Two Saturday Events

Cub Shooting Sports Certification

For any BB Gun, Archery, and Sling Shot activities, there must be a certified shooting sports instructor. This is your opportunity to become certified!

Who: All interested BSA volunteers and parents
When: May 7th @ 9am
Where: Medicine River Scout Center -4401 Central Ave West, Great Falls

For questions please contact Ken Roberts 406-564-9580

Please help pass this information along.

Go HERE to complete registration form.

The 2016 Statewide Pinewood Derby

(information previously emailed to parents and unit leaders on April 18th)

The race will be held on Saturday May 7, 2016, at the Great Falls Salvation Army Gym, 1000 17th Ave South, down the street from the Council Service Center.

  • Check-in/weigh-in from 9 to 11 a.m.  Please have payment ready during check in as well.
  • Scout does not have to be present to race car.

There are no pre-race qualifications; everyone can participate! You need not be present to enter your car.

The race will cost $4 per registered Scout entry and $5 per open class entry.

We will award top 3 for speed in the Cub Class for each rank division as well as one top overall speed. We will award top 3 for speed in the open class.

The race will start at 11a.m. and will go until all cars have raced. Each car will get six runs down the track and results will be based on average of all six runs. We will run the open class race after the Cub class race.

A concession stand will be available from the Salvation Army staff and family camping behind the Scout Service Center is an option as well.

Please review the registration/rules flyer for official race rules and registration information. All cars sent to the office for inspection must have a registration form filled out completely and payment enclosed.

Time to see who has the fastest pinewood derby car in MONTANA!

Register HERE!

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Tom Coffman

GREAT FALLS —Tom Coffman, 57, of Great Falls, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church followed by interment at Highland Cemetery and a reception at the church. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Tom was born January 7, 1959 in Choteau to Willis and Sharon Coffman. While he was still very young, the family moved to Great Falls and eventually into the house that he and DeeAnn took over and raised their family in. He graduated from CMR and attended college in Bozeman, Missoula and finally, Havre, where he and DeeAnn met. They were married in August of 1983 and after 6 years were blessed with their first child, Kristen. Four years later, another blessing in the form of a son, Casey, completed their family. Tom considered his family to be his biggest blessing and enjoyed showing both of his children and somewhat reluctant wife, his love of the outdoors including golfing, fishing, hunting, archery and camping. He was happiest either outdoors or in the kitchen cooking for anyone who would appreciate it.

Tom started working at a young age, but finally started his career with Thomas, Dean, and Hoskins Engineering in 1992 where he made many new friends. Because of his love for having a good time and generous nature he was instrumental in planning an annual company golf day that created many memories and stories to tell.

Tom was very social and found people to visit with as he attended many sporting events at CMR, tailgating with the Great Falls Bobcat boosters, and various Boy Scout events. Tom was active with Great Falls Troop 4 and a longstanding member of the Lewis and Clark District Camping Committee.

He was loved by many and survived by his wife, DeeAnn; daughter Kristen (Jess) Rago of Billings; son Casey of Bozeman; parents Willis and Sharon Coffman of Red Lodge; sister Linda (Arnie) Knight of Billings; and brother Don, whose home is wherever his RV is parked. He was also loved by many extended family members too numerous to mention.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Wallace and Jeanette Maxwell and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Stella Coffman.

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Scouting Party Bus!

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate with Lewis & Clark leaders at the Montana Council Annual Convention!  You can be a part of the 5th Annual Scouter Appreciation Night!

This event is hosted annually to recognize outstanding District performance and reward all the efforts of our volunteers across the state. Something for every level of volunteer. Come and have a great time and allow the council to say “thank you” for all you do. The theme of this year’s event is “TV or Movie Personalities” so feel free to dress up and represent your spirit as a District!

The Salvation Army has offered to gives rides to the Convention in Missoula for Friday Night’s awards dinner.  The bus will leave the Salvation Army (east of the Scout Office), around 3:00pm and return late Friday evening.

