April 2013

Compass Point


Dear Scouter,

We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break. As the school year winds down, Scouts is still going strong. We still have adult and Scout training classes, camping events, and day camping events. We look forward to to see you at these events.

Regards, North Star District

Cub Scout Roundtable

Join your roundtable staff on Tuesday, April 9 at First Christian Church on the corner of Josey Lane and Walnut Street in Carrollton for our Cub roundtable meeting.  Our theme this month will be, “Health and Fitness” and “Ole, Ole!  It is a wonderful theme for the boys to get physically fit and to learn about Mexico and Cinco de Mayo.

We will put on quite a roundtable for you this month!!  Our traveling actors, “The Not So Prime Time Players” will be getting you fit with their skit.  Our game will let you compete with the best of your athletic friends by getting in some practice, and it will be so exciting. Our song will have you in the Cinco de Mayo spirit in no time.

Just a reminder that Cub Scout roundtable is an adult training meeting, so please make other arrangements for your children.

Come and join in the fun as we are flex our muscles!  Our gathering time is at 7:00 and the meeting starts at 7:30.  See you there!

Boy Scout Roundtable

April 11th's roundtable will feature two speakers.  Janice Downey, head of the Innovation Team for the Boy Scouts of America' s national office.  She will discuss the four new merit badges her group is rolling out to Scouting: Game Design; Mountain Biking; Sustainability; and Computer Programing.  She will take questions and share future plans. 

Our second speaker is Dale Halvorson. Dale will discuss teamwork.  Teamwork is more than just gathering people together. If not thoughtfully approached it can be difficult to experience the full value it offers. This session examines the basics of Collaboration; what it is, how it works, what influences it, the strategies of supporting it and the benefits of practicing it.

Webelos Woods

A weekend campout for all North District Boy Scouts as well as 4th and 5th grade Webelos and adults.  This campout is designed to introduce the Webelos some of scouting’s outdoor activities and develop scout skills.  This year's activities include: Fire Building – Scouts will receive training on fire safety, learn to build several types of fires, understand when to use each of them. First Aid – Scouts will be instructed in first aid skills required to complete Readyman requirements. Shooting Sports (BB Gun / Archery) - Scouts will learn basic safety associated with shooting sports and exhibit their marksmanship by taking shots at paper targets Knots - In an interactive session, the Scouts will learn to tie some of the basic knots required for advancement.  These will include the square knot half-hitch, bowline and taut line. Team building activity
Chili Cook-off – this activity is for the adults and prizes will be awarded.
A Campfire will complete the day’s events on Saturday.  If weather permits, an avid amateur astronomer will take the scouts on a journey through the evening skies. Training: For adults interested in training, we will offer Face-to-Face Youth Protection training.  

For more information

Flag Ceremonies

To give back to our community the North Star District Committee and the units they serve have the opportunity to perform the flag ceremonies for the Carrollton City Council Meetings, Farmers Branch City Council Meetings and even the CFBisd board meetings on special occasions.  The CFBisd has never had a Sscout unit do a flag ceremony before so this would be their first.  This began with Carrollton and Farmers Branch city council meetings on Tuesday March 5th.

To sign up to do the flag ceremonies go to www.northstarbsa.org and click on the calendar.   The meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.  Carrollton’s meeting starts at 7pm and Farmers Branch’s meeting starts at 6pm.  Complete the registration for those events.  Look on June 6th for the CFBisd Board Meeting.

If you have any questions please email John Hall

Click here for the district calendar

Cub Camp 2013 Information

Cub Camp 2013 "Round-Up" will be held June 17th – 21st at the Farmers Branch Historical Park from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Registration forms will be available at Cub Scout Roundtable on April 9th ... be sure to mark your calendars with that date and the following dates.

Cub Camp Training for all persons who will be attending cub camp with their unit is on either Thursday, April 25th or Tuesday, May 14th starting at 7pm at First Christian Church, Carrollton

Cub Camp Registration will be held on Thursday, May 9th at Carrollton LDS Stake Center and May 16th at First Christian Church, Carrollton from 7 pm – 9 pm.

