Newsletter August 2013

Compass Point


Dear Scouter,

As the Scout year ramps back up, welcome back. We hope you all had a good summer, and had lots of wonderful Scouting activities. We look forward to hearing your stories about summer camps, the Boy Scout National Jamboree at it's new permanent home, and other exciting adventures you and your unit took part in over the summer. Remember this year are combining the Boy Scout and Cub Scout roundtables, and they will be held on the second Thursday of the month at the Carrollton Stake LDS center. Come join your fellow Scouters and get lots of new ideas for your unit's program.

Regards, North Star District

First Joint Roundtable - Annual Cooking Contest

The combined Cub Scout and Boy Scout roundtables for 2013-2014 start this month. Bring your best camping cookout dish. See old friends, met new volunteers, say hi to both Cub Scout and Boy Scout roundtable staffs, and learn about the first ever competition between the two roundtables.  Only you as a roundtable attendee will determine the 2013-2014 winner! Will the Cub Scouters or the Boy Scouters enjoy victory?

Get your chef's hat ready to cook up your best entry for the cooking contest.  Start thinking about what camping or hiking recipe you will bring that night to show off your yummiest creation!!  It can be a dessert, chili, backpacking meal, or a one pot meal. Everyone attending will get to sample the dishes prepared and vote for your favorites. Prizes will be awarded for the winning recipes for the evening!  The contest rules and guidelines are linked to this article.

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

Come and join in the fun with your roundtable staffs and fellow leaders! Spread the word and bring a friend or two!

You won't want to miss the good food! Join your roundtable staffs onThursday night, August 8 at the LDS Stake Center on the corner of Hwy 121 By-Pass and Huffines Blvd.  We will begin at 7:30, but come early for gathering and fellowship!

Contest Rules and Categories


Ahoy Mateys !: Calling all Tigers, Wolves, Bears and WEBELOS to attend North Star CUBE 2013 (CUBE Ahoy!) September 28th and 29th, 2013, Farmers Branch Historical Park. Enjoy crafts, games, cooking, BB shooting and archery.  Activities will begin at the start of each session and will be conducted as a “round robin”.  There will be three sessions for CUBE to allow you to schedule the time most convenient for you and your Cub Scout.  Check out the CUBE page on the district website for details on cost, to download the paper registration form, or for the online links to register and pay for your selected session.


Boy Scout Roundtable

North Star District is in need of FOUR Boy Scout roundtable assistant commissioners.  Scouting has changed the roundtable staff structure.  When you volunteer to be a member of the Boy Scout roundtable staff you will be able to earn the Scouter's Key and the Commissioner's Arrowhead Award.  You will help with the planning and execution of the monthly meetings.  Two planning meeting will be held annually.  If you missed the June Roundtable Howard Gurnas was introduced as the new Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner.  Please contact Bill Lasko with your interest and questions.  


School Night for Scouting

Howdy all, it's not too early to start thinking School Night For Scouting! Please make sure your contact information is current, and it you have SNFS coordinator please make sure we know! And take a look at the website and make sure your troop or pack information is correct! And have a wonderful summer!

Popcorn Sales

Don’t forget about the upcoming Unit Popcorn Captain’s Training dates: August 7th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th.  If you haven’t already signed up for one of the trainings, you will need to contact Jim Sullivan at the Council Office to see if you can still attend whichever date works best for you.  There are six different dates for you to choose from (you only need to attend one of the trainings).

Also, if you have not already done so, please go online and register your unit for this year’s popcorn sale by going to Circle Ten's Popcorn webpage.  This is a great fundraiser for your unit and we have some exciting new products and a new prize program for this year’s sale.  You need to register to make sure you receive all the information/dates for the sale.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the North Star District Popcorn Kernel.

Big "D" Fluer-de-lis

Circle Ten has finally published the details on this project. Registrations for units are now being taken. Join us as we qualify for the Guinness Book of World records by building the world’s largest Fleur-De-Lis out of crushed aluminum cans.  This event not only celebrates the Centennial of the Circle Ten Council but will also qualify your unit for a Messengers of Peace project.  Each of your Scouts and registered volunteer Scouters will receive the Messengers of Peace ring patch to wear on their uniform.

For more information and to register

Camp 2013 Followup

With Cub Camp 2013 "Centennial Round-Up" behind us,  I want to thank everyone who had a part in making it a success, my staff and I could not have done it with out all the help from the Volunteers, Walking Den Leaders and Parents ... THANK YOU.

If you misplaced something during camp, the Lost & Found box will be at Roundtable on August 8th.

Also, if you did not get your units patches at the end of camp or you were on staff and would like a patch from Cub Camp this year, let me know so I can have them for you at Roundtable on August 8th too.
Brad Pense
North Star District, Cub Camp Director

Den Chief Training Sept 14th

If your Boy Scout (who is First Class rank or above) is interested in serving a Cub Scout or Webelos den as a den chief, he will want to be included in this half day session. After completing this course on September 14th, he will be confident in his ability to assist the adult den leaders in delivering the den program. He will also be prepared to lead the Cub Scouts using the experience and lessons that he will gain through the fun that he will have in this course. Being a den chief with a Cub Scout or Webelos den will also fulfill his leadership position requirements for Star, Life and Eagle Scout ranks. The flyer on the website has all the details for the course including contact information to ask any questions - be sure to check it out and share this with other boys in your troop!

Click here for more information and the registration page.

Fall 2013 Scout & Scouter Training Opportunities

How often have we heard that every Scout deserves a trained leader? And how many times have you been encouraged to get your leaders trained? North Star District has many training opportunities planned for the fall. Training for both Scouters and Scouts are planned for the months of October and November. In October the Scouter training sessions are Super Training Day, this is the basic introductory training for all levels of adult leaders in all types of units. Following that is BALOO for Cub Scout leaders wishing to take their unit on an overnight camping trip, OWL for Webelos Scout leaders to understand the BSA outdoor program. IOLS is a more in depth BSA camping program for adult leaders to understand the patrol method used by Boy Scouts and experience what the boys will be learning while camping with your troop.

In November we have the first district/council level boy leadership training beyond the troop level - Oak Leaf. This training is ideal for those Scouts who are about to take on a leadership role or have just taken on their first leadership role in the troop, or older Scouts in need of additional leadership training.





In This Issue:

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Cub Scout Roundtable

Jul - Off

Upcoming Themes

Aug - Joint roundtable, Cook-Off


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Boy Scout Roundtable

Jul - Off

Upcoming Themes

Aug - Joint roundtable, Cook-Off


Key Upcoming Dates
Aug 8 Joint Roundtable     

District Top Trainer Leader Status

Currently we are at 48%. click on Unit Trainingunder the Training section then select your unit type (PackTroopTeam or Crew) to see 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


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Monday, August 5, 2013 - 00:15