December District Meeting Minutes

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
December 6, 2011

Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

-Guest speaker giving guest rates and package information for Showdown Ski Area

-The Importance of Friends of Scouting with guest speaker (Scout Executive – Gordon Rubard)

-Journey to Excellence Program information, computation and questions

The meeting was opened at 7:35 pm, Peter Jennings led in the Pledge of Allegiance
The November minutes were approved
Welcome, introductions and recognitions
-Cody Lowe, Scoutmaster Troop 154
-The district is in need of a person to volunteer as our PR Chair. If you are interested, please contact Kyle 868-5648 or Aaron 761-6861

Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)

Camping Committee – Klondike Derby is January 20-22nd at Camp Rotary outside of Monarch. The details and info can be found here. Parking will be tight, and units will need to bring their own water and wood.

Upcoming Trainings – Merit badge Pow-wow begins January 14th, Wood Badge 2012 sign-ups are still available! The first session of Woodbadge this year is May 17-19 & June 7-9 at Grizzly Base Camp, The council is still taking applications for Powderhorn 2012 which is July23-27,2012 at Grizzly Base Camp. Powderhorn is the BSA high adventure/Venturing training and is also open to Venturing Youth Leadership to attend. If interested, the application and info can be found on the council website:

Eagle Board – Tim reported 2 new Eagle Scouts this month, and one new approved project. That brings the total to 17 new Eagles so far this year!

Day Camp – Cub Day Camp will be June 12-14th. The Day Camp committee is going to designate a back up location “just in case” we encounter a situation such as last year. We are beginning to recruit station leaders, and units need to begin recruiting walk around leaders for the their boys. The goal is to have 3 adults for each youth at camp.

Chariot Race was a huge success! 149 kids and 32 chariots participated. Huge thanks to Thelma and her team, everyone had a great time. In addition we had 3 new boys join and race immediately.

Order of the Arrow – OA Christmas Party is Tues Dec 20th at 6pm in the basement of the Scout Office. There will be a white elephant gift exchange. Spring training is March 2-3rd, location still to be determined. Section conclave is May 18-20 in Belgrade.

District Executive Report
Membership Actual vs. Goal
The year is winding down and we are really close! We currently have 750 registered Scouts compared to 753 at the end of 2010! We are only 4 Scouts away from positive growth, and 25 away from our goal!

Finance Actual vs. Goal
We are the closest we have come in a long time from achieving our FOS goal. We currently have $51,300 and our goal is $54,000. We are only $2,700 away from making our FOS goal in 2011!

District Commissioner Report
Unit Charter Renewal – recharters continue to be challenging. As a district we are only about 40% complete. If your unit has not completed your recharter, or if you have any questions or problems, please call Brian at 590-2233 or Kyle at 868-5648.
Unit Commissioners – We are always looking for dedicated Scouters to help support our units. If you are interested in joining the commissioner staff, please call Brian.

District Chair Report
Other Business
Closing Ceremony
Adjournment. Next meeting January 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South
Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District


January District Meeting and Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council

Lewis and Clark District

District Roundtable and Meeting

LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S

January 3, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the December meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
    • Introducing Jason Holden as Finance Chair
    • Are you interested in serving as PR chair? We need your help!
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – Scout Week, Klondike Derby and Snow Sports Merit Badge Class
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Merit badge Pow-wow, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
  6. District Executive Report
    1. Membership Actual vs. Goal
    2. Finance Actual vs. Goal
  7. District Commissioner Report
    1. Unit Charter Renewal
    2. Unit Commissioners
  8. District Chair Report
    • 2012 Friends of Scouting Campaign Kickoff
    • Journey to Excellence Status Report
  9. Other Business
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting February 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District

Robin Jimenez

Robin Lynn Jimenez, 44, of Great Falls, a retail customer service representative died at her residence on Monday, December 19, 2011 of colon cancer.

Funeral Liturgy will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday, December 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Robin Lynn Jimenez, of Great Falls, lost her valiant battle with cancer on December 19, 2011, at the age of 44. Robin was an inspiration to all who knew her. Despite the numerous rounds of chemotherapy, she never allowed it to get in the way of doing the things she loved. Robin continued to be a devoted mother, life partner and friend. She always put others ahead of herself, despite how terrible she might be feeling. “I can’t” was never a part of Robin’s vocabulary!

On July 19, 1967, Robin was born to John and Catherine Jimenez in Newark, New Jersey, later graduating from Frank H. Morrell High School in Irvington, New Jersey. From the time she was a child, Robin possessed a zest for life, always looking for the next adventure. Robin’s son James was born in 1995 and she loved him with all her heart and soul. She was James’ biggest fan and supporter. In 2000, Robin and James moved to Great Falls to begin a new life together with her partner Jack Polich. At that time she became actively involved in the school community at Holy Spirit Catholic School, as well as a strong supporter of Boy Scouting. Whenever asked, Robin was there to help in whatever capacity was needed—from assistant den mother at Pack 14 to popcorn sales coordinator for Troop 1, to chaperoning one of the many fieldtrips and activities at Holy Spirit. Robin was an accomplished chef, baker, cake decorator, seamstress, artist, and yes, even hunter! Every Halloween she created new costumes for James. Robin loved to travel and enjoyed serving as a tour guide for her Montana visitors. She loved to be busy!

