Sector 4 in the Spotlight

Elves – Sector 4 is in the spotlight! Santa’s sleigh is over our skies for the first time this year and it will be over the next several days.

Believe it or not this fact is a good tool to recruit new elves – and heck knows we need to recruit elves!

You see, if you let people you know who are NOT elves that they can see the tracker elf map here right now, some five months before Christmas, when it is NOT available anywhere else they might want to become an elf so they can see it. So you should TELL them!

As far as our efforts to get more elves in Sector 4 I can tell you that this week has been the biggest week so far in our recruiting efforts. Of course, it’s always a big week when Santa makes the news.

We still have a few weeks left of this reporting period and I’m hoping we show a big increase in Sector 4. I don’t know yet what our Sector goal is but I do know that Elf Roger Star mentioned us specifically about doing more this year. So our number is going to be huge. We’re not the largest sector when it comes to the number of elves but I think we have the most potential to grow. I’ll be updating you on our sector goal soon.

I hope to see you at the Tracker Elf Conference this weekend!

Elf Count Update for Sector 4

Hola, Elves! Well, the numbers are in for us finally. Here’s how it looks for us in terms of elf count:

Freelance Elves – 8,966,451
North Pole Elves – 2,358,971

Total Sector 4 Elves – 11,325,422

Like the others I don’t know yet what our target is for this season. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say we need to target at least 30 million. I can’t see our total being more than that. So for now, that’s the number.

And it is a HUGE number. Which means we would be smart to get recruiting right now.

July is a great time to recruit. A lot of people are thinking Christmas right now. I think if we want to be productive we would focus on those people. Likely they would be older. I would tell you to never count out those who are older. In fact, the older they are the bigger believer in Santa they tend to be. So go talk to them.

Like everyone else, I’m anxious for what Santa will say on the 12th – which is just next week.

I don’t think we’re going to hit 30 million in a week. But it’s a good number to have in mind for now.

 

Official Elf Count Update

Hello Trackers! My name is Elf Flip. I am an accountant at North Pole Flight Command and I am charged with keeping count of tracker elves in each sector. I am here to give you an update on the total number of elves we have tracking Santa for Santa.

After seasonal adjustments, the total number of registered freelance and North Pole contracted elves working as Santa Trackers tracking Santa for Santa is 54.8 million, down from a peak recorded last Christmas Eve of 56.7 million.

Seeing that Santa has not yet announced the recruiting goal for Christmas 2021, we cannot effectively communicate what our anticipated needs will be. We expect Santa will make that announcement soon.

Here is the breakdown by sector, rough estimates at this time:

Sector 1 – 7.1 million
Sector 2 – 3.0 million
Sector 3 – 16.5 million
Sector 4 – 11.3 million
Sector 5 – 16.9 million

I will be providing periodic updates, as directed by Flight Command. Your elf supervisor may update you as well about the elf count by sector.

 

Preparing for Leon Day

Hello Elves!

As you may have read at SantaUpdate.com we are soon to celebrate Leon Day, the half-way point to Christmas. It is just a week away.

While we celebrate the day with silly things here at the North Pole it is not necessary that you do the same. At the North Pole elves wear their clothes backwards and talk backwards. It is not necessary for you to do that where you are. You can, if you want. But it is not required.

Despite the goofiness of the day it still remains a work day at the North Pole. The workshop does not stop working for Leon Day. The test flights of Santa’s sleigh continue. Everything operates normally…well, as normal as can be with backwards elves.

What Leon Day means for the serious tracker elf is that the news gets much busier. Being more than half way just means we get busier.

So it’s a signal for you. Things are happening and happening quickly. Be sharp.

Tracker Map Opens for Elf Training

North Pole Flight Command announced yesterday that the Santa Tracker Map will be opened exclusively here on SantaTrackers.net. We are pleased to announce that as of this morning the map is live and available at this link.

Please note that while the map is now open there is not year much flight activity to show you. The North Pole Navy has repositioned to the North Atlantic and a limited number of flights are going out over the water.

We have it on good authority they will be test flying the sleigh first in Sector 3 and that those flights are scheduled to begin just after Leon Day. So, for the next week or so, you should only expect to see the test flights over the waters of the Atlantic and it may not in fact move very much.

What’s going on?

Well, the reindeer have all been selected. All of them are working a schedule getting exercise, food and even a few shots to fight against tropical diseases. They are being conditioned for a very heavy flight schedule in the months ahead.

The sleighs themselves are nearly flight-ready. There are 12 of them. They are being washed and waxed. Some are being loaded with weights. Others are being installed with special tracking equipment. No two sleighs are alike in how they are outfitted.

