May 2014 District Meeting Agenda

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
May 6, 2014

1. Opening Ceremony 7:30 pm
2. Approval of Minutes from April Meeting
3. Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions
4. Old/New Business
A. Upcoming Events – District Awards Banquet, District Membership Drive, Cub Day Camp, Flag Day, MT Council Camporee, 4th of July Parade
B. Upcoming Training – Commissioners Training, Youth Protection Training
6. Committee Reports
A. Camping Committee
B. Advancement Committee
C. Membership Committee
D. Training Committee
E. Programs Committee – District Awards Banquet, Day Camp, Flag Day, 4th of July Parade
G. Other Committee Reports
7. District Executive Report
8. District Commissioner Report
9. District Chair Report
10. Other Business
11. Adjournment

Next Meeting June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.


May Day Hike From the Camping Committee

Greetings from the Camping Committee……


Since there is no Spring Camporee we will host a day hike to Black Beach at Holter Lake on May 17 at 8am. This is a place that is very friendly to fish for five different species of fish, with shallow drop offs and a long sandy beach. I have caught hundreds of fish here with my Dad and Son. If in-climate weather persists we will re-schedule but you will get a notice via e-mail the night before. There is no charge for this event.

There will be a limit of 50 boys that we can handle, not including adults. Webelos may attend but need a parent to go with EACH Webelo boy. You will need fishing license for boys over the legal age….adults too.The hike is a fairly strenuous 3/4 mile trip with hills and dales,bears, snakes, scorpions and the like so be prepared. We will meet at Social Security Beach which is the next beach after Log Gulch. We will start the hike at 8am. YOU AS A TROOP WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO THE TRAIL HEAD THE DAY OF THE HIKE. Bring your own fishing gear and I highly suggest bottom rigs with a number 8 hook with a nightcrawler and marshmallow………….they love the green ones. Also a good fly fisherman will find this spot agreeable.You will need to cast out a bit so a good pole with good line is important. The trout there run 2 lbs on the average,and I have caught carp over 20 lbs. Perch and walleye are also possible.


Day Packs need……

Water….lunch….rain gear….mountain money….extra socks…..hat…..jacket…..a two gallon zip lock bags….pocket knife….survival kit

Each Troop needs to bring a cat tool or small shovel for a latrine and a first aid kit ….a small cooler for any fish you bring back, and if possible a portable water filter.

You will need to contact me at to reserve a spot or call at 788-0657….I will post on this site when the hike is full



District Roundtable

Hello Scouters!

My name is Stephen Boyd, and I am from Troop 26 and a den leader with Pack 26. I am also the new Roundtable Commissioner for the Lewis & Clark District. I am excited to be a part of our district’s Roundtable team, and am looking forward to our growing program!

Tuesday night, our Cub Scout roundtable focused on the youth religious award program. We had a great presentation given by Bill Rutten, from Troop 28, and a lot of good feedback from other leaders who were in attendance. Afterwards, we were able to discuss any questions and issues our leaders have experienced in their packs.

Our Boy Scout Roundtable discussed Outdoor Programs. Our Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Ed Stuart, did a great job of discussing how units can have a great outdoor program with suggestions on making a good program even better. Leaders in attendance also discussed the methods our district uses to communicate information on events and programs.

A big “congratulations” goes out to our door prize winners!

· Julienne Gramm- Training Chairman for Troop 51, won a mini Coleman lantern flashlight (donated by Brian Jensen from Pack 26).

· Kathy Colwell- Unit Commissioner for Packs 151, 152, & 155, won a 2014 Montana Council wall calendar.

· Gregg Benson- Cubmaster for Pack 157, won a $15 Wal Mart gift card.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, and we hope to see the rest of you next month on May, 13th!


Stephen Boyd
Lewis & Clark District Roundtable Commissioner
(406) 231-9570

Your Vote could help K-M receive an AED from Benefis!

As most of you know, the Council has applied for a Benefis Foundation Community Grant to fund an AED training kit plus a complete AED for K-M Scout Camp. We’ve made it to the finals and the voting is now open on the Benefis Foundation Facebook Site ( On that page just under the logo material, you’ll see a light blue icon that looks like an atom and titled “Community Grant Co…” which if you click on it leads to the voting page: Please get the word out.
You can vote every day until April 13th, so like they say in Chicago, “Vote early and vote often.”
Thanks for supporting Scouting and K-M Scout Camp.
Tom Russell
Council Commissioner

April 2014 District Meeting Minutes

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Meeting Minutes
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
April 1, 2014

The meeting was opened at 7:30 pm with 11 District members in attendance. Thanks to all units in attendance and a request from Bill for every unit in the District to have a representative attend the District Meeting.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved.
Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions – Bill thanked Dr. Chuck Jennings for coordinating the recent ICL breakfast which raised approximately $14,000. Bill thanked ASM Stephen Boyd for his efforts in coordinating a pinewood derby event in conjunction with the Great Falls customs car show. Bill thanked Deanna Rutten for Coordinating the Districts Scouting for Food drive which collected and donated over 21,000 pounds of food.