In addition to her son James McGary and life partner Jack Polich, Robin is survived by her parents, John E. Jimenez of Union, NJ, and Catherine Jimenez of Plainfield, NJ, sisters Katy Jimenez and Susan Jimenez of Palmerton, PA, and brothers John Jimenez and David Jimenez, both of Plainfield, NJ.

Memorials to Holy Spirit Catholic School or Boy Scouts Troop 1 are encouraged.

Robin’s light and love will be deeply missed by all those fortunate enough to have shared in her life.

Memorials may be left at the website for Schnider Funderal Home.

Mark your calenders now for June 12 – 14, 2012

What’s so important about June 12-14th?  Well the L&C District Cub Day Camp @ the Medicine River Scout Center, of course!

This years Cub Day Camp theme is  Space Cowboys and  is in need of your help to make it the most fun camp to date. Act now to secure your choice of fun ways to participate with your son/grandson/nephew or maybe even little brother. Ways to help:

  • Master Of Ceremonies – In charge of the opening and closing ceremonies each day. – OA Member or Other Adult
  • Rally Master – Gets the boys excited at opening and closing ceremony each day – OA Member Or Other Adult
  • In order for camp to be successful each pack is required to provide one parent/volunteer for every three boys registered for camp. A Tot Lot is provided for siblings not participating as a camper (must be potty trained)
  • You the Volunteer can choose to be a:
  • Walk Around Den Leader – there are 2 leaders with each den that walk with them from program station to station, help them develop a den name & song/cheer , decorate den flag, keep attendance, ect. (Training provided prior to camp – see below for dates)
  • Tot Lot – Leader/Helper
  • Program Leaders– Teach Program Areas (Training provide prior to camp see dates below & Materials will be provided by camp staff)
    • Knots
    • Knives
    • PE – Obstacle Course
    • Hikes – 2 – 3 leaders
    • Skits
    • Game
    • Citizenship
    • Leather
    • Readyman
    • BB Guns  – Range Master Plus 2 additional leaders
    • Archery – Range Master Plus 2 additional leaders
    • Geology
    • Astronomy
    • Conservation
    •  Rockets (Water)
    • Tools
    • Fishing
    • Game
    •  Leather
  • Camp Aids – Scouts age 14+ or 1st Class Scouts – Help where needed, keep water coolers full, empty trash, assist Walk Around Leader/Program Leaders

There will be two training dates for Both Walk Around Leaders and Program Leaders at the Medicine River Scout Center, Youth Protection Training will also be available all 4 days

Walk Around Leaders – Thurs. May 3rd @ 6:30 pm & Sat. May 12 @ 10 am

Program Leaders – Sat. May 5th @ 10 am & Thurs. May 10th 6:30 pm

Camp Cost this  includes – T-shirt, 2 snacks each day,  all materials for programs,  camp patch, must bring own sack lunch each day.

  • $50 for Cub Scouts
  • $20 for Tiger Scouts – Thurs. Only, with Adult Partner
  • $10 for Siblings in Tot Lot
  • All applications received by Mon. April 16th receive a $5 discount – applications will be available Feb. 2012
  • Volunteers No Fee – Must attend trainings & Youth Protection Training if not already completed.

Questions, comments or to let us know how you’d like to help contact Cathy Karona, 788-1016,

Friends of Scouting Team: CONGRATULATIONS!

Friends of Scouting is our campaign to solicit donations to our Council and District.  This campaign pays for virtually all of the administrative Scouting support received by our units.

Because of Friends of Scouting, our youth benefit from a well organized Scouting program and receive incredible Council camping opportunities.  For the past decade or so, FOS has remained an area where our District has fallen behind.

However, I am thrilled to report that 2011 is the year the breaks the trend!  As of the date that I am writing this note we can be proud of the fact that we have surpassed our FOS goal for 2011 by over 9%!

Thanks and congratulations to everyone from Lewis and Clark District who contributed to the campaign!  Special thanks are due to our FOS team, including (in no particular order): Chuck Jennings, Doug Nicholson, Peter Gray, Greg Pinski, Wayne Thares, Aaron Weissman, Peter Jennings, Greg Holt, Joe Briggs and Larry Garlick.

757 Scouts! Congratulations to the Membership Team

Lewis and Clark District is proud to announce that we now have 757 Scouts in our Traditional Scouting programs–an increase over 2010 of four Scouts!

Congratulations to the membership team!  Jeff Goble, Gene Cantley, Jen Habets, Brian Vanderkolk, Kyle Roberts, Aaron Weissman and committed volunteers in every unit in the District really pulled together to register and provide more quality programming to youth in our District than anytime in recent memory!

We are just shy of our annual goal of 775 Scouts.  Unit Leaders–now would be a great time to complete the registration of any youth in your units!  Registrations must be received and complete in 2011 if they are to apply to our annual goal.

Sign Up Now for Wood Badge 2012!

From: James Atkinson Subject: Wood Badge 2012
Date: December 16, 2011 3:13:22 PM MST

Fellow Scouters,
We are already planning next years WB course. It will again be held at Grizzly Base May 17-19 and June 7-9, 2012.
As many of you know we have to have a minimum of thirty paid in full participants thirty days before the course starts.
There are at present 7 applications with deposits in the Great Falls Scout Office (Missoula-5/Polson-1/Kalispell-1). Please encourage all who have not attend to sign up quickly. They are missing out on a great opportunity. Last year at this time we already had 28 signed up.
In the Spirit of Gilwell,
Jim Atkinson