Questions about Cub Camp, contact Brad Pense

Does Your Unit Have A Trained Top Leader?

Is your unit's Top Leader Trained ?

While we have until 2015 to answer YES for all of our units, we need to be able to say that for over 70% of them by the end of 2013.  Currently we are at 46%.
As mentioned last month, a list of Trained / Not Trained Top Unit Leaders (along with our percentage to our ultimate goal of 100%) is now available on the North Star District website.  Just click on Unit Training under the Training section then select your unit type (Pack, Troop, Team or Crew) to se if your unit's Top Leader is trained or not.  If they are not, you will also see what training they need to take to become trained.

Remember, to be a "Trained Leader", an adult volunteer needs to have successfully completed all the training as proscribed by National. If you are not sure that you are a Trained Top Unit Leader, a list of the required training can be found at here

Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training

It is that time again, time for anyone attending Cub Scout Day/Twilight Camp, Webelos Resident Camp, Boy Scout Resident Camp, NYLT or Winter Camp in the state of Texas to take the new, facilitator led Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training course. If you took this course last year you are good for another year since like the online course, this course is good for two (2) years.

But, if you did not take the Face-to-Face YPT course last year and will be attending one of this above listed camps this year you will need to take this new course. Good news is, it will also count towards your Youth Protection certification for BSA Membership and Rechartering. For weekend camping, normal meetings, other activities, and Rechartering the computer based BSA youth protection training is still sufficient.

Circle 10 has set up training sessions on Wednesday April 3rd, 17th and 24th at both the Harry Hines and Fairview offices at 7 pm. Each location is limited on the number of people who can attend. The Fairview office is limited to 50 people per session and the Harry Hines office is limited to 90 people per session. Sign up for each session can be done via CampMaster.

North Star District will also be offering Face-to-Face YPT sessions on April 20th at Webelos Woods and on May 4th and 25th at Aldersgate UMC from 9 am to 11 am.

National Scout Jamboree Adult Leader Vacancy

The National Jamboree Troop, from the North Star District, has a vacancy for an adult leader position.  The adult leader must be at least 18 years of age, a registered adult Scout leader, and meet medical requirements to attend the Jamboree (see Jamboree website for complete leader requirements).  The vacancy must be filled as soon as possible.  If you are interested in attending the Jamboree as an adult leader, contact David Ragsdale.

Peddle & Paddle

Circle 10's Peddle and Paddle program has changed this year, registrations are now done on an individual basis, you don't have to go with your troop to a summer camp. It is still possible to take this while your at summer camp, but if you troop is not going to Constantin, you can still sign up and attend. Also this year it's open to boys and girls. Check out the Circle 10 website for more details on the program and information on how to register.

The Big D Fleur-De-Lis Project

The Big D Fleru-De-Lis project is the 3rd Quarter activity for Circle 10's centennial celebration. It's purpose is to rally the Scouting Community of the Circle Ten Council around the creation of the World's Largest Fleur-De-Lis using crushed aluminum cans. We intend to document the accomplishment and apply for the Guinness Book of World Records designation. Start saving your washed and crushed aluminum cans now. More details on where to take the cans will be provided shortly. Check out the Circle Ten website for more information.





In This Issue:

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Cub Scout Roundtable

Health & Fitness, Ole, Ole!

Upcoming Themes

May (9) - Council Program Preview
Jun - Courage, Outdoors & H2O



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Boy Scout Roundtable

New Merit Badges & Teamwork

Upcoming Themes

May - Council Program Preview
Jun - Search & Rescue



Key Upcoming Dates
Apr 6 Oak Leaf
Apr 9 Cub Scout roundtable
Apr 11 Boy Scout roundtable
Apr 12-14 IOLS
Apr 17 Face-to-Face YPT
Apr 19-21 Webelos Woods
Apr 20 Face-to-Face YPT
Apr 24 Face-to-Face YPT
Apr 25 Cub Camp Training
May 4 Face-to-Face YPT

District High Adventure Page

The North Star Jamboree troop is looking for an adult leader





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