“Beware the coming of BIG RED!

… also, has anyone seen Cubby?”

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Flags at Camporee

Was asked why so many points for flags at your camp? Look at it this way….the better your flags set up is the more points you will get. A nice gate or arch instead of say sticking a pole in the ground and saying good enough!

Missed the points on knot tying too……it will be 200 possible

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Fall Camporee Schedule of Events

Please note that you will need to bring your own fishing poles to Camporee if you want to fish. They were very hungry for flies when I was last there, but small spoons work too….in silver. Fishing the creek is up to your leadership. We will bring a large rope for cross creek tug of war for those who want to try it. The creek has lots of exploring opportunities. Please bring any and all telescopes available to you for viewing. Binoculars for the hike would be good as there are nice vistas and animals to see. the weather is shaping up to be a real nice weekend! See you there!


7am……Reveille and breakfast and free time

9am……Flags and announcements

9:30….. station Events start……Camp inspections start


1pm…….Forestry Hike 2 to 3 hours

5pm……Free Time and Dinner

6:30…..Scouts Own


Sunday……9am awards announced

Due to the lateness of Astronomy we will fore-go skits and announce winners at breakfast Sunday

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District Roundtable

It’s that time of the month again… Time for District Roundtable YAY!!!!!

Roundtable will be tomorrow, Tuesday September 9th at 6:30 PM at the Medicine River Scout Center(You know, the place we have Cub Scout Day Camp). To get there, head out of town on Central Avenue West for about 1.3 miles, just before you go across the Sun River bridge, turn right.

We will be featuring Dutch Oven cooking with such famous chefs as Ed Stuart and Bob Doughty, as well as less famous chefs like Tami Lukas and Stephen Boyd(yours truly). If you have a Dutch Oven recipe to share, come and bring your oven!

If you would like to cook however, please come early. Most of us who are cooking will be at MRSC between 5 and 6, so as to get the coals hot and cooking before 6:30 PM. We are trying our absolute best to keep to our requisite hour of fun time, so bring your taste buds and come out for a good time!

If you need any further information, please contact me at, or (406) 231-9570.

See you all there!!!

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Time to Pop Up for POPCORN training on 9/11!

“It’s that time of year to gear up for POPCORN SALES! Give your unit the best opportunity to fund your activities and programs by attending our district popcorn training!
-All units encouraged to attend-

As a reminder, our popcorn training is:
September 11, 2014 at 6:30pm
Holiday Inn Great Falls
1100 5th St S, Great Falls, Mt

Dinner will be provided for two volunteers in your unit. This is an adult only event.

Any units who did not sell last year have a $200 incentive available (yes, including LDS units).
Please have someone in your unit RSVP our district popcorn chair, Alissa Brown at 406-231-2348 or You can also RSVP by responding back to this email or contacting me at 761-6000.

Don’t forget to review our district calendar for any other upcoming events:

Can’t wait to see you all there!”

Dustin Shoemake | District Executive- Lewis & Clark/Central District

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Venture Crew 8 Open House on September 18 | Council Venturing Bonanza at K-M on October 10!

The Montana Council and the Venture Crew from Billings will be having a K-M Venture Crew weekend Oct 10-12.  The activities will be ATVing, rappelling, COPE and shooting.

So what does this mean to all of you Scouts and Scouters?  Well if you are 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and completed of the eighth grade (and have not yet reached the age of 21) then we would love to have you in our Venture Crew  Since Venturing is co-ed then you and or your sister can attend our planning meeting at 6:30PM on Sept 18th in the basement of the Scout Office with the rest of Venture Crew 8.

What is the cost to be in Venturing?  If you are already registered in a Boy Scout unit the answer is nothing!  If your sister wants to join Venturing then the cost to register through the end of 2015 is $33.00.

Now the cost of the Venture Bonanza at K-M is $35.00 per person, which covers all of your fees and food expenses.  And yes, adults can also participate all of the activities.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at .

So hope to see you there.



