Committee Training in Choteau on August 12

Committee Members also need training!  For a Troop, a Pack or a Crew, a trained unit committee will be better able to work with their chartered partner and be financially prepared to ensure that your boys have an exceptional program.

We will hold a Troop Committee Challenge training in Choteau on Saturday, August 12.  If any Pack Committee members would like to be trained, I will ensure that we also have a Pack Committee Challenge training.

RSVP to Aaron Weissman, aaron@weissman.com, 406-868-8982.

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Roundtable, Cub Planning, Training, & Eagle Palm Changes

District Roundtable (reminder)

July Roundtable– Roundtable for July is scheduled for July 18th at 6:30pm.  There will be a program for both, Cub Scout and Boy Scout volunteers and parents.  We know summer is busy for many, but we hope you will take advantage of resources and program our Roundtable staff has put together.

Cub Scout Program Planning

“If we fail to plan, we plan to fail!”

Time to plan conceptAttend our Cub Scout Planning session and take the guess work out of planning your 2017-18 Cub Scout Program.  How will this benefit you?

  • Plan your 12 month program.
  • Work your unit budget
  • Have den meetings planned
  • Have Pack meeting plans
  • Get training and activity dates
  • Program resources
  • …and more

All Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, and parents are encouraged to come and participate.

Date: August 8, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: 999 15th Ave S, Great Falls

We need a minimum of two from each unit to attend. It will be well worth your time

Are YOU a well prepared leader?

Trained-Leader
Training makes all the difference
between a well prepared leader, and one who is stressed out and trying to figure out what to do each week.  Click the link for upcoming training information: How To Get Trained! (Fall, 2017 edition)

The way Scouts earn Eagle Palms is about to change

Eagle-Palms

Eagle Palms are bronze, gold and silver awards presented to young men who earn five, 10, 15 or more merit badges beyond the 21 required to become an Eagle Scout.

This week, the BSA has announced significant changes to the way Scouts earn Eagle Palms. The modifications take effect Aug. 1, 2017.

The changes bring Eagle Palm requirements in line with the needs of older Scouts. The National Boy Scouting Subcommittee has eliminated unnecessary obstacles, such as the Eagle Palm board of review, and expanded the definition of active participation.

But the biggest change affects young men who haven’t yet earned Eagle. Beginning Aug. 1, all earned Palms may be awarded instantly to new Eagle Scouts at their Eagle court of honor. This abolishes the wait of months or years for these young men to receive all Palms available to them.

Here’s a look at what’s changing with an in-depth guide to the new Eagle Palm requirements.

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How To Get Trained! (Fall, 2017 edition)

Trained-LeaderHello Lewis and Clark District!

I know it is the middle of the Summer and going through training is the last thing on your mind.  Before you know it, though, it will be Fall and your Pack or Troop will need you to have updated training so that your boys can have more fun Scouting.

Each Pack campout requires a BALOO trained leader and each Troop campout requires an IOLS trained leader.  Can you be the trained hero that let’s your boys go to a campout?

Training is often available at Summer camp — if you are going please sign up for all the training possible!

Please also mark your unit calendars today for these upcoming Training opportunities that your District is organizing for this Fall:

  • YOUTH PROTECTION:  Our program for our District Roundtable on Tuesday, October 10, 6:30pm at the LDS church at 1015 15th Ave South will be a group Youth Protection Class.  Every registered adult in every unit needs to take youth protection every year.  Make it easy and come to our class on October 10!
  • BALOO and IOLS: We will offer BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) as a combined class/campout behind the Scout office during JOTA from Friday evening, October 20 to Saturday morning, October 21.  Participants will receive their certification in both trainings.
  • Position Specific Training (Scouting University):  Individualized trainings for positions (Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee and Scoutmaster) will be offered at our District Scouting University on Saturday, November 18.

Please mark your calendars for these training opportunities.  If you are trained and you are available to help teach some of these classes, please drop me a note at aaron@weissman.com or call me at 868-8982.

Thanks for all you do for the youth in Scouting!

Aaron Weissman
Lewis and Clark District Training Chair

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July Meetings and Weekly Announcements

District Meeting & Roundtable Changes

For those of you who keep up with our district calendar and events page will notice there has been a change to to our Roundtable and District Meeting schedule.

July Roundtable– Roundtable for July is scheduled for July 18th at 6:30pm.  There will be a program for both, Cub Scout and Boy Scout volunteers and parents.  We know summer is busy for many, but we hope you will take advantage of resources and program our Roundtable staff has put together.

July District Meeting– There will be no District Meeting in the Month of July.  We encourage everyone to attend the next meeting on August 8th at 7:30pm (directly following Roundtable).  Our new Scout Executive for the Montana Council will be there to meet our district volunteers.  Mark your calendars for August 8th.

Both meetings are held at 999 15th Ave S in Great Falls.

Cub Scout Program Planning

“If we fail to plan, we plan to fail!”

Attend our Cub Scout Planning session and take the guess work out of planning your 2017-18 Cub Scout Program.  How will this benefit you?

  • Plan your 12 month program.
  • Work your unit budget
  • Have den meetings planned
  • Have Pack meeting plans
  • Get training and activity dates
  • Program resources
  • …and more

All Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, and parents are encouraged to come and participate.

Date: August 8, 2017 

Time: 6:00pm

Location: 999 15th Ave S, Great Falls

We need a minimum of two from each unit to attend. It will be well worth your time!

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4th of July Parade

There has been very little response and confirmation as far as what Packs and Troops plan to do for the 4th of July Parade in Great Falls.

Can our Scouts still participate in the Parade?  YES!

