Lewis and Clark 2012 Fall Camporee at “Willow Creek Reservoir” Augusta, Montana

By Forrest LaBelle, District Camping Committee Chair

September 21-23, 2012

Directions to camporee at Willow Creek:

N47d 55.32 W112d 45.65
Go north from Great Falls on I-15 to Vaughn; take the Vaughn exit and proceed 20 miles on W 89/200 to Simms.  Turn right at Simms onto 200/21/287 to Augusta (23 miles).  Turn right on Gibson Reservoir Rd and go about 5 miles.  Take right fork onto Sun Canyon Rd to Willow Creek entrance on right side of road.  Turn right and proceed 1 mile to camp.

Theme:  This Camporee is actually a fishing derby and fishing merit badge opportunity.  Scouts will be judged mostly on attitude and participation.

Registration – fees – tour permits:  Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 9-7-2012 at 4:00pm.  We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging.  Remember you need to get a “Local Tour Permit” from the Scout Office.  The “Tour Permits” will be checked when you arrive at the Camporee.  You will not be allowed to camp or compete without a “Tour Permit”.  This also means you must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”.  You should also have a copy of the “Medical Form” for each scout and each leader, in addition to “Parent Permission Slips” and a copy of “Guide to Safe Scouting”.  Registration deadline is September 7, 2012 (9-7-2012).

Check in:  All troops need to check in with the camping committee when they arrive in camp.  The camping committee needs to know the final numbers so that they may prepare for the contests etc.  The camping committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles.  Campsites are generally assigned on a first come basis.  Please check with the camping committee before parking, so that we may maximize the use of this area for all.

Check out:  All troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp.  Failure to do so may result in loss of patches.  Make sure your camp area is clean – “Leave no Trace”.

Patrol size:  You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 8-10 scouts.  Small troops with small patrols may be added together so that the patrol may compete in events.  In the scoring of the points for completion of an event, scores will be adjusted mathematically so that small or large patrols are not handicapped or given an unfair advantage.

A list of skills to be demonstrated/taught/discussed after Flags and before the contests:

  • “Bear Aware” – You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee.
  • Wild animal awareness and safety
  • Food Handling & Storage I the wild
  • Emergency and Survival Priorities
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid
  • Water Purification
  • Fire Building
  • Basic & Useful Knots
  • S.T.O.P – Stop – Think – Observe – Plan
  • Hiking Hints/Rules
  • Emergency Shelters I the Outdoors.

Camping Committee Philosophy:

  • Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.
  • The boys should have learned the skills prior to the contests.
  • The boys are to do the work, the adults just watch.
  • Troops/Patrols are not to be assisted by adult leaders.
  • The boys are to work together as a team; they start together and finish together.
  • The Senior Patrol Leader is the person leading their troop, and the Patrol Leader is the person leading his patrol.
  • A Scout will be a living example of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout Slogan, and the will camp following the Outdoor Code.
  • The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible before the event.
  • Some contests by their very nature will not be announced or explained until right before the contest starts.

Contests & Competition: 

