August (Free) Merit Badge Clinic

Game_DesignHi Scouts and Scouters! Mark King and yours truly (Stephen Boyd) will be leading our second annual summer merit badge clinic Monday August 1st, through Wednesday August 3rd. The merit badge this year will be game design. This merit badge explores nine different game mediums and their elements. Scouts will have the opportunity to design, introduce, and play a new game.

Please comment below or email me at or call/text 406-231-9570 to sign up. We only have 15 slots available, so please act quickly!

We will be meeting each day at The Salvation Army at 1000 17th Ave S. (across from the scout office) from 9am to 2pm. Please have your Scout pack a lunch.

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July Roundtable 

Due to so much going on over the summer, there will be no Roundtable next Tuesday night. Please continue to check the calendar for district events and for all the Packs, remember, the summer time is full of awards for your pack and individual scouts! See you all in August!

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July District Meeting

The Lewis & Clark district will not be having district meeting scheduled for July 5th. However, if you are a committee chairman, you will be contacted in preparation for August’s meeting.

August 2, 2016 will be our next district meeting.  Have a great July!

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4th of July Parade

The Lewis and Clark District has been asked to participate the Great Falls 4th of July Parade carrying the “Big Flag” from Overlook Park.  The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday July 4, 2016, and winds through downtown along an approximately 16 block route.


Who:  Open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturers, Adult Leaders, and Siblings in the Lewis and Clark District.  This is a uniformed event.

What: Carrying the big Overlook Flag in the City of Great Falls 4th of July Parade.

When: Parade begins at 11am, all Scouts meet at 10am.

Where: Assemble behind Police Department/Energy West building.  Parking available at Mitchel pool (walk over tracks to meeting area)

Please make sure your Scouts wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and drink plenty of water.

For questions contact: Tom Lynch 406-231-9470

See you there!

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Scouts and Swimming!

Swimming, Scout and Summer.  The three just go together, kind of like peanut butter and jelly, rice and beans or peas and carrots.  So, let’s go swimming!

Troop 26 has reserved the Water Tower neighborhood pool for the evening of Monday, June 27 from 6-8pm.  As more kids = more fun, we would like to invite other Troops and Packs in town to join us (and, of course, help pay for our pool rental).

Please call Scoutmaster Aaron Weissman, 868-8982, for more information.

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Flag Day

The Great Falls Realtors would like our Scouts to help raise the giant flag on Flag Hill for their Flag Day Ceremony tomorrow, June 14th. This has been a tradition for several years and the scouts have always had a part in this ceremony. They would like to have an Honor Guard raise the flag and have some help in cleaning up afterwards. This ceremony is open to all scouts so please spread the word and plan to participate! Please arrive in full uniform at 7:30am tomorrow. The ceremony will begin at 8:00am and is expected to last an hour. This is a great opportunity to pay respect to our flag on Flag Day and a great service project for our scouts! If you have any questions, please call me at 750-7657. Hope to see you there!

Greg Aderhold
Troop 1

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Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

Trained-Leader.gifHello Lewis and Clark District!

I have just taken on the role of Training chair for our district.  I would like you to join me on a journey that we will take together over the next year.  If you join me on this journey, I think that the end result will be a corps of adult and youth leaders in our District that will have the tools at their disposal to present the Scouts in our units with the very highest quality of program.

I have a few goals for our journey:

