Spring Camporee Agenda

Lewis and Clark District Spring Camporee

Camp Scoutana @ Cobb Ranch

May 17, 18, 19, 2013

Directions to Scoutana

N 47d 27.32—W112d 41.59
Go west from Great Falls about 12 miles on I15 to Vaughn exit

Exit west onto MT 89/200 20 miles about to town of Simms

Continue west on 200/21/287 to Augusta about 23 miles

In Augusta turn west on Nilan Reservoir Rd(also called the Beaver Creek/Willow Creek Rd) continue past Nilan Lake about 15 miles

When road forks after 15 miles go right about 1 mile on Beaver/Willow Creek Rd

Scoutana will be on your left in plain view from the road…Remember after Augusta you always go right, no left turns until you get to camp, if you cross Willow Creek you went too far

Theme: This Camporee will be focused on Geocaching and hiking

Registration – fees – tour permits: Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 5/10/2013 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 May 10,2013

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 things you need to be aware of

“BEAR AWARE” – You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee. Do not have open food about the camp at night or in your tents……….Period!

Wild animal awareness and safety

Food Handling & Storage In 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. Twelve point GPS course-600 points plus 400 additional points for solving the word scramble…….This will be the main focus of your Camporee.

This contest will be a 12 point course laid out over the entire camp area. You will be given 12 coordinate to find a letter of the alphabet and compile them to discover a word scramble to solve. You will be given a clue to solve this puzzle. Each patrol will start at different points to alleviate crowding and possible viewing of other Patrols working

Note that you have to bring your own GPS devices ( one per patrol) to the Camporee and you have to have a class at your meeting on how to run a GPS program.

There are many Geocaches in and around Great Falls that will give you a challenge to find.

6. Montana’s largest Geocache.. 200 pts………Each Patrol competing will need to bring trade items( no larger than one item per boy and no bigger than six inches long. We will be hiding and marking a camo painted 33 gallon trash can to post on the Geocaching website. Can will be painted at cracker barrel by patrol leaders.

7. The Unknown Hike.. 500 pts……A nice little jaunt about 5 miles round trip. You will be asked to identify at least 10 plants trees etc. and 10 animals. This hike will require a daypack with food water and survival gear, good hiking boots and raingear. Be aware there are bears out this time of year.

8. Montana GPS Clue Game geo-hunt mystery….100pts ……….If time will allow we will do a dusk mystery game of clue with a GPS. First Patrol to solve will get an additional….100 pts This will be done instead of skits.

9. Open sling throw……Points will vary……Using an open sling style hurl a tennis ball and have the patrol leader catch it for points, and yes there will be points awarded for style.

10. Cobb Ranch public service….300 pts…. This is a project to pay for our stay there….To be announced at Cracker Barrel

11. Troop Scouter award. Each Troop will vote for the Scout that was most helpful to their Troop at this event. One Scout per Troop. Webelo’s will be voted separately

12. Cracker Barrel will be a pizza party and will start at 8:30 pm. Remember that cracker barrel is limited to Scout leaders and Patrol Leader’s and Camping Committee.

13. Campfire and awards and free smores will be at 8:30 pm Saturday night There will be prizes and the trophy award at this event. Each Scout will be given a raffle ticket at campfire to possibly win a new Garmin GPS. There will also be an adult prize awarded at campfire.

14. Camp gate will be required this event…..100 pts

General Rules

Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.

One of the most important parts of a Spring Camporee is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Spring 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 mays be pulled from events.

Webelos – There will be webelo’s allowed at camp.

There may be 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 will be some wood available but don’t count on it. shovels and 5 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 3 toilets.



It’s time to Go Big and Get Wild!

Hello Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts & Venturers!


          It’s time to Go Big and Get Wild !!!       Are you in ?


National Jamboree 2013 will be the first ever at the new permanent Jamboree site at the Summit-Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  Our Montana Council has been allocated two contingent Troops; however, if you want to be part of this awesome and historic event you’ll have to act fast because we only have a few spots left!  

