10 Essentials PLUS FIVE?? What is that about?

A note from the camping committee:

The program for the Fall Camporee includes instructions to bring the 10 Essentials PLUS 5.  In your current Scout Book, the 10 Essentials are on pages 238-239.  (If you have an older book, you probably have been a Scout long enough to know your 10 Essentials…)

But PLUS FIVE?  What are those?  Never fear; they could include any five of:

  • Duct/Duck Tape
  • Rope/Cord
  • Survival Kit
  • Scout Book
  • Insect Repellant
  • Toilet Paper

So know you know.  Be prepared.


District Scout Show!

monkey_bridgeWhat:  The Lewis and Clark District Scout Show!

When:  September 9-10, 2016. Show begins 9am on 9/10

Where:  ExpoPark (the Fairgrounds)

Who:   All of the Packs, Troops and Crews in the Lewis and Clark District!

Troops and Packs are all invited to camp overnight at the Expo Park for our annual Scout show.  For those needing an extra night of camping for rank advancement, camping merit badge, etc. this is a great opportunity to do so.  No open fires will be allowed, but we will have a lot of fun anyways.

Scout Show Event chair Tami Lukas would like all of the units to do something individual to their unit so that the public can get an idea of what is offered.  The Order of the Arrow will be doing concessions.

On Friday night Troops and Packs will be helping to build a monkey bridge.

For any questions please contact Tami Lukas, event chair at 406-564-5344.

Scout Roundtable on April 8

By District Commissioner Rex Jewett

As you know we started a new roundtable format in March. Roundtable is now on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the same place, the LDS stake center at 1015 15th Ave S. We have a short general meeting and then break into Boy Scout and Cub Scout workshops. Once a quarter we plan to have joint meeting to bring in guest speakers such as Sheriff Bob Edwards speaking about drugs and other topics of interest. I would like to thank Roundtable Commissioner Ed STUART for the fine job he did on the usage of Para cord for crafts and outdoor survival.

Round table is open to all leaders and parents, we hope to see you there Tuesday 6:30 on April 8th , pass the word!!!

To Thaddeus Hann of Pack 14,he was the first roundtable grand door prize winner, he won the $25.00 gift card.
Next time it could be you!

Tracking of Community Service

Dear Unit Leaders:

September is about to begin!  Before we know it, the days will be a bit crisper, the leaves will begin to turn and we will be in the thick of Fall Scout Recruiting.  As we begin a new Scouting Program Year, we want to send you a brief note about the Reporting of all the Community Service that your Scouts are performing.

As stated in in the Advancement letter sent in June from Tom Burkhardt and Kerry Ketchum, we are doing our best to improve Council to unit support and working hard to bring you a variety of tracking tools.

This is the second letter in this Council initiative, Online Service Hours reporting:

As we put together exceptional programming an adventures for the youth in our units, it is important to remember our obligation to “Do A Good Turn Daily.”  Not just words, community service is a vital part of our program and the cornerstone of our vision, to “prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.”

In an effort to ensure that all Scouts and Units are performing community service, a tracking tool is now part of your “dashboard” on the myscouting.org website.  Use of this tool is a mandatory part of the Journey to Excellence score that grades the performance of units, districts and the council.

The beauty and value of the Service hours reporting tool to you as a unit leader is:

  • The system will help you take care of reporting service hours to the council office.
  • Using the system will create permanent accurate records that your unit or the council office staff can access at any time. This could come in handy later on in a Scout’s career. Also as advancement chairs move and change you have your current records safe for easy retrieval and verification.
  • The system will allow you to manage your unit’s service projects by seeing current status.  You can also compare your service hours to previous years.  You can check on this status 24/7/365.
  • This method will save you time and peace of mind by knowing that your units service records are safe and retrievable at a moments notice..

I am dismayed to report that as I write these words this tool is only reflecting 2.6 hours of community service per registered Scout in the Council.  Of course, more community service than this is being performed (as evidenced, at least, by the number of Star, Life and Eagle advancements already recorded!)  However, unit leaders in our State just are not using the system.

If we do not record what we are doing, we can not make accurate measurements for future improvement.  I ask all of you to record all of the community service performed by all the youth in your programs in this system.

One of the purposes of this letter is to provide you with a list of procedures to access the online service hour reporting system.  From your myscouting.org dashboard, you will see a link for “Service Hours Reporting”, as reproduced on the first page of this letter.  If you click on that link, you will be taken to another site, where you can login with a userID and password for your unit.  If you do not have this information, please call Michelle Ferguson at the Great Falls Scout Office (406-761-6000) and she can provide you with those login credentials.

After you have logged in, you will be taken to a page where you can record service hours or look at reports of previously recorded projects.

After providing the category of the service project (Food Drive, Conservation, etc.) you will have the opportunity to record the number of youth and adults participating, and the total hours of service donated.  A copy of that screen is provided to the right.

Recording the service that we provide is an important step in being able to define our future goals.  It also helps your unit, your district and your council as we tell the story of the worth of Scouting to the community at large.  I again ask you to utilize this system to record every service hour from every youth in every unit in our council.

If you need help please contact one of the professionals at the council office for help. They will walk you through the process. Give it a try it will make your life easier.

Thank you very much for your help with this project, and I hope that you continue to have a great Scouting summer!

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron Weissman
Vice President for Program
Montana Council, BSA

Recruitment/Membership Training RESCHEDULED for Thursday, August 22

The District’s Recruitment/Membership Training has been RESCHEDULED for 6:30pm in the basement of the Scout office, 820 17th Avenue South.

All Cub Scout units should make a point to attend and be represented at this training.  We will have a list of all the school back-to-school nights and we will be requesting volunteers to staff the tables at each event. 

Lewis and Clark District has experienced membership growth in each of the last four years BECAUSE of your help, enthusiasm and commitment.  Please help us ensure growth this year!

Council Annual Meeting!



Dear Council –

Hear ye Hear ye  Important –

We are a Gold Council. Gold status is the highest rating that a council may receive for exceptional performance in council operations – some of the things that contributed to this are,

We have strong units and our scouts are leaders and they have strong leaders behind them –  

We grew in membership in 2012 –

We grew in training –

We grew in commissioner service to 160 unit commissioners and are one of the few councils in the nation with a 1 to 3 ratio-

We have Positive unrestricted net assets for the first time in a long time-

Our Scouts are doing great community service council wide –

Council leadership is strong both professionally and board wise –

And we have –

Strong District leadership and performance in fact one of the main things that got us Gold is the strong dedicated leadership and power that is occurring in the councils Units and Districts.

Being at the Gold level is a tremendous accomplishment and would not have been possible without you the council’s strong volunteer base.  My hat is off to each and every one of you.  Thank you so much –

Montana is spread out – it is difficult and costly to get us all together which is very important!

Thus, this is my personal invitation from me to you to attend the Montana Council Annual Meeting  being held in Great Falls this year on April 26-27, 2013 –  Now is the time to register for this great gathering of our council! To learn more and to register online please click Annual Meeting registration.

Unless you have an emergency or crisis you owe it yourself to attend.

If you are an Officer, District Chairperson, or Regular Board Member/Member at Large I will expect to see you there we have important business that needs attention.  You are a voting member you need to be there to vote.

Again thank you for your support, service and dedication to the kids of this council –



Council President

Boy Scouts of America Montana Council


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.