March 2014 District Meeting Agenda

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
March 4, 2014

**Note: Roundtables moved to March 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm**

1. Opening Ceremony 7:30 pm
2. Approval of Minutes from February Meeting
3. Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions
4. Old/New Business
A. Upcoming Events – Food Drive, Trail to First Class (TFC), District Awards Dinner, Cub Day Camp, MT Council Camporee
B. Upcoming Training – Outdoor Leaders Training (TFC)
6. Committee Reports
A. Camping Committee
B. Advancement
C. Programs Committee – Food Drive, TFC, District Awards Dinner, Day Camp
E. Other Committee Reports
7. District Executive Report
8. District Commissioner Report
9. District Chair Report
10. Other Business
11. Adjournment

Next Meeting April 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

** Roundtables moved to 2nd Tuesday of each Month No Roundtables on March 4, 2014.**

March 11, 2014 6:30 pm
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South
Boy Scout Roundtable – TBD
Cub Scout Roundtable – TBD


Investment in Character and Leadership (ICL) Speakers Bureau

Investment in Character and Leadership (ICL) is the replacement for Friends of Scouting (FOS).  This campaign is our primary method of paying for initiatives like our upcoming Pinewood Derby, the Council Camporee and our ongoing expenses for our camp properties (Melita, K-M, Grizzly, Arcola).

The District needs YOUR help to speak to units in Great Falls this month about ICL during their Blue and Gold Banquets, Courts of Honor and other events.  Can you help us?  If so, send me a note at, and we will schedule a speaker’s training.  Please help us make our ICL Family Campaign a success this year!

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Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food is an on-going annual program of the Boy Scouts of America that collects food for local food banks. Each year, local Cub and Boy Scouts leave plastic bags for their neighbors soliciting canned food items. One week later, the Scouts return to pick up and deliver the bags of food to a local food bank.

In the Law of the Pack; a Cub Scout gives good will and in the Boy Scout Promise; a Boy Scout promises to help other people at all times. By participating in the annual Scouting for Food program, Scouts come a step closer to fulfilling those words. Across the country, in many councils and districts, thousands of troops and packs with millions of scouts involved collect tens of millions of pounds of food which is distributed to needy neighbors. Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and its dedication to do and implement the Scout Slogan and do a good turn daily.

The Lewis and Clark District will once again be participating in the Scouting for Food Program on March 22, 2014, (bag drop off) and March 29, 2014, (bag pick up) and food delivery to the local Great Falls Food Bank located at 1620 12th Avenue North in Great Falls. Last year Packs and Troops in the Lewis and Clark District collected and delivered over 15,500 pounds of food to the Great Falls Food Bank. This year our goal is 20,000 pounds. With your help, we will attain this goal!

Scouting for Food bags and flyers may be picked up by Units on Friday February 28, 2014 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm and on Saturday March 1, 2014 from 9:00 am until 10:30 am during the District Pinewood Derby event at the Great Falls High School Old Gym located at 1900 2nd Avenue South in Great Falls. Units will be assigned their area in which to distribute bags at the time of bag pick up.

As a reminder, the instructional flyers should be placed inside the bags and/or attached to the bags prior to them being distributed to all residences in Great Falls. Also, ideally bags should be attached to door handles and/or placed inside screens doors so as not to blow away and become litter. Please remind all of your Scouts that bags and fliers should NEVER be placed in or on mailboxes. Placing bags in mailboxes can get us in trouble with the Postal Service. Please do not drop off or pick up bags before 9 am.

Scouts should be in full Class A, field dress, uniform; be reminded to use the buddy system when delivering and picking up bags; to utilize sidewalks as much as possible; be extra cautious when crossing streets; do not knock on doors, never enter a closed gate; and never, ever, enter a residence.

Thank you in advance for your continued support to the Scouts of the Lewis and Clark District and to our neighbors in need through the Great Falls Food Bank.

Questions may be directed to the Lewis and Clark District, Scouting for Food Coordinator, Deanna Rutten at 406 217-1079 or via

District Pinewood Derby and Rain Gutter Regatta

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 of America.

Great Falls High School Old Gym
1900 2nd Avenue South
Great Falls, Montana 59405

Vehicle Registration: Friday, February 28, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Derby Races: Saturday March 1, 2014, 1000 am until finished

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 only 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.

There are two separate types of races that will happen at district derby. Sorry, no Big Rigs this year as the kits are not available as they have been closed out.

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.

2014 Cub Class Rules

Regatta boats: We have a division for Scouts only. Follow the instructions that come in the box. Boats are a quick and easy to 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. Rules below.

2014 Rain Gutter Regatta Rules

Any and all of these kits, cars and boats, can be purchased from the district scout store: Boy Scouts of America Great Falls, 820 17th Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59405, 406 761-6000. Kits purchased from Michaels and other hobby stores are not BSA approved.

Also, the District could use a few volunteers during registration, set up and during the race. If anyone can assist, please give me a call at 406 750-1632.

FYI, the District will also hand out Scouting For Food Bags and Flyers to Pack leaders at the Pinewood Derby.

Bill Rutten
District Chairman
Lewis and Clark District

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

The Lewis and Clark District will be offering Boy Scout Leader Specific Training on Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 8 am until approximately 3 pm at the Montana Council Scout Office, 820 17th Avenue South. Please bring a sack lunch.

The course is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and assistants who complete this training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection training are considered “trained.”

Following This Is Scouting, this course is phase two of a new Scoutmaster’s introduction to the BSA and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful troop leadership experience. The course addresses the needs of adults who have recently accepted the responsibility of delivering the Scouting program to youth by serving as Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters. For many, this will be an introduction to the rewards and challenges of troop leadership. Others may have held leadership positions in Cub Scouting, Venturing, or on troop, district, or council committees, and have come to this training well versed in what Scouting has to offer. The sessions of Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training are thorough and comprehensive. Participants will be enthused to discover the essentials of their leadership positions and to realize that they can easily become successful Scout leaders.

Please contact Mr. Keith Hasbrouck at 406 799-4498 or via to register.