Keith Hasbrouck, Venture Crew 8 Advisor

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Scouts’ Own at Fall Camporee 2014

Has anyone ever heard of a Scouts’ Own?  I had not until recently.  Since one of my Woodbadge tickets is planning and carrying out a spiritual ceremony at a campout, I began to consider how I should approach this issue at the Fall Camporee a couple of weeks ago.  A fellow Scouter said, “Oh, you want to do a Scouts’ Own.”  “A what,” I asked?  Well, you’re probably entertaining the same question.  I encourage every scout(er) to click on the following link to understand more about this important component of the spiritual/religious aspect of Scouting:  Scout’s Own service description

Chaplain’s Aides should pay particular attention since you are the boys who will be called upon at the Camporee to lead the ceremony – along with  –  Yours Truly,     Peter C. Jennings  District Chair

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Update on Critical District Issues: District Comm. Meeting Times, Medicine River, District Calendar

Dear Scouters,

We have received many excellent questions and requests for clarification on a number of issues facing us in Lewis and Clark District as we enter a new Scouting Year.  The next district meeting is coming up on Tuesday September 2 at the Great Falls East Stake Center.  It was noted that the district calendar has the meeting at 7pm, which would be a change from tradition.  If there are no major objections let’s try an even earlier time of 6:30 pm on September 2.  We’ll discuss a proposal to make this a “permanent” change at the meeting itself to make sure it works for folks in the long term.

Next, I had a more in-depth conversation with council leadership about their feelings on Medicine River Scout Center.  There is not a hearty appetite at this time on the council level for development of such a facility in any context or location.  The council has been focused lately on orchestrating major improvements to our Montana Council Scout Camps.  Improving our existing Scout Camp assets is a worthy goal from any perspective, and one that we on the district level should heartily support.  I suggested that, taking advantage of coincidence, now is a great time to pursue something like MRSC, as well.  The program benefits of a facility with the potential of Medicine River, it’s proximity and size, are hard to underestimate for our district.  In the short period that we have occupied the site, it has served us well on a number of levels.  The list of possible uses ranges from a permanent home for Cub Day Camp to episodic use for camporees, trainings, Courts of Honor, Crossover ceremonies.  Even a council camporee is not out of the realm of possibility for this site.  Long story short, I do believe if we can demonstrate that Lewis and Clark District, the home of the council headquarters, can promote, develop and utilize this site as a integral part of an excellent Scouting program, we’ll earn their blessing.  That said, there is a great deal of work left to be done and we’ll need commitments from volunteers at every level to succeed.  What this effort looks like will emerge from conversation amongst ourselves at District Meetings, Roundtables, Unit Meetings, Campouts etc.  We’ll resume the discussion at the District Meeting on September 2, 6:30 pm.

Lastly, there were further questions about the year’s calendar and inaccurate or missing dates on the website calendar.  We will flesh those dates out in the coming month, and hopefully arrive at something that resembles life as it happens, or die trying.

I’m looking forward to seeing a huge crowd of fired-up Scouters at the District Meeting.  It’s going to be an exciting year – I promise.

Yours in Scouting,

Peter Jennings   Chairman   Lewis and Clark District Committee

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2014 Fall Camporee Leader’s Guide with Registration Form and Map

Lewis and Clark District Scouters!

Tim has asked me to insert a copy of our District Camporee registration form into the Leader’s Guide put together for our Camporee next month.  So, without further ado, please click on the Lewis and Clark 2014 Fall Camporee leader’s guide with registration form to download the guide in PDF!

Yours in Scouting,


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Scout Night with the Voyagers – August 29, 2014

Just a friendly reminder – Scout Night with the Voyagers is fast approaching. If you haven’t already, please preorder your tickets utilizing the form below. See you at the ballgame……

Friday August 29, 2014, is our annual Scout Night at Centene Stadium with the Great Falls Voyagers. This has become one of our largest and most popular district wide events. Come out and root on the 1st place Voyagers as they battle the Helena Senators. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Discounted tickets for scouts and families are available if pre-purchased utilizing the attached order form. Scouts and scouters are encouraged to wear their class A/field dress uniforms. Bring a tent and sleeping bag. Following the game scouts and families will be allowed to campout in the outfield. Sorry, no tent stakes or campfires!! Questions may be directed to Bill Rutten at 406 750-1632.

ScoutNight 2014

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