Fall Camporee 2018, Sept. 14-16

Fall Camporee will be September 14, 15 and 16 at Mortimer Gulch on Gibson Lake.

Geocaching Challenge

The 2018 fall camporee will be an enjoyable and challenging event for your Troop. We will be conducting a Geocaching Challenge with twists and changes to test the boys. There will be most if not all of the requirements to fulfill the merit badge.

Theme:”Are you afraid of the dark”

The Scouts will be required to do a Spooky Skit at campfire

Directions:

To Mortimer Gulch at Gibson Lake, from Augusta take Manix Street west 4 miles to Forest Road 108 and continue west for 22 miles going to the top of Gibson Lake. You do NOT turn left at any time until you reach the campground.

We have reserved the lower loop campground.

If you have a camper of any type you have to camp on the upper loop and pay an additional fee of $8.00 per night….no exceptions.

Registration:

Registration is $10 per person, payable when you arrive. (This has changed so you are not penalized for drop offs and cancelations.)

We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging.

You must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”.

You must have a copy of the “Medical Form” for each scout and each leader, in addition to “Parent Permission Slips” and a copy of “Guide to Safe Scouting”.  Please e-mail me, by September 12th at desireesoapcompany@gmail.com or text me at 406-788-0657, the number of attendees from your troop, boys and adults, so I can plan for prizes.

ARRIVAL

Troops it will be the same location as Spring Camporee, unless otherwise noted.

Friday night be sure to pack a sack lunch. There will not be a travelers feast.

Cracker Barrel will be at 9pm for leaders and SPL’s. Location to be announced.

Check in:

All troops need to check in with the camping committee when they arrive in camp.  The camping committee needs to know the final numbers so that they may prepare for the contests.  The camping committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles.

THIS IS A BEAR LOCATION>>>BE BEAR AWARE!

Water and sanitary facilities are available.

Check out:

All Troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp.    Make sure your camp area is clean – “Leave no Trace”.

Events

Events will be added to on July 28. The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible.

AWESOME Scout Award

Each troop will post a candidate for Scouter Award that will be put into a drawing box for a fantastic prize  and  scout  MUST BE PRESENT ! This prize to be announced.

Patrol size:

You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 6 scouts.  If you have 8 boys then two patrols of 4. Small troops with small patrols may be added together so that the patrol may compete in events.  In the scoring of the points for completion of an event, scores will be adjusted mathematically so that small or large patrols are not handicapped or given an unfair advantage. Contact me if this is an issue!

General Rules

  • Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.
  • One of the most important parts of a fall Camp is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Montana weather is very changeable, requiring preparedness for any condition. A nice day can turn into a very cold night.
  • Your best protection is common sense. Dress in layers. Avoid working up a sweat, and stay comfortable by removing or adding layers. Cotton clothing is not good. Wool is.
  • Waterproof boots are essential. Wear good wicking socks.
  • A good wool or thermal hat is needed; it must be able to cover your ears. You can also wear it in your sleeping bag. A scarf is also important, to cover your neck.
  • Good gloves and a backup pair for each boy. The best for back-up is mittens in wool.
  • Scouts are more vulnerable to cold at meals, because they do not move around as much. Adults need to ask each boy if he is dry and not sweaty. If needed have them change clothes.
  • Clothing inspection: Unit leaders should visually inspect each boy before he hits the trail.
  • If the Camping Committee sees a boy unfit to task he may be pulled from events.
  • Webelos – There will be no Webelo specific events at Fall camporee.
  • Campfires are limited to above ground fire pits. There will not be wood available. Shovels need to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.
  • No Pets except registered Service Animals and sled dogs
  • Pack in, pack out.  Leave no trace.

Camping Committee Philosophy:

  • Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.
  • The boys should have learned some skills prior to the contests.
  • The boys are to do the work, the adults just watch.
  • Troops/Patrols are not to be assisted by adult leaders.
  • The boys are to work together as a team; they start together and finish together.
  • The Senior Patrol Leader is the person leading their troop, and the Patrol Leader is the person leading his patrol.
  • A Scout will be a living example of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout
  • Slogan, and the will camp following the Outdoor Code.
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Youth Protection Training Kiosk at Roundtable!

We all know that every Adult Leader in Scouting in the Montana Council needs to complete Youth Protection training every year.

Have you completed YPT for 2017 yet?  If not, we are going to try and make it easy for you.  From now on, at every Lewis and Clark District Roundtable we will supply an online Youth Protection Training Kiosk where you can complete all required youth protection training.

So, please come to roundtable on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm at the LDS Stake Center at 1015 15th Ave S!  In addition to some great information and fellowship, you will also be able to complete some necessary training.  Let’s get 100% YPT certified as a district for 2017 as early as possible!

Celebrate the BSA’s 104th Anniversary in February, 2014!

Units can earn the beautiful purple “104th Anniversary Honor Unit” ribbon!  Complete any two of the following activities during February: 

1.  Attend a religious service as a unit (if possible), wearing your BSA uniforms. (Scout Sunday is Feb. 2nd, Scout Sabbath is Feb. 8th.)

