Are You Trained in your Scouting Position?

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Having well-trained leaders is essential to ensure that the boys (and girls) in our District have a great experience experience in Scouting.  Are you trained in our Scouting Position?

At a minimum, all leaders should ensure that they are trained in:

  • Youth Protection Training (you can’t be a leader unless this is done, at a minimum)
  • This is Scouting
  • Fast Start
  • Leader Specific Training, and
  • Hazardous Weather
All of these trainings can be taken online, at myscouting.scouting.org.  In addition, the District will host Leader Specific Training at the Scout Office on October 8 and Outdoor Leader Training at the Medicine River Scout Center on October 15-16.
Are you trained in all these areas?  Please make sure that you complete these trainings before you start activities this fall.
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Internet Safety is Roundtable Topic on September 6

We will have a special, combined District Roundtable topic on September 6 at 6:30 p.m. at 1015 15th Avenue South.  Officer Jesse Slaughter of the Great Falls Police Department will be coming in to give a presentation on how to keep kids safe on the Internet.

Given the realities of our world today, this topic is both timely and interesting.  Please come to the meeting, and ask the parents of your Scouts to attend, also.

Cub Scout Day Camp 2012

2011 Day Camp was a huge success thanks to all our Volunteers and Cub Scouts. The Cub Scouts had lots of fun with the Indian Pow Wow theme, learning an Indian Dance, making crafts, exploring and fishing on Wadsworth Pond, learning about the animals and forest and most of all BB Guns and Archery shooting and much more, just ask any boy what his favorite was and you’ll get many different answers. We are looking forward to another successful Day Camp in 2012. To make it even better we want YOU to join us in planning for 2012 Cub Scout Day Camp. The next Planning Committee meeting will be held during District Round Table on September 6, 7:30 pm@ the LDS Church Building 1015 15th Ave. South, That’s next Tues. evening, so mark your calender. Anyone wishing to help in any capacity is welcome, leaders, parents, grand parents. Come help us plan for 2012.

Can I ‘do Twitter’ without a Smartphone or Computer? YES!

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As you are probably aware, the Lewis and Clark District is posting lots of last minute information about our events to our District Twitter Feed @lcmtbsa.  That is fine and good, but what about all of the District Scouters and Scouts without smartphones or regular computer access?

We’ve got you covered.  Twitter is fully accessible from a standard cell phone.  You can get the District’s Tweets via SMS (regular text messages).  Regular text messaging rates from your cell phone provider apply.  Here’s how:

First, Twitter has a full tutorial on how to create a SMS account after this link.

To make it work, do the following:

  1. Send a text message to 40404 with the word ‘START’
  2. You will get a reply from Twitter (40404).  Reply with the word ‘SIGNUP’
  3. Twitter will ask you for a username.  Reply with a username.
  4. Twitter will ask you to choose a password.  Reply with a password.
  5. Send a reply to Twitter (40404) with the message ‘FOLLOW lcmtbsa’
That’s it!  You will now receive copies of local Scouting tweets on your phone!
Remember, standard text messaging rates apply.

Popcorn Sale Begins September 24 – Enter your Individual and Unit Sales Goals today!

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Popcorn!  Is there any other product that makes everyone thing about the Boy Scouts of America?  A delicious treat that pays for your trip to Summer camp?

Here in Great Falls, we have a great tradition of selling popcorn.  Let’s do our best to make this our biggest popcorn sale ever!  Our Montana Council popcorn sale this year will begin on September 24 and conclude on October 16.  There are some changes this year:

  • Units can now choose to receive either all ScoutBucks as prizes, or all gift cards.  The unit has to choose before the sale ends.
  • By popular demand, Kettle Corn is back!
  • The Chocolate Lover’s Combination is now discontinued.  The price of chocolate made it impossible to continue selling this product at a reasonable price.
  • All Scouts and Units must enter their popcorn sales goal on the Council website, at http://montanabsa.org/popcorn.aspx.  Please do so today!
So what are you waiting for?  Go to http://montanabsa.org/popcorn.aspx now and enter your sales goal!

Updates and reminders about activities this week (8/25-8/26)

Just a reminder that this Thursday 8/25 is the Popcorn Sale Training and Friday 8/26 is Scout Night at the Voyagers baseball game.

POPCORN TRAINING

The popcorn training is being held at the O’Haire Motor Inn at 6pm. Please park in the back parking lot because we will be holding the training in the “Big Sky Room” which has a direct door from the back parking lot. We will once again have food for everyone – this year we will have pulled pork sandwiches. Remember, if your unit is selling popcorn having 2 people attend will get you extra commission. This is the meeting where we go over this year’s product, prices, and prizes.

SCOUT NIGHT AT THE VOYAGERS

There have been lots of questions about payment. Payment can be made at the stadium when you arrive. We will have a table set-up outside the stadium for Scouts and families to pick up their tickets and pay at that time. Forms can be turned in at the Scout Office or emailed to direct to me. In addition, we will not be limited to only those people who have already filled out forms. If someone wants to attend, they simply need to show up before the game and see us at the table to pick up their tickets.

This year our Scout Night is Friday Aug 26th. The game begins at 7:05pm. The itinerary for the night is mostly the same as it has been the past few years.

– Boys and leaders should arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to the game starting. This will allow us time to get organized for the opening ceremony. All uniformed Scouts and Scouters will go on the field for the opening ceremony.
– All of the in between inning activities will also feature our Scouts.
– We will have a designated seating section for us at the stadium.
– At the conclusion of the game, we will be allowed to camp overnight in the outfield. During the game, please leave your camping gear in your vehicle, they will allow us to bring everything in once the field has been prepped for our campout. The campout is the highlight for most of the boys! Things to be aware of about the campout – 1) The boys will be getting to bed VERY late. The game won’t conclude until 9:30pm at the earliest. They are usually going to bed about 10:30 or 11pm. 2) It is a family camping event. Units are not setting up camp as a Troop or Pack. A parent or guardian must stay with the boys. 3) It is the softest, most level camping area you will ever pitch your tent on!
– In the morning we need to be up at out by about 9am so they can start preparing the facilities for the Saturday game.
– There is also a lunch box promotion concurrent with our Scout night. The first 750 fans will receive an insulated “Orbit” lunchbox.

There are a couple of changes that everyone needs to be aware of this year. First, the game is no longer free. Tickets will cost $3 for our Scouts and Scouters. Ticket plus hot dog and a drink are $5. They will send the tickets direct to the units for families that are attending. So – units to to pass this information along to their families and find out who will be attending. Then those quantities need to be turned in so that tickets can be sent. I have attached the flier that the Voyagers created to assist with this. We are also going to set up a table outside the stadium to help with tickets for people that don’t make their arrangements ahead of time – but gathering the info needed for tickets prior to the event is the smoothest way to handle this event.

The other change is that the Scouts will be able to meet the players before the game, not after. So, if your boys would like to meet the players and get autographs, you need to plan on arriving even earlier than if you are just coming for the game.

One other reminder – if you are planning on having a beer, please don’t wear your uniform or Scout t-shirt (class B). To stay compliant with the image of our organization, we will also ask that you drink your beer on the patio, not in our assigned Scout seating section.

This has become one of the most fun events of the year! I can’t wait to see everyone at the stadium this year!

Kyle Roberts
District Executive
Lewis and Clark & Central Districts
cell (406) 868-5648
fax (406) 761-4480