Flag Ceremony for Municipal Band Concert Sought

This is a call out for a unit to volunteer to present a flag ceremony at the municipal band concert at the band shell at Gibson Park August 13 at 7:30pm.  The drill is the following:  Boys present unit and American flags with one boy calling orders to the color guard only.  Posting colors consists of holding the flags.  The band leader will lead audience participation. The band plays The Star-Spangled Banner.  The boys retire the colors.  Everyone enjoys a great concert.  Troop 26 has agreed to present the ceremony at the Aug. 6 concert.  Please call Peter Jennings at 868-3574 or email me at petercj1@hotmail.com.

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Volunteer Opportunity to help Combat Breast Cancer

“Think Pink for the Girls” will be holding a fundraising “Pink Tea” on Saturday, October 19 at the Moose Lodge in Black Eagle from 10 am to 1:30pm.  They are in need of 10-12 Boy Scouts to help serve the meal.  Volunteers would fill/refill water, coffee and place 4-5 items on each of 27 tables.

Time spent volunteering at this event will help toward rank advancement and will help your Troop’s Journey to Excellence rating!  If you or your unit can help, please call Brenda Keller at 868-2676 or email her at brendakeller_1@yahoo.com. 

Do A Good Turn For Mapril Cleanup

By Ruth Fischer

I received a phone call from Terry Miller over in Black Eagle. She is the organizer of the Maypril cleanup in the area of Black Eagle. She is wondering if there are any scout troops/packs that would like to help out with the efforts. The community will be out and about collecting trash April 28 and May 5 from 8AM –Noon. If they are interested in helping they can contact Terry at her home number 453-4908 or her cell 231-3376.

They will meet at The Moose Lodge in Black Eagle on 21st Street at 8AM on both days weather permitting. A couple of times we have had snow and the event was called off. If they can help out the full time that would be great but if they can only help an hour or two that would be great too.

If you could add this to the L&C web announcements that would be a wonderful way to get the word out. Let me know if you have any other questions and if you can put the word out for me.

Thank you!

Ruth Fischer
Friends of Scouting Secretary
Office 406-761-6000 Fax 406-761-4480

May 12 Work Party at MRSC

By Peter Jennings

This is an all-comers invite to get a little something done at the Medicine River Scout Center May 12. We’ll be packing up the last of the tower debris and pulling stakes and other ground hazards out. If there is time, we might have a little walk-around to figure on some campsite and path location. Love to see ya there. Yours, Peter J.

Is Your Unit Logging Community Service Hours into the Good Turn for America Portal?

If not, you should start now!

One of the criteria for Journey to Excellence for 2012 is the number of community service hours performed by each unit, District and Council.  BSA is measuring those hours by registrations by each unit in the new Good Turn for America website portal.

To log in community service hours performed by your unit, login to the Good Turn for America website (address linked here, and listed below).  To create a login, you will need to have unit identifying information.  You can get that information from the Council Service center or from our District Executive.

I think it is realistic to expect every unit in the District to begin using this portal by mid-Summer.  Can you help me make this goal into a reality?

https://scoutnet.scouting.org/gtfa/ui/security/login.aspx

Congratulations to the Burton Family!

Pack 7 Cubmaster Robert and Cub Day Camp co-director Glenda may have to miss a few meetings for awhile.

They are now the proud parents of Ava Grace Burton, who was born on February 16, 2012.  Ava was born at 26 weeks and 2 days, and weighed 1 lb. 7 oz. at birth.  She is in the Benefis NICU and will be living there for quite some time.

Pack 7 Committee Chair Cristen Cochran is arranging help for the family.  If you would like to help, please contact Cristen at 781-2899 or online at http://gfpack7.wordpress.com/.

Local Scouts Take the to the Streets to Fill Local Food Bank Shelves

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kyle Roberts, District Executive, 868-5648
Deb Kemper, Food Drive Chair, scoutermomdeb@gmail.com
Aaron Weissman, District Chair, aaron@weissman.com

(Great Falls) “Do a Good Turn Daily” – the Scout Slogan – is more than just words. On March 24 and again on March 31, local Boy Scouts will attempt to prove that their hearts are as big as their principles by collecting food for the needy in the annual Boy Scout Food Drive.

Scouts will be hitting the streets to drop off empty grocery bags at houses all over Great Falls on Saturday, March 24 and picking them up on early on March 31. All food collected will be donated to the Great Falls Food Bank.

In 2011, local Scouts collected almost 21,000 lbs. of food in the annual drive. This year, Scouts have an ambitious goal to collect 25,000 lbs.!