Old/New Business Upcoming Events – Trail to First Class, April 11-13, 2014 at Log Gulch on Holter Lake; MT Council Annual Convention, May 204, Billings, MT; District Award Banquet, May 9, 2014, 6 pm, 2900 9th Avenue South (United Church of Christ); Cub Day Camp, June 9-11, 2014 Wolves/Bears, June 12-14, 2014, Webelos, June 13, 2014, Tigers, all at Medicine River Scout Center (MRSC); MT Council Camporee, June 19-22, Townsend, MT.

Upcoming Training – Basic Outdoor Leader Training, April 11-13, 2014, at Trail to First Class campout has been cancelled due to lack of trainers.
Committee Reports –

MRSC: Peter Jennings provided updated of MRSC that the septic tank has been located and he is coordinating with a local plumbing company to determine its usefulness. Also, he will be attending a Silver Beaver meeting on April 22, 2014 to discuss Silver Beaver involvement with MRSC.

Camping: Bill provided a report from camping committee. No Spring Camporee due to MT Council Camporee in June. Looking at a possible two mile hike/fishing trip on the Missouri river May 17 or 18, 2014.

Advancement/Eagle Board: Bill provided a report from eagle board. Two new approvals. Tim Locke has issued 12 Lowes $100 gift cards council wide. Plenty still available for approved eagle projects.

OA: Tanner Dodge stated units should schedule OA elections this week if interested with him or Paul Grosvold. OA requirements include, Scouts must be first class or higher, have accumulated 15 nights of camping (only one long term camp can be included), elected by peers in Troop and approved by their Scoutmaster. Also, OA will celebrate 100 years of OA at MT Council Camporee. They need OA members to be present. Scouts are encouraged to bring musical instruments for the OA led pep band Saturday night.

TFC: Tanner also provided an update on the Trail to First Class Campout (run by OA), April 11-13, 2014 at Log Gulch on Holter Lake. Cost is free to attend; however, if Scouts want a “great looking” patch, the cost will be $5. Money will be collected at TFC. A list of TFC courses has been developed and was posted to the blog. Still not too late to register. Troops are asked to conduct Paul Grosvold or Keith Hasbrouck to register.

Scouting for Food: Bill provided a report from the committee chair. Huge success with 21 units participating and over 21,000 pounds of food collected and donated to Great Falls Food Bank.

District Awards Banquet: None. Still set for May 9, 2014, 6 pm at the United Church of Christ, 2900 9th Avenue South. Chili and/or cornbread cook off will begin at 5 pm. Participants can submit either their favorite chili or cornbread recipes or both. Other menu items include hot dogs, chicken, dessert and drinks. There is no cost to attend.

Award Banquet Committee still accepting award nominations for Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Scouter, and Volunteer of the year. Nomination forms posted to the blog.

Day Camp: Ken Roberts stated the Day Camp is on track. April 15, 2014, last day to register with $10 discount. After April 15, 2014, cost to attend is $55.

ICL: Aaron Weissman stated the district is trying to wrap up ICL campaign by first week of May 2014. Units still need to schedule an ICL presentation include Troops 7, 4 and 43 and Pack 7. Please call Aaron to schedule.

Membership: Stu Brown stated he is planning the District membership drive for May 2014. Location to be determined. Stay tuned for more details.

District Executive Report – Dustin provided an update on ICL. District currently at 60% of its $60,000 goal. District is looking for new District Chairman as Bill’s term expires in May 2014. Forward names to Dustin of potential candidates. One of the Districts points of emphasis this year will be to work on scout retention.

District Commissioner Report – Rex stated he has two new Unit Commissioners, Alex Archibald and John Wallace. Rex also stated the MT Council was in need of Commissioner volunteers for the camporee in June. Contact Rex if you can help.

District Chair Report – Bill stated the District website domain was allowed to expire as it was anticipated the new Council website would be up and running. The Council website launch has been delayed. Dustin will work with Jay Tuss to get the District website back on line. Bill also stated he is working on a Scoutmaster/Cubmaster cracker barrel at fire ring at the scout office in May or June. Purpose will be for all leaders to gather, discuss best practices, network, etc. without scouts. Date and time to be determined.

Adjournment at 8:35 p.m. Next Meeting May 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

Scouting for Food Results

Thank you to all of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Leaders, Scouters, Malmstrom Volunteers, Parents and Siblings of the Lewis and Clark District. With your hard work the last two weekends, you collected and donated over 21,000 pounds of food to the Great Falls Food Bank to be distributed to our neighbors in need. This year we had 21 units participate in the Scouting for Food drive. You easily eclipsed our goal of 20,000 pounds and increased last years donations by over 6,000 pounds. Congratulations on a job well done. You should all be very proud of your efforts. Thank you again for “doing a good turn daily.”

Cub Scout Day Camp Registration

Only 15 days left till registrations are due. Get your Cub Scouts registered by April 15th to receive a $10 discount – Cost is $45 per scout till April 15th, late registration is $55 per scout. We need 1 Adult leader per day for every 3 boys registered. Little Brother’s and Sister’s are welcome to come hang out in the Tot Lot (must be potty trained). Big Sister’s and Brother’s 14 and older can help out as Camp Aide’s.

Return registration and payment to the Scout office. You may also bring them to Round Table April 8th.

Dates are June 9th – June 11th for Wolves & Bears
June 12th -June 14th for Webelos
June 13th for Tigers

See Cub Scout Blog page for downloadable forms