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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!