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


Lewis and Clark 2012 Fall Camporee at “Willow Creek Reservoir” Augusta, Montana

By Forrest LaBelle, District Camping Committee Chair

September 21-23, 2012

Directions to camporee at Willow Creek:

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Go north from Great Falls on I-15 to Vaughn; take the Vaughn exit and proceed 20 miles on W 89/200 to Simms.  Turn right at Simms onto 200/21/287 to Augusta (23 miles).  Turn right on Gibson Reservoir Rd and go about 5 miles.  Take right fork onto Sun Canyon Rd to Willow Creek entrance on right side of road.  Turn right and proceed 1 mile to camp.

Theme:  This Camporee is actually a fishing derby and fishing merit badge opportunity.  Scouts will be judged mostly on attitude and participation.

Registration – fees – tour permits:  Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 9-7-2012 at 4:00pm.  We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging.  Remember you need to get a “Local Tour Permit” from the Scout Office.  The “Tour Permits” will be checked when you arrive at the Camporee.  You will not be allowed to camp or compete without a “Tour Permit”.  This also means you must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”.  You should also 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”.  Registration deadline is September 7, 2012 (9-7-2012).

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 etc.  The camping committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles.  Campsites are generally assigned on a first come basis.  Please check with the camping committee before parking, so that we may maximize the use of this area for all.

Check out:  All troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp.  Failure to do so may result in loss of patches.  Make sure your camp area is clean – “Leave no Trace”.

Patrol size:  You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 8-10 scouts.  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.

A list of skills to be demonstrated/taught/discussed after Flags and before the contests:

  • “Bear Aware” – You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee.
  • Wild animal awareness and safety
  • Food Handling & Storage I the wild
  • Emergency and Survival Priorities
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid
  • Water Purification
  • Fire Building
  • Basic & Useful Knots
  • S.T.O.P – Stop – Think – Observe – Plan
  • Hiking Hints/Rules
  • Emergency Shelters I the Outdoors.

Camping Committee Philosophy:

  • Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.
  • The boys should have learned the 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.
  • The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible before the event.
  • Some contests by their very nature will not be announced or explained until right before the contest starts.

Contests & Competition: 

  1. Check In – 100 points
    • The “Tour Permit” is current and appropriate.
    • Medical Forms (adult and youth) are on site and available.
    • Parental Permission/Consent slips are on site and available.
  2. Camp Site Setup, Organization – 100 points
    • The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents, too.  Typical areas to include are:  cut and uncut wood area/pile, ax yard, cooking area, camp kitchen, and wash area, etc.
    • Does your camp have the First Aid kit present and obvious?  Are there water buckets/barrels available for fire?  Is the fire place of approved design?  Are tents correctly and neatly set up?  Is there a spade/shovel available?  Are extra rope/line and camp materials neatly stored?  Has the original ground cover been removed?  Is there a designated hand washing area?  Is an approved ax yard neatly set up? Is there a proper dish washing area?  Is food properly stored & is the area neat and clean?  Are trash bags available & in use?  Is the water stored to prevent leaking?  Is the meal preparation area neat and clean, and are the meals served in a cleanly manner?
  3. Flags – American, Troop & Patrol – Troop Duty Roster, Menu & Schedule of events – 100 points
    • 20 points for the American flag
    • 20 points for the Troop flag
    • 20 points for the Patrol flags (If there are 2 patrols they need 2 patrol flags – Patrol flag names must match registered patrol names)
    • 10 points each for a current – schedule of events, menu, duty roster, & fire watch schedule (if they are not current = 0 points).
  4. Is the Scout Prepared – 10 Essential items plus – 100 points
    • Does each scout have the 10 Essential Outdoor items as per “The Boy Scout Handbook” pg. 207, and do they have the following bonus items:
      1. Ten feet of small diameter rope,
      2. Three feet of Duct Tape wrapped on a short pencil,
      3. A small survival kit,
      4. Scout Book,
      5. Insect repellent,
      6. “Mountain Money” (toilet paper).
    • Each patrol will be evaluated by an adult – scouts will be asked to produce a random item from the list above.  One scout will be chosen from each Patrol to produce all 10 essentials.
  5. Counting Coup – point system announced at Cracker Barrel
    • No practice involved for this event.  This will be explained at Cracker Barrel.  Patrols and boys will be able to count coup on adult leadership.
  6. Spin Rod Casting – Reveal your accuracy – 100 points
    • Reveal your accuracy of casting a fishing pole into a hoop.
  7. Spoon making – 100 points
    • Scouts will learn how to assemble a fishing spoon.
  8. Knot Strength – 100 points
    • Scouts will learn the best fishing knots for tying hooks and leaders.
  9. Fish Catching Points – 100 points
    • Scout patrols will earn points for catching fish.
  10.   Soft Bait – 100 points
    • Learn what works best for bottom or bobber fishing.
  11.   Fishing regulations – 100 points
    • Each Patrol will be given a task of finding fishing regulations appropriate to willow creek (books provided).
  12.   Chicken Toss – 100 points
    • See how far you can fling a rubber chicken.  Each Patrol will work as a team.
  13. Tug-o-war – 100 points
    • Same as Spring Camporee – boys will work as a team with other boys outside their troop.  All points will be for participation.
  14.   Iron Chef – 100 points
    • Each Patrol is to cook a dessert for the awards campfire with a secret ingredient which is colored mini marshmallows. You need to make enough to  share with the campfire and judges. The marshmallows are not provided but bring enough to fish with( they love em)  No skits this camporee.
  15.   Bonus Points – to be determined at Cracker Barrel
    • Each patrol will be given questions or tasks by the camping committee throughout the campout for additional points.
  16.   Scoutmasters’ Choice – 100 points
    • Time permitting we will draw an extra event out of a hat.  Each Scoutmaster should provide an event they would like to do (one per troop).  Event submissions not used will be considered for Spring Camporee.

