Important District Updates

Charter Renewal –
Our district has now passed our October 28th deadline.  Big shout-outs to Troop 19 for being the first to submit their charter renewal and Pack & Troop 57 in Fairfield for also beating the deadline!  Honorable mentions out to Troop 1155, Troop 1152, Pack 28, Troop 28, & Team 2155 for submitting paperwork ON TIME!  Great job leaders!
This deadline was important to ensure proper registration for 2017.  If you have not submitted your paperwork to the office, please get them in as soon as possible.  Please remember as you turn in paperwork to follow the district instruction sheet:
2017-troop-charter-renewal-requirements
2017-pack-charter-renewal-requirements
Please note required items in addition to online recharter paperwork.
For assistance, please contact District Commissioner- Rex Jewett   jmjewett@bresnan.net or Dist. Executive- Dustin Shoemake   dustin.shoemake@scouting.org

November 8- Montana Camps Discovery Night- ALL ARE INVITED! Come hear from the Montana Council’s Program Director, Shon Ostler, about the exciting additions being made to Montana’s Camp Programs, as well as new developments on the camp properties!  Information for Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts.  Begins @ 6:30pm at 1015 15th Ave S, Great Falls, MT.  We hope to see you all there!

November 12- Leader Specific Training- Training for Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Scoutmasters, and Committee Chairmen/Committee Members
10am-3pm @ Salvation Army 1000 17th Ave S, Great Falls  Register HERE
For information, contact Aaron Weissman: aaronweissman@mac.com

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Extra Halloween Candy? The Kids at the Rescue Mission Would Love it!

Great Falls area residents are invited to bring unwanted Halloween candy for the Rescue Mission to the Boy Scout Service Center starting Tuesday, November 1st.  The Scout office is open 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.  The last day for donations will be Friday, November 11th.

Candy can be placed in the donation box at the front door of the Boy Scout office, 820 17th Ave. South.  Anyone with questions may call the Boy Scout office, 761-6000.

Halloween candy donations have been used in the past for the Youth programs at the Rescue Mission.

Winter Coat Drive

Troop 1’s annual winter coat drive to benefit the Great Falls Rescue Mission is Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  in the parking lot of the former China Buffet, 1626 10th Ave. South.

Come by and donate winter coats for those in need.

Scouts from other units are welcome to participate.  Contact Tom Lynch for information: 406-231-9470

Looking for a few good Scouts!

This Saturday, October 22 is our district Rocket Launch for new Cub Scouts.  We are looking for a few Boy Scouts to help build and launch rockets, launch water bottle rockets, and supervise an obstacle course.  The event goes for 3 hours from 1pm to 4pm.  We are asking Boy Scouts that are willing to participate, to show up at 12:45pm to be shown the program areas.

Please have boys/parents contact Dustin Shoemake at 406-404-6071 or dustin.shoemake@scouting.org.

Its going to be a fun event for our new Cubs!  It would be great to have our older Scouts participate to show them examples of great Scouts!

Launch info:
https://lcdistrictcommittee.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/blast-off-into-scouting/

 

Jamboree On The Air Schedule

Saturday October 15

9-11am  Radio Merit Badge

11-12pm Lunch (Bring your own)

12-5pm  All stations open

5-6pm  Dinner Break

6-11pm Limited HF and VHF Stations Open

11pm All stations closed

Sunday October 16

8am-12pm All stations open

12-12:30pm  Lunch (bring your own)

12:30-2pm All stations open

2pm Clean Up

Please have all Scouts picked up by 2pm

All Troops & Packs must provide leadership if anyone is camping at the site over night.  We have water available.  Parents may drop off Scout for the day or stay with them.  Any questions contact Mike Lukas 750-7932.  Camp trailers are welcome in the main parking area.

Blast-off Into Scouting!

Rocket Academy Information

Saturday, October 22 behind the Boy Scout Service Center- 820 17th Ave S in Great Falls

1:00- 4:00pm- Rocket launching & activities.  There will be a Rocket Building station for those who have not yet built their rockets.

This event is a come and go event.  You can arrive anytime between 1:00- 4:00pm and participate in the launch and activities.  Launches will take place in order of sign-ins.

Parents should plan to attend with their Scout as there will be no additional supervision provided at the event.

Activities include:

  • Rocket building
  • Water Bottle Rockets
  • Obstacle Course
  • Launching Model Rockets
  • BB guns or Archery

This activity is geared towards new Scouts, but all are welcome to attend.

Rockets are free to new Scouts and can be purchased by existing Scouts for $6 by contacting Dustin Shoemake by October 19th at 406-404-6071 or dustin.shoemake@scouting.org  Supplies are limited

We hope to see you all there!

Outdoor Leader Skills course this weekend!

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader, and the Outdoors is our Classroom.  We all need to learn at least the basic skills required of a Scout through the rank of First Class.  We will be holding an Outdoor Leader Skills course this coming weekend in the field behind the Scout office at 820 17th Ave S. We are combining the BALOO and IOLS courses into one session that will provide both certifications.  These courses are required to be considered trained as an Assistant Scoutmaster or take Scouts camping.

All participants are expected to camp out over Friday night and to bring the ingredients necessary for their cooked breakfast on Saturday morning. Cooking supplies (

Cub Scouts– Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter. This course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.

Boy Scouts– Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank.

SCHEDULE:

Time Session
Friday Sept. 14th
5:15 – 6pm Check-In-
6-7:15pm Campsite selection and setup –
7:15 – 7:45pm Opening Ceremony –
7:45 – 8:15pm Outdoor Ethics –
8:15 – 9pm Fire site preparation and Building –
9 – 9:30pm Campfire Program –
9:30 – 10pm Cracker Barrel –
Saturday, Sept. 15th
7-8 a.m.  Cooking (during breakfast) 60 minutes
8-8:30 a.m.  Interfaith worship 30 minutes
8:30-8:45 a.m.  Flag ceremony 15 minutes
8:45-10:15 a.m.  Ropes 90 minutes
10:15-10:30 a.m.  Break 15 minutes
10:30-11:30 a.m.  Woods Tools 60 minutes
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Trail lunch 45 minutes
12:15-1:15 p.m.  Plant Identification 60 minutes
1:15-2 p.m.  Animal Identification 45 minutes
2-3:15 p.m.  Finding Your Way 75 minutes
3:15-3:30 p.m.  Break 15 minutes
3:30-4:45 p.m.  Packing and Hiking Techniques 75 minutes
4:45-5:15 p.m.  Closing ceremony 30 minutes
5:15-6 p.m.  Break camp 45 minutes

To register for the class, please fill out this registration form.