Feb 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

North Star District JTE: Gold

North Star District was awarded JTE Gold for its performance in 2013.  Criteria for the award consisted of minimum thresholds in a number of categories, including:

- Membership growth
- Advancement
- Camp participation
- Top trained leaders
- Service hours per scout
- Fundraising performance (FOS, popcorn, camp card)
- District commissioner and district committee activity

Only 8 of Circle 10's 23 districts achieved JTE gold last year.  Congratulations to all of the Scouts and unit and district leaders in North Star District whose hard work resulted in this award.  Let's continue to work hard to repeat in 2014.

Cub Scout Roundtable

Join your roundtable staff on Thursday, February 13 at the LDS Stake Center in Carrollton for our Cub Scout roundtable meeting.  Our themes this month are Pet Pals and Compassion!

We will recognize the Cub Scout leaders who are attending their first Cub Scout roundtable with us.  Spread the word to fellow leaders and parents and bring them along with you! 

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 explore our pet pals!  Our gathering time is at 7:00 and the meeting starts at 7:30.  We would love to see you there!

Boy Scout Roundtable

Know how to tie a bowline? Want to know how to tie a bowline? This months Boy Scout roundtable is all about knots. Knots are an important Scouting skill that has uses and value far beyond the Scouting program. Come learn how to tie some knots and maybe some ideas on how to teach these skills and get the boys interesting in knots.

We are swapping the themes for February and March due to resource availability and we look forward to seeing all Boy Scout leaders at the roundtable. It's not just for the Scoutmaster, and ASMs. All Boy Scout adults should attend, the information presented is valuable, and on gets better when sharing with your peers. 

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. 

 For more information

Camp Card Unit Sales Sign-Up

Camp card sales are just around the corner! The Camp Card program is a fundraising effort specifically designed to help the youth fund their own way to Summer Camp, reducing out-of-pocket costs for parents and families while teaching youth the value and benefits of earning their own way. Find out more information and sign up your unit by February 11th for the Camp Card Sales byclicking here

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.

Den Chief Training on March 1st!

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 March 1st, 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. 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 to register

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) Training in March

Every Pack is required to have at least one BALOO trained adult to take their unit on an overnight camp out. To provide flexibility in scheduling, redundancy in case a leader cannot attend and to be able to share responsibilities, it is highly recommended that more than one adult leader per unit receive this training. 

BALOO is scheduled to take place in March, date and location to be announced soon.  Check the District Calendar to see when you can take this training that will give pack leaders an understanding of the focus of the BSA outdoor program, the skills to plan and carry out an entry-level outdoor experience for the pack and knowledge of the resources available from BSA. Successful completion of this training will result in an increased level of confidence and a willingness to plan an age-appropriate pack overnighter.

Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training

Two years ago the Youth Protection Guidelines for Adult Leaders & Parents (YC06-0014) course or Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training became required to attend Cub Scout Day Camp / Twilight Camp, Webelos Resident Camp, Boy Scout Resident Camp, NYLT or Winter Camp in the State of Texas.

Since it is time for everyone who took that training two years ago, Circle 10 has set up training sessions every Wednesday in April at both the Harry Hines and Fairview office, 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.

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


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Cub Scout Roundtable

Feb - Pet Pals, Compassion

Upcoming Themes

Mar - My Family Tree, Faith
Apr - Destination: Parks, Heath & Fitness
May - My Family Tree, Faith


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Boy Scout Roundtable

Feb -Knots (and why not?)

Upcoming Themes

Mar - Tour Permits and BSA Insurance
Apr - Carry the Load
May - Troop Committee 101


Key Upcoming Dates
Feb 8    Scouting for Food - Bag Out
Feb 13 Roundtable
Feb 15 Scouting for Food - Bag In
Feb 23 District AOL/Bridging
Mar 1 Den Chief Training

District Top Trainer Leader Status

Currently we are at 46%. 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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Monday, March 3, 2014 - 21:45