Lewis and Clark District Committee Meeting Minutes

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Lewis and Clark District Committee Meeting


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Day camp registration forms are rolling in at the Scout office. Today is the day to get your forms in to receive the discount price of $45 per boy. We will be open at the Scout office until 5pm so get your forms turned in today :)

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BSA Trail to First Class Campout registration deadline soon!

By: Paul Grosvold

In order to register for the Trail to First Class Campout on April 17,18,19, each Troop must send me an email with a list of scouts and adults that will be attending, no later than NOON on Wed. April 15.. Cost of the campout is $5.00 per person, which includes a patch and tracking sheets, payable on arrival and check in at camp, so please bring cash or a check made out to BSA.

This year, there will be a lock on the gate to the lower campground, as the whole campground is closed to the public. In order to gain access to the campground, you will need the combination for the lock. I will email the gate combination to each troop when I get your registration. For those of you coming up for Outdoor Leader Skills, who may not be camping with a Troop, you can get the combination from the District Training Chair, Keith Head, or myself.

Please forward this to any unit leaders who may be attending and are not on the attached email list.. Those of you who have access to the District blog, please post this there.

Looking forward to a great campout,Tap Out Ceremony and great weather!

Paul Grosvold, Order of the Arrow Chapter Advisor, 406-788-2627

Trail to First Class Camping Guide 2015

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IOLS Students: Don’t Go Away Hungry!

The district will be offering the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills during our Trail to First Class camp out this weekend. This is one of the mandatory classes that  all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters must take to be considered “trained.”

Part of the course is cooking your own lunch. Please bring ingredients and equipment so that you can cook your own lunch. Something like a hobo meal, but extra points for creativity!

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Greetings scouters! Roundtable will be this Tuesday, at 6:30 pm immediately following a district Youth Protection Training which will be at 6pm. LOCATION CHANGE for this night only, it will be at the LDS church at 1401 9th St NW. 

See you all there!


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Employment Opportunity for older Scouts and Venturers!

Did you know that the City of Great Falls Aquatics department hires about 65 lifeguards each Summer?  Starting pay is $8.50 an hour (more if you teach swim lessons).

The City will be offering lifeguard classes this Spring, starting this weekend. The cost is $220 for the course.  Attendees must be 15 to take their lifeguard test.

For more information, call 452-3733.

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!!!CHICKEN DINNER!!!  And, deadline extended for submitting nominations for district awards!  Final deadline next Friday April 17


We have a district award dinner coming up and don’t have as many nomination forms turned in as we’d like.  Do you know what that means?  It means your chances are still excellent to leave that dinner dripping with accolades and laden with prizes – or your favorite adult Scouter. 

Our updated nomination form means you only have to write in a name and an award and why you think this individual deserves recognition.  For the form, scroll back through these blog postings to last week sometime when it was sent out, write it up and drop it off at the scout office.

Truth is, we all deserve recognition so let’s recognize each other with a great meal and a back-slapping, hand-shaking good time.  Nominations will close Friday April 17.  I look forward to seeing you there and showing off my prodigious chicken-eating skills.  Winner!  Winner!

Yours in Scouting.   Peter Jennings   District Chairman

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BSA acquires scoutbook.com – tutorial at Scoutmaster Specific Training on Saturday

This morning, the BSA announced that it had acquired Scoutbook.com, a (formerly) third party advancement tracking tool.  Some statements indicate that it may replace the current online advancement tools and eventually, the recharter system.

At least four units in our District are currently using Scoutbook, including my unit.  During Scoutmaster Specific training this coming Saturday, I will be giving a brief tutorial on the use of the system and showing several screenshots.  Plan to attend to learn more!

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Pre-Requisites for Scoutmaster Specific Training on Saturday

There has been some question about the pre-requisites that we would like Scouters to take in advance of class. Regardless of what you have taken, please make a point to attend. We would like all applicants to have completed Youth Protection Training, This is Scouting, Scoutmaster Fast Start and Weather Hazards.

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YPT rescheduled to next week 04/14/15 6:00 pm Great Falls East Stake Center

Youth Protection Training is available to all registered Scouters next week, Tuesday April 14, 6:00 pm at the Stake Center right before Roundtable starts.  This training is required for all registered Scouters to be taken yearly.  The Montana Council voted last year to make yearly YPT mandatory for all participating adults.  This training had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 6:00 pm right before the District Meeting, but will be postponed to next week.  We look forward to seeing you there if you need this training.  Anyone who was planning to come April 7 for the training should call Dustin @ 403-5675 or Peter @ 868-3574.

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