 There will be opportunities for Scouts to serve in other ways, too.  Begin thinking about this now and watch for more information soon regarding:

   A.  3rd Assistant Scoutmaster – must be between 18 and 21 years old during Jamboree;

   B.  Troop Leadership – SPL, ASPL, Quartermaster, Scribe, etc.;

   C.  The Jamboree Patch Design Contest for our Montana contingent.

Please see the attached flier with some important info you’ll want to read, including some of the special and unique Jamboree 2013 activities you’ll get to do!

Other great spots to get information include:

  • https://summit.scouting.org   (Jamboree website – COOL!   The information on this site is generic to all units all across the USA;  for specific information on what we are doing, you’ll need to go to the MT Council website…)
  • http://montanabsa.org/announcement.aspx?aid=77   (MT Council website – this is the schedule for Montana Scouts; includes registration and cost information.)

 A few things to remember –

  • Only a few spots are left for this once-in-a-lifetime premier event –Register NOW !
  • Register online at the Summit website (see link above); plus…
  • Print out and mail in the MT Council Contingent registration form (see above).


            Paying for Jamboree is do-able and the entire trip is a great value –

A payment plan is in place to help;

There is still plenty of time to earn some of the money (popcorn!); and

Campership applications are due to BSA by October 1, 2012.




(Adults and Scouts who will be older than 18 – Jamboree still needs Staff !   Get more information and register online via the “Staff” link on the Jamboree website:  https://summit.scouting.org )

We hope you can join us for this Jamboree!  (the next one is scheduled for 2017)

Yours in Scouting,

  Montana’s Jamboree Leadership Team  

Montana Council Annual Meeting Information and Registration

Don’t forget to register for the 2012 Annual Meeting!

It is not too late to register for the 2012 Annual Meeting, Missoula, May 4-5!  The Council has much to celebrate and we want you to be there!

This year’s Annual Meeting promises a rousing good time with western style and hospitality in all the meetings and events. We kick open the doors Friday, with our new “Scouter Appreciation Night,” at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Headquarters!  Come see some of the largest Trophy Elk in the World and celebrate your district’s performance, the power of volunteerism, and the Sprit of Scouting!

Saturday’s lineup includes the Wood Badge/Powder Horn breakfast, our Area Journey to Excellence review, Youth-Protection training, special seminars, Friends of Scouting Report and Recognition, our famous Awards Luncheon, Annual meeting, reception and Silver Beaver Dinner – all hosted at the Hilton’s Doubletree hotel in downtown Missoula.

Come be part of the best Annual Meeting that we have had to date!

Call 406-761-6000 and talk to Michelle to register.  Tickets are $85 for full registration including Friday night and all Saturday events and meals.  Individual event tickets are also available.

For more information and registration please click here www.montanabsa.org

District Trainings THIS MONTH (April, 2012)

During the month of April, the Lewis and Clark training team will be busy teaching classes in Cub Scout Leader Specific Training; Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and Venturing Advisor Training and Outdoor Leader Training.

Trained leaders enhance the Scouting experience.  Please sign up for and attend these classes!

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

For Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters, Committee Chairs and Members, Wolf and Bear Den Leaders, WEBELOS Den Leaders, Tiger Den Leaders, and all Assistant Den Leaders. This course teaches the basics of pack and den operations, including advancement, program planning, and secrets of successful leaders.   Cub Scout leaders are considered fully trained when they also complete New Leaders Essentials or This is Scouting, Fast Start for Cub Scout Leaders, and Youth Protection.

Location:  Boy Scout Office 820 17th Ave S Great Falls, MT 59405

Date:  Saturday, April 14th, 2012

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM     Sign-In

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM   Break / Sign-In

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM     Basic Cub Scout Leader Training

10:00 AM – NOON – Breakout Sessions for Tiger, Cub Scout, and WEBELOS Den Leaders; Pack Committee; Cubmaster

Cost: The cost is $5 for the morning.

