How to Get Trained (Spring, 2018 edition)

Hello Lewis and Clark District!

We have some exciting plans for some great adult training opportunities this Spring!  Each Youth DESERVES a TRAINED leader.  Can you be the trained hero that let’s your boys go to a campout?

Please mark your unit calendars today for these upcoming Training opportunities that your District is organizing for this Fall:

  • YOUTH PROTECTION:  YPT2 is now available at  Anyone registered with the BSA must take the new training prior to October 1, 2018.  For more information, see this note from our council commissioner.
  • BALOO and IOLS: We will offer BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) as a combined class/campout at the Trail to First Class campout at Holter Lake, April 13-15, 2018.  Participants will receive their certification in both trainings.
  • Train the Trainer:  This Spring we are going to offer a Train the Trainer class.  We hope to build a deep bench of certified trainers so that all units can easily get their adults trained!  This training will be held on Saturday, May 19, location TBA.

Please mark your calendars for these training opportunities.  If you are trained and you are available to help teach some of these classes, please drop me a note at or call me at 868-8982.

Thanks for all you do for the youth in Scouting!

Aaron Weissman
Lewis and Clark District Training Chair


Leader Specific Training Details!

There is still time to sign up for Leader Specific Training on November 18!

Leader Specific Trining will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 610 2nd Avenue North on November 18 at 10am.  We have a confirmed all-star Training staff, consisting of:

Den Leader Specific Training: Assistant Roundtable Commissioner and Pack 7 Webelos Den Leader Laura Boyd;

Cubmaster Specific Training; Roundtable Commissioner and former Pack 7 Cubmaster Stephen Boyd; and

Scoutmaster Specific Training; Troop 19 Scoutmaster Mark King and former Troop 26 Scoutmaster Aaron Weissman

To sign up for the class, fill out the form below:

Eat WINGS!, Popcorn, & You need training!

Scout Day/Night at Buffalo Wild Wings!

Invite family, friends, co-workers, etc. (anyone else you can think of) to the “Eat Wings Raise Funds” event ALL DAY on November 15th.
Share with them the below coupon via hard copy, phone picture, email, or whatever creative way you would like to share the invite. The important thing to remember is that the guests must present some form of the coupon.

Here’s the fun part! This is a statewide contest. Let’s show Montana the Great Falls has the most support for Scouting!


Popcorn Delivery Reminder

What a FANTASTIC year for popcorn sales!!  For the FIRST TIME in four years, our District has an INCREASE in the Popcorn Sale! Totals for the District are:
TAKE ORDER  $214,740
ONLINE $18,795
TOTAL  $233,535
THIS GIVES US AN INCREASE OF  $10,165 over last year!  With all the hard work of Scouts, Leaders, and Parents, no doubt our Scouts will be looking forward to an amazing program year!

Thank you to all the Unit Popcorn Chairs and a HUGE THANK YOU to your district Popcorn Chair, Mandy Brumwell! A lot goes on behind the scenes, and Mandy goes out of her way to help every unit and Scout have a successful popcorn sale!

Special congratulations go out to our district’s final weekend sales contest.  The big winners for the highest sales over the last sale weekend goes out to Pack 143 and Troop 26! They have won discounted camp tickets to Cub Scout Day Camp and the Klondike Derby, WAY TO GO!

DON’T FORGET– This Thursday, November 9th is popcorn delivery at the North 40 wharehouse. Popcorn Chairs and those with questions contact Mandy Brumwell at, or 406-868-9315.  We could always use hands to help sort the unit popcorn.  Lunch will be provided.



TrainedPatchNovember 18th, 2017
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: 610 2nd Ave N, Great Falls, MT

Training for: Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters

OPEN TO ALL parents, volunteers, leaders; you do not need to be registered in one of these positions to receive the training.

PLEASE register so our trainers can adequately for you.  Registration and info, click  HERE 

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!



Leader Specific Training – November 18, 2017

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!

Time: 10am-3pm
Location: 610 2nd Ave N, Great Falls, MT

Training for:

Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters
This course is intended to provide Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters with the basic information they need to conduct successful pack meetings. The course is based on the seven parts of a pack meeting using the Pack Meeting Plans.

Den Leaders
The Den Leader Position-Specific Training course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The course is intended to be conducted in a small group setting of about six to eight participants, similar to a den meeting.

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters
The purpose of Scoutmaster Position-Specific training is to provide an active, fun, and positive learning experience for new and experienced Scoutmasters to learn and apply proven techniques for running an effective Boy Scout troop. Scoutmasters will learn how to meet the aims of Scouting by applying the eight methods of the Boy Scouting program during the four main sessions of the course:
• Patrol Method
• Support Team
• Advancement
• Annual Planning

Course Director- Aaron Weissman:

Please register for training course below


Have you Renewed your Youth Protection Yet?

unknownIn the Montana Council, Youth Protection certification must be renewed every year.  If your certification does not have a “2017” on its issue date, it is time to renew again!

The Lewis and Clark District will be holding a group Youth Protection Training as our program for District Roundtable this coming Tuesday, October 10, 6:30pm at the LDS State Center at 1015 15th Ave South.  Make it easy this year before recharter and come to our YPT class!

Register today for Outdoor Leader Training!

Trained-LeaderWe have an incredible IOLS/BALOO class/campout scheduled for this coming October 20-21 behind the Scout Office! Participants will receive all training necessary to take Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on camping adventures. In addition, we have an all-star training staff lined up that will provide exceptional training.

The course will begin on October 20 at 5pm and will conclude on October 21 by 6pm. There will be a $10 registration fee which will cover the cost of food on Saturday (breakfast and lunch provided as part of cooking instruction) and course materials. You can pay in advance at the Scout office or you can bring your course fees with you on 10/20.

All participants should be prepared for a campout in late October in Northcentral Montana. Participants must bring their own camping gear and mess kits. Dinner on Friday evening is not provided, however there will be a cracker barrel snack during campfire that evening. Participants should also bring paper and pencil/pen.

Please register as soon as possible so that we can purchase enough food. Registrations are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 17. We look forward to seeing you!

Outdoor Program Trainers, We Need You!

Our Fall Training season is arriving!  The Lewis and Clark District training team has several trainings scheduled this Fall, and we need your help to make them happen.  See How to Get Trained (Fall, 2017 edition) for a list of upcoming trainings.

Are you an outdoor skills expert?  Well, if not an expert, have you already had your IOLS training?  If so, we need you on the weekend of October 20-21 to help with our training.  We will be teaching all of the skills required through First Class rank.  Please contact me and sign up to teach part of the class.  I will keep the following table updated with our confirmed list of trainers:


Skill Trainer
Flag Ceremony  Jeremy Adams
Interfaith Worship  Stephen Boyd
Registration/Campsite Selection/Outdoor Ethics/Campfire Program  Aaron Weissman
Fireman Chit  Jeremy Adams
Cooking Bob Dowdy (renowned dutch oven expert!)
Ropes and Knots  Jay Cox
Woods Tools – Totin’ Chip Dean Gaskins
Plant and Animal Identification  Robert Burton
First Aid  Gus Macneal
Orienteering  Tom Lynch
Packing and Hiking Techniques/Gear Chris Leatham/Bighorn Outdoor Specialists