  • Maintain 100% Youth Protection Training for all adult leaders in the Lewis and Clark District.  Every adult must complete Youth Protection every year.  To that end, the Program for our October District Roundtable will be a proctored Youth Protection class.  Mark your calendars now for October 4 at the LDS Stake Center at 999 15th Ave S for 6pm, and ask every adult in your unit to attend.
  • Ensure that at least 60% of our Direct Contact adult leaders (Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Crew Advisors and Associate Advisors, etc.) have completed all of the trainings for their position.  Please get in touch with me about the trainings that your unit needs in order to ensure that your Scouts are benefiting from a Trained Leader!  Also, mark your calendars for BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills), which will be held the weekend of October 21-23 behind the Scout office.  Watch this blog for information on additional trainings as we schedule them!
  • By Fall 2017, ensure that every unit has at least one leader that has completed advanced Wood Badge training!  If no adult in your unit has completed Wood Badge, mark your calendars and sign up one of your adults today for our 2017 Wood Badge Course, which will are tentatively scheduled to be held at nearby K-M Scout Ranch the weekends of May 11-13, 2017 and June 1-3, 2017.
  • By Fall 2017, ensure that every Troop and Crew in our District has at lease one Scout that has completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYTrainedPatch.gifLT).  You may be able to still sign up for the NYLT course at K-M this coming June 19-25, 2016.  You can also sign up today for the 2017 NYLT course at K-M , which will be held June 18-24, 2017.

Why join me on this journey?  After all, the going may be hard.  However, I know that all of the Scout leaders in our District are up to it.  The end result will be delivering a better Scouting experience to the youth in our care, and a better program for every Scout.  So c’mon!  We are going to leave for that journey right away!  Get out your hiking shoes and join me!


Aaron Weissman,
Lewis and Clark District Training Chair


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Raise QUICK $ NOW!

Does your Pack/Troop need some quick money?
Wondering how to pay for camp?
Would you like more money to run your program?

Here’s your opportunity!


For every $10 card you sell, you get $5 back!  That’s a 50% return!

Here’s how:

  1. Ask a local business to sell in front (Albertson’s, Sam’s Club, etc.  The Dist Exec. can help make arrangements)
    2. Pickup cards (or have them delivered by the district executive)
    3. Sell cards, keep half of the money raised.
    4. Return unsold cards and money for sold cards to the office (or have them collected by the district executive)

It’s that easy!

A few Scouts sold cards in March for a few hours on a Saturday, and were able to pay for their ENTIRE Scout Camp this year!

Can be sold as an individual or as a unit with earnings being used at seller’s discretion.
YES! This IS approved for LDS units!

Discounts available for in store purchase at:

-Papa Johns
-Pizza Hut
-Bed Bath & Beyond
-Redbox, Enterprise rent-a-car
-Ace Hardware
…and more.

As well as 1,000’s of online redemption offers.


Contact Dustin Shoemake at 406-404-6071 or


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Spring Camporee Results

Spring Camporee was Wet and Wild!

Well we survived another wet Spring camporee…. I was happy to see the great turnout and thank the gods that the rain stopped at all the right times to let us complete the events. I was amazed at see the teamwork I witnessed at the Tower building event. I was a bit worried as the tower was a bit shaky and looked nothing like the picture…..Mr. Locke. However it did look just like the one on the patch! We had a great turnout of 88 people! The set -up was a trying thing but the boys and adults held up and completed the tasks.

Congrats to the winners

First place…..Troop 14………………………………….$100.00 gift card

Second Place..Troop 28………………………………….$75.00 gift card

Third Place……Troop 26…………………………………$50.00 gift card

Fourth Place Troop 1 Thunderbirds…………………….$50.00 gift card

Congrats to Dave Cunningham from Troop 26 on winning the 1952 Dutch Oven Campfire Set with his Restaurant Quality Seafood Lasagna……and it was beautiful to look at as he uncovered it!

Thank you to the contestants who all cooked amazing dishes and made it hard to choose a winner.

Thank you to Mel and Ben and The Forest Service for the site and hospitality. The camp hosts even judged the Dutch Oven Contest

Daniel Colwell won the most helpful Scout award

He is from Troop 1152 winning a 500 Lumen Lantern much like the one used by old Caruso himself…………..

Next up Fall Camporee will be a STEM Event

Stay tuned from your camping Committee

Forrest LaBelle

Tim Locke

Mike Lucas

Tammy Lucas

Rex Jewett…….

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Updated Contact Information

There has been a recent change in contact information for District Executive, Dustin Shoemake. The updated number is 406-404-6071.  Any calls to the previous number over the last week or 2 may not have been recieved.

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