Crown Butte Day Hike Rescheduled

Yesterday’s hike was postponed due to muddy impassable roads.

I have moved it to June 9th at 1PM. Meet at the Scout Office and all things stay the same as far as what to bring.

Be sure to RSVP to me the number of participants!

Forrest C LaBelle


Crown Butte Day Hike

May 20th at 1pm

Meet at the Scout office front lot to Caravan

Sunday, May 20th I will be leading a day hike to the top of Crown Butte near Simms, MT.

It is about 5 miles round trip with an elevation change of 900 feet. Crown Butte is located near Simms and is owned by the Nature Conservancy. It’s unchanged in its grassland splendor and is the same as when Lewis and Clark explored here in 1805. There are teepee rings to view on the way up and an ancient Native American eagle catch at the top. The view from the top is utterly awe-inspiring as you get a birds-eye view of the Little Belts, the Big Belts and the Front Range as well as neighboring Buttes.

May 20th is the date and we leave the Scout office at 1pm. Bring a lunch as it will be your dinner. It will take about 5 hours to complete and that will get you home before 7pm. You can tell your teachers about this awesome hike that many native Montanans have never done.

This hike will be canceled if the weather is poor. The road to the Butte is not good in wet weather. It is advisable to bring your Troop in a high clearance vehicle. I am not providing transportation so it is up to the Scoutmaster to arrange rides. We will caravan from the Scout office. Be sure to pack well and this should be discussed at a Troop meeting on what to bring and not to bring. A hiking stick is recommended.

Those that are participating will need good boots (not shoes) and a day pack with a lunch and water for a 4 to 5 hour hike. I plan for us to eat on top with a vista that you will be highly impressed by. The hike is about 5.5 miles and an elevation change of 900 feet.

Crown Butte is owned by the Nature Conversancy and is routinely checked for invasive weeds, as the top has never been grazed by livestock and is primarily the same grass as when Lewis and Clark came through in 1805. You will see ancient teepee rings and an ancient eagle catch on the top of the Butte. Crown Butte is a perfect example of a volcanic laccolith with views of the Big and Little Belts as well as the Rocky Mountain Front.

We will depart promptly at 1 pm from a front lot of the Scout Office on the 20th.


Please notify me of expected number of hikers @ or text me at 406-788-0657…

The same goes for any questions you may have.

Forrest C. LaBelle and the Lewis & Clark District Camping Committee


2018 Klondike Results – Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Greetings from the Camping Committee,

We had another successful  Klondike with great weather and a great turnout from the District. Thank you’s go out to Troop 1,Troop 4, Troop 7, Troop 14, troop 26, Troop 28, Troop 1151, and Troop 1155. All came and efficiently set up their camps in record time.

Friday night started out worrisome as the bathrooms once again froze up in anticipation of our arrival. Luckily, Troop 7 stepped up and brought us Porti Potties from Waste Management (thank you all). You saved the day. Troop 7 also brought up a two stage snow blower to deal with the 15 inches of snow. (smart thinking).

Friday night was also home to the Pizza Travelers Feast and Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Lewis & Clark District Camporee Committee. The lodge was toasty warm thanks to Shawn at Rotary Headquarters. It was needed because it was in low teens at morning time.

Saturday brought the events such as:

  • Sled inspections,
  • First aid,
  • Sling Shot,
  • Fishing,
  • Sled balance,
  • Avalanche,
  • Stretcher carry,
  • Snowshoe Relay,and
  • the Infamous sled races.

The results are as follows:

  • Fourth place Troop 14 Snowballs with 223 nuggets
  • Third place Troop 4 Silver-back Gorillas with 225 nuggets
  • Second place Troop 7 Wolves with 228 nuggets
  • First place Troop 28 Wild Stallions with 229 nuggets

WOW! that was a close competition!

The Hot Cocoa event was won by Troop 4

The adult hatchet building won by Van Arvanites from Troop 28

Fastest sled time was Troop 1 Hydras at 15:59 followed closely by Troop 14 with a 15:60 and Troop 1151 with 16:32

Congratulations to you all!

Forrest C LaBelle, Chairman

2018 Klondike Schedule

2018 Klondike ScheduleProof for 2018 Lewis & Clark District Klondike Derby PatchPlease be advised that you will have to pack and carry your lunch during the events (Adults and Scouts) PLAN FOR THIS!

Friday Jan 19

  • 4:00 to 9:00pm: Check in
  • 6:00 to 9:00pm: travelers feast – FREE PIZZA!
  • 9:00pm: Cracker Barrel in the Lodge
  • 9:30pm: Ice Cream Social – Pavillion
  • 11:30pm: lights out

Saturday Jan 20

  • 7:30am: Reville
  • 7:30 to 9:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am Flags Ceremony
  • 10:00am: Events Start
    • Sled inspections   Station 1
  • 10:30 to 4:30pm:
    • Station 2 Avalanche Coming
    • Station 3 Fishing for Gold
    • Station 4 Slingshot Turkey Shoot
    • Station 5 Sled Balance
    • Station 6 Ice Rescue
    • Station 7 Stretcher Carry
    • Station 8 Snowshoe Relay
  • 1:00pm Camp Inspections
  • 5:00pm: Sled racing
  • 5:30 to 7:30pm Dinner
  • 8:00pm Campfire and skits
    • Hot Cocoa Contest ( Patrol with best cocoa will win a case of pizza for a party)
    • Includes Adult Hatchet Competition and awards
  • 11:30pm Lights out


  • Break camp and get patches and ribbons


Forrest C LaBelle

Let’s Bury The Hatchet

Mr. Locke has challenged the Scoutmasters of each Troop to construct a hatchet handle and sheath to display at Klondike. You may pick up the metal blank at the Scout Office and start your project. You will need to sharpen it too.

A fabulous prize awarded to the winner. Please note that the Judges will be the Camping Committee as we cannot be coerced or bribed in any way. My email is if you would like to try and bribe me.


Kidding aside good luck!

Forrest C. LaBelle