October 2014 Newsletter

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Dear Scouter,

Camporee, popcorn, training. Lots of activities and events on the calendar for this month and the next.  

Regards, North Star District 


Your troop is invited to attend the North Star District Fall Camporee on October 17-19 at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp. This year’s theme is “Zombie Invasion”.  Scouts will participate in some exciting activities such as navigating the Zombie Run, an obstacle course challenge and testing their shelter building skills when they build shelters for retreat during the Zombie Invasion.  For the camp chefs, prepare your best cobbler and compete for the Dutch Oven Cobbler Championship.  On Saturday night, we will conclude with a campfire and an Order of the Arrow Callout Ceremony.  Check the district website for additional details.  Registration is available on-line at https://circle10.camp-master.com.

With many exciting activities planned, each troop is asked to encourage one or more adults and one older Scout, preferably one who is not serving as SPL or PL, to volunteer to work on the Camporee Staff.  Adults who would like to assist with the planning and staffing for future Camporees are encouraged to contact me, Sam Jones, as fresh ideas are always welcome for these events.  I may be reached at (972) 679-0988 or email at skjones56@gmail.com .

District Adult Training Opportunities

The Fall session is North Star District's prime training time, we offer leadership/outdoor skills training for adult Scouts. Click on each item for read more about the specifics of the training opportunity.


Popcorn news:  All units should have received their popcorn order forms and be selling popcorn by now.  This is a great opportunity for your Scouts to raise money for themselves and their unit.  When a Scout has a filled up order form (30 take-order sales), bring the original order form to one of the Circle Ten Council Scout Shops (Dallas, Fairview, National Scouting Museum) to receive the Thunder Tumbler and an entry into the weekly Parrot A.R. Drone drawing.  A copy of the original order form will be made for our records.  You will receive the original to keep.  The drawing will be held every Friday, with the final drawing being held on November 7th.  All entries need to be turned in by 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays to be included in the Friday drawings.  If you need more order forms or prize brochures, please contact the District Popcorn Kernel.
 Some important upcoming dates:
10/04  Show and Sell popcorn pick up
11/07  Popcorn orders due (online at Trails End website)
11/22  Popcorn pick up (location TBD)
12/12  Popcorn money due (council office)

Oak Leaf

We encourage all troops to send Scouts to Oak Leaf training.  This leadership training is for Scouts who are 1st Class rank and above, recently elected to troop leadership positions or expect to be in the near future.  Oak Leaf is designed to supplement troop-level training and act as a step toward BSA’s National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course.  OAK LEAF aims to provide Scouts with leadership skills they can carry back to their troops, build on throughout their scouting experience, and utilize for the rest of their lives.
Registration closes at Midnight on Monday, November 3th.  Cost is $30.00 per Scout.

Register for Oak Leaf

Circle 10 Advancement Academy

Circle 10 is holding an Advancement Academy in November. This is designed for unit advancement chairs, and other Scouters responsible for tracking advancement within their unit. 

For more information and how to register




In This Issue:

Joint Cub Scout & Boy Scout Roundtable 


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Cub Scout Roundtable 


Upcoming Themes



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Boy Scout Roundtable


Upcoming Themes



Key Upcoming Dates
Oct 17-19 Camporee
Oct 24-26 IOLS
Oct 24-26 OWL
Oct 25 BALOO
Nov 1      C10 Advancement Academy
Nov 8 Oak Leaf

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.  Also remember that training certifications have to be renewed at least every 2 years. The drop this month is due to unit leaders training certifications expiring.

District High Adventure Page




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