Lewis and Clark District Day at the Montana Legislature

The Scout Oath begins with the words “On my honor, I will do my duty to God and my Country.” Part of doing your duty to your country is to be an engaged citizen in the workings of our democracy.

In Montana, our State legislature only meets for 90 days every other year. For the past 14 years, former Troop 4 Assistant Scoutmaster (and Cascade County Commissioner) Joe Briggs has arranged for the boys of our District to meet with legislative leaders and view both committee hearings and open sessions of the State House and Senate on President’s Day during the session.

This year, Troops from our District have the opportunity for these meetings on Monday, February 16, 2015. Troops need to meet at 8:30 am in the rotunda. They need to bring a sack lunch as Mr. Briggs has secured the old supreme court chambers for a lunch room for us. Thus far we have commitments from Governor Bullock and Senate President Barrett for meetings with the boys.

Each troop must make its own arrangements for required leadership and transportation as well as filling out required Tour plans and filing them with the Council office. In addition, the governor’s office has requested the names of both boys attending and the leaders in advance. Each Troop leader should provide that information to Mr. Briggs at jbriggs@briggscom.com.

Because of the nature of committee hearings and the requirement that guests remain quiet during much of the day we limit this to Boy Scouts only, no Cubs or Webelos. This gets to be a long day and the requirement that they be able to sit quietly has proven to be a problem for the younger boys.

These meetings DO qualify for requirements for First Class rank and the three Citizenship merit badges. Please talk to your merit badge counselor and Scoutmaster in advance. It would be a good idea to write out the questions you need to ask for these requirements before the meeting. There should be time for you to ask these questions.

Many thanks to Joe Briggs for organizing this important session for the Scouts of our District!


January 17 Webcasts on the New Cub Scouting Program

A new Cub Scouting program is launching June 1, 2015, that will be more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to implement for unit leaders. To ensure you are ready to make the transition, a number of webcasts will be hosted on January 17 to outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available.

Cubmaster Webcasts
Saturday, January 17, at 8 a.m. (Central), or
Saturday, January 17, at 3 p.m. (Central)

Den Leader Webcasts
Saturday, January 17, at 9:30 a.m. (Central), or
Saturday, January 17, at 4:30 p.m. (Central)

LDS-Specific Considerations*
Saturday, January 17, at 11 a.m. (Central), or
Saturday, January 17, at 6 p.m. (Central)

* It is recommended that those interested in the LDS session view one of the role-specific sessions first.

Although the content will be geared to the roles listed, anyone with an interest in learning about the new Cub Scouting program is welcome to attend.

The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

It’s easy to attend! Just navigate your Internet browser to http://www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil and you are ready to view the webcast!

As always, for more information on the new Cub Scouting program, please go to http://www.scouting.org/programupdates.

Help spread the word about the webcasts to ensure others are ready for the new Cub Scouting program!

Community Service Opportunity

Volunteers, Webelos 2 or older, are needed to help The Salvation Army with Christmas food and toy distribution on Saturday December 20th from 9 am to 7 pm (or as long as needed).

Lunch will be provided.

Boys will need to have adult supervision.

Contact Mark King at 406.453.0391 x204

Montana Council Executive Board withholds support for Medicine River Scout Center

On December 10, the Montana Council Executive Board voted to withhold their support from the Lewis and Clark District Committee’s request to develop the Medicine River Scout Center site into a more functional and permanent part of the Lewis and Clark District Scouting Program.  Scouters from Lewis and Clark District have engaged the Council Board for about 6 months to solicit their questions and concerns.  The issues raised have been addressed to the best of District supporters’ ability in the period before the vote.

In the Executive Board meeting:  A member of the Board from Lewis and Clark District made the first motion after the call for motions was placed by the Council President.  This motion stipulated a one-year due-diligence period for the Council to produce a list of concerns and conditions that the District would be required to address after which period a final Council vote would occur.  This motion was not seconded.  A new motion was made to withhold all Council support from further development of Medicine River Scout Center and to not pursue renewal of the existing lease that expires in July 2016.  This motion was seconded and carried in the ensuing vote.

An ad hoc committee established by the District Chairman for the purpose of promoting the development of MRSC in our district will meet soon to discuss 1) the district’s response to the council vote, 2) district plans for MRSC in the remaining 1 1/2 years of lease, and finally 3) local options for an ongoing relationship with the City of Great Falls to utilize this site for the benefit of youth in our area.  Please continue to share your thoughts with the district committee on this and other issues affecting us in Lewis and Clark District.




DECEMBER 6 , 2014 


2800 18th Ave South


CHARIOT CHECK-IN: 10:00 – 12:00



Order of the Arrow Concessions will be on-site!