Bryan on Scouting

Update (March 5, 2012): As of Feb. 24, the merit badge is now “live”! The pamphlet should be in your local Scout Shop, or you can order it through ScoutStuff by clicking here. Once it’s earned, Scouters can click here to order the emblem.

Hot news: Welding merit badge here!

As I told you in November, the BSA turned to the American Welding Society to help create a new merit badge that will teach Scouts about a real-world field where demand for workers exceeds supply.

The image of Industrial Age welders toiling away in dimly lit factories is long gone. Today’s welders must learn cutting-edge technology to create the products we use every day—cars, buildings, bicycles.

With America’s demand for manufactured goods growing, so too is the need for new talent. By the end of the decade, it’s estimated that our country will have a critical need…

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CPR class for adult leaders this Saturday (2/4)

Keith Hasbrouck has been putting together a CPR class for interested Scout leaders this Saturday in the basement of the Scout Office. There are only 6 available slots left for this class and we will accept people on a first come – first serve basis. Please email Keith Hasbrouck at: or call him at 799-4498 to reserve your spot. The class will run from 10am until roughly 1pm on Saturday, February 4th. The cost is $5 per person.

Scout Sunday and Scout Shabbat

20120131-180901.jpgScout week is coming! As part of our celebration of Scouting’s 102nd birthday, we will be commemorating Scout Sunday on February 5 and Scout Shabbat on February 11.

P.R.A.Y. and the Jewish Committee on Scouting have put together a beautiful pair of patches to mark Scout Shabbat and Scout Sunday. To earn the patches, simply attend religious services in your Scout uniform.

As the Great Falls Jewish Community will not be meeting in February, Scouts wishing to earn the Scout Shabbat patch should attend those services as noted at

Snow Sports Merit Badge Wrap-up

Thank you to all the Scouts and Scouters that made our snow sports merit badge/belt loop days at Showdown into a rousing success!  This event was well attended and everyone seemed to have a good time.

For those Boy Scouts that are finalizing their paperwork for the Snow Sports Merit Badge, Mr. Weissman and Dr. Jennings will hold a final classroom session on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m., at the LDS Stake Center at 1015 15th Ave S.  This classroom session will be held concurrently with the Boy Scout Roundtable.

During that final session, we will be going over requirements 1-4 for the merit badge (first aid, safety, avalanche awareness, etc.).  We will be prepared to sign blue cards for Scouts that have finished all merit badge requirements that this classroom session.

2012 Wood Badge and Powder Horn

From: James Atkinson <theskinnypope>

Subject: 2012 Wood Badge and Powder Horn

Fellow Scouter’s,
This years Wood Badge Course and Powder Horn are quickly approaching and we still are lacking in numbers to run the courses. Please put the word out that there will be only one WB this year and it has been 5 years since we held the last Powder Horn. At present there are 13 applications in the council office for WB and 11 for Powder Horn. Let’s keep the fires burning in Montana Council.
In the Spirit of Gilwell,
Jim Atkinson

Bryan on Scouting

Here’s a Pinewood Derby car so cool you can almost taste it.

It belongs to 10-year-old Madisson Garcia, who entered her “Bottle of Coca-Cola” car at Saturday’s Pack 316 Pinewood Derby in Old Bridge, N.J.

Madisson competed in the “sisters” division and finished sixth in the traditional downhill race. But her design won “Best in Show” for its unique take on the classic American beverage.

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