Tom Coffman

GREAT FALLS —Tom Coffman, 57, of Great Falls, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church followed by interment at Highland Cemetery and a reception at the church. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Tom was born January 7, 1959 in Choteau to Willis and Sharon Coffman. While he was still very young, the family moved to Great Falls and eventually into the house that he and DeeAnn took over and raised their family in. He graduated from CMR and attended college in Bozeman, Missoula and finally, Havre, where he and DeeAnn met. They were married in August of 1983 and after 6 years were blessed with their first child, Kristen. Four years later, another blessing in the form of a son, Casey, completed their family. Tom considered his family to be his biggest blessing and enjoyed showing both of his children and somewhat reluctant wife, his love of the outdoors including golfing, fishing, hunting, archery and camping. He was happiest either outdoors or in the kitchen cooking for anyone who would appreciate it.

Tom started working at a young age, but finally started his career with Thomas, Dean, and Hoskins Engineering in 1992 where he made many new friends. Because of his love for having a good time and generous nature he was instrumental in planning an annual company golf day that created many memories and stories to tell.

Tom was very social and found people to visit with as he attended many sporting events at CMR, tailgating with the Great Falls Bobcat boosters, and various Boy Scout events. Tom was active with Great Falls Troop 4 and a longstanding member of the Lewis and Clark District Camping Committee.

He was loved by many and survived by his wife, DeeAnn; daughter Kristen (Jess) Rago of Billings; son Casey of Bozeman; parents Willis and Sharon Coffman of Red Lodge; sister Linda (Arnie) Knight of Billings; and brother Don, whose home is wherever his RV is parked. He was also loved by many extended family members too numerous to mention.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Wallace and Jeanette Maxwell and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Stella Coffman.

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Scouting Party Bus!

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate with Lewis & Clark leaders at the Montana Council Annual Convention!  You can be a part of the 5th Annual Scouter Appreciation Night!

This event is hosted annually to recognize outstanding District performance and reward all the efforts of our volunteers across the state. Something for every level of volunteer. Come and have a great time and allow the council to say “thank you” for all you do. The theme of this year’s event is “TV or Movie Personalities” so feel free to dress up and represent your spirit as a District!

The Salvation Army has offered to gives rides to the Convention in Missoula for Friday Night’s awards dinner.  The bus will leave the Salvation Army (east of the Scout Office), around 3:00pm and return late Friday evening.

Please see link for convention information:

Please contact Dustin Shoemake @ 406-403-5675 to reserve your seat and for more information.

Spring camporee….is nearly here

A call out to all troops! We are in need of some 3/4 to 1″ ropes for the tower raising. We have two and need four more. Message me if you can help. They will be returned unharmed.

We are looking forward to your arrival to a great and beautiful camp. A river runs through it and there is ample room for all. First to arrive gets first pick. Turn right at MM 79 and go 1 mile to the camp. Lincoln is close by for emergency needs.There is also a new amphitheater and benches.

Adult leadership cook off prize is a 5qt round top Dutch Oven with a hand forged tripod and S hook made by a Smithy friend of mine. Entries should be a main course dish of your choosing. It does NOT have to be cooked in an oven.Open pit, BBQ, foil type, basted,broiled or stewed ….you decide. NO PROPANE

Lastly I ask for a good attendance by the District as the prizes are given according to what we take in. Also Cracker barrell will be at Campsite 2 at 8:30 pm


Forrest C LaBelle


Cub Day Camp Registration

As we get closer to the first Day Camp registration deadline, there appears to be miscommunication and confusion among leaders in the units.  The following is provided as clarification:

  1.  Each unit must have one person designated as their Day Camp Coordinator to collect registration paperwork, medical forms, and payments.
  2. The day camp coordinator will register everyone in the unit and pay for everyone at one time, with one payment (additional registrations will be accepted until May 27th).
  3. Units must provide a 1:3 ratio of adults to youth, per den, per day.
  4. Each youth and adult must provide a Medical and registration form (see below. Medical form does not need to be completed by medical professional).
  5. Registration and medical forms must be filled out completely.
  6. Fee Structure located on page 1 of 2016 Day Camp Information form.

For questions contact:
Glenda Burton- (307) 272-7105Ken Roberts- (406) 952-1769 or (406) 564-9580
Laura Merriman- (406) 781-1458

Forms and Information:
2016 Day Camp Information
Cub Day Camp Application
Tiger Day Camp Application
Tot Lot Application
Adult Volunteer Registration
Den Planning Forms