your UC is on the Northern Trail web site at

If your unit is missing from the web page, or if you haven’t heard from your UC in a while, drop me a note and we will get that fixed. If you have thoughts about becoming a Unit Commissioner and want to share your experience with other units, let me know and I can make that happen. My contact information is Joe Tavares, District Commissioner for Northern Trail,, 214-675-4378.

Cub Scout Roundtable

Get those engines revved up for Jim Farnsworth who will be our guest speaker. We will be on the starting lineup for Pinewood Derby how to's. The checkered flag will wave after all tips and ideas for a successful Pinewood Derby for your pack has been shared on Thursday December 8, 2016, 7:00PM, FUMC RM211.

High Adventure Bases

The pinnacle of the scouting experience is often a High Adventure at one of the Scouting High Adventure facilities. Start planning now!

Thank You!

A special shout out for Pack 728’s contribution to the Cub Scout Round Table this last week. They did an outstanding job in performing the Flag Ceremony for the Round Table. Job well done!

Training, Get signed up today!

The University of Scouting, Saturday January 21, 2017

The University of Scouting is an adult leader's learning adventure! It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where you choose the sessions you wish to take. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers and professionals who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts.

The University of Scouting offers a wide range of unique adult leader training courses from the:

More information.

Wilderness First Aid Classes for 2016/2017

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

2016 courses: Nov 18-20
2017 courses: Jan 27-29, Feb 24-26, Mar 31 – Apr 2, Apr 28-30, May 19-21, Jun 2-4

Popcorn Exchange

The Popcorn Exchange is now available. If you have extra or need a box here is the place to go.

Popcorn Wrapping up

Questions? Call Patti or Trey Otte, your District popcorn chairs, at 214.405.4718 or 214.402.4718 respectively. You may also visit for more details.

Feedback is Essential

Please help us keep our communications on course! Let us know what you think about the newsletters and website.  Your feedback will help us be more effective.  If we are hitting the mark, please tells us, if you have suggestions on how we can improve, please tell us. Send your thoughts to: .

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Yours in Scouting,

John Slaughter
Northern Trail Communications Committee

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