Registration: Via email at khasbrouck@northwestpipe.com

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training; Venturing Advisor Specific Training

Following New Leader Essentials (NLE) or This Is Scouting (TIS), Scoutmaster Specific Training is Phase 2 of a new Scoutmaster’s introduction to the Boy Scouts of America and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful troop leadership experience.  Scoutmaster Specific Training, along with Fast Start for Boy Scout Leaders, NLE or TIS, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills are required to be considered fully trained as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster.

Location:  Boy Scout Office 820 17th Ave S Great Falls, MT 59405

Date:  April 14th, 2012

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM     Sign-In

8:30 AM – NOON         Training


1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Training

Cost: Free

Food:  Participants must bring a brown bag lunch or eat out and return.

Registration: Register on site or you can complete the form below, email to keithhas4@gmail.com  or detach and mail to:

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

The Montana Council invites you to participate in Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills, a fun-filled program of hands-on skills training in the outdoors, designed to help you master basic camp skills required for Tenderfoot to First Class.  Instructors will help you learn how to set-up camp, cook, and work with wood tools, and about ropes, amongst lots of others.  Each session will bring life to the Boy Scout Handbook to help you deliver the promise of Scouting.  The program will also give you the opportunity to work with other Scout leaders from you area, meet new friends and reinforce skill techniques with fellow leaders.

Location:  Holter Lake Log Gulch Campground

Date:  April 20th and 21st

Sign in at 7:00 PM Friday and Closing at 4:30 PM Saturday

Registration: Register by completing the form below and emailing to khasbrouck@northwestpipe.com or detach and mail to:

Please download and fill out the Sign-up Forms for each training below:

College of Commissioner Science in the Flathead

Fellow Scouters,
It has been five years since the last College of Commissioner Science was held here in the Northwest corner of the state. We have scheduled a course for April 21st here in Kalispell. In order for this to be a success we need to know how many are interested in attending this one day training. The cost is $30.00 which includes your books, patch and lunch. Classes will start at 8:30am and run until 5:00pm. We have to have at least 20 participants to make this a go.

Even though this course was written for commissioners at all levels it is a must for all involved in the Scouting program. All Unit Leaders, COR’s, Unit Committee Chairman, Committee Members, District and Council Members should attend this course.

I have attached the Bachelors Program to give you an idea of what is actually going to happen the day of training. Also is a list of the classes that will be taught by specific programs for those wanting to obtain their Masters (2nd year) and PHD (3rd year).

From three years straight (2005-2007) the course had over 35 Scouter’s in attendance each year. This shows you how in demand this course is.

I need to know if their are at least 20 Scouters interested in attending so the planning for this can begin. Pass this on to your units. Please send me a quick response with your name and what level you would be taking. An official registration sign up sheet will be coming out as soon as we have a location.

In the Spirit of Scouting,
Jim Atkinson

BCS Timeline 120421.pdf


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!

work at Medicine River Scout Center

Dear committee members, unit leaders, scouts and scouters,

I’d like to take another shot at getting a group of scouts and scouters out to the Medicine River Scout Center at Wadsworth Park to get some work done.

At this point, the priority is still to remove as much old, in-the-way junk and hazards as possible.  We have two skeet towers on the ground that need to be broken apart.  There are a couple dozen t-posts sticking up throughout our parade ground.  If there is enough help on hand, we will clean junk out of the addition (kitchen, bathroom) part of the main building.  I hope to have the garage cleaned out and ready for storage by the time we have our work day.  There is likely some good salvageable material and a lot of junk.  In either case we’ll make organized piles and some will go to the dump, while others will be recycled into something else – Adirondack shelters, patrol boxes, bird houses, heck, even rockers for granny if you have the motivation.

After looking at the district calendar, there emerge two weekends in October that seem to have some promise Oct. 8,9 and Oct 29,30.  Unit leaders, please get this message to your scouts and parents.  If unit leaders could please respond so I can get an idea of what weekend works for more people, we’ll schedule something within 2 weeks.  We’ll need people to bring tools of all kinds – hammers, saws, prybars, screwguns – anything that you think might be useful for working on a scout center, i.e. anything!  This will be a great opportunity to brainstorm about how we want to set up this facility – it’s in our hands now.

Sincerely, Peter Jennings     MRSC committee chair