Update on Critical District Issues: District Comm. Meeting Times, Medicine River, District Calendar

Dear Scouters,

We have received many excellent questions and requests for clarification on a number of issues facing us in Lewis and Clark District as we enter a new Scouting Year.  The next district meeting is coming up on Tuesday September 2 at the Great Falls East Stake Center.  It was noted that the district calendar has the meeting at 7pm, which would be a change from tradition.  If there are no major objections let’s try an even earlier time of 6:30 pm on September 2.  We’ll discuss a proposal to make this a “permanent” change at the meeting itself to make sure it works for folks in the long term.

Next, I had a more in-depth conversation with council leadership about their feelings on Medicine River Scout Center.  There is not a hearty appetite at this time on the council level for development of such a facility in any context or location.  The council has been focused lately on orchestrating major improvements to our Montana Council Scout Camps.  Improving our existing Scout Camp assets is a worthy goal from any perspective, and one that we on the district level should heartily support.  I suggested that, taking advantage of coincidence, now is a great time to pursue something like MRSC, as well.  The program benefits of a facility with the potential of Medicine River, it’s proximity and size, are hard to underestimate for our district.  In the short period that we have occupied the site, it has served us well on a number of levels.  The list of possible uses ranges from a permanent home for Cub Day Camp to episodic use for camporees, trainings, Courts of Honor, Crossover ceremonies.  Even a council camporee is not out of the realm of possibility for this site.  Long story short, I do believe if we can demonstrate that Lewis and Clark District, the home of the council headquarters, can promote, develop and utilize this site as a integral part of an excellent Scouting program, we’ll earn their blessing.  That said, there is a great deal of work left to be done and we’ll need commitments from volunteers at every level to succeed.  What this effort looks like will emerge from conversation amongst ourselves at District Meetings, Roundtables, Unit Meetings, Campouts etc.  We’ll resume the discussion at the District Meeting on September 2, 6:30 pm.

Lastly, there were further questions about the year’s calendar and inaccurate or missing dates on the website calendar.  We will flesh those dates out in the coming month, and hopefully arrive at something that resembles life as it happens, or die trying.

I’m looking forward to seeing a huge crowd of fired-up Scouters at the District Meeting.  It’s going to be an exciting year – I promise.

Yours in Scouting,

Peter Jennings   Chairman   Lewis and Clark District Committee

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May Roundtable and District Meeting Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
May 1, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:  Presentation by Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards on youth use of drugs, what we need to know, how it relates to Scouting and what we can do to help keep our kids safe.
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the April meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – Registrations for 2013 National Jamboree, Council Annual Meeting
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Train the Trainer, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
    4. Camping Committee:  Spring Camporee
  6. District Executive Report
    1. Membership Actual vs. Goal
    2. Finance Actual vs. Goal
  7. District Commissioner Report
    1. Unit Charter Renewal
    2. Unit Commissioners
  8. District Chair Report
  9. Other Business
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting June 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District

April Roundtable and District Meeting Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
April 3, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:
    1. Cub topics:
      • District Calendar Review;
      • Internet resources, are they worth it?
      • Establishing unit traditions.
    2. Boy Scout topics:
      • National Youth Leader Training
      • National Jamboree
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the March meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – District Awards Banquet, Deadline for registrations for 2013 National Jamboree, Council Annual Meeting
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Leader Specific Training, Outdoor Leader Training, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
    4. Camping Committee:  Trail to First Class; Spring Camporee
    5. Scouting for Food report
  6. District Executive Report
    1. Membership Actual vs. Goal
    2. Finance Actual vs. Goal
  7. District Commissioner Report
    1. Unit Charter Renewal
    2. Unit Commissioners
  8. District Chair Report
    • Summer Camping and Individual Scout rank advancement in Unit, District and Council Journey to Excellence grading
  9. Other Business
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting April 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District

March Roundtable and District Meeting Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
March 6, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:  Topics:  Combined Cub/Boy Scout Presentation by Dr. Chuck Jennings on the Complete Streets Initiative (20 minutes).  Cub topic:  “Keep our Volunteer Leaders Motivated and Moving Forward.”  Boy Scout topic:  Using the “Good Turn for America” system to log volunteer hours.
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the February meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – District Derby Day, Scouting for Food, District Awards Banquet, Deadline for registrations for 2013 National Jamboree, Council Annual Meeting
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Leader Specific Training, Outdoor Leader Training, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
    4. Camping Committee:  Trail to First Class; Spring Camporee
  6. District Executive Report
    1. Membership Actual vs. Goal
    2. Finance Actual vs. Goal
  7. District Commissioner Report
    1. Unit Charter Renewal
    2. Unit Commissioners
  8. District Chair Report
  9. Other Business
    • Election of District Chair and Council Member at Large for May, 2012 – May, 2013
    • Election of District Members at Large for May, 2012 – May, 2013
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting April 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District

February District Roundtable and Meeting Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council

Lewis and Clark District

District Roundtable and Meeting

LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S

February 7, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:  Topics:  Upcoming Derby Day, Logging Community Service Hours, Voice of the Scout Surveys and issues with Youth Protection during recharter process.
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the January meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
    • Wood Badge Beading
    • Are you interested in serving as PR chair? We need your help!
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – Scout Week, Scout Sunday, Scout Shabbat, Derby Day, Scouting for Food, Venture Winter Mountaineering Trip, Spaghetti Dinner to benefit LaBelle family.
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Leader Specific Training, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
    4. Camping Committee:  Klondike Derby Wrap-Up; Trail to First Class; Spring Camporee
  6. District Executive Report
    1. Membership Actual vs. Goal
    2. Finance Actual vs. Goal
  7. District Commissioner Report
    1. Unit Charter Renewal
    2. Unit Commissioners
  8. District Chair Report
    • District Elections to be held during March meeting
    • Journey to Excellence Status Report
  9. Other Business
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting March 6, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District