The test pilots are in flight school. They are receiving simulator training. Some are already reviewing their flight mission notes with assigned locations and test procedures they must follow.

Some sleighs are being flight tested over the water for the next week or so. I’m not sure the nature of those flights but they are very limited. Some of those flights are just to get the reindeer used to being used with this model of the sleigh.

And no – Santa will not be involved in the test flights. He rarely is at this point in the season.

We will keep you posted. And you can now keep your eye on  the map.

Conference Agenda Released

Hello elves! No sooner did the big Tracker Elf Conference get announced then a meeting was held today to set it all up. As a result, you can now see the conference agenda.

We are releasing this a month in advance so that you can prepare. How do you do that?

1. Review all tracker elf training materials and make a list of questions.
2. Match your questions to the presentation where you think it will best fit. (Although any of our experts will be glad to take any question you have).

Each presentation at the conference will be about 10-15 minutes long. The remaining time after each speaker is meant for you to ask questions. That open discussion is where most elves learn the most stuff.

It is very important that you ask questions at the conference. We want every elf to be aware and to understand.

Also be looking for LOTS of new training material to be introduced around the time of the Conference. We have elves working on that stuff now and we will begin releasing new training information around the 10th of July this year, just in advance of the Conference.

Exclusive Tracking of Test Flights

Greetings, Elves!

We have received some important news today from North Pole Flight Command. The tracking of the test flights of Santa’s Sleigh will be available exclusively right here on SantaTrackers.net and it will be made available for Tracking Elves alone for training purposes.

Flight Command has not yet said WHEN the map will be activated but it is expected to be very soon – like within just a few days.

Santa’s sleigh has so far only seen very limited testing. According to flight command the sleigh design was approved by Santa weeks ago and the first prototype models have been built. Reindeer from Santa’s ranches around the world have been summoned and flight teams are being assembled now.

But the schedule of test flights is still underdevelopment as of this report. We should know soon, I’m being told, from the team at Flight Command.

This is all new territory for us. Usually test flights of Santa’s sleigh do not get underway until August at the earliest. That has all changed this year for some reason.

The tracking of those flights have never been open before beyond the North Pole. So to get it now will be a real aid to new tracker elves who do not know what the map looks like.

We are told that test flights, at least at first, will be focused on certain sectors  a week at a time. That information is also new as it has not been the practice of Flight Command to reveal the strategy behind test flight locations.

This information will prove useful to tracker elves who want to plan their use of the tracking data.

As I get more information, I will share it with you.

Elf Recruiting Starts Up

Elf recruiting is about to become a big deal, guys. I’ve been in a lot of meetings and there will be a lot of talk about this going forward. And I mean a lot.

It is a strange thing, if you ask me. It’s only June. Most people aren’t even thinking of Christmas. What’s more, Santa has not yet told us what our recruiting goal is this year. He usually does that in July, or at least he has for the last several years.

Maybe he will do it sooner this year. I do not really know. Everything else seems to be happening sooner this year, so why not Santa’s big announcement?

Anyway, regardless – getting new elves is going to become important.

How do you recruit new elves where you are? Well, that’s something we will be talking about for months. We know that no matter how hard we work it seems the most new-elf sign-ups happen in that last week before Christmas. That is not ideal. It means just a short period of training time for those elves who just sign up.

We know it is a much better experience if they sign up sometime before Christmas so they can get trained and have the fun that tracker elves usually have. But, it’s up to them.

Think about your friends. Think about your family. Heck, think about your parents. They need to become tracker elves, too. I’ll tell you right now it takes a lot more time for parents to train as tracker elves. So you might just want to start working on them now.

Keep an eye out from an elf named Flip Beanz. He’s a numbers guy. It’s his job to keep track of and to report on the number of tracker elves we have. I think his first report of the season is coming out in the next couple of weeks. He’ll tell us what the score is.

Also, your Elf Supervisor will be talking a lot more about this this year.

Flight Command On the Move

Flight Command is on the move, Elves. Heads up.

In the past couple of weeks we have seen flight command announce all the new regional tracking centers and they have informed us of the very first test flights of Santa’s new sleigh.

I’ve got it on good authority that there is a lot more news that will be breaking this week – well, really through Christmas in July. There is a LOT going on and it is going to impact us.

We will be doing some things different this year in regards to training. Over at SantaUpdate.com, and hear on SantaTrackers.net, where we have the availability of Kringle Radio year round, they will be re-broadcasting the Tracking Santa Around the World radio broadcast. But that is not all. At the same time, they will be adding tracking data to the map here at SantaTrackers.net. It will give you a good idea of what tracking Santa looks like on Christmas Eve if you’ve never been here before to see it.