The Realtors Association (who has provided the flag for Scouts to carry in past years) is still planning to have the flag to carry.  This will be a joint effort between the Girl Scouts and possibly other organizations.

Interested Scouts and families should plan to meet at the park north of the at Civic Center at 10:00 am on July 4th.  There will also be small flags for Scouts to help pass out.

For questions, contact Josh at: 406-836-2339.

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Your Weekly Scouting Updates. Week of June 19th

Gordon Rubard Retirement Open House

gordySaying goodbye to Montana Council Scout Executive, Gordon Rubard will not be an easy task for those of us in Montana Council.

Of course, it is with excitement, support, and enthusiasm we see him onto the next phase of his and Ellie’s adventure. It is impossible, however, to not feel the twinge of sadness that accompanies the departure of a leader and friend.

We hope you can join us at an Open House we are hosting for Mr. Rubard on Wednesday, June 28th at the Great Falls Office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come by with stories, well wishes, and good cheer to share as we celebrate Mr. Rubard’s retirement. Light refreshments will be served.

What: Retirement Celebration, Gordon Rubard
When: June 28th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Grat Falls Office, 820 17th Avenue South, Grat Falls, MT
Contact: (p) 406-761-6000 | (m) mtcouncil@montanabsa.org

Great Falls, 4th of July Parade.  “United We Stand”

13.july4th.hbscene.070412.msEvery year Scouts in Great Falls participate in the 4th of July Parade.  If Scouts in your unit plan to participate, please contact: dustin.shoemake@scouting.org .

Please respond by 12pm on Monday, June 26th.  If we do not have a sufficient number of Scouts, we will not be able to participate this year.

Who Is the Lewis & Clark District?

The short answer is… YOU ARE!  All Scouts, leaders, and families make up the district.  In fact, everyone in our community is a part of the district.  In Scouting we strive to involve our community in activities and meetings  so our youth have the best possible opportunities and are offered as much as Scouting can offer.

To aid in these efforts, a District Committee is established to plan for activities and ways our Scouts and Leaders can be supported.  This committee should reflect the communities we live in; military, ranching, agriculture, business, retired, education, etc.

To serve our Scouts, take a look at the list of the opportunities for individuals in our community.  If you feel you do not meet any of the listed opportunities, you likely know someone that does.  People may be more willing to help than we think.  Find opportunities by clicking HERE

 Click here for last week’s updates

 

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Your weekly updates

BSA_calendar-01-296x300District Meeting & Roundtable

As a reminder, our district will not be holding District Meeting and Cub Scout & Boy Scout Roundtables in the month of June due to Cub Day camp taking place at the same time.  District Committee chairs will be contacted with progress reports.
We hope to see everyone at Roundtable on July 11th!

 

Scouts needed for Flag Day ceremonyUS-Flag

Every year Scouts present the colors at Overlook Park on Flag Day.  This year, there has been no commitment from units to participate.  It would be great if we could provide a handful of Scouts to represent their unit. The ceremony begins at 8am on Wednesday, June 14th.
If you are able and willing to participate, please contact Great Falls Realtors at 406-453-2752.

 

gordyRetirement Celebration

Montana Council Scout Executive, Gordon Rubard is retiring.
We are hosting an Open House for him Wednesday, June 28th at the Great Falls Office from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
Stop by and give Gordy your well wishes as he embarks on his next adventurous journey

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Spring Camporee Blue cards

Note that if you gave me blue cards to sign,they will be at the Scout office on Monday afternoon. If I did not get your cards please mail them to me at 275 RIVERFRONT LANE 59404 ASAP so i can get this finished up.

NOTE>>>>THE CAMERA IS STILL MISSING

 

Forrest C LaBelle

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Spring Camporee Results

First of all I need to know who has the Committee camera. It was to be passed back to me and I forgot to ask for it. If you have it please notify me soon as i cannot post pictures if i don’t have it.

We all had a great time at Mortimer Gulch camp. The weather for the most part was good,unlike the monsoon of 2016 or the blizzard of 2015. The hike was a spectacular and beautiful vistas to behold and I think the boys were impressed. The Skits are getting better every year and I am very impressed by the ability of the boys and what they come up with each year.

Thank you to the Leadership for keeping things running smooth as we have not had an incident in several years. Thank you Mike,Tami Big Tim, Little Tim ,Rex and Aaron and Gus for working the stations and keeping me free to watch over it all. The competition as usual was close.

The results are as follows………

4th Place…..Troop 7 Tee Pee’s and Troop 28 Wild Stallions tied at 2395 points

3rd Place…..Troop 14 Phoenix at 2453 points

2nd Place…..Troop 1051 at 2485 points

1st place ……Troop 26 Panthers at 2655 points

 

Congratulations to all of you and those who participated in the camp. I look forward to working with you all. I love watching the boys grow into young men and the willingness to learn.

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Day Camp Volunteers Needed

Attention Scouters! Day Camp needs your help. As of now we do not have enough parents to run Day Camp. We need one adult per three scouts to be there ALL FOUR DAYS. If your unit has four parents coming one day each, that only counts as one parent. Youth protection dictates we need two leaders per den of ten boys, each day. If we do not have enough leaders for each den, that den would not have two deep leadership and your boys will not be able to participate in all the crazy fun-nes we have planned.
I know we all have busy lives, but we have four volunteer staff planning and hopefully executing this year’s day camp and we can’t do it without parents spending time with their kids.
Please call or text me, the Camp Director at 231-9570 or my wife Laura the Program Director at 781-1458. I have also attached the adult volunteer form. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles of the kids are all welcome. Thanks!

Adult Application

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