Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

Sunday July 14, 2019

Northern Trail District

Alan Edwards

We are saddened to report the passing of scouter Alan Edwards. Alan was an adult volunteer in Troop 1191 and a dedicated district volunteer. He tirelessly promoted scouting through several local media outlets with stories and pictures about scouting in the district. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 20, 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Dallas in Truitt Chapel. More information will be posted when it is available.

Unit Finances and Fund Raising

All scout units will have expenses and you will need to raise the needed money, produce a budget, pay the bills and have the needed cash to meet the obligations when they are due. A unit can raise money in several ways, this includes dues, popcorn sales and camp cards. It's important to keep dues as low as possible to avoid excluding scouts who might not have the resources. Just the cost of uniforms and equipment can be challenging and adding high dues can be a deal breaker. Even though financial aid may be available, not every family is willing to accept help. Having scouts participate in the process of raising funds helps instill self-reliance and financial literacy.

Units can raise money in other ways, but the council sponsored programs have the added benefit of helping the council defray costs which is important because we depend on camps, services and council personnel to make the program work. No approvals are required, and these programs work well. You can embark on other fund-raising activities, but these need to be approved by the district executive. This is done by filling out an application and get it approved in advance. If you have questions, contact your unit commissioner or the district executive.

On the Calendar

  • Commissioner Staff / District Committee Meetings, Tuesday August 6, 2019, 6:30 & 7:30 FUMC
  • Roundtables, Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA & Venturing FUMC, 7:00 Thursday August 8, 2019
  • Arapaho Chapter Meeting 7:30 FUMC
  • SM/ASM Leader Specific Training Session 1 Wednesday 9/11/2019 FUMC 7:00PM
  • SM/ASM Leader Specific Training Session 2 Wednesday 9/18/2019 FUMC 7:00PM
  • Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Weekend 9/27/2019-9/29/2019 Camp Wisdom
  • Backcountry Advanced Training Thursday October 10, 2019 Session 1 FMCA
  • Backcountry Advanced Training Thursday October 17, 2019 Session 2 FMCA
  • Backcountry Advanced Training Campout Weekend 10/25/2019-10/27/2019 Meisenbach
  • Oak Leaf Training Weekend 11/1/2019-11/3/2019, Wisdom
  • District Calendar, All district events found here.

Roundtable Staff Needed

Do you have experience running a Cub Scout program? Are you looking for a different way to give back to Scouting? Have you considered being Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner? There are so many ways to share your knowledge and help others run a successful program for Cubs. After training (which is provided free!), you can work with the current Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner for the current school year for hands on training! Come join the fun and share your expertise with your fellow scouters. Please contact Marie Baert at Marie.Baert@Verizon.Net.

BSA Parents

Have you heard of the newly formed organization BSA Parents?
BSA Parents is a 501c(4) not-for-profit that was started by parents of Scouts and friends of the BSA. We started this organization to help tell the stories of Scouts and the important role Scouting plays in our communities and in our country. BSA Parents is made up of parents of Scouts and friends of the BSA. Anyone who believes in our mission and wants to help and/or share their story can do so here at

The mission of BSA Parents is to recruit, inform and amplify voices of those who believe:

  • That the Boy Scouts of America is a vital organization that plays an indispensable role in the formation of character and values in America’s youth.
  • That the Boy Scouts of America is invaluable to our communities.
  • That the Boy Scouts of America is a welcoming and inclusive organization that should live on and thrive for generations to come.
  • That the Boy Scouts of America has a social and moral responsibility to continue to protect youth and it needs to continue to live out this duty every day.

The Boy Scouts of America serves an invaluable purpose in building character and instilling values in America’s youth, and shaping the leaders of tomorrow. As parents, family members and friends of the BSA, pledge your support for this organization and the value that it brings to communities.


Where can I get more information and get more involved? If you haven’t already, be sure to take the pledge and share your Scouting stories. For more information on activities or how you can help promote the importance of Scouting in your areas, please visit

NASCAR Race November 3, 2019

Tickets Specially Priced for Scout Families!

Are your unit members aware that through our association with TMS for Circle Ten Xperience we can purchase tickets to races for $10 per person? What a great opportunity for family and Scout unit fun!!

The one event left this year with the $10 ticket special is the NASCAR race on November 3rd. Encourage your unit members to enjoy the excitement. Please "click here" for a flier to share.

powder hornPowder Horn November 1-3, 2019 and November 22-24, 2019

Powder Horn is a High Adventure Program Resource Course - Its purpose is to expose participants to many outdoor/high adventure activities. Participants are also exposed to the resources necessary to operate a successful High Adventure Program. Continue Reading

Youth Protection Training now available in both English and Spanish

On-line youth protection training may be found at You will need to create an account to take the training. All adults must have training to be registered scouters. Don't delay, make sure everyone in your unit has current youth protection training. This training must be taken every two years.

Wood Badge

Now is the time to make a New Year's resolution to get your Wood Badge Beads. This is advanced leadership training which will help you in and out of scouting. More information here

Wilderness First Aid classes


This is the 16-hour ECSI course designed by Philmont and meets the requirements for the BSA High Adventure Bases. Courses will be offered in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020. More information will be available soon.

Contact: Mike Reisinger, 972-907-8949.

Range Safety Officer Certification

If you are interested in becoming an NRA Certified Instructor or Range Safety Officer to run shooting sports, the council holds instructor courses on a regular basis. More information:

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More on the website.

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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