March Roundtable and District Meeting Agenda

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
March 5, 2013

1. Roundtables 6:30-7:30 p.m.
A. Boy Scout – Working with Unit Commissioners; Roundtable Safety Minute
B. Cub Scout – Working with Unit Commissioners
2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
3. Approval of Minutes of the February Meeting
4. Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions
5. Old/New Business
A. District Friends of Scouting (FOS) Pledges
B. Upcoming Events – Scouting for Food; Venturing Trip; Trail to First Class; District Awards Banquet; Spring Camporee; MT Council Annual Meeting
C. Upcoming Training – Outdoor Leader; Leader Specific; Wood Badge; NYLT
6. Committee Reports
A. Camping Committee
B. Training Committee
C. Advancement
D. Programs Committee – Scouting for Food; Cub Day Camp
F. Other Committee Reports
7. District Executive Report
8. District Commissioner Report
9. District Chair Report
10. Other Business
11. Adjournment. Next Meeting April 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

Hope to see you all at the District Meeting.  Bill Rutten


REMINDER: District Legislature Visit

As noted here, Cascade Commissioner Joe Briggs is once again arranging for our District’s visit to the Legislature on Monday, February 18. This opportunity is only available once every two years.

If you or your unit is participating, please notify Mr. Briggs as soon as possible, at


Camp Rotary Clean-up

The Lewis and Clark District has been assigned to do grounds clean-up at Camp Rotory on May 11,2013. It will be from 9 AM to 1 PM. Mostly clearing rocks so they can mow. We will be working with The National Guard, the SCA, and New Directions. I think we can do some car pooling to help out here as we will be using this facility more often in the future.

Contact me if your Troop can help

Forrest C LaBelle

Camping Committee

12 Individuals have landed on the moon, but only one person has jogged across America on crutches

ImageCome and hear Jerry Traylor speak Sunday, February 10th at 4:00 pm at the University of Great Falls in the Absolon Lounge located in the Student Center.

Jerry’s message is that people can do what they want to do, but they need to believe in themselves. 

“When people say that I’ve overcome obstacles, I tell them that it’s not true,” he said. “I tell them that I have learned to work within my limits, and use what God has given me. There’s nothing special about me.”

Jerry is a nationally known speaker that has struggled with cerebral palsy all his life.  In spite of his disabilities, Jerry has not let his handicap stop him from achieving his goals.   Jerry has climbed 14,110-foot Pikes Peak three times; ran 3,528-mile across the United States from San Francisco to New York City; and has completed 35 marathon, all on crutches.  

Jerry is a frequent participant  at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp in Montana where he has shares his experiences with the RYLA students. RYLA attendees frequently cite Jerry’s presentation as one of their favorite and most memorable parts of camp. 

Attendance is free, complements of the Great Falls Rotary Club.

State of the District

The Lewis and Clark District services the counties of Cascade, Chouteau, and Teton in North Central Montana. Our district encompasses almost 9000 square miles inhabited by 93,000 people most of whom live in or around Great Falls. Our goal is to offer a quality scouting program by preparing Scouts in the Lewis and Clark District to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

I am pleased to announce that the Lewis and Clark District reached Gold Level Status in Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) performance measures program for 2012. Some of the highlights include:

• Our 2012 Friends of Scouting (FOS) goal was $53,000. We raised over $58,000. An increase of 10% from 2011.
• Our 2012 Popcorn Sales goal was $240,000. We sold over $264,000. An increase of 18% from our 2011 sales.
• We ended 2012 with 806 registered youth in the District. An increase of 4% from 2011.
• We had 255 or 70% of our Cub Scouts attend a cub camp, i.e., day camp, Webelos camp, cub fun days.
• We had 171 or 61% of our Boy Scouts attend a long term summer camp.
• We had 36 registered volunteers with the District in 2012.
• We had 19 registered Unit Commissions in 2012. An increase of 3 from 2011.

In addition to maintaining or increasing the highlighted items above, some areas of improvement for 2013 include:

• Ensure all 36 registered District volunteers are active.
• Identify potential new District volunteers.
• Ensure all 19 registered Unit Commissioners are active and functioning.
• Increase our unit visits and ensure all unit visits are accurately recorded in the Unit Visitation Tracking System.
• Ensure our Unit service hours are accurately recorded in the Service Hours Reporting Module.
• Increase the percentage of Cub and Boy Scout’s earning rank advancements.