Please see link for convention information:

Please contact Dustin Shoemake @ 406-403-5675 to reserve your seat and for more information.

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Spring camporee….is nearly here

A call out to all troops! We are in need of some 3/4 to 1″ ropes for the tower raising. We have two and need four more. Message me if you can help. They will be returned unharmed.

We are looking forward to your arrival to a great and beautiful camp. A river runs through it and there is ample room for all. First to arrive gets first pick. Turn right at MM 79 and go 1 mile to the camp. Lincoln is close by for emergency needs.There is also a new amphitheater and benches.

Adult leadership cook off prize is a 5qt round top Dutch Oven with a hand forged tripod and S hook made by a Smithy friend of mine. Entries should be a main course dish of your choosing. It does NOT have to be cooked in an oven.Open pit, BBQ, foil type, basted,broiled or stewed ….you decide. NO PROPANE

Lastly I ask for a good attendance by the District as the prizes are given according to what we take in. Also Cracker barrell will be at Campsite 2 at 8:30 pm


Forrest C LaBelle


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Fall Camporee Change in Date

I am asking all of you to change your calenders for Fall Camporee to September 23,24,25


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Trail to First Class

Due to weather conditions, Trail to First Class, BALOO, and Outdoor Leader Training has been relocated to Medicine River Scout Center. The schedule will remain the same.  For questions, call Mike Lucas at 406-750-7932

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Cub Day Camp Registration

As we get closer to the first Day Camp registration deadline, there appears to be miscommunication and confusion among leaders in the units.  The following is provided as clarification:

  1.  Each unit must have one person designated as their Day Camp Coordinator to collect registration paperwork, medical forms, and payments.
  2. The day camp coordinator will register everyone in the unit and pay for everyone at one time, with one payment (additional registrations will be accepted until May 27th).
  3. Units must provide a 1:3 ratio of adults to youth, per den, per day.
  4. Each youth and adult must provide a Medical and registration form (see below. Medical form does not need to be completed by medical professional).
  5. Registration and medical forms must be filled out completely.
  6. Fee Structure located on page 1 of 2016 Day Camp Information form.

For questions contact:
Glenda Burton- (307) 272-7105Ken Roberts- (406) 952-1769 or (406) 564-9580
Laura Merriman- (406) 781-1458

Forms and Information:
2016 Day Camp Information
Cub Day Camp Application
Tiger Day Camp Application
Tot Lot Application
Adult Volunteer Registration
Den Planning Forms


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Roundtable tonight

Hello Scouters!! Roundtable is tonight, at 6:30pm, and the usual location, the LDS stake center at 1015, 15th Ave South. Tonight’s Cub Scout training will be how to recruit new parents. 
Hope to see everyone there!!

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Dont miss Trail to First Class!

Don’t let your boys miss out on a weekend of fun and opportunity to pass off requirements leading up to First Class!  Please see the attached packet for information on schedule and events: Trail to First Class 2016


As always please visit our District website for upcoming events and information!  Lewis & Clark District

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Trail to First Class Program Guide and Info

From: Paul Grosvold <prosvcs>
Date: April 2, 2016 at 9:23:41 PM MDT
Subject: Trail to First Class Program Guide and Info
Reply-To: Paul Grosvold <prosvcs>

Hello everyone. Sorry we didn’t get this information out sooner. I am sending it now to all the e-mails that I have available for units that may be attending. Please pass this along to anyone else in your unit who may need the information, and hopefully we can get it out on the Lewis and Clark District blog as well.

Once again this year, the Trail to First Class Skills Weekend, hosted by the Order of the Arrow, will be held at the Log Gulch Campground, at Holter Lake on April 15,16 and 17.
I have attached a program guide with schedule and registration information.
Please contact me if you have any questions.

Paul Grosvold, OA Advisor, 406-788-2627

Trail to First Class 2016.pdf

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