In fact, there will be a number of announcements about tracker training and the map here on Santa Trackers will be a big part of it.

I’ve asked all Sector supervisor elves to begin posting new by sector starting at least with Leon Day and thru Christmas in July. That will help you to get to know them. All will be posting news here — and some may be posting in their groups.

All of this is being driven by news from North Pole Flight Command. You will want to bookmark that site and keep an eye on it for breaking news.

Thanks.

How to Get in Trouble as an Elf

Some have recently sent in the question “Where did Elf So-and-So go?”

Well, I’ll tell ya. You don’t see them on the Elf Chat or the Elf Wall or on the Elf Map because they got busted. They didn’t leave, they got busted. They broke the only real rule we have: BE NICE.

That’s just too hard for some elves.

I don’t know what more we can do to make it clear. You are taught it in learning the Elf Code. You swear to it when you take the Elf Oath. Elf Max has warned about it a couple of times.

Well, you know who the elf executioner is? Me. Elf Moe. Head of the North Pole Complaint Department. It always comes to me and, well, I’m an impatient elf.

This is how you get in trouble or get banned from being an elf:

  1. Boss other elves around.
  2. Assume you are an important elf and try to do jobs that are not yours to do.
  3. Brag you are an elf.
  4. Never take a shower. (Ewwwwww)
  5. Use bad words
  6. Be mean
  7. Lie
  8. Steal
  9. Cheat
  10. Pretend you are Santa
  11. Take the wings off flies
  12. Call other elves names
  13. Speak ill of the reindeer
  14. Use a hair dryer on a snowman
  15. Lick the frosting off of sugar cookies
  16. Set the Christmas tree on fire
  17. Use super glue in the Wrapping Department
  18. Litter from the sleigh
  19. Post bad pictures
  20. Say someone is on the naughty list
  21. Put salt in the sugar shaker
  22. Drink the last of the eggnog
  23. Stuff spiders in stockings
  24. Tell Mrs. Claus that Santa says she is fat
  25. Tease Rudolph

Now, guys, I don’t want to ban you and you don’t want to be banned.

But let’s make one thing perfectly clear: if you get banned you’re never coming back. It’s a one-way ticket. If you can’t act like an elf, you can’t be an elf.

I hope this is the last time this needs to be discussed. We have lost some pretty good elves recently who just could not be nice. It has nothing to do with Santa. In fact, Santa won’t even hear about it if I had my way.

He needs elves. But he needs people who are ready to BE elves.

Okay?

200 Days Until Santa’s Launch

Greetings, elves. Today officially marks the 200-day milestone in the countdown to Santa’s launch. We have just 200 days now to get the sleigh built, tested, and ready for Santa.

We also only have 200 days to get millions of Santa tracker elves recruited, trained and ready to track Santa around the world.

Shouldn’t be too much work.

We are off to a fast start. If you have followed along at NorthPoleFlightCommand.com, you already know that regional tracking centers have been set up in all five sectors.

That’s the earliest this has happened in history, folks.

So Santa is pretty serious about things this year.

Sector 1 is located in Bethlehem, New Zealand. Sector 2 is located in Demre, Turkey. Sector 3 is located in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Sector 4 is in Natal, Brazil. And Sector 5 is located in Christmas Island, Nova Scotia.

I share those locations with you because we’re soon to be setting up a tracking map for the test flights of Santa’s sleigh.

Those tracking centers will be clues to where Santa’s Sleigh will test first.

We’ll be making an announcement soon of where you might be able to see the tracking map for the test flights.

200 days to go! It’s coming up fast!

New Regional Tracking Center Location Announced

Hola, amigos! Today the North Pole Flight Command Center has announced that our new regional tracking center will be headquartered in Natal, Brazil. This is a location we are familiar with and we are thrilled to be back.

I know many of you are not like to read about this until months from now. Santa has chosen to “get into” the business here in Sector 4 earlier this year. We’re not exactly sure why or what it means but we will be doing all we can to keep you informed and to get us all ready for a great tracking season ahead.

We remind you to be here for Christmas in July, especially if this is your first season as an elf. During Christmas in July there will be a radio replay of last year’s Tracking Santa show from Kringle Radio. We may even put up a simulated map so you can see exactly how we did it last year when we tracked Santa.

That’s why this special page has been created – so you have a place to check the news for Sector 4 when you need our news all in one place.

Welcome – and let’s make it a great tracking season for Sector 4!