2.  Put up a BSA display in a business’ window.

3.  Conduct a service project.

4.  Perform a flag ceremony outside of your unit’s meeting, wearing Scout uniforms, for a school, service group, governmental meeting, care facility, or other appropriate gathering.

5. Write a letter to the Editor.  Thank your community for their support of Scouting, and name a few of your unit’s service projects.

6.  Secure a Mayoral Proclamation, recognizing BSA Anniversary Week, Feb. 2nd-8th.

7.  As a unit, wear your BSA uniforms to school one day. 

  • Notify the Council office (mimalin@bsamail.org) no later than March 15th which activities the unit completed.  
  • The Units that submit the best information (photos, news articles, CDs, etc.) about their activities will receive a special award at the Annual Montana Council meeting.
  • Thanks in advance for your BSA Anniversary Month activities!

Summer Camps 2012, Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to offer the following summer camping opportunities. Each youth participant must be a registered Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, Sea Scout or Explorer Scout.  The registration fee to become a Boy Scout is $12 and is available at the Boy Scout Service Center, 820 17th Ave. South, Great Falls, MT., 761-6000 or www.montanabsa.org.  Camp scholarships are available.

CAMP NAME: Lewis and Clark District’s Cub Scout Day Camp

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES:   With a theme of “Space Cowboys,” Cub Scouts (boys going into grades 1st-5th in the Fall) will have fun with games, nature crafts, Scout skills, first aid, skits, archery and BB gun shooting.

PUT ON BY: Lewis and Clark District, Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS: June 12-14

WHERE: Medicine River Scout Center, Central Ave. West, Great Falls, MT

COST:  $50 includes T-shirt and patch; $20 for Tiger Cubs (Tiger Cubs are boys who will be1st graders in the fall.  Tiger Cubs attend camp  Thursday, June 14th only and must have an adult accompany the Tiger Cub.)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Late registrations may be accepted if the camp has openings.  Contact Camp Director Catherine Korona, (406) 788-1016, mikencat2211@yahoo.com.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: lcmtbsa.org. Scout leaders and Cub Scouts’ parents, are encouraged to serve as volunteer counselors. Camp Aides ages 14-17 are also needed. Day Camp volunteers’ children (potty trained -11 years) may participate in free Tot Lot. Contact Director for details.

CAMP NAME:  Webelos Scout Rendezvous

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES: Boys going into 4th and 5th grades experience camping activities, participate in archery, shoot BB guns, and learn pioneering and map & compass skills.

PUT ON BY:  Boy Scout Troop 4, Great Falls

SESSION:  June 8, 9, and 10th

WHERE:  Medicine River Scout Center, Central Ave. West, Great Falls, MT

COST: $15

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Contact the Boy Scout Office, 761-6000 for details.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  www.lcmtbsa.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:  Families are welcome!

 Webelos Scouts Resident Camp at K-M Scout Ranch

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES: Webelos Resident Camp is an adventuresome 4 days and 3 nights camping experience for Cub Scouts entering the 4th and 5th grades this fall. Scouts will enjoy campfires, hikes and working on Activity pin requirements. Highlights include swimming, canoeing, and other water events at our lake.  Webelos may participate in BB gun shooting, archery, crafts, and games. Meals are provided in the dining hall.

PUT ON BY:  Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS: July 29-August 1; August1-4th

WHERE:  K- M Scout Ranch, in the north Moccasin Mountains near Lewistown.

COST:  Youth:  $95

Adults:  $55

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Until sessions are full.  Early registration is recommended.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.montanabsa.org. or contact Michelle Ferguson, Montana BSA Camp Registrar, 761-6000,mimalin@bsamail.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:  A Webelos Scout and their adult partner may attend by themselves or with their Cub Scout Pack.

Boy Scout Camps for Boy Scouts entering 6th-12th grades this fall:  

 K-M Boy Scout Camp

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES:  K-M Scout Ranch is a 640 acre property located in the Moccasin Mountains, approximately 20 miles north of Lewistown.  Facilities include program areas complete with archery, rifle, shotgun and black powder ranges; a small lake with a wide range of aquatic activities, including swimming, canoeing, rowing, lifesaving, Mile Swim, snorkeling, and fishing; a Nature Hut; a new 35-foot Climbing wall, for climbing and rappelling; and a Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) course. Support facilities include the Flaming Arrow dining hall providing full food service, the Garrison fire-bowl, Harrison Lodge, trading post, first aid lodge, restrooms, and showers.  An optional evening hike and campout to the ghost town of Kendall provides lasting memories.

PUT ON BY: Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

Dates:  July 9-15; July 15-21; July 22-28.

WHERE: K- M Scout Ranch, near Lewistown, MT.

COST:  $215 for Scout, $75 for Adults.  Fees include all dining hall meals.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Until sessions are full, but early registration is highly recommended.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michelle Ferguson, Montana BSA Camp Registrar, 761-6000, mimalin@bsamail.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: www.montanabsa.org.