  1. Check In – 100 points
    • The “Tour Permit” is current and appropriate.
    • Medical Forms (adult and youth) are on site and available.
    • Parental Permission/Consent slips are on site and available.
  2. Camp Site Setup, Organization – 100 points
    • The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents, too.  Typical areas to include are:  cut and uncut wood area/pile, ax yard, cooking area, camp kitchen, and wash area, etc.
    • Does your camp have the First Aid kit present and obvious?  Are there water buckets/barrels available for fire?  Is the fire place of approved design?  Are tents correctly and neatly set up?  Is there a spade/shovel available?  Are extra rope/line and camp materials neatly stored?  Has the original ground cover been removed?  Is there a designated hand washing area?  Is an approved ax yard neatly set up? Is there a proper dish washing area?  Is food properly stored & is the area neat and clean?  Are trash bags available & in use?  Is the water stored to prevent leaking?  Is the meal preparation area neat and clean, and are the meals served in a cleanly manner?
  3. Flags – American, Troop & Patrol – Troop Duty Roster, Menu & Schedule of events – 100 points
    • 20 points for the American flag
    • 20 points for the Troop flag
    • 20 points for the Patrol flags (If there are 2 patrols they need 2 patrol flags – Patrol flag names must match registered patrol names)
    • 10 points each for a current – schedule of events, menu, duty roster, & fire watch schedule (if they are not current = 0 points).
  4. Is the Scout Prepared – 10 Essential items plus – 100 points
    • Does each scout have the 10 Essential Outdoor items as per “The Boy Scout Handbook” pg. 207, and do they have the following bonus items:
      1. Ten feet of small diameter rope,
      2. Three feet of Duct Tape wrapped on a short pencil,
      3. A small survival kit,
      4. Scout Book,
      5. Insect repellent,
      6. “Mountain Money” (toilet paper).
    • Each patrol will be evaluated by an adult – scouts will be asked to produce a random item from the list above.  One scout will be chosen from each Patrol to produce all 10 essentials.
  5. Counting Coup – point system announced at Cracker Barrel
    • No practice involved for this event.  This will be explained at Cracker Barrel.  Patrols and boys will be able to count coup on adult leadership.
  6. Spin Rod Casting – Reveal your accuracy – 100 points
    • Reveal your accuracy of casting a fishing pole into a hoop.
  7. Spoon making – 100 points
    • Scouts will learn how to assemble a fishing spoon.
  8. Knot Strength – 100 points
    • Scouts will learn the best fishing knots for tying hooks and leaders.
  9. Fish Catching Points – 100 points
    • Scout patrols will earn points for catching fish.
  10.   Soft Bait – 100 points
    • Learn what works best for bottom or bobber fishing.
  11.   Fishing regulations – 100 points
    • Each Patrol will be given a task of finding fishing regulations appropriate to willow creek (books provided).
  12.   Chicken Toss – 100 points
    • See how far you can fling a rubber chicken.  Each Patrol will work as a team.
  13. Tug-o-war – 100 points
    • Same as Spring Camporee – boys will work as a team with other boys outside their troop.  All points will be for participation.
  14.   Iron Chef – 100 points
    • Each Patrol is to cook a dessert for the awards campfire with a secret ingredient which is colored mini marshmallows. You need to make enough to  share with the campfire and judges. The marshmallows are not provided but bring enough to fish with( they love em)  No skits this camporee.
  15.   Bonus Points – to be determined at Cracker Barrel
    • Each patrol will be given questions or tasks by the camping committee throughout the campout for additional points.
  16.   Scoutmasters’ Choice – 100 points
    • Time permitting we will draw an extra event out of a hat.  Each Scoutmaster should provide an event they would like to do (one per troop).  Event submissions not used will be considered for Spring Camporee.

Schedule of Events


1:00pm – 8:00pm:   Arrive at camp.  Check in and set up.

9:30pm to 10:30pm:   Cracker Barrel for Scoutmasters, SPLS, and judges.

11:00pm:  Lights out!


7:00am:  Reveille and breakfast.

8:30am:  Flag ceremony

9:00am to Noon:  Activity booths open (requires sign in).

Fishing regulations

Soft baits

Lure making

Spin casting etiquette and accuracy

Fishing knots

Open fishing

Noon to 1:30pm:  Lunch and Open fishing

1:30pm to 2:30pm:  Tug-of-War

2:30pm to 7:30pm:  Open fishing and dinner

7:30pm to 9:30pm:  Awards campfire

Chicken Toss

Iron chef (judging)

Counting Coup totals

11:00pm:  Lights out!


7:00am to 10:00 am:  Open fishing and camp check out

General Rules

Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.  Troops that want to use FWP sites must pay the overnight fee ($7 per day) themselves.  If you camp past the fence boundary, there is no charge.

This is a fishing event, not a water sports event.  There will be no swimming, rock throwing, PWCs, jet boats, etc.  We may be camping with the general public, so behave like good scouts and be considerate of others.

It is not necessary to wear life vests while fishing, as the shoreline is shallow.  Fly fishers should wear eye protection and fish away from others.  Follow the 200 foot rule.

Webelos – There will be no Webelos activities or camp.

(note; this was a typo.  There WILL be Webelos activities at the Fall Camporee)

There are water hydrants available, but may be turned off, so bring water.

