Northern Trail District

Adult Recognition, Nominations Extended to December 12

Robert E. Little, District Award of Merit and Y.E.S. nominations have until Monday, Dec 12. See Adult Recognition | Northern Trail or contact Please take a moment to recognize hard the hard working volunteers in your unit and the district.

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 – “Unit Level” Presenters Needed

Many of the families in attendance at the various Courts of Honor & Blue and Gold FOS presentations do not know anyone else involved in Scouting outside of their unit. Having a FOS unit level presenter provides someone that has instant familiarity and credibility within that unit. So, when they see you, they see someone representing both your unit, your district, and the council. Please present this opportunity at your next Committee meeting and provide the name/contact info of those interested to Brad Newberry. He will make sure you have a fully trained, friendly, recognizable face at your next Court of Honor or Blue and Gold FOS Presentation! Email

Unit Re-Charter

Time is running out, please don't put this off, if your charter drops it's very hard on everyone to put the pieces back together. Do it on time and it's much simpler. If you not started, start today. 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. Do it today! Re-charter Checklist

On the Calendar

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.

Venturing Forum

Topic: Crew/Troop Partnership and Dynamics. Tuesday December 13, 7:00PM, FUMC RM213.

Boy Scout Roundtable

“To keep myself physically strong” is the oath we take, and the role model we display to our boys. It is also a necessity for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and high adventures. As “Resolution Day” approaches, we begin to set goals for ourselves for next year. Often times, these goals include getting into better physical condition. Join us on Tuesday evening, December 13th, 7:00PM at our Roundtable discussion, lead by veteran High Adventurer Richard Hutchins, on being prepared for outdoor activities. Please bring your stories of how you and your troop get ready for hikes, canoe trips and other activities. One thing we can share with each other is our favorite places to do warm-up hikes and shakedowns.

We meet at the First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Education Building - Room 212

Attendees will receive while supply last: Cabela’s Outdoor Outfitters discount coupons. Poor Richard’s Café free entrée cards. Free bowling at Plano Super Bowl.

Door Prize: A Gift Certificate to Kenny’s Restaurants.

Winter Camp December 27 - 31, 2016

It's time for all Scouts to start signing up for the greatest event known to man. We have one of the best camps put together for you and your Scouts. We have a truly outstanding staff assembled to assure that you have one of the best times at camp you have ever had. Your staff will be leading three reenactment areas: Mountain Man, Indian Village and Lumber Jack. There are four event areas Woodturning, Climbing Tower, Shooting Sports and Welding. Read more.

New District Executive

Please welcome our new scouting professional, Chad Caudle. Chad is an Eagle Scout who attended Philmont, Sea Base and Northern Tier. He is a 2003 graduate of Plano West High School. He received a degree from Texas Tech in mass communication and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Before accepting the open position of District Executive in Northern Trail, he worked in the petroleum industry in West Texas and as an employee at Sea Base. He comes to us with great qualifications and lots of scouting experience. Chad may be reached at:

Unit Inventory

For those who have sent in their rosters, thank you. The rest of you know who you are. Please help out our new DE as he works hard. He will be calling you soon! Please just send a simple list of scouts in your unit to: Chad Caudle at as soon as possible. Chad will check them against the official records and let the units know if there are any discrepancies. Scouts not properly registered can't advance. More information

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. 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.

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. You can find out who your UC is on the Northern Trail web site at

If your more assistance, contact the district commissioner Joe Tavares., 214-675-4378.

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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