Kendall ghost camp again will be offered with a special ghost patch only for those that attend the overnighter. Spend the evening in Kendall and have a dusk hike to the cemetery.

The C.O.P.E. Course is composed of group initiative games, trust events, low elements (12 feet and under), and high elements (30 feet). Participants work on leadership, problem solving, communication, self confidence, trust, decision-making, and teamwork. Each element is carefully spotted or belayed to maximize safety while challenging the Scouts.

Camp Director Mike Carney is returning for his eighth year as K-M director.

 

CAMP NAME: Missouri River Trek

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES:  This high-adventure program is a 50-110 mile canoe trek through the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.  Campers will paddle through the Missouri River Breaks National Monument, which includes segments of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the Chief Joseph National Historic Trail and the Missouri Breaks National Backcountry Byway.  Scouts may earn the Historic Trails and 50 miler patches, as well as the canoeing, fishing, and camping merit badges. Youth may attend individually, or with their Troop or Crew.

PUT ON BY: Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS: July 9-15; July 15-21; July 22-28

WHERE: K- M Scout Ranch, in the north Moccasin Mountains near Lewistown.

COST:  $350

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Spaces on the River Trek are limited, so early reservations are recommended.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michelle Ferguson, mimalin@bsamail.org, 761-6000, www.montanabsa.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: www.montanabsa.org. Low Impact Camping, Safe Swim Defense, and Safety Afloat are emphasized.

CAMP NAME: Melita Island

Melita Island Boy Scout Camp is a 64acre island with about2 miles of shoreline in Flathead Lake Traditional summer camp programs are offered, includingTrail to First Class, Scoutcraft, Nature and Field Sports. The major focus of Melita is its unique aquatics program, which includes swimming, canoeing, rowing, fishing, small boat sailing, lifesaving, water skiing, motor boating, mile swim, snorkeling, sail boarding, and BSA Lifeguard.  Meals are served in the beautiful, historical Lodge. Other facilities include an amphitheatre, trading post, and showers.  Older scouts 14-17 years old are challenged with the Advanced Campers Program featuring water sports, sailboarding, and snorkeling as well as a day’s excursion to Wild Horse Island.

Sponsored by: Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS:  July 8-14; July 15-21; July 22-28; July 29-August 4th.

WHERE: Melita Island, on Flathead Lake

COST:  Scouts: $250.  Fees include all dining hall meals.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Call 761-6000 to make a reservation for next summer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Michelle Ferguson, mimalin@bsamail.org,

www.montanabsa.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: BSA Lifeguard Week is June 25-July 1st and costs $220.

CAMP NAME: Takachsin 2012

Throughout the six-day National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course, the Takachsin participants will be taught the concept of what a leader must be, what he must know, and what he must do. These concepts will be taught in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. The National Youth Leadership Training syllabus integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of Scouting. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio/visual training, the NYLT participants will engage in a unified approach to leadership that gives them the skills and confidence to lead. Participants must be at least 13 years old, completed the 7th grade, and be a First Class Scout.

SESSIONS: June 24 – 30th

WHERE: Camp Arcola, next to the Pintler Wilderness, about 20 miles southwest of Anaconda, MT.

COST:   Fee is $250 This includes all food, camping equipment (except tents), program and training materials.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  May 15th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.montanabsa.org or Takachsin Course Director Mary Ellen Szafranski, mesza1@msn.com


Mary Matelich
Vice President Public Relations
Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America
899-4256 (cel)
761-6000 (Scout Office)

Hands Across the Border – September 28-30, 2012

The 31st International Hands Across the Border Invitational will be held at Rexford Bench Campground, located just west of Eureka, MT on September 28-30, 2012.  All registered Boy Scouts, Venturing Crews and Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, Rovers, Pathfinders and Rangers from the ages of 11 to 20 are invited to attend.

This unique event brings Scouts from both Canada and the United States together for a fun filled weekend of events and Scouting Friendship.  This year we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America.  So, come have fun and enjoy the celebration of Scouting!

The cost is $15 (US) per person and pre-registration is required to acquire the appropriate amount of patches and materials.

Attached are the registration form, camp schedule, information on our Dutch Oven cook-off competition and a map.

For more information, feel free to contact Jim Atkinson.

Jim Atkinson
PO Box 412
Kalispell, MT  59903
406-249-6765
theskinnypope@yahoo.com

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Support Scouting at our Gala Breakfast, April 17 at the Meadowlark Country Club

The Lewis and Clark District will hold its annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast on April 17 at the Meadowlark Country Club at 7:30 a.m.

Funds raised through our Friends of Scouting campaign allow us to put on great programming for boys throughout the District and Council.  We are on track to exceed our goals this year, which will allow us to enhance like Cub Day Camp, Chariot Race, Derby Days and the Council Summer Camps.  Please join us for breakfast on April 17!

Please RSVP to Dr. Charles Jennings at 406-788-7659 or via email at 317charlesjennings@bresnan.net.