Schedule of Events


1:00pm – 8:00pm:   Arrive at camp.  Check in and set up.

9:30pm to 10:30pm:   Cracker Barrel for Scoutmasters, SPLS, and judges.

11:00pm:  Lights out!


7:00am:  Reveille and breakfast.

8:30am:  Flag ceremony

9:00am to Noon:  Activity booths open (requires sign in).

Fishing regulations

Soft baits

Lure making

Spin casting etiquette and accuracy

Fishing knots

Open fishing

Noon to 1:30pm:  Lunch and Open fishing

1:30pm to 2:30pm:  Tug-of-War

2:30pm to 7:30pm:  Open fishing and dinner

7:30pm to 9:30pm:  Awards campfire

Chicken Toss

Iron chef (judging)

Counting Coup totals

11:00pm:  Lights out!


7:00am to 10:00 am:  Open fishing and camp check out

General Rules

Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.  Troops that want to use FWP sites must pay the overnight fee ($7 per day) themselves.  If you camp past the fence boundary, there is no charge.

This is a fishing event, not a water sports event.  There will be no swimming, rock throwing, PWCs, jet boats, etc.  We may be camping with the general public, so behave like good scouts and be considerate of others.

It is not necessary to wear life vests while fishing, as the shoreline is shallow.  Fly fishers should wear eye protection and fish away from others.  Follow the 200 foot rule.

Webelos – There will be no Webelos activities or camp.

(note; this was a typo.  There WILL be Webelos activities at the Fall Camporee)

There are water hydrants available, but may be turned off, so bring water.

Campfires are limited to rings or above ground unless restricted by USDA Forest Service.  Bring your own wood.  There are no trees.  Five gallons of water needs to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.

RV’s will be permitted only by adult leadership or for medical reasons.

No pets.

Pack in, pack out.  Leave no trace.

There are 2 toilets.

Fishing hours are 5:30am to 11:00pm.

Troops must bring their own fishing supplies and bait…..Poles Etc.   Worms are the preferred bottom and top bait.

You can check your fishing regs for all the legal baits and tackle.


Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks fishing regulations

Boy Scouts Fishing Merit Badge Handbook

Boy Scout Official Manual

Scouter Awards

Each Patrol will have a Scouter award at campfire voted by their troop leadership.  Scout must exemplify the scouting way and be an asset to the patrol.  That scout will earn a special fishing pole for his efforts.

Questions on contest should be forwarded by email to me.

Forrest LaBelle



Willow Creek Fishing and Stocking Info

Year Days Fished¹ Trips² State Rank³ Regional Rank³
2009 5,510 88 122 23
2007 1,912 24 163 29
2005 6,697 130 92 16
2003 10,311 206 60 8
¹ Estimated yearly fishing use in angler days (one angler fishing one body of water in one day for any amount of time).
² The number of times that a section of water was reported as having been fished (used to estimate the number of “Days Fished”).
³ How this section of water ranked among all surveyed sections in the state or region, based on “Days Fished” in a survey year.

Stocking Info

Stocking Avg Number
Date Species Length (in) Stocked
Jun, 2011 Rainbow Trout 3 45,000
Jun, 2010 Rainbow Trout 3.7 29,664
Jun, 2010 Rainbow Trout 3 45,000
Sep, 2009 Rainbow Trout 4 50,034
Jul, 2009 Rainbow Trout 4 70,356
Jun, 2009 Rainbow Trout 5 29,790
May, 2009 Rainbow Trout 5 12,000
Jul, 2008 Rainbow Trout 4.2 77,000
Jun, 2008 Rainbow Trout 4.2 30,385
Aug, 2007 Rainbow Trout 4.7 35,138
Oct, 2006 Rainbow Trout 3.1 14,210
Oct, 2006 Rainbow Trout 9.8 11,907
Sep, 2006 Rainbow Trout 6.7 92,006
Jul, 2005 Rainbow Trout 4 84,480
Jul, 2004 Rainbow Trout 4.5 34,496
Jun, 2004 Rainbow Trout 4.1 38,544
Jul, 2003 Rainbow Trout 4.2 35,970
Jun, 2003 Rainbow Trout 4.1 36,203
Jul, 2002 Rainbow Trout 4.3 38,438
Jun, 2002 Rainbow Trout 4 37,506

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,


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.


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)