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Sunday March 19, 2017

Northern Trail District

Scouting, More than an Extracurricular Activity

On more than one occasion a parent has said to me, "my son decided that he did not want to go to camp, so we are not going to participate..." My usual response is that scouting is not about "entertainment" but rather the "Aims", which are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Summer camps, rank advancement and the like are some of the methods of scouting. The goal is to create a fun program that our youth will enjoy, but the reason we do this is to achieve the "Aims" of scouting. As parents we must recognize that many times we really need to encourage participation, even when our children don't immediately recognize the value of the activity. I've yet to meet an adult who wished that they had "not" participated in scouting.

So next time when your scout pushes back on an upcoming activity or event, remember the "Aims" and do a better job of selling the "FUN." You will have more success by helping out with the program. Your scout will see that it's important to you by your participation.

Camporee, Weekend March 24-26, 2017 Camp James Ray

Time is running out! If you have not signed up your unit, please do so today. All the needed information may be found on the event webpage. If you have questions please contact Marjie Price or Tick Hayes

Oak Leaf Training, Weekend April 8-9, 2017 Camp Wisdom

Do you have a patrol leader or senior patrol leader who is struggling with the position? Oak Leaf is designed to train scouts in leadership positions and scouts who are or will hold these positions in the future. This training is designed to supplement Troop level training and prepare Scouts for NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).

This course is for Boy Scout youth, First Class Rank or above. Minimum age is 12 years old at time of course. More information and signup may be found on the website here.

Questions to Jose Torres

Venturing Rendezvous

Venturing Rendezvous is a weekend of fun activities for co-ed youth ages 14 to 21 - including, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
Dates: Friday, March 31, 2017 – Sunday, April 2, 2017. Come for the day Saturday or camp for the weekend. Location: Camp Wisdom ‐ 6400 W. Redbird Lane, Dallas, TX Theme: Pirate Holiday (Aarrgh!) including a round robin camporee style event. Price: $30 Early Bird / $40 Day of Event. Lunch and Dinner Saturday are included. T-shirts available for an extra (nominal) cost at registration. More information and leader's guide may be found here. Units can register at

Circle Ten Council Annual Recognition Banquet, April 6, 2017

Are you a unit leader with 2016 Eagle Scouts? Did your Scout receive his Eagle rank in 2016? If so, please plan to join us for the Circle Ten Council Annual Recognition Banquet on April 6, 2017 at the Irving Convention Center. We also have 22 deserving adult volunteers receiving the Silver Beaver Award, and as well as many others being recognized for their contributions to Circle Ten Council. Follow the link to an informational flyer that will give you more details. This is the time to register on CampMaster so please help us get the word out by sharing this link and flyer with those you know! Registration Link

Camp Card Sales

Don't forget, May 12 is the last day for units to settle your account at the Scout offices and turn in unsold Camp Cards to receive the full 50% commission into your unit account. Need help motivating or anything else, please feel free to contact Deborah DiStasi,, 469-235-2920. More information on the council website:

Twilight Camp June 5-9, 2017

Calling All Bug Hunters!

Join us for a week of fun adventures as we explore the world of creepy crawly bugs. Twilight Camp is the perfect way to start your summer time fun. Earn Cub Scout achievements, have tons of fun with your den, and meet new Scouting friends! Registration now available.

We are looking for Boy Scouts to volunteer as Junior Staff at Twilight Camp June 5 - 9, 2017 at Breckenridge Park. It's a great opportunity to earn service hours. Signup here:

Printable Flyer     --     Twilight Camp Web Page     --     Twilight Camp Facebook Page


On the Calendar

Boy Scout Roundtable / Venturing Forum, Tuesday March 21, 7:00PM

You didn't get the expected number of Cub Scouts crossing over to your Troop, and now your Troops survival is in jeopardy. What do you do? Learn how to recruit Boy Scouts and Venturers that were never Scouts.

We will have a fun and give away a door prize to Kenny's Burger Joint while expanding your knowledge of scouting. Everyone is invited. Join us on Tuesday, March 21th, 7:00 PM, at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson.

Cub Scout Roundtable, Thursday April 13, 7:00PM

Every scout leader needs recognition. Join the April Cub Scout Roundtable on Thursday, April 13, to learn about Cub Scout leader awards and recognitions. The roundtable meets at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson in room 211. The program topic will be how to officially recognize cub scout leaders for their service and their contributions to scouting.

Here are a few of the things to be discussed: Cub Scout leader awards, religious awards, other awards, and recognitions. Come to the April roundtable to learn "how to" recognize your leaders. Also, as bonus for attending roundtable, learn more about BALOO training set for Saturday, April 22. The meeting begins at 7pm and will last one hour. See you at roundtable!

Training, Get signed up today!

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, Wednesday March 22th & March 29th, 2017

This course for adult leaders in Boy Scout units. Leaders who work directly with boys in a unit should attend. This course will teach you about organization, operation, outdoor program and role of the adult leader in a troop. Every unit should send at least one adult to this class. The class meets 2 times. Registration now available More information

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills, Weekend April 8-9th, 2017

Learn by doing. Participate in an actual Boy Scout weekend campout. You will learn firsthand how a Boy Scout Troop operates in the field. Great fun and informative. This course is taught in conjunction with the 2 classroom sessions offered a few weeks earlier. It's is strongly recommended that you participate in both. Advance preparation and signup required. Registration now available. More information

BALOO Training, Saturday April 22, 2017.

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) training is an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.

BSA requires that at least one adult on a Pack overnighter be BALOO trained. Webelos Den Leaders camping as a den must be BALOO trained.

Who should attend -- Cub Masters, Assistant Cub Masters, Den Leaders, Interested Adult Leaders. More information

Wilderness First Aid Classes for 2017

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

2017 courses: Feb 24-26, Mar 31 – Apr 2, Apr 28-30, May 19-21, Jun 2-4. Contact: Contact Mike Reisinger at to register.

Newsletter / Website

There has been some confusion about the website and the newsletter. The newsletter will have the most up-to-date information on upcoming events. This newsletter contains links which will take you directly to specific contact on the website. You can always find the most recent newsletter here on the website with the same links. The address is

If you have material for the newsletter / website, please send it to the webmaster at this address: Please put this in a form which can be easily published. Remember; "Who, What, Where, When, Why and How!" If the newsletter editor writes the copy he will likely get something wrong!

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 you need 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 tell 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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