I want to personally thank the many volunteers who spent countless hours ensuring the District units, advancements, committees, programs, activities, camping, recruitment, training, fund raising, sales, etc. ran smoothly in 2012. You all should be very proud and are to be commended for your efforts and a job well done. 2012 was a great year for the Lewis and Clark District. I am confident 2013 will be even better! Thanks again for all of your hard work.

Bill Rutten
District Chairman
Lewis and Clark District

Volunteer Recognition!

Now that 2012 is done, it is time to nominate area leaders for the work they have done in the last year. Attached are three different nomination forms.

The first form, L&C_District_Award_Form, is the form for nominating Scoutmaster of the Year, Cubmaster of the Year, Venture Crew Advisor of the Year, and Scouter of the Year. L&C_DISTRICT_AWARD_FORMS

The second form is the District Award of Merit nomination form. The District Award of Merit is a national award to recognize volunteers. District Award of Merit nomination form

The final attachment is for the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver is the highest honor a that a council can bestow on a volunteer. Silver Beaver Nomination Form

All nominations need to be turned in to the Scout Office by March 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact Kyle at or at 868-5648.

District Derby Days

Central Catholic High School

2800 13th Avenue South

Great Falls, Montana 59405


P.O.C. for this event is me: Jeff Goble or 406-403-3494

Vehicle Registration: Friday March 1st, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm

Derby Races: Saturday March 2nd, 2013 at 1000am

Cost: $5 per vehicle registered

No Recycling vehicles from previous years, build new every year. Scouts Honor!

Emergency vehicle registration for those living outside of great falls will be offered on saturday morning from 9am to 10am. Please, try to register your vehicle on Friday night.

Uniform of the day: Class A uniform.

Pack Leadership, please bring your pack flags.

Home Depot has graciously volunteered to help you cut your cars or trucks. They have given us two dates.

FRIDAY, February 15th from 6pm to 8pm

SATURDAY, February 16th from 10am to noon

Please obey these date and hour restrictions. Ask for a hardware associate and they will cut your car for you. If you cannot make these store hours, but still require assistance then let me know your pack number and issue you are having. We want all scouts to have the opportunity to compete.

Hello everyone and thank you for being a part of district derby days this year. I hope your scout has fun in this iconic tradition of the boy scouts.

Here is a flyer you can email or print to give to your pack, or anyone who might want to enter a car in our masters division. Derby Flyer

There are 4 seperate types of races that will happen at district derby.

Pinewood Derby Cars: We have a division for scouts and a division for masters. Be careful when searching the internet on how to build fast cars. A lot of the suggestions are against the rules. The rules are intended to create a fair competition for all the scouts. Here are the rules that you must follow to enter a car into pinewood derby this year.

 2013 Cub Class Rules

Pinewood Derby Semi-Trucks: (WEBELOS ONLY) When creating your semi truck, the bulk of the time is being creative on the trailer of your truck. The scouts can really get creative and design some interesting trucks. The trucks overall should not weigh more than 22 ounces total. Also, do not make the semi any wider then the trailer. Nothing can stick out over the sides of the trailer. Everything must be secure in the trailer. Be careful when driving the long nails into the trailer block of wood, I would recommend pre drilling to avoid splitting the wood. Here are the rules for Pinewood Derby Semi-trucks. semi derby rules

Trimaran and Regatta boats: (All Cub Scouts). The way both these boat races are run are the same. I will post the rules for the Trimaran and insert the rules for the Regatta boats. Just follow the instructions that come in the box. Boats are a quick and easy build. Make sure you glue the sail to the mast, so that when the scout blows on it, the sail does not flip around on him. Here are the rules for Trimaran Regatta.

Trimaran Rules

Regatta boat rules

Hull: No Longer than 7″ nor Shorter than 6 1/2″

Mast 6 1/2″ from deck to top

Keel and Rudder (make as shallow as possible to keep from rubbing the side of the gutter

Sail: You can cut it, but it can’t be larger than the supplied sail.

These are the rules in the instructions that come with your boat.

Here is a Website from Boy’s life on a different way to make it.


For those who don’t know the difference in a trimaran and a regatta boat here are some pictures.

Trimaran:      triboat1


Regatta boat:  standardboat1

Any and all of these kits can be purchased from the district scout store or check with your pack leadership.

Boy Scouts of America Great Falls

820 17th Ave. South

Great Falls, MT 59405


Thank You and I hope to see you there!