Boy Scout Roundtable

Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Potential Unit Leaders;  

My name is Tim Hodges and I am your new District Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner. We are working to make the roundtable’s a more valuable resource for you.  Our next roundtable is Tuesday November 6, 2012, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the LDS Church – 15th Ave S and 10th Street.

The November meeting will feature a demonstration of the newest in camping and outdoor adventure equipment by Bighorn Wilderness.  Your attendance is respectively requested in order to make this presentation effective and to provide quality representation to your Units. 

In December, we will address the shortage of Merit Badge counselors in the District.  I would request before the meeting, you review the list of merit badges via (; poll your scouts, your troop leadership and bring a list of 2-3 merit badges that your Unit would like to have offered but have not had a counselor for. We will prioritize that list, work with the Training Committee and then will set out to recruit counselors from the community.

Finally, I would like to emphasize this is your roundtable, and will only be as valuable as we all make it.  If you have been missing the roundtable to attend other meetings, i.e., Order of the Arrow, please try to at least stop in and introduce yourself for part of the roundtable.  All are welcome!  If you can’t attend a particular roundtable, use the leadership method we teach the scouts, and delegate it to someone.  I am looking forward to meeting all of you and hearing your ideas for future  roundtable topics.

Yours in Scouting,

Tim Hodges



Lewis and Clark District Popcorn – Total Sales $258,660

This amazing total is almost 18% ($39,430) higher than last year’s excellent total – making this our biggest popcorn sale ever!!

Our extraordinary District Kernel, Devin Hartley, emphasized the Scouts of Lewis and Clark District were undaunted by their stretch goal of $240,000 for 2012 and that the results of this year’s sales demonstrate the citizens of Lewis and Clark District continue to love and support the Boy Scouts.  It also showed the focus and determination of our Unit Popcorn Chairs and the many Cub and Boy Scout salesmen. 

A huge congratulation to our Unit Popcorn Chairs, Unit Leaders, all of the Scout salesmen and their families for a job well done!

The popcorn is still scheduled to be delivered in Great Falls on Thursday, November 8, 2012, and should be available for Unit pick up late afternoon/early evening on Thursday from the Big R Distribution Center, 5109 Alaska Trail, Great Falls, MT. 

Popcorn Sale Final Push!

After two and a half weeks of selling, the Popcorn Sale is drawing to a close. However, we still have some work to do to ensure that we meet our goal as a district.

Please make sure that your youth are still motivated to finish this week out strong! Revisit those houses where no one was home, call and get permission to visit businesses, walk neighborhoods in some of our outlying communities, and call distant relatives. I know the boys are eager to earn lots of Scout Bucks and help pay for their camps – lets do our part as parents and leaders to help them meet their personal goals.

Devin Hartley (the District Popcorn chair) has sent an email to all of the unit popcorn chairs detailing the status of the mystery houses and highlighting some areas with sales opportunity. Please check with your unit to make sure that you are finishing strong!


Hello Everyone,
We will be having Outdoor Leader Skills, Outdoor WEBELOS Leader Skills and BALOO training this weekend. The training location is at the Medicine River Scout Center. Scoutmaster/Asst Scoutmasters should arrive Friday evening before 6:30 pm. There is an overnight requirement for you so we will be camping out. We will go over camp site selection and Leave no Trace during the evening. All others (OWLS) need to show up at 9 am on Saturday. If you want to join us friday by all means join the fun. Saturday, we will have opening ceremonies at 9 am and start our training. The OLS/OWLS training should be done by 2:30pm and then we will go into the WEBELOS specific items after. The curriculum is the same as OLS just have adds the WEBELOS outdoor activities at the end. Baloo will occur at this time. So if you just need Baloo join the fun at 2 pm. Everything should wrap up between 3 and 3:30 pm. Things to consider, You will be required to cook a meal (lunch) after your cooking class. It can not be a hotdog/hamburger (no cheating) this needs to be with substance. Bob Dowdy is teaching the cooking and you get graded on your meal. I made venison stew with potatoes, carrots and oinions when I went through. This is really going to be a good time and we have collected some really great instructors for this. Hope to see you all there. If you have questions just give me a call 406-868-7892


Bryan on Scouting

Update, Jan. 27, 2014: Sea Scouts, see how this applies to you here.

It’s official: The resolution to move to one Oath and Law for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Sea Scouts, and Venturing was approved this morning by the Boy Scouts of America’s executive board.

I first told you about the volunteer-led proposal in a blog post in August.

Essentially, this means every Scout of any age will use the Scout Oath and Law instead of reciting separate, program-specific sayings. Cub Scouts will recite the Scout Oath and Law instead of the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack. Similarly, Venturers will no longer use the Venturing Oath and Venturing Code.

Because it will take time to transition into this new approach, the changes are not immediate.

The Venturing change will not happen until late 2013 or early 2014; the Cub Scout change will take effect in 

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