A Good Turn for the Rotary Club

The Rotary club was using a drone this weekend to take aerial photos of Camp Rotary in Monarch. The drone crashed and they need some Scouts to help find it this weekend.

Camp Rotary is our annual location of the Lewis and Clark District Klondike Derby.  The Rotary Club of Great Falls has been very generous to us over the years, giving us access to the camp at greatly reduced rates.

We know the general area where the drone crashed, but need to organize a search party to locate and retrieve the device.  The Club will spring for lunch for any Scouts that can help out.  Time spent, including travel time, can count towards service hours needed for rank advancement (talk to your Scoutmaster first, of course!)

Please message Aaron (aaron@weissman.com, 868-8982) if you can meet at Camp Rotary on Sunday mid-morning to help.

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Davidson Donation Funds New Lodge at Camp Rotary

            In a surprise announcement today, Rotary Club of Great Falls learned that the long-awaited construction of a new lodge at Camp Rotary will begin in August, made possible by a generation donation from Ian and Nancy Davidson.

Camp Rotary has been a service project of the Great Falls club since 1918.   Through a special use permit by the U.S. Forest Service, the 4.5-acre site in the Lewis and Clark Forest, five miles south of Monarch, hosts more than 800 children each year through programs offered by various community organizations.   With the construction of the new all-weather lodge, Camp Rotary can operate year-round, offering many more children and programs the opportunity to use Camp Rotary at minimal cost.

As the longest-enrolled member of Rotary Club of Great Falls, Ian Davidson was well aware of the challenges the aging facility was facing, as well as the good works the camp has historically made possible for children living in challenging circumstances.   His donation will allow the club to demolish the present lodge and construct an entirely new one in its footprint.  Bruce Davidson will be the architect for the project, with Sletten Construction handling the construction.  Davidson Lodge, as the new lodge will be called, will be ready for campers by June 2013.

Marianne Granlie, past president and current secretary/treasurer for Rotary Club of Great Falls, noted that although Harvest Howl generates revenues for the ongoing maintenance and operation of Camp Rotary, revenues for the badly needed new construction seemed beyond reach.  “We cannot thank the Davidsons enough for their generosity.”  She said.  “Their good works can be seen throughout the community and the state, and how appropriate that our most veteran member has ensured that our most veteran project can continue for another 94 years.”

Klondike was a Rousing Success!

About 80 boys and 40 adults enjoyed this past weekend camping at Camp Rotary for Klondike, with 10 patrols representing nine separate units!  Many boys were heard to remark that this was one of the best camporees that they had ever attended!

Boys attending for the weekend earned 5 frost points.

Congratulations to Troop 28 for winning the Camporee Trophy and to Camp Director Rex Jewett and the camping committee for putting on a wonderful event!

Photos from the event are posted on the District’s Facebook page.  Please ‘like’ our page to be part of the conversation!

Be Prepared for Klondike

20120116-065455.jpgThe Klondike Derby is in less than a week, and it is snowing at Camp Rotary!

Be Prepared for all weather conditions at Klondike! Overnight temps will be sufficient so that Scouts should be able to earn frost points toward their 100 degrees of frost patch.

Camping committee member Bob Dowdy has the following message for participants:

From: Robert A Dowdy
Subject: Klondike

This time next week we will be at Klondike. Would send out a reminder for the leaders? I want them to go over winter safety and proper clothing with the scouts, on the Webelos side they need to talk to the parents. We want a fun and safe event. If the Webelos are going to have a fire in the lodge they are going to need to have a adult on fire watch at all times.