Campfires are limited to rings or above ground unless restricted by USDA Forest Service.  Bring your own wood.  There are no trees.  Five gallons of water needs to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.

RV’s will be permitted only by adult leadership or for medical reasons.

No pets.

Pack in, pack out.  Leave no trace.

There are 2 toilets.

Fishing hours are 5:30am to 11:00pm.

Troops must bring their own fishing supplies and bait…..Poles Etc.   Worms are the preferred bottom and top bait.

You can check your fishing regs for all the legal baits and tackle.


Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks fishing regulations

Boy Scouts Fishing Merit Badge Handbook

Boy Scout Official Manual

Scouter Awards

Each Patrol will have a Scouter award at campfire voted by their troop leadership.  Scout must exemplify the scouting way and be an asset to the patrol.  That scout will earn a special fishing pole for his efforts.

Questions on contest should be forwarded by email to me.

Forrest LaBelle



Willow Creek Fishing and Stocking Info

Year Days Fished¹ Trips² State Rank³ Regional Rank³
2009 5,510 88 122 23
2007 1,912 24 163 29
2005 6,697 130 92 16
2003 10,311 206 60 8
¹ Estimated yearly fishing use in angler days (one angler fishing one body of water in one day for any amount of time).
² The number of times that a section of water was reported as having been fished (used to estimate the number of “Days Fished”).
³ How this section of water ranked among all surveyed sections in the state or region, based on “Days Fished” in a survey year.

Stocking Info

Stocking Avg Number
Date Species Length (in) Stocked
Jun, 2011 Rainbow Trout 3 45,000
Jun, 2010 Rainbow Trout 3.7 29,664
Jun, 2010 Rainbow Trout 3 45,000
Sep, 2009 Rainbow Trout 4 50,034
Jul, 2009 Rainbow Trout 4 70,356
Jun, 2009 Rainbow Trout 5 29,790
May, 2009 Rainbow Trout 5 12,000
Jul, 2008 Rainbow Trout 4.2 77,000
Jun, 2008 Rainbow Trout 4.2 30,385
Aug, 2007 Rainbow Trout 4.7 35,138
Oct, 2006 Rainbow Trout 3.1 14,210
Oct, 2006 Rainbow Trout 9.8 11,907
Sep, 2006 Rainbow Trout 6.7 92,006
Jul, 2005 Rainbow Trout 4 84,480
Jul, 2004 Rainbow Trout 4.5 34,496
Jun, 2004 Rainbow Trout 4.1 38,544
Jul, 2003 Rainbow Trout 4.2 35,970
Jun, 2003 Rainbow Trout 4.1 36,203
Jul, 2002 Rainbow Trout 4.3 38,438
Jun, 2002 Rainbow Trout 4 37,506

District Committee Training!

This goes out to all of the members of our District Committee –

On Saturday, September 8th we will be conducting a District Committee Training Workshop for all of the district members of the Lewis & Clark District. We were originally trying to put this together for during the summer months, but by doing this on September 8th, we are able to utilize the talents of members of the Council training team!

It has been a while since we have offered this full district training – its going to be really helpful in our district operations.


Please Help Ryan Hainey with his Eagle Project, TOMORROW, July 26


Sent on behalf of Ryan Hainey, SPL, Troop 7

“I have finally reached the end of my Eagle Project preparation to install 6
benches in North Kiwanis Park and just in time, too!  I know this request is
really late in coming, but I must complete my project by the end of the day
on Friday the 27th.  I have arranged for equipment and supplies to be
delivered to North Kiwanis Park TOMORROW and need MAN and SCOUT power to
install the benches.  Please show at 10:00 Thank you very much in advance

Yours in Scouting, Ryan Hainey”


—–Original Message—–
From: Adkins, Lonnie D CTR USAF ANG 120 FW/CCZ
Subject: Service Hours for Scouts

Any Scout who helps with an Eagle Service Project gets credit for their
service hours required for advancement.

“For the Second Class <http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Second_Class>
Rank, a Scout must participate in a service project or projects approved by
his Scoutmaster. The time of service must be a minimum of one hour. This
project prepares a Scout for the more involved service projects he must
perform for the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout Ranks.

