Jan 2014

Compass Point


Dear Scouter,

The holiday break is over, schools back in session, and the spring session of Scouting is getting started. The district has lots of activities planned for the upcoming term, and excellent informational roundtables. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events.

Regards, North Star District

Cub Scout Roundtable

Join your Cub Scout roundtable staff on Thursday, January 9 at the LDS Stake Center on the corner of Highway 121 By-Pass and Huffines Blvd. in Carrollton for our roundtable meeting.  This is the biggest meeting of the year and you won’t want to miss it.  We will be presenting our Blue and Gold Banquet and our theme this year is ‘Lights, Camera, Action’!  You will be amazed with what we have planned for you.  The tables will be decorated with some of the best centerpieces.  They are sure to be some of your Scout’s favorites.  Make sure and bring your camera so that you can take pictures of the many ideas that you can use for your planning.  Best of all…the centerpieces will be raffled off at the end of the meeting!

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

We appreciate your support of roundtable.  Please come and join us for some amazing fun and information! 

Boy Scout Roundtable

What's the best way to get more adult leaders on unit campouts? Good food of course. Tired of seeing your boys cook hot dogs and eat cold pop tarts for their meals? Come to the January Boy Scout roundtable, the topic will be Cooking 101. Come see, learn what others are doing on campouts, and the yummy and exciting meals easily prepared for your adult leaders and by the boys themselves on campouts.  

Scouting for Food

Signups for Scouting for Food are now underway. Please check the news article on the district website for instructions on how to signup and how to pick an area. 

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District Arrow of Light & Bridging Ceremony

If your Webelos Scouts will have completed the requirements for The Arrow of Light Award by February 23 , they are invited to participate in the District Arrow of Light and Bridging Ceremonies.  Our Order of the Arrow Chapter has scheduled the ceremonies for Sunday afternoon February 23 at the Mary Heads Carter Park, aka Kids Corral.  Please visit the district website news article where you will find details on the planning meeting, event times, event registration requirements and event contact information.   We look forward to having your Webelos participate in this event.

Trained Top Leader Goal for 2014

While we have until 2015 to get all of our Top Leaders trained, we need to be able to have over 85% of them trained by the end of 2014, we finished out 2013 at only 49%.

So you know which Top Leaders are trained, a list of Trained / Not Trained Top Unit Leaders (along with our percentage to our ultimate goal of 100%) can be found on the Unit Training on the North Star District web site.  Just click on your unit type ...     Packs, Troops, Teams or Crews ... to see if your Top Leader is trained.  If they are it will say Yes and that they have all of the required training.  If they are not it will say No and list what is missing.

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 ishere.  Members of the North Star District Training Staff will be continually going through our training records (and possibly making some calls or sending e-mails) to make sure that all of our Top Unit Leaders ... i.e. Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors and Varsity Coaches ... have all of the required training. 

Also, remember that each leadership position has a leader-specific training course associated with it and the Trained patch earned applies only to the position for which it was earned. If a leader attends all training for a Tiger Cub Den Leader and then transitions the next year to a Cub Scout Den Leader role, the leader must attend the training specific to Cub Scout Den Leaders to be considered trained for that position. Some of those required courses are the same - they do not need to be retaken unless, like is possible with Youth Protection Training, the training certification has expired. When signing up for a leader specific course, inquire about only attending the necessary part if you have already earned your Trained patch for a previously held position.


OA Chapter Elections

Now is the time to schedule your unit's OA chapter elections. Scheduling is done online on the chapters webpage, click here for a direct link to the scheduling page

FOS Unit Presentation Scheduling

Now is the time to schedule your unit's FOS Presentation. Scheduling is done online, click here for a direct link to the scheduling page







In This Issue:

Joint Cub Scout & Boy Scout Roundtable

Dean Huffman, North Star District's Religious Awards Coordinator, will bring both the Cub Scout leaders and the Boy Scout leaders up to speed on the Religious Award Programs.

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Cub Scout Roundtable

Jan - Blue & Gold Lights, Camera, Action, Resourcefulness

Upcoming Themes

Feb - Pet Pals, Compassion
Mar - My Family Tree, Faith
Apr - Destination: Parks, Heath & Fitness


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Boy Scout Roundtable

Jan - Cooking 101

Upcoming Themes

Feb - Tour Permits and BSA Insurance
Mar - Knots (and why not?)
Apr - Carry the Load


Key Upcoming Dates
Jan 9     Roundtable
Jan 10 District Dinner

District Top Trainer Leader Status

Currently we are at 49%. 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

District High Adventure Page

A troop in North Star District has an opening for 1 youth member on Philmont Trek



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