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


Adult Volunteers needed for Day Camp!

Hello Scouters. We currently have 84 scouts signed up for Day Camp and only 5 Adults to lead them all. We are in serious need of parents to come with their children to Day Camp if we are going to make this a reality. To help, call Stephen Boyd at 231-9570.

Please promote this to your units and help make Day Camp be an awesome experience for your Scouts!IMG_0783

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


Successful Pinewood Derby this past Weekend!

31958892_1690947067662021_6624446609755209728_nAnd the races are a wrap! We had a GREAT Pinewood Derby this weekend. After everything everyone is reading in the news about the BSA, you would think that paying attention to controversy is all we are doing. No, we are still SCOUTING!

Many, many thanks to the our sponsors who made this race possible this year. Ne-i-yahw Chapter of Apoxky Aio Lodge ran the event on Friday night and Saturday, and Wendy Weissman and Sandra Johnson-Thares ran the registration table and kept everything working smoothly. Thanks also to Laura Boyd for designing the flyer and Stephen Boyd for providing the PA system.

Lithia Subaru donated their new, beautiful building for our races. Darrell Ogg and VisionNet provided computer, networking and IT support. Cherry Creek Radio helped promote the event on the radio and Pepsi of Great Falls did a LOT of free printing for us. Teriyaki Madness provided free lunch for all volunteers. Financial support was provided by Big O Tires, VisionNet and and a wonderful anonymous donor who provided a new computer based timing system for the cars. Please lend your support and business to these sponsors.

Mark your calendars for next year’s Derby on May 4, 2019 at the Lithia Subaru dealership on Central! My bet will be that we will have lots of Star Wars themed cars…

Service Opportunity: Missouri River

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 and Sunday, May 6, 2018  Cubs, Boy Scouts, and Ventures are all invited and encouraged to attend a service project near Craig.  The Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance is looking for around 30 Scouts and adults to help each day.  Scouts and Scouters are welcome to attend Saturday, Sunday, or both.  The Alliance will provide lunch both days.

 One troop that is planning on camping Saturday evening.  If this is something your unit is interested in, we will need to know ASAP.  Please email Loren. We need to finalize this with the landowners, thus the rush on units planning to camp.  Camping is an option for Troops and Crews, but not Packs (sorry, they will have to make the drive each day if they want to help out both days).  There will be outhouses available at the project site.  The camping part would not be a district event, so there is no program planned.  All meals would be on your own other than the lunch that will be available to all volunteers.

One very important detail, Prickly Pear District needs a headcount by Monday, April 30th so we can let the Alliance know how many folks to plan on.  This is really important so they can have the right amount of food. Email Loren your RSVP.