– Advancement Policies
<http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Advancement_Policies>  #33088, page 27

Star and Life Ranks

For Star <http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Star>  and Life
<http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Life>  ranks, a Scout must perform six
hours of service to others. This may be done as an individual project or as
a member of a patrol or troop project. Star and Life service projects may be
approved for Scouts assisting on Eagle service projects. The Scoutmaster
approves the project before it is started.

– Advancement Policies
<http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Advancement_Policies>  #33088, page 27

So, if you need hours you can help Ryan on his project and you will get
credit.  His number is 1 (618)363-2760


Scouts needed for flag ceremony at the fair!

Here is the email I received from Tom Lynch with Pack 143:

As per my message what i am looking for is about 40-50 scouts/leaders to
assist in the opening ceremonies for the first day of the Big Sky Pro Rodeo
Roundup rodeo on July 31st, during the State Fair. The rodeo starts at 7:00pm
and I will need everyone there by 6:15-6:30.

What it will consist of is scouts carrying out and opening a 30’x50′ American
flag. The Marine Corp League will presenting the official colors. The scouts
and leaders will just need to hold the flag during the ceremony and then carry
it out.

After the ceremony the scouts can go to the stands and enjoy the rodeo as a
group. I have passes for the leaders and their scouts to get into the fair
grounds via the Horsemans gate off of the Nw Bypass across from Burger King.
This pass will include parking at the rodeo arena and allows access into the
fair as well. I only have passes for the scouts and leaders, not entire
families, So this should be a scout outing. Our pack (143) is using this
towards our National Summertime Award for July.

So far our pack has only committed about 10 scouts and leaders so we need alot
more. We asked troop #4 and it sounds like they will not make it. I also am
waiting on word from a pack out of Sun Prairie. I know the time is close now
and I will need to know ASAP so I can get the numbers and get the passes to
the packs before next week and any assistance would be appreciated.

Also on a side note, we will be hosting a Military Appreciation dinner before
the rodeo under the grandstands from 5:30-6:30. The dinner is a free meal to
military members and families with passes they get before the rodeo. Some of
our boys are geeting there early and are going to help out at the meal with
clearing tables, refilling drinks etc. this is also a great opportunity to
help out and earn some segments or patches in citizenship or other areas. If
the boys are interested in this as well they just need to get there early.

if there are any questions I can be reached directly on my cell at 231-9470 or
my home 452-0516. Thanks again.

~Tom Lynch

Bryan on Scouting

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Summer Camp – Melita Island 2012

Troops 1, 26 and 28

Wetter is Better!  Last week several scouts from Troops 1, 26 and 28 attended summer camp at Melita Island on Flathead Lake.  The weather was perfect, scenery was awesome, food was great and the water temperature was warm.  Scouts participated in sailing, motor boating, water skiing, sail boarding, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, outdoor skills, nature skills, camping, forestry, first aid, environmental science, emergency preparation, life savings, wilderness survival, archery and rifle shooting to name a few.  Older scouts participated in the ACE program and were treated to sailing, hiking, water skiing, and white water rafting.  Congratulations to troops 1 and 26 for earning the Melita Island Excellence in Camping Ribbon.  All of the Boy Scous and leaders had an excellent time.

If your troop is considering attending Melita Island summer camp next year, sign up early as space is limited and camp fills up fast.  Several troops were turned away this year.  In my opinion, Melita Island is a crown jewel of Boy Scout summer camps right here in our own backyard.

District wide Junior Leader Training

National Youth Leadership Training

On Saturday August 18th, the Lewis and Clark District will be offering a Junior Leader Training course to all area Boy Scouts and Boy Scout Leaders. This course is intended for all current Troop leadership or future Troop leaders.
The purpose of the course is to define the Patrol Method, explain leadership position responsibilities, and instruct adult leaders on how to empower a youth led Troop.
The course will begin at 9am and will be held at the LDS Stake Center (same as the Roundtable and District Meeting). Every attendee should bring a lunch and drink as the course will last into the afternoon.
This is the first time we have done a district wide JLT and it would be fantastic if we had a huge turnout. If you have any questions, please email Kyle at